The Department of Arts and Media at LSU Shreveport offers two degrees in art: the new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a BA in one of several concentrations including graphic design, animation and visual effects, studio art, and art history. The department has a wide range of facilities including several Mac labs, lab classrooms for drawing and painting, and SmartRooms for lecture-style courses. Most faculty hold the MFA degree and are active in their respective fields.
In Mass Communication, students may choose to specialize in print journalism, electronic journalism, or public relations. The curriculum includes a wide range of classes that provide a thorough grounding in the basics of each specialty at the freshman and sophomore levels plus challenging upper-level courses reflecting the current professional job market. All Mass Communication majors complete a one-semester off-campus internship and a portfolio class during the final semester.
Students interested in completing the major via distance education should make arrangements with the chair, Dr. Linda Webster.
For those interested in print or convergence journalism, the department sponsors a weekly student newspaper, The Almagest, which is published online during the fall and spring semesters. Students interested in the field of electronic journalism will contribute video reporting to The Almagest website.
The department provides recognition for outstanding student scholarship with a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honorary society, and the Department of Communications Scholars Awards which are funded with royalties from the sale of the public speaking textbook. Scholars and new members of Lambda Pi Eta are named during the fall and spring semesters, and recognized at the awards assembly.
Contact Dr. Webster for further information.