The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities

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.

Hallway in The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities

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

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?


Take a look back at our successful first year - The Year in Review 2018-2019

Contact Information

Having trouble deciding what to do? Contact The Ifill College. We'll be glad to help you out.

Dean Brian Norman

Meet the Dean

Dr. Brian Norman is the Dean of The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities. He is a scholar of American and African American literature, professor of English, and academic administrator.

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Theresa Perry

Our Faculty

You’ll study with faculty who are thought-leaders and award winners, researchers and professionals in their fields.

Faculty Profiles

About the College

Gwen Ifill speaking at a past Simmons Commencement

Meet Gwen Ifill

Best known as a successful and much admired television news anchor, Gwen Ifill launched her career here at Simmons.

Professor and student in conversation

Mentoring

Among Gwen Ifill’s legacies is a commitment to mentoring and to nurturing a diverse and talented next generation.

Laura Prieto, 2019-2022 Alumni Chair for Public Engagement

Public Engagement

The Alumni Chair in Public Engagement is a signature program for how The Ifill College engages the world and demonstrates the role of the arts, media, and humanities to a vibrant, diverse democracy.

Current Faculty Resources

Information for our current faculty, including funding opportunities.

Recent News

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What made you choose your program at Simmons? I really loved all of the faculty I spoke with when I was touring, and how student-focused the programs are. Every faculty member I spoke with, or have worked with in my...

Hannah Morrow holding cheeses with her coworkers.

Hannah tells us how she turned her passion for food and media into a career. Why did you choose to attend Simmons? Simmons was one of the few schools outside New York City I’d discussed with my college counselor. I...

Amy Eicher with Shangela

Amy tells us how she found her confidence as a senior producer for comedy television. Tell us a little bit about your background. I was a communications major at Simmons, but never sure what I wanted to do beyond “entertainment.”...

Dean Brian Norman, Nancy Ancrum and Rick Berke.

Rick Berke and Mentor-in-Residence, Nancy Ancrum discussed Gwen Ifill's lasting legacy. “Conversations that matter.” That’s how Brian Norman, Dean of The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities introduced the March 26 Ifill College community meeting. That was an...

Main College Building on Simmons' academic campus.

Congratulations to Professors Diane Grossman, Jyoti Puri and Špela Trefalt! Simmons Provost Katie Conboy announced the names of three professors who have become Endowed Chairs at Simmons. An endowed chair is a distinctive achievement as it provides funding for salaries...

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