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Message from the Dean


The faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Humanities seek to develop a humanistic and socially responsible mindset in our students. This means that we want all College of Arts and Humanities students, no matter what their course of study, to better understand themselves and the world around them. Students develop this mindset through five key areas: creativity, compassion, open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity, and engagement.


College of Arts and Humanities students are especially strong in the areas of written and oral communication, critical and independent thinking, problem solving, cultural and global understanding, collaboration, self-reflection, and professional confidence. Faculty utilize a variety of high-impact learning practices in the classroom. Depending on the class, students may find themselves delving into their creative sides by effectively telling stories through media production, following their own scholarly paths to new insights and new discoveries, or honing their foreign language skills through lively classroom discussions. Students in the College of Arts and Humanities can also take advantage of experiential learning opportunities, such as study abroad, internships, and conference presentations.


For students interested in the visual and performing arts, UMU has much to offer. All Mount Union students are invited to audition for theatrical performances as well as the Mount Union Concert Choir.  Instrumentalists have a wide variety of performance options, such as the Steel Drum Band, the Purple Raiders Marching Band, the Repertory Strings Chamber Orchestra, and the Concert Band. Through the John and Madge Peters Visiting Artist Series, theatre students have an opportunity to learn from a different visiting professional artist each year. In addition, theatre students can apply to participate in Shakespeare at the Castle, our annual Shakespeare performance at Glamorgan Castle here in Alliance. Art students are encouraged to submit their work for the annual student art show. Those with a love of the arts will find an outlet for their creative side.


No matter what a student’s professional goals, a background in the arts and humanities is invaluable for long-term professional success. The College of Arts and Humanities is a truly welcoming learning environment where students will develop the skillset and the mindset to advance in their careers and chart a professional path that fits their individual passions.



Heather L. Duda, Ph.D.

Founding Dean, College of Arts and Humanities