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Communication Studies

Course Descriptions

Communication Studies Courses:

COM 151 Voice and Diction (4 SH). Theory and practice in the basic techniques of developing a clear and expressive speaking voice. Breath control, proper phonation, full resonance and projection, and articulation will be covered as well as exercises for improving use of pitch, timbre, and vocal quality. (Also listed as THE 151.)

COM 200 Principles of Technological and Social Communication (4 SH). The growing presence of technology is changing the way people communicate. This course examines how technology and social communication are creating a new paradigm of human interaction. Students will develop a plan for managing their personal brand/reputation and use online tools such as LinkedIn and blogs for professional enhancement.

COM 201 Interpersonal Communication (4 SH). Designed to examine communication between two people. This class provides opportunities to understand the dynamics of human communication, to assess your own weaknesses and strengths as a communicator, and to learn to make good communication choices as you encounter challenging real-life situations.

COM 202 Small Group Communication (4 SH). This course examines effective small group communication. Topics include member characteristics, roles, norms, cohesiveness, leadership, problem solving, conflict resolution, and decision making. The course requires students to complete group projects and exercises and present them in a variety of possible forms, including panel discussions, forums, and symposia.

COM 203 Professional Presentations (4 SH). This course offers students the opportunity to develop presentations in their field (business, public relations, education, etc.).

COM 205 Mass Communications (4 SH). An introductory analysis of problems, criticisms, and structure of mass media in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the nature, impact, consequences, and roles of print media, broadcasting, motion pictures, advertising, and auxiliary media. (Also listed as BC 253.)

COM 207 Business and Professional Communication (4 SH). An analysis of communication in organizations, this course material focuses on interviewing skills, office communication media and choice-making, and sensitivity to evolving standards of ìappropriateî behavior in the workplace. A variety of communication contexts are examined, including: interviews; written, electronic, and oral correspondence; and meetings, lunches, and parties. Intercultural theories and practice will receive special attention, and be explored in depth.

COM 225 Communication Ethics (4 SH). This course is designed to introduce the interrelationship of communication and free speech. The course will provide the opportunities to understand ethical communication in various contexts, assess weaknesses and strengths as an ethical communicator, and apply theories of communication ethics to the major course of study.

COM 230 Social Media and Web Planning (4 SH). The design and implementation of a Web site is primarily a communication activity. An individual or organization has a message to send to an intended audience. The course will focus on the Web site pre-design activities of audience definition, objective setting, determining information architecture, feature definition, storyboard design, plus usability and interface testing procedures.

COM 301 Applied Social Media (4 SH). This course allows the student the ability to examine how organizations can effectively use social media to communicate with various constituencies. Not only will there be opportunity to learn about social media theory but the application of this theory will be an integral part of the course experience.

COM 303 Sales Communication (4 SH). This course adapts sales and persuasion theories through practical sales exercises. Students make actual sales calls as part of class. Sales theories are then adapted to other persuasive opportunities such as selling your ideas to others in a business setting or selling yourself in a job interview. Also taught as BC 301 Broadcast Sales and Advertising. May not get credit for both BC 301 and COM 303.

COM 320 Perspectives on Sports Media and Communication (4 SH). This course explores the complex and often overlooked dynamic of sports communication in todayís society and what we can learn about our cultural norms and values through sport. Since most of our exposure to sports is mediated through media (watching events on television, listening to sports talk radio, reading sports magazine, or surfing sports news websites), there will be special attention to how the media contributes to the ongoing discourse in this area. Drawing on theories of media and rhetorical criticism, this course will examine mediaís role in telling the story of sports, and how telling that story shapes and reinforces cultural values.

COM 405 Political Communication (4 SH). This course will introduce students to advanced rhetorical theory, explore historical uses of political communication, and examine how political communication has evolved under the influence of new media.

COM 410 Advanced Topics (4 SH). The Advanced Topics course provides in-depth study of communication regarding a particular issue. Specialized topics include such areas as health-care communication, communication in teaching, free speech and censorship, communication and personality, environmental communication, semantics, family communication, and intercultural communication.

COM 590-594 Field Experiences/Internship (1-4 SH).

COM 601 Capstone (4 SH). The capstone course requires students to develop a project that explores a topic in communication studies. Students present their work to the campus community.

Supporting Courses:

BC 101 Radio and TV Fundamentals (4 SH). Students will learn basic audio and video production skills that will enable them to function as announcers and crew members at the College radio and TV facilities. Weekend work at the radio or TV stations is a required component of the course.

BC 111 Writing for Electronic Media (4 SH). This class introduces students to the fundamental techniques of broadcast news writing along with writing for online platforms. Students gain skills and experiences in interviewing, writing, editing news on the air and online in short and long formats.

BC 120 Broadcast Practicum (1 SH). Students engage in experiential learning and professional development in multi-media content and programming with the campus radio and cable television stations and WCN 24/7. Hands-on experience may include radio on-air or news anchor shifts, television news anchoring or reporting, serving on television and remote crews, news writing, videography or similar approved activities. On-air radio and television positions require an audition. Practicum requires each student to demonstrate best practices, competency and advancement of audio, video and writing skills. Students cannot receive practicum credit for work done for other BC classes, labs or assignments, or count work study hours as part of the practicum. Students must be involved at the stations a minimum of seven hours per week. Early morning, evening and weekend work with our stations, remote truck and online media is required. Prerequisites: BC 101 or 102 or consent of instructor.

BC 251 Single-Camera Video Production (4 SH). This course introduces the student to the fundamentals and best practices of single-camera video production. Students obtain experience in pre-production, production and post-production utilizing digital video cameras and digital video editing. They also apply fundamentals for audio and lighting in productions while operating in our cable TV operations and with online video productions with WCN 24/7. Lab required.

BC 303 Remote and Field Production (4 SH). Studies the techniques required for producing live or recorded programs outside of the radio or TV studio setting. Planning, set-up, use of portable equipment and a remote truck, and teamwork are emphasized. Extensive lab work outside of class is required.

BC 309 Sports Broadcasting (4 SH). Instruction and experience producing and delivering broadcast sports reports for radio and television newscasts and the Web. Emphasis is on sports writing, sports photography and videography, and sports reporting for broadcast and the Web. Prerequisites: BC 101 or 102 and BC 251 or consent of instructor.

MA 110 Design Principles + Practices (4 SH). This course presents the foundation for understanding the discipline of graphic design. Students will gain an understanding of fundamental terminology and technical issues in graphics and design. Presentations and discussions will introduce the incorporation of digital imagery into the disciplines of graphic design, illustration and photography. In addition, students will survey other design disciplines such as product design, industrial design, architecture, etc. This course will utilize AdobeÆ InDesignÆ and IllustratorÆ software applications. (VP credit)


What can you do with a Communication Studies degree?

Imagine yourself a human resources officer, events planner, speech writer, sales representative, political campaign worker, public relations specialist, mediator, fundraiser, or communication consultant.