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

Simmons Announces Three Endowed Chair Recipients

Congratulations to Professors Diane Grossman, Jyoti Puri and Špela Trefalt!

Meet Diane Grossman: Director of the Honors Program

We spoke with Diane Grossman about her role and her passion for philosophy.

Simmons University Radio Nominated for Best Station

As General Manager of Simmons Radio, Caroline Mahoney '19 tells us about being nominated for Best Station by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System!

Gwen Ifill Papers Open to Researchers

The Simmons University Archives is pleased to announce that the Gwen Ifill Papers are open to researchers.

NYTimes Best-Selling Author Mackenzi Lee '14MFA Talks Upcoming Projects

We caught up with the best-selling author to discuss her novels, upcoming projects and the invaluable support of her Simmons community.

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.