School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Welcome to the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at the New College, where students learn to think critically about the human experience and communicate effectively while working within, outside, and across the boundaries of traditional liberal arts disciplines.

Through rigorous, interdisciplinary coursework, students and faculty seek to break down the walls between different areas of study to understand where and how they intersect. Students gain powerful, life-enriching, practical skills that enable them to think outside the box and equip them to solve global challenges, making them excellent candidates on the job market.

Students work directly with accomplished faculty members who are actively engaged in interdisciplinary research. Our esteemed faculty includes leading researchers in a broad range of fields who have received prestigious national and international awards to support their work, including Fellowships from the Javits Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Hays, and recipients of the Runciman Award and an Emmy.

Our graduates work in community-based organizations, non-profits, business, entrepreneurship, public relations, healthcare management, publishing, policy analysis, politics, social justice, brand strategy, grant writing, cultural and performance arts, education, human resources, and a range of professional settings where cultural competency, excellent written and oral communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills are highly valued. Our graduates are also well prepared to seek advance degrees in a variety of disciplines including the arts, humanities, and the law.

Led by Director Louis Mendoza, the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies is located at the West campus and offers 14 bachelor’s degree programs, eleven minors, as well as seven certificates. With a broad range of programs available, the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies provides an unforgettable and practical educational experience. 

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Art Space West - UCB 170
Exhibition gallery dedicated to showcasing creative work by students, faculty, and guest artists ranging from paintings, illustrations, sculptures, installations, digital art, visual art, and sound art. ArtSpace West is open throughout the year, Monday–Friday from 12:00–5:00, and also in the evenings when special exhibits are held.

Digital Media Lab - CLCC 108
Incorporates top of the line software and hardware that enables students to create content in video/film, music and sound, games, and graphics.

Digital Recording Studio - CLCC L1-40
Facility for sound and music recording and mixing. Includes a grand piano and hardware to connect electronic instruments.

IAP Studios - UCB B119, B116
A teaching and multipurpose exhibition space showcasing creative work by students, faculty, and guest artists. 

Advanced MIDI/MUSIC PPODUCTION Space for students who are into music composition, music production, and sound design.

Oral History, Storytelling, and Ethnography Lab (OHSEL)
The goal of OHSEL is to support individual faculty and students conduct oral history/ethnography research. Faculty, students, and community patrons can be trained in oral history methods, research and visit West Valley neighborhoods, bring community participants to campus to tell their stories, record and analyze interviews/stories, create archival materials, produce and exhibit documentaries. The lab houses the archives of three projects led by faculty in SHArCS, in particular: Gloria Cuadraz’ work in Litchfield Park, Julie Amparano Garcia’s work on the Lost Boys of Sudan, and Duku Anokye’s work on African American Pioneers of Arizona to name a few.  The lab has been recently resurrected and has established goals to host Arizona based Oral History Digital Archives, a Summer Institute to train high school teachers, librarians, and media specialists in the West Valley in oral history and ethnographic methods, and plans to develop Internship/research projects undertaken by students and faculty.  OHSEL complements and supports the Oral History Certificate offered in SHARCS.

Press West (Print Lab) - UCB B-123
A collaborative teaching classroom where concepts of colleagues in various disciplines will be applied to the letter press process. Will also be used for community based collaborations.

Second Stage West  - UCB Lower Level
Second Stage West is a 88- fixed seating, multi-use black box performance/classroom space. Various performance & installations include, plays, movement pieces, videos and music.

Presentations are by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally renowned artists.

Research Lab

Studio 4 Gaming Innovation - CLCC 239

This lab focuses on researching games and play to redefine and explore what they can be and how they can be used in concert with art to initiate transformation in our society. Through a greater understanding of art and play, a road to creating a more just, tolerant, and inclusive world can be exposed and that this path can be opened up for others to make discoveries of their own.

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