The Communication Arts (CMAT) Department offers a diversified curriculum and helps prepare students for a wide range of careers and graduate study. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts with four tracks: Human Communication, Journalism/Public Relations, Media Studies and Media Production. We also offer a CMAT minor for students wanting to complement degrees with important communication skills such as interpersonal communication, managerial communication, intercultural communication, meeting management, media writing and production, and media analysis and criticism.
The department is dedicated to providing students with first-hand experience in the burgeoning global communications market. Department faculty routinely offer courses in Ecuador, Scotland, London and India for CMAT majors and other students who wish to participate in off-campus learning.
The department offers many opportunities for students to practice the skills and concepts they learn in settings outside the classroom. We have several student groups including the National Broadcasting Society, the Public Relations Student
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Society of America, SU-TV, Society of Professional Journalists and Lambda Pi Eta—a national communications honors society. There are practicum experiences available at The Flyer—the campus newspaper—and in several public relations outlets throughout campus. Students who are eligible can enroll in an internship to gain credit for working in an organization outside the University. Recent students have completed internships at sites including the Baltimore Orioles, Aflac, WNBA, Washington Capitals, Walt Disney World, The Late Show with David Letterman, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Wicomico County Chamber of Commerce, Clear Channel Radio, Nassau Broadcasting, DeVries Public Relations and the Rehoboth Beach Film Festival.
Media production classes are held in the new state-of-the-art Integrated Media Center (IMC). At 18,500- square-feet, the IMC may be the most technologically advanced facility of its kind at any Maryland higher education institution. The center features a 3,000-square-foot high-definition digital video production studio and a 24-track audio recording studio. These studios are supported by 15 video editing suites and five audio editing suites. All CMAT courses are taught in fully-equipped “Smart” classrooms that feature modern media technology that aid in student learning and comprehension. Communication Arts Department professors are dedicated instructors who recognize the importance of practicing what they teach. Many are active researchers, authoring numerous books and receiving national grants for their research and curriculum development activities. Faculty have also been recognized with several awards including the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, Faculty Appreciation Award, Outstanding Registered Student Organization (RSO) Advisor and faculty fellowships from the International Radio and Television Society and the National Association of Television Program Executives.