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Course Descriptions - Major & Minor Requirements


101; 201; 301; 401 Communication Practica (1;1;1;1) provide laboratory to workshop experience in speech communication, telecommunications or interpretation. Registration is with the department chair at final registration. Restrictions: maximum of two hours per year; maximum of four hours toward major or minor. Graded S/U F/S every year

111 Media Writing & Performance (3) emphasizes the production planning, writing and scripting processes as the necessary first steps in preparing material for radio and television productions. Students write and delivery broadcast news and features, commercials and promotional announcements, and longer format programs. S/every year

200 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3) develops a knowledge of the basic principles, types and theories of communication It also provides practice in selecting and evaluating speech materials, organizing and phrasing ideas, controlling voice and body, and in critical thinking and listening. F/S every year

205 Extemporaneous Speaking (3) emphasizes the basic principles of this form of speech. The student furthers work in basic public speaking skills while learning to assemble materials efficiently and logically within a limited time period for class presentations. Prerequisite: 200 or permission of instructor S/yearly

206 Voice and Diction (3) involves intensive drill, on a phonetic basis, in articulating the sound which make up the English language, with attention to the production of good vocal quality and expression. A study of the history of English sounds give the student the necessary background to understand how spoken English evolved and develop skills in the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. F/yearly

207 Introduction to Speech Pathology (3) introduces and emphasizes the basic principles of speech language pathologies and audiology. Students learn the causes and origins of speech, language and audiology processes in human communication. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

210 Media History & Effects (3) surveys the evolution of newspapers, magazines, film, telecommunication and advertising/public relations. The power, impact and roles of these media in today's American society are examined. S/yearly

211 Audio Production (3) introduces basic analog and digital audio recording and editing techniques and their creative applications in electronic media production. Students develop reasonable of criticism for their own work and that of others. F/yearly

260 Oral Interpretation of Literature (3) deals with the oral re-creation of literature for a specific audience, placing the interpreter as intermediary between the author's intent and the needs of the listener. The interpreter may choose to work with prose, poetry, non-fiction prose, or drama. F/yearly

295 Introduction to Communication Research (3) develops the research skills necessary to complete the senior communication research project. Open to speech communication majors and minors in the spring of their first or second year. Prerequisite: 200 F/S yearly

311 Video Production (3) introduces basic video production and editing techniques and their creative applications in various program formats. Single-camera remote and multi-camera studio production are emphasized. Students develop reasonable standards of criticism for their own work and that of others. S/yearly

312 Electronic Media Structure and Content (3) surveys programming, economic and structural issues in contemporary electronic media. The impact of new communication technologies on the traditional radio/television enterprises is also emphasized. F/every other year

315 Argumentation (3) explores the reasoning process in both theory and practice. Students develop both sides of an argument in classroom debates. A written brief is prepared on a contemporary question which has been researched and debated in class. Prerequisite: 200 F/yearly

316 Intercollegiate Forensics (2) teaches various aspects of speech competition. Students learn how to compete in public address, oral interpretation, limited preparation events, and debate. Restrictions: may be repeated with a maximum of 6 hours counted toward the major, ten toward graduation requirements. Prerequisite: permission of instructor F/S yearly

325 Persuasion (3) teaches theory and applied use of persuasion and an appraisal of its influences upon modern society. Prerequisite: 200, 295, or permission of department F/yearly

335 Small Group Communication (3) examines the principles and forms of small group interaction with emphasis on problem solving and cooperative and reflective thinking. Prerequisite: 200 F/yearly

345 Interviewing (3) provides instruction and practice in the forms of communication most often utilized in the business and professional world. Emphasis is divided between eliciting and providing information in settings most common to the business and professional world. F/yearly

395 Special Topics in Communication (3-6) provides the opportunity to study selected areas such as gender, organizational communication and communication technologies. May be repeated once for credit.

411 Advanced Video Production and Directing (3) builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the other electronic media production courses. Students learn how to taken an idea from its inception through research, development and production to its finality as a television program series, developing standards of criticism for their own work and that of others. Prerequisite: 311 S/yearly

446 Interpersonal Communication (3) explores the processes of daily interaction dealing with all aspects of strength and weakness in communication situations. Emphasis is on significant relationships with groups, individuals, and self. Students learn to recognize themselves in interpersonal conflict situations and to cope with those problems through class interaction. S/yearly

495 Seminar in Research/Performance (2) exposes students to an intensive study in a selected area of communication. The first four weeks are devoted to the development of a project prospectus. The remainder of the semester is given to independent study under the guidance of an appropriate instructor. Prerequisite: 295 F/S yearly