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).

Courses


Com.Arts_The Bachelor of Arts in Community Education degree program with Community Arts major at West Liberty University requires minimum total 120 credit hours course of study.

The coursework includes:

  • General Studies: 51 – 53 credit hours
  • Common Core: 43 credit hours
  • Major: 15 credit hours major courses + electives

Common Core Courses (43 Credit Hours)

  • SPED 241  Exceptionalities and Diversities (3 hrs)
  • EDUC 290 Instructional Technology (3 hrs)
  • EDUC 301  Educational Psychology (3 hrs)
  • ENT 350 Entrepreneurship Law and Ethics (3 hrs)
  • CEP 411 Formal & Non-Formal Education Models (3 hrs)
  • CEP 421  Promoting Creativity & the Arts (3 hrs)
  • CEP 422  Outdoor Learning Spaces (3 hrs)
  • CEP 433  Program Design & Implementation (3 hrs)
  • CEP 442  Community Empowerment & Engagement (3 hrs)
  • CEP 443  Fundraising & Grant Writing (3 hrs)
  • CEP 452  Reggio Emilia & Other Approaches (3 hrs)
  • CEP 463  Leadership in Community Education (3 hrs)
  • CEP 473 Community & School-Based Programming (3 hrs)
  • CEP 493  Internship/International Community Experience* (4 hrs)
    *Out of the 120 credit hour program, students need to take 40 hours of upper-level (300-level and up) courses

Major Courses (15/25 – 27 Credit Hours)

  • ENT 202 Creative Problem Solving (3 hrs)
  • MTG 350 Principles of Management (3 hrs)
  • CEP 492 Practicum I (3 hrs – on-compus)
  • CEP 482 Practicum II (3 hrs – off-compus)
  • Elective(s) (approx. 10 – 12 hrs – electives to total 120 hours)

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

Questions


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]