The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities

"We can't expect the world to get better by itself." — Gwen Ifill

The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities cultivates trailblazers and leaders. Here, you'll study the modes of expression through which we record and interpret the human experience. Our students view society through the multi-faceted lenses of language, narrative, art, music, film and contemporary media. You'll hone your creative abilities through real-world projects and on-the-job learning experiences. 

As a pioneering Black woman journalist, Gwen Ifill broke through barriers of prejudice and stands as a model of professional excellence and a purposeful life. The Ifill College aims to carry on that legacy for the next generations. Our mission:

  • We are a community of educators and learners guided by intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and generosity of spirit.
  • We derive strength from our differences and pursue civic engagement through humanistic inquiry that values language, lived experience, artistic expression, and imagination.
  • We give voice to our stories, past and present, individual and global, told and untold, to influence a future whose questions have yet to be asked. 

How will you do the hard work of imagining a more just future?


Recent News

Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities

Deborah Z Porter '01MA '15HD On Founding the Boston Book Festival

Deborah Z Porter, founder and executive director of the Boston Book Festival, on throwing pots and how she became a book person.

COMMing Back to Simmons: The Importance of Networking

The Communications Liaison hosts 5th annual networking event for students and alumnae/i.

Meredith McCarroll '03MA: Director of Writing and Rhetoric at Bowdoin College

The flexibility of the gender/cultural studies program broadened the scope of Meredith's scholarly work.

Alexandra Bohanan '19 Looks to Gwen Ifill as an Icon

Congratulations to Alexandra Bohanan ‘19, recipient of the Ifill Scholarship!

Priscilla Wiltshire-Bland '20 on the Impact of a Simmons Education

Congratulations to Priscilla Wiltshire-Bland '20, recipient of the Ifill Scholarship!

Simmons University Awards First Ifill Scholarships

In remembrance and honor of Gwen Ifill's legacy of excellence, Simmons is proud to announce the inaugural recipients of the Ifill Scholarships.