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Communicating Arts Major

    Speech Communication Concentration

    Mass Communication Concentration

        General Mass Communication Track

        Journalism Track 

        Video Production Track

Speech Communication Minor

Professional and Personal Communication Minor

Mass Communication Minor

Journalism Minor

 

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Communicating Arts

 

Faculty and Academic Staff

Joel Anderson, Lecturer

Micheal Barbee, Lecturer  

Keith Berry, Assistant Professor

Martha J. Einerson, Associate Professor

Cathy A. Fank, Assistant Professor

Cynthia Graham, Associate Professor

Brian Matuszak, Lecturer

Brent Notbohm, Assistant Professor

Thomas Notton, Senior Lecturer

Stewart Platner, Professor

Mary Tripp, Senior Lecturer

Sue Walberg, Lecturer 

 

Professional Contributing Academic Staff

John A. Munson, Northwest Regional Manager, KUWS Radio, WPR (UWEX/BAMI)

Mike Simonson, News Director, KUWS Radio

 

Degree Programs

Communicating Arts

         Bachelor of Arts

         Bachelor of Science

 

Note: Production, rehearsal, or laboratory work is required in many 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 Communicating Arts 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 a Communicating Arts 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 Communicating Arts 110 course. No students may take Communicating Arts 110 on a pass-fail basis.  

 

Communicating Arts Major

Speech Communication Concentration

A minimum of 33 credits to include:                      

COMM 170  Mass Communication and Society..........3 credits

COMM 211  Interpersonal Communication.................3 credits 

COMM 251  Principles of Persuasion..........................3 credits 

COMM 332  Communication in Conflict......................3 credits 

COMM 368  Criticism of Film and Television..............3 credits

COMM 370  Communicating in Organizations.............3 credits

COMM 376  Group Communication Processes...........3 credits

COMM 467  Intercultural Communication...................3 credits

COMM 491  Capstone Participation ..........................0 credits

 

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor (minimum three credits) include: COMM 332, 467, 475, 495, 498.   3 credits  

 

Plus electives in Communicating Arts over 300 to total 33 credits.

 

Mass Communication Concentration

1. General Mass Communication Track

A minimum of 34 credits to include:

COMM 104  Film and Culture......................................3 credits

COMM 170  Mass Communication and Society............3 credits

COMM 191  Practicum ...............................................1 credit 

COMM 203  News Gathering and Reporting.................3 credits

COMM 376  Group Communication Processes.............3 credits

COMM 455  Mass Communication Theory...................3 credits    

COMM 477  Mass Communication Law ......................3 credits

COMM 491  Capstone Participation ............................0 credit

 

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor (minimum three credits) include: COMM 475, 495, 498. ................................................3 credits

     

Select one of the following two courses:

COMM 134  Radio Production                                  

or

COMM 261  Principles of Video Production................. 3 credits

 

Select one of the following two courses:                         

COMM 321  Advertising Principles and Design          

or

COMM 350  Public Relations .......................................3 credits

 

Select six credits from among the following:         

COMM 260  Broadcast Programming and Marketing        

COMM 320  Selected News Writing                      

COMM 329  Media Studio                               

COMM 330  Advanced News Gathering and Reporting        

COMM 348  Writing for the Media                            

COMM 351  Public Relations Cases and Problems                

COMM 358  Broadcast Journalism                             

COMM 361  Advanced Video Production                  

COMM 368  Criticism of Film and Television                              

COMM 370  Communicating in Organizations             

COMM 391  Advanced Practicum            

COMM 392  Leadership                                      

COMM 468  Media Performance and Direction                    

 

2. Journalism Track 

A minimum of 34 credits to include:

COMM 170  Mass Communication and Society....................3 credits

COMM 191  Practicum ........................................................2 credits

COMM 203  News Gathering and Reporting.........................3 credits

COMM 320  Selected News Writing.....................................3 credits

COMM 330  Advanced News Gathering and Reporting.........3 credits 

COMM 358  Broadcast Journalism........................................3 credits 

COMM 391  Advanced Practicum.........................................2 credits 

COMM 455  Mass Communication Theory............................3 credits

COMM 477  Mass Communication Law................................3 credits

COMM 491  Capstone Participation......................................0 credit

                                                                       

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor (minimum three credits) include: COMM 475, 495, 498.   3 credits

 

 Select six credits from among the following:                    

 COMM 134  Radio Production                                         

 COMM 260  Broadcast Programming and Marketing                       

 COMM 261  Principles of Video Production                  

 ENGL 307  English Grammar                                 

 COMM 321  Advertising Principles and Design               

 COMM 350  Public Relations                          

 COMM 351  Public Relations Cases and Problems             

 COMM 370  Communicating in Organizations            

 COMM 376  Group Communication Processes             

 COMM 392  Leadership                                            

                       

3. Video Production Track

A minimum of 34 credits to include:                                            

COMM 104  Film and Culture...............................................3 credits           

COMM 170  Mass Communication and Society.....................3 credits          

COMM 191  Practicum.........................................................1 credit          

COMM 261  Principles of Video Production..........................3 credits             

COMM 348  Writing for the Media .......................................3 credits           

COMM 361  Advanced Video Production.............................4 credits            

COMM 368  Criticism of Film and Television.........................3 credits                

COMM 391  Advanced Practicum.........................................2 credits

COMM 455  Mass Communication Theory............................3 credits

COMM 468  Media Performance and Direction.....................3 credits

COMM 477  Mass Communication Law................................3 credits

COMM 491  Capstone Participation......................................0 credit              

                                                                                                                                         

Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor (minimum three credits) include: COMM 475, 495, 498. 3 credits                                        

 

Speech Communication Minor

A minimum of 21 credits to include:                    

COMM 170  Mass Communication and Society........................3 credits

COMM 211  Interpersonal Communication...............................3 credits

COMM 251  Principles of Persuasion........................................3 credits

COMM 376  Group Communication Processes.........................3 credits

COMM 467  Intercultural Communication.................................3 credits

 

Select one of the following two courses:                                                            

COMM 332  Communication in Conflict                                                   

or

COMM 370  Communicating in Organizations........................3 credits

 

Plus electives in Communicating Arts to total 21 credits.                                     

 

Professional and Personal Communication Minor

A minimum of 21 semester credits to include: 

COMM 211  Interpersonal Communication..............................3 credits  

COMM 332  Communication in Conflict...................................3 credits

COMM 370  Communicating in Organizations..........................3 credits

COMM 376  Group Communication Processes........................3 credits

 

Select one of the following two courses:                                                               

COMM 251  Principles of Persuasion             

or

COMM 467  Intercultural Communication................................3 credits  

 

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 studentís professional goals.

 

Examples: COMM 350 Public Relations and COMM 351 Public Relations Cases and Problems (or other). Two business courses, two social work courses, two psychology courses, etc. PLUS electives for a total of 21 credits. 

 

Mass Communication Minor

A minimum of 22 credits to include:    

COMM 170  Mass Communication and Society........................3 credits

COMM 191  Practicum............................................................1 credit 

COMM 455  Mass Communication Theory...............................3 credits

COMM 477  Mass Communication Law...................................3 credits 

 

Plus 12 credits from the General Mass Communications Track.  

   

Journalism Minor

Portfolio Statement: As part of their program of study, all Journalism Track students (starting with COMM 191 and COMM 203) are expected to start and maintain a portfolio of newspaper clippings, sound and/or video recordings of journalism work. This portfolio should also include an up-to-date resume and other appropriate materials.  

 

A minimum of 22 credits to include:

COMM 170  Mass Communication and Society........................3 credits

COMM 191  Practicum............................................................1 credit  

COMM 203  News Gathering and Reporting.............................3 credits

COMM 330  Advanced News Gathering and Reporting............3 credits

COMM 455  Mass Communication Theory...............................3 credits

COMM 477  Mass Communication Law...................................3 credits

 

Plus six credits from the General Mass Communication and/or Journalism Track list of courses.                               

      

Theatre Major

Students interested in the Theatre majors should see the entry for Theatre in this portion of the catalog.