Communicating Arts

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Beth Austin, Senior Lecturer- Distance Learning: Media Studies
Martha J. Einerson, Professor - Communication
Cathy A. Fank, Professor - Theatre
Ephraim Nikoi, Assistant Professor - Communication
Brent Notbohm, Professor - Film and Video
Thomas Notton, Senior Lecturer - Interactive Media
Scott Smith, Senior Lecturer - Distance Learning: Communication
Susan Stanich, Senior Lecturer - Journalism
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

All students graduating Communication Arts/Media receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree instead of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.  Starting in the Fall 2014, incoming Communicating/Media students are exempt from the two semesters of a second language requirement to earn the B.A. (as approved by Faculty Senate February 21, 2012).

Pass-Fail Policy

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

Communicating Arts Major - Communication Concentration Requirements Top of Page

Students concentrating in Communication receive a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts.  Students must fulfill the University requirement of six (6) foreign language credits in order to ear the Bachelor of Arts.

Communication Program Description

The Communication concentration allows students to explore how social interaction shapes our everyday personal and professional lives, including how we form and negotiate relationships in groups, communities, and cultures. Coursework offers contemporary communication focusing on critical, cultural, and global perspectives.  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
Advanced Internship -- 3.00 - 12.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Media Studies Track Requirements Top of Page

34 total credits

A highly analytical and interdisciplinary course of study focused on developing skills for both critiquing and working in media.

Core Media Studies Courses (16 credits required):

Film And Culture -- 3.00 credits
Media and Society -- 3.00 credits
Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Criticism of Film and Television -- 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 3.00 credits
Media Law -- 3.00 credits

Note:  COMM 191 is taken with KUWS, The Stinger, or University Video Production

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

Interdisciplinary Electives (3 credits required):

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies -- 3.00 credits
Philosophy and Film -- 3.00 credits
Race and Ethnicity -- 3.00 credits
Photography History, Theory and Criticism -- 3.00 credits

Media Studies Electives (9 credits required):

Persuasion -- 3.00 credits
Communication Inquiry -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Selected Topics in Film and Television -- 3.00 credits
Advertising Principles and Design -- 3.00 credits
Public Relations -- 3.00 credits
Group Communication Processes -- 3.00 credits
Communicating Gender -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Internship -- 3.00 - 12.00 credits
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Capstone Experience (3 credits required):

Senior Capstone Experience -- 0.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Note:  COMM 191 is taken with KUWS, The Stinger, or University Video Production

Journalism Track Requirements Top of Page

34 total credits

Prepares students for work as journalists in diverse media and grounds them in an understanding of the profession's vital role in a democratic society.

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.

Core Journalism Courses (25 credits required):

Media and Society -- 3.00 credits
Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
News Gathering and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Selected News Writing -- 3.00 credits
Advanced News Gathering and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Broadcast Journalism -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 3.00 credits
Media Law -- 3.00 credits

Journalism Electives (6 credits required):

Public Relations -- 3.00 credits
Digital Audio Production -- 3.00 credits
Digital Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Media Studio -- 6.00 credits
Documentary Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Group Communication Processes -- 3.00 credits
Communicating Gender -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 credits
Computer Applications for Productivity -- 3.00 credits
Web Page Authoring -- 3.00 credits
Law, Citizenship and Civic Engagement -- 3.00 credits
Environmental Law and Regulation -- 3.00 credits

Capstone Experience (3 credits required):

Senior Capstone Experience -- 0.00 credits
Advanced Internship -- 3.00 - 12.00 credits

or

Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Note:  COMM 191 and COMM 391 are taken with KUWS or The Stinger, or University Video Production

Digital Cinema Track Requirements Top of Page

34 total credits

A balance of theory, technique and practice in the art of digital filmmaking.

Core Digital Cinema Courses (19 credits required):

Film And Culture -- 3.00 credits
Media and Society -- 3.00 credits
Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Digital Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Screenwriting -- 3.00 credits
Narrative Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

Media Studies Electives (6 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
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Media Production Electives (6 credits required):

Digital Audio Production -- 3.00 credits
DVD Production and Design -- 3.00 credits
Digital Graphics and Effects -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Media Studio -- 6.00 credits
Documentary Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Internship -- 3.00 - 12.00 credits

Capstone Experience (3 credits required):

Senior Capstone Experience -- 0.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Note:  COMM 191 and COMM 391 are taken with University Video Production

Interactive Media Track Requirements Top of Page

34 total credits

The theory and technique of content production across a variety of electronic media.

Required Media core courses (25 credits):

Film And Culture -- 3.00 credits
Digital Audio Production -- 3.00 credits
Media and Society -- 3.00 credits
Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
News Gathering and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Digital Video Production -- 3.00 credits
DVD Production and Design -- 3.00 credits
Digital Graphics and Effects -- 3.00 credits
Media Law -- 3.00 credits

Applied Media Electives (6 credits required):

Advertising Principles and Design -- 3.00 credits
Public Relations -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Selected News Writing -- 3.00 credits
Media Studio -- 6.00 credits
Advanced News Gathering and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Narrative Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Documentary Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Internship -- 3.00 - 12.00 credits

Capstone Experience (3 credits required):

Senior Capstone Experience -- 0.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Note:  COMM 191 is taken with KUWS, The Stinger, or University Video Production

Communicating Arts Major - Media concentration Top of Page

Students graduating with a Communicating Arts major -- Media Concentration receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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

A minimum of 21 semester credits to include:

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
 
Special Topics Seminar -- 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.

Core Media Minor 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

Familiarizes students with the fundamentals of journalism and grounds them in an understanding of the profession's vital role in a democratic society.

Core Journalism Minor 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.

Note:  COMM 191 is taken with KUWS or The Stinger

Theatre Minor Requirements Top of Page

22 total credits

Required Theatre Courses (16 credits required):

Beginning Acting for Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Introduction To Technical Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Production Analysis for Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Theatre Portfolio Review -- 0.00 credits
Professional Preparation for Theatre -- 1.00 credits
History of Theatre -- 3.00 credits

or

Theatre Direction I -- 3.00 credits

Electives (6 credits required):

Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Character Analysis for Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Professional Preparation for Theatre -- 1.00 credits
Voice And Articulation -- 3.00 credits
Oral Interpretation -- 3.00 credits
History of Theatre -- 3.00 credits

or

Theatrical Stage Management -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics In Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Leadership Training for Theatre -- 2.00 credits

Theatre Major Top of Page

All students graduating with a major in Theatre receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree.

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