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Who We Are

Affectionately known as the “college on the Quad,” the College of Arts and Letters offers high-quality programs across fourteen majors in the humanities, social sciences, communication and pre-professional studies at James Madison University. We are committed to free but rigorous and controlled inquiry into human nature.

Our Values

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 awareness
  • intensify moral and aesthetic sensitivity
  • foster awareness of the contingent nature of knowledge.
What is "Arts and Letters"?

The term "arts and letters" first appeared in the English language around 1820 and traditionally referred to the combined study of the fine arts and the liberal arts. Here at JMU, the College of Arts & Letters includes the liberal arts, social sciences, communication studies and pre-professional studies.

Top Undergraduate Majors
  • Media Arts & Design 
  • Communication Studies 
  • Political Science 
  • International Affairs 
  • Justice Studies 
By the Numbers
  • 3,556 Undergraduate Students
  • 160 Graduate Students
  • 269 Faculty Members
  • 38,000 Living Alumni

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