English - Communication Arts Major
Designed to meet the growing need for communication professionals skilled in a variety of writing styles, the English-Communication Arts major (EA) is a unique interdisciplinary degree plan which has been the choice for many successful alumni. The program offers students the opportunity to hone their critical thinking and writing abilities, integrating these with media-production skills, in preparation for rewarding careers and enriched lives in a rapidly changing world. Because the degree is rooted in the Humanities, students explore various areas in literature and theory to develop their metaphorical thinking and creative abilities.
The EA degree examines how the power of both language and image are used to promote the common good, as students wrestle with how their own communication practices enhance, not only their personal and professional pursuits, but also their engagement in the civic realm. Recent research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the National Commission on Writing indicates that communication skills, particularly written ones, are the skills employers most value in college graduates. Aware of this demand, EA majors graduate having trained in several writing styles in areas such as the following: journalism, public relations, technical writing, publication writing, and corporate communications. In their junior or senior year, students have the opportunity to apply their growing knowledge in a professionally based internship. Recent students have interned in the White House, Bromley Communications, the San Antonio Express-News, the Dallas Cowboys, the San Antonio Spurs, WOAI-TV, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the San Antonio Youth Organization, as well as many others.
Communication Studies Major
This degree provides curriculum grounded in the theory and application of communication, including organizational, rhetorical, interpersonal, and mediated approaches. The program prepares students for careers and post-graduate studies that require a complex understanding of communication within a variety of contexts.
Minors in English and Communication Arts
CM 1341. Fundamentals of Oral Communication. 3 Semester Hours.
Introduction to basic skills of oral communication. Includes training in interpersonal communication, basic public speaking, group discussion and problem solving, parliamentary procedure, interviewing, and organizational communication. Fulfills the Core requirement for Speech and is a recommended foundation for many of the advanced communication skills courses.
Fall, Spring, Summer I.
CM 1351. Introduction to Communication Studies. 3 Semester Hours.
Survey of the major theories and concepts within communication studies. Introduces sub-fields such as interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, organizational communication, rhetoric, and mass media.
CM 2321. Advanced Public Speaking. 3 Semester Hours.
An advanced introduction to the art of public presentation. This course places a heavy emphasis on performance skill development. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1341.
CM 2333. Business and Professional Communication. 3 Semester Hours.
A practical investigation of the principles of speech communication in the business and professional environment. Includes training in interpersonal communication, public speaking, group and organizational communication, creativity and problem solving, parliamentary procedure and interviewing. Special emphasis on leadership skills. Includes classroom exercises. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1341. Fall, Spring.
CM 3161. Forensics Participation. 3 Semester Hours.
Practicum in forensics competition. This one-credit course may be repeated for up to 3 hours credit. Requires consent of Director of Forensics.
CM 3311. Interviewing. 3 Semester Hours.
A comprehensive introduction to the principles, strategies, and practical techniques of interviewing from a communication perspective. The process of interviewing will be examined from the perspectives of both interviewer and subject and within a variety of contexts. The course will include a number of exercises to develop interviewing and interviewer skills. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1341 and CM 1351.
CM 3320. Interpersonal Communication. 3 Semester Hours.
A theoretical and pragmatic introduction to the dynamics of human interaction. This course will survey both basic and advanced theories, concepts, terminology, and subject areas of interpersonal communication. The course will also focus pragmatically on the performance skills necessary to apply these materials effectively. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1351.
CM 3321. Persuasive Writing. 3 Semester Hours.
This course examines classical and more recent approaches to persuasive prose, facilitating student composition of effective claims and convincing arguments.
CM 3322. 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 strongly recommended for all CM majors. Should be taken as early in the program as possible. Writing intensive course. (Formerly EA 3321) Fall.
CM 3323. 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: CM 3322. Writing intensive course.
CM 3325. Cases in Organizational Communication. 3 Semester Hours.
An examination of modern approaches to organizational communication at both the micro and macro levels. The micro level of analysis emphasizes such topics as perception, motivation, and attitudes. The macro level of analysis emphasizes such topics as organizational design and structure, organizational culture, and decision-making. The dynamic interaction of these two levels includes topics such as leadership, groups, and job stress. Contemporary issues such as diversity, ethics, and globalization will also be emphasized.
CM 3331. Free Lance Writing. 3 Semester Hours.
Study and analysis of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature for the purpose of developing the ability to coordinate voice and thought in both informal and formal interpretative reading. (Formerly SE3331) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1341.
CM 3332. Publication Writing. 3 Semester Hours.
This course focuses on writing for a targeted market, copyright issues, proofreading, style sheets, manuscript preparation, and the publishing industry.
CM 3333. Business Writing. 3 Semester Hours.
This course emphasizes the practice of writing clear, effective, professional business documents, such as email, memos, letters, and reports.
CM 3341. Group Communication. 3 Semester Hours.
A comprehensive introduction to the principles, strategies, and practical techniques of teams and group communication. The course includes a theoretical and pragmatic examination of group processes within a variety of business and professional contexts. Special emphasis on leadership, conflict resolution, problem solving, and group-oriented communication skills. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1341 and CM 1351.
CM 3342. Technical Writing. 3 Semester Hours.
This course explores advanced writing in technical, scientific, and business fields, providing students with broad experience in report-writing formats, such as abstracts, proposals, operation manuals, progress reports, and other correspondence. (Cross-listed EN 3342).
CM 3351. Topics in Communication Theory. 3 Semester Hours.
Survey and study of selected topics in the communication field, including oral, written, digital, and verbal communication across diverse contexts. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1351.
CM 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.
CM 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.
CM 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. (Formerly EA 3360) Fall.
CM 3361. Gender Communication. 3 Semester Hours.
This course focuses on the interactive relationship between gender and communication in society. Course content includes theories of gender communication, language, psychological development and culture. To be explored are the role of gender in creating, organizing, and sustaining social and communicative practices. The course will critically consider the functions and influences of gender communication at the personal, interpersonal, mass media, and coss-cultural levels. Students will learn to apply theory and research to their life experiences. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1351.
CM 3365. Health Communication. 3 Semester Hours.
The course will explore the theory and practice of communication in health care settings. It will draw upon relevant interdisciplinary. The course will explore the interrelationships among culture, society, and experiences of health and illness. A wide range of current health care issues will be studied. Through this course, students will become better consumers of health care and may better prepare themselves for future roles in the health care profession. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1351.
CM 3372. Rhetorical Criticism. 3 Semester Hours.
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and tools of describing, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating a variety of texts. Grounded in rhetorical theory, this course helps students learn about the nature, function and effects of communications and develop the skills necessary to produce written, scholarly, analytical critiques.
CM 3391. Argumentation and Debate. 3 Semester Hours.
A study of the fundamental principles of argumentation and debate. Special emphasis on the elements of analysis, research, organization, preparation, and delivery. Highly recommended for students interested in a career in business, law, or politics. (Spring).
CM 4300. Capstone in Visual Comm Desg. 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, CM 3360, CM 4362. Lab Fee: $50.00 (Formerly EA 4300) Spring.
CM 4321. Intercultural Communication. 3 Semester Hours.
Introduction to the foundations of intercultural communication theory. Special emphasis on the history, problems, and pragmatics of cross cultural theory and research. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1351.
CM 4341. Organizational Communication. 3 Semester Hours.
The study of communication practices and processes within organizations. The theory and practice of employee interactions are explored in a variety of contexts such as the work unit, supervisory relationships, group meetings, inter-group relations, corporate-wide communications, and external public relations. Effective communication strategies are introduced and discussed. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1351.
CM 4350. Senior Capstone in Communication Studies. 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 CM majors, this course should be taken in the first semester senior year.(Fall).
CM 4351. Persuasion and Advocacy. 3 Semester Hours.
This course is designed to be a pragmatic introduction to the theory and practice of persuasion across a variety of professional contexts. The course goals are for students to become more critical consumers of persuasive appeals and to also become more powerful and effective public advocates. This course is highly recommended for business and professional and pre-law students. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1351.
CM 4360. Media Production II. 3 Semester Hours.
Production course that focuses on select topics such as audio production, design, video, web, and photography. Prerequisite: CM 3360. Lab fee: $50. (Formerly EA 4360) Fall, Even.
CM 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. Lab fee: $50. (Formerly EA 4362) Spring.
CM 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: CM 3360. Lab fee: $50. (Formerly EA 4363) Fall, Odd.
CM 4365. Special Topics in Communication Studies. 3 Semester Hours.
Innovative approach to selected topics in communication studies. Stress on the relationship of oral, written, and visual communication theory to other fields of interest. Specific course description indicated each time the course is offered. May be repeated. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1351.
CM 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.
CM 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. (Formerly EA 4367).
CM 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. (Formerly EA 4368).
CM 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. (Formerly EA 4369).
CM 4391. Special Studies in Communication. 3 Semester Hours.
Innovative approach to selected topics in communication studies. Stress on the relationship of oral, written, and visual communication to other fields of interest. Specific course description indicated each time the course is offered. May be repeated. Recommended prerequisite: CM 1351.
CM 4394. Communication Research Methods. 3 Semester Hours.
This course introduces students to basic theories and principles of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students will gain experience in interpreting, analyzing, and designing empirical research. This course will cover methods commonly used in communication research, such as focus groups, content analysis, experiments, and surveys. Spring.
CM 5390. Internship in Communication Studies. 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 (CM5391) may be taken as an elective to further develop skills acquired in the first internship or to acquire different skills. Spring, Fall, Summer.
CM 5391. Internship in Communication Studies. 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. Spring, Fall, Summer.
Dennis Bautista, Ph.D.
Alan Cirlin, Ph.D.
Katherine Hampsten, Ph.D.
Amanda Hill, M.F.A.
William Israel, Ph.D.
Amanda Kennedy, Ph.D.
Camille Langston, Ph.D.