Course Schedule and Offerings Spring 2019
COM 110 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.
02 F 9:05 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. w/ Prof. Karen Beck (W001)
COM 117 Experiences in Media Literacy - 3 credits
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. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
01 MW 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Deidre Pribram (K319A)
02 *Hybrid Course; meets Thursdays only 1:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. w/ Prof. Brian Cogan (W127)
COM 120 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 only. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
01 M 6:35 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Jean Devlin (W127)
COM 122 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 (W127)
COM 210 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 TR 9:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. w/ Prof. Lynn Kennedy (W014)
02 TR 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 (W205)
COM 211 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 MW 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (W105)
02 w/ Prof. Brendan Caputo (Online)
COM 213 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 * Hybrid Course; meets Thursdays only 9:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. w/Prof. Brian Cogan (W127)
COM 225 - 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 TR 12:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (W118)
COM 229 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 TR 5:00 p.m. - 6:25 p.m. - w/ Prof. Beryl Williams (W127)
03 TR 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Arlene Peltola (W105)
COM 239 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 M 6:35 p.m. - 8:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (W014)*1/14/19 - 2/28/19
02 M 6:35 p.m. - 8:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (W014)*3/5/19 - 5/11/19
03 w/ Prof. Janet Douglas-Pryce (Online) *1/14/19 - 3/6/19
COM 247 - 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 w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (Online)*1/14/19 - 3/6/19
COM 248 - Online Journalism - 3 credits
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 Clarity (Online)
COM 252 - Television Studio Production - 3 credits
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.
01 MW 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (W017)
COM 255 - Public Relations Writing (also ENG 237) - 3 credits
This course explore approaches and techniques for conducting research and writing within the public relations context. Components include: journalistic research, copy-writing, research and writing for broadcast, web research and writing for the web. The course focuses on writing skills, attention to one's audience and how professionals deal with issues ethically. Writing-Intensive Course.
01 TR 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Jackie Hansen (W127)
02 MW 3:25 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. w/ Prof. Joanne Marlin (W117)
COM 257 - Event Planning - 1 credit
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.
01 W 6:35 p.m. - 8:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Jillian Johnis (W205)*1/14/19 - 3/6/19
02 W 6:35 p.m. - 8:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Jillian Johnis (W205)*3/20/19 - 5/11/19
COM 260 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 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. w/ Prof. Deidre Pribram (W105)
COM 262 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, etc.) how they are used, the social and ethical issues they raise and the ways they are altering our culture.
01 w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (Online)
02 MW 12:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (W019)
COM 265 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 or 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 Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro) in order to develop a story for a particular audience. No previous production or editing experience is required.
01 MW 1:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. TBA (W004)
COM 313 - Interpersonal Communication - 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.
01 MW 12:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (W105)
02 w/ Prof. Janice Kelly (Online) * For online/blended students only
COM 332 - Advanced Online Advertising and Analytics - 3 credits
This is a course designed to give students an opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of advertising and promotional practices. The focus of this course is on decision- making using multiple mass communication strategies. The course will cover campaigns, not the construction of a single advertisement. Students will use advertising strategies and tactics to understand the consumer and audience analytics being used in most contemporary workplaces.
01 w/ Prof. Karen Beck (Online)
COM 351 - Advanced Public Relations - 3 credits
Students research, develop and implement persuasive and promotional campaign strategies appropriate to corporate, governmental and non-profit organizations. This advanced course is designed for those who desire specialized skills in public relations and promotional communication. Emphasis is placed on tactics such as investor relations and employee communications. Prerequisite: COM 254, COM 255, or COM 357.
01 w/ Prof. Jackie Hansen (Online)
COM 352 - Advanced Television Production - 3 credits
A continuation of COM 252 and COM 256, 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 post production (editing, graphics) and the roles and responsibilities of the TV/video director and other personnel are also covered.
Prerequisite: COM 252, COM 256 or permission of chairperson.
01 T 6:35 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Tom Kenny (W017)
COM 355 - History of Media - 3 credits
A survey of the development of media in human communications including newspapers, film, radio, television and the web. Consideration of technological, industrial, and audience dimensions. Attention to the further development of media research and analysis skills.
01 TR 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. w/ Prof. Brian Cogan (W019)
COM 356 - Film Art - 3 credits
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. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
01 MW 12:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. w/ Prof. Deidre Pribram (W018A)
COM 468 COM Internship I - 3 credits
01 w/Prof. Janice Kelly (Online)
COM 469 COM Internship Il - 3 credits
01 w/Prof. Janice Kelly (Online)
COM 490 - Communications Seminar II - 3 credits
A continuation of the research project undertaken in COM 488. 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 488
01 MW 5:00 p.m. - 6:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Deidre Pribram (W104)
02 TR 5:00 p.m. - 6:25 p.m. w/ Prof. Brian Cogan (W019)