Communication (COMM)

COMM 105. Public Speaking. (3 Credits)

Public Speaking considers the fundamentals of giving speeches that are informative, persuasive, inspirational, or entertaining. Students learn to manage speech tension, use vocal variety, improve delivery, and organize and support effective presentations with research and visual aids. No prerequisites.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 112. Speech Communication. (3 Credits)

Speech Communication focuses on oral communication between the speaker and audience. The ability to speak with confidence is developed through a variety of speaking experiences. This course combines the theory of public speaking with practical experience in delivering informative, persuasive and inspirational speeches. Emphasis is placed on the ability to give and receive feedback of a critical nature.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 191. Beacon-Newspaper. (1 Credit)

affords students the opportunity to write, edit and publish the university newspaper. 1 credit hour.

Prerequisites: COMM 265.

COMM 193. WCUW-Radio. (1 Credit)

WCUW Radio considers the fundamentals of preparing and perfoming an on-the-air radio show, with a variety of skills including monologues, interviews, co-hosting, and introductions of other material. No prerequisites, although COMM 351: Radio Production is strongly recommended.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 195. WCUA - Radio. (1 Credit)

COMM 196. Lighthouse-Newspaper. (1 Credit)

COMM 201. Interpersonal Communication. (3 Credits)

Interpersonal Communication studies why communication breaks down in interpersonal relationships, focusing on such topics as perception, self-concept, non-verbals, listening, gender, self-disclosure, power, and conflict. Assignments lead students to a greater awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as communicators. Cross-listed as PSY 201.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 205. Advanced Public Speaking. (3 Credits)

Advanced Public Speaking teaches the use of research, strategy, audience analysis, and technology to attain professionalism in presentations. Students apply speaking skills in a variety of speeches selected by the instructor such as, “after dinner” humor presentation, an informative/persuasive PowerPoint lecture, a team debate judged by students, and an inspirational or devotional presentation.

Prerequisite: Comm 105 Public Speaking

COMM 215. American Cinema. (3 Credits)

American Cinema introduces basic issues related to the phenomenon of American cinema. It looks at American film history from the 1890’s through the1990’s, but it does not explore this history in a purely chronological way. It is a cultural history which focuses on topics and issues more than on what happened when. It also explores how Hollywood films work technically, aesthetically, and culturally to reinforce and challenge America’s national self-image.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 223. Public Relations. (3 Credits)

Introduction to Mass Communication acquaints the student with the basic forms of mass communication and the media through which messages are conveyed. Current media trends and their origins will also be studied.

Prerequisites: ENG 104.

COMM 225. Intercultural Communication. (3 Credits)

This course provides students with an opportunity to develop communication skills necessary for a diverse workforce. In this course students come to understand intercultural communication by discussing language, stereotypes, behavior and patterns. Students develop the ability to apply cultural concepts to modern business situations and relate across cultures within that setting.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 242. Business Communication. (3 Credits)

COMM 247. Business Writing. (3 Credits)

COMM 250. Intro To Mass Communication. (3 Credits)

acquaints the student with the basic forms of mass communication and the media through which messages are conveyed. Current media trends and their origins will also be studied. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisites: ENG 104.

COMM 260. Social Media. (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to theories about the ways in which social media influences society and provides students the opportunity to employ those theories via practical application.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 261. Cinmatic Represent of Christ. (3 Credits)

examines the ways that Christ, and the narratives surrounding His time on earth, have been represented in cinema through more than one hundred years of cinematic history. Students will see films and discuss how each representation emphasizes different aspects and why, and how the films reflect the times they were made and the world-views of their makers. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 265. Journalism. (3 Credits)

Journalism introduces students to the basics of reporting, writing, and editing in a journalistic style, and examines contemporary issues facing journalists and journalism.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 270. Sports Journalism. (3 Credits)

Sports Journalism introduces students to the skills of a sports journalist, primarily the techniques and principles of interviewing, reporting, and writing sports. A hands-on approach is emphasized, with several opportunities for field experience. Pre-requisites: COMM 265 or ENG 104.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 275. Theology and Film. (3 Credits)

examines theological concepts and how they are embodied in motion pictures, through narratives, characters, conflicts, and embedded world-views. Students will learn how to analyze films and see how they function in the conveyance of messages and ideas, and discuss the different aspects from both theological and cinematic frames of reference. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 280. Careers in Communication. (3 Credits)

Careers in Communication provides an overview of the many fields and occupations open to Communication majors, with guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds talking about their fields and their own experiences. No prerequisites.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 295. Sports Broadcasting. (3 Credits)

Sports Broadcasting introduces students to the skills of a sports broadcaster, primarily the techniques and principles of interviewing, reporting, and the on-air broadcasting of sports. A hands-on approach is emphasized, with several opportunities for experience.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 299. Independent Study. (1-3 Credits)

COMM 300. Group Dynamics. (3 Credits)

COMM 301. Interpersonal Communication. (3 Credits)

examines the process of persuasion from both a sender’s and a receiver’s perspective. Students learn how to be better consumers and creators or persuasive messages that target beliefs, attitudes, values, and behaviors. This highly interactive course places a premium on experiential learning as students engage in several projects, including the creation of a hypothetical entertainment service that they “sell” to another class. Crosslisted: PSY 451. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 321. Media Writing. (3 Credits)

Media Writing introduces students to the basic practices and principles for writing for different mass media.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 322. Multimedia Design. (3 Credits)

presents an overview of multimedia design considerations including interface design, interactive narrative structure, preproduction planning of projects, integration of different media into a unified concept and aesthetic, and also examines the history and development of multimedia. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisites: ART 110.

COMM 323. Intermediate Public Relations. (3 Credits)

Intermediate Public Relations presents public relations research and action concepts to students with basic public relations and journalistic training. Students will develop their expertise in the areas of ethics, strategic planning, public relations plan development, proactive news media relations, custom communications for organizational publics, the basics of market research, demographically appropriate uses of social media, and the basics of single project and departmental budgeting.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 325. Political Communication. (3 Credits)

covers communication’s role in politics and the dissemination of political ideas, through speeches, written documents, policies, and more. 3 credit hours. COMM 327: STORYTELLING AND ORAL HISTORIES examines the art of storytelling and oral histories as communication. Particular attention is given to storytelling and oral histories as cross-cultural communication. Students define criteria for selecting and evaluating folk and fairy tales for performance. The course also introduces the student to methods of collecting, writing and performing oral histories. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 326. Political Communication-Honors. (3 Credits)

Political Communication-Honors is an inter-disciplinary class designed for the Honors Program that reviews the political dynamics of American Government in a context of oral and written communication strategies, rhetoric, political advertising, debates, and speech making. The class focuses on how people in our system form coalitions to impact society at the local, state, and national levels. Honors students only. No prerequisites.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 327. Storytelling & Oral Histories. (3 Credits)

COMM 328. History of Video Games. (3 Credits)

COMM 329. Film History. (3 Credits)

examines the development of motion pictures from its beginning to the present day. Films will be screened representing various movements, periods, and styles. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 330. Theories of Persuasion. (3 Credits)

examines the process of persuasion from both a sender's and a receiver's perspective. Students learn how to be better consumers and creators or persuasive messages that target beliefs, attitudes, values, and behaviors. This highly interactive course places a premium on experiential learning as students engage in several projects, including the creation of a hypothetical entertainment service that they "sell" to another class. Crosslisted: PSY 451. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 333. Servant Leadership. (3 Credits)

engages students in understanding and applying theory and skills grounded in the biblical concept of servant hood. Students are challenged to become effective leaders who value service, individual dignity, growth, and wholeness. A primary component of the course is a small-group service project. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 335. Technical Writing and Speaking. (3 Credits)

focuses on the technical types of writing and speaking needed in professional positions, specifically presenting specialized information in an accessible way to a variety of audiences. Students will learn to write and design effective technical documents and present them orally. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisites: ENG 104 and BCOM 247.

COMM 339. Film & Video Production. (3 Credits)

introduces students to the world of film and video production. Students learn the process involved in preproduction, production, and postproduction throughout the development of digital video productions. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 347. Animation. (3 Credits)

introduces students to the theoretical bases of Animation and how it works, the history of animation from optical toys, through the silent film era and the coming of sound, the latter half of the 20th century and into the digital era. The course also includes several practical projects in which students try their hand at animation. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 348. Multimedia Production. (3 Credits)

Multimedia Production considers the fundamentals of multimedia production, including making projects individually and as a group, and for clients as well. Students not only learn software, but also aesthetics and practical knowledge regarding multimedia.

Prerequisites: Comm 322, Comm 339, Art 110 or 111.

COMM 351. Radio Production. (3 Credits)

introduces the student to the elements of radio broadcasting, and considers the history, equipment, and techniques of radio production. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 354. Gender and Communication. (3 Credits)

Students will study the differences – and similarities – between men and women as they communicate. Verbal and nonverbal elements are studied, along with why any differences might exist. Gender-specific issues in dating, education, family, religion, and the workplace will be discussed. A significant final project analyzing institutional artifacts specific to gender will be required. Cross-listed with PSY 354.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 371. Philosophy & Film. (3 Credits)

Philosophy and Film is a systematic study of the means by which the medium of film communicates philosophical ideas and theories. Students study the major enduring problems of philosophy and how they are portrayed, developed, and evaluated by important films spanning many movie genres from popular and accessible action movies to the challenging works of avant- garde directors.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 372. The Lord of the Rings & Phil. (3 Credits)

The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy delves into the profound philosophical themes both surrounding and suffusing Tolkien’s magnum opus. The course includes a study of Tolkien’s professed methodology and refers to the background of Middle Earth painted in other works, but mainly focuses on how Tolkien develops and argues for and against specific philosophical theses within the text of The Lord of the Rings. Cross-listed as COMM 372.

Prerequisites: REL 100 and REL 110 or their equivalents.

COMM 380. Organizational Communication. (3 Credits)

COMM 385. Interviewing Principles. (3 Credits)

COMM 390. Conflict Management. (3 Credits)

Conflict Management addresses causes, types, and functions of conflict in the work environment, and provides a repertoire of response tactics for conflict situations. Prevention of conflict and alternatives to resolving conflict are examined. Methods of negotiation and peacemaking are reviewed.

Prerequisites: COMM 201.

COMM 399. Visual Rhetoric. (3 Credits)

introduces students to communication through the use of visual media, including visual literacy and the methods of persuasion that employ imagery and design. A wide range of visual materials will be examined, including hand-drawn imagery, photographic imagery, computer-generated imagery, moving imagery, and a variety of different visual media. Students will learn to analyze imagery for its rhetoric content, as well as learn strategies of how ideas are embodied with images. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 423. Advanced Public Relations. (3 Credits)

Advanced Public Relations is a highly interactive course that requires each student to develop a public relations plan for a real-life business or organization. Functional public relations campaigns developed by students will require them to apply business ethics, do public presentations, and use market research in the design of strategic plans, news releases, social media plans, budgets, fundraising plans, executive summaries and ancillary materials.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 424. Race and Media. (3 Credits)

examines representations of race in the American media, situating them within wider social, cultural, and political contexts.  It explores how Asian Americans, Latino/as, African Americans, Arab Americans, and Native Americans have been represented in films, television, and new media.  By analyzing racial/ethnic images in the media, students will understand the complex histories that have shaped the formation of each racial group in the United States.  The course will address topics such as stereotype, whiteness, multiculturalism, Blaxploitation, Orientalism, white-black racial paradigm, and mixed race. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 435. Critical Thinking and Information Dissemination. (3 Credits)

applies logical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving approaches to the reading and writing processes with the intent to disseminate the information to internal and external audiences. Students will weigh, judge, and evaluate information from qualitative and quantitative perspectives. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisites: COMM 3xx Technical Writing and Speaking.

COMM 439. Adv Film & Video Production. (3 Credits)

concentrates on the development of semester-long student film or video projects, and the various stages of its preproduction, production, and post-production. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisites: COMM 339: Film and Video Production.

COMM 448. Advanced Multimedia Production. (3 Credits)

Advanced Multimedia Production takes students further into the world of multimedia production. Students delve deeper into the processes of pre-production, production, and post-production throughout the development of two projects: a single group project done for a client, as well as a personal one-person project of some complexity. Software will also be discussed, learned, and used in the projects. In addition to learning technical information, students will also read about and see examples of the aesthetic principles involved in the making of multimedia.

Prerequisites: COMM 322, COMM 339, COMM 348, and ART 110 or ART 111.

COMM 460. Cross-Cultural Communication. (3 Credits)

In this course, students will examine the cultural diversity that exists locally, nationally, and globally in order to develop a positive appreciation for the contributions of other cultures. Students will gain personal contact with members of other cultures and learn effective intercultural skills for a diverse world.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 470. Internship. (3-12 Credits)

involves supervised work at a commercial communication enterprise. Prerequisites are explained in the internship packet, which may be obtained from any communication professor. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 480. Fan Comm Practicum. (3 Credits)

This is an advanced course in sports reporting, writing, blogging, broadcasting, and presenting. Students prepare publishable-quality pieces covering campus sports teams, athletes, and events. Students will hone their research, interviewing, and reporting skills utilizing a variety of technologies during this hands-on practicum course.

Prerequisite: None

COMM 490. Research Seminar. (3 Credits)

allows students to demonstrate their communication competencies by writing a research paper related to their particular major and giving a public presentation. 3 credit hours.

Prerequisite: None