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COMM 130. Interpersonal Communication
A course designed to help students gain insight into and improve their interpersonal skills and relationships with others.  Attention is placed on studying and evaluating communication variables in work, school, family and social settings. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

COMM 131. Introduction to Mass Media
An introduction to American popular culture from 1945 to the present. This course examines the role of television, film and popular music in shaping and reflecting contemporary American history and culture. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

COMM 230. Introduction to Public Speaking
An introductory course designed to help students effectively research, organize, construct and deliver their ideas in a variety of speech forms. Other topics include critical listening, audience analysis and language usage. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

COMM 231.  Print and Web Journalism
This course is designed to introduce students to writing in a professional environment for the mass media.  The emphasis of this course is placed on writing and editing news stories for both print and the Web.  This includes writing various news stories under deadline while conforming to AP style and implementing journalistic principles. Prerequisite:  JOUR 130 or instructor’s consent.  Credit, 3 hours.  Offered every spring semester.

COMM 232. Interviewing
This course is designed to introduce students to the professional interviewing process. The focus is on interviews in a business and professional setting with special emphasis given to the employment interview. Units of instruction include: interviewee strategies, interviewer strategies, appraisal interviews, exit and discipline interviews, survey interviews and persuasive
interviews. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

COMM 233. Communication Graphics
An introductory course designed to help students understand the visual aspect of communication. Emphasis is placed upon graphic design, typography, photography, and publication design. Additional topics discussed include printing and production techniques common to the mass media environment. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

COMM 235. Introduction to Television Production
Development of practical television production technique. Skills covered include camera and lenses, lighting, directing, ENG/EFP, editing, and related post production processes. Emphasis is placed on preproduction planning and strategy. Other skills covered include studio operations and directing techniques. The course is designed to give students an overview to a functioning television production system. Specific attention is focused on television production equipment and its operation, the aesthetics of television production, and the interpersonal skills involved in production teamwork. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. Credit: 3 hours Offered every fall semester.

COMM 332. Small Group Communication
This class combines theories of small group communication with practical application to prepare students interpersonally for meetings, committees, boards, and other small group settings found in the workplace. Topics include bargaining and negotiating, conflict resolution, and leadership skills. Prerequisite: COMM 230. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

COMM 333. Argumentation and Debate
An introduction to the principles of argumentation and academic debate. The course is designed to develop the student’s ability to think critically and speak persuasively. Students participate in required classroom debates. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.

COMM 334. Introduction to Television Journalism
This course is designed to inform students of the process of news reporting for television from start to finish. The focus is on finding, writing, editing and delivering the news on-camera. Prerequisite: COMM 235. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.

COMM 335. Television Directing
Practical study in the theory and practice of producing and directing television programs. Emphasis is placed on team skills and leadership skills. Prerequisite: COMM 235. Credit: 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.

COMM 336.  Writing for the Mass Media
This course is designed for students who want to learn about professional writing opportunities and who are committed to professional and personal growth as writers in a variety of media styles.  The focus is on writing the personal essay, feature stories, interviewing, press releases, and critical media reviews.  Credit, 3 hours.  Offered every fall semester.

COMM 337. Communication Criticism
An examination of classical and contemporary principles of rhetorical criticism and the preparation of critical/systematic investigations for the purpose of better understanding human responses to symbolic acts and artifacts. Emphasis is on oral, written and media texts in the discipline of communication and cultural studies. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.

COMM 338. Radio Broadcasting
This course is designed to teach students the skills necessary to announce for radio. The focus will be on programming, underwriting, scripting, and radio interviewing. Participation with the campus radio required. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

COMM 339. Media Law
This course is designed to develop a student’s understanding of legal issues affecting print and electronic media. Emphasized topics include copyright, libel, privacy, freedom of the press, obscenity, and broadcast regulation. Other topics include ethical standards and self-regulation. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

COMM 412. Forensics (Competitive Speech and Debate)
This course provides students with the opportunity to travel and compete in regional and national level collegiate speech and debate tournaments. This course may be repeated twice. Credit, 1 hour. Offered every semester.

COMM 415. Television Production Practicum
This course provides practical experience in advanced video production, including: sound and video editing, graphic design, special effects, scripting, and directing. This course may be repeated twice. Prerequisite: COMM 235. Credit, 1 hour. Offered every semester.

COMM 416.  Journalism Practicum
This course provides practical experience in writing and editing news stories in a professional environment.  The focus of this practicum is typically placed upon writing various news stories under deadline for the campus newspaper or another similar news or public relations organization.  Students can also gain practical experience in photography and publication design.  This course may be repeated twice.  Prerequisite:  COMM 231 or JOUR 230.  Credit, 1 hour.  Offered every semester.

COMM 418. Senior Colloquium
All majors are required to demonstrate their expertise through a public presentation during one of the last two semesters before graduation. The subject will be of the student’s choosing with departmental approval. Each student will work closely with a Communication and Theatre Arts faculty mentor who specializes in the chosen subject. Students may choose to showcase their skills in the performing arts or may choose to present a paper detailing research they have conducted. Students must present their work before an audience of the Communication and Theatre Arts faculty. This presentation serves as the exiting examination for the department. Credit, 1 hour. Offered every semester.

COMM 431. Film I: The Silent Era
This course surveys significant American and international films and filmmakers from 1895 to 1930. Course topics include: the origins motion pictures, the films of the Edison Company, D.W. Griffith, Charles Chaplin, German Expressionism, early French and Russian cinema and the arrival of sound. Methods for the analysis and criticism of film are also discussed. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every other fall semester.

COMM 432. Theories of Persuasion
Designed to aid students in becoming more critical receivers and users of persuasive  communication. The course focuses on persuasion theories and methods of evaluating oral and visual forms of communication. The course is designed to develop the student's ability to think, listen, write and speak critically. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.

COMM 433. Senior Studies
A rotating topics course dealing in current problems, topics and areas of research in the field of Communication. PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor. May be repeated once for credit when topic varies. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

COMM 434. Communication Theory
This course is designed to familiarize students with the major research paradigms in the field of human communication. Topics include: Anglo-American perspectives, and contemporary Continental perspectives. Each perspective is described with its respective paradigmatic assumptions; strengths and weaknesses associated with each perspective are explored. Prerequisite: COMM 130. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.

COMM 435. Film II: The Golden Age
This course surveys significant American and international films and filmmakers from 1930 to 1960. Course topics include: the Hollywood Studio System, the Gangster Movie, the Horror film, films of WWII, films of the Cold War Era, Film Noir, Social Realism and Italian Neorealism. Methods for the analysis and criticism of film are also discussed. Credit, 3 hours.
Offered every other spring semester.

COMM 436. Coaching and Managing Forensics Programs
This course is designed for high school teacher education majors and for future collegiate forensic directors. The student is provided the opportunity to study various forensic event formats including National Forensic League (NFL), American Forensic Association (AFA), National Forensic Association (NFA), Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA), National Debate Tournament (NDT), Pi Kappa Delta (PKD), and Delta Sigma Rho (DSR). Students will also have the opportunity to learn various aspects of forensic program management including budgeting, tournament management, and coaching philosophy. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

COMM 437. Advanced Television Reporting
Advanced study in the process of news reporting for television. Emphasis is placed on investigative reporting techniques and team reporting. Most assignments will be field oriented. Prerequisites: COMM 235 and 334. Credit: 3 hours. Offered every fall semester.

COMM 438. Film III: The Modern Age
This course surveys significant American and international films and filmmakers from 1960 to the 1990. Course topics include: Stanley Kubrick, the French New Wave, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, the "Lucas-Spielberg Revolution” and New German Cinema. Methods for the analysis and criticism of film are also discussed. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every other spring semester.

COMM 439. Film IV: Contemporary Film
This course surveys significant American and international films and filmmakers from 1990 to the present. Course topics include: Tim Burton, the Coen Brothers, Ang Lee, the rise of independent filmmaking, British Cinema, the animation boom, and digital technology. Methods for the analysis and criticism of film are also discussed. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every other spring semester.

COMM 490. Special Topics in Communication
Designed to allow the student to enroll in classes that are not normally scheduled. Suggested topics include: History and Criticism of Television, Public Relations, Mass Media and Politics, Communication Criticism, Family Communication, and others as interest is expressed. May be repeated once for credit when the topic varies. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

COMM 491. Internship
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to earn academic credit for practical work experience and training in the fields of radio and television broadcasting, print journalism, advertising, public relations or other areas of public communication approved by the Department. Three, six, or twelve academic hours can be earned, depending upon the requirements of the approved internship, and the recommendation of the student's advisor. Students cannot register for COMM 491 until they have successfully completed all appropriate applications and interviews leading to the securing of an internship. This course is offered on an arranged basis. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.

 

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