The College of Arts and Humanities is a beacon of African American and Diasporan culture and education to the University and the world.  Majors and minors in the College are many and varied, inspiring and engaging—from performing arts to public relations.

Whichever path you choose at the College of Arts and Humanities, you’ll be part of a community of learners who are diverse, passionate, focused and determined to make their mark. Through excellent, caring teaching and ongoing contact with accomplished professionals, we’ll prepare you to do just that.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to perform – on the world’s stages and concert venues, in traditional and remote workplaces or in nonprofits. Our promise: to encourage your creativity, develop your research and critical thinking capabilities, refine your artistic appreciation, challenge your communication skills, and sharpen your moral compass. Delivering on that promise is the principal goal of each faculty and staff person. We cultivate student excellence for a lifetime of success.

Ambassadors of Student Engagement (ASE)

You’ll have many options for joining organizations specific to your field. You’ll find examples in the program descriptions on these pages. There is one organization that serves the College overall—ASE. 

"Ase” or “ashe” (from Yoruba àṣẹ) is philosophical concept West African/ Yoruba origin that defines the student leaders in the College or Arts and Humanities. It connotes the power to make things happen and produce change. 

These students, our changemakers, will bear the moniker (and acronym), physically, spiritually, and intellectually, as the Ambassadors of Student Engagement. As the student advisors to the dean in thought, action, and deed, ASE creates meaningful change on behalf of all students and for the good of the entire College. 

ASE is open to all students within the College of Arts and Humanities. Applications are available year-round from the Office of the Dean and require a writing sample and a letter of recommendation from one faculty member within the College. 

Dr. Jan Boulware
Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities
Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the College of Arts and Humanities!

We see you for the fearfully and wonderfully made human beings that you already are, and as faculty, we lovingly mold and guide the masterpieces within.

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In the Spotlight

Dr. Claudette McFadden – Professor
“My tenure at Bethune-Cookman University has been nothing short of remarkable and I will forever be grateful for the wealth of opportunities that I have been given over the many years.”
Dr. Claudette McFadden will tell you that Bethune-Cookman is the type of institution where a faculty member’s level of involvement within and outside of the class is limited only by the faculty member’s vision and passion for collaboration.
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Kimberleah Bledsoe – Current Student
“If I can help somebody, then my living will not be in vain.” Kimberleah Bledsoe is making Dr. King’s words real in the lives of the people in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She is a graduating senior and, as one of the School of Religion’s majors, talks about her experience with genuine appreciation for the content she has learned and the variety of opportunities to actively work on issues important to both individuals and communities.
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