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Course # / Title / (# of hours). Prereqs. Course Description, semesters offered.

COM 200 Intro to Mass Communication (3). Prerequisite: EH 101 or EH 103. A survey of the mass media and their inter-relationship with each other and society. Emphasis will be placed on how mass communication functions in a multi-ethnic, gender-diverse environment. Includes perspectives on the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communication. Fall/Spring/Summer.

COM 205 Intro to Broadcast Writing (3). Prerequisite: EH 101 or EH 103. Basic writing for electronic media. Includes news, features, press releases, and advertisements. Emphasis placed on how news, public service announcements (PSAs) and commercials are filtered through and shaped by-multi-ethnic, gender-diverse writers. Fall/Spring/May.

COM 301 Intro to TV Production (3). Prerequisites: COM 200 and EH 101 or EH 103. Practical training in the fundamentals of audio and video production techniques pertaining to TV studio production, including various exercises in each production area. Includes introduction to producing and directing. Productions regarding diversity issues are required. Fall/Spring.

COM 302 Intro to Audio Production (3). Prerequisites: COM 200 and 205. Introduction to audio concepts and production methods. Includes recording, editing, control room technique, and radio station practice.

COM 305 Advanced Audio Production (3). Prerequisite: COM 302. Course affords students the opportunities to sharpen their skills in the recording, editing and mastering of audio for various media venues. Students will choose one of three “tracks” of Interest that permits them to: 1. Work alongside video production and editing students in a post- production environment; 2. Record and produce two tracks for a contemporary musical or spoken word CD; or 3. Record and produce a series of commercials of varying lengths for local merchants. Productions regarding diversity issues are required. Spring.

COM 307 Media Literacy (3). Learn analytical and critical skills to develop an awareness and understanding of the effects of media, including profit and emotional strategies, portrayals of diversity, stereotypes, love, myths, and other issues. Spring/Summer.

COM 315 Intro to News (3). Prerequisites: EH 101 or EH103, EH 102 or EH104, COM 200. Fundamentals of news reporting, writing and copy editing for digital media, dealing with modern news-room issues, including diversity, community involvement and convergence. Requires out-of-class assignments. Fall/Spring.

COM 317 Editing (3). Prerequisites: COM 315 or COM 205. Teaches skills for copyeditors and others in the processing of news, features and press releases. Students learn to question statements of fact, challenge assumptions, edit for length, taste, ethics, diversity, and libel while correcting errors of both grammar and style, according to the Associated Press Stylebook.

COM 320 Video Production and Editing (3). Prerequisite: COM 301. Videography and editing of programs and/or announcements produced with portable equipment. Students produce, direct, write, shoot, and edit individual productions. Productions regarding diversity issues are required. Fall/Spring.

COM 325 Publication Design (3). Prerequisite: COM 205 and/or 315. Arranging and editing text, photographs, graphics and other materials from diverse sources for digital media. Fall/Spring/Summer.

COM 330 Intro to Public Relations (3). Prerequisite: EH 101 or EH 103, COM 200. Basic concepts of public relations, including history, theory, organization and ethics. Writing emphasized. Fall/Spring.

COM 340 Public Relations Writing (3). Prerequisite: COM 330. The development of professional public relations writing skills. Effective methods of conceptualizating, researching, and presenting information to the relevant publics. Fall/Summer.

COM 345 Social Media & Society (3). Prerequisite: EH 102 or EH 104. What are social media, who uses them, who gains from them, and how are they transforming the media landscape and the way we communicate? Students will become familiar with a range of social media tools, analyze and discuss their uses and implications, and develop participation literacy. They will have the opportunity to explore both theory and practice of social media through writing assignments, interactive assignments, and course projects. Fall/Spring.

COM 350 Announcing (3). Fundamentals of voice and diction applied to audio and video media delivery. Includes commercials, news, interviews and ad-lib announcing.

COM 358 Communication Theory (3). Prerequisites: COM 200, Junior standing or instructor’s permission. Theories of the processes and effects of mass communication, including the discussion and analysis of research findings on race, gender, and ethnicity. Also deals with numbers for journalists—basic math and statistics for journalists.

COM 375 Internet Production (3). Prerequisites: Junior standing and COM 205 or COM 315, or special permission of instructor. This course focuses specifically on online journalism techniques; reporting, writing and editing news/Information for Interactive media, particularly the Internet. Covers web usability, web design and HTML authoring while requiring both journalistic and computer skills. Fall/Spring.

COM 380 Communication Law (3). Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of instructor. Study of legal system of state and nation as related to media, including libel, privacy, copyright, access, contract and First Amendment issues. Emphasis on gender, religion, and ethnic diversity issues as they apply to communication law. Fall/Spring/May.

COM 385 Multimedia Production (3). Prerequisites: COM 301, COM 302, COM 325, and COM 375. Students will practice and develop the skills necessary for planning and producing effective multimedia programs. They will be introduced to planning strategies, production techniques, and software involved in multimedia production. Each student will demonstrate basic proficiencies across a wide spectrum of multimedia. Emphasis will be on visual, audio and typographic design as well as the appropriateness of these elements for specific goals. The use of advanced electronic technologies will also be emphasized. Through a series of individual component assignments, students will develop a capstone multimedia presentation to be included in their portfolio.

COM 390 Communication Ethics (3). Prerequisite: Junior standing and permission of instructor. Ethical foundations of the media, including the interrelationships of the media, the public, and the government. Fall/Spring/July term.

COM 400 Public Relations Cases Studies (3). Prerequisite: COM 330. The development of public relations practice skills based on the analysis of contemporary and historical case studies.

COM 401 Media Advertising and Sales (3). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Theory and application of advertising and sales in the print and electronic media.

COM 404 Media Workshop-1 (1). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Supervised assignments demonstrating development of high-level competencies and skills in various areas of the media.

COM 405 Media Workshop-2 (1). Prerequisite: COM 404 and permission of instructor. Supervised assignments demonstrating development of high-level competencies and skills in various areas of the media.

COM 406 Media Workshop-3 (1). Prerequisite: COM 405 and permission of instructor. Supervised assignments demonstrating development of high-level competencies and skills in various areas of the media. This course can be taken concurrently with COM 407, if necessary.

COM 407. Advanced Media Workshop-1 (1). Prerequisite or co-requisite: COM 406; and permission of instructor. Advanced assignments demonstrating development of higher-level competencies and skills in various areas of the media.

COM 408. Advanced Media Workshop-2 (1). Prerequisite: COM 407; and permission of instructor. Advanced assignments demonstrating development of higher-level competencies and skills in various areas of the media. This course can be taken concurrently with COM 411.

COM 410 Media Features (3). Prerequisites: COM 315 and permission of instructor. Principles and practices of writing features. Requires out-of-class assignments. Spring.

COM 411. Advanced Media Workshop-3 (1). Prerequisite or co-requisite: COM 408; and permission of instructor. Advanced assignments demonstrating development of higher-level competencies and skills in various areas of the media.

COM 415 Mass Communication Research (3). Prerequisites: COM 200, second semester junior in communication. Pre- or co-requisite: MS 108. Fundamentals of research methodologies in mass communication. Prepares students to become familiar with, and develop the understanding and ability to apply research concepts to mass communication problems. Major topics include, among others, sampling, survey research, basic statistics, and diversity issues in mass communication research. Fall/Spring.

COM 420 Advanced Reporting (3). Prerequisites: COM 315, COM 380, COM 390, and COM 415. News gathering and writing for the print media with emphasis on deadline and beat reporting. Copy editing is included as are modern newsroom issues, such as diversity and community involvement. This is a capstone course - a culminating experience that integrates coursework, knowledge, skills and other experiences in digital journalism. It serves as a venue for learning outcomes assessment. Fall/Spring.

COM 425 Media Management (3). Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of instructor. Principles and practices for management of print and electronic media facilities.

COM 440 Public Relations Campaign Management (3). Prerequisites: Prerequisites: COM 330, COM 340, COM 380, COM 390, COM 400, and COM 415. The use of effective principles and techniques to plan, execute, and evaluate public relations campaigns. This is a capstone course, a culminating experience that integrates coursework, knowledge, skills and other experiences in public relations. Major subjects include diversity in communication and public relations issues. It serves as a venue for learning outcomes assessment. Fall/Spring.

COM 470 Advanced Electronic News (3). Prerequisites: COM 320, COM 380, COM 390, and COM 415. Principles and practices for gathering, writing, reporting and producing news for electronic media. Requires out-of-class assignments. This is a capstone course— a culminating experience that integrates coursework, knowledge, skills and other experiences in broadcast journalism. Major subjects include diversity in communication. It serves as a venue for learning outcomes assessment. Fall/Spring.

COM 475 Directed Study (3). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Supervised study permitting students to pursue specific areas of interest in communication.

COM 491 Internship (3). A required course for all communication majors. Before registering for COM 491 a student must have satisfactorily completed specific courses in her/his area of concentration. Fall/Spring/Summer. The areas of concentration and their requirements for internship are: Broadcasting—COM 205, 301, 302, 404, and 405; Digital Journalism—COM 315, 325, 375, 404, and 405; Public Relations—COM 315, 325, 330, and 340.

For more information, contact Dr. Kingsley O. Harbor

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