Departments

Learn more about departments and programs of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, including Art & Design, Communication, English, International Studies, Modern Languages, Music and Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Theatre. The college also embraces the Museum of Nebraska Art and the Frank House.

Department of Art and Design

The Art and Design Department faculty strive to prepare graduates for entry into careers in art. The department offers several majors including studio art emphasis in drawing, painting, glass, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, and illustration. The department also offers majors in visual communication and design, art history, and art education. The department provides opportunities for students to gain a richer educational experience as well; from scholarships, to visiting artists, and gallery shows, to workshops and national competitions. Students are encouraged to participate in extra curricular art clubs and to work with museums and clients in the community.

Department of Communication

Department of Communication students at UNK have the opportunity to work on the print or online newspaper, video and/or radio staff. This opportunity allows hands-on experience while students take classes in their chosen field. Student organizations give students a chance to take on leadership roles while learning more about career opportunities and participating in service projects.

Department of English

The UNK Department of English prepares English majors and minors to pursue careers in occupations related to English, to pursue advanced degrees in English through graduate study, and to pursue the teaching of English and Language arts at the middle, secondary, and college level. The department also seeks to provide a broad cultural background for the understanding and appreciation of literature, composition, and the English language; to improve communication skills; and to develop critical thinking.

International Studies Program

The International Studies Program, prepares students to live in a complex global environment which increasingly seeks trained specialists. Graduates of this program have a wide variety of career opportunities in foreign service, intergovernmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, and international business. Many students pursue advanced degrees leading to careers in business, law, history, politics, journalism, and the arts.

Department of Modern Languages

The Department of Modern Languages plays a key role at UNK by preparing students for an increasingly global, multicultural society in which knowledge of other languages and cultures is an important asset. Offering courses essential for a strong liberal arts education, Modern Languages is developing new ways to enhance the teaching and learning environment for students who will become successful teachers of foreign languages, translators and interpreters, and leaders in international business and education.

Department of Music and Performing Arts

UNK's Department of Music and Performing Arts offer quality instruction, personal supervision, and excellent and varied performance opportunities. All of our full-time faculty have earned doctorates or the highest degree in their discipline, yet each teaches all levels of students from freshman to graduates. The Fine Arts Center features a 500-seat recital hall and large instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms. Our classrooms and studios feature the latest in technology for digital recording, sound equipment, and computer technology.

Philosophy Program

The aim of the Philosophy Program is to engage students in disciplined and imaginative thinking about the philosophical questions that arise naturally in the course of a liberal education. We do this through confrontation with the primary works of philosophers and authors who have stood the test of time. Reading the primary sources in philosophy, religion, and literature are at the heart of learning the foundations of our intellectual tradition.

Theatre program

The Theatre Program offers hands-on experience in all aspects of production, the UNK Theatre program mounts four mainstage productions and numerous student-directed pieces each season. The Fine Arts Center offers a 350-seat theater, a 100-seat Blackbox theater, a costume shop, scenic/lighting design labs, and a dance studio for both productions and stage rehearsals throughout the academic year. Along with numerous "backstage" opportunities available for theatre technicians, there are many performance opportunities for those who prefer the limelight.

MONA - Museum of Nebraska Art

The Museum of Nebraska Art is housed in a 1911 building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and contains over 5,000 works by artists of regional, national, and international importance. MONA has been home of the state’s official art collection since 1979. You’ll see Nebraska in a whole new way in eleven galleries and the Cliff Hillegass Sculpture Garden. Visit the Hitchcock Education Gallery and the Anne Thorne Weaver Museum Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts. Located in Kearney Centre; museum admission is free.

The Frank House Museum

The Frank House is built in the Richardsonian Romanesque Shingle style. Local architect George William Frank, Jr. designed the mansion in 1886 as a gift for his parents. It is constructed of Colorado Red Sandstone mined from Wyoming and contains 7 of the original 10 fireplaces complete with tiles imported from Holland, hand carved oak wood work, and a beautiful Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass window. It was the first house west of the Missouri River to be wired for electricity during its initial construction (1886-1889) and featured steam radiators and indoor plumbing. In 1973, the home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and now stands as an integral part of the university and a testament to Kearney's rich history. View events and museum hours.