DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

Chair
305 Gooch Hall
(90l) 881-7550
rdonald@utm.edu

FACULTY

Teresa Collard, Rodney Freed, Carla Gesell, Mark Giese,Rustin Greene, Tomi Harper, Rochelle Larkin, Barbara Malinauskas, Robert Nanney, Dorotha Norton, Jerald Ogg, Robert Smith, Gary Steinke.

The Communications major is a professionally-oriented program in the School of Arts and Sciences. The curriculum is designed to educate students in both the theoretical and applied aspects of the communications discipline. Each sequence, Broadcasting, News-Editorial, and Public Relations, has a similar core and develops a specialization in its upper division courses. The Broadcasting sequence prepares students for a number of careers in various aspects of the electronic media, including jobs in writing, production, promotion, news, advertising sales and management in radio, television, and cable TV. Broadcasting graduates also work in writing and media production in corporate communications, advertising, public relations and in many other industries, from hospital video to recording engineering. The News-Editorial sequence prepares students for many kinds of careers in the print media, including jobs in reporting, editing, and advertising sales and management in newspapers and magazines. Because of their preparation at UT Martin in newswriting, editing, and desktop publishing, some News-Editorial graduates become writers and editors in corporate or organizational publications. The Public Relations sequence prepares students for a number of different careers in corporate, organizational, or advertising/P.R. agency communications. As spokespersons, information officers, press secretaries and organizational communications specialists, public relations practitioners manage communications with many constituent publics.

Through mass media internships, senior seminar preparation, personnel placement and alumni communications activities, the department's faculty work to assist students in obtaining their first career opportunities.

The Communications Department also provides courses in Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication in support of the university's oral communication requirement.Visit the department web sit at http://www.utm.edu/departments/comm/comm.htm.

An accredited program, the Department of Communications is one of only 104 programs in the USA that is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

A COMMITMENT TO THE LIBERAL ARTS

UT Martin's Department of Communications follows the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications standard: "The curriculum must provide students with a solid opportunity to learn not only why and how to communicate but also what to communicate. This requirement calls for a reasonable balance between journalism and mass communications courses and courses in other disciplines, primarily in the liberal arts and sciences. Balance also should be provided between instruction in practical skills and in the more philosophical aspects of journalism and mass communications." To this end, UT Martin Communications majors ". . .must take a minimum of 90 semester hours in courses outside the major area of journalism and mass communications, with no fewer than 65 semester hours in the basic liberal arts and sciences."

FACILITIES

The Department of Communications has superior facilities and laboratories in which students gain valuable hands-on experience. Broadcasting students operate two radio stations and three television studios, where programs and video products are made for airing on WLJT-TV, on UT Martin's campus cable television system and for use by organizations and businesses. WLJT operates a mobile TV production van and uses many Communications majors to work on live television coverage of football and basketball games and other field and studio productions. Students complete post-production editing on radio and television projects in the department's multi-format audio/videotape editing laboratory.

The UT Martin campus newspaper, The Pacer, is produced by News-Editorial students and other student volunteers. Students produce The Pacer electronically, writing stories, scanning pictures and art, designing and laying out pages on Power Macintosh computers. The Pacer also publishes an electronic version on the worldwide web. Visit this web site at http://mars.utm.edu/~pacer/. News writing and editing labs interconnected in a computer network are used to teach students the most modern journalistic practices. In addition, there is a well-equipped darkroom where students learn photojournalism. Communications Department professors also are advisers to The Spirit, the university yearbook.

The Communications Department has a large departmental reading room for student use. It is equipped with newspapers from across the region and the country, broadcasting, journalistic and public relations trade publications, academic journals, textbooks, almanacs, writers' guides, special collections, library tables and chairs, and comfortable lounging furniture.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Department of Communications offers scholarships for entering freshmen who have declared a Communications major, as well as for sophomores, juniors, and senior students. On the department's annual Media Day, a number of scholarships sponsored by the faculty, alumni, philanthropists, broadcasters, newspapers, local industries and media organizations are awarded to Communications majors.

MEDIA DAY AND FALL CAREER CONVOCATION

The Communications Department sponsors an annual event called Media Day, during which 50 to 75 media professionals, many of whom are UT Martin graduates, visit the campus to engage in panel discussions and personal conversations with Communications majors, high school students and their teachers. Also, each fall the department sponsors a career convocation for all Communications majors, during which members of the department's Communications Industry Advisory Board present the 'state of the industry' in public relations, broadcasting, and the newspaper business.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

The Communications Department sponsors a Broadcasting Guild, plus chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Public Relations Student Society of America PRSSA,, Women in Communications, Inc., and the National Association of Black Journalists.

MAJORS AND MINORS
COMMUNICATIONS

B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Each communications major must complete the department's lower division requirements and then choose and complete one of the three sequences described below. Communications majors must also complete the School of Arts and Sciences general requirements, and a minor. Students must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours in courses (with the exception of Comm 230) outside the Department of Communications. Of these, no fewer than 65 semester hours must be completed in courses in the basic liberal arts and sciences (Economics 201-202 and courses offered by the School of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Fine and Performing Arts).

All these courses must be completed with a grade of at least C before beginning upper division work. Communications majors must achieve typing proficiency (at least 30 words per minute) before beginning their professional courses at the 200-level. A 2.00 overall grade point average and successful completion of English 112 are prerequisites to upper division Communications Department courses. Comm 475, internship in communications, may not be used by students in the broadcasting or News-Editorial sequences to satisfy the 39 credits required for their major. Students in the Public Relations sequence may use either three credits of Comm 381/383, Communications Practicum, or Comm 475, Internship in Communications, but not both, to satisfy the 39 credits required for their major.

BROADCASTING SEQUENCE
NEWS EDITORIAL SEQUENCE
PUBLIC RELATIONS SEQUENCE

B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. Minor. Communications 230 is a prerequisite to a minor which consists of Communications 100, 200, 250, and nine additional hours of upper division communications courses (exclusive of practicum hours). Minors must achieve typing proficiency (at least 30 words per minute) before beginning their professional courses at the 200-level. English 112 is a prerequisite to all upper division communications courses.

Description of Courses


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