Spring 2020 Courses

COM 1100 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 (FLC) F  9:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. w/ Prof. Beryl Williams (W001)
02 (FLC) TR 10:40a.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Alice Byrnes (W001)

COM 1170 Experiences in Media Literacy – 3 credits
This course is an introduction to media analysis. Students will learn to ‘read’ media texts (films, television, social media) through the formal elements and language particular to media. Topics for film and television include camera, sound, mise-en-scene and genres. Social media analysis focuses on the elements that make up patterns and applications (online communities, privacy, content). 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 R 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. w/ Prof. Brian Cogan (W127, Hybrid– meets Thursdays only)

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/ Prof. Jean Devlin (W127)

COM 1220 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 (W105)

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.
01 (FLC) 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)
04 F 12:15 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.  w/ Prof. Beryl Williams (W001)

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 (FLC) MW 10:40 p.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (W105)
02 w/ Prof. Brendan Caputo (Online)

COM 2130 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  R 9:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. w/Prof. Brian Cogan (W127, Hybrid– meets Thursday only)

COM 2200  Media, Culture, and Society –  3 credits
Also SOC2220; may be taken as COM or SOC. Using sociological concepts, students will examine both the history of the media and the present concentration of power. Issues such as censorship, focused advertising, political cartoons and civil rights will be discussed. The students will explore both print and visual media as well as the impact of new technology with special emphasis on the Internet.
01 M 6:35 p.m – 9:25 p.m. w/ Prof. John Alberda (W014)

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 R 12:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (K003, Hybrid– meets Thursday only)

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)
02 W 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. – w/ Prof. Linda Silva Thompson (K211, Hybrid– meets Wednesdays only)
03 TR 10:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Arlene Peltola (W105)

COM 2310 Online Branding – 3 credits
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.
01
R 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (W004, Hybrid– meets Thursdays only)

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 crisis situations.
01 w/ Prof. Janet Douglas-Pryce (Online, 1/13/20 – 3/3/20)
02 M 6:35 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (W205, 3/3/20 – 5/8/20)

COM 2400 Audiences and the Music Industry – 3 credits
Also MUS2400; can be taken as COM or MUS. 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 such as iTunes, Spotify and Pandora.
01 MW 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. w/ Prof. Brian Cogan (K319A)

COM 2470 Sports Communication – 1 credit
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.
01 M 6:35 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (W025, 1/13/20- 3/2/20)

COM 2480 Online Journalism – 3 credits
Also ENG2580; may be taken as COM or ENG. 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
Also ENG2500; can be taken as COM or ENG. 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/ Prof. Brian Cogan (W018A)

COM 2520 Television Studio Production –  3 credits
A course in basic television production techniques in the studio and the control room. Hands-on study of TV multi-camera production, studio audio and lighting techniques, “live” editing and creating graphics. Practice in directing and performance.
01 MW 1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (W017)

COM 2551 Public Relations Writing – 3 credits
Also ENG2551; can be taken as COM or ENG. 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 MW 3:25 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (W117)

COM 2570 Event Planning – 1 credit
From corporate events to nonprofit celebrations, successful event planning incorporates paying impeccable attention to details and successful management. Students will learn how to prepare for events from the financial perspective to the creative outcome. Risk management assessment, evaluation of the proposed event in light of today’s surrounding environs and achieving guest goals along with post-event evaluation will be discussed.
01 W 6:35 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Jillian Johnis (W205, 1/13/20-3/4/20)

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 MW 3:25 PM-4:50 PM w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (W105)

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. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
01 w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (Online)

COM 2650 Introduction to Video Editing – 3 credits
An introduction to the process of video editing for all creative and professional industries. Students will explore methods of editing picture and sound that can be applied in an array of ways, including design projects, documentaries, sports highlight reels, music videos, commercials, corporate videos and so on. Assignments guide students through basic techniques using editing software (Adobe Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro) in order to develop a story for a particular audience. No previous production or editing experience is required.
01 MW 12:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (W004)

COM 3110  Shakespeare – 3 credits
Also ENG3110; can be taken as COM or ENG. Study and discussion of Shakespeare’s representative comedies, tragedies and history plays, with attention to his power as a poet and as a dramatic craftsman.
01 MW 9:05 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. w/ Prof. Anthony Price (S107)

COM 3130 Interpersonal Communications – 3 credits
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. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
01 MW 12:15 PM-1:40 PM w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (W105)
02 w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (Online)

COM 3320 Advanced Online Advertising and Analytics – 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 3510 Advanced Public Relations –  3 credits
Students taking this course have knowledge about what constitutes an effective PR campaign inclusive of the implementation goals/objectives, strategies, tactics and evaluation. This course presents campaigns ranging from crisis communications to media relations to employee communications and more for student analysis regarding best practices and outcomes. Students research, develop and implement persuasive alternatives to internal and external campaigns designed for various industries and organizations.
01 w/ Prof. Jacqueline Hansen (Online)

COM3520 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. Prerequisite: COM 2520 and 2560 or permission of Chairperson.
01 T 6:35 PM-9:25 PM w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (W017)

COM 3550 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 TR 12:15 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. w/ Prof. Brian Cogan (W127)

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/Prof. 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/Prof. Janice Kelly (Online)

COM 4703 Independent Study – 3 credits
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 Communications faculty. Approval of faculty member and Department Chairperson.
01 w/. Prof. Jacqueline Hansen (TBA)

COM 4910 Communications Seminar II – 3 credits
(Writing-Intensive Course) A continuation of the research project undertaken in COM 4900. 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 4900.
01 TR 5:00 PM-6:25 PM w/ Prof. Brian Cogan (W019)