Kenneth A. Paulson, Dean
Zeny Sarabia-Panol, Associate Dean
Rachel Helms, Assistant to the Dean
Lisa McCann, Executive Secretary
Abby White, Development Director
Tiffany Milfort, Advising Manager
Robin Weinman, Secretary
Janae’ Daniels, Academic Advisor
Becky Garrett, Academic Advisor
Christina Haygood, Academic Advisor
Nancy Stubblefield, Academic Advisor
Trever Thomas, Academic Advisor
Mariahn Watkins, Academic Advisor
Lucille Wilcox, Academic Advisor
Janet Billingsley, Graduation Coordinator
The College of Media and Entertainment provides professional education for individuals aspiring to careers in the fields of media arts (including photography), journalism, and the recording industry, as well as academic preparation for advanced studies. The college is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the media’s role in a democracy and developing better-informed citizens within the University community by providing theoretical foundations, professional skill sets, research, creative activity, experiential learning, and public service. Students are offered broad-based knowledge encompassing a global perspective and a professional ethos, as well as an affinity for free expression, critical thinking, and diversity of thought.
All curricular programs throughout the College of Media and Entertainment attempt to address a common, minimum set of core competencies. The current core competencies include
- literacy and digital skills;
- history, theory, and research appropriate to the area;
- law, ethics, and policy appropriate to the area.
The College of Media and Entertainment participates in the plus/minus (+/-) grading system. Majors must earn a C (2.00) or better in each course in the college in order to graduate. Thus, in order to earn a grade of P in a pass/fail course, the student must earn the equivalent of a grade of C (2.00) or better.
The College of Media and Entertainment includes a candidacy program for some majors in the college. (See program pages.) This program is based on research indicating a relationship between completion of certain required classes with certain minimum grade point expectations and both performance and retention in the major. In addition, the requirements specified in the candidacy program are consistent with requirements of our national accrediting agency.
Media and Entertainment, Interdisciplinary Media, B.S.
An interdisciplinary concentration across the College of Media and Entertainment, the Interdisciplinary Media concentration uses the college core and then provides students with options across the college in history, writing, technology, aesthetics, and digital literacy. Students choose an area of emphasis that reflects their professional interests.
Students are urged to become involved with the various campus media because they offer excellent opportunities for practical experience. These include the student publication Sidelines, the student newspaper, and the student record label Match Records.
Two radio stations and a community cable television channel provide opportunities for students to gain experience and knowledge about the mass media and communications:
- WMOT, the University’s National Public Radio affiliate, is a professionally managed public service radio station featuring American music, news, and information programming. Located at 89.5 on the FM dial, WMOT-FM also provides enrichment opportunities for selected students majoring in Mass Communication.
- WMTS is a student-operated alternative radio station, located at 88.3 on the FM dial, which carries an eclectic mix of music, news, and student information.
- MT10, the University student-operated cable channel, carries sports, news, instructional, and entertainment programming.
Following are the curricula, courses, and specific requirements for majors and minors in each department or school.