Mission of the College
The College of Arts and Letters will be recognized as an innovative leader in liberal arts education and
interdisciplinary studies in the mid-Atlantic region, acknowledged for its ability to prepare students to be
critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, effective communicators, and engaged citizens.
As the largest and most diverse college on campus, the College of Arts and Letters serves as a core
intellectual and cultural center for ODU and the communities it serves, promoting and extending knowledge of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Our students become engaged citizens and skilled professionals through learning opportunities that foster:
- Appreciation of the diverse cultural and aesthetic heritage of humankind, recognition of the challenges
that face contemporary societies, and understanding of the complexities of human experience;
- Development of the essential skills of critical reading and thinking, effective communication,
technological proficiency, and creative problem solving.
- Cultivation of the qualities of intellectual honesty, freedom of thought, ethical action, and dedication to
equity, inclusivity, and justice. These qualities enable students to successfully navigate the challenges
of work and citizenship in an increasingly globalized world.
The College and its faculty are committed to active scholarship that integrates innovative teaching with
internationally-recognized research and creative endeavors. The College provides both graduate and
undergraduate students with valuable opportunities to engage in groundbreaking research and
transformational learning experiences. The College also offers advanced training and qualifications in a
variety of fields, preparing graduate students for further research and professional careers.
Message from the Dean
Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the College of Arts & Letters,
I am excited to start my time as Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, and look forward to many years together building a strong and dynamic college. As the largest college at Old Dominion University we have opportunities to impact the education of thousands of students each day. While I am new, the mission and vision of the college has not changed; we will still provide world-class teaching, research, performance and art to Norfolk and beyond.
Since ODU's founding in 1930, we have grown into a dynamic, forward-thinking, affordable university that provides more than just an education; we create social mobility for our students while supporting them in their endeavors, and I anticipate the next few years will only provide new growth and enhanced educational experiences.
To our students, we are excited about the path you're embarking upon. An Arts & Letters education can further your career prospects, enrich your path, and help you develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success in the 21st century. To our alumni, thank you for your continued involvement; you show our students what is possible with an Old Dominion University education. To our donors, please know you play an important role for our students. Your generosity helps many students to reach their dreams and we cannot thank you enough. And finally, to our faculty and staff, I want to thank you for your hard work each day that allows this university to provide a top-notch education.
Dr. Laura Delbrugge, dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Old Dominion University