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Programs of Study

The Department offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts and the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre. The Communication and Theatre Arts Department offers programs in communication theory, rhetoric, print and electronic media, interpersonal communication, organizational and technical communication, technical theatre, acting, theatre administration, sales, training and development, public relations and management.

The Communication and Theatre Arts Department offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts in communication arts. The Department fosters students' abilities to think reasonably and communicate intelligently, creatively, and reasonably. Through it's theatrical, radio and television productions, writing, sponsorship of forums and internships, the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts enriches the quality of community life.

Students are trained in face to face communication, facilitating decision making and problem-solving in their personal and professional lives. Communication Arts students achieve competency in any of several career fields related to communication, undertaking concentrated study in one of the departments programs. They further study world theatre and drama, intercultural communication, international media, and organizational communication.

This major is excellent preparation for careers in:

  • radio or television,
  • print or broadcast journalism,
  • technical theatre, acting & directing, theatre administration,
  • sales, training and development, management and personnel
  • public relations

For more information call the Communication and Theatre Arts Department at 410-543-6229 or visit us in Fulton Hall 261

The major prepares students for graduate work in all areas of speech communication and theatre including rhetoric, communication studies and theory, organizational communication/ training and development, interpersonal and small group communication, journalism and public relations, media studies, theatre and law.

Benefit to Student Communication Arts students acquire the knowledge and experience needed for decision-making and problem-solving in their personal and professional lives. Educational goals for students include:
  • Becoming intellectually aware of the social significance of communication, develop the communication skills necessary for their roles, and be better able to acquire, use and communicate knowledge;
  • Through critical examination, learning to recognize problems of communication and develop skills in solving them;
  • Achieving competency in any of several career fields related to communication;
  • Undertaking concentrated study in one of the department's programs; and
  • Experiencing through the study of world theatre and drama, intercultural communication, international media, organizational communication.

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The Major in Communication Arts

  • Students must complete 33 credit hours in the department with grades of C or better. A total of 15 hours must be at the 300-400 level. Students must choose a minor from another department.

  • A sample sequence of courses for students majoring in Communication Arts is available from the department. Students working towards a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Arts should consult regularly with their advisor when developing their individual program plans and selecting courses.

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Curriculum Tracks

The department has developed a number of curriculum tracks for students to follow. The major areas of study include:

Interpersonal/Organizational Communication
Mass Media
Journalism/Public Relations

Core requirements for all students include:

CMAT 100 Fundamentals of Communication
CMAT 110 Introduction to Mass Media
CMAT 200 Communication Theory

CMAT 490 Seminar, 495 Internship or 497 Independent Research

Students must complete 33 credit hours in the department with grades of C or better. A total of 15 hours must be at the 300-400 level. Students must choose a minor from another department.

A sample sequence of courses for students majoring in Communication Arts is available from the department. Students working towards a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Theatre Arts should consult regularly with their advisor when developing their individual program plans and selecting courses.

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Theatre and other Programs of Study

The Communication and Theatre Arts Department offers programs in technical theatre, acting and directing. This is an excellent major for students planning a career in technical theatre, acting, theatre administration, sales, training and development, public relations, management and personnel.

The Communication and Theatre Arts Department also offers programs in communication theory, rhetoric, print and electronic media, interpersonal communication, organizational and technical communication. This is an excellent major for students planning a career in radio or television production, print or broadcast journalism, sales, training and development, public relations, management and personnel.

The Communication Arts major prepares students for graduate work in all areas of Theatre and Speech Communication including rhetoric, communication studies and theory, organizational communication/training and development, interpersonal and small group communication, journalism and public relations, media studies, theatre and law.


Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in Communication Arts must complete 15 semester hours in Communication Arts courses at Salisbury State University with a minimum grade of C in each course.

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The Honors Program

Students may elect to complete an honors project at the invitation of the department. Interested students should contact their advisor or the department chairperson.

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