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The ability to recognize opportunities and move in new – and sometimes unexpected – directions will benefit you no matter your interests or aspirations. A liberal arts education is designed to equip students for just such flexibility and imagination.

Drew Gilpin Faust –
President of Harvard University

Mission Statement

The mission of the Francis Marion University College of Liberal Arts is to provide students with skills and knowledge needed for personal and professional success.


Francis Marion University’s College of Liberal Arts is extremely proud of all of our faculty. The following is a list of some of the spectacular research our faculty engages in:

  • Dr. Emily Lorraine de Montluzin’s electronic database focused on “The Poetry of the Gentleman’s Magazine, 1731-1800: An Electronic Database of Titles, Authors, and First Lines.”
  • Dr. John Britton, long-time member of the Francis Marion University Department of History and now Professor Emeritus, had his sixth book recently published. Cables, Crises, and the Press: The Geopolitics of the New International Information System in the Americas, 1866-1903, has been published by the University of New Mexico Press.
  • Dr. Jo Angela Edwins: Associate Professor of English, was named the 2014 winner of the 5th Annual Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship in poetry by the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Edwins’ manuscript was chosen in a blind competition by this year’s judge, poet Lavonne J. Adams. The fellowship in poetry was established in 2009 to support South Carolina poets whose work employs skilled verse composition and reflects a heightened awareness of the human condition.
  • Associate Professor of English Philip Gardner, whose previous collections include Somebody Wants Somebody Dead (Boson Books 2012) and Someone to Crawl Back To (Boson Books 2003), has a new anthology of 18 select and prize-winning short stories, appearing as Available Light (Bitingduck Press, November 1, 2013).
  • In recognition of his outstanding research in the area of radiation dosimetry, Dr. Derek Jokisch, Professor of Physics, has been offered a prestigious joint appointment with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Jones Compaore, Associate Professor of English, gave a paper at the plenary panel at the James Baldwin “Transatlantic Commuter” Conference in Montpelier, France, in June 2014.
  • Dr. Scott Kaufman, Professor of History, is the author of Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America, which was recently published by Cornell University Press.
  • Lynn Kostoff, Professor of English, is the author of three novels: A Choice of Nightmares, The Long Fall, and Late Rain. His work has been translated into Italian and German.