Course Descriptions


COM 240
Broadcast Journalism
3 credits

The principles of news worthiness, news selectivity and news writing for the electronic media will be examined and applied through work at the campus audio and television facilities. The course will emphasize the rights and responsibilities of radio and television journalism.

COM 245
Writing for the Media
3 credits

This course is designed to improve effectiveness in communication by developing prewriting, writing, and rewriting skills. Students will learn how to organize their ideas in a clear, methodical manner with emphasis on concept development. This course will explore various techniques used to produce scripts for spot advertisements, corporate video, television pilots, and features (movies). Students will produce scripts for radio and television spots and a short corporate video, as well as go through the story development process for a feature-length screenplay or television pilot.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 121.

COM 250
Technical Writing
3 credits

This course introduces the requirements for designing and developing technical documentation. Students will define audience and purpose, determine appropriate format and style, improve the clarity and organization of writing, and review and edit work effectively. Students also will discuss teamwork and oral communication and presentation skills

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

COM 300
Communication Theory
3 credits

This course examines various popular theories of interpersonal and mass communication, with emphasis on mass communication. The ways in which society and mass communication affect each other are critically examined, with the goal of developing the students’ own ideas, opinions, and preferences concerning these theories. Students will receive practical assistance in the areas of speaking, reading, writing, listening, and research. An advanced library orientation has been incorporated as part of this course.

Prerequisite(s): COM 245 or ENG 122.

COM 310
Legal Aspects of Communication
3 credits

Students will examine various aspects of the law and mass communications in America. Special emphasis will be given to the evolution of present day interpretations of the First Amendment, censorship, libel, obscenity, privacy and public access to the media. In addition, students will study copyright law and government regulation of the media.

COM 314
Technical Communications and Project Management
3 credits

This course focuses on many types of writing assignments faced in the technical and business world. Program planning and project management skills are emphasized as students work individually and in groups on a variety of increasingly complex assignments in short formats. Projects are drawn from case studies simulating real world assignments in a variety of industries. Students practice their skills by writing the various types of documents, including technical correspondence, analytical reports, proposals and PowerPoint presentations

Prerequisite(s): COM 250

COM 332
Managing Crisis Communications
3 credits

In addition to possessing excellent verbal and written skills, today's professional communicator must be prepared to produce crisis communication plans. Students will learn to identify crisis communications teams and spokespersons, train spokespersons in dealing with the media, establish notification systems, identify stakeholders, and develop key messages. Students will have the opportunity to create a full crisis communications plan as part of their final project.

COM 344
Writing and Reporting for the News Media
3 credits

This course examines how to report, write, and edit news for the mass media, including newspapers, magazines, newsletters, radio, television and digital outlets. Using Associated Press style, emphasis will be on methods and styles of writing pertaining to various media, stressing differences in the approach demanded by each medium.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

COM 400
Co-Op Experience
3 credits

This course will provide students with real-world experience in the field of communication where they will become acquainted with daily operations, while enhancing their professional skills and interacting with other communication professionals. This experience will serve as a capstone course and will include a portfolio and research project component.

Prerequisite(s): Student needs at least 60 credits completed and a minimum GPA of 2.5. This course requires approval from the Program Chair and the Director of Cooperative Education.

COM 431
Media and Society
3 credits

This course examines the mass media and its influence on society. Students will compare how the press and the television and entertainment industries create images and perceptions for or against established social and political structures at home and overseas. The course will make students conversant with the economic, social, political, and cultural pressures that structure the way the media is produced and provide them with an understanding of the same theories against which it is measured.

COM 499
Communication Ethics
3 credits

This course presents an overview of ethics as it applies to media communication and its practical applications in the communication field. Topics include ethical origins and theories, ethical principles and standards, free speech, responsibility, accountability, social media, accuracy, transparency, cultural sensitivity, minimizing harm, ethical advertising, news judgment, and more. This course may serve to assist students in analyzing and resolving myriad ethical dilemmas they could encounter on the job.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102/122 or ENG 310