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Message from the Dean

From Dr. Yasuko Taoka, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities

Welcome to the School of Arts and Humanities! Our programs in fine and performing arts, media arts, literature, and communications explore how humans use sound, image, gesture, and text to express ourselves, make connections, and build communities. Whether inside the classroom, out and about on campus, or in the surrounding communities, you’ll find our students and faculty showcasing their talents and sharing their passion for their craft.

The outstanding faculty members of the School of Arts and Humanities are our greatest asset. They are recognized and celebrated experts in their fields as well as caring and dedicated teachers. The curriculum is a combination of strong emphasis on broad cross-disciplinary skills and specialized, hands-on experience. The programs in art and music are nationally accredited by their professional associations and meet national benchmarks for program quality. Students in all programs benefit from the individual attention of teacher-scholars who are knowledgeable in their fields and go the extra mile to pass on their knowledge to the next generation. They also remain active in their own research and creative activity with performances, exhibits, and publications in national and international venues.

Students have access to top-notch facilities and equipment to gain hands-on experience. Recent improvements include the Nordstrand Gallery housed in Conn Library, updates to the Black Box theater, new cameras and mics in the radio and TV production suites, a new digital piano lab with iPad Pro integration, and new technology in the graphic design lab. 

The School of Arts and Humanities is known for its robust co-curricular opportunities: music ensembles, theater productions, gallery exhibitions, media outlets, poetry and fiction readings, and over a dozen academic-interest and honorary student organizations. There are many opportunities to participate, and since these groups are open to non-majors, you'll find students and faculty members from all over the college participating in these groups.

At Wayne State College, learning extends beyond the classroom and into the real world. These initiatives take classroom knowledge and apply it to a real-world project; students work with community partners to identify a need, envision the project, and work to bring it to fruition. In addition, many students participate in internships that integrate their classroom knowledge into the atmosphere of a real work environment.

Our graduates find placement after Wayne. Fundamental skills like oral and written communication, ethical decision-making, and teamwork are among the most desirable skills among employers, and majors in the arts and humanities emphasize these skills. Of the Wayne State alumni who have graduated in the past year, 99.8% are either employed or in graduate school. Of those employed, 87% are employed in a field related to their major. Recent arts and humanities graduates work in fields as varied as graphic and digital design, TV and radio production, interpreting and translating, and public relations. The arts and humanities can be both your passion and your career. Come see (and hear, and read, and feel) how.