Fall 2018 Courses

COM 110 Experiences in Communication – 3 credits
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.

01  F  9:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. w/ Prof. Karen Beck (W105)
02 MW 9:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. TBA (W001)

COM 117 Experiences in Media Literacy – 3 credits
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.
01  F  12:15 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Beryl Williams (W019) *FLC
02 TR 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Brian Cogan (W205)

COM 120 Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature – 3 credits
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.
01 TR 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Jean Devlin (W212)

COM 122 Creative Drama – 3 credits
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.
01 R 6:35 p.m. – 9:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Jean Devlin (W205)

COM 210 Public Speaking- 3 credits
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.
01 MW 9:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. w/ Prof. Lynn Kennedy (W014)
02 MW 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. – w/ Prof. Lynn Kennedy (W014)

03 MW 5:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. – w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (W212)

COM 211 Gender and Communication- 3 credits
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.
01 TR 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (W018) *FLC
02 MW 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (W105)

03 w/ Prof. Brendan Caputo (Online)

COM 213 Intercultural Communication – 3 credits
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.
01 TR 9:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. w/Prof. Brian Cogan (W212)

COM 224 Conflict and Communication – 3 credits
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.
01 w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (Online

COM 229 Experience in Corporate Communications – 3 credits
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.
01 w/ Prof. Janet Douglas-Pryce (Online)
02 TR 9:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – TBA (W018A)
03 MW 12:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (W018) *FLC
04 F  9:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. w/ Prof. Beryl Williams (W205) *FLC

COM 230 Scriptwriting for Media – 3 credit
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.
01 MW 12:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (W004)

COM 238 Serial TV Storytelling – 3 credits
Serial dramas have inaugurated a new golden age of television. Moving away from the traditional episodic structure of primetime TV, they tell on-going stories with ensemble casts and multiple, interweaving plotlines. This class examines long-form storytelling techniques, including beats, arcs, juggling groups of complex characters and developing character change over the course of the season and series. Examples considered include Breaking Bad and The Wire.
01 MW 3:25 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. w/ Prof. Deidre Pribram (W205) 

COM 239 Public Speaking for Business – 1 credit
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.
01 w/ Prof. Janet Douglas-Pryce (Online) *9/5/18 – 10/29/18
02  M  6:35 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (W127) *9/5/18 – 10/29/18
03  M  6:35 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (W127) *11/5/18 – 12/18/18

COM 254 Public Relations – 3 credits
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 exciting company.
01 TR 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Jackie Hansen (K204)
02 MW 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (W019)

COM 256 Field Production – 3 credits
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.
01 MW 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (W017)

COM 259 Introduction to Advertising – 3 credits
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.
01
TR 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. w/ Prof. Jackie Hansen (W205)

COM 262 Social Media – 3 credits
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.

01 w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (Online)

COM 315 Orginizational Communication – 3 credits
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.
01 w/Prof. Janice Kelly (Online)

COM 354 Foundations of Media Theory – 3 credits
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.
01 MW 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Deidre Pribram (W018A)
02 MW 12:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. w/ Prof. Deidre Pribram (W019)

COM 360 Understanding Television – 3 credits
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.
01  TR 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. w/ Prof. Brian Cogan (W127)

COM 361 Media Management – 3 credits
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.
01 w/Prof. Karen Beck (Online)

COM 367 Editing and Post Production – 3 credits
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.
01 MW 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. w/ Prof. Thomas Kenny (W004)

COM 468 COM Internship I – 3 credits
01 w/Prof. Janice Kelly (Online)

COM 469 COM Internship Il – 3 credits
01
w/Prof. Janice Kelly (Online)

COM 488 COM Seminar l –  3 credits 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

01 MW 5:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Deidre Pribram (W104)
02
TR 5:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Brian Cogan (W104)