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Course Descriptions

COM 100 UNDERSTANDING HUMAN COMMUNICATION (3)
A survey of the discipline of communication and its many-faceted fields. The course will examine the origins and history as well as core concepts, theories and practices at work in both mediated and non-mediated human communicative behaviors.

COM 200 INTRO TO DIGITAL MEDIA (3)
An overview of the origins and practices of digital media. Topics will include the legal, social, ethical and commercial implications in television, radio, movies, the internet, music recording and other newer emerging media.

COM 220 INTRO TO JOURNALISM (3)
A survey of the history and theories of journalism and contemporary journalistic practices. Students will learn about the function, applications and operations of print, electronic and online news media. The emergence of “New Media” and its impact upon the field will also be explored.

COM 240 PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS (3)
This course is an examination of the field of public relations in both profit and nonprofit settings. Topics will focus on the history, underlying principles, theory, practices, as well as planning and research within the field of public relations.

COM 260 COPY WRITING FOR MEDIA (3)
An exploration of the fundamentals of radio, TV and film writing processes and techniques. The course will focus on excellence in storytelling for media presentations through an examination of texts, screenplays, narratives and scripts. Prerequisites: COM 100, COM 200

COM 300r COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM (1)
Practical, hand-on experience enables students to learn by doing in multiple areas of the field of Communication. Skills are developed in audio and video production as well as in writing, editing, planning, researching, planning and managing by working on campus communication-related events, in a lab setting or through assignment to area clients. This course can be repeated up to 3 times.

COM 320 BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3)
An introduction to the basic principles and procedures of the art of digital photography as a communication medium. Topics will include techniques as well aesthetics and composition.

COM 340 UNDERSTANDING FILM (3)
This course surveys film as a societal force as well as an artistic medium. Studies will focus on the importance of film historically, as well fime technology, genre, style, narrative, aesthetics and ideology. Emphasis is also placed upon films that have impacted the culture and notable filmmakers.

 
 

COM 360 BASIC AUDIO (3)
This course focuses on basic broadcast audio production skills, practices and equipment necessary for creating audio-based media for both converged and broadcast radio and television commercials, web-based media, news, recordings and dramas. Prerequisites: COM 100, COM 200

COM 380 BASIC TV PRODUCTION (3)
This course provides an overview of basic television broadcast production information, skills and equipement to provide a working knowledge of techniques necessary for creating visual content in radio and television programing, magazine shows, news, digital media, webcasts and documentaries. Prerequisites: COM 100, COM 200

COM 400 COMMUNICATION THEORY & RESEARCH (3)
An introduction to research methodologies used in the field of communication. Topics include theoretical approaches to research, its value as a basis for studying research design, addressing qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection, and statistical and data analysis. Particular focus is placed upon research functions in the academic world and how they contribute to communication-related fields. Prerequisite: 21 hours in COM

COM 420 MULTI-MEDIA JOURNALISM (3)
This course emphasized the political, social, and economic aspects of writing and multi-media journalistic reporting at the local, national and international levels. It stresses techniques of the reporting of complex events written in language that can be understood by the average news consumer. Topics also address issues of writing and story-telling techniques that reflect the changing nature of “new media” in the digital age. Prerequisite: COM 260

COM 440 COMMUNICATION LAW (3)
An examination of the statutory law and judicial precedents affecting communication media, including publishing, broadcast, the internet, libel, obscenity, contempt of court, invastions of privacy, and copyright laws. Prerequisite: 21 hours in COM

COM 460r COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP (3)
This course is designed to enable students to acquire practical knowledge and experience by gaining access to professional communication-related work environments (i.e. newspaper, radio station, television station, production houses). This course is limited to junior and senior majors who have completed all required 200-level courses in Communication. It is repeatable up to 2 times to give a broader range of experiences for those who want to pursue additional areas in the Communication field. Prerequisite: 21 hours in COM

 

COM 480 COMMUNICATION SENIOR SEMINAR (3)
This is a Capstone Course that draws upon the prior learning of students majoring in Communication Studies. The course is individualized so that students will be able to more effectively synthesize and integrate theories, knowledge and skills they have acquired. This experience culminates in a final senior experience project. This provides a means to examine, assess and utilize the student’s competencies in order to better prepare for a career in their respective areas of Communication emphasis. Prerequisite: 21 hours in COM; Senior status