COMM - COMMUNICATION

COMM - 1010   COMM PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
[3 hours]  An introductory course that provides instruction and practice in human communication including interpersonal communication, group discussion, public speaking and mass communication. (not for major credit)

COMM - 2000   MASS COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
[3 hours]  Overview of the media of mass communication, which considers social, economic, and intellectual impact on American culture and  democracy. Exploration of various mass media and their methods of shaping public perceptions.

COMM - 2100   NEWS WRITING
[4 hours]  Theory and practice of news writing as journalistic discourse.  Emphasis on news style and values, story structure, types of stories. Ethics, taste and rudiments of law integrated throughout.  Prerequisite: 30 hours, Type 20 wpm, pass gram/sp/punc/tst, 2.5 GPA

COMM - 2120   REPORTING METHODS
[4 hours]  Introduction to methodology of inquiry using primary sources, critical thinking skills, fact discrimination, interviewing, listening skills, data collection including electronic methods.  Writing of originally researched stories for newspaper organizations.  (Comm. 2400 recommended)  Prerequisite: COMM 2100

COMM - 2150   EDITING AND GRAPHICS
[4 hours]  Introduction to Writing, Editing, Design approach in editing newspapers, newsletters, electronic and similar publications. Fundamentals of desktop publishing, copy editing, headline writing, typography, layout, design, use of photos, illustrations.  Prerequisite: COMM 2100

COMM - 2210   RADIO PRODUCTION AND PROGRAMMING
[4 hours]  Basic principles of production and programming including training and development in basic performance areas. A study of contemporary station programming theories and techniques. Includes individual weekly lab requirement.

COMM - 2220   BASIC TELEVISION STUDIO OPERATION
[4 hours]  Study and practice in the use of studio and control room equipment, including editing equipment.  Discussion of the role of the director and producer in television production.

COMM - 2400   INFORMATION ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS
[3 hours]  Introductory course for all Communication majors. Identification of primary sources that match information needs, gaining access to these sources, retrieving information and using it for responsible media decision making.

COMM - 2460   VOICE AND DICTION
[3 hours]  Course explores the characteristics of effective oral communication.  Intensive study of the breathing, vocal, and articulatory mechanism is paired with oral presentations.

COMM - 2600   PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
[3 hours]  Applies the principles of informative and suasory discourse in the construction and delivery of public presentations.

COMM - 2630   VISUAL COMMUNICATION
[4 hours]  Instruction and laboratory experience in applying the principles of visual communication to human communication contexts including public relations releases, newsletters, direct mail, and electronic media.

COMM - 2810   ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE
[3 hours]  Designed to help students read aloud with spontaneity, clarity and feeling by studying the mechanics of oral reading in relation to interpretive treatment of various genre of literature.

COMM - 2990   INDEPENDENT STUDY
[1 - 4 hours]  A freshman/sophomore seminar in which the student pursues a problem  of special interest in communication.  A prospectus must be submitted to the faculty member with whom the student will work.  Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson.

COMM - 3150   FEATURE WRITING
[4 hours]  Theory and practice in writing in various kinds of discourse for newspapers, magazines and electronic publications. Writing for specialized audiences. Developing context, analysis, background and appropriate standards of evidence.  Prerequisite: COMM 2120

COMM - 3180   MASS COMMUNICATION LAW
[4 hours]  Course cross-listed as LST 3180.  Case studies and readings in libel, privacy, access and other legal issues arising from constitutional, judicial and administrative laws that affect mass communication.  Prerequisite: COMM 2000

COMM - 3270   RADIO/TELEVISION NEWSWRITING
[4 hours]  Training in the skills required in the preparation, writing and editing of both radio and television news.  Prerequisite: English Comp II with a C or better.

COMM - 3280   MEDIA PERFORMANCE
[3 hours]  A study of the principles and philosophies involved with successful broadcast communication and performance techniques. Includes laboratory projects in commercials, interviewing, news and ad-lib announcing.

COMM - 3290   MEDIA MANAGEMENT
[3 hours]  The study of electronic media systems from an operations perspective. Course includes:  programming, marketing, production and ethical considerations.  Prerequisite: COMM 2000

COMM - 3610   SPEECH AND PUBLICITY WRITING FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS
[3 hours]  Study and practice in developing speeches for others. Theory and practice of composing publicity materials using public relations standards.

COMM - 3710   PUBLIC RELATIONS
[3 hours]  Introduction to public relations principles, planning and methods in business, government, educational institutions, community organizations, etc.  Students analyze PR practices and strategies of selected clients.

COMM - 3810   GROUP COMMUNICATION
[3 hours]  Theory and Practice of Group Communication variables with an emphasis on problem solving approaches.

COMM - 3820   PERSUASION THEORY
[4 hours]  Examination of the theory and practices used  in persuasive  communication in public presentations, advertising, sales, and  political campaigns.

COMM - 3830   BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEBATE AND FORENSICS
[4 hours]  Theory and Practice in reasoned discourse; analysis, evidence,  logical forms and fallacies.  Problems and procedures in administering a forensic program, teaching and directing debate and individual speaking events.

COMM - 3840   INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
[4 hours]  Review and application of interpersonal communication theory and research in a variety of one-to-one social contexts.

COMM - 3850   RESEARCH METHODS
[3 hours]  Introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods in communication research. Focus on evaluating and interpreting reports in various forms of communication.

COMM - 3870   COMMUNICATION THEORY
[3 hours]  A review of human communication theory and research directed toward understanding and applying theory and research in various communication contexts and for various communication outcomes.  Prerequisite: COMM 2400

COMM - 3880   PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
[3 hours]  Developing advanced oral and written organizational communications skills. Practice in various types of business communication formats: preparing reports, persuasive messages and memos.

COMM - 4090   MASS COMMUNICATION ETHICS
[4 hours]  Examination of ethical problems that face the media of mass communication, and application of classical ethical theories to those problems.  Prerequisite: COMM 2000

COMM - 4110   HIGH SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS
[3 hours]  Problems involved in the production of high school newspapers and yearbooks including approaches to design, advertising, content, news, editorials, administration and business management.

COMM - 4220   ADVANCED TELEVISION PRODUCTION
[4 hours]  Advanced principles and aesthetic considerations in the production of various television programs. Includes both in-studio as well as location work.  Prerequisite: COMM 2220

COMM - 4250   MASS COMMUNICATION HISTORY
[4 hours]  Historical consideration of the media of mass communication from colonial era to the present, with special emphasis on the role mass communication has played in the development of the nation.  Prerequisite: COMM 2000

COMM - 4330   NEW TECHNOLOGIES
[3 hours]  The content is designed to explore the changing complexity of the communications industry from both national and international perspectives.  Prerequisite: COMM 2000

COMM - 4610   PUBLIC RELATIONS PRINCIPLES
[3 hours]  Design of public relations programs for organizations with which  students have professional interests or affiliations.  Advanced case study in-depth of one detailed project based on local research and consultation.  Prerequisite: COMM 2000, 2100

COMM - 4620   PUBLIC RELATIONS PRACTICES
[3 hours]  An examination of activities, roles and functions of public relations.  Research, theory and techniques:  strategic planning and management of public relations programs.  Law, ethics and professionalism are covered.  Prerequisite: COMM 4610

COMM - 4810   NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
[3 hours]  Survey, analysis and application of research in nonverbal communication variables and phenomena.

COMM - 4830   GENDER, CULTURE & COMMUNICATION
[3 hours]  Explores how gender and culture simultaneously shape and are shaped by communication.  Significance of relationships and language as building blocks for identity will be analyzed.

COMM - 4900   COMMUNICATION SEMINAR
[3 - 4 hours]  An in-depth examination of a communication topic, problem or media event.  May be writing intensive.  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

COMM - 4910   SENIOR PORTFOLIO
[1 hour]  Assessment of work from at least five Communication classes.  The student will develop a portfolio highlighting their work.  Students will also write cover letters, resumes and graduate school applications.  Prerequisite: COMM 2000, 2400. Completion of five additional communication classes. At least two from both Applied and Conceptual Communication.

COMM - 4930   FIELD STUDY
[1 - 3 hours]  Extended field study of community organization appropriate to student´┐Żs interest area.  Culminates in a formal report to include solution to an organizational communication problem.  Includes presentation of portfolio.  (Alternative to Internship)  Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson.

COMM - 4940   COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP
[1 - 3 hours]  Professional training in communication relating to newspaper work, public relations, broadcasting etc...  Arrangements with the appropriate communication organization must be made in consultation with the internship director prior to enrollment.  Prerequisite:  Consent of department chairperson

COMM - 4990   INDEPENDENT STUDY
[1 - 4 hours]  A seminar in which the student pursues a problem of special  interest in communication.  A prospectus must be submitted prior to registration to the participating faculty member.  Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson

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