Dr. Robert Rodriguez, Interim Associate Dean
The College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts comprises the departments of: Art, History, Liberal Studies, Literature and Languages, Music, Political Science, Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Theatre. The college also houses the Paralegal Studies program as well as popular minors in African American Studies, Gender Studies, Latin American and US Latino Studies and Legal Studies.
The programs in these departments provide a well-rounded education in the liberal arts traditions, in the disciplines of humanities, social sciences and creative arts. We provide a strong emphasis on discipline-based scholarship, plus challenging opportunities for professional and personal development. Our programs provide over 300 concerts, theatrical productions, gallery exhibitions, and lectures annually.
Advanced degrees at the master's level are offered in each of the departments with a Ph.D. in English through the Department of Literature and Languages and a MFA through the Department of Art. In addition, certificate programs are available.
The College houses creative and liberal arts education at A&M-Commerce. It fosters excellence and it promotes a global vision in its endeavors. The College also serves its students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community at large - regionally, nationally, and internationally - and it encourages diversity in all its activities.
The College's Foundational Principles are to:
Deliver transformative, experiential and relevant programs
Foster engaging learning environments
Prepare students for career success
Promote world-class scholarship and creative endeavors
Encourage diversity in all its activities
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B.F.A., Florida State University; M.F.A., University of Texas at San Antonio
B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.F.A., Yale University.
B.F.A., University of North Texas; M.F.A. Texas A&M University-Commerce
B.F.A.,Texas Tech University; M.F.A., Texas A&M University-Commerce
B.F.A. University of New Mexico; M.F.A., Mills College
BA., Carleton College, MA., The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.S., East Texas State University; M.A., Texas AM University-Commerce.
B.F.A., Youngstown State University; M.F.A., Columbia College.
Andrew C. Baker
B.A., Grove City College; M.A., James Madison University; Ph.D., Rice University
Distinguished Professor of Digital Humanities and History
B.A., M.A., Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi; Ph.D., University of North Texas
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
B.A., M.A. Boston University; M.A. Tufts University; Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago
B.A., M.A. University of Texas-Pan American; Ph.D. (as of 8/13/2022) University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sharon A. Kowalsky
Associate Professor, Department Head, and Director of Gender Studies
B.A., Washington University in S. Louis; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
William F. Kuracina
B.S., Clarkson University; M.A., State University College at Buffalo; Ph.D., Syracuse University
Derrick D. McKisick
B.A. University of Arkansas at Little Rock, M.A., Ph.D. University of Arkansas
E. Mark Moreno
B.A. San Jose State University; M.A., Ph.D., Washington State University
B.A., University of Nevada; M.A., Ph.D, Washington State University
John H. Smith
B.A., M.A., University of North Carolina; Ph.D., University of Albany
Literature and Languages
B.A., M.A., Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., Purdue University.
Flavia L. Belpoliti
B.A., USAL University, M.S., Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ph.D., University of Houston.
B.A., Texas State University; M.A., Texas A&M University-Kingsville; M.A., Holy Apostles College and Seminary; Ph.D., Texas Christian University
B.A., Texas AM University-Corpus Christi; M.Ed., University of North Texas; Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University.
B.A., Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China; M.A., Winona State University; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
B.S., I.G.V. University; M.A., Lousiana State University; Ph.D., Tulane University
M. Hunter Hayes
Associate Professor and Department Head
B.A., University of Kentucky; M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi.
M.A., Youngstown State University; Ph.D., Purdue University
B.A. Nicholls State University; M.A. North Carolina State University; Ph.D. The Ohio State University
B.A.C., University of Alabama; M.A., University of Nebraska; Ph.D., University of Louisville
B.S. Harding University; M.A. Stephen F. Austin State University; Ph.D. Texas A&M University
B.A., M.S., Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; Ph.D., University of South Florida
B.A. St. Olaf College; M.F.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A., West Sussex Institute of Higher Education; M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida.
Professor and Interim Dean, Honors
B.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
B.A. Hollins University; M.A. Kansas State University; Ph.D. University of Connecticut
B.A. University of Illinois; M.A. University of Massachusetts; Ph.D. Saint Louis University
B.A., M.A. University of Montevallo; Ph.D. Illinois State University
B.M, University of Oklahoma; M.M., D.M.A., University of North Texas
B.S., Austin Peay State University, M.A., University of Cincinnati, D.M.A., University of Memphis
B.M., Louisiana State University; M.M., University of Cincinnati; D.M.A., Louisiana State University.
Professor and Director of Choral Activities
B.M.E., Texas State University; M.M., Baylor University; D.M.A., Louisiana State University.
B.M., Oklahoma State University; M.M., New England Conservatory of Music; D.M.A., University of North Texas
B.S., Austin Peav State University; M.M., D.M.A., University of Illinois.
Michael H. Morrow
B.S., Indiana State University; M.M., Morehead State University.
B.M., Conservatorio Nacional de Música “Carlos Lopez Buchardo”, M.M., D.A., Ball State University
Professor and Interim Dean of the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts
B.M.E., Baylor University, B.M., Baylor University, M.M., The Ohio State University, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
B.M., The University of Texas at Austin; M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; D.M.A., University of North Texas
B.M.E., Baylor University; M.M., University of Michigan, D.M.A., University of North Texas
BA., MA., Dankook University, Korea; Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Associate Professor, Department Head, and Coordinator, Legal Studies Program (minor)
B.A., M.A., Texas State University San Marcos; Ph.D., Louisiana State University.
Assistant Professional Track
B.A., University of Maine; M.A., Ph.D., Stony Brook University.
Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean CHSSA
B.A., University of California; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas.
Sociology and Criminal Justice
Willie J. Edwards
Associate Professor and Department Head
B.A., M.A., East Texas State University; Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
B.A., Ph.D, Texas A&M-College Station, M.S. Texas State
B.A., University of Wisconsin, M.A., San Diego State University, Ph.D., Florida International University
B.A., University of Michigan, M.A., University of Windsor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas
B.A., Shanghai University; M.A., Fudan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dean of the College of Innovation and Design
B.A., M.A., Western Illinois University; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia.
BS., North Carolina A&T State University, M.A., University of Maryland, J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, Ph.D., Prairie View A&M University.
B.F.A., M.A., Southwest Texas State University; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University.
B.S., Texas AM University-Commerce; M.F.A., The University of Mississippi.
BA., Saint Louis University; M.F.A., University of Minnesota;
B.A. Angelo State University; M.F.A. Texas Tech University
B.A. University of Wisconsin; M.F.A. Ohio State Univeristy
B.S., Ripon College; M.F.A., University of Arkansas
B.F.A., M.F.A., Texas Tech University