About the Media, Culture, & the Arts
MISSION AND PROGRAM
The mission of the Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts (MCA) is to build on a solid foundation in the liberal arts to guide students toward their academic goals and prepare them for a global, culturally diverse society. MCA coursework develops student expertise in the visual arts and music; in creative, digital, and professional writing; in culture, gender, and media studies; and in modern language. MCA houses the baccalaureate degrees of New Media and Communications and Interdisciplinary Studies and offers minors in Creative Writing, Gender Studies, and Spanish; additionally, associate degrees in art, music, and modern language are offered. As of 2013, the department features a certificate in graphic arts. Students of the Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts graduate digitally literate, culturally attuned, critically engaged, and intellectually prepared for the dynamic nature of a twenty- first century economy.
The Bachelor of Arts in New Media and Communications (NMAC) trains students in digital and traditional communication, giving them the opportunity to critically engage and creatively participate in the culture of mass media. Students take classes in a) New Media and Communication Theory b) New Media Production, and c) Communications and Culture. By providing students with skills in technology and communications and by giving them an understanding of the cultural forces that shape our world, the NMAC program addresses the need for professionals in a global, technology-driven economy. The program prepares students for creative careers in areas such as web design, public relations, advertising, journalism, and video production.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) offers rigorous but flexible curricula that allow students to design their own programs of study and pursue an education that builds on their unique interests, backgrounds, and career goals. The IDS programs are appropriate for students who have prior educational credit or for those just beginning their college experience. IDS students complete an interdisciplinary core that emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills, fosters cultural understanding, and engages them in both interdisciplinary theory and practice. In addition to the core requirements, students complete at least 15 hours of course work in a single disciplinary concentration, in gender studies, or in international studies. IDS graduates are among the most broadly educated on Middle Georgia State University’s campus, and they are attractive to employers looking for workers who can communicate effectively, adapt well to change, demonstrate intercultural understanding, and apply creative solutions to complicated problems.