About the School of Liberal Arts

The School of Liberal Arts is the primary liberal education unit for the Undergraduate College. The school is responsible for the preparation of students in several professions, including education, mass media arts, music-related areas, and social services. The School of Liberal Arts provides quality undergraduate preparation for successful advanced graduate and professional study in several disciplines and areas of the arts, humanities, social and behavioral science, law, and other areas of interest.

It is organized into two inter-related divisions, each with its own mission, goals, and academic standards:

Arts and Humanities

The comprehensive curriculum of this division is designed to achieve four major objectives:

  • To develop communication skills enabling each student to read, write, speak, and listen effectively.
  • To develop in all students an understanding of the culture of which they are a part and its relationship to the aspirations and development of man on the world scene.
  • To assist all students in understanding and appreciating various art forms within the context of their own literary, artistic (music and fine arts), historical, and philosophical heritage.
  • To prepare students for competent performance in teaching and related professions, as well as in creative careers in the various areas taught in the division.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

The comprehensive curriculum of this division is designed to achieve four major objectives:

  • To provide students with a well-rounded exposure to the study of society, social and political institutions, and interactive behaviors among diverse racial, ethnic, and gender groups.
  • To equip students with a theoretical praxis designed to enhance leadership skills and facilitate meaningful community, state and national service.
  • To prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to a diverse and interdependent world.
  • To develop in students an intensive educational foundation that prepares them for entrance into graduate and professional schools.

The Division of Arts and Humanities includes the departments that provide the foundation for any general education experience, along with preparation for specialties in the arts. The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences comprises the important cultural curricula of contemporary society.

Much of the liberal arts undergirding that supports all undergraduate programs at Hampton University is provided by the School of Liberal Arts. The Dean's office keeps faculty, staff, and students informed through the School newsletter, the LA&E Beacon. Faculty members in the School continue to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the University. The following faculty members continue to serve as Endowed University Professors: Dr. Lois Benjamin and Dr. Zina McGee.

The School of Liberal Arts has an enrollment of over 500 students. Majors include English, Theatre, Art, Spanish, Music, Political Science, Sociology, and Liberal Studies. Students with Liberal Arts majors are acceptance to graduate and professional schools., including Harvard (Medical), University of California, American University, University of Virginia, Rutgers University, University of Pittsburgh, Brown University, Duke University and the New School, among many others.

In response to the call of the dean to pursue greater funded and interdisciplinary research efforts, faculty members have begun to work with the development office liaison and school grants coordinator on proposal ideas. Of particular note is the continuation of COR grant and pilot funding for African American Marriage Center.

The School continues to foster an environment of modern educational practices and research. Faculty members participate in conferences and workshops, as well as, publish articles and books. the School of Liberal Arts continues to bring national visibility and distinction to Hampton University through art exhibits, theatre productions, the band and choirs.