Arts and Humanities houses English, Fine Arts, History, African-American Studies, Philosophy, Music, Spanish and Communication. Under the post-Katrina modifications, these disciplines, with the exception of History and English, function as service programs fulfilling general academic requirements for majors of other degree-granting departments.
African-American Studies, Political Science, Social Science, Humanities and Business are approved as concentration areas in the General Studies degree program. Students electing concentration in any of these areas will take 30 credit hours or 10 courses in the concentration area which will include a mix of basic and 300 and 400 upper-level courses.
What is the special role of the academic programs within the Arts and Humanities department?
The Arts and Humanities areas play a significant role in shaping the mindset and lives of students and individuals within the institution through the instruction of its content material. The variety of programs, including English, History, Fine Arts, Music, Philosophy, Geography, Speech, and Spanish provide cultural enrichment and strive to provide enlightening and transformational experiences to the cross-section of university citizenship. The Arts and Humanities foster the exploration of ideas and enhance the ability of expressing one’s ideas. The programs also create a platform for the awareness and appreciation of one’s cultural roots and achievements and that of other cultures and societies. The Arts and Humanities programs service all other disciplines in the university by offering the general education courses in the liberal arts required for matriculation with a baccalaureate degree. Finally, the academic disciplines bring a positive impact to the institution and to the larger community.
When will the degree-granting status of the Arts and Humanities programs be re-instated?
The Board of Supervisors has approved the re-instatement of History and English degree programs effective from Fall 2008. Other programs such as Fine Arts and Music and Spanish are also anticipated to be re-instated as degree-granting programs in the near future.
What are the professors like in the Arts and Humanities?
The professors in the Arts and Humanities are qualified, knowledgeable, with a deep commitment to foster student learning. They are devoted to sharing their knowledge and learning with others. They come from diverse cultural and intellectual backgrounds. The website provides information on their variegated credentials.
How do I transfer as a major in an area of the Arts and Humanities?
Most of SUNO students declare their major during and/or after the freshman year. That’s okay, because the first year of studies focuses on General Education Requirements. To find out more, drop in to our office in Building #MPB 236 and talk to any of our faculty members.
Will I receive credit if I come in as a transfer student with several course credits that may be equivalent to those offered in the Arts and Humanities?
Yes, of course. Your transcript needs to be evaluated by Mrs. Gilda Davis in the Office of Records to receive the appropriate course equivalent credits in general education courses. If you have taken upper-level electives at another school, the faculty adviser in your area of major may make a recommendation for substituting a required course in the area of major with the imported elective credit. A grade of C or better is necessary to receive transfer credit.
Why major in history?
In an ever-changing world, understanding history becomes all the more necessary. The study of history introduces students to the gamut of change and by doing that, it becomes a relevant part of our education. The knowledge of national and international history brings a sense of the complexity and contingency of events. It provides students with rich and diverse perspectives and sharpens their hindsight, which must be clear in order to wisely judge current challenges and issues. History is a window to the past, and in that role it offers meaningful insights for solving present problems and for shaping a better future. Last, but not the least, a major in history will enable our students to develop strong critical skills, which are valuable to informed citizenship and for a variety of careers.
What types of jobs can a history graduate get?
Most History majors do not become historians, but they take their sophisticated skills of analysis and judgment into a global marketplace. Employers value their skills as writers. The best job education is not necessarily in a narrow specialty. Employers know that
Dr. Robert Azzarello Associate Professor of English Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 436 504.286.5060 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Norbert Davidson Associate Professor of English Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 409 504-286-5024 email@example.com
Dr. Sonya Xiongya Gao Professor of English Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 426 504-286-5114 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Lenus Jack Jr. Associate Professor of History Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 428 504.286.5157 email@example.com
Dr. Douglas Marshall Assistant Professor of Communication Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 433 504.286.5013 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Chester Mills Associate Professor of English Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 427 504.286.5124 email@example.com
Mr. Gary Oaks Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 424 504.286.5208 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Cynthia Ramirez Professor of Fine Arts New Science Building, Room 219 504.286.5207 email@example.com
Dr. Clyde Robertson Associate Professor for African and African American Studies Bashful Administration Building, Room 209 504.286.5384 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Anderson Tate Professor of Spanish Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 415 504.286.5035 email@example.com
Dr. Michael Torregano Assistant Professor of Music Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 425 504.286.5045 firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the department is to support and achieve the goals of the university: “maintaining an environment conducive to learning and growth, promoting the upward mobility of all peoples by preparing them to enter into new as well as traditional careers, and to equip them to function optimally in the mainstream of American society” (SUNO Catalog 2010-12, 13). A liberal arts education in the department of Arts and Humanities will help students become resourceful and thinking individuals who have an understanding of themselves and the world. With an emphasis on the mastery of one’s own language, along with the other liberal arts studies, students are provided the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons.
The goals of the Department of Arts and Humanities are designed to enhance primary skills such as critical reading and thinking, and proficiency in writing, to expand student knowledge of subject content in the areas of English, History, Humanities, African-American Studies, Fine Arts and Music, Philosophy, Communication, Spanish, and Geography, and to provide experience in using and applying technology for education, for procedural technique, for the collection and processing of information, or for employment.