2013-2014 Catalog



COM-200 Convergent Journalism Practicum

Classroom discussion and laboratory work for the university newspaper (print and online), university magazine, and yearbook. Graded on a CR/NC basis.


COM-201 Public Relations Practicum

Gain practical experience in public relations through working with officially sanctioned groups on campus and with organizations off-campus. Graded on a CR/NC basis. May be repeated, but credit will be assigned for no more than two hours.


COM-209 Small Group Communication

Provides background and skills related to small group communication theory and practice. Students participate in group projects leading to class presentations. Topics include leadership, discussion, roles, consensus, organization, decision-making, and persuasion. Standards for ethical conduct are considered. Prerequisite: COM-115 or permission of Division.


COM-211 Introduction to Mass Communication

A survey of the media communication industries, focusing on their historical development in the United States and professional and ethical standards required in media professions.


COM-214 Radio Production

Principles of audio production are applied to radio station operations. Learn fundamentals of microphone technique and multi-channel digital recording in common radio projects such as commercials and public service announcements. Laboratory work on college radio operation required.


COM-220 Radio Practicum

Laboratory work for the staff of the university radio station. May be repeated up to a total of three semester hours. Graded on a CR/NC basis.


COM-223 Communication Graphics

Course provides proficiency in theory and production skills in computer-aided graphic design for the web, print, and for a variety of communication contexts.


COM-224 Introduction to Newswriting

A survey of the field of journalism, including the news media, the role of reporters, ethics, methods, and operations. Practical application in gathering information and writing news stories through covering campus and University-related activities. Requires field assignments and attendance at newspaper meetings. Prerequisite: ENG-120 or Advanced Standing in English.


COM-226 Voice and Movement

Course focuses on modern acting techniques to gain greater control over body and voice. Students will explore various techniques for teh voice and body to clearly communicate characters to the theatrical audience.


COM-227 Research Methods in Communication

Introduces students to the research process. Examines how research is planned and designed, explores both quantitative and qualitative methods, introduces the techniques of these methods, and provides experience in conducting original research. Prerequisite: COM-115 or permission of Division.


COM-233 Principles of Public Relations

Examines the history, roles, functions, purposes, methods, responsibilities, and ethical issues of public relations in various contexts, including corporate, nonprofit, and agency environments. Focuses on how organizations effectively communicate with various publics to achieve specific public relations objectives.


COM-240 Television Practicum

Independent, creative work in television or video production. Student will propose a project and work with instructor to accomplish project goals over the course of a semester. May be repeated for a total of 2 hours to count toward major.

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COM-250 Media Scriptwriting

Principles of developing and writing scripts for multiple electronic media including radio, television, and online forms. Emphasis on the common principles applied across media, and developing scripts in coordination with available production techniques. Applications could include commercials, promotions, educational, public service, news and short-form narratives.


COM-251 Principles of Script Analysis

Explores methods of reading, studying, and analyzing theatrical scripts for production on stage and screen. By concentrating on the script as a vehicle for performance, students understand the script from the perspective of the actor, director, and designer. Extensive writing required.


COM-252 Beginning Acting

Addresses basic techniques of acting applied to creating contemporary characters, including imaginative, emotional, and sensory responsiveness to realistic dramatic situations. Develops appreciation for the craft of acting, and clear and motivated characters for stage and church worship. Primarily for Theatre majors and minors and related majors; nonmajors by permission from the professor or Division Chair.


COM-270 Stage Management

A study of the theory and practice of stage management related to resident and touring theatre companies. Involves the study and practice of all aspects of stage management from preproduction responsibilities through rehearsal responsibilities, performances responsibilities, and ultimately the responsibility for closing the show.


COM-272 Stagecraft

Introduction to scenery, lighting, costume design, technical theater practices, and production management, stressing practical production experience and terminology. Learn to use stools, equipment, and techniques necessary for basic scenery construction, including stock 2-D and 3-D units, weight bearing scenery, properties and basic scene painting techniques. Requires practical production involvement and laboratory hours.


COM-280 Intercultural Communication

Explores intercultural communication theory and practice within interpersonal, group and public contexts. Topics include similarities and differences in values, language, nonverbal, interethnic/intergroup communication, identity, and adaptation. Students will enhance flexibility with such encounters. Meets General Education requirements for Intercultural Competency.

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