Communication & Media Arts

Katy Wiss, Chair
        wissk@wcsu.edu
        Berkshire Hall 213a, Midtown campus
        (203) 837-8260
        (203) 837-8912 (fax)

Karen Walsh, Department Secretary
         walshk@wcsu.edu
         Berkshire Hall 120b, Midtown campus
          (203) 837-8250
          (203) 837-8912 (fax)

Faculty

K. Wiss, Chair J.C. Barone J. Brower
J. Eckstein T. Keys K. Lever-Mazzuto
W. Petkanas K. Saunders  D. L. Stephenson
     

Overview

  The Department of Communication employs a variety of resources designed to help students improve their ability to participate in and evaluate the communication process. The department’s curriculum provides a balance of theory and practice that can be applied to personal relationships, business, media and other communication environments.
  Students who major in communication or media arts prepare for graduate studies or careers directly related to: small group interaction in settings such as social service agencies and corporations; media use, creation, performance, analysis and criticism; and related fields that require public speaking and application or analysis of interpersonal and public speaking skills.

Mission

Consistent with the University’s mission to serve as an accessible, responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut, the Communication Department endeavors to provide a state-of-the-art education in communication theory that is designed to meet students’ background and career objectives.

Objectives

To accomplish this mission, the Department of Communication:

  • Offers high-quality undergraduate courses and programs in communication and media theory including digital media production, media studies, public communication and relational communication.
  • Emphasizes development of the four modes of communication (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) as well as media production techniques throughout the undergraduate curriculum to enhance students’ ability to understand and create appropriate, creative and effective interaction and media.
  • Provides a personalized learning environment for students through faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects, video productions, and internships.
  • Prepares students for graduate education in media arts, communication and related fields.
  • Assists students in identifying appropriate classes, learning opportunities and careers through attentive advising.
  • Fosters the growth and development of faculty and their students through supporting research, attendance at professional meetings, and presentation and publication of scholarly work.
  • Collaborates with media-industry professionals in the tri-state area to support professional growth of faculty as well as internship opportunities for students.

Student Standing

To be in Good Academic Standing in the major, Communication and Media Arts students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0, as well as a 2.5 average in courses used to satisfy major requirements. Courses with grades lower than “C” will not be accepted as meeting the requirements for the major, although they may be used for free electives credit.

Lambda Pi Eta

The department sponsors a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the National Communication Honors Society. As an organization, LPH recognizes, fosters and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement in the field of communication. To qualify, students must be full-time communication majors and have earned 60 credits with at least 12 in communication. They must also have a minimum 3.25 GPA in communication courses and a 3.0 overall GPA. Students must demonstrate commitment to the field. Students may contact the department chair for more information.

Alpha Epsilon Rho

The department sponsors a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Rho (AERho), the Honors Society  of the  National Broadcasting Society. AERho enhances the development of students and entry level professionals involved in electronic media. To qualify, students must have earned 45 credits with 9 in communication courses. They must also have a minimum 3.25 GPA in communication courses and a 3.25 overall GPA. Students may contact the department chair for more information.

Course Restrictions
For a complete list of prerequisites, corequisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.

Degree Programs in Communication

Bachelor of Arts

Communication

Options:
   Communication Studies
   Relational Communication

Media Arts

Options:
   Media Production
   Media Studies

Bachelor of Science

Elementary Education

Minor Programs

Communication
Broadcast Journalism

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION (B.A.)

Requirements:

Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below by option and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including foreign language and exercise science.

Option I: Communication Studies

COM 110 Sight, Sound & Motion or
COM 190 Introduction to Mass Communication
COM 205 Communication Environments
COM 219 Ethical Responsibility in Human Communication
COM 290 Communication Theory
COM 390 Research Methods in Communication
COM 495 Senior Thesis

Five courses in any of the following areas; no more than one at the 100-level: 1. Media Production, 2. Media Studies, 3. Rhetoric, Language & Public Address, 4. Relational Communication.

Option II: Relational Communication

COM 205 Communication Environments and/or COM 210 Non-Verbal Communication and/or COM 212 Effective Listening (for a total of 6 credits)
COM 200 Language and Communication
COM 219 Ethical Responsibility in Human Communication
COM 290 Communication Theory
COM 390 Research Methods in Communication
COM 420 Readings in Interpersonal Communication
COM 495 Senior Thesis
Five courses (15 SH) in major electives from approved list

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MEDIA ARTS (B.A.)

Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below by option, and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including foreign language and physical education.

Requirements:

COM 110 Sight, Sound & Motion
COM 146 Basic Video Production
COM 230 History of Mass Media
COM 270 Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting
COM 271 Exploring the Film
COM 290 Communication Theory
COM 390 Research Methods in Communication
COM 495 Senior Thesis
15 credits of Major Electives (Production or Media Studies)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION (B.S.)

Education students fulfill the requirements for Option I: Communication Studies and the requirements for certification in elementary education. They are not required to take a foreign language or meet the waiver requirements.

Learning Outcomes

 At the completion of their degrees in Communication and Media Arts:

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major theories relating to communication in its various contexts (e.g., video/film, media, public address, personal relationships, small groups, and organizations).
  2. Students will demonstrate ability to recognize and generate questions, reflect on research findings, and suggest modifications to hypotheses and/or theories.
  3. Students will demonstrate ability to research, understand, summarize and evaluate professional (academic) literature.
  4. Students will demonstrate ability to design and complete independent research project in the area of communication, media studies or media production.
  5. Students will demonstrate ability to present ideas clearly in both oral and written format
  6. And for those completing the B.S. in Elementary Education:  Students will demonstrate ability to apply communication theory and skills in the elementary school classroom.

 

MINOR IN COMMUNICATION

Eighteen semester hours in communication which must include at least 12 semester hours above the 100 level. Emphasis may be on communication, radio, television and film.

MINOR IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM

WRT 270W News Writing
WRT 333W The Editorial Environment
COM 243 Broadcast Writing
COM/THR 252 Acting for the Camera
COM 270 Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting
One 300- or 400-level writing course from among the following:
WRT 340W Public Relations Writing
WRT 335W Fact-Based Opinion Writing
WRT 338W Writing About Specialized Subjects
WRT 442W Publication Design and Development
WRT 490W Internship/Practicum

Sample Four-Year Sequence Communication Major Options

Notes:

  • See Catalog section on Foreign Language Requirements to determine how language classes count.
  • Free electives in the junior and senior year are often used for professional internships.

Communication Studies Option

First Year

Fall Semester (15 SH) Spring Semester (15 SH)
COM 162 Communication Skills Major Elective (concentration area)
COM 110 Sight, Sound & Motion or COM 190 Intro. to Mass Communication COM 290 Communication Theory
General Education – Humanities General Education Social/Behavioral Science
General Education Social/Behavioral Sci General Education Math, Computer Science
WRT 101 or Free Elective MAT 100 or Free Elective

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (15 SH) Spring Semester (17 SH)
COM 205 Communication Environments COM 219 Ethical Issues in Communication
COM 290 Communication Theory Major Elective (concentration area)
General Education Social/Behavioral Science General Education HPX Fitness for Life
General Education Math, Computer Science 2nd Semester Language or General Education-Humanities or Free Elective
1st Semester Language or General Education-Humanities or Free Elective Free Elective
  Free Elective

Junior Year

Fall Semester (16) Spring Semester (15)
COM 390 Communication Research Major Elective (other area)
Major Elective (concentration area) Major Elective (other area)
General Education-Humanities General Education Math, Computer Science or Natural Science
General Education Natural Sciences with Lab General Education-Humanities or Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective

Senior Year

Fall Semester (15) Spring Semester (15)
COM 495 Senior Thesis General Education Social/Behavioral Science
Free Elective Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective

Relational Communication Option

First Year

Fall Semester (15) Spring Semester (15)
COM 162 Communication Skills course COM Major Elective
MAT 100 or General Education Math, Computer Science COM Major Elective
General Education Social & Behavior Sciences General Education Humanities (W) or Free Elective
WRT 101 or General Education Humanities WI course General Education Social & Behavioral Sciences
Free Elective General Education Math/Computer Science or Free Elective

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (15) Spring Semester (17)
COM 205 Communication Environments or COM 210 Nonverbal Communication COM 200 Language and Communication
COM 219 Ethical Responsibility in Human Communication COM 290 Communication Theory
General Education Social & Behavior Sciences General Education Social & Behavioral Sciences
1st Semester Language or General Education-Humanities or Free Elective General Education HPX Fitness for Life (2 SH)
Free Elective 2nd Semester Language or General Education-Humanities or Free Elective
  Free Elective

Junior Year

Fall Semester (16) Spring Semester (15)
COM 212 Effective Listening COM 420 Readings in Interpersonal Communication
COM 390 Research Methods in Communication COM Major Elective
General Education Humanities General Education Math, Computer Science or Natural Science or Free Elective
General Education Natural Sciences (with lab) General Education-Humanities or Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective

Senior Year

Fall Semester (16) Spring Semester (15)
COM Major Elective Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective
Free Elective COM 495 Senior Thesis

Sample Four-Year Sequence Media Arts Major

• Media Studies Option and Media Production Option First Year

Fall Semester (16) Spring Semester (15)
COM 110 Sight, Sound & Motion COM 146 Basic Video Production
General Education Communication Skills General Education Humanities W – Writing Intensive Course
WRT 101 or General Education Humanities WI Course General Education Social & Behavioral Sciences
MAT 100 or General Education Math/Computer/Science General Education Math/Computer/Science or Free Elective
General Education Social & Behavioral Sciences Free Elective

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (15) Spring Semester (17)
COM 230 History of Mass Media COM 271 Exploring the Film
Major Elective COM 290 Communication Theory
1st  Semester Language or General Education Humanities Major Elective
General Education Math/Computer/Science or Free Elective General Education HPX Fitness for Life
General Education Social & Behavioral Sciences or  Free Elective Free Elective

Junior Year

Fall Semester (16) Spring Semester (17)
COM 270 Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting COM 390 Research Methods in Comm
Major Elective General Education Social & Behavioral Sciences
General Education Humanities Major Elective
General Education Math/Computer/Science (Lab) Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective

Senior Year

Fall Semester (15) Spring Semester (14)
COM 495 Senior Thesis Free Electives
Major Elective  
Free Elective  
Free Elective  
Free Elective  

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