2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Department of Culture, Media, and Performance

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Dr. M.G. Aune | Diane Eperthener Buffington | Dr. Anthony (Todd) Carlisle | Greg Davis | Dr. Sarah Downey | Brian Eisminger | Dr. Christina L. Fisanick | Dr. Sylvia Foil | Dr. Craig Fox | Jan Fung | Dr. Debbie Goh | Ralph Guzzi | Greg Harrison | Dr. Brent House | Sabrina Hykes-Davis | Dr. Macdonald Kale | Ken Karsh | Lisa Brovey Kovach | Nancy Lonich | Dr. Karen McCullough | James T. McVey | Dr. Patricia Milford | Dr. Keat Murray | Spencer Norman | Dr. Michele A. Pagen | Dr. Cindy Persinger | Dr. Joel Press | Margaret Schottman | Dr. Nancy J. Shaffer | Edward Shultz | Dr. Greg Spicer | Brian Stahurski | Dr. John Paul Staszel | Dr. Frank Stetar | Dr. Randy Tillmutt | Dr. Yana Tyulkova | Dr. Kimberly Vanderlaan | Brandon VanSickle | Joseph Weaver

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/index.aspx


Cal U's Department of Culture, Media, and Performance includes undergraduate programs in art history, communication, English, graphic design, music, philosophy and theatre. 

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Degrees offered through this department include:

  • B.S. in Commercial Music Technology
  • B.S. in Commercial Music Technology: Commercial Music Business
  • B.A. in Communication Studies
  • B.A. in English: Creative Writing
  • B.A. in English: Journalism
  • B.A. in English: Literature 
  • B.S. in Graphic Design
  • B.A. in Theatre
  • B.A. in Theatre: Design and Entertainment Technology
  • B.A. in Theatre: Musical Theatre

Note: Cal U also offers B.S.Ed. secondary education degrees in English and Communications as well as a Language Arts/Reading concentration in middle level education through its Department of Education. 


Minors offered through this department include: 

  • Acting
  • Art History
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Design and Entertainment Technology (Theatre)
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Philosophy
  • Theatre
  • Theatre History and Literature
  • Writing

Honor Societies 

Lambda Pi Eta is the national communication honor society that recognizes outstanding achievement by undergraduates majoring in communication studies.

Pi Kappa Delta is the honor society for intercollegiate debaters, individual events competitors and teachers of communication. Our department has a long and storied history with successful competition in speech and debate.

Sigma Tau Delta is the national English honor society. The California University of Pennsylvania chapter, Delta Theta, was chartered in 1959 and is the oldest chapter in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.


The California University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists helps prepare students for careers in the media, offering professional and social ties.

The department advises the Philosophy Club, which gives students informal social opportunities for discussions, debates and lectures.

The department hosts a chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. This student organization offers students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and provides professional development opportunities.

The Vulcan Speech and Debate Team offers students the opportunity to develop and sharpen oral presentation skills through participation in regional competitions. 

The department also hosts topical lectures and forums.