College of Arts and Humanities
Welcome to the College
I am delighted to welcome you to our College webpage.
The College of Arts and Humanities finds its strength in its people: a distinguished, talented faculty and a skilled, dedicated staff create an environment in which students flourish, both personally and professionally. The arts and humanities integrate rigorous academic inquiry with professional and personal development, promoting creative
and scholarly excellence and community engagement. Our numerous outreach programs ensure that the arts and humanities, the very foundations of a democratic society, are accessible both on our campus and throughout our region and our state.
Please take a moment to explore our site to learn about our many programs of study, performance events, and enrichment opportunities.
Dean Bonnie Irwin
Who Are We?
The College of Arts and Humanities comprises 225 faculty members in nine academic departments representing the Arts (Art, Music, Theatre Arts) and the Humanities (English, Communications Studies, Foreign Languages, History, Journalism, Philosophy) as well as the Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity (Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Women's Studies) and the Tarble Arts Center, a major cultural arts resource serving east-central Illinois. The College enrolls some 1800 majors and awarded 460 degrees in AY 2009.
Where Are We?
The College of Arts and Humanities dean's suite is housed in the newly renovated and expanded Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University's newest architectural landmark, designed by the internationally renowned architect Antoine Predock, winner of the 2006 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement and the 2007 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Design.
The College of Arts and Humanities is committed to the University’s goal of providing a comprehensive undergraduate program of liberal studies as a foundation for all students. Its mission is to instill knowledge, skills and values that will enable students to emerge as responsible citizens. Specifically, the College seeks to provide intensive training in a discipline, to enhance the development of talented performing and creative artists, and to develop in students a capacity for critical judgment, the ability to communicate effectively, and a sense of ethical responsibility.
In addition, the College sponsors many cultural activities and programs which are both aesthetically and intellectually stimulating. The mission of the College is complemented by a select graduate program.