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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 Communication Studies, Theatre, and Mass Communication (with tracks in News, Production or Integrated Marketing Communications). 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.

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 the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho, WTST Campus Radio, TSU TV News, TSU News Network, the Forensics team, Pi Kappa Delta, The Meter student newspaper, and annual theatre productions.

DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.),  Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Students may pursue either the Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication or the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication (recommended). The Bachelor of Arts Degree 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.

Major Core Courses

Mass Communication 42 hour major (Core: 21; Track 15; Mass Communication guided Electives 6)

Core: 21 hours

COMM 1040            Intro to Mass Communication (3)
COMM 1050            Technologies and Techniques of Digital Media (2)
COMM 1060            Fundamentals of Media Writing  (1)
COMM 2400            NewsWriting (News)  (3)
or 2500                     Electronic Media Writing (Production) (3)
COMM 2600            Survey of Electronic Media  (3)
or 2700                     Survey of Journalism   (3)
COMM 2640            Digital Media Production (3)
COMM 3520            Communication Law & Ethics (3)
COMM 3950            Internship (3)

*Choice of News track or Production track or Integrated Marketing track 15 hours

Mass Communication

News

COMM 3300            Print/On-line News Reporting 1 (3)
COMM 3400            Radio News Reporting  (3)
COMM 3800            TV News Reporting  (3)
Choice of:
COMM 4350            Radio-TV News II  (3)           
or
COMM 4360            Print-Online News II  (3)
Choice of: COMM 4500 Senior Project  (3)
or
COMM 4510            Senior Seminar Multimedia  (3)

Production

COMM 3240            Audio Production  (3)
COMM 3440            Video Studio Production  (3)
COMM 4150            Video Field Production  (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

Integrated Marketing Communication

3100 Integrated Marketing Comm. (fall)

4460 Creative Advertising Strategies (fall) 4480 Principles of Public Relations (spring) 4580 Advanced Public Relations (fall) Choice of:

4500 Senior Project (fall/spring)

or

4510 Senior Seminar:

Integrated Marketing Research (fall)

or

Brand Equity Management (spring)


Mass Communication Electives (Choose 6 hours)

COMM 2510            Lettering and Layout  (3)
COMM 2620            Basic Media Performance  (3)
COMM 3000            Mass Communication Seminar (Media Careers)  (3)
COMM 3040            Adv. Reporting  (3)
COMM 3110            Graphic Design  (3)
COMM 3120            Graphics Production  (3)
COMM 3610            Basic Audio Studio (3)
COMM 3620            Advanced Media Performance  (3)
COMM 3910            Communications lab  (1)
(1.0 credit—may be repeated for a total of 3.0 credits)
     3910-01 Radio
     3910-02 Radio News
     3910-03 TV News
     3910-04 TV Program Production
     3910-05 The Meter
     3910-06 Media Convergence Project
     3910-07 IMC Practicum
COMM 4050            News Editing  (3)
COMM 4060            Investigative Reporting  (3)
COMM 4080            Sports Journalism  (3)                                                                                                                  COMM 4100            Editorial Writing  (3)
COMM 4120            Adv. Graphic Design  (3)
COMM 4380            Media Leadership & Entrepreneurship  (3)
COMM 4400            Programming  (3)
COMM 4415            Feature Writing  (3)
COMM 4460            Advertising and Media Sales   (3)
COMM 4480            Principles of Public Relations   (3)
COMM 4530            Reviewing and Criticism  (3)
COMM 4580            Advanced Public Relations  (3)
COMM 4600            Special Topics  (3)
COMM 4610            Advanced Studio  (3)
COMM 4615            Audio for Video    (3)
COMM 4800            Independent Study  (3)


Communication Studies Curriculum

42 hour major (Core: 21, Track 12, Electives 9)

Core: 21 hours

COMM 2100 Introduction to Speech Communication (3)

COMM 2300 Business and Professional Speaking (3)

COMM 3100 Communication Theory (3)

COMM 3150 Communication Research Methods (3)

COMM 4210 Small Group Communication (3)

COMM 4250 Leadership Communication (3)

COMM 4500 Senior Project (3)

Cultural Communication Track (Choose 12 hours of 15 within the track - in consultation with advisor and course availability)

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)

Cultural Communication Electives (Choose 9 hours - in consultation with advisor and course availability)

COMM 3200 Advanced Public Speaking (3)

COMM 3260 Computer-Mediated Communication (3)

COMM 3950 Internship (3)

COMM 4210 Small Group Communication (3)

COMM 4230 Organizational Communication

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

SOCI 3950 Racism: A Sociological Analysis

Any Upper level AFAS course

Health Communication Track (Choose 12 hours of 15 within the track - in consultation with advisor and course availability)

COMM 3340 Health Communication (3)

COMM 4230 Organizational Communication

COMM 4240 Health Communication Campaigns (3)

COMM 4255 Crisis Communication (3)

COMM 4300 Interpersonal Communication (3)

Health Communication Electives (Choose 9 hours - in consultation with advisor and course availability)

COMM 3200 Advanced Public Speaking (3)

COMM 3220 Argumentation & Debate (3)

COMM 3260 Computer-Mediated Communication (3)

COMM 3330 Gender Communication (3)

COMM 3370 Media & Culture (3)

COMM 3950 Internship (3)

COMM 4210 Small Group Communication (3)

COMM 4220 Persuasion

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 Curriculum Revised

42 hour major (Core: 27; Track 9; Electives 6)

Core: 27 hours

COMM 1040 Intro to Mass Communication (3)

THTR 1110 Stagecraft (3)

THTR 2050 Production Practicum (1)

THTR 2400 Elementary Acting (3)

THTR 3050 Production Practicum (1)

THTR 3000 Play Production (3)

THTR 3030 Directing (3)

THTR 4050 Production Practicum (1)

THTR 4010 Theatre History I (3)

THTR 4030 Theatre History II (3)

COMM 4500 Senior Project (3)

Choice of either Performance or Production track: 9 hours

Performance (choose 3)

COMM 2620 Basic Media Performance (3)

THTR 2630 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)

COMM 2510 Graphic Design I (3) (same as ART2510)

THTR 4000 Drafting for the Theater and Scene Design (3)

THTR 4040 Advanced Stagecraft (3)

COMM 2520 Graphic Design II (3)  (same as ART 2520)

Electives: (Choose 6 hours) *electives may include courses from the other track as well as below

THTR 3040 Playwriting (3)

THTR 3200 Dramatic Theory & Criticism (3)

THTR 3420 Children’s Theatre I

THTR 3420 Children’s Theatre II

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

Communication (9 hours)

ENGL 1010, 1020  Freshman English I, II                                               6
                                   (minimum grade of C)
COMM 2200            Public Speaking
                                   (minimum grade of C)                                      3
Humanities and/or Fine Arts (9 hours)
ENGL 2110-2230   Sophomore Literature Course                                    3
THTR 1020              Appreciation of Drama
                                   (minimum grade of C in each)                           3
Elective                    One course from approved list.                              3
Typically, MUSC 1010, ART 1010, or PHIL 1030

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

Natural Science (8 hours)

Elective                    One course from approved list                               4
Elective                    One course from approved list                               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, 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, 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 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 Speech Communication 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)