College of Social Science, Performing Arts, and Communication

Welcome to the website of the College of Social Science, Performing Arts, and Communication. (SSPAC). Whether you are a new or returning student, a VU alumnus, or a visitor to campus, we hope you explore our course offerings, the expertise of our faculty, and our outstanding facilities.

The College of Social Science, Performing Arts, and Communication fosters critical thinking, creative expression, and intellectual curiosity. In classrooms, studios, and on stage, students are prepared for a variety of careers, and are equipped to prosper in the future. We value quality education and are committed to academic success. Faculty and staff are dedicated to providing students with the educational tools that will enable them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Each program provides students with a challenging curriculum where students learn the skills that employers demand, such as teamwork, and effective written and oral communication.

The College is organized into six academic departments:

  • Communication

  • Education

  • History/Political Science/Economics

  • Media Production

  • Music

  • Psychology/Sociology/Social Work


Whatever program of study a student chooses, he/she will have the opportunity to develop the tools needed to understand the world, to contribute to knowledge about the world, and to make the world a better place.

We invite you to come see our programs, our students, and our faculty.



Dr. Cynthia A. Ragle

Dean of College of Social Science, Performing Arts, and Communication

Office: Summers Center, Room 110


Phone: 812-888-5127



Taletha Provines, Secretary

Economics, Education, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

Office: Summers Center, Room 111


Phone: 812-888-5127



JoEllen Horne, Secretary

Audio Recording, Broadcasting, Communication, Journalism, Music, Public Relations, Theatre

Office: Davis Hall, Room 102


Phone: 812-888-5110


Chelsea Lawlis Learning Center

Phillip M. Summers Center, Room 117

Monday – Thursday 8 AM – 8 PM

Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Open to all students regardless of major
  • Social Science textbooks on reserve (in lab use only)
  • Proctoring for online and Blackboard testing
  • Kurzweil reading software
  • 51 computers available
  • Printing 10 cents per page (black and white)
  • Study tables
  • Quiet study/test room
  • Copier 10 cents per page


Lab Assistants available to assist students


Randi Menke, Lab Assistant


Phone: 812-888-4434





Janice Strange, Lab Assistant


Phone: 812-888-5528





Jan Adams, Lab Assistant


Phone: 812-888-5528