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COMM 1402 Speech Communication As Critical Citizenship

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 requirement.

COMM 1403 Speech Communication As Critical Citizenship - Honors

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 requirement.

COMM 2405 Public Speaking

Analysis, preparation and delivery of messages through public presentation General Education Course.

ID 2415 Group Communication

Theory and practice of small group communication, leadership, problem solving and decision making. Relationship to current events in various disciplines.

COMM 2425 Interpersonal Communication

Communication theories applied to our experience in interaction with ourselves and others.

COMM 2920 Introductory Journalism

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 3216 International Business Communication

This course examines business cultures and communication practices globally: in multinational organizations and in different countries. It prepares students to communicate effectively in an international/cross-cultural business environment.

COMM 3420 Interviewing

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.

COMM 3425 Nonverbal Communication

An examination of the concepts of nonverbal communication including the study of space, touch, body movements, as well as visual interaction, facial and vocal expression. Emphasis on integrating theory, research, and practical knowledge of nonverbal communication.

COMM 3430 Family Communication

An examination of the influence communication plays in defining and shaping family interaction and family member roles and rules. Emphasis on integrating, theory with personal experience of family communication.

COMM 3510 Persuasive Communication

Examination of the nature of persuasion in human interaction situations.

COMM 3520 Organizational Communication

An introduction to traditional and contemporary theories as well as a survey of current organizational communication literature. Emphasis is on integrating organizational communication theory, research, and practical knowledge.

COMM 3525 Communication and Conflict Resolution

Analysis of communication messages that create, build, maintain and resolve conflict on an interpersonal or societal level.

COMM 3530 Communicating Across Cultures

Exploration of theories and methods of communication competence and communication effectiveness in intercultural situations.

COMM 3570 Cinema as Multicultural Communication

Analysis of communication in a variety of cultures as presented in cinema.

COMM 3590 Business and Technical Presentations

An introduction to the principles, practice and importance of oral presentations within business and professional organizational settings. Application of presenting informative and persuasive reports and research.

COMM 3625 Communication and Negotiation

Communication skills to negotiate personal, community, and high stake disputes. Constructive problem solving approaches to find solutions to meet the needs of all disputants.

COMM 3630 Gender, Language and Communication

An analysis of communication processes and behaviors that create and recreate gender roles for both women and men. An examination of gender issues in media and technology, education, workplace, and interpersonal relationships.

COMM 3660 Public Relations

An introduction to public relations, including examination of the principles and practices of the field.

COMM 3690 Health Communication

Health care delivery as a communication system and development of abilities as communicators within the system.

COMM 3700 Community Building and Advocacy

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.

COMM 3720 Communication and Media Theory

Introduction to Communication and Media Theories. Students will be introduced to the fundamental theories of the Communication discipline. This course is foundational in the concepts and methods of theory and for preparing students for more advanced classes in the communication department.

COMM 3910 Advanced Journalism

Instruction and practice in advanced journalistic techniques, with an emphasis on areas of coverage such as speeches, news conferences, meetings, government, education and the courts.

COMM 3915 Feature Writing

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 in Journalism

Instruction and practice in writing sports stories for newspapers and magazines.

COMM 3920 Specialty Writing in Journalism

Instruction and practice in the principles of writing specialty articles for newspapers, such as arts reviews, editorials and opinion articles, new analyses, business stories and science features.

COMM 3925 Editing Skills in Journalism

Instruction and workshop in the principles and practice of editing newspapers and magazines. Includes newsroom administration.

COMM 3960 Iissues in Communication

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to examine issues and developments in communication theory, research and practice.

COMM 4204 Communication Ethics

An exploration of the communication-ethics connection with implications for understanding and evaluating the quality of personal and professional relationships within society.

COMM 4208 Event Planning and Management

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.

COMM 4510 Communication and Popular Culture

The study of contemporary rhetorical tools of criticism as applied to ideological messages in speech, art, music, television, radio and drama.

COMM 4520 Communication & Technology

An examination of new technology’s impact within various communication contexts.

COMM 4610 Communication and Law

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.

COMM 4615 Communication and Mediation

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.

COMM 4620 Public Relations Writing

Preparing written public relations material and portfolio.

COMM 4625 Communication and Negotiation

Communication skills to negotiate personal, community, and high stake disputes. Constructive problem solving approaches to find solutions to meet the needs of all disputants.

COMM 4640 Public Relations Cases

Analyses of effective public relations principles in a legal ethical context.

COMM 4962 Communication Research Seminar

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.

COMM 4910, 4911 Journalism Field Experience

Supervised placement at a daily or weekly newspaper, a monthly magazine, or a comparable publication to write news or feature stories under deadline.

MED 2400 Production Foundations

Students learn the basic skills of production including camera operation, lighting, sound and the basics of Final Cut Pro.

MED 2500 Mass Media

Introduction to the basic techniques of audio production and radio station operations.

Prerequisite: MED 2400

MED 2700 Media Performance

Radio and television announcing and performance techniques.

Prerequisite: MED 2400

MED 2800 Video Field Production

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 2850 Crew I
MED 2851 Crew II

A practical laboratory with broadcast production experiences provided in all areas of media.

In sequence

MED 2900 TV Studio Production

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 280

MED 3000 WE Broadcast Journalism

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

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

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 2500

MED 3200 History of Broadcasting

The development of radio and television in the United States with emphasis on the major social, cultural, economic and political interactions with the broadcast media.

Prerequisite: MED 2500

MED 3300 Digital Storytelling

The focus of this course is on illustrating a three to five minute story using digital photos and V/O narration.

Prerequisite: FILM 2500 or permission of instructor

MED 3500 Media Criticism

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 3600 Topics in Media

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

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

The study of international news and international news organizations and services.

Prerequisite: MED 3000

MED 3700 Broadcast Feature

Students will write, analyze, produce, direct and edit short broadcast feature pieces in a variety of news and information formats.

Prerequisite: MED 3000

MED 3850 Crew III
MED 3851 Crew IV

An advanced practical laboratory with broadcast production experiences provided in all areas of media.

In sequence

MED 3900 Production Company I

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

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

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

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

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 4600 Senior Seminar in Media

A seminar course designed to integrate media and communication skills into practical application. Students will prepare for careers in media or related fields.

Prerequisites: At least 90 credits toward graduation and completion of all core communication. Requirements or permission of instructor.

MED 4700, 4701, 4702 Internship

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 twelve (12) 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.

MED 4800, 4801 Travel Learn

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

Upper level editing course focusing on Final Cut Pro Suite software.

Prerequisite: MED 2800 or FILM 3100

MED 4900 Production Company II

Production of Broadcast quality audio or video projects, through student production companies. May be repeated if topic is different.

Prerequisite: MED 3900


Film Courses

FILM 3100 Film Production I

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

International and multicultural contributions to the art of film examined through screenings and lectures.

Prerequisites: FILM 2600

FILM 3300 Documentary Film

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.

Prerequisites: FILM 3100

FILM 3400 Film History II

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.

Prerequisites: FILM 2600

FILM 3500 Film Production II

Film workshop emphasizes techniques of film writing, producing, directing, editing, lighting and sound, at an advanced level.

Prerequisites: FILM 3100

FILM 3600 Scriptwriting

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.

Prerequisites: FILM 2500

FILM 3900 Animation I

Basic film animation techniques using computer software programs.

Prerequisites: FILM 2500

FILM 4000 Topics in Film

Examination of issues and developments in film theory, research and practice. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different.

Prerequisites: FILM 2500

FILM 4100 Film Editing

Film Editing is a hands on non-linear editing course for basic editing such as montage, linear, and post-modern editing techniques.

Prerequisites: FILM 3500

FILM 4300, 4301, 4302 Film Practicum

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

Advanced level film production thesis project, individually or group.

Prerequisites: FILM 3500 or permission of instructor.

FILM 4500 Film Festival

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 4600 Senior Seminar in Film

A seminar course designed to integrate film skills into practical application. Students will prepare for careers in the professional film fields.

Prerequisites: At least 90 credits toward graduation and completion of all core film courses or permission of instructor.

FILM 4700, 4701, 4702 Film Internship

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 twelve (12) credit hours in internship may be applied towards the B.A. Degree.

Prerequisites: Minimum of 21 credit hours in Media and Film courses and approval of internship advisor in Film.

FILM 4800, 4801 Travel Learn

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.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

FILM 4900 Animation II

Advanced film animation using computer software programs.

Prerequisites: FILM 3900

FILM 4700, 4701, 4702 Film Internship

Supervised placement in an employment position utilizing background in Film and Media. MED/FILM 4700 and 4701 may be repeated for credit. A maximum of twelve (12) credit hours in internship may be applied towards the B.A. Degree.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing or permission of instructor.

FILM 4800, 4801 Travel Learn

Educational tour of designated film culture, with emphasis upon learning through supervised on-site experience at historical monuments, museums, traditional and popular cultural institutions, film festivals, professional workplaces. Formal instruction, required reading, screenings, and group study will focus upon examination of issues and developments in film theory, research and practice. Tour duration approximately seven to fifteen days, destinations and travel costs will vary. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

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