About the College of Arts and Letters
The departments of Art and Design, Communication, History and Philosophy, Languages and Literature, Music, and Theatre and Dance each reside in the College of Arts and Letters. Majors offered by the college include Art, Communication Arts, English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, and Music. Each of these majors also offers a Teacher Education option. A variety of minors (including Asian Studies, Art History, Creative Writing, Latin American Studies, and Professional Writing to name a few) can also be found in the College of Arts and Letters. Programs in African American Studies, International Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies also provide minors for all majors on campus.
The college's academic departments are central to the liberal arts mission of the university. By offering several General Education courses required of all students, including courses that fulfill the Communication, History, and Humanities and Fine Arts requirements, students gain skills in critical and creative thinking, hone their abilities with oral and written communication, and gain greater knowledge of history and creative expressions of a diversity of cultures.
The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA or "seek-ah") is also housed in the College of Arts and Letters. CECA brings both emerging and prominent artists from around the nation to Clarksville each year to present public concerts and lectures, work directly with students in master classes and workshops, and introduce innovative ways of making or exploring art. CECA also manages the Community School of the Arts at APSU and the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts, an endowment given to APSU in 1984 by music legend Roy Acuff, which brings nationally and internationally renowned artists to the Austin Peay campus during a semester of intensive study with students in the arts.
Professor Barry R. Jones, Interim Dean
College of Arts & Letters
Departments & Programs
APSU's art & design program offers studies in drawing, digital media, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and art education.
The African American Studies program (AAST) is an interdisciplinary program of study about the history and culture of African Americans in the United States and the connections to the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
The minor is designed to enable students to be better prepared for positions with government, business, or industry with international connections. It strives to develop foreign language skills; helps to provide an opportunity for students to study abroad; and seeks to promote international understanding.
Interdisciplinary training for examining the complex questions and practice related to women and gender. Offers a wide range of courses that focus on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and disabilities. Students develop knowledge, sklls, and resources to contribute to the area of social justice locally, nationally, and internationally.