See Course Descriptions for information on required courses.


Communicating Arts Major
    I.Speech Communication Concentration
        Speech Communication Minor
        Professional and Personal Communication Minor

   II.Mass Communication Concentration
        Generalist Track
        Journalism Track
        Media Performance Track
        Media Production Track
        Professional Management Track
        Writing for the Media Track
Mass Communication Minor
Journalism Minor
Theatre Major
        Performance Concentration
        Design/Technical Concentration
Theatre Minor
Theatre BFA
        Acting Concentration
        Directing Concentration
        Scene Design and Technical Direction Concentration
        Lighting and Sound Design Concentration

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Communicating Arts
 

Faculty
Martha J. Einerson, Associate Professor
Cathy A. Fank, Assistant Professor
Cynthia Graham, Associate Professor
Albert M. Katz, Professor
Brandon Leno, Senior Lecturer
Brent Notbohm, Assistant Professor
Thomas Notton, Assistant Professor
Stewart Platner, Professor

Professional Contributing Faculty
John A. Munson, Northwest Regional Manager, KUWS Radio
Mike Simonson, News Director, KUWS Radio

Degree Programs
Communicating Arts B.A., B.S.
Theatre B.A., B. S., B.F.A. (Liberal Arts)

Note: Production, rehearsal, or laboratory work is required in most courses in this department. A maximum of six semester credits of practica/independent study may be applied toward the requirements for any B.A. or B.S. major or minor. Additional practica/independent study credits may be elected and applied toward graduation but do not count toward the major or minor.

Credit By Examination Policy
It is the policy of the Department of Communicating Arts that performance courses are not appropriate for credit by examination. This policy includes COMM 110 and 370, which are public speaking courses, and performance courses in Drama and Mass Communication. In all non-performance courses, each faculty member decides whether credit by examination is appropriate for the course for which the faculty member is responsible.

Students may inquire about a waiver for COMM 110 on the basis of one year of high school speech with a minimum grade of B. Inquiries should be directed to the coordinator of the COMM 110 course.

Students in the Teacher Education curriculum may not take COMM 110 on a Pass-Fail basis.
 

Communicating Arts Major

A. Speech Communication Concentration

A minimum of 34 credits to include:

COMM 115 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society
COMM 251 Principles of Persuasion
COMM 332 Communication in Conflict
COMM 368 Criticism of Film and Television
COMM 370 Business and Professional Communicating
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 410 Problems in Nonverbal Communication
COMM 467 Intercultural Communication
COMM 491 Capstone Participation
COMM 497 Senior Seminar

Capstone Statement: COMM 497 Senior Seminar is the designated Capstone Experience for students majoring in Speech-Communicating Arts. In preparation for COMM 497, it is recommended students preserve their textbooks, notes and papers from all courses in their major.

Plus electives in Communicating Arts over 300 to total 34 credits.
 

Speech Communication Minor

A minimum of 22 credits to include:

COMM 115 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society
COMM 251 Principles of Persuasion
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 410 Problems in Nonverbal Communication
COMM 467 Intercultural Communication

PLUS electives in Communicating Arts to total 22 credits.
 

Professional and Personal Communication Minor

A minimum of 22 semester credits to include:

COMM 115 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 332 Communication in Conflict
COMM 370 Business and Professional Communicating
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 251 Principles of Persuasion or COMM 467 Intercultural Communication

Two courses (usually six credits) negotiated with the coordinator of the minor in an associated discipline (in or outside of Communicating Arts) to focus the student’s professional goals.

Examples:

COMM 350 Public Relations and COMM 351 Public Relations Cases and Problems (or other)

COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society and COMM 460 Producing (or other) two business courses, two social work courses, two psychology courses etc. PLUS electives to a total of 22 credits.
 

B. Mass Communication Concentration

A minimum of 34 credits to include:

Select one of six tracks:

1. Generalist Track

COMM 104 Film and Culture
COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting
COMM 348 Writing for the Media
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 455 Mass Communications Theory
COMM 477 Mass Communications Law
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 495, 475, 498.

Select one of the following two courses:
COMM 134 Radio Production
or
COMM 261 Principles of Television Production

Select nine credits from among the following:

COMM 260 Broadcast Programming and Marketing
COMM 301 Film Genres
COMM 321 Advertising Principles and Design
COMM 329 Media Studio (maximum of four credits toward 34 total from COMM 329)
COMM 350 Public Relations
COMM 361 Directing Film Style Productions
COMM 368 Criticism of Film and Television
COMM 370 Business and Professional Communicating
COMM 460 Producing
COMM 467 Intercultural Communication

Plus electives in Communicating Arts over 300 to total 34.

2. Journalism Track

A minimum of 34 credits to Include:

COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society
COMM 191 Practicum (2 credits)
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting
COMM 320 Feature Writing
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 455 Mass Communications Theory
COMM 477 Mass Communications Law
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 495, 475, 498.

Print Journalism Emphasis:

COMM 303 Copy Editing
COMM 330 Advanced News Gathering and Reporting
COMM 391 Advanced Practicum (2 credits)
COMM 475 Internship (3 credits)

Print Journalism Electives:

ART 241 Photography: An Introduction
COMM 321 Advertising Principles and Design
COMM 332 Communication In Conflict
COMM 341 Editorial Writing
COMM 350 Public Relations
COMM 351 Public Relations Cases and Problems

Broadcast Journalism Emphasis:

COMM 134 Radio Production
or
COMM 261 Principles of Television Production
and
COMM 358 Broadcast Journalism
COMM 391 Advanced Practicum (2 credits)
COMM 475 Internship (3 credits)

Broadcast Journalism Electives:

COMM 260 Broadcast Programming and Marketing
COMM 273 Oral Interpretation
COMM 324 Performance For the Media Studio
COMM 335 Advanced Radio Production
COMM 361 Directing Film Style Productions
COMM 370 Business and Professional Communication

3. Media Performance Track

A minimum of 34 credits to include:

*Recommended to be taken with Journalism minor only

COMM 134 Radio Production
COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting
COMM 226 Professional Preparation
COMM 261 Principles of Television Production
COMM 324 Performance for the Media Studio
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 426 Advanced Professional Preparation
COMM 455 Mass Communications Theory
COMM 477 Mass Communications Law
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 495, 475, 498.

Select three credits from among the following:

COMM 191 Practicum
COMM 391 Advanced Practicum
COMM 392 Leadership

Plus electives in Communicating Arts over 300 to total 34 credits.

4. Media Production Track

A minimum of 34 credits to include:

COMM 134 Radio Production
COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society
COMM 191 Practicum (2 credits)
COMM 261 Principles of Television Production
COMM 348 Writing for the Media
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 391 Advanced Practicum (2 credits)
COMM 392 Leadership
COMM 455 Mass Communications Theory
COMM 477 Mass Communications Law
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 495, 475, 498.

Select six credits from one of the following two options:

COMM 335 Advanced Radio Production and
COMM 397 Sound Design
or
COMM 361 Directing Film Style Productions
and
COMM 468 Direction of Talent for the Media Studio

Plus electives in Communicating Arts over 300 to total 34 credits.

5. Professional Management Track

A minimum of 34 credits to Include:

COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting
COMM 260 Broadcast Programming and Marketing
COMM 350 Public Relations
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 455 Mass Communications Theory
COMM 460 Producing
COMM 477 Mass Communications Law
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 495, 475, 498.

Select one of the following two courses:

COMM 134 Radio Production
or
COMM 261 Principles of Television Production

Select five credits from among the following three courses:

COMM 321 Advertising Principles and Design
COMM 392 Leadership
COMM 475 Internship

Plus electives in Communicating Arts over 300 to total 34 credits.

6. Writing for the Media Track

A minimum of 34 credits to include:

COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting
COMM 321 Advertising Principles and Design
COMM 348 Writing for the Media
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 455 Mass Communications Theory
COMM 477 Mass Communications Law
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 495, 475, 498.

Select one of the following two courses:

COMM 134 Radio Production
or
COMM 261 Principles of Television Production

Select 10 credits from among the following:

COMM 303 Copy Editing
COMM 320 Feature Writing
COMM 330 Advanced News Gathering and Reporting
COMM 341 Editorial Writing
COMM 350 Public Relations
COMM 358 Broadcast Journalism
COMM 391 Advanced Practicum (1 credit maximum)
COMM 475 Internship (3 credits maximum)

Plus electives in Communicating Arts over 300 to total 34 credits.
 

Mass Communication Minor

A minimum of 22 credits to include:

COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 455 Mass Communications Theory

Plus 10 credits from courses approved in the Mass Communications Major to total 22 credits.

*Note: COMM 170 must be completed prior to taking courses numbered above 300. Plus electives in Communicating Arts to total 22 credits.

Journalism Minor

A minimum of 22 credits to include:

COMM 170 Mass Communication and Society
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting
COMM 320 Feature Writing
COMM 330 Advanced News Gathering and Reporting

Plus electives in Communicating Arts to total 22 credits.
 

Theatre Major

Portfolio Statement: All theatre majors, as part of their program of study, are expected to start and maintain an artistic portfolio of materials. These materials should include resume and other visual/performance materials appropriate to their program concentration.

Select one of two concentrations:

A. Performance Concentration

34 credits to include:

COMM 125 Beginning Acting
COMM 180 Introduction to Technical Theatre
COMM 185 Production Analysis
or
COMM 122 Theatre Appreciation
COMM 222 Production Management
COMM 224 Character Analysis Studio
COMM 226 Professional Preparation
COMM 324 Performance for the Media Studio
COMM 365 Theatre Direction I
COMM 366 Theatre Direction II
COMM 385 Theatre History
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Capstone Statement: Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 475, 495, 498. Plus electives in Communicating Arts to total 34 credits.

B. Design/Technical Concentration

34 credits to include:

COMM 125 Beginning Acting
COMM 180 Introduction to Technical Theatre
COMM 185 Production Analysis
or
COMM 122 Theatre Appreciation
COMM 281-1 Advanced Technical Theatre
COMM 281-2 Advanced Technical Theatre-Lighting
COMM 365 Theatre Direction I
COMM 385 Theatre History
COMM 388 Elements of Design
COMM 392 Leadership
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Capstone Statement: Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 475, 495, 498.

Select one of the following two courses:

COMM 377 Special Topics in Technical Theatre
or
COMM 397 Sound Design

Plus electives in Communicating Arts to total 34 credits.
 

Theatre Minor

A minimum of 22 credits to include:

COMM 125 Beginning Acting
COMM 180 Introduction to Technical Theatre
COMM 185 Production Analysis
or
COMM 122 Theatre Appreciation
COMM 365 Theatre Direction I
COMM 385 Theatre History

Plus electives in Communicating Arts over 300 to total 22 credits.
 

Theatre BFA

The BFA in Theatre is a 54-credit major with a chosen emphasis in one of the following concentrations. BFA candidates are expected to be actively involved in University Theatre productions in order to gain sufficient experience to build an appropriate portfolio.

To gain entrance into the BFA program, the prospective student must:

1) Be recommended by their advisor,

2) Have a minimum of 24 semester credits in the General Education requirements to include all requirements in the General Education core with the exception of the senior assessment requirement,

3) Show sufficient portfolio work to show their potential as a BFA candidate.

In order to maintain their degree candidacy, BFA candidates will undergo an annual review of their portfolios by the drama faculty.

The four BFA program concentrations are:

I. Acting Concentration

II. Directing Concentration

III. Scene Design and Technical Direction Concentration

IV. Lighting and Sound Design Concentration


I. Acting Concentration

A minimum of 54 credits to include:

COMM 115 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 125 Beginning Acting
COMM 180 Introduction to Technical Theatre
COMM 185 Production Analysis
or
COMM 122 Theatre Appreciation
COMM 224 Character Analysis Studio
COMM 226 Professional Preparation
COMM 273 Oral Interpretation
COMM 324 Performance for the Media
COMM 365 Theatre Direction I
COMM 366 Theatre Direction II
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 385-1 Theatre History
COMM 385-2 Theatre History
COMM 392 Leadership Training
COMM 426 Advanced Professional Preparation
COMM 427 Advanced Acting Studio
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Capstone Statement: Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 475, 495, 498. If the individual senior project is selected; an off-campus internship is the recommended capstone experience.

Plus electives in Communicating Arts to total 54 credits.

II. Directing Concentration

A minimum of 54 credits to include:

COMM 115 Interpersonal Communication
or
COMM 125 Beginning Acting
COMM 180 Introduction to Technical Theatre
COMM 185 Production Analysis
or
COMM 122 Theatre Appreciation
COMM 222 Production Management
or
COMM 422 Production Management
COMM 224 Character Analysis Studio
COMM 226 Professional Preparation
or
COMM 426 Advanced Professional Preparation
COMM 261 Principles of TV Production
COMM 361 Directing Single Camera
COMM 365 Theatre Direction I
COMM 366 Theatre Direction II
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 385-1 Theatre History
COMM 385-2 Theatre History
COMM 392 Leadership Training
COMM 392-2 Leadership - Stage Management
COMM 468 Direction Of Talent for the Media Studio
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Capstone Statement: Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 475, 495,498.

If the individual senior project is selected, an off-campus internship is the recommended capstone experience.

Plus electives in Communicating Arts to total 54 credits.
 

III. Scene Design and Technical Direction Concentration

A minimum of 54 credits to include:

COMM 115 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 125 Beginning Acting
COMM 180 Introduction to Technical Theatre
COMM 185 Production Analysis
or
COMM 122 Theatre Appreciation
COMM 226 Professional Preparation
COMM 261 Principles of TV Production
COMM 281-1 Advanced Technical Theatre
COMM 365 Theatre Direction I
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 377 Special Topics in Tech Theatre
COMM 385-1 Theatre History
COMM 385-2 Theatre History
COMM 388 Elements of Design
COMM 392 Leadership Training
COMM 426 Advanced Professional Preparation
ART 102 or 103 Visual Arts in 2D Design or 3D Design in consultation with advisor
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Capstone Statement: Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 475, 495, 498. If the individual senior project is selected, an off-campus internship is the recommended capstone experience.

Plus electives in Communicating Arts to total 54 credits.

IV. Lighting and Sound Design Concentration

A minimum of 54 credits to include:

COMM 115 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 125 Beginning Acting
COMM 134 Radio Production
COMM 180 Introduction to Technical Theatre
COMM 185 Production Analysis
or
COMM 122 Theatre Appreciation
COMM 226 Professional Preparation
COMM 261 Principles of TV Production
COMM 281-2 Advanced Technical Theatre
COMM 335 Advanced Radio Production
COMM 365 Theatre Direction I
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes
COMM 385-1 Theatre History
COMM 385-2 Theatre History
COMM 388 Elements of Design
COMM 392 Leadership
COMM 392-2 Leadership - Stage Management
COMM 397 Sound Design
COMM 426 Advanced Professional Preparation
COMM 491 Capstone Participation

Capstone Statement: Courses available for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor: COMM 391, 392, 475, 495, 498. If the individual senior project is selected, an off-campus internship is the recommended capstone experience.

Plus electives in Communicating Arts to total 54 credits.

See Course Descriptions for information on required courses.