Communication Courses

NumberNameUnitsDescription
COM 049Media Production Participation0.25Involvement in 10 approved television production and journalism projects during the combined fall and winter terms. Students are involved in both production and editorial roles. Pass/Fail. May be repeated for up to 1 credit. Permission of instructor. 0.25 unit.
COM 164War & Upheaval through Film1Analysis of films at the levels of message creation, audience response, and social impact on issues such as war, race, religion and gender. Partially satisfies the Modern Societies LADR.
COM 211Public Communication1Explores the theories, practice, and criticism of oral communication as a responsibility of individuals living in a democracy. Focus equally divided between mass media, small group, and public speaking.
COM 212Introduction to Communication1Examines a broad spectrum of communication concepts and issues in modern society. Directed at students with an interest in the discipline of communication.
COM 240Survey of Mass Media1Survey of functions, operations, responsibilities and influences of various mass communication media with major emphasis on broadcasting. Directed toward the consumer and critic of mass media in American culture. Lecture and Laboratory.
COM 242Visual Communication1Introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of visual message design. Emphasis on development of visual literacy, understanding of theories of visual perceptions and critical analysis of media messages. Letcure and Laboratory.
COM 243Video Production1Introduction to the principles and practice of video production, with an emphasis on applied aesthetics. Includes methods of program design and management, single and multi-camera camera production technique, editing, lighting, sound and visual effects,
COM 246Writing for the Media1An examination of writing styles used television, radio and the Internet, with emphasis on writing for public relations, journalism and advertising. Course involves extensive writing practice.
COM 250The Rhetoric of Film1Examines the psychological and rhetorical qualities of film as they apply to filmmakers, audiences, and cinematic texts. An interdisciplinary approach integrates experimental, qualitative, and interpretive research from the domains of psychology, mass communication, film studies, and literary criticism. Identical to Psy 250. Prerequisite: 212 or 242 or Psy 111.
COM 251American Journalism1An introductory course that explores the theoretical and practical sides of contemporary newspaper, magazine, and Internet journalism. Topics may include history and evolution of U.S. print media, their ethics, and their role in American society today. Intensive work on reporting and writing. In-class discussion of student work. Identical to Eng 251. Prerequisite: First term Great Works or equivalent.
COM 319Organizational Communication1Examines the role and function of communication in business and other modern organizations. Includes study of organizational theory, message transmission, conflict management, employee motivation and satisfaction, and related current issues.
COM 320Persuasive Communication1Examines the function of persuasion in affecting public opinion, the role of persuasive methods, and techniques for implementing social change.
COM 321Media Criticism1An examination of how rhetorical theory and criticism help audiences interpret and find meaning from media texts, including film, song, and television.
COM 323Gender and Communication1Study of the significance of gender in personal, interpersonal, organizational and societal contexts.
COM 324Rhetorical Theory1Study of the development of public communication in relationship to the development of Western philosophy and practice. Emphasizes major rhetorical theories from the classical era to the contemporary. Prerequisite: 212 and junior or senior standing.
COM 326Political Rhetoric and Campaigns1Examines the role of communication in political contexts such as campaigns and public address.
COM 327Interpersonal Communication1Examines communication behavior in developing and maintaining human relationships.
COM 328Cross-Cultural Communication1Perspective on cross-cultural communications including culture-bound assumptions, communication and understanding; crosscultural analysis of values, beliefs, verbal and non-verbal communication and their impact. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
COM 330Comm. Research & Methodology1Examines the empirical side of the communications field and its literature, exploring research designs, methods, and technologies and the empirical literature of communication research. Prerequisite: 212 and junior or senior standing.
COM 342Visual Journalism1Examines the acquisition, production, and distribution of video news in society, Includes broadcast news, video storytelling and social media.
COM 345Documentary Production1Advanced study and practice of video production principles and techniques, with emphasis on the documentary and reality television forms. Students will work on teams researching, shooting, producing, and writing their own mini-documentary and reality television segments shot on location. In some years, course will involve off-campus travel. Prerequisite: COM 243.
COM 346Health Communication1An examination of health communication in several different social and cultural contexts, including theory, organizational structures, media and technology, and personal relationships.
COM 349Comm Law and Public Policy1Survey of communication policy issues in the United States; role of the public and communication industries; the Federal Communications Commission, Congress, and the courts; emphasis on policy issues in broadcasting, cable, satellites, telephones, and other communication technologies.
COM 459Professional Media Directorship1Culminating on-campus experience of applied nature in broadcasting, journalism, or public relations during the combined fall and winter terms in which the student assumes editorial responsibility for a campus media outlet. Approval must be received by the first week of fall term, but registration does not occur until winter term. Prerequisite: Application and approval of department chair.
COM 462Advanced Production Practicum1Advanced film and television course in which students complete a significant artistic or journalistic project. Can serve as culminating experience for Communication students, but is open to other majors. Prerequisites: Any two of: 243, 246, 345, or 344.

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