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School of Liberal Arts

English, History, Foreign Languages, Sociology and Anthropology, Philosophy and Religion.

School of Public and International Affairs

International Affairs, Justice Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration

Schools of Communication, Information, and Media

The Schools of Communication Studies (SCOM), Media Arts and Design (SMAD), Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication (WRTC).

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Support the Arts and Letters mission with your generous contribution.

Visiting Scholars

Enhancing intellectual exploration and academic excellence.


Mission Statement

The College of Arts and Letters serves multiple vital needs of JMU students. First, it offers high-quality programs of specialized study in the social sciences, humanities, communication and the arts, and in several pre-professional and cross disciplinary areas. Second, the college provides a challenging array of courses designed to promote lifelong learning by sharpening analytical abilities; improving computational and communications skills; cultivating a facility with written expression; enhancing cultural awareness, intensifying moral and aesthetic sensitivity and fostering awareness of the contingent nature of knowledge. Linking these two missions is a college-wide commitment to free but rigorous and controlled inquiry into human nature.

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  • Feb 9: Vietnam War 50th Year Commemoration Luncheon
  • Feb 13: End of the Line: The Politics of Expressionism in Jack B. Yeats
  • Feb 16: MadRush Call for Papers
  • Feb 19: Visiting Scholar Roger Reynolds
  • Mar 16: Visiting Scholar Carl Lee
  • Mar 30: Visiting Scholar Bob Marshall
  • Apr 13: Visiting Scholar Judith Jellison
  • Apr 16: Visiting Scholar Alice Butler-Smith
  • Apr 16: Visiting Scholar Elzbieta Gozdziak
  • Apr 30: Visiting Scholar Philip Davies
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