Degrees and Certificates


COMM101N: Introduction to Media Studies

This course studies the mass media in historical and contemporary contexts, focusing on the structure, function, audiences and effects of the news and entertainment industries. Issues such as legal, economic, social and psychological implications within society will be analyzed. This course contains a service learning option. A minimum grade of B- is required to remain in the Communications program.

COMM102N: Principles of Communication

A survey of the basic theories and principles of human communication by first exploring the fundamental processes central to communication (e.g. listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, message, channel, medium) and then applying those processes to various communication contexts including interpersonal, intrapersonal, small group, public, organizational, and mass communication.

COMM115N: Introduction to Media Writing

This course will introduce students to the application of writing principles for various forms of media copy: print news and features; broadcast news for radio and television, public service announcements, advertising, social media, and public relations. Topics covered in this class include: hard news; feature writing; AP style; crafting effective leads; editing; organizational media; interviewing techniques; blogging; identifying and targeting audiences; public service announcements; press releases; and communications ethics and theory. A minimum grade of B- is required to remain in the Communications program.

COMM120N: Introduction to Public Relations

This course introduces the student to the public relations process and management in addition to the role of the public relations practitioner. The course will discuss how public relations differs from other communication disciplines and how corporate and nonprofit institutions use public relations as a strategic communication tool. Ethics and social responsibility and the impact of social media will be defined. Students will apply public relations practice through a course service learning component.

COMM204N: Screenwriting

Students will learn and apply the techniques and principles of scripting movies and will examine the writing process from idea conception to completed work. Topics covered include: Writing scripts that connect to audiences; screenplay story structures, conventional and unconventional; the sophisticated nature of storytelling through description; the language of screenwriting; characterization and arc; and peer evaluation.

COMM206N: Social Media

Today's society is directly impacted by social media. Twenty-first century political, social and economic changes have been effected through the use of social networking. In the competitive media world, journalists must possess social media skills. This course will focus on the analysis and use of current and emerging social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, SnapChat, Pinterest, Reddit, and other platforms. Students will explore the history, effect, appropriate uses of social media and will learn to craft appropriate messages utilizing the various platforms for different genres of journalism.

COMM210N: Perspectives in Film

This course explores a body of narrative and or non-narrative films related by virtue of style, director, themes, technology or historical perspective. Analysis of the films allows students to critically consider the role and value of film as part of a participatory culture in a shifting media landscape.

COMM285N: Communications Internship

This course prepares students for an advanced study of communications at the bachelor degree level and will serve as the capstone experience for Communications students enrolled in the Liberal Arts program. The course is designed to help students synthesize the learning and skills acquired in their program with reality-based application through an on-site internship. Career planning may be strengthened by mentoring relationships developed through the internship experience. Pre-approval of the internship site and intended project by the program coordinator before placement; approved placement is expected prior to the semester start.