College of Fine Arts & Mass Communication

Administrative Officers

Title/Department Officer
DeanRonald Shields, Ph.D.; (936) 294-2771
Associate DeanBrian Miller, D.M.A.; (936) 294-1117
Associate DeanWayne Barrett, D.M.A.; (936) 294-2773
Department of ArtMichael Henderson, M.F.A., Chair; (936) 294-1318
Department of DanceJennifer Pontius, M.F.A., Chair; (936) 294-1300
Department of Mass CommunicationJean Bodon, Ph.D., Chair; (936) 294-1419
School of MusicScott Plugge, D.M.A., Director; (936) 294-1360
Department of Theatre & Musical TheatrePenelope A. Hasekoester, M.F.A., Chair; (936) 294-1330

About the College

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 comprises the Departments of Art, Dance, Mass Communication, Theatre & Musical Theatre, and the School of Music—five outstanding departments in one dynamic college that seeks to inspire, educate, and graduate creative artists and media professionals.

The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication enjoys state-of-the-art facilities in which to present 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, choreography to composition to conducting, and from stage management to scene design to acting, students in fine arts and mass communication can find themselves at Sam Houston.

Master's Degree

Departments Programs
DanceDance, MFA
Mass CommunicationDigital Media, MA
School of MusicMusic, MM
School of MusicBand Conducting, MA


Departments Programs
Mass CommunicationGraduage Certificate in Health Communication and Public Relations
School of MusicPerformer's Certficate: Post-Baccalaureate
School of MusicArtist Diploma Certificate: Post-Master's