Department of Communication

Dr. Shawna Harris, Chairperson
sharris15@missouriwestern.edu
(816) 271-4397
missouriwestern.edu/communication/

The Department of Communication has a broad scope offering courses in communication, English, journalism, public relations, and technical communication. We offer support across the disciplines with our composition and basic oral communication courses, which are core to a liberal arts education. Our B.S. degree in Strategic Communication with emphases in Public Relations and Journalism offer a comprehensive program that focuses on the expression, comprehension, and exchange of ideas through oral and written discourse and various forms of digital and print media. By participating in numerous applied learning opportunities, students become both cognizant and appreciative of the communication process at work in society, including in their own professional, social, and creative lives. This broad experience in communication and journalistic theory and practice provides strong preparation for careers in fields such as journalism, public relations, law, politics, teaching, and all communication-oriented careers.

Applied Learning

Missouri Western's Department of Communication strongly believes in applied learning. Both the Public Relations and Journalism emphases require at least three credit hours of applied learning experience outside of the classroom. These internships allow students to apply their knowledge in a professional environment while practicing the skills they learned in class. Students, also, participate in applied learning labs such as Griffon Media and work with community organizations to create communication plans, complete market research, and write grants, among many other applied opportunities.

*Effective Fall 2020, program(s) in this department are being phased out and have a 3-year teach out plan. More information can be found here.  

Admission Requirements

Students desiring a BS in Strategic Communication must have received a grade of C or higher in COM 104 Oral Communication to enroll in COM 210 Presentational Communication or COM 215 Introduction to Strategic Communication. These courses are the entry courses to the Strategic Communication degree.

Certification

Communication (COM) 

COM 104  Oral Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Principles of speech as applied in meaningful participation in society.

CORE 42: MOTR COMM 110; Fundamentals of Public Speaking

COM 195  Applied Debate and Forensics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This course introduces the theory of argumentation. Principles of analysis, evidence, reasoning, preparing and evaluating arguments, briefing, refutation, and case construction are prepared and practiced. Students will participate in debate tournaments. May be repeated for a total of 24 credit hours. Graded pass/fail.

COM 205  Introduction to Mass Media     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Exploration of the history and development of the mass media in the United States and mass communication theory. Also includes discussion of issues currently affecting the media, including newspapers, film, radio, and television as well as advertising and public relations. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in COM 104.

COM 210  Presentational Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Theory and practice of constructing public presentations including: media use, organization, delivery, means of appeal, and analysis of audience and setting. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in COM 104.

COM 215  Introduction to Strategic Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This introductory course examines the practice of public relations, how public relations operates in organizations, its impact on publics and its functions in society including theory and models, social media usage, current trends, and ethical professional standards. Prerequisite(s): COM 104.

COM 222  Communication Theory     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Introduction to the role theory plays in the study of human communication. Introduces different ways of thinking about communication through academic, cultural and historical perspectives. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in COM 104.

COM 227  Interviewing Principles and Practices     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Examines the interviewing process in a wide range of contexts, including selection, appraisal, discipline, negotiation, research, and media interviews. Emphasis is placed on the practice of interviewing and applying communication concepts to selected interview settings. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in COM 104.

COM 304  Media and Society     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This course examines both classic and contemporary studies of mass communication effects. Emphasis is placed on cultural, social, political, and psychological effects of the media. Topics such as media education and literacy, news and campaigns, media portrayals, and theories of audience behavior will be examined. Prerequisite(s): COM 205.

COM 305  Interpersonal Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Analyzes communication interaction in relatively unstructured, person-to-person settings with application of interpersonal communication concepts to resolving problems emerging from human interactions. Prerequisite(s): COM 104.

COM 311  Crisis and Risk Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Using a case study approach of recent organizational and individual crisis events, this course examines the strategic communication practices and theories throughout the stages of a crisis event including risk perception and management. Emphasis placed on strategic crisis management planning, preparing crisis message responses and apologies, audience analysis, social media responses, image restoration, and ethical responses. Prerequisite(s): COM 215 and COM 222.

COM 314  Persuasion     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Persuasion as a process of influencing attitude and behavior; emphasizes the theories of modern persuasion and their use in social, political and advertising campaigns. Prerequisite(s): COM 104.

COM 320  Research Methods In Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: The course covers a variety of qualitative and quantitative communication research methods. Students will be involved in critical analysis of previous research, and conceptualization and implementation of future research. Prerequisite(s): COM 104 and COM 222.

COM 324  Small Group Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Group roles, leadership styles, group structure, thought processes, and consensus methods; application of concepts to communication interaction in task and social group settings. A Service Learning component of the course requires out of class community service volunteer hours for completion of the assignment. Prerequisite(s): COM 104.

COM 334  Argumentation and Debate     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Philosophical and theoretical foundations of logic and argumentation to the persuasive process; experience in preparation and presentation through debate and discussion formats. Prerequisite(s): COM 104.

COM 338  Survey of Rhetorical Theory     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Survey of the formation and transformation of rhetorical theory from the Classical Age. Prerequisite(s): COM 104.

COM 340  Communication and Aging     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Examines the intrapersonal, interpersonal and public levels of human communication in relationship to the aging process. Prerequisite(s): COM 104 or departmental approval.

COM 342  Intercultural Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Studies communication between and among people from different cultures. Topics include cultural patterns, value orientations, verbal and nonverbal codes, cultural identity, culture shock, acculturation, perception, and stereotyping. Prerequisite(s): COM 104.

COM 345  Nonverbal Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Nonverbal aspects of communication; factors which affect and modulate verbal messages; interpretation of nonverbal information; kinesics (body motion), proxemics (social/personal space), and paralanguage (vocal cues accompanying words). Prerequisite(s): COM 104.

COM 350  Selected Topics in Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Specialized course work in the field of speech communication and theatre/video. Course may be repeated for up to six credit hours maximum with different topics. Prerequisite(s): COM 104 or departmental approval.

COM 359  Workplace Analysis     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: The application of communication concepts and theories to the analysis of profit or nonprofit organizations. Requires prior approval of the internship director and the organization. This course is one of the options that satisfies the applied learning requirement for the BA or BS Communication. May not be repeated. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing, declared departmental major, minimum overall GPA of 2.0, and approval of the internship director.

COM 382  Strategic Communication Writing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This workshop course emphasizes audience analysis, writing, and editing. Students will engage in writing for press releases, brochures, newsletters, blogs, social media, and feature stories. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in COM 215 and JOU 227.

COM 385  Communicating Intimacy     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This course examines the role of intimacy in close personal relationships. Emphasis is placed on intimacy as a communication construct and providing students with a practical application of various communication theories. Prerequisite(s): COM 104.

COM 410  Organizational Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Theories and problems of human communication within a variety of organizational settings; the relationship of communication to motivation, organizational structure, nonverbal behavior, surroundings, leadership style, and information accuracy. Prerequisite(s): COM 222 and three credit hours numbered 300 or higher in COM.

COM 412  Health Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Introduces students to the practice and theoretical foundations of communication in healthcare and the promotion of public and individual health within the healthcare and health risk contexts by examining provider-patient interaction, public health campaigns, media messages, health promotion and the cultural influences on health. Prerequisite(s): COM 104 and 3 credit hours numbered 300 or higher in COM, NUR, PSY, or PED.

COM 414  Health Campaigns     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: This course provides students the understanding and practice of both the theoretical and applied components of a health promotion campaign including message design, planning, implementation and evaluation. Students will gain applied experience in creating an actual health promotion campaign for a local or regional health organization. This course would be of interest for student majors in Strategic Communication, Population Health, Communication, Nursing and other health or communication related programs. Prerequisite(s): COM 412.

COM 415  Strategic Communication Campaigns     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Development of the processes and strategies of strategic communication campaigns including research, organization, programming and evaluation. A service learning component requires student pairing with a local client for completion of actual strategic communication campaign plan. Prerequisite(s): COM 222 and a grade of C or higher in COM 215, JOU 227, COM 320 and COM 382.

COM 416  Special Topics in Strat Com.     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This is an applied strategic communication course that focuses on various topics, theoretical principles, and applied practices within the larger field of Strategic Communication. Due to the vast changes and new trends within the field of strategic communication, this class aims to include those topics both relevant to the field and student needs. Prerequisite(s): COM 215.

COM 444  Strategic Communication Practices     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Application of strategic communication principles and techniques to corporations and nonprofit agencies. Emphasis given to applied strategic communication campaign applications and case studies. Students gain hands-on training while implementing all or specific components of a strategic communication campaign for on and off-campus groups and organizations. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in COM 382 and COM 415.

COM 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Completion of major-minor declaration in communication studies, minimum 2.5 GPA in major field of study, and departmental approval.

COM 460  Internship     Credits: 1-6

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: The student will develop objectives related to the discipline and carry out those responsibilities through an internship as approved by the director. Applies theory and skills to actual work situations. Professionally supervised work experiences related to the student's area of interest. (Forty hours of work for one credit hour.) Graded pass/fail. May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Declared departmental major, minimum overall GPA of 2.5, one COM or JOU course 200 or above, and approval of the internship director.

COM 465  Methods of Teaching Speech and Drama     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Philosophies, issues, and problems in contemporary speech education; content, structure, ethical issues, presentation and evaluation of curriculum and teaching in speech and theatre. Prerequisite(s): EDU 202 and EDU 203.

COM 481  Senior Portfolio     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: This is a workshop course for graduating seniors which includes resume and job search preparation in addition to compiling a passing graduation portfolio consisting of a resume, cover letter, reflective self-analysis, and a collection of writings and projects from major courses. COM 481 must be completed during the semester of graduation, except for summer graduates who must complete the course in the spring semester prior to graduation. Graded pass/fail.

COM 488  International Public Relations     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: International study abroad experiences and applications for public relations majors.

English (ENG) 

ENG 100  Introduction to College Writing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Instruction in reading and writing; open to any student, but mandatory for those students who have not passed the Writing Placement Examination (WPE) and who have not achieved a score of 18 or higher on the ACT English subtest. Does not fulfill the English composition requirement for baccalaureate and associate degrees. (See class schedule for information about the WPE.)

ENG 104  College Writing and Rhetoric     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Instruction in reading and writing; emphasizes expository prose. Fulfills first half of the general studies requirement in English composition. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in RDG 095, or an ACT Reading score of 18 or higher, or a passing score on the Accuplacer test. A grade of C or higher in ENG 100, or an ACT English score of 18 or higher, or a passing score on the Writing Placement Examination. (See class schedule for information about placement exams)

CORE 42: MOTR ENGL 100; Composition I

ENG 108  College Writing and Research     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Instruction in college-level research and rhetoric: continued practice in college-level writing. Fulfills second half of the General Studies requirement in English composition. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in ENG 104.

CORE 42: MOTR ENGL 200; Composition II

ENG 112  Honors Composition and Rhetoric     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: An enriched course on rhetoric, argument, and academic research open to students who achieve superior scores on the Writing Placement Examination (WPE) administered by the Department of English and Modern Languages, or who score 26 or higher on the ACT English subtest. This course fulfills the English composition requirement for basic skills in general studies for four-year degree programs. (See class schedule for information about the WPE.).

CORE 42: MOTR ENGL 200; Composition II

ENG 210  Approaches to Literature     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: A General Studies course emphasizing ways of reading and writing about multiple genres of literature. Various thematic approaches may be offered. Course may not be repeated for credit.

CORE 42: MOTR LITR 100; Introduction to Literature

ENG 220  Introduction to Reading Texts     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: A General Studies course designed primarily for English majors emphasizing ways of reading and writing about literary texts.

ENG 232  Language Awareness     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: An introduction to linguistics in which students study and apply principles and theories about the roots, acquisition, nature, and functions of language, including its sounds, structures, and symbols, its relation to speech communities and culture, and its current and future state. Assignments develop analytic skills and promote an understanding and appreciation of linguistic variety. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112.

ENG 245  Introduction to Creative Writing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Students will test their talents at creating poetry, short fiction, and literary creative nonfiction to prepare them for upper-level coursework. Assignments and texts will provide students the fundamental terms and concepts that apply to the craft of creating each genre. Also, students will analyze the craft of both classics and contemporary pieces that show mastery. Each student will create a course portfolio that showcases her or his best works in all genres. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in ENG 104.

CORE 42: MOTR PERF 106; Creative Writing

ENG 283  Introduction to Research Methods in English     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to basic research methods in English. Individual and team projects involving methods for solving English-related research problems. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

ENG 295  The History and Future of Book Publishing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course equips students with a foundational knowledge of the book publishing industry in order to broaden their understanding of the many publishing platforms and how each affects the act of reading. The course offers hands-on experience with early forms of bookbinding, in-depth research about the impact of the printing press, and insider information about the present and future state of digital publishing. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 245.

ENG 301  Advanced Composition     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: An advanced expository writing course designed to improve the ability to write clearly and effectively. Explores a variety of structural forms and rhetorical strategies. Required for English majors and minors. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112.

ENG 302  Modern English Grammar     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This course engages students in the study of English grammar to facilitate writing, editing, and an understanding of the relationship between language, formal rules, and meaning. The course will focus on the study of sentence structure and grammar terminology, and the conventions of usage and punctuation. Students will learn the Modern English effects that grammatical structures and style choices have on texts and readers.

ENG 314  Technology and Society     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Participatory course emphasizing a particular problem and/or issue related to technology and society. Class participants will investigate the semester's theme using currently available technologies. Same as BIO 314, HUM 314, PSY 314, PSC 314. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Category One -- Basic Skills General Studies courses.

ENG 316  Internship in English     Credits: 1-6

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Practical application of skills in reading, writing, and analytical thinking at a business concern or agency or working as a writing tutor under the supervision of English faculty or Center for Academic Support professionals (30 clock hours of work for each hour of credit). May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and departmental approval.

ENG 326  Special Topics in Literature     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Analysis and discussion of culturally and socially significant topics in literature. Special topics may focus on gender, religion, ethnicity, science, computers, or other specific themes in the study of literature. Course topic varies. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220, or departmental approval for non-majors.

ENG 330  Studies in Fiction     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: The course examines literary fiction in its many forms ranging from fables and tales to multi-volume novels, from fictional biography to faction. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 331  Studies in Poetry     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: This course explores poetry in its many guises from the sweep of the epic poem to the compression of the haiku. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 333  Studies in Drama     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: This course studies dramatic literature from the catharsis of Greek theatre to the edginess of contemporary experimental films and plays. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 334  Studies in Popular Literature     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: This course focuses on popular genres, such as science fiction, the mystery, the western and the romance in fiction, film, and nonfiction. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 335  Selected Topics in English Studies     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Analysis and discussion of culturally and socially significant topics and/or scholarly engagement with significant theories or methodologies in English Studies not covered by other courses. Course topic varies. Topics may cover but are not limited to composition studies, rhetoric, language studies, linguistics, sociolinguistics, and international English. May be repeated once for credit with change of topic. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112.

ENG 340  Literary Theory     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This course explores theories of literature, examining ways of thinking about literature which are representative of major epistemological, metaphysical, and aesthetic vantage points. Students will apply diverse theories to develop a practical critical vocabulary and to enrich analytic and interpretive strategies. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 352  Literature in English: Beginnings to 1500     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Witnesses the birth of literature in representations of major medieval genres including Arthurian romance, drama, lyric, and prose narrative. This course covers material from Beowulf through Chaucer. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112, and ENG 210 or 220.

ENG 353  Literature in English: 1500-1800     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: This course covers the artistic, cultural, and intellectual ferment of the Renaissance, the age of satire, and the age of reason, as literature struggles to define the "human" in an age of political upheaval, geographical exploration, and enormous change. Major authors include More, Elizabeth I, Spencer, Sidney, Marlowe, Donne, Jonson, Milton, Swift, Pope and Behn. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 354  Literature in English: 1800-1860     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: From poetic romantic landscapes to realistic urban narratives through matchmaking comedies of manners and tales of Gothic horror, the course covers a literature responding to bloody revolutions, rapid industrialization, and unsettling scientific discoveries. Emphasis is on British and American writers, but selections from other literatures in English will be included. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 355  Literature in English: 1860-1945     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: From tall tales of the American West to novels exploring the moral dimensions of colonialism through the multivoiced poetry of Browning and the emerging voices of black, native American, and colonized peoples, the course covers literature responding to an age of scientific discovery, religious revival and the creation of the modern world. Emphasis is on British and American writers, but selections from other literatures in English will be included. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 357  Literature in English : 1945-Present     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: From poetry reacting to the horrors of the Holocaust to fiction produced by a global perspective and the approach of the millennium, the course explores literature of the moment as it attempts to understand this new (anti)period claiming to be an end to literary history. Emphasis is on British and American writers, but selections from other literatures in English will be included. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 361  Literature on Site     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: This course combines classroom and on-site experience at a place of literary merit. The place and theme will change; typical topics include: "Literary Boston," "Literature of Native America," "Dublin and Her Authors," "The American Writer in London." Travel expenses are in addition to students' tuition. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 364  Introduction to Composition Theory     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to the basic theories of composition. LAS Ethics. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and credit or concurrent enrollment in ENG 301.

ENG 365  Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Instruction in applying current research on the composing process to the teaching of writing in secondary schools and an examination of problems/issues related to teaching writing in grades 7-12. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112.

ENG 366  Teaching Writing in the Disciplines     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Instruction in applying current research on writing instruction and using writing to learn in subjects other than English. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112.

ENG 385  Creative Writing: Prose     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Intensive study, reading, and practice in the writing of fiction or creative nonfiction. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 245.

ENG 386  Creative Writing: Poetry     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Intensive practice in the writing of poetry. Reading of contemporary poetry. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 245.

ENG 395  The Making of Contemporary Literature: The Mochila Review     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Intensive study of contemporary publishing as it evolves in the multi-media age. Students will research both professional and student literary magazines across the nation to determine how various publications operate. Also, students will participate in soliciting, selecting, and editing manuscripts for Canvas and The Mochila Review. Furthermore, students will gain practice in grant writing, layout and design, marketing and promotions, and intensive copy editing. May be repeated for up to 12 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): ENG 210 or ENG 220 and either ENG 385 or ENG 386.

ENG 400  Literature for Adolescents     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A study of literature for young adults designed to increase appreciation of the genre through literary evaluation. Students will consider trends in publishing, the issues behind censorship, and the history of literature for young adults. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 401  Senior Portfolio     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Workshop class for graduating seniors which includes resume and job search preparation in addition to compiling a passing graduation portfolio consisting of a resume, cover letter, and writings from major courses. Graded pass/fail. Prerequisite(s): Must be completed during the semester of graduation, except summer graduates, who must complete the course in the spring semester prior to graduation.

ENG 403  Literature for Children     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: A study of literature for children designed to increase appreciation of children's books through literary evaluation. Students will read and evaluate picture books, junior novels and poetry. Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112 and ENG 210 or ENG 220.

ENG 426  Seminar in Literature     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Scholarly and critical engagement with significant periods, authors, or themes in literature. Special topics will be narrow and may focus on genre, movement, time period, a single author or author group, development of literary texts or studies, or other specific themes with which to approach the advanced study of literature. Course topic varies. May be repeated for credit. LAS Ethics. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and ENG 210 or ENG 220, or departmental approval for non-majors.

ENG 441  Shakespeare     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: The course examines William Shakespeare's work and life as well as his impact on modern culture. Emphasis will be given to the varied staging and theatrical interpretations of his plays, including life performance, film, and operatic adaptations of the works of an author who has been called "the inventor of the human." Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112, ENG 220, or departmental approval for non-majors.

ENG 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Declared English major, a minimum of 2.5 GPA in major field, and departmental approval.

ENG 465  English Teaching: Methods and Materials     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Techniques, materials, and resources used in the English curriculum in the secondary schools. Prerequisite(s): ENG 365 and credit or concurrent enrollment in both EDU 303 and EDU 304.

ENG 466  Practicum in the Teaching of Writing     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Practical application of teaching writing through participation as student assistant in ENG 100 Writer's Workshops. Concurrent enrollment in ENG465 recommended. Prerequisite(s): ENG 365.

ENG 467  Teaching of Grammar     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Reviews knowledge base required by teachers, demonstrates teaching methods that illustrate current theory and research. Students will develop teaching materials pertinent to teaching. Prerequisite(s): ENG 232 or EDU 202 and ENG 302.

ENG 473  History of the English Language     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: From the development of the Indo-European language family to English as a world language, this course explores the influence of historical and cultural developments, internal changes, and language attitudes on the English language. Students will come to understand how languages begin and why they change, how language is a production of its socio-cultural history, and why there are dialectal differences in the English heard around the world. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing, either ENG 232 or ENG 108, and one 100-level HIS or HUM course.

ENG 485  Advanced Creative Writing: Prose     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This advanced course is for students who have completed ENG 385 at least once and who seek greater challenges with plot, form, and language. Students may use ENG 485 either to create entirely new works or to revise works from ENG 385 until they are ready to circulate in search of a publisher. LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): ENG 385 with a grade of B or higher.

ENG 486  Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This advanced course is for students who have completed ENG 386 at least once and have demonstrated an understanding of the basic techniques of writing poetry. Students will produce a greater number of poems than expected in ENG 386 and be required to submit their poetry to a targeted literary journal. LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): ENG 386 with a grade of B or higher.

English Technical Communication (ETC)

ETC 200  Introduction to Technical Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Workshop in technical style emphasizing shorter forms of technical writing as well as proposals and reports. Students are introduced to processes for producing documents in workplace, technical, and professional settings. They will also apply word processing software appropriate software for completing work professionally, including basics of graphics, styles, format, and layout. Prerequisite(s): ENG 104.

CORE 42: MOTR ENGL 110; Technical Writing

ETC 210  Introduction to Digital Humanities     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Introduction to creating, publishing and working with information and ideas as they relate to emerging forms of humanities, scholarly production, and digital methodologies. The course introduces the basic vocabulary of concepts and tools in digital humanities, and will acquaint students with critical work, resources in the field, and hands-on experience, including environments and tools for producing, curating, and interacting with knowledge that is "born digital" and lives in various digital contexts. Student projects will integrate the investigation, analysis, synthesis and presentation of information in electronic form.

ETC 224  Web Content and Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Students will learn the elements of effective writing for screen-based textual content in internet and intranet environments, using HTML and appropriate software to create both personal and professional Web sites to gain valuable hands-on experience. Introduces overview of context provider issues, including usability, intellectual property, security, access, database content language, writing and design. Prerequisite(s): ENG 104.

ETC 316  Internship in Technical Communication     Credits: 2-6

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: Practical application of technical and organizational communication skills in a professional setting; correlates academic preparation with supervision in a work experience (30 clock hours of work for each hour of credit). May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior standing and departmental approval.

ETC 326  Document Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: A computer workshop course involving graphic design and production of attractive and effective advertisements, brochures, newsletters, and magazine spreads. The course will provide instruction in design software and computer peripherals such as electronic scanners and digital photography.

ETC 328  Multimedia Authoring     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: An advanced class which outlines the history, principles and theories of multimedia. This course examines how elements of text, sound, video, animations and graphics work together to produce electronic products for the Web, CD/DVD and other distribution formats. Students learn appropriate multimedia software to create individual or small group multimedia projects.

ETC 335  Selected Studies in Professional Writing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Practice in a specific field or genre of professional, technical, or scientific writing. Representative topics: "Science Writing," Writing for the Health Professions," "Report Writing," "Writing White Papers." Prerequisite(s): ENG 108 or ENG 112.

ETC 340  Content and Design for Technical Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Introduction to basic principles of content design for digital environments. Students will learn best practices for document and web layout, planning, drafting, and revision, with an emphasis on creating documents and web content appropriate to professional and organizational communication. Other topics may include usability, intellectual property, security, access, and the use of industry standard tools and software.

ETC 408  Technical Editing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Emphasis on the role of the editor in organizational settings, including creating successful writer/editor collaboration. Practice in editing documents for grammar, syntax, organization, style, emphasis, document design, graphics, and user-centered design. Introduction to technology for creating, publishing and distributing technical documents.

ETC 420  Technical Documentation     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Practice in creating procedures and instructions. Includes current issues and applications in the production, evaluation, and dissemination of technical documents. Prerequisite(s): ETC 200.

ETC 421  Research and Practice in Technical Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: An interdisciplinary perspective applying cultural studies, ethnography, critical linguistics, stylistics, discourse analysis and media studies to technical and professional fields. Includes issues for writing for the global marketplace such as writing for translation and designing materials to comply with conventions and expectations of other cultures. Prerequisite(s): ETC 200.

ETC 424  Instructional Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Practice creating and testing instructions, user guides, and training materials for multiple digital platforms such as webhelp, wikis, e-books, and mobile applications. Students will learn skills and concepts such as modular writing, information design, instructional design, and single sourcing. Prerequisite(s): ETC 200.

ETC 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Declared English Technical Communication major, a minimum of 2.5 GPA in major field, and departmental approval.

ETC 508  Technical Editing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Emphasis on the role of the editor in organizational settings, including creating successful writer/editor collaboration. Practice in editing documents for grammar, syntax, organization, style, emphasis, document design, graphics, and user-centered design. Introduction to technology for creating, publishing, and distributing technical documents.

ETC 520  Publications Management     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Workshop oriented practice in producing and editing a variety of documents, as well as management of documentation projects and project teams. Discussion of the role of technical writers and managers in adapting texts for discourse communities and of current issues in technical writing. Included will be instruction in grammar and usage.

ETC 524  Instructional Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Practice creating and testing instructions, user guides, and training materials for multiple digital platforms such as webhelp, wikis, e-books, and mobile applications. Students will learn skills and concepts such as modular writing, information design , instructional design, and single sourcing.

ETC 600  Technical Communications Theory and Practice     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Introduces the issues, goals, and methodologies of professional and technical communication. Examines definitions and histories of the field; relevant theories, practices and genres; data gathering and research; technology related issues; ethical and intercultural implications; and professionalism.

ETC 612  Seminar in Professional Writing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Selected topics in workplace writing and applied rhetorical or discourse theory.

ETC 616  Internship in Technical Communication     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Practical application of technical and organizational communication skills in a professional setting; correlates academic preparation with on-site professional experience (thirty clock hours of work for each hour of credit). Writing or design projects developed in the course may be tested and used in the thesis project. Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate study at Missouri Western and departmental approval.

ETC 630  Documenting Procedures     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Practice in writing and publishing effective, usable documentation in a wide range of technical documentation forms and publication platforms. Students will write and test instructions and manuals that document procedures and products. The course includes documentation and training for compliance with regulations and best practices through genres such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), training videos, and manuals.

ETC 690  Capstone Project     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Provides direction and support for students during the semester in which they are creating materials for the capstone project in Written Communication. Capstone project must include a portfolio of professional materials and reflective writing and a scholarly paper that reviews major theories in the student's field of study. Student must pass oral exam on the capstone project for credit to be recorded. May be repeated for up to 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of at least 27 hours of graduate credit and permission of department.

ETC 695  Thesis     Credits: 1-6

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Provides direction and support for students during the semesters in which they are researching and writing their thesis. Thesis must be approved by thesis committee and student must pass oral exam on the thesis for credit to be recorded. May be repeated for up to 9 hours. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of at least 18 hours of graduate credit and permission of department.

Journalism (JOU) 

JOU 104  Introduction to Digital Photography     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course introduces the student to composing, shooting and editing photographs. Students will learn basic manipulation of images using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, including preparation of images for both print and online uses. Students should have a digital camera with the ability to control the exposure, shutter speed and ISO.

JOU 202  Reporting for the Media     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Introduction to writing for print, broadcast and web media. Students will gain hands-on training in writing leads and short-and medium-length articles and learn how these articles are packaged with other media elements in newspapers and convergent media websites. Prerequisite(s): ENG 104 and ENG 108.

JOU 204  Introduction to Broadcast Journalism and Production     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Introduction to the principles of writing, producing and creating broadcast journalism packages for the web and broadcast. Students learn the basics of broadcast production as well as interviewing techniques and shooting and editing digital media. Prerequisite(s): JOU 104 or concurrent enrollment.

JOU 210  Journalism Practicum: Newspaper Production     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Supervised experience in reporting news, features, commentary, and sports; selling and designing advertising; and shooting, processing, and printing photographs. Students work on the campus newspaper, The Griffon News. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.

JOU 212  Journalism Practicum: Yearbook Production     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Supervised experience in field reporting and techniques used in producing the campus yearbook. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.

JOU 214  Journalism Practicum: Broadcast Production     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Students will use a team-based, hands-on approach to produce the "Griffon Update" and "Griffon Update Sports" broadcast shows as well as multimedia productions. The students will gain experience in planning, shooting and editing feature packages using a combination of video, audio, text, graphics and photographs covering the people, events, and activities of the campus and community. They will also gain studio production experience while producing the shows. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): JOU 104 or concurrent enrollment.

JOU 227  Publication Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course focuses on newspaper page design (front and feature pages), advertising, and public relations design, with an emphasis on print but instruction in designing for online publications as well. Prerequisite(s): JOU 104 or concurrent enrollment.

JOU 283  Introduction to Research Methods in Journalism     Credits: 1-2

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to basic research in journalism. Individual and team projects involving methods for solving journalism-related research problems. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

JOU 304  Advanced Broadcast Journalism and Production     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course focuses on advanced techniques in creating digital media to be used in broadcast and web forums. The students gain hands on experience producing broadcast news packages, radio news packages and podcasts, PSA/Promotional videos, long-form feature packages and mini-documentaries. Extensive use of advanced editing and compositing software as well as lighting, cameras and audio gear enable the students to produce professional-quality digital media for a variety of journalistic and production outlets. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in JOU 202 and JOU 204.

JOU 308  Copy Editing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Instruction and experience in editing and rewriting copy and headline writing in accordance with accepted journalistic practice. Included will be instruction in grammar and usage. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in JOU 202 and ENG 108 or ENG 112.

JOU 310  Journalism Practicum: Newspaper Management     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Supervised experience in managerial positions on the campus newspaper; application of the principles of professional journalism. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): JOU 202, JOU 308 or permission of instructor.

JOU 312  Journalism Practicum: Yearbook Management     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Supervised experience in managerial positions on the campus yearbook; applications of principles of professional journalism. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): JOU 104 or concurrent enrollment.

JOU 314  Selected Topics in Journalism     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Advanced course in journalism; topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

JOU 322  In-Depth/Investigative Reporting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Advanced instruction and applied experience in reporting and writing with a focus on in-depth and investigative reporting, including political/government journalism. The class will involve off-campus reporting. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in JOU 202.

JOU 324  Web Content and Design     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Students will learn the elements of effective writing for screen-based textual content in internet and intranet environments, using HTML and appropriate software to create both personal and professional Websites to gain valuable hands-on experience. Introduces overview of content provider issues, including usability, intellectual property, security, access, database content language, writing and design. Prerequisite(s): JOU 227.

JOU 328  Multimedia Storytelling     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This course incorporates intermediate production skills to create multimedia projects. Multimedia stories incorporate text, images, audio, video and data visualizations. Students will apply standards of journalistic reporting, writing and multimedia production to their work throughout the semester. Students will learn skills that are relevant to communications professions. Prerequisite(s): JOU 204, or JOU 214, JOU 324.

JOU 362  Sports Reporting     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This course focuses on covering sports at all levels- high school, college and professional. The student will participate in classroom discussions/lectures, a variety of writing assignments and the coverage of out-of-class sporting events. Prerequisite(s): JOU 202, JOU 204 or JOU 214.

JOU 364  Opinion Writing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: The emphasis of this course is on all forms of journalistic opinion writing, from columns (regular, humor, sports, political) to editorials, blogs and longer form opinion pieces. Prerequisite(s): JOU 202.

JOU 366  Magazine/Feature Writing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Students will hone their interviewing, writing and storytelling skills in writing profiles, various types of newspaper features and longer print and shorter online magazine pieces. All stories will be submitted to journalistic outlets, both on- and off-campus. Prerequisite(s): JOU 202 and either JOU 204 or JOU 214.

JOU 402  Senior Project     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This is the senior-level capstone course for the Strategic Communication and Convergent Journalism programs. It emphasizes applied, real-world experiences in producing digital media projects suitable for the Strategic Communication and Journalism professional. The students will develop a professional portfolio website and complete a number of digital media projects in preparation for entering the job market. To be taken during last spring semester prior to graduation. Prerequisite(s): JOU 204 or JOU 214, JOU 202 or COM 382, JOU 322 or COM 415, and JOU 324.

JOU 403  Media Law and Ethics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Defines the legal boundaries within which professional communicators must operate and raises important ethical issues that relate to media careers. Prerequisite(s): JOU 202 and COM 205.

JOU 432  Social Media Branding     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course provides experience with current and emerging social media tools and digital technologies. Students will gain knowledge about various opportunities for strategically implementing digital, social and mobile media into strategic communication practices and research. They will engage in managing their own online reputation as well as a business/organization's identity through a mastery of social media applications. Prerequisite(s): JOU 202, JOU 204 or JOU 214.

JOU 488  International Journalism     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: International study abroad experiences and applications for convergent journalism majors.

Kaye Adkins (1999) Professor, English. B.S., Pittsburg State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas.

Dana Andrews (2007) Instructor, English. B.A., University of Iowa; M.F.A., Texas State University.

Jordan Atkinson (2017) Assistant Professor, Communication. B.A., Morehead State University; M.A., Morehead State University; Ph.D., West Virginia University.

Cynthia Bartels (2004) Instructor, English. B.A., Southwest Missouri State University; M.A., University of Arkansas.

Stacia Bensyl (1991) Professor, English. B.S.Ed., Northwest Missouri State Uniersity; M.A., University College Dublin; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Christopher Bond (2009) Associate Professor, Communication. B.S., University of Southern Mississippi; M.S., Mississippi College; Ph.D., University of Memphis.

Michael Cadden (1996) Professor, English. B.A., B.A., M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; D.A., Illinois State University.

James Carviou (2013) Assistant Professor, Journalism. B.A., M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ph.D., University of Iowa.

Francisco Castilla Ortiz (2006) Assistant Professor, Modern Languages. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Utah.

Michael Charlton (2008) Professor, English. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.

William Church (2002) Associate Professor, English. B.A., Missouri Western State College; M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City; Ph.D., University of Kansas.

Shawna Harris (2009) Chairperson, Associate Professor, Communication. B.S., Southern Utah University; M.A., University of Nevada; Ph.D., University of Georgia.

Jennifer Jackson (2017) Assistant Professor, Communication. B.A., Otterbein College; M.A., University of Cincinnati; Ph.D., University of Memphis.

Cynthia Jeney (2000) Professor, English. B.S., Northern Arizona University; M.A., Ph.D., Arizona State University.

Brooksie Kluge (2014) Advanced Instructor, English. B.A., M.A., Missouri State University.

Marianne Kunkel (2014) Associate Professor, English. B.A., Auburn University; M.F.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Susan Martens (2013) Associate Professor, English. B.A.E., Wayne State College; M.A., University of South Dakota; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

David McMahan (2001) Professor, Communication. A.S., Vincennes University; B.S., M.A., Indiana State University; Ph.D., University of Iowa.

Amy Miller (2015) Advanced Instuctor, English. B.S., B.S.E., Missouri Western State University; M.S.Ed., University of Missouri.

Robert Nulph (2013) Professor, Journalism. B.S.E., M.S., Clarion University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Kansas.

Miguel Rivera-Taupier (2013) Associate Professor, Modern Languages. B.A., Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; M.A., Tulane University; Ph.D., University of Virginia.

Ian Roberts (1996) Professor, English. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Kay Siebler (2008) Professor, English. B.A., M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ph.D., Miami University.

Dawn Terrick (1998) Advanced Instructor, English. B.A., Allegheny College; M.A., Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Mei Zhang (2000) Professor, Communication. B.A., Hangzhou University; B.A., Fudan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.