University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown


The Humanities Division at Pitt-Johnstown offers a branch of learning dedicated to human thought, interaction, and expression with majors in communication, English Literature, Writing (creative and professional), Journalism, Multimedia and Digital Culture, Theatre arts, and in several combined Humanities disciplines. 

Degree Programs


Foundational Classes:

The Humanities Division is where you can find:

  • courses that focus on spoken, written, and digital communication.
  • top faculty who inspire students to a greater understanding of the way in which human beings understand and respond to adversities, triumphs, failures, and success—and win awards for teaching, research, and creative writing.
  • courses focusing on key, fundamental works from such authors, thinkers, artists and musicians as Shakespeare, Dante, Chaucer, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine,Botticelli, Whitman, Dickinson, Jules Verne, Mary Cassatt, Virginia Woolf, Duke Ellington, Derek Wolcott, Jorge Luis Borges, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Faulkner, and the Beatles.
  • courses that help you develop analytical thinking skills and refine your ability to create and appreciate the importance of creativity
  • quality instruction and experience leading to jobs in areas such as journalism, publishing, public relations, social media, magazines, foreign and government service, technical communication, and museum & gallery curation.
  • student productions in the written, musical, and theatrical arts.
  • engaging internships in many businesses in our community.
  • Make you aware of the ideas of the greatest minds in human experience.

What the Humanities can do for you:

  • Improve your oral and written communication skills and help you integrate all areas of knowledge.
  • Help you develop analytical thinking skills essential in all aspects of professional life.
  • Refine your ability to create and appreciate the importance of creativity.
  • Develop in your global perspectives and deepen your understanding of the world.
  • Clarify your own values and help you determine what is meaningful and meaningless.
  • Deepen your understanding and appreciation of other's cultures and other's points of view.
  • Give you a greater appreciation of the joy, beauty, and success possible in your life.


Michael P. Stoneham, PhD, Division Chair  |

Natalie Casti, Administrative Assistant  |  814-269-7140 |

Humanities Faculty

Dr. Alvaro A. Bernal - Foreign Language
Dr. Catherine S. Cox - English Literature
Dr. Michael W. Cox - Writing
Dr. Mark T. DiMauro - MMDC
Dr. Michael J. Fletcher - Philosophy
Dr. Valerie S. Grash - Fine Arts
Dr. Ako Inuzuka - Communication
Dr. Jeremy C. Justus - English Literature and MMDC
Dr. Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff - English Literature
Ms. Marissa Kathryn Landrigan - Writing and MMDC
Dr. Derek A. Leben - Philosophy
Dr. Paul A. Lucas - Communication
Dr. Maryl R. McGinley - Communication
Dr. Diane M. Nicodemus - Communication
Dr. Barbara Petrosky - Foreign Language
Dr. Ann Rea - English Literature
Dr. Martin A. Rice - Philosophy
Dr. Frederick C. Schwerer - Writing
Dr. Michael P. Stoneham - Chair, Humanities Division / English Literature
Mr. John G. Teacher - Theatre
Mr. Jeffrey L. Webb - Music
Dr. Patty J. Wharton-Michael - Communication
Dr. Susan M. Wieczorek - Communication

Dr. John Bagnato - Music
Ms. Olivia Baker - English Composition
Mr. Patrick B. Baney - Communication
Ms. Amy M. Bradley - Journalism
Ms. Catalina Bode - English Composition
Mr. Josh Callendrella
Ms. Cassandra Cooke
Mr. Mitchell Custer - Music
Mr. Frederick J. Hartland - Theatre
Dr. Howard R. Hastings
Mr. Roger N. Kerekes - Journalism
Mrs. Kimberly M. Miller - Communication
Ms. Paulette P. Parlock - Foreign Language
Dr. David Petrosky - Foreign Language
Mr. Kim R. Rauch - Music
Mrs. Ginger E. Stepp - English Composition
Ms. Bethany Thomas - Theatre
Mrs. Rachel B. Thomas-Kimmel - English Composition
Dr. Reine L. Turcato - Foreign Language
Mr.William Wandersee - Writing and Journalism

Concert Band

Concert Band is dedicated to music performance and music appreciation. The Concert Band encourages growth and provides to the community free-of-charge concerts that they sponsor and perform at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

Concert Choir

The UPJ Concert Choir is the official vocal ensemble of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The Concert Choir performs a concert each term and also performs in the Johnstown community. Membership is open to all students. There is also an option available for students to take Concert Choir as one credit or to participate on the co-curricular level.

Pitt-Johnstown Players

A theatre club that presents performances throughout the year. Visit the PPAC website to view exciting theatre productions coming this year.