and critical thinking are the hallmarks of an education in the
arts, humanities, and social sciences in the Dorothy F. Schmidt
College of Arts and Letters. A dedicated faculty of
distinguished artists, scholars and researchers offers 24
undergraduate degrees that combine the best of a traditional
arts and liberal arts education with cutting-edge instruction
in the emerging fields of the 21st century. Our undergraduate
degrees have prepared over 15,000 students for successful
advanced study and careers in fields as diverse as law,
archaeology, international business, and journalism. In
addition, study in the College’s programs has prepared
these students to lead lives of greater aesthetic richness,
civic purpose, resilience and reflection, multicultural
sensitivity, and personal challenge. We pride ourselves on
providing our undergraduate students with a broad and exciting
general education as well as focused and distinctive training
in the majors of their choice.
In addition to our majors and minors, the College offers a range of interdisciplinary certificate programs, and encourages students to add fields such as Ethnic Studies, Peace Studies, and Caribbean and Latin American Studies to their transcripts. We offer study-abroad programs in Italy, Ecuador, Ghana and a range of other sites, preparing our students to be sophisticated and adaptable international citizens.
offers 23 graduate degrees that provide high-quality advanced
education in fields ranging from Anthropology to Women’s
Studies. Students benefit from small seminars, active mentoring
by professors, and opportunities to be involved in faculty
research and teaching. They work closely with acclaimed authors
and artists, respected researchers, and influential scholars.
The innovative Ph.D. in Comparative Studies continues to draw
students seeking a doctorate that prepares them to work across
disciplinary boundaries, offering three tracks: 1) the
Public Intellectuals Program, focusing on social and public
issues; 2) the Program in Literatures, Literacies and
Linguistics; and, (3) the Program in the Fine and
We are particularly proud of the quality and appeal of our public programming. Last year, for example, more than 14,000 people attended our public lectures, symposia and workshops on subjects as diverse as ancient Greek artifacts, counterterrorism, Holocaust memoirs, and American electoral politics; another 28,000 attended great performances and acclaimed exhibitions in theatre, music and the visual arts, featuring outstanding student and faculty artwork and recitals as well as distinguished visiting artists.
The College’s public offerings have always been as attractive to the community as to the students. In the early years of the College, its ambitious programs attracted the support of prominent philanthropist Dorothy F. Schmidt. Following her death, her family memorialized her life and values through an endowment to provide enduring support to arts and liberal arts at FAU. To honor her and them, the College was named the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Humanities in 1992 and, after its expansion, renamed the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters consists of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, and seven liberal arts departments: Anthropology; English; History; Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature; Philosophy; Political Science; and Sociology. The School of the Arts houses the departments of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts and Arts History as well as the University Galleries. The College offers an array of distinctive interdisciplinary degrees and certificates: a Ph.D. degree in Comparative Studies, M.A. degrees in Liberal Studies and Women's Studies, and a B.A. in Jewish Studies, with certificate programs in Classical Studies; Environmental Studies; English as a Second Language; Ethnic Studies; Ethics, Law and Society; Film and Video Studies; Peace Studies; Jewish Studies; Caribbean and Latin American Studies; Religious Studies; and Women's Studies. Most undergraduate majors are available at the Boca Raton campus, many majors are available at the Davie and Fort Lauderdale campuses, and some majors are available at the MacArthur campus. Most graduate degrees are offered on the Boca Raton campus.
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