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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Message from the Dean

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Please explore our departments, programs, and events. The academic departments in the College of Arts and Humanities are among the strongest in the University.


Recently, the College of Arts and Humanities has gone through a process to revise its mission. Our mission:

Engage • Explore • Challenge • Create • Educate

Providing Transformative Experiences to
Improve the Human Condition

This mission statement perfectly captures how the members of our faculty and staff work with our students. It speaks to our aspirational goals for our students. We provide transformative experiences to prepare them to take on a variety of challenges and ultimately help contribute to “improving the human condition.”

Welcome to the
College of Arts and Humanities

As you explore you will find our programs consist of talented and creative faculty. For example, faculty members in the College of Arts and Humanities have received 9 out of 15 (60%) of the University’s Distinguished Faculty Scholar Awards. Beginning in 2008, these awards recognize the scholarly achievements of up to three University faculty members each year. While our faculty members are top-notch scholars and artists, they are first and foremost teachers. Our faculty members are always working to improve their teaching and to improve their classes.

In addition to our traditional face-to-face programs offered here in Mankato, we also offer several programs that can be completed through our online offerings and we are now offering our undergraduate degree in Communication Studies on the Normandale Community College Campus in Edina Minnesota. Students who complete their A.A. degrees at Normandale or another Community College may matriculate to Minnesota State University AND take their classes on the Normandale campus.

While learning in our classrooms you will also have many opportunities to experience the concerts, plays, lectures, and readings that are sponsored by departments in the college. Thanks to the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, each of our departments is able to host top artists and scholars on our campus each year. We estimate more than 55,000 people attended our plays, concerts, lectures, readings, and road tours last year. These events serve our students as well as people from the community and region.

I hope you enjoy exploring our web pages and I encourage you to contact our offices if you have questions about the College of Arts and Humanities.