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Majors and Minors for Communication Studies and Theatre

Communication Studies Major

COMM 201 Introduction to Communication
COMM 230 Mass Media and Society
COMM 327 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 350 Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
COMM 351 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
COMM 400 Communication Theory
COMM 450 Senior Seminar
MATH 200 Introduction to Statistics

Plus an additional 18 credit hours are required from the following list of courses (only 6 credit hours may be taken from courses without the COMM prefix):

ART 120 Introduction to Visual Design
ART 130 Introduction to Drawing and Composition
BUS 300 Principles of Organizational Management
BUS 412 Professional Selling
BUS 416 Advertising
COMM All courses designated “COMM” (except COMM 100)
ENG 310 Professional Writing
ENG 312 Technical and Workplace Writing
PHIL 228 Philosophy of Popular Culture
PHIL 320 Professional Ethics
PSY 350 Social Psychology
SOC 245 Group Process and Interpersonal Communication
SOC 319 Conflict Transformation
SOC 320 Sociology of the Family
SOC 350 Methods of Research and Data Analysis I
SOC 351 Methods of Research and Data Analysis II
SOC 450 Sociological Theory
THEA All courses designated “THEA”

Communication Studies Minor

Consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours. The following courses are required:

COMM 201 Introduction to Communication
COMM 230 Mass Media and Society
COMM 327 Interpersonal Communication

Plus 9 additional credit hours in COMM courses (except COMM 100)

Theatre Minor

Consists of 21 credit hours. The following courses are required:

THEA 250 World Theatre History I
-or-
THEA 255 World Theatre History II
THEA 200 Theatre Production
THEA 325 Methods of Acting
THEA 310, 311, or 312 Production Laboratory

An additional 9 credit hours must be chosen from the following courses:

THEA 250 World Theatre History I
-or-
THEA 255 World Theatre History II
THEA 315 Theatre in London
THEA 320 Improvisation
ENG 330 Shakespeare
THEA 355 Environmental Theatre
THEA/ENG 360 Modern Drama
THEA/ENG 362 Contemporary Drama
THEA 415 Directing
THEA 480 Internship
THEA 490 Independent Study

Endorsement in Theatre Arts (PreK-12)

Consists of the education course sequence required for secondary licensure and the following courses:

THEA 200 Theatre Production
THEA 250 World Theatre History I
THEA 255 World Theatre History II
THEA 325 Methods of Acting
THEA/ENG 360 Modern Drama
-or-
THEA/ENG 362 Contemporary Drama
THEA 415 Directing

Areas of Emphasis for Majors

Public Relations Emphasis

Consists of 21 credit hours. Only 9 credit hours of the courses listed on the student’s plan of the public relations emphasis may be included on the student’s plan of major. Required major in communication studies, plus:

All of the following (15 credits):

COMM 255 News and Media Writing
COMM 315 Persuasion
COMM 347 Public Relations in Organizations
COMM 410 Communication Law: Civil Liberties and the Public Good
ART 120 Introduction to Visual Design

Plus two of the following (6 credits):

COMM/ENG 305 Journalism in the Information Age
COMM 325 Communication in the Organization
COMM 349 Nonprofit Communication
ART 130 Introduction to Drawing and Pictorial Composition
ART 220 Introduction to Digital Media
BUS 310 Principles of Marketing
BUS 416 Advertising
ENG 310 Professional Writing
ENG 312 Technical and Workplace Writing
FCS 304 Fashion Merchandising
FCS 306 Fashion Promotion

Media Studies Emphasis

Consists of 21 credit hours. Only 9 credit hours of the courses listed on the student’s plan of the major. This emphasis is designed for students who may want to pursue a career in media industries or who are considering going to graduate school in media studies. Required major in communication studies, plus:

All of the following (12 credits):

COMM 330 Film Studies
COMM 332 Television Studies
COMM 360 Contemporary Media Industries
COMM 375 Media Effects

Plus 9 credits from the following list:

COMM 410 Communication Law
COMM 420 Political Communication
COMM 447 Communicating Science, Environment and Health
COMM 480 Internship (media related and approved—only 3 credits count towards the emphasis)
COMM/ENG 218 History of Motion Picture
COMM 331 The Television and Film Studio System
-or-
COMM 333 European Media and Culture
SOC 340 Cultural Theory at the Movies
PHIL 228 Philosophy of Popular Culture