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Students in all concentrations are required to take the following foundational courses (click on the links below to read detailed descriptions):



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NOTE: The Broadcasting Major requires at least one semester of study at the Messiah College Philadelphia Campus in conjunction with Temple University in order to complete the major. A full year (Junior year of study) is highly recommended. Students can cross-select a maximum of two classes from other concentrations in order to fulfill the required 15 Temple credits. Temple University courses are subject to change; therefore the department cannot guarantee the availability of course offerings. Contact the Department Chair or your academic advisor for more information.


ALSO: Students who choose to study in the Broadcasting major must declare a minor. No more than six credits my overlap between the major and minor (18 credits).



Detailed Course Descriptions (as found in the Course Catalog)


COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)

This course is a study of basic principles of human communication. Modes such as: Intra- and interpersonal, small group and public speaking are examined. Students will develop skills in sharing information and reasoned argument, and examine the ethical responsibilities of oral communication. Meets General Education Oral Communication requirement.

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COMM 218 - Mass Media and Society (3)

Overview of the history, organization, economics, content, control, and effects of mass communications in the United States with some comparison with foreign systems.

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COMM 211 - Media in Everyday Life (3)

Examines the way media messages are interpreted and used in everyday life. Special consideration of children and adults as consumers of information and entertainment with a specific focus on violence and gender conditioning will be given.

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COMM 282 - Topics in Media Studies (3)

An in-depth exploration of a particular aspect of media studies. Subject matter may include areas such as popular culture or Christianity and media. The specific topic varies each semester. Please view course subtitle or consult with Instructor for details.

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COMM 247 - Writing for Mass Media (3)

Introduction to and practice in writing for mass media, with a focus on commercial copy for the electronic media of radio and television.

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COMM 323 - Radio Production and Performance (4)
This course is devoted to the application and use of radio station facilities and equipment.
It also emphasizes practice in different types of announcing, including discussion and
demonstration of enunciation, articulation, tone, and voice quality in broadcast performance
(Alternate years, to be offered in Spring 2011)

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COMM 341 - Communication Theory (3)

Students will learn about a diverse array of communication theories and distinguish differences among basic types of communication theories, including social scientific/objective, interpretive/humanistic, and critical. Communication theories in the subfields of interpersonal communication, media, rhetoric, intercultural communication, and organizational communication are examined.

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COMM 493 - Communication Senior Seminar (3)

This course instructs students in vocation and professional development, examines the relationship between faith and students' academic discipline, and engages advanced research in communication ethics.

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INTE 394 - Internship (4-10)

Only third-year and fourth-year students who are academically proficient, and have the approval of their academic department, are eligible. This discipline-related work experience provides for application of classroom theory and development of professional skills. Students observe and participate in the activities of an organization or assist with a special project(s) that promotes professional development. Credit is awarded based upon length and intensity of involvement, the number of individualized learning objectives to be accomplished, as well as prescribed learning activities. Readings, topic papers, learning contract, portfolio, employer evaluations, and participation in a monthly class are some of the components. Available during fall, spring, and summer sessions (Letter grade only).

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