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College of Arts and Letters

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In the College of Arts and Letters; students are encouraged to learn and live responsibly and imaginatively, embracing diversity and collaboration as they strive to elucidate the larger human condition and shape intentional, ethical, socially just lives.

About the College of Arts and Letters

The departments of Art and Design, 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. Each of these majors also offers a Teacher Education option. A variety of minors (including Asian Studies, Art History, Creative Writing, 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 of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA or "seek-ah") is also housed in the College of Arts and Letters.  CECA brings both emerging and prominent artists from around the nation to Clarksville each year to present public concerts and lectures, work directly with students in master classes and workshops, and introduce innovative ways of making or exploring art.  CECA also manages the Community School of the Arts at APSU and the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts, an endowment given to APSU in 1984 by music legend Roy Acuff, which brings nationally and internationally renowned artists to the Austin Peay campus during a semester of intensive study with students in the arts.

Professor Barry R. Jones, Interim Dean
College of Arts & Letters
Phone 931-221-7330

Departments & Programs

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Art & Design

APSU's art & design program offers studies in drawing, digital media, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and art education.

CommunicationThe APSU Department of Communication offers unique and exciting options for students who select our program.  Students may engage in real-world experience, as well as hands-on opportunities, from the moment they enter our program as freshmen.
History and PhilosophyThe academic courses and programs in this department are designed to help students learn about past events and ideas but also to help students develop skills in analytical thinking and expression.  Together these help prepare students for success along a variety of academic and professional career paths.  These may include education, public service, or postgraduate study in the humanities or social studies, or in such applied fields as law, relition, and business.
Languages and LiteratureOne of the largest departments at the university, the Department of Languages and Literature offers students small classes and a diverse, experienced faculty including many award-winning teachers.
MusicThe Austin Peay State University Department of Music is an active and highly visible component of the Clarksville Community.  Composed of approximately 180 music majors and 32 full-time and adjunct faculty, the Department of Music is the largest producer of cultural events in the Clarksville area.
Theatre and DanceA nationally and internationally renowned department, in a state-of-the-art facility, that fosters artists, scholars and professionals who positively impact our world.
African American Studies

The African American Studies program (AAST) is an interdisciplinary program of study about the history and culture of African Americans in the United States and the connections to the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

International Studies

The minor is designed to enable students to be better prepared for positions with government, business, or industry with international connections. It strives to develop foreign language skills; helps to provide an opportunity for students to study abroad; and seeks to promote international understanding.

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Women and Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary training for examining the complex questions and practice related to women and gender. Offers a wide range of courses that focus on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and disabilities. Students develop knowledge, sklls, and resources to contribute to the area of social justice locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Japanese delegation
Japanese delegation to visit Austin Peay for Jan. 24 'Walk in the U.S., Talk on Japan' program

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m., the Japanese delegation will take part in a presentation, Q&A session and a reception in the Morgan University Center Ballroom. The event is open to the public. Students, military service members or veterans who have served in Japan and community members interested in Japan are especially encouraged to attend.

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APSU to serve as pickup location for 250k Tree Day on Feb. 23-24

To pre-register, go to www.tectn.org/250ktreeday, and select "APSU" as your pickup location. Seeds will be available to those who register before Feb. 1, while supplies last, and donations are encouraged to help cover the cost of the program.

Wall of Legacy
APSU receives donation to establish James T. and Dorothy Mann Wall of Legacy in Department of Art + Design

Jim Mann and his wife Dottie recently made a contribution to Austin Peay to establish the James T. and Dorothy Mann Endowment to create the James T. and Dorothy Mann Wall of Legacy, paying tribute to Art + Design emeritus faculty that have impacted the lives of department students.

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Aimee Nezhukutamathil, Visiting Writer Poetry Read
Date: September 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: MUC, Room 303
CCCA Cumberland Winds Jazz Combo
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: MUC, Room 303


Last day 25% fee adjustment -CC Session A
Date: January 29, 2018
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14th day of classes- CC Session A
Date: January 29, 2018
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Last day to drop without record- CC Session A
Date: January 29, 2018
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