COMM-Communication Studies

COMM-Communication Studies

COMM1010. Introduction to Communication (3)

An introduction to the foundations of the field of communication. The course will give an introduction to the communication process, communication theories, areas of communication, and how communication affects society and research in the field.

COMM1210. Introduction to Public Speaking (2)

An introduction to verbal communication in groups, listening, and public speaking. Emphasis will be placed on speaking, delivery issues, speech construction, audience connection, and the communication process.

COMM1260. Introduction to Video (1)

This course is designed as a basic approach to video production for Mass Communication majors as well as other students who would like to learn basic video production skills. Emphasis is placed on telling a story through the visual media, including introduction to composition, camera movement, audio, lighting, and editing.   Fees:  Additional fee required.

COMM1310. Oral Interpretation (3)

This course is an introduction to the intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic aspects of literature.  Emphasis is placed on analysis and presentation of literature as it communicates to the listener.  Performances include prose, poetry, and drama.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM2010. Small Group Communication (3)

An approach to small group communication theory with emphasis on identifying and developing appropriate communication strategies for various group situations.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM2020. Media Systems and Literacy (3)

Study of the history, structures, technologies, genres, theories and influences of the mass media on individuals and society. Designed to prepare students to be media literate, critical, and responsible producers and consumers of the mass media.

COMM2030. Interpersonal Communication (3)

An introduction to interpersonal communication theories, research and practice. Focus is on influences and effects of interpersonal relationships and ways to improve communication.  Satisfies a General Education Social Science requirement.

COMM2050. History of Film and Television (2)

A survey of the development of technology, programming and business of both motion pictures and television. Includes a study of the major personalities, scandals and events which shaped both industries.  Offered: Alternate years

COMM2094. Topics in Communication Studies (1-3)

A concentrated study of one topic in communication studies.  May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisites: Instructor's permission. 

COMM2120. Communication Activities (1-2)

Opportunities for Communication and Mass Communication majors as well as non-majors to prepare for and participate in a variety of communication activities, including forensics, drama, and productions. Specific options include, but are not limited to, the Fall Play, the Spring Play, Reader's Theater, major television and film productions, and the forensics team.  May be repeated for credit.

COMM2250. Introduction to Scriptwriting (3)

A survey of the process, forms, and techniques for writing scripts for non-fiction applications. This includes advertising, news and documentary, corporate training and promotion. Course includes lecture, scriptwriting exercises and labs, and analysis and critique of student work.

COMM2260. Intermediate Video Production (3)

Study of the roles and processes in studio and remote video production. This includes the technical and creative aspects of producing, directing, camera, lighting, sound, editing, graphics, and basic engineering for television. Course includes traditional lecture, lab exercises, CD-ROM instruction, and individual and group video projects. Fees: Additional fee required.

COMM2280. Audio For Film and Television (2)

A lab course involving student production of voice, music, and sound effects projects. Includes a study of microphone selection and placement, signal processing and shaping, and field and studio recording as they specifically relate to film and television production and post production.  Prerequisites: Instructor's permission. Fees: Additional fee required.

COMM2420. Introduction to Public Relations (3)

An introduction to the theory, research, and practical aspects of public relations. Emphasis will be placed on the process of public information dissemination in business, industrial, educational and social organizations.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM2600. Introduction to Performance (3)

Beginning level exploration and development of live performance. Includes history, theories and practice of acting, voice and other types of performance. Projects and exercises will be used to incorporate performance and drama in various settings including school, church, stage, and broadcasting. Offered: Alternate years.

COMM2950. Internship in Communication Studies (1-3)

The student may select a supervised professional internship - with 50 clock hours per credit required. This activity concludes with a formal written and oral presentation. Prerequisites: Courses basic to the area of the internship as approved by the advisor. May be repeated for credit upon approval by the advisor.

COMM3010. Producing Film and Television (2)

A survey of the many roles and responsibilities of the television and motion picture producer. Students will follow the development of a major film and television project from inception to release, learn to analyze and predict the shifting moods of the industries, and develop the practical skills of a producer.  Prerequisites: COMM2260. Fees: Additional fee required. Offered: Alternate years.

COMM3020. Organizational Communication (3)

The study of the nature and function of communication within the organization. Emphasis will be on group process, networks, discussion, decision making, message creation and organizational climate and culture.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM3030. Film Theory and Criticism (3)

Survey of narrative and documentary motion pictures, from Edison and Lumiere to the present. Course covers the structural and aesthetic trends of motion pictures through the viewing and analysis of selected classic films that exemplify these trends.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM3050. Nonverbal Communication (3)

Study of the types and effects of nonverbal communication in our lives including: touch, space, physical appearance, movement, facial expression, vocalics, and artifacts. Emphasis will be placed on nonverbal theories and research on nonverbal communication in interpersonal interaction.   Prerequisites: COMM2030. 

COMM3094. Topics in Communication Studies (1-3)

A concentrated study of one topic in communication studies.  Prerequisites: Instructor's permission. May be repeated for credit.

COMM3120. Advanced Communication Activities (1-2)

Advanced opportunities for Communication and Mass Communication majors as well as non-majors to prepare for and participate in a variety of communication activities, including forensics, drama, and productions. Specific options include, but are not limited to, the Fall Play, the Spring Play, Reader's Theater, major television and film productions, and the forensics team.  Prerequisites: COMM2120 or instructor's permission. May be repeated for credit.

COMM3210. Advanced Public Speaking (3)

A course designed to enable students to improve their public speaking techniques. Emphasis will be placed both on theory and skill development. Prerequisites: COMM1210 or instructor's permission.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM3250. Advanced Screenwriting (3)

An advanced seminar approach to screenwriting, covering writing for narrative and documentary TV/film. Students write scripts for documentaries and teleplays/screenplays.  Prerequisites: COMM2250 or instructor's permission.  Fees: Additional fee required.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM3260. Advanced Television Production (3)

Advanced techniques and concepts of both single and multi-camera television production using the mediums of standard and hi-def video. Includes technical and engineering issues, commercial and program development, and advanced techniques in lighting, composition, audio recording, camera movement and post-production.  Prerequisites: COMM2260 or instructor's permission.  Fees: Additional fee required.

COMM3280. Communication Law and Ethics (3)

Survey of communication law and ethics and their relevance to the concerns of consumers and producers of communication events.  Students learn the nature and value of making an argument, the foundations of U.S. law as it relates to communication, and the makeup and procedures of the court system, all within a Christian-based ethical context.  Students accomplish this through extensive case studies and competitive exercises.   Prerequisites: COMM2020 or instructor's permission.  Offered: Alternate years

COMM3290. Intermediate Post-Production (2)

A lab course designed to familiarize the student with the advanced tools and techniques of the industry standard non-linear editing suites. Includes an introduction to editing theory and the most popular third-party software packages for graphic design, image manipulation, and 3-D animation.  Prerequisites: COMM3260 or instructor's permission.  Fees: Additional fee required.

COMM3420. Persuasion (3)

A practical approach to the study of psychological and rhetorical principles vital to influencing human behavior. Topics include major social science theoretical perspectives, expertise, trustworthiness, likability, use of emotions, and sequencing of messages.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM3500. Argumentation and Debate (3)

Theory and practice of argumentation and debate. Research, analysis, reasoning, evidence, preparation of briefs, organization, and delivery. Intercollegiate tournament participation encouraged but not required.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM3600. Broadcast Communication (3)

A skills-based class designed to help the student learn and perfect the skills required for communicating through the broadcast media. Emphasis will be placed on diction, presentation, poise, and organization in press conferences, reporting, and news room situations.  Prerequisites: COMM2250, 2600; or instructor's permission.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM3650. Teaching Communication Studies in Secondary Schools (2)

Strategies appropriate to this subject field, instructional materials and tools, curricular structure common to the subject in the secondary school. Includes opportunities for students to assist and teach a minimum of 20 hours. (See EDUC3650) Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program, Junior classification. Corequisites: EDUC3510, EDUC3750.

COMM4094. Topics in Communication Studies (1-3)

A concentrated study of one topic in communication studies.  May be repeated for credit.  Prerequisites: Instructor's permission. 

COMM4250. Cinematography (3)

An introduction to the art and responsibilities of the Director of Photography. Students learn to interpret the story of the script through accomplished visual images on film. Topics include film emulsions, exposure and latitude, advanced lighting techniques, film camera operation, color correction, the work and art of the Director of Photography.  Prerequisites: COMM3260 or instructor's permission.   Fees: Additional fee required.

COMM4260. Film and Television Directing (3)

Advanced techniques of film style television, documentary and feature film directing. Course includes script analysis, studio and location shooting, and interpretation of story through the direction of image making and actor performance. Students work together to direct a short feature or documentary on film or hi-def video.  Prerequisites: COMM4250. Fees: Additional fee required.

COMM4420.  Advanced Public Relations (3)

An in-depth study of the theory and practice of public relations in the U.S.  Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and assessing case studies in public relations problems, and in designing and executing a professional public relations campaign.  Students will engage in reading, critique, analysis, and design activities.  Prerequisite:  COMM2420 or instructor's permission.

COMM4440. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3)

Explores classical and modern perspectives of rhetoric. Includes a study of classical and modern rhetoricians and their contributions to the art of rhetoric.  Offered: Alternate years.

COMM4610. Communication Research and Theory (3)

Study of communication theories and the influence of communication on individuals and society. This course includes a survey of selected topics, research designs and methods in communication, culminating in original student papers and/or group research projects.   Prerequisites: PSYC3640 and PSYC3640L. 

COMM4950. Internship in Communication Studies (1-3)

Supervised internship or research in communication. A student may select: (1) a professional internship - with 50 clock hours per credit required; or, (2) a major research project. Either activity concludes with a formal written and oral presentation.  Prerequisites: Courses basic to the area of the internship as approved by the advisor. May be repeated for credit upon approval by the advisor.

COMM4970. Senior Project (1)

A one-year capstone experience involving a research project, paper, and a major media production. Must be repeated for credit in the senior year. Required of all Mass Communication majors.  

COMM4980. Seminar in Communication Studies (1)

A senior level course which both reviews the major theories and research methods and prepares the student for a future in professional communications. Includes a review of the student's senior project, resume building, interviewing techniques, and preparation for graduate school.  Fees: Additional fee required.