Southeast Missouri State University

Welcome from Dean Barrios

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts at Southeast Missouri State University. The college is the home of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, which houses the departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance in the River Campus, which opened in the fall of 2007. This multimillion dollar, state of the art facility, located on the banks of the Mississippi river, is home to the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, the largest facility of its kind between St. Louis and Memphis, as well as the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre, the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall, and the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.

Over the course of the academic year, the River Campus hosts performances by professional touring companies, faculty and student recitals, and other University productions for members of the University and the local community. The Museum offers year-round exhibits featuring items in its specialty areas of fine arts, archaeology, and history from its permanent collection, as well as those on loan from other institutions.

In addition to the School of Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Liberal Arts consists of academic departments that are key contributors to the University mission of "provid[ing] professional education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences". These seven departments are: Communication Studies; English; Global Cultures and Languages; History; Mass Media; Political Science, Philosophy and Religion; and Psychology. In addition to promoting the University-wide goal of enhancing critical thinking skills in our students, faculty in the College of Liberal Arts provide students with an understanding of various cultures, languages, and worldviews, all of which are designed to prepare graduates for effective functioning in a world increasingly characterized by diversity and globalization. This is accomplished not only through formal classroom instruction, but also by providing students with opportunities for study abroad and experiential learning in their major field of study, such as The Capaha Arrow student newspaper and the student-operated low power radio station KDMC. Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts are also very active in staffing courses in the highly successful University Studies Program, which enables them to reach students majoring in disciplines outside the college.

The college provides other services for the University and the community. The Center for Regional History documents and preserves various aspects of the area's architecture, history, and archaeology and supports the activities of faculty and students in history, archaeology, and related fields. The Center for Faulkner Studies is an internationally renowned repository for materials collected by Faulkner scholars and biographers and regularly hosts visiting international scholars. KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University is the University-operated National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate, which broadcasts news, classical music, jazz, folk music, and nationally syndicated programs to the Cape Girardeau community and surrounding areas. The Southeast Missouri State University Press benefits the University, community and region by providing regional scholarly publications, operating as a working laboratory for students, and sponsoring events including nationally known writers' visits to the campus.

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Liberal Arts, we invite you to visit our academic departments and affiliated units either online or in person and to attend the multiple cultural opportunities offered by these departments.

Dr. Frank Barrios, Dean
Rhonda Weller-Stilson, Associate Dean
Carol A. Heisserer, Advising Coordinator
Carol Kitchen, Senior Administrative Assistant


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