Find your program

CFPCA offers a wide variety of options for degrees, majors, minors and concentrations. For in-coming freshmen, exploratory options are also offered. Enjoy surfing through the degree descriptions and sample 4-year plans of work below. If you have questions or would like to know more, let Maya Calloway Richardson know at


  • Art (BA) (BFA) (MA) (MFA)
  • Art History (BA) (MA)
  • Arts Administration (MA)
  • Communication (MA) (PhD)
  • Communication Studies (BA)
  • Communication and New Media (online) (GC)
  • Communication and Urban Sustainability (Dual title) (PhD)
  • Dance (BS) (BFA) (MA)
  • Design (BFA)
  • Design and Merchandising (BA) (BS)
  • Dispute Resolution (MADR/JD)
  • Film (BA)
  • Health Communication (GC)
  • Journalism (BA)
  • Media Arts & Studies (BA)
  • Music (BMUS) (BA) (TC) (MA) (MMUS)
  • Public Relations (BA)
  • Risk and Crisis Communication (online) (GC)
  • Theatre (BA) (BFA) (MFA)
  • Theatre and Dance (MA)
  • Theatre and Dance (online) (MA)

Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE)

Save time and money while working toward your graduate degree (Master's in Communication with a Concentration in Public Relations or Communication Studies) with the AGRADE program.

Exploratory tracks

College is a great time to explore, discover your passions and shape your future. CFPCA students who start out on an exploratory track have the opportunity to take a semester or two before declaring a major in any of our four departments. Meeting with an academic advisor early in the first semester of study is a key component of the exploratory journey. The exploratory options include:

  • Exploratory Fine Arts for students interested in art or fashion design and merchandising
  • Exploratory Communication Arts for students interested in communication studies, journalism, film, media arts or public relations
  • Exploratory Music for students interested in music
  • Exploratory Performing Arts for students interested in theatre/dance


Give yourself a competitive edge by coupling your major with a minor that brings you more creative or technical credentials and hands-on experience.

  • Art minors

    Art: 21 credit hours

    This minor broadens understanding of artistic expression from the past to the present. Learn fundamental concepts and then apply them in a studio setting.

    Art History: 15 credit hours

    Study art as the human visual and physical record. Investigate the time and circumstances in which works of art were created as a way to understand their cultural meaning and significance.

    Animation and Interactivity: 21 credit hours

    Through the lens of new media developments in contemporary art, build skills in motion graphics, web content creation, video game design, character and asset design, and user experience design.

    Blacksmithing: 21 credit hours

    Students can hone in on critical thinking and creative problem solving as they develop blacksmithing skills including handwork, machining and digital fabrication and refine their ability to produce artwork, commissions and utilitarian tools.

    Ceramics: 18 credit hours

    The ceramics minor offers undergraduate students the opportunity to supplement their major field of study with a rigorous investigation ofthe ceramic material. Lower level coursework provides students with a foundation of art and an introduction to ceramics in effort to prepare them for more advanced courses. Students have the option of taking upper level coursework that explores sculptural and conceptual concerns and/or productions skills and functional ceramics.

    Design: 21 credit hours

    Apply visual concepts as you broaden your understanding of creative expression from past to present. Choose design studio electives in fashion, graphic, industrial or interior design.

    Digital Art and Photography: 15 credit hours

    Within a fine arts context, develop a visual language through video, photography and other time-based methods. Then choose a line of study and delve deeper into advanced photography techniques, interactive art or 2D/3D animation.

    Fashion Design Minor: 21 credit hours

    The minor in Fashion Design offers students the opportunity to gain skills in the techniques and concepts specific to garment construction and the fashion industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn through demonstrations, lectures, and projects in which they apply learned material. The minor broadens understanding of fashion design and its role in the future of dress. 

    Graphic Design Minor: 21 creidt hours

    The minor in Graphic Design offers students the opportunity to learn the basics of typography, layout and visual hierarchy. Students will have the opportunity to learn through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on exercises. The minor broadens understanding of graphic design and its role in everyday visual cultures. 

    Illustration: 21 credits hours

    The minor in Illustration offers students the opportunity to learn to effectively use both traditional and digital media to create illustrations and hand lettering to communicate messages intended for reproduction. Students will have the opportunity to learn through demonstrations, hands-on exercises and lectures. The minor broadens understanding of illustration and its role in everyday visual cultureI

    Interior Design Minor: 21 credit hours

    The minor in Interior Design offers students the opportunity to gain competency in planning, navigating, and experiencing spaces. Students will have the opportunity to learn through skill building exercises, lectures, and real-world projects. The minor broadens understanding of interior design and its role in providing appropriate solutions to contemporary interior space problems.

    Industrial Design Minor: 21 credit hours

    The minor in Industrial Design offers students the opportunity to learn the basics of spatial composition and designing with the user's experience in mind. Students will have the opportunity to learn through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on exercises. The minor broadens understanding of industrial design and its role in everyday object culture.

    Jewelry: 18 credit hours

    The Jewelry minor offers undergraduate students a rich experience of materials, process and interpretation to complement their degree work. The minor is open to both Art and Non-Art majors and is designed to give students a range of experiences including use of hand processes, machines and digital fabrication through the scope of Jewelry. This minor will blend historic and contemporary theory and awareness of practitioners to help students contextualize their work within jewelry making.

    Painting and Drawing: 21 credit hours

    Express your ideas and stretch your creativity in this flexible minor that allows you create your own painting and drawing pathway in a rich and stimulating environment.

    Printmaking: 18 credit hours

    This minor offers students the opportunity to supplement their major field of study with a focus on printmaking as a means of visual expression.

    Textile Design: 24 credit hours

    Combine elements of fashion and fibers as you learn and apply design skills in print and woven textiles contexts.

    Sculpture: 18 credit hours

    Explore contemporary sculpture through hands-on exposure to a variety of sculptural experiences including foundry work for bronze and aluminum casting, mold-making and casting, clay modeling from the figure, steel fabrication and welding, and woodworking.

    Declare your minor

    For more information:


    Advisors: Michele Porter,; Avanti Herczeg, 

  • Communication minors

    Communication Studies: 18-20 credit hours

    Basic communication skills in audience analysis, speech writing, and debate can provide a significant competitive advantage in many careers. Learn to recognize, understand and use a variety of communication strategies effectively in courses that combine theory and practice.

    Film: 19 credit hours

    Film is an art form and a communication technology with considerable power to inform, persuade and motivate. Combine study of film history and analysis with hands-on audio, video and film production, and screenwriting.

    Health Communication: 18 credits

    Seize the opportunity to learn health communication skills that can be applied in a variety of health and public health settings. Hone new skills as you learn about communication campaign development and implementation, health and organization communication and public relations.

    Journalism or Broadcast Journalism: 19-21 credit hours

    Few skills are more in demand than the ability to write clearly. Apply journalism skills learned in news reporting, editing and feature writing OR apply broadcast skills in multimedia audio and video shooting, editing, producing and reporting.

    Media Arts and Studies: 23 credit hours

    Shape this minor to suit your career goals. Concentrate on media production with courses in writing for radio, television, film or broadcast news, along with audio, television and video field production. Or concentrate on media history and criticism with courses in film, television and radio history, criticism, social functions and mass media effects.

    New Media: 18 credit hours

    Expertise in new and emerging media enhances any major. Expand your comprehension of contemporary communication practices – including digital, mobile and social media – while learning some of the most effective ways to interact in this continuously evolving environment. Focus on both critical and creative tools across disciplines to build upon your specific goals and interests.

    Public Relations: 21 credit hours

    Enhance your marketability. Learn the fundamentals of public relations, persuasion techniques and the keys to effective communication within organizations. Refine your writing in new reporting and editing courses. Join the WSU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and work closely with industry professionals.

    For more information:

    Advisors: Jessica Greenwald; Mary Grenfell; Cleo Moody

  • Dance minors

    Dance: 19 credit hours

    Enjoy dance movement in technique classes while you expand your understanding of dance through courses in dance history and physiology. No audition is required for the minor.

    For more information:

    Advisor: James Fortune, 

    Studio and Community Dance: 20 credit hours

    Study private sector dance in studios and community settings in an artistic and academic environment that will enrich your methods and skills in dance teaching and pedagogy, dance kinesiology, outreach, and community engagement, while stimulating your creativity and innovation. Building on a foundation of core courses, select a line of study to expand your learning in business and accounting in the arts, dance production, choreography and dance technique in a performing arts context.

  • Music minors

    Jazz Studies for Instrumental Music Education Majors: 18 credit hours

    The minor in jazz studies is designed for instrumental music education majors who wish to gain experience in jazz.

    Music: 22 credit hours

    Pursue your interest in music as you acquire a familiarity with music theory, ear training and music history. Participate in performance ensembles and hone transferable professional job skills in communication, analysis and critical thinking. No audition is required.

    Music Industry Studies: 18-19 credit hours

    The Music Department offers a minor in Music Industry Studies to undergraduate students majoring in other disciplines. The program is designed for students who wish to engage with and explore the theoretical and practical fundamentals of the music industry.

    Music Technology: 19 credit hours

    Learn the fundamentals of sound engineering and electronic music production. Take courses in a professional recording studio and synthesis lab. Then apply your learned audio technology to your professional field and/or your own creative projects.

    For more information:

    Advisor: Dan Hanrath,

  • Theatre minors

    Theatre: 18 credit hours

    Develop professional skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, cooperation, creativity and analytical thinking. Choose an emphasis in acting, directing or design. Gain an overview of theatre arts and crafts through courses ranging from theatre history and dramatic literature to acting, stagecraft, playwriting, stage management and directing. No audition required.

    Africana Theatre and Dance: 18 credit hours

    Explore a wide range of Africana theatre and dance through coursework in theory, performance and popular culture. With feet to the ground, experience dance and theatre technique firsthand. No audition required.

    Musical Theatre: 18-19 credit hours

    Kindle your enthusiasm for musical theatre as you hone performance skills through a wide array of course choices and practical stage work. No audition needed to declare the minor. Some performance credits require an audition.

    Theatre Design and Technology: 18 credit hours

    Enjoy hands-on learning as you enhance your design and technical craft skills and apply them directly to stage production. No portfolio required.

    Theatre Management: 18 credit hours

    Expand your abilities in management, marketing and public relations through coursework grounded in hands-on application and practice of new skills.

    For more information:

    Advisor: James Fortune, 

  • Law minor

    Law: 18 credit hours

    As a result of a new partnership between Wayne Law and other WSU schools and colleges, undergraduate students can now earn a minor in law. Students take three classes each in Law and in Communication.

    For more information:

    Advisor: Mary Grenfell,