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.
3 credits

COM 114 – Small 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.
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.
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.
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.
3 credits

COM 124 – Voice and Diction (Offered Fall, Spring)
Development of effective speech by attending to vocal pitch, quality, resonance and range. Dialectic variations in speech production are covered.
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.
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.
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.
3 credits

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

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 228 – Writing For The Web (Offered Fall)
Introduces the processes of writing in different styles for various online posting and distribution outlets.  Beginning with the foundations of web page layout, students ultimately learn how to design complex, multipage websites.
Writing-Intensive Course
3 credits

COM 229 – Experience in Corporate Communications
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.
3 credits

COM 230 – Scriptwriting for Media (also ENG 230) (Offered Fall, Spring)
A course that introduces the process of writing basic scripts for the web and television, including web public service announcements, webisodes, and TV fiction. The course covers script format, structure, characters, action and dialog.
Writing-intensive course.
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
This course will develop students’ public speaking and presentation skills for business. The course will emphasize 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) (Offered Spring)
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 243 – Introduction to New Media (Offered Fall, Spring)
Introduction to the rapidly changing field of new media, including web, videos and webpage design, podcasting, blogs, online communities, videogaming, and other aspects of the virtual world. The course examines these new technologies in terms of their social and communicative impact.
3 credits

COM 244 – Online Content Production
Introduction to digital media creation and design.  Students will create and edit their own websites, including web pages, videos, online resumes and ads.  Students work together and independently to create visual and written content and to critique online projects.
3 credits

COM 246 – Civic Engagement With New Media
Digital media are at the center of a powerful intersection of business interests, technological capacities, and information flows.  Users of the Internet as well as digital content creators are personally responsible for their ethical behavior on the web.  This course analyzes civic engagement and technology empowerment through various issues connected to new media usage and activism.
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 (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
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 (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 non-linear 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 301 – Feature Writing (also ENG 301)
Prerequisite: ENG 233.
3 credits

COM 302 – Photo Journalism (also ART 302) (Offered Fall)
3 credits

COM 309 – History of Digital Media (Offered Fall)
A survey of the history of web-based media and technologies in the digital information age. The course examines the transition from television to social media and peer-to-peer media technologies, beginning with MTV and CNN through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Prerequisite: COM 243.
3 credits

COM 310 – Video Storytelling for the Web (Offered Spring)
This course covers digital production in television, news, and other forms of media in our connected culture.  Students produce projects in digital video with an emphasis on the processes of storytelling.  Students will develop skills necessary to create and develop videos with the intent of posting online (YouTube, social media, websites). Prerequisite: COM 244.
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, culture, 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 330 – Advanced Scriptwriting for Media (Offered Spring, every other year)
Further development of students’ creative writing skills. In contrast to the overview provided in COM 230, students will focus on developing and completing a half-hour television or web series. Prerequisite: COM 230
3 credits

COM 331 – Online Advertising (Offered Fall)
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 341 – History of the Theatre (also ENG 341)
3 credits

COM 345 – Broadway and Beyond (also ENG 345)

3 credits

COM 349 – English Theatre and Literary Tour (also ENG 349)
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 Video 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 or 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.  Permission of chairperson.
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 Campaigns (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 interactive multimedia video projects.  Prerequisite: COM 254 or permission of chairperson.
Writing-Intensive Course
3 credits

COM 358 – Advanced Online Journalism(Offered Spring, every other year)
A continuation of COM 248 and COM 366.  Focusing on the journalistic uses of video and the web.  Students gain hands-on experience with various television and digital formats.  Covers news formats, interview techniques and digital news packages.  Stress on storytelling and writing skills.  Several news stories will be produced, edited, and posted online.  Prerequisite: COM 248, COM 366 or permission of chairperson.
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 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: Permission of chairperson.
3 credits

COM 366 – Broadcast Journalism Production
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
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 381 – Digital Applications for New Media
An introduction to the theories and basic skills of designing and editing “apps” on multiple platforms, including tablet computers and mobile devices.  Created applications incorporate animation, special effects and web publishing using Dreamweaver, Adobe Creative Suite and Web 2.0 skills.  Students produce several digital applications for both classroom and personal use. Prerequisite: COM 244 or permission of chairperson.
3 credits

COM 382 – Global New Media
An examination of the use of new media in various parts of the world. The exploration of media usage in different regions and how the population participates in new media technologies such as digital film, video, websites and social media. Discussion of the impacts of globalization is a focal point of the course. Prerequisites: COM 243, COM 244, COM 309.
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 392 – Advanced Online Content Production
A continuation of COM 244 with continued emphasis on digital media creation for multiple platforms.  Includes greater stress on creating more advanced visual, audio and textual content for online distribution.  Students will work together and independently to produce a more sophisticated website with more elaborate media content.  Prerequisite: COM 244 or permission of chairperson.
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 460 – Local Journalism Internship (also ENG 460)
3-6 credits

COM 461-464 – Semester/Summer Journalism Internships (also ENG 461-464, POL 456, 462-469)
6-15 credits

COM 466 – Internship with The Legislative Gazette (also ENG 466, POL 466)
6-9 credits

COM 467 – Summer Internship with The Congressional Quarterly (also ENG 467, POL 467)
6-15 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.
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 – Research in Communication (Offered Fall)
This course will introduce seniors in the communications (media, professional, and new media) and childhood education (communications) majors to research methodology in qualitative analysis, survey and textual-based research methodologies.  Students will choose a topic and begin a research project to be completed in COM 490 Communications Seminar.  Prerequisite: COM 354 or permission of chairperson.
Writing-Intensive Course
3 credits

COM 490 – Communications Seminar (Offered Spring)
A continuation of the research project undertaken in COM 488. Students will implement specific research methods, such as surveys, participant observation, textual analysis or institutional 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