Course Descriptions

Communications Course Descriptions

Courses numbered COM105 or higher qualify as Humanities or Liberal Arts electives.


Introduction to Communication Theory - 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the theories of communication that serve as the foundation for understanding the principles and practices of the field. The nature of communication and the various definitions of the phenomena will be covered based on a chronological organization to show how the knowledge and work in communication has evolved over the decades. This introduction will function as a comprehensive overview to unify the overlapping perspectives and paradigms.


Introduction to Communication - 3 credits

This course presents the basics of human communication and provides an overview of the skills that are needed in the 21st century to become a competent communicator.   Students will recognize the important processes of communication such as speaking, listening, media literacy, computer- mediated communication, culture sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Ultimately students will develop and illustrate their public speaking skills by presenting three speeches while also incorporating multimedia tools.


Popular Culture  - 3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the changes to modern culture that covered the post World War II to the present time. It will examine a variety of societal and cultural elements including: gender, consumerism, music, film, and fashion.


Interpersonal Communication - 3 Credits

Students will investigate the principles of interpersonal communication including self-concept, verbal, non-verbal, gender, culture, and conflict management.  Students will be able to identify various interpersonal communication theories. By the conclusion of the course, students will design and produce a final project examining how an interpersonal theory influences both private and public life.

Prerequisite: COM107.


Basics of Journalism - 3 Credits

This course surveys print and electronic media for the purpose of developing writing skills relevant to news stories, features, editorials, interviews, and surveys.

Cross listed with ENG298. Prerequisite: ENG120.


Introduction to Mass Communication - 3 Credits

This course examines the institution, history, and technology of mass media as communication systems. A selection of media productions is presented for discussion.

Prerequisite: ENG207.


Mass Media and Society - 3 Credits

This course analyzes newspapers, magazines, television, radio, the Internet, and film to evaluate their complex and diverse power for shaping patterns of society.


Media Literacy and Culture - 3 Credits

This course deals with “learning to become a more thoughtful, critical consumer of media.” It asks the following questions: “Where do the media come from? Who creates their content? What is their purpose? What effects do they have on our world? What is our role in the communication process?”


Film: The Reel Experience - 3 Credits

This course deals with the elements of film including the script, filming techniques, direction, acting, editing, art and set design, costume and makeup, and historical development. Examples from various genres are viewed for analysis.

Cross listed with ENG304. Prerequisite: ENG207.


Introduction to Theater - 3 credits

This course gives students an appreciation of the theater as a performing art throughout history. Students will examine the dramatic genre while developing an understanding of the components of production and performance. One component of the course will be the participation in the actual phases of staging and production as well as attendance at a live performance.

Prerequisite: ENG207


Acting - 3 credits

This course introduces students to the art of acting with emphasis on improvisation, characterization, acting techniques and scene study.

Prerequisite: COM 320 or permission from instructor.


Public Relations - 3 Credits

This course focuses on the role of managed communication in public relations. Students will define, explain, identify, and evaluate the history of public relations, key public relations concepts, and history, careers, and research methods of public relations. Students will examine public relations from an internal and external viewpoint for public, private, and non-profit organizations. Students will also assess the impact of new technology, diversity, and globalization on public relations.

Prerequisite: COM107


Internship in Interactive Communication - 3 Credits

This course provides students with practical experiences in the communications field. Students meet with the instructor on a regular basis and work in a communications placement for at least 84 hours. The supervising faculty member determines the specific requirements for the internship.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

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