Art Department

Department of Arts & Languages

Welcome to the multi-disciplinary Department of Arts and Languages. The department encompasses the major disciplines of English, Modern Foreign Languages, Art, and Music and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Our faculty offers a wealth of scholarship and experiences 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 innovate and beautiful works of art on display at Fisk and in the community at large. Poet Nikki Giovanni and literary great Robert Hayden are among those literary greats who have excelled in telling the stories and the experiences of African Americans and shared those skills with Fisk students. The Modern Foreign Language discipline offers Spanish, French, and other languages made available by our exceptional Fulbright Scholars. The Department of Arts and languages also seeks to provide opportunities to study abroad to expand our student’s global and cultural experiences.

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.

Departmental Chair

Holly Hamby, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Department of Arts & Languages 
School of Humanities & Social Sciences

204 Park Johnson Hall