Community Arts

This major is designed for students who are interested in the arts (e.g., theatre, dance & movement, music & youth symphony, visual arts & exhibitions) and want to become leaders in community-based organizations related to the arts, promoting the service, care, and education of children, adolescents, and life-long learners.

Career Opportunities

Students in Community Arts can become Directors of Children’s Theater Programs, Coordinators of Children Programs for Art Institutes, or Coordinators of Youth Symphonies (e.g., organization like Wheeling Symphony).


The Bachelor of Arts in Community Education degree program with Community Arts major at West Liberty University will be a 120 credit hour course of study.

The coursework includes:

  • 63 credit hours of general studies courses
  • 36 credit hours common core requirements
  • 21 credit hours of major studies

Included in the 36 credit hours of common core requirements are 4 credit hours of internship/international community experience in the Community Arts major.

Common Core Courses (36 Credit Hours)

  • EDUC 201 Human Development (3 hrs)
  • SPED 241  Exceptionalities and Diversities (3 hrs)
  • EDUC 301  Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
  • ENT 350 Entrepreneurship and Law (3 hrs)
  • CEP 411 Formal & Non-Formal Education Models (3 hrs)
  • CEP 421  Promoting Creativity & the Arts (3 hrs)
  • CEP 422  Outdoor Learning Spaces (2 hrs)
  • CEP 433  Program Design & Implementation (3 hrs)
  • CEP 442  Community Empowerment & Engagement (3 hrs)
  • CEP 443  Fundraising & Grant Writing (3 hrs)
  • CEP 463  Rethinking 21st Century Education (3 hrs)
  • CEP 493  Internship/ International Community Experience (4 hrs)

Major Studies (21 Credit Hours)

  • ENT 202 Creative Problem Solving (3 hrs)
  • MTG 350 Principles of Management (3 hrs)
  • CEP 452 Reggio Emilia & Other Approaches (3 hrs)
  • CEP 473 Community Outreach (3 hrs)
  • CEP 492 Practicum I (on-compus)/Community Arts (theatre, dance & movement, music & youth symphony, visual arts & exhibitions) (3 hrs)
  • CEP 482 Practicum II (off-compus)/Community Arts (theatre, dance & movement, music & youth symphony, visual arts & exhibitions) (3 hrs)

Select 1 of the Following from List Below

  • COM 227 Visual Literacy (3 hrs)
  • COM 231 News Writing and Reporting (3 hrs)
  • COM 313 Organization Communication (3 hrs)
  • COM 426 Multimedia and Social Networking (3 hrs)
  • COM 434 Desktop Publishing (3 hrs)

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West Liberty University’s Bachelor of Arts in Community Education Program follows the 120 credit hour model for a bachelor’s degree and is designed for completion in three academic years. Despite the intention of this program to be an accelerated three-year program, students who wish to expand their studies to four years have the option to do so, by not taking summer classes but adding a fourth year of Fall IV and/or Spring IV classes.

Community Education’s Community Arts Partnership 

  • Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Brooke County Historical Museum & Culture Center, Wellsburg, WV
  • Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley (CMOV), Wheeling, WV
  • Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
  • City Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
  • CREATE Lab, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
  • Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, WV
  • Towngate Theatre, Wheeling, WV
  • West Liberty University Theatre, West Liberty, WV

For more information, please contact:

Director of Community Education
Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas
West Liberty University
308 Main Hall
208 University Drive
Campus Union Box 162
West Liberty, WV 26074
Office: 304-336-8561
Fax: 304-336-8627
[email protected]