Communication Arts

College of Arts and Humanities


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Georgia Southern instruction is online-only for the summer semester. Visit our COVID-19 response page for full information.

The Department of Communication Arts, located within the College of Arts & Humanities, provides a forum through which students can develop life skills such as confidence in oral and written presentations, communication skills, and critical analysis and problem-solving skills. Students in the Department represent a broad spectrum of majors, interests, and career possibilities in Communication Arts, Communication Studies, Multimedia Film & Production, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre.  They work together and with faculty on research projects, state-of-the-art productions, events, online news outlets, and broadcasts.

Degree programs are offered on the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses.

Statesboro Campus

  • Communication Studies
  • Multimedia Film & Production
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Theatre

Dr. Melanie Stone, Assistant Chair,

Armstrong Campus

  • Communication Studies
  • Theatre

Professor Pamela Sears, Assistant Chair,


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is CODED_BIAS_Pres_1.jpg“Coded Bias” explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all. View the trailer above.

Virtual screening is Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. Those tuning in Tuesday, Sept. 15, can participate in a Q&A with Director Shalini Kantayya. The link for registration is TBA.

Click here to view the schedule for the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

Note to Theatre Students:

For the fall we have made several changes to the season. At this point Spring will happen as planned, with the caveat that nothing in these times happens as planned so be prepared to adapt. Read more here. 

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Mentor.pngAssistant professor of Multimedia Film & Production Abbey Hoekzema’s film “Mentor,” which is based in Savannah, was picked up by Reel South and will run on PBS. Read more here.

Click here to watch it on PBS.

The Georgia Southern Department of Communication Arts recently received an “A” grade for its commitment to providing its students with coursework in mass communication history from the American Journalism Historians Association.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Matthew-Hashiguchi.jpgAssistant professor of Multimedia Film & Production Matt Hashiguchi’s documentary, “The Only Doctor,” received a 2019 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund Award from the Tribeca Film Institute. The story takes place in Clay County, one of Georgia’s poorest and unhealthiest counties, and follows Dr. Karen Kinsell as she struggles to keep her rural clinic open to provide the only local healthcare in the entire county. For more information on the award, and other recipients, click here.


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is sarahmccaroll.jpgDr. Sarah McCarroll, assistant professor of theatre, was highlighted in the Statera Member Spotlight. Read the story here.

Georgia Southern’s Communication Arts students have created Sincerely, Southern: A Communication Arts Department Magazine. Click here to visit the site.
Read the latest Comm Arts Talk newsletter
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Upcoming Events

Theatre 2020-2021 Season

Social Creatures by Jackie Sibblies Drury Directed by Nicholas Newell 
Streaming Wednesday, Oct. 7, to Wednesday, Oct. 14.
During a global pandemic that turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies, seven survivors find safety in an abandoned theatre. When a lone traveler who is different from the others enters their camp, it forces all of them to question what they have and will do to survive and what truly makes a monster.  A surprisingly prophetic dark comedy from Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury 

Touch A Devised Production Directed by Lisa Abbott 
Streaming Wednesday, Nov. 11, to Sunday, Nov. 15.
What do you do in a world where you cannot touch? A performance created by the cast around the theme of touch in a society where social distancing is the new normal.

Our Town  by Thorton Wilder Directed by Dr. Sarah McCarroll   
Runs Wednesday, Feb. 24, to Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Center for Art and Theatre.
Thornton Wilder’s Our Town shows the moments – small and large – that combine to make up the lives in an American town. From birth and school years, through courting and marriage, to death and, ultimately, the constants that remain when we are gone, the play reminds us to pay attention to the little things, because time moves quickly and tomorrow is not promised to us.   

Slingsong  by Jim Magnuson Directed by Nicholas Newell, Produced by Mical Whitaker.
Runs Wednesday, April 21, to Sunday, April 25, in the Center for Art and Theatre
Commissioned to perform in New York at the 50th Anniversary of the Lincoln Center summer series in 2021, Slingsong is a musical play adapted loosely from the biblical story of David and Goliath.

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