Course Descriptions

COMM130. 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.

COMM131. 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.

COMM230. 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.

COMM238. 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.

COMM330. Careers in Communication

This course is designed to introduce students to the professional interviewing process and prepare for a career in a communication-related field. Units of instruction include: interviewee strategies, interviewer strategies, online interview strategies, personal branding, and resume and cover letter development. Recommended for juniors and seniors only. Credit, 3 hours. Offered Spring semesters

COMM332. 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 fall semester.

COMM333. Argumentation & 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.

COMM334. Introduction to Television Journlsm

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.

COMM335. 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.

COMM401. Film As Art

This course is an introduction to the relationship between art and narrative film, including dramatic and visual elements, theme and focus. Topics covered include the materials and methods of filmmaking, the major styles and genres of film and the relationship of film to art and artistic methods. Students learn the techniques, such as camera position, angle and movement, lighting, set design, editing, and film symbolism, which directors use to control film meaning and audience response. Students learn visual design elements and principles, and their practical application. Works reviewed will represent a variety of styles from multiple periods and cultures. This Integrated Studies course can fulfill a requirement in Section V/VI of the General Education Curriculum. Credit, 3 hours