The Communication Arts (CMAT) Department offers a diversified curriculum that helps prepare students for a wide range of careers and graduate study. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts with five tracks:
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, multimedia communication 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 travel courses to Ecuador, Scotland, Vietnam and India for CMAT majors and other students who wish to participate in off-campus learning and semester abroad opportunities.
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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:
There are practicum experiences throughout campus and 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 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.
Communication Arts Department professors are dedicated teachers who recognize the importance of public service and civic engagement and 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, The Henry L. Ewbank award for Distinguished Service, Outstanding Registered Student Organization (RSO) Advisor and faculty fellowships from the International Radio and Television Society and the National Association of Television Program Executives.