Welcome to Communication Arts
About the Department
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
SU students who wish to participate in off-campus learning.
Students Groups & Internships
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
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.
SU is one of The Princeton
“Great Schools for
Outstanding Facilities & Faculty
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