College of Fine Arts & Mass Communication

College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication

Administrative Officers

Administrative Officers
Interim Dean Mary Robbins, Ed.D (936) 294-2771
Associate Dean Brian Miller DMA (936) 294-1117
Department of Art Wayne Barrett, DMA, Interim Chair
Department of Dance Jennifer Pontius, MFA, Chair
Department of Mass Communication Jean Bodon, PhD, Chair
Department of Music Scott Plugge, DMA, Director
Department of Theatre & Musical Theatre Penelope Hasekoester, MFA, Chair

Note: *In the Fall of 2012, the Department of Theatre & Dance will divide into two departments: the Department of Dance, and the Department of Theatre & Musical Theatre.


The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication is housed in the award-winning James & Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, which opened in the Fall of 2010. The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication combines the Departments of Art, Mass Communication, Theatre & Dance, and the School of Music - five outstanding departments - into one dynamic college that seeks to inspire, educate, and graduate creative artists and media professionals.

The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication is enthusiastic about embracing the future and incorporating state-of-the-art facilities with unique and cutting edge programming. Ranging from the traditional to the experimental, students can explore new frontiers in all their creative endeavors. From digital media to film to animation, broadcast journalism to public relations to graphic design, from choreography to composition to conducting, or from stage management to scene design to acting, students can find themselves at Sam Houston.

Academic Programs

The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication is comprised of 4 academic units: Art, Mass Communication, Music and Theatre & Dance.

College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication Undergraduate Degrees
Major Degree(s)

Art-Computer Animation


Art-Graphic Design




Art-Studio Art

B.A., B.F.A.


Mass Communication B.A.


B.A., B.M.
Music Therapy B.M.
Musical Theatre B.F.A.
Theatre B.F.A.

Note: This listing of undergraduate degree programs is correct as of November 2009 and does not include those degree programs being phased out.


  • Faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences have been recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise through awards, publications, presentations, and performances. 
  • The Theatre/Dance program has been rated as a top 10 Musical Theatre program in the nation by Broadway Theatre Project. 
  • Departments in the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication annually host state and regional conferences, symposiums, and festivals. 
  • Over 200 fine arts events are scheduled on campus throughout the year, including art gallery exhibits, interdisciplinary musical theatre performances, dance performances, music recitals, and theatre productions.

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