The Department of Communication Arts offers you a unique learning experience unlike any other in the region. You will learn to analyze, critically evaluate, and develop skills in important communication practices. You will develop the intellectual resources needed to articulate your own ideas and share them with others. A major in Communication Arts offers you the knowledge and expertise that are essential to becoming a leader in a complex world.
The Department of Communication Arts is composed of four full-time faculty members and adjunct instructors with real-world experience in newspapers, public relations, marketing, and video production. As such, we are able to equip our students with the theoretical foundation they need to know the origins and premises of the field of communication and the practical experience to perform the skills they’ll need on the job.
Mrs. Melissa Baskin
Instructor of Communication Arts, Argo Yearbook adviser
Office: MFA 201b
Bachelor of Arts, Communication Arts
Bachelor of Science, Communication Arts
The mission of the Communication Arts Department is to equip communication majors with the theoretical foundation they need to know the origins and premises of the field of communication and the practical experience to perform the skills they’ll need on the job. In keeping with the university’s academic integrity code and the beliefs of the College of Arts and Sciences, the department seeks to develop ethical men and women of disciplined, creative minds and lives that focus on leadership, service, and learning. Additionally, the department provides its majors with an intellectual foundation in the liberal arts that promotes critical thinking, civic responsibility, and Christ-like conduct.
Our desire is to pursue the Lord with our all heart, soul, strength, and mind so that we go out and communicate excellence to the world (Luke 10:27; Colossians 3:23).
In pursuit of the mission, the Department of Communication Arts has set goals that the department’s majors will:
- Understand communication with a liberal arts emphasis
- Acquire and strengthen marketable skills
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills
- Develop proficiency in oral communication
- Develop proficiency in written communication
Communication will be used in every career path a student chooses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a major in communication studies has a longer list of career opportunities than a major in engineering, biological sciences, and mathematics. In fact, Communication is the essential skill for this Information Age. A major in Communication Arts will provide students with the skills necessary to achieve success in all aspects of your life. So regardless of the field the student ultimately ends up working in, the Communication degree is the ideal foundation for achievement in that area. Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in media, teaching, ministry, service, chambers of commerce, and entertainment.
Our department houses the campus’ major student media – Hawk TV and Radio, The Periscope student newspaper and The Argo yearbook. Hawk TV has broadened into an expanded space in Alumni Hall 16 that now enables majors to explore television production along with radio production. The station consists of state-of-the-art production recording and editing equipment that offers students hands-on experience to go on to careers in broadcast media. The station produces a bi-monthly, student-led campus news program, and regular student-led radio broadcasts. To offer our majors more national networking opportunities, the department was honored to become members of the National Religious Broadcasters association in fall 2013.
The Periscope and The Argo are both state, regional and national award-winning publications. The Periscope is published every two weeks from September to May by enthusiastic student journalists and overseen by a faculty adviser with years of newspaper experience. The publication provides the opportunity for students of all majors to learn valuable and marketable skills, including reporting, writing, editing, production, photography, layout and design, and time management. An online version also exists at www.shorterperiscope.org.
The Argo, published as a coffee-table-style book, is a fall delivery yearbook that is student-managed and faculty-advised. Like The Periscope, the yearbook is a great hands-on, award-winning publication that offers students a chance to be fully engaged with campus activities and strengthen interpersonal and organizational communication skills. Students also learn essential desktop publishing and photography skills that distinguish them when entering the workplace.
We also have an honor society called Lambda Pi Eta for exemplary students.
The Periscope Student Newspaper
National Communication Association
Public Relations Student Society of America
National Lambda Pi Eta Association
National Religious Broadcasters Association
Georgia Communication Association
Georgia College Press Association