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Online Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Communication with a concentration in Media Arts

Curriculum

Below are the required courses to complete the Bachelors of Arts in Interactive Commincation Degree. This is a sample degree plan for online students. At Post University Online you can choose any number of courses to complete on your own schedule, and at your own time.

General Education 60 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communication

COM107

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.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits

This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement. 

Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination.  No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.


    Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
3 crs
 
Liberal Arts 24 crs
History Elective 3 crs
PHL203 Ethics

PHL203

Ethics - 3 Credits

This course includes an analysis of some of the major classical and contemporary ethical theories. Topics include ethical relativism, ethical absolutism, egoism, natural law, utilitarianism, and situation ethics. Application of ethical theories to moral issues in our society are discussed. Issues of pornography, abortion, euthanasia, affirmative action, capital punishment, and environmental issues may also be discussed.

3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Math 6 crs
MAT105 Quantitative Methods

MAT105

Quantitative Methods - 3 Credits

This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Topics include solving algebraic equations, solving ratio and proportion problems, applications involving percentage and interest, applying the definition of probability, measures of central tendency, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphical representation of data, and applications of the normal distribution. Topics focus on real-life situations, decision making skills, and problem solving. Some working knowledge of elementary algebra is expected. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator strongly recommended.


3 crs
MAT220 Statistics I

MAT220

Statistics - 3 Credits

This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistical techniques, data collection and sampling, the normal distribution and probability, hypothesis testing, population inferences, simple linear regression, and correlation. An understanding of basic algebra is required. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator and access to a spreadsheet program is recommended.

3 crs
 
Science 3 crs
 
Open Electives 15 crs
 
Leadership Core 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations

LCS105

Elements of Organization - 3 Credits

Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.

3 crs
 
Major, Core and Concentrations 51 crs
Designated Writing Course 3 crs
COM311 Writing for the Communication Profession

COM311

Writing for the Communication Profession - 3 Credits

Writing professional communication ranges from public relations to journalism and everything in-between. In this writing-intensive course, students will illustrate their professional writing skills. They will execute written work with Associated Press style, meet deadlines, make contacts on their beats, and demonstrate interviewing skills. At course end, students will have generated a full portfolio of professional-grade writing samples.

Prerequisite: COM108, ENG120

3 crs
 
Communication Core 27 crs
COM108 Introduction to Interactive Communication

COM108

Introduction to Interactive Communication - 3 Credits

In this introductory-level course for Interactive Communication majors, students will become familiarized with the various forms of virtual and mediated communication. At the conclusion of this course students will be able to explain the evolution of communication ideas and describe the history of interactive media. Additionally they will develop their own online social media platform and illustrate how the interactive communication industry’s rapid development impacts the culture, economy, jobs, and businesses. 

3 crs
COM201 Communication Theory

COM201

Communication Theory - 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for understanding the history and application of the most commonly studied mass communication theories:  Agenda Setting, Framing, Priming, Cultivation Theory, Social Cognitive Theory, Social Perceptions of Reality, Uses & Gratifications, and Third Person Effect. After completing this course, students will be able to discuss, write, and present their ideas and evolving theoretical knowledge on various interactive communication topics. Students will also critique each theory.

Prerequisite: COM108.

3 crs
COM207 Speech Communication

COM207

Speech Communication - 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide students will the skills to be effective oral communicators.  Students will identify weak and strong speaking skills, and define the steps in the speech making process. Students will develop their speeches by choosing and researching their topics, producing speech outlines, examining the audience, identifying the purpose of speaking, and producing visual aids.  Students will ultimately present informative and persuasive speeches.

Prerequisite: COM107

3 crs
COM208 Interpersonal Communication

COM208

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.

3 crs
COM301 Mass Media and Society

COM301

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.

3 crs
COM324 Persuasion

COM324

Persuasion - 3 Credits

This course stresses the mastery of complex forms of persuasive writing and speaking.  At the conclusion of this course, students will articulate their knowledge of rhetorical theories, developing arguments, formulating rebuttals, and refining their persuasive writing and speaking styles.  They will also assess and critique persuasion techniques in different realms of interactive communication, such as advertising and public relations.

Prerequisites: COM108, COM 201, or COM 207

3 crs
COM335 Group Communication

COM335

Group Communication - 3 Credits

This course focuses on group communication in both professional and personal settings. Students will characterize and analyze the many roles within a group, and also express how gender and culture influence group interactions. They will investigate the interpersonal and organizational theories influencing group communication. At the conclusion of this course, students will become competent and analytical group collaborators and evaluate and integrate the theories and research underpinning our group interactions.

Prerequisite: COM108 and COM208

3 crs
COM400 Media Research Techniques

COM400

Media Research Techniques - 3 Credits

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the mass media research methods and process. Explored are the most common research techniques used to study mass media communication, including a variety of both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Through this course, students will create, outline, research, and fully execute an advanced research project.

Prerequisite: COM201 and COM301

3 crs
COM450 Advanced Seminar in Interactive Communication

COM450

Advance Seminar in Interactive Communication - 3 Credits

This course provides students with the opportunity to design and conduct individual research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will demonstrate their cumulative knowledge and expertise of the Interactive Communication major and will fully create, develop, and execute a final project based on their knowledge of the communication core and their communication concentration. Students will present their design and completed projects within the framework of the seminar. 

Prerequisite: COM201 and COM301

3 crs
 
Communication Electives 6 crs
COM Elective 3 crs
COM Elective 3 crs
 
Directed Electives 15 crs
Media Arts Concentration Electives (See Below) 15 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSS101 College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan

CSS101

College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan - 3 credits

This course provides theoretical bases and practical strategies for lifelong learning. Students will become aware of university resources, as well as the policies and procedures critical to success at Post. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, study skills, analytical reading, effective writing, reasoning, problem-solving, time management and strategies for college success necessary to support learning in a university environment. Students will analyze their own learning abilities and styles and develop effective practices for learning throughout their lifetime. Students will explore their motivations and the external determinants that affect their educational, personal, and career success. Students will learn the role of active learning in a successful life.

3 crs
PSS301 Professional Success Seminar: Work, Life and Career Development

PSS301

Professional Success Seminar: Work, Life and Career Development – 3 credits

This course provides practical approaches to managing one’s career, working with others in teams, understanding other’s perceptions of one’s performance, managing upwards and sideways for success, maneuvering through a changing work environment and global marketplace, and networking inside and outside of one’s organization. Students will explore the changing global environment of business and the skills and knowledge that tomorrow’s workforce will demand.

3 crs
 
Grand Total 120 crs

 

MEDIA ARTS CONCENTRATION 15 crs
COM240 Social Media Tools & Techniques

COM240

Social Media Tools & Techniques - 3 Credits

This course explores various forms of social media and helps students identify both the positive and negative aspects of using these media. Students will explore in depth various forms of social media, including blogging, tweeting, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and more. At the core of all the discussions will be the facts that social media have the potential to magnify postings and carry significant risks to privacy. Students will explore ways to mitigate those risks to their privacy. At the end of this course, students will have created a plan for developing a useful, safe online footprint.

3 crs
COM341 Media Literacy

COM341

Media Literacy - 3 Credits

In this course  students will critically evaluate media texts and devise a personal and societal strategy for increasing media literacy.  Students will examine the impact of mass media and technology on society and culture from an individual as well as an industry perspective.  Emphasis will be placed on evaluating issues concerning audience, industry, and content.  Ultimately, students will develop the skills necessary to become a more aware and competent media consumer and producer.

3 crs
COM415 Social Interaction in a Virtual Environment

COM415

Social Interaction in a Virtual Environment - 3 Credits

Students will examine and critique the principles connected to new technologies and the relationships that are developed in virtual worlds.   Students will develop and assess case studies and their own relationships in the virtual environment using social media and e-learning technologies. Students will use social media and e-learning technologies to engage themselves in virtual interactions

Prerequisite: COM108

3 crs
Plus two other courses from the following list:
(one must be 300-level or above)

ART210 Digital Photography

ART210

Digital Photography - 3 Credits

This course is a basic introduction to Digital Photography for  both beginner and intermediate skill levels. The course is designed to show students how to use a digital camera and computer photo editing software to capture, edit, and manipulate images and to develop excellent photographic and aesthetic practices as students learn the basic and advanced techniques to improve their photography. Topics include: understanding the digital camera, file formats, composition, focusing and metering, depth of field, sharpness, lighting and flash, white balance, lens and filters, equipment essentials, image editing techniques and printing images.

Prerequisite: ART114      



ART313 Video I

ART313

Video I - 3 Credits

This course offers an introduction to video production with an emphasis on the commercial use as well as experimentation and video art. While employing various techniques, both studio and portable, such as video taken with a camera, found footage and non linear editing, students will be asked to create a series of short videos. Concepts in video making and its origins will be explored while students learn the basic techniques through creative problem solving in the video medium.



CIS350 Web Design

CIS350

Advanced Multimedia Web Design - 3 Credits

In this course, students will go through the entire process of planning and building well-designed interactive web sites using HTML and Web authoring tools. Emphasis is on designing the functional features and aesthetic qualities of a web site.  

This course may not be substituted for a programming language.

Prerequisites: CIS112, CIS312 or permission of the instructor.



GAM247 Interactive Computer Graphics

GAM247

Interactive Computer Graphics -  3 credits

This course introduces design and aesthetic foundations of 3-dimensional computer graphics and animation. Topics include rendering 3D geometric models, 2D and 3D transformations, color theory, illumination and shading, texture, special effects, and computer animation. Emphasis is on rendering interactive graphics for video games. The course culminates in a presentation of students’ final projects involving an original video game that incorporates basic elements of 3D animation.

Prerequisites: CIS112 and IDT301



MKT204 Advertising

MKT204

Advertising - 3 Credits

This is an introductory course dealing with the theories, methods, and practices of modern advertising including customer engagement, strategic planning, measuring results, industry regulations and ethics. The course gives the student hands-on experience producing advertising campaigns including graphics and media selection.

Prerequisite: MKT101.

6 crs

 

The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.