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Who We Are

The College of Arts and Letters combines the inclusive community of a small liberal arts college with the innovation of a research university. Located on the beautiful quad, the college offers high-quality programs across thirteen majors with focuses ranging from culture, communication, and creativity to politics, ethics, and justice.

Our students have opportunities to shape their own education by selecting from the various minors housed in the college or working side-by-side with faculty on community-engagement or research projects. Arts and Letters graduates enter the working world as strong written and oral communicators, critical thinkers, and problem solvers.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

As the JMU college with the most programs dedicated to equity and inclusion, we are committed to integrating these values across our college community. Whether in the classroom and the office, in fieldwork and in research, we hold our faculty, students, and staff responsible for fostering  inclusiveness that is central to our college mission. All are welcome, all belong.

Student Experience

Our diverse areas of study are designed to:

  • promote lifelong learning by sharpening analytical skills
  • improve communications abilities
  • cultivate a facility for written expression
  • enhance cultural and community awareness
  • intensify moral and aesthetic sensitivity
  • foster awareness of the contingent nature of knowledge.

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