Overview

The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts.

Communication Arts students can expect required courses in communication and journalism such as:

  • Group communication
  • Argumentation
  • Debate
  • Participatory journalism and social media
  • Contemporary storytelling

Required internships allow students to get field or hands-on experience in an area of communication in which they are interested. The internship is the culmination of the coursework and skill development Communications Arts students learn in one of eight concentrations.

When studying at Fairmont State, Communication Arts students can specialize in:

  • Government communication
  • Health communication
  • Sport communication
  • Performance communication
  • Public communication
  • Multimedia communication
  • Visual communication

Through the School of Fine Arts, Communication Arts students can take advantage of hands-on opportunities through the public speaking, oral interpretation, and debate teams.

This is a liberal arts degree. The Department also provides a minor for the students with an interest in communication.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts can seek employment in business, industry, media, non-profit organizations, or government. Their experience at Fairmont State gives them a competitive edge in applying for employment or graduate study. The minor in communication is a complement to the student’s major field of study. It allows the student to present themselves to a potential employer as a liberally educated individual.  Communication Arts students can become:

  • Media analysts
  • Spokespersons for corporations or nonprofit agencies
  • Mediators
  • Public relations managers
  • Advertising managers
  • Event planners
Model Schedule(s): 

FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts will host the fall 2014 West Virginia Art Educators Association members art exhibition in the Brooks Memorial Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Wallman Hall in October.

Art educators from across the state will display drawings, paintings, sculpture, fiber arts and more from Oct. 7 through Nov. 14. The opening exhibition will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

The name “Sleepy Hollow” conjures images of the awkward school teacher, Ichabod Crane, on his bedraggled horse being chased through the dark woods by the Headless Horseman. It is fitting that the Fairmont State University production of “Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” opens on Halloween. 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that Fairmont State University was awarded an Arts Partner grant in August 2014 to support a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Christina Lavorata, FSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, attended a ceremony at the West Virginia State Capitol to receive the check for $7,200. The Arts Partners grant provides general operating support to long-standing, stable arts organizations.

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