Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Communication Department

Department Chair, Joseph D. Rinehart

Communication Faculty

G. Dean Abbott, MA

Daniel E. Behr, PhD

Joseph D. Rinehart, MA

Yvonne R. Schultz, PhD

Edward A. Thomas, PhD

Teaching Assistant

Leah Andrews, BA

WNZR Staff

Marcy E. Rinehart, BA, WNZR Station Manager

Communication Program Objectives

Students who achieve the objectives of the communication program will:

  • 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;
  • have the ability to apply communication skills and knowledge to enhance personal relationships, human society and God’s kingdom; and
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills for entry level positions in communication or for admission to graduate school.

Drama Program Objectives

Students who achieve the objectives of the drama program will:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of theatre history;
  • integrate and appreciate drama within the concept of liberal arts education by developing aesthetic and cultural concepts;
  • demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary for entry level professional activities in drama;
  • demonstrate the skills and knowledge essential for graduate study in drama through course work and performances; and
  • acquire through experience, modeling, and curriculum the tools, strategies, and missional mindset for effective ministry and kingdom building through drama.

Journalism and Media Production Program Objectives

Students who achieve the objectives of the journalism and media production program will"

  • evidence the ability to read, view, and listen to mass media with discrimination;
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to be professional mass media practitioners, especially in radio, video, and textual contexts;
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the technologies required to produce effective mass media, especially in radio, video, and textual formats;
  • articulate the biblical and disciplinary ethics of policy and practice that are foundational to mass media; and
  • acquire through experience, modeling, and curriculum the tools, strategies, and missional mindset for effective ministry and kingdom building through journalism and media production.

Public Relations Program Objectives

Students who achieve the objectives of the drama program will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the theories and principles of public relations;
  • develop an understanding of the functional areas of public relations and its various contexts for practice;
  • possess the ability to reflect upon and clarify personal and professional values systems, applying biblical and ethical principles to public relations decision making; and
  • acquire through experiences, modeling, and curriculum the tools, strategies, and missional mindset for effective ministry and kingdom building through public relations.

Communication Departmental Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

Required Courses

COM1013G Interpersonal Communication

3

COM1023G Public Speaking

3

COM2003G Small Group Communication

3

COM2053G Media and Society

3

COM3001 Professional Portfolio in Communication

1

aCOM3013g Organization Communication

3

aCOM3043G Persuasion

3

COM3193 Seminar in Communication

3

aCOM4023 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric

3

Content Electives - select a minimum of 12 hours:

12

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

 

DRA1063G Theatre History

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

COM3193 (additional) Seminar in Communication

 

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

 

ENG4063 English Grammars

 

Skill Electives - select a minimum of 9 hours

9

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

 

aDRA2033 Fundamentals of Acting

 

COM2063 Introduction to Radio Performance

 

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

 

COM2123 Mass Media Writing I

 

COM3123 Mass Media Writing II

 

DRA4033 Play Production

 

COM5029 Communication Internship

 

Total

46 Hours

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

Bachelor of Arts in Drama

Required Courses

DRA1063G Introduction to Literature

3

COM1023G Public Speaking

3

COM2003G Small Group Communication

3

COM2123 Mass Media Writing I

3

COM3001 Professional Portfolio in Communication

1

aDRA2033 Fundamentals of Acting

3

DRA2031G Acting Practicum*

2

DRA3031G Stagecraft Practicum (repeatable)

1

aDRA3033G Technical Theater

3

DRA4033 Play Production

3

ENG3033 Shakespeare

3

Content Electives - select a minimum of 9 hours:

9

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

 

aMAR/aCOM2013 Introduction to Public Relations

 

COM2053G Media and Society

 

CRW2143G Creative Writing

 

ENG2153G Classical Literature and Mythology

 

MAR3033 Principles of Marketing

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

 

Skill Electives - select a minimum of 9 hours:

9

COM1013G Interpersonal Communication

 

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

 

GRD1033G Graphic Communication

 

GRD2003 Computer Graphic Design I

 

COM2063 Introduction to Radio Performance

 

DRA2031G (additional) Acting Practicum

 

DRA3031G (additional) Stagecraft Practicum

 

COM5029 Communication Internship

 

Total

46 Hours

*Course is repeatable. Student must earn a total of 2 hours.

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

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Production

Required Courses

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

3

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

3

COM2053G Media and Society

3

COM2063 Introduction to Video and Radio Performance

3

COM2072 Radio Production

2

COM2081 Fundraising Practicum

1

COM2103 Advanced Video Production and Performance

3

COM2111 Digital Media Practicum - Radio*

4

COM2123 Mass Media Writing I

3

COM3001 Professional Portfolio in Communication

1

aCOM3083 Media Management

3

COM3103 Video Directing and Producing

3

COM3123 Mass Media Writing II

3

COM3132 Digital Media Practicum - Video**

2-3

COM3142 Digital Media Practicum - Journalism**

2-3

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

2

Select at least 6 hours from the following courses:

6

COM1061 Sportscasting Practicum

 

aCOM2013 Introduction to Public Relations

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

COM3193 Seminar in Communication

 

aCOM4023 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric

 

aDRA2033 Fundamentals of Acting

 

GRD2093 Digital Photography

 

ENG4063 English Grammars

 

COM5029 Communication Internship

 

Total

46 Hours

*To be taken four times for a total of 4 hours.

** To be taken two to three times; the total of COM3132 and COM3142 must be at least 5 hours.

The student with a major in Journalism and Media Production must complete a minor in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations

Required Courses

COM1013G Interpersonal Communication

3

COM1023G Public Speaking

3

aMAR/aCOM2013 Introduction to Public Relations

3

aMAR/aCOM2002 Public Relations Practicum

2

COM2123 Mass Media Writing I

3

COM3001 Professional Portfolio in Communication

1

aCOM3013g Organization Communication

3

MAR3033 Principles of Marketing

3

aCOM3043G Persuasion

3

aMAR3073 Advertising and Promotion

3

aMAR/aCOM3113 Advanced Public Relations

3

COM3123 Mass Media Writing II

3

Content Electives - select a minimum of 8 hours:

8-9

ECO1033g Principles of Macroeconomics

 

MAN2003 Principles of Management

 

POL2063 Political Campaigns and Elections

 

aMAN3063 Leadership

 

aCOM3083 Media Management

 

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

 

aCOM4023 Theories of Communication and Rhetoric

 

Skill Electives - select a minimum of 6 hours:

6

GRD1033G Graphic Communication I

 

GRD2003 Computer Graphic Design I

 

ABT3073 Business Communication

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

COM5029 Communication Internship

 

Total

46-47 Hours

The student with a major in public relations 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

 

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

 

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

 

COM2063 Introduction to Radio Performance

 

COM2123 Mass Media Writing I

 

aDRA2033 Fundamentals of Acting

 

Select at least 9 hours from upper division electives:

9

aCOM3013g Organizational Communication

 

COM3043G Persuasion

 

aCOM3073 Intercultural Communication

 

COM3193 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 (any combination of the following:)

5

COM1061 Sportscasting Practicum

 

COM2111 Digital Media Practicum - Radio

 

COM3132 Digital Media Practicum - Video

 

COM2081 Fundraising Practicum

 

Total

21 Hours

Drama Minor

ENG/DRA1063 Theatre History

3

COM2003G Small Group Communication

3

aDRA2033 Fundamentals of Acting

3

DRA2031G Acting Practicum

1

DRA3031G Stagecraft Practicum

1

aDRA3033G Technical Theater

3

DRA4033 Play Production

3

Select one of the following additional practica:

1

DRA2031G Acting Practicum

 

DRA3031G 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

Narrative Storytelling

 

Professional Acting for the Cinema

 

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

COM2123 Mass Media Writing I

3

COM3123 Mass Media Writing II

3

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

2

ENG4063 English Grammars

3

Select at least 4 hours from the following:

4

JOU2082 Journalism Practicum: Yearbook

 

JOU2092 Journalism Practicum: Newspaper

 

COM3142 Digital Media Practicum - Journalism

 

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 (any combination of the following):

5

COM1061 Sportscasting Practicum

 

COM2111 Digital Media Practicum - Radio

 

COM2081 Fundraising Practicum

 

Total

18 Hours

Video Broadcasting Minor

COM1043 Introduction to Film and Television Arts

3

COM1033 Introduction to Video Production

3

COM2053G Media and Society

3

COM2103 Advanced Video Production and Performance

3

aCOM3103 Video Directing and Producing

3

COM3142 Digital Media Practicum*

4

COM4002 Media Law and Ethics

2

Total

19-21 Hours

*Course is to be taken multiple times to achieve 4 hour requirement.