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A Message from the Dean

Richard Emmerson

Welcome to the School of Arts. Even if you are planning to major in business, education, engineering or science, you will build a foundation for your education in the School of Arts. By offering core courses to every student at Manhattan College, the school of arts helps sharpen critical reading, critical writing and critical thinking skills. Our teachers will help broaden your intellectual horizons, while preparing you for your chosen profession.

We invite you to major or minor in the School of Arts, where you will have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with other outstanding students, taught by a faculty known for its exceptional research and devotion to students. We offer 15 majors in the humanities and the social sciences, including four innovative interdisciplinary majors: international studies, labor studies, peace studies and urban affairs. In addition to minors in these areas, you may consider our interdisciplinary minors in Catholic studies, environmental studies, medieval studies, theatre, and women and gender studies.

Manhattan College is a Phi Beta Kappa school, and as a student in the school of arts you would be eligible for election to this honor society, the oldest and most prestigious in the United States. Arts students have the chance to do research with individual professors during the academic year and work on advanced research projects with the support of the Branigan Scholarship program. Numerous arts courses, drawing upon the many cultural, historical, religious and social institutions and organizations in New York City, will enrich your education with experiential learning. You will also have the opportunity to earn credit with supervised internships in career areas of interest and engage with the community through service-learning programs. Our Model U.N. program is an exciting way for qualified students to explore global issues while learning in depth about another country and working with students from all over the United States.

As an arts student, you will take courses in our core curriculum, which will give you a broad, flexible and thoughtful basis for a critical understanding of the modern world. Courses in the core, buttressed by those offered in your major, are designed to prepare you for graduate and professional schools and a successful career. We aim to help you develop professionally, to give you the tools to live ethical and rewarding lives, and to set you on a path of contributing to a rapidly changing society.

—Richard Emmerson, Ph.D.

About the Dean

Richard K. Emmerson, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in English and medieval studies at Stanford University. In addition to teaching at Florida State University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Tufts University, Walla Walla College and Western Washington University, he has been deputy director of the division of fellowships and seminars at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the executive director of the Medieval Academy of America. He has published five books and close to 50 articles and essays in the fields of medieval art history, drama and religion; he has delivered over 100 scholarly papers at conferences and for endowed lectureships; and he has edited three scholarly journals: Studies in Iconography, Speculum, and Traditio. Dr. Emmerson has received fellowships and grants from the American Philosophical Society, Council for Excellence in Government, Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and Woodrow Wilson Society, and he has been recognized for excellence in teaching medieval studies by the Medieval Academy and for scholarly editing by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. He has been president of the Association of Departments of English, of the Consortium for Teaching the Middle Ages, and of the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society, and he has served on the boards of the International Center of Medieval Art, Modern Language Association and New Chaucer Society. His international contribution to medieval studies was recognized in 2011 when he was elected as a fellow of the Medieval Academy.

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