Communication

Communication major

The Communication major in the Communication, Theatre and Art Department prepares students to design, adapt, and analyze mediated and interpersonal messages appropriate for specific audiences in a variety of settings. The students enrolled in this program will be able to create and critique persuasive arguments and conduct research. The liberally educated Communication major understands the rights and responsibilities of communicators and the historical and contemporary contexts of the field.

The Communication major requires 46 credits (22 core credits and an additional 24 concentration credits). The 22 core credits include: ENG 2105 (B- required), CTA 1114, 2240 or approved study-abroad experience, 3445, 4414, and 4445. Additionally the major requires 24 concentration credits, which include: CTA 2201 OR 2301, an approved upper-level writing course and 16 credits of CTA electives, including 8 upper-division credits. (This requirement allows a self-designed emphasis.) A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Communication major (all concentrations)

Students need to apply to the Communication major after completing 8 CTA credit hours but before completing 24 credit hours of CTA courses and have completed ENG 2105 with a grade of B- or higher. Application should be made in the sophomore year; students less than one calendar year from graduation will not be admitted. Students apply to the major by writing a brief essay, completing the application to the major/change of major form with a current unofficial transcript attached, and being interviewed by departmental faculty. The department will admit students who perform well in the interview, write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional, and who conform to the deadline.

Communication major outcomes

  1. The Communication major prepares students to create messages that are appropriate for a specific audience in a variety of settings or media on a variety of topics.
  2. The Communication major prepares students to create and critique persuasive arguments.
  3. The Communication major prepares students to fulfill personal and career goals by being able to recognize, analyze, and work to resolve legal, ethical, and social issues related to professional practice.
  4. The Communication major prepares students to interpret the rhetorical situation and respond accordingly in the exchange (be a good communicator).

Communication minor

Twenty credits are required in CTA 1114, 2240, 3445 and two additional 4-credit CTA electives with at least one upper-division course. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes for this minor.

Communication major with Film Studies concentration

Those students who have an interest in studying film may concentrate their electives in the Communication major entirely on film. This concentration is compromised of film theory and criticism courses rather than film production courses. Students who complete this major and concentration will not only have grounding in general communication theory and media analysis, but also an area of specialization in film theory and criticism.

The Communication major with Film Studies concentration requires 46 credits (22 core credits and an additional 24 concentration credits). The 22 core credits include: ENG 2105 (B- required), CTA 1114, 2240 or approved study-abroad experience, 3445, 4414, and 4445. Additionally the major requires 24 concentration credits that include: CTA 2201, 2301, 2514, 3301, 4220, and a thesis project CTA 4599. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Communication major with Film Studies concentration

Students need to apply to the Communication major with Film Studies concentration after completing 8 CTA credit hours but before completing 24 credit hours of CTA courses and have completed ENG 2105 with a grade of B- or higher. Application should be made in the sophomore year; students less than one calendar year from graduation will not be admitted. Students apply to the major by writing a brief essay, completing the application to the major/change of major form with a current unofficial transcript attached, and being interviewed by departmental faculty. The department will admit students who perform well in the interview, write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional and who conform to the deadline.

Film Studies concentration outcomes

  1. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to create messages that are appropriate for a specific audience in a variety of settings or media on a variety of topics.
  2. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to create and critique persuasive arguments.
  3. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to fulfill personal and career goals by being able to recognize, analyze, and work to resolve legal, ethical, and social issues related to professional practice.
  4. The Film Studies concentration prepares students to interpret the rhetorical situation and respond accordingly in the exchange (be a good communicator).
  5. Students who complete the film studies concentration would have an additional Communication Literacy component in regard to understanding the history and development of film as an art form, primary theories of film aesthetics, and the capability to intellectually critique a film.

Communication major with Journalism concentration

Journalism is a concentration in the Communication major and provides a basic foundation for students who wish to pursue careers in newspapers, magazines, TV and radio broadcasting, and online journalism outlets. The undergraduate journalism program culminates in a B.A. degree in Communication with a concentration in Journalism. The students enrolled in this program will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles and practices they will need to perform as topflight professional communicators. In addition to core courses within the major, students will take undergraduate coursework that consists of a variety of elective courses within the major. This exposure acquaints students with fundamental problems and issues they will encounter in their careers.

The Communication major with a journalism Concentration requires 46 credits (22 core credits and an additional 24 concentration credits). The 22 core credits include: ENG 2105 (B- required), CTA 1114, 2240 or approved study abroad experience, 3445, 4414, and 4445. Additionally the major requires 24 concentration credits that include: CTA 2214, 2514, 3307, 3341, 4214, and 4417. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Communication major with Journalism concentration

Students need to apply to the Communication major with Journalism concentration after completing 8 CTA credit hours but before completing 24 credit hours of CTA courses and have completed ENG 2105 with a grade of B- or higher. Application should be made in the sophomore year; students less than one calendar year from graduation will not be admitted. Students apply to the major by writing a brief essay, completing the application to the major/change of major form with a current unofficial transcript attached, and being interviewed by departmental faculty. The department will admit students who perform well in the interview, write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional, and who conform to the deadline.

Journalism outcomes

  1. The Journalism concentration prepares students to create messages that are appropriate for a specific audience in a variety of settings or media on a variety of topics.
  2. The Journalism concentration prepares students to create and critique persuasive arguments.
  3. The Journalism concentration prepares students to fulfill personal and career goals by being able to recognize, analyze, and work to resolve legal, ethical, and social issues related to professional practice.
  4. The Journalism concentration prepares students to integrate principles and practices with broader liberal arts and science courses in order to understand the potential outcomes of various choices made during communication exchanges.

Communication major with Media Relations concentration

Media Relations is a concentration in the Communication major and provides a basic foundation for students who will work in a variety of settings. Students with this major go on to work in Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, Event Planning and any number of other vocations. These students will be able to design appropriate messages for specific audiences using a number of media. The interdisciplinary nature of this program reflects the liberal arts focus of the College. The Communication major with Media Relations concentration requires 46 credits (22 core credits and an additional 24 concentration credits). The 22 core credits include: ENG 2105 (B- required), CTA 1114, 2240 or approved study-abroad experience, 3445, 4414, and 4445. Additionally the major requires 24 concentration credits that include: (CTA 1014 or 2214), (CIS 1241 or 2 elective credits in art, film, or theatre), MKT 2320, (ART 1124 or CTA 2307 or CTA 3307), CTA 3341, CTA 4555 (4 credits), and CTA 4100 (2 credits). A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Media Relations concentration

Students need to apply to the Communication major with Media Relations concentration after completing 8 CTA credit hours but before completing 24 credit hours of CTA courses and have completed ENG 2105 with a grade of B- or higher. Students apply to the major by writing a brief essay, completing the application to the major/change of major form with a current unofficial transcript attached, and being interviewed by departmental faculty. The department will admit students who perform well in the interview, write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional, and who conform to the deadline.

Students in this major must be accepted into the major before enrolling in the internship.

Media Relations outcomes

  1. The Media Relations concentration prepares students to create messages that are appropriate for a specific audience in a variety of settings or media on a variety of topics.
  2. The Media Relations concentration prepares students to create and critique persuasive arguments.
  3. The Media Relations concentration prepares students to fulfill personal and career goals by being able to recognize, analyze, and work to resolve legal, ethical, and social issues related to professional practice.
  4. The Media Relations concentration prepares students to infer potential outcomes of communication choices.