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 Human Communication
  • COMM 130 Visual Communication
  • COMM 224 Voice and Movement
  • COMM 250 Media/Society/Self
  • COMM 269 Creative Process: Inspiration and Sweat
  • COMM 450 Senior Seminar in Communication Arts               

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 CONCENTRATION:

Concentration in Communication Studies (UCMG)

The Major Core plus the following Concentration requirements (8 courses):

Required Electives Group A: Communication Studies/Professional Communication (4 Required)
Choose any four (4) courses from the lists below (two (2) of which must be a 300 or 400 level)

Communication Studies                     

  • COMM 202 Global Media
  • COMM 215 Science Communication
  • COMM 220 Mass Communication       
  • COMM 234 Intercultural Communication           
  • COMM 242 Environmental Communication           
  • COMM 245 Cultural Aspects of Media Representation           
  • COMM 255 Special Topics in Communication, Media, and Performance   
  • COMM 259 African Americans in Television and Radio
  • COMM 324 Rhetoric and Popular Culture       
  • COMM 308 Media Criticism: Principles and Practice           
  • COMM 322 Persuasion and Social Influence               
  • COMM 490 Independent Study in Communication, Media, and Performance
  • COMM 495 Internship in Communication, Media, and Performance

Professional Communication         

  • COMM 107 Effective Speaking       
  • COMM 205 Small Group Communication       
  • COMM 207 Interpersonal Dialogue       
  • COMM 213 Advanced Effective Speaking           
  • COMM 237 Communication and Leadership   
  • COMM 255 Special Topics in Communication Arts
  • COMM 270 Advertising Techniques       
  • COMM 275 Public Relations       
  • COMM 297 Communication and Social Media       
  • COMM 303 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 328 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • COMM 490 Independent Study in Communication, Media, and Performance
  • COMM 495 Internship in Communication, Media, and Performance
Required Electives Group B: Media Production/Performance (4 Required)
Choose any four (4) courses from the lists below (two (2) of which must be a 300 or 400 level)
Media Production
  • COMM 209 Audio Production: Podcasting
  • COMM 226 Writing for Visual Media
  • COMM 255 Special Topics in Communication Arts
  • COMM 262 Television Studio Production
  • COMM 280 Introduction to Film Production
  • COMM 309 Video Editing and Effects
  • COMM 312 Screenwriting
  • COMM 366 Documentary Filmmaking
  • COMM 380 Advanced Film Production
  • COMM 410 Senior Portfolio in Film Production
  • COMM 490 Independent Study in Communication, Media, and Performance
  • COMM 495 Internship in Communication, Media, and Performance

Performance       

  • COMM 201 Oral Interpretation of Literature       
  • COMM 214 Introduction to Acting           
  • COMM 255 Special Topics in Communication, Media, and Performance
  • COMM 264 Theatre Production       
  • COMM 364 Aspects of Theatre       
  • COMM 414 Scene Study
  • COMM 490 Independent Study in Communication, Media, and Performance
  • COMM 495 Internship in Communication, Media, and Performance
  • THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre Studies

     

    Effective as of the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog