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The Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communications provides students with three pathways through which to engage the world: journalism/media, digital video, and theatre arts (under development). Courses in the department – regardless of concentration – ensure that graduates achieve proficiency in critical thinking, clear and precise oral and written communication, and integration of knowledge and skills from courses both inside and outside of the department. Students in a particular concentration may, and are encouraged to, take courses in the other concentrations in order to enhance their experience.

Introductory level courses in each concentration provide thorough introductions to the specific fields for majors, minors, and students from other fields as well. Upper level courses challenge students to apply the basic knowledge gained through the introductory courses in carefully designed areas of specialization. The course sequence within each track culminates with a Senior Capstone Project, which is designed by the individual student with the guidance of a full-time member of the department’s faculty, and which will bring into clear focus the student’s expertise in his/her field, incorporate the knowledge and skills gained from courses outside the department, and reflect the student’s embrace of Franciscan values and the College’s mission.

All Majors select one of two Concentrations:

Journalism/Media Concentration

This concentration explores the historical and societal roles the media have played and continue to play in the world. Emphasis is placed on the development, production, and distribution of media in its various forms, especially print, broadcast, and internet journalism.

Digital Video Concentration

Students in this concentration explore the history, aesthetics, and technology of visual storytelling while mastering the skills needed to write, produce, tape, and edit their own videos whether fiction or non-fiction.

Communications Major

Required Courses for all majors (15 credits):

Section Course
COMM 106 Mass Media
COMM 120 Film Analysis
COMM 221 History of the Motion Picture: Fiction Films
COMM 222 History of the Motion Picture: Documentary Film
COMM 460 Senior Project

All majors select between two concentrations:

Journalism/Media Concentration

Required Courses (18 credits) selected from:

Section Course
COMM 103 Public Speaking
COMM 210 Journalism
COMM 215 Broadcast Journalism
COMM 240 Videomaking I
COMM 241 Videomaking II
COMM 301 Standards and Practices in Journalism and the Media
COMM 310 Investigative Journalism
COMM 452 Internship in Communications

Related Requirements (9 credits):

Section Course
ART 151 Prehistoric to Medieval Art
OR
ART 152 Renaissance to Post-Modern Art
ENG or HIST elective selected with Faculty Advisor
PHIL 260 Philosophy of Art

Digital Video Concentration

Required Courses (18 credits) selected from:

Section Course
COMM 230 Screenwriting I
COMM 231 Screenwriting II
COMM 240 Videomaking I
COMM 241 Videomaking II
COMM 245 Directing I
COMM 341 Videomaking III
COMM 452 Internship in Communications

Related Requirements (9 credits):

Section Course
ART 151 Prehistoric to Medieval Art
OR
ART 152 Renaissance to Post-Modern Art
ENG 372 Cinema and Literature
PHIL 260 Philosophy of Art

Communications Minor

A minor in Communications enables a student to gain knowledge about the media, Videomaking, film industry, and theater. The exposure provided in these areas can bond with and enhance the subject matter studied in art, design, English, history, philosophy, and psychology. A student pursuing a minor in Communications must take eighteen credits. Nine of the credits must come from the following courses:

Section Course
COMM 106 Mass Media
COMM 120 Film Analysis
and
COMM 221 Evolution of the Moving Image I: Narrative Film
or
COMM 222 Evolution of the Moving Image II: Documentary Film

The remaining nine credits will come from among courses on one of the department’s concentrations: journalism and the media or digital video making. These nine credits should, whenever possible, be 300 or 400 level courses.

Theatre Arts Concentration

Theatre Arts is a concentration under construction. Introductory courses in theater and acting are the platform for which courses in playwriting, directing, history, and theater management, among others, will spring in the immediate future.

Courses Available in Theatre Arts

Section Course
COMM 140 Introduction to Theater
COMM 247 Acting I
COMM 248 Acting II

THEATER STUDIES (Minor)

The Joint minor in Theater Studies is offered by the Department of Communications and the Department of English and Foreign Languages.
In this minor the student explores theater as a practical craft and an intellectual discipline combining the hands-on courses of the Department of Communication's Theater Concentration with the in depth studies of specific playwrights and of periods in dramatic styles of specific periods of theater history in courses offered by the Department of English and Foreign Languages.

The minor requires the completion of eighteen (18) credits, 9 from the Department of Communications and 9 from the Department of English and Foreign Languages:

Section Course
COMM 140 Introduction to Theater
ENG 215 The Drama
COMM 247 Acting I
ENG 315 Shakespeare
COMM 248 Acting I
ENG 395 Modern Drama
ENG 396 Contemporary Drama

Additional Courses Offered Within the Department

Section Course
COMM 401 Propaganda in Mass Media
COMM 420 Independent Study
COMM 425 The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
COMM 452 Internship in Communications

Additional Courses Offered Within the Department

Section Course
COMM 401 Propaganda in Mass Media
COMM 420 Independent Study
COMM 425 The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
COMM 452 Internship in Communications

Department of Communications Resoures and Student Activities

Located in the Little Theatre complex on the Rutherford Campus, the Department of Communications is home to The Little Theater and WRFC - Radio Felician College.

The Little Theatre

The Little Theater is a ninety-seat black box theater which is used as a Communications classroom for film screenings via its digital video projection, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound system and for the acting courses.

It is also used for student talent shows and original student reviews.

WRFC

WRFC, Radio Felician College, is a 24/7 internet-based, student run radio station. The WRFC staff design their own shows, select their music and discussion topics, and run the station's digital radio equipment. Membership in WRFC's staff is open to any student at the college.

Digital Video

Videomaking students design, write, shot and edit their own video projects using the college's digital video equipment, featuring Canon and Panasonic camera and AVID Media Composer editing systems.

Control Sheets and Four Year Plans

Digital Video Control Sheet
Digital Video Four Year Plan
Journalism Control Sheet
Journalism Four Year Plan

What can I do with a degree in Communications?

The BA degree from the Department of Communications can open employment doors in many areas. Most prominent among these are the television and motion picture industries, print and broadcast journalism, radio, theater and theater management, and advertising.

Faculty

Terry McAteer, M.F.A., Department Chair and Associate Professor
Pamela Brusoski, M.F.A., Instructor (Half Time)
John Montone, B.A. Adjunct
Tom Depoto, B.A. Adjunct
Margaret Schmidt, B.A. Adjunct

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For more information regarding Communications please contact the Chair person of the department

Prof. Terry McAteer
Little Theater
201-507-0613

 

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