KNOXVILLE — Johnson University’s School of Communications and Creative Arts offers many options for students to enhance their education.

The SCCA offers three minor options in music and one in communications. Students from any area of study can pursue these options.

Each minor consists of 18 additional credit hours, however, if planned strategically, this amount may be less.

The music minors consist of three options – music performance minor, music minor, and worship theology minor. The music performance minor consists of music theory and performance course content. The other music minor consists of more traditional music theory, but still contains elements of music performance. The third minor is worship theology which focuses on digging deep into the theology of worship.
The minor in communications also can provide training in various areas.

“…So any major on the campus can do a mass communication minor…,” Matthew Broaddus, Dean of the School of Communications and Creative Arts said. “So if you’re interested in video production, audio production, writing more, you can add (this) minor to your degree and do that.”

Broaddus said that the degree is a great additive to any major, as the skills that it can teach you will enable you to succeed in your career.

“…So it just gives students more opportunities to experience different things and to gain experience and be better prepared for a job market that demands diverse skills,” Broaddus said.

He said that students will also gain a crucial ability.

“Well, I think the big one is critical thinking,” Broaddus said. “If you’re going out and asking questions and collecting information and observing the world with the mindset of ‘I have to observe this and then tell other people’, you learn to think critically, you learn to evaluate situations… a lot of people really struggle with the ability just to think critically and I think it really gives people an opportunity to develop and practice critical thinking skills.”

If students are considering adding a minor they should do so immediately. It can successfully be added and fit in as late as your junior year, however, if added in the senior year it could prolong the expected graduation date.

“There are a couple of different ways you could approach it but to get all the content in you probably need to give yourself two years to stagger it out throughout your degree,” Broaddus said. “So the earlier you declare a minor the better.”

The two music minors do have an audition requirement. Interested students can contact music faculty to schedule auditions and find out more details.

If a minor in one of these areas doesn’t suit you, then you can pursue an elective option which ranges from private music lessons to ensemble, to joining the Royal Scribe staff.

“Participating in private lessons is a great way to just learn to perform better and participating in an ensemble, you know, there’s just great value just learning to sing with a group,” Broaddus said. “Our hope is that we’ll have a lot of people who are passionate about singing cause we have so many of them on campus who aren’t necessarily music majors, but they’ll want to get involved and just continue to push their ability further.”

Students can enroll in private music lessons without any background with the instruments.

There is another elective option    Johnson’s official student publication, the Royal Scribe. The Royal Scribe allows students to hone their writing skills while also gaining other life skills and experience that will be beneficial in their career and personal life.

“The ability to communicate and present information – collect information – it’s a job skill that translates to any career,” Broaddus said. “So that ability to build relationships, to ask questions, and to gather information will benefit anyone long term in their careers.”

Students can join the Royal Scribe just as a club activity also.

“…It’s the opportunity just to get connected with the campus community a little bit more, to learn more about your university, to help document the history of the university,” Broaddus said.

If a student participates in any of these options for three semesters, it has the possibility to count for an elective.

Students interested in adding a minor or electives in these areas should contact the SCCA.

 

 

Posted by Jenna Stahlman

Jenna Stahlman is studying mass communications at Johnson. Although she was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania, her heart is in Tennessee. She enjoys spending time with her horse, hiking, photography, and fishing.

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