Communication and Theatre Arts

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Faculty: Dr. Michael Miller, Chair; Dr. Beach, Dr. Duncan, Ms. Ellison, Dr. Farmer, Mr. Gilpin, Mr. Glover, Mr. Henshaw, Dr. Jones, Ms. Maddox, Mr. Sutley, Mr. Taylor

The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts is composed of four related areas of study: communication (COM), theatre and dance (THA), mass media communication (MMC), and Innovative Media (IMD). The goal of the department is to promote the study and use of communication in all its varying forms as an essential ingredient in determining the quality of life. Additional goals are to prepare students for graduate study and to encourage students to explore the wide range of professional opportunities available to communication majors.

Human communication is not a single discipline, but a complex, dynamic field. The department offers coursework and co-curricular activities designed to promote the understanding, practice, and enhancement of human communication. The setting may be in a variety of situations - the classroom, the theatre, the dance floor, the broadcast studio, the newsroom, the boardroom, competitive debate, speech events, and in virtual and cyberspaces. The department offers coursework leading to the following degrees: the Bachelor of Arts in Communication; the Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media; the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts; and Bachelor of Arts in Innovative Media.

Minors are offered in Dance, Writing for Media, Communication, Mass Media, Theatre, and Innovative Media.

Co-curricular Activities

Practical experience is an integral part of the communication curriculum.  The Henderson Forensics Team competes in both debate and individual events in Arkansas and surrounding states. The Henderson theatre program presents a number of theatrical productions each year, serving both the campus and the community.  The Henderson Dance Company presents performances for the campus and the community, including the Spring Dance Concert. The Henderson FM radio station, KSWH, provides a service to the community and broadcast practicum experience for students. HTV Cable 9 provides students with hands-on experience in television and video art production and performance, and also offers local programming for the Arkadelphia community.  Digital media students also produce video for cable access and other outlets.  The campus newspaper, the Oracle, and the university yearbook, the Star, provide applied journalism experience. 

Coursework in Communication and Theatre Arts is taught on a rotational basis. A few courses are taught every semester; more are offered only once a year; and some are offered in alternate years. This requires students and advisors to plan schedules carefully.

A maximum of six (6) hours of practicum credit (derived from any combination of practica) may be applied toward a degree.

Degree Requirements

The following core of courses is required of all Communication (COM) and Mass Media (MMC) students. Theatre (THA) and Innovative Media (IMD) degree requirements are listed separately, below.  In keeping with Henderson's role as Arkansas' public liberal arts university, this core promotes critical and creative thinking, effective written and spoken communication, and creative activity among all students in the department.

Communication and Mass Media Core

Required of all Communication and Mass Media majors                                            

                  MMC       1013            Mass Media in Modern Society (3 hours)

                                                      Writing Course (Approved by advisor; 3 hours)

                                                      Senior Research (specific to major; 1 hour)

                                                      Senior Seminar (specific to majors; 2 hours)

                                                      Practicum/Performance (3 hours - at least 2 hours in specialization area)

Total Communication and Media Core (12 hours)

The following are the additional requirements for the specific degrees in Communication and in Mass Media.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

                  COM        2153           Argument and Debate OR

                  COM        4093           Persuasion (3 hours)

                  COM        4133           Rhetoric Theory (3 hours)

                  COM        3273           Organizational Communication (3 hours)

                  COM        3813           Business and Professional Communication (3 hours)

                  COM        3533           Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)

                  COM        3373           Communication Research Methods OR

                  COM        4313           Communication Criticism (3 hours)

                                                      Elective hours (As directed by departmental advisor; 12 hours)

Total (Including Com and Media Core; 42 hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media 

                  MMC       1023            News Writing and Reporting (3 hours)

                  MMC       2123            Production Methods I (3 hours)

                  MMC       4043            Media Law and Ethics (3 hours)

                  MMC       2173            Broadcast Journalism (3 hours)

                  MMC       3063            Internship (3 hours)

                  COM       3533 OR COM 4093 OR COM 3813 OR COM 3273       

Specialization Track:

                                                      Directed electives (12 hours)

Total (Including COM and Media Core; 42 hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts 

                  THA         1303            Acting I (3 hours)

                  THA         2012            Theatre Dance I (2 hours)

                  THA         2103            Play Analysis (3 hours)

                  THA         2273            Costuming for Stage/TV/Film (3 hours)

                  THA         2293            Stage and Studio Make-up (3 hours)

                  THA         2573            Principles of Stagecraft (3 hours)

                  THA         4073            Stage Design (3 hours)

                  THA         4161            Senior Research (1 hour)

                  THA         4173            Theatre Dramaturgy (3 hours)

                  THA         4183            Directing (3 hours)

                  THA         4443            Theatre History I (3 hours)

                  THA         4463            Theatre History II (3 hours)

                  THA         4522            Senior Seminar (2 hours)

                  THA         1241 or 3241   Theatre Practicum (6 hours)

                                                      Theatre Elective hours - As directed by departmental advisor (9 hours)

Total (50 hours)

*Important:  Students who major in Theatre Arts must take THA 2033 (Humanities: Theatre Arts) as their Fine Arts Humanities course.

Bachelor of Arts in Innovative Media

Foundation courses
                                                                                                              

                  ART         1793            Digital Skills (3 hours)

                  MMC        1023           News Reporting/Writing (3 hours)

                  IMD          2061           Innovative Media Practicum (1-3 hours)

                  MMC        2123           Production Methods 1 (3 hours)

                  ART         2613            Digital Image (3 hours)

                  MMC        4043            Media Law & Ethics (3 hours)

                  IMD         4061–3        Innovative Media Practicum (Advanced; 1-3 hours)   

IM Electives                                                                                                                                    

                  ART         3463            The Digital Page (3 hours)

                  ART         3803            Interactive Design
 (3 hours)

                  MMC        3803            Electronic Editing & Design
 (3 hours)

                  MMC       4803            Online Journalism (3 hours)

                  ART         4823            Motion Graphics (3 hours)

                  IMD         4033            Digital Publishing
 (3 hours)

                  ART         4583            Advanced Studio Media and Design (3 hours)

                  IMD         4061–3        Innovative Media Practicum (Advanced; 1-3 hours)

                  IMD         4043            Independent Study in Innovative Media (3 hours)

                  IMD         4053            Special Topics in Innovative Media (3 hours)

IM students are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary courses of study. They may (with the support of their advisor and the permission of the instructor for a course) elect to take a 3000 or 4000 level course offered outside the major if related to the course of study. These courses are recommended:

                  MKT        4131-3         Special Studies in Marketing (3 hours)

                  MMC       4113            Advertising Principles and Practices (3 hours)

                  MMC       4293            Creative Nonfiction (3 hours)

                                                     (LAC upper-level writing course)

                 COM/MMC 4173         Nonfiction Comics (3 hours)

                 MMC       3263            Video Art ( 3 hours)

                 MMC       3213            Production Methods II (3 hours)

                 COM       4003            Special Topics in Communication (3 hours)

                 MMC       4443            Special Topics in Mass Media (3 hours)

Senior Courses
                                                                                                                                             

                 IMD         4073            Innovative Media Internship (3 hours)

Total (41 hours)                                                                                                                     

Minor Requirements

The Communication and Theatre Arts Department offers minors in six areas of study.  In addition to minors in Communication, Mass Media and Theatre Arts, students may minor in Dance, Writing for Media, or Innovative Media.  Requirements for each of the minors are below:

Communication Minor

                  COM        3533          Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)

                  COM        3813          Business and Professional Speaking (3 hours)

                                                    Approved electives (6 hours)

Total (12 hours)

Mass Media Minor

                  MMC       1013           Mass Media in Modern Society (3 hours)

                  MMC       1023           News Writing and Reporting (3 hours)

                  MMC       2173           Broadcast Journalism (3 hours)

                  MMC                          Elective (3 hours)

                  MMC                          Practicum (3 hours)

Total (15 hours)

Theatre Arts Minor 

                  THA         1303           Acting 1 (3 hours)

                  THA         2103           Play Analysis (3 hours)

                  THA         2573           Principles of Stagecraft (3 hours)

                  THA         4183           Directing (3 hours)

                  THA         1241 or 3241   Theatre Practicum (2 hours)

Total (14 hours)

Students who plan to minor in Theatre Arts must have THA 2033 Humanities: Theatre Arts as their Fine Arts Humanities course.

Dance Minor                                                                                                                     

                  THA         2002           Ballet I (2 hours)

                  THA         3232           Choreography (2 hours)

                  THA         1262           Dance Performance (2 hours)

                  THA         3252           Dance History (2 hours)

                                                     Dance Elective hours (As directed by departmental advisor; 6 hours)

Total (14 hours)

Writing for Media Minor

                  MMC       1013           Mass Media in Modern Society (3 hours)

                  MMC       4293           Creative Nonfiction OR

                  MMC       4223           Magazine and Feature Writing (3 hours)

                  MMC                          Practicum (2 hours)

(Minimum of two semesters in practicum credits for positions with Oracle, Star, HTV, or KSWH).  Practicum credits with Star, HTV and KSWH must be in writing positions and receive prior approval from Writing for Media advisor).

                  Electives                     Minimum of 9 credits of approved electives              

Total (17 hours)

Approved Electives for Writing for Media Minor

                  MMC       3103          Advanced Reporting

                  MMC       3203          Sports Reporting

                  MMC       3493          Preproduction

                  MMC       4223          Magazine and Feature Writing

                  MMC       4293          Creative Nonfiction

                  MMC       4304          Online Journalism

Independent Study, Special Topics or related coursed in Mass Media, Communication, Theatre or other programs may count toward the Writing for Media Minor only with prior approval of Writing for Media advisor for projects specifically focused on writing for the media.  Maximum of three credits.

Innovative Media Minor 

Students will learn to build effective teams, explore UI/UX design, take on real world challenges, and create new media content and products.

Required

                  ART        1793          Digital Skills for Artists (3 hours)    

                  MMC       2123          Production Methods 1 (3 hours)

                  IMD         2061, 4061-3    Innovative Media Practicum (3 hours minimum)         

Electives  (select 9 hours from the following courses)

                  MMC       1023           News Reporting and Writing (co-requisite: MMC 1091 or 4091, News Practicum)     

                  ART         2613          Digital Image                                             

                  ART         3463          Digital Page           

                  ART         3803          Interactive Design

                  MMC       3803           Electronic Editing and Design

                  MMC       4303           Online Journalism

                  ART         4583          Advanced Studio Media and Design  

                  IMD         2061, 4061-3   Innovative Media Practicum (up to 3 total hours)

                  IMD         3023           Media Effects

                  IMD         4033           Digital Publishing

With the approval of the Director of the BA in Innovative Media (IMD) and the course instructor, students can use the following courses as minor electives.

                  MKT        4131-3        Special Studies in Marketing

                  MMC       4293           Creative Nonfiction

                  COM/MMC 4173       Nonfiction Comics                 

                  MMC       3263           Video Art

                  MMC       3213           Production Methods II

                  MMC       3503           Postproduction

                  COM        4003          Special Topics in Communication

                  MMC       4443           Special Topics in Mass Media

                  IMD         4043           Independent Study in Innovative Media

                  IMD         4053           Special Topics in Innovative Media

                  IMD         4073           Internship in Innovative Media

 Total (18 hours)

Courses in Communication 

COM 1023.  Oral Interpretation.  Theory and practice of oral interpretation of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature.  Literacy criticism and analysis provide a basis for critiquing.  The course culminates in a program of oral interpretation performance.

COM 1111-2.  Debate Practicum.  Students enrolled will compete in individual events and various forms of debate on the Henderson Forensics Team. May be repeated. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied toward a degree. Enrollment for more than one hour credit requires the consent of the instructor.

COM 2013 (SPCH1003).  Oral Communication. A course designed to guide the student in examining and understanding the communication process. Experience is provided in improvements of interpersonal communication, group discussion, and public communication.

COM 2023.  Introduction to Comics Studies.  This course is designed to help the student appreciate the diversity and the potential of the comic book/graphic novel medium; understand com books/graphic novels as a unique medium of communication; discover the governing principles of comic books/graphic novels as an art form; apply knowledge of the medium to the creation of comics; analyze the role of comic books/graphic novels in American culture; evaluate works of the comic book/graphic novel art form.

COM 2153.  Argumentation and Debate.  Explores the process of forming reasons, drawing conclusions, and formally applying them to a case in discussion.  Students will apply critical thinking skills to write debate cases and present them in persuasive speaking, Lincoln-Douglas, and cross examination team formats.  Students will develop skill in the use of logic, reasoning, evidence, rebuttal, cross examination, and the creation of written and oral discourse that uses coherent statements leading from premise to conclusion.

COM 2503.  Nonverbal Communication. An examination of the nature and function of how nonverbal message systems merge and contribute to human communication. A study of the full range of kinesis, proxemics, chronemics, and paralanguage as they relate to verbal messages.

COM 2513.  Leadership and Group Communication.  Integration of theory and practice of teamwork, group problem-solving and decision-making, active listening and group leadership.

COM 2603.  Voice and Diction. A study of the processes of vocal production and recognition of the controllable elements in speech.  Drill work for improvement of pronunciation and articulation control.

COM 3043.  Directing Speech Communication Activities. A comprehensive course covering activities of the high school classroom, debate, oral interpretation, readers theatre, radio, TV, and film. Lesson plans will be developed and shared for the purpose of actual utility in the classroom. Coaching speech and theatre events for competition will be addressed.

COM 3111-2.  Debate Practicum.  (See COM 1111-2.)

COM 3173.  Graphic Novel Seminar. This course is designed to help the student understand how the comics art form is used to support ideological perspectives, develop particular themes, enact different genres, or how it has been uniquely utilized by notable creators. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the immigrant experience, the memoir, the works of Dan Clowes, and the American Monomyth. Because the course content will vary, students may take the course twice for six hours of credit.

COM 3233.  Language Development.  Study of the normal acquisition of speech and language across the lifespan.

COM 3243.  Readers Theatre. Theory and practice of the principles and techniques of oral interpretation and staging of literature. Emphasis on analysis and criticism of literature and program building.

COM 3273.  Organizational Communication. Traditional and modern concepts of communication behavior in organizations. Process of communication and interaction in today's organizational climates. Small group decision-making, directions in leadership, human resources development, and motivation. Implementing organizational communication change.

COM 3373. (WI) Communication Research Methods.  An introduction to qualitative and quantitative research, including historical, descriptive, and experimental methods. Media research as the basis for specific strategies and tactics.

COM 3413.  Female/Male Communication. A study of the variable of gender as it influences verbal and nonverbal interaction between men and women. Why the verbal and nonverbal codes are different and how they may be modified to produce good communication.

COM 3423. (WI) Movie Appreciation and Enjoyment. The origin and development  of film from the late 19th century to the present. Emphasis on the film as a distinctive art form.  This course is a designated writing course for the theatre program.

COM 3533.  Interpersonal Communication. Includes assertiveness and shyness, transactional analysis, body communication, listening, and conflict resolution.

COM 3813.  Business and Professional Communication. A communication course to prepare individuals in business, industry and the professions for the diverse and rapidly changing workplace of the 21st Century.  Teams will plan and execute communication tasks utilizing desktop publishing, Web publishing and multimedia presentations.  Students will work individually on honing job seeking and securing skills – career research, resume writing and interviewing.

COM 4003.  Special Topics in Communication.   Issues in contemporary communication will be studied as appropriate in a given semester.   Freedom of speech, courtroom communication, mass media  influences in communication, presidential elections, and other campaigns are examples of topics that might be addressed.  May be repeated.

COM 4073.  Comic Studies Project.  In this course students will apply the journalistic, documentarian, analytical, and cartoonist skills developed in the Comics Studies Minor to create nonfiction comics worth of publication (in print and digital form) or scholarly presentation. 

COM 4093, 5093.  Persuasion. Theoretical bases of persuasion and argumentation. Particular emphasis on principles of logical reasoning and evidence use. Students will gain experience as producers and critical consumers of persuasive messages.

COM 4101-3.  Independent Research.

COM 4133, 5133.  Rhetorical Theory.  Investigation of the major theories of rhetoric and the evolution of rhetorical thought.  Emphasis on the role of rhetoric in shaping human experience and creating individual reality.

COM 4141‑3.  Independent Study.  Open to advanced undergraduates. Students must have chair's approval to register.  May be repeated.

COM 4161. (WI) Senior Research.  Preparation of a prospectus for an original research project to be conducted under the direction of student's departmental advisor.  The project can include creative, non-traditional components, but must consist primarily of a written component.

COM 4173.   Nonfiction Comics.  This course is designed to help the student to combine the skills of a journalist and a memoirist or historian with those of a cartoonist to create nonfiction comics worthy of publication in both print and digital form.

COM 4313. (WI) Communication Criticism. Students will develop and apply analytical methodology to the speeches of significant American speakers.

COM 4331-3.  Internship in Communication.  Prearranged and supervised work in public relations, communication consulting and training, persuasion campaigns, etc. May be repeated.

COM 4403, 5403. Seminar in Communication.  Shared papers on topics relative to specific student interests; semantics, linguistics, cultural barriers to communication, etc.  May be repeated.

COM 4522. (WI) Senior Seminar. Research project under the direction of student's departmental advisor. Students will present a paper before faculty and other majors.  Prerequisite:  COM 4161.

COM 4922.  Special Methods: Communication. Special methods in the teaching of communication and theatre.

Courses in Innovative Media

IMD 2061.   Innovative Media Practicum. Supervised work for one semester in the Integrated Media Lab. Innovative Media Practicum is the project-driven, team-oriented core course for Innovative Media. Interdisciplinary experimentation into in new media is designed to push students to develop ideas and products. This course may be repeated. A maximum of three hours may be applied toward a degree. Enrollment for more than one hour credit per semester requires the consent of the instructor. The course endeavors to nurture the capacity to acquire knowledge, develop understanding, foster creative and critical thought, as well as demonstrate effective organizational and communication skills.

IMD 4061, 4062, 4063.   Innovative Media Practicum (Advanced). See description for IMD 2061. This upper-level of Innovative Media Practicum may be taken for one, two, or three hours to fulfill Innovative Media Foundation core credits and as an upper-level elective course in the IM major and minor.

IMD 4033.  Digital Publishing. As the nature of books, magazines and written media changes, our the need to explore future methods of delivery and publishing grows. This course examines the emergence of media such as electronic books from historical, critical and professional perspectives. Students will develop an understanding of current practices in electronic publishing, and the class will engage in projects utilizing new publishing methods.

IMD 4043.  Independent Study In Innovative Media. Students work with projects developed by a faculty advisor or with projects proposed by the students themselves (the choice of the instructor). The emphasis is on advanced projects, some of which will be tied to actual clients. Requires the consent of the instructor.

IMD 4053.  Special Topics in Innovative Media. Issues in contemporary digital media will be studied as appropriate in a given semester. May be repeated.

IMD 4073.  Innovative Media Internship. Prearranged and supervised employment with local, regional or national media — newspapers, radio and television stations or with public relation, marketing, online media production firms or civic groups. The goal is to offer students experience in areas that emphasize digital delivery systems. If taken while enrolled as a regular student, no more than three hours credit may be gained n any one semester and may be repeated to a maximum of six hours credit. Requires consent of the instructor.    

Courses in Mass Media/Communications 

MMC 1001-3.  Yearbook Practicum.  Supervised work for one semester on the campus yearbook, the Star. The student must have taken or be in the process of taking MMC 1023, unless waived by the instructor.  The course may be repeated. A maximum of six hours may be applied toward a degree. Enrollment for more than one hour credit requires the consent of the instructor.

MMC 1013.  Mass Media in Modern Society. Analysis of mass media as a social and cultural force that shapes personal values and actions. Deals with how the mass media have made the popular arts possible.

MMC 1023. News Writing and Reporting. The basic course in writing for newspapers. Study of reporting techniques, with intensive laboratory practice in gathering, evaluating, and writing the basic types of news stories. Writing for the campus newspaper, the Oracle and the Star yearbook will be required.

MMC 1091-3.  Newspaper Practicum.  Supervised work for one semester on the campus newspaper, the Oracle.  The student must have taken or be in the process of taking MMC 1023, unless waived by the instructor.  The course may be repeated.  A maximum of six hours may be applied toward a degree.  Enrollment for more than one hour credit requires the consent of the instructor.

MMC 1351.  Introductory Radio Practicum. All broadcast students without in-station KSWH experience are required to take this introductory course.  Each student enrolled will attend practicum classes, train with staff personnel, and shadow on-air announcers in preparation for their own air shift.

MMC 2023.  Introduction to Comics Studies.  This course is designed to help the student appreciate the diversity and the potential of the comic book/graphic novel medium; understand com books/graphic novels as a unique medium of communication; discover the governing principles of comic books/graphic novels as an art form; apply knowledge of the medium to the creation of comics; analyze the role of comic books/graphic novels in American culture; evaluate works of the comic book/graphic novel art form.

MMC 2123.  Production Methods I. A survey of the various aspects of TV production: Techniques of directing, floor managing, performing; hands-on experience with studio and field equipment; writing proposals, videoscripts, storyboards.

MMC 2143.  Photography I. (See ART 2383.)

MMC 2163.  Radio Production. Introduction to principles and practice in radio production. Includes in-studio and on-site broadcasts. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

MMC 2173.  Broadcast Journalism.  News gathering and reporting for television and radio: Techniques of interviewing, researching, editing, and delivery; writing for the broadcast media.

MMC 3071-3, 5071-3.  Independent Study.  Open to advanced students with intellectual curiosity regarding specific problem areas.  Problems must be selected with approval of major advisor before registration.

MMC 3083.  Electronic Editing and Design. Collection and preparation of news stories, photographs and graphics using microcomputers and related software. Principles of editing, layout, typography, headline writing, graphic creation, and applicable press law and policy will be emphasized. Prerequisite:  MMC 1023.

MMC 3103. (WI) Advanced Reporting. Complex reporting and interpretative articles, criticism, and reviews; advanced writing for the campus newspaper and the college  information  service;  public  affairs reporting for local and areas newspapers. Prerequisites: MMC 1013 and 1023.

MMC 3153.  Photography II. (See ART 3443.)

MMC 3173.  Graphic Novel Seminar. This course is designed to help the student understand how the comics art form is used to support ideological perspectives, develop particular themes, enact different genres, or how it has been uniquely utilized by notable creators. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the immigrant experience, the memoir, the works of Dan Clowes, and the American Monomyth. Because the course content will vary, students may take the course twice for six hours of credit.

MMC 3181-3.  Television Broadcast Practicum. Application of television techniques and procedures for live and taped production on Cable Channel 9. May be repeated. A maximum of six hours may be applied toward a degree. Prerequisite: Production Methods II and permission of instructor.

MMC 3203. (WI) Sports Reporting. Critical analysis and evaluation of newspaper, magazine and electronic sports reporting. Extensive study and practice in the writing of sports for both print and electronic media. Special emphasis on ethics as related to sports coverage.

MMC 3213.  Production Methods II.  Advanced studio and field work, with a concentration on the roles of Producer and Director. Prerequisite: Production Methods I and permission of instructor.

MMC 3243.  Broadcast Announcing.  Historical   overview   of   the communicator in modern   media.   Emphasis   on improvement of speaking voice, copy reading, and commercial announcing.  Consideration  of  television and  radio  specialties such as news, sports, weather, and narration.  Preparation of broadcasters for on-air opportunities.

MMC 3263.  Video Art.   Introduction to using   the video  medium for self expression and/or public issues: Students are encouraged to create original works based on their own fields of interest (poetry, art, music, history, etc.), some of which will be aired on local cablevision. Permission of instructor required.

MMC 3273.  Television Performance. Emphasis on front-of-camera work, with basic practice in handling studio equipment. Techniques and procedures of interviews, panel discussions, newscasting, dramatic presentation, ads, and PSA's. Open only to advanced students in Mass Media, Communication, Theatre Arts and/or permission of instructor.

MMC 3351-3.  Broadcast Practicum.  Students will be instructed in the practical application of broadcasting techniques in remote handling of special events, preparation of copy, and will assist in broadcasting programs on KSWH or in video productions.  May be repeated.  A maximum of six hours may be applied toward a degree.  Enrollment for more than one hour credit requires the consent of the instructor.

MMC 3363.   Sports Broadcasting.  Instruction and practice in producing sports programming both in radio and television.  Actual production of Henderson sports events.

MMC 3423. (WI) Movie Appreciation and Enjoyment. The origin and development  of film from the late 19th century to the present. Emphasis on the film as a distinctive art form.  This course is a designated writing course for the theatre program.

MMC 3493. (WI) Preproduction.

MMC 3503.  Postproduction.

MMC 4001-3, 5001-3. Yearbook Practicum.  Supervised work for one semester on the campus yearbook, the Star.  The student must have taken or be in the process of taking MMC 1023, unless waived by the instructor.  The course may be repeated.  A maximum of six hours may be applied toward a degree.  Enrollment for more than one-hour credit requires the consent of the instructor.

MMC 4043.  Media Law and Ethics. In-depth   study   of   journalism history, law, ethics and literature and the interrelation of each with society. Special emphasis on writing in books and magazines; the evolution of the rights, privileges and restrictions of the media;  and self-imposed and public restrictions on news coverage and the ethics of journalism.

MMC 4053, 5053.  Directing Publications. A comprehensive course covering both newspaper and yearbook editing and production. The newspaper section is aimed primarily at future sponsors of school newspapers; the yearbook section is designed for both future editors and future sponsors of school yearbooks.

MMC 4063, 4066.  Internship in Journalism. Prearranged and supervised work on local and area newspapers, radio and television stations, and on public relation, publicity, and advertising staffs of civic and business groups. If taken while enrolled as a regular student, no more than three hours credit may be gained in any one semester and may be repeated to a maximum of six hours credit. Requires consent of the instructor.

MMC 4073.  Comic Studies Project.  In this course students will apply the journalistic, documentarian, analytical, and cartoonist skills developed in the Comics Studies Minor to create nonfiction comics worth of publication (in print and digital form) or scholarly presentation. 

MMC 4091-3, 5091-3.  Newspaper Practicum.  Supervised work for one semester on the campus newspaper, the Oracle.  The student must have taken or be in the process of taking MMC 1023, unless waived by the instructor.  The course may be repeated.  A maximum of six hours may be applied toward a degree.  Enrollment for more than one-hour credit requires the consent of the instructor.

MMC 4113.  Advertising Principles and Practices. An overview of the broad field of advertising. Topics include history, law, ethics, social dynamics, economic implications, as well as advertising campaign process. The advertising process is examined from the perspectives of art, business, and science.

MMC 4173.   Nonfiction Comics.  This course is designed to help the student to combine the skills of a journalist and a memoirist or historian with those of a cartoonist to create nonfiction comics worthy of publication in both print and digital form.

MMC 4193.  Public Relations Techniques. A study of the policies and procedures of creating and maintaining goodwill among organizations' various publics. Examines the many aspects of public relations as a staff and management function. Basic theories, concepts and approaches to public relations. The influencing of opinion through acceptable performance and two-way communication. Prerequisites:  MMC 1023, MMC 1013, MMC 1001, or permission of instructor.

MMC 4223. (WI) Magazine and Feature Writing. A writing-intensive study of the full range of magazine journalism, as well as the application of magazine principles in contemporary newspapers. Focus will be on analyzing, targeting and writing for select professional markets, and on defining current trends in popular nonfiction writing.

MMC 4253.  Broadcast Management.  Instruction in all aspects of running the broadcast station: assembling a good media team; programming effective formats; demographically identifying and reaching listening audiences; meeting industry codes, policies, and regulations; budgeting in various size shops and markets; demonstrating leadership in broadcast management and ownership.  Extensive use of broadcast professionals to share current management techniques.

MMC 4283.  Educational Television. Teaching on television for distance learning and other applications; using video to supplement classroom lessons; teaching TV production to secondary school students; critiquing the medium.

MMC 4293, 5293. (WI) Creative Nonfiction.  A readings course examining the history and art of 20th-century nonfiction prose, including autobiography, journalism, travel, science and natural history writing by such authors as Stephen Crane, James Agee, Annie Dillard, Ernest Hemingway, John McPhee, Diane Ackerman and others.

MMC 4303, 5303. Online Journalism. A course designed to introduce students to professional writing for current markets, particularly for such new media as online magazines, interactive reference works, interactive fiction, direct-distribution media, etc.

MMC 4383, 4386-6.  Internship in Broadcasting.  Students will be assigned as interns in area radio and television stations under the supervision of commercial station personnel. Requires consent of the instructor.

MMC 4391. (WI) Senior Research. Preparation of a prospectus for an original research project to be conducted under the supervision of a departmental advisor.  The project can include creative, non-traditional components, and must include a strong written component.

MMC 4402. (WI) Senior Seminar.  Research or creative project under the direction of faculty advisor.  Students will present their work before faculty and other majors.  Prerequisite:  MMC 4391.

MMC 4443, 5443.  Special Topics in Mass Media.  Issues in contemporary communication will be studied as appropriate in a given semester.

MMC 4453, 5453.  Seminar in Mass Media.  Shared papers on topics relative to specific student interests: semantics, linquistics, cultural barriers to communication, mass media and new media topics, etc.  May be repeated.

MMC 4481-3.  Independent Research.

Courses in Theatre Arts

THA 1241-3.  Theatre Practicum.  A laboratory course designed to provide practical experience in acting, construction and/or design of scenery, lighting, properties, costuming, and make-up for plays in production.  May be repeated. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied toward a degree. Enrollment for more than one hour requires the consent of the instructor.

THA 1262.   Dance Performance Practicum.  Involves participation in actual performance. Study of selection of works, areas of appropriate staging, musical selections, technical aspects, auditions, rehearsals. May be repeated. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied toward a degree. Enrollment for more than one hour of credit requires the consent of the instructor.

THA 1303.   Acting I.  An introduction to the physical, intellectual, and emotional aspects of acting, including basic movement, script analysis, and characterization techniques.  Emphasis is on realistic styles.

THA 2002.  Ballet I. Introduction to the basic techniques, theories, and vocabulary of ballet.

THA 2012.  Theatre Dance I. A beginning movement class designed for theatre students. The student will gain a greater awareness of movement and muscle control. The student will be exposed to the different styles of dance in theatre performance, including ballet, modern, jazz, and tap.

THA 2033 (DRAM1003).  Humanities: Theatre Arts. An introductory course designed to broaden the awareness and appreciation of theater art and its place in contemporary human culture.  Incorporates study of theatrical styles, history, theory, and practice using live and recorded performances.  Writing component includes reviews of theatrical performances.

THA 2103.  Play Analysis. An introductory course in the basic skills of play analysis, dramatic structure and theatrical style.  This course includes an overview of the major genres of dramatic literature with an emphasis on the impact of critical analysis and evaluation on the work of the director, the actor, and the designer.  Students will read and analyze plays in order to visualize their potential theatrical production.  This course is a designated writing course for the theatre program.  Prerequisite: THA 2033.

THA 2273.  Costuming for Stage, TV, and Film.  This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of costume production and design.  It is both a theoretical and a practical laboratory course.  The student will explore the process of creating costumes for theatre, dance, opera, film, and television.  History and research, analysis and design, budget and management, and practical construction techniques are major units of study.  Each unit is coupled with project work to give the student hands-on experience in that area.

THA 2273L.  Costuming for Stage, TV, and Film Lab.  Practical laboratory for TH 2273.  Must be taken concurrently.

THA 2293.  Stage and Studio Make-Up. A practical introductory course in make-up and wigs for theatre, dance, television and film.  Make-up theory and materials, equipment, basic techniques of application, and the structure of hairpieces, modern and period wigs and their maintenance will be studied.  This class will include lecture/demonstrations as well as a practical laboratory element where students execute makeup application on themselves and others.

THA 2413.  Theatre Seminar. Changing topics with special emphasis on problems related to the production of plays.

THA 2573.  Principles of Stagecraft. A lecture/laboratory course designed to teach basic theory and practice of scenery construction, lighting, properties, and sound for theatrical production.

THA 2573L.  Principles of Stagecraft Lab.  Practical laboratory for THA 2573.  Must be taken concurrently.

THA 2613.  Voice and Diction.  A study of the processes of vocal production and recognition of the controllable elements in speech.  Drill work for improvement of pronunciation and articulation control.

THA 2772.  Jazz Dance I. Introduction to the techniques of jazz with emphasis upon specific teaching methods.

THA 3083.  Stage and Studio Lighting.  An introduction to theories and methods of stage and studio lighting and design.  This course presents the basic theories and techniques for lighting theatrical, television and film productions with attention given to the use of light as an artistic expression.  Included is basic electricity, light color theory, the design and function of the basic lighting instruments in various productions, and design procedures.  Method of instruction includes lectures, laboratory demonstrations and exercises.  Students will be required to complete work as members of lighting crews on various productions, and design lighting for pieces in the Henderson Dance concert and an HTV production.  Prerequisite:  THA 2573 or consent of the instructor.

THA 3232.  Choreography. This course is designed for the intermediate to advanced dance student.  It will introduce the student to the theory and mechanics of dance composition and improvisation. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor (based on previous work and/or dance experience).

THA 3241-3.  Theatre Practicum.  (See THA 1241-3)

THA 3252.  Dance History. A lecture course covering the evolution of dance from ancient civilizations to the present.

THA 3262.   Dance Performance Practicum.  (See THA 1262.)

THA 3333.  Acting II. Designed for theatre arts majors. Emphasis will be on major styles and techniques of the actor's craft from the ancient Greek plays through contemporary drama. Prerequisite: THA 2303.

THA 3423. (WI) Movie Appreciation and Enjoyment. The origin and development  of film from the late 19th century to the present. Emphasis on the film as a distinctive art form.  This course is a designated writing course for the theatre program.

THA 3453, 5453.  Stage Management. Study of the role of the stage manager, including effective organizational and management techniques used in university, community, and professional theatres.  Special emphasis on communication, leadership styles and team building.  Some attention to theatre management as it relates to policy making, audience building, play selection, staff organization, and budget preparation.  Prerequisite:  THA 2033.

THA 3473.  (WI) Women, Gender and Race in American Theatre. A course designed to heighten the student’s awareness of the role that women, gender, and race have played historically and play currently in the theatre arts of the United States.  This course is designed to explore the wide range of theatre that is usually referred to as theatre of diversity, “theatre of the people,” “fringe theatre,” or even “theatre of difference.”

THA 3483.  Theatre of the Non-Western World.  A course designed to heighten the student’s awareness of theatre arts from non-Western cultures. Theatrical traditions from continents and countries such as Africa, India, and Asia and cultures such as Islam will be included.

THA 3503.  Acting for the Camera.  This course is designed to introduce the student to the camera acting skills (which differ in many ways from theatre acting skills) necessary for work in the film, TV, and video industries.  Students will complete assigned projects in camera acting technique, auditioning, voice-over and commercial work.  There will be critiques of these projects as well as in class exercises and discussions relating to issues and problems associated with acting for the camera.  Prerequisite: THA 1303 or consent of the instructor.

THA 3782.  Jazz Dance II. Intermediate techniques and combinations of stylized movement.

THA 3822.  Theatre Dance II. Continuation of dance for the theatre. Prerequisite: THA 2012.

THA 3922.  Ballet II. Review of fundamentals of ballet. Intermediate techniques of ballet. Prerequisite: THA 2002 or equivalent.

THA 4453. Special Methods: Theatre. Special instructional methods in the teaching of secondary theatre (7 -12), including classroom curriculum, play direction and production, and theatre forensics. Prerequisite:  THA 4183.

THA 4073.  Stage Design. Basic theories and techniques of scenic design, including understanding the elements of design, color theory, and the design process; drafting scale and perspective drawings; and building scenic models.  Emphasis on major styles in scene design in relation to the periods of dramatic literature.  Prerequisite: THA 2103 and 2573.

THA 4091-3, 5091-3.  Theatre  Production Techniques. Special studies in performance or design/technical aspects of theatre. Students work closely under the supervision of faculty directors or designers.

THA 4141-3, 5141-3.  Independent Study.  Open to advanced students with intellectual curiosity regarding specific problem areas.  Problems must be selected with approval of major advisor before registration.

THA 4161. (WI) Senior Research.  Preparation of a prospectus for an original creative or research project to be conducted under the direction of student's departmental advisor.

THA 4173, 5173. (WI) Theatre Dramaturgy.  Seminar in the cultural and aesthetic principles informing and defining the theatrical performance including the exploration of text analysis, the research process necessary for the production of a script, the multiple contexts of a script in performance, and the discovery of style as it relates to the production of a script.  Includes readings in classical and contemporary dramatic literature, theory, and criticism.  This course is a designated writing course for the theatre program.  Prerequisite: THA 2103.

THA 4183.  Directing. Emphasis on the director's media, use of the stage, movement, stage picture, imposed business, characterization, casting, and rehearsals. Students will be required to direct a short play.  Prerequisites: THA 1303, 2103, 2573.

THA 4373, 5373.  Repertory Theatre. Production of plays as a repertory company outside of the normal co-curricular production program.  Sessions consist of laboratory work preparing scenery, lighting, costumes, makeup, properties, and rehearsal of plays in production.

THA 4443, 5443. (WI) Theatre History I: Origins to 1800.  A course in the history of the theatre and its literature from its origins in primitive ritual to classical Greece and Rome through the medieval period, and the European Renaissance, and the 18th century.  Emphasis will be on the theatre as an institution and art form.  Prerequisite: THA 2103 or consent of instructor.

THA 4453.  Special Methods:  Theatre

THA 4463, 5463. (WI) Theatre History II: 1800 to Present.  A course in the history of the theatre and its literature covering the major developments of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.  Emphasis will be on the theatre as an institution and art form.  Prerequisite: THA 2103 or consent of instructor.

THA 4522. (WI) Senior Seminar.  Creative or research project under the direction of student's departmental advisor.  Students will present the project before faculty and other majors.  Prerequisite:  THA 4161.

THA 4542.  Dance Company. A performance class which requires audition for admission. Dance Company is designed for intermediate and advanced dance students. Company members will learn new styles and techniques in ballet, modern dance, jazz, and tap and will perform in a dance concert. May be repeated. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied toward a degree.

THA 4552.  Modern Dance. Fundamentals of modern dance. Exploration of modern dance theories and techniques.