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Division of Fine Arts and Humanities


Clay FosterDivision Chair
Clay Foster, M.F.A.

EMAIL: clay_foster@loc.edu

Mailing Address
LeMoyne-Owen College
807 Walker Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126

Telephone Contact
Office: (901) 435-1306
Fax: (901) 435-1349

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Bachelors of Art In Humanities
Introduction to the Humanities Major
Career Opportunities
The humanities major develops critical thinkers, good communicators and flexible workers who can meet the multiple needs of ever-changing career markets. The curriculum is planned for broad areas of flexibility and a great deal of independence in selecting careers. Students who major in the Humanities are encouraged to continue their education in graduate school. If they choose not to attend graduate school immediately after completing their college education, students can enter into diversified careers due to their study in the humanities in college, these careers include some of the following: chaplaincy, activities directors, Christian Education directors in churches, art gallery directors, museum curators, employment in various areas of the Park Commission, library information systems, mass media, teaching in secondary or higher education, performance opportunities, and the law profession. They can be associated with organizations such as the Urban League, NAACP, operation PUSH.

Internship Opportunities
Supervised internships are available every semester at the 300- and 400- levels, for one to three hours of credit through the service learning program. The Service-Learning Program provides many structured, community-based service opportunities for students. The program also provides support for faculty, through workshops and as a resource center for various syllabi, reading materials, and assessment tools. The Program functions as a conductor for the creation of internships and other experiential learning opportunities that engage learning with service activities. Through the Program, College students can receive up to 12 hours for participating as a volunteer in Service-Learning 398A. One-Plus Credit, 398B, a component of the program, is offered so students in a structured course can participate in a service opportunity and receive extra credit for the course taken. By combining volunteer services with reflective reading and writing assignments, the student can appreciate the learning experience and view service to the community as a significant part of life.

Fagin Lecture in Humanities:

In the past the Fagin Lecture has been given by such eminent figures as Dr. Horace Porter, Stanford University; Dr. Richard Barksdale, Harvard University; Dr. Clifton Johnson, Tulane University; Dr. Riggins Earl, Jr., Emory University; and such noted authors as Perre Magness, Clifton Toulbert, and Nikky Finney.





LeMoyne-Owen College Sunday:

Each year the Fine Arts and Humanities Division majors perform at one of Memphis’ finest entertainment venues. Last year the students were featured at the Canon Center and this year the performance was at the legendary Orpheum Theater. One of the oldest majors at the College, the Humanities program is grounded in the intellectual pursuits of scholars. Dr. Juanita Williamson, internationally respected linguist and late Distinguished Service Professor at LeMoyne-Owen College, in her statement about the centrality of the humanities to mankind's efforts to learn noted that "... among the areas of man's learning and lore, [it is] the area of the humanities that has addressed itself to the knowing of mankind and, thus, is a frame of reference through which to view the expanding knowledge man has gained through the ages (in our time particularly, the explosion of knowledge, both basic and applied): a framework through which all technological and scientific knowledge must be viewed if the end of man is not to be a desiccation of spirit and a fatigue that turns the human being into little more than a computer or a robot.

[There is] a body of knowledge within the humanities--Art, Music, Drama, English, History, Foreign Languages, Philosophy--that makes it unique in itself, [but] there is also a common thread that runs through them all: each takes as its central focus the study of the measure of man and deals through its own frame of reference with such questions as 'What is man?' 'Where do we come from?' 'Where do we go?' 'What is the meaning of life?'." At LeMoyne-Owen College this thinking is embodied in the Humanities major.


Humanities Faculty

Humanities Faculty


Assistant Professor
Renee Barlow, Ph.D.
Area Coordinator
Office: Steele Hall, Room 208
Office Phone: (901) 435-1312

Telissah Williams, M.S.
Office: Steele Hall, Room 110
Office Phone: (901) 435-1313