The departments of Art, Communication, History and Philosophy, Languages and Literature, Music, and Theatre and Dance each reside in the College of Arts and Letters. Majors offered by the college include Art, Communication Arts, English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, and Music. Currently, Theatre is offered as a Communication Arts concentration. Each of these majors also offers a Teacher Education option. A variety of minors (including Asian Studies, Art History, Creative Writing, Dance, Latin American Studies, and Professional Writing to name a few) can also be found in the College of Arts and Letters. Programs in African American Studies, International Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies also provide minors for all majors on campus.
The college's academic departments are central to the liberal arts mission of the university. By offering several General Education courses required of all students, including courses that fulfill the Communication, History, and Humanities and Fine Arts requirements, students gain skills in critical and creative thinking, hone their abilities with oral and written communication, and gain greater knowledge of history and creative expressions of a diversity of cultures.
The Center for the Creative Arts and Community School for the Arts are also housed in the College of Arts and Letters. The Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts, endowed by the music legend Roy Acuff, brings nationally and internationally renowned artists in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts to the Austin Peay campus for a semester of intensive study with students in the arts.
Dr. Dixie Webb, Dean
College of Arts & Letters