Communication Arts Major

College of Arts and Humanities - Department of Communication Arts

The Department of Communication Arts has as its purview the study of media and speech communication within the context of liberal arts at the University. The goal of the department is to provide students with a balanced perspective from which they may explore the nature of human communication. To that end, the Department offers a wide variety of courses in the areas of media and speech. These studies are designed to promote both a mastery of communication theory and a facility in the execution and performance of that theory.

 

The General Education Requirement

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain I-B (Humanities) is satisfied through the completion of the Communication Arts major.

Course Prerequisites

Courses may have specified conditions for enrollment, such as prior completion of less advanced courses, permission of the instructor, or appropriate placement test scores. Students should refer to course descriptions in the department listings for prerequisite requirements.

 

COMMUNICATION ARTS MAJOR

 

Major Core Requirements (4 courses)

  • COMM 115 Introduction to Speech Communication
  • COMM 130 Introduction to Visual Communication                 
  • COMM 250 Media/Society/Self
  • COMM 450 Seminar in Communication Arts

Note: Students who have taken COMM 105 Foundations of Communication and COMM 107 Effective Speaking have fulfilled the requirement of COMM 115 Introduction to Speech Communication.

 

Majors must select a concentration with the approval of their advisor. Any change in the student’s concentration must be approved by the department chair.

 

COMMUNICATION ARTS CONCENTRATIONS:

Concentration in Communication Studies (UCMG)

The Major Core plus the following Concentration requirements (12 courses):

Communication Studies (Choose 2):

  • COMM 202 Global Media
  • COMM 207 Interpersonal Dialogue
  • COMM 220 Principles of Mass Communication
  • COMM 230 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 234 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 245 Cultural Aspects of Media Representation
  • COMM 308 Media Criticism

Acting, Directing, and Speech Communication (Choose 2):

  • COMM 201 Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • COMM 205 Small Group Communication
  • COMM 212 Drama Workshop
  • COMM 214 Introduction to Acting
  • COMM 260 Voice and Articulation

Visual Studies (Choose 2):

  • ARTH 160 Introduction to the World of Art
  • ARTH 200 Art and Social Values
  • ARTH 273 Modern Art History
  • COMM 210 History of Photography
  • ENGL 207 Language of Film

Visual Production (Choose 2):

  • ARTS 222 Color and Design
  • COMM 200 Design for Integrated Media
  • COMM 208 Basic Photography
  • COMM 262 Television Studio Production
  • COMM 280 Introduction to Film Production

Writing (Choose 2):

Two (2) additional Communication Arts performance or production courses.

 

 

Concentration in Integrated Visual Media (UCMI)

The Major Core plus the following Concentration requirements (13 courses):

Choose one (1) of the following:

  • COMM 210 History of Photography
  • COMM 338 Advanced Visual Communications

Two (2) of the following:

  • Any Art History course
  • Any Studio Art course
  • Any Film Studies course

Choose three (3) of the following:

  • COMM 262 Television Studio Production
  • COMM 269 Creative Process: Inspiration and Sweat
  • COMM 270 Advertising Techniques
  • COMM 272 Photography and Architecture
  • COMM 309 Video Editing and Effects
  • COMM 312 Screenwriting
  • COMM 316 Advanced Interactive Design
  • COMM 327 Computer Animation Techniques
  • COMM 330 Advanced Photography
  • COMM 366 Documentary Filmmaking
  • COMM 380 Advanced Film Production
  • COMM 390 Topics in Integrated Media Design

 

 

Concentration in Organizational & Corporate Communication (UCMC)

The Major Core plus the following Concentration requirements (12 courses):

  • COMM 200 Design for Integrated Media
  • COMM 230 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 270 Advertising Techniques
  • COMM 275 Public Relations
  • COMM 495 Internship in Communication Arts

Choose one (1):

  • COMM 205 Small Group Communication
  • COMM 207 Interpersonal Dialogue
  • COMM 213 Advanced Public Speaking
  • COMM 328 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • COMM 370 The Rhetorical Tradition

Choose one (1):

  • COMM 202 Global Media
  • COMM 220 Principles of Mass Communication
  • COMM 234 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 245 Cultural Aspects of Media Representation
  • COMM 308 Media Criticism

Choose two (2):

  • COMM 226 Writing for Visual Media
  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 282 Creative Writing
  • ENGL 284 Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 331 News Writing
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 371 Business Writing
  • ENGL 372 Technical Writing

Choose one (1):

  • MGMT 215 Legal Environment of Business
  • MGMT 280 Applied Organizational Theory and Management
  • MRKT 181 Marketing Principles

Two (2) additional Communication Arts performance or production courses.

 

 

Concentration in Theatre (UCMH)

The Major Core plus the following Concentration requirements (11 courses):

  • COMM 214 Introduction to Acting
  • COMM 260 Voice and Articulation
  • COMM 264 Theatre Production
  • COMM 364 Aspects of Theatre
  • THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre Studies

Choose one (1) of the following:

  • ENGL 220 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 271 Development of the Drama

Choose one (1) of the following:

  • FASH 140 Principles of Apparel Construction
  • FASH 223 History of Costume
  • FASH 253 Cultural Dress

Choose one (1) of the following:

  • COMM 201 Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • COMM 226 Writing for Visual Media
  • COMM 264 Threatre Production
  • COMM 312 Screenwriting
  • COMM 364 Aspects of Theatre
  • ENGL 207 The Language of Film
  • ENGL 208 Film Genres
  • FASH 153 Consumer Textiles
  • FASH 200 Fashion Sketching and Design
    ENGL 282 Creative Writing

 

 

Production and Speech & Performance Courses

The following are production and performance courses, as specified in several of the above communication arts concentrations:

Production courses:

  • COMM 200 Design for Integrated Media
  • COMM 208 Basic Photography
  • COMM 225 Interactive Design
  • COMM 226 Writing for Visual Media
  • COMM 262 Television Studio Production
  • COMM 264 Theatre Production
  • COMM 270 Advertising Techniques
  • COMM 272 Photography and Architecture
  • COMM 280 Introduction to Film Production
  • COMM 309 Video Editing and Effects
  • COMM 312 Screenwriting
  • COMM 315 Intermediate Photography
  • COMM 316 Advanced Interactive Design
  • COMM 327 Motion Graphics and Animation
  • COMM 330 Advanced Photography
  • COMM 362 Studio Production II
  • COMM 366 Documentary Filmmaking
  • COMM 380 Advanced Film Production
  • COMM 390 Topics in Integrated Media Design
  • COMM 405 Senior Portfolio in Visual Communication
  • COMM 410 Senior Portfolio in Film Production
  • COMM 495 Internship in Communication Arts

Speech & Performance courses:

  • COMM 201 Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • COMM 205 Small Group Communication
  • COMM 207 Interpersonal Dialogue
  • COMM 212 Drama Workshop
  • COMM 213 Advanced Public Speaking
  • COMM 214 Introduction to Acting
  • COMM 230 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 260 Voice and Articulation
  • COMM 269 Creative Process: Inspiration and Sweat
  • COMM 322 Persuasion and Social Influence
  • COMM 328 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • COMM 370 The Rhetorical Tradition
  • COMM 414 Advanced Acting
  • COMM 495 Internship in Communication Arts

264 Theatre Production