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Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism

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Dr. Donna R. Vocate, Head
CES 124
(479) 964-0890
dvocate@atu.edu

Professors:
A. Morris, Vocate Associate Professors: Norton, Vaughn
Assistant Professors:
Adkins, Brugh, Caton, Eshelman, Hudkins,
S. Lee, Mumert, Nyandwi
Instructor:
Donnell

The Speech, Theatre, and Journalism Department offers majors in speech (speech communication and theatre options) and in journalism. In addition, the department offers minors in journalism, speech, and theatre. 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 taken 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 31-32 semester hours in Journalism: 9 hours of core requirements, 12-13 hours in one of three options (print, broadcast, or public relations), 6 hours of electives, and 4 hours of practicum. 18 hours of the 31-32 hours major must be upper division hours. Students may take a total of eight hours of practicum coursework; however, only four will count toward the major. The 12 hours in any option must include the pertinent writing course. Recommended courses for each option are listed, with substitutions possible with the approval of the student’s advisor and department head. Moreover, Journalism requires two semesters (6 to 8 hours) of one foreign language; and all majors must know how to type on a computer keyboard.

Core Requirements
JOUR 2133 Introduction to Mass Communication
JOUR 2143 News Writing
JOUR 4883 Mass Communication Theory

Print Option:
JOUR 3114 News Editing
JOUR 3143 News Reporting (required for concentration)
JOUR 3153 Feature Writing
JOUR 4143 Advanced Reporting

Broadcast Option:
JOUR 2153 Introduction to Telecommunication
JOUR 3183 Broadcast News Writing (required for concentration)
JOUR 3193 TV Production
Either JOUR 4143 Advanced Reporting or
JOUR 4163 Advanced Photography and Video

Public Relations Option:
JOUR 3173 Public Relations Principles
JOUR 3273 Public Relations Writing (required for concentration)
JOUR 4073 Graphic Communication
JOUR 4173 Public Relations Project

Curriculum in Journalism (Broadcast Option)
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
JOUR 2133 3 MATH 10031,T 3 Physical Science1,T 4 Social Sciences1,T 3
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Foreign Language4,T 4 Foreign Language4,T 4
HIST 15031,T 3 HIST 15131,T 3 JOUR 2143 3 Broadcast Option Course3 3
BIOL 10141,T 4 Physical Activity1,T 1 Broadcast Practicum5 1 Broadcast Practicum5 1
Physical Activity1,T 1 Elective2,5,T 6 Social Sciences1,T 3 Fine Arts1 3
Elective2,T (3000-4000 level) 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Humanities1 3 Elective2,5 3 Broadcast Option Course3 3 JOUR 4883 3
JOUR 3183 3 Broadcast Option Course3 3 JOUR Elective5 3 JOUR Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Broadcast Practicum5 1 Broadcast Practicum5 1 Elective2 (3000-4000 level) 8 Elective2 (3000-4000 level) 11
Elective2,5 9 Elective2,5 9
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 17
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
JOUR 2133 3 MATH 10031,T 3 Physical Science1,T 4 Social Sciences1,T 3
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Foreign Language4,T 4 Foreign Language4,T 4
HIST 15031,T 3 HIST 15131,T 3 JOUR 2143 3 Broadcast Option Course3 3
BIOL 10141,T 4 Physical Activity1,T 1 Broadcast Practicum5 1 Broadcast Practicum5 1
Physical Activity1,T 1 Elective2,5,T 6 Social Sciences1,T 3 Fine Arts1 3
Elective2,T (3000-4000 level) 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Humanities1 3 Elective2,5 3 JOUR 4883 3 Broadcast Option Course3 3
Broadcast Option Course3 3 JOUR 3183 3 JOUR Elective5 3 JOUR Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Broadcast Practicum5 1 Broadcast Practicum5 1 Elective2 (3000-4000 level) 8 Elective2 (3000-4000 level) 11
Elective2,5 9 Elective2,5 9
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 17
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2Recommended electives include SPH 2003, 2013, 3003, 3063, 3073; SOC 1003; PSY 2003; ECON 2003; POLS 2003, 3033.
3Broadcast option courses include JOUR 2153, 3193, 4143,or 4163.
4Must be same language.
5At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.
Curriculum in Journalism (Print Option)
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
JOUR 2133 3 MATH 10031,T 3 Physical Science1,T 4 Social Sciences1,T 3
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Foreign Language4,T 4 Foreign Language4,T 4
HIST 15031,T 3 HIST 15131,T 3 JOUR 2143 3 Print Option Course3 3
BIOL 10141,T 4 Physical Activity1,T 1 Journalism Practicum5 1 Journalism Practicum5 1
Physical Activity1,T 1 Elective2,T 6 Social Sciences1,T 3 Fine Arts1,T 3
Elective2,T (3000-4000 level) 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Humanities1 3 Elective2,5 1 Print Option Course 3 JOUR 4883 3
JOUR 3143 3 Print Option Course3 4 JOUR Elective5 3 JOUR Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Journalism Practicum5 1 Journalism Practicum5 1 Elective2 (3000-4000 level) 8 Elective2 (3000-4000 level) 11
Elective2,5 9 Elective2,5 9
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 17
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
JOUR 2133 3 MATH 10031,T 3 Physical Science1,T 4 Social Sciences1,T 3
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Foreign Language4,T 4 Foreign Language4,T 4
HIST 15031,T 3 HIST 15131,T 3 JOUR 2143 3 JOUR 3143 3
BIOL 10141,T 4 Physical Activity1,T 1 Journalism Practicum5 1 Journalism Practicum5 1
Physical Activity1,T 1 Elective2,5,T 6 Social Sciences1,T 3 Fine Arts1,T 3
Elective2,T (3000-4000 level) 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Humanities1 3 Elective2,5 1 JOUR 4883 3 Print Option Course3 3
Print Option Course3 3 Print Option Course3 4 JOUR Elective5 3 JOUR Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Journalism Practicum5 1 Journalism Practicum5 1 Elective2 (3000-4000 level) 11 Elective2 (3000-4000 level) 8
Elective2,5 9 Elective2 9
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17 Total Hours 14
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2Recommended electives include SOC 1003; PSY 2003; ECON 2003; POLS 2003, 3033; SPH 2003, 3003.
3Print option courses include JOUR 3114, 3153, 4143.
4Must be same language.
5At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.
Curriculum in Journalism (Public Relations Option)
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
HIST 15031,T 3 HIST 15131,T 3 Physical Science1,T 4 Foreign Language4,T 4
BIOL 10141,T 4 MATH 10031,T 3 Foreign Language4,T 4 JOUR ElectiveT 3
JOUR 2133 3 Physical Activity1,T 1 JOUR 2143 3 Fine Arts1,T 3
Physical Activity1,T 1 Elective2,T 6 Journalism Practicum 1 ElectiveT 3
Journalism Practicum 1
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Humanities1 3 Elective3 10 JOUR 4073 3 JOUR 4173 3
JOUR 3173 3 JOUR 3273 3 Elective (3000-4000 level) 12 JOUR 4883 3
Journalism Practicum 1 Journalism Practicum 1 Elective 1 Elective3(3000-4000 level) 10
JOUR Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Elective3 6
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2Recommended PR electives: POLS 3053; PSY 2023, SPH 3073, SPH 4063, SPH 4173; an approved marketing class.
3Recommended JOUR electives: SOC 1003, PSY 2003, ECON 2003, POLS 2003, POLS 3033, SPH 2003, SPH 3003.
4Must be in the same language.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor
Journalism

The minor in journalism is designed for students with any major who wish to better understand the role of media in a free society, and/or who anticipate dealing with media outlets in their future careers. The minor in journalism requires 18 hours of courses:

JOUR 2133 Introduction to Mass Communication
JOUR 2143 News Writing
JOUR 4883 Mass Communication Theory
JOUR Electives (9 hours of 3000 or 4000 level from the three Journalism Options listed above)

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 30-hour 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, College of Education.

Those students choosing the speech communication option must take SPH 1003, 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)
Suggested Sequence in Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,2,T 3 Social Sciences1,2,T 3
HIST 15031,T 3 HIST 15131,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Fine Arts1,T 3
BIOL 10141,T 4 MATH 10031,T 3 SPH 2003T 3 SPH 3123 3
SPH 1003 3 Elective2,T 4 Elective2,T 6 Elective2,T 6
SPH Elective2 2 Physical Activity1,T 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
SPH 3003 3 Humanities1 3 SPH 4003 3 SPH Elective 4
SPH 3073 3 SPH Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 Elective (3000-4000 level) 13 Elective 10
Elective 9 Elective (3000-4000 level) 9 SPH Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 17
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Certain electives and social sciences are recommended based on student’s emphasis.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor
Speech Communication Option

The minor in speech communication is designed for students with any major who recognize the need for communication skills in order to achieve their career goals. The minor in speech requires 18 hours of courses:

SPH 2003 Public Speaking
SPH 3003 Interpersonal Communication
SPH 3073 Group Communication
SPH 3123 Argumentation
SPH 3043 Advanced Public Speaking
SPH Elective (3 hours of 3000 or 4000 level)

Theatre Option

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)
Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,4,T 3 Social Sciences1,4,T 3
HIST 15031,T 3 HIST 15131,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 SPH 2013 3
BIOL 10141,T 4 MATH 10031,T 3 TH 2513 3 Fine Arts1,4,T 3
TH 2203 3 Elective4,T 3 Elective4,T 6 Elective4,T 6
TH 2703 3 Physical Activity1,T 2
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Humanities1 3 TH History2 3 TH Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 TH Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3
TH 3513 3 TH Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 Elective (3000-4000 level) 5 Elective (3000-4000 level) 5
TH Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 Elective (3000-4000 level) 6 Elective 7 Elective 8
Elective (3000-4000 level) 6 Elective 3
Elective 2
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Choose one: TH 4263, TH 4273, TH 4313, TH 4323.
3A maximum of seven hours of theatre practicum courses may be counted toward the thirty-hour major.
4Certain electives and social sciences are recommended based on student’s emphasis.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor
Theatre Option

The minor in theatre is designed for students with any major who wish to acquire a better knowledge and understanding of the theatrical arts in order to enrich cultural experiences in their life. The minor in theatre requires 18 hours of courses:

TH 2203 Play Analysis
TH 2703 Acting Theories and Techniques
TH 2513 Intro to Theatre Design and Production
TH 3513 Stagecraft Techniques
TH Elective (3 hours)

and 3 hours selected from the following:
TH 4263 Theatre History I: Antiquity to 1564
TH 4273 Theatre History II: 1564 to 1900
TH 4313 Theatre History III: 1900 to 1960
TH 4323 Theatre History IV: 1960 to Present