Clark Atlanta University (CAU) was established in 1988 through the consolidation of its two parent institutions, Atlanta University (1865), the nation’s first African-American graduate school, and Clark College (1869), the nation’s first private liberal arts college for African Americans. Today the University comprises nearly 4,000 students and 378 faculty engaged in 38 areas of study in four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work.
The University produces leaders and change agents in myriad fields of endeavor. Our alumni include: Playwright and Ambassador James Weldon Johnson; renowned educator Marva Collins; civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy; two-time Tony Award-winning producer and director Kenny Leon; NASA Mission Operations Lab Director Lewis Wooten; The Coca-Cola Foundation President Helen Smith Price; ESPN Host Bomani Jones. The University’s iconic faculty include artist Henry O. Tanner, Social Activist Whitney M. Young, Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois, who also served as an administrator.
In particular, CAU’s Department of Mass Media Arts encompasses studies in print and broadcast journalism, public relations and radio, TV and film, drawing upon the University’s legacy of social activism with the present charge to join in “Lifting Every Voice” for positive change. In addition to educating Clark Atlanta’s students, the program also provides academic and hands-on training to students from neighboring Spelman and Morehouse colleges. Department alumni include filmmaker Spike Lee; TV writer and producer Kenya Barris, creator of “Black-ish” and 12-time Emmy Award-winning producer and director Anthony White.
Beyond Mass Media Arts, all of CAU’s students are encouraged to develop technical excellence and embrace critical inquiry and analysis in addressing issues and solving problems in the global community. Therefore, study abroad is encouraged to expand students’ perspectives, enhance their coursework and prepare them for global citizenship. Clark Atlanta’s students also draw upon a wealth of ideas precipitated by the University’s vast research and innovation enterprise, ranging from the nation’s largest academic prostate cancer research center to targeted nanotechnologies for life-saving drug delivery, to the development of high performance polymers and composites for automotive and interstellar travel.
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