Course Description - Department of Communication

COMMUNICATION COURSES


COMM 1401 Honors Course in Speech Communication As Critical Citizenship (3)
Understanding, practicing and monitoring speech communication as a message centered activity. Alternative for COMM 1402. Credit not granted for taking both COMM 1401 and COMM 1402
Prerequisite: 3.0 grade point average or letter of recommendation

COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship (3)
Understanding and practicing speech communication as a central value of a civil society. It is this value that provides the frame for producing, presenting, interpreting and evaluating oral messages in dyadic, small group, and public speaking contexts. General Education Foundations Course
Prerequisite: Qualification for the 3-contact-hour ENG 1030 or completion ENG 1030 and COMM SCI 0412 requirements.

COMM 2405 Public Speaking (3)
Analysis, preparation and delivery of messages through public presentation.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402 or permission of instructor.

COMM 2410 Debate (3)
A study of reasoning, evidence, proof and formal debate.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 2425 Interpersonal Communication (3)
Communication theories applied to our experience in interaction with ourselves and others.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.
Writing Emphasis Course

COMM 3410 Voice and Speech (3)
Voice and speech improvement, treating the voice as an animate, subjective, living phenomenon.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 3420 Interviewing (3)
The interview as a communication technique for gathering and providing information in order to meet a variety of personal, strategic and professional needs. Focus on both theoretical and practical principles of interviewing. Emphases include informative and persuasive interviews in diverse settings such as, medical, news gathering, employment, recruitment, appraisal, research, sales, and counseling interviews.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402

COMM 3425 Nonverbal Communication (3)
An examination of the concepts of nonverbal communication including the study of space, touch, body movements, as well as facial and vocal expression. Emphasis on integrating theory and research of nonverbal communication.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 3430 Family Communication (3)
An examination of the influence communication plays in defining and shaping family interaction and family members roles and rules. Emphasis on integrating theory with personal experience of family communication.
Prerequisite : COMM 1402

COMM 3510 Persuasive Communication (3)
Examination of the nature of persuasion in human interaction situations.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 3520 Organizational Communication (3)
An introduction to traditional and contemporary theories as well as a survey of the current organizational communication literature. Emphasis on integrating organizational communication theory and research.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 3525 Communication and Conflict Resolution (3)
Analysis of communication messages that create, build, maintain and resolve conflict on an interpersonal or societal level.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 3530 Communicating Across Cultures (3)
Exploration of theories and methods of communication competence and communication effectiveness in intercultural situations.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402 or permission of instructor.

COMM 3570 Cinema as Cross-Cultural Communication (3)
A study of cultural diversity as presented in cinema from different countries.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 3590 Business and Professional Communication (3)
An introduction to the principles, practice and importance of oral presentations within business and professional settings. Application of presenting informative and persuasive reports and research.
Prerequisite: COMM 2405.

COMM 3630 Gender, Language and Communication (3)
Students analyze different communication processes and behaviors that create and recreate gender roles and ideals for both women and men.
Prerequisites: COMM 1402.

COMM 3660 Public Relations (3)
An introduction to public relations, including examination of the principles and practices of the field.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 3660- SL Public Relations: Service Learning (1)
Application of public relations principles and techniques through volunteer activities at a nonprofit organization. Credit for this course will only count as a free elective; it may not be applied as a major elective.
Prerequisite: Must be taken in conjunction with COMM 3660.

COMM 3675 Media Advertising (3)
An examination of the concepts and processes of media advertising focusing on the economic, regulatory, global and social forces that impact on the management of advertising campaigns in radio, television, cable and telecommunication industries. Students will complete a three part advertising campaign.

COMM 3690 Health Communication (3)
Health care delivery as a communication system and development of abilities as communicators within the system.

COMM 3700 Community Building and Advocacy (3)
Study of organizing community members and groups to bring about social change through effective use of communication skills and practices. Persuasive strategies for planning, implementation and evaluation of advocacy campaigns.
Prerequisites: COMM 1402

COMM 3720 Introduction to Communication and Media Theory (3)
Introduction to communication and media theories. Students will be introduced to the fundamental theories of the Communication discipline. This course is foundational in preparing students for core advanced classes in the Communication Department.
Writing Emphasis Course

COMM 3960 Topics in Communication (3)
Examination of issues and developments in communication theory, research and practice. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402 or permission of instructor.

COMM 3970 Political Communication (3)
An examination of the uses and effectiveness of a range of communication strategies.and tactics to achieve political standing in American society. Social consequences of those strategies and tactics are investigated.
Prerequisites: Comm 1402 or permission of instructor

COMM 3975-3977 Communication Practicum: Independent Study (1, 2, 3)
An individualized course focusing on a specific aspect of production. Emphasis placed on practical application of technical, performance or writing skills communication.
Prerequisites: permission of instructor.

COMM 4204 Communication Ethics (3)
An exploration of the communication-ethics connection with implications for understanding and evaluating the quality of personal and professional relationships within society.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402 or permission of instructor

COMM 4208 Event Planning and Management (3)
Examines the role of communication in professional event planning, management and development. Events for both business and nonprofit sectors are considered. Course focus includes event appropriateness, theme, tasks, responsibilities, budget, and promotion. Students will organize and participate in several local events.
Prerequisites: Comm 1402, ID 2415 or permission of instructor

COMM 4350 Consulting and Training in Communication (3)
Examination of the theories, principles, models, and practices in communication consulting and training programs. Emphasis on practical application including research, needs, programs, training and development sessions, and program evaluation.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402, ID 2415 or permission of instructor.

COMM 4510 Communication and Popular Culture (3)
The study of contemporary rhetorical tools of criticism as applied to ideological messages in speech, art, music, television, radio and drama.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 4520 Communication and Technology (3)
An examination of new technology’s impact within various communication contexts.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 4610 Communication and Law (3)
An examination of the communication of lawyers, judges, litigants and jurors in the criminal and civil justice system. Survey of communication as it applies to the legal context.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402.

COMM 4615 Communication and Mediation (3)
The practical training and theoretical understanding of mediators and mediation. Understanding the tradition, history, and theory behind mediation, as well as implications of/for alternative dispute resolution, and practical, hands-on training in the communication processes of mediation.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor

COMM 4620 Public Relations Writing (3)
Preparing written public relations material and portfolio.
Prerequisite: COMM 3660.

COMM 4625 Communication and Negotiation (3)
Communication skills to negotiate personal, community, and high stakes disputes. Constructive problem solving approaches to find solutions to meet the needs of all disputants.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

COMM 4640 Public Relations Cases (3)
Analyses of effective public relations principles in a legal and ethical context.
Prerequisite: COMM 3660.

COMM 4880 Travel Learn: Organizational Leadership Across Cultures (3)
Educational tour of a designated country, with emphasis upon learning through supervised on-site experience visiting with leaders in corporations, government, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit organizations, and/or cultural institutions. Tour duration approximately seven to 15 days; destination and travel costs will vary. May be used as a free elective. May be repeated once for credit if the destination is different.
Prerequisite: COMM 1402

COMM 4955, 4956 and 4957 Cooperative Education: Work Study in Communication (3, 6, and 12)
Supervised placement in an employment position utilizing background in Communication. COMM 4955 and COMM 4956 may be repeated for credit. A maximum of twelve (12) credit hours in cooperative education may be applied toward the B.A. Degree.
Prerequisites: Minimum of 24 credit hours in Communication courses, approval of advisor in Communication and a 3.0 GPA.

COMM 4962 Communication Research Seminar (3)
Advanced level research course that integrates learned theoretical knowledge with methods to prepare students for skills needed as a communication specialist. Qualitative and quantitative research tools will be learned. Students will create original research papers.
Prerequisite: At least 90 credits toward graduation and completion of all core communication requirements or permission of instructor.

FILM COURSES


FILM 2500 Sight, Sound, Motion (3)
An examination of film/video as artistic expression, including lighting, sound, camera angle, editing, effects, etc. using films or excerpts of films as example.

FILM 2600 Film History (3)
A survey course in the historical development of the American film industry up to 1980. An analysis of themes, aesthetic standards, and societal influence of film as business and art.
Prerequisites: FILM 2500

FILM 3000 Film Theory (3)
A survey of film: Students will examine the major film theories through film screenings and related lectures and discussion.
Prerequisite: FILM 2500

FILM 3100 Film Production I (3)
Students will write, produce, direct and edit short film exercises in order to learn the basic techniques of filmmaking through digital video.
Prerequisites: MED 2400 or FILM 2500

FILM 3200 International Film (3)
International and multicultural contributions to the art of film examined through screenings and lectures.
Prerequisites: FILM 2600

FILM 3300 Documentary Film (3)
Introduction to the genre and production of documentary films. Emphasis on production skills, including idea generation, scripting, camera operation, sound gathering and digital editing with the style and format of documentary storytelling.
Prerequisite: FILM 3100

FILM 3400 Film History II (3)
Examination of the development of the film industry in America since the 1970s, including the history, changing business patterns and digital impact. Also a look at the major directors and actors and some of their best work of our time and the independent film industry.
Prerequisite: FILM 2600

FILM 3500 Film Production II (3)
Film workshop emphasizes techniques of film writing, producing, directing, editing, lighting and sound, at an advanced level.
Prerequisites: FILM 3100

FILM 3600 Scriptwriting (3)
Develop and understand film and television script formats, and learn the techniques to write scripts for different genres. Also a brief introduction to the writers’ marketplace, fees and contracts.
Prerequisite: FILM 2500

FILM 3900 Animation I (3)
Basic film animation techniques using computer software programs.
Prerequisite: FILM 2500

FILM 4000 Topics in Film (3)
Examination of issues and developments in film theory, research and practice. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different.
Prerequisite: FILM 2500

FILM 4100 Film Editing (3)
Film Editing is a hands on non-linear editing course for basic editing such as montage, linear, and post-modern editing techniques.
Prerequisite: FILM 3500

FILM 4300, 4301, 4302 Film Practicum (1,2, 3)
An individualized course focusing on a specific aspect of production. Emphasis placed on practical application of technical, performance, management, or written skills in film.
Prerequisites: FILM 2600 and FILM 3000 or permission of instructor.

FILM 4400 Thesis Project (3)
Advanced level film production thesis project, individually or group.
Prerequisites: FILM 3500 and permission of intstructor (not on Datatel at all)

FILM 4500 Film Festival (3)
Upper level course prepares student productions for film festival entry, and may include film festival management.
Prerequisite: FILM 3500 and a completed film project accepted by the departmental faculty film review committee, or permission of instructor.

FILM 4700,01, 02 Film Internship (3)
Student supervised placement in an employment position utilizing background in FILM courses. FILM 4700 and FILM 4701 may be repeated for credit. A maximum of six credit hours in internship may be applied towards the B.A. Degree.
Prerequisite: Minimum of 21 credit hours in Media and Film courses and approval of internship advisor in Film. Students need a 3.0 GPA to complete an internship
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

FILM 4800,01 Travel Learn (3,6)
Educational tour of designated media or film culture, with emphasis upon learning through supervised on-site experience at historical monuments, museums, traditional and popular culture institutions, or professional workplaces. Tour duration approximately seven to fifteen days, destinations and travel costs will vary. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different.
Permission of Instructor

FILM 4900 Animation II (3)
Advanced film animation using computer software programs
Prerequisites: FILM 3900

INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSE


ID 2415 Group Communication (3)
This course focuses on both theory and practice of small group communication, leadership, and an analysis of the theory and process involved in group problem solving and decision making. Topics for discussion relate to current events within the areas of politics, sociology, history, psychology, and communication.

JOURNALISM COURSES


COMM 2920 Introductory Journalism (3)
Instruction and practice in basic journalistic techniques, with an emphasis on developing news judgment, interviewing, and writing the inverted pyramid story with a “5-W” lead.

COMM 3780 Tower Practicum (1)
Students will work on the campus newspaper writing stories and learning the production of a newspaper. Course can be repeated up to six times.
Prerequisites COMM/ENG 2920 and permission of instructor

COMM 3781 Tower Editor Practicum (3)
Student will be the editor of the campus newspaper and learn management skills. Can be repeated twice.
Prerequisites COMM/ENG 2920 and permission of instructor

COMM 3910 Advanced Journalism (3)
Instruction and practice in advanced journalistic techniques, with an emphasis on such specialized areas of coverage as business, science education, and arts and entertainment.
Prerequisite: COMM 2920 or permission of instructor.

COMM 3915 Feature Writing (3)
Instruction and practice in the principles of writing feature articles for newspapers and magazines, with emphasis on style, organization, and human interest.

COMM 3917 Sports Writing on the Web (3)
Instruction and practice in writing sports stories for newspapers and magazines.
Prerequisites: COMM 2920 or permission of instructor.

COMM 3920 Specialty Writing in Journalism (3)
Instruction and practice in writing specialty articles for newspapers, such as cultural reviews, editorials and opinion articles, news analyses, business stories, and science stories.
Prerequisite: COMM 2920 or COMM 3915 or permission of instructor.

COMM 3925 Editing Skills in Journalism (3)
Instruction and workshop in the principles and practice of editing newspapers and magazines. Includes newsroom administration.
Prerequisite: COMM 2920 or COMM 3910 or permission of instructor.

MEDIA COURSES


MED 2400 Production Foundations (3)
Students learn the basic skills of production including camera operation, lighting, sound and the basics of Final Cut Pro.

MED 2500 Mass Media (3)
The development and effects of mass media in America

MED 2600 Audio Production (3)
Introduction to the basic techniques of audio production and radio station operations.
Prerequisite: MED 2400

MED 2700 Media Performance (3)
Radio and television announcing and performance techniques.
Prerequisite: MED 2400

MED 2800 Video Field Production (3)
The focus of this course is single camera television production. The goal is to learn the skills necessary for the types of programs that students will encounter in field productions for digital broadcast, cable, and corporate production companies.
Prerequisite: MED 2400

MED 2900 TV Studio Production (3)
The focus of this course is multi-camera studio production. The goal is to simulate the types of programs that students will encounter in studio productions for digital broadcast, cable, and corporate production companies.
Prerequisite: MED 2800

MED 3000 WE Broadcast Journalism (3)
Practical application, television and new media journalism techniques, and the handling of news and information in society.
Prerequisite: MED 2400 and COMM 2940
Writing Emphasis Course

MED 3050 News Directing & Editing (4)
News directing and editing for live television production. This is a lab course to produce live television programming, and examine the various components of news producing.
Prerequisite: MED 3000

MED 3100 Media Advertising and Sales (3)
An examination of the concepts and processes of media advertising focusing on the economic, regulatory, global and social forces that impact the management of advertising campaigns in the radio, television, cable, and telecommunication industries.
Prerequisite: MED 2500

MED 3300 Digital Storytelling (3)
The focus of this course is on illustrating a three to five minute story using digital photos and V/O narration. (Wrong title)
Prerequisite: FILM 2500 or permission of instructor

MED 3500 Media Criticism (3)
An examination of the concepts and processes of media ethics. A complete look at the technological, economic, regulatory, global and social forces that impacts the daily production of media content focusing on the print, radio, television, cable, and telecommunication industries.
Prerequisite: MED 2500

MED 3545 Multicultural Programming (3)
The study of broadcast media systems in the United States and the practices of network, cable, and local stations to meet the needs of local diverse communities.
Prerequisite: MED 2500

MED 3600 Topics in Media (3)
Examination of issues or topics in media that relate to the production, business, operation or analysis of the entertainment or news media industry. Generally taught by working media executives. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different.
Prerequisite: MED 2500 or permission of instructor.

MED 3610 International Comparative Media (3)
An international comparative study of broadcast media systems around the world. Students will learn about broadcasting in selected countries and how international media affects their culture.
Prerequisite: MED 2500

MED 3620 International News (3)
The study of international news and international news organizations and services.
Prerequisite: MED 3000

MED 3700 Broadcast Feature (3)
Students will write, analyze, produce, direct and edit short broadcast feature pieces in a variety of news and information formats.
Prerequisite: MED 3000

MED 3900 Production Company I (4)
The goal is to simulate the types of video assignments, which students will encounter in field productions for corporate, industrial, and dramatic production companies.
May be repeated if topic is different.
Prerequisite: MED 2800 or MED 2900

MED 3950, 3951, 3952 Media Practicum (1, 2, OR 3)
An individualized course focusing on a specific aspect of media production or research. Emphasis placed on practical application of technical, performance or writing skills.
Prerequisite: MED 2600 or MED 2800 AND Permission of Instructor. May be repeated.

MED 4000 Advanced Broadcast Writing (3)
The focus of this course is an advanced level of broadcast writing in a variety of formats. It will simulate the types of writing assignments that students will encounter in productions for corporate, broadcast, cable TV and TV film companies.
Prerequisite: MED 3000

MED 4100 Feature Production Company (4)
Production of Broadcast features. Student production companies will produce and direct advanced level broadcast features in a variety of formats.
Prerequisite: MED 3700

MED 4500 Media Management (3)
An examination of the concepts and processes of media management, examining the technological, economic, regulatory, global and social forces that impact the management of the radio, television, cable, and telecommunication industries.
Prerequisite: MED 2500

MED 4700, 4701, 4702 Internship (3,6,12)
Student supervised placement in an employment position utilizing background in Media courses. MED 4700 and MED 4701 may be repeated for credit. A maximum of six credit hours in internship may be applied towards the B.A. Degree.
Prerequisite: Minimum of 21 credit hours in Media and Film courses and approval of internship advisor in Media. Students need an overall 3.) GPA to complete an internship

MED 4800, 4801 Travel Learn (3, 3)
Educational tour of designated media culture, with emphasis upon learning through supervised on-site experience at historical monuments, museums, traditional and popular culture institutions, or professional workplaces. Tour duration approximately seven to fifteen days, destinations and travel costs will vary. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

MED 4810 Advanced Digital Media (3)
Upper level editing course focusing on Final Cut Pro Suite software.
Prerequisites: MED 2800 or FILM 3100

MED 4900 Production Company II (4)
Production of Broadcast quality audio or video projects, through student production companies. May be repeated if topic is different.
Prerequisite: MED 3900

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