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
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, Associate 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

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
Interpersonal Communication -- 3.00 credits
Communication Inquiry -- 3.00 credits
Senior Capstone -- 0.00 credits
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 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, 370, 425, 455, 467, 495, 498.

Theatre Electives (3 credits required):

Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
Acting for the Stage -- 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):

News Writing and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Advanced News Writing and Reporting -- 3.00 credits
Communication in Conflict -- 3.00 credits
Persuasion -- 3.00 credits
Community Engagement in Ghana-Study Abroad -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Organizational Communication -- 3.00 credits
Group Communication Processes -- 3.00 credits
Communicating Gender -- 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 12.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Communicating Arts Major - Theatre and Digital Filmmaking Concentration Requirements Top of Page

Bachelor of Arts (no foreign language required)

Theatre and Digital Filmmaking Program Description:

The Theatre and Digital Filmmaking Concentration provides students with theory, techniques, and hands-on experience in theatre and digital film production.  Coursework offers students multiple opportunities to perform, create, and collaborate in theatre productions and on digital video projects.

36 total credits - 18 credits upper-division (300+) minimum required.

Core Theatre and Digital Filmmaking Courses (18 credits required):

Film and Culture -- 3.00 credits
Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
Acting for the Stage -- 3.00 credits
Media and Society -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Technical Theatre -- 3.00 credits
 
Beginning Digital Filmmaking -- 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 350, 455, 462, 495, 498.

Theatre and Digital Filmmaking Electives (18 credits required):

Perspectives on Stage and Screen History -- 3.00 credits
Acting for the Screen -- 3.00 credits
Writing for Stage and Screen -- 3.00 credits
Creative Collaboration in Theatre -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Intermediate Digital Filmmaking -- 3.00 credits
The Director and the Text -- 3.00 credits
Production Management -- 3.00 credits
The Design Process -- 3.00 credits
Digital Audio Recording and Production -- 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Digital Filmmaking -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 1.00 - 12.00 credits
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 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
Interpersonal Communication -- 3.00 credits
Communication Inquiry -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics Seminar -- 3.00 credits

Communication Electives (9 credits required):

Communication in Conflict -- 3.00 credits
Persuasion -- 3.00 credits
Community Engagement in Ghana-Study Abroad -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Organizational Communication -- 3.00 credits
Group Communication Processes -- 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

Theatre Minor Requirements Top of Page

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

Core Theatre Courses (15 credits required):

Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
 
Acting for the Stage -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Technical Theatre -- 3.00 credits
The Director and the Text -- 3.00 credits
The Design Process -- 3.00 credits

Theatre Electives (6 credits required):

Beginning Digital Filmmaking -- 3.00 credits
Perspectives on Stage and Screen History -- 3.00 credits
Acting for the Screen -- 3.00 credits
Writing for Stage and Screen -- 3.00 credits
Creative Collaboration in Theatre -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Intermediate Digital Filmmaking -- 3.00 credits
Production Management -- 3.00 credits
Digital Audio Recording and Production -- 3.00 credits
Theorizing Media Culture -- 3.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 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