COM 100 MEDIA LITERACY 3, 3/0; HUIF
Role of mass media in the lives of individuals and society; exploration of development structure and technology of media, as well as social, economic, ethical, and related issues;focuses on roles of both consumers and producersof media.
SPC 103 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION 3, 3/0; HUIF
Exploration of communication as the basis for personal and social interaction; focuses on roles of both consumers and producers of messages; investigation of various modes of communication.
SPC 205 INTRODUCTION TO ORAL COMMUNICATION 3, 3/0
Basics of oral communication; examining the principles and contexts of communication; focus on the communication process, interviewing, public discussion, group problem solving, public speaking, and criticism of public messages.
COM 210 CONVERGED MEDIA WRITING 2, 2/0
Prerequisites: CWP 101 and CWP 102. Writing lab with practice in organizing and writing for print and digital media; introduction to news, feature and advocacy writing; application to journalism, public relations and advertising.
COM 215 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: COM 100 or SPC 103. Analysis of production and consumption of visual information; exploration of the role of images in the communication process; application to journalism, broadcasting, public relations, advertising, and digital media.
COM 301 PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING 3, 2/2
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; SPC 205, COM 210, COM 215. Principles of strategic integrated communication(public relations and advertising); based on model of formative research, strategy, tactics,evaluation, exploration of public relations and advertising via theoretical base, ethical principles,social responsibilities, functions, and professional aspects.
COM 302 PRINCIPLES OF JOURNALISM 3, 2/2
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; COM 210, COM 215. Overview of journalism and its historical, ethical, and professional base; focus on news sources, with practice in information-gathering techniques.
COM 303 PRINT NEWS I: REPORTING 3, 2/2
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; COM 210 (or ENG 191 in writing minor). Practice in news writing for print and online publications; theory, form, and techniques in writing news; focuses on leads and various types of reporting scenarios; experience in writing under deadline pressure.
COM 304 WRITING FOR BROADCAST (TV, RADIO, FILM) 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 210. Practice in organizing and writing for radio, audio media, television, and other visual media; writing in various formats, including commercials, promotional announcements, documentaries, corporate video, and narrative scripts.
SPC 306 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: SPC 205. Organization, delivery and evaluation of public speech from a performance and analytical framework for professional, social, public and small group situations.
SPC 307 GROUP COMMUNICATON 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: SPC 205. Interdisciplinary approach to examination of the theoretical and practical dimensions of communication in small-group decision-making and problem- solving situations.
COM 308 PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING 3, 2/2
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; COM 210, COM 301 (or ENG 191 in writing minor). Intensive practice in writing for all types of public relations situations; focus on writing for both news media and organizational media for purposes of information and advocacy.
SPC 309 PERSUASION AND PROPAGANDA 3, 3/0
Theory and practice of persuasion in various media contexts; analysis of social implications, ethical base, and impact of persuasive messages; analysis of contemporary propaganda in media contexts.
COM 310 INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Analysis of the role of international communication in today’s global society through a comparative study of the world’s press and broadcasting systems. Includes journalistic values of other countries, differing philosophies of broadcasting, and the process of international communication within the framework of North-South, social, economic, and political divisions of the late twentieth century.
SPC 311 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION 3, 3/0; DIIF
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Examination of theory and practice of intercultural communication; exploration of ways to bridge differences based on culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, and other potential social barriers.
COM 312 BASIC MEDIA PRODUCTION 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 215. Exploration of basic concepts and processes of video and audio media production and editing, including hands-on experience in studio and field production, and both video and audio postproduction. Discussion of career options.
SPC 315 MEDIA PERFORMANCE 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: SPC 205. Principles and theories of voice performance for radio and other forms of media technology; techniques for marking and reading written scripts; focus on body language and vocal nuance; application to animation, storytelling, and commercial voiceovers.
COM 317 MEDIA MANAGEMENT 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing. Theory and practice in broadcast management for radio and television stations, cable networks, and systems; focuses on structure, budget, sales, regulations; focuses on audience-building aspect of programming and management.
COM 319 PRINT NEWS II: EDITING 3, 2/2
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; COM 210. Theory and practice of copy editing, headline writing, and preparation of news for publication and online presentation; analysis and evaluation of news content; practice in working under time pressure.
SPC 321 RHETORICAL CRITICISM 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Critical analysis of persuasive messages and strategies used by public persuaders; focus on social/political speeches, commercial advertising, music lyrics, and other forms of purposeful communication.
COM 322 COMMUNICATION GRAPHICS 3, 2/2
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; COM 215. Theory and practice of information design for organizational and mass media; application for print, digital, and other communication media.
COM 325 FEATURE WRITING 3, 3/0
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; COM 210 (or ENG 191 in writing minor). Theory and advanced practice in writing magazine articles, newspaper features, and similar stories for online publications; writing for specialized audiences; introduction to freelance procedures.
COM 327 LITERARY JOURNALISM 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: COM 100 and COM 210. Exploration of literary excellence in journalistic writing; classic journalistic authors and their stories; relationship of journalism and literature, as well as television and radio scripts and online, long-form narrative
COM 328 INTERMEDIATE AUDIO PRODUCTION 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 312. Continuing study of theory, aesthetics, and fundamentals of audio production; emphasis on commercial production for radio and other audio media; introduction to in-studio production setting.
COM 329 INTERMEDIATE VIDEO PRODUCTION 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 312. Continuing study of the theory, aesthetics, and fundamentals of video production; emphasis on visual, auditory, and motion elements of communication in television and video; practice in studio-production setting.
SPC 333 RACE, CLASS & GENDER IN MEDIA 3, 3/0; DIIF
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Critical analysis of media representation of traditionally underrepresented groups (such as women, African Americans, Native American, Arabs and Muslims, and/or gays and lesbians).
COM 335 TALK RADIO/TALK TELEVISION 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Introduction to various aspects of talk radio and talk television; differences between news reporters and talk-show hosts; relationship with sales and audience analysis; attention to roles of producer, program director, and promotions.
COM 336 WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCTION 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 215. Theory and practice of Web-based communication and social media; focus on strategy and de-sign as well as writing for Web and social media.
COM 337 ELECTRONIC NEWS I: PRODUCING 3, 2/2
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; COM 210. News writing and producing for electronic media in studio setting; theory, form, and techniques of writing and presenting news for radio and television; practice in reporting, writing, and presentation under deadline pressure.
COM 338 ELECTRONIC NEWS II: REPORTING 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; COM 337. News reporting for electronic media in non-studio locations; practice in reporting, writing, and news presentation under deadline pressure; techniques of using cameras and editing equipment.
COM 340 PHOTOJOURNALISM 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 303. Basic techniques of news photography as practiced by newspapers and magazines, with laboratory and field assignment experience. Note: 35mm camera with meter and full manual controls required.
COM 341 FUNDRAISING 3, 3/0
Theory and practice of fundraising and organizational philanthropy; focus on planning, organization, management, marketing, and practical approaches that nonprofit organizations use to raise money from private sources.
COM 389 TOPICS COURSE 1-9. 0/0
COM 390 SPECIAL TOPICS: JOURNALISTIC WRITING 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: COM 301. Study, research, and analysis about a particular venue (such as entertainment public relations) or a particular application (such as crisis communication or fund raising); may be repeated with a different topic.
COM 392 PUBLIC RELATIONS IN SPORTS 3, 3/0
Prerequisites: CWP 101, COM 301 (or admission to sports management minor). Sports public relations and its role in intercollegiate and professional athletics; process and practice of sports information and media relations; topics include writing formats, publications, crisis management, game management, current events, law, and ethics.
COM 400 COMMUNICATION LAW 3, 3/0
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in communication major; upper-division status. Study of freedom of speech and the press in the United States, particularly the rights and responsibilities of the media and constraints placed on them under law: libel, privacy, journalistic privilege, free press/fair trial, obscenity, advertising law.
COM 401 APPLIED COMMUNICATION RESEARCH 3, 3/0
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; COM 301. Applied research techniques in communication fields; students do original research using content analysis, focus groups, and/or surveys.
COM 405 NEWS REPORTING 3, 2/2
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in journalism major; COM 303 or COM 337; COM 319 or COM 338. Supervised reporting experience through laboratory practice with Bengal News Online. News gathering and writing, with emphasis on developing news stories, interviewing and reporting, covering news beats, dealing with sources, research, accuracy, journalistic ethics.
SPC 407 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Theory and practice of communication within task-oriented organizations; focus on the interaction of structure, behavior, and message; role of communication in organizational change. Equivalent courses: COM407, JBS407
COM 410 MASS COMMUNICATION HISTORY 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Historical survey of the technology and social evolution of journalism and the broadcasting industries, including an analysis of their roles in American society.
COM 418 CAMPAIGNS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING 3, 2/2
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in public communication major; COM 301, COM 308. Capstone experience in strategic integrated communication based on public relations and advertising; experience in developing campaigns for actual
clients, with focus on formative research, strategy, tactics, and evaluation, as well as client presentation.
SPC 422 MEDIA CRITICISM 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Critical analysis of mass media, including print, broadcast, and digital; application to news, documentaries, entertainment programming, and advertising; focus on social, cultural, and political impact of media messages from a rhetorical perspective.
SPC 424 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MEDIA CRITICISM 3, 3/0
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Critical analysis of mass media, including print broadcast, and digital; focus on the role of media in a particular context (such as electoral politics or war).
COM 428 ADVANCED AUDIO PRODUCTION 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 328. Capstone experience in producing audio; emphasis on multitrack recording, mixing, music, and voice editing.
COM 429 ADVANCED MULTICAMERA STUDIO PRODUCTION 3, 2/2
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in media production major; COM 329. Capstone experience in studio television production using news and/or other genres requiring advanced skills; requires hands-on practice in studio-based productions.
COM 431 ADVANCED FIELD PRODUCTION 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 312. Capstone experience in producing and directing field video productions for on-campus/off-campus viewing; students specialize in field productions in nonstudio locations; use of portable cameras, lighting, and sound equipment; production in remote studio settings.
COM 432 ADVANCED POSTPRODUCTION 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 312. Capstone experience in video postproduction; emphasis on postproduction editing and editor’s role in visual storytelling; hands-on approach to developing both artistic insight and practical skills in editing.
COM 433 ADVANCED TV DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 312. Capstone experience in producing and directing television documentaries, with hands-on experience in planning, writing, shooting, and editing; focuses on analysis and evaluation of documentary productions.
COM 434 ADVANCED VIDEO PRODUCTION PRACTICUM 3, 2/2
Prerequisite: COM 329. Capstone experience in producing video programming for client- and college-generated on-campus/off-campus uses. Students staff a full production team for public affairs, community service, promotions, entertainment, and other types of programming.
COM 450 COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY 3, 3/0
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major; completion of 90 credit hours; completion of 30 credits in a communication major. Role of communication in society; exploration of contemporary issues in mass media and related disciplines; focus on ethical responsibilities of communication professionals.
COM 488 INTERNSHIP Variable Credits (1-3), 1/0
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in media production, journalism, or public communication major, upper-division standing, permission of instructor. Completion of COM 301 and COM 308 for internships in public relations and advertising; COM 304 and COM 328 or COM 329 for internships in broadcasting; COM 302 and COM 303 or COM 337 for internship in journalism.
Supervised field experience in a professional setting for students who have completed extensive academic preparation in the discipline. Fifty hours of fieldwork per credit.
COM 495 SPECIAL PROJECT Variable Credits (1–3), 0/0
Prerequisites: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major and permission of instructor. Individual professional project in a communication-related area not duplicated by an existing course.
COM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY 3, 1/0
Prerequisite: GPA of 2.6 in a communication major and permission of instructor. Individual academic project in a communication related area not duplicated by an existing course.
Fee Cat. # Course Name
$50 COM 312 Basic Media Production
$50 COM 328 Intermediate Audio Production
$50 COM 329 Intermediate Video Production
$50 COM 336 Web and Social Media Production
$50 COM 337/338 Electronic News Producing I & II
$50 COM 405 News Reporting
$50 COM 428 Advanced Audio Production
$50 COM 429 Advanced Multi-Camera Studio Production
$50 COM 431 Advanced Field Production
$50 COM 432 Advanced Post Production
$50 COM 433 Advanced TV Documentary Production
$50 COM 434 Advanced Video Production Practicum
$50 TFA 401 Producing Short Films I
$50 TFA 420 Producing Short Films II
$50 TFA 450 Senior Project
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