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All Communication Courses

Communication Prefix: COM

104  Interpersonal Communication (3)
Study of self-concept, perception, language, listening, emotions, and conflict as they relate to person-to-person communication.

200  Introduction to Mass Media (3)
Processes, systems, and effects of the printed and electronic media; the role of newspapers, magazines, movies, radio, and television.

201  Introduction to Communication (3)
This course provides an overview of the human communication discipline. Students will be introduced to various topics within Communication, including the rudiments of communication theory and a survey of communication contexts (e.g., interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, mass, and intercultural).

204  Writing for the Media (3)
Writing basic media copy. Emphasis on script preparation and techniques used professionally in the electronic media.

214  Television Production (3)
Studio production theory and practice; hands-on experience in basic production, direction, and technical operations of a studio.

215  Audio Production (3)
Audio production theory and practice; hands-on experience in basic production for radio and television. Prerequisite: COM 204.

300  Special Topics in Communication (3)
Exploration of selected areas of study in the field of communication. (limited to a maximum of 6 credit hours.)

301  Practicum I (1)
Development of skills in communication related settings. Prerequisite: COM 214 or permission of Department Chair. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

302  Nonverbal Communication (3)
Survey of research in nonverbal communication. Includes the study of posture and body movements, eye contact, facial expression, vocal cues, physical appearance, and space as well as the effects of cultural, situational, and personality variables. Prerequisites: COM 201 and either SPE 101 or COM 104.

304  Intercultural Communication (3)
An introduction to the factors which influence communication among individuals of different subcultures. Both theoretical and practical problems of intercultural communication are analyzed. Prerequisite: SPE 101 or COM 104.

314  Advanced Television Production (3)
Advanced television production techniques including electronic editing, special effects, and electronic field production. Completion of an individual creative project is required. Prerequisites: COM 204 and COM 214.

315  Advanced Audio Production (3)
Advanced audio production techniques including editing special effects and multi-track recording. Completions of an individual creative project and “on air check” are required. Prerequisite: COM 215.

318    Radio and TV Reporting (3)
Researching, writing, taping and editing news stories for radio, television and the internet.  Includes discussion and application of gatekeeping functions:  story selection and story order in a newscast.  Prerequisites:  COM 204, and COM 314.

320  Family and Communication (3)
This course focuses on the ways families communicate in order to increase understanding of one’s own communication behaviors and improve speech and communication skills. The course will focus on the principles and practices of effective, ethical, persuasive communication as applied to family groups. Prerequisites: COM 201 and either SPE 101 or COM 104.

326  Small Group Communication (3)
Theory and practice in leading and participating in small groups. Special focus on problem solving and the management of conflict. Prerequisites: COM 201 and either SPE 101 or COM 104.

340  Film Genres (3)
This course will examine the concepts of film genre by looking at two genres in the same semester. In the first half of the semester, students will be introduced to the ideas with an easily identifiable genre, such as the musical or the Western. In the second half, students will build on their knowledge by applying the concepts to a genre which is more difficult to define (such as film noir) or which blends over into other genres (such as the horror/fantasy/science-fiction crossover).

359  Independent Study (3)
Opportunity for research and study in the communication profession. Requires approval of  Department Chair and Dean.

366  History of the Moving Image (3)
This course examines the development of the media that utilize the moving visual image. The first focus of the course will be the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present. The second emphasis will be the history of television, from the early 20th century to the present. Through examination of the history of these two highly influential media, the student will gain an understanding of why and how the film and TV industries have arrived at their current status. In addition to class meetings, students will be required to attend one weekly screening of a classic example of the medium from the period under discussion. Prerequisite: COM 200.

390  Principles and Case Studies of Public Relations (3)
Basic concepts of public relations; case studies; the tools and media used in communication with the public.

391  Public Relations Campaigns (3)
The detailed analysis of the utilization of principles and techniques of public relations in a variety of contemporary situations and the practical application of these principles and techniques to campaigns. Prerequisite: COM 390.

399  Public Relations Practicum (1-3)
Development of skills in public relations settings. Designed to give students hands-on experience in public relations on campus. Prerequisites: COM 390 and either COM 391 or COM 484.

401  Practicum II (2)
Advanced development of skills in communication related settings. Prerequisites: COM 301 and COM 314 or permission of Department Chair.

407  Theories of Human Communication (3)
The study of Theoretical orientations in the field of human communication. Focus on 20th century theorists and schools of thought including models of communication. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing.

408  Relational Communication (3)
Focus on the nature and functions of communication within relationships. The purpose of this course is to provide a survey of some of the major theoretical perspectives and historical and contemporary research on relational communication. Topics include relationship stages, attraction, dating, relational communication dysfunction, and family communication. Prerequisites: COM 201 and either SPE 101 or COM 104.

409  Organizational Communication (3)
This course focuses on the nature and functions of communication in organizational settings. The course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and methods needed to assess and improve the nature of communication processes in organizations. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing.

412  Persuasion (3)
Beginning with Aristotle, this course provides an historical perspective on how persuasion has evolved to modern times. Emphasis on factors such as attention, perception, needs, values, and credibility. Practice in presentation of persuasive oral and written communication. Emphasis given to persuasive campaigns. Prerequisites: COM 201 and either SPE 101 or COM 104.

418  Broadcast News (3)
Develops skills for positions of news producer and reporter. Includes news writing, analysis of news stories and their relative merit, and production considerations in assembling a newscast. Prerequisites: COM 204, COM 214, and COM 314.

420  Media Programming (3)
Analysis of and experience in radio and television programming and promotion. Includes analysis of competitive rating system and overview of the mechanics of the broadcasting business.

421    Ethics in the News Media (3)
The exploration of ethical systems and their application to socially, professionally and personally responsible decision making in news media, including radio, television and the internet.  Prerequisite:  COM 418.

431  Media Relations and Sport (3)
Study of professional and collegiate sports and their relationship with the various media outlets. Same as SES 431.

446  Screenwriting (3)
An advanced writing course designed for students interested in learning how to write scripts for film and television. Students learn the various forms, genres, techniques, and styles of writing for film and television. The course will require students to write both a teleplay and a full-length screenplay. Prerequisite: COM 204 or permission of the instructor. Same as ENG 446.

455  Acting for the Camera (3)
On-camera workshop focusing on specific acting techniques relevant to film, TV, and commercials. Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair. Same as TH 455.

456  Advanced Video Editing (3)
The final stage in the life of a production, before air, occurs in the editing room. This course has two main thrusts: hands-on practical instruction in the use of digital non-linear (computer-based) editing systems, and in-depth, intense examination of the aesthetics and communication considerations that motivate the choices in the editing room. Prerequisites: COM 214 and COM 314.

470 Seminar in Communication (3)
A senior seminar in the identification and examination of selected topic(s) in communication. Limited to Department of Communication majors with 90+ credit hours and approved minors. Serves a Department of Communication integrative experience and includes service learning, comprehensive examination and senior thesis.

484  Public Relations/Advertising Research (3)
Introduction to research methodology for public relations and advertising. Includes planning, measurement, evaluation, and reporting of results. Prerequisites: COM 390 or ADV 301 and MAT 152 or permission from the instructor. Same as ADV 484.

490    Public Affairs Producing (3)
In this course students function as full-charge producers in the pre-production stage of public affairs program development, and then as production crew during taping.  Student producers are responsible for identifying a topic, and selecting and gaining the cooperation of a program host and guests.  The student producer conducts background research on the topic, scripts the intros, transitions, and closes for the program, prepares a topic background file for the host, and then prepares sets of suggested questions to be used during the opening, body, and closing phases of the program.  This course serves as capstone of the broadcast program.

491  Television Directing (3)
Integration of television studio facilities, scripting, and production techniques into directing of basic television formats. Directing exercises and individual projects including planning, producing, directing, and crew work. Prerequisite: COM 314.

495  Communication Law (3)
Studies in the current laws governing the mass media. Role of the FCC, libel, privacy, and First Amendment issues.

497    Media Management (3)
The theory of management applied to issues in radio, television or the internet.  Practical experience in examining and resolving business problems in personnel, promotion, sales, advertising, content and   regulation.  Participation in major project required.  Prerequisite:  Senior standing (90 credits) or permission of the instructor & department chair.

498  Broadcast Journalism (3)
Principles of journalism applied to the electronic media. Experience in field reporting and writing news copy. Prerequisite: COM 204 or JOU 243, COM 418 is recommended. Same as JOU 498.

499  Internship (3-12)
Practical experience in communication in a professional setting. CR/NC grade; unpaid internships only. Prerequisites: Senior standing (90+ credit hours); 2.5 overall G.P.A. with minimum 3.0 G.P.A. in major; approval of Advisor, Department Chair, and Dean.

Advertising Prefix: ADV

301  Principles of Advertising (3)
Basic principles of advertising and their role in media and society. Includes advertising environment in the 21st Century, agency and client relationships, consumer behavior, ethics, and the role of research, creative appeals, and media selection in advertising effectiveness. Study of the organization of the advertising profession.

362  Advertising Media Planning (3)
Planning execution and control of advertising media programs. Fundamental characteristics of the media. Buying and selling process. Techniques and methods used in advertising media planning process. Prerequisites: ADV 301, and MAT 152 or permission of the instructor.

401  Advertising Creative Strategy & Execution (3)
The role of strategy in the creation and design of advertising. Writing effective copy for print and broadcast media. Prerequisites: ADV 301, ENG 111. ART 205 recommended.

442  Advertising and Social Responsibility (3)
Critical examination of the impact of advertising on society and culture. Advertising’s role in the formation of trends, social habits, and other patterns of behavior as they pertain to multiple groups within society.  Prosocial uses of advertising will also be discussed.

470  Advertising Campaigns (3)
Capstone course emphasizing the planning and creation of advertising campaigns. Students will complete and present a multimedia advertising campaign. Prerequisites: ADV 301, ADV 401, and ADV 362.

480  International Advertising (3)
Major theoretical and managerial issues in international advertising and advertising directed at cultural minorities within countries.

484  Public Relations/Advertising Research (3)
Introduction to public relations and advertising research methodology. Includes planning, measurement, evaluation, and reporting of results. Prerequisites: ADV 301, COM 390, and MAT 152 or permission from the instructor.  Same as COM 484.

499  Internship (3-12)
Practical experience in advertising in a professional setting. CR/NC grade; unpaid internships only. Prerequisites: Senior standing (90+ credit hours); 2.5 overall G.P.A. with minimum 3.0 G.P.A. in major; approval of Advisor, Department Chair, and Dean.

Speech Prefix: SPE

101  Fundamentals of Speech (3)
Study and practice of basic public communication skills.

105  American English Phonetics (3)
Reduction of foreign and regional accents. Focus on the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), with emphasis on linguistic variables that influence accent reduction: articulation, stress, intonation, word order, phrasing, and vocabulary. Individualized instruction incorporating speaking, reading, and writing. CR/NC grade only. Does not fulfill distribution or degree requirements. Same as ENG 105

401  Business and Professional Communication (3)
Application of principles of speech communication in the presentation of informational reports, conference management, and interviewing. Prerequisite: SPE 101.

415  Speech Research, Writing and Delivery (3)
Study of speech design and delivery for a variety of public situations. Includes the study of research sources, content, and organization in speeches written for and delivered by others. Prerequisite: SPE 101.

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