Arts & Humanities
The Department of Arts & Humanities consists of several disciplines – English, Communication, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, History, Humanities, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy, and African American Studies – and offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Students who study Arts and Humanities are equipped with the skills and knowledge that can be applied to nearly any career pursuit. Arts and Humanities disciplines are marked by intellectual curiosity, analytical thinking, multicultural understanding, and strong written and verbal communication. A humanities education helps to advance a student’s long-term personal goals and provides a strong foundation for any number of career choices.
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 2018-2020, 15-16). A liberal arts education in the department of Arts and Humanities will help students become resourceful and thinking individuals who understand 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.