Course Offerings Fall 2014

 COM 110 - Experiences in Communication
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.
3 credits

COM 114 - Small Group Discussion
This course explores the cultural, psychological, and semantic aspects of group discussion. Areas of study include group dynamics, team building, and cooperative decision making. Participants will develop their skills in research, group work and oral presentations.
3 credits

COM 117 - Experiences in Media Literacy
This course is an introduction to media analysis.  Students will learn to 'read' media texts (film, television, websites) through the formal elements and language particular to media.  Topics for film and television include camera, sound, mise-en-scene and genres.  Website analysis focuses on the elements that make up web pages (video, still images, audio, text, graphics).  Student assignments emphasize oral presentations.
3 credits

COM 120 - Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature
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.
3 credits

COM 122 - Creative Drama
Development of poise and self-confidence through participation in pantomime, improvisation and exercises to expand creativity in expression and movement.
3 credits

COM 210 - Public Speaking
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. 
3 credits

COM 211 - Gender and Communication
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.
3 credits

COM 213 - Intercultural Communication (Offered Fall, Spring)
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.
3 credits

COM 222 - Media, Culture, and Society (also SOC 222)
3 credits

COM 229 - Experience in Corporate Communications
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.
3 credits

COM 230 - Scriptwriting for Media (also ENG 230)
A course that introduces the process of writing basic scripts for the web and television, including web public service announcements, webisodes, and TV fiction. The course covers script format, structure, characters, action and dialog.
Writing-intensive course.
3 credits

COM 233 - Introduction to News Writing (also ENG 233)
3 credits

COM 239 - Public Speaking for Business
This course will develop students' public speaking and presentation skills for business. The course will emphasize elements of a good speech, key message development and effective communication in crisis situations.
1 credit

COM 243 - Introduction to New Media
Introduction to the rapidly changing field of new media, including web, videos and webpage design, podcasting, blogs, online communities, videogaming, and other aspects of the virtual world. The course examines these new technologies in terms of their social and communicative impact.
3 credits

COM 244 - Online Content Production
Introduction to digital media creation and design.  Students will create and edit their own websites, including web pages, videos, online resumes and ads.  Students work together and independently to create visual and written content and to critique online projects.
3 credits

COM 247 - Sports Communication
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.
1 credit

COM 252 - Television Studio Production
A course in basic television production techniques in the studio and the control room. Hands-on study of high-definition TV multi-camera production, studio audio and lighting techniques, digital editing and graphics. Practice in directing and performance.
3 credits

COM 254 - Public Relations
Comprehensive study of public relations including identifying and researching internal and external publics, dealing with print and electronic media, advertising and direct mail.  The course emphasizes the basic skills of the public relations field and analyzes aspects of public opinion.  Students design a public relations campaign for an exiting company.
3 credits

COM 256 - Field Production
Location shooting using portable field equipment. Students will become familiar with digital single-camera techniques, location audio, producing and directing, as well as non-linear editing processes. Assignments include the completion of several short video projects.
3 credits

COM 257 - Events Planning
The course will explore the skills needed to successfully create, plan, and implement events as well as learn how to manage staff and staffing problems.  Topics will also include areas of risk management, financial control, and successful event evaluation.
1 credit

COM 259 - Introduction to Advertising 
An exploration of advertising design in a free-market economy and its effects on society. Students explore the history of advertising, as well as current practices and techniques from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Students are introduced to the organization of advertising professions and processes from the perspective of consumers, market research, media planning, concept of campaign creation, measuring advertising effectiveness, and budgeting.
3 credits

COM 302 - Photo Journalism (also ART 302)
3 credits

COM 309 - History of Digital Media
A survey of the history of web-based media and technologies in the digital information age. The course examines the transition from television to social media and peer-to-peer media technologies, beginning with MTV and CNN through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Prerequisite: COM 243.
3 credits

COM 315 - Organizational Communication
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, culture, socialization, decision making, diversity, stress, burnout, technology processes and leadership.  Designed for students interested in business, human services, education administration and other professional settings.
3 credits

COM 354 - Foundations of Media Theory
An introduction to the major theories influencing contemporary media studies. Media and new media will be explored as multifaceted entities that include texts, industries and audiences.  Permission of chairperson.
3 credits

COM 360 - Understanding Television
An analysis of the origin, development, and cultural meanings of television in the life of Americans from its inception to the present day. Emphasis on how people make meaning of their lives through television and how the narratives of television help to shape society.
3 credits

COM 390 01: Online Report Management
In-depth study of topics not included in the regular course offerings. Title of the course will be announced prior to the term offered. Prerequisite: approval of chairperson. This course may be repeated for credit.
1 credit

COM 390 02: GIF Making
In-depth study of topics not included in the regular course offerings. Title of the course will be announced prior to the term offered. Prerequisite: approval of chairperson. This course may be repeated for credit.
1 credit

COM 468-469 - Communications Internships
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.
3 credits

COM 488 - Research in Communication
This course will introduce seniors in the communications (media, professional, and new media) and childhood education (communications) majors to research methodology in qualitative analysis, survey and textual-based research methodologies.  Students will choose a topic and begin a research project to be completed in COM 490 Communications Seminar.  Prerequisite: COM 354 or permission of chairperson.
Writing-Intensive Course
3 credits