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College of Arts and Letters

The College of Arts and Letters is committed to extending knowledge of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College celebrates its students’ desire for learning and its faculty’s commitment to scholarly and creative research within and across disciplines. It plays a major role in Old Dominion University’s evolution as a comprehensive research institution of higher education. Through the myriad accomplishments of its students and faculty, the College enriches the communities it serves.


The College of Arts and Letters is the largest college at ODU. During the past year, the College served 5,179 majors, including 341 graduate students. It also conferred 1,245 degrees, generated more than 170,000 student credit hours, and produced more than 32,000 student FTE. In the realm of research and creativity activity, the College’s faculty published approximately 300 scholarly works, presented 305 papers at professional conferences, earned more than 70 research grants and fellowships, and engaged in 275 concerts, performances, and exhibitions.

The College’s top priorities are to:

  • Prepare students to be engaged, ethical, and responsible citizens
  • Promote understanding of diversity through research and teaching
  • Provide high quality undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Serve the needs of local, regional, and global communities
  • Enhance the capacity for scholarly research and creative activity

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