2023-2024 Catalog

Millard and J.J. Oakley School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts


Jenny L. Mason, Ph.D., Dean

Jenny Ballard, M.F.A.
Joseph W. Bates, M.F.A.
Miguel Chavez, Ph.D.
Mark R. Cheathem, Ph.D.
Sandy Elliott, M.A.E.
Sandee L. Gertz, M.F.A.
Kent J. Hallman, Ph.D.
Stuart E. Harris, D.A.
Sara E. Hays, Ph.D.
Fred E. Heifner, Th.D.
Sheridan W. S. Henson, Ed.D.
C. Alan Hutchison, M.A.
Natalie R. Inman, Ph.D.
Jaclyn K. Jennings, M.A.
Wyatt V. Keener, M.A.
Suzann B. Lafferty, M.S.
Max C. Matherne, Ph.D.
Whitney M. Matthews, Ed.S.
Sean P. McDaniel, Ph.D.
C. William McKee, Ed.D.
Alena Mehic, M.F.A.
Larry T. Menefee, Ph.D.
Tara M. Mielnik, Ph.D.
Kerry A. Moore, M.F.A.
Roshanda S. Odom, Ed.D.
Barbara N. Parker, Ed.S.
John Ray, D.M.A.
Michael C. Rex, Ph.D.
J. Michael Ripski, D.Min.
Rory D. Sellgren, Ph.D.
Jim Shulman, J.D.
Sandra H. Smith, Ed.D.
Chelsea Sterne, Ph.D.
Cyndy Stone Allen, Ed.D.
Summer B. Vertrees, M.A.
George L. Walker, D.A.
Andrew W. Wiley, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Millard and J.J. Oakley School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts is to support and develop the overall mission of the University; specifically, to encourage artistic expression, understanding of the human experience throughout history, and development of practical and philosophical talents for personal, professional, and educational growth over an entire lifetime. (Revised 2/20/2015)

The Millard and J.J. Oakley School of Humanities Education and the Arts offers the Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (AA in CJ), Associate of Arts in Education (AA in Ed.), Associate of Arts in English (AA in Eng.), Associate of Arts in History (AA in His.), Associate of Arts in Music (AA in Mus.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), Master of Arts in Education (MAE), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), and the Master of Public Service Management (MSP) degrees.


Associate's Degrees
Associate of Arts (AA)
Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (AA in CJ)
Associate of Arts in Education (AA in Ed)
Associate of Arts in English (AA in Eng.)
Associate of Arts in Music (AA in Mus.)

Bachelor's Degree
Art & Design (BFA)
Art & Design with Teacher Licensure (K-12) (BFA)
Child Growth & Learning (BS)
Coaching and Sport Performance (BS)
Creative & Professional Writing (BA)
Criminal Justice (BA)
     Criminal Justice
     Criminal Justice with Declared Minor
     Criminal Justice with Law Enforcement Academy
English (BA)
General Studies (BA)
History (BA)
     General History
     Public History
Homeland Security (BS)
Humanities & Social Science (BA)
Interdisciplinary Studies - Individualized Major (BA)
Music (B.Mus.)
     General Music
     Music Education - Instrumental
     Music Education - Vocal
     Music Performance - Instrumental
     Music Performance - Vocal
     Musical Theatre
Physical Education and Athletic Coaching (BS)
Psychology (BS)
Secondary Education (must be taken with content area)
Special Education (BS)
     Comprehensive K-12
     Early Childhood PreK-3
     Interventionist K-8
     Interventionist 6-12

Master's Degree
Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MS)
Master of Arts (MA)
     Studio Art
     Theatre and Dramatic Arts
Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
     Athletic Coaching
     Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership
     Professional Studies
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
     Early Childhood Education
     Elementary Education
     English Language Learners
     Physical Education and Sports (Initial licensure)
     Secondary Education
     Special Education
Master of Education (MEd)
     Instructional Leadership
     Licensure Only
     Reading Specialist
Master of Public Service Management (MSP)


Athletic Coaching
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Digital Photography
Film Studies
Graphic Design
Humanities & Social Sciences
Philosophy and Religion
Physical Education