Spring 2021 Courses

COM 1100 Experiences in Communication (FLC) – 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/ Beryl Williams (Online Synchronous)
02 TR 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/Alice Byrnes (Online Synchronous)

COM 1200 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. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
01 M 6:35 p.m. – 9:25 p.m. w/ Dr. Jean Devlin (H020)

COM 2100 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.
02 MW 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Lynn Kennedy (Online Synchronous)
03 MW 5:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (C111)

COM 2110 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 MW 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/ Dr. Janice Kelly (Online Synchronous)
02 w/ Prof. Brendan Caputo (Online)

COM 2150 Communications in Healthcare – 1 credit
This course is designed to advance knowledge of health communication theory, research and practice. The major course objective is to provide a solid foundation for evaluating and conducting health communication campaigns including planning, initiation and assessment. The focus will be upon the various contexts of health communication including interpersonal, small group, mass media and organizational templates for message generation. By the course’s culmination, it is hoped a broader appreciation will be cultivated for and understanding of the importance, value and impact of health communication upon patients, families, caregivers, nurses, physicians and health care managers. Specifically, through readings, in-class lecture, discussion, assignments and experiential activities, this class will explore the theory, research and skills associated with communicating in various care contexts.
01 w/ Dr. Beryl Williams (Online; 3/11/21 – 5/7/21)

COM 2250 Family Communication- 3 credits
 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.
01 w/ Dr. Janice Kelly (Online)

COM 2290 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)
03 w/ Prof. Arlene Peltola (Online)

COM 2390 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 a crisis situation.
01 w/ Prof. Janet Douglas-Pryce (Online; 1/19/21 – 3/9/21)
02 w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (M – 6:35 p.m. – 9:25 p.m. P060; 3/15/21 – 5/7/21)
03 w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (M 6:35 p.m. – 9:25 p.m. P060; 1/19/21 – 3/9/21)

COM 2480 Online Journalism – 3 credits
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.
01 w/ Prof. Nicole Stevens (Online)

COM 2500 Film Art – 3 credits
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. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
01 MW 12:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. w/ Dr. Pribram (Online Synchronous)

COM 2551 Public Relations Writing – 3 credits
Writing-Intensive Course This writing-intensive course introduces students to the various communication tools used by Public Relations (PR) professionals. Students will learn how to develop a content strategy and write press releases, PSAs (Public Service Announcements), fact sheets, mission statements, corporate bios, feature releases, photo captions, crisis communication statements and more. Writing and editing effective copy are learned as PR tactics to achieve goals aimed at addressing the needs of internal and external audiences across a variety of platforms.
01 w/ Prof. Jacqueline Hansen (Online)

COM 2600 Research in Communications – 3 credits
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.
01 w/ Dr. Tom Kenny (Online)

COM 2620 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, Snapchat, etc.), how they are used, the social and ethical issues they raise and the ways they are altering our culture. Students are assigned various individual presentation along with team debates. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work.
01 w/ Dr. Tom Kenny (Online)

COM 2690 Career Development – 1 credit
This course is designed to improve the ability of students to describe their accomplishments and sell their ideas in situation like professional networking, company meetings and interviews. It teaches professional writing skills and workplace integration for new jobs. Students will learn to create career plans that require them to research career options and potential employers and prepare a development roadmap that will lead them to success within their chosen profession.
01 w/ Dr. Janice Kelly (Online; 3/11/21 – 5/7/21)

COM 3130 Interpersonal 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 MW 12:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. w/ Dr. Janice Kelly (Online Synchronous)

COM 3320 Advanced Online Advertising – 3 credits
This course will provide students with a deeper understanding of advertising and promotional practices in today’s marketplace. Overall campaign strategies and creatives will be evaluated for effectiveness and/or recommended follow-up. Campaigns can be designed around continuance of slogans, brand imagery and/or take on social issues and more. Students will be challenged to re-think creative and media strategies against current and applied consumer and audience analytics.
01 w/ Prof. Karen Beck (Online)

COM 3520 Advanced Field Production – 3 credits
A continuation of COM 2520 and COM 2560, 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 postproduction (editing, graphics) and the roles and responsibilities of the TV/video director and other personnel are also covered.
01 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. w/ Dr. Tom Kenny (W017)

COM 3550 01 History of Media – 3 credits
A survey of the development of media in human communications including newspapers, film and radio. Consideration of technological, industrial, and audience dimensions. Attention to the further development of media research and analysis skills.
01 w/ Dr. Tom Kenny (Online)

COM 3670 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 creatively and will consider how editing decisions can alter a program’s meanings. Assignments take students through stages of rough cuts to a fine cut.
01 12:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. w/ Dr. Tom Kenny (W004)

COM 4600 COM Internship I – 3 credits
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. Junior 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. COM 4620 may not be requested without Chairperson permission.
01 w/ Dr. Janice Kelly (Online)

COM 4610 COM Internship Il – 3 credits
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. Junior 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. COM 4620 may not be requested without Chairperson permission.
01 w/ Dr. Janice Kelly (Online)

COM 4910 Communications Seminar II – 3 credits
Writing-Intensive Course This course will introduce seniors in the communications 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 4910 Communications Seminar II. Prerequisite: Junior status or permission of Chairperson.
01 MW
3:25 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. w/ Dr. Deidre Pribram (Online Synchronous Meetings)
02 MW 5:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. w/ Dr. Deidre Pribram (Online Synchronous Meetings)