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Welcome to The School of Arts and Letters!

Now that you found us, let me try to answer the question everyone asks . . .

. . . what IS Arts & Letters?

Well, it is the most diverse school on campus, and used to go by the name "Humanities".

ARTS & LETTERS houses:

These Major fields subdivide further into areas of concentration such as German, Ceramics, French, Literature, Speech, Printmaking, Vocal Performance, Graphic Design, Technical Theatre, Strategic Communication (formerly Advertising), Art History, Writing, Religious Studies, Painting, Spanish, Religious Studies, Acting, Japanese . . . plus several others . . . and always growing.

The Arts & Letters (Humanities) are integral to the central notion of a Liberal Arts Education. Not a day goes by (sometimes not an hour or even a minute) when we do not come into contact with something that has its roots in the School of Arts & Letters. What we do touches on every aspect of our lives, from business, personal relationships, to the media, to the grocery store.

The skill sets and ideology encompassed in our school can exist on their own, but more than likely are going to be blended together with others in our school or across campus. The reason for this is that employers are looking for the experience and traits of the flexible people found in Arts & Letters.

Brian Casey, President of DePauw University recently put it very well when he said, "Employers want people who are creative, who can deal with complexity, and who can think for themselves," [and] he added, "work with other folks."
We focus on nurturing a student’s creativity and critical thinking skills while at the same time giving them a broader vision of the world in which they will live and work. This broader vision includes diversity; empathy and awareness for people of other cultures, backgrounds, identifications, and traditions. This experience and awareness is essential for succeeding in the modern workplace.

What Employers Are Looking For

According to the Job Outlook 2012, published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top five skills that employers are looking for in candidates (or on their resumes) are:

  1. Ability to work in a team
  2. Leadership
  3. Written communication skills
  4. Problem-solving skills
  5. A strong work ethic

What Our Degrees Offer

  1. Group work and a focus on oral communication skills as part of the curriculum
  2. The opportunity to develop and lead a project
  3. Writing projects that will enhance your written communication skills
  4. Critical thinking activities that will increase your ability to solve problems
  5. The chance for you to involve yourself in class projects and out-of-class events to showcase what you can do

As you embark on this journey of self-discovery and preparation for your future, please don’t hesitate to contact me or anyone on our faculty or staff. We really do look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you might have - or just to talk. On behalf of all of us, welcome to Arts and Letters, and to the beginning of your future!


Jim Hesselman
Dean, School of Arts and Letters

Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 941-2333

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