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.
"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?
Having trouble deciding what to do? Contact The Ifill College. We'll be glad to help you out.
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
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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.Learn More
You’ll study with faculty who are thought-leaders and award winners, researchers and professionals in their fields.Faculty Profiles
About the College
Meet Gwen Ifill
Best known as a successful and much admired television news anchor, Gwen Ifill launched her career here at Simmons.
Among Gwen Ifill’s legacies is a commitment to mentoring and to nurturing a diverse and talented next generation.
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.
Meet the Students
We cultivate a diverse and talented generation of trailblazers who are poised to become leaders in their professions and in their communities.
Current Faculty and Graduate Student Resources
Information for our current faculty and graduate students, including funding opportunities.
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As General Manager of Simmons Radio, Caroline Mahoney '19 tells us about being nominated for Best Station by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System! On choosing Simmons I was actually looking for a big school in the city, but when I found...
The Simmons University Archives is pleased to announce that the Gwen Ifill Papers are open to researchers. Generously donated to the Simmons University Archives in 2017 by Gwen Ifill 's brother, Bert Ifill, the collection documents the career of Gwen...