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COM-Communication Studies

COM100 - Perspectives on Communication

An introductory course intended primarily for majors in communication studies, this course explains the many perspectives from which communication may be studied and serves as an introduction to the discipline. (3 crs.)

COM101 - Oral Communication

This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for preparing and presenting extemporaneous speeches to accomplish informative and persuasive goals on issues of civil, political or cultural importance. Course topics include audience analysis, research, organization, language use and delivery that facilitate effective communication with audiences. (3 crs.)

COM106 - Introduction to Mass Communication

An introduction to the media of mass communication that surveys the history, structure, functions, effects, and regulations of the mass media. (3 crs.)

COM141 - Audio Production I

This course covers the fundamentals of radio production, including the theory and use of audio lab equipment, writing and producing various types of basic radio programs, and the study of FCC rules and regulations as they apply to radio broadcasters. (3 crs.)

COM142 - Video Production I

Fundamentals of television studio production, including the use of equipment, are covered. This course has both a lecture and a laboratory component. Students must register for both the lecture and laboratory components in the same term. (3 crs.)

COM203 - Introduction to Public Relations

This course examines PR as the communication function that allows organizations to interface with their environments and publics. It describes the public relations process as well as its history, the guiding principles and concepts of organizational advocacy, and explores the various career opportunities in the field. (3 crs.)

COM220 - Group Communication

This course examines elements and processes in group communication as they are required for making decisions, solving problems, managing conflict, understanding interpersonal influence and interaction, and evaluating leadership roles. Both theoretical and practical guidelines as they apply to group communication are examined. Group projects and experiential learning activities may require participation in service-learning activities outside of class and off campus. (3 crs.)

COM230 - Argumentation and Debate

This course aims to cultivate students' critical understanding of forms of reasoning as these are deployed by advocates in various situations. Students learn about argument form, structures and strategies used in supporting or undermining propositions. Students act as advocates for particular positions in a team debate and write critical analyses of advocates in debates, panel discussions and argumentative essays. (3 crs.)

COM241 - Audio Production II

Students will build upon the knowledge and skills learned in Audio Production I, including creating, writing, producing and evaluating various types of more sophisticated production projects. Strong emphasis on theory and practice of field production, creating sound and special effects. Prerequisite: COM 141 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

COM242 - Video Production II

This course is designed to prepare a student to perform in the various areas of single-camera electronic field production, including the fundamentals of scripting, planning and budgeting field shoots; gathering audio and video in the field; field lighting; skills and aesthetics of editing field produced video; and the understanding and reading of test equipment for video signals. Prerequisite: COM 142 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

COM246 - Radio and Television Announcing

Theories and practice of gathering, evaluating, writing and delivering newscasts, sports, commercials and interviews for radio and television audiences are covered. Prerequisite: COM 141 or COM 142 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

COM250 - Oral Communication: Management

Students will develop an awareness of, and an appreciation for, communication in the business world and preparing and presenting oral reports and speeches designed especially for persons who function in organizations, businesses or industries. (3 crs.)

COM275 - The Art of Film

This course provides an introduction to the study of film and covers fundamental concepts in the history, aesthetics, style, technique and critical interpretation of film. The course emphasizes the filmmaker as a creative artist. (3 crs.)

COM303 - Public Relations Applications

This course seeks to develop the production skills necessary to function in an entry-level public relations position. Many assignments will help students develop: 1) proficiency using the host of vehicles PR practitioners use and 2) a portfolio. Effort will be made to create an atmosphere similar to the first job in PR. The instructor will be the first PR supervisor – the boss – editing the work; criticizing style; asking for research; forcing the student to plan, analyze, write, rewrite, prepare, repair, organize and reorganize. Prerequisite: COM 203. (3 crs.)

COM310 - Organizational Communication

This course examines many facets of organizational life (e.g., cultural, power, politics, conflict, ethnic diversity, gender and ethics) to illustrate how organizing is dependent upon communication processes. (3 crs.)

COM319 - Communication & Gender

This course examines the intersection of communication and gender through a focus upon various channels of communication, various settings or contexts, and the role of culture as traditionally studied by communication researchers and scholars. (3 crs.)

COM320 - Intercultural Communication

Students will gain insight into the cultural communication problems of individuals and groups in face-to-face communication and in technologically mediated communication. The course provides description and analysis of cultural factors in communication, such as perception, value systems, language codes and nonverbal communication. (3 crs.)

COM325 - Media Literacy

This course explores how media are used by individual, institutions and cultures. Students will apply their enhanced understanding of the media to construct more effective communication. (3 crs.)

COM331 - Radio and Television Commercials

This course focuses on the writing of commercial messages in varying lengths for both radio and television, including preparation of storyboards. Prerequisite: COM 141 or COM 142 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

COM332 - Radio and Television Writing: News

A study in the writing of news, commentary and documentary scripts for radio and television, this course also focuses on the press conference. Prerequisite: COM 141 or 142 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

COM335 - Radio and Television Writing: Drama

This course focuses on writing and analyzing teleplays, film and/or radio plays for understanding of dramatic composition and unique needs of specific writing genres and audiences. (3 crs.)

COM336 - Broadcast Reporting

A further exploration of the principles of reporting for the electronic media, students will apply reporting techniques, ethical principles and legal principles in actual field experiences. (3 crs.)

COM350 - Persuasion

Methods of changing attitudes and behaviors through communication are studied, as well as analysis of individuals, audiences, occasions and subjects for persuasive appeals. Logical and psychological arrangements and the ethics of persuading and being persuaded are also covered. Preparation of persuasive speeches is emphasized. Prerequisite: COM 101 or COM 250 or permission of instructor. (3 crs.)

COM351 - Rhetoric - Theory, Hisotry and Criticism

A study of the history of rhetoric, including major intellectual figures, ideas and insights from classical Greece until the present day. Prerequisites: COM 101 and COM 230 or permission of instructor (3 crs.)

COM355 - Broadcast Management

Students will development a working knowledge of the managerial structures of broadcast organization. Prerequisite: COM 141 or COM 142. (3 crs.)

COM363 - Sport Communication and Media Relations

This course provides sport management training in sports public relations, publicity and marketing. It includes writing for the media, managing media relationships and using media to obtain marketing objectives. Prerequisite: (3 crs.)

COM370 - Public Communication Law and Policy

This course examines the meaning of the speech and press clauses of the First Amendment and the application of those clauses to the formulation of public communication policy. It considers electronic media policy formulation in the areas of commercial speech, contemporary speech controversies, privacy, public interest and evolving communication technologies from the perspectives of statute limitations, court constitutional interpretations, common law, regulatory mandates and international treaties. (3 crs.)

COM378 - Special Topics in Communication

This course title is reserved for special, experimental, or unique courses which are not taught as part of the regular courses available to students. (3 crs.) Maximum of 3 for any single course. Students would be limited to three different courses with this title or 9 credit-hours.

COM381 - Communication Research

This course provides an introduction to and practice in the construction of research that is appropriate to the student's area of interest in Communication Studies. It seeks to provide basic research skills to those anticipating graduate studies and to those anticipating employment in the areas of communication studies. (3 crs.)

COM436 - Public Relations Cases and Problems

In this course students will analyze the methods of the public relations profession found in the case study literature and apply those methods to their own research, and through the investigation of public relations case studies come to understand the strategies and tactics of a public relations campaign. In addition, students will develop analytical skills so that graduates may function in the four primary roles of the public relations practitioner: 1. monitor of public opinion and change; 2. voice of organization's conscience; 3. advocate for organizations, and 4. monitor of organizational policies and programs. Prerequisites: COM 203 and COM 303 (3 crs.)

COM438 - Public Relations Campaign Management

This course seeks to increase understanding of the management of public relations campaigns by integrating communications theory with professional practice. Special attention is given to techniques for designing, implementing and evaluating effective campaign strategies for clients. Prerequisites: COM 203 and COM 303. (3 crs.)

COM446 - Mass Media and Society

This course examines the relationship of mass media and society. It explores the media ecology that creates and reflects the culture of our politics, entertainment, education, business, and personal lives. Prerequisite: COM 106 (3 crs.)

COM459 - Communication Studies Internship

Opportunities for practical, professional communication work and field experiences in various off-campus settings are offered. Internships are to be jointly administered by an on-site supervisor and the departmental internship supervisor. (Variable crs.)

COM463 - Media Criticism

A study of critical approaches to audio, video and cinematic texts, this course emphasizes discussion and application of approaches that examine the meaning of media texts, the author's role in producing media texts, the impact of media texts on audiences, and the impact of the social and cultural milieu on the creative and critical process. Prerequisite: COM 105 or 106. (3 crs.)

COM490 - Communication Theory

In this seminar, the theories of human communication are analyzed, debated and evaluated. (3 crs.)

COM499 - Career Design Strategies

Students in their final year will apply their communication expertise to craft a coherent, persuasive professional identity and a focused picture of their professional goals for the next five years. Students will use the theory and knowledge from their courses in communication studies regarding verbal and visual information, technology, rhetoric and research in the recursive design of their own portfolios, oral presentations and in the application and interpretation of peer feedback and third party reviews. Pre-requisites: Senior standing and communication major. (3 crs.)