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Information

Information

Carmen Heider, Chairperson

Department Office: Arts & Communication S123
Department Telephone: (920) 424-4427

Code 96 or COMM

Code 95 or RTF

Faculty

Faculty

Brazee  Neal
Carrell Palmeri
Considine Perkins
Davidson Rathore
Heider Roubidoux
Heil Smock
Murphy Stokes

Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in Communication Studies can lead to the degrees: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science in Education. A major in Radio-TV-Film can lead to the Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Arts.

  • Comment: The Communication Department offers a range of programmed participation opportunities to both majors and non-majors. Students are encouraged to become involved with the programs of their choice. Students interested in Radio-TV-Film experiences can call the Radio-TV-Film office at (920) 424-3131; students interested in forensics may call (920) 424-7435.

Summary of Fields of Study

 

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)

    • See the department for a listing of their goal(s).
  2. The Major(s)

    • The Department offers two majors. These are: 1) Communication Studies and 2) Radio-TV-Film.

    • Within the Communication Studies Major, the Department offers three Communication Focus Areas: 1) Interpersonal Communication; 2) Organizational Communication; 3) Rhetoric and Public Advocacy.  In addition, they offer one emphasis: 1) Speech Communication Education.

  3. The Minor(s)

    • The Communication Department offers several minors: 1)  Communication Studies; 2) Organizational Communication; 3) Speech Communication Education; 4) Radio-TV-Film.

Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought.

  • Radio-TV-Film majors must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.50.   

  • Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher licensure must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet the admission requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

  • Communication:

    • Communication 111: Introduction to Public Speaking 3 cr.

  • Comment:

    Please consult with a department adviser (listed on your STAR) before planning a course of study.

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

1. Communication Studies Major

Recommended for students who wish to prepare for professions in the various areas of communication or who wish to pursue graduate study.

  • Required Courses:

    • Communication: Communication 104, 213 or 214, 219, 280, 302, 368, 375, 439, 498

  • Other Requirements:

    • In addition to the required courses, students must satisfy the requirements of one of the four options: Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Rhetoric and Public Advocacy, Communication Generalist.

    • At least nine elective credits must be at the 300/400 level.

    • Only Communication 303 or 304 can count towards the 38 credit major.

    • Students may choose to take one three-credit course from the following electives: Communication 329, 348, RTF 313, 347 that will count towards the Communication Studies major. These courses do not count toward the nine credits of upper level electives required in Communication Studies, but can be used to complete the 15 credits of electives.

    • No more than two of the following elective courses can count toward the Communication Studies major: Communication  405, 441, 444, 446, 447; Interdisciplinary Studies 399.


Students may choose to pursue study in one of the three Communication Focus Areas (CFA) or they may pursue studies in the Communication Generalist Area.

Communication Focus Area Study:

  • Students are required to earn nine credits in the chosen CFA in addition to the introductory course in that area plus two electives from any area.

    • Interpersonal Communication Focus Area:

      • Communication 267, 318, 325, 326, 478
    • Organizational Communication Focus Area:

      • Communication 304, 413, 414, 477

    • Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Focus Area:

      • Communication 303, 314, 316, 337, 338, 411, 422, 427, 428, 450, 451, 455, 476, 499

Generalist Option:  If students do not wish to pursue the CFA option, they may choose the Generalist option. Under this option, students select 15 credits from any of the Communication courses (nine credits must be at the 300 or 400 levels in Communication Studies). One course may be chosen from the RTF electives, but this course does not count toward the nine credits of 300 and 400 level Communication Studies electives.

Speech Communication Education Emphasis

Recommended for students who wish to be licensed to teach Speech Communication in grades 6-12.  
This program is currently under revision, please contact department.

  • Required Units (crs.): 38 minimum
  • Required Courses: In addition to the Core Course:
    • Communication: Communication 118, 213 or 214, 215, 265, 267, 277, 303, 319, 337, 411, 444; 6 units (crs.) of electives in communication.
    • Other Requirements: For Secondary Education Majors and Minors: Communication 441.
  • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department’s offering to meet the Minimum Requirement.


2. Radio-TV-Film Major

Recommended for students who wish to prepare for a career in the various facets of the Radio-TV-Film profession or for students who wish to pursue graduate study. 
  • Required Units (crs.): 38 minimum (minimum GPA 2.5)
  • Required Courses:
    • Radio-TV-Film: Radio-TV-Film 110, 114, 115, 120, 250, 260, 305, 310, 499.
    • At least one of the following capstone courses: Radio-TV-Film: 429, 434, 440, 450.
    • Other Requirements: 12 additional units (crs.) of Radio-TV-Film electives to meet minimum requirement. Successful completion of a minor or second major.
      • 2.50 cumulative GPA for graduation.

The Minor(s)

The Minor(s)

1.  Organizational Communication Major

Recommended for students who are interested in business, service or governmental professions where organizational communication is essential.

  • Required Units (crs.): 22 minimum

  • Required Courses: Communication 104, 280, 304, 368

  • Required Courses:  Choose at least two upper division organizational communication electives from the following (six credits): Communication 413, 414, 415, 416, 477 

  • Two additional communication electives (6 credits): Radio-TV-Film electives and Communication electives cannot count towards the minor. Choose from the following list: Communication 213 or 214, 215, 219, 220, 265, 267, 277, 302, 316, 318, 319, 325, 326, 337, 338, 375, 399, 400, 405, 411, 413, 414, 415, 416, 422, 427, 428, 441, 442, 444, 446, 447, 450, 451, 455, 474, 476, 477, 478, 499.

 

2.  Communication Studies Minor

Recommended for students who are seeking a general minor in Communication Studies and who are interested in pursuing work in business, non-profit and public service or the government sector.

  • Required Units (crs.): 23 minimum

  • Required Courses: Communication 104, 213 or 214, 219, 280, 302, 375, 439.

  • Electives: six credits from any of the 300/400 level Communication Studies courses. Only Communication 303 or 304 can count towards the minor.

3.  Speech Communication Education Minor

Recommended for students who wish to teach in the secondary (6-12) or elementary grades and/or coach debate and/or forensics in the schools. (Would be taken in addition to a major licensure area such as English or Elementary Education).
This program is under revision.  Please see department.

  • Required Units (crs.): 26 minimum

  • Required Courses: Communication: 118, 213 or 214, 215, 265, 277, 303, 337, 411, 444.
    • Other Requirements: Methods Course Communication 441 required of all Secondary Education Majors and Minors in Speech.
  • Electives: None.

4.  Radio-TV-Film Minor

Recommended for students who wish to work in fields related to Radio-TV-Film, such as Art, Business, Communication, English, Music, Journalism.

  • Required Units (crs.): 22 minimum

  • Required Courses:

    • Radio-TV-Film: Radio-TV-Film 110, 114, 115, 120, 250, 260, 305, 310. 

Course Offering(s)

Course Offering(s)

Communication   104                                           1 (crs.)

Introduction to Communication Studies

This course offers students an orientation to "Communication Studies" including exploration of the three communication focus areas, advising, preview of requirements for the major and minor, student organizations, internships, study abroad opportunities and a variety of resources and services available to students to support their success in the major and/or minor. Prerequisites: Communication 111 or Communication 111 as a corequisite.

  

Communication   111                                           3 (crs.)

Fundamentals of Speech Communication (GE)

Introduction to theory and practice of communicating in public speaking settings.

  

Communication   112                                           3 (crs.)

Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking (GE)

Individual Speech Communication skills through the study of theory and experience in a variety of speeches. Open primarily to university honor scholars. If space permits, students who demonstrate above average oral communication ability and/or potential via a written test and oral performance will be allowed to enroll. Assignments in the course will be more challenging than those in Communication 111, with expectations of higher performance levels. Not open to students who have taken Communication 111. Prerequisites: Enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors program with prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title.

 

Communication   118                                           3 (crs.)

Communication in Contemporary Society

This course is a general introduction to communication studies as represented in the UW Oshkosh Department of Communication. Topics include the Communication Tradition, Methods of Discovery, Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication and Mass Media, and Communication and Theatre. The course is designed to make connections between the variety of programs and emphases available in the Department. Students will engage the major journals and be able to identify the key issues facing the field.

 

Communication   151                                           3 (crs.)

Fundamentals of Radio and Television Production

Course covers basic theory and techniques of radio and television production. Emphasis is placed on radio station procedures and the fundamentals of television studio production.

  

Communication   201                                           3 (crs.)

Radio-TV-Film Communication

Seven weeks in this course are devoted to learning different approaches to mass media criticism and how to develop and research a paper based upon one of these methodologies. Seven weeks are devoted to learning the procedures and parameters of mass media practice within the United States as well as how to prepare for the next few years within the Radio-TV-Film program: topics include developing ideas with POV, conducting subject and market research, embracing social responsibility, understanding legal restrictions and the importance of accepting criticism.

  

Communication   213                                           3 (crs.)

Interpersonal Communication: Ethnic Studies (ES) (HU) (XC)

Examination of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussion, observations and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face to face communication situations. Intercultural Communication focused. Credit cannot be received for both Communication 213 and Communication 214.

 

Communication   214                                           3 (crs.)

Interpersonal Speech Communication (XC) (HU)

Examination of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussions, observations and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face-to-face communication situations.

  

Communication   215                                           3 (crs.)

Small Group Communication

Theory, practice and instructional methods of face-to-face communication in small groups; emphasizing field, role, conflict resolution and problem-solving through group communication. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor

 

Communication   219                                           3 (crs.)

Intro to Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (XC) (HU)

Advocacy explores the nature, function and consequences of rhetoric. The course includes an introduction to rhetorical theorists and practitioners, a sampling of the major subject areas in the field of rhetoric, and the critical concepts included in these areas. Course assignments are designed to help students think critically about the study of rhetoric and what it offers to us as individuals and to society as a whole.

  

Communication   220                                           3 (crs.)

Interviewing

Examination of factors that influence successful attainment of interview objectives, which maximize information quality, and which enhance participant satisfaction. Theory and strategies appropriate to information-gathering, information-giving, personnel selection, performance appraisal, discipline, complaint and persuasive interviews will be discussed. Students will analyze professional interviews, participate in class exercises and role-playing to develop their interviewing skills. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor

 

Communication   229                                           3 (crs.)

Radio-Television News

This course is a critical introduction to the language, principles, histories, institutions and practices of contemporary broadcast news. Students learn to analyze, critique, apply and improve the standards and conventions of electronic journalism. Informed analysis complements extensive practical writing. Prerequisite: Communication 151 and 201.

 

Communication   231                                           3 (crs.)

Radio-Television Announcing

Techniques of radio and television announcing, developing the ability to read various broadcast materials. Includes radio and television studio performance. Prerequisite: Communication 151 and 201.


Communication   234                                           3 (crs.)

Writing for the Electronic Media

A study of the techniques and practice of writing scripts for television, radio, corporate and/or multimedia. Prerequisite: Communication 201.

  

Communication   236                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Communication Theory

A critical examination of various theories of Communication and their philosophical, theoretical and methodological similarities and differences. Includes examination of theory components and theory building and evaluation. Prerequisite: or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor

 

Communication   240                                           3 (crs.)

Cinema Techniques

The study of conventions and creative strategies through which a director visualizes thought and emotion, as well as an introduction to motion picture production. The course combines an analysis of films, art and photography with practical field experience. Students select use of either motion picture or video equipment. Prerequisite: Communication 151 and Communication 201. Optional Fee: $10.00

 

Communication   242                                           3 (crs.)

History of Electronic Media

This course surveys the history of electronic media, from its beginnings in wired and wireless communication in the nineteenth century, through the growth and development of radio and television broadcasting, to contemporary developments in cable, the world wide web and media convergence. The course is primarily focused on broadcasting in the United States and its relationship to the global media industries. The course offers a historical background through aesthetic, social, cultural and technological perspectives. This course offers a necessary background for understanding the contemporary media world, whether as an active participant or a citizen. Prerequisite: Communications 201 or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   265                                           3 (crs.)

Oral Interpretation

A study of the principles and vocal techniques of oral interpretation, and their application to the various forms of literature. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor.

 

Communication   267                                           3 (crs.)

Effective Listening

Analysis of the act of listening: process, types, barriers to and the improvement of listening skills. Frequent skill building exercises and the testing of listening for comprehension and retention. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor

  

Communication   268                                           3 (crs.)

Gender, Communication and Relationships (SS)

Focuses on the relationship between gender and communication within the context of interpersonal relationships. Topics covered include hetero/homo affective relationships, friendships and professional relationships. Cross-listed: Communication 268/Women's Studies 268. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor.

 

Communication   275                                           3 (crs.)

Arguing Sustainability (XC) (HU)

The fundamentals of argumentation: forms of reasoning, sources of evidence, testing of evidence, brief making, general theory, and case work. Opportunity for analysis of and debate on current problems. Speech Education majors/minors and those wanting to travel with the debate team should not enroll in Communication 275. This course does not meet the Speech Education major/minor requirements. 

 

Communication   277                                           3 (crs.)

Intercollegiate Academic Debate

The fundamentals of argumentation: forms of reasoning, sources of evidence, testing of evidence, brief making, general theory and case work. Opportunity for analysis of and debate on current problems. Prerequisite: Communication 111 and students enrolled in Communication 277 are required to co-enroll in Communication 411.

  

Communication   280                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Organizational Communication (XC) (HU)

This course presents both historical and current perspectives on the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory; it provides the knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of organizational settings. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication.

  

Communication   302                                           3 (crs.)

Communication and the Human Condition

An exploration of various communication technologies-e.g., the alphabet, the clock, the photograph with an emphasis on examining their effects for the human condition, including the manner in which communication itself is conceptualized. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and one of the following: Communication 213 or  214, 219 and 280.

  

Communication   303                                           3 (crs.)

Advanced Public Speaking

This course focuses on current social/political issues and critical citizenship. Specific emphasis is placed on rhetorical ideas and formats that examine deliberation, reasoning and public affairs. Public communication competencies are enhanced. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or 112 or consent of instructor.

 

Communication   304                                           3 (crs.)

Business and Professional Speaking

An examination of the unique communication problems and practices in business and industry. Through investigation, case study and practical exercises students should understand and be able to participate effectively in a variety of communication experiences faced by managers in business and the professions. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or 112 or consent of instructor.

 

Communication   305                                           3 (crs.)

Cinema Production

Further develops the skills and principles of motion picture production, including sync sound recording, camera operation, cinematography, animation and editing. Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 240. Special fee: $30.00.

  

Communication   306                                           3 (crs.)

Film/Video Preproduction

The study of film/video preproduction, including project development, financing, budgeting, production management, scriptwriting, locations, casting, production design, sound design, etc. Throughout the course, students will develop a property for either an advanced film or video, or for an original Titan Television program. Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and Communication 151 or 240.

  

Communication   307                                           1 (crs.)

Motion Picture Workshop

Students (individually, with a partner, or in a group) produce a film designed for entry in festivals or inclusion on a sample reel.  The project may be a narrative, a documentary, a music video, two television spots for the same product or service, an animated film or an experimental piece.  Can be taken three times for a total of three credits. Prerequisites:  Cumulative 2.5, Communication 240 or consent of instructor. Special fee $15.00. (1+4)

 

Communication   313                                           3 (crs.)

Television Studio Operations

This course provides a bridge between production and engineering. It emphasizes the importance of understanding technical processes as they apply to creative decisions. Students will learn how video cameras make pictures, how light and lighting instruments affect aesthetics, how edit systems function, how audio signals are created and how to plan and design facilities. Examinations of technical standards for compression, multimedia, CD/DVD's and streaming are included. The purpose of this course is to teach how equipment functions versus teaching the student how to operate it. Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 151. (2+3)

  

Communication   314                                           3 (crs.)

Inside-Out Prison Exchange

Focuses on how language shapes our understanding of issues and topics related to incarceration. This course brings together equal numbers of UWO students and incarcerated students at a local correctional institution. Ten join class sessions are held at the correctional institution. The other three class sessions are held on campus for UWO students and at the correctional facility for incarcerated students. Prerequisites: By Instructor Consent Only. To be considered for a seat in this course, students must complete an interview with the instructor.

 

Communication   316                                           3 (crs.)

Gender and Discourse (HU)

Explores gender issues through the framework of public discourse and power dynamics. This course analyzes the public vocabularies through which we understand contemporary issues, examines the interests served by such discourses and invites discussion on alternative language choices. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 316 or Women's Studies 316. Prerequisites: Communication 104; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication Studies Majors/Minors: Communication 219; or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's Studies Majors/Minors: Women's Studies 201; or consent of instructor.

 

Communication   318                                           3 (crs.)

Intercultural Communication (ES)

In this narrative-based course, students will identify characteristics of their own cultural identity, exploring connections to global citizenry; become increasingly self-reflective regarding their enculturation; apply theoretical constructs that allow for intercultural communication to become transformative; and listen well to personal narratives of those whose cultures differ from their own. As they engage in constructive, ethical dialogue they will explore the concept of intentionality in communication as it relates to identity, prejudice, discrimination, racism, ethnocentrism, hatred and stereotyping. Prerequisites: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 213 or 214; or consent of instructor. 

 

Communication   319                                           3 (crs.)

Persuasion

Study of both classical and contemporary persuasion theories and practices. Assignments involve practical application of the theoretical foundation by analyzing different persuasive messages found in the media and public speeches. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and one of the following: Communication 213 or 214, 219, or 280.

 

Communication   320                                           1 (crs.)

Television Workshop

Practical experience in the daily operation of Titan TV, the university's educational cable channel, including; programming, promotions and production. Can be taken three times for a total of three credits.  Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA 2.5, Communication 151 and 201 or consent of instructor. (1+4).

  

Communication   321                                           3 (crs.)

Digital Post-Production

The study and practice of the tools and techniques of digital post-production for film and television. This course examines the role of the editor, the post-production process and workflow and the theories and techniques used to build emotion, drama and information. This course provides hands on training and project application on non-linear edit systems, including Avid and Final Cut Pro. Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA, Communication 151 (or 222 and 239) and Communication 240.

 

Communication   325                                           3 (crs.)

Nonverbal Communication

An examination of nonverbal communication, the process of one person stimulating meaning in the mind of another person (or persons) by means of nonverbal codes. Both the functions and specific categories of nonverbal behavior will be examined along with their communicative impact in a variety of situations. Theoretical and practical aspects of nonverbal communication are also explored. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 213 or 214; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

 

Communication   326                                           3 (crs.)

Communication and Conflict

An exploration of research and practice regarding human conflict as an ongoing component on interpersonal relationships and community. Communication theories and concepts related to interpersonal conflicts, formal mediation and social justice advocacy are examined and practiced. Prerequisite: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 213 or 214; or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   327                                           3 (crs.)

Advanced Writing for the Electronic Media

Advanced study of writing for broadcast media, combining critical analysis of different media formats with creative writing in television, radio and/or multimedia. Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and Communication 234 with a grade of B or better.

 

Communication   329                                           3 (crs.)

Broadcast and Cable Sales

An introduction to the principles of selling radio, television and cable advertising, including customer need analysis, audience analysis, handling objections, creating copy and service to the client.  Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 201 for Radio-TV-Film majors OR Communication 118 and Communication 236 for Speech Communication majors and minors.

 

Communication   333                                           1 (crs.)

Radio Workshop

Work at WRST-FM University Station. Auditions required for certain positions. Can be taken three times for a total of three credits.  Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 151 or consent of instructor. 1+4

  

Communication   334                                           1 (crs.)

Broadcast News Workshop

Students gain practical experience in media news gathering, working as part of a team to produce news reports and complete newscasts. Stories will be aired on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh educational access channel, Titan TV. Cross-listed: Journalism 334/Communication 334. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: (Journalism 141, 221 and 224, each with a grade of C or better for journalism credits) or (Cumulative GPA 2.5, Communication 151 and 201 or consent of instructor for Radio-TV-Film credits.)

 

Communication   336                                           3 (crs.)

Communication & Technology in the Information Age

This course examines the historical development, cultural reception, and social impact of media technologies in the Information Age. Emphasis is placed on critical theories that seek to analyze the relationship between technology and society. Prerequisite: Work at WRST-FM University Station. Auditions required for certain positions. Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 201.

 

Communication   337                                           3 (crs.)

Foundations in Communication Studies

A theoretical and practical course. The course theory centers on the Five Canons of ancient rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style, delivery and memory (with emphasis on the first three). Using ancient rhetorical theory as a foundation, students will compose and deliver manuscript speeches. The goal is to become a speaker who is not only eloquent, but also wise. Prerequisite: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 219; or consent of instructor. 337/537

  

Communication   338                                           3 (crs.)

Freedom of Speech in the United States

In the United States, freedom of speech is restricted in a variety of ways. Historically and today, government places legal restrictions on communicators, the content of communication, and the medium of communication. When such restrictions have been challenged in the courts, judges have generally been guided by a very narrow model of communication. This course examines the legal history and contemporary status of the First Amendment from a modern Communication theory perspective. Prerequisite: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 219; or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   343                                           3 (crs.)

Corporate Electronic Media

An introduction to a crucial part of the mass media industry too often neglected by academia. Students will learn the concepts and creative processes involved in producing corporate electronic media. Topics include internal and external analysis skills, basic marketing principles and cutting edge digital technologies used in the industry. Ultimately, students will produce a video, radio or multi-media promotion package for a nonprofit organization or student organization. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and Communication 201 and Communication 151.

  

Communication   348                                           3 (crs.)

Media Criticism

Students will explore a number of scholarly theories of mass media including structuralist, psychoanalytic, feminist and postmodern approaches. Students will apply these theories in critical analysis, essays, at least one of which will require outside research. Highly recommended to any student considering graduate study in mass communication. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 201 for Radio-TV-Film majors; consent of instructor for other majors.

  

Communication   349                                           3 (crs.)

The Documentary

A critical survey of the history, theory and practice of the documentary in film and television. The methods and purposes of the documentary form will be examined through lectures, readings and screenings. Students apply these principles in production and/or writing projects.  Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 151 and either Communication 241 or Communication 242.

  

Communication   368                                           3 (crs.)

Systematic Inquiry in Communication Studies

This course introduces students to communication research methodologies. Students critically analyze research data and propose communication research projects. The class combines theoretical understanding and practical research application including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the assumptions of each method and understanding when each is appropriate. Prerequisites: Communication 104, and two of the following: Communication 213, 214, 219, or 280; for Organizational Communication Minors: Communication 104 and 280.

  

Communication   375                                           3 (crs.)

Argumentation Analysis

The fundamentals of argumentation: argument theory, forms of reasoning, warrants, sources of evidence, testing evidence and case construction. Opportunity for debate and analysis on current programs. Prerequisites: Communication 104, 111, or 112 and 280.

  

Communication   380                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Organizational Communication Studies

The course explores the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory through the examination and pragmatic application of those theories, concepts and issues to adult learners' organizational experiences. A significant focus of the course will be having students gain knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of settings by analyzing challenges commonly faced in today's organizations. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation and other issues central to organizational communication. Prerequisites: Communication 111 or Communication 112 or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   405                                           3 (crs.)

Special Topics: Study Abroad

Special Topics designed solely for study abroad. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other departments/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

 

Communication   411                                           2 (crs.)

Forensic Participation

Participation in university-sponsored intercollegiate off-campus debate and forensics. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. (0+3)

  

Communication   413                                           3 (crs.)

Communication and Nonprofit Organizations

This course is designed to provide you with an overview of issues and topics in nonprofit organizational communication. Topics include internal communication issues such as socialization, stress and burnout and volunteer and board management as well as external communication issues including public relations, fundraising and advocacy. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; and Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368 or consent of instructor.

 

Communication   414                                           3 (crs.)

Communication Training and Development in Organizations

This course explores the training process and role of employee development in organizations by focusing on adult learning, needs assessment, training process components, training competencies and learning assessment. Working with an organizational partner, the class will develop, deliver and evaluate a training package focused on a communication-oriented challenge. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368 or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   415                                           3 (crs.)

Organizational Rhetoric

In this course, we will study organizational communication using a rhetorical approach. We will begin with an investigation of the communication processes through which formal organizations influence popular attitudes and individual identities. We will also study how people in particular organizations use language to "do" things. Students will learn to critique examples of organizational rhetoric and develop communication materials to address challenges and crises in organizational communication. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   416                                           3 (crs.)

Managerial Communication

This course explores fundamental aspects of managerial communication by focusing on how to ensure the effectiveness of management messages and interactions in a variety of organizational contexts and in terms of typical challenges managers face. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280;  Prerequisites or Corequisite: Communication 368 or consent of instructor.

 

Communication   421                                           1-3 (crs.)

Advanced Television Newsgathering

This course is for the student who is serious about a career in television news. Activities include reporting and video graphing, as well as writing and electronic editing of reports. Material will be played back on the local cable TV channel as part of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh TV newscast.  Prerequisites:  Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 334.

 

Communication   422                                           3 (crs.)

History of American Public Address

An analysis of influential speeches delivered between 1640 and modern times. Emphasis is placed on discovering the relationship between the speeches and the historical/rhetorical situations in which they were delivered. At the end of the term, students compose and deliver their own 'State of the American Union' speech. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite Communication 368; or consent.

  

Communication   427                                           3 (crs.)

Rhetorical Criticism

Ancient and contemporary approaches to rhetorical criticism with emphasis on the description, analysis and evaluation of public messages. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite Communication 368; or consent. 427/627

  

Communication   428                                           3 (crs.)

The Rhetoric of Rock Music

The course examines the history and rhetorical features of rock music.  Rhetoric is concerned with how communicators adapt messages to audiences in a cultural context.  When dealing with rock music, who is/are the communicator(s)? What is/are the audience(s)? Is the music a product of a cultural context or does it create that context?  Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite 368 or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   436                                           1-3 (crs.)

Seminar in Speech Communication

Special studies in speech communication theory and public address. The topic to be determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 and 368 or consent of instructor. This course may be repeated nine times for up to nine units (crs.) provided the topic varies. (1+3)

  

Communication   437                                           3 (crs.)

Radio-TV Station Management

Problems facing station managers; principles used in solving them. The student studies broadcast management through case study analysis and market research. Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 151 and 201.

  

Communication   439                                           1 (crs.)

Communication Career Capstone

The Communication Career Capstone is a one-credit course that presents graduating seniors with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned in their major and how that relates to their lives after graduation. The course focuses on practical exercises and advice useful for a student soon to enter the workforce. A variety of guest speakers will inform the class about careers, the role of communication in the workplace and other professionally related topics.  Prerequisite: Senior standing; Communication 104, 213 or 214, 219 and 280; a minimum of nine additional credits in Communication Studies; or consent of instructor. Pass/Fail Course

  

Communication   441                                           3 (crs.)

Teaching of Speech Communication in Secondary Schools

The goals, materials and methods of teaching speech communication to high school students. Prerequisites: Communication 213 or 214, 219, and 215 or 280; or consent of instructor. (Spring-even years)

 

Communication   442                                           3 (crs.)

Advanced Communication Theory

This course examines communication as a vital constitutive force in the social construction of reality. The central focus is upon ways in which reality and the human condition are socially constructed through various interpretive, communication processes, with particular attention to assumptions about the role of communication in interpersonal relations and social change. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and one of the following: Communication 213 or 214, 219, or 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: 368; or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   444                                           3 (crs.)

Direction of High School Speech Activities

The study of debate, forensics as co-curricular activities with emphasis on directing various programs on the high school level. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor. (Fall-odd years)

  

Communication   446                                           1-3 (crs.)

Independent Study

See Independent Study under course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. As outlined in this section, Communication 446 is designed to provide structured research (scholarly or creative) "well beyond that required in established courses". It may not be used as a substitute for an existing course, not may it be used by a company or organization seeking free labor or free access to Department equipment and facilities.

  

Communication   447                                           3 (crs.)

Speech in the Elementary Classroom

This course examines speech communication education for the elementary classroom teacher, providing both theoretical foundations and pedagogical strategies. Required course for Elementary Education Language Arts Minor. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   450                                           3 (crs.)

Rhetoric of the US Women's Rights Movement 1848-1920 (SS)

This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the U.S. women's rights movement, from 1848 to 1920. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals and ideas of the movement. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisites for Majors/Minors: Communication 104 and 219; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication 368 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's Studies Major/Minors: Women's Studies 201 or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   451                                           3 (crs.)

Rhetoric of the U.S. Women's Movement 1920-Present (SS)

This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the U.S. women's rights movement from 1920 to present. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals and ideas of the movement. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 451/ Women's Studies 451 /Social Justice 451. Prerequisites for Communication Studies Majors/Minors: Communication 104 and 219; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication Studies Majors/Minors: Communication 368 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's Studies Majors/Minors:  Women's Studies 201; or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   455                                           3 (crs.)

Environmental Communication

This course is an exploration into the ways we define the environment and how language use influences our interactions with the environment. Cross-listed with Communication 455/Environmental Studies 455. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite 368 or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   474                                           1-6 (crs.)

Honors: Thesis

Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study, e.g. a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be ' Honors Thesis'. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of six units (crs.). Prerequisite: University Honors status and junior standing.

 

Communication   476                                           3 (crs.)

Special Topics in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy

A course in rhetoric and public advocacy not normally covered in the curriculum. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other departments/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   477                                           3 (crs.)

Special Topics in Organizational Communication

A course in Organizational Communication not normally covered in the curriculum. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other department/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   478                                           3 (crs.)

Special topics in Interpersonal Communication

A course in interpersonal communications not normally covered in the curriculum. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other departments/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 213 or 214; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   498                                           3 (crs.)

Capstone in Communication Studies

This course provides the opportunity for integration and synthesis of previous coursework in the major as well as preparation for students' next steps in their education or careers. Students will be expected to analyze and synthesize past learning and relate it to issues and problems in their chosen area of communication study. Prerequisites: Senior standing and Communication 213 or 214, 219, 280, and 368; Prerequisites or Corequisites: 302 and 375; or consent of instructor.

  

Communication   499                                           3 (crs.)

The Rhetoric of the Vietnam War

Examines the rhetoric and history of the Vietnam conflict from World War II to the present. Political rhetoric, the rhetoric of the anti-war movement, Watergate, Vietnam revisionism and the draft are explored. Students analyze film both as propaganda and as one of society's methods for coping with the national trauma caused by America's involvement in Vietnam. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite: 368 or consent of instructor.

 

Radio-TV-Film Courses

Radio-TV-Film   101                                           3 (crs.)

Understanding Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures (HU) (XC)

Our lives are constantly impacted by the mass media, yet we scarcely understand the complex ways in which they affect us. For example, how does a radio ad persuade us to buy or vote a certain way? How does a movie manipulate us into sharing the values of a certain character? To what degree is a TV news report truly objective? This course will help you make informed decisions about the media you consume.

  

Radio-TV-Film   110                                           1 (crs.)

Introduction to Radio-TV-Film

An introduction to the Radio-TV-Film program, including curriculum, policies and procedures and the internship program. Students will gain the knowledge to be successful as RTF major/minors, learning how to prepare for lifelong careers in the media industry. Seven-week course. Pass/Fail

  

Radio-TV-Film   114                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Media Aesthetics

This study of conventions and creative strategies through which a mass media communicator expresses thought and emotion. In its exploration of dynamic audio/visual communication, the course will analyze film excerpts, broadcast segments, scripts, art, photography and influential theory that has impacted production.

  

Radio-TV-Film   115                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Media Business

This course develops an understanding of the industry and business structures of radio, television, film and new media. 

 

Radio-TV-Film   120                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Audio/Radio

This course is designed to cover basic theory and techniques of audio production, as well as introductory radio station practices. The course consists of lectures, as well as studio session featuring equipment demonstrations and production exercises in a professional environment. This course also includes experience on the air at the university's radio station, WRST-FM.

  

Radio-TV-Film   250                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Visual Media

This course introduces the student to basic theory and practices related to visual media, including television station operations, studio and field production, camera usage and editing. Prerequisites: RTF 110 & RTF 114 or Communication 151 & 201.

 

Radio-TV-Film   260                                           3 (crs.)

Introduction to Post Production

This course develops skills in editing theories and techniques, while becoming proficient with the Final Cut Studio non-linear editing system. Prerequisites: RTF 110 and RTF 114 or Communication 151.

  

Radio-TV-Film   301                                           3 (crs.)

Radio-Television Advertising

A study of advertising within the United States broadcast industry. Students divide into groups and create a campaign, researching and marketing a product, then writing, storyboarding, presenting and producing a radio or television spot.  Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115, RTF 120 and RTF 250, or Communication 234 for RTF majors and minors.

 

Radio-TV-Film   303                                           1 (crs.)

Radio-TV-Film Participation

Advanced, practical experience in television or radio station operations including production, programming and project management. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, RTF 120, RTF 250 and consent of instructor. RTF Majors only. Pass/Fail 

 

Radio-TV-Film   305                                           3 (crs.)

Theory and Practice of New Media

This course develops an understanding of the relationship between the traditional media industry and converging new media. Prerequisites: RTF 110 & RTF 115 or Communication 201.

  

Radio-TV-Film   310                                           3 (crs.)

History of Cinema, Radio, & TV

This course surveys the history of motion pictures and electronic media, including radio and television broadcasting and media convergence. Consideration is given to aesthetic, social, economic and technological perspectives. Prerequisites: RTF 110 or Communication 201.

  

Radio-TV-Film   312                                           3 (crs.)

Media Ethics

Studies of the moral issues and ethical problems that concern mass media practitioners, including those involved in broadcasting, print, public relations and advertising. Cross-listed: RTF 312/Journalism 312. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: RTF students: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 and 310 or Communication 234 and 241; Journalism students: Journalism 141, 221, 224 and 60 credits or consent of instructor.

 

Radio-TV-Film   313                                           3 (crs.)

Entertainment Law

Laws and regulations, which govern radio, television, motion pictures and theatre. Includes the relationships of the broadcast/media manager, artistic director, producer, director and actor to each other and to agencies such as Congress, the courts, the FCC and other regulatory agencies. Cross-listed: RTF 313/Theatre 313. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: RTF students: 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 and 310 or Communication 201; Communication Studies Students: Communication 118 and 236; Theatre Students: Theatre 102 or consent of instructor. 

 

Radio-TV-Film   315                                           3 (crs.)

Media Leadership

This course is designed primarily to help students develop as future leaders in the media industries. Students will gain a formal foundation-via readings,  class discussions, examples, case studies and exercises through which they can begin to lead themselves and others effectively. Ultimately, this course will serve as the beginning of an important process that will help students thrive as media professionals. Prerequisites: RTF 115 and RTF 310, Cumulative 2.5 GPA or consent of instructor for non-majors or Communication 201 and 241 and cumulative 2.5 GPA or consent of instructor.

  

Radio-TV-Film   320                                           3 (crs.)

Broadcast Station Operations

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the inner workings of a broadcast station. The student will learn the theory governing the essential tasks specific to radio operations and how the different departments within the station interact (much of what is learned is transferable to television operations). The course also covers laws and regulations governing broadcast radio and internet streaming as well as rules specific to non-commercial radio. Students will also learn how to perform a critical analysis of the competitive environment facing a broadcast outlet and devise strategies for success. Students will put what they learn into practice in the real-world environment of WRST-FM in a variety of operational roles. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, and RTF 310 or Communication 151 and 241.

  

Radio-TV-Film   321                                           3 (crs.)

Studio Production

Production and Direction of studio television programs, as well as field packages and remote field direction. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and RTF 250 or Communication 151. Special fees may apply. 

 

Radio-TV-Film   341                                           3 (crs.)

Documentary Production

A critical survey of the history, theory and practice of the documentary in film and television. The methods and purposes of the documentary form will be examined through lectures, readings and screenings. Students apply these principles to the preproduction and development of a documentary film. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, RTF 260 and RTF 310 or Communication 151, 241 and 321 or consent of instructor.

  

Radio-TV-Film   342                                           3 (crs.)

Narrative Production

The development of skills in single camera narrative production. Students gain experience in continuity direction and editing, while learning how to develop and produce an advanced project for a capstone production course. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, 260 and RTF 310 or Communication 151, 241 and 321. Special fees may apply.

  

Radio-TV-Film   344                                           3 (crs.)

Prime-Time Television Writing

A study of the problems and principles of scripting dramatic and documentary programs for prime time broadcast. Successful prime time television shows, investigative reports and motion picture excerpts are analyzed, and each student will write at least one half-hour prime time script. Prerequisites: RTF Students: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and RTF 250 and RTF 310, or Communication 234; Non-RTF students: A 200 level writing course. Special fees may apply.

  

Radio-TV-Film   345                                           3 (crs.)

Television Development

Examination of the theory and practice of the television development for broadcast and cable networks. Course will examine the historical practices of the television business along with trends in the development of narrative and non-narrative content. Students will develop, create and present their own mini-television pilots. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 115 and RTF 250 or Communication 151, and 201.

 

Radio-TV-Film   347                                           3 (crs.)

Race, Class, Gender in the Mass Media (ES) (HU)

An introduction to the issues of race, class and gender, including sexual orientation, and their function within motion pictures and the electronic media. The investigation into media representations will reveal the historical, social and political contexts that shaped and continue to construct these images. Cross-listed: RTF 347/Women's Studies 347/Social Justice. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and Communication 201 for RTF majors and minors: OR 2.5 Cumulative GPA and Women Studies 201 for Women's Studies majors and minors; OR Communication 118 and 236 for Speech Communication majors; OR Cumulative GPA 2.0 and Social Justice 101 for Social Justice minors OR instructor consent.

  

Radio-TV-Film   348                                           3 (crs.)

The Art of Criticism

This course emphasizes uses of criticism that circulate widely in society in order to examine how taste-makers and wider audiences make meaning form mass media forms. Assignments will place emphasis on the development of analytical and writing skills in the field of media studies. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 114 & RTF 310 or Communication 201 & 241.

  

Radio-TV-Film   349                                           3 (crs.)

Audience Research

This course offers an overview of quantitative approaches to media analysis, focusing on methods rooted in mass communication, sociological and social-psychological research. Students will design, propose and complete a quantitative research project. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 305 or Communication 201 or consent of instructor for non-RTF majors.

  

Radio-TV-Film   350                                           3 (crs.)

Cinematography/Videography

The study and practice of aesthetic and technical approaches to lighting, blocking and camera placement for film and digital. The course combines the study of the relationship of the script to visualization and lighting with hands on film and digital production training and applications. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and RTF  250 and RTF 310, or Communication 240. Special fees may apply. (2+2)

  

Radio-TV-Film   352                                           3 (crs.)

News Production

Students will gain practical experience in news reporting, producing and production techniques across multiple platforms: television, radio and internet. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 260 & RTF 321 or Communication 151 & 321 or consent of instructor. Special fees may apply.

  

Radio-TV-Film   359                                           2 (crs.)

Audio for Video Techniques

A study of audio production for film and video. All aspects of the audio process will be covered; onset sound, time code and synchronization, Foley-pit techniques, dialog replacement, DAW lock, MIDI studio lock, noise control/removal, mixing, and use of effects. Cross-listed: Music 359/RTF 359 Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: RTF students: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120 & 260 or Communication 305; Music students: Music 305. Special course fees may apply. (1+3)

  

Radio-TV-Film   361                                           3 (crs.)

Advanced Post Production

This course develops proficiency in advanced editing techniques and motion graphic design through training and the use of Avid and Adobe After Effects. Students will study modern motion graphic design and develop graphic design skills and Post Production techniques in the creation of class projects. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250, RTF 260 & RTF 310, or Communication 310 & 321. Special fees may apply.

  

Radio-TV-Film   370                                           3 (crs.)

Multimedia Writing

This course examines how to develop, write and adapt technical information and linear narratives for non-linear, interactive multimedia applications. Students also learn how to develop ideas into multimedia scripts, incorporate text with other media, write narration, write for interactivity, present text on-screen and write concisely. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 250 & RTF 305, or Communication 234 or consent of instructor for non-majors.

  

Radio-TV-Film   400                                           1-3 (crs.)

Professional Internship I

Supervised professional field experience at a business, community or government media organization or on a film or television shoot in which the intern applies Radio-TV-Film study to a practical situation. (Note: RTF will only facilitate internships in which students are registered for credit. Internship credits will not be granted retroactively). Prerequisites: Radio-TV-Film major or minors only, consent of instructor, junior or senior status (60 completed credits with 12 completed at UWO as an RTF major/minor) and a cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250 & RTF 400 or Communication 151 & 300. Pass/Fail (5+15)

  

Radio-TV-Film   401                                           1-3 (crs.)

Professional Internship II

Supervised professional field experience at a business, community or government media organization or on a film or television shoot in which the intern applies Radio/TV/Film study to a practical situation. (Note: RTF will only facilitate internships in which students are registered for credit. Internship credits will not be granted retroactively). PASS/FAIL. Prerequisites: Radio-TV-Film major or minors only, consent of instructor, junior or senior status (60 completed credits with 12 completed at UWO as an RTF major/minor) and a cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 120, RTF 250 & RTF 400 or Communication 151 & 300. (5+15)

  

Radio-TV-Film   403                                           1 (crs.)

Radio-TV-Film Participation

Advanced, practical experience in television or radio station operations including production, programming and project management. Prerequisites: Successful completion of RTF 303, Cumulative 2.5 GPA, AND consent of instructor. RTF Majors only. Pass/Fail

  

Radio-TV-Film   425                                           1-3 (crs.)

Seminar in Radio-TV-Film

The study of historical, critical, or theoretical issues in radio, television, film; emphasis on individual student research. May be repeated three times for up to 12 units (crs.) provided the topic varies. Prerequisites: RTF students: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and RTF 114 & RTF 310 or Communication 201 & 151; Communication Studies students: Communication 118 and 236.

  

Radio-TV-Film   426                                           1-3 (crs.)

Seminar in Radio-TV-Film

The study of creative, production or management issues in radio, television, film May be repeated three times for up to 12 units (crs.) provided the topic varies. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and Communication 201.

  

Radio-TV-Film   429                                           3 (crs.)

Advanced Radio Production

This course combines the study and practice of radio feature production. Professionally produced material will provide a foundation for analysis of original student work. Students in the class will produce feature radio pieces, which will air over WRST-FM. The models for these works are feature productions heard on public radio programs like Morning Edition and This American Life. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 114 and RTF 310 or Communication 201 and Communication 241. Special fees may apply.

  

Radio-TV-Film   434                                           3 (crs.)

Advanced Narrative Scriptwriting

The study and practice of writing original narrative scripts. Dramatic structure will be analyzed in depth and students will develop an original property, writing and revising its first 45 pages. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 344 or  Communication 344 or consent of instructor.

  

Radio-TV-Film   438                                           3 (crs.)

Educational Media

An exploration of educational media, including CD-ROMS, video games, learning-centered websites, children's TV programming and adult TV programming. Topics include exposure to violence, federal regulations to improve children's television and the medium's ability to teach. Case studies will cover both animation and live action, ranging from Nickelodeon to National Geographic to the History Channel.   Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 348 or RTF 349 or Communication 201 or instructor's consent.

  

Radio-TV-Film   440                                           3 (crs.)

Advanced Visual Production

This course develops professional producer, director skills. Students choose a narrative or documentary film production or studio television production and produce a project that includes professional project development, production and distribution. Projects will be a continuation of material developed in Documentary Production, Narrative Production or Television Development. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and (RTF 115, RTF 341 or RTF 342 or RTF 345) or Communication 305 or 349. Special fees may apply.

  

Radio-TV-Film   446                                           1-3 (crs.)

Independent Study

See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements. As outlined in this section, RTF 446 is designed to provide structured research (scholarly or creative) "well beyond that required in established courses". It may not be used as a substitute for an existing course, nor may it be used by a company or organization seeking free labor or free access to Department equipment and facilities. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.

  

Radio-TV-Film   450                                           3 (crs.)

Advanced Theory and Criticism

This course explores qualitative critical approaches to the study of the popular culture, emphasizing film and television. Emphasis will be placed on ideological analysis, post structuralism and cultural theory. Students will engage with the theories covered through substantial original research. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and RTF 347, and (348 or 349) or Communication 201 or consent of instructor for non RTF majors.

  

Radio-TV-Film   499                                           1 (crs.)

Outgoing Career Prep

This course will help seniors prepare for a productive career. Seven-week course. Prerequisites: RTF major or minor with Cumulative 2.5 GPA and 90 or more credits. Pass/Fail

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