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


Annual Sidewalk Commentary Contest Planned for April 26

The annual Indiana University of Pennsylvania Sidewalk Commentary Contest, also known as “Chalk the Walk,” will be held Wednesday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the IUP Oak Grove. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held Friday, April 28.

Council of Trustees Approve Naming of Trumpet Studio in Honor of Retired Faculty Member Eisensmith

At its meeting on March 23, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees honored retired Music Department faculty member Kevin Eisensmith by naming a space in IUP’s Cogswell Hall, home to the department, in his honor.

IUP Hosting Ambassador of Mali to Give Two Presentations, March 21–22

The Ambassador of Mali to the United States, Sekou Berthé, will give two presentations at IUP: "West and Central Africa at the Crossroads of Global Security Challenges" and "Economic Matters and Investment Opportunities in Mali, West Africa." Both events are free and open to the public.

Tibetan Monks Return to Campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania from March 21 until March 25. During this time, they will present a variety of events that will be open to both the campus and the community. Most of the events are free of charge.

ArtsPath 2023 Poetry Out Loud Winner Announced

ArtsPath is pleased to announce that the winner of its 2023 regional Poetry Out Loud competition is Julia Wirths, a senior at DuBois Area Senior High School.

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