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Communications Courses

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)

Public Speaking

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)

Mass Media

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
Spring only

COM 231 (3-0-3)

Digital Culture

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: 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.
PR: ENG 123
Fall only

COM 265 (0-9-3)

Communication Internship

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