Communication and Arts Department

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The mission of the Communication program of study at Benedict College embraces a global vision of the art and practice of language and literature. By means of writing, independent research, and civic engagement, students engage in the construction and interpretation of meaning and experience through the power of words, discourse, and dialogue as a preparation for diverse professional careers and graduate school.

Career prospects as an English major are exciting, broad, and diverse. The educational backgrounds of many professionals such as educators, lawyers, ministers, social workers, and corporate CEO’s began with a degree in English. Equally, English majors achieve success in advanced graduate and professional schools, because English majors can do exactly what employers need and value: communicate effectively in writing, read analytically, think critically and independently, synthesize holistically, and use research properly.

Minor in English
Along with their majors, a minor in English assists students who are interested in achieving success in advanced graduate and professional schools and workplace settings by honing their skills in the following areas: communicating effectively in writing, reading analytically, thinking critically and independently, synthesizing holistically, and using research principles.

The program prepares the Mass Communication majors for the future of mass media and mass communications by exposing them to a variety of relevant theoretical knowledge and practical experiences on campus and beyond. Through instruction, practice, project based work, service learning, participation in student media and internships, we prepare our students to be competitive professionals and leaders in convergent mass media and mass communications.

Minors
The minor in Mass Communication is designed to provide a foundation in the history, ethics, business models and social roles of modern media, acquaint the students with organizational and social media applications as well as digital storytelling. It consists of the following five Mass Communication
courses.

The role of the Studio Art Program is to provide a basis of support for the Benedict College Liberal Arts curriculum by offering a broad base of study in concepts and principles, historical perspectives, techniques and processes, understanding, and appreciation of the creation process. The mission of the Art Area makes a unique contribution to the broader mission of the College and academic community by addressing both the intellectual and aesthetic needs of its students, community, and state.

The Studio Art Program aims to provide students with broad educational experiences that will prepare them for career fields in art. Students selecting the Program of Study in Studio Art will be prepared for careers in fine arts and visual communication. Students in the Studio Art Program will acquire knowledge and skills necessary for entrance into graduate school. Students will select from four minors that are embedded in the Studio Art Program: 1) Applied Computing with a Mass Communication Track, 2) Education, 3) Marketing, and 4) Psychology. These minors support career pathway initiatives to strengthen institutional career placement outcomes. The Studio Art Program develop cognitive, perceptual, emotive, and communication skills that help students establish higher-order thinking proficiencies critically needed to function in today’s society. The Studio Art Program provides the following services to the College. Art Appreciation is offered in support of the General Education requirement for the College to provide awareness and appreciation of art. Art courses are open to non-art majors as electives, used for enriching their Liberal Arts education.

A minor in Studio Art is also an option. The Benedict College Ponder Art Gallery provides continuous art exhibitions as educational experiences for students of art, for the Benedict College family, and surrounding communities. In addition, the College Art Gallery hosts visiting artists, who contribute to the art program by conducting lectures, leading student critiques, and engaging in classroom visitations and demonstrations. Works from the collection are loaned to campus offices where there is adequate security. Beyond the campus, the Art Area has loaned works to several schools and libraries for specific events, including African American History and Culture Month and Women’s History Month. The art faculty and students often serve as consultants to campus publications and create many campus communication designs and works of art.

In studio courses, one hour of credit represents three hours of studio time each week of the semester. Studio classes led by an instructor meet for a minimum of 2 hours per week for each credit granted.

Studio Art Fees are included in the tuition bill. These fees are assessed per course, per semester.

The role of the Music Program is to provide support for the Benedict College Liberal Arts curriculum by offering a broad base of concepts and principles, historical perspectives, techniques and processes, and understanding and appreciation of the creative process in music. The music program develops cognitive, perceptual, emotive, and communication skills that help students establish higher-order thinking proficiencies desperately needed to function in today’s society.

The Program also provides the following services to the College: Music Appreciation is offered in support of the General Education electives, and provides awareness and appreciation of music to a variety of majors who have a need to use music in their professions. Several music courses are open to non-music majors as electives to enrich their liberal arts education. The program also offers varied opportunities for performances on campus and throughout the local, state, regional, national, and international communities through its many performing units. The music faculty often serve as consultants to other colleges, public schools, churches, government entities, and private
constituents.

The Music Program consists of Applied Studies in Instrumental (Brass, Woodwind, Percussion), Piano, Voice, and Music Industry. It aims to provide students with a broad base of educational experiences and skills necessary to enter professional career fields and/or graduate study in music. Students will select from four minors that are embedded in the Music Programs: 1) Education, 2) Applied Computing with a Management Information Track, 3) Marketing, and 4) Management. These minors support career pathway initiatives to strengthen institutional career placement outcomes.

The Theatre Area aims to develop an understanding of and an appreciation for theatre as an art form; stimulate intellectual understanding and discourse regarding the human conditions as reflected in historic and contemporary theatrical endeavors; provide instructional and performance experiences to enhance creative self-expression: and develop an awareness of theatre as a powerful tool for social change.

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