FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE
DEPT. OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION & THEATRE
 
 

 WHAT DEGREES ARE OFFERED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT?

 WHAT COURSES DO I NEED TO TAKE TO GET A SPEECH MAJOR?

THIRTY HOURS ARE REQUIRED:

 SHOULD I TAKE THE CLASSES IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER?

Yes. You should take SPCO 295 (Comm Research) during your sophomore year. That class prepares you for SPCO 325 (persuasion), and together they will prepare you for SPCO 495 (Seminar), which is usually taken during your senior year.

Other than that, you're free to take courses in any order you like. But remember, if you think you might be interested in taking production courses (video or audio), you should take the introductory courses as early as possible.

 WHAT COURSES DO I NEED TO TAKE TO GET A SPEECH MINOR?

Take fifteen hours of any Speech Communication courses except Fundamentals of Speech (SPCO 200), with at least three hours at the 300-400 level.

 HOW CAN I GET ON THE RADIO?

Your first step is to sign up for SPCO 101 or 201, Communication Practicum. In that class, you'll learn all the basics: FCC rules and regulations; how to operate studio equipment; and basic announcing techniques. Then, you can sign up for the three hour shift of your choice.

You should also sign up for communication practicum if you're interested in being a news reporter or sports announcer. You'll learn how to operate "DAD," how to use the Marti, and how to do remote broadcasts.

 HOW CAN I JOIN THE TV STAFF?

At the beginning of each semester, there is a new member meeting for MCTV. If you want to join the crew, be sure to come. If you are interested in auditioning for anchor positions, you should also attend the new member meeting. Typically, TV activity happens Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 in the TV control room.

 CAN ANYONE PARTICIPATE IN PLAYS AND/OR THE FORENSICS TEAM?

You bet. Auditions for theatre productions are open to all students, regardless of major. There are also opportunities for students to participate in directing class scenes and independent student projects.

Students who want to join the Forensics team should attend the new member meeting at the beginning of the year. For those interested in joining mid-year, contact Rachel Pollock, our Forensics coach.

 CAN I GET A SCHOLARSHIP IF I'M ALREADY A STUDENT?

Yes. Our department awards scholarships to students in four areas: Electronic Media (Radio/TV), Forensics, Theatre, and journalism. Scholars must maintain a 3.0 minimum average, participate each semester in activities related to the area the scholarship has been awarded in, and take specified courses related to the area. For more information about scholarships, click here. Applications should be submitted to the appropriate faculty member by January of each year. Scholarship awards are renewable annually. Scholarship holders must participate in and pass a review every spring.

 HOW CAN I GET A WORK-STUDY JOB IN THE DEPARTMENT?

Interviews for Radio and TV positions are usually held in the Spring, although there are often positions available for first year students in the Fall.

For applications for more information about department clerical support positions, and theatre work-study positions (carpenters, electricians, costumers, and clerical assistance), contact Mr. Ron Lauck, Technical Director and Department Chair.

 HOW CAN I GET AN INTERNSHIP IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION?

In addition to using the college's Career Services office for assistance, you should also check the department bulletin boards. Internships and entry-level positions in local markets can be found in both radio and television.

You should also talk to faculty members in the department. Often, they have contacts with alumni and local businesses who are willing to supervise interns.

Our department follows the college guidelines for internships as specified in the college catalog: "internship eligibility includes junior standing and a 2.50 cumulative GPA. Each credit hour requires 40 work hours combined with readings and written projects or papers."

 

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