Department of Communication Arts

Curriculum

The Department offers a wide array of courses in the field of Communication Arts, including Speech, to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule, or contact the Department.


Students work in the University's Mac lab.200-Level Courses

COMM 150 | Introduction to Communication Arts

A writing and speaking-intensive introduction to communication arts theory and research, with an emphasis on analyzing mass media messages and understanding their underlying cultural and historical contexts. 3 semester hours. Writing Intensive Course.

 

COMM 207 | Editing for Publications

Introduction to the principles and practices of editing for books, magazines, and newspapers. Prerequisite: WRIT 101, WRIT 102, or HNRS 190. 3 semester hours.

 

COMM 208 | Layout and Design for Publication

Graphic design principles and professional processes are emphasized. Print projects may include organizational identity, response, advertising, newsletter, book/magazine, and other projects, using Quark Xpress. Online design principles are introduced to enable design of a simple website. 3 semester hours.

 

COMM 209 | Newswriting and Reporting

Principles and practice in gathering and writing news as well as preparing copy for publication. Fall. IAI MC 919. Prerequisite: WRIT 101. 3 semester hours. Writing Intensive Course.

 

COMM 235 | Photojournalism

Teaches the skills in creating and evaluating images for photojournalism purposes. 3 semester hours.


COMM 250 | Masters of the American Cinema

A historical study of representative fiction film makers from D.W. Griffith to Spike Lee. IAI F2 908. 3 semester hours. Fine Arts core elective.


COMM 251 | History of Film

A cross-cultural study of the development of the cinema from its late 19th century origins to the present. IAI F2 909. 3 semester hours. Fine Arts core elective.


COMM 253 | Public Relations Writing

Focuses on writing for print media. Students prepare news releases, newsletters and feature stories. Prerequisite: WRIT 101, WRIT 102, or HNRS 190. 3 semester hours. Typically offered Fall Term.


COMM 254 | Writing for the Electronic Media

A practical course designed to expose students to the various approaches, forms and techniques of writing for the electronic media. IAI MC 917. Prerequisite: WRIT 101, WRIT 102, or HNRS 190. 3 semester hours.


COMM 255 | Television Production

Laboratory course introducing students to the technical and aesthetic principles utilized in preparing programming for television. IAI MC 916. Fee: $45. 3 semester hours. Typically offered Fall Term.


COMM 256 | International Film

A study of the film form as seen in the most important films produced outside the United States. Periodically. 3 semester hours. Fine Arts core elective.


COMM 263 | Advertising Copywriting

Covers the fundamentals of writing copy and designing advertising for all forms of print and electronic media. Periodically. Prerequisite: WRIT 101. 3 semester hours.


COMM 264 | Sports Journalism

This course is designed for students to adapt skills learned in COMM 209 toward a variety of sports environments and applications. The students will write press releases and do hard news reporting, and be informed of the inner workings of the sports communication environment. 3 semester hours.


COMM 265 | Sports Broadcasting

Students will apply basic skills learned in COMM 254 and COMM 255 to a variety of video and multimedia applications. Emphasis will be on writing effective sports stories, conducting professional-looking standups, and covering the sports beats on campus. Students will also produce a half-hour sports cable show. 3 semester hours.


COMM 291 | Topics

Study of aspects of communication on the intermediate level not listed as regular course offerings. Prerequisite: WRIT 102. 3 semester hours. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.


COMM 295 | Independent Study

Designed for the student who wishes to explore aspects of communication not normally offered in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair. 1-3 semester hours. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.


COMM 297 | Internship

Practical experience in public relations, electronic media, journalism, advertising or multimedia supervised by the Communication Arts department. Up to three internship hours may be applied toward the 39 hour major requirement. Up to 12 hours may apply toward the 120 hours for graduation. Prerequisite: Consent of internship coordinator, department chair, and at least 3.0 G.P.A. 2-6 semester hours. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 12.



300-Level Courses

Students in COMM 309 (Global Journalism)COMM 309 | Global Journalism

Students will gain the skills needed to cover news stories in a foreign country along with the ability to analyze global media content. 3 semester hours. Typically offered Spring Term. Consent Required.


COMM 316 | Advanced Television Production

Emphasis on development of directing and post-production skills, with focus on aesthetic and technical principles. Prerequisite: COMM 254 and COMM 255. 3 semester hours. Fine Arts core elective. Typically offered Spring Term.


COMM 317 | Mass Media Law and Ethics

Examines the many legal and ethical issues related to the mass media. Prerequisite: WRIT 102 or HNRS 191. 3 semester hours. Typically offered Fall Term.


COMM 337 | Advanced Journalism Writing

Students practice the major styles of journalistic writing beyond newswriting: public affairs reporting, feature writing, magazine writing and editorial writing. Prerequisite: COMM 209. 3 semester hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered periodically.


COMM 353 | Advanced Seminar in Writing, Editing, and Page Design for Publications

In this seminar, students work on a major publications project, engage in critical reading of media content, discuss writing, editing and page design strategies, have drafts of their work critiqued in class, and develop a professional portfolio of the work. Prerequisites: COMM 150, COMM 207, COMM 208, and COMM 209. 3 semester hours. Writing Intensive Course. Typically offered periodically. Consent Required.


COMM 381 | Multimedia Production for the Web

Students experiment with a variety of web-based materials utilizing applications from text and visual media. Prerequisite: COMM 208, WRIT 102. 3 semester hours. Typically offered periodically. Consent Required.


COMM 382 | Nonlinear Editing for Audio and Video

Students learn and apply advanced computer editing skills in audio and video to produce a variety of video projects. Prerequisite: COMM 255. 3 semester hours.


COMM 385 | Television and Society

An in-depth investigation of the television industry and its impact on American and world culture. Prerequisite: WRIT 102. 3 semester hours. Periodically.


COMM 386 | Media and Government

Examines major theoretical models of a central problem in mass communications from historical and cross-cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: WRIT 102. 3 semester hours. Typically offered periodically.


COMM 387 | The Literature of Journalism

Traces the development of the literary genre in journalism from the 18th century essays of Defoe, Steele, and Addison to the “new journalism” of Wolfe and Capote. Prerequisite: WRIT 102. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered periodically.


COMM 388 | Studies in Film Theory and Criticism

Selected topics in film theory and criticism. 3 semester hours. Fine Arts core elective. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 9.


COMM 390 | Images of Men and Women in Advertising

A critical investigation of how we are influenced in the way we think about gender and gender relationships. Prerequisite: WRIT 102. 3 semester hours. Periodically.


COMM 391 | Topics

Study of aspects of communications on the advanced level not covered in the above course offerings. Prerequisites: COMM 207, COMM 208, WRIT 102. 3 semester hours. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.


COMM 392 | Senior Project

Advanced applications in a focused area of communications beyond other upper-level courses. Senior Project does not count towards the 39 hours required for a degree in communication arts. Prerequisite: Senior standing, completion of or concurrent enrollment in communications courses totaling 39 hours, consent of instructor and department chair and approval of proposal prior to semester in which the student is enrolled. 3 semester hours. Consent Required.


COMM 393 | Senior Portfolio

Required of all Communication Arts majors, this course is designed to help students improve the appearance, content, and organization of their Senior Portfolio. Prerequisite: Senior Standing. 3 semester hours.


COMM 395 | Independent Study

Designed for the superior student who wishes to explore an aspect of communication beyond the scope of undergraduate course offerings through guided independent study. May be repeated. Prerequisite: COMM 207, approval of department chair, GPA of 3.5 in major. 1-3 semester hours. Consent Required. Course Repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.



Speech

SPCH 110 | Speech Communication

An introduction to public speaking, communication theory and small-group and interpersonal communication. The course includes researched extemporaneous speeches and several in-class exercises. 3 semester hours. Offered each semester. IAI C2 900.


Global Media and Reporting

For his spring 2012 course "Global Media and Reporting," Professor Chris Birks led students on a study tour to Dalian, China, where they learned about global media and foreign reporting.