Arts & Humanities

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 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.


Goals

Mission

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.

Comprehensive Goals

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.


FAQ

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 to express 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.

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, visit 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.


Staff

Dr. Douglas Marshall

Dr. Douglas Marshall

Interim Chair, Department of Arts and Humanities
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 300
504.286.5013
dmarshall@suno.edu

Ms. Connie Dorsey Abdul-Salaam

Ms. Connie Dorsey Abdul-Salaam

Assistant Professor of History
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 342
504.286.5219
csalaam@suno.edu

Dr. Robert Azzarello

Dr. Robert Azzarello

English Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of English
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 338
504.286.5060
razzarello@suno.edu

Dr. Deborah Cains

Dr. Deborah Cains

Instructor of English
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 335
504.286.5065
dcains@suno.edu

Mr. Adam Falik

Mr. Adam Falik

Assistant Professor of English
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 325
504.286.5012
afalik@suno.edu

Dr. Sonya Xiongya Gao

Dr. Sonya Xiongya Gao

Professor of English
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 339
504-286-5114
xgao@suno.edu

Mr. Matthew Higgins

Mr. Matthew Higgins

Instructor of History
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 334
504.286.5018
mhiggins@suno.edu

Mr. Lenus Jack Jr.

Dr. Lenus Jack Jr.

Associate Professor of History
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 343
504.286.5157
ljack@suno.edu

Dr. Warren Jones

Dr. Warren Jones

Professor of Philosophy
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 347
504.286.5085
wjones@suno.edu

Dr. Michael Meehan

Dr. Michael Meehan

Adjunct/Video Production

504.286.5274
mmeehan@suno.edu

Dr. Chester Mills

Dr. Chester Mills

Associate Professor of English
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 337
504.286.5124
cmills@suno.edu

Mr. Gary Oaks

Mr. Gary Oaks

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 330
504.286.5208
goaks@suno.edu

Dr. Pamela Porter

Dr. Pamela Porter

Instructor of English
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 332
504.286.5152
pporter@suno.edu

Ms. Cynthia Ramirez

Ms. Cynthia Ramirez

Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 328
504.286.5207
cramirez@suno.edu

Dr. Clyde Robertson

Dr. Clyde Robertson

Associate Professor for African and African American Studies
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 209
504.286.5384
crobertson@suno.edu

Mr. Joseph Stern

Mr. Joseph Stern

Instructor of English
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 331
504.286.5016
jstern@suno.edu

Dr. Anderson Tate

Dr. Anderson Tate

Associate Professor of Spanish
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 333
504.286.5035
atate@suno.edu

 

 

 

Dr. Michael Torregano

Dr. Michael Torregano

Assistant Professor of Music
Arts and Humanities Social Sciences Building,
Room 346
504.286.5045
mtorregano@suno.edu

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