English Communication Arts (EA)

EA 3321. Media Writing and Reporting I. 3 Semester Hours.

General introduction to reporting, interviewing, and writing for the media, from print news publications to the convergent settings of journalism. Required of all EA majors and should be taken as early in the program as possible. Writing intensive course.

EA 3322. Media Writing and Reporting II. 3 Semester Hours.

Writing, reporting, interviewing, and editing for students of news, public affairs, and public relations through convergent media. Includes computer-assisted reporting, and articulating issues for public debate. Prerequisite: EA 3321. Writing intensive course.

EA 3331. Free-Lance Writing. 3 Semester Hours.

Focus on three areas: (1) developing writing skills required in business, (2) writing non-fiction articles for commercial publication, (3) preparing manuscripts for publication.

EA 3341. Publication Writing. 3 Semester Hours.

Development of skills and procedures required in preparing materials for publication. Includes feature writing, proof-reading, and layout.

EA 3342. Technical Writing. 3 Semester Hours.

Advanced writing in technical, scientific, and business fields. Designed to provide students with broad experience in technical report-writing formats, such as abstracts, proposals, operation manuals, progress reports, and other correspondence.

EA 3351. Topics in Communication Theory. 3 Semester Hours.

Approaches to selected topics in communication field, such as mass media, media ethics and communication law, business and speech communication. Specific topic announced in course schedule. May be repeated one time under different topics.

EA 3352. Survey of Communication Theory. 3 Semester Hours.

Foundational concepts, processes, and contexts of communication, including a discussion of human communication at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and mass-communication levels.

EA 3353. Survey of Mass Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

An overview of the history, development and impact of media communications on society. Examination of print, motion, sound and digital media, along with their use in news, entertainment, public relations and advertising industries.

EA 3360. Media Production I. 3 Semester Hours.

Production course which introduces students to using digital technology to create online multimedia content. Development of basic skills in recording, editing, and producing audio and visual materials with hands-on experience of each. Students will establish and maintain a website, publishing their own multimedia projects online. Lab Fee: $50.00.

EA 4300. Capstone in Visual Communication Design. 3 Semester Hours.

Students develop a capstone portfolio and design philosophy that includes their career objectives, creative interests, and perceived strengths and weaknesses. Assignments, based on student needs, are designed to enhance this work to be completed during the semester. Students present their portfolios in an oral and visual presentation, utilizing digital and physical media, and are evaluated based on their relative acceptability for professional publication. Prerequisites: AR 1312, AR 3392, EA 3360, EA 4362.

EA 4321. American Cinema-Drama. 3 Semester Hours.

An in-depth study of American films, with emphasis on the characteristics of cinema-drama (as opposed to stage-drama). Short papers will be required throughout the course, as well as a final, longer paper.

EA 4350. Career Seminar. 3 Semester Hours.

Focus on three areas of career development: (1) life-planning, an exploration of talents, skills, education, and career interests; (2) intensive careers research, study and practice of procedures used in career search, including (3) résumés, interviews, letters of application. Course is writing intensive with strong emphasis on oral communication skills. Required of all EA majors, this course should be taken in the first semester senior year and after the completion of an internship.

EA 4360. Media Production II. 3 Semester Hours.

Production course that focuses on select topics such as audio production, design, video, web, and photography. Prerequisite: EA 3360. Lab fee: $50.

EA 4362. Graphic Design. 3 Semester Hours.

Lab-based production course which emphasizes the visual aspects of communication by focusing on the creative process of using art and technology through computer-assisted page design and layout. Equal devotion is given to the theories of information design and visual journalism as well as the basic techniques used in page design and layout. Students produce a series of computer-generated print media and, upon completion, a portfolio showcasing their best work. Prerequisites: EA 3360 (required) and EA 3321 (recommended). Lab fee:$50.

EA 4363. Video Production. 3 Semester Hours.

Production course focused on using digital video technology and visual communication theory. Development of basic and intermediate skills in pre-production, production, and post-production for a variety of formats including documentary, advertising, and narrative storytelling. Prerequisite: EA 3360. Lab fee: $50.

EA 4364. Photojournalism. 3 Semester Hours.

Lab-based production course that covers the basic principles of photography as they apply to visual communication and photojournalism. Combines practical training in composition, lighting, image processing, management, and delivery, with critical analysis of theoretical, historical, and ethical implications. Prerequisites: EA 3360 (required) and EA 3321 (recommended). Lab Fee: $50.00.

EA 4365. General Topics in Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

Approaches to selected topics in the communication field.

EA 4366. Web Design. 3 Semester Hours.

Production course focusing on web design. Students learn about the basic principles of layout and design theory as they pertain to web page creation. The course includes an introduction to mark-up languages, image manipulation techniques, and the use of web authoring applications. Lab fee: $50.

EA 4367. Public Relations. 3 Semester Hours.

Principles and concepts that guide the practice of public relations for both profit and non-profit organizations. Includes an overview of the historical development of public relations.

EA 4368. Issues in International Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

A study of global communication in an interdependent, multicultural society. Topics include comparative media, information flow, and cultural imperialism.

EA 4369. Media Law and Ethics. 3 Semester Hours.

A study of the conflict between press freedom and citizens' rights, and attempts to reconcile the two. Topics include libel, copyright, privacy, and a discussion of relevant ethical imperatives.

EA 5390. Internship in English/ Communication Arts. 3 Semester Hours.

This course reinforces academic work by providing students with a range of opportunities for pre-professional workplace experience. Open to juniors and seniors only. Internships must follow general University guidelines and be approved by the Internship Coordinator. Required of all majors. A second Internship (EA 5391) may be taken as an elective to further develop skills acquired in the first internship or to acquire different skills.

EA 5391. Internship in English/ Communication Arts. 3 Semester Hours.

This second Internship may be taken as an Elective to further develop skills acquired in the first Internship or to acquire different skills.