College of Arts and Media

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Administrative Officers

Title/Department Officer
Dean Ronald Shields, Ph.D.; (936) 294-2772
Associate Dean Mia Long Anderson, Ph.D.; (936) 294-2773
Associate Dean Penelope Hasekoester, M.F.A.; (936) 294-1330
Associate Dean Michael Henderson, M.F.A.; (936) 294-1314
Department of Art Rebecca Finley, M.F.A., Interim Chair; (936) 294-1314
Department of Dance Jennifer Pontius, M.F.A., Chair; (936) 294-1300
Department of Mass Communication Nam Young Kim, Ph.D., Interim Chair; (936) 294-4445
Department of Theatre & Musical Theatre Nicholas Graves, M.F.A., Interim Chair; (936) 294-4033
School of Music Scott Plugge, D.M.A., Director; (936) 294-1360

About the College

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

The College of Arts and Media 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, multiplatform journalism to public relations to graphic design, choreography to composition to conducting, and from stage management to scene design to acting, students in the arts and mass communication can find themselves at Sam Houston.

Master's Degree

Departments Programs
Art Art and Social Practice, MFA
Dance Dance, MFA
Mass Communication Emerging and Social Media, MA
Mass Communication Digital Media Production, MFA
School of Music Band Studies, MA
School of Music Music, MM


Departments Programs
School of Music Performer's Certficate: Post-Baccalaureate
School of Music Artist Diploma Certificate: Post-Master's