Department Information

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COMMUNICATION ARTS PROGRAM:

  • A professionally active, accessible, and tech-savvy faculty who are enthusiastic teachers with terminal degrees in multiple disciplines. 
  • A hybrid department (with four concentrations) employing a wide-range of instructional methods that give students enhanced learning opportunities and a competitive edge in the workplace.
  • Core critical studies courses that engage students in constructive criticism, writing, oral presentation, and analysis in small, informal settings.
  • Production courses with a 14:1 class ratio, meeting 6-hours per week in intensive studio learning environments.
  • Dedicated classrooms and production labs outfitted with the latest software and hardware.
  • Dedicated equipment checkout room allowing students ready access to resources in support of class projects.
  • An integrated curriculum (students select courses from the Art & Music, English, Business, Psychology, and Sociology departments) that also requires students to meet their General Education requirements outside the Major, thus providing students the opportunity to develop a broader appreciation for inter-disciplinary study.

 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNICATION ARTS STUDENTS:

  • Single or double-credit internships
  • Independent study closely mentored by faculty
  • Transfer course equivalents for most courses
  • Opportunities to study abroad and transfer credits into Major
  • Capstone seminar course
  • Production or performance seminar courses in each of three concentrations,
  • Freshman “creativity” seminars
  • Advisor-led student clubs (Anime, Hilltop Players, NBS-AERho TV Club, Graphics & Photography, WDJM-FM radio, the Gatepost student newspaper)
  • Academic Excellence and Service Excellence Awards offered annually to outstanding majors