Communication Arts (COM)

COMMUNICATION ARTS (COM)

   All acts of communication and self-expression are performative. The media through which humanity communicates and expresses itself is constantly evolving. Effectively engaging that media becomes a key skill in remaining versatile, marketable, and relevant within the larger cultural, social, and economic landscape. An individual with a comprehensive background in Strategic Communication, Film Studies, or Theatre and Performance can more easily interpret, analyze, and participate in the collaborative arenas of organizational and interpersonal communication, emergent media, and theatrical performance; remaining a step ahead of trends instead of struggling to keep up with them. The Communication Arts major provides the fundamental analytical and practical skills necessary to facilitate life-long learning, allowing students to adapt to changes in their fields as their careers evolve. To help support this versatility, students majoring in Communication Arts may select a standard emphasis, or one of the three comprehensive emphases. A 12-credit Communication and Theatre nucleus provides students a liberal arts foundation supplemented by the more specific courses within each emphasis.

   The Strategic Communication Emphasis provides the study of complex organizations and their use of applied communication in connecting with their audiences. Students in Strategic Communication explore interpersonal and media-based communication, and our courses often require creative work tied to real-world situations. Graduates in the Strategic Communication Emphasis have moved on to careers in public relations and advertising, government relations, issues management and events management.

   The Film Studies Emphasis focuses on the study of theory, aesthetics, and history through practical, hands-on creative work in the areas of scriptwriting, visual and aural storytelling, and production management. This provides our students with a keen understanding of the role of current and emerging media in society. Our objective is for students to exit our program well prepared for careers, which may not even exist yet, in various settings related to communication. Our graduates in the Film Studies Emphasis have achieved careers in broadcasting, the motion picture industry, and major corporate media outlets as well as success in graduate programs in film at the highest international level.

   The Theatre and Performance Studies Emphasis provides students with an in-depth, multi-disciplinary, and hands-on approach to the role of theatre and live performance. Theatre mirrors the nature of life in all its rich variety. To work effectively within the theatre arts requires a broad knowledge upon which to draw. To that end, the Theatre and Performance Studies emphasis believes in giving students a full range of instruction and experience in the theatre arts—practice, history, and theory—along with the full benefits of a liberal arts education. In addition, the Performance Studies curriculum intersects a broad study of performance with literature, narrative, culture, and a dialogue for social change. By thinking critically about cultural performance, students are given the opportunity to explore, challenge and sometimes re-define traditional concepts of what performance is. Graduates in the Theatre and Performance Studies Emphasis have gone on to successful careers in the professional performance industry, graduate school, education, legal and social work, and other related fields.

   The standard Communication Emphasis allows for the greatest flexibility and efficiency for transfer students, double majors, and those students seeking the broadest possible experience across all of the Communication Arts emphases, while still providing a balance between theory and practice.

Admission to the Program: All degree-seeking students who wish to major in Communication Arts must be formally admitted to the program. For admission, a student must:

1.have demonstrated a minimum competency by completing COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry, COM 205 Communication Arts I, each with a grade of  “C” or above;

2.have completed a letter of application, admission form and portfolio (guidelines provided in COM 284, Sophomore Seminar);

3.have an overall grade-point average of 2.500 or above (at the time of the application). All majors must have an overall grade-point average of 2.500 or above in order to graduate.

 

FACULTY

Professors Paul A. Edwards, Jack Lucido, Anthony Miccoli, and Terence S. Schliesman;

Associate Professor Eun-A Park; Assistant Professor Melissa Myser;

Senior Lecturer Courtney P. Fullmer; Emeritus Professor Michael R. Brooks.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

The 12-credit Communication Arts Nucleus is required for all Communication Arts Majors.

Communication Arts Nucleus

COM 205  Communication Arts I

3 cr

COM 284  Sophomore Seminar

1 cr

COM 305  Communication Arts II

3 cr

COM 405  Communication Arts III

3 cr

COM 484  Communication Arts Seminar

2 cr

 

Communication Arts Major: Standard Program

COMMUNICATION EMPHASIS

A minimum of 36 credits is required including the 12-credit Communication Arts Nucleus, 12 credits of upper-division Communication Arts electives and the following:

COM 121  Introduction to Theatre

3 cr

COM 241  Media Writing

3 cr

COM 264  Introduction to Production and Theory 

3 cr

COM 274  Public Relations Communication

3 cr

Communication Arts Major: Comprehensive Program

FILM STUDIES EMPHASIS

A  minimum  of  51  credits  is  required  including  the  12-credit  Communication Arts Nucleus and the following:

COM 119  Introduction to Film

3 cr

COM 241  Media Writing

3 cr

COM 261 Introduction to Audio Communication

3 cr

COM 264  Introduction to Production & Theory

3 cr

COM 274  Public Relations Communication

3 cr

COM 306  Scriptwriting

3 cr

COM 346  Multimedia Communication

3 cr

COM 352  Advanced Cinema Studies

3 cr

One of the following:

 

COM 231  Technical Production I

3 cr

COM 235  Fundamentals of Acting

3 cr

Four of the following:

 

COM 310  Introduction to Performance Studies

3 cr

COM 323  Media/Arts Management

3 cr

COM 324  Advanced Acting

3 cr

COM 330  Technical Production II

4 cr

COM 361  Multi-Camera Studio Production

3 cr

COM 362  Advanced Audio Production

3 cr

COM 389  Media Production: Narrative

3 cr

COM 390  Media Production: Documentary

3 cr

COM 406  Advanced Screen Writing & Producing

3 cr

COM 423  Directing

3 cr

COM 490  Advanced Media Production

3 cr

 

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION EMPHASIS

A minimum of 51 credits is required including the 12-credit Communication Arts Nucleus and the following:

COM 151  Introduction to Mass Media

3 cr

COM 241  Media Writing

3 cr

COM 264  Introduction to Production and Theory

3 cr

COM 274  Public Relations Communication

3 cr

COM 323  Media/Arts Management

3 cr

COM 346  Multimedia Communication

3 cr

COM 351  Media Theory and Research

3 cr

COM 371  Small Group and Conflict Management

3 cr

COM 372  Issues Management

3 cr

COM 474  Campaign Planning in Advertising and Public Information

3 cr

COM 499  COM Internship

3 cr

BUAD 270  Principles of Marketing

3 cr

One of the following:

 

BUAD 333  Organizational Behavior

3 cr

BUAD 335  Marketing Communications

3 cr

BUAD 345  Consumer Behavior

3 cr

PSY 258  Introduction to Personality

3 cr

SOC 380  Social Inequalities

3 cr

 

THEATRE AND PERFOMANCE STUDIES EMPHASIS

A minimum of 55 credits is required including the 12-credit Communication Arts Nucleus, six credits of upper-division Communication Arts electives, and the following:

COM 121  Introduction to Theatre

3 cr

COM 216  Dramatic Literature and Script Analysis

3 cr

COM 231  Technical Production I

4 cr

COM 235  Fundamentals of Acting

3 cr

COM 306  Scriptwriting

3 cr

COM 310  Introduction to Performance Studies

3 cr

COM 317  Studies in Theatre and Performance (Taken twice with different subject focus)

6 cr

COM 323  Media/Arts Management

3 cr

COM 423  Directing  

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

COM 324  Advanced Acting (May be taken twice with different subject focus)

3-6 cr

COM 330  Technical Production II

4 cr

COM 431  Scenography in Film and Theatre

3 cr

 

Communication Arts Minor

The Communication Arts Minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits:

COM 205  Communication Arts I

3 cr

COM 305  Communication Arts II

3 cr

Communication Arts electives (three credits must be upper division)

9 cr

One of the following:

 

COM 119  Introduction to Film

3 cr

COM 121  Introduction to Theatre

3 cr

COM 151  Introduction to Mass Media

3 cr

*COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry may not be used as an elective in the completion of the Communication Arts Minor.