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Arkansas Tech University         2002-2003 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism

Dr. Donna R. Vocate, Head
Wilson Hall, Room 127
(479) 9640890
Donna.Vocate@mail.atu.edu

Professors: Bolen, Tyson
Associate Professors:
J. Gale, Morris, Vocate
Assistant Professors:
Brugh, Hawks, Kang, Knight, Mumert, Norton
Instructor: Donnell

The Speech, Theatre, and Journalism Department offers majors in speech (speech communication and theatre options) and in journalism. Students are involved in both the theoretical and applied dimensions of human communication in these programs. Consequently, students interested in further study and those interested in immediate career opportunities are served. With faculty guidance on the proper selection of courses, students can prepare for: (1) graduate school, (2) public school teaching, (3) recreational or professional theatre, (4) print or broadcast journalism, (5) public relations, or (6) business or government employment requiring communication expertise.

Being able to speak effectively has been recognized as an indicator of the well-educated person throughout recorded history. The ancient Greeks studied the theory and practice of communication under the label of "rhetoric," which also has had a central role in American education since Harvard was founded in 1636. Even in today's technologically sophisticated world, good human communication skills are vitally important for one's personal and professional life. The study of communication in its original form, speech, or its evolved stages of print and electronic communication can prepare the student for citizenship in a democratic society, for more satisfying relationships, and for occupational success.

Journalism

The journalism major requires 24 semester hours in journalism. Twelve hours of the 24-hour major must be upper division level. A maximum of four hours of practicum courses may be counted toward the 24-hour major. Moreover, journalism requires three semesters (9 to 12 hours) of one foreign language.6 All majors must know how to type on a computer keyboard.
Curriculum in Journalism

Freshman Year

Hours

English Composition I, II (ENGL 1013, 1023)1

6

World Civilization I, II (HIST 1503, 1513)1

6

Science1

4

Algebra for General Education (MATH 1103)1

3

Introduction to Mass Communication (JOUR 2133)

3

Physical Activity1

2

Electives in related areas2,3,4

6

Total

30

Sophomore Year

Social Sciences1

6

Science1

4

Foreign Language6

68

News Writing (JOUR 2143)

3

News Reporting (JOUR 3143)

3

Journalism Electives

3

Electives in related area2,3,4

24

Fine Arts1

3

Total

31

Junior Year

Humanities1

3

Journalism Electives (30004000 level)

6

Electives in related areas (30004000 level)2,3,4,5

1718

Foreign Language6

34

Total

30

Senior Year

Journalism Electives (30004000 level)

6

Electives (3000-4000 level)

8

Electives in related areas2,3,4,5

19

Total

33

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements" on page82.

2For students interested in a public relations orientation, the following electives are recommended: POLS 3053; PSY 2023; SPH 3073, 4063, 4173; an approved marketing course.

3For students interested in radio and television journalism, the following electives are recommended: SPH 2013, 3063, 3073.

4All journalism majors should take the following electives: SOC 1003; PSY 2003; ECON 2003; POLS 2003, 3033; SPH 2003, 3003.

5At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.

6Three semesters must be in one language. Students with previous study in a foreign language should refer to Foreign Language Advanced Placement and Credit under Credit by Examination.

Speech

The speech major offers a speech communication option and a theatre option. Both options require 30 semester hours selected from departmental course offerings. Eighteen hours of the 30hour major must be upper division level. Students planning to teach in the public schools should refer to the suggested curriculum in Speech set forth in this catalog under teacher licensure curricula, School of Education.

Those students choosing the speech communication option must take SPH 1003, SPH 1011, SPH 1021, SPH 2003, SPH 3003, SPH 3073, SPH 3123, and SPH 4003. Students choosing the speech communication option, in consultation with an adviser, can design a program in one of the following areas of emphasis: (1) communication for the professions; (2) language and culture; (3) organizational communication; and (4) performance studies.
Curriculum in Speech (Speech Communication Option)

Freshman Year

Hours

English Composition I, II (ENGL 1013, 1023)1

6

World Civilization I, II (HIST 1503, 1513)1

6

Science1

4

Algebra for General Education (MATH 1103)1

3

Orientation to Speech Communication Studies (SPH 1011)

1

Listening (SPH 1021)

1

Introduction to Speech Communication (SPH 1003)

3

Elective

4

Physical Activity1

2

Total

30

Sophomore Year

Social Sciences1

6

Science1

4

Public Speaking (SPH 2003)

3

Argumentation (SPH 3123)

3

Fine Arts1

3

Electives

12

Total

31

Junior Year

Humanities1

3

Interpersonal Communication (SPH 3003)

3

Group Discussion (SPH 3073)

3

Speech Electives (3000-4000 level)

3

Electives (9 hours must be 30004000 level)

18

Total

30

Senior Year

Human Communication Theory (SPH 4003)

3

Speech or Theatre Electives (3 hours must be 3000-4000 level)

7

Electives (13 hours must be 30004000 level)

23

Total

33

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements" on page82.

2Electives must include sufficient upper-level courses to result in a total of 40 hours at the 3000- 4000 level.

Theatre

Those students choosing the theatre option must take SPH 2013, TH 2203, TH 2513, TH 2703, TH 3513; 3 hours of Theatre History, TH 4263, TH 4273, TH 4313, or TH 4323; and 3 hours of production practicum. Students selecting the theatre option, in consultation with an advisor, can utilize their TH electives to design a program in one of the following areas of emphasis: (1) Design/Technical or (2) Performance/History.
Curriculum in Speech (Theatre Option)

Freshman Year

Hours

English Composition I, II (ENGL 1013, 1023)1

6

World Civilization I, II (HIST 1503, 1513)1

6

Science1

4

Algebra for General Education (MATH 1103)1

3

Play Analysis (TH 2203)

3

Acting Theories and Techniques (TH 2703)

3

Elective3

3

Physical Activity1

2

Total

30

Sophomore Year

Social Sciences1

6

Science1

4

Voice and Diction (SPH 2013)

3

Introduction to Theatrical Design and Production (TH 2513)

3

Fine Arts1

3

Electives3

12

Total

31

Junior Year

Humanities1

3

Theatre History (Choose 1: TH 4263, TH 4273, TH 4313, TH 4323)

3

Stagecraft Techniques (TH 3513)

3

Theatre Electives (3000-4000 level)2

6

Electives (30004000 level)

12

Electives3

5

Total

32

Senior Year

Theatre Electives (3000-4000 level)

6

Electives (30004000 level)

10

Electives3

15

Total

31

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements" on page82.

2A maximum of seven hours of theatre practicum courses may be counted toward the thirty-hour major.

3Electives must include sufficient upper-level courses to result in a total of 40 hours at the 3000- 4000 level, 18 hours of which must be in the theatre option.



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