Course Descriptions - Communications
COM100 Intro to Human Communication (3-0-3)

This course introduces theories of human communication, including the fundamental skills needed for effective communication across a variety of contexts, such as relational, group, organizational, public, and intercultural communication situations. This course also explores the impact of digital media and the online world on patterns of human communication.

COM105 Public Speaking (3-0-3)

This course introduces the essential steps in preparing and presenting speeches by applying basic communication principles and public-speaking strategies to a variety of speaking assignments.

COM121 Mass Media (3-0-3)

This course focuses on how mass media function and impact United States culture. From both a historical and contemporary point of view, it explains the evolution of the eight areas of mass media: books, magazines, newspapers, recordings, radio, movies, television, and new media. It also explores the technological, economic, political and cultural aspects of the media. Communication and mass media theories are examined in tandem with an analysis of the key issues in the field. PR or CR: ENG 123

COM200 Introduction to Media Writing (3-0-3)

This course explores the differing writing styles and formats used in a variety of media environments, including print, broadcast, and Web. This course emphasizes gathering relevant and accurate information and writing for specific audiences. Additional topics include writing advertising copy, writing for public relations, and the ethical and legal implications of writing for the media. PR: ENG 123 College Composition or equivalent Fall only

COM231 New Media and Society (3-0-3)

This course explores the development of the Internet and such social media as blogs, texts, YouTube, Wikipedia, and online games and examines the impact of this digital revolution on society, politics, and the economy. It also examines the convergence of ld and new media, the digital generation, and the impact of mega-search engines, such as Google and Yahoo. CR: ENG 123

COM235 Intro to Visual Communication (3-0-3)

This course analyzes the production and consumption of visual messages, particularly those found in the media, and their impact on human communication. It combines theory and practice to explain how the human mind both processes and creates meaning from visual phenomena. This course examines the history of visual communication, principles of design and color theory, typography, the technology behind both print and electronic media, and technology's influence on design. The course also explores the idea that images combined with text are powerful ways to inform, educate, and persuade individuals. PR: COM 121 Mass Media or COM 231 New Media and Society Spring Only

COM265 Communication Internship (9-135-3)

This course provides students the opportunity to explore and gain experience in a career area related to communications in a supervised professional setting. The internship enables students to blend theory, technology, and professional values, while exploring future career paths. The course requires students to complete 45 hours per credit of fieldwork. Grading is on a pass/fail basis. PR: COM 121 Mass Media or COM 231 New Media and Society

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