College of Arts and Humanities
Welcome from the dean...
As Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, I wish to personally welcome you to the academic home of the eight departments that comprise our college. I am glad that you have chosen to investigate our offerings and feel sure that you will find something that will be both useful and enjoyable. You should know that our college teaches many of the qualities that your future employers seek: the important skills of critical thinking, communication, historical context and cultural sensitivity. Here, we apply student knowledge across a variety of contexts to create versatile learners for a world that is constantly changing. What unites our academic offerings is a commitment to understand the past, grapple with significant issues of the present, and envision a future in which our graduates utilize their knowledge and critical thinking skills in satisfying careers that permit them to express their creative as well as their practical abilities.

In the College of Arts and Humanities you will find our robust music and theatre departments working together to bring musical theatre back to campus, as well as multiple performances of their own; future poets, writers and photographers can gain experience in the publishing realm through our campus publication of Prairie Winds; and DWU's Web and graphic design majors have been redesigned to follow the latest trends in their fields. There are so many possibilities within the arts and humanities, I invite you to take a few minutes to peruse our academic offerings by clicking on any department’s Web page. If you are intrigued by what you see, and I believe you will be, please feel free to contact the chairman of any department. I would also love to hear from you, so do not hesitate to contact me personally at or (605) 995-2631. I hope to hear from you soon. 

Dr. Vince Redder, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities
Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
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