Communication

Hugh McCarney, Chair
mccarneyh@wcsu.edu
Berkshire Hall 213a, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-8254
(203) 837-8912 (fax)

Carolyn Fensterer, Department Secretary
fenstererc@wcsu.edu
Berkshire Hall 120b, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-8250
(203) 837-8912 (fax)

Faculty

H. McCarney, Chr. E. Davis K. Logan
W. Petkanas K. Raftery C. Unson
K. Wiss J. Xu  

Adjunct Faculty

V. Matthews  T. Salvador

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 prepare for graduate studies and/or careers directly related to: small group interaction in settings such as social service agencies and corporations; media use, analysis and criticism; and related fields that require the application and/or analysis of interpersonal skills.

In addition to these academic functions, the department serves the campus and community by offering interpersonal and public speaking workshops and other programs devoted to improving human communication.

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 thorough, modern education in communication skills and theory that is tailored to the individual student's background and career objectives.

Objectives

To accomplish this mission, the Department of Communication:

  • Continues to offer our students the highest quality undergraduate programs in communication, theory, performance, TV studio production and interpersonal communication
  • Emphasizes speaking, writing, performance and production techniques throughout the undergraduate curriculum to develop students' ability to understand and deliver appropriate performance and theoretical concepts.
  • Provides a personalized learning environment for students through faculty mentored undergraduate research projects and internships.
  •  Prepares students for graduate education in any area of the arts and communication.
  • Assists students in discerning appropriate careers through diligent advising.
  • Provides and fosters the growth and development of faculty through research, attendance at professional meetings, and publication and presentation of scholarly work.
  • Continues to collaborate with the Media industry professionals in the tri-state area to support professional growth of faculty as well as internship opportunities for students.

Student Standing

Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0, with 2.5 in courses used to satisfy major requirements. Courses with grades lower than "C " will not be accepted as meeting the requirements for the major.

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, a student must be a full-time communication major and have earned 60 credits with 12 in communication courses. S/he 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.

Degree Programs in Communication

Bachelor of Arts

Options:
Communication
Media Arts
Communication and Human Relations

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 physical education.

Option I: Communication-General Option

THR 163 Essentials of Oral Interpretation
COM 230 History of Mass Media
or
COM 263 Persuasion and Propaganda in Media
COM 290 Communication Theory
THR 290 Play Production
THR 300 3 Speech Activities
(Up to 2 SH of this requirement may be fulfilled by COM 275)
COM 400 Senior Thesis
Three courses from one of the following areas, and one course each from two of the remaining areas: theatre arts, mass media, public address and communication theory, and speech sciences.

Option II: Media Arts (Also available evenings)

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
THR 300 (3) Three Speech Activities or (3 Sem. Hrs.)
COM 275 Radio Workshop or (3 Sem. Hrs.)
COM 274 Television Workshop
COM 360 Television Criticism
COM 400 Senior Thesis
Two courses in general communication, media and society, production and performance. One course in writing and media aesthetics.

Option III: Communication and Human Relations

COM 161 Decision Making in Groups
COM 170 Communication Environments
COM 200 Language and Communication
COM 210 Nonverbal Communication
COM 290 Communication Theory
COM 400 Senior Thesis
PSY 205 Social Psychology
or
COM 348 Advanced Interpersonal Communications
Two courses from organizational category
Two courses from performance category
Three courses from interpersonal/group category

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Communication (B.S.)

Communication-General Option, as well as the Elementary Education requirements. Students wishing to complete a different communication program must submit a request in writing to the chair of the communication department.

Minor in Communication

Eighteen (18) semester hours in communication which must include at least 12 semester hours above the 100 level. Emphasis may be on communication; or radio, television and film.

Minor in Broadcast Journalism

Eighteen (18) semester hours including the following:

ENG 270 Basic News Writing
ENG 333 The Editorial Environment
One 300-level or 400-Level writing course from among the following:

ENG 340 Public Relations Writing
ENG 335 Fact-Based Opinion Writing
ENG 338 Writing About Specialized Subjects
ENG 442 Text, Image, Desktop Production
ENG 490 Internship/Practicum in Writing
COM 270 Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting
COM/THR 252 Acting for the Camera
COM 243. Broadcast Writing


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