2018-2019 Academic Catalogs

Communication Arts

Communication Arts Department Mission

  • To better prepare broadcast and print journalists who can think and write effectively;
  • To prepare students for the field of education by keeping the Communication Arts student up-to-date with speech and theatre innovations;
  • To give the B.A. student a comprehensive background in Speech, to better prepare him/her for graduate study;
  • To give the B.A. student a comprehensive background in Theatre, to better prepare him/her for graduate study.

Communication Arts Department Goals and Outcomes

Goal Outcome
The MSU Communication Arts Department subscribes to the behavioral goals established for speech communication by the joint task force created by the American Theatre Association and the Speech Communication Association. Briefly, those goals are:Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts.
Ability to predict with accuracy the consequences of communication decisions and behaviors.
Ability to manage the following factors in communication situations: selection, development and presentation of ideas, strategies and media to influence human behavior.
Ability to evaluate messages on the basis of functional, ethical, and aesthetic considerations.
Ability to develop a personal communication style which can be adapted to a variety of communication contexts.
Ability to develop skills and attitudes which promote free inquiry, critical listening, receptiveness toward divergent viewpoints, and willingness to support unpopular ideas.

The goals established by the ATA/SCA govern a basic approach to teaching speech, theatre, and broadcasting and depend on the basic principles of our theme—select, arrange, perform.

Communication Arts/Broadcasting majors are required to attend all student and faculty recitals, attend all mainstage productions, and participate in the faculty-student evaluation sessions designated by the faculty. Communication Arts/Broadcasting majors are required to complete COMM 492 Senior Portfolio.

Broadcasting Program Goals and Outcomes

Students earning a BA in Broadcasting are evaluated in four areas of knowledge/skills. These areas are:

Goal Outcome
Basic knowledge of historical, theoretical, critical areas of broadcasting, public relations and advertising, or journalism. Identify, analyze, and explain concepts of historical, theoretical, and critical nature appropriate to their respective study of broadcasting, public relations and advertising, or journalism.
Basic knowledge and skills associated with production elements of broadcasting, public relations and advertising, or journalism.Select applicable communication components, arrange them in an effective organizational pattern, and perform in appropriate venues.
Basic knowledge and skills associated with leadership/ advocacy and behavior.Utilize leadership/advocacy, knowledge, skills, and behavior in service and professional contexts.
Submission of research and creative work to applicable scholarly and interest groups on local, regional, and national levels.Write and submit scholarly and creative work to appropriate outlets.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Broadcasting

The Media Service Concentration is Required of all BA in Broadcasting majors.

General Education
General Education Courses38-40
Required Core
COMM 099Recitals0
099 Required Every Semester
COMM 120Introduction to Broadcasting3
COMM 210Advanced Public Speaking3
COMM 218Public Relations Principles3
COMM 225Audio Production I3
COMM 244Reporting and Feature Writing3
COMM 354Special Events Planning3
COMM 360Video Production I3
COMM 412Communication Law and Ethics3
COMM 492Senior Portfolio1
Options:
Select one of the following options:18
Public Relations Option
PR & Media Writing
Community Relations
Campaigns and Strategies
Crisis Communication
Select two of the following:
Mass Media and Society
Broadcast Advertising & Applications
Media Sales and Analysis
Journalism Option
Print, Web, and Social Media Graphics
Mass Media and Society
Social Media, Writing, and Design
Persuasion & Argumentation
Investigative Reporting
Select one of the following:
Graphic Design I
Traditional Photography
Illustration Techniques
Production Option
Media Announcing
Broadcast News Writing
Broadcast News Gathering
Advanced TV and Social Media Production
Select two of the following:
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Broadcast Advertising & Applications
Media Sales and Analysis
Investigative Reporting
Acting I
Communication Option
Interpersonal Communication
Persuasion & Argumentation
Group Dynamics
Community Relations
Gender Communication
Crisis Communication
Second Major or Minor/Concentration(s)37
Total Hours118-120

Theatre Arts Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal Outcome
Basic knowledge of historical, theoretical, critical areas of theatre.Identify, analyze, and explain concepts of historical, theoretical, and critical nature appropriate to their respective study of theatre.
Basic knowledge and skills associated with production elements of theoretical performance.Select applicable communication components, arrange them in an effective organizational pattern, and perform in appropriate venues.
Basic knowledge and skills associated with leadership/ advocacy and behavior.Utilize leadership/advocacy, knowledge, skills and behavior in service and professional contexts.
Submission of research and creative work to applicable scholarly and interest groups on local, regional and national levels.Write and submit scholarly and creative work to appropriate outlets.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Theatre Arts

General Education
General Education Course Requirements 138-40
Required Core44
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting I
Theatre Practicum Must be taken 6 times
Production Design
Internship Must be taken twice
Movement I
Movement II
Musical Theatre Dance
Theatre History, Criticism & Literature I
Theatre History Criticism,& Literature II
Acting II
Directing
Playwriting
Contemporary Drama
Advanced Theatre Performance
Capstone Experience
Total Hours82-84
1

Students must use THEA 110 Introduction to Theatre Arts to fulfill one of their Humanities General Education requirements.

Communication Minor (Non-Major)

COMM 099Recitals0
COMM 210Advanced Public Speaking3
COMM 212Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 315Persuasion & Argumentation3
COMM 316Group Dynamics3
COMM 324Community Relations3
COMM 413Gender Communication3
COMM 425Crisis Communication3
COMM 218Public Relations Principles3
or COMM 219 Mass Media and Society
Total Hours24

Theatre Arts Minor

THEA 110Introduction to Theatre Arts3
THEA 120Intro to Drama Lit & Analysis3
THEA 161Acting I3
THEA 270Stagecraft3
THEA 275Production Design3
THEA 301Movement I3
THEA 361Acting II3
THEA 201Theatre Practicum 1 credit taken twice2
Total Hours23

Broadcasting Concentration

COMM 120Introduction to Broadcasting3
COMM 225Audio Production I3
COMM 360Video Production I3
Select two of the following:2
TV Activities
Radio Activities
Promotions Activities
Total Hours11

Dance and Creative Movement

THEA 161Acting I3
THEA 301Movement I3
THEA 302Movement II3
THEA 303Musical Theatre Dance3
Total Hours12

Print Communications Concentration

COMM 244Reporting and Feature Writing3
COMM 224Publication Makeup & Design3
COMM 344Investigative Reporting3
Select three of the following:3
Reporting & Editing
Promotions Activities
Total Hours12

Public Relations Concentration

COMM 218Public Relations Principles3
COMM 221PR & Media Writing3
COMM 325Campaigns and Strategies3
Select three credits of the following:3
Mass Media and Society
Broadcast Advertising & Applications
Crisis Communication
Promotions Activities
Total Hours12

Media Service Concentration

 This Concentration is required of all Broadcasting Majors

Elect 6 Credits from the following6
Broadcast Production
Broadcast Practicum
Elect 4 Credits from the following4
Reporting & Editing
TV Activities
Radio Activities
Promotions Activities
2nd Time Taking the Class
COMM 354Special Events Planning3
Total Hours13

Social Media Concentration

COMM 120Introduction to Broadcasting3
COMM 224Social Media, Writing, and Design3
COMM 460Advanced TV and Social Media Production3
ART 112Print, Web, and Social Media Graphics3
Social Media Activities3
Reporting & Editing
TV Activities
Radio Activities
Total Hours15

Sportscasting Concentration

COMM 283TV Activities1
COMM 326Media Announcing3
COMM 328Play by Play Communication3
COMM 329Sports Television Production3
COMM 397Communication Arts Practicum2
Total Hours12

Theatre Concentration

THEA 110Introduction to Theatre Arts3
Select from the following:9
Intro to Drama Lit & Analysis
Acting I
Movement I
Movement II
Theatre History, Criticism & Literature I
Theatre History Criticism,& Literature II
Acting II
Directing
Playwriting
Contemporary Drama
Total Hours12

Communication Arts (Speech) Concentration

Select from the following12
Advanced Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Persuasion & Argumentation
Group Dynamics
Gender Communication
Total Hours12