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Academic Four-Year Plan

Courses are offered in sequences, or on a rotation basis. Students should be aware of when courses are offered and prerequisites for courses to avoid postponing graduation due to missing required courses. Please click on the email or or use the phone contact to talk to a faculty member in a specific program for more information


 

Communication Studies

Contact Person: Tracy Frederick
Phone: 6329  Email: tracy.frederick@sckans.edu

This plan is for freshman entering: Fall 2016

Semester 1 FALL 2016

ENG 110 College Writing I (3 hrs)
COMM 102 Elements of Oral Communication (3 hrs)1
COMM 110 Media Writing 1

General Education Disciplinary Perspective
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 2 SPRING 2017

ENG 120 College Writing II (3hrs)
COMM 203 Interpersonal Communication (3 hrs)

General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 3 FALL 2017

COMM 208 Critical Thinking & Argumentation (3hrs)

General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 4 SPRING 2018

COMM 101 Survey of Mass Communication (3hrs)
COMM 103 Graphic Design (3 hrs)
COMM 250 Media Law and Ethics (3 hrs)

General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 5 FALL 2018

COMM 400 Communicating the Law, Social Unrest, and Political Change (3 hrs)4
COMM 215 Intercultural Communication (3 hrs)
COMM 350 Communication in Pop Culture (3hrs)4

General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 6 SPRING 2019

COMM 315 Persuasion (3 hrs)
COM 303 Family Communication (3 hrs)
COMM 395 Research Methods (2 hrs)3

General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 7 FALL 2019

COMM 340 Communicating Teamwork, Leadership, Group Communication (3hrs)
COMM 395 Research Methods (2 hrs)3
COMM 450 Tpcs in Communication: Contemporary Issues (3hrs)2

General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 8 SPRING 2020

COMM 317 Advanced Presentational Speaking (3hrs)
COMM 410 Theories of Human Communication ( 3 hrs)
COMM 420 Recreating Image: Religion, Sport,Organizations, and Politics (3hrs)
COMM 450 Tpcs in Communication: Contemporary Issues (3hrs)2
Prep 499 Career Preparation

General Education Disciplinary Perspectives

Special Instructions for Advisors:

1This course is offered every semester but should be taken early in the program for student success.
2 This course is offered as the scheduling allows and as contemporary issues arise.
3 This course is an independent study course in which the student will work on a research project of her/his choosing.
4 This course may be offered at different times, depending on the demand.

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Convergent Journalism

Contact Person: Stacy Sparks
Phone: 6320  Email: Stacy.Sparks@sckans.edu

This plan is for freshman entering: Fall 2015

Semester 1 FALL 2015
ENG 110 College Writing I (3sh)
COMM 110 Media Writing I (3sh)
COMM 111 Radio Production
COMM 221 Newspaper Experience (1sh)
PREP 100 First Year Seminar (1sh)
 

Plus General Education Course(s)

Semester 2 SPRING 2016
ENG 120 College Writing II (3sh)
COMM 114 Video Field Production (3sh)
COMM 101 Survey of Mass Communication (3sh)
COMM 221 Newspaper Experience (1sh)

Plus General Education Course(s)

Semester 3 FALL 2016
COMM 102 Oral Communication (3sh)
COMM 345 Desktop Publishing (3sh)
COMM 205 Intro to Photography (3sh)
COMM 214 Video News Production (3sh)
COMM 221 Newspaper Experience (1sh)
COMM 233 Television Experience (1sh)

Plus General Education Course(s)

Semester 4 SPRING 2017
COMM 206 Digital Photography (3sh)
COMM 201 Media Writing II (3sh)
COMM/ART 103 Graphic Design (3sh)
COMM 221 Newspaper Experience (1sh)
COMM 231 Radio Experience (1sh)

Plus General Education Course(s)

Semester 5 FALL 2017
CPTR 211 Basic Information and Website Design (3sh)
COMM 223 Yearbook Experience (1sh)
COMM 321 Convergent News Experience (1sh)
 

Plus General Education Course(s)
Required elective(s) see suggested electives for this major

Semester 6 SPRING 2018
COMM 250 Media Law and Ethics (3sh)
COMM 312 Visual Story Telling (3sh)
COMM 410 Theories of Human Comm (3sh)
COMM 223 Yearbook Experience (1sh)
COMM 321 Convergent News Experience (1sh)


Plus General Education Course(s)
Required elective(s) see suggested electives for this major

Semester 7 FALL 2018
COMM 321 Convergent News Experience (1sh)

Required elective(s) see suggested electives for this major

Semester 8 SPRING 2019
PREP 499 Career Prep and Plan (3sh)
COMM 315 Persuasion (3sh)
COMM 321 Convergent News Experience (1sh)

All students must complete 124 total credit hours
All students must take general education courses plus PREP 499

Special Instructions for Advisors:
Majors should take at least one activity hour a semester and/or the required activities for any COMM scholarship.  See catalog for list of approved electives.

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Film Studies and Production

Contact Person: Bill DeArmond
Phone:  6337     Email: Bill.DeArmond@sckans.edu

This plan is for freshman entering: Fall 2015

Semester 1 FALL 2015
LAS 110 College Writing I (3sh)
COMM 110 Media Writing 1 (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 2 SPRING 2016
LAS 120 College Writing II (3sh)
COMM 102 Oral Communications (3sh)
COMM 114 Video Field Production (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 3 FALL 2016
COMM 214 Video News Production (3sh)
COMM 246 History of TV (3sh)
COMM 211 Intro to Cinema (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 4 SPRING 2017
COMM 101 Survey of Mass Comm (3sh)
COMM 103 Graphic Design (3sh)
COMM 349 Asian Cinema (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 5 FALL 2017
COMM 248 History of Cinema (3sh)
COMM 205 Intro to Photography (3sh)
   (or COMM 206)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 6 SPRING 2018
COMM 312 Visual Storytelling (3sh)
COMM 410 Theories of Human Communication (3sh)
COMM 250 Media Law and Ethics (3sh)
COMM 348 Western Cinema (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 7 FALL 2018
COMM 399 Screenwriting (3sh)
PREP 499 Career Prep and Plan (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 8 SPRING 2019
COMM 315 Persuasion (3sh)
COMM 454 Senior Project in Film (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

 

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New Media

Contact Person: Tom Jacobs
Phone: 6351   Email: Tom.Jacobs@sckans.edu

This plan is for freshman entering: Fall 2015

Semester 1 FALL 2015
LAS 110 College Writing I (3sh)
COMM 110 Media Writing I (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 2 SPRING 2016
LAS 120 College Writing II (3sh)
COMM 114 Video Field Production (3sh)
COMM 101 Survey of Mass Communication (3sh)
COMM 250 Media Law and Ethics (3sh)
COMM/ART 103 Graphic Design (3sh)

Plus  General Education Courses

Semester 3 FALL 2016
COMM 346 MM Auth For CD ROM & Web (3sh)
CPTR 211 Basic Info & Website Design (3sh)
COMM 345 Desktop Publishing (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 4 SPRING 2017
COMM 201 Media Writing II (3sh)
COMM 320 Adv Web Design: Graphic Tech (3sh) OR
CPTR 321 Adv Web Design 

Semester 5 FALL 2017
ENG 260 Advanced Composition (3sh)
MATH 110 College Algebra (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 6 SPRING 2018
COMM 206 Digital Photography (3sh
ENG 340 Lang: Structure and Meaning (3sh)
COMM 410 Theories of Human Comm (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses
Required elective (3sh) see suggested electives for this major

Semester 7 FALL 2018
Required elective (3sh) see suggested electives for this major

Plus  General Education Courses

Semester 8 SPRING 2019
COMM 315 Persuasion (3sh)
PREP 499 Career Prep and Plan (3sh)

Special Instructions for Advisors:
Majors should take at least one activity hour a semester and/or the required activities for any COMM scholarship.  See catalog for list of approved electives.

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Professional Communciation

Contact Person: Dr. Tracy Frederick
Phone: 620.229.6329   Email: Tracy.Frederick@sckans.edu

This plan is for freshman entering: Fall 2016

Semester 1 FALL 2016
ENG 110 College Writing I (3 hrs)
COMM 102 Elements of Oral Communication (3 hrs)*

COMM 110 Media Writing 1 (3 hrs)
COMM 205 Intro to Photography (3 hrs)2
COMM 215 Intercultural Communication (3 hrs)1

 General Education Disciplinary Perspective
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 2 SPRING 2017

ENG 120 College Writing II (3hrs)

COMM/ART 103 Graphic Design (3sh)
COMM/ENG Business Communication (3 hrs)*4

Work on minor courses and General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 3 FALL 2017

COMM 294 Public Relations (3 hrs)
COMM 203 Interpersonal Communication (3 hrs)1

Work on minor courses and General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 4 SPRING 2018

COMM  101 Survey of Mass Comm (3 hrs)
COMM 114 Video Field Production (3 hrs)2
COMM 250 Media Law and Ethics (3 hrs)
CPTR 211 Basic Information and Website Design (3hrs)

Work on minor courses and General Education Disciplinary Perspectives and Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 5 FALL 2018

COMM 345 Desktop Publishing (3 hrs)
ENG 427 Genre: Poetry (3 hrs)4
ENG 445 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3hrs)4

Work on minor courses and General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 6 SPRING 2019

COMM 315 Persuasion (3 hrs)
ENG 330 Creative Writing: Genre Fiction (3hrs)4
ENG 340 Language Structure and Meaning (3 hrs)

Work on minor courses and General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 7 FALL 2019

COMM 340 Communicating Teamwork, Leadership, Group Communication (3hrs)
ENG 360 Advanced Composition (3 hrs)3
ENG 348: Genre Fiction: Novella (3 hrs)4

Work on minor courses and General Education Disciplinary Perspectives
Meet with your advisor to prepare for Prep 499

Semester 8 SPRING 2020

COMM 410 Theories of Human Communication ( 3 hrs)
COMM 206 Digital Photography (3 hrs)2
COMM 317 Advanced Presentational Speaking (3hrs)
COMM 420 Recreating Image (3 hrs)6

PREP 499 Career Preparation

Special Instructions for Advisors:

Students in this major should declare a minor.
* This course is offered every semester but should be taken early in the program.
1 COMM 215 Intercultural Communication  OR COMM 203 Interpersonal Communication
2 COMM 205 Intro. to Photography, OR COMM 206 Digital Photography OR COMM 114 Video Field Production
3 COMM 210 Business Communication OR COMM 360 Advanced Composition
4 Choose three hours (one class) from the following:

ENG 330 Creative Writing: Short Story
ENG 337 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENG 348 Creative Writing: Novella
ENG 445 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
ENG 447 Creative Writing: Genre Fiction

5 This course is not required, but highly recommended. It is a crisis communication course for PR students.

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Radio/Television Production and Performance

Contact Person: Tom Jacobs
Phone: 6351   Email: Tom.Jacobs@sckans.edu

This plan is for freshman entering: Fall 2015

Semester 1 FALL 2015
LAS 110 College Writing I (3sh)
COMM 110 Media Writing I (3sh)
COMM 111 Radio Production (3sh)

Plus  General Education Courses

Semester 2 SPRING 2016
LAS 120 College Writing II (3sh)
COMM 101 Survey of Mass Communication (3sh)
COMM 114 Video Field Production (3sh)
COMM 250 Media Law and Ethics (3sh)

Plus  General Education Courses

Semester 3 FALL 2016
COMM 214 Video News Production (3sh) 
COMM 246 History of TV (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses (3sh)
Required elective (3sh) see suggested electives for this major

Semester 4 SPRING 2017
COMM/ART 103 Graphic Design (3sh)
COMM 202 Oral Storytelling (3sh)
COMM 201 Media Writing II (3sh)

Plus General Education Courses

Semester 5 FALL 2017
COMM 248 History of Cinema (3sh)

Plus  General Education Courses

Semester 6 SPRING 2018
COMM 312 Visual Storytelling (3sh)
COMM 410 Theories of Human Comm (3sh)

Plus  General Education Courses

Semester 7 FALL 2018
Required elective (3sh) see suggested electives for this major

Semester 8 SPRING 2019
COMM 315 Persuasion (3sh)
PREP 499 Career Prep and Plan (3sh)

Special Instructions for Advisors:
COMM 233 TV Experience (1 sh) must be taken 3 times.
COMM 231 Radio Experience (1 sh) must be taken 3 times.
Majors should take at least one activity hour a semester and/or the required activities for any COMM scholarship.  See catalog for list of approved electives.

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Speech and Theatre Education

Contact Persons:
Education: Dr. Pam Green  Phone: x6331
Speech:  Dr. Tracy Frederick  Phone: x6329
Theatre:  Allyson Moon or Roger Moon  Phone: x6244 or 6328

This plan is for freshmen entering Fall 2016.

Semester 1 FALL 2016

PSYC 112 General Psychology2 (4 hours)
EDUC 150 Introduction to Education1 (2 hours)
ENG 110 College Writing 1 (3 hours)
COMM 102 Elements of Oral Comm (3 hours)

Content Area Courses4

  • COMM 110 Media Writing 1 (OR COMM 250)

Plus additional hours in Communication and/or Theatre. Consult your advisor.

Recommend taking Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) during freshman year

Semester 2 SPRING 2017

ENG 120 College Writing 2 (3 hours)
General Education Disciplinary Elective3 (3 hours)
MATH 215 Intro to Statistics & Probability (3 hrs)
PSYC 218 Developmental Psychology (3 hours)

Content Area Courses4

  • THTR 226 Acting 1
  • COMM 250 Media Law & Ethics (OR COMM 110)

Plus additional hours in Communication and/or Theatre. Consult your advisor.

Semester 3 FALL 2017

General Education Disciplinary Elective3 (3 hours)
EDUC 215 Foundations of Education1 (3 hours)

Content Area Courses4

  • THTR 224 Stagecraft
  • THTR 234 The Expressive Voice
  • COMM 215 Intercultural Communication (OR COMM 203)

Plus additional hours in Communication and/or Theatre. Consult your advisor.

Recommend making formal application to Teacher Education Program during sophomore year

Semester 4 SPRING 2018

General Education Disciplinary Elective3 (3 hours)
General Education Disciplinary Elective3 (3 hour)
EDUC 216 Diversity Field Experience5 (1 hour)
EDUC 220 Educational Technology (3 hours)

Content Area Courses4

  • THTR 333 Theatre History 2

Plus additional hours in Communication and/or Theatre. Consult your advisor.

Semester 5 FALL 2018

General Education Disciplinary Elective3 (3 hours)
EDUC 322 Educational Psych6 (3 hours) OR 323  Intro to Exceptionalities6 (3 hours)
EDUC 344 Content Area Literacy (3 hours)

Content Area Courses4

  • THTR 424 Directing 1
  • COMM 208 Critical Thinking & Arg.8 (OR COMM 4018)
  • COMM 203 Interpersonal Communication (OR COMM 215)

Plus additional hours in Communication and/or Theatre. Consult your advisor.

Semester 6 SPRING 2019

EDUC 322 Educational Psych6 (3 hours) OR 323  Intro to Exceptionalities6 (3 hours)
EDUC 352 Principles of Effective Secondary Instruction6 (3 hours)

Content Area Courses4

  • THTR 425 Directing 2
  • COMM 317 Adv. Presentational Speaking

Plus additional hours in Communication and/or Theatre. Consult your advisor.

Semester 7 FALL 2019

General Education Disciplinary Elective3 (3 hours)
General Education Disciplinary Elective3 (3 hours)
EDUC 438C Teaching and Dir For and Debate (1.5)
EDUC 438T Teaching Theatre in Sec School (1.5)
EDUC 439 Sec School Methods and Mng. (3 hrs.)

Content Area Courses4

  • COMM 401 Debate Case Anal & Case Const (OR COMM 208)

Plus additional hours in Communication and/or Theatre. Consult your advisor.

Semester 8 SPRING 2020

EDUC 440 Student Teaching Seminar6 (1 hour)
EDUC 449 Observation and Supervised Teaching in the Secondary School6 (12 hours)

Clearly this is an exceptionally heavy credit hour load if taken in eight semesters.  It is our strong recommendation that Speech and Theatre Education majors should take summer classes to reduce semester workloads, or take the class work in 8 semesters with the student teaching in a 9th semester. SPECIAL INTRUCTIONS FOR ADVISEES AND ADVISORS:  

EDUCATION Licensure Notes:

1 Alternately may enroll in this course in a subsequent semester (prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program) if necessitated by scheduling constraints.

2 General Psychology (a required course for admission into the Teacher Education Program) may also be used to satisfy the General Education Disciplinary Elective in the area of Social Science.

3 All remaining General Education Disciplinary Electives should be carefully selected in order to ensure meeting course requirements in the areas of Natural Science, Humanities, Other Cultures and the Arts.

4 Refer to Four-Year Plan relative to applicable licensure area for suggested sequence of content area courses.  (Note: Some adjustment to prototype format may be necessary due to prerequisites and/or course rotation considerations).

5 EDUC 216 requires 20 hours of field-based observation in a diverse school setting.  This course can be taken any semester prior to student teaching.

6 Enrollment in this course is open only to those students who have been formally admitted into the Teacher Education Program.

7Final grade reported in this semester.

Plus twelve additional hours in Communication and/or Theatre.
Consult your advisor.

Speech Notes:

In Communication:

8NOTE: If COMM 208 is taken as a general education course, then: 401 Debate Question Analysis and Case Construction 317 Advanced Presentational Speaking

9This course must be taken in the fall semester. It should be taken simultaneously with the 438C course.

10 Prep 499: Students must complete a check sheet of activity proficiency before completing the program. Students should not wait until the last semester to work on this sheet. Please see Dr. Frederick for a copy.

Theatre Notes:

* Note: Students much complete a Speech and a Theatre “experience checklist” prior to graduation. It is in the best interest of the student to begin working through this checklist as soon as possible. This Checklist requires students in this Emphasis Area to take responsibility in every area of production and activity sponsorship in theatre and speech.  Such participation ensures much greater likelihood of success as new teachers go into the high school academic and extracurricular systems.

Teaching and directing theatre and speech are extraordinarily rewarding, but also demanding. Academic loads are not light and production work is demanding, so students wishing to prepare for success in education must develop extraordinary work ethic and discipline in the development of their vocal, physical, mental, and emotional attributes and skills.  The development understanding of acting performance, directing, and design and craftsmanship in all technical areas is absolutely necessary for the successful teacher.  The courses listed as requirements do not academically cover development of all of the skills.  Additional study will be enormously helpful, and successful completion of the theatre “experience checklist” is absolutely a minimal necessity.

These Courses are Strongly Recommended:

  • THTR 231 Theatre Across the Disciplines
  • THTR 223 Creative Dramatics
  • THTR 255 Improvisational Acting
  • THTR 332 Theatre History 1

Any performance or design/technical theatre classes will help the student be a better director and teacher.

We strongly suggest that during one summer, students do summer theatre, which may be taken for academic credit.

The Southwestern College Theatre Department provides opportunities every year for students to expand their horizons by studying the arts in New York City, in regional theatre cities like Chicago and Minneapolis, or internationally in England, Europe or Asia.  Such study is invaluable to studying the theatre and the arts in our world, as well as opportunities for a life and/or career in the arts.   Travel opportunities are on scheduled on a four year cycle so students can take as many opportunities as possible, and may get credit for their study.

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