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Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies

Creativity is at the heart of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies. Mary Baldwin has a long history of strong music, arts, and language programs, and today students work side-by-side with artists and scholars who practice their craft and inspire deep, personal reflection.

To choose to study arts and humanities at MBC is to choose a one-of-a-kind path. No other college offers the same depth and breadth of study in the Elizabethan era, the works of William Shakespeare, and the performance of Renaissance literature. Learn to act, teach, direct, manage backstage, and conduct research while following our five-year program to earn a master of letters.

Our faculty also supports the arts as a tool for healing and strengthening communities in conflict. Our arts for peace emphasis — including intimate interaction with Artist-in-Residence Claudia Bernardi — is found nowhere else. Be inspired to use your creativity to influence positive change.

Paul Ryan with Student

We are receptive to and embrace a variety of aesthetic approaches and a ‘blurring’ of art disciplines; and we work hard with our students to bring out their individual strengths. When comparing our program to large university programs, our advantage is, in fact, our relative smallness and the greater attention our students get.
— Paul Ryan, professor of art