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Course Description
COURSE DESCRIPTION

CORE COURSES
The following courses are prerequisites for all Communication courses (for majors and non-majors) unless the chairperson indicates otherwise.

For Freshmen and Sophomores:

COMM 205 EFFECTIVE SPEECH COMMUNICATION. An introduction to the
dynamics of speech communication processes, exploring significant speech structures, interviewing, group discussion, public speaking, and oral interpretation.  Use of video-tape and tape recorders.                   
           3 credits

COMM 212 FILM AS ART. A study of the grammar of the motion picture through
selected features and film clips. Written reviews on specific technical areas including
camera placement, lighting, editing, acting, and sound and music are required with a view to a better understanding of film as an art form. (WE)
           3 credits

COMM 213 REPORTING AND NEWS WRITING. A study of basic procedures and
techniques of reporting, writing and editing the news with emphasis on developing clear,
vigorous writing. Background readings in the media and American society. Writing is
limited to relatively basic stories: accidents, conferences, simple interviews. (WE)
           3 credits

COMM 223 INTRODUCTION TO BROADCASTING. A study of broadcasting in
the United States from its origins to the present. Radio and television history,
development, and technology are emphasized as well as an analysis of the broadcasting
industry from both a practical and theoretical perspective. (WE)
           3 credits

For Juniors and Seniors:
(Six credits, which must include COMM 409 and an internship)

COMM 375 INTERNSHIP FOR JUNIORS. A student participates in an off-campus training experience closely related to one of the areas of communication. Frequent meetings with an advisor plus a paper are required. Permission of Communication Department Internship Coordinator required. 
           3 credits

COMM 409 SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION. Students will select a topic in one of the areas of concentration and develop it into a major paper or research project culminating in an oral presentation before the class and illustrated by AV accompaniment. Senior Majors Only.
          3 credits

COMM 475 INTERNSHIP FOR SENIORS. A student participates in an off-campus
training experience closely related to one of the areas of communication. Frequent
meetings with advisor plus a paper are required.
          3 credits


BROADCASTING/TELECOMMUNICATIONS

COMM 206  APPLIED COMPUTER GRAPHICS.  This course offers the basics for creating visual communication materials, which includes integrating type and image, layout design for print and screen, and interactive web design. Students also complete introductory segments on image editing, motion graphics, and digital animation.
           3 credits

COMM 208 DIGITAL FILM. Students will learn all aspects of digital filmmaking from pre-production through production to post-production. Each student creates their own short film.
          3 credits

COMM 227 RADIO. This course is a study of radio broadcasting in the United States.
Practical experience in programming, audio production, announcing, and copy
preparation are emphasized. Additionally, historical and sociological perspectives of
radio broadcasting are addressed.
         3 credits

COMM 306 MULTIMEDIA DESIGN. This course focuses on the developmental
process of the Internet and the World Wide Web. The history of the technology and the
strategies behind it are covered as well as HTML, the language of the Internet. Students will gain a greater understanding of the growing possibilities and advantages of using and communicating through interactive multimedia in the place of traditional media.
Prerequisite: COMM 206 or permission of the instructor.
        3 credits

COMM 307 SPEECH FOR RADIO AND TELEVISION. Practical training for media students in interviewing, reporting, and creative radio and television work.  Use of radio and television studios.                    3 credits

COMM 308 TELEVISION PRODUCTION. An introductory course to the elements of television production techniques including camerawork, audio, instantaneous editing, graphics, on-camera appearance, scripts, and directing which culminates in the production of talk shows.
         3 credits

COMM 314  ADVANCED DIGITAL FILM.  An in-depth study of assembling footage in preparation of a final cut through the study of advanced editing, compositing techniques, titling, color correction, and visual effects (VFX).  Participants expand their knowledge and skills in video editing by screening important contemporary films and by studying the practical editing workflow.
Prerequisite: COMM 208 or permission of the instructor
         3 credits


COMM 316 SCRIPTWRITING FOR TV AND RADIO. Planning and writing
concepts for radio and TV in a variety of program areas and formats. (WE)
          3 credits

COMM 335 BROADCAST NEWS WRITING. This course focuses on electronic journalism and news writing for radio and television. Both hard and soft news writing and broadcast news editing are emphasized as well as an overview of the role of the electronic news media in American society. (WE)
         3 credits

COMM 337 TV NEWS. This course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers as on-camera, television news anchors and reporters.  Students write, report, and telecast weekly television news programs.  An analysis of the current state of television news is also covered.
          3 credits

*COMM 340 MEDIA CRITICISM. A critical analysis of the mass media, including
major theories and research in the field. The course explores media institutions, content,
and economic structure and also offers an in-depth investigation into media effects and
influence on individuals, society, and culture.
        3 credits

COMM 350 NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY. This course focuses on the social, cultural, political, and economic effects of new media.  First examining the theory and development of technological change, digitization, and networking, the course then
analyzes the impact of online media on social life, politics, journalism, and entertainment.
          3 credits
 
COMM 352  IMAGE DESIGN WITH PHOTOSHOP.  Students explore conceptual and technical aspects of digital imaging, including image capture, color management, editing and correction, composition and layout, and several types of image composites.  Master the basics of design with Photoshop, then construct seamless and complex images using masking and compositing techniques.
          3 credits

COMM 354  CINEMATICS & MOTION GRAPHICS.  Motion graphics, visual effects (VFX), and interactive information (informatics) are redefining the territory of cinema and video.  This course allows students to draw on communication strategies to create type and image animations, special effects, and video footage for informational, promotional, entertainment, creative, and experimental purposes.
          3 credits

*COMM 406 COMMUNICATIONS AND THE LAW. This course covers legal issues and topics in media law including First Amendment, defamation, privacy, intellectual property, censorship, commercial speech, obscenity, broadcast and cable regulation, media ownership and evolving internet regulation.
          3 credits

COMM 419 ADVANCED TELEVISION PRODUCTION. Practical discussion of
techniques in television production. Practical experience is offered to improve
lighting, use of special effects, and advanced graphics. Creativity is encouraged,
utilizing the abilities acquired in Television Production.
Prerequisites: COMM 308 or permission of instructor
         3 credits

COMM 423 BROADCAST PROGRAMMING. An examination of philosophies and
techniques used in programming television and radio stations and networks. The
organizational set-up of programming departments, development of competitive
strategies for radio and television schedules, and insights into audience behavior and
measurement are emphasized.
           3 credits

 

 

JOURNALISM

COMM 206  APPLIED COMPUTER GRAPHICS.  This course offers the basics for creating visual communication materials, which includes integrating type and image, layout design for print and screen, and interactive web design. Students also complete introductory segments on image editing, motion graphics, and digital animation.
           3 credits

*COMM 214 MAGAZINE WRITING. Methods in design, topography, and editing in magazine production. Students also learn how to research, write, and market quality articles in magazine format. (WE)                    3 credits

*COMM 318 ADVANCED REPORTING AND NEWS WRITING. Students learn to
write and report complex, intellectually demanding material involving real and pressing
problems that exist in society. (WE)
           3 credits

COMM 319 PUBLIC RELATIONS. This course is designed to introduce students to principles of public relations and the field.  Students will learn about the development and maintenance of relationships between a variety of different kinds of organizations/clients and their publics.  Class assignments are structured to encourage students to become better writers, speakers, designers, and strategic thinkers.
          3 credits   

COMM 335 BROADCAST NEWS WRITING. This course focuses on electronic journalism and news writing for radio and television. Both hard and soft news writing and broadcast news editing are emphasized as well as an overview of the role of the electronic news media in American society. (WE)
         3 credits

COMM 336  SPORTS WRITING  This course is an introduction to sports journalism.  A study of basic procedures and techniques of sports reporting, writing and editing for both print and the electronic media are emphasized. (WE) 
          3 credits

COMM 337 TV NEWS. This course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers as on-camera, television news anchors and reporters.  Students write, report, and telecast weekly television news programs.  An analysis of the current state of television news is also covered.
          3 credits

*COMM 338 FEATURE WRITING. Methods of researching and writing feature stories and commentary for the print media. Markets open to freelance writers are discussed.  The course also focuses on publishing articles, newspaper feature sections, and Sunday supplements. (WE)
           3 credits

COMM 352  IMAGE DESIGN WITH PHOTOSHOP.  Students explore conceptual and technical aspects of digital imaging, including image capture, color management, editing and correction, composition and layout, and several types of image composites.  Master the basics of design with Photoshop, then construct seamless and complex images using masking and compositing techniques.
          3 credits

*COMM 406 COMMUNICATIONS AND THE LAW. This course covers legal issues and topics in media law including First Amendment, defamation, privacy, intellectual property, censorship, commercial speech, obscenity, broadcast and cable regulation, media ownership, and evolving internet regulation.
          3 credits


CINEMA STUDIES AND SCRIPTWRITING
Students may transfer off-campus 16mm film production credits that have been
approved by the chairperson.        3-6 credits

COMM 208 DIGITAL FILM. Students will learn all aspects of digital filmmaking from pre-production through production to post-production. Each student creates their own short film.
          3 credits

COMM 305 CORPORATE SCRIPTWRITING. Writing film scripts for the business environment on a variety of topics. (WE)
          3 credits

COMM 314  ADVANCED DIGITAL FILM.  An in-depth study of assembling footage in preparation of a final cut through the study of advanced editing, compositing techniques, titling, color correction, and visual effects (VFX).  Participants expand their knowledge and skills in video editing by screening important contemporary films and by studying the practical editing workflow.
Prerequisite: COMM 208 or permission of the instructor
         3 credits


COMM 315 SCRIPTWRITING FOR FILM. Planning and writing concepts for a
feature fiction film and methods of optioning a script for sale. (WE)
          3 credits

*COMM 325 MAJOR FILMMAKERS. An analysis of the style, concepts, and narrative design in the key works of one or two selected directors.
          3 credits

*COMM 326 AMERICAN FILM. A chronological survey of the development of American cinema from the silent film pioneers through the transition to sound into the present decade. The course analyzes the interrelation between the epoch, the films produced and the studio system. Readings, screening, and the writing of short papers required. (WE)
           3 credits

COMM 354  CINEMATICS & MOTION GRAPHICS.  Motion graphics, visual effects (VFX), and interactive information (informatics) are redefining the territory of cinema and video.  This course allows students to draw on communication strategies to create type and image animations, special effects, and video footage for informational, promotional, entertainment, creative, and experimental purposes.
          3 credits

COMM 404 EXPERIMENTAL FILM. An in-depth analysis of selected major works
of experimental filmmakers in America and an overview of their European counterparts.
Screening, participation in discussion, and research papers are required.
         3 credits

*COMM 405 FILM CRITICISM. Various models of film criticism are studied and
employed by students to provide a working knowledge of contemporary approaches
to film analysis including political, feminist, genre, and psychoanalytic-semiotic criticism. Reading and writing of articles and viewing of representative films required.
        3 credits

COMM 410 FILM CENSORSHIP AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT. An overview of the changing ethical and legal issues in film censorship: from “Birth of a Nation” to
“Caligula” (1915-1980). Includes the preproduction codes before 1934, the Hays Offices, the Legion of Decency, the MPAA rating system, and court cases.
        3 credits

COMM 411 FOREIGN FILM. The course presents a survey of silent and/or sound
films from Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa with representative works
reflecting the culture of the country, and significant developments in film style and directorial techniques.        
          3 credits

 

CORPORATE/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

COMM 206  APPLIED COMPUTER GRAPHICS.  This course offers the basics for creating visual communication materials, which includes integrating type and image, layout design for print and screen, and interactive web design. Students also complete introductory segments on image editing, motion graphics, and digital animation.
           3 credits

COMM 305 CORPORATE SCRIPTWRITING. Writing film scripts for the business
environment on a variety of topics. (WE)
          3 credits

COMM 306 MULTIMEDIA DESIGN. This course focuses on the developmental
process of the Internet and the World Wide Web. The history of the technology and the
strategies behind it are covered as well as HTML, the language of the Internet. Students will gain a greater understanding of the growing possibilities and advantages of using and communicating through interactive multimedia in the place of traditional media.
Prerequisite: COMM 206 or permission of the instructor
        3 credits

COMM 307 SPEECH FOR RADIO AND TELEVISION. Practical training for media students in interviewing, reporting, and creative radio and television work.  Use of radio and television studios.                    
        3 credits

COMM 319 PUBLIC RELATIONS. This course is designed to introduce students to principles of public relations and the field.  Students will learn about the development and maintenance of relationships between a variety of different kinds of organizations/clients and their publics.  Class assignments are structured to encourage students to become better writers, speakers, designers, and strategic thinkers.
          3 credits   

COMM 320 PUBLIC SPEAKING. Organization and presentation of various types of speeches including informational, demonstration, and persuasive. Videotape is used.            3 credits

COMM 321 ACTING I. A study of the basic principles and techniques of acting: concentration, relaxation, basic stage acting, improvisation, principles of characterization, and analysis of performance.
        3 credits
 
COMM 334 ADVERTISING. This course is designed to introduce students to the history of advertising in the U.S. and the development of brands.  Students will learn fundamental strategies that advertisers use to capture consumer attention, create sales pitches, compete in the marketplace and adapt to the introduction of new technologies.  Additional emphasis is given to ethical considerations as they relate to advertising and promotions.           3 credits

COMM 352  IMAGE DESIGN WITH PHOTOSHOP.  Students explore conceptual and technical aspects of digital imaging, including image capture, color management, editing and correction, composition and layout, and several types of image composites.  Master the basics of design with Photoshop, then construct seamless and complex images using masking and compositing techniques.
          3 credits

COMM 354  CINEMATICS & MOTION GRAPHICS.  Motion graphics, visual effects (VFX), and interactive information (informatics) are redefining the territory of cinema and video.  This course allows students to draw on communication strategies to create type and image animations, special effects, and video footage for informational, promotional, entertainment, creative, and experimental purposes.
          3 credits

*COMM 371 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION. A study of the basic principles of intercultural communication and the impact of culture on one's perceptions, beliefs, meanings, and communication.
          3 credits

COMM 400 POLITICAL COMMUNICATION. This course examines, from a theoretical and practical standpoint, the planning , execution, and evaluation of communication strategies in modern political campaigns.
         3 credits

*COMM 406 COMMUNICATIONS AND THE LAW. This course covers legal issues and topics in media law including First Amendment, defamation, privacy, intellectual property, censorship, commercial speech, obscenity, broadcast and cable regulation, media ownership and evolving internet regulation.
          3 credits

COMM 414 ADVANCED ADVERTISING STRATEGIES. This course uses a team-based approach in the development of an integrated marketing communications (IMC) campaign for a real world client.  Course participants will work in teams and design integrated strategies to solve an advertising problem as agreed upon with their client.  Toward the end of the semester, teams will pitch their ideas to the client for industry critique.  
Prerequisite: COMM 334 or permission of the instructor
          3 credits

COMM 416 DIRECTING/ACTING II. A lecture/laboratory course covering the principles and techniques of the director's art: fundamentals of staging, blocking, movement, business, tempo, script selection and analysis, casting, and rehearsal planning, plus a continuation of acting techniques.
Prerequisite: COMM 321 or permission of the instructor
         3 credits


COMM 417 DISCUSSION AND DEBATE. Emphasis on the logical, critical, and ethical preparation of oral material for discussion and debate. Use of interpersonal techniques and videotape.
          3 credits


COMM 420 ADVANCED PUBLIC RELATIONS. This course examines public relations through the integration of theory and practice in the planning, implementation and evaluation of an actual PR campaign and/or event.  Emphasis is placed on the effective design of messages and their distribution among key publics/stakeholders.  Course participants will interview for and be selected into a variety of management and team roles in a PR organization made-up of students in the class.
Prerequisite: COMM 319 or permission of the instructor
          3 credits

*COMM 422 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION. The organizational structure of companies are explored with emphasis on practical experience in interviewing, resume writing, audio/visual usage, symposia, and sales presentations.
Field visits are included in course.
         3 credits

*COMM 424 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION. Relevant aspects of
communication theory will be applied to a variety of dyadic and small group situations
to provide opportunities for experimentation, understanding, and evaluation of
communication of self and others.
          3 credits


GENERAL COURSES

COMM 361, 461 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN COMMUNICATION. Independent research is designed for the student majoring in Communication with demonstrated proficiency to work independently on a project related to a specific area and approved in advance by the chairperson and project advisor. Frequent meetings with an advisor and either a research paper or a production project are required. COMM 361 for Juniors; COMM 461 for Seniors.
Prerequisite: A minimum cumulative index of 3.00 or permission of the chair.
          1, 2, or 3 credits

COMM 370,470 TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION I, II, III, IV,V, VI. These courses
are designed around specific topics in communication. Each topic is selected by the
department and is in a specialized area of communication. The course is offered as demand warrants. See the chairperson for the topic prerequisites and other details. This course can be repeated under different topics.
           3 credits