2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Department of Culture, Media, and Performance

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Dr. Joel Press (chair) | Dr. M.G. Aune | Dr. Anthony (Todd) Carlisle | Greg Davis | Dr. Sarah Downey | 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 | Curtis Johnson | Ken Karsh | Lisa Brovey Kovach | Nancy Lonich | Dr. Karen McCullough | Dr. Patricia Milford | Dr. Keat Murray | Spencer Norman | Dr. Michele A. Pagen | Dr. Cindy Persinger | Margaret Schottman | Dr. Nancy J. Shaffer | Dr. Greg Spicer | Brian Stahurski | Dr. John Paul Staszel | Dr. Frank Stetar | Josh Taylor | 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 studies, 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: Music Business Concentration
  • 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. An accelerated B.S. in Commercial Music Technology: Music Business to MBA track is also available.  


Minors offered through this department include: 

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

Honor Societies 

Alpha Psi Omega (ΑΨΩ) is a national theatre honor society for participants in collegiate theatre.

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

Kappa Kappa Psi is the national honors band fraternity, which recognizes student musicians' service and leadership and promotes musicianship through the university. 

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

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


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

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.

University Players is a student club that sponsors the theatre productions, student attendance to national conferences and job fairs, and various theatre-related events. 

The department also hosts topical lectures and forums.