Lee University Catalog 2013-2014 
    
    Aug 17, 2019  
Lee University Catalog 2013-2014 [Archived Catalog]

Communication Arts


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 Joel Kailing, Chairperson

Communication

Professors Joel Kailing and J. Matthew Melton
Associate Professor Megan Moe
Lecturer Mike Finch

Public Relations

Associate Professor Patty Silverman, APR
Associate Professor Christie Kleinmann, APR

Digital Media Studies

Lecturer Mary Dukes
Assistant Professor Matthew Fisher

Theatre 

Assistant Professors Daniel Buck and Christine Williams
Lecturer/Technical Theatre Director Catherine Mantooth

Disciplines

Communication (Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism)
Public Relations
Digital Media Studies
Theatre

The Communication Arts Department at Lee University exists to provide instruction and training to individuals pursuing knowledge and/or professional development in the wide variety of fields associated with the communication discipline. As an integral part of an institution that bases its educational practice on the discovery of truth found in Scripture, the faculty of Communication Arts seeks to guide students through programs of professional, technical and vocational education with a view toward the integration of faith in daily life and learning.

Communication Arts offers seven majors: Bachelor of Arts in Communication; a Bachelor of Science in Communication Education; a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations; a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Studies; a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts of Teaching in Theatre Education. The B.A. in Communication offers emphases in the following areas: Advertising, Communication Studies, and Journalism. The B.A. and B.S. in Digital Media Studies also offers an emphasis in Church Media.

The Department of Communication Arts also oversees Student Media, producing a print and online newspaper, the Clarion, and a yearbook, the Vindagua. Lee University Theatre stages four theatrical productions each year as well as a summer Theatre Day Camp for community children.  

Communication

The Communication major helps students maximize their options for graduate school or a professional career. The emphases offered seek to give students the opportunity to craft their own program of study, within reasonable academic limits. Regardless of which emphasis the student may choose, the core courses in the major provide the tools necessary for success in a diverse field, including speech, writing and communication. The professional and religion capstone courses demonstrate how all these elements come together to equip the student for faith and living.

Public Relations

The B.A. in Public Relations is designed to train students interested in professional or academic work in the area of corporate, nonprofit or agency public relations. The courses in the major provide students with the tools and tactics necessary to fulfill their calling as public relations professionals who think critically and creatively with a biblical worldview.  In Fall 2011, the public relations program earned international accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America, receiving a Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR).  Lee became the first Christian University to receive this certification.  Approximately 40 schools internationally have been awarded CEPR.

Digital Media Studies

The B.A. and B.S. in Digital Media Studies are designed to train students interested in professional or academic work in the area of mass communication, including film, television, radio, video and audio production and Web content, as well as church media ministries. The B.A. provides additional training in foreign language studies. Both degrees share a common core of courses that prepare the student in the writing and presentation aspects of the field, as well as in the basics of production and aesthetics. The senior seminar and religion capstone demonstrate how these elements come together to equip the student for faith and learning.

Theatre

The B.A. in Theatre is designed to train students interested in professional or academic work in the areas of acting, directing and technical theatre. The theatre major seeks to give students the opportunity to craft their own program of study, within reasonable academic limits. The core courses in the major provide preparation for graduate school or the professional stage. The senior seminar and religion capstone bring together the students’ academic study with the art and practice of a Christian theatre artist.  The BAT in Theatre Education shares much of the same curriculum with the addition of a teaching certification for K-12.

Programs of Study

The Department of Communication and the Arts offers the following programs of study:

Degree

B.A.
B.A.
B.A.
B.S
B.A.
B.A.
B.A.
B.S.
B.S.
B.A.
B.A.T.

Major

Communication (Advertising)
Communication (Journalism)
Communication (Communication Studies)
Communication Education
Public Relations
Digital Media Studies
Digital Media Studies (Church Media Emphasis)
Digital Media Studies
Digital Media Studies (Church Media Emphasis)
Theatre
Theatre Education

Code

COMAD.BA
COMJM.BA
COMST.BA
COMST.BST
PUBRL.BA
DGMST.BA
DGMCH.BA
DGMST.BS
DGMCH.BS
THEAT.BA
THEAT.BAT

 

Minors

The Department of Communication Arts offers courses for a minor in advertising, communication studies, journalism, public relations, digital media studies and theatre. 

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