The primary mission of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts is to prepare students to be competitive in both graduate and professional schools and in the work world. It further has as its mission to make students sensitive to the world as their community and to, therefore, have as their own individual goals and objectives some contribution for the improvement of their society. Finally, all faculty members in the division are aware of our multi-ethnic/multi-faceted society, and are dedicated to developing students who understand and appreciate their cultural variety, and who have the commitment and intellectual capacity to serve their fellow human beings.
Department of Communications
The Communications Department offers general education courses in composition and speech, as well as literature courses open to all students at or above the sophomore level. The development of effective writing skills is emphasized in all composition and literature courses. A writing workshop is available with appropriate resource materials and faculty assistance for those who wish to develop writing skills. The English area offers the English major with the traditional literature concentration and with a concentration in journalism. The department also offers a major in Mass Media Studies with three areas of concentration: journalism, media and cultural studies, and electronic and visual media studies. The minimum total number of semester hours needed for graduation is 125 for English majors and 133 for English/Journalism majors.
Department of Mass Media Studies
The department offers a variety of mass media historical, theoretical and skills courses within the context of a liberal arts environment to help provide students with an educational foundation and background that can prepare them for living and working in an increasingly complex world. All Mass Media Studies majors are required to complete an internship with an appropriate media company to learn about the real world in which the media operate.
Modern Language Program
The Modern Language program includes minors in French and Spanish. Courses offered focus on the development of the communication skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing a foreign language. Advanced courses in literature, culture and civilization are also available.
Fine Arts Department
The Fine Arts program provides enrichment and cultural opportunities for students who wish to expand and broaden their education through experiences in painting, ceramics, and the plastic and graphic arts. This program also contributes to the general education work in the humanities.
Humanistic Studies Department
The Department of Humanistic Studies offers courses in history, philosophy and religion. Majors are offered in African American Studies, History and History (Pre-Law). A History Education major is coordinated through the Department of Education. The history curriculum includes the study of historiography, American, African American, European and African history. Students who choose a major within the Department should follow the curriculum pattern designed for that specific major.
The African American Studies major is focused on providing the student with a thorough knowledge of the distinctive elements of African American history, culture, literature, music and the influence of these areas on groups and societies both inside and outside the United States. Academic success in this major should equip the student with knowledge to pursue a graduate degree and a career as a college and/or university professor. The History major offers course work in the areas of U.S., African, African American and European history. It is designed to prepare students for graduate study in history leading to the terminal degree (Doctor of Philosophy) and a career as a college and/or university professor. The History (Pre-Law) major is focused on the evaluation of historical evidence, the history of legal systems and social mores in order to prepare the student to make an acceptable Law School Admission Test score necessary for admission to the best law schools and a subsequent legal career in either civil or criminal law. The emphasis on writing and research is the nearest undergraduate equivalent of what the student will actually be doing in law school. The Department of Humanistic Studies also coordinates the core Humanities courses, Humanities 101-102 Introduction to the Humanities. Philosophy and religion courses are offered as non-major credit to enrich the general education program and to provide electives for majors who desire to be enhanced with humanistic and ethical values.
The Music program prepares students to continue in graduate school or to enter advanced training for a professional performance career. Preparation for these interests is provided with an emphasis in voice or piano.
Admission to Program
All prospective students are examined for determining their program of emphasis. Each student must satisfactorily pass a full 40-minute sophomore recital jury before the music faculty to be officially accepted in the music performance program (voice or piano). Students pursuing either performance emphasis must make satisfactory according to the performance standards set by the music faculty. Progress is evaluated each semester along with the overall performance of the student.
For students emphasizing piano, examination requirements for entrance will include all scales and arpeggios, two studies from Czerny Op. 740, an octave study (During or other), a Prelude and Fugue fr om Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, a movement from an early Beethoven sonata, and a lyrical composition from the Romantic period. A public recital exhibiting proficiency in interpreting the music of the important periods and styles is required in the final year. The program should be planned around significant compositions, such as a work by Bach, a sonata of Beethoven, lyrical and dramatic pieces from the Romantic period, and Impressionistic and/or contemporary compositions. For students emphasizing voice, a recital including an aria, and a group of modern songs is required during the senior year. The voice or piano candidate must present his/her program before the faculty for approval at least four weeks in advance of the public recital.
Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
627 Battle Street West
Talladega, Alabama 35160