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


Public HistoryIn addition to a wide range of majors and minors, Mary Baldwin’s School of Arts, Humanities and Renaissance Studies offers aMaster of Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance as well as a five-year program that combines the bachelor’s degree in Theatre with the Shakespeare and Performance degree. TheAmerican Shakespeare Center — home to the only replica of the Bard’s Blackfriars Playhouse — is the college’s partner in the master’s program.

Other community partners include the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, which offers with the college an internship-based minor in public history. Combining theory and practice, the program prepares students for careers in a variety of positions at museums and other cultural tourism sites, historical societies and foundations, and government agencies.

Created by Mary Baldwin in 1967 Virginia Program at Oxford draws together students from six Virginia colleges to spend six weeks living and learning together in the lively, historic town of Oxford, England. This combination of independent study, lectures, and small group discussions includes students from Hampden-Sydney, Roanoke College, Sweet Briar College, Virginia Military Institute, and Washington and Lee University.

Honor societies within the School of Arts, Humanities and Renaissance Studies include Phi Alpha Theta (History) and Sigma Tau Delta (English).