Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Communication Department

Department Chair, Yvonne R. Schultz

Communication Faculty

G. Dean Abbott, MA

Daniel E. Behr, PhD

Joseph D. Rinehart, MA

Yvonne R. Schultz, PhD

Edward A. Thomas, PhD

Teaching Assistant

Lean Andrews, BA

WNZR Staff

Marcy E. Rinehart, BA, WNZR Station Manager

Communication Program Objectives

The courses and curriculum of the communication program are designed to achieve the following student outcomes:

  • evidence an understanding of historical and contemporary perspectives in human communication;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the personal, social and cultural dynamics of human communication;
  • master fundamental communication skills and abilities;
  • demonstrate a familiarity with the research literature relating to human communication;
  • apply communication skills and knowledge to enhance personal relationships, human society and God’s kingdom; and
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills for entry level broadcasting, video, drama, journalism, and public relations careers, and for admission to graduate school.

Journalism Program Objectives

The courses and curriculum of the journalism program are designed to achieve the following student outcomes:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of the nature, structure and use of English;
  • evidence the ability to read journalistic media with enjoyment and discrimination;
  • demonstrate the ability to edit and write fluently and effectively for a variety of media;
  • evidence a knowledge of reporting fundamentals, including the ability to interview, to assimilate information, and to produce appropriate communications in journalistic media;
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the computer, photographic and pre-press technologies required to design, layout, and produce effective journalistic media; and
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to be professional practitioners as writers, reporters, editors, copywriters, designers and layout artists for newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies, public relations firms, websites, and book publishers.

Communication Departmental Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Required Courses

COM1013G Interpersonal Communication

3

COM1023G Public Speaking

3

COM2053G Media and Society

3

COM2003G Small Group Communication

3

aCOM3043G Persuasion

3

aCOM4023 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric

3

COM2091 Professional Portfolio in Communication I

1

COM3091 Professional Portfolio in Communication II

1

COM4091 Professional Portfolio in Communication III

1

COM4003 Seminar in Communication (repeatable)

3

Required research component:

6

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics and

 

SWK3003 Social Science Research Methods or SOC3113 Social Research Methods

 

or

 

COM4003 Seminar in Communication: Rhetoric Criticism

 

and HIS2093 Seminar in Historical Research

 

Select 12 hours minimum in the content area:

12

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

 

GRD1033G Graphic Communication

 

ABT3073 Business Communication

 

COM3053 Mass Media Theory

 

aCOM3013g Organizational Communication

 

MAN/PSY/SOC3083G Organizational Behavior

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

 

aENG3133 Introduction to Linguistics

 

COM4003 Seminar in Communication (repeatable)

 

Select 9 hours minimum in the skill area:

9

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

 

JOU2013 Basic Writing for Print Media

 

aCOM2033 Fundamentals of Acting

 

COM2063 Introduction to Radio Performance

 

aCOM3032 Media Writing

 

aCOM3033G Technical Theater

 

COM4033 Play Production

 

COM5029 Communication Internship

 

Total

51 Hours

The student with a major in communication studies must complete a minor in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts in Drama

Required Courses

ENG1063G Introduction to Literature

3

COM2003G Small Group Communication

3

aCOM2033 Fundamentals of Acting

3

COM2031G Acting Practicum (repeatable)

2

COM3031G Stagecraft Practicum (repeatable)

2

aCOM3033G Technical Theater

3

aCOM3032 Media Writing

2

COM4033 Play Production

3

ENG3033 Shakespeare

3

COM2091 Professional Portfolio in Communication I

1

COM3091 Professional Portfolio in Communication II

1

COM4091 Professional Portfolio in Communication III

1

Select 12 hours minimum in the content area:

12

MIN1002 Introduction to the Spiritual Journey

 

COM2053G Media and Society

 

MAR3033 Principles of Marketing

 

ENG2123G World Literature I

 

ENG2133G World Literature II

 

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

aCOM4023 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric

 

COM4003 Seminar in Communication

 

Select 12 hours minimum in the skill area:

12

COM1013G Interpersonal Communication

 

COM1023G Public Speaking

 

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

 

COM2031G Acting Practicum (repeatable)

 

COM3031G Stagecraft Practicum (repeatable)

 

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

 

COM2063 Introduction to Radio Performance

 

CRW2143G Creative Writing

 

GRD1033G Graphic Communication

 

GRD2003 Computer Graphic Design I

 

COM5029 Communication Internship

 

Total

51 Hours

The student with a major in drama must complete a minor in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Required Courses

COM2053G Media and Society

3

JOU2013 Basic Writing for Print Media

3

CRW2143G Creative Writing

3

ENG4063 Traditional and Modern Grammars

3

aJOU3073 Editing for Print Media

3

aCOM4023 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric

3

Additional Practica

4

COM2091 Professional Portfolio in Communication I

1

COM3091 Professional Portfolio in Communication II

1

COM4091 Professional Portfolio in Communication III

1

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

2

Select one of the following

2

JOU2082 Journalism Practicum: Yearbook

 

JOU2092 Journalism Practicum: Newspaper

 

Select one of the following

2

JOU3082 Advanced Journalism Practicum: Yearbook

 

JOU3092 Advanced Journalism Practicum: Newspaper

 

Select 9 hours minimum in the content areas:

9

GRD1033G Graphic Communication

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

ENG2043G Literary Landscapes

 

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

 

COM3053 Mass Media Theory

 

ENG2113G American Literature II

 

ENG3133 Introduction to Linguistics

 

ENG3123 Contemporary Literature

 

COM4003 Seminar in Communication

 

COM5029 Communication Internship

 

Select 9 hours minimum in the skill areas:

9

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

 

COM2063 Introduction to Radio Performance

 

COM1023G Public Speaking

 

GRD2003 Computer Graphic Design I

 

GRD2093G Digital Photography

 

aCOM3032 Media Writing

 

aCOM3083 Media Management

 

GRD3043 Web Design for Designers

 

Total

49 Hours

The student with a major in journalism must complete a minor in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations

Required Courses

COM1013G Interpersonal Communication

3

GRD1033G Graphic Communication

3

GRD2003 Computer Graphic Design I

3

JOU2013 Basic Writing for Print Media

3

COM2003G Small Group Communication

3

COM2091 Professional Portfolio in Communication I

1

aMAR/aCOM2013 Introduction to Public Relations

3

aCOM3032 Media Writing

2

COM3091 Professional Portfolio in Communication II

1

MAR3033 Principles of Marketing

3

aMAR3073 Advertising and Promotion

3

aMAR/aCOM3113 Advanced Public Relations

3

COM4091 Professional Portfolio in Communication III

1

Select 9 hours minimum in the content areas:

9

ABT3073 Business Communication

 

aCOM3043G Persuasion

 

aCOM3013g Organizational Communication

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

aMAR/aCOM2002 Public Relations Practicum

 

aCOM4023 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric

 

COM5029 Communication Internship

 

Select 11 hours minimum in the skill areas:

11

ECO1033g Principles of Macroeconomics

 

MAN2003 Principles of Management

 

aMAN3063 Leadership

 

PSY/SOC/MAN3083G Organizational Behavior

 

POL2063 Political Campaigns and Elections

 

aCOM3083 Media Management

 

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

 

COM4003 Seminar in Communication (repeatable)

 

Total

52 Hours

The student with a major in public relations must complete a minor in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts in Video and Radio Broadcasting

Required Courses

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

3

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

3

COM2053G Media and Society

3

COM2063 Introduction to Radio Performance

3

COM2103 Advanced Video Production and Performance

3

COM2072 Radio Production

2

aCOM3083 Media Management

3

COM2082 Radio Practicum

2

COM2102 Video Practicum

1-2

Additional Practica

2

COM2091 Professional Portfolio in Communication I

1

COM3091 Professional Portfolio in Communication II

1

COM4091 Professional Portfolio in Communication III

1

aCOM3103 Video Directing and Producing

3

COM3102 Advanced Video Practicum

1-2

COM3082 Advanced Radio Practicum

2

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

2

Select 6 hours minimum in the content areas:

6

MIN1002 Introduction to the Spiritual Journey

 

COM1013 Interpersonal Communication

 

COM2003G Small Group Communication

 

MAR3033 Principles of Marketing

 

aCOM3013g Organizational Communication

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

aCOM3043G Persuasion

 

COM3053 Mass Media Theory

 

aCOM4023 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric

 

COM4003 Seminar in Communication

 

Select 9 hours minimum in the skill areas:

9

COM1023G Public Speaking

 

COM1061 Sportscasting Practicum

 

COM2051 Interim Radio Practicum

 

COM2081 Fundraising Practicum

 

COM2092 Underwriting Practicum

 

JOU2013 Basic Writing for Print Media

 

aCOM2033 Fundamentals of Acting

 

aCOM3032 Media Writing

 

aCOM3033G Technical Theater

 

COM5029 Communication Internship

 

Total

51-53 Hours

The student with a major in video and radio broadcasting must complete a minor in another discipline.

Communication Studies Minor

COM2053G Media and Society

3

Select at least 9 hours from lower division electives:

9

COM1013G Interpersonal Communication

 

COM1023G Public Speaking

 

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

 

COM2033 Fundamentals of Acting

 

COM2063 Introduction to Radio Performance

 

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

 

JOU2013 Basic Writing for Print Media

 

Select at least 9 hours from upper division electives:

9

aCOM3013g Organizational Communication

 

COM3043G Persuasion

 

COM3053 Mass Media Theory

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

COM4003 Seminar in Communication

 

aCOM4023 Theories of Communication and
Rhetoric

 

Total

21 Hours

Comprehensive Broadcasting Minor

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

3

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

3

COM2063 Introduction to Radio Performance

3

COM2103 Advanced Video Production and Performance

3

COM2072 Radio Production

2

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

2

Broadcast Practica (may include:)

5

COM2082 Radio Practicum

 

COM2102 Video Practicum

 

COM2051 Interim Radio Practicum

 

COM2081 Fundraising Practicum

 

Total

21 Hours

Drama Minor

COM2003G Small Group Communication

3

COM2033 Fundamentals of Acting

3

COM2031G Acting Practicum

1

aCOM3033G Technical Theater

3

COM4033 Play Production

3

COM3031G Stagecraft Practicum

1

Select one of the following:

3

ENG2123G World Literature I

 

ENG2133G World Literature II

 

Select one of the following additional practica:

1

COM2031G Acting Practicum

 

COM3031G Stagecraft Practicum

 

Total

18 Hours

Film Studies Minor

(This program requires that the student apply to, be accepted by, and complete the Los Angeles Film Studies Program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.)

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

3

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

3

Hollywood Production Workshop*

4

Theology in Hollywood*

3

Internship: Inside Hollywood*

6

Select one of the following:

3

Motion Picture Production* (3)

 

Professional Screenwriting* (3)

 

Independent Study* (3)

 

 

 

Total

22 Hours

*Coursework taken in association with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities program at Los Angeles, CA.

Journalism Minor

COM2053G Media and Society

3

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

2

JOU2013 Basic Writing for Print Media

3

aJOU3073 Editing for Print Media

3

ENG4063 Traditional and Modern Grammars

3

Select one of the following:

2

JOU2082 Journalism Practicum: Yearbook

 

JOU2092 Journalism Practicum: Newspaper

 

Select one of the following:

2

JOU3082 Advanced Journalism Practicum: Yearbook

 

JOU3092 Advanced Journalism Practicum: Newspaper

 

Total

18 Hours

Public Relations Minor

COM1013G Interpersonal Communication

3

aMAR/aCOM2002 Public Relations Practicum

2

aMAR/aCOM2013 Introduction to Public Relations

3

aMAR/aCOM3113 Advanced Public Relations

3

MAR3033 Principles of Marketing

3

aMAR3073 Advertising and Promotion

3

COM3043G Persuasion

3

Total

20 Hours

Radio Broadcasting Minor

COM2053G Media and Society

3

COM2063 Introduction to Radio Performance

3

COM2072 Radio Production

2

aCOM3083 Media Management

3

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

2

Radio Practica:

5

COM2082 Radio Practicum

 

COM2051 Interim Radio Practicum

 

COM2081 Fundraising Practicum

 

Total

18 Hours

Video Broadcasting Minor

COM2053G Media and Society

3

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

3

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

3

COM2103 Advanced Video Production and Performance

3

aCOM3103 Video Directing and Producing

3

COM2102 Video Practicum

1-2

COM3102 Advanced Video Practicum

1-2

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

2

Total

19-21 Hours