2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog

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 392 Junior Project before presenting their senior project, and COMM 492 Senior Project. Communication Arts minors are required to present a junior recital, COMM 392 Junior Project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 218Public Relations Principles3
COMM 225Audio Production I3
COMM 244Reporting and Feature Writing3
COMM 354Special Events Planning3
COMM 360Video Production I3
COMM 392Junior Project1
COMM 412Communication Law3
COMM 492Senior Project3
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
News Writing Option
Computer Graphics
Photography I
Publication Makeup & Design
Investigative Reporting
Select two of the following:
Graphic Design I
Illustration Techniques
Mass Media and Society
Production Option
Media Announcing
Broadcast News Writing
Broadcast News Gathering
Video Production II
Select two of the following:
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Broadcast Advertising & Applications
Media Sales and Analysis
Investigative Reporting
Acting I
Second Major or Minor/Concentration(s)37
Total Hours118-120

 

 

 

Communication Arts Education Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal Outcome
Basic knowledge of historical, theoretical, and critical areas of theatre, speech, broadcasting, public relations and advertising, and journalism.Identify, analyze and explain concepts of historical, theoretical, and critical nature appropriate to their respective study of theatre, speech, broadcasting, public relations and advertising, or journalism.
Basic knowledge and skills associated with production elements of theatrical production, speech communication, broadcast production, public relations and advertising practices, and journalism publication.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 in their respective fields of the Communication Arts Department.Utilize leadership/advocacy, knowledge, skills and behavior in service and professional contexts.
Basic knowledge, skills and opportunities to submit research and creative work to local, regional, and national arenas.Write and submit scholarly and creative work to appropriate outlets.

In addition to the outcomes listed above, students earning a BSE in Communication Arts will be assessed according to the INTASC standards in Teacher Education.

Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Communication Arts (120)

General Education
General Education Course Requirements38-40
Select one of the following options:40
Theatre Option Core
Recitals
Interpersonal Communication
Oral Interpretation
Junior Project
Senior Project
The One-Act Play
Acting I
Make-Up
Stagecraft
Production Design
Directing
Activities Core6
Theatre Practicum
Internship
Select two from the following:6
Theatre History, Criticism & Literature I
Theatre Hist,ory Criticism,& Literature II
Contemporary Drama
With the following recommended Communication courses: Credits not to be included in final count.
Advanced Public Speaking
Mass Media and Society
Reporting and Feature Writing
Persuasion & Argumentation
Communication Option Core
Recitals
Interpersonal Communication
Oral Interpretation
Junior Project
Senior Project
Introduction to Broadcasting
Advanced Public Speaking
Public Relations Principles
Mass Media and Society
Persuasion & Argumentation
Group Dynamics
Communication for Educators
Gender Communication
Activities Core6
Reporting & Editing
Communication Arts Activities
Radio Activities
Theatre Practicum
With the following recommended Theatre courses: Credits not included in the final count.
The One-Act Play
Acting I
Stagecraft
Directing
Professional Ed Sequence
Professional Ed Sequence40

Professional Education Sequence

COMM 389Directing Forensics2
COMM 390Communication Arts Methods 14
ED 250Foundations of Education2
ED 260Educational Psychology2
ED 320Curriculum, Planning & Assessment 13
ED 380Technology in Teaching 12
ED 460Managing the Learning Environment 12
ED 470Teaching Diverse Learners 12
ED 493Student Teaching, Secondary 112
SPED 110Introduction to Exceptional Children3
SS 283Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America3
Select one of the following:3
Child & Adolescent Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Total Hours40

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Requires admittance to Teacher Education.

Communication Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal Outcome
Basic knowledge of historical, theoretical, critical areas of communication.Identify, analyze and explain concepts of historical, theoretical, and critical nature appropriate to their respective study of communication.
Basic knowledge and skills associated with production elements of communication events. Select applicable communication components, arrange them in a 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 Communication

General Education
General Education Course Requirements38-40
Required Core43
Recitals
Interpersonal Communication
Public Relations Principles
Junior Project
Senior Project
Advanced Public Speaking
Oral Interpretation
Persuasion & Argumentation
Group Dynamics
Community Relations
Gender Communication
Crisis Communication
COMM Electives (6)
Select six credits from the following:
Reporting & Editing
TV Activities
Radio Activities
Communication Arts Activities
Promotions Activities
Second Major/Minor/Concentration(s) and remaining electives37
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

The Theatre Services Concentration is Required of all BA in Theatre Arts majors.

General Education
General Education Course Requirements 138-40
Required Core44
Recitals
099 Required Every Semester
Interpersonal Communication
Junior Project
Senior Project
Intro to Drama Lit & Analysis
Acting I
Make-Up
Creative Drama
Stagecraft
Production Design
Acting II
Directing
Playwriting
THEA Electives - 3cr
Select six credits from the following:
Theatre History, Criticism & Literature I
Theatre Hist,ory Criticism,& Literature II
Contemporary Drama
Second Major/Minor/Concentration(s) and remaining electives36
Total Hours118-120

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

Communication Arts Minor (Teaching)

COMM 099Recitals0
Select from the following:3
Communication Arts Activities
Theatre Practicum
COMM 311Oral Interpretation3
COMM 315Persuasion & Argumentation3
COMM 390Communication Arts Methods4
COMM 392Junior Project1
THEA 161Acting I3
THEA 270Stagecraft3
THEA 385Directing3
Select one from the following:3
Theatre History, Criticism & Literature I
Theatre Hist,ory Criticism,& Literature II
Contemporary Drama
Total Hours26

Communication Arts Minor (Non-Teaching)

COMM 099Recitals0
Select from the following:3
Communication Arts Activities
Theatre Practicum
COMM 392Junior Project1
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Public Speaking
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Theatre Arts
COMM/THEA Electives17
Total Hours24

Theatre Management Minor

BADM 301Fundamentals of Management3
COMM 099Recitals0
COMM 392Junior Project1
COMM 397Communication Arts Practicum3
THEA 161Acting I3
THEA 270Stagecraft3
THEA 385Directing3
THEA 414Theatre Management3
Elective Program Course8
Program I:
Elements of Accounting II
Human Resource Management
Integrated Marketing Communications
Communication Law
Program II:
Graphic Design I
Photography I
Public Relations Principles
Mass Media and Society
Reporting and Feature Writing
Video Production I
Creative Drama
Total Hours27

Creative Dramatics & Movement Minor

COMM 099Recitals0
COMM 392Junior Project1
HPER 334Nutrition for Physical Performance2
THEA 161Acting I3
THEA 162Audition Techniques1
THEA 250Creative Drama3
THEA 261Performance Studies3
THEA 301Movement I3
THEA 302Movement II3
THEA 303Musical Theatre Dance3
THEA 480Advanced Theatre Performance3
Total Hours25



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

 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
Introduction to Broadcasting
Advanced Public Speaking
Mass Media and Society
Broadcast Advertising & Applications
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
2nd Time Taking the Class
COMM 354Special Events Planning3
Total Hours13

Sportscasting Concentration

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

 

Communication Arts (Theatre) Concentration

THEA 110Introduction to Theatre Arts3
Select from the following:9
Acting I
Make-Up
Stagecraft
Theatre History, Criticism & Literature I
Theatre Hist,ory Criticism,& Literature II
Directing
Contemporary Drama
Total Hours12

Communication Arts (Speech) Concentration

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

Theatre Services Concentration

This Concentration is required of all BA in Theatre majors

THEA 201Theatre Practicum6
THEA 202KCACTF Participation1
Repeat for 2 Credits of 297
THEA 297Internship2
Choose one of the following3
Tour Show
Theatre Management
Total Hours12