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Dr. Arcides Gonzalez (chair) | Maggy D. Aston | James B. Bové | Andrea Cencich | Laura DeFazio |  Dr. R. Scott Lloyd | Richard Miecznikowski | Suzan Mohney | Todd Pinkham | Dr. Mary M. Randall | Dr. Razak Surrey


The Department of Art and Languages provides professional degrees in art and languages as well as a liberal arts degree in art education. These programs foster critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving skills, communication skills, individual initiative and responsibility, professional knowledge and performance skills in a broad range of art media, and an understanding of historical context and the role of art and design in the history of humankind. The primary emphasis is on the development of concepts, skills and sensitivities essential to the professional artist, designer or art educator. 

Rapid political and economic changes in the world require that students not only understand other cultures, but that they can communicate with persons in those cultures. In this sense, familiarity with speaking and reading a modern language and being aware of how persons in other countries think about the world is pragmatic. 



The department offers three degree programs in the arts:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts:  A professional degree allowing students to develop a concentration of 18 advanced-level credits in any of the following studio areas: 2-dimensional media, 3-dimensional media, digital media, graphic design, painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, jewelry or sculpture.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art: A liberal arts degree that allows students to study a broad range of studio areas without concentration in any one area. It is a liberal arts degree that allows students to study a broad range of studio areas without concentration in any one area, allowing this degree to be combined easily with a minor, or even double major.
  • Bachelor of Science in Education: K-12 Art Education Certification (in conjunction with the College of Education and Human Services)

The department also offers a 21-credit art minor, in which students may combine courses in multiple studio areas, or concentrate in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry or sculpture. A minor in arts administration is also available. 

Finally, the department offers a very versatile 15-credit certificate in studio art, in which students may combine courses in multiple studio areas, or concentrate in 2-dimensional media, 3-dimensional media, and digital media, painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, jewelry or sculpture. This certificate includes course options from other related disciplines, such as digital media technology or graphic design, and dovetails nicely with degrees in these areas and various other disciplines. 


In addition, the department administers the following programs in modern languages:

Bachelor's Degree

  • Arabic Language and Culture 


  • Arabic Language and Culture
  • Spanish for Business
  • Spanish for Law Enforcement


  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish


Students entering a modern language course will be evaluated in order to determine the proper course-level placement for them. Students who wish to receive credit for previously acquired language proficiency can take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examination or a challenge examination.



Graduates with a B.A. or B.F.A. in Art have job opportunities in a variety of fields, including as:

  • Museum curators
  • Conservators or technicians
  • Gallery directors or technicians
  • Illustrators
  • Art directors
  • Graphic designers
  • Desktop publishers
  • Crafts persons
  • Designers in various commercial contexts

The B.F.A. degree program also prepares students for entry into graduate degree programs, particularly the Master of Fine Arts degree, which is the terminal degree in art. A minor or second major in another field further expands career options, including historic preservation, art therapy, law and government. 

Graduates with a B.S. in Education: K-12 Art Education Certification are certified to teach art K-12 in the public or private schools, and can pursue careers in museums or art/cultural centers teaching or directing museums' education programs in art. 


Linguistic ability in languages other than English can promote employment opportunities in organizations working internationally, especially legal, banking and commercial corporations; national and regional governmental agencies; social service and religious organizations; educational institutions; communications; import-export and travel businesses; and a variety of translation services.