College Departments & Majors/ Minors
Art & Art History
The Art and Art History department specializes in educating students in the various modes of visual communication.
Art (B.A., B.F.A.)- tracks in 2-Dimensional Art, 3-Dimensional Art, Graphic Design
Art History (B.A.)
The History department encourages students to read and think critically and to write clearly in order to more fully interact with the present and future worlds.
History (B.A., B.S.)
History- track for Secondary Education
International Studies (B.A., B.S.)
International Studies- tracks in Area Studies, Arts & Peoples, Environment & Development, Ideas & Religions, Politics & Economy, Security & Peace Studies
The Performing Arts department offers all Rockford University students a unique opportunity to explore dance, music, and theatre as separate but interrelated art forms.
Dance (B.A., B.F.A.)
Theatre (B.F.A.)- tracks in Acting/Dancing, Design/Tech, Musical Theatre Performance, Theatre Management
Theatre Arts (B.A.)
The English department offers courses that help students discover the practical value of critical inquiry and intensive textual analysis.
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
This department is committed to the principle of proficiency as its orientation on teaching and learning a language as well as fostering appreciation for the world’s diverse religious traditions.
Romance Languages (B.A.)
Ancient and Medieval Studies
Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies
Philosophy, the “love of wisdom,” is a field of study devoted to fundamental questions concerning knowledge, truth, and experience.
The College of Arts and Humanities represents the soul of the liberal arts education at Rockford University. The departments in A & H embody the heart of humankind, its wisdom, its languages (visual, spoken and written), and its legacies. We want our students to value the power of thinking and knowledge. We also want them to appreciate the beauty of the world around them—both natural beauty and also the arts, music, dance, and theater; to be able to reason out the arguments of politicians, bosses, or family members; to express themselves with words of love and hope; to understand the past and what it can teach us about the future; to know the divine; and to understand other languages and cultures around them and around the world.
A & H disciplines, in particular, help students learn to think, reason, analyze and write, to use information and facts for building an argument or explaining cause and effect, and to adapt to the world they live in now and will be working in when they graduate. These are the skills needed in today’s world across the wide-and-ever-changing-spectrum of careers.