Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters

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Music, Arts and letters Degrees

The Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters fosters academic excellence in a Christian community that integrates communication skills, creativity, appreciation of the arts, and an understanding of cultural heritage.

The art, music, communication, language, literature, and philosophy departments at SBU are dedicated to providing well-rounded curriculum and instruction. Students in these programs receive the attention needed from faculty necessary to succeed.

department of art

The Department of Art facilitates and promotes excellence in the visual creative process. Three majors are available within this department:

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Within the art education program, students are well on their way to achieving certification and teaching in K-12 classrooms. The digital design and imaging programs is the largest program within SBU’s art department. These BA degree programs offer opportunities to work with real clients and learn from faculty with more than 20 years of experience. The general art degree often helps students on their journey to achieving a master's degree in their chosen art field.

Bob r. derryberry school of communication arts

The Bob R. Derryberry School of Communication Arts will help you discover and maximize your God-given voice through rigorous study, engaging performances, and the thoughtful application of the dynamic arts of human communication. Five majors are available within this department:

Each program is unique in their instruction and focus areas. SBU’s general BA in communication focuses on teaching students good written and oral communication. Many students in this program go on to pursue a masters degree in their chosen discipline. The journalism and mass communication degree prepares students for work in all facets of media communications from traditional print journalism to digital and social media professions.

The BA in organizational and strategic communication degree focuses on teaching skills in a variety of disciplines including public relations, nonprofit work, hospitality, and digital communication. Becoming a student in speech communication and theatre education fosters individuals desire to teach others. Finally, whether you have a passion for acting, directing, set design, lighting design, script analysis, or stage management, the theatre program will prepare you for a career in theatre.

Speaking bearcats

SBU is home to a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning forensics speech and debate team, with 12 Pi Kappa Delta national championships.

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Join SBU's theatre program which produces four or more theatrical productions each year from a variety of genres.

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Department of language and literature

The department creates a Christian atmosphere in which students are taught to write effectively, comprehend the nature of language, understand literary traditions, think critically about literature and language, and foster an awareness of humankind. Four majors are available in this department:

The English and English Education BA programs at SBU prepare students for a variety of career paths including working as an author, editor, freelance writer, librarian, media writer, and educator. SBU’s BA in Spanish instructs students on how to be leaders in the global community. This degree program also prepares students for a future in teaching. Finally, the writing degree focuses on teaching a wide variety of written communication types from academic writing to technical and creative writing.

Department of music

The Department of Music is a learning environment that inspires and leads its constituents to achieve excellence in performance, scholarship and appreciation. Faculty encourage the highest levels of artistic achievement in a variety of performance media while recognizing the value of historical and cultural perspective and scholarship in the practice and appreciation of
the musical art. Five degrees are available from this department:

Students with any music degree also may pursue a Performer's Certificate option.

performing groups

The SBU Department of Music features both choral and instrumental performing groups.

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The majority of SBU music students are selected to receive financial assistance through a music performance scholarship in one or more areas (keyboard, vocal and instrumental). Awards are renewable annually. Requirements for receiving scholarships are listed with each scholarship:

Choral and Instrumental Scholarships - Participate in an assigned role in SBU ensembles.
Keyboard Scholarships - Perform assigned accompanying duties for soloists and/or ensembles in the department.

All scholarships must maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average in all college course work.

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Department of Philosophy

As a philosophy student, you will learn how to think about philosophical questions in a way that is careful, rigorous, and informed.