Communications & Fine Arts
MUSIC - THEATER - SPEECH & DEBATE - SJET - JOURNALISM - YEARBOOK
Since education in the Communications and Fine Arts fields are being required in colleges around the nation, the goals and values of these areas (i.e., art, music, drama, media, and public speaking) do much for the education of the total person. The Communications & Fine Arts Department teaches not only to the intellect, but also to the aesthetic side of the human concentrating on the values of non-materialism, passion, respect, appreciation, compassion ,and love. It is a discipline which teaches service to others in the form of plays, concerts, eloquent speeches, and communication skills and a better appreciation for the beauty in the world around us.
Two of the Communications & Fine Arts courses, Speech and Introduction to Music, are required of all Strake Jesuit students. The required courses last one semester and are given 0.5 credit hour each. Other performance-oriented courses such as Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Forensics, and Individual Events Competition last the entire year, are open to all students in any grade, and are given one credit hour. These classes utilize varied teaching styles and offer an alternative to the "text-oriented" curriculum. Teachers work with the students on a one-to-one basis as much as possible fostering the growth of human creativity in the students.