COM100-001

Voice and Diction

This course provides the student with basic vocal skills. Particular attention is paid to incorporating techniques to open the voice, breathing, tone production, articulation, and diction. This course is designed for the students working to improve their oral skills with an interest toward performance and/or oration. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

COM103-002

Human Communication

This course fosters and improves competence in intrapersonal, interpersonal, group and public communication situations. Students demonstrate skills necessary to communicate effectively through exercises and presentations that reflect practical, real-world situations. The purpose of the course is to improve the student's skill in communication by providing relevant knowledge and opportunity to apply that knowledge. Prerequisite: ENL010 or ESL102 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

COM105-001

Survey of Mass Communication

This course explores the history, social impact, forms, and techniques of such media as newspapers, film, books, radio, television, and other expressions of mass culture. The aims of the course are to enable the student to better understand the new media-oriented environment in which we find ourselves and to explore various options available as a consumer of public information. Prerequisite: ENL010 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring

COM113-001

Radio Broadcasting

This course is designed to instruct the student in the operation of a radio station. On-air and off-air broadcasting techniques are discussed. Broadcast management, legal requirements, announcing, and copywriting are considered as they relate to specific assignments and duties at a radio station. Decisions involving programming formats are considered. Students apply knowledge to individual and collective work projects. Students in this course are expected to be proficient in computer file management skills. (60 contact hours per semester) Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

COM114-001

Radio Production

Designed to instruct the student in radio production. Audio production, equipment, engineering, audio editing software, copywriting, broadcast delivery, and production techniques are considered as they relate to specific assignments and duties at a radio station. Students learn digital audio techniques that can be applied to a variety of communications settings such as: podcasting, commercial production, public relations, and audio for the web. Students apply knowledge to individual and collective work projects. Students in this course are expected to be proficient in computer file management skills. (60 contact hours per semester) Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring

COM120-001

Introduction to Film

This course provides the student with an appreciation of the film experience. Particular attention is given to important techniques, theories, and genres which influenced the technical and aesthetic development of the medium. Concepts are illustrated through the viewing of classic American and international cinema. (4 contact hours) Prerequisite: ENL101 / 3 credits. Semester Offered: Fall. Satisfies a Humanities & Fine Arts general education requirement.

COM131-001

Video Production

Students learn video production through lectures and hands-on projects. Specific skills covered include concept development, storyboarding, proper video camera operation, framing, and camera angles. While learning about the equipment and techniques used in video production and post production, students write and produce two projects that are edited on a non-linear system and screened in class for review. Students in this course are expected to be proficient in computer file management skills. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring

COM201-001

Interpersonal Communication

This course is designed to improve human relationships through an understanding of the principles of effective interpersonal communication. Students participate actively in listening, perceiving, interpreting words and meanings, conflict resolution, assertiveness, nonverbal awareness, developing trusting relationships, and considering the role of the self-concept. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring

COM202-001

Small Group Communication

Small Group Communication is a course designed to provide the student with an understanding of group dynamics, leadership skills, and decision-making and problem-solving models in a variety of small-group settings. Theoretical approaches are applied in practical situation, both in and out of the classroom. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies

COM203-001

Public Speaking

A study of elements of public communication through various one-to-many speaking situations. Emphases includes communication theory, speaker-audience relationships, speaker resources, speech construction and delivery. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring

COM204-001

Persuasive Communication

A study of the process of persuasion, focusing on the formation of beliefs, attitudes and values, fundamentals of attitude change, audience analysis, the persuasive message, effects of channel and setting, and source credibility. Opportunities are offered for classroom application of the principles and theory discussed. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Spring

COM205-002

Oral Interpretation/Readers Theater

A performance course involving the analysis and aesthetic appreciation of literature (lyric, narrative, and drama) through the medium of oral interpretation. This course incorporates techniques for control of self (body and voice), control of the literary object, control of the audience, and critique of solo and group performances. Rehearsals outside of class time may be required; please see instructor. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 or THR103 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies

COM206-001

Communication in Current Settings

This course addresses special topics of interest for students interested in the communication discipline. Course topics vary from semester to semester. Students are exposed to a diverse range of subject matter to provide familiarity with advanced theories and approaches in communication studies. Prerequisite: COM103 / 3 credits; may be repeated once for credit. Semester Offered: Varies

COM207-001

Argumentation & Debate

This class provides an overview of the study of argumentation. Students learn argumentation theories and approaches while gaining skills in critical thinking and public speaking. By the end of the semester, students understand how to research and build an argument; how to anticipate, construct, and refute arguments; and how to evaluate the political, moral, and cultural contexts of argumentation. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 / 3 credits; may be repeated once for credit. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring

COM208-001

Broadcast Writing and Presentation

This course is designed to give students a full understanding of how to write for broadcast media, and the skills needed to read copy on the air. Topics covered include news writing, sports writing, commercial writing, public service announcements, editorial writing, as well as questions of news standards, practices, and ethics. Students master writing on deadline, fact checking, and delivering copy in written and verbal form. Prerequisite: ENL101 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies

COM209-001

Event Planning

Students analyze ways in which organizations communicate their image and message through events and promotions. Students learn organizational communication theory as it relates to events planning and gain practice in planning, critiquing and analyzing events. Prerequisite: COM103 or COM201 or COM202 / 3 credits. Satisfies a General Education elective. Offered: varies.

COM213-001

Advanced Debate

This class is a continuation of COM207 Argumentation and Debate. It provides in-depth training in intercollegiate competitive debating. Students advance their skills in debate topic analysis and preparation and further strengthen their ability to build clear, organized, and coherent arguments. Students enrolling in this class are required to represent the debate club in various media contexts and/or public debates, as well as intercollegiate debate tournaments. Prerequisite: COM207 / 3 credits. Semester(s) Offered: Varies

COM221-001

American Film

This course provides the student with an appreciation of the film experience through a survey of American film from historical, aesthetic, economic, technological, critical, and appreciative viewpoints. Particular attention is given to important techniques, theories, and genres. Concepts are illustrated through viewing classic American cinema. (4 contact hours) Prerequisite: ENL101 / 3 credits. Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring. Satisfies a Humanities & Fine Arts general education requirement.

COM222-001

International Cinema

This course is a survey of the development of international cinema from historical, aesthetic, economic, technological, critical, and appreciative viewpoints. Particular attention is given to important techniques, theiries, and genres. (4 class hours) Prerequisite: ENL101 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities & Fine Arts general education requirement. Semester Offered: Spring

COM224-001

Documentary Film

Filmmaker John Grierson defined documentaries as "the creative treatment of reality." This course looks at the history and development of the documentary film, with a particular focus on the varying notions of truth, art, reality. Students in this class will learn how to look at documentaries with a critical eye by not only studying the subject, but also by participating directly in the making of an actual documentary video. Prerequisite: ENL101 / 3 credits. Offered: Spring

COM231-001

Advanced Radio Production

Buidling upon the skill based in COM113, students learn advanced radio production skills. Advanced production techniques are discussed and applied to on-air and remote broadcasts. Students learn production software and automation broadcast software in regards to music/commercial programming and voice tracking. Prerequisite: COM113 / 3 credits. Offered: Spring

COM262-001

Mass Communication Coop Work Exp

This course is designed to expand student knowledge through actual work involvement within an area of mass communication. Working with a mentor and collaborating with an employer, the student develops a list of learning objectives that become an integral part of the experience. Prerequisite: COM105, 6 other hours from mass communication suggested sequence list, and permission of co-op coordinator / 1, 2 or 3 credits. May be repeated once; 6 credits maximum.

COM299-001

Independent Study: Communications

A voluntary effort by both student and faculty member defined as a.) a strict independent study within the discipline, not a regular academic course; or b.) additional credit for an independent study project within the regular academic course; or c.) an interdisciplinary project not associated with the established course.