Communications Courses

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COM 110 – Experiences in Communication (Offered Fall, Spring)
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with basic theories in verbal communication, nonverbal communication, and advertising. Students will develop their communication skills through group discussion, oral presentations, and an analysis of ads in print media. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
3 credits

COM 114 – Group Discussion (Offered Fall, Spring)
This course explores the cultural, psychological, and semantic aspects of group discussion. Areas of study include group dynamics, team building, and cooperative decision making. Participants will develop their skills in research, group work and oral presentations. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
3 credits

COM 117 – Experiences in Media Literacy (Offered Fall, Spring)
This course is an introduction to media analysis. Students will learn to ‘read’ media texts (film, television, websites) through the formal elements and language particular to media. Topics for film and television include camera, sound, mise-en-scene and genres. Website analysis focuses on the elements that make up web pages (video, still images, audio, text, graphics). Student assignments emphasize oral presentations. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
3 credits

COM 120 – Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature (Offered Fall, Spring)
Study of representative types of literature for children including the picture book, folk literature, modern tales and poetry. Practice in communicating this literature through storytelling and other forms of interpretation. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. Meets the Speech Communication General Education requirement for Childhood Education majors only. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
3 credits

COM 122 – Creative Drama (Offered Fall)
Development of poise and self-confidence through participation in pantomime, improvisation and exercises to expand creativity in expression and movement. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
3 credits

COM 131 – Understanding Social Media
The course covers the emerging trend of social media. Students will learn about different forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), how they are used, the social and ethical issues they raise and the ways they are altering our culture.
1 credit

COM 210 – Public Speaking (Offered Fall, Spring)
Experience in the preparation, design, and delivery of oral presentations, including an understanding of audiences and settings. Attention will be given to techniques of informative and persuasive speeches. Emphasis on the development of professional presentation and speaking skills.  A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
3 credits

COM 211 – Gender and Communication (Offered Fall, Spring)
Study of the complex ways in which communication, gender and culture interact. Exploration of the ways gender is socially constructed and how one’s verbal, nonverbal, and mediated communication affirms or challenges prevailing gender standards. Students will participate in research and oral presentations on gender-related topics. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
3 credits

COM 213 – Intercultural Communication (Offered Fall, Spring)
An exploration of global and national multiculturalism, focusing especially on communication processes. Designed to give students the knowledge to become effective communicators with people from diverse international cultures and American co-cultures.  A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
3 credits

COM 222 – Media, Culture, and Society (also SOC 222)
3 credits

COM 224 – Conflict and Communication (Offered Fall)
This course examines conflict in everyday life with a particular focus on the role that communication plays in the development and management of conflict situations. The course will cover the primary literature on conflict and communication: definitions and concepts, negotiation, power, causes and development of conflict in interpersonal, organizational and intercultural settings, with some attention to conflict management strategies. However, the course will primarily focus on the application of theory to conflict in the everyday life of people.

COM 225 – Family Communication (Offered Spring)
An introduction to communication phenomena in the setting of the family. The goal is to understand how we develop, maintain, enhance or disturb family relationships through communication. The course covers verbal and nonverbal skills as they apply to family communication.
3 credits

COM 229 – Experience in Corporate Communications (Offered Fall, Spring)
This introductory course examines important corporate communication areas, such as internal and external forms of communication and considers the ways in which mass media and new technology have influenced how we communicate. In addition, particular emphasis is focused on the development of writing, speaking, interpersonal, team and leadership skills. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. Meets the Speech Communication Speech General Education requirement for students in Business programs of study only.
3 credits

COM 230 – Scriptwriting for Media (also ENG 230) (Offered Fall, Spring)
A course that introduces the process of writing basic scripts for television and the web, including public service announcements, webisodes and TV fiction. The course covers script format, structure, characters, action and dialog.
Writing-intensive course.
3 credits

COM 231 – Online Branding (Offered Fall)
An introduction to branding that will showcase a student’s skills, expertise and accomplishments through the web. Students will begin creating their “individual brand” by writing a cover letter and resume, developing strategies for their social media sites and organizing content for potential employers. Students work together and independently to promote their “brand” over particular channels.
3 Credits

COM 232 – Professional Content Development
A course for professional communications students to learn diverse media techniques, tools and platforms. All technologies will be examined to incorporate into professional and organizational projects. Students will create mutimedia content into a portfolio to distribute over the web to reach potential clients. Procedures into maintaining and administering online products will also be evaluated.
3 Credits

COM 233 – Introduction to News Writing (also ENG 233)
3 credits

COM 234 – Journalism Practicum (also ENG 234)
3 credits

COM 235 – Film and Drama Criticism (also ENG 235)
1-3 credits

COM 237 – Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion (also PHI 237)
3 credits

COM 239 – Public Speaking for Business (Offered Fall, Spring)
This course will develop students’ public speaking and presentation skills for business. The course emphasizes elements of a good speech, key message development and effective communication in crisis situations.
1 credit

COM 240 – Audiences and the Music Industry (also MUS 240)
This course will study how audiences engage with the social, political and business practices of the contemporary recording industries, an increasingly significant aspect of media corporations. Attention will be given not only to major industry giants but also to alternative production and digital distribution models.
3 credits

COM 242– Television Production for Non-Majors
An introductory course designed specifically for non-communications majors. An overview of television production combining elements of the studio/control room and location production in the field. Students will become familiar with the entire TV/video process from scripting and shooting through editing.
3 credits

COM 247 – Sports Communication
Students will examine the relationship between sports and media (print, online, radio, television and film). Key issues include sports and violence (on and off the field), gender participation and gender neutrality in coverage, as well as, economic and political considerations.
1 credit

COM 248 – Online Journalism (also ENG 258) (Offered Spring)
An introduction to the rapidly growing field of online journalism. A hands-on course that utilizes standard journalism techniques for research and storytelling, adapting these for the web while also considering legal and ethical aspects of the profession. Storytelling for the web, online news, web layout and other techniques of the online journalist will be covered.
3 credits

COM 252 – Television Studio Production (Offered Fall)
A course in basic television production techniques in the studio and the control room. Hands-on study of high-definition TV multi-camera production, studio audio and lighting techniques, digital editing and graphics. Practice in directing and performance.
3 credits

COM 254 – Public Relations (Offered Fall)
Comprehensive study of public relations including identifying and researching internal and external publics, dealing with print and electronic media, advertising and direct mail. The course emphasizes the basic skills of the public relations field and analyzes aspects of public opinion. Students design a public relations campaign for an exiting company.
3 credits

COM 255 – Public Relations Writing (also ENG 237) (Offered Spring)
This course explore approaches and techniques for conducting research and writing within the public relations context. Components include: journalistic research, copy-writing, research and writing for broadcast, web research and writing for the web. The course focuses on writing skills, attention to one’s audience and how professionals deal with issues ethically.
Writing-Intensive Course
3 credits

COM 256 – Field Production (Offered Fall)
Location shooting using portable field equipment. Students will become familiar with digital single-camera techniques, location audio, producing and directing, as well as digital editing processes. Assignments include the completion of several short video projects.
3 credits

COM 257 – Events Planning
The course will explore the skills needed to successfully create, plan, and implement events as well as learn how to manage staff and staffing problems. Topics will also include areas of risk management, financial control, and successful event evaluation.
1 credit

COM 259 – Introduction to Advertising (Offered Fall)
An exploration of advertising design in a free-market economy and its effects on society. Students explore the history of advertising, as well as current practices and techniques from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Students are introduced to the organization of advertising professions and processes from the perspective of consumers, market research, media planning, concept of campaign creation, measuring advertising effectiveness, and budgeting.
3 credits

COM 260 Research in Communications (Offered Spring)
An introduction to scholarly research in the field of communications. Students will search for, carefully read and provide detailed written summaries of journal articles. They will also learn how to create a properly formatted works cited page. Assignments include writing research papers, with multiple drafts, based on scholarly articles.
3 Credits

COM 261 Media in the 21st Century (Offered Spring)
This course is a companion to COM 355 History of Media. Media in the twenty-first Century examines the historical background and impact of more recent technologies. Specifically, this course will examine how different types of mass media, such as the television, phone and Internet, have been augmented in ways that were unanticipated fifty years ago. The class will look at the development of recent media and teech industies tah are helping shape our mediated world.
3 Credits

COM 262 Social Media (Offered Fall, Spring)
The course covers the emerging trend of social media. Students will learn about different forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) how they are used, the social and ethical issues they raise and the ways they are altering our culture.
3 Credits

COM 301 – Feature Writing (also ENG 301)
Prerequisite: COM/ENG 233.
3 credits

COM 311 – Shakespeare (also ENG 311)
3 credits

COM 313 – Interpersonal Communication (Offered Spring)
The course focuses on the development of the interpersonal communication skills necessary for building and maintaining positive relationships in both a personal and professional environment. Topics of study include an orientation to interpersonal communication, verbal and non-verbal communication in career and personal relationships, perception of self and others, listening, managing conflict, response skills, cultural and gender considerations, characteristics of leadership and effective work groups and job interviewing. Students will study various theories and practice skill development.
3 credits

COM 315 – Organizational Communication (Offered Fall)
Analysis of how organizations are produced and affected by communication. An in-depth examination and application of theories, contemporary perspectives and research in the fields of organizational communication. Topics include organizational structures and cultures, socialization, decision making, diversity, stress, burnout, technology processes and leadership. Designed for students interested in business, human services, education administration and other professional settings.
3 credits

COM 331 – Online Advertising
An understanding of the many uses of online outlets in contemporary advertising fields. The course emphasizes the application of advertising concepts and methodology for web-based platforms, including audiences, demographics, layout, media placement, etc. Students design and implement advertising campaigns in an interactive educational format.
3 credits

COM 351 – Advanced Public Relations (Offered Spring, every other year)
Students research, develop and implement persuasive and promotional campaign strategies appropriate to corporate, governmental and non-profit organizations. This advanced course is designed for those who desire specialized skills in public relations and promotional communication. Emphasis is placed on tactics such as investor relations and employee communications. Prerequisite: COM 254, COM 255, or COM 357.
3 credits

COM 352 – Advanced Television Production (Offered Spring)
A continuation of COM 252 and COM 256, with emphasis on how high-definition video sequences are constructed from scripting and shooting through editing and post production. Includes greater stress on audio (audio board, microphones, digital recording and mixing) and lighting techniques for both studio and field production. Digital post production (editing, graphics) and the roles and responsibilities of the TV/video director and other personnel are also covered.
Prerequisite: COM 252, COM 256 or permission of chairperson.
3 credits

COM 354 – Foundations of Media Theory (Offered Fall)
An introduction to the major theories influencing contemporary media studies. Media and new media will be explored as multifaceted entities that include texts, industries and audiences.
Prerequisites: Two 200- or 300-level COM studies courses.
3 credits

COM 355 – History of Media (Offered Spring)
A survey of the development of media in human communications including newspapers, film, radio, television and the web. Consideration of technological, industrial, and audience dimensions. Attention to the further development of media research and analysis skills.
3 credits

COM 356 – Film Art (also ENG 356) (Offered Spring)
Popular films have a profound influence on our individual and cultural identities. This course emphasizes aesthetic, technical and narrative aspects of popular film focusing especially on how they create meanings. Illustrative examples are screened.
3 credits

COM 357 – Digital Public Relations (Offered Spring)
This course examines the important role new media have on public relations. In the professional environment of a public relations agency, students design and implement campaigns for local companies/non-profits in a digital format. This includes basic web design, digital brochures, newsletters, press releases, social media campaigns and multimedia video projects.  Prerequisite: COM 254 or permission of chairperson.
Writing-Intensive Course
3 credits

COM 360 – Understanding Television (Offered Fall)
An analysis of the origin, development, and cultural meanings of television in the life of Americans from its inception to the present day. Emphasis on how people make meaning of their lives through television and how the narratives of television help to shape society.
3 credits

COM 361 – Media Management (Offered Fall)
This course is designed to introduce the students to standards, practices and principles of business and management in the context of broadcast television. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and research current media issues. These issues will include all areas of the broadcast television business with an emphasis on television syndication, programming and research, and specifically how these areas are evolving with technology.
3 credits

COM 362 – Final Cut Pro
This course introduces students to basic editing principles using Final Cut Pro. Students learn to perform techniques such as project settings, audio and picture editing, effects, graphics and final output. The students will develop an understanding of Final Cut Pro editing software through exercises, tutorials and assignments.
1 credit

COM 364 – Foundations of Communications Theory
Theoretical and empirical literature on human communication and its complex systems. The study of messages, interactions, and meaning in the processes of verbal and nonverbal communication. Topics include language, message flow, organizational culture, power and politics. Theories covered include standpoint theory, agenda setting, uncertainty reduction theory, functionalism and cultural theories.
Prerequisites: Two 200- or 300-level COM studies courses.
3 credits

COM 366 – Broadcast Journalism (Offered Spring)
An introduction to different types of news broadcasts and the structure of the broadcast news program. Students write, produce, shoot, and edit news videos. The course also covers the history of broadcast news as well as exploring contemporary electronic news gathering technologies and issues. Prerequisite: COM 242, 252 or 256
3 credits

COM 367 – Editing and Post Production (Offered Spring)
An in-depth look at the processes of digital editing and post production, including picture editing, sound editing, music, sound effects, mixing and graphics (titles, credits). Students will explore various aesthetic concepts that contribute to editing creativity and will consider how editing decisions can alter a program’s meanings. Assignments take students through stages of rough cuts to a fine cut. Prerequisite: COM 242, 252, 256 or 366.
3 credits

COM 390 – Topics in Communication Arts
In-depth study of topics not included in the regular course offerings. Title of the course will be announced prior to the term offered. Prerequisite: approval of chairperson. This course may be repeated for credit.
1-3 credits

COM 452 – Television Production Practicum
This course allows students to build on the field- and studio-production skills learned in COM 252, COM 256, and COM 352. Students will stage, light, shoot, direct, and edit an entire program, providing a more complex understanding of the processes involved in television production. Prerequisites: COM 252 or COM 256, and COM 352 or permission of the chairperson.
3 credits

COM 468-469 – Communications Internships (Offered Fall, Spring)
An opportunity for semester or summer involvement in selected professional and/or business organizations, including television networks, public relations departments and other appropriate concerns. Students will be supervised by department personnel and by cooperating personnel in the organization to which they are attached during the internship. unior status and Chairperson permission needed. Students are required to complete 120 hours at their internship site along with four or more scheduled meetings with their faculty member.
3-6 credits

COM 470 – Independent Study (Offered Fall, Spring)
Independent study in an area approved by the Chairperson for students with a minimum index of 3.0 in Communications. The student works under the guidance of a member of the Communication faculty. Approval of faculty member and Department Chairperson.
1-3 credits

COM 488 – Communications Seminar I (Offered Fall)
This course will introduce seniors in the communications (media and professional) and childhood education (communications) majors to research methodology in qualitative analysis. Students will conduct scholarly research and write a literature review in the topic area they have chosen. The thesis paper will be completed in COM 490 Communications Seminar II. Prerequisite: COM 354 or permission of chairperson.
Writing-Intensive Course
3 credits

COM 490 – Communications Seminar II (Offered Spring)
A continuation of the research project undertaken in COM 488. Students will implement specific research methods, such as surveys, participant observation or textual analysis. They complete their theses by analyzing and writing up their research findings. The finished thesis will be presented orally and in correct written format.  Prerequisite: COM 488
Writing-intensive course
3 credits