College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS)
Drury University's College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (CHASS) provides a wide range of academic programs focusing on the nature of the human. The college collectively offers 26 degree options, and we are home to nearly 400 declared majors and 61 faculty.
Fine & Performing Arts
Behavioral Sciences: Jennie LongDr. Long's scholarship has focused on issues related to domestic violence and alternative means of achieving justice. Her present research focuses on examining the effects of reflective writing on juvenile offenders' emotional well being and evaluating community-based policing efforts to address crimes of domestic violence.
Communication: Steve CarpenterCarpenter is a computer artist with over 20 years of production experience in film and television and has taught computer animation for thirteen years. He has worked at such well known studios as Will Vinton Studios (now Liaka), Digital Domain and Rhythm & Hues.
Art & Art History: Todd LoweryLowery works in a variety of media, primarily painting and drawing, as well as installation, sculpture, and photography. His public work includes "The Sounds of Springfield", a mural designed and painted as part of the downtown Springfield mural project.
Music: Carlyle SharpeUpon completion of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at Boston University, he was one of five graduating students to receive the Kahn Career Entry Award for the Arts, a generous grant awarded to launch the recipients' professional careers.
Theatre: Mick SokolOf the many productions he has directed, designed or written in his fifteen years at Drury, Dr. Sokol notes The Dining Room, Endgame and Vegetables as his favorites. His passion for producing new scripts helped create the Evening of New Plays and Shorts, two venues for the performance of unpublished plays here at Drury.
History: David GoldbergDr. Goldberg has begun work on a new project, tentatively titled “Making Separate More Equal: The Environmental Origins of Segregation in the Jim Crow North.” In particular, he is interested in how the early environmental movement aided the cultural power of Jim Crow and the political and economic interests of segregationists.
Philosophy & Religion: Jack PowersPowers is especially interested in students’ professional development, and talking with them about their goals, projects, and strategies for success. Jack’s published works include Finding Ernst Mayr’s Plato, which explores Plato’s views on biological species, and The Inductive Risk of “Demasculinization,” which examines the roles of values in scientific language choice.
English & Writing: Katie GilbertHer current book project, Legal Personalities, theorizes the role of the lawyer in the Victorian novel as it relates to both literary concepts of character and to character as an ethical term. A chapter of this project was one of six papers selected for the prestigious international Law & Humanities Junior Scholar workshop at Columbia Law School in 2010.
Foreign Languages: Catherine BlunkDr. Blunk specializes in medieval French literature and wrote her dissertation on the poetics of the tournament in late medieval romance and chronicle. Her current research interests center on the relationship between text, image, and mise en page in late medieval manuscripts.
Political Science & International Affairs: Elizabeth PaddockDr. Paddock teaches courses on North American and Western European politics, with an emphasis on political culture, political behavior, and culture in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Dr. Paddock has published and presented her research in journals and professional associations in the Southwest and West.
Upcoming EventsMid-Century to New Millennium Prints: A Print Collection Pool Art CenterSeptember 2, 2016 - September 30, 2016 - All DayPaintings by Jessie ShwartzC-Street GallerySeptember 6, 2016 - September 30, 2016 - All DayStudent Senior Recital - Jacob FrostClara Thompson HallOctober 2, 2016 @ 3:00 PMPizza & PoliticsStone Chapel LoungeOctober 5, 2016 @ 12:00 PM
Find Us On Campus
CHASS is housed in five buildings:
Political Science and International Affairs
Behavioral Sciences, Languages and Literature, History, Philosophy, and Religion
Music and Theatre
Art and Art History