College of Arts and Letters
School of Communication Studies
Dr. Sharon Mazzarella, Academic Unit Head
Department of English
Dr. Mark Parker, Academic Unit Head
Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Dr. Giuliana Fazzion, Academic Unit Head
Department of History
Dr. Gabrielle Lanier, Interim Academic Unit Head
Department of Justice Studies
Dr. Glenn P. Hastedt, Academic Unit Head
School of Media Arts and Design
Dr. Steven Anderson, Academic Unit Head
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Dr. Alan Kirk, Academic Unit Head
Department of Political Science
Dr. Charles H. Blake, Academic Unit Head
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Beth Eck, Academic Unit Head
School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Dr. Traci Zimmerman, Interim Academic Unit Head
Students may select from a range of graduate programs in the College of Arts and Letters. The departments and schools fully describe their programs in the Academic Units section. In addition to departmental programs, the college offers a wide array of annual events and supporting services, some of which reach out to the regional community.
- English (M.A.)
- History (M.A.)
- Political Science (M.A.)
- Public Administration (M.P.A.)
- Public Administration – Fifth Year Format (M.P.A.)
- Public Administration – Roanoke (M.P.A.)
- Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication (M.A., M.S.)
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, and communication, 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 tofree but rigorous and controlled inquiry into human nature.
The Visiting Scholars Committee organizes campus visits during the year by 12-15 people who have made significant contributions in their fields. The scholars, who represent a wide variety of disciplines, expose students and faculty members to different perspectives and encourage intellectual exploration. During a visit, a scholar meets with at least one group of students in a class or informal setting and gives a public presentation and discussion of his/her work.
For further information, contact Prof. Dietrich Maune at (540) 568-6472.
Each April, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication sponsors a Graduate Student Symposium focused on the broad theme of communication. Graduate students from a variety of disciplines travel to JMU to share their work during this one-day event.
- provides a forum for WRTC graduate students to showcase their research
- fosters a supportive environment for graduate students to present research
- allows graduate students to interact with peers from a variety of disciplines and schools