School of Arts & Letters

A degree in Arts & Letters provides you with essential skills required in the workforce today. Oral and written communication, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving are highly valuable assets in both our personal and professional lives.

Coursework in the humanities allows you to engage with the creative and scholarly works of human expression. With courses in a wide variety of areas such as film and comics studies, Native studies, creative writing, ethics, acting, play analysis, and communication theory, you will be exposed to a diversity of viewpoints and ideas that will enrich your life as a human individual and help you develop your own viewpoint and understanding of the world.

In all, a humanities degree is a powerful source of knowledge, communication skills, and reasoning and thinking capabilities. The skills learned here hold value in a variety of different careers and real-world situations, empowering you with a flexibility to adapt yourself to whatever challenges and occupations you might encounter.

Skills and Competencies Gained in Arts & Letters

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Global Learning
  • Inquiry and Analysis

Employment for Arts & Letters

Any discussion of future job prospects must consider recent research regarding the changing nature of employment in the twenty-first century.

Some key findings:

An Arts & Letters degree is a smart choice in view of attaining those essential skills that prove to be stable and consistent across many different careers and throughout the long run. A humanities degree does not automatically confine you into a specific occupation, affording you a greater degree of freedom and flexibility in finding a career and a life that you wish to pursue.

Further Reading

The 10 most in-demand soft skills to master if you want a raise, promotion or new job in 2020

In the Salary Race, Engineers Sprint but English Majors Endure


Dr. Chad Barbour, Chair, Arts and Letters

Sheri Garee, Academic Assistant, Arts and Letters


Border Crossing: Literary and Arts Journal

Snowdrifts: Undergraduate Journal of Writing and Art

Our Mission

Through rigorous intellectual and creative inquiry, we prepare our students for success in graduate and professional schools, along their career paths, and in an increasingly interconnected global society.

Our Vision

The disciplines in the Arts & Letters are essential to understanding the human condition. They provoke, uplift, inspire, challenge, and engage our minds and spirits. The Arts & Letters faculty are practicing artists and academics who regularly present, perform, and/or publish in our respective fields. Lake State’s faculty and students embrace interdisciplinary collaboration as we address the profound concerns of the human experience. Students leave our programs with broadened worldviews, an ethic of care for the Earth and its inhabitants, a sense of civic responsibility, and the tools for a successful life.

Faculty Publications


Faculty and students in the School of Arts & Letters enjoy interdisciplinary collaboration.

Fiction Editors

LSSU student Janessa Stutz, left, Prof. Mary McMyne, center,
and student John Keller, right, discuss line edits for a selected short story in the LSSU journal Border Crossing. (LSSU/John Shibley)

Nursing students work with theatre students in the Healthcare Simulation Practicum.

Nursing students Sarah Burnham, Sydney Holstege, and Michalla Fader work with theatre students Trinity Searles and Michael Oakes as part of our THEA 164 Healthcare Simulation practicum.