Media Communication Courses

COM 114

(Formerly JOU 114) This course is designed to introduce students to tablet computers as a communication tool. The tablet will be used to access news information, create PowerPoint presentations, conduct teleprompter readings, record interviews, create video presentations and conduct research, Use of apps and hardware is a critical component of the course. Students will be required to have a table computer, keyboard, and microphone.

0.50 c.u.
COM 122

(Formerly JOU 122) This course focuses on the theory and skills of preparing and presenting public speeches. The emphasis in this course is on practice and evaluation of classroom presentations and professional speeches.

1.00 c.u.
Corequisites: WRT 102 Enhanced Argumentative and Analytic Writing , WRT 105 Argumentative and Analytic Writing , WRT 106 Accelerated Argumentative and Analytic Writing
Communication Skills, Education Co-Concentration
COM 128

(Formerly JOU 128) The nature and effect of contemporary mass media; history of the mass media; regulations regarding present and future uses; economic restraints and social control.

1.00 c.u.
Communication Skills
COM 212

(Formerly JOU 212) Improvement of the speaking voice is the focus of this course. Attention will be paid to developing a pleasing tone, strong articulation, proper pronunciation, and correct breathing. Students will also learn the International Phonetic Alphabet. The course is highly recommended for those students interested in radio, television, teaching and business.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: COM 122 Public Speaking
COM 213

(Formerly JOU 213) Oral interpretation is defined as the study of literature through performance. The course is designed to train students to use their bodies and voices to interpret poetry, drama and prose, children’s literature, world literature and documentary material. Students will present literature in individual and ensemble performances.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
Minimum grade C- or higher
Aesthetic Appreciation, Education Co-Concentration
COM 224

(Formerly JOU 224) This course focuses on the basics of journalism reporting and writing. It will introduce students to the fundamentals as well as modern techniques in news gathering and writing. Students will report and write stories as an entry level journalist. Sessions will involve class writing as well as discussions and analysis of news coverage.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
Minimum grade C- or higher
Writing Intensive
COM 231

(Formerly JOU 231) This course traces the history of radio and television. It includes criticism, production, programming issues and ethics.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: COM 128 Introduction to Mass Communication , WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
COM 234

(Formerly JOU 234) The course builds on journalism basics and applies these to writing for digital media and producting multimedia journalism. Students will learn how to report, write, and produce for digital publications, and how to effectively utilize 21st century journalism applications and technology including blogging, social media, and multimedia.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
Writing Intensive
COM 243

(Formerly JOU 243) This course explores the various media writing styles. Students will be exposed to fundamental writing skills common to all media and will learn how to apply those skills to different formats.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: COM 122 Public Speaking , COM 128 Introduction to Mass Communication , WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
Or consent of the Instructor.
COM 244

(Formerly JOU 244) The course is designed to enable students to gain proficiency in gathering information from reliable sources through conducting interviews, researching on the internet and examining public documents.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing , COM 128 Introduction to Mass Communication , COM 243 Media Writing
COM 247

(Formerly JOU 247) This course is designed to introduce students to the mechanics of writing for the electronic media of radio and television. Primarily devoted to broadcast news writing, students will also learn how to create special formats such as sports, specials and commentary.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: COM 244 News Gathering , WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
COM 266

(Formerly JOU 266) This course introduces students to the basic operation of a radio studio. It includes writing, producing and announcing.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing
With a final grade of C- or better.
COM 280

(Formerly JOU 280) This course will focus on all aspects of sports journalism, including reporting, editing, writing, and producing. Students learn skills needed for digital, print, and broadcast.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: WRT 108 Enhanced Synthesis and Research Writing , WRT 109 Synthesis and Research Writing , COM 266 Radio Production I
Corequisites: COM 366 Digital Radio and Podcasting
COM 357

(Formerly JOU 357) This course is designed to involve students in the writing, reporting and producing of news for radio and television. They will develop skills and techniques needed to work in broadcast news.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: COM 247 Writing for Radio and Television

COM 366

(Formerly JOU 366) This is an advanced radio production course which focuses on producing and directing programs which well be aired on the campus radio station.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: COM 266 Radio Production I
COM 370

(Formerly JOU 370) The purpose of this class is to help students understand the need for ethics in society especially as it pertains to the media. They will also learn how to make ethical decisions using the principles they have learned.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: COM 247 Writing for Radio and Television
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking Skills
COM 375

(Formerly JOU 375) This course is designed to help students learn the different research approaches used in mass media research and to apply those approaches to a research project.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: COM 370 Media Ethics
Corequisites: COM 370 Media Ethics
COM 390

(Formerly JOU 390) Field study in newspapers, television and radio stations, advertising and public relations firms, and other communications institutions. Field placement required.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: COM 128 Introduction to Mass Communication , COM 122 Public Speaking
And at least three other courses in the Communication concentration. Junior standing and consent of the Instructor. This course may be repeated once for credit and either a 200-level literature course with a grade of C or better, or the consent of the Instructor.
COM 440

(Formerly JOU 440) A final major independent project undertaken by communication major under the supervision of a department faculty member.

1.00 c.u.
Prerequisites: COM 357 Broadcast Journalism
Or consent of the Instructor and either a 200-level literature course with a grade of C or better, or the consent of the Instructor.

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