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Graduate Studies

undergraduate course of study.

five academic units • nine degrees • one college  •  it’s all here!

fine arts.

art history.

Art History is the study of visual objects made throughout history which are deemed historically, culturally and aesthetically important for understanding the human experience.  Art History attempts to grasp what a work of art means in its own time, place and culture, and why that importance continues. Knowledge of the history and critical theory of art is a vitally important part of any art student’s education. Art History courses at UNO teach students about notable artists and artworks within a variety of contexts - aesthetic, cultural, technological, social, political, economic & religious. The Bachelor of Arts in Art History prepares the student either for additional post-graduate study and research, or to enter the fields of Museum Studies or Arts Administration. 


studio art & art education.

Studio art students explore artistic practices methods of the past while experimenting with new creative technologies and a variety of mixed media and boundary-crossing approaches used by contemporary artists. From the creation of hand-crafted books to digitally-generated imagery, UNO students learn the critical thinking & problem-solving skills needed to master the tools and materials of art making and scholarship. Traditional concentration areas include: Bookarts, Ceramics, Drawing, Intermedia, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture, while visual technology concentrations include: Graphic Communication Art & Design, Electronic Imaging Graphics, Digital Cinema and Still Photography.


writer's workshop.

The Department of the Writer's Workshop is simultaneously a creative writing program and a community of creative writers united by their study of literary craftsmanship. As a separate academic department in a College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, the Writer's Workshop was the first undergraduate program in the country to offer a complete four-year curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in writing. Additionally, the Workshop is sponsor of the Missouri Valley Reading Series in Contemporary Literature, bringing professional award winning writers to campus for the benefit of its students and the public. Students may pursue an emphasis in fiction, poetry or nonfiction with the option of doing a capstone Senior Thesis of original work in their chosen genre. In their studio classes all students receive peer and faculty attention dedicated to their works-in-progress. The regimen of the studio courses has been favorably compared to graduate workshops at universities offering MFA degrees in writing.


music performance & music education.

The Department of Music is a vigorous community of students and faculty who are working together to explore the many exciting avenues of music performance and study. The Department offers the Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in either music performance or education. Students have the opportunity to work with professional music faculty in the area of vocal/choral, keyboard, string, bass, woodwind or percussion instruments or pursue composition or music technology. The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).



The Department of Theatre curriculum help students develop an understanding of the entire theatre-making process. Keeping this in mind, the production program offers its students broadly varied and representative seasons of plays with opportunities for technical work, design, and acting as fundamental considerations. Our coursework is designed to provide our students well-rounded experiences, from box office to publicity, ushering to dramaturgy, design to performance, and much more. Above all, we are committed to the students’ individual development and their artistic and cultural maturity.


school of communication.

Students in broadcasting, journalism and speech communication enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, award-winning instruction from top professors and learning from internationally recognized scholars.  In the 21st century, the field of communication is at the heart of social and cultural development. For those students seeking careers in journalism, public relations, advertising, training and development, broadcasting, conflict resolution, new media, communication skills training and development, conflict resolution, corporate communication, communication education and media studies, the UNO School of Communication is the place to be.



The School of Communication offers two areas of concentration in Broadcasting: Broadcast News or New Media. Broadcast News majors will study the nuances of radio and television broadcasting, gaining experience in writing, producing and presenting. New Media majors will apply media technology with a multi-media focus, such as Web maintenance design, video production and electronic publishing.



Journalism majors choose from three areas of concentration: News Editorial, Media Studies, or Public Relations/ Advertising. The News Editorial sequence places a strong emphasis on writing and editing. It prepares the student for traditional journalism careers such as copy editing or newspaper reporting, as well as writing for magazines and other literary publications. The Public Relations/Advertising sequence focuses not only on writing, but also on publication design and theories in PR/Advertising. Students move into jobs in marketing, event coordination, public affairs, promotions, and many other areas. The Media Studies sequence . . .


speech communication.

This major prepares students for careers in human communication. Speech Communication students learn skills that are applicable in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, organizational, public, intercultural and virtual. Areas of emphasis include Communication Technology & Human Relationships, Communication Training & Instructional Development, Conflict Resolution, Culture & Communication, Interpersonal Relationships, Organizational Communication & Employee Relations, and Public & Political Communication.


CFAM undecided.

A CFAM undecided option is available for students who have not yet chosen a major but wish to explore majors within the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. Transfer students and former UNO students with prior college credit may enroll as CF Undecided if they have earned fewer than 36 semester credit hours. Students choosing the CFAM undecided option will be required to declare a major once they have earned 36 credit hours. An advising registration hold will be set to enforce this change.