Communicating Arts

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Beth Austin, Senior Lecturer- Distance Learning: Media
Martha J. Einerson, Professor - Communication
Cathy A. Fank, Professor - Theatre
Tom Hansen - Senior Lecturer, Media
George Kurtzweil - Senior Lecturer, Media
Ephraim Nikoi, Associate Professor - On Campus and Distance Learning: Communication
Brent Notbohm, Professor - Media
Thomas Notton, Senior Lecturer - Media
Kim Rawson, Senior Lecturer - Distance Learning: Communication
Scott Smith, Senior Lecturer - Distance Learning: Communication
Chad Vollrath, Assistant Professor - Communication
Sue Wedan, Senior Lecturer - Theatre
Alison Wielgus, Assistant Professor - Media

Communicating Arts Degree Programs Top of Page

Communicating Arts: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Communication Concentration: Bachelor of Arts (6 credits of foreign language required) or Bachelor of Science

Media Concentration, All Tracks: Bachelor of Arts (no foreign language required)

Theatre Major: Bachelor of Arts (no foreign language required)

Pass-Fail Policy: No students may take Communicating Arts 110 on a pass-fail basis.

Communicating Arts Major - Communication Concentration Requirements Top of Page

Bachelor of Arts (6 credits of foreign language required) or Bachelor of Science

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 - 15 credits upper-division (300+) minimum required.

Communication 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 -- 0.00 credits

Senior Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone with consent of advisor (minimum 3 credits) include: COMM 332, 356, 425, 467, 495, 498.

Theatre Electives (3 credits required):

Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
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

Communication Electives (15 credits required):

Communication in Conflict -- 3.00 credits
Persuasion -- 3.00 credits
Community Engagement in Ghana-Study Abroad -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Film Theory and Criticism -- 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

Communicating Arts Major - Media Concentration Requirements Top of Page

Bachelor of Arts (no foreign language required)

Media Program Description:

The Media Concentration is divided into four 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.

Media Studies Track Requirements-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program.

34 total credits - 15 credits upper-division (300+) minimum required.

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
Television and American Culture -- 3.00 credits
Film Theory and Criticism -- 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 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

Interdisciplinary Electives (3 credits required):

Introduction to Gender Studies -- 3.00 credits
Music Appreciation -- 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):

Communication Inquiry -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Selected Topics in Film and Television -- 3.00 credits
Persuasion -- 3.00 credits
Principles of Advertising -- 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
Media Law -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Senior Capstone (3 credits required):

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

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

Journalism Track Requirements-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program.

 

34 total credits - 15 credits upper-division (300+) minimum required.

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 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 (22 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
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 (9 credits required):

Digital Audio Production -- 3.00 credits
Computer Applications for Productivity -- 3.00 credits
Law, Citizenship and Civic Engagement -- 3.00 credits
Digital Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Television and American Culture -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Environmental Law and Regulation -- 3.00 credits
Web Page Authoring -- 3.00 credits
Documentary Video Production -- 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
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Senior Capstone (3 credits required):

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

or

Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

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

Digital Cinema Track Requirements Top of Page

34 total credits - 15 credits upper-division (300+) minimum required.

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

or

Documentary Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

Media Studies Electives (6 credits required):

Television and American Culture -- 3.00 credits
Selected Topics in Film and Television -- 3.00 credits
Film Theory and Criticism -- 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
Digital Graphics and Effects -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Broadcast Journalism -- 3.00 credits
Narrative Video Production -- 3.00 credits

or

Documentary Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Interactive Media Production -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Internship -- 3.00 - 12.00 credits

Senior Capstone (3 credits required):

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

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

Interactive Media Track Requirements Top of Page

34 total credits - 15 credits upper-division (300+) minimum required.

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

Core Interactive Media Courses (22 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
Digital Graphics and Effects -- 3.00 credits
Interactive Media Production -- 3.00 credits
Media Law -- 3.00 credits

Media Studies Electives (3 credits required):

Television and American Culture -- 3.00 credits
Selected Topics in Film and Television -- 3.00 credits
Film Theory and Criticism -- 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 3.00 credits

Applied Media Electives (6 credits required):

Internship -- 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Advanced News Gathering and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Broadcast Journalism -- 3.00 credits
Narrative Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Documentary Video Production -- 3.00 credits
Principles of Advertising -- 3.00 credits
Public Relations -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Internship -- 3.00 - 12.00 credits

Senior Capstone (3 credits required):

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

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

Theatre Major Requirements-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program.

 

All students graduating from Communicating Arts/Theatre receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree rather than a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree. Communication Arts/Theatre students are exempt from two semesters of a second language requirement to earn the B.A.

NOTE: Theatre majors are required to take 4 one credit practicum (only 1 may be in acting). A maximum of 6 credits of practica may be applied toward the requirements for a BA in Theatre. All theatre majors are required to be involved in University Theatre productions, as well as an annual portfolio review.

35 total credits - 15 credits upper-division (300+) minimum required.

Required Courses (19 credits required):

Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits

or

Beginning Acting for Theatre -- 3.00 credits

Introduction To Technical Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Script Analysis for Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Theatre Portfolio Review -- 0.00 credits
Professional Preparation for Theatre -- 1.00 credits
Theatre Direction -- 3.00 credits
The Design Process -- 3.00 credits
Entrepreneurship -- 3.00 credits
Senior Capstone -- 0.00 credits

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

Communication Electives (3 credits required):

Introduction to Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits
Interpersonal Communication -- 3.00 credits
Communication in Conflict -- 3.00 credits
Group Communication Processes -- 3.00 credits

Business Electives (3 credits required):

Principles of Advertising -- 3.00 credits

or

Public Relations -- 3.00 credits

Required Practicum (Four 1-credit practicums are required, only 1 may be in acting for a total of 4 credits):

Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

or

Advanced Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

Electives (3 credits required):

Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits

or

Beginning Acting for Theatre -- 3.00 credits

Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Advanced Acting -- 3.00 credits
Oral Interpretation -- 3.00 credits
History of Theatre -- 3.00 credits
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
Advanced Internship -- 3.00 - 12.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Minors Offered Top of Page

Communication Minor Requirements Top of Page

21 total credits - 9 credits upper-division (300+) minimum required.

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
Film Theory and Criticism -- 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-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program.

 

21 total credits - 9 credits upper-division (300+) minimum required.

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

Media Studies Electives (3 credits required):

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

Media Electives (12 credits required):

Any COMM courses listed in the Media Concentration.

Journalism Minor Requirements-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program.

 

22 total credits - 9 credits upper-division (300+) minimum required.

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, The Promethean, or University Video Production.

Theatre Minor Requirements Top of Page

22 total credits

Required Theatre Courses (13 credits required):

Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits

or

Beginning Acting for Theatre -- 3.00 credits

Introduction To Technical Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Script Analysis for Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Theatre Portfolio Review -- 0.00 credits
Professional Preparation for Theatre -- 1.00 credits
Theatre Direction -- 3.00 credits

Electives (9 credits required):

Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits

or

Beginning Acting for Theatre -- 3.00 credits

Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Advanced Acting -- 3.00 credits
Professional Preparation for Theatre -- 1.00 credits
Oral Interpretation -- 3.00 credits
History of Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Theatrical Stage Management -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Theatre -- 3.00 credits
The Design Process -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Leadership Training for Theatre -- 2.00 credits

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  • Communication: Students will apply modes, styles, and conventions of communication appropriate to the work and the audience
  • Individual and Social Responsibility: Students will practice healthy interdependence and mutual respect through teamwork
  • Creative and Critical Thinking: Students will consider multiple perspectives to produce original work