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Communication Studies


In addition to the major classes, students in the Communication Studies curriculum must take the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the concentration (click on the links below to read detailed descriptions):

For a simplified, printable listing, click here.

Choose 21 credits from the following (no overlap with core courses):

NOTE: COMM 360 Topics can be applied to the concentration depending on the topic.  A maximum of credits of practicum/internship may be applied to the concentration.


Detailed Course Descriptions (as found in the Course Catalog)

COMM 359 – Rhetorical Theory (3 credits)

This course surveys the history and major theories of rhetoric from its foundations in ancient Greece to more recent postmodern manifestations. Students will gain a conceptual framework for speaking and writing persuasively as well as evaluating the structure and function of rhetoric in society.

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COMM 391 – Communication Practicum (1-3)

Work experience under professional supervision in such areas such as broadcasting, organizational communication, Christian communiction, public relations and information, advertising, entertainment, and visual media. Open to junior and senior communication students who have completed at least four communication courses (Pass/Fail grade only).

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INTE 394 Internship (1-3)

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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COMM 205 – Principles of Public Relations (3)

Introduction to the nature, history, and current practice of public relations, emphasizing appropriate communication strategies for different publics and contexts including corporate, non-profit and government agencies.  The focus will be on the public relations process of research, action planning, communication, implementation, and evaluation. Ethics, media relations, social media and community relations are also discussed.

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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 217 – Introduction to Film (3)

Training in the language of cinema and video analysis and discussion of the basic issues involved in understanding film as an expressive cultural form. Areas covered include the shot, the scene, camera angles, lighting, montage, mis en scene, staging, camera movement, narrative structure, sound, film and digital media stocks, dialogue, and characterization.

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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 223 – Introduction to Radio (3)

An examination of the structure of the radio industry and radio stations. Topics will include radio programming formats, use of technology and broadcast sales.

(Alternate years, last time offered: Spring 2010)

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COMM 241 – Small Group Communication (3)

Theory, research, and practice related to the structure and functioning of groups, including leadership, decision making, problem solving, and those variables requisite to effective communication within a group.

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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 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 301 – Persuasion: Theory and Practice (3)

Principles and techniques of the art of persuasion as applied to oral discourse.

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COMM 313 – Relational Communication (3)

Theory, research and practice of relational communication focusing on issues between romantic partners, friends, and family.

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COMM 319 – Sports Broadcasting (3)

This course examines the theory and application of techniques in sports broadcasting. We will examine a number of facets of sports broadcasting, including play-by-play, interviewing and anchoring sportscasts. Sports journalism and the history of this broadcasting specialty are also examined. A hands-on approach to the material is stressed.

(Alternate years, last time offered: J-Term 2010)

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COMM 323 – Radio Production and Performance (3)

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 333 – Business and Organizational Communication (3)

This course explains how communication constructs and maintains organizational functioning at a variety of levels. For example, students learn about recruitment and socialization, conflict, communication technologies, coworker and team communication, leadership, and predominant theories of organizational communication.

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COMM 342 – Intercultural Communication (3)

Analysis of communication variables in cross-cultural situations, focusing on the individual, social, and cultural bases of human communication.

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COMM 351 – Public Relations Writing (3)

This course focuses on building organization-public relationships with a variety of audiences through organizing, writing, and tailoring public relations materials such as news releases, brochures, newsletters, and web writing. Annual reports, basic graphic design, and the publication/printing process are also briefly introduced. The course culminates in preparation and presentation of a final writing portfolio. [Although not a prerequisite, COMM 205 is strongly recommended prior to taking COMM 351.]

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COMM 353 – Crisis Communication and Media Relations (3)

Analysis of corporate, institutional and governmental conflict and crises. Consideration given to nature of social conflict, negotiation, problem-solving, crisis planning, spokesperson training, news conferences and news releases. [Although not a prerequisite, COMM 205 is strongly recommended prior to taking COMM 353.]

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COMM 354 – Interpersonal Conflict (3)

Analysis of the nature and function of interpersonal conflict. Identification of personal conflict styles as well as productive and destructive communication strategies.

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HDFS/PSYC 171 – Introduction to Social Research (3)

Introduction to human inquiry including the development of hypotheses and the role of theory in hypothesis development. A survey of research design, sampling, and possible data collection strategies.
Prerequisite: An introductory course in the behavioral sciences.

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