Undergraduate Degrees

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The School of Communication, Media & the Arts offers five distinct majors:

Communication Studies
A major that moves students through a unique educational pathway. It has its roots in the fields of journalism, public relations, sports journalism, sports broadcasting, and the creative media aspects of advertising. Within this major there are the following concentrations:

Digital Communication
An interdisciplinary program supported by courses offered through Communication and Media Arts and the department of Computer Science & Information Technology.

Media Arts
An innovative program that combines the study of communications theory and media production with the educational tradition of the liberal arts. The program is designed with the understanding that the successful student must be technologically competent and must understand the historical, social, and philosophical aspects of media. Within this major there are the following concentrations:

Theatre Arts
The Theatre Arts major, with two tracks in Acting and Musical Theatre, is an interactive degree that combines theory and in practice courses to prepare students for a career in the arts post graduation. Under instruction from professionals in the industry, students will be given ample opportunities to grow in an academic and artistic capacity.

Art & Design
The Art & Design program prepares students to become artists and designers who are knowledgeable, educated, compassionate, responsive to social and civic obligations, and able to respond to an ever-changing world.

The school also offers five distinct minors:

  • Graduate offers courses in news writing and reporting, magazine production, and photojournalism.
  • Advertising Media/Public Relations provides students with theoretical and practical study including state-of-the-art classes in social media and viral campaigns.

  • Film and Television introduces students to the history and theory of the film and broadcasting industries.

  • Sports Media offers students the ability to digitally produce sports programs while providing a theoretical foundation.

  • Digital Communication allows students to design both websites and digital animation programs.

As the media industry and communication environment continues to evolve and change, new courses are added to Communication and Media Arts (SCMA) majors to ensure that students have a contemporary perspective and the relevant knowledge and skills to succeed and thrive in the work force. Toward that goal, SCMA blends theory and practice throughout all of its courses.