Academic Department


Welcome to the multi-disciplinary Department of Arts and Languages. The department encompasses the major disciplines of Art, and Music. Our faculty offer a wealth of scholarship and experience over a broad spectrum.

The foundation of the department has been established through the accomplishments of many outstanding, creative and innovative scholars of the University. In the area of Music, acclaimed musicians Matthew Kennedy and Kaye George Roberts have served Fisk and the nation with their talents, and the award-winning Jubilee Singers continue the legacy to inspire audiences with their moving choral performances of Negro Spirituals. Artists Aaron Douglass and Greg Ridley instructed numerous students and shared innovative and beautiful works of art on display at Fisk and in the community at large.

DEPARTMENT CHAIR Katherine Burnett, PhD Discipline Coordinator/Associate Professor of English

Chair's Welcome Statement

As department chair, I encourage applicants to contact our department with any questions or concerns. Our commitment to the growth and development of our students as scholars and contributors to a global community is paramount.

Academic Disciplines

Our academic disciplines allow you to specialize your focus to one area of interest. They are a part of your transition into higher education which involves being aware that each discipline is a distinct discourse community with specific vocabularies, styles, and modes of communication.