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Communication Arts

 

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COMM 1100/1100S Introduction to Human Communication Surveys the historical roots of communication, discusses the encoding and decoding of messages, and introduces the contexts of communication. Minimum grade of C ENGL 1101 or WRIT 1101
COMM 1110/1110H/1110S Principles of Public Speaking The critical study and practice of public speaking emphasizing the art of rhetoric from a humanistic perspective. Areas of study include research and preparation, ethics, audience analysis, and presentation of speeches. Minimum grade of C ENGL 1101 or WRIT 1101
COMM 2332/2332S Media & Society Introduction to print and electronic mass communications and media-related professions. Surveys the media’s historical development in the United States with particular focus on structure, social roles, and related theories. Also considers change factors that can affect the future of media. Minimum grade of C ENGL 1101 or WRIT 1101
COMM 3030/3030S Selected Topics In
Communication Arts
Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of Communication Arts. Permission of instructor.
COMM 3331/3331S Media Criticism Familiarizes students with dominant paradigms currently used in media studies. Particular emphasis will be given to theories addressing the social context of the media and criticism as a rhetorical act.
COMM 3332 Voice and Phonetics
COMM 3336 International Media Systems This course comparatively studies mass media systems around the world. It analyzes media systems in terms of relevant political, social, economic and cultural factors. Diversity and change in global communication is a main theme. The influence of rapidly-advancing technology is analyzed for its dynamic impact around the world, especially in developing nations. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332
COMM 3337 Mass Communication Law Surveys freedom of speech and press and its limitations by laws governing libel, privacy, copyright, contempt, free press, broadcast regulation, fair trial, and reporter’s shield. Broadcast industry self-regulation and ethical concerns of mass communications will be discussed. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332
COMM 3430 Media Management & Sales Students will examine the organization and operation of media operations’ policies and procedures. Students will also examine media management theory and practice, key media administrator roles, media industry processes and departments, and media manager skills in finances, personnel, programming, promotion/marketing, selling of commercial advertising in media, and audience research. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332
COMM 3431 Digital Media Entrepreneurship Course focuses on the business side of the information business, specifically digital media startups. As part of this course, students develop an original idea for a digitally-based media startup, research and analyze the potential market for the startup, and develop a basic media business. The course will also look at the behavior of entrepreneurs, but will be focused more on media entrepreneurs and the development of student ideas into potential media startup projects. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332
COMM/WRIT/AMST 3433 Comic Book Writing
in American Culture
Investigates multiple dimensions of and models for comic book writing as it traces the medium’s history, development of new genres, and narrative conventions since its origins in the 1930s. Teaches the comic book’s use of iconography, cultural tropes, and cognitive closure in the construction of sequential narratives. A minimum grade of C in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102, WRIT 1101
COMM 3530 Media Ethics The study of moral and professional conduct within various mass communication contexts. Provides students with the ability to recognize and confront potential ethical issues as journalists and media consumers. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332
COMM 4330 History of Mass Communications Surveys the history of journalism in America, with emphasis upon its correlation with political, social, and economic trends. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332 and Junior status
COMM/WGST 4331 Gender, Media, and Representation Examines the implicit gender messages that are communicated through mass media. Focuses on the representation of gender in the media and how media both reflects and creates cultural values and ideals pertaining to gender.
COMM 4332/4332S Contemporary Communication Application Offers analysis of a selected contemporary topic in communication. Includes discussion of appropriate communication models and their analytical application to the selected topic. May be repeated a maximum of two times for credit. Permission of instructor.
COMM 4333/4333S Theories of Mass Communication Examines the development of mass media systems and the resulting theoretical perspectives. Encourages theory application as a means of understanding and explaining what happens to us individually and as members of a society as mass communication became possible and now that media systems are being adapted. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332
COMM 4334 Advanced Law and Ethics Provides an evaluation of contemporary media regulations/law and ethical issues by way of case analysis along with the study of the evolution of media regulation for understanding of past, present, and future media performance. Minimum grade of C in COMM 3337
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Communication Studies

 

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COMS 1711 Speech Practicum Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.
COMS 2330 Introduction to
Communication Research
Introduces students to the professional literature in communication and examines the major paradigms used in communication research. The students will gain practical experience using formal research styles.
COMS 2711 Speech Practicum Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credits hours may be applied toward the degree.
COMS 3030 Selected Topics in
Speech Communication
Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of speech communication. Permission of instructor.
COMS 3330 Health Communication Applies various communication theories to the health care community. The impact of health communication in different contextual levels, i.e., interpersonal, group, organizational, mass and cultural will be examined.
COMS 3331 Argumentation Examines the function and structure of argumentation by focusing on the critical analysis of argument around important issues in public policy, science, law, religion and politics.
COMS 3332 Small Group Communication This course examines the increasing importance of communication in small group situations. Communication in group roles, relationships, leadership, conflict, group discussion and reflective decision making, will be highlighted. COMM 1100 or
COMM 1110
COMS/WGST 3333 Communication and Gender Introduces students to the literature of gender and communication. Considers how men’s and women’s self-perceptions and resulting communication patterns evolve as a function of cultural influences.
COMS 3334 Communicating in the Workplace Considers the theoretical and practical challenges existing in a variety of workplace communication scenarios ranging from interviews and group interaction and structure through oral presentations supplemented by a variety of modern media.
COMS 3335 Interpersonal Communication Considers current interpersonal research emphasizing practical analysis for how we communicate and form interpersonal relationships. COMM 1100
COMS 3336 Introduction to
Performance Studies
Examines the performance process in relation to the cultural values communicated in social and artistic forms. An introduction to folklore, storytelling, and solo performance.
COMS 3337 Persuasion Considers the ethics, philosophies, theories, and techniques of persuasion from the points of view of both senders and receivers of persuasive messages. COMM 1110
COMS 3338 Rhetorical Criticism Introduces students to the major perspectives and approaches used in the practice of rhetorical criticism through the analysis of various rhetorical forms, including public speeches, drama and entertainment, tradition and ideology.
COMS 3339 Intercultural Communications This course will focus on the different contexts in which culture influences the communication process. Aspects of communication such as language, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, and organizations will be examined across different cultures. Students will strive to understand the impact of culture on perception, social identity, values, and structures of power. Intercultural, cross-cultural, and multicultural contexts for communication will be discussed. COMM 1100 or
COMM 1110
COMS 3430 Communication & Leadership Covers the theories and practices associated with leadership in groups and organizations. Focuses on interactive aspects of leading and following, and developing leadership skills from a communication perspective. Topics will include perspectives of a leader’s communication interactions with regard to: change, culture, decision making, diversity, ethics, follwership, groups and teams, influence, organizations, and styles. Minimum grade of C in COMM 1100
COMS 3711 Speech Practicum Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credits hours may be applied toward the degree.
COMS/INTS 4330 Rhetoric of International Relations Examines the discourse of international relations from a rhetorical perspective. Emphasizes the analysis and criticism of persuasive messages used in international relations from Aristotelian, Neo-Aristotelian, dramatic and narrative rhetorical theoretical bases. Junior or Senior standing, or permission of instructors.
COMS 4331 Communication and Conflict Introduces students to the theory and practice of conflict management in personal and professional relationships.
COMS 4332 Political Communication Emphasizes the role and function of communication in the political setting. Examines theories of political communication and their application to political campaigns, debates, and speech writing.
COMS 4333/LING 4333 General Semantics Studies the relationship between symbols and meaning in the tradition established by Alfred Korzybski. Focuses on signs and symbols and their implications on nonverbal and oral communication.
COMS 4334 Communication Theory Introduces students to major approaches in the development of communication theory with emphasis on various communication contexts, e.g., interpersonal, group, organization, mass media, intercultural.
COMS 4336 Performance, Culture, Communication Presents performance techniques relevant to scripting and staging of presentational ensemble and solo performance. Emphasizes performance as a communicative act in social and cultural contexts. Introduces personal narrative construction and oral history interviewing as primary research methods.
COMS/AAST4337 Rhetoric of Social Movements Introduces students to the rhetorical significance of selected social movements including labor reform, civil rights, and environment protection, emphasizing the analysis of persuasive social movement discourse.
COMS 4338 Organizational Communication Explains the role and effects of communication in everyday organizational life. Includes interpersonal communication in the workplace, leadership, organizational communication and climate, motivation and flow of information in organizations.
COMS 4339 Philosophy of Communication Introduces students to the contributions of philosophical debate from logical positivism through hermeneutics to the discipline of human communication studies.
COMS 4711 Communication Studies Practicum Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credits hours may be applied toward the degree.
COMS 4791 Communication Studies Internship Provides practical experience in a professional setting appropriate for a student trained in speech communication. Will be under the supervision of a skilled practitioner in the particular area of communication. May be taken only by Speech Communication majors. A maximum of six hours may be applied to the major. COMM 1110 and a minimum of 20 semester credits in upper division COMS classes and a minimum 2.5 total institution GPA.
COMS 4831 Directed Study in Speech Offers students opportunities to design and conduct directed research and/or projects in specialized speech communication areas. Must be approved in advance by instructor and department chair. This course may not be used to replace an existing course in the catalog. Permission of instructor and department head.
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Film Studies

 

FILM 2331 Introduction to Film Studies Introduces the creative elements of cinema including screen writing, performance, cinematography, editing, sound, and directing. Selected films will be screened and analyzed.
FILM 3030/3030S Selected Topics Offers various courses in specialty areas of film studies. FILM 2331
FILM 3331 History of American Film Surveys the history of American film recognizing the influence of international cinema upon American film. Selected films of historical significance will be screened and analyzed.
FILM 3332 Documentary Film Explores the documentary film genre as an art form and as a medium of communication. Landmark documentary films will be screened and analyzed. FILM 2331
FILM 3333 Art of Film Provides detailed analysis of selected masterpiece films emphasizing aesthetics. FILM 2331
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Multimedia Journalism

 

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MMJ 2331 Introduction to Journalism An introductory study of the role of journalism, with fundamental instruction and practice in writing for the mass media. Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1101 or WRIT 1101
MMJ 3030 Selected Topics in Journalism Offers various courses in specialty areas of journalism. Permission of instructor.
MMJ 3231 Audio Production for Journalists A skills-based course that introduces students to basic field and studio recording techniques, audio editing, and sound design for multimedia journalism outlets including radio, television and the internet. Students are required to write news scripts that will be used in production assignments. This course focuses on the role of audio in journalistic storytelling. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332
MMJ 3331 News Reporting and Writing Provides theory, instruction, and practice in a variety of news gathering and writing forms and independent assignments. Minimum grade of C in MMJ 2331
MMJ 3332 Feature Writing Surveys the gathering and writing of various forms of feature stories and in-depth news stories for newspapers and magazines, emphasizing research, investigation, and interview techniques.  Minimum grade of C in MMJ 2331
MMJ 3333 Photojournalism Offers theory, instruction, and practice in the process of conducting photo assignments for the print media, with special emphasis on gathering and editing pictorial material for newspapers and magazines. Minimum grade of C in MMJ 2331
MMJ 3335 Copy Editing Provides instruction and practice in the fundamentals of news editing, including copy editing, grammar, journalistic style, headline writing, photo editing, and basic typography, with emphasis on editing the weekly and daily newspaper. Minimum grade of C in MMJ 2331
MMJ 3631 Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism Orients students to multimedia communication and discusses how multimedia communication is changing journalism. Offers students theory, instruction and practice in the foundational tools of digital storytelling. A minimum grade of  “C” in MMJ 2331, MMJ major or MMFP major or IT second discipline students
MMJ 3711/3711S Multimedia Journalism Practicum Provides limited overview and supervised practical experience in print journalism through the Office of Student Publications. A maximum of three hours will be applied towards the journalism major. A minimum grade of C in MMJ 3331
MMJ 4190 Multimedia Journalism Applications This lab-based course provides students hands-on experience producing video and audio news content for distribution through university-based media outlets and/or the internet. MMJ majors must complete a minimum of two semesters of work in the course, with the first semester equating to one hour of course credit, and the second semester equating to two hours. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 3331 & MMJ 3231 & MMJ 3331
MMJ 4332 Sports Journalism Focuses on the theory, instruction and practice of sports journalism across multimedia platforms. Includes game coverage, sports-related features, columns, and analysis. Minimum grade of C in MMJ 3331
MMJ 4333 Opinion Journalism Analyzes the principles and roles of the various forms of opinion in journalism, including editorials, columns, and cartoons; and offers practice in the research and writing of opinion. MMJ 3331
MMJ 4334 Magazine Writing and Editing Provides instruction in magazine journalism, from editing to production techniques, circulation, art, advertising and audience analysis.  Minimum grade of C in MMJ 3331
MMJ 4335 Public Interest Journalism Focuses on the theory, instruction and practice of in-depth and public service reporting, which is designed to reveal hidden and/or systemic problems within a community and to serve audience needs for quality information on matters of public interest. Students produce multiplatform pieces on an issue of public importance. Minimum grade of C in MMJ 3331
MMJ 4336 Online Journalism In this course, students will examine the emerging forms of news delivery over the World Wide Web. They will practice real time reporting and writing on the Internet by utilizing basic multimedia elements such as texts, graphics, sound and animation. This is not a traditional journalism course offered online, but a course which teaches students to publish news on an Internet-based news outlet. Minimum grade of C in MMJ 3331 & MMJ 3631
MMJ 4337 STEM Journalism Focuses on the theory, instruction and practice of multimedia journalistic coverage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Includes journalism related to health and the environment. Minimum grade of C in MMJ 3331
MMJ 4721 Multimedia Journalism Practicum Augments the training first provided in MMJ 3711 by offering additional and enhanced opportunities to develop primary journalistic skills through work with an array of on-campus media outlets. MMJ 3711 and permission of instructor
MMJ 4791 Multimedia Journalism Internship (3 hour) Provides multimedia journalism majors with supervised practical experience on a full-time basis at an approved media site. Students must have permission of instructor MMJ 3331, 2.75 GPA and permission of instructor
MMJ 4792 Multimedia Journalism Internship (6 hour) Provides multimedia journalism majors with supervised practical experience on a full-time basis at an approved media site. Students must have permission of instructor. MMJ 3331, 2.75 GPA and permission of instructor
MMJ 4831 Directed Study in Journalism Permits students to conduct in-depth studies of issues associated with multimedia journalism but may not replace an existing course in the catalog. Permission of instructor and department chair.
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Multi-Media Communication

 

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MMFP 2231 Media Production I This introductory course teaches the basic principles and essential tools of visual production through the use of camera, lighting, editing and storyboarding. Students are expected to participate in laboratory activities and will produce a limited number of short form productions. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332.
MMFP 2335 Digital Media Writing This course provides foundational principles and techniques in a variety of applications of multimedia writing. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332
Co-requisite: MMFP 2336
MMFP 2336 Audio Production & Sound Design This is a skills based course that introduces students to basic recording techniques, audio editing and sound design for multimedia outlets including radio, television, film and internet. Students are required to write scripts that will be used in production assignments. This course focuses on the role of audio in media storytelling. Minimum grade of C in COMM 2332.Co-requisite:  MMFP 2335
MMFP 3030 Selected Multimedia Topics This course offers various topics in specialized areas of multimedia study. MMFP major or permission of instructor
MMFP 3234 Directing for Screen Students will learn the techniques for working with actors for screen performance with particular focus on film acting. Auditioning, screen tests, and casting will also be discussed. Students will direct a minimum of three individual scenes for video. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 2331 or permission of instructor
MMFP 3331 Media Production II This is a production course that further advances storytelling, including all steps of the production process: planning, management, time line, shot scripting, location lighting, sound, and aesthetic enhancement. Students will work individually and collaboratively in the creation of short and longer form productions. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 2331, MMFP 2335 & MMFP 2336 or MMJ 3231
MMFP 3431 Broadcast Performance This course provides a student with techniques to become a more effective oral and visual communicator. Course content includes techniques in analyzing and improving voice, pronunciation, inflection and articulation. Students will also learn announcing techniques that are required in a variety of applications, such as news reporting, commercial delivery, interviewing, sportscasting and narration. Minimum grade of C in COMM 1110 & MMFP 2336 or MMJ 3231
MMFP 3436 Advanced Audio Production This course introduces students to advanced recording and audio editing techniques. Students will plan, develop, and produce a wide range of audio production types in long-form areas such as news, documentary, or uses of music and special effects to support drama and/or visual sound track activities. Final projects are expected to be of the quality necessary for public airing and submission to competitions. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 2331, MMFP 2335 & MMFP 2336
MMFP 3531 Screenwriting for Film & Television Students will demonstrate the ability to develop scripted film and television content utilizing industry standard formatting. Students will further demonstrate the ability to adapt scripted film and television content for diverse audiences. The coursework will include written assignments, critiques and revisions leading to the completion of original scripts. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 2335
MMFP 3533 Narrative Film Production Students will demonstrate the ability to develop scripted film and television content utilizing industry standard formatting. Students will further demonstrate the ability to adapt scripted film and television content for diverse audiences. The coursework will include written assignments, critiques and revisions leading to the completion of original scripts. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 3331
MMFP 4090 Multimedia Applications This course provides students with opportunities to gain hands-on production experience by completing practicum assignments at either WVGS FM, with the channel 99 cable TV operation, or in the production of website content. MMFP majors must complete a minimum of two semesters of work in the course with the first semester equating to one hour of course credit and the second semester two hours. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 2331 & MMFP 3331
MMFP 4135 Lighting and Cinematography Through lecture, screenings, discussions, workshops, and hands-on projects, this course teaches advanced techniques and styles of lighting and cinematography. Classes explore the language and aesthetics of visual storytelling and ways in which movement, lenses, exposure, lighting setups, camera settings and post-production techniques affect the digital image. Over the course of the semester, students will shoot footage with the goal of producing a professional portfolio of work. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 2331 and MMFP 3331
MMFP 4331 Sports Production This course provides a student with the techniques to produce/direct video productions of live sporting events along with the skills needed to operate the equipment associated with such productions. Course content includes techniques for producing/directing, operations of camera, audio mixing, graphic replay, and switching equipment for a variety of live sports video coverage. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 2335 and MMFP 3331
MMFP 4335 Documentary Writing & Production Through lecture, readings, screenings, discussions, workshops and hands-on projects, this course focuses on the aesthetic and technical fundamentals of documentary writing and production. Students will engage in theoretical and ethical issues of documentary and gain practical experience by researching, writing, planning and producing an original documentary project. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 2335 and MMFP 3331
MMFP 4337 Digital Media Post Production Through lecture, readings, screenings, discussions, workshops, and hands-on projects, this course teaches advanced concepts and techniques in non-linear digital video editing. Over the course of the semester, students will edit a variety of fiction and non-fiction film and video projects and gain practical post production experience including audio sweetening, color correction and special effects. Productions will be suitable for television and web broadcast. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 3331
MMFP 4431 Senior Project I This is the first course in an advanced two-semester sequence in which each student works as part of a team in the creation of a radio documentary, corporate training or narrative film, or TV pilot or documentary. This course focuses on production conceptualization, scriptwriting and storyboarding, production management, set and costume design, and a creation of a production timeline. In addition, students will submit a portfolio and production reel of their previous work and pass a comprehensive exam that documents their grasp of knowledge and skills they have learned during their four-year program of study. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 3331
MMFP 4432 Senior Project II This is the second course in an advance two-semester sequence in which each student works as part of a team in the completion of an audio documentary, corporate training or narrative film, or TV pilot or documentary. Students will audio record and edit and/or video shoot and edit, create a business and marketing plan, develop a promotional website and premiere the work at a public screening. Minimum grade of C in MMFP 4431
MMFP 4791 Multimedia Film or Production Internship Optional internship open only to MMFP majors who have earned 2.75 total institution. Faculty will place student applicants in approved electronic media facility. This course requires 300 clock hours of approved and supervised site activity during the semester.  A maximum of six hours of internship credit may be applied toward the MMFP major. 2.75 cumulative GPA, Junior classification AND instructor permission.
MMFP 4792 Broadcast Internship Optional internship course open only to MMFP majors who have earned 2.75 total institution GPA. Faculty place student applicants in approved electronic media facility. Students must complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised work during the semester, and a research paper to qualify for credit. 2.75 cumulative GPA AND instructor permission.
MMFP 4891 Directed Multimedia Study Students conduct in-depth research and produce a multimedia project, such as a term paper, audio or video production, or web content. Student may enroll for one to three hours of credit and may take the course more than once, but not for a credit hour total that exceeds three hours. The course design must be approved by the instructor and the department chair before course registration. This course cannot replace required major courses, but may be utilized as an upper division major elective credit. 2.75 cumulative GPA AND instructor permission.
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Public Relations

 

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PRCA 2330 Introduction to Public Relations Introduces the history, theories, and principles of public relations, and the role and practice of public relations in various organizational contexts. COMM 2332
PRCA 3030/3030S Selected Topics in Public Relations Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of Public Relations. PRCA 2330 or permission of instructor.
PRCA 3330/3330S Public Relations Writing Examines writing techniques employed in media management programs including the strategic design and development of messages for mass and personal media, message dissemination, and evaluation of results. Minimum grade of C in MMJ 2331 and PRCA 2330
PRCA 3331 Corporate Public Relations Examines the role of public relations within a corporation and its responsibilities in developing and maintaining external and internal relations. PRCA 2330 or permission of instructor.
PRCA 3332 Public Relations
Event Management
Provides students with the opportunity to learn and implement planning techniques and strategies unique to events. Special emphasis will be placed on non-profit creation of an event to meet organizational goals. PRCA 2330 or permission of instructor.
PRCA/INTS 3333/3333S International Public Relations Introduces the performance of public relations in international contexts. Consideration will be given to the political, economic, social, and historical contexts affecting public relations practices. Special emphasis will be placed on the interaction between government and public relations. PRCA 2330 or permission of instructor.
PRCA 3334 Social Media and Public Relations This course is designed to provide students with a theoretical perspective of social media by reading scholarly research and writings. PRCA 2330 and PRCA 3330
PRCA 3339/3339S Public Relations Publications Provides students the opportunity to learn about and create specialized organizational publications such as brochures, annual reports, and magazines. PRCA 2330 and
PRCA 3330
PRCA 3711 Public Relations Practicum Provides limited practical experience in public relations projects in either an academic or a professional setting. A maximum of four hours may be applied toward a degree. PRCA 2330 and PRCA 3330
PRCA 4330 Public Relations Research Explores the role of public opinion in public relations. Students will gather, analyze and use qualitative and quantitative audience research as part of a public relations program. PRCA 2330
PRCA 4331 Public Relations Firms Reviews the evolution and management of public relations firms and principles involved in counseling clients PRCA 3330 or permission of instructor.
PRCA 4332 Public Relations Crisis Communication Provides understanding of how crises affect an organization’s public relations efforts. Students will learn strategies for anticipating crises and developing communications responses PRCA 3330 or permission of instructor.
PRCA 4335 Senior Seminar in
Public Relations:
Examines ethical issues and current topics in the practice of public relations. PRCA 2330, PRCA 3330, PRCA 4330 or permission of instructor.
PRCA 4339 Public Relations
Campaign Strategies
An advanced course in which students analyze cases and apply principles, processes, and theories of public relations to the execution of campaigns. PRCA 2330, PRCA 3330 and PRCA 4330
PRCA 4711 Public Relations Practicum Provides limited practical experience in public relations projects in either an academic or a professional setting. A maximum of four hours may be applied toward a degree. PRCA 3330
PRCA 4791 Public Relations Internship Provides practical experience in a professional public relations setting with public relations practitioner supervision. May be taken only by public relations majors. A minimum grade of “C” in PRCA 3330 and a minimum 2.5 total institution GPA. May be taken only by public relations majors.
PRCA 4831 Directed Study in Public Relations Offers students opportunities to design and conduct independent research and/or projects in specialized public relations areas. May be taken only once. PRCA 2330 and departmental approval.
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Theatre

 

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THEA 1100/1100S Theatre Appreciation An introductory study of dramatic literature and its relationship to the theatrical arts including set, costume, lighting design, acting, and directing.
THEA 1250 Introduction to Production Concepts Students will be introduced to script analysis and concept development through a combination of lecture, analysis and group work. Three distinct genres will be used for script analysis: Shakespeare, Realism, and Non-realism. Students will work in collaborative groups to develop conceptual approaches to the individual scripts from the perspective of director and designer.
THEA 1712 Puppetry Practicum Provides students with opportunities to take an active part in puppetry production. A maximum of 4 hours may apply toward a degree. Thirty clock hours of work will equal one hour of credit.
THEA 2332 Stagecraft Provides students with basic instruction in principles of scenic construction, design, drafting, and painting. Designed as preparatory course to production and performance.
THEA 2333 Fundamentals of Acting Includes history of actor training, the influence of Stanislavsky, the playing of objectives, character development, and rehearsal discipline.
THEA 2711 Theatre Practicum Provides students with opportunities to take an active part in a theatrical production. A maximum of four hours may apply toward a degree. Thirty clock hours of work will equal one hour of credit.
THEA 2712 Puppetry Practicum Provides students with opportunities to take an active part in puppetry production. A maximum of four hours may apply toward a degree. A minimum of thirty clock hours of activity required to receive credit.
THEA 3030/3030S Selected Topics in Theatre Offers varied courses in specialized areas in the field of theatre.
THEA 3131 Stage Makeup Offers students an introduction to make-up materials and techniques of application. Included with the basic techniques will be work with aging, wounds, scars, prosthetics, and other types of make-up.
THEA 3230 Voice for the Stage Students learn how to use their voices in a variety of performance situations.

THEA 3231

Movement for the Actor This course will introduce the student to various movement techniques used in the theatre. These techniques are intended to increase the individual’s ability to inhabit the physicality of the character. Each time the course is offered it will pursue a specific technique or combination of techniques that will be determined by the instructor of the class. May be repeated once for credit.
THEA 3232 Vectorworks for the Stage This course will introduce the student to various 2D and 3D computer aided drafting techniques used in the theatre. These techniques are intended to increase the individual’s ability to present construction drawings, elevations, groundplans and lighting plots for industry needs. Minimum grade of C in THEA 1250, THEA 2332 or permission of instructor
THEA 3233 Audition & the Business of Acting Designed to develop audition skills needed for graduate school and professional auditions. Topics will include monolog selection and preparation, cold readings, sight reading, and scene preparation. In addition, students will learn about headshots, resumes, unions, and the business side of the theatre profession. Minimum grade of C in THEA 2332
THEA 3234 Acting for the Screen Students will learn acting for screen performance techniques with particular focus on film acting. Auditioning, screen tests, and casting will also be discussed. Students will perform in a minimum of two scenes for video. Minimum grade of C in THEA 2333
THEA 3330 Acting: Scene Study Broadens student understanding of the craft of acting. Special emphasis will be placed on character study through the extensive use of scene work from twentieth century drama.  Minimum grade of C in THEA 2333 or permission of instructor
THEA/AAST 3332 African American Theatre Investigates the contributions of black playwrights, actors, and directors to American theatre.
THEA/IRSH 3333 Irish Theatre Studies the theatre of Ireland from the Abbey Theatre through the present. Covers Irish theatre movement and plays by significant playwrights from W.B. Yeats to Brian Friel.
THEA 3336 Theatre Management Provides students with an introductory study of the principles and practices of theatrical management. Provides a systematic examination of the role of the theatre stage manager.
THEA 3337 Play Directing Includes conceptualization, communication with actors and designers, and casting and rehearsal techniques necessary to stage a play for the theatre. Minimum grade of C in THEA 1250 and THEA 2333
THEA 3338 Rehearsal and Performance This course will enable a student to receive credit for intensive participation in a theatrical production over the course of a 4-to-7 week period. The student will participate in a number of different activities: acting, set design and construction, costume design and construction, lighting design and implementation, publicity, stage management, property design and construction, house management, and others.
THEA 3711 Theatre Practicum Provides students with opportunities to take an active part in a theatrical production. A maximum of four hours may apply toward a degree. Thirty clock hours of work will equal one hour of credit.
THEA 3712 Puppetry Practicum Provides students with opportunities to take an active part in puppetry production. A maximum of four hours may apply toward a degree. Thirty clock hours of work will equal one hour of credit.
THEA 4330 Theatre History I: Origins to 1700 Surveys the development of theatrical practice and dramatic literature from its origins to around 1700. The history of acting, directing, stage design, production methods, and the physical spaces of theatre will be addressed, in addition to the examination of representative play texts. This course will include the study of ritual and Non-Western theatrical genres. Minimum grade of C in THEA 1250 or permission of instructor.
THEA 4331/4331S Theatre History II:
1700 to Contemporary
Surveys the development of theatrical practice and dramatic literature from 1700 to emerging 21st Century patterns. The history of acting, directing, stage design, production methods, and the physical spaces of theatre will be addressed, in addition to the examination of representative play texts. Minimum grade of C in THEA 1250 or permission of instructor.
THEA 4332 Children’s Theatre and Storytelling Examines play theory, storytelling, and creative drama techniques for the staging of plays with and for children.
THEA 4333/4333S Acting Styles Specialized study of the techniques needed to perform in a particular style of theatre or in the work of a particular playwright. Topics include Shakespeare and verse drama, Brecht and Epic theatre, improvisational comedy, and Greek and Roman tragedy. May be repeated once for credit.  Minimum grade of C in THEA 2333 or permission of instructor
THEA 4334 Drama in Performance Examines the relationship between the play in performance and the dramatic text with special attention to historical theories of acting which influence the literary works.
THEA 4335 Scene Design Emphasizes interpretation of plays through visual images and the creation of physical spaces for performances. Includes traditional drafting and computer assisted design technologies, scale model making, perspective drawing and painted or air brushed rendering of the set. Minimum grade of C in THEA 1250 and THEA 2332
THEA 4336 Lighting Design Theory and practice of lighting for a variety of stages including proscenium, thrust, and arena stage production. A practical study of the equipment and the aesthetics of lighting for the theatre. Minimum grade of C in THEA 1250 and THEA 2332
THEA 4337 Costume Design The history and applied theory of theatrical costume design. An exposure to costume materials and concepts executed and demonstrated through watercolor and charcoal rendering. Minimum grade of C in THEA 1250 and THEA 2332
THEA 4338 Seminar: World Theatre This course is a study of one of the forms of theater engaged in by different cultures around the world. Each course will focus on one specific area of theater chosen from: People’s Theatre, Russian Theatre, Asian Theatre, Classic Greek Theatre, Neo-Classic Theatre, or some other area within the Instructor’s expertise.
THEA 4711 Theatre Practicum Provides students with opportunities to take an active part in a theatrical production. A maximum of three hours may apply toward a degree. Forty clock hours of work will equal one hour of credit.
THEA 4712 Puppetry Practicum Provides students with opportunities to take an active part in puppetry production. A maximum of four hours may apply toward a degree. A minimum of thirty clock hours of activity required to receive credit.
THEA 4831 Directed Study in Theatre Permits students to conduct in-depth study of issues associated with theatre. This course cannot be used to replace existing courses in the catalog. Must be approved by the department chair and the instructor.
THEA 5530/5530G Playwriting The study, analysis, and practice in the art and craft of writing plays for the stage or for dramatic television and film. Undergraduates complete one act play while graduate students complete a first draft for a full length play.
THEA 5531/5531G Puppetry Acquaints the student with puppetry as an art and an educational medium. Emphasizes effective use of puppetry in the development of individual and group resources, creativity, self expression, and emotional adjustment. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

 

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