Communication

Communications major

The Communications major in the Communications, 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 Communications major understands the rights and responsibilities of communicators and the historical and contemporary contexts of the field.

The Communications major requires 46 credits (26 core credits and an additional 20 concentration credits). The 26 core credits include: ENG 2105 Investigative Writing (B- required -- 2 credits), CTA 1114 Media Literacy, CTA 2200 Presentation and Impact, 2240 Intercultural Communication (or approved study-abroad experience), CTA 3445 Argumentation, and two of the following three courses CTA 4414 Media Criticism, CTA 4417 Media Law and Ethics or CTA  4445 Persuasion. Additionally the major requires 20 concentration credits made up of specific courses and choices made in conjunction with the academic advisor. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Communications major (all concentrations)

Students need to apply to the Communications 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, printing a current unofficial transcript and then setting up a meeting with the deparment chair to submit all the materials. The department will admit students who write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional, and who conform to the deadline.

Communications major outcomes

  1. The Communications 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 Communications major prepares students to create and critique persuasive arguments.
  3. The Communications 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 Communications major prepares students to interpret the rhetorical situation and respond accordingly in the exchange (be a good communicator).

Communications minor

Twenty credits are required for a minor including CTA 1114 Media Literacy, CTA 2240 Intercultural Communication, CTA 3445 Argumentation 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.

Communications major with Film Studies concentration

Those students who have an interest in studying film may concentrate their electives in the Communications 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 Communications major with Film Studies concentration requires 46 credits (26 core credits and an additional 20 concentration credits). The 26 core credits include: ENG 2105 Investigative Writing (B- required -- 2 credits), CTA 1114 Media Literacy, CTA 2200 Presentation and Impact, 2240 Intercultural Communication (or approved study-abroad experience), CTA 3445 Argumentation, and two of the following three courses CTA 4414 Media Criticism, CTA 4417 Media Law and Ethics or CTA 4445 Persuasion.  Additionally the major requires 20 concentration credits that include: CTA 2201 Film as Art, CTA 3301 Film Genres, CTA 4220 Great Filmmakers, CTA 4599 Thesis Project/Portfolio and either CTA 2301 World Cinema OR CTA 2514 Digital Media Studio. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Communications major with Film Studies concentration

Students need to apply to the Communications 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, printing a current unofficial transcript and then setting up a meeting with the deparment chair to submit all the materials. The department will admit students who 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 Communications 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.

Communications major with Theatre Studies concentration

Theatre Studies is a concentration in the Communications major and provides a basic foundation for students who have an interst in theatre and wish to pursue careers that incorporate theatre and communication. The undergraduate Theatre Studies program culminates in a B.A. degree in Communications with a concentration in Theatre Studies. 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 Communications major with a Theatre Studies concentration requires 46 credits (26 core credits and an additional 20 concentration credits). The 26 core credits include: ENG 2105 Investigative Writing (B- required -- 2 credits), CTA 1114 Media Literacy, CTA 2200 Presentation and Impact, 2240 Intercultural Communication (or approved study-abroad experience), CTA 3445 Argumentation, and two of the following three courses CTA 4414 Media Criticism, CTA 4417 Media Law and Ethics or CTA 4445 Persuasion. Additionally the major requires 20 concentration credits that include: EITHER CTA 2150 Acting for the Stage OR CTA 2250 Introduction to Stagecraft, AND CTA/ENG 3300 Theatre: Greek -- Elizabethan, CTA/ENG 3301 Theatre: Restoration -- 20th Century, and 8 more credits chosen with the approval of the academic advisor. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Communications major with Theatre Studies concentration

Students need to apply to the Communications major with Theatre 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, printing a current unofficial transcript and then setting up a meeting with the deparment chair to submit all the materials. The department will admit students who write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional, and who conform to the deadline.

Theatre Studies outcomes

  1. The Theatre 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 Theatre Studies concentration helps students develop a general understanding and appreciation of the major periods of theatre history and the major pieces of dramatic literature.
  3. The Theatre Studies concentration helps students develop a sense of responsibility for their own performance as well as for the entire production.
  4. The Theatre Studies 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.
  5. Theatre students will develop skills for use in performance and technical theatre that will allow the student to work in theatre beyond the collegiate environment. The students will understand how to effectively communicate a play to an audience through both performance and technical elements.

Communications major with Media Studies concentration

Media Studies is a concentration in the Communications 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 Communications major with Media Studies concentration requires 46 credits (26 core credits and an additional 20 concentration credits). The 26 core credits include: ENG 2105 Investigative Writing (B- required -- 2 credits), CTA 1114 Media Literacy, CTA 2200 Presentation and Impact, 2240 Intercultural Communication (or approved study-abroad experience), CTA 3445 Argumentation, and two of the following three courses CTA 4414 Media Criticism, CTA 4417 Media Law and Ethics or CTA 4445 Persuasion. Additionally the major requires 20 concentration credits made up of specific courses and choices made in conjunction with the academic advisor. A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes. A minor in another area is required.

Admission to the Media Studies concentration

Students need to apply to the Communications major with Media 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, printing a current unofficial transcript and then setting up a meeting with the deparment chair to submit all the materials. The department will admit students who write an excellent essay, exhibit appropriate behavior for a future professional, and who conform to the deadline.

Media Studies 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.

Media Studies minor

Twenty credits are required for a minor in Media Studies. Courses include 4 credits of CTA 1114 Media Literacy AND/OR CTA 2850 Media Theory and Research (must take one, can take both), 4 credits of CTA 3341 Media Production OR  CTA 4414 Media Criticism OR CTA 4417 Mass Media Law and Ethics, and 0 to 4 credits CTA 4100 Media Practicum (Portfolio). Additionally a student must choose 12 elective credits (with the help of their advisor) from the following list of CTA courses: CTA 2214 Writing for Mass Media, CTA 2307 Digital Photography, CTA 2514 Digital Media Studio, CTA 2525 Media Race and Gender, CTA 3214 Newswriting and Reporting, CTA 3307 Photojournalism, and CTA 3999/CTA 4999 Independent and Directed Media Studies (must obtain instructor approval).  A minimum grade of "C" must be maintained in all required classes for this minor.