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Studio Art / Art Education

Study Studio Art at BHSU and have the opportunity to work beside professional artists who play an essential role in your educational experience. Through the BHSU Art program you will learn everything you need to follow a career in art and art education.

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Communication & Media

The Communication and Media major prepares you for a career in multiple areas of communication. Offering a foundation in oral, textual, and audiovisual communication, this program will teach you to understand the cultural and ethical contexts across the communicative fields. Graduates of this major will able to seek employment in journalism, multimedia, social media, marketing, and other fields where a broad variety of skills is needed.

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English / English Education

Major in English and through coursework and advisement, our faculty help you to develop your written and oral powers of thought and expression. Experience a comprehensive background in literature and literary criticism. Be prepared to pursue a number of different careers including graduate school, education, entrepreneurial endeavors, and publishing.

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Graphic Design

This BFA is focused on the creation and manipulation of graphics, images, drawing, and photos, you'll speak to the world through your graphic design work. This degree will give you the necessary graphic and computer design skills. and the experience to prepare you for an exciting, cutting-edge career in advertising, publishing, or public relations.

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Mass Communication

The Mass Communication program develops skills and prepares you for a career in the dynamic and fast growing fields of graphic design, photography, integrated media, and public relations. Gain practical experience by working with the campus TV station, radio station, the student run newspaper as well as through internships.

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Modern Languages

Experience the world through language. Knowing another language will both enrich your personal life and improve your career prospects. We offer courses in French, German, Lakota, Russian, and the major and minor in Spanish. Modern language courses can satisfy general education requirements.

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Music / Music Education

The music program at BHSU offers three different majors of study: Music, Instrumental Music Education, and Vocal Music Education. Become prepared to be a music educator and performer. Learn from a diverse faculty who are committed to individual mentoring as they encourage each student to excel in all musical styles and to consider a variety of career applications.

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Philosophy is the critical exploration of complex questions relevant to the human condition. Since no topic is off-limits from the insight offered by philosophical inquiry, students trained in the art of rational argument are better prepared to tackle difficult and controversial issues that we encounter in private and public spheres alike.

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The BFA in Photography at BHSU offers many opportunities to students interested in photojournalism, commercial photography, or fine art photography. For photography majors, other courses include basic and advanced photography, studio lighting, the history of photography, and alternative silver and digital processes.

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Speech Communication

A person who completes a Speech Communication minor learns to speak across the whole breadth of speaking contexts: one-on-one, in a small group, in a public situation, in a conflict, in an organization, or through media of various kinds. What you learn in a Speech Communication minor applies to all fields and disciplines.

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Theatre / Theatre Education

The theatre program provides an environment where you can develop your intellectual and artistic skills. A full range of courses in the history and theory of drama are complemented by courses in theatrical production techniques. A laboratory for class work is provided by the theatre production program where faculty and students cooperate to create unified works of art.

Contact Info

Gina Gibson
Professor, Digital Communication / Interim Chair, School of Arts and Humanities
Mass Communications
Jonas 126 Map
Phone: 605-642-6007

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