Equine Journalism

Course Requirements

ENG 210: Advanced Exposition

Development of expository writing skills at an advanced level across the major academic curriculum and disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, business, etc.). Course also establishes the foundations of rhetorical theory and the application of advanced rhetorical techniques to academic writing. WI


or ENG 212: Technical Writing


COM 130: Interactive Communications and Design I

Introduction to graphic design for desktop and electronic publishing in communication using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Students will create a comprehensive media project including one-year editorial calendar, media kit, and audience analysis.

COM 201: Journalism I

Development of skills required by newspaper writing and production, including principles of interviewing, reporting, editing and design. WI

COM 230: Interactive Communications and Design II

Introduction to web communications, including Podcasting, blogging, and e-journalism. Course will cover Basic HTML code, Content Management Systems, Cascading Style Sheets, and file conversion for electronic publishing. Prerequisites: COM 130. FT

COM 355: Internship
COM 400: Assessment Portfolio (.5 course credit)

A study in writing and reflection, COM Assessment Portfolio will impart the advanced rhetorical skills that will enable a student to assemble an assessment portfolio and demonstrate mastery of the department’s assessment criteria. Prerequisite: senior standing in Mass Communications or instructor’s permission.

BIO 101: General Biology I or BIO 110 Contemporary Biology

Introduction to cell anatomy and organismal biology. The five kingdoms of life are surveyed, emphasizing distinguishing features and lifestyles. In-depth study of major organ systems of multicellular animals. Emphasis on principles underlying living organisms, problems they face and solutions that have evolved. Designed as first of two semesters of a general survey. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL

EQS 110: Intro to Equine Management

The foundation course for equestrian studies, which addresses basic equine anatomy, breeds, colors, conformation, equipment, feeding, grooming, minor veterinary care, shoeing, soundness and stable management. Lecture, demonstration, discussion; practica and experiential work required at the stable.

EQS 116: Equine Anatomy and Physiology

A study of the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems of the horse from anatomical and physiological perspectives. Prerequisite: BIO 101 or 110. Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory.

EQS 225: Equine Health Management

Examines the care of the horse, symptoms, causes, care and prevention of diseases and injuries; assisting the farrier and veterinarian; basics of blood testing, immunizations, parasites and their control; and record-keeping. Lecture, discussion, practica, laboratory and experiential work required at the stable. Prerequisites: 110, 116.

EQS 230: Intro to Training the Horse

Presents the basic concepts of a variety of traditional and modern training methods. The course provides an understanding of the horse’s natural behavior, instincts and ability to learn. Students are taught the use of aids, tack, equipment, schooling exercises and training techniques, all designed to develop a calm, obedient, forward-moving horse. Lecture, discussion and practica.

EQS 240: Intro to Teaching Horsemanship

A preparatory course for teaching the basics of safe horsemanship, emphasizing theory of riding principles, methods of instruction, safety, prevention of accidents, and supervision of groups and individual riders. Lecture, discussion, observation, practica. Prerequisites: 110, 230.

EQS 310: Equine Facility Management

A study of the management, design and operation of stables and horse farms. Includes managing employees, basics of raising crops and pastures, designing buildings, arenas, and layout, transporting horses, insurance concerns, fire prevention and farm vehicle maintenance. Lecture, discussion, practica, computer labs and site visits to local stable. Includes an experiential work requirement at the stables. Prerequisite: EQS 110.

Plus one of the following courses (chosen in consultation with academic adviser):

ENG 220: Creative Writing

Introduces students to techniques and skills in writing the four major genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction, drama and creative non-fiction. Class will consist of craft exercises, critical renderings of others’ work, self-reflective analysis and the completion of four distinct projects in portfolio format. ART

FA 118: Introduction to Photography

Introduction to basic skills of black-and-white still photography, including darkroom techniques. Lectures and examinations on the history of photography. (Students must supply their own single-lens reflex cameras.) ART

FA 120: Graphic Design I

Examines the basic types of computer graphics: pixel, object and vector based. Participants will learn the basic computer graphic tools, develop original graphics and manipulate existing graphics using popular graphics packages. Graphic layout for artistic, publication and multimedia purposes will be discussed and implemented, including the use of color, foreground, background, text and images. Prerequisite: CS 110 or permission. ART

COM 233 Integrated Marketing and Design
Examination of integrated communications practices, including blending of both traditional and electronic public relations and advertising practices and social media. Course will also explore integrated communication case studies and theory, exploration of creative practices in advertising, including brand concept, audience analysis, and design theory. A service-learning component is required. Prerequisite: COM 201 or instructor’s permission. CC

COM 303: Media Law in a Digital Age

Legal and ethics-based study of court rulings and other issues that concern journalists, especially with respect to censorship, obscenity, libel, copyright, privacy and First Amendment rights and responsibilities. ETH, WI

COM BB: Print/Online Journalism Practicum (for total of one credit)

This course is designed to provide students with the practical experience of participating in the production of a media text. Students will be involved in all aspects of preparation, production, reporting and publication design over the course of the semester. Under guidance of the Billboard adviser, students will be primarily responsible for output of the publication. Both the afternoon and evening journalism practicums will also serve as a refresher course for Journalism I and II. The Billboard adviser will provide students with the necessary instruction to be able to produce the paper, as well as work toward increasing the Billboard’s circulation and advertising clients. Prerequisite: COM 201 or permission. This may be taken as .5 or 1 course credit.

or relevant COMTopics course (per academic adviser's approval)

And one of the following courses (chosen in consultation with academic adviser)

EFT 201: Equine-Facilitated Therapeutics I

An introductory course addressing: therapeutic program development, program personnel and team-building, qualifications, and training; overview of disabilities commonly encountered in the therapeutic program; learning styles; record-keeping and use of the horse in equine-assisted activities. Prerequisite: EQS 116.

EFT 213: Training the Therapy Horse

A practical course to train the therapeutic riding horse. Students will train/retrain assigned horses in the following: leading techniques (on- and off-lead) in walk and trot; ramp safety for mounts and dismounts; acceptance of adaptive equipment; de-sensitization techniques; and working with behavior issues related to herd work, emergency situations and boredom. Prerequisite: EQS 230.

EFT 215: Equine Biomechanics and Kinesiology

A study of equine movement. A thorough understanding of how a horse moves is used to improve the posture, balance and mobility of both horse and rider. To gain an understanding of the horse’s movement in real time, students will complete a research project using video analysis, still photography and other media applications. Prerequisite: EQS 116.

EQS 125: Breeding Management

An introduction to all aspects of horse breeding including heredity, selection, the reproductive system of mares and stallions, live cover and artificial insemination, fetal development, parturition, care and handling of breeding stock and foals, and breeding farm design and management. Lectures, laboratory, and visits to breeding farms. Experiential work required at the stable. Prerequisite: 116 or permission of the director of equestrian studies.

EQS 220: Management of Equine Events

Designed for show managers, riders, trainers and instructors, this course examines the operation of various shows, trials, events and competitions, including basics of course design. Reviews national and international rules, governing bodies and organizations. Practicum experiences running college-sponsored events, lecture and discussion. Practica and experiential work requirement at the stable. Not open to first-year students.

EQS 315: Equine Performance Management

Addresses the management of the equine athlete, including nutrition, lameness and conditioning; and modern techniques of prevention and treatment of injuries. Lectures, discussion, laboratory, practica and experiential work requirement at the stable Prerequisite: 225.

EQT Equitation (for total of one course credit)

or relevant EQS Topics course (per academic adviser's approval)

Contact Information

Dr. Michael G. Cornelius
Equine Journalism Program Administrator
717-264-4141  ext. 3308

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