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Internship opportunity for video assistant

Jake Sturgis
Owner, Capture Video

“My business is growing, which is awesome…but I can’t do everything myself anymore! I’m looking for a college student or recent grad with a great work ethic who can shoot and edit video this summer (possibly longer). If you are interested, please email me – jake@capturevideo.com – thanks!”

AmeriCorps seeking recent graduates who are interested in making a difference

If you aren’t sure what to do after graduation, you may want to consider AmeriCorps.  It is a job that can make a big difference in a community.

http://mnyouth.net/work/promise-fellows/serve/#apply-now

  • Directly serve youth. Promise Fellows directly serve an average of 30 youth in grades 6-10 who are at risk or experiencing the academic achievement and civic engagement gaps.
  • Plan and design programs. Fellows design, plan, and implement in-school and after-school activities to support and increase academic achievement in addition to social and emotional growth. These activities might be enrichment programs, mentoring programs, leadership activities, or homework help.
  • Lead service-learning experiences. Promise Fellows also lead youth in service-learning, civic engagement, and leadership initiatives.
  • Manage volunteers. Promise Fellows recruit and support family and community volunteers to assist in activities such as tutoring and mentoring, college and career exploration, and other activities that support overall success in young people’s school, work, and life.

As a full-time AmeriCorps member, Promise Fellows serve at least 1,720 hours for one year and receive:

  • Modest living allowance (appx. $1000/month);
  • Basic health insurance;
  • Qualified student loan deferment;
  • $5,550 education award upon successful completion of service;
  • Ongoing, extensive support and training.

Dr. Dreher Recognized for Outstanding Service

Be sure and congratulate Dr. Michael Dreher (Prof. of Communication Studies and Director of Forensics) who recently received two national forensics service awards. The National Forensic Association awarded Dr. Dreher the 2014 President’s Award for outstanding service to the NFA and the forensics community. For nearly 17 years, Dr. Dreher was the webmaster for the NFA, and helped the organization not only with its web presence, but helped to digitize the entirety of the association’s journal. The award is not given annually; it is only given at the discretion of the NFA president. Dr. Dreher received the award at the National Forensic Association national tournament at Eastern Michigan University this past April (April 21, 2014).

And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, Dr. Dreher has also recently received recognition from the Novice Nationals tournament for having directed the tournament for the last 17 years. From 1998-2014, Michael directed Novice Nationals, which is a national college forensics  tournament that was designed for first year college competitors. The tournament has grown by nearly 40% since he started directing the tournament in 1998, and added parliamentary debate and Readers’ Theater to the events done at the tournament. The 2014 tournament was the 32nd in the organization’s history.

Awards of recognition are really nothing new for Dr. Dreher.  He has previously, received outstanding coaching awards from the National Christian College Forensics Association, MSU-Mankato, and Creighton University.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Dreher for his outstanding work.  It is nice to see national organizations take note of what we have known for many years:  Dr. Dreher is a winner!

Communication Faculty Win Top Panel Award at CSCA

Back Row: Ripley Smith, Artie Terry; Front Row: Scott Sochay, Jessica Samens, Joel Ward

Congratulations are in store for Bethel scholars.  Five Communication Studies faculty received the top panel award for their presentation titled “Elevating Muted Voices” at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) conference held in Minneapolis in April. Dr. Ripley Smith discussed his ongoing work with female refugees, Dr. Scott Sochay explored the problems with the way Native Americans are portrayed in the media, Jessica Samens discussed challenges faced by English as a Second Language learners, Dr. Joel Ward presented thoughts on Pietism in higher education, and Dr. Artie Terry performed slam poetry exploring ageism in higher education. Each participant presented insights from their current research and explained how it helps to elevate the voices of these often overlooked populations. CSCA is the Communication Studies’ scholarly association made up of major universities and scholars in 13 states.

Minors in Communication

Minor in Communication Studies

  • COM210 Perspectives on Human Communication
  • COM220 Group Communication
  • COM370 Interpersonal Communication

Choose from:

  • COM318 Argumentation and Debate
  • COM386 Advanced Public Speaking

Choose from:

  • COM348 Organizational Communication
  • COM355Z* Intercultural Communication
  • COM361  Rhetorical Criticism

Elective from 200-level or above communication courses

TOTAL      21-23 credits

Minor in Digital Film and Video for Actors

  • COM170A* Media Production I
  • COM210 Perspectives on Human Communication
  • COM305A* Screenwriting
  • THA100N* Creative Performance
  • THA313 Auditioning and Acting for the Camera

Choose two from:

  • COM301A* Oral Interpretation
  • COM373 Digital Filmmaking
  • COM461 Topics in Media: Storytelling or Directing
  • THA212 Voice Production
  • THA291L* Theatre in the Modern Age
  • THA330 Arts Entrepreneurship
  • THA405 Directing

TOTAL      23-25

Minor in Media Production

  • COM170A*   Media Production I
  • COM210  Perspectives on Human Communication
  • COM213  Media Communication
  • COM302 Media Law

Choose three from:

  • COM215  Web Design for Mass Media or COM315 Advanced Web Design for Mass Media
  • COM270 Media Production II
  • COM305A* Screenwriting
  • COM352 Broadcast Journalism
  • COM373 Digital Filmmaking
  • COM374 Broadcast Production
  • COM461 Topics in Media

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Organizational Communication Major

Major in Organizational Communication (B.A.)

  • COM210  Perspectives on Human Communication
  • COM213  Media Communication
  • COM248 Organizational Communication
  • ENW115  Introduction to News Writing
  • COM302 Media Law
  • COM350 Corporate Communication
  • COM363 Methods of Communication Research
  • COM481 Internship in Communication
  • COM494 Capstone: Organizational Communication

Choose from

  • COM220              Group Communication
  • COM322              Advanced Group Communication

Choose one Oral Communication course

  • COM301A*  Oral Interpretation
  • COM318  Argumentation and Debate
  • COM386  Advanced Public Speaking

Choose one Communication Analysis course

  • COM361 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COM375 Media Criticism and Theory
  • COM463 Topics in Communication Analysis

Choose one of the following emphases:a

•  Employee Communication:

COM370  Interpersonal Communication

Choose two from:

  • BUS231 Human Resource Management
  • BUS331 Staffing, Training, and Development
  • COM355Z*  Intercultural Communication
  • COM460 Topics in Organizational Communication
  • RES305 Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills

•   Event Management:

COM323        Event Management and Leadership

Choose two from:

  • BUS233 Principles of Project Management
  • COM370 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM396 Public Relations Writing and Strategies
  • COM460 Topics in Organizational Communication

•   Strategic Communication:

COM376        Public Relations Writing and Strategies

Choose two from:

  • BUS220  Principles of Marketing
  • BUS319  Advertising and Promotion
  • COM215  Web Design for Mass Media or  COM315 Advanced Web Design for Mass Media
  • COM460  Topics in Organizational Communication
  • ENW211  Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines
  • ENW342  Advocacy Journalism

Total Major Credits: 49-53

* A student may also choose to use this course to meet a General Education requirement.

a An Individualized Organizational Emphasis is available for students who have a clear direction of what they want to do in their organizational careers that is not met by the emphases listed. The course sequence is arranged with consent of advisor and departmental approval.

Media Production Major

Major in Media Production (B.A.)

COM210   Perspectives on Human Communication
COM213   Media Communication
COM363   Methods of Communication Research

Choose one Relational Communication course:

  • COM220  Group Communication
  • COM322  Advanced Group Communication
  • COM370  Interpersonal Communication

Choose one Communication Analysis course:

  • COM361 Rhetorical Criticism
  • COM375 Media Criticism and Theory
  • COM463 Topics in Communication Analysis

Media Production Core:

  • ART100A*        Two-Dimensional Visual Thinking
  • COM170A*        Media Production I
  • COM270            Media Production II
  • COM302            Media Law
  • COM352            Broadcast Journalism
  • COM374            Broadcast Production
  • COM481            Internship in Communication
  • COM493           Capstone: Independent Film and Media Production

Choose three from:

  • ART320 Digital Photography
  • ENW115 Introduction to News Writing
  • COM215 Web Design for Mass Media
  • COM305A* Screenwriting
  • COM315 Advanced Web Design for Mass Media
  • COM373 Digital Filmmaking
  • COM461 Topics in Media Production

LAFSCa

Total Major Credits: 55-59

* A student may also choose to use this course to meet a General Education requirement.

a Los Angeles Film Studies Center [LAFSC] option equivalencies:

  • Hollywood Production Workshop (COM373)
  • Faith & Artistic Development in Film (elective)
  • Professional Screenwriting (COM305A)
  • Internship: Inside Hollywood (6 credits) (COM481 and COM461 (3 credits))
  • One course from:
  • Narrative Storytelling (COM461 Topics: Storytelling, elective)
  • Professional Acting for the Camera (elective)
  • Independent Study (elective)

Independent Film Making Major

Major in Independent Filmmaking (B.A.)

Communication Core:

COM210  Perspectives on Human Communication
COM213  Media Communication
COM363  Methods of Communication Research

Choose one Relational Communication courses:

  • COM220            Group Communication
  • COM322            Advanced Group Communication
  • COM370            Interpersonal Communication

Filmmaking Core:a

  • COM170A* Media Production I
  • COM270  Media Production II
  • COM302  Media Law
  • COM305A*  Screenwriting
  • COM373 Digital Filmmaking
  • COM461 Topics in Media
  • FLM200  Introduction to Film
  • PHI310   Aesthetics
  • COM493 Capstone: Independent Filmmaking and Media Production

Choose one Communication Analysis course:

  • FLM300  Film Theory and Interpretation
  • COM375 Media Criticism and Theory

Total Major Credits:  55-56

* A student may also choose to use this course to meet a General Education requirement.

a Los Angeles Film Studies Center [LAFSC] option equivalencies:

  • Hollywood Production Workshop (COM373)
  • Faith & Artistic Development in Film (elective)
  • Professional Screenwriting (COM305A)
  • Internship: Inside Hollywood (6 credits) (COM481 and COM461 (3 credits))
  • One course from:
  • Narrative Storytelling (COM461 Topics: Storytelling, elective)
  • Professional Acting for the Camera (elective)
  • Independent Study (elective)

Communication Studies Major

Major in Communication Studies (B.A.)

  • COM210 Perspectives on Human Communication
  • COM213 Media Communication
  • COM363 Methods of Communication Research

Choose one of the following emphases:

•  Relational Studies Emphasis (35-38 credits):

  • COM370 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM400 Family Communication
  • COM481 Internship in Communication
  • COM497 Capstone: Relational Studies

Choose one from:

  • COM220  Group Communication
  • COM322  Advanced Group Communication

Choose three from Relational Topics:

  • COM314G* Gender Communication
  • COM355Z*  Intercultural Communication
  • COM462 a Topics in Relational Communication
  • GES448P*   Abusive Relationships and Christian Responsibility

Choose one Oral Communication course:

  • COM301A*  Oral Interpretation
  • COM318     Argumentation and Debate
  • COM386     Advanced Public Speaking

Choose one Communication Analysis course

  • COM361  Rhetorical Criticism
  • COM375  Media Criticism and Theory
  • COM463  Topics in Communication Analysis

•  Rhetoric and Public Influence Emphasis (38-39 credits):

  • COM230L* Introduction to Rhetoric and Public Influence
  • COM318    Argumentation and Debate
  • COM361    Rhetorical Criticism
  • COM463 a Topics in Communication Analysis
  • COM498    Capstone: Rhetoric and Public Influence

Choose two Communication Analysis courses:

  • COM325  Political Communication
  • COM375  Media Criticism and Theory
  • COM463 a Topics in Communication Analysis

Choose one Oral Communication course:

  • COM301A*  Oral Interpretation
  • COM386      Advanced Public Speaking

Choose one Relational Communication course:

  • COM220    Group Communication
  • COM322     Advanced Group Communication
  • COM355Z*  Intercultural Communication
  • COM370     Interpersonal Communication

Two elective courses (6 credits) from history or political science courses (3 credits at 300-level or above)

Total Major Credits: 45-49

General Education……………… 51-52
Electives…………………………… 21-26

Total Credits: 122

* A student may also choose to use this course to meet a General Education requirement.

a Course may be repeated for credit when topics offered are different.

New Majors in the Communication Studies’ Department

The Communication Studies Department is proud to announce new and improved majors that will take effect Fall, 2014. Here is an overview of some of the changes. (To view the specific requirements, click on the name of the major):

New Majors:

  • Organizational Communication (with emphases in Strategic Communication, Event Management, and Employee Communication)
  • Highlights include: A Strategic Communication track helping students specialize in Public Relations, Strategic Social Media, and Marketing; An Event Management track preparing students to organize and manage events in a way that integrates interpersonal relationships, public relations, and business management tools; an Employee Communication track that equips students for work in people-intensive fields such as recruiting, consulting, and management
  • Independent Filmmaking
  • Highlights include: Increased training in digital storytelling and advanced filmmaking techniques as well as study in aesthetics and film theory. This major works well with a semester at the LA Film Studies Center

Revised Majors:

  • Communication Studies (Emphasis in Relational Communication and a newly organized emphasis in Rhetoric and Public Influence)
  • Changes include:  a removal of COM110N Basic Communication and lab requirements.  Relational Communication now includes an Internship requirement. The Rhetoric and Public Influence emphasis also includes a new L course and new advanced courses in Rhetorical theory.
  • Media Production
  • Changes include:  COM110N Basic Communication and lab requirements have been removed. There is also more training in production techniques such as audio and lighting.

New Minor:

  • Digital Film and Video for Actors
  • Highlights include: a creative combination of Theater and Communication courses that will help prepare actors for a career on the screen.

For a printable PDF file of majors and minors, click here:  Communication Studies Majors-Minors