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Speech & Theater - Program Overview

Course Descriptions

Locations: MCC-Blue River, MCC-Longview, MCC-Maple Woods, MCC-Penn Valley
Contacts: BR-Richard Higgason, 604.6530
LV-Bill Cue, 604.2530
MW-Michelle Potts, 604.3335
PV-Vicki Raine, 604.4273

Speech and Drama Course Descriptions

COMM 100 - Fundamentals of Speech - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 30 or ENGL 90 or appropriate placement test score. An introductory public speaking course including practical application of speaking and listening skills. The emphasis will be on the organization and delivery of subject matter.

COMM 102 - Fundamentals of Human Communication - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. An introduction to the process of human communication covering the basic forms of public speaking as well as topics in interpersonal communication. This course will emphasize the practical application of speaking and listening skills.

COMM 110 - Argumentation and Debate - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. This course will present the theory, methods, structure and execution of competitive debate. Students will participate in competitive debates with other area debate squads.

COMM 112 - Introduction to Mass Communication - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. This course provides a historical study of the content, structure and control of modern communications in the United States. Students will learn criteria for evaluating media content relative to the nature and consequences of news, entertainment, and advertising.

COMM 118 - Introduction to Public Relations I - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. An overview of the history and practices of public relations. Students will practice writing various public relations materials and examining field and case studies. Topics will include sections on unethical public relations practices and the relationship of public relations to the press and to society.

COMM 128 - Introduction to Film - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. This course consists of viewing and analyzing films from a historical and technical perspective. It will examine various aspects of film as visual language art form by examining its genres and theoretical perspectives.

COMM 130A - Directed Studies in Communications - 1.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 100. Students will work independently in a professional environment designed to give them professional work experience in a selected program area within the field of communications. Students may also choose to do an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Those students selecting work in a professional environment will also be under the supervision of the director or supervisor for the selected work environment.

COMM 130B - Directed Studies in Communications - 2.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 100. Students will work independently in a professional environment designed to give them professional work experience in a selected program area within the field of communications. Students may also choose to do an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Those students selecting work in a professional environment will also be under the supervision of the director or supervisor for the selected work environment.

COMM 130C - Directed Studies in Communications - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 100. Students will work independently in a professional environment designed to give them professional work experience in a selected program area within the field of communications. Students may also choose to do an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Those students selecting work in a professional environment will also be under the supervision of the director or supervisor for the selected work environment.

COMM 131A - Directed Studies in Debate - 1.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 100. Students will work independently in a professional environment designed to give them professional work experience in a selected program area within the field of debate. Students may also choose to do an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Those students selecting work in a professional environment will also be under the supervision of the director or supervisor for the selected work environment.

COMM 131B - Directed Studies in Debate - 2.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 100. Students will work independently in a professional environment designed to give them professional work experience in a selected program area within the field of debate. Students may also choose to do an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Those students selecting work in a professional environment will also be under the supervision of the director or supervisor for the selected work environment.

COMM 131C - Directed Studies in Debate - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 100. Students will work independently in a professional environment designed to give them professional work experience in a selected program area within the field of debate. Students may also choose to do an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Those students selecting work in a professional environment will also be under the supervision of the director or supervisor for the selected work environment.

COMM 198A - Service-learning in Communications - 1.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 100. This is an experiential learning opportunity that links concepts and principles of communications to real-world application through community service. Includes 40-hours of on-task service to a community organization, agency, or public service provider per credit hour. The community service placement agency and service assignment will vary, dependent on the communications course topic and learning objectives.

COMM 198B - Service-learning in Communications - 2.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 100. This is an experiential learning opportunity that links concepts and principles of communications to real-world application through community service. Includes 40-hours of on-task service to a community organization, agency, or public service provider per credit hour. The community service placement agency and service assignment will vary, dependent on the communications course topic and learning objectives.

COMM 198C - Service-learning in Communications - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 100. This is an experiential learning opportunity that links concepts and principles of communications to real-world application through community service. Includes 40-hours of on-task service to a community organization, agency, or public service provider per credit hour. The community service placement agency and service assignment will vary, dependent on the communications course topic and learning objectives.

COMM 200 - Media Internship I - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: At least 6 hours from any two of the following courses in COMM: 112, 118, 263. This internship is designed to provide students with practical experience working at a local media outlet.

COMM 201 - Advanced Public Speaking - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: COMM 100. This course will provide students with additional practice in public speaking situations with special emphasis on organization, development of ideas, and mechanics of delivery.

COMM 203 - Media Internship II - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 200. This internship is designed to provide students with additional practical experience working at a local media outlet.

COMM 204 - Small Group Communication - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. A study of strategies and communication relationships unique to small groups. Emphasis on the development of both leadership and participation skills.

COMM 223 - Interpersonal Communication - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. An overview of the processes and practices of interpersonal communication. Topics include the role of self-concept, perception, language, diversity, conflict, and listening. This course examines various forms and contexts of verbal and non-verbal communication.

COMM 228 - African Film - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. An overview of contemporary African culture and history through the medium of movies by African filmmakers. Themes will include the legacies of colonialism, identity formation, globalization, and the changing sex roles in modern Africa.

COMM 233 - Intercultural Communication - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 30 or 90 or appropriate placement test score. This course will examine how cultural variables and practices impact communication. It will emphasize achieving cultural communication competence and reducing cultural conflict by examining the role of identity, ethnicity, gender, perception, values, beliefs, and attitude within and outside one¿s culture.

COMM 263 - Digital Video Production - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. This course provides students with the skills to shoot, edit, and produce digital video content. Students will use modern video lighting, recording, digitizing, and editing equipment to create video productions suitable for broadcast or distribution via optical disc or the web.

COMM 264 - Digital Video Editing - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 263 (formerly MSCM 263). This course builds on the topics presented in COMM 263 and provides students with the skills necessary to create sophisticated video productions using digital video editing software. Students will use advanced editing techniques, create special effects for video and audio, use multi-track audio and audio restoration techniques, create video programs for television and the internet, and produce a digital portfolio.

THEA 106 - Theater Appreciation - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. Theater Appreciation is an overview of theater from the playgoer's perspective. The course will include a discussion of theater as a composite art form, investigate theater practices that relate to audiences, and examine the function of the playwright, actor, director, designer, and others in relationship to the creation of a theatrical production.

THEA 112 - Oral Interpretation of Literature - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. This course will provide an analysis and presentation of literary works to increase appreciation of and skill in reading aloud in individual and group performances.

THEA 114 - Theater and the Western World - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. The study of the history of theater from ancient Greece to the present. The course will explore the evolution of the many types of theater activities. This course will include the reading and discussion of plays using the elements of theater based on Aristotle¿s ¿Poetics.¿ Exploration of the creation of theater as a profession. The Connection of modern issues with the themes of plays read. Different cultures will be explored through the study of theater of arts.

THEA 115 - Acting in a Video and/or Digital Medium - 3.00 credits

This course is an introduction to performance in a video and/or digital medium. Basic performance techniques and test analysis will be explored, culminating in a final performance project.

THEA 116 - Children's Theater - 3.00 credits

This course is an introduction to children's theatre and the various forms of children's theatre based not only on theatrical styles but age levels as well. This class is designed for the adult student actor with emphasis on performance before a live audience. Various imagination games will be employed to help student actors learn how to communicate to a child audience.

THEA 120 - Acting I - 3.00 credits

An introduction to performance on stage. Basic performance techniques and text analysis will be explored, culminating in a final performance project.

THEA 121 - Elements of Play Production - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 30 / 90 or appropriate placement test score. Identify and apply the elements of play production necessary to produce a theatrical performance through reading, observation and practical experience.

THEA 122A - Theater Practicum - 1.00 credits

Theater Practicum is the practical examination of the performance and production of plays. Different areas will be examined with each course, such as acting, scene construction, costuming, makeup, properties, lighting, sound, and theater management.

THEA 122B - Theater Practicum - 2.00 credits

Theater Practicum is the practical examination of the performance and production of plays. Different areas will be examined with each course, such as acting, scene construction, costuming, makeup, properties, lighting, sound, and theater management.

THEA 122C - Theater Practicum - 3.00 credits

Theater Practicum is the practical examination of the performance and production of plays. Different areas will be examined with each course, such as acting, scene construction, costuming, makeup, properties, lighting, sound, and theater management.

THEA 132A - Directed Studies in Theater - 1.00 credits

Students will work independently in a professional environment designed to give them professional work experience in a selected program area within the field of theater. Students may also choose to do an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Those students selecting work in a professional environment will also be under the supervision of the director or supervisor for the selected work environment.

THEA 132B - Directed Studies in Theater - 2.00 credits

Students will work independently in a professional environment designed to give them professional work experience in a selected program area within the field of theater. Students may also choose to do an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Those students selecting work in a professional environment will also be under the supervision of the director or supervisor for the selected work environment.

THEA 132C - Directed Studies in Theater - 3.00 credits

Students will work independently in a professional environment designed to give them professional work experience in a selected program area within the field of theater. Students may also choose to do an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Those students selecting work in a professional environment will also be under the supervision of the director or supervisor for the selected work environment.

THEA 220 - Acting II - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: THEA 120. A continuation and advanced study of the skills taught in THEA 120 Acting I, including various acting exercises and in-depth scene work. More in-depth analysis of the acting process through actual scene work performance from full length plays.

 

Last Modified: 10/26/15