School of Communications


Departments  

Eric Rothenbuhler, dean

School of Communications website (external to catalog)


Mission Statement

Instructors at the School of Communications are professional media educators, practitioners, artists, and theorists. We seek to promote professional excellence in communication fields; to build on the liberal arts environment of Webster University; and to remain committed to students:

  • learning current and emerging theoretical, technical, creative and managerial aspects of communications;
  • becoming aware of the aesthetic, historical, social, ethical and global aspects of communications;
  • preparing to be future industry leaders, professionals and knowledgeable consumers who can improve all aspects of communications;
  • engaging early in their future professions in communication areas through educational opportunities, field experiences, internships and interactions with professionals; and
  • becoming life-long learners of evolving communications technologies in this rapidly changing field of study.

The School of Communications houses and supports:

  • The May Gallery, a photographic exhibit space;
  • The Webster University Film Series, a comprehensive alternative film series allowing students, faculty, and community members to view independent features and documentaries, avant-garde films, animation, retrospectives, and short works and offering filmmaking workshops to students and the community;
  • The Journal, an award-winning student newspaper offering print and Internet news;
  • Gorlok TV, a student-operated television station;
  • The Galaxy, a student-operated radio station;
  • The Ampersand, an award-winning student magazine

General Education Requirements

Webster University requires all baccalaureate students to complete a General Education Program.

In 2011, the faculty of Webster University approved the Global Citizenship Program (GCP) to replace the previous General Education Program. Starting with the 2012-2013 academic year, the GCP will apply to School of Communications degree-seeking students with fewer than 30 credit hours of college credit who have not previously matriculated at a post-secondary institution. For information on the GCP program, please refer to the General Education section of this catalog.

Until June 1, 2014, School of Communications degree-seeking transfer students with less than 75 credit hours will follow the School of Communications General Education Program guidelines as described below:

Category One - Humanities (18 hours)
Literature, history, foreign language, general studies, religious studies, philosophy, visual art, dance, theatre, music, composition

Category Two - Social Sciences  (12 hours)
Political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, women's studies, multicultural studies, international relations, international studies, economics, human rights

Category Three - Math/Computer Science (6 hours)
Computer applications, computer science, mathematics, natural sciences, physical sciences

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Audio Aesthetics and Technology Department

Barry Hufker, chair

Majors and Degrees

Minors

Certificate


Department Description

Students majoring in audio production learn the art and science of audio in media. Students learn to work in a variety of audio fields, including music recording, film sound, audio for video, radio, electronic sound synthesis, theatrical sound design, sound reinforcement, audio for computer applications, and audio equipment maintenance. A hands-on approach is a key part of the program and complements lectures on audio theory. The history of the audio industry is also an important component of the program, lending perspective and offering insight into the industry's future.

Special Study Opportunities

Students learn about their fields of interest through internships at top recording studios, live sound companies and post-production facilities. In recent years, audio production students have secured internships in St. Louis as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Washington, D.C., and in Spain.

Recent internships have included BET Networks, Capitol Studios, CBS Radio, Emmis Communications, Fever Recording Studios, Ironman Sound Industries, Phat Buddha Productions, Quad Studios Nashville, SmithLee Productions, Smithsonian Folkways, Stanco Productions, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Public Radio, Studio X, and Volition Inc.

Successful graduates of the Department of Audio Aesthetics & Technology will:

  • Function professionally using a variety of audio/media technology;
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the theories underlying the science and art of audio production;
  • Perform professionally in the field of audio production.

Special Requirements

Portfolio Review
Students declaring a major within the Department of Audio Aesthetics & Technology complete portfolios of their work as part of their degree requirements. Students majoring in audio production must complete a portfolio review with a panel of faculty within their major after they have successfully completed the following course requirement:

  • AUDI 3000  Multitrack Recording


In the portfolio review process, students develop personal portfolios in their areas of interest. This mid-program portfolio review enables the faculty to gauge the talent, aptitude, and potential of students in their area of study. In addition, the process gives faculty members the opportunity to talk with students about their progress and make suggestions regarding their school program and career goals

The students' portfolios are judged on both the quality and presentation of the material. Faculty members consider accuracy, creativity, content, technical expertise in the work presented, and enthusiasm and professionalism of delivery. 

Portfolio deadlines are announced each academic year, and reviews are held each semester. Students should contact their academic advisors in the School of Communications for more specific information about portfolio review requirements as soon as they enter Webster University.

Capstone Course

Successful completion of a capstone course with a grade of B or better is part of the degree requirement for each major and emphasis. A capstone course is an advanced class designated by the major in which students demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter. The capstone course should be taken in the students' senior year.

Transfer Students

Transfer students should not expect to obtain a degree in the Department of Audio Aesthetics & Technology in less than four full semesters of sequenced courses.

Transfer students who begin taking classes at the university before June 2014 and who have completed the associate of arts (AA) degree will have satisfied the school's general education requirement. Transfer students who enroll beginning on or after June 1, 2014, and who have the associate of arts (AA) degree will have satisfied all but one of the school's general education requirements and will only need to complete, satisfactorily, the Global Citizenship Program's keystone seminar, to fulfill the general education requirements.

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in any course they wish to apply toward their major or toward the 36 required credit hours in general education. The pass/fail option is not available for courses that students wish to apply toward their major or toward their general education requirements, unless those courses are offered only under the pass/fail option. (For example, creative writing courses in the English Department are offered only as pass/fail and may count toward Category I of general education.)

Double Majors

An area of concentration (major) in the School of Communications may be combined with a major in another Webster University School or College as part of the student's bachelor of arts degree plan. Because there are so many common courses across the majors in the School of Communications,  students may not pursue more than one major within the School of Communications.

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Communications and Journalism Department

Gary Ford, chair

Majors and Degrees

Minors

Certificates

Special Study Opportunities

Internships
Students have opportunities to learn about their fields of interest through internships and externships in communication businesses and organizations. In recent years, students in the department of Communications and Journalism have secured internships at organizations in St. Louis as well as in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, and London.

Recent internships have included: CBS Radio, Coolfire Originals, Emmis Communications, KMOV-TV, KTVI-TV (Fox 2), Live Nation, Missouri Botanical Garden, Momentum Worldwide, MTV Networks, NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Nine Network of Public Media, Osborn Barr, Monsanto, Ronald McDonald House Charities, St. Louis Science Center, Schupp Company, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Magazine, and St. Louis Rams.

Independent study and reading courses add further flexibility to the established curriculum.

Double Majors

An area of concentration (major) in the School of Communications may be combined with a major in another Webster University School or College as part of the student's bachelor of arts degree plan. Because there are so many common courses across the majors in the School of Communications,  students may not pursue more than one major within the School of Communications.

Minors

The following apply to all minors:

  • A minor must be comprised of 18 credit hours taken at Webster University.
  • No course counted toward a major can also count toward a minor. If a student pursues a minor that requires a course also required for the student's major, the student should contact his or her advisor or the department chair to discuss an appropriate substitution.
  • Students may have a major and a minor within the same department in the School of Communications; they may not have a major and minor within the same area of emphasis.
  • Students must earn a grade of C- or better in any course they wish to apply toward a minor.

Special Requirements

Portfolio Review
Students declaring a major within the Department of Communications and Journalism (except in speech communication studies) complete a portfolio of their work as part of their degree requirements. Students majoring in advertising and marketing communications, public relations, scriptwriting, media literacy and media communications must complete a portfolio review with a panel of faculty within their major after they have successfully completed the following course requirements:

EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production
MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
9 credit hours as defined by each major

In the review, students develop personal portfolios of their work in their areas of interest. In addition, this mid-program review process enables the faculty to gauge the talent, aptitude, and potential of students in their area of study as well as to talk with students about their progress and make suggestions regarding their school program and career goals.

The students' portfolios are judged on both the quality and presentation of the material. Faculty members consider accuracy, creativity, content, technical expertise in the work presented, and enthusiasm and professionalism of delivery. Portfolio deadlines are announced each academic year, and reviews are held each semester.

Instead of the portfolio review panel, students majoring in journalism and global journalism complete a portfolio of their work as part of the requirement of JOUR 3300 Newspaper Production Workshop and JOUR 4700 Professional Development in Journalism, under the guidance of their professors. Students majoring in speech communication studies incorporate elements of all their course work in their culminating senior overview in place of a portfolio review.

Students should contact their academic advisors in the School of Communications for more specific information about portfolio review requirements as soon as they enter Webster University.

Capstone Course

Successful completion of a capstone course with a grade of B or better is part of the degree requirement for each major and emphasis. A capstone course is an advanced class designated by the major in which students learn to demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter. The capstone course should be taken in the students' senior year.

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in any course they wish to apply toward their major or toward the 36 required credit hours in general education. The pass/fail option is not available for courses that students wish to apply toward their major or toward their general education requirements, unless those courses are offered only under the pass/fail option. (For example, creative writing courses in the English Department are offered only as pass/fail and may count toward Category I of general education.)

Transfer Students

Transfer students should not expect to obtain a degree in the Department of Communications and Journalism in less than four full semesters of sequenced courses.

Transfer students who begin taking classes at the university before June 2014 and who have completed the associate of arts (AA) degree will have satisfied the school's general education requirement. Transfer students who enroll beginning on or after June 1, 2014, and who have the associate of arts (AA) degree will have satisfied all but one of the school's general education requirements and will only need to complete, satisfactorily, the Global Citizenship Program's keystone seminar to fulfill the general education requirements.

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Electronic and Photographic Media Department

Kathy Corley, chair

Majors and Degrees

Minors

Certificates

*Only offered in Vienna
**Only offered in Geneva and Saint Louis

Special Study Opportunities

Students learn about their fields of interest through internships and externships in communications businesses, production houses, and organizations. In recent years, Electronic and Photographic Media students have secured internships in St. Louis as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Japan, and Thailand.

Recent internships have included Bruton Stroube Studios, Clear Channel Communications, Coolfire Media, Coolfire Originals, ESPN, Integrity, Dreyfus & Associates Photography, KMOV-TV, KTVI-TV (Fox 2), Mercury Labs, Momentum Worldwide, MTV Networks, Nine Network of Public Media, Photo Source, Saint Louis Science Center, Simutronics, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Magazine, and The Telegraph. 

Special Requirements

Portfolio Review
Students declaring a major within the Department of Electronic and Photographic Media (except in animation, film production and interactive digital media) complete portfolios of their work as part of their degree requirements. Students majoring in video production, film studies, and photography, and some students in film production must complete a portfolio review with a panel of faculty within their major after they have successfully completed the following course requirements:

EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production
MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
9 credit hours as defined by each major

Students majoring in animation, interactive digital media, and film production must apply and receive approval for a petition to proceed with their senior overview in lieu of a portfolio review.

In the portfolio review process, students develop personal portfolios in their areas of interest. In addition, the process enables the faculty to gauge the talent, aptitude, and potential of the students in their area of study. This mid-program portfolio review gives faculty members the opportunity to talk with students about their progress and make suggestions regarding their school program and career goals.

The student's portfolio is judged on both the quality and presentation of the material. Faculty members consider accuracy, creativity, content,  technical expertise in the work presented, and enthusiasm and professionalism of delivery when judging the student for formal admittance into his or her major in the Department of Electronic and Photographic Media.

Portfolio deadlines are announced each academic year, and reviews are held each semester. Students should contact their academic advisors in the School of Communications for more specific information about portfolio review requirements as soon as they enter Webster University.

Capstone Course

Successful completion of a capstone course with a grade of B or better is part of the degree requirement for each major and emphasis. A capstone course is an advanced class designated by the major in which students learn to demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter. The capstone course should be taken in the student's senior year.

Transfer Students

Transfer students with prior coursework in communications must meet with an advisor to determine placement within the curriculum.
Transfer students should not expect to obtain a degree in the Department of Electronic and Photographic Media in less than four full semesters of sequenced courses.

Transfer students who begin taking classes at the university before June 2014 and who have completed the associate of arts (AA) degree will have satisfied the school's general education requirement. Transfer students who enroll beginning on or after June 1, 2014, and who have the associate of arts (AA) degree will have satisfied all but one of the school's general education requirements and will only need to complete, satisfactorily, the Global Citizenship Program's keystone seminar to fulfill the general education requirements.

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in any course they wish to apply toward their major or toward the 30 required credit hours in the Global Citizenship Program (GCP) or the 36 required hours in the previous School of Communications General Education Program. The pass/fail option is not available for courses that students wish to apply toward their major or toward their general education requirements, unless those courses are offered only under the pass/fail option. (For example, creative writing courses in the English Department are offered only as pass/fail and may count toward Category I of general education.)

Double Majors

An area of concentration (major) in the School of Communications may be combined with a major in another Webster University School or College as part of the student's bachelor of arts degree plan. Because there are so many common courses across the majors in the School of Communications,  students may not pursue more than one major within the School of Communications.

Minors

The following apply to all minors:

  • A minor must be comprised of 18 credit hours taken at Webster University.
  • No course counted toward a major can also count toward a minor.
  • Students may have a major and a minor within the same department in the School of Communications; they may not major and minor within the same area of emphasis.
  • Students must earn a grade of C- or better in any course they wish to apply toward a minor.

Certificate Programs

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses applied toward the certificates.

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