Communication, Theatre Arts and Innovative Media


Access the Academic Catalog for degree requirements and class descriptions.

Dance Minor

The dance program, which offers a minor, enables students to explore a balanced dance education—technically, creatively, and intellectually—to become strong versatile dancers. In addition to the Artist in Residence, Instructor of Dance, the program also brings guest artists to campus each semester for intensive projects that include a series of master classes, repertory rehearsals to set new works, and Informances.

Comics Minor

The Comics Studies Minor gives students a greater appreciation of the complexity and diversity of the comics medium. Aspiring comics creators can use the minor to better understand and practice their craft. Visual communicators (videographers, web designers, storyboard artists, etc.), can learn techniques applicable to a variety of careers. Some of the best known and most respected comics scholars teach at HSU. Collectively, they have written and edited more than a dozen books about comics. The Huie Library at HSU has the largest, most diverse Comics Special Collection (graphic novels, manga, trade paperback reprints of comics series, and scholarly books about comics) in the mid-South. Students have been able to meet and interact with comics pioneers such as Will Eisner and Stephen R. Bissette and current artistic innovators such as David Mack, Peter Kuper, GB Tran, and Joe Sacco. Those creators visited the HSU campus, but students have also been able to visit via conference calls or Skype with DC President Paul Levitz, legendary comics creators (Denny O’Neil, Trina Robbins, etc.) and currently hot creators (Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cullen Bunn, Mark Waid, etc.).

Innovative Media Minor

Enhance any major with the Innovative Media minor. Explore user interface design, product development, multimedia publication, augmented and virtual reality, app development and more – through collaborative projects using the latest ideas and technologies.

Writing for Media Minor

Students with this minor will gain practical experience in multiple types of writing, including examples such as journalism, creative nonfiction, social media communication, podcasting, screenwriting, and writing for comics and graphic novels. The minor uses a combination of expert instruction by seasoned professionals and intensive participatory workshops to create portfolios of work designed to make students employable as media writers in a variety of fields.