Communicating Arts

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Beth Austin, Senior Lecturer- Distance Learning: Media
Keith Berry, Associate Professor - Communication
Martha J. Einerson, Professor - Communication
Cathy A. Fank, Associate Professor - Theatre
Tara M. Kachgal, Assistant Professor - Media
Ephraim Nikoi, Assistant Professor - Communication
Brent Notbohm, Associate Professor - Media
Thomas Notton, Senior Lecturer - Media
Mark Spitzer, Assistant Professor - Theatre
Scott Smith, Senior Lecturer - Distance Learning: Communication
Sue Wedan, Senior Lecturer - Theatre

Professional Contributing Academic Staff
Mike Simonson, News Director, KUWS Radio - Broadcast Journalism

Communicating Arts Degree Program Top of Page

Communicating Arts: Bachelor of Arts OR 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) Additional practica/independent study credits may be elected and applied toward graduation but do not count toward the major.

Pass-Fail Policy

No students may take Communicating Arts 110 on a pass-fail basis.

Communicating Arts Major - Communication Concentration Requirements Top of Page

Communication Program Description

The Communication concentration allows students to explore how social interaction powerfully shapes our everyday personal and professional lives, including how we form and negotiate relationships in groups, communities, and cultures. Coursework offers a complex contemporary understanding of communication as it occurs by diverse communicators. Students prepare themselves to participate creatively and analytically in our ever-changing world.

33 total credits

Communicating Arts core courses (12 credits required):

Introduction to Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits
Communication Inquiry -- 3.00 credits
Interpersonal Communication -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 credits
Senior Capstone Experience -- 0.00 credits

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

Communication in Conflict -- 3.00 credits
Community Engagement in Ghana-Study Abroad -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Communicating Gender -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Theatre Electives (3 credits required):

Beginning Acting for Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Oral Interpretation -- 3.00 credits

Media Electives (3 credits required):

Film And Culture -- 3.00 credits
Media and Society -- 3.00 credits

Communicating Arts Electives (15 credits required):

Persuasion -- 3.00 credits
Communication in Conflict -- 3.00 credits
Community Engagement in Ghana-Study Abroad -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Criticism of Film and Television -- 3.00 credits
Group Communication Processes -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics In Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Communicating Gender -- 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 3.00 - 12.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Communicating Arts Major - Media concentration Top of Page

The Media Concentration is divided into four distinct tracks, each offering students an opportunity to explore, analyze, and practice in a specific area of media communication. Coursework blends theories, technologies, and techniques that facilitate student's development as media makers and critics within the powerful and complex media field.

Communication Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits

Required Communication courses (12 Credits):

Introduction to Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits
Communication Inquiry -- 3.00 credits
Interpersonal Communication -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Communication Electives (9 credits required):

Persuasion -- 3.00 credits
Communication in Conflict -- 3.00 credits
Community Engagement in Ghana-Study Abroad -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Criticism of Film and Television -- 3.00 credits
Group Communication Processes -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics In Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Communicating Gender -- 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits

Media Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits

An applied and critical approach to the art, theory and practice of media, and its cultural influence on society.

Required Media courses (6 credits required):

Film And Culture -- 3.00 credits
Media and Society -- 3.00 credits

Applied Media Electives (3 credits required):

Digital Audio Production -- 3.00 credits
News Gathering and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Digital Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Screenwriting -- 3.00 credits

Media Studies Electives (3 credits required):

Selected Topics in Film and Television -- 3.00 credits
Criticism of Film and Television -- 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 3.00 credits
Media Law -- 3.00 credits

Media Electives (9 credits required):

Any COMM courses listed in the Media Concentration.

At least 12 total credits for the Media Minor must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

Journalism Minor Requirements Top of Page

22 total credits

Required Media courses (16 credits required):

Media and Society -- 3.00 credits
Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
News Gathering and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Advanced News Gathering and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 3.00 credits
Media Law -- 3.00 credits

Journalism Electives (6 credits required):

Any courses listed in the Journalism Track of the Media Concentration.

COMM 191 - Taken with KUWS or The Stinger

Theatre Major Top of Page

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

Theatre Minor Top of Page

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

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  1. Producing creative, innovative work
  2. Clearly articulate and reflect on learning process in writing
  3. Ability to negotiate social interactions and collaborations required during project