Communication Studies

http://www.whitworth.edu/communicationstudies

Communication StudiesThe Whitworth Communication Studies Department provides students with the theories and skills necessary for effective communication in diverse contexts. Working within the tradition of the liberal arts, the department introduces students to theoretical, historical and philosophical assumptions fundamental to communication scholarship and practice.

The learning outcomes of this major prepare the student to do the following:

  • Be aware of the relationships between the theory and practice of journalism or speech communication and the student's faith or worldview.
  • Demonstrate writing skills required to excel in an entry-level communications-related job and/or graduate school.
  • Demonstrate public-speaking and presentation skills required to excel in an entry-level communications-related job and/or graduate school.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills required to excel in relational, cultural, and technological contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills required to excel in the intellectual, professional, and personal dimensions of life. 
  • Understand the fundamental historical, theoretical, sociological, and legal concepts underlying communication.

 The Whitworth Communication Studies Department offers a major and a minor in each of three areas: communication, journalism and mass communication, and speech communication.

Journalism and Mass Communication Courses

JMC 125 Writing for Mass Media3
News values; creativity and structure in news writing; journalistic style and format; accuracy, clarity and conciseness in writing; basic reporting and research skills, interviewing, listening, and observing. Also listed as EP 125. Alsolisted as VC 125. Fall and spring semesters.
JMC 126H Writing for Digital Media3
Students will explore the research and media theory that covers writing for digital media, then apply those concepts to a weekly online multimedia publication. Jan Term.
JMC 209 Introduction to Communication Research3
Introduction to communication studies research methods and tools, including traditional and electronic resources. Students will develop scholarly writing and argumentation skills. SP 113 or JMC/SP 212 highly recommended. Spring semester.
JMC 212 Theories of Human Communication3
A comprehensive treatment of major theoretical approaches toward understanding the production and interpretation of human communication. Also listed as EP 212. Fall and spring semesters.
JMC 231 Photojournalism3
Introduction to photojournalism and the photographic and visual skills needed to create a compelling news image. Students shoot and critique documentary-style photographs and begin to develop a professional portfolio that includes news, feature, sports, portrait and picture stories. Also listed as JMC 231. Spring semester, even years. Fee.
JMC 244 Publicity and Public Relations3
Role and effect of publicity and public relations in the United States. Public relations process, public-opinion polling, development, evaluation of public relations programs. Prerequisite: JMC 125. Also listed as EP/LS 244. Fall semester.
JMC 245 Applied Journalism: Newspaper1
Staff work on university newspaper. May be repeated for credit. Fall and spring semesters.
JMC 246 Applied Journalism: Radio1
Staff work on university radio station. May be repeated for credit. Fall and spring semesters.
JMC 247 Applied Journalism: Yearbook1
Staff work on university yearbook. May be repeated for credit. Fall and spring semesters.
JMC 248 Applied Journalism: Public Relations Agency1
Whitworth's student-run public relations agency, Beyond the Pines, is designed to give students of all majors who are interested in public relations an opportunity to practice their skills in a real-world environment. Students work in client-based teams to provide a broad array of public relations services to area nonprofit organizations. May be repeated for credit. Fall and spring semester.
JMC 302 Public Relations & Digital Communication3
This course covers the paradigm shift that social media is creating at the juncture of communication and technology. Students learn how to utilize online channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs, online ads, geo-based location and rating services, and other e-marketing tactics to engage your audience. Explores multiple platforms for monitoring, managing and tracking campaigns. Offered through Continuing Studies. Periodic Offering.
JMC 310W Professional Communication: Writing3
Against the backdrop of general communication theory, enhance your writing skills and apply them to documents and projects common in the world of work - news releases, brochures, reports, newsletters, correspondence, and others. Offered through Continuing Studies. Periodic offering.
JMC 311 Public Relations and Communication3
Students examine the role of managed communication in public relations problems unique to health, education, and human and public service organizations. This study includes the theory and practice of public speaking with a focus on civic persuasion. Students will strengthen written communication skills critical for effectiveness in professional environments. Offered through Continuing Studies. Periodic offering.
JMC 315 Media Criticism3
Analysis of messages from primary mass media sources including print and broadcast news, Internet, entertainment and advertising. Course uses various tools to examine how messages are used by media producers and audiences to create meaning. Also listed as EP/JMC 315. Spring semester.
JMC 325W Reporting for Mass Media3
News-gathering techniques and strategies, including direct observation, participant observation and interviewing; using public records and documents, libraries and statistics; dealing with sources; polls and surveys. Prerequisite: JMC 125. Fall semester, even years.
JMC 335 Interactive Journalism3
Students will gain skills in multi-media journalism, combining experiences in audio, video, and Internet reporting and storytelling. Students will produce multi-media story packages and gain a grounding in new media theory. Prerequisite: JMC-125. Also listed as FVNS 335. Spring semester.
JMC 336 Introduction to Video and Audio Journalism3
Development of writing, reporting, editing and production skills for video and audio storytelling. Introduction to using field video and audio equipment. Broadcast news writing and production. Prerequisite: JMC 125. Also listed as FVNS 336. Fall semester.
JMC 337 Advanced Television Production3
Mastery of advanced field production, including shooting, editing, script-writing, camera and lens operation, graphics, and basic animation is accomplished while creating a professional product for a client. Prerequisite: JMC 336. Periodic offering.
JMC 339 Digital Storytelling3
Explores theory and practice of digital, multi-modal writing and storytelling. Students will analyze and create digital stories using freely available tools for capturing, editing, and presenting audio, video, and text. Cross-listed with EL/FVNS 339. Prerequisites: EL 210,EL 245, JMC 125, or permission of instructor. Periodic offering.
JMC 340 Photo Essay3
This course will introduce advanced photography students to the production of Flash-based audio slideshows. Besides the photographic skills needed to produce a photo essay, students will also learn how to record and edit interviews and sound clips into their presentations. Prerequisite: JMC 231. Also listed as FVNS 340. Periodic offering.
JMC 343 Editing, Layout and Design4
Introduction to principles of page layout and design, with emphasis on preparing text and visual elements for a mass media audience by using desktop publishing techniques. Prerequisite: JMC 125. Also listed as EP/VC 343. Spring semester.
JMC 346 Media Impact in Contemporary U.S.3
Students taking this study program visit New York and Washington, D.C. to learn from media executives and scholars what they believe are the main issues currently facing the media; course also explores impact of media on contemporary U.S. society. Media industries visited will include newspapers, television, radio, magazine and book publishing, and advertising. Jan Term, odd years.
JMC 347 Mass Media History3
Origins and development of print and broadcast mass media in the United States. Prerequisite: JMC 212 or SP 212 recommended,junior standing, or by permission of instructor. Also listed as EP 347. Fall semester.
JMC 362W Article and Feature Writing3
Editorial writing, interpretive and critical writing, and magazine writing for publication. Prerequisite: JMC 125. Fall semester, odd years.
JMC 390H Honors Internship1-4
JMC 391H Honors Independent Study1-4
JMC 392H Honors Study Abroad1-12
This course enables honors students who participate in regular study abroad programs to receive honors credit toward their program. This course concentrates on cultural competency and reflections on critical moments in their study abroad experiences. Letter-graded.
JMC 402 Mass Media Law3
The First Amendment and court-protected freedom of expression, libel, right of privacy, copyright, covering government and the courts, broadcast regulation. Prerequisite: JMC 212 or SP 212. Spring semester.
JMC 445 Editorial Practicum: Newspaper1
Editorial work on the university newspaper. Prerequisite: JMC 245 and appointment to editorial position. May be repeated for credit. Fall and spring semesters.
JMC 446 Broadcast Management Practicum: Radio1
Management work on the university radio station. Prerequisite: JMC 246 and appointment to management position. May be repeated for credit. Fall and spring semesters.
JMC 447 Editorial Practicum: Yearbook1
Editorial work on the university yearbook. Prerequisites: JMC 247 and appointment to editorial position. May be repeated for credit. Fall and spring semesters.
JMC 490 Internship1-4
JMC 490H Honors Internship1-4
JMC 491H Honors Independent Study1-4
JMC 493 Communication Ethics3
Nature and criteria of ethical behavior; personal and organizational ethical issues facing the mass media, including the power of the media, news gathering and reporting techniques, media source relations, privacy, freedom of the press, taste, conflicting interests, fairness and objectivity. Senior standing. Fall semester.

Speech Courses

SP 113 Interpersonal Communication3
Introductory course to communication studies that surveys perception, self-concept, feedback, listening, disclosure, conflict management, language and nonverbal communication. Fall and spring semesters.
SP 209 Introduction to Communication Research3
An introduction to communication studies research methods and tools, including traditional and electronic resources. Students will develop skills in scholarly writing and argumentation. Prerequisite: SP 113 or JMC/SP 212 highly recommended. Spring semester.
SP 210 Introduction to Public Speaking3
Introduction to speech construction and delivery. Speech skills are surveyed, including research, listening and nonverbal communication. Fall and spring semesters and periodic Jan Terms.
SP 212 Theories of Human Communication3
A comprehensive treatment of major theoretical approaches toward understanding the production and interpretation of human communication. Also listed as VC 212. Fall and spring semesters.
SP 223 Small Group Communication4
A theoretical and practical look at group communication processes such as conflict management, decision-making, group dynamics, leadership, and problem-solving. Fall semester.
SP 245 Applied Speech: Forensics1
A practicum course for students involved in the intercollegiate forensics program. An in-depth course in advanced public speaking and debating that may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: by permission. Fall and spring semesters.
SP 313 Advanced Interpersonal Communication3
Explores communication issues in the development of personal relationships, specifically friendships, romantic, family, and work relationships. Topics include the processes of establishing relationships, maintaining relationships, and coping with relational challenges. Fall semester, odd years. For Communication majors only.
SP 315 Philanthropy and Communication3
A survey of the concepts and practices of philanthropy and stewardship as applied to the not-for-profit industry in the U.S. Students will examine the philosophical tenets of philanthropy and the biblical imperatives of stewardship to understand how and why people give. Periodic Offering.
SP 323 Organizational Communication3
Structure, process and function of communication in organizations, including diagnosing communication problems, analyzing communication networks, and managing communication. Prerequisite: Students must have met the oral communication requirement. Spring semester.
SP 336 Gospel Proclamation3
The study and practice of oral communication of the Christian gospel in public settings. Students gain experience in textual interpretation, structuring messages, language use, introducing and concluding messages, audience analysis, delivery of messages, and evaluating messages. Also listed as TH/LS 336. By permission only. Periodic offering.
SP 347W History and Theory of Rhetoric3
The origin and development of speech communication from its earliest conceptions in ancient Greece through the present, with particular emphasis on the theories of rhetoric. Prerequisite: JMC 212 or SP 212. Offered annually.
SP 351 Group Dynamics3
A focus on group behavior, including work teams and how their functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis on effective group processes for role clarification, decision-making, problem-solving, conflict resolution and group communications. Students develop communication strategies and application of concepts through completion of a small-group project. Offered through Continuing Studies.
SP 352 Conflict Management3
Investigates how individuals can manage relational conflict more effectively, with an emphasis on the language and structure of conflict. Students will develop skills in managing social and task conflict in both professional and personal contexts. Periodic offering. Offered through Continuing Studies.
SP 353 Communication in Leadership3
This course will explore how the practice of leadership is guided by the processes of communication through examining the theories and practice of both leadership and communication. It examines the role that communication plays in the leading of organizations, in navigating change in organizations, and in cultivating and maintaining the leader-follower relationship.
SP 362 Argumentation and Debate4
An in-depth course on the construction and delivery of valid arguments, logical and emotional appeals, attitude change, fundamentals of academic debate, and practical application of persuasive methods. Course surveys American presidential debates and models of argument. Prerequisite: SP 210. Also listed as LS 362. Periodic offering.
SP 390H Honors Internship1-4
SP 391H Honors Independent Study1-4
SP 392H Honors Study Abroad1-12
This course enables honors students who participate in regular study abroad programs to receive honors credit toward their program. This course concentrates on cultural competency and reflections on critical moments in their study abroad experiences. Letter-graded.
SP 398 Intercultural Communication3
Study of how elements such as ritual, status, symbolism, concepts of time and use of space create our worldview. Class promotes cross-cultural understanding using interactive and visual communication to communicate effectively across cultures. Intent is to broaden cultural awareness and enhance multicultural literacy. Also listed as LS 398. Jan Term.
SP 402 Freedom and Responsibility of Speech3
An in-depth examination of the First Amendment and court-protected freedom of expression including sedition and political speech, religious speech, protest speech, academic freedom, and symbolic expression. Prerequisite: JMC 212 or SP 212. Fall semester.
SP 410 Advanced Public Speaking4
An in-depth course on speech construction in different contexts. Students deliver a variety of persuasive speeches. Emphasis on reasoning, delivery skills, and speech criticism. Prerequisite: SP 210. Fall semester, odd years.
SP 415 Persuasion3
Study and application of persuasion theories and research as they relate within interpersonal, media, ministry, and other contexts. The course will consider, primarily from a social science perspective, how speakers, messages and various persuasive appeals can modify attitudes and behaviors. Fall semester, even years.
SP 436 African-American Preaching3
An introduction to the preaching in African-American traditions as a distinctive communication event. Emphasis is given to historical, cultural, theological, and rhetorical dimensions of preaching in African-American traditions. Periodic offering.
SP 445 Applied Speech: Forensics1
A practicum course for students involved in the intercollegiate forensics program. An in-depth course in advanced public speaking and debating that may be repeated for credit. Fall and spring semesters.
SP 461 Applied Cross-Cultural Communication3
Explores the importance of competent communication in the international arena. Study of how elements such as ritual, status, symbolism, concepts of time and use of space create our world view. This course will provide opportunities for students to enhance both professional and interpersonal skills in the area of communicating effectively across cultures. The intent is to broaden cultural awareness and enhance multicultural literacy as applied in nonacademic settings. For continuing studies students only.
SP 490 Internship1-4
SP 490H Internship1-4
SP 491H Honors Independent Study1-4
SP 493 Communication Ethics3
An in-depth examination of the nature and criteria of ethical oral communication behavior in interpersonal, public speaking, group and intercultural settings. Examines ethical theories and their application to credibility, lying and persuasion in social, political, and religious contexts. Senior standing. Also listed as LS 493. Spring semester.

Requirements for a Communication Major, B.A. (42-44)

JMC 125Writing for Mass Media3
JMC 209Introduction to Communication Research3
or SP 209 Introduction to Communication Research
JMC 212Theories of Human Communication3
or SP 212 Theories of Human Communication
SP 113Interpersonal Communication3
SP 210Introduction to Public Speaking3
One writing course:3
Reporting for Mass Media
Article and Feature Writing
One professional skills course:3-4
Publicity and Public Relations
Interactive Journalism
Introduction to Video and Audio Journalism
Editing, Layout and Design
One speech course:3-4
Small Group Communication
Organizational Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Intercultural Communication
Advanced Public Speaking
Persuasion
One history course:3
Mass Media History
History and Theory of Rhetoric
One freedoms course:3
Mass Media Law
Freedom and Responsibility of Speech
One ethics course:3
Communication Ethics
Communication Ethics
One of the following3
Internship
Internship
Six semester credits of departmental electives (excluding JMC 245, 246, 247, 248, 445, 446, 447)6

 

Requirements for a Journalism and Mass Communication Major, B.A. (39-40)

JMC 125Writing for Mass Media3
JMC 209Introduction to Communication Research3
JMC 212Theories of Human Communication3
JMC 347Mass Media History3
JMC 402Mass Media Law3
JMC 493Communication Ethics3
SP 113Interpersonal Communication3
Complete one internship:3
Internship
One professional skills course:3-4
Publicity and Public Relations
Interactive Journalism
Introduction to Video and Audio Journalism
Editing, Layout and Design
One writing course:3
Reporting for Mass Media
Article and Feature Writing
Upper-division journalism elective (excluding JMC 445, 446, 447 )3
Two departmental electives (excluding JMC 245, 246, 247, 248, 445, 446, 447)6

 

Requirements for a Speech Communication Major, B.A. (43)

SP 113Interpersonal Communication3
SP 209Introduction to Communication Research3
SP 210Introduction to Public Speaking3
SP 212Theories of Human Communication3
SP 223Small Group Communication4
SP 347WHistory and Theory of Rhetoric3
SP 402Freedom and Responsibility of Speech3
SP 493Communication Ethics3
JMC 125Writing for Mass Media3
Complete one internship:3
Internship
Upper-division speech electives6
Two departmental electives (excluding JMC 245, 246, 247, 248, 445, 446, 447)6

Requirements for a Communication Minor (15)

JMC 125Writing for Mass Media3
SP 113Interpersonal Communication3
JMC 212Theories of Human Communication3
or SP 212 Theories of Human Communication
Two approved upper-division courses6

Requirements for a Journalism and Mass Communication Minor (15)

JMC 125Writing for Mass Media3
One upper-division skills course (from JMC 325W, 335, 336, 343, 362W)3
One upper-division theories course (from JMC 315, 347, 402, 493) 3
Two journalism electives (any level, excluding JMC 245, 246, 247, 248, 445, 446, 447)6

Requirements for a Speech Communication Minor (15)

SP 113Interpersonal Communication3
SP 210Introduction to Public Speaking3
SP 212Theories of Human Communication3
Two approved upper-division speech communication courses6

Visual Communication (19 Credits)

Requirements for the Visual Communication minor are listed at the Visual Communication page.

Dean of Arts and Sciences

NOELLE WIERSMA

Chair

JAMES MCPHERSON

Professors

MICHAEL INGRAMJAMES MCPHERSONALAN MIKKELSONRONALD PYLE

Associate professor

KEVIN GRIEVES

Assistant professor

ERICA SALKIN

Instructor

JOY YORK

Director of Forensics

MICHAEL INGRAM