Course Catalog

 

Department of Communications

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

Faculty: S. Caraballo, Day, B., 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 3140            Visual Storytelling I                                            3

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)

3130 Screenwriting (3)

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.

 

Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication

Suggested Four-Year Plans                  

           

MASS COMMUNICATION (Journalism track)

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 1040                                   3     COMM 1050                               2

ASOR 1002                                   1    COMM 1060                                 1

ENGL 1010                                   3    ENGL 1020                                  3

Natural Science I                         4    Natural Science II                        4

Foreign Language I or elective  3    MATH 1013 or 1110                    3

                                                            Foreign Language II or elective 3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    14                                                        16

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

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 2400                                 3    THTR 1020                                  3

COMM 2640                                 3    ART 1010, MUSC 1010 PHIL 2010 or RELS 2010 3

COMM 2200                                 3    HIST 2020                                    3

HIST 2010                                     3    Social/Behavior Science II         3

Social/Behavior Science I          3    ENGL 2 xxx Soph Literature      3

Foreign Language III or elective 3    Foreign Language IV or elective 3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    18                                                        18

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 3800                                 3    COMM 4050                                 3

COMM 3300                                 3    COMM elective                            3

COMM 3400                                 3    COMM 3950                                 3

3000-4000 Electives                    9    3000-4000 electives                    6

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    15                                                        15

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 4350 or 4360                    3    COMM 4500 or 4510                   3

3000-4000 Electives                    6    3000-4000 electives                    3

COMM 3520                                 3    Any electives                               6

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    12                                                        12

 

MASS COMMUNICATION (Film & Television Production track)

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 1040                                   3     COMM 1050                               2

ASOR 1002                                   1    COMM 1060                                 1

ENGL 1010                                   3    ENGL 1020                                  3

Natural Science I                         4    Natural Science II                        4

Foreign Language I or elective  3    MATH 1013 or 1110                    3

                                                            Foreign Language II or elective 3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    14                                                        16

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

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 2500                                 3    THTR 1020                                  3

COMM 2640                                 3    ART 1010, MUSC 1010 PHIL 2010 or RELS 2010 3

COMM 2200                                 3    HIST 2020                                    3

HIST 2010                                     3    Social/Behavior Science II         3

Social/Behavior Science I          3    ENGL 2 xxx Soph Literature      3

Foreign Language III or elective 3    Foreign Language IV or elective 3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    18                                                        18

 

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

Comm 4550                                  3    Comm 3520                                 3

Comm 3550*                                 3    Comm 3240                                 3

Comm 2800                                  3    Comm 3440                                 3

Comm 3140                                  3    Comm 3150                                 3

Comm 3130*                                 3    Comm 3950 OR

                                                                 3000-4000 Elec.                      3           

                                                    15                                                        15

                                                            * Recommended Elective/Pre-requisite

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester                                                      

Comm 4150                                  3    COMM 4500 or 4510                   3                           

Comm 3950 OR                                  3000-4000 electives                    3

   3000-4000 Elec.                        3    Any electives                               6           

3000 – 4000 Elec.                         6                                                                                           

                                                    __                                                        __                           

                                                    12                                                        12                                                         

MASS COMMUNICATION (Integrated Marketing Communication track)

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 1040                                   3     COMM 1050                               2

ASOR 1002                                   1    COMM 1060                                 1

ENGL 1010                                   3    ENGL 1020                                  3

Natural Science I                         4    Natural Science II                        4

Foreign Language I or elective  3    MATH 1013 or 1110                    3

                                                            Foreign Language II or elective 3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    14                                                        16

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

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 2500                                 3    THTR 1020                                  3

COMM 2640                                 3    ART 1010, MUSC 1010 PHIL 2010 or RELS 2010 3

COMM 2200                                 3    HIST 2020                                    3

HIST 2010                                     3    Social/Behavior Science II         3

Social/Behavior Science I          3    ENGL 2 xxx Soph Literature      3

Foreign Language III or elective 3    Foreign Language IV or elective 3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    18                                                        13

 

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 2800                                 3    COMM 4460                                 3

COMM 4380                                 3    COMM elective                            3

COMM elective                            3    COMM 3950                                 3

3000-4000 Electives                    6    3000-4000 electives                    6

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    15                                                        15

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 4400                                 3    COMM 4500 or 4510                   3

3000-4000 electives                     6    COMM 4480                                 3

COMM 3520                                 3    3000-4000 electives                    3

                                                            Any electives                               3

                                                    __                                                        __

                12                                                                                           12

 

MASS COMMUNICATION (Media Leadership & Performance track)

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 1040                                   3     COMM 1050                               2

ASOR 1002                                   1    COMM 1060                                 1

ENGL 1010                                   3    ENGL 1020                                  3

Natural Science I                         4    Natural Science II                        4

Foreign Language I or elective  3    MATH 1013 or 1110                    3

                                                            Foreign Language II or elective 3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    14                                                        16

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

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 2500                                 3    THTR 1020                                  3

COMM 2640                                 3    ART 1010, MUSC 1010 PHIL 2010 or RELS 2010 3

COMM 2200                                 3    HIST 2020                                    3

HIST 2010                                     3    Social/Behavior Science II         3

Social/Behavior Science I          3    ENGL 2 xxx Soph Literature      3

Foreign Language III or elective 3    Foreign Language IV or elective 3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    18                                                        13

 

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM elective                            3    COMM elective                            3

COMM 4380                                 3    COMM elective                            3

COMM elective                            3    COMM 3950                                 3

3000-4000 Electives                    6    3000-4000 electives                    6

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    15                                                        15

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 4400                                 3    COMM 4500 or 4510                   3

3000-4000 electives                     6    COMM 4480                                 3

COMM 3520                                 3    3000-4000 electives                    3

                                                            Any electives                               3

                                                    __                                                        __

                12                                                                                           12

 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES (Intercultural Communication track)

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

ASOR 1002                                   1    ENGL 1020                                  3

ENGL 1010                                   3    Natural Science II                        4

COMM 2100                                 3    COMM 2200                                 3

Natural Science I                         4    THTR 1020 *or other gen ed     3

Any electives or Lang.                3    MATH 1013 or 1110                    3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    14                                                        16

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

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

Foreign Language III or elective 3    ART 1010, MUSC 1010, PHIL 1030

COMM 2300                                 3    Or RELS 2010                              3

HIST 2010                                     3    HIST 2020                                    3

Social/Behavior Science I          3    Social/Behavior Science II         3

COMM 3100                                 3    ENGL 2 xxx Soph Literature      3

                                                            COMM 3150                                 3

                                                            Foreign Language IV or elective

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    15                                                        18

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 3330                                 3    COMM 3370                                 3

Elective 3000-4000 level             9    COMM 4310                                 3

COMM 4300                                 3    3000-4000 electives                    9

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    15                                                        15

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 4210                                 3    COMM 4500 or 4510                   3

COMM 4340                                 3    COMM 4250                                 3

Elective 3000-4000 level             6    Any electives                               6

                                                            Elective 3000-4000 level             3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    12                                                        12

 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES (Health Communication track)

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

ASOR 1002                                   1    ENGL 1020                                  3

ENGL 1010                                   3    Natural Science II                        4

COMM 2100                                 3    COMM 2200                                 3

Natural Science I                         4    THTR 1020                                  3

Any electives or Lang.                3    MATH 1013 or 1110                    3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    14                                                        16

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

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

Foreign Language III or elective 3    ART 1010, MUSC 1010, PHIL 1030

COMM 2300                                 3    Or RELS 2010                              3

HIST 2010                                     3    HIST 2020                                    3

Social/Behavior Science I          3    Social/Behavior Science II         3

COMM 3100                                 3    ENGL 2 xxx Soph Literature      3

                                                            COMM 3150                                 3

                                                            Foreign Language IV or elective

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    15                                                        18

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 3340                                 3    COMM 4230                                 3

Elective 3000-4000 level             9    Any elective                                 3

Any elective                                 3    3000-4000 electives                    9

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    15                                                        15

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

COMM 4240                                 3    COMM 4500 or 4510                   3

COMM 4255 or 4300                    3    COMM 4250                                 3

Elective 3000-4000 level             6    Any electives                               3

                                                            Elective 3000-4000 level             3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    12                                                        12

 

 

 

THEATRE  (Performance track)

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

ASOR 1002                                   1    ENGL 1020                                  3

ENGL 1010                                   3    Natural Science II                        4

MATH 1013 or 1110                     3    COMM 2200                                 3

Natural Science I                         4    THTR 1020                                  3

Any electives                               4    Elective                                        3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    15                                                        16

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

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

Sophomore Literature                 3    ART 1010, MUSC 1010, PHIL 1030

elective                                         3    Or RELS 2010                              3

HIST 2010                                     3    HIST 2020                                    3

Social/Behavior Science I          3    Social/Behavior Science II         3

THTR 1110                                   3    THTR 2400                                  3

                                                            Elective                                        3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    15                                                        15

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

THTR 3000                                   3    THTR 4000                                  3

THTR 3040                                   3    SPTH 3050                                   3

THTR 3520                                   3    COMM 3540                                 3

THTR 4010                                   3    Any electives                               6

Any elective                                 3

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                                                    15                                                        15

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

THTR 4020                                   3    THTR 3030                                  3

THTR 4030                                   3    THTR 4900                                  3

COMM 4500                                 3    Any electives                               9

3000-4000 level electives            6

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                                                    15                                                        15

 

THEATRE (Production track)

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

ASOR 1002                                   1    ENGL 1020                                  3

ENGL 1010                                   3    Natural Science II                        4

MATH 1013 or 1110                     3    COMM 2200                                 3

Natural Science I                         4    THTR 1020                                  3

Any electives                               4    Elective                                        3

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                                                    15                                                        16

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

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

Sophomore Literature                 3    ART 1010, MUSC 1010, PHIL 1030

elective                                         3    Or RELS 2010                              3

HIST 2010                                     3    HIST 2020                                    3

Social/Behavior Science I          3    Social/Behavior Science II         3

THTR 1110                                   3    THTR 2400                                  3

                                                            Elective                                        3

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                                                    15                                                        15

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

THTR 3000                                   3    THTR 4000                                  3

THTR 3040                                   3    SPTH 3050                                   3

THTR 3520                                   3    COMM 3540                                 3

THTR 4010                                   3    Any electives                               6

Any elective                                 3

                                                    __                                                        __

                                                    15                                                        15

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester

THTR 4020                                   3    THTR 3030                                  3

THTR 4030                                   3    THTR 4900                                  3

COMM 4500                                 3    Any electives                               9

3000-4000 level electives            6

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                                                    15                                                        15

 

Course Descriptions

Communications (COMM)

Prerequisite to all upper-division (3000- or 4000-level) Communications (COMM) courses without stated prerequisites:  COMM 1040, COMM 2200, THTR 1020.

COMM 1040 Introduction to Mass Communication (3). A survey of the mass media and their impact on the ideas, attitudes, and impressions of society. 

COMM 1050 Technologies and Techniques of Digital Media (2)  Students are introduced to foundational techniques and technologies, including field-specific computer software, digital file and asset management, Web content and publishing platforms, basic audio and video equipment controls and operation.  Students gain practical experience participating in journalism, audio, and video productions.

COMM 1060 Fundamentals of Media Writing (1) Introduction to print and broadcast news writing with emphasis on style and structure. Prerequisite: ENG 1010 and 1020   In our 4-year paradigm, we have this course in the same semester as ENGL 1020.

COMM 2100 Fundamentals of Communication (3).  Introduction to the various types of speech communication, including interpersonal, small group, and non-verbal communication process.

COMM 2200 Public Speaking (3). Principles of speech composition and delivery with emphasis on preparing and presenting the various forms of oral communication. *This course satisfies the University general education core oral communication requirement

COMM 2202 Honors Public Speaking (3). Honors section of COMM 2200. Enrollment limited to students in University Honors Program.

COMM 2300 Business and Professional Speech Communication (3). Designed specifically for the student with neither a major nor a minor in the field of speech. Emphasis is placed on the following speech situations: business interviews, conferences, reports, and similar types of business communications.

COMM 2350 Copywriting (3) This course focuses on developing skills in writing copy for a variety of marketing communication uses and learning the step-by-step creative process of writing based on sound strategy and objectives. Pre-requisite:COMM 1040 Intro to Mass Communication.

COMM 2400 Newswriting (3). Introduction to reporting techniques, with emphasis on news writing.   Prerequisite:  COMM 1040, 1060.

COMM 2500 Electronic Media Writing (3). A study of the techniques and methods used in writing radio and television scripts. Students are required to write a number of scripts for various types of programs.  Prerequisite: COMM 1040. 

COMM 2510 Graphic Design I (3).  Technique of letter indication, finished lettering, letter design, typography and film lettering, usage, and adaptation of lettering skills to practical problems. Same as ART 2510

COMM 2600 Process and Effects of the Media (3). Study of the electronic media's development, economics, regulation, social impact, digital technology, industry practices in print, online, radio, television, cable, satellite, nonbroadcast communication systems, and new media.   Prerequisite:  COMM 1040.

COMM 2620 Basic Media Performance (3). A course covering all types of non-dramatic broadcast performance, with practical application in a laboratory situation. 

COMM 2640 Digital Media Production (3). An introductory course dealing with the basic principles of directing and producing radio and television programs. Practical application in a laboratory situation. Prerequisite: COMM 1040, COMM 1050. 

COMM 2800 Race, Gender, Class in Global Media (3). COMM 2800 is an introduction to a variety of issues related to gender, race, and class in the mass media.  The course will familiarize students with the breadth of race, class and gender issues while at the same time providing tools to critically analyze and engage modern global media and mediums. Pre-requisite:  COMM 1040 Intro to Mass Communication.

COMM 3000 Media Careers (2). An introductory course exploring “the real world” of mass communications through a combination of guest speakers and field trips. The class visits stations, production facilities, and publications, and hears a variety of working mass communication professionals.

COMM 3100 Communication Theory (3). A critical survey of social science based communication theories; an examination of the nature, processes and functions of communication theory in a variety of contexts. Prerequisite: COMM 2100 Fundamentals of Communication, COMM 2200 Public Speaking (with a grade of “C” or better).

COMM 3130 Screenwriting (3) Screenwriting is a course focused on developing skills to write a narrative film screenplay. This includes learning screenplay format, story structure, storytelling techniques, character development and plot. The course requires reading and analyzing scripts, giving script feedback through writing a script coverage, as well as writing original and adapted screenplays.  Scripts from this course will be used for potential COMM 4510 Senior Seminar Production courses or COMM 4150 Field Video courses for production projects.

COMM 3140 Visual Storytelling 1 (3) Visual Storytelling is an intermediate level course focusing on narrative and documentary storytelling skills. Emphasis is on Cinematography, Lighting, and Audio. This course contains several hands on projects for practicum and lectures that stress film language theory. Prerequisite: COMM 2640 Digital Media Production.

COMM 3150 Communication Research Methods (3). This course introduces students to the research methods scholars and communication professionals use to study the human communication process. Major course topics include the philosophy of scientific research, fundamental considerations in the design of quantitative and qualitative studies (measurement & sampling), methods for gathering qualitative and quantitative data (focus group interviews, experiments, surveys & content analyses) and basic methods for analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. ENGL 1020 and junior or senior standing.

COMM 3160 Integrated Marketing Communications (3). This course is designed to provide an overview of integrated marketing communications. It will cover the additional use of emerging media, as well as database techniques to establish competitive advantage. Prerequisite: COMM 1040 Introduction to Mass Communication.

COMM 3200 Argumentation and Debate (3). Principles and practices of argumentation, analysis of propositions and evidence, brief-making, and preparation and delivery of forensics, as well as participation in classroom discussions. Techniques governing roundtable, forum, and panel discussions are studied.

COMM 3220 Advanced Public Speaking (3). Study of standards of criticism and techniques involved in effective public address.  Prerequisite: COMM 2200.

COMM 3240 Audio Production (3). A course which provides the student with experience in audio production techniques, with emphasis on creative use of audio and audio documentary production. Aspects of news and public affairs production are covered in conjunction with production assignments at the campus radio station.  Prerequisite: COMM 2640. 

COMM 3300 Print/On-line News Reporting 1  (3) Introduction to online and convergence news writing with emphasis on style and structure for print and multimedia products. Prerequisite: COMM 2400

COMM 3330 Gender Communication (3).  Examines the influence of gender plays on a number of communication contexts such as romantic relationship, family communication, workplace relationships, and media representation.

COMM 3335 Sales Promotion (3). This course explores the role, function, planning and implementation of sales promotion in the Integrated Marketing Communication process and how it is coordinated with advertising, public relations, direct and interactive marketing. Topics include: incentive programs, refunds, couponing, contests, cooperative advertising, trade-oriented sales promotion, customer-oriented sales promotions, social marketing channels, and the growing power of retailers. Prerequisite:  COMM 3160

COMM 3340 Health Communication (3). Introduction to theory, research, and principles of communication in healthcare industries, public policy, and individual care with special attention to cultural, ethnic, and gender factors.

COMM 3370 Media & Culture (3). This course introduces and explores cultural approaches to media studies, with a focus on major theories and critical analysis of media and popular culture. Topics include: cultural theory; aesthetics and taste; representation and ideology; consumer culture; media, culture and identity.

COMM 3400 Radio News Reporting (3) Course in writing, editing, announcing and producing radio news reports. Producing, anchoring and reporting for the student radio newscasts on WTST is required. Prerequisite: COMM 2400, 2640

COMM 3440 Video Studio Production (3) In-depth discussion and experience in the techniques of video/television multicamera studio production, including studio directing of program types such as demonstrations, talk shows, and news.  Course includes extensive in-studio practice.  Prerequisite:  COMM 2640.

COMM 3520 Communication Law and Ethics (3). Analysis of law and regulation in terms of the social, political, and economic interests they are designed to protect and in terms of their impact on the communication industry. The First Amendment, rights of privacy, and communication ethics are considered.  Prerequisite: COMM 2600 or permission of instructor. 

COMM 3540 Oral Interpretation (3). Understanding of and appreciation for literature through the oral re-creation or performance of poetry, prose, and drama.

COMM 3550 Producing Digital Media (3). Producing Digital Media is designed to prepare students to work through the organizational, planning, budgeting and finishing of producing digital content for film, television, marketing campaigns, and website development. Taking a hands on approach students will prepare schedules, do script analysis, budgets and study distribution options as it relates to the variety of digital media content options.

COMM 3560 Forensics Practicum (3). Practical experience through active class participation in individual events and performance activities.  May be taken twice for a total of six credit hours.  Prerequisite: COMM 2200

COMM 3580 Readers’ Theatre (3). Group interpretation performances of compiled scripts from the genres of poetic, prose, and dramatic literature. Choral speaking, chamber theatre, group interpretation, and interpreter’s theatre are emphasized.  Prerequisite: COMM 3540.

COMM 3610 Basic Audio (Recording) Studio (3). Practical experience in the recording studio and the study of basics, including rudimentary physics of sound, function of basic equipment, principles of microphone placement, and mixing down. Prerequisite: COMM 2640, 3240   Same as MUSC 3610

COMM 3615 Live Sound Reinforcement (3).Examination and application of current technologies and   techniques involved in modern sound reinforcement.  Topics include types of venues, and audio systems. Field work required. Pre-requisite: COMM 3610 Basic Studio.

COMM 3620 Advanced Media Performance (3) The course is designed to enhance the performance talents of those who wish to become news anchors, reporters, sportscasters, interview or talk show hosts and more.  Convincing, capable "on-air" communication utilizing WTST campus radio and the television studio is the aim of the course. The student will accomplish this goal via performance projects and evaluation. Prerequisite: COMM 2620

COMM 3750 Entertainment Program Production (3).  This course will provide hands-on production experience in producing entertainment programming for TV and Internet use as well as marketing promotion for entertainment programming.   Prerequisite: COMM 3440.

COMM 3800 TV News Reporting (3). Preparation and production of news and documentaries for television. Broadcast newswriting style, use of audio, video, and graphics, and newscast production are among the topics covered.  Prerequisites: COMM 2400 and COMM 2640, or permission of ­instructor. 

COMM 3910 Communication Laboratory (1). A practicum course involving work at the campus media outlets. Students undertake a variety of media responsibilities under the supervision of the media manager. Students may choose from the following sections: 01-Radio; 02-Radio News; 03-TV News; 04 TV Program Production; 05 The Meter; 06 TSU NewsNetwork.com, 07 Advertising Practicum.   Prerequisite: COMM 1050, COMM 2640 or permission of instructor. May be taken three times for credit. 

COMM 3950 Internship (3). Internship program between TSU and local media, communications, and theatre agencies, in which students undertake various duties. Specific internships available change from semester to semester. Open to students in all areas of the Department. May be taken once for credit within the 48 hour major requirement, may be taken for additional credit if only above the 120 hours needed to graduate-may be taken for a total of three times. Prerequisites: introductory courses in area related to internship (COMM 2600 and COMM 2640 for electronic media, COMM 2400 for journalism, and two junior-senior-level courses in the area of internship for students in other areas of the Department) and permission of instructor.  Students must have place of intern employment approved by instructor or department head. 

COMM 4050 News Editing (3). Editing copy, writing headlines, designing newspaper layout. Prerequisite: COMM 2400.

COMM 4060 Investigative Reporting (3). Special problems and assignments in in-depth investigative reporting.  Prerequisite: Choose one of the following:  COMM 3300, 3400 or 3800. 

COMM 4080 Sports Journalism (3). The aim of this course is to develop skills in writing, editing, reporting, announcing, and interviewing in the production of multimedia sports reports, sports talk and play-by-play/color commentary.  In this course students will learn to gather, edit and report information at the various campus media.  A professional resume disk will result from coursework.

COMM 4090 Sports Production (3).   This course will provide hands-on production experience in producing sporting events and sports packages for TV, radio and Internet use.  Students will be required to crew all TSU home football and/or basketball games.  (Prerequisite:  COMM 2640).

COMM 4100 Editorial Writing (3). Critical analysis of structure and content of newspaper editorials. Course also includes practice in writing editorials and columns.

COMM 4150 Visual Storytelling II (3) Building on skills learned in prior production classes, this course provides students with theory and intensive experience in single-camera, on-location video production and editing.  Students work in teams to complete at least three major production projects, including pre-production, production, and post-production phases.  Finished projects are expected to be of portfolio quality.  Prerequisite:  COMM 2640, COMM 3140.

COMM 4210 Small Group Communication (3). Communication in small groups, emphasizing principles, practices, and patterns in practical situations.

COMM 4220 Persuasion (3). Psychology of attitude formation and change, including theories of persuasion and principles of persuasive communication.  Prerequisite: COMM 2200.

COMM 4230 Organizational Communication (3).  The study of the communication process within organizational settings. Examines the role of communication in establishing and maintaining organizational climates, systems, cultures. Other issues include power dynamics, ethics, and conflict management in organizations. Prerequisite: COMM 2200 Public Speaking or COMM 2100 Introduction to Speech Communication

COMM 4245 Health Communication Campaigns (3)  Focuses on the step by step design, implementation, evaluation, and critique of health communication programs designed to change behavior. Students create actual mini-campaigns and use the simulation SCOPE to develop these hypothetical campaigns.  Prerequisites: COMM 3340 Health Communication

COMM 4250 Leadership Communication (3).  This course introduces the communication concepts that are central to effective leadership. Additionally, this course focuses on developing a strengths-based approach to leadership and learning to use various communication styles to become a more effective leader.

COMM 4255 Crisis Communication (3). This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of crisis management, risk communication, media relations, and public-opinion research techniques in multiple contexts. Students will work as team to develop and implement a communication plan to address a crisis.

COMM 4260 Computer-Mediated Communication (3). Survey of various genres of human communication facilitated by or mediated through information technology. Examines the interpersonal, ethical, social-cultural implications of these developments with special focus on digital divide, class, identity politics, privacy, and censorship.

COMM 4300 Interpersonal Communication (3). Basic psychological factors and their relation to the various types of communicative processes, with emphasis on interpersonal relationships.

COMM 4320 Intercultural Communication (3). Understanding dimensions of communication that apply across cultural boundaries. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical awareness of communication in and between cultures.

COMM 4340 African American Rhetoric (3). A study of selected speeches of contemporary black leaders who have contributed to and made an impact on American life. The speeches are analyzed according to the principles of rhetoric, based on Aristotelian standards. Prerequisite: COMM 2200.

COMM 4345 Race, Power & Communication (3). This course provides a close examination of how race and ethnic as a social category is constructed and enacted through day-to-day communication behaviors. Includes how race and race relations are portrayed and imagined in popular discourse.

COMM 4350 Radio-TV News II (3) Advanced course in writing, editing, announcing and producing radio and television news reports. Producing, anchoring and reporting for the student television and radio newscasts is required. Students also analyze the job market and produce a resume disk for employment. Prerequisites: COMM 3400, 3800

COMM 4360 Print-Online News II (3) An advanced course that focuses on news writing with emphasis on style and structure for print and multimedia products. The course also provides training in using the appropriate computer and editing equipment to successfully post graphics, photos, and other information to web publishing templates. Prerequisite: COMM 3300.

COMM 4365 African American Family Communication (3). This course is an examination of African American family communication from a holistic perspective incorporating the impact of the historical, sociological, psychological, and religious viewpoints on family structure and functioning and the role of communication in addressing issues within the family.

COMM 4370 African American Relational Communication (3). This course provides an examination of interpersonal communication within African American romantic relationships from a holistic perspective. Additionally, the historical, sociological, and psychological factors that affect individual behaviors and communication choices within these relationships including gender socialization from Africa to America will be examined.

COMM 4380 Media Leadership & Entrepreneurship (3). A course covering legal, social, programming, and economic aspects of radio and television management. Guest lectures by local station managers and department heads are an important feature of the course. Prerequisite: COMM 2600  or permission of instructor.

COMM 4400 Programming (3). A consideration of television and radio programming in terms of content, social impact, and artistic merit. News, documentaries, public affairs, talk shows, light entertainment, serious drama, and advertisements, as well as program schedules as a whole, are analyzed. Prerequisite: COMM 2600  or permission of instructor.

COMM 4415 Feature Writing (3). Instruction and practice in writing feature articles. Prerequisite: COMM 2400 or permission of instructor.  This course is designed to provide a comprehensive look at message strategy and its role in the integrated marketing communications process. It will focus on the theoretical basis of creativity in print advertising, broadcast advertising, Internet and interactive marketing and direct marketing. Prerequisite:COMM 1040 Introduction to Mass Communication.

COMM 4450 Entrepreneurship in the Arts (3).  An examination of how arts professions and arts economies operate and evolve, as well as how they interact within the larger economy. Students explore opportunities in smaller economic settings. Major project includes designing and executing an entrepreneurial project.  Elective course for COMM majors. Pre-requisite: COMM 3520 COMM Law

COMM 4460 Creative Advertising Strategies (3). Basic print and broadcast advertising techniques, including ideas and their translations into persuasive words and pictures. Sales practices, for both print space and broadcast time, and the structure and function of advertising agencies are also covered.

COMM 4480 Principles of Public Relations (3). History, development, scope, and role of public relations in society. Course covers the processes and practices of public relations, emphasizing the use of mass communications in the field.   Prerequisites:  COMM 1040, COMM 2400.

COMM 4500 Senior Project (3). Completion of individual research or project through application of the research methodology process. Required of all Departmental majors.  Mass Communication majors must take either COMM 4500 or 4510

COMM 4510 Senior Seminar: Multimedia (News Capstone) or Production capstone (3) Advanced course combining previously taught skills in print, radio and television journalism into the emerging area of multi-media/on-line journalism (news) or its senior-level equivalent in production.  Students are expected to produce portfolio quality work. Prerequisites:  (News) Choose one of the following:  COMM 3300, 3400 or 3800.   Production prerequisites:  See advisor. 

COMM 4530 Reviewing and Criticism (3). Instruction and practice in reviewing entertainment and the arts. Emphasis on film criticism and one or more or the following: theatre, literature, music, dance, art.  Prerequisite: COMM 2400. *Course not regularly offered, see advisor for options.

COMM 4550 Audio/Video Post Production (3)  Provides students with intensive experience in the craft and art of audio and video post production at an advanced level.  Topics include audio sweetening and post-production effects. Theoretical and practical consideration of communication and artistic issues.  Intensive hands-on laboratory and practical experience.  Prerequisite:  COMM 2640.

COMM 4580 Advanced Public Relations (3). Practical exercises in public relations, stressing campaigns, schedules, budgets, and media strategies.  Prerequisite: COMM 4480.

COMM 4600 Special Topics (3). Scope of subject matter to be determined by instructor. May be taken twice for up to six hours of credit if different topic.  Prerequisite: Permission of ­instructor.

COMM 4610 Advanced Audio Studio (3) Continuation of studio experience, with emphasis on advanced mixing recording sound.  Students acquire skills in addressing recording problems and in evaluating  results of recording and mixing efforts. Prerequisite: COMM 3610  Same as MUSC 4610

COMM 4615 Audio for Video (3)  Examines the theories, technology, practices, and art used in the creation of custom music and sound effects and incorporation into modern film and video media in a postproduction setting.  Course is taught in a lecture/lab format. Prerequisite: COMM 4610  Same as MUSC 4615

COMM 4800 Independent Study (3). Individual study and research under faculty guidance. May be taken twice for up to six hours of credit.

COMM 4850 Communications Practicum (6-12). A practicum or internship experience requiring the student to work on-site for more than a three credit hour experience.  Students may not enroll without advisor approval.  Students may receive up to 12 hours of credit for the internship/practicum.  Only 3 hours, however, may be counted toward the requirements for a major in Communications.  Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and at least 12 hours of upper-level Communications courses.

Theatre (THTR)

Prerequisite to all upper-division (3000- or 4000-level) Theatre courses without stated prerequisites: THTR 1110 and THTR 1020.

THTR 1010 Introduction to Drama (3). Elements of theory and practical experience in the drama, through study of representative plays and dramatic theory, as well as a study of theatre operations, from working backstage to observing and critiquing plays, to theatrical field trips. This course may be taken to remove high school deficiency in the visual and performing arts. If it is used for this purpose, it does not yield degree credit.

THTR 1020 Appreciation of Drama (3). Introduction to dramatic principles though the study of major periods and representative plays from the Greek period to the present. Course may be used toward satisfying University humanities requirement.  *Course is required for THTR majors with a “C” or better.

THTR 1021 Honors Appreciation of Drama (2). Honors section of THTR 1020. Enrollment limited to students in University Honors Program. Course may be used toward satisfying University humanities requirement.

THTR 1110 Stagecraft (3). Introduction to theatre technology utilizing lecture and lab. Topics include set construction, lighting, sound, and makeup.  Students will participate in the construction of the Department’s theatrical productions. Lecture/Laboratory experience.

THTR 1630 Voice for the Actor (3): A comprehensive study of the practical application of vocal technique for stage acting. Offers instruction and practice designed to aid the actor in achieving optimum vocal performance through exploration of vocal techniques and proper breathing, projection, resonance, articulation, and characterization. Basic dialects and textural performance techniques are introduced.

THTR 2030 Costume and Makeup (3): Principles and theories of costume design and techniques of makeup for theatrical productions are explored. Develop skills of script analysis, sketching, fabric study and rendering for conceptualization and communication of design ideas. Practical execution of stage makeup for theater, film and TV. Students are required to purchase supplies.   Prerequisite: THTR 1110.

THTR 2050 Production Practicum (1): Students will be assigned a crew position for one of the department’s theatre productions. This can include marketing, box office/audience development, lights, sound, costumes/ makeup or scenery. Theatre majors must take three semesters of Production Practicum, THTR 2050, 3050, 4050, in sequence.  Prerequisite: THTR 1110.

THTR 2060 Stage Lighting and Sound (3). Introduction to theory and practice in stage lighting and sound. Students study the methods and techniques of lighting and sound production and design used in the theatre. Tools and techniques of lighting and audio production are used in laboratory recording and mixdown.    Prerequisites: THTR 1110, 2050.

THTR 2400 Elementary Acting (3). Study and practice in the fundamentals of acting technique based on play and character analysis. The importance of voice, posture, gesture, and movement in theatrical expressiveness are emphasized, using speeches and short scenes from the world’s best dramas.

THTR 2430 Stage Movement and Dance (3): Use of the body and bodily movement for characterization and general stage movements.  Exercises, dance, and improvisations are emphasized in examining body dynamics for contemporary and classical acting and movement styles. 

THTR 3000 Play Production (3). Study of the major components in producing a play: directing, acting, scenery and lighting, sound, costuming and make up, selecting a play, casting, theatre business, and stage management. Emphasis is also placed on the collaborative and managerial skills necessary for artistic production. Prerequisite:  THTR 1020. 

THTR 3030 Directing (3). Analyzing scripts and directing one-act plays, with attention to casting, blocking, and rehearsal styles through practicum.  Prerequisites: THTR 2400 and 3000.

THTR 3040 Playwriting (3). Theory and practice of writing one-act plays for the stage. Prerequisite: THTR 3520.

THTR 3050 Production Practicum (1): Students will be assigned crew positions for one of the department’s theatre productions. This can include marketing, box office/audience development, lights, sound, costumes/ makeup or scenery. Theatre majors must take three semesters of Production Practicum, THTR 2050, 3050, 4050, in sequence.  Prerequisite: THTR 1110, 2050.

THTR 3200 Dramatic Theory and Criticism   A survey of the major critical theories that inform world theatrical tradition from Aristotle to Boal. The course furnishes the student with the basic tools of criticism to study drama both as literature and as stage performance. Selected plays will be studied for their thematic, structural and aesthetic components.  Prerequisite: THTR 1020.

THTR 3410 Children’s Theatre I (3). Development of more sensitive characterizations and increased awareness of such demands of a drama as structure, pace, mood, and tension. The same process may be used as a teaching tool in other areas, such as the language arts program in elementary and secondary schools. The course is taught in a laboratory situation. *Course not regularly offered, see advisor for options.

THTR 3420 Children’s Theatre II (3). Fundamental principles of crew and committee work for a children’s play, taught by the student’s actual participation in some phase of the productions, such as cast member, crew member, or committee member. Cast members may include people from the third grade through graduate level. *Course not regularly offered, see advisor for options.

THTR 3520 Modern Drama (3). Extensive study of world-famous plays from 1880”s to the present day. Readings and reports.

THTR 3550 Musical Theater (3): This course is designed to give students an overview of the major aspects of musical theatre through a combination of seminar and workshop formats.  The course emphasizes an understanding of musical theatre through a survey of the history of the American musical, genres, performance and production requirements, techniques, and opportunities.  Prerequisites:  THTR 2400 (for THTR students) and MUSC 1401 (for MUSC students); or consent of instructor.

THTR 3700 Stage Management (3): This course will be divided into the segments of pre-production, rehearsal period, tech/running, and maintenance of a production.  The emphasis will be on management practices for theatre in all types of venues including Actors Equity.  There will be an element of the practical, day-to-day "nuts and bolts" in the stage management process.   Prerequisite:THTR 1110, 2050.

THTR 3720 Acting for the Camera (3): Instruction and practice in the basics of acting adjustments for both TV and film style productions.  Content consists of actor/director relationship, the relationship between performer and camera, casting, blocking for the camera, and scene analysis.   Prerequisite:  THTR 2400 or consent of instructor.

THTR 3730 Intermediate Acting (3): Concentration of in-depth study of skills introduced in Elementary Acting.  Continuation of character development with emphasis on scene study.  Prerequisite:  THTR 2400 or consent of instructor.

THTR 4000 Drafting for the Theater and Scene Design (3). Theory and principles of scenic design and drafting for stage are the focus. Conceptualization and communication of design ideas are explored through renderings, ground plans and elevations via drafting with computer and by hand. Students are required to purchase supplies.   Prerequisite: THTR 1110, 2050, 2060, 3050.

THTR 4010 Theatre History I (3):  An examination of theatre’s historical moments along with the theories and terminology applicable to discussions on theatre from the Egyptians to the Restoration Period.  Prerequisite: THTR 1020.

THTR 4020 Stage Lighting and Make-up (3). Advanced make-up and lighting practicum in major productions and laboratory productions.  Prerequisites: THTR 1110; THTR 1020.

THTR 4030 Theatre History II (3):  An examination of theatre’s historical moments along with the theories and terminology applicable to discussions on theatre from the Restoration through the present.  Prerequisite: THTR 1020.

THTR 4040 Advanced Stagecraft (3). Advanced techniques of the technical process of theatre operation before, during and after a production.  It will address construction, lighting, sound, rigging and running of a production. Prerequisites: THTR 1110, 2050, 3050.

THTR 4050 Production Practicum (1): Students will be assigned a crew position for one of the department’s theatre productions. This can include marketing, box office/audience development, lights, sound, costumes/ makeup or scenic. Theatre majors must take three semesters of Production Practicum, THTR 2050, 3050, 4050, in sequence.  Prerequisite: THTR 1110, 2050, 3050.

THTR 4200 Advanced Acting (3): Provides training in the performance of character roles from various dramatic periods and genres from classical to modern and contemporary.  Special attention is paid to the philosophical and social context of each period or school as well as the particular vocalization, movement, characterization and staging demands of each style.   Prerequisites:  THTR 2400 and THTR 3730 or consent of instructor.

THTR 4900 Performance Seminar (3). Selected topics in acting, directing, and design as they relate to performance. Course involves class discussions, papers, out-of-class work, and research. Students work as a group and/or on individual topics and projects. A final project is the end product for the class.  Prerequisites: Any two of THTR 2400, 3000, 3030. Required of students with a concentration in Theatre.