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Welcome to the School of Arts and Humanities!

At Shepherd University, the School of Arts and Humanities is the heart and soul of the past, present, and future of education. You cross every one of our disciplines every day, every minute. You cannot have a career, much less a life, without the arts, literature, history, language, communication. We are five academic departments-the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater, the Department of Mass Communications, the Department of English and Modern Languages, the Department of History, and the Department of Music.

We are not just integral to the mission and goals of the University; we are the essential core of life. Steve Jobs recently said, "It's in Apple's DNA that technology alone is not enough. It is technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing."

Our mission is to prepare you for more than a job. We want to prepare you for a career, for a life, for a future in which many of tomorrow's jobs don't yet exist.

We do this with a faculty dedicated to scholarship, research, creativity, and, perhaps most important for you, teaching and sharing the vast knowledge they have accumulated. They offer you an amazing variety of learning opportunities--honors classes, interdisciplinary studies, independent study, internships, service learning, capstones--in every major. You will have travel classes and study abroad opportunities in each department designed to let you experience the world and expand what you've already learned.

Two of our faculty have been named West Virginia Professor of the Year and three have been the runner-up. We house two of the University's three Programs of Distinction. Our alumni are recognized as leaders in the professions we serve and, if you choose to join us, we look forward to having a hand in your success and to take pride in your discoveries and accomplishments.

Look us over. Read. Look. Visit. Let me know if you have questions. When you're ready, we'll be happy to welcome you into our world.

Welcome to the School of Arts and Humanities at Shepherd University.


Dow Benedict
Dean, School of Arts and Humanities


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