The Humanities Division at Tougaloo College is where the arts come alive with music, art, literature, as well as interdisciplinary studies. Through studio challenges and writing intensive classes, students are encouraged to develop skills as independent, analytical, critical thinkers and to deepen their appreciation for, and awareness of, all contributions to the arts from a global perspective. Students may also pursue courses that prepare them for careers in journalism, communications, education, business, or law. Study in the Humanities increases analytical skills and communication abilities to prepare the graduate for a broad range of career options.
The Division offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art and Art Education; English and English Education; Music and Music Education; Liberal Studies; Mass Communications; and the Associate of Arts degree in Religious Studies. Other courses of study housed in the Division include: modern language courses (Spanish, French, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and German); effective speaking courses; courses in creative writing; and drama production courses. In addition, the Division provides course work designed to help students meet their general education requirement in writing, speaking, literature, art, modern languages, music (with a new course in Jazz History), philosophy and religion.
The Humanities Division has four departments that offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in the following areas of study: Art, English, Liberal Studies, Mass Communications, and Music.
The Division of Humanities generates activities that add significantly to the cultural experience of the entire Tougaloo College community.
The English Department sponsors poetry readings, dramatic readings, short story readings, speakers and conferences. The speech/drama unit of the English Department provides at least two student-staged productions a year. The English Department also supports the Writing Center where non-judgmental, one-on-one tutorial assistance is available. The tutors are trained students overseen by the Director of the Writing Center.
Visual and Performing Arts Department
The Art Program offers instruction across the spectrum of the visual arts, including painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking and art history. The Art Program maintains a schedule of changing art exhibitions from the Tougaloo Art Collections. These collections contain Mississippi's largest collection of African-American and African art, as well as a good collection of international prints and 20th Century American paintings. In addition, students, faculty and guest artists contribute to an active lecture and exhibition schedule each year.
The Music Program provides many musical performances by the Tougaloo College Concert Choir and Tougaloo College Instrumental Ensemble as well as Opera Workshop and other small group ensembles.
Each spring, the entire Division of Humanities collaborates to produce its week-long Humanities Festival. Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, concerts, exhibitions, dance and dramatic performances are coordinated around a central theme. The Festival presenters are students and faculty, as well as nationally known guest scholars and artists.
Tougaloo Art Colony
During the summer, under the supervision of the Humanities Division, a different group of nationally known guest artists and lecturers create a week-long intensive art experience that involves workshops, critiques, lectures, and specialized studios. The Tougaloo Art Colony is attended by participants from across the nation including professional artists, art educators, and college art students.
We are here to help you! Feel free to call, email, visit, or write the Division of Humanities:
Division of Humanities
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, MS 39174
Miranda Freeman, Ph.D.
Dean of Humanities