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College of Arts and Letters

College of Arts and Letters  

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Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5247
Fax: 417-836-6940
Email: CollegeofArtsandLetters@


College Introduction

The College of Arts and Letters features study of forms of human communication and expression. Each student at Missouri State comes in contact with the College of Arts and Letters, perhaps as a major or minor in one of our departments or as a student in general education courses. Studies in Arts and Letters are typically in small classes, whether the topic is English composition, printmaking, beginning Spanish, public speaking, trumpet lessons or acting. To complement in-class learning, you may choose to participate in a wide variety of co-curricular activities, such as our famous marching band, nationally visible theatre productions and top-ranked debate team. Internships also demonstrate how studies in the Arts and Letters carry over into the world of work: students earn credit by working at local television and radio stations, doing student teaching in the area public schools and acting as foreign language interpreters at big-name tourist attractions. Arts and Letters is a lively college where understanding and participating in intellectual and artistic creativity are considered integral parts of your present and future.

Departments and Majors

Art and Design
Majors: art and design, electronic arts, ceramics, computer animation, drawing, metals and jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking,
     sculpture, graphic design,  illustration, art education, art history
Minors: art, design, art history
Master of Science: art education

Majors: communication studies, public relations, organizational communication, socio-political communication, speech and theatre
Minors: communication
Master of Arts: communication
Master of Science in Administrative Studies: applied communication option

Majors: literature, professional writing, creative writing, English education
Minors: English, creative writing, technical writing, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Master of Arts: English, writing
Master of Science: secondary education

Media, Journalism, and Film
Majors: media studies, broadcast journalism, film studies, print journalism, media operations, media production, electronic arts
Minors: journalism, journalism education, mass media, film studies

Modern and Classical Languages
Majors: French, German, Latin, Spanish, foreign language education
Minors: French, German, Latin, Spanish, ancient Greek, Chinese
Programs: Antiquities

Majors: music performance, music composition, music education, musical theatre,
Minors: music performance, music composition
Master of Music
Master of Science: music education

Theatre and Dance
Majors: dance, theatre, musical theatre, speech and theatre education
Minors: dance, theatre

College Programs
electronic arts, linguistics, musical theatre, Ozarks studies (graduate certificate)

About the College

Former students from the College of Arts and Letters include such internationally visible stars as Kathleen Turner, John Goodman and Tess Harper. But, there are hundreds of other stars, beginning with the faculty members, who pride themselves on balancing dedication to teaching with their own accomplishments as artists, performers and scholars. Some of our graduates have gone on to build careers directly related to their studies in the college; others tell us repeatedly how the skills, attitudes and appreciations gained in Arts and Letters not only enrich their personal lives but also enhance their careers in education, business, industry, government service and law.