Course Catalog

Department of Communication Studies

FACULTY

Chair: Associate Professor B. Carey

Professors: J. Lawrence, J. Webb

Assistant Professor: L. Luedeman

Instructor: A. Bridges

 

MISSION STATEMENT

In support of the university mission, the Department of Communication Studies provides its graduates with a strong academic background in critical thinking and basic communication skills, along with extensive experienced-based preparation for work in media-related professions.

 

GOALS

To enable its graduates to:

 

  1. demonstrate an understanding, sensitivity and competence in matters of human exchange;
  2. demonstrate competence, knowledge and skills in the application of the principles of effective communication;
  3. demonstrate practical entry-level skills appropriate to the communication industry;
  4. apply the knowledge and skills learned toward making meaningful contributions to the global community in which we live.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Student learning outcomes specific to each major offered by the department are described in the appropriate sections that follow.

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY

The department offers two majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree:

 

Communication Studies

Journalism

 

MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY

Communication Studies

Journalism

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

NOTE: The Department of Communication Studies uses the Apple Mac platform in the computer lab and for teaching production-based courses. All department coursework will be taught using software designed for the Mac. In the communication industry, it is the standard computer platform, especially in graphics, photography and video. Students, who major in Communication Studies, are encouraged to consider purchasing a Mac for their personal computer use. For computer recommendations, please see a Communication Studies faculty member. Additionally, all students must purchase a 500GB or larger, firewire hard drive for production coursework. This allows students to protect their work from accidental loss in the computer lab and will allow them to accumulate work that can be used in their portfolio.

 

MINOR REQUIREMENTS: Students majoring in Journalism are required to complete any minor offered by the University. They may complete a minor in English by taking an additional 15 hours in the department of English, including English Literature 211, 212, 231, 232, 251. In lieu of an out-of-department minor, Journalism students may elect to minor in a discipline offered within the department: Graphic Design, Photography, Public Relations, or Video & Film. When the minor is to be taken within the department, courses comprising the minor should be selected in consultation with the student's major advisor.

 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES (39 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

Students will:

 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of audio, written and visual communication;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of Communication;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical foundations of Communication;
  4. Demonstrate adequate entry-level professional skills in the chosen area of concentration;

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The Basic Core requirements must be satisfied. ENGL 101 and 102 are prerequisite to all major courses unless an exception is granted by the chair. Students must complete a 15 hour core and a 24 hour concentration. The core is comprised of the following courses:

 

COMM 220 (prerequisite for all courses), 310, 320, 380, and 480

 

The concentration must be selected from one of the following areas (HONR 400 and/or HONR 401 may be used to fulfill three hours of the concentration requirement):

 

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GRAPHIC DESIGN (24 HOURS)

COMM 255, 370, 451, 470, 472, 479 (18 hours)

COMM 491 (3 hours)

JOUR 375 (3 hours)

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY (24 HOURS)

COMM 255, 256, 351, 370, 459 and 491 (18 hours)

Two electives from the following: COMM 451, COMM 472, JOUR 355, or JOUR 375 (6 hours)

 

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PUBLIC RELATIONS (24 HOURS)

COMM 313, 314, 315, 370, 449, 491 (18 hours)

MRKT 300 (3 hours)

 

JOUR 375 (3 hours)

 

One elective from the following: COMM 233, COMM 235, BADM 325, or MRKT 304 (3 hours)

NOTE: BADM 325 and COMM 233 may not be applied to the concentration if used to meet the university’s basic core requirements.

 

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VIDEO AND FILM (24 HOURS)

COMM 238, 342, 360, 370, 460, and 469 (18 hours)

COMM 491 (3 hours)

Any COMM elective (3 hours)

 

Internships associated with the above concentrations consist of a minimum 180 hours of off-campus, professionally supervised work. Typically, internships are completed in businesses, government agencies or offices, radio and television stations, networks, cable companies, newspapers, photography studios, Internet service providers or other professional organizations as appropriate to the student’s academic and career goals approved in advance by the chair. Students are expected to apply for and acquire their own internship placement. Students may and are encouraged to take two internships towards their degree requirements.

 

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JOURNALISM (39 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

Students will demonstrate:

 

  1. an understanding of the social responsibilities of a free press;
  2. a full range of writing and editing processes and apply those skills in both print and non-print media; and
  3. practical skills in information gathering and reporting by covering special events and designated news beats.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The Basic Core requirements must be satisfied. ENGL 101 and 102 are prerequisite to all major courses unless an exception is granted by the chair. Students must complete a 15 hour core and a 24 hour concentration. The core is comprised of the following courses:

 

COMM 220 (prerequisite for all courses), 310, 320, 380, and 480

 

The concentration must be selected from one of the following areas (HONR 400 and/or HONR 401 may be used to fulfill three hours of the concentration requirement):

 

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BROADCAST JOURNALISM (24 HOURS)

COMM 238, 360, 370, and 460 (12 hours)

JOUR 317 and 491 (6 hours)

Two electives from the following: COMM 342, 469, or JOUR 400 (6 hours)

 

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NEWS EDITORIAL (24 HOURS)

JOUR 201, 317, 318, and 491 (12 hours) NOTE: JOUR 201 is a one-hour course. The student may enroll in this course as often as is desired. However, no more that three semester hours may be applied toward the concentration.

COMM 370 (3 hours)

ENGL 409 (3 hours)

Two electives from the following: COMM 255, JOUR 303, 375, or 403 (a minimum of 6 hours)

 

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PHOTOJOURNALISM (24 HOURS)

COMM 255, 256, 360, and 370 (12 hours)

JOUR 355, 450, 459, and 491 (12 hours)

 

Internships associated with the above concentrations consist of a minimum 180 hours of off-campus, professionally supervised work. Typically, internships are completed in businesses, government agencies or offices, radio and television stations, networks, cable companies, newspapers, photography studios, Internet service providers or other professional organizations as appropriate to the student’s academic and career goals approved in advance by the chair. Students are expected to apply for and acquire their own internship placement. Students may and are encouraged to take two internships towards their degree requirements.

 

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MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAILS

COMMUNICATION STUDIES (18 HOURS)

COMM 220, 310, 480 and 9 hours of COMM electives

 

JOURNALISM (18 HOURS)

COMM 220, 310, 480, and 9 hours of JOUR electives