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    Jun 19, 2024  
Lee University Catalog 2022-2023 
Lee University Catalog 2022-2023 [Archived Catalog]

Communication Arts

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Christine Williams, Chairperson


Professors Joel Kailing, J. Matthew Melton, and Megan Moe

Public Relations

Assistant Professors Andrew Brown and Andrea Phillips
Visiting Lecturer John Bland

Digital Media Studies

Senior Lecturer Mary Dukes
Lecturer Kimberly Lyon


Associate Professor Matthew Fisher


Professor Christine Williams
Associate Professor Dan Buck
Assistant Professor Catherine Mantooth


Associate Professors Mary Mathias-Dickerson, and Jordan Holt
Assistant Professor Rondall Reynoso
Visiting Associate Lecturer Victoria Phillips


Communication (Advertising)
Public Relations
Digital Media Studies (Journalism, Studio Production)
Art (Studio, Graphic Design)

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: a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Communication; a Bachelor of Science in Communication Education; a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations; a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Studies; a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre; a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education; a Bachelor of Arts in Art; and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. The B.A. and B.S. in Communication offer an emphasis in Advertising. The B.A. and B.S. in Digital Media Studies offer emphases in Cinema, Studio Production, and Journalism. The B.A. in Art offers emphases in Studio Art and Graphic Design.

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

Communication Studies

The Communication Studies program explores the transformative nature of communication in relationships and prepares students to develop message strategies in an increasingly complex technological world. Our students learn the theories, tools and techniques to create effective communication in both personal and professional contexts. With strong critical thinking skills, comm majors are valued contributors in any organization.

Communication Advertising

Our Communication Advertising program emphasizes strategic planning and creative application to craft persuasive messages. Advertising is situated at the intersection of theory and practical application, where students collaborate to generate ideas and execute campaigns through print, video, audio, and social media.

Public Relations

In the Public Relations major, students develop the knowledge and skills they need to help organizations build mutually beneficial relationships with key publics. Students will be equipped to work in corporate, nonprofit or agency settings, using critical thinking, creativity, and strategic communication to reach an organization’s goals.

Digital Media Studies

Digital Media Studies offers two areas of focus for students. Studio Production and Journalism are designed to train students in both professional and academic pursuits. The B.A. provides additional training in world language studies. The two degree programs 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.  Studio students enter the fast-paced, team environment of television and remote video production that is used in many broadcast, industrial and religious media outlets. Journalism students train in the ever-expanding world of the multimedia journalist, crafting information and visuals to best inform the public about what is happening in the world around them. Students join together again with a senior religion capstone course that demonstrates how Christians can use media to influence and positively shape culture.


The Cinema major focuses on storytelling in the motion picture medium. Students learn all the disciplines of telling an audiovisual narrative - e.g., writing, cinematography, editing, producing, directing, and sound design. The major integrates theory and praxis, drawing connections between the techniques of film production and the importance of a historical, theoretical, and critical perspective. Students collaborate in hands-on projects throughout the degree program, culminating in a senior project that will serve as a portfolio piece for graduates.


The B.A. in Theatre is designed to train students interested in professional or academic work in theatre. The core courses in the major provide preparation for graduate school or the professional stage with electives to offer options for more specific study in particular theatre areas. 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 education.


Lee University offers a B.A. in Art with emphases in both Studio Art and Graphic Design. The Art major prepares students to work professional in the visual arts and design or to attend graduate school. Also offered is a B.S. in Art Education with K-12 certification. Art majors receive strong grounding in the technical skills and craft of artistic production and design as well training in historical, theoretical, critical, and theological perspectives. Faculty create an environment that fosters student creativity as students learn to reflect the image of our creator God in both traditional and digital media. The program culminates in a senior thesis providing both exhibition experience and a professional portfolio.


The Department of Communication Arts offers courses for a minor in advertising, cinema studies, communication studies, digital media studies, graphic design, journalism, media writing, public relations, studio art, and theatre.


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