Department of Communication Arts

The Department of Communication Arts provides a forum through which students can develop life skills such as confidence in oral and written presentations, communication skills, and critical analysis and problem solving skills. Students in the Department represent a broad spectrum of majors, interests, and career possibilities in Communication Studies, Multimedia Film & Production, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre. Students work together and with faculty on research projects, state-of-the-art productions, events, online news outlets, and broadcasts.

Students graduating with a B.A. degree in Theatre will be able to:

  1. critically analyze play texts and pieces of theatre (productions, performance events, etc.), using the vocabulary of the field, and will ascribe meaning to the usages and applications of production elements.
  2. develop and defend informed judgments of play texts and pieces of theatre, and will effectively articulate complex ideas in both written and oral communication. Students will create and articulate a personal aesthetic that applies the vocabulary of the focus area (acting, directing, design/technology, stage management).
  3. recognize historical styles, and the cultural forces that shaped them; students will be conversant with the major theatrical periods, personages, and technological innovations that have shaped the development of theatre, and will be able to differentiate the defining characteristics of distinct periods and styles.
  4. conduct research by selecting appropriate resources to inform artistic decisions; students will analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources in the construction of a production, design, or acting concept. Students will assess scholarship in the field and connect that scholarship to their understanding of historical practice.
  5. demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively with both peers and professionals in a production setting, consistently demonstrating a disciplined usage of professional working standards. Students will produce a body of work built on sound professional practices, which is presented in a portfolio appropriate to the focus area; students will identify career opportunities within the focus area.

Students earning the B.S. in Communication Studies will:

  1. develop a research prospectus employing appropriate methodologies to study their stated communication research question and/or hypothesis regarding human communication behavior.
  2. develop an analysis of a communication artifact utilizing an appropriate rhetorical criticism model.
  3. develop a research report that applies Dewey’s Reflective Thinking Method to a contemporary communication problem to reach a rational solution to the problem.
  4. demonstrate knowledge of various rhetorical criticism models used to analyze speeches and/or rhetorical movements.
  5. demonstrate knowledge pertaining to the historical underpinnings of the field of Communication Studies and how historical developments have influenced the current study of communication.
  6. utilize current events as data for analysis of arguments in persuasive communication.
  7. demonstrate an awareness of ethical standards as related to original research.
  8. demonstrate an awareness of ethical standards as they relate to persuasive communication.
  9. recognize the importance of culture and its impact on the reception of communication messages.
  10. demonstrate the ability to adapt the content of an oral performance to the audience.

Graduates of the B.S. Multimedia Journalism program will be able to:

  1. create news stories at a professional level, using appropriate media platforms.
  2. apply critical thinking and problem-solving concepts in selecting relevant sources and collecting information in order to synthesize complex information for mass audiences.
  3. critique and correct news content for accuracy, fairness, grammatical correctness, aesthetic values and appropriateness for diverse audiences.
  4. analyze and evaluate the potential legal and ethical implications of journalistic communication.
  5. differentiate historical and current patterns in media coverage, and to connect those patterns and to assess their relationships to ongoing societal issues.

Students in the B.S. Multimedia Film & Production program will be able to:

  1. employ discipline-specific formatting and writing standards and strategies in composing audio, TV, and film scripts;
  2. identify and employ proper techniques in the utilization of industry standard technology to create effective visual, auditory, and written stories for multiple media platforms;
  3. analyze and evaluate multiple platform productions for content and storytelling effectiveness, as well as for appropriateness to designated audiences, aesthetic values, and/or diverse representation;
  4. identify and analyze historical and/or current influences that have impacted and/or are continually affecting changes in the multimedia industries; and
  5. identify, research, and analyze the influences and role of ethical, legal, and/or social issues within the multimedia discipline.

Students earning the B.S. in Public Relations will:

  1. be able to assess organizational problems and research solutions using primary and secondary methodologies, and will create solutions using appropriate interpersonal and mass media channels.
  2. construct public relations plans and collaterals integrating public relations principles and theories.
  3. be able to connect the historical developments of public relations with current practices.
  4. be able to assess and evaluate key legal concepts and ethical implications related to public relations communication.
  5. be able to design audience analyses for organizational issues, and will be able to suggest and adapt messages designed for a variety of audiences and media.

COMM   1100   Human Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys the historical roots of communication, discusses the encoding and decoding of messages, and introduces the contexts of communication.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   1100S.

COMM   1100S   Human Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys the historical roots of communication, discusses the encoding and decoding of messages, and introduces the contexts of communication.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in WRIT   1101 or ENGL   1101.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   1100.

COMM   1110   Public Speaking

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The critical study and practice of public speaking emphasizing the art of rhetoric from a humanistic perspective. Areas of study include research and preparation, ethics, audience analysis, and presentation of speeches.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   1110H, COMM   1110S.

COMM   1110H   Public Speaking (Honors)

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The critical study and practice of public speaking emphasizing the art of rhetoric from a humanistic perspective. Areas of study include research and preparation, ethics, audience analysis, and presentation of speeches.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   1110, COMM   1110S.

COMM   1110S   Public Speaking

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The critical study and practice of public speaking emphasizing the art of rhetoric from a humanistic perspective. Areas of study include research and preparation, ethics, audience analysis, and presentation of speeches.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   1110, COMM   1110H.

COMM   2332   Media and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to print and electronic mass communications and media-related professions. Surveys the media's historical development in the United States with particular focus on structure, social roles, and related theories. Also considers change factors that can affect the future of media.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   2332S.

COMM   2332S   Media and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to print and electronic mass communications and media-related professions. Surveys the media's historical development in the United States with particular focus on structure, social roles, and related theories. Also considers change factors that can affect the future of media.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   2332.

COMM   3030   Selected Topics In Communication Arts

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of field of Communication Arts. Department approval required.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   3030S.

COMM   3030S   Selected Topics In Communication Arts

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of field of Communication Arts. Department approval required.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   3030.

COMM   3331   Media Criticism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Familiarizes students with dominant paradigms currently used in media studies. Particular emphasis will be given to theories addressing the social context of the media and criticism as a rhetorical act.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   3331S.

COMM   3331S   Media Criticism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course surveys freedom of speech and press and its limitations by laws governing libel, privacy, copyright, contempt, free press, broadcast regulation, fair trial and reporter's shield. Broadcast industry self-regulation and ethical concerns of mass communications will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   3331.

COMM   3332   Voice and Phonetics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

COMM   3336   International Media Systems

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course comparatively studies mass media systems around the world. It analyzes media systems in terms of relevant political, social, economic and cultural factors. Diversity and change in global communication is a main theme. The influence of rapidly-advancing technology is analyzed for its dynamic impact around the world, especially in developing nations.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332.

COMM   3337   Mass Communication Law

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course surveys freedom of speech and press and its limitations by laws governing libel, privacy, copyright, contempt, free press, broadcast regulation, fair trial and reporter's shield. Broadcast industry self-regulation and ethical concerns of mass communications will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332 or COMM   2332S.

COMM   3430   Media Management and Sales

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students will examine the organization and operation of media operations' policies and procedures. Students will also examine media management theory and practice, key media administrator roles, media industry processes and departments, and media manager skills in finances, personnel, programming, promotion/marketing, selling of commercial advertising in media and audience research.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332.

COMM   3431   Digital Media Entrepreneurship

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

aThis course focuses on the business side of the information business, specifically digital media startups. As part of this course, students develop an original idea for a digitally-based media startup, research and analyze the potential market for the startup, and develop a basic media business. This course would also look at the behavior of entrepreneurs, but will be focused more on media entrepreneurs and the development of student ideas into potential media startup projects.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332.

COMM   3433   Comic Book Writing in American Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Investigates multiple dimensions of and models for comic book writing as it traces the medium's history, development of new genres, and narrative conventions since its origins in the 1930s. Teaches the comic book's use of iconography, cultural tropes, and cognitive closure in the construction of sequential narratives.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101, WRIT   1101, ENGL   1102.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   3433.

COMM   3530   Media Ethics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course involves the study of moral and professional conduct within various mass communication contexts and provides students with the ability to recognize and confront potential ethical, diversity and shifting cultural issues as journalists and media consumers.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332.

COMM   4330   History of Mass Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course surveys the history of newspapers, magazines, radio and television, and web media content with emphasis upon their correlation with political, social and economic trends in America.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332 and Junior standing.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   4330S.

COMM   4330S   History of Mass Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course surveys the history of newspapers, magazines, radio and television, and web media content with emphasis upon their correlation with political, social and economic trends in America.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332 and Junior standing.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   4330.

COMM   4331   Gender, Media, and Representation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on three basic areas with regard to women and media: 1) the representation of women in the media; 2) the status of women as media professionals; 3) the ways women make use of media as audience members.

Cross Listing(s): WGST   4331, COMM   4331.

COMM   4331S   Gender, Media and Rep

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on three basic areas with regard to women and media: 1) the representation of women in the media; 2) the status of women as media professionals; 3) the ways women make use of media as audience members.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332.

Cross Listing(s): WGST   4331, COMM   4331.

COMM   4332   Contemporary Communication Application

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers analysis of a selected contemporary topic in communication. Includes discussion of appropriate communication models and their analytical application to the selected topic. May be repeated a maximum of two times for credit. Department approval required.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   4332S.

COMM   4332S   Contemporary Communication Application

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers analysis of a selected contemporary topic in communication. The course includes discussion of appropriate communications models and their analytical application to the selected topic. The course may be repeated a maximum of two times for credit. Department approval required.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   4332.

COMM   4333   Theories of Mass Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the development of mass media systems and the resulting theoretical perspectives. Encourages theory application as means of understanding and explaining what happens to us individually and as members of a society as mass communication became possible and now as media systems are being adapted.

Prerequisite(s): COMM   2332.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   4333S.

COMM   4333S   Theories of Mass Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the development of mass media systems and the resulting theoretical perspectives. Encourages theory application as means of understanding and explaining what happens to us individually and as members of a society as mass communication became possible and now as media systems are being adapted.

Prerequisite(s): COMM   2332.

Cross Listing(s): COMM   4333.

COMM   4334   Advanced Law and Ethics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides an evaluation of contemporary media regulations/law and ethical issues by way of case analysis along with the study of the evolution of media regulation for understanding of past, present, and future media performance.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   3337.

COMS   1711   Communication Studies Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.

COMS   2330   Introduction to Communication Research

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the professional literature in communication and examines the major paradigms used in communication research. The students will gain practical experience using formal research styles.

COMS   2711   Communication Studies Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.

COMS   3030   Selected Topics in Communication Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of communication studies. Departmental approval required.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3030S.

COMS   3030S   Selected Topics in Communication Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of speech Communication. Departmental approval required.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3030.

COMS   3330   Health Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Applies various communication theories to the health care community. The impact of health communication in different contextual levels, i.e., interpersonal, group, organizational, mass and cultural will be examined.

COMS   3331   Argumentation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the function and structure of argumentation by focusing on the critical analysis of argument around important issues in public policy, science, law, religion and politics.

COMS   3332   Small Group Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the increasing importance of communication in small group situations. Communication in group roles, relationships, leadership, conflict, group discussion and reflective decision making, will be highlighted.

Prerequisite(s): COMM   1100 or COMM   1110.

COMS   3333   Communication and Gender

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the literature of gender and communication. Considers how men's and women's self-perceptions and resulting communication patterns evolve as a function of cultural influences.

Cross Listing(s): WGST   3333.

COMS   3334   Communicating in the Workplace

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Considers the theoretical and practical challenges existing in a variety of workplace communication scenarios ranging from interviews and group interaction and structure through oral presentations supplemented by a variety of modern media.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3334S.

COMS   3334S   Communicating in the Workplace

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Considers the theoretical and practical challenges existing in a variety of workplace communication scenarios ranging from interviews and group interaction and structure through oral presentations supplemented by a variety of modern media.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3334.

COMS   3335   Interpersonal Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Considers current interpersonal research emphasizing practical analysis for how we communicate and form interpersonal relationships.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "D" in COMM   1100.

COMS   3336   Introduction to Performance Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the performance process in relation to the cultural values communicated in social and artistic forms. An introduction to folklore, storytelling, and solo performance.

COMS   3337   Persuasion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Considers the ethics, philosophies, theories, and techniques of persuasion from the points of view of both senders and receivers of persuasive messages.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "D" in COMM   1110.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3337S.

COMS   3337S   Persuasion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Considers the ethics, philosophies, theories, and techniques of persuasion from the points of view of both senders and receivers of persuasive messages.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "D" in COMM   1110.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3337.

COMS   3338   Rhetorical Criticism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the major perspectives and approaches used in the practice of rhetorical criticism through the analysis of various rhetorical forms, including public speeches, drama and entertainment, tradition and ideology.

COMS   3339   Intercultural Communications

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will focus on the different contexts in which culture influences the communication process. Aspects of communication such as language, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, and organizations will be examined across different cultures. Students will strive to understand the impact of culture on perception, social identity, values, and structures of power. Intercultural, cross-cultural, and multicultural contexts for communication will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "D" in COMM   1100 or COMM   1110.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3339S.

COMS   3339S   Intercultural Communications

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will focus on the different contexts in which culture influences the communication process. Aspects of communication such as language, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, and organizations will be examined across different cultures. Students will strive to understand the impact of culture on perception, social identity, values, and structures of power. Intercultural, cross-cultural, and multicultural contexts for communication will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "D" in COMM   1100 or COMM   1110.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3339.

COMS   3430   Communication and Leadership

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course covers the theories and practices associated with leadership in groups and organizations. Focuses on interactive aspects of leading and following, and developing leadership skills from a communication perspective. Topics will include perspectives of a leader's communication interactions with regard to: change, culture, decision making, diversity, ethics, followership, groups and teams, influence, organizations, and styles.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   1100.

COMS   3711   Communication Studies Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.

COMS   4330   Rhetoric of International Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the discourse of international relations from a rhetorical perspective. Emphasizes the analysis and criticism of persuasive messages used in international relations from Aristotelian, Neo-Aristotelian, dramastic and narrative rhetorical theoretical bases.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4330.

COMS   4330S   Rhetoric of Intl Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the discourse of international relations from a rhetorical perspective. Emphasizes the analysis and criticism of persuasive messages used in international relations from Aristotelian, Neo-Aristotelian, dramastic and narrative rhetorical theoretical bases.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   4330,INTS   4330.

COMS   4331   Communication and Conflict

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the theory and practice of conflict management in personal and professional relationships.

COMS   4332   Political Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Emphasizes the role and the function of communication in the political setting. Examines theories of political communication and their application to political campaigns, debates, and speech writing.

COMS   4333   General Semantics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Studies the relationship between symbols and meaning in the tradition established by Alfred Korzybski. Focuses on signs and symbols and their implications on nonverbal and oral communication.

Cross Listing(s): LING   4333.

COMS   4334   Communication Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to major approaches in the development of communication theory with emphasis on various communication contexts, e.g.; interpersonal, group, organization, mass media, intercultural.

Prerequisite(s): A Minimum Grade of "C" in COMS   2330 OR PRCA   4330.

COMS   4336   Performance, Culture, Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Presents performance techniques relevant to scripting and staging of presentational ensemble and solo performance. Emphasizes performance as a communicative act in social and cultural contexts. Introduces personal narrative construction and oral history interviewing as primary research methods.

COMS   4337   Rhetoric of Social Movements

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the rhetorical significance of selected social movements including labor reform, civil rights, and environment protection, emphasizing the analysis of persuasive social movement discourse.

Cross Listing(s): AAST   4337.

COMS   4338   Organizational Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explains the role and effects of communication in everyday organizational life. Includes interpersonal communication in the workplace, leadership, organizational communication and climate, motivation and flow of information in organizations.

COMS   4339   Philosophy of Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the contributions of philosophical debate from logical positivism through hermeneutics to the discipline of human communication studies.

COMS   4711   Communication Studies Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.

COMS   4791   Communication Studies Internship

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides practical experience in a professional setting appropriate for a student trained in communication studies. Will be under the supervision of a skilled practitioner in the particular area of communication. May be taken only by Communication Studies majors. A maximum of three hours may be applied to the major.

Prerequisite(s): COMM   1110, junior or senior standing, and departmental approval.

COMS   4831   Directed Study in Communication Studies

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers students opportunities to design and conduct directed research and/or projects in specialized communication studies areas. Must be approved in advance by instructor and department chair. This course may not be used to replace an existing course in the catalog.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval required.

FILM   2331   Introduction to Film Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces the creative elements of cinema including screen writing, performance, cinematography, editing, sound, and directing. Selected films will be screened and analyzed.

Cross Listing(s): FILM   2331S.

FILM   2331S   Introduction to Film Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces the creative elements of cinema including screen writing, performance, cinematography, editing, sound, and directing. Selected films will be screened and analyzed.

Cross Listing(s): FILM   2331.

FILM   3030   Selected Topics in Film

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers various courses in specialty areas of film studies.

Prerequisite(s): FILM   2331.

FILM   3030S   Selected Topics in Film

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers various courses in specialty areas of film studies.

Prerequisite(s): FILM   2331.

FILM   3331   History of American Film

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys the history of American film recognizing the influence of international cinema upon American film. Selected films of historical significance will be screened and analyzed.

Cross Listing(s): FILM   3331S.

FILM   3331S   History of American Film

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys the history of American film recognizing the influence of international cinema upon American film. Selected films of historical significance will be screened and analyzed.

Cross Listing(s): FILM   3331.

FILM   3332   Documentary Film

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores the documentary film genre as an art form and as a medium of communication. Landmark documentary films will be screened and analyzed.

Prerequisite(s): FILM   2331.

Cross Listing(s): FILM   3332S.

FILM   3332S   Documentary Film

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores the documentary film genre as an art form and as a medium of communication. Landmark documentary films will be screened and analyzed.

Prerequisite(s): FILM   2331.

Cross Listing(s): FILM   3332.

FILM   3333   Art of Film

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides detailed analysis of selected masterpiece films emphasizing aesthetics.

Prerequisite(s): FILM   2331.

FILM   3333S   Art of Film

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides detailed analysis of selected masterpiece films emphasizing aesthetics.

Prerequisite(s): FILM   2331.

MMFP   2331   Media Production I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This introductory course teaches the basic principles and essential tools of visual production through the use of camera, lighting, editing and storyboarding. Students are expected to participate in laboratory activities and will produce a limited number of short form productions.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332.

MMFP   2335   Introduction to Media Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides foundational principles and techniques in a variety of applications of multimedia writing.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332.

Corequisite(s): MMFP   2336.

MMFP   2336   Audio Production and Sound Design

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Audio Production and Sound Design is a skills based course that introduces students to basic recording techniques, audio editing and sound design for multimedia outlets including radio, television, film and internet. Students are required to write scripts that will be used in production assignments. This course focuses on the role of audio in media storytelling.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332.

Corequisite(s): MMFP   2335.

MMFP   3030   Selected Multimedia Topics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course offers various topics in specialized areas of multimedia study.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   2331 or Permission of Instructor and Departmental approval.

MMFP   3234   Directing For Screen

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Students will learn the techniques for working with actors for screen performance with particular focus on film acting. Auditioning, screen tests, and casting will also be discussed. Students will direct a minimum of three individual scenes for video.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   3331.

MMFP   3331   Media Production II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is a production course that further advances storytelling, including all steps of the production process: planning, management, time line, shot scripting, location lighting, sound, and aesthetic enhancement. Students will work individually and collaboratively in the creation of short and longer form productions.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   2331 and MMFP   2336 or MMJ   3231.

MMFP   3431   Broadcast Performance

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Broadcast Performance provides a student with techniques to become a more effective oral and visual communicator. Course content includes techniques in analyzing and improving voice, pronunciation, inflection and articulation. Students will also learn announcing techniques that are required in a variety of applications, such as news reporting, commercial delivery, interviewing, sports casting and narration.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   1110 and MMFP   2336 or MMJ   3231.

MMFP   3436   Advanced Audio Production

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Advanced Audio Production introduces students to advanced recording and audio editing techniques. Students will plan, develop and produce a wide range of audio production types in long-form areas such as news, documentary, or uses of music and special effects to support drama and/or visual sound track activities. Final projects are expected to be of the quality necessary for public airing and submission to competitions.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   2331 and MMFP   2335 and MMFP   2336.

MMFP   3531   Screenwriting for Film and Television

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Students will demonstrate the ability to develop scripted film and television content utilizing industry standard formatting. Students will further demonstrate the ability to adapt scripted film and television content for diverse audiences. The course work will include written assignments, critiques and revisions leading to the completion of original scripts.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   2335.

MMFP   3533   Narrative Film Production

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Collaborating in small crews of four or five, students produce and edit original short fictional film and television content, based on scripts developed in previous major courses. Students demonstrate the ability to wear multiple technical and aesthetic hats when performing crewmember positions in independent style productions. Course work will investigate the multiple safety and operational functions of crew positions as well as independent alternatives to the Hollywood genre, blockbuster, and large-scale production systems.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   3331.

MMFP   4090   Multimedia Applications

1-2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is a laboratory course in which multimedia majors utilize and refine knowledge attained in previous courses to produce professional-quality audio, video or film productions. Students produce projects and work collaboratively with classmates in meeting deadlines and producing materials that are suitable for distribution via campus broadcast or Web outlets. Students must complete a minimum of two semesters in the course, with the first semester equating to one hour of course credit, and the second semester to two hours -- for a total of three hours of course credit.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   3331.

MMFP   4135   Lighting and Cinematography

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Through lecture, readings, screenings, discussions, workshops and hands-on projects, this course teaches advanced techniques and styles of lighting and cinematography. Classes explore the language and aesthetics of visual storytelling and ways in which movement, lenses, exposure, lighting setups, camera settings and post production techniques affect the digital image. Over the course of the semester, students will shoot footage with the goal of producing a professional portfolio of work.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   2331 and MMFP   3331.

MMFP   4331   Sports Production

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Sports Production provides a student with the techniques to produce/direct video productions of live sporting events along with the skills needed to operate the equipment associated with such productions. Course content includes techniques for producing/directing, operations of cameras, audio mixing, graphic replay, and switching equipment for a variety of live sports video coverage.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: MMFP   2331 and MMFP   2336 and MMJ   3231 or MMFP   3331.

MMFP   4335   Documentary Writing and Production

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Through lecture, readings, screenings, discussions, workshops and hands-on projects, this course focuses on the aesthetic and technical fundamentals of documentary writing and production. Students will engage in theoretical and ethical issues of documentary and gain practical experience by researching, writing, planning and producing an original documentary project.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   2335 and MMFP   3331.

MMFP   4337   Digital Media Post Production

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Through lecture, readings, screenings discussions, workshops and hands-on projects, this course teaches advanced concepts and techniques in non-linear digital video editing. Over the course of the semester, students will edit a variety of fiction and non-fiction film and video projects and gain practical post production experience including audio sweetening, color correction and special effects. Productions will be suitable for television and Web broadcast.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   3331.

MMFP   4431   Senior Project I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is the first course in an advanced two-semester sequence in which each student works as part of a team in the creation of a radio documentary, corporate training or narrative film, or TV pilot or documentary. This course focuses on production conceptualization, scriptwriting and storyboarding, production management, set and costume design and a creation of a production timeline. In addition, students will submit a portfolio and production reel of their previous work and pass a comprehensive exam that documents their grasp of knowledge and skills they have learned during their four-year program of study.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   3331.

MMFP   4432   Senior Project II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is the second course in an advanced two course sequence in which each student works as part of a team in the completion of an audio documentary, corporate training or narrative film, or TV pilot or documentary. Students will audio record and edit and/or video shoot and edit, create a business and marketing plan, develop a promotional website and premier the work at a public screening.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   4431.

MMFP   4791   Multimedia Film or Production Internship

3,6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This optional internship is open only to MMC majors who have earned 2.75 total institution GPA. Faculty will place student applicants in approved electronic media facility. This course requires 300 clock hours of approved and supervised site activity during the semester. A maximum of six hours of internship credit may be applied toward the MMC major.

Prerequisite(s): Department approval.

MMFP   4792   Multimedia Film or Production Internship

3,6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This internship course is open to MMC majors who have earned a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Faculty will place student applicants in approved media facilities. Students must complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised work during the semester and a research paper to qualify for credit.

Prerequisite(s): 2.75 cumulative GPA and department approval.

MMFP   4891   Directed Multimedia Study

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Students conduct in-depth research and produce a multimedia project, such as a term paper, audio or video production or web content. Students may enroll for one to three hours of credit and may take the course more than once, but not for a credit hour total that exceeds three hours. The course design must be approved by the instructor and the department chair before course registration. This course cannot replace required major courses, but may be utilized as an upper division major elective credit.

Prerequisite(s): 2.75 cumulative GPA and department approval.

MMJ   2331   Introduction to Journalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an introductory study of the role of journalism with fundamental instruction and practice in writing across multiple platforms.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in ENGL   1101 or WRIT   1101.

MMJ   3030   Selected Topics in Multimedia Journalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course covers other various topics in specialty areas of multimedia journalism.

Prerequisite(s): Department approval.

Cross Listing(s): MMJ   3030S.

MMJ   3030S   Selected Topics in MMJ

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course covers other various topics in specialty areas of multimedia journalism.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

Cross Listing(s): MMJ   3030.

MMJ   3231   Audio Production for Journalists

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Audio Production for Journalists is a skills-based course that introduces students to basic field and studio recording techniques, audio editing, and sound design for multimedia journalism outlets including radio, television, and the internet. Students are required to write news scripts that will be used in production assignments. This course focuses on the role of audio in journalistic storytelling.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   2332.

MMJ   3331   News Reporting and Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides theory, instruction and practice in a variety of news gathering and writing forms and independent assignments, including writing for print, broadcast and online platforms.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   2331.

MMJ   3332   Feature Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students survey the gathering and writing of various forms of feature stories and in-depth news feature stories.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   2331.

MMJ   3332S   Feature Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students survey the gathering and writing of various forms of feature stories and in-depth news feature stories.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   2331.

MMJ   3333   Photojournalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides theory, instruction and practice in the process of photography for the print and digital media, with special emphasis on gathering and editing pictorial material for print and online platforms.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   2331.

MMJ   3335   Copy Editing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides instruction and practice in the fundamentals of news editing, including copy editing, grammar, journalistic style, headline writing, photo editing and basic typography.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   2331.

MMJ   3631   Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course orients students to multimedia communication and discusses how multimedia communication is changing journalism. It offers students theory, instruction and practice in the foundational tools of digital storytelling.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   2331.

Cross Listing(s): MMJ   3631S.

MMJ   3631S   Fundamentals of MMJ

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course orients students to multimedia communication and discusses how multimedia communication is changing journalism. It offers students theory, instruction and practice in the foundational tools of digital storytelling.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   2331.

Cross Listing(s): MMJ   3631.

MMJ   3711   Multimedia Journalism Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides limited supervised experience through appropriate on-campus media outlets where students are required to produce several publishable news stories regarding a variety of topics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   3331.

MMJ   4190   Multimedia Journalism Applications

1,2 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   3,6 Lab Hours.

This lab-based course provides students hands-on experience producing video and audio news content for distribution through university-based media outlets and/or the Internet. MMJ majors must complete a minimum of two semesters of work in the course, with the first semester equating to one hour of course credit, and the second semester equating to two hours.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMFP   3331 and MMJ   3231 and MMJ   3331.

MMJ   4332   Sports Journalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the theory, instruction and practice of sports journalism across multimedia platforms. Course topics include game coverage, sports-related features, sports columns and sports analysis.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   3331.

MMJ   4333   Opinion Journalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students analyze the principles and roles of the various forms of opinion in journalism. This course offers practice in multi-platform opinion research and writing.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   3331.

MMJ   4334   Magazine Writing and Editing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides instruction in magazine writing with an emphasis on writing magazine articles of varying lengths and instruction in editing, layout and design.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   3331.

MMJ   4335   Public Interest Journalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the theory, instruction and practice of in-depth and public service reporting, which is designed to reveal hidden and/or systemic problems within a community and to serve audience needs for quality information on matters of public concern. Students produce multi-platform pieces on an issue of public interest.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   3331.

MMJ   4336   Online Journalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the theory, instruction and practice of news delivery over the Internet. Students will practice real time reporting and writing on the Internet utilizing multimedia elements. This is not a traditional journalism course offered online, but a course which teaches students to publish news on an Internet-based news outlet.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   3331 and MMJ   3631.

MMJ   4337   STEM Journalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the theory, instruction and practice of multimedia journalistic coverage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Journalism related to health and the environment will also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   3331.

MMJ   4721   Multimedia Journalism Practicum

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

MMJ This course augments the training first provided in MMJ   3711 - Multimedia Journalism Practicum by offering additional and enhanced opportunities to develop primary journalistic skills through work on/with on-campus media outlets.

Prerequisite(s): MMJ   3711, departmental approval required.

MMJ   4791   Multimedia Journalism Internship

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides multimedia journalism majors with supervised practical experience on a full-time basis at an approved media site. All students are required to earn a C in MMJ   3331 before applying for an internship. A maximum of three hours of internship credit may be applied to the MMJ degree program.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   3331 and departmental approval required.

MMJ   4792   Multimedia Journalism Internship

6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides journalism majors with supervised practical experience on a full-time basis at an approved media site. All students are required to earn a C in MMJ   3331 before applying for an internship. Students are limited to applying three hours of internship credit toward their degree.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   3331 and departmental approval.

MMJ   4831   Directed Study in Multimedia Journalism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Students conduct in-depth studies of issues associated with multimedia journalism.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval required.

PRCA   2330   Introduction to Public Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces the history, theories, and principles of public relations, and the role and practice of public relations in various organizational contexts.

Prerequisite(s): COMM   2332.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   2330S.

PRCA   2330S   Intro to PR

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces the history, theories, and principles of public relations, and the role and practice of public relations in various organizational contexts.

Prerequisite(s): COMM   2332.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   2330.

PRCA   3030   Selected Topics in Public Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of Public Relations.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, departmental approval required.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   3030S.

PRCA   3030S   Selected Topics in Public Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of Public Relations.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, departmental approval required.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   3030.

PRCA   3330   Public Relations Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students examine writing techniques employed in media management programs including the strategic design and development of multimedia messages and message dissemination.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   2331, PRCA   2330.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   3330S.

PRCA   3330S   PR Writing

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students examine writing techniques employed in media management programs including the strategic design and development of multimedia messages and message dissemination.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MMJ   2331, PRCA   2330.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   3330.

PRCA   3331   Corporate Public Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the role of public relations within a corporation and its responsibilities in developing and maintaining external and internal relations.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330.

PRCA   3332   Public Relations Event Management

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides students with the opportunity to learn and implement planning techniques and strategies unique to events. Special emphasis will be placed on non-profit creation of an event to meet organizational goals.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PRCA   3330.

PRCA   3333   International Public Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces the performance of public relations in international contexts. Consideration will be given to the political, economic, social, and historical contexts affecting public relations practices. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction between government and public relations.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3333, PRCA   3333S.

PRCA   3333S   International Public Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces the performance of public relations in international contexts. Consideration will be given to the political, economic, social, and historical contexts affecting public relations practices. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction between government and public relations.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   3333, PRCA   3333.

PRCA   3334   Social Media and Public Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides students the opportunity to learn about and create specialized organizational print and online publications such as brochures and newsletters.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, PRCA   3330.

PRCA   3339   Public Relations Publications

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides students the opportunity to learn about and create specialized organizational print and online publications such as brochures and newsletters.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, PRCA   3330.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   3339S.

PRCA   3339S   Public Relations Publications

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides students the opportunity to learn about and create specialized organizational print and online publications such as brochures and newsletters.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, PRCA   3330.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   3339.

PRCA   3711   Public Relations Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides limited practical experience in public relations projects in either an academic or a professional setting. A maximum of four hours may be applied toward a degree.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   3330.

PRCA   4330   Public Relations Research

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores the role of public opinion in public relations. Students will gather, analyze and use qualitative and quantitative audience research as part of a public relations program.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330.

PRCA   4331   Public Relations Firms

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Reviews the evolution and management of public relations firms, and principals involved in counseling clients.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   3330.

PRCA   4332   Public Relations Crisis Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides understanding of how crises affect an organization's public relations efforts. Students will learn strategies for anticipating crises and developing communications responses.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   3330.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   4332S.

PRCA   4332S   PR Crisis Comm

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides understanding of how crises affect an organization's public relations efforts. Students will learn strategies for anticipating crises and developing communications responses.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   3330.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   4332.

PRCA   4335   Senior Seminar in Public Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines ethical issues and current topics in the practice of public relations.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, PRCA   3330, PRCA   4330.

PRCA   4339   Public Relations Campaign Strategies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An advanced course in which students analyze cases and apply principles, processes, and theories of public relations to the execution of campaigns.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, PRCA   3330, PRCA   4330.

PRCA   4711   Public Relations Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides limited practical experience in public relations projects in either an academic or a professional setting. A maximum of four hours may be applied toward a degree.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   3330.

PRCA   4791   Public Relations Internship

3-12 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides practical experience in a professional public relations setting with public relations practitioner supervision. May be taken only by public relations majors.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   3330.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   4791S.

PRCA   4791S   PR Internship

3-12 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides practical experience in a professional public relations setting with public relations practitioner supervision. May be taken only by public relations majors.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   3330.

Cross Listing(s): PRCA   4791.

PRCA   4792   Public Relations Internship

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   15 Lab Hours.

Provides practical experience in a professional public relations setting with public relations practitioner supervision. May be taken only by public relations majors.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, PRCA   3330.

PRCA   4793   Public Relations Internship

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides practical experience in a professional public relations setting with public relations practitioner supervision. May be taken only by public relations majors.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, PRCA   3330.

PRCA   4794   Public Relations Internship

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   15 Lab Hours.

Provides practical experience in a professional public relations setting with public relations practitioner supervision. May be taken only by public relations majors.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, PRCA   3330.

PRCA   4831   Directed Study in Public Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers students opportunities to design and conduct independent research and/or projects in specialized public relations areas. May be taken only once.

Prerequisite(s): PRCA   2330, departmental approval required.

THEA   1100   Theatre Appreciation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introductory study of theatre as an art form and practical act, this course provides students with a foundation for the understanding and analysis of the theatrical event.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   1100S.

THEA   1100S   Theatre Appreciation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introductory study of dramatic literature and its relationship to the theatrical arts including set, costume, lighting design, acting, and directing.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   1100.

THEA   1250   Introduction to Production Concepts

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces students to the principles of script analysis for use in the study of play texts, and the development of design and directorial concepts. Script analysis skills are developed through a combination of written and oral work, while the collaborative nature of theatre is explored through group development of production concepts.

THEA   2332   Stagecraft

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces students to the basic principles of scenic construction styles, stage lighting and costume construction, models the safe working habits appropriate to each production area, and familiarizes students with the tools and equipment of each area. Upon completion, the student will be able to identify stage equipment, construction methods, and materials used in each production area.

THEA   2333   Fundamentals of Acting

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course introduces the beginning performer to the basic tools of acting, including physical and vocal techniques, character development, and rehearsal and staging methods, through exercises and scene study.

THEA   2711   Theatre Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course provides students with opportunities to take an active part in a theatrical production. A maximum of three hours may apply toward a degree. Thirty hours of clock work will equal one hour of credit.

THEA   3030   Selected Topics in Theatre

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course offers study in various specialized theatrical subjects. Topics taught may include Property Design and Construction, Advanced Makeup, and Devised Theatre, in addition to others which may be offered.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3030S.

THEA   3030S   Selected Topics in Theatre

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas in the field of Theatre.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3030.

THEA   3131   Stage Makeup

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course offers students an introduction to make-up materials and techniques of application. Included with the basic techniques will be working with aging, wounds, scars, prosthetics, and other types of make-up.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   1250 or by permission of the instructor.

THEA   3230   Voice for the Stage

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

Students will participate in alignment exercises, de-structuring and re-structuring breath for optimum resonance, projection and voice control, will use articulation drills, learn the International Phonetic Alphabet for use in accent work, and will study scansion and text imaging work for Shakespeare.

THEA   3230S   Voice for the Stage

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

Students will participate in alignment exercises, de-structuring and re-structuring breath for optimum resonance, projection and voice control, will use articulation drills, learn the International Phonetic Alphabet for use in accent work, and will study scansion and text imaging work for Shakespeare.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3230.

THEA   3231   Movement for the Actor

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course introduces students to various movement techniques used in the theatre. These techniques address issues including range of motion, flexibility, and the ability to create and inhabit physical characterizations.

THEA   3232   Vectorworks for the Stage

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce the student to concepts of 2D and 3D computer-aided design techniques used in theatre and the entertainment industry. This course is designed to move from understanding basic graphic layouts to advanced 2D/3D environment creation, while providing foundational knowledge for creating and understanding ground plans, elevations, construction drawings, perspective renderings, and lighting plots.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   1250, THEA   2332 or permission of instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3232H.

THEA   3232H   Vectorworks for Stage Honors

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce the student to various 2D and 3D computer aided drafting techniques used in the theatre. These techniques are intended to increase the individual's ability to present construction drawings, elevations, ground plans and lighting plots for industry needs.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   2332.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3232.

THEA   3233   Audition and the Business of Acting

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to develop audition skills needed for graduate school and professional auditions. Topics will include monolog selection and preparation, cold readings, sight reading, and scene preparation. In addition, students will learn about headshots, resumes, unions, and the business side of the theatre profession.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   2333.

THEA   3234   Acting for the Screen

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

In this course, students will learn acting techniques specific to film and video.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   2333.

THEA   3330   Acting: Scene Study

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course broadens student understanding of the craft of acting. Special emphasis will be placed on character study utilizing various forms of text analysis and performance styles.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   2333 or Permission of Instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3330S.

THEA   3330S   Acting: Scene Study

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course broadens student understanding of the craft of acting. Special emphasis will be placed on character study utilizing various forms of text analysis and performance styles.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   2333 or Permission of Instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3330.

THEA   3332   African American Theatre

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Investigates the contributions of black playwrights, actors, and directors to American theatre.

Cross Listing(s): AAST   3332.

THEA   3333   Irish Theatre

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Studies the theatre of Ireland from the Abbey Theatre through the present. Covers Irish theatre movement and plays by significant playwrights from W.B. Yeats to Brian Friel.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3333S, IRSH   3333.

THEA   3333S   Irish Theatre

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Studies the theatre of Ireland from the Abbey Theatre through the present. Covers Irish theatre movement and plays by significant playwrights from W.B. Yeats to Brian Friel.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3333, IRSH   3333.

THEA   3336   Theatre Management

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides students with an introductory study of the principles and practices of theatrical management. Provides a systematic examination of the role of the theatre stage manager.

THEA   3337   Play Directing

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course instructs students and allows practice in staging techniques, textual analysis, conceptualization, communication with actors and designers, issues in casting, and rehearsal techniques as applied to directing for the theatre.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   1250, THEA   2333.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3337H.

THEA   3337H   Play Directing Honors

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Includes conceptualization, communication with actors and designers, and casting and rehearsal techniques necessary to stage a play for the theatre.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   1250, THEA   2333.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   3337.

THEA   3338   Rehearsal and Performance

1-3 Credit Hours.   1-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will enable a student to receive credit for intensive participation in a theatrical production over the course of a 4-to-7 week period. The student will participate in a number of different activities: acting, set design and construction, costume design and construction, lighting design and implementation, publicity, stage management, property design and construction, house management, and others.

THEA   3711   Practicum: Professional Development

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to guide upper-division theatre majors in refining their focus(es) in theatre practice (acting, directing, design/technology, dramaturgy, or another area). This course will emphasize preparation of portfolios appropriate to the student's area of focus. In addition, students will identify and pursue graduate, internship, and/or professional opportunities.

THEA   4330   Theatre History I: Origins to 1700

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course surveys the development of theatrical practice and dramatic literature from its origins to around 1700. The history of acting, directing, stage design, production methods, and the physical spaces of theatre will be addressed, in addition to the examination of representative play texts. This course will include the study of ritual and Non-Western theatrical genres.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   1250 or Permission of Instructor.

THEA   4331   Theatre History II: 1700 to Contemporary

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course surveys the development of theatrical practice and dramatic literature from 1700 to emerging 21st century patterns. The history of acting, directing, stage design, production methods, and the physical spaces of theatre will be addressed, in addition to the examination of representative play texts.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   1250 or Permission of Instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4331S.

THEA   4331S   Theatre History II: 1700 to Contemporary

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course surveys the development of theatrical practice and dramatic literature from 1700 to emerging 21st century patterns. The history of acting, directing, stage design, production methods, and the physical spaces of theatre will be addressed, in addition to the examination of representative play texts.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   1250 or Permission of Instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4331.

THEA   4332   Children's Theatre and Storytelling

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines play theory, storytelling, and creative drama techniques for the staging of plays with and for children.

THEA   4333   Acting Styles

3 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course introduces students to a variety of specialized period acting styles including, but not limited to, techniques for performing Shakespeare, Restoration comedy, Brecht/Epic Theatre, and Beckett/Theatre of the Absurd.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   2333 or Permission of Instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4333S.

THEA   4333S   Acting Styles

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Specialized study of the techniques needed to perform in a particular style of theatre or in the work of a particular playwright. Topics include Shakespeare and verse drama, Brecht and Epic theatre, improvisational comedy, and Greek and Roman tragedy. May be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   2333 or Permission of Instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4333.

THEA   4334   Drama in Performance

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the relationship between the play in performance and the dramatic text with special attention to historical theories of acting which influence the literary works.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4334S.

THEA   4334S   Drama in Performance

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the relationship between the play in performance and the dramatic text with special attention to historical theories of acting which influence the literary works.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4334.

THEA   4335   Scene Design

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce students to the visual and spatial communication tools of scene design, paying particular attention to the way design enhances performance and comments on a production's thematic content. The course focuses on script analysis, research and its interpretation, the designer's process and responsibilities, and the presentation of ideas to a production team. The visual tools of communication taught will include research presentations, sketching, rendering, and model making.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   2332, THEA   1250.

THEA   4336   Lighting Design

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides students with an in-depth survey of the theory and practice of lighting for a variety of stages including proscenium, thrust, and arena stage production. A practical study of the equipment and the aesthetics of lighting for the theatre.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   2332, THEA   1250.

THEA   4337   Costume Design

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides students with an in-depth survey of the theory and practice of costume design. The course relies on textual analysis to create character through clothing, introduces students to the aesthetic principles of costume design, develops basic figure drawings and color media skills, and applies those skills and principles via the creation of costume renderings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   2332 and THEA   1250.

THEA   4338   Seminar: World Theatre

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is a study of one of the forms of theater engaged in by different cultures around the world. Each course will focus on one specific area of theater chosen from: People's Theatre, Russian Theatre, Asian Theatre, Classic Greek Theatre, Neo-Classic Theatre, or some other area within the Instructor's expertise.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4338S.

THEA   4338S   Seminar: World Theatre

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is a study of one of the forms of theatre engaged in by different cultures around the world. Each course will focus on one specific area of theatre chosen from: People's Theatre, Russian Theatre, Asian Theatre, Classic Greek Theatre, Golden Age Theatre, Neo-Classic Theatre, or some other area within the Instructor's expertise.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4338.

THEA   4711   Practicum: Capstone

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   2 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to allow upper-division theatre majors to complete a Capstone project appropriate to their focus (acting, directing, design/technology, dramaturgy, or another area). Students will engage directly with the production season of the Program and will complete a thesis reflecting on their process and work product.

THEA   4831   Directed Study in Theatre

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Permits students to conduct in-depth study of issues associated with theatre. This course cannot be used to replace existing courses in the catalog. Must be approved by the department chair and the instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4831H, THEA   4831S.

THEA   4831H   Directed Study in Theatre

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Permits students to conduct in-depth study of issues associated with theatre. This course cannot be used to replace existing courses in the catalog. Must be approved by the department chair and the instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4831, THEA   4831S.

THEA   4831S   Directed Study in Theatre

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Permits students to conduct in-depth study of issues associated with theatre. This course cannot be used to replace existing courses in the catalog. Must be approved by the department chair and the instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   4831, THEA   4831H.

THEA   5530   Playwriting

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course involves the study, analysis, and practice in the art and craft of writing plays for the stage.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in THEA   1250 or Permission of Instructor.

Cross Listing(s): THEA   5530G.

Chair(s): PAMELA G. BOURLAND-DAVIS

Professor(s): PAMELA G. BOURLAND-DAVIS, GARY E. DARTT (Emeritus), REED W. SMITH

Associate Professor(s): LISA L. ABBOTT, KELLY S. BERRY, ABBY M. BROOKS, CHRIS B. GEYERMAN, BEVERLY L. GRAHAM, JAMES HARBOUR (Emeritus), RICHARD B. JOHNSON (Emeritus), REBECCA M. KENNERLY, SARAH McCARROLL, ERNEST TILLMAN WYATT (Emeritus)

Assistant Professor(s): BEOM J. BAE, SUSAN CAMILLE BROADWAY, DEAN C. CUMMINGS, MATTHEW M. HASHIGUCHI, ABBEY HOEKZEMA, DONALD JASON KNOWLES, JENNIFER MARIE KOWALEWSKI, NICHOLAS D. NEWELL, MELANIE L. STONE, PATRICK G. WHEATON, MICAL WHITAKER (Emeritus)

Senior Lecturer(s): MICHELLE DAWN GROOVER, MELISSA SUZANNE PLEW

Lecturer(s): SHANA MARIE BRIDGES, HALEY J. HIGGS

Limited-Term Instructor(s): JOEL W. BOYTER, TYSON T. DAVIS, GINA GERMANI, LISA K. LUNSFORD MULLER, MICHAEL McILVAIN, ROBERT G. TODD