Explore the creativity and artistry of communication and digital media technology

  • About this program

    Communication is an integral part of our daily lives, from the news we see and hear, to the entertainment we seek out, to the way we keep in touch with friends and family. From the health educator who works with hospital patients to practice good nutrition, to the journalist or blogger who breaks the nation’s biggest story, to the creative artists and camera operators hard at work on your next favorite movie, communication is a unifying force in our culture and a great starting point for many successful careers.

    At UNH Manchester you can turn your passion into a profession with the Communication Arts program, whether that’s writing for your school paper, maintaining your own YouTube channel, helping your friends talk through their problems, planning and participating in community events or keeping up with the latest social media trends. Your course schedule will be highly flexible, allowing you to focus on the classes and skills that interest you most so you can prepare for a lifelong path in virtually any industry. We also offer several unique areas of study so you can specialize your education: Digital Media, Cinema and Media Arts, Media History and Cultural Studies, News and Public Relations and Relational Communication.

    Plus, you’ll develop practical skills with internships, creative media projects and research activities to help you network with local businesses and organizations. You’ll learn about cutting-edge digital media using state-of-the-art sound recording and video production studios and a high-definition editing lab. Through classroom learning and hands-on experience, you’ll develop those important interpersonal skills that so many employers are searching for, making you a hot commodity in any field.

  • Program of Study

    Communication Arts majors must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University’s Discovery Program and foreign language requirements. Communication Arts majors must complete 10 courses (40 credits) and maintain an overall grade point average in the major of 2.0 or better. Transfer students must complete at least 20 credits in the CA major at UNH Manchester. CMN 455, 456 and 457 may not be used to satisfy Discovery Program requirements for CA majors. Information on prerequisites for CA courses is found in the course descriptions. CA majors taking COMP 515, HIST 690 or PSYC 762 must meet the prerequisites for each course and should consult with their faculty adviser before registering. Degree requirements for the major are presented below.

    Required Courses

    I. Required Core Courses – 12 credits (3 courses) Students must earn a “C” or better in each course if it is to count toward either the UNH Manchester Communication Arts major or the UNH Durham Communication major.

    CMN 455, Introduction to Media Studies
    CMN 456, Propaganda and Persuasion
    CMN 457, Introduction to Language and Social Interaction

    II. Selected Coursework–28 credits (three courses from area A, two from area B,
    two from area C). Students must earn a “C -” or better in each selected course to satisfy CA requirements.

    A. Communication Practices: Applied (12 credits). Any three courses.
    CA 444, Manipulating Media: Exploring Image and Sound Aesthetics
    CA 450, Introduction to Public Speaking
    CA 500, Media Writing
    CA 501, Internship: Communication in the Urban Community
    CA 502, Image and Sound
    CA 503, Techniques for News Reporting
    CA 504, Film Criticism
    CA 506, Gender
    CA 507, Relational Violence
    CA 508, Conflict in Relational Communication
    CA 510, Language and Interaction
    CA 512, Scriptwriting
    CA 513, Radio News Production
    CA 514, Fundamentals of Video Production
    CA 515, Advanced Video Production
    CA 516, Speechwriting
    CA 517, Fundamentals of Audio Production
    CA 518, Advanced Topics in Digital Media Production
    CA 520, Special Topics in Applied Communication
    COMP 515, Multimedia: Introduction and Applications
    HIST 690, Public History
    PSYC 762, Counseling

    B. Communication Practices: Organization, History and Policy (8 credits). Any two courses.
    CA 525, Media Programming
    CA 526, Organization of Newswork
    CA 527, History of Film
    CA 528, Media Policy and Law
    CA 531, History and Organization of Advertising
    CA 535, Marital Communication
    CA 539, Communicating in Families
    CA 540, Public Relations
    CA 542, Social Media for Organizations and Business
    CA 550, Special Topics in Communication Organization, History and Policy

    C. Communication Practices: Theory and Research (8 credits). Any two courses.
    CA 600, Research Methods: Media
    CA 601, Exploring Relationships
    CA 610, Communication Technologies and Culture
    CA 611, Theories of Relational Communication
    CA 612, Narrative
    CA 614, Communication and Power
    CA 615, Film History: Theory and Method
    CA 618, Documentary
    CA 720, Seminar in Communication Arts
    CA 795, Independent Study

  • Capstone

    The capstone requirement will be satisfied in a student’s senior year by completion of a specific four-credit capstone course at the 600 or 700 level. Students may not enroll in a capstone course until they have completed all three CA program core courses (CMN 455, 456 and 457) and all CA Area A and Area B requirements. The capstone course can also fulfill an Area C course requirement.

    The capstone requirement will be satisfied in a student’s senior year by completion of a specific four-credit capstone course at the 600 or 700 level. Students may not enroll in a capstone course until they have completed all three CA program core courses (CMN 455, 456, and 457) and all CA Area A and Area B requirements. The capstone course can also fulfill an Area C course requirement.

    The capstone experience offers seniors an opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge and skills gained throughout their communication arts major coursework. The capstone course requires students to conduct an original research study, a creative media project, an internship, community-based research, or an advanced service learning project in communication arts under the close supervision of a communication arts faculty member. Students are strongly encouraged to share their capstone projects with the larger UNH community through participation in the Undergraduate Research Conference, a presentation in the Brown Bag lunch series, publication in the UNH undergraduate journal Inquiry, or presentation in some other public venue. Students should work closely with their advisers to make sure the capstone requirement has been satisfied.

    Courses that satisfy this requirement include but are not limited to: CA 601 - Exploring Relationships; CA 614 - Communication and Power; CA 615 - Film History: Theory and Method; CA 720 - Seminar in Communication Arts; and CA 795 - Independent Study.

  • Areas of Study

    The Communication Arts program offers opportunities to tailor your degree to fit your passions, and to help turn your interests into a career:

    • Digital Media – lets you combine your skills in media and computing with courses like “Media Writing,” “Advanced Video Production,” “Multimedia,” “Web Authoring” and “Communication Technologies and Culture.”
    • Cinema and Media Arts – prepares you for careers in the traditional radio, film and television industries with courses such as “History of Film,” “Media Programming,” “Audio Production,” “Screenwriting” and “Narrative.”
    • Media History and Cultural Studies – lets you develop hands-on research skills in courses exploring the history of advertising, film, mobile media and telecommunications, giving you a competitive advantage as a media analyst who understands the foundations of today’s media-driven culture.
    • News and Public Relations – prepares you for entrance into the world of reporting and information distribution with courses and internships that help you learn about speechwriting, social media for organizations and businesses, crisis communication and communication in communities.
    • Relational Communication – lays the foundation for careers in human resources, social services, education and more by exploring how human beings interact with each other, with courses about gender, language, relational violence, conflict mediation, health and family communication and cross-cultural dynamics.
  • Minor

    For students who aren’t majoring in Communication Arts but still want to learn the interpersonal and specialized skills employers want, a minor in the program is a great choice. You’ll learn not only a foundation in today’s most important communication principles, but you’ll also have the opportunity to select a focus to your courses to give you a competitive edge in the industry, such as a Biology major who wants to gain expertise in health writing, a Computer Information Systems major who wants soft skills in interpersonal communication, a Business major who wants to learn the ins and outs of digital and social media or a Homeland Security major who needs to develop strategic communication skills.

    The Communication Arts minor requires the completion of five courses, twenty credits, according to the requirements below. An overall average of 2.0 in minor courses is required, with no individual grade lower than a C-. Students should work with their advisors to insure that any prerequisites for 500 level courses have been met, or that permission to enter the course has been granted by the appropriate course instructor.

    Courses used to satisfy General Education requirements may also be used to satisfy CA minor requirements.

    I. Breadth Courses

    Select any two courses, as long as they are NOT from the same category.

    Category A
    CMN 457 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

    Category B
    CMN 455 - Introduction to Media Studies
    CA 502 - Image and Sound

    Category C
    CMN 456 - Propaganda and Persuasion
    CA 450 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    II. Depth Courses

    Select any three 500 level CA courses, except CA 501.

    Note: Students who use CA 502 as a “breadth” course may not use it as a “depth” course.
    For more information contact Jeff Klenotic, Minor Supervisor, at 603-641-4130 or email klenotic@unh.edu.

  • Facilities & Equipment

    Communication Arts Audio Studio and Video Lab

    The Communication Arts Program maintains state of the art video and audio facilities for students to use in their media-related classes.

    • This state-of-the-art digital video editing lab reinforces the theoretical concepts presented in classroom experiences.
    • The Video Lab is a state-of-the-art high definition editing lab.
    • Students have access to video cameras, including high definition, as well as high end, assorted lighting and microphone kits.
    • The lab is equipped with powerful Mac Pro tower computers and professional Final Cut Studio editing software.
    • From scriptwriting to narrative films, students can make their work come to life in the video lab.
    • Students produce and present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference at Cinema Arts Day.
    • Audio Studio includes a digital recording booth, control room, and editing work stations.
    • The Audio Studio uses Apple Soundtrack and Soundtrack Pro audio production software.
    • The studio is a resource used by students in Communication Arts audio and video production courses and is a resource for both audio and video production students.
    • The audio lab is equipped with a broadcast audio mixer and separate recording studio.
    • Students use digital handheld audio recorders in the field.
    • Students produce and present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference at Cinema Arts Day.
    • unhm.net is a showcase of audio and video work done by students enrolled in Communication Arts courses at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  • Faculty

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    Anthony Tenczar

    Associate Professor
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4316
    Anthony.Tenczar@unh.edu

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    Barbara Jago

    Social Science Division Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Arts
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4106
    Barbara.Jago@unh.edu

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    Jeffrey Klenotic

    Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4130
    Jeffrey.Klenotic@unh.edu

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    Rebecca Lavoie

    Adjunct Faculty
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    rlavoie@nhpr.org

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    Hank Osborne

    Adjunct Faculty
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    Henry.Osborne@unh.edu

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    Jeff Rapsis

    Adjunct Faculty
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    Jeffrey.Rapsis@unh.edu

  • NEW Degree Options!

    Students choosing to major in Communication Arts can now add extra value to their UNH degree by enrolling in one of the Major's Exclusive Degree Options in Digital Media or Cinema and Media Arts.

    These Options are open only to CA Majors and offer a clear path for students seeking to focus their studies. When all required courses are completed, the Option appears on the student's official UNH transcript and diploma.

  • Who Should Study Communication Arts?

    If you’re interested in majoring in Communication Arts, chances are you consider yourself a natural communicator – and that can mean many different things to many different people. Maybe you’re an excellent storyteller, or maybe you are great at articulating what’s on people’s minds. Maybe you can debate the subtext of a movie plot with a friend concisely and engagingly, or maybe you’re always up on the latest news stories and love discussing them with your family.

    All of these are examples of what makes a great communicator, and the right training can then turn into a great career. At UNH Manchester, we give you the tools you need to chart your own course, self-selecting not only from five diverse areas of study, but also with the freedom to tailor your program to focus on the themes that interest you most.

    That kind of personalized education allows you to not only build a career around your interests and talents, but also to enter nearly any industry you like.

  • Why Study Communication Arts?

    According to recent data from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Communication Arts is the largest and most popular of the humanities disciplines. Part of this interest is because we live in a world where communication is a vital part of daily life, regardless of career or industry. But another part, potentially even more important, is the inherent flexibility that students find – not only during college, but after graduation and in the job field. Communication Arts prepares you for your first job, but also secures your future as a professional who can adapt to new industries that might not even exist yet.

    Communication Arts majors have the interpersonal abilities and both written and spoken communication skills that make them attractive to potential employers in all industries, such as marketing and advertising, business and sales, healthcare and education and more.

    Plus, UNH Manchester gives you the cutting-edge tools you need to be at the front of the pack after graduation. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art sound recording and video production studios, a high-definition editing lab and a brand-new, 40-seat film screening room with surround sound. You can intern in Manchester and Boston with top marketing agencies like Cookson Strategic Communications or EVR Advertising, prominent broadcasters like New Hampshire Public Radio or WMUR-TV, major sports and entertainment brands like Verizon Wireless Arena, NESN or ESPN-New Hampshire and more. You can create your own film and even screen it for peers and industry contacts on Cinema Arts Day during UNH’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

  • Course Sequence

    The following is an example of a course sequence. The sequence may vary depending upon a student's academic history and transfer credits. Students should contact their academic advisor with specific questions.

    Course Sequencing

    First Year

    Fall Semester
    UMST 401, First Year Seminar
    ENGL 401, First Year Writing, or Inquiry Course
    CMN 455, Introduction to Media Studies
    Foreign Language I
    Quantitative Reasoning Course

    Spring Semester
    ENGL 401, First Year Writing, or Inquiry Course
    CMN 456, Propaganda & Persuasion
    Foreign Language II
    Discovery Course

    Second Year

    Fall Semester
    CMN 457, Introduction to Language & Social Interaction
    Comm Arts, Area A
    Discovery Course
    Discovery Course

    Spring Semester
    Discovery Course
    Discovery Course
    Comm Arts, Area A
    Comm Arts, Area B

    Third Year

    Fall Semester
    Comm Arts, Area B
    Discovery Course
    Elective Course
    Elective Course

    Spring Semester
    Comm Arts, Area A
    Discovery Course
    Elective Course
    Elective Course

    Fourth Year

    Fall Semester
    Comm Arts, Area C
    Elective Course
    Elective Course
    Elective Course

    Spring Semester
    Comm Arts Capstone, Area C
    Elective Course
    Elective Course
    Elective or Internship

    * Elective courses include additional Communication Arts courses, courses of individual interest, independent study or the fulfillment of a minor. Third year can be revised to allow for students to study away.

  • Career Facts

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many communications-related professions are projected to experience positive job growth between 2012 and 2022. For example:

    • Meeting and Event Planner – 33%
    • Market Research Analyst – 32%
    • Social and Human Service Assistant – 22%
    • Health Educator – 21%
    • Post-secondary Teacher – 19%
    • Survey Researcher – 18%
    • Technical Writer – 15%

    What that means for you is a degree in Communication Arts will give you the foundation you need to stand out to potential employers and enter a variety of industries as a skilled communicator with an outlook for career success.

    The flexible degree program at UNH Manchester offers you many career options to suit your skills:

    • Content Writer/Specialist
    • Digital Media Coordinator
    • Film, Video, and Audio Producer/Director/Editor
    • Health Communication Coordinator
    • Health Educator
    • Human Resource Specialist
    • Journalist
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Marketing and Advertising Professional
    • Media Audience Analyst
    • Mediation Specialist
    • Meeting and Event Coordinator
    • Public Relations Manager
    • Publisher
    • Radio & TV Broadcasting Professional
    • Researcher
    • Sales & Customer Relations Manager
    • Social and Human Service Assistant
    • Social Media Strategist
    • Teacher
    • Technical Writer
  • Student Stories

  • Course Descriptions

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      CA 444 - Manipulating Media: Exploring Image and Sound Aesthetics

      This course is an introductory exploration of moving image and sound with an emphasis on discovering how aesthetic choices impact media messages. Students investigate aesthetic principles by finding, making and working with digital media, animation, video, audio, and film. This is not a production class per se, but rudimentary, hands-on production will be taught. No credit earned if credit received for CA 502. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 450 - Introduction to Public Speaking

      Theories of rhetoric applied to the practice of speech composition, oral performance and critical evaluation. Focus on student speeches for a variety of situations and audiences. No credit if credit earned for CMN 500.
      Credits: 4

      CA 500 - Media Writing

      An introduction to business, creative and freelance writing for a variety of media. Writing, editing and rewriting in areas such as video scripts, short magazine articles, audio scripts, ads, press releases, news, short one-act plays, blogs and more. Prereq: ENG 401.
      Credits: 4

      CA 501 - Internship: Communication in the Urban Community

      Field-based learning experiences. Connects students to the urban community and integrates their classroom education within a business or organizational setting. Students work under the direction of a faculty advisor and workplace supervisor to fulfill the obligations of the workplace internship plan and to complete individually-designed academic projects. Projects must be approved in advance by the faculty advisor. Open to matriculated students with a GPA of 2.50 or better and junior standing. Permission of instructor required. May be repeated for up to 8 credits, with 4 credits maximum accepted toward satisfaction of requirements for the CA major. Cr/F.
      Credits: 1-4

      CA 502 - Image and Sound

      Image and Sound is a foundation course in the aesthetics of motion picture and sound production. This course explores the aesthetic principles that are used to communicate stories, emotions and messages in popular media. Students will study film, television and new media and survey production methods. This is not a production course per se, but is particularly helpful to students interested in video and film production. No credit for students who have completed CA 444.
      Credits: 4

      CA 503 - Techniques for News Reporting

      Focuses on the essential elements of fact-based reporting and discussion of the principles and ethics of independent journalism. Techniques include determining the different perspectives and voices that belong in a story, developing research skills for locating information, strategies for reconciling conflicting information, and procedures for effective interviewing. Prereq: ENGL 401 plus CMN 455; or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 504 - Film Criticism

      Introduction to the practice of film criticism. Critique of film as both art form and medium of communication. Examines the process of film production, basic principles of film form, techniques of film style, and major approaches to film criticism. Prereq: ENGL 401, CMN 455; or permission. Special fee. Film screenings run 1.5 hours longer than the lecture section. Students who plan to take video production courses in the future are permitted to use CA 504 as a substitute for CA 502 to meet the prerequisite for CA 514.
      Credits: 4

      CA 506 - Gender

      How gender is created, maintained, repaired, and transformed through communication in particular historical, cultural, and relational contexts. Topics include the relationship between sex and gender, language, cultural mythologies, identity, health care, sexuality, and strategies for resisting conventional gender definitions. Prereq: CMN 457 or permission. Students who have completed CMN 583 should not register for this class.
      Credits: 4

      CA 508 - Conflict in Relational Communication

      Introduces communication theories relevant to the study of conflict interaction in interpersonal relationships. Considers interpersonal concerns contributing to conflict such as power, face-saving, and goals. Examines behaviors that affect our ability to resolve conflict and strategies to resolve conflict such as mediation. Develop the ability to diagnose productive and destructive conflict patterns in relationships. The course is both theoretical and practical in its orientation. A combination of lecture, discussion, case studies, in-class group assignments will be employed. Prereq: CMN 457.
      Credits: 4

      CA 510 - Language and Interaction

      Examines how identities, relationships, and social realities are constituted through language and interaction. Specific topics include perception, meaning, metaphor, power, gender, illness, and the environment. Prereq: CMN 457 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 512 - Screenwriting

      Examines the pre-production phase of moving image media, focusing especially on the art and business of writing for the screen. Covers the process of developing student work from original story idea to completed, first draft screenplay. Topics include script formats, narrative structure, plot development, characterization, style, and marketing strategies. Prereq: ENGL 401, CMN 455 or 456 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 513 - Radio News Production

      Theory and practice of producing news stories for radio. Research, organization, and technical skills necessary to produce a basic three-and-half to four-minute radio piece that includes three interviews, a scene created with sound, instructions for a studio mix, and a host introduction. Intended for beginning and intermediate students who have a strong interest in news writing and news production. Prereq: ENGL 401 plus CMN 455; or permission. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 514 - Fundamentals of Video Production

      Beginning electronic field production using digital video and nonlinear editing formats. Covers basic aesthetic principles and practices of video communication. Introduces techniques for effective image and sound recording in the field, fundamentals of shot and sequence construction, and basic postproduction practices on nonlinear editing systems. Prereq: ENGL 401, CA 502 or CA 444, CMN 455, or permission. Preference given to CA majors. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 515 - Advanced Video Production

      Advanced electronic field production and post-production using digital video and nonlinear editing formats. Emphasizes original student work of increasing conceptual, formal and technical complexity that begins to incorporate a wider range of images, sounds, and editing techniques. Prereq: CA 514 or permission. Preference given to CA majors. May be repeated, with permission, to a maximum of 8 credits. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 516 - Speechwriting

      The strategies of art and persuasion in the craft of professional speechwriting for a variety of modes, audiences, and exigencies. Examines a wide array of famous speeches from political, literary and cinematic sources to uncover the fundamental theories of rhetoric and persuasion at work in these texts. Application of these theories and strategies of persuasion in original speechwriting projects. Prereq: ENGL 401, CMN 456 or permission
      Credits: 4

      CA 517 - Fundamentals of Audio Production

      This course provides students with an introduction to the history, principles, and techniques of audio production. Through hands-on experience, class projects, and homework assignments, student learn how to use voice, music, writing, sound effects, and audio hardware and software to design sound and tell a story. This class will also look at the radio industry and how sound design is being used by a variety of industries. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 517 - Fundamentals of Audio Production

      This course provides students with an introduction to the history, principles, and techniques of audio production. Through hands-on experience, class projects, and homework assignments, student learn how to use voice, music, writing, sound effects, and audio hardware and software to design sound and tell a story. This class will also look at the radio industry and how sound design is being used by a variety of industries. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 519 - Advanced Screenwriting

      Advanced examination of the preproduction phase of moving image media, focusing on the art and business of screenwriting. Develops student works from original idea through the numerous steps to completed, second draft screenplay. Prereq: CA 512 or permission
      Credits: 4

      CA 520 - Special Topics in Applied Communication


      Credits: 4

      CA 525 - Media Programming

      Process of program planning for electronic media. Covers the contexts—social, cultural, institutional, economic, technical, and regulatory—within which decisions concerning program selection, form, content, and scheduling are made. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 526 - Organization of Newswork

      Examines news as socially situated discourse. The professional norms, work routines, representational practices, ideologies, and ethics of news producing organizations. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 527 - History of Film

      The history of film since 1948. Historical analysis of the development of cinema since the emergence of television, both in the United States and abroad. Selected topics include cinema and the cold war, international stylistic movements, film exhibition, the decline of the studio system, new technologies, third cinema, globalization and economic consolidation. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 528 - Media Policy and Law

      Nature, scope, history and current practice of federal regulation over broadcast and related telecommunications media. Emphasis on FCC policies and procedures in the United States with some coverage of comparative regulatory systems. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission
      Credits: 4

      CA 531 - History and Organization of Advertising

      Examines the development of advertising in historical context, focusing on the evolving structure and function of advertising agencies, market research practices, advertising design, anthropological approaches to advertising and consumer culture, and contemporary policy issues. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 535 - Marital Communication

      Introduces students to the study of communication in marital relationships. Examines the major theoretical orientations that characterize the marriage field and investigates the processes by which communication facilitates or hinders marital adjustment and stability: understanding, and relationship satisfaction. Also explores popular cultural constructions of marriage and intimacy and how these influence personal expectations for marital relationships. Students need not be married to take or benefit from this course. Prereq: CMN 457, or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 539 - Communicating in Families

      Explores the role of communication in the creation, maintenance, and transformation of family systems. Focus on how meanings of "family" are constructed through familial and popular discourses, and the consequences these communication practices have for lived experience. Prereq: CMN 457 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 540 - Public Relations

      This course provides students with an overview of the field of public relations, including its history, ethics, and current practices. Will include case studies of major public relations issues that have occurred both historically and in recent years; individual and class projects that enable students to determine how best to plan for and respond to public relations issues; and quest practitioners who work in various fields, including business, government, the non-profit sector, and education. Prereq: CMN 456 or CMN 455 or permission
      Credits: 4

      CA 542 - Social Media for Organizations and Business

      Focuses on the history, development and practical use of social media for organizational and business communications. A primary focus is on the latest social media tools and their use in developing social media campaigns. Hands-on student work is an important part of the course. Prerequisites: Eng 401, CMN 455 or CA 500 or permission of the instructor.
      Credits: 4

      CA 550 - Special Topics in Communication Organization, History, and Policy

      New or specialized topics in the organization, history, and policy of communication practices not covered in regular course offerings. Topics vary; descriptions of course content and any prerequisites are available during preregistration. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits if topics differ. Prereq: contingent on topic.
      Credits: 4

      CA 600 - Research Methods: Media

      Qualitative research practices for the study of mass communication. Tools for investigating the production contexts of media institutions, the cultural and ideological meanings of media texts, and the social dimensions of media consumption in home and family. Emphasis on how to review literature, develop a research question, define a unit of analysis, select and apply method, interpret data, and draw conclusions grounded in theory. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 455 is prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 601 - Exploring Relationships

      Critically examines the myriad ways qualitative researchers approach the study of interpersonal communication. With an emphasis on the artistic practice of fieldwork, the course considers the process of research design, the relationship between researcher and researched, the moral and ethical aspects of research, issues of representation and audience, and evaluation strategies. Students design, conduct, and present original qualitative research projects. Prereq: any two 500 level CA courses (excluding CA 501), one of which must have CMN 457 as a prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 610 - Communication Technologies and Culture

      Role of communication technologies in shaping cultural meanings and human consciousness. Covers the work of Innis, McLuhan, Ong, Postman, Carey and other to understand the historical development of shifting communication technologies and patterns of culture from orality to computer communication. Also explores the dynamic between mass culture and subcultural appropriations of media forms and content. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 455 is prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 611 - Theories of Relational Communication

      Critically examines a variety of theories which seek to explain the dynamics of interpersonal relationships including performance theory, social construction theory, systems theory, feminist theory, and narrative theory. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 457 is prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 612 - Narrative

      Considers ways humans make sense of experience through the stories we construct within particular relational, cultural, and historical contexts. Explores a variety of topics including narrative conventions, canonical stories, subjectivity and reflexivity, the relationship between story and audience, space and time, memory and imagination, and narrative truth. Each student will conduct an original narrative project. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 457 is prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 614 - Communication and Power

      Explores the concept of power -- how we conceive of power, how we enact power, and the effects of power in our interpersonal relationships. Using a variety of theoretical approaches such as relational theory, feminist theory, and social constructionism, we will consider the idea that the expression of power is an act of self-definition, that power resides in the ability to define one's reality while identifying and choosing courses of action, and that disempowerment is the end result of the loss of freedom of action. Prereq: CMN 457 and any two courses from areas A and B for which CMN 457 is a prerequisite. Students who have received credit for CA 720, Seminar: Communication and Power are not eligible to receive credit for CA 614.
      Credits: 4

      CA 615 - Film History: Theory and Method

      Intensive study of philosophical, rhetorical, and methodological issues in film history research. Examines a series of selected historical problems in the areas of social, aesthetic, industrial, and technological film history up to 1948 and reviews existing historiography on these problems. Focus is on original student research. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 455 is prerequisite or permission. Special fee. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 618 - Documentary

      Exploration of the historical development, ethics, funding, sociocultural significance, and communication strategies of documentary film and video. May focus of a particular genre or genres. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 455 is prerequisite or permission. Special fee. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 720 - Seminar in Communication Arts

      Intensive readings and research course in a highly focused area of study. Topics vary. Descriptions of course content and any prerequisites are available during preregistration. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 credits if topics differ. Prereq: contingent on topic. Prereq: CMN 457 plus any two courses from both areas A and B or permission. CA 720 may be repeated if topics differ. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 795 - Independent Study

      Advanced individual study under the direction of a faculty member. Content area and research project to be developed in consultation with faculty supervisor. May be repeated for up to 8 credits, with 4 credits maximum accepted toward satisfaction of requirements for the CA major. Prereq: permission.
      Credits: 1-4