Communication Courses

COM 200 -- Fundamentals of Communication Design
Introduces components of the message construction process and principles of effective communication. Application of computer programs to the design and development of communication material. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore status. 3 credits.

COM 201 -- Applied Communication Design
Message construction in professional communication environments utilizing electronic applications. Areas covered include communication principles in desktop publishing and presentation graphics. Replaces COM 240. Prerequisites: COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 215 -- Small Group Communication
Analysis of small group communication and group interaction; special attention is given to related communication theories.  3 credits.

COM 225 -- Interpersonal Communication
Investigation of interpersonal communication behavior, the effects of communication on relationships, and interactions within a variety of relational contexts. 3 credits.

COM 233 -- Communication in Relational Development
Theoretical and applied approaches to the function of communication throughout the initiation, maintenance, and termination phases of relational communication. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 234 -- Fundamentals of Copywriting
Basic principles, techniques and procedures for writing effective copy. Application of creative problem solving and idea generating techniques in advertising. Prerequisite: ENG 112 and Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 236 -- Copywriting for Electronic Media
Communication concepts and technologies for radio, television, and other electronic media. Emphasis is placed on writing of scripts. Prerequisites: ENG 112 and Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 250 - Business and Professional Communication
Study and application of basic business and professional communication in the workplace. Introduction to organization hierarchies and how they affect communication, standards of inter and intra-organizational communication, and the formulation and evaluation of organizational messages. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credit.

COM 253 -- Fundamentals of Video Production
An overview of video production. Introduction to the basic technical theory, vocabulary, procedure, uses, program distribution, and career opportunities. Prerequisites: Freshman or Sophomore status only. Departmental Permission. 3 credits.

COM 257 -- Audio Production
An introduction to the basic elements, equipment, and techniques of audio production as they are used in video, multimedia, film, and other media. Emphasis is on improving listening and production skills, and application of techniques in sample audio projects. Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 258 -- Cinematic Technique
Examines how the elements of film and video production are used to communicate a message from the creator's viewpoint. Uses illustrative scenes from significant films and episodic television shows to demonstrate how production elements can be used to achieve a desired effect. Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 259 -- Studio Production
Studio experience in producing video programs in a variety of program formats. Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 265 -- Video Technology
Study of electronic principles and video systems. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 275 - Persuasion
Investigation of theories, principles, and strategies of social influence in various communication contexts. Emphasis on compliance-gaining communication, methods of persuasion, and ethics of social influence in interpersonal and professional contexts. Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 287 -- Introduction to Communication Research
An introduction to communication research methods that focuses on the development, interpretation, analysis, and implementation of communication research. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 300 -- Organizational Communication
An overview of internal and external audiences with which organizational members communicate; specific attention to intent of message, message construction, and determination of appropriate channels for message delivery; field research. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 312 -- Communication and Gender
Explores communication and gender including masculine and feminine communication styles as well as stereotypes of men and women's communication and gender patterns in communication across a variety of personal and professional contexts. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 322 - Communication Training & Development
Introduction to the field, scope, and process of communication training and development with emphasis on communication skills essential for conducting training and development (formerly Introduction to Communication Training and Development). Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, COM 253, and COM 287. 3 credits.

COM 332 -- Interviewing
Application of communication concepts and skills throughout the interview process as they are used in a variety of professional contexts. Special attention to informal, informational, and evaluative interviews. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 333 -- Video Script Writing
In-depth understanding of the scriptwriting process. Written exercises and final project will provide the opportunity to explore scripting formats and techniques. Replaces COM 445. Prerequisites: ENG 112 and Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 335 -- Advertising and Promotional Design
Creative application of communication concepts designed to solve advertising problems for targeted audiences. Focus is on designing creative strategies involved in briefs and concept work. (formerly Creative Communication Strategies in Advertising). Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, COM 234, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 340 -- Communication and Product Information
The communication means with which the commercial organization disseminates product information; intraorganizational and interorganizational communication concepts of trade shows, advertising, manuals, audio/visuals. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, COM 253, and COM 335. 3 credits.

COM 360 -- Video Field Production
Advanced study of the techniques and use of video production outside the studio. Replaces COM 460. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. Co-requisite COM 365. 3 credits.

COM 365 -- Advanced Postproduction Techniques
An exploration of advanced approaches in postproduction including time code, test instruments and computerized editing. Replaces COM 465. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. Co-requisite COM 360. 3 credits.

COM 370 -- Interpersonal Conflict and Communication
An examination of theoretical and practical approaches to communication in interpersonal conflict. Emphasis on interpersonal conflict resolution, negotiation, and third-party mediation. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 372 -- Electronic Filmmaking
Explores the phases of producing fiction-based dramatic programs using a film-style approach. Programs will be shot on video and edited on a computer. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, COM 253, COM 333, COM 360, and COM 365. 3 credits.

COM 375 - Family Communication
Theories, concepts, and issues related to interpersonal and relational communication within the family. Examination of how conceptions of family, family identity, and societal influences impact family communication processes. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 377 -- Video Directing
Exploration of the role of the Video Director. Includes an examination of the management, technical and aesthetic aspects of the position. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, COM 253, and COM 259. 3 credits.

COM 385 -- Documentary Production
Advanced-level, single-camera video documentary production. Research, advocacy and presentation of evidence using traditional and non-traditional shooting and editing styles. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253, COM 360, and 365. 3 credits.

COM 387 -- Communication Theory
An introduction to communication theories with special attention to understanding, evaluating, and applying various theories in multiple contexts. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

 COM 402 -- Advertising and Promotions for the Internet
The use of the Internet in contemporary advertising and promotional settings. Basic design concepts and computer applications relevant to understanding communication processes and strategies for Internet advertising development. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253, and COM 335. 3 credits.

COM 410 -- Crisis and Communication
Application of communication strategies in an environment of organizational crisis; a study of the types and characteristics of crises; the communication skills needed to deal with crises, and the steps involved in developing a crisis communication plan. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, COM 253, and COM 300. 3 credits.

COM 430 -- Communication Strategies in the Corporation
Study and application of communication concepts and interpersonal communication control factors in a simulated corporate management environment. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, COM 253, COM 250, COM 287, COM 300, COM 370. 3 credits.

COM 440 -- Cultural Influences on Communication
Investigation of channels of communication between subcultures in the U.S.; methods of barrier reduction. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 468 -- Special Effects in Video
An exploration of the techniques and uses of 3-D modeling and animation, computer generated transitions, moving image manipulation and compositing. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 201, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. 3 credits.

COM 472 --Advertising and Promotional Campaigns
Promotion and advertising strategy in planning, designing, implementing, and managing effective communication campaigns. Students will execute comprehensive promotional campaigns. Professional standards stressed. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, COM 234, COM 236, COM 287, and COM 335. 3 credits.

COM 481 -- Seminar in Relational Communication
A capstone course focusing on the integration of Relational Communication theory, research, and practice throughout all phases of the inquiry process. This course may be taken twice. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, COM 233, COM 253, COM 287, COM 370, COM 387, and COM 440. 3 credits.

COM 490 -- Practicum in Organizational Communication
Application of organizational communication practices and issues in professional environments. Students undertake a client project from concept to completion under faculty supervision. This course can be taken twice - up to six credits (formerly Practicum in Managing Communication). Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, COM 250, COM 253, COM 300, COM 370, and department permission. 3 credits.

COM 492 -- Practicum in Video Production
Application of advanced production techniques for creating effective video programs. The student undertakes a production from concept through finished product. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253, COM 360, and COM 365. 3 credits.

COM 493 -- Practicum in Advertising and Promotions
Applies designing communication practices to the needs of external clients. The student undertakes a client driven project from concept to completion. Can be taken twice for up to six (6) credits (formerly Practicum in Creative Message Construction). Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in COM 200, COM 205, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253, COM 335, COM 340, and COM 472.  3 credits.

COM 497 -- Field Experience
An intern program available to qualified majors. Assignment is planned with the Department. Prerequisite: departmental permission. 1-12 credits.