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
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FSUNow Stories

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fairmont State University’s Department of Art attended the West Virginia Art Education Association conference in Morgantown in October. Faculty members Jeff Greenham and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune staffed a mobile vendor cart and student Ty Collins presented a painting session. Yerdon LeJeune presented shaped canvas and silk screen printing sessions. At the awards dinner, Kylie Ford won the WVAEA Student Achievement in Art Education Award and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune won the WVAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Students from Fairmont State University’s “The Art of Storytelling” course have the opportunity to present storytelling programming for the community.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary “Miss Representation” addresses how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

A local screening of “Miss Representation” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the Fairmont State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public. After the screening will be a faculty panel discussion led by Dr. Francene Kirk, Abelina Suarez Professor of Communication and Theatre.

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