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, August 26, 2014

Fairmont State University will host the inaugural West Fork New Music Festival on campus on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sept. 13. Guest composers and performers from West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania will attend.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts is accepting registrations for fall classes and private lessons in art, music and theatre. Classes and lessons begin the week of Sept. 2.

For schedules, dates, registration forms, prices and instructor information, click here  or call Academy Director Leigh Anne Bolyard at (304) 333-3655. Find the Academy on Facebook at Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts. 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and Town & Gown theatre group announce open auditions for “Sleepy Hollow,” an original musical written by Jim Christian and Tom Edward Clark.  The story is inspired by “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the classic American short story written by Washington Irving. The production is directed by Francene Kirk; the music director is R.J. Nestor, and the choreographer is Susan Cato. 

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