College of Arts and Humanities
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.
The power of a liberal arts education is the power of a mind well trained. 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.
Students will gain practical experiences through internships, community-based learning courses, publishing creative writings in the RU literary magazine, or participating in a conference or art show. Students will also learn from faculty who bring their own research and writing into the classroom to share and enhance the learning experience.
The Art and Art History department specializes in educating students in the various modes of visual communication.
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.
The English department offers courses that help students discover the practical value of critical inquiry and intensive textual analysis.
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.