Undergraduate Catalog
Colleges

Department of Communication and Journalism

Mr. Anthony Caton, Head
CES 124
(479) 964-0890
acaton@atu.edu

Professors:
Norton, A. Morris
Associate Professors:
Caton, Eshelman, S. Lee, Mann, Vaughn
Assistant Professors:
Adkins, Duerringer, Hudkins, V. Jones, Mumert, Reeder, Toland
Instructor:
Donnell

The Communication and Journalism Department offers majors in communication (speech and theatre options) and in journalism. In addition, the department offers minors in journalism, communication, 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.

Communication

The communication major offers a speech 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 option must take SPH 1003 Introduction to Speech - Communication, SPH 2003 Public Speaking, SPH 2023 Communication Research and Writing, SPH 3123 Argumentation, and SPH 4003 Human Communication Theory. Students choosing the speech 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.

Those students choosing the theatre option must take SPH 2013 Voice and Diction, TH 2203 Play Analysis, TH 2513 Introduction to Theatrical Design and Production, TH 2703 Acting Theories and Technologies, TH 3513 Stagecraft Techniques; 3 hours of Theatre History, TH 4263 Theatre History I: Antiquity to 1564, TH 4273 Theatre History II: 1564 to 1900, TH 4313 Theatre History III: 1900 to 1960, or TH 4323 Theatre History IV: 1960 to the Present.

Curriculum in Communication with Speech Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Mathematics1,T 3
SPH 1003 Introduction to Speech - Communication 3 Elective 6
TECH 1001 Orientation to the University 1
Elective 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Science with Lab1,T 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
SPH 2003 Public SpeakingT 3 Social Sciences1,2,T 3
SPH 2023 Communication Research and Writing 3 SPH 3123 Argumentation 3
SPH Elective 3 Elective 6
Elective 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
 
Junior
Fall Spring
SPH Elective (3000-4000 level) 6 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Elective 9 SPH Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Elective (3000-4000 level) 9
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Senior
Fall Spring
SPH 4003 Human Communication Theory 3 SPH Elective 3
Elective (3000-4000 level) 12 SPH Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Elective (3000-4000 level) 1
Elective 5
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
 
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 Communication

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 3123 Argumentation
SPH Elective (12 hours of 3000 or 4000 level)

Curriculum in Communication with Theatre Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Social Sciences1,4,T 3
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 Mathematics1,T 3
TH 2203 Play Analysis 3 Elective4,T 6
TH 2703 Acting Theories and Technologies 3
TECH 1001 Orientation to the University 1
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Social Sciences1,4,T 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,4,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,4,T 3
TH 2513 Introduction to Theatrical Design and Production 3 SPH 2013 Voice and Diction 3
Theatre Practicum 1 Elective4,T 6
Elective4,T 6
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 15
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,4,T 3 TH History2 3
TH 3513 Stagecraft Techniques 3 TH Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3
TH Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 Elective (3000-4000 level) 6
Elective (3000-4000 level) 6 Elective 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Senior
Fall Spring
Theatre Practicum 1 Theatre Practicum 1
TH Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 TH Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3
Elective (3000-4000 level) 5 Elective (3000-4000 level) 5
Elective 6 Elective 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 11
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Choose one: 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 the Present.
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

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 2513 Intro to Theatre Design and Production
TH 2703 Acting Theories and Techniques
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

Journalism

The journalism major requires 31-32 semester hours in Journalism: 12 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. 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 (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 2163 Introduction to Multimedia
JOUR 4883 Mass Communication Theory

Broadcast Option:

JOUR 2153 Introduction to Telecommunication
JOUR 3183 Broadcast News Writing (required for concentration)
JOUR 3193 New Media News Gathering
JOUR 4133 Television Program Production

Print Option:

JOUR 4114 News Editing
JOUR 3143 News Reporting (required for concentration)
JOUR 3153 Feature Writing
JOUR 4143 Advanced Reporting

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 with Broadcast Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Mathematics1,T 3
JOUR 2133 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 JOUR 2163 Introduction to Multimedia 3
TECH 1001 Orientation to the University 1 Elective2,5,T 2
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 14
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Beginning Language I4,6,T 3 Beginning Language II4,6,T 3
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
JOUR 2143 News Writing 3 Broadcast Option Course3 3
Broadcast Practicum5 1 Broadcast Practicum5 1
Elective2,5.T 1 Elective2,5.T 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Broadcast Option Course3 3
Broadcast Option Course3 3 Broadcast Practicum5 1
Broadcast Practicum5 1 Elective2,5,T 12
Elective2,5,T 9
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
 
Senior
Fall Spring
JOUR Elective5 3 JOUR 4883 Mass Communication Theory 3
Elective,2,5,T 11 Broadcast Option Course3 3
Elective2,5,T 10
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2Recommended electives include SPH 2003 Public Speaking, SPH 2013 Voice and Diction, SPH 3003 Interpersonal Communication, SPH 3063 Oral Interpretation, SPH 3073 Group Communication; SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology; PSY 2003 General Psychology; ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I; POLS 2003 American Government, POLS 3033 American State and Local Government.
3Broadcast option courses include JOUR 2153 Introduction to Telecommunication, JOUR 3183 Broadcast News Writing, JOUR 3193 New Media News Gathering and JOUR 4133 Television News Production.
4Must be same language.
5At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses.
6Students may waive three hours of language requirement for every one year of language study in high school with grades of "C" or better.
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 with Print Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Mathematics1,T 3
JOUR 2133 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 JOUR 2163 Introduction to Multimedia 3
TECH 1001 Orientation to the University 1 Elective2,5,T 2
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 14
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Beginning Language I4,6,T 3 Beginning Language II4,6,T 3
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
JOUR 2143 News Writing 3 Print Option Course3 3
Journalism Practicum5 1 Journalism Practicum5 1
Elective2,5,T 1 Elective2,5,T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Print Option Course3 4
JOUR 3143 News Reporting 3 Journalism Practicum5 1
Journalism Practicum5 1 Elective2,5,T 11
Elective2,5,T 9
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
 
Senior
Fall Spring
Print Option Course3 3 JOUR 4883 Mass Communication Theory 3
Elective2,5,T 11 JOUR Elective (3000-4000 level) 3
Elective2,5,T 9
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2Recommended electives include SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology, PSY 2003 General Psychology, ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I, POLS 2003 American Government, POLS 3033 American State and Local Government, SPH 2003 Public Speaking, SPH 3003 Interpersonal Communication.
3Print option courses include JOUR 3153 Feature Writing, JOUR 4114 News Editing, JOUR 4143 Advanced Reporting.
4Must be same language.
5At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses.
6Students may waive three hours of language requirement for every one year of language study in high school with grades of "C" or better.
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 Journalism with Public Relations Option

The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Mathematics1,T 3
JOUR 2133 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 JOUR 2163 Introduction to Multimedia 3
TECH 1001 Orientation to the University 1 Elective2,3,5,T 2
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 14
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Beginning Language I4,6,T 3 Beginning Language II4,6, T 3
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
JOUR 2143 News Writing 3 JOUR Elective(3000-4000 level) 3
Journalism Practicum 1 Journalism Practicum 1
Elective2,3,5,T 1 Elective2,3,5,T 4
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 17
 
Junior
Fall Spring
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 JOUR 373 Public Relations Writing 3
JOUR 3173 Public Relations Principles 3 Journalism Practicum 1
Journalism Practicum 1 Elective (3000-4000 level)2,3 1
Elective2,3,5,T 9 Elective2,3,5,T 9
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
 
Senior
Fall Spring
JOUR 4073 Graphic Communication 3 JOUR 4173 Public Relations Project 3
Elective (3000-4000 level)2,3 12 JOUR 4883 Mass Communication Theory 3
Elective 2,3,5,T 1 Elective(3000-4000 level)2,3 8
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2Recommended PR electives: POLS 3053 Introduction to Public Administration, PSY 2023 Consumer Psychology, SPH 3073 Group Communication, SPH 4063 Organizational Communication, SPH 4173 Internship in Speech Communication, an approved marketing class.
3Recommended JOUR electives: SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology, PSY 2003 General Psychology, ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I, POLS 2003 American Government, POLS 3033 American State and Local Government, SPH 2003 Public Speaking, SPH 3003 Interpersonal Communication.
4Must be in the same language.
5At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses.
6Students may waive three hours of language requirement for every one year of language study in high school with grades of "C" or better.
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)