Administration and Organization
Jason Knirck, PhD (Black Hall, room 127)
Mark Meister, PhD (Black Hall, room 127)
Mail Stop 7518
The College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) is comprised of 12 departments and programs, which represent the disciplines of the arts and humanities. All of the departments and some of the programs of CAH offer undergraduate degrees as well as minors which supplement other degree programs. Five departments offer Master’s degrees. In addition to its role in providing degree programs, CAH is responsible for many of the course offerings of the general education programs as well as extensive service coursework for the entire university. The college also plays a major role in Central’s teacher education programs, offering bachelors and master’s degrees for students preparing to be secondary teachers and providing coursework in educational foundations and discipline-specific methods for teacher education majors. Building on a legacy of teaching excellence, college faculty are engaged in research, creative activities and service, involving students in the scholarship and practical applications of their various academic specializations, while making important contributions to the intellectual tradition and to society at large. There are no special requirements for admission to the college, but some departments have requirements that are described under the respective department and program headings in the catalog.
The College of Arts and Humanities advances knowledge, promotes intellectual inquiry, and cultivates creative endeavor among students and faculty through teaching informed by scholarship, creative activity, and public and professional involvement. We are committed to helping students develop intellectual and practical skills for responsible citizenship and the challenges of contemporary life in a global society. The college offers disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs of the highest quality, acts as a steward of the foundational disciplines upon which all inquiry is based, and serves as a cultural center for arts and humanities for the university and the region.
The College of Arts and Humanities will be recognized as a distinguished learning community known regionally for scholarly and creative excellence, innovative, and rigorous foundational liberal arts education, and undergraduate and graduate programs that are outstanding and unique in the state.
Departments and Programs
Africana and Black Studies Program: Bobby Cummings, PhD (Michaelsen Hall, room 104)
Art and Design: Gregg Schlanger, MFA (Randall Hall, room 100)
Asian Studies Program: Chong Eun Ahn, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 100)
Communication: Francesco Somaini, PhD (Lind Hall, room 109B)
English: Katharine Whitcomb, MFA and Christopher Schedler, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 423)
History: Roxanne Easley, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 100)
Latino and Latin American Studies Program: Christina Torres Garcia, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 102)
Liberal Studies Program: Dean’s Office (Black Hall, room 127)
Music: Mark Goodenberger, MM (Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Bldg., room 144)
Philosophy and Religious Studies: Jeffrey Dippmann, PhD (Language and Literature Bldg., room 337)
Theatre Arts: Christina Barrigan, MFA (McConnell Hall, room 106)
World Languages and Cultures: Volha Isakava, PhD, (Language and Literature Bldg., room 102)
ProgramsBachelor of Arts (B.A.)Certificate AMinor
CoursesCollege of Arts and Humanities (CAH)