May 01, 2019 | Academics , Admissions , Inspiring Success , Student Success

Columbia State, UNA Announce Partnership

Seamless transfer opportunities available for humanities students

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – May 1, 2019) - - -Columbia State Community College and the University of North Alabama recently announced a partnership that will benefit associate degree students wanting to earn a bachelor’s degree in humanities.

“It is a great thing when we can build relationships with a university that provides opportunities for our students to continue to grow when they continue from us,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “Our students and our communities benefit from partnerships like these because they are our future leaders.”

The partnership allows Columbia State students with an associate degree in graphic design, art (studio), theatre arts or music to transfer seamlessly to UNA to pursue a bachelor’s degree in painting, ceramics, photography, digital media, sculpture, theatre arts (acting, design/tech or general theatre) or music (instrumental, vocal or piano). Eligible students must complete entrance requirements outlined by the UNA School of the Arts departments and programs. 

“We look forward to welcoming Columbia State students to our campus and we can’t wait to see where this goes,” said Dr. Kenneth D. Kitts, UNA president. 

The UNA School of the Arts provides a valuable arts education to students as they work to reach their personal goals. The school encourages a diverse, collaborative environment fostering inclusion and is committed to promoting a greater artistic community.

To learn more about Columbia State and the admissions process, visit To learn more about Columbia State transfer programs, visit

To learn more about UNA’s admissions process, visit

Photo Caption: Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president, and Dr. Kenneth D. Kitts, UNA president, sign the articulation agreement. 

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(Pictured, left to right): Dr. Mary Lou D’Allegro, Columbia State vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president; Dr. Kenneth D. Kitts, UNA president; and Dr. Ross Alexander, UNA vice president for academic affairs and provost.