N.C. A&T College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Programs among HBCU Best

By Markita C. Rowe / 02/15/2024 College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2024) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) has been recognized for outstanding programs in arts, journalism and music among historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

In the latest rankings released by HBCU-Colleges.com, CAHSS secured impressive positions, attaining the No. 4 ranking for HBCU arts schools and HBCU journalism schools and No. 6 in the HBCU music school category.

“These rankings highlight the commitment of CAHSS to academic excellence and the significant impacts it brings to the campus,” said Frances Ward-Johnson Ph.D., CAHSS dean.

With 53 HBCU arts schools evaluated nationwide, A&T’s visual arts program ranked fourth among the top performers.

Additionally, the CAHSS journalism program ranked fourth among the 69 HBCU schools assessed nationally. In North Carolina, CAHSS ranks highest among the eight HBCUs offering journalism programs.

A&T’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, joining Elon University as the only accredited journalism and mass communication programs in North Carolina. It is also one of only seven accredited programs at the nation’s HBCUs and among 118 programs globally.

CAHSS secured the No. 6 position among 65 HBCUs offering music degree programs, including nine in North Carolina.

A&T’s music program, located within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1991, and is one of the oldest music programs among the nation’s HBCUs.

“We are excited to be recognized among the top HBCU arts, journalism, and music programs,” said Ward-Johnson. “These rankings show the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students, who continually strive for excellence in their respective fields.”

CAHSS is one of the larger academic units at A&T, with 1,950 students and more than 200 faculty and staff, serving as a cornerstone of the university’s educational mission. Its six departments – criminal justice, English, history and political science, journalism and mass communication, liberal studies, and visual and performing arts – offer a comprehensive curriculum designed to enrich students’ academic experiences and foster intellectual growth.

At A&T, CAHSS plays a key role in providing a well-rounded education to every student, regardless of major. Most students come through CAHSS as they take courses in English, history and other required general education subjects.

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