Arts Outreach Administration Concentration

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Theatre Concentration

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Tusculum Debate Team

The Tusculum Debate Team includes students who are taking a debate class, but it is also open to other students. In addition to practicing twice a week, the team periodically competes against other higher education institutions.

The communication program develops civic-minded students through an active and experiential education who create and critique culture and who advocate for courses of action to address local, national, and/or global issues.

Communication is a highly flexible degree program. Oral and written communication skills are among the top skills employers list when asked what they want in new employees, regardless of industry. Students in the communication program at Tusculum have presence and build their communities. They are prepared for job opportunities in a variety of fields, or for graduate school study. Students can choose to take a standard program where they select electives within the field, or they can choose a concentration specific to their interests.

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David Bowlin

Young man speaking at a podium with a laptop in front of himI’m David Bowlin. I grew up in Greeneville, Tennessee, and have plans to work in vocational Christian ministry. When I realized Tusculum had a communication program, I was super excited! It wasn’t exactly sure what I expected, though. I simply thought I was going to learn how to speak better, give better speeches. It turns out, the program had many more benefits than expected!

Not only did I learn some practical tools and practice for verbally communicating, giving speeches, being interviewed and more, but I also learned how communication works best in organizations, public relations, value/mission statements and so much more! All this happened in a smaller context, where I got to interact with classmates and work directly with my teachers, which is way more than I would have received from a larger university context!

If you are interested in helping organizations in efficient and effective communication and sharpening your personal verbal (and nonverbal) communication, I strongly encourage the communication program at Tusculum University!

Meeting our mission

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Our program equips students with essential communication skills and encourages active participation in extracurricular activities. Through classes like Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, and Persuasion, students develop the ability to effectively convey ideas and collaborate with others. Optional courses such as Public Speaking, Argumentation and Debate, and Introduction to Public Relations further enhance their communication abilities. Engaging in activities like the Tusculum Debate Team and Tusculum Arts Outreach enables students to apply their skills and address local, national, and global issues. Ultimately, the program empowers students to become informed, engaged citizens who can drive positive change in their communities and beyond.

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Our program emphasizes the strong oral and written communication skills desired by employers. The program offers a flexible curriculum, allowing students to align their education with their specific interests and career goals through electives and concentrations like Theatre and Arts Outreach Administration. Practical courses such as Media Writing, Team and Small Group Communication, Applied Techniques in Marketing Communication, and the Specialized Internship provide hands-on experience and industry-specific knowledge. The program cultivates critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability, essential qualities sought by employers. Whether students choose to enter the workforce immediately or pursue further graduate studies, the communication program equips them with the necessary skills and experiences to thrive in their chosen careers and make a meaningful impact.

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Our program develops essential communication skills that enhance relationships and overall well-being. Courses like Interpersonal Communication and Team and Small Group Communication provide students with the tools to build meaningful connections, navigate social dynamics, and resolve conflicts effectively. Encouraging self-expression and creativity, the program promotes personal growth and confidence. Diverse perspectives are explored through courses like History of Mass Communication and Special Topics in Communication. Courses in areas such as visual arts and theatre provide opportunities for artistic expression and community engagement. The program empowers students to cultivate fulfilling personal lives through effective communication, self-discovery, and active engagement with the world around them.

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Our program emphasizes the importance of compassion, empathy, and ethical communication practices. Students are encouraged to develop a deep understanding of the diverse perspectives and experiences of others, fostering a sense of inclusivity and respect. Our program promotes active listening, understanding, and fostering meaningful connections, reflecting the principles of Christian love and care. Through coursework and extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to use their knowledge and communication skills to support fairness, address ethical dilemmas, and advocate for a better world. By integrating Christian principles with communication education, the program cultivates graduates who are not only skilled communicators but also compassionate individuals who can contribute to a caring Christian environment in their personal and professional lives.

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Our program facilitates internships and specialized experiences, such as the Arts Outreach Administration concentration, enabling students to directly engage with the community and apply their communication skills in practical settings. Courses like Applied Techniques in Marketing Communication, Individually Directed Research, and the Specialized Internship offer practical contexts for applying theoretical knowledge. The program encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities like the Tusculum Debate Team, providing them with the chance to sharpen their communication skills through active discussion of important questions in our society. By emphasizing active participation, real-world application, and experiential learning, we equip students with the necessary tools and experiences to thrive in their future careers and make a meaningful impact in the world.


100% of graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate programs within 6 months of graduation.