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Department of Communications

Terry Likes, Ph.D., Chair
105 Performing Arts Center
Telephone 615-963-7992

Faculty : S. Caraballo, Ginther, M., P. Idoye, C. Jackson, K. Johnson, L. James, T. Likes, J. Mitchell, D. Page, M. Richie, J. Stephens, Q. Tang, T. Winston.

Professional Staff: M. Collino, S. Laflin, J. Richie. D. Wilson

Office Staff: T. McGarr, R. Spurlock

General Statement: The Department of Communications offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in Communication. Within the major, the Department offers concentrations in Mass Communication (Journalism, Film & Television Production, Media Leadership & Performance or Integrated Marketing Communication), Communication Studies (Intercultural Communication and Health Communication) and Theatre (Performance and Production). A minor in Communication is also offered, with requirements varying by area of interest.

The programs for the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degrees require a minimum of 120 semester hours with 42 of these hours being courses numbered on the 3000 and 4000 levels.

Majors in the Department of Communications are encouraged to pursue a second major or a minor. A foreign language is also encouraged. Students completing a foreign language through the intermediate level (2010 and 2020, or higher) earn the B.A. degree. Students completing less foreign language, or no foreign language, earn the B.S. degree.

Students must earn grades of C or better in all courses used to satisfy requirements for the major. This includes COMM 1040, COMM 2200 and THTR 1020. Students receiving D or F grades in major core courses must repeat those courses to obtain a C or better. The Department encourages participation in co-curricular organizations and activities, including WTST Campus Radio, TSU TV News, TSU TV Program Production, TSU News Network, The Meter student newspaper, the student-run advertising/public relations agency, the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho, the Forensics team, theatre productions and T. E. Poag players.

Departmental Requirements

For Bachelor of Arts

And Bachelor of Science

Major Core Courses

48 hour major (Major Core: 18 *12 in major, 6 gen ed) Mass Comm concentration Core: 12; Track 15; Electives 9)

                                *1020 and 2200 are counted in the Gen Ed core on the student’s advising form, not under the major)

 

Major Core: 9 hours

COMM 3150 Communication Research Methods

COMM 3950 Internship or (3) 3910 COMM Lab (see sections below)

COMM 4500 Senior Project  

   or

COMM 4510 Senior Seminar (News: Multimedia, Prod: TBA, IMC: Integrated Marketing Research or Brand Equity Management)

 

Mass Communication Concentration  

 

Concentration Core: 18 hours

COMM 1040 Intro to Mass Communication

1050 Technologies and Techniques of Digital Media (2 hrs) (fall/spring/may)

1060 Fundamentals of Media Writing (1 hr) (fall/spring)

2400 NewsWriting (News) (fall/spring)

     or 2500 Electronic Media Writing (Prod) (fall/spring)

   or 2350 Copywriting (IMC) fall/spring)

2640 Digital Media Production (fall/spring/summer)

2800 Race, Gender, Class in Global Media (fall/spring)

3520 Communications Law and Ethics (fall/spring)

 

*Choice of Journalism, Film & Television Production, Integrated Marketing Communication or Media Leadership & Performance track 15 hours

Journalism track

COMM 3300           Print/On-line News Reporting 1                        3

COMM 3400           Radio News Reporting                                      3

COMM 3800           TV News Reporting                                           3

COMM 4050           News Editing                                                     3

Choice of:

     COMM 4350      Radio-TV News II                                              3          

     or

   COMM 4360       Print-Online News II                                          3

 

Film & Television Production track

COMM 3240           Audio Production                                               3

COMM 3440           Video Studio Production                                   3

COMM 4150           Visual Storytelling II                                           3

COMM 4550           Audio/Video Post Production                            3

Choice of:

     COMM 4500      Senior Project                                                   3

           or

     COMM 4510      Senior Seminar Prod. Capstone                      3

 

Integrated Marketing Communication track

COMM 3160 Integrated Marketing Comm.                                      3

COMM 4460 Creative Advertising Strategies                                   3

COMM 4480 Principles of Public Relations                                      3

COMM 4580 Advanced Public Relations                                         3

Choice of:

     COMM 4500 Senior Project                                                         3

           or

     COMM 4510 Senior Seminar:                                                     3

     Integrated Marketing Research                                                     

         or

     Brand Equity Management (spring

 

Media Leadership & Performance track:

Required:

4380 Media Leadership & Entrepreneurship                                     3

4400 Programming (fall only)                                                            3

4480 Principles of Public Relations                                                   3

Choose TWO of the following:

2600 Process and Effects of the Media                                            3

2620 Basic Media Performance                                                       3

3335 Sales Promotion                                                                      3

3370 Media & Culture                                                                       3

3620 Advanced Media Performance                                                3

4230 Organizational Communication                                               3

4255 Crisis Communication                                                              3

4260 Computer-Mediated Communication                                      3

THTR 2630 Voice for the Actor                                                        3

THTR 3720 Acting for the Camera                                                   3

 

Mass Communication Electives (Choose 9 hours)

2350 Copywriting (3)

2600 Process and Effects of the Media (fall/spring)

2620 Basic Media Performance (fall/spring)

3000 Media Careers (2) (fall/spring)

3335 Sales Promotion (3)

3550 Producing Digital Media (3)

3610 Basic Recording Studio (2640, 3240 prereq) (fall/spring

3615 Live Sound Reinforcement (3)

3620 Advanced Media Performance (2620 prereq) (spring)

3750 Entertainment Program Production (3) (2640 prereq)

3910 Communications lab (1.0 credit-- (fall/spring)

       may be repeated for a total of 3.0 credits)

     3910-01 Radio

     3910-02 Radio News

     3910-03 TV News

     3910-04 PAC House Production

     3910-05 Magazine (The BluePrint)

     3910-06 TSU News Network

     3910-07 IMC Practicum

     3910-08 Sports

     3910-09 TV Production

     3910-10 The Meter

4050 News Editing (tba)

4060 Investigative Reporting (tba)

4080 Sports Journalism (2400, 2640 and one of the following: 3300,

       3400, 3800)

4090 Sports Production (3)

4100 Editorial Writing (tba)

4380 Media Leadership & Entrepreneurship (spring)

4400 Programming (fall)

4415 Feature Writing (tba)

4450 Entrepreneurship for the Arts

4530 Reviewing and Criticism (tba)

4600 Special Topics (as needed)

4610 Adv. Recording Studio (3610 prereq) (spring)

4615 Audio for Video (3615 prereq)

4800 Independent Study (fall/spring)

4850 Communications Practicum (fall/spring)

 

Communication Studies Concentration Core: 15 hours

COMM 2100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3)

COMM 2300 Business and Professional Speaking (3)

COMM 3100 Communication Theory (3)

COMM 4210 Small Group Communication (3)

COMM 4250 Leadership Communication (3)

 

Track (Choose 15 hours of 18 within the track - in consultation with advisor and course availability)

Intercultural Communication

*choose from 4 of 5 below (3330-4340)

COMM 3330 Gender Communication                                              3

COMM 3370 Media & Culture                                                          3

COMM 4300 Interpersonal Communication                                     3

COMM 4310 Intercultural Communication                                       3

COMM 4340 African American Rhetoric                                         3

*choose 4500 or 4510

COMM 4500 Senior Project (3) (project emphasis on                    3

           Intercultural Communication)

   or

COMM 4510 Contemporary Issues in Intercultural                          3

             and International Communication

 

Health Communication

* choose from 4 of 5 below (3340-4300)

COMM 3340 Health Communication                                               3

COMM 4230 Organizational Communication                                   3

COMM 4240 Health Communication Campaigns                            3

COMM 4255 Crisis Communication                                                 3

COMM 4300 Interpersonal Communication                                     3

*choose 4500 or 4510

COMM 4500 Senior Project (3) (project emphasis on                    3

           Health Communication)

   or

COMM 4510 Contemporary Issues in Health                                  3

             Communication

 

Electives (Choose 12 hours - in consultation with advisor and course availability)

 

Intercultural Communication

COMM 3200 Advanced Public Speaking                                         3

COMM 3950 Internship                                                                     3

COMM 4210 Small Group Communication                                     3

COMM 4230 Organizational Communication                                   3

COMM 4260 Computer-Mediated Communication                         3

COMM 4345 Race, Power & Communication                                 3

COMM 4365 African American Family Communication                 3

COMM 4370 African American Relational Communication            3

COMM 4800 Independent Study                                                      3

SOCI 3700 Minority Group Problems                                               3

SOCI 3950 Racism: A Sociological Analysis                                    3

Any Upper level AFAS course                                                          3

 

Health Communication

COMM 3200 Advanced Public Speaking                                         3

COMM 3220 Argumentation & Debate                                             3

COMM 3330 Gender Communication                                              3

COMM 3370 Media & Culture                                                          3

COMM 3950 Internship                                                                     3

COMM 4210 Small Group Communication                                     3

COMM 4220 Persuasion                                                                   3

COMM 4260 Computer-Mediated Communication                         3

COMM 4340 African American Rhetoric                                         3

COMM 4365 African American Family Communication                 3

COMM 4800 Independent Study                                                      3

HCAP 3800 Introduction to Public Health                                         3

HLSC 3050 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention                   3

SOCI 3350 Sociology of Health                                                        3          

SOCI 3450 Social and Cultural Aspects of Health                           3

 

Theatre Concentration Core: 21 hours

THTR 1110 Stagecraft (3)

THTR 2050 Production Practicum (1)

THTR 2400 Elementary Acting (3)

THTR 3000 Play Production (3)

THTR 3030 Directing (3)

THTR 3050 Production Practicum (1)

THTR 4050 Production Practicum (1)

THTR 4010 Theatre History I (3)

THTR 4030 Theatre History II (3)

 

Choice of two Theatre tracks (Performance or Production)

Performance track (choose 3)

COMM 2620 Basic Media Performance                                          3

THTR 1630 Voice for the Actor                                                        3

THTR 2430 Stage Movement                                                           3

THTR 3550 Musical Theatre                                                             3

THTR 3720 Acting for the Camera                                                   3

THTR 3730 Intermediate Acting                                                       3

THTR 4200 Advanced Acting                                                           3

THTR 4900 Performance Seminar                                                   3

 

Production track (choose 3)

THTR 2060 Stage Lighting and Sound Design                                 3

THTR 2030 Costume and Makeup                                                   3

THTR 3700 Stage Management                                                       3

THTR 4000 Drafting for the Theater and Scene Design                  3

THTR 4040 Advanced Stagecraft                                                    3

 

Electives: (Choose 9 hours) *electives may include courses from the other track as well as below

THTR 3040 Playwriting                                                                     3

THTR 3200 Dramatic Theory & Criticism                                         3

THTR 3520 Modern Drama                                                              3

THTR 3540 Oral Interpretation                                                          3

COMM 3580 Reader’s Theatre                                                         3

COMM 3950 Internship                                              3

ENGL 4310 Shakespeare’s Comedies                                             3

ENGL 4320 Shakespeare’s Tragedies                                              3

COMM 4600 Special Topics                                                            3

COMM 4800 Independent Study                                                      3

THTR 4900 Performance Seminar                                                   3

 

 

 

 

General Education Course Requirements

For general education courses, students may take any of the courses listed in this catalog in the section on University General Education Requirements as satisfying that category requirement, except that the Department does require that THTR 1020, Appreciation of Drama, be one of the required Humanities courses. An orientation course, preferably ASOR 1002, is also required and must be taken in the student ’s first semester at Tennessee State University.

Students seeking the B.A. degree must include 12 semester-hours of a single foreign language in their General Education requirements. The number of hours in the foreign language may be reduced by advanced standing in the language at the time of admission, but the B.A. candidate must earn at least 6 college-level hours of credit in the language and complete course work at least through the intermediate level (2010, 2020).

General Education Core

Communications (9 hours)

ENGL 1010, 1020   Freshman English I, II                                       6

                                 (minimum grade of C in each)

COMM 2200           Public Speaking

                                 (*minimum grade of C)                                     3          

                                 *Required in Comm Studies

Humanities and/or Fine Arts (9 hours)

ENGL 2110-2230    Sophomore Literature Course                          3

THTR 1020              Appreciation of Drama

                                 (*minimum grade of C)                                     3

                                 *Required in Theatre

Elective                    One course from approved list.                        3

       Typically, MUSC 1010, ART 1010, PHIL 1030 or RELS 2010

Social and Behavioral Science (6 hours)

Elective                    One course from approved list.                        3

Elective                    One course from approved list.                        3

History (6 hours)

HIST 2010               American History I                                            3

HIST 2020               American History II                                           3

       HIST 2030 may be taken in place of either HIST 2010 or HIST 2020

*Successful completion of ENGL 1020, with a grade of “C” or better is a prerequisite for HIST 2010/2020/2030.

Natural Science (8 hours)

Elective                    One course from approved list, with lab           4

Elective                    One course from approved list, with lab           4

     Typically, BIOL 1010, 1011; 1020, 1021; CHEM 1030, 1031; 1040, 1041; ASTR 1010, 1020

Mathematics (3 hours)

Elective                    One course from approved list.                        3

     Typically, MATH 1013 or 1110

Orientation (1 hour)

ASOR 1002             Orientation for Social Science Majors              1

                                                                                                         __

Total General Education Hours                                                       42

Electives, Minor, Second Major

In addition to the general education core courses and required major courses, students must take additional courses to make a total of at least 120 semester-hours. These may be electives taken inside or outside of the department, a minor outside the department plus electives, or a second major. A minor or second major is encouraged.

Upper Division Hours

At least 42 of the 120 hours required for graduation must be taken at the junior-senior level – courses numbered in the 3000-4000 range.

Upper-Division Admission

For admission into the upper-division programs of the Communication major, students must complete all of the requirements listed under the General Education Core. In addition, they must have removed all high school deficiencies, passed all required developmental courses, and earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on college-level course work. They must have earned grades of C or better in COMM 1040, (1050 and 1060 for Mass Communications) 2200, and THTR 1020. Students pursuing the B.A. degree must have completed the foreign language requirement before applying for upper-level admission.

Most 3000-4000 level courses in the department are offered only once a year. Therefore, in consultation with an advisor, students will need to plan ahead in order to graduate in a timely fashion.

 

Minor

The Department offers a minor in Communication, requiring 18 semester hours.   Each area requires 6 hours with 12 elective hours to be taken in consultation with your advisor. Of those 12 elective hours, 6 hours must be upper-level (3000-4000).

 

A minor with a concentration in Mass Communication includes:

COMM 1040 Intro to Mass Communication (3)

COMM 1050 Technologies and Techniques of Digital Media (2)

COMM 1060 Fundamentals of Media Writing (1)

+12 hours of electives (6 hours upper level)

 

A minor with a concentration in Communication Studies includes:

COMM 2100 Fundamentals of Communication (3)

COMM 3220 Advanced Public Speaking (3)

+12 hours of electives (6 hours upper level)

 

A minor with a concentration in Theatre includes:

THTR 3520 Modern Drama (3)

Choice of one of the following:

THTR 2400 Elementary Acting (3)

or

THTR 1110 Stagecraft (3)

+12 hours of electives (6 hours upper level)

B.A. Degree

Students pursuing the BA Degree (recommended) must include 12 hours of a single foreign language. It is possible to test out of up to six hours; 120 total hours are still required for graduation.