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College of Arts and Letters

Academic Units Within the College

School of Communication Studies

Dr. Eric Fife, Director

Department of English

Dr. Dabney Bankert, 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. Dolores Flamiano, Interim Academic Unit Head

Department of Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Charles Bolyard, 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, Director

Graduate Programs

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.

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 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 to free but rigorous and controlled inquiry into human nature.

Annual Events

Visiting Scholars Program

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.