COM 100 (3-0-3)
Introduction to Human Communications
This course introduces theories of human communication, especially those that emphasize effective communication practices in a variety of contexts, such as relational, group, public, and intercultural communication situations. The course also explores the impact of digital media and the online world on patterns of human communication.
COM 105 (3-0-3)
This course introduces the essential steps in preparing and presenting speeches by applying basic communication principles and public-speaking strategies to a variety of speaking assignments.
COM 121 (3-0-3)
This course focuses on how mass media function and impact United States culture. From
both a historical and contemporary point of view, it explains the evolution of the
eight areas of mass media: books, magazines, newspapers, recordings, radio, movies,
television, and new media. It also explores the technological, economic, political
and cultural aspects of the media. Communication and mass media theories are examined
in tandem with an analysis of the key issues in the field.
PR or CR: ENG 123
COM 200 (3-0-3)
Introduction to Media Writing
This course explores the differing writing styles and formats used in a variety of
media environments, including print, broadcast, and Web. This course emphasizes gathering
relevant and accurate information and writing for specific audiences. Additional topics
include writing advertising copy, writing for public relations, and the ethical and
legal implications of writing for the media.
PR: ENG 123 College Composition or equivalent
COM 231 (3-0-3)
This course explores the development of the Internet including various social media
platforms, and subsequent old and new media convergence. It also examines the resulting
digital culture, especially in terms of power structure and social change, and analyzes
the effects of digital media on diverse societal groups.
PR/CR: ENG 123
COM 235 (3-0-3)
Introduction to Visual Communication
This course analyzes the production and consumption of visual messages, particularly
those found in the media, and their impact on human communication. It combines theory
and practice to explain how the human mind both processes and creates meaning from
visual phenomena. This course examines the history of visual communication, principles
of design and color theory, typography, the technology behind both print and electronic
media, and technology’s influence on design. The course also explores the idea that
images combined with text are powerful ways to inform, educate, and persuade individuals.
CR/CON: ENG 123
COM 265 (0-9-3)
This course provides students the opportunity to explore and gain experience in a
career area related to communication in a supervised professional setting. An instructor-approved
internship is required. The internship allows students to combine classroom theory
and real-world experience, while exploring potential career paths. The course requires
completion of 135 hours of fieldwork. Grading is on a pass/fail basis.
PR: COM 121 Mass Media or COM 231 Digital Culture, and permission of the instructor or dean