College of Arts and Humanities

The arts and the humanities are at the heart of what it means to be human. In the College of Arts and Humanities, creativity of thought and discourse, of language and expression, of design and form, of performance, of artmaking, of culture, of civic engagement, and of exploring the diversity of our world, are interwoven to provide the groundwork for students to develop meaningful lives and careers.

Students engaged across the college’s courses and programs––as well as through their foundational role in the liberal studies curriculum––will develop ways of thinking, communicating, and knowing that provide a pathway for the future by promoting creativity, critical and objective thinking, analytical skills, and an awareness of our mutual responsibilities to our communities. In doing so, we prepare students to become leaders in an ever-changing world.

Central to the college’s mission is its role as a hub of arts and ideas. Through its various centers, performances and exhibitions, and by bringing diverse voices to campus, the college embraces its opportunity to be a center for culture, discovery, and discourse, and exploring how they connect us across the world.

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Dean's Message

Welcome to the College of Arts and Humanities!

Dean Curt SheibAs IUP’s newest college, we are the heart of the university, bringing the arts and the humanities together in a continuing exploration and celebration of the human experience. We are a center of inquiry, of discourse, of culture, of creative expression, and of discovery of the inter-connectiveness of our world. We challenge students to think imaginatively, critically, and creatively as they explore their path to the future. We also seek to prepare students for the pathways that are to come and to know that their experience here will prepare them to succeed in any path they choose to take. In all we do, we seek to prepare students for the world in which they live.

We invite you to explore our programs, meet our dedicated faculty, tour our facilities, and dive into all we have to offer. You will find a community of seekers and learners, of artists and musicians, of researchers, and of authors and composers, all of whom are eager to share the journey with you.

We are the College of Arts and Humanities, and we are excited to welcome you to IUP.

Curtis A. Scheib


IUP Selects Five Graduates for Fall 2022 Young Alumni Award

Five graduates of Indiana University of Pennsylvania have been selected for the 2022 IUP Young Alumni Award. This award was created to recognize recent IUP graduates identified as being outstanding in their professions.

Sculptural Lighting Fixtures Designed and Produced by IUP Students in IUP STEAMshop, Installed in Sprowls Hall

Students in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Art and Design’s three-dimensional art and design course used IUP’s STEAMshop—IUP’s digital fabrication makerspace—to light the way in IUP’s Sprowls Hall. Students in Sharon Massey and Sean Derry’s Art 113 course used Rhino 3D and Fusion Slicer software to design hanging light fixtures for the building, which is home to IUP’s Department of Art and Design.

Chalk the Walk

Join us in the Oak Grove on Wednesday, April 28, for the annual Chalk-on-the-Walk Sidewalk Chalk contest. We’ll provide the chalk (and prizes!), and you can make any social, political, or other comment that you want. First prize is $100.

Liberal Studies Fine Arts Courses Available During Winter Session

The following courses are available for students during winter session: ARHI 101, MUHI 101, and THTR 101. Any student needing a D/F repeat for FIAR 101 can receive this by taking one of these courses as well. Other courses of interest are ARHI 205 and 207 (which can fulfill LS electives). These are also available online during winter session.

Students from IUP Brass Ensemble to Join River City Brass Ensemble

The IUP Lively Arts Ovations series will present “Brasstacular” by the River City Brass Ensemble for one night only on Friday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m. in IUP’s Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center.

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