Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to the College of Arts and Letters. We are the largest academic college in the university, with over 190 faculty and approximately 5000 majors. And because we deliver the greater portion of general education courses, our faculty touch the lives of every ODU student. We take great pride in our work, and we take seriously our responsibility to educate and shape the lives of these students. The College offers a cross-section of majors: in the humanities, the creative arts, and the social sciences. Such academic diversity nurtures the kind of intellectual energy that produces cutting-edge research and outstanding teaching. Our institutes and centers encourage interdisciplinary exchanges among faculty and students alike; and they foster the critical thinking skills that all students need to ensure success in the global marketplace.
In keeping with the University’s mission of outreach, our faculty and students are engaged in the community, whether it’s through service-learning projects or volunteerism. The College of Arts and Letters is committed to encouraging its students to contribute to society and to apply their knowledge to solving social issues and improving the world around them, in Hampton Roads and beyond. In addition, the College invites the community to enjoy the many performances, lectures, and exhibits that its faculty and students deliver throughout the year. With external organizations we maintain strong partnerships so that all parties can leverage resources and honor the spirit of stewardship and global integrity.
Please visit the links found on this page so that you may learn more about the specific units within the College, and feel free to contact the Dean’s office should you require further information.
Charles E. Wilson, Jr.
Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Professor of English
9000 Batten Arts and Letters
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529