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Course Descriptions COM 1050. Media Fellows Colloquium. This colloquium is to provide a forum where Media Fellows work with faculty on projects and events related to the Media Fellows program. Students and faculty will lead discussions and workshops pertaining specifically to the Media Fellows and which could include topics such as media production, research, career development, professionalism, and upcoming events and trips. Repeatable for up to four credits. One credit. COM 1110. Human Communication. This course presents fundamental communication theories as applied in various public speaking, interpersonal and small group communication contexts and provides both a theoretical foundation and a practical framework for future studies in the Communication area. Four credits. COM 1112. Mediated Communication Systems: Audio and Video Software Packages. Introduction to the digital technologies employed by the media industries to record, store, edit and deliver information to audiences. This course provides an introduction to audio and video software packages. Two credits. COM 1113. Mediated Communication Systems: Graphic Software Packages. Introduction to the digital technologies employed by the media industries to design, edit, store, and deliver information to audiences. This course provides an introduction to graphic software packages. Students begin a digital portfolio. Two credits. COM 1450 Media Law and Literacy. Students will learn about the central role the First Amendment played as the founding fathers established the world’s first constitutional democracy and the importance today of enduring First Amendment values in our system of democratic selfgovernment. Students will gain a solid understanding of the philosophical roots of freedom of expression and how First Amendment protections evolved over time into a system that touches every major they might be pursuing as future professional communicators. A second important goal of this course, in the age of online disinformation and so-called “fake news,” is to help students begin to become savvy and discerning consumers of information. They will leave the course able to cast a more critical eye on sources of information, especially online, and possible motives these sources might have to distort or even fabricate “news.” They will understand the delicate balance our civic culture requires to assure the free flow of information but also to, as Ronald Reagan would say, “trust but verify.” Two credits.
COM 2000/3000. Communication Workshop. Communication workshop allows students to receive credit for intensive instruction or certification in communication related hardware, software, research, or production techniques. Different topics are offered in each workshop. Course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. A maximum of 4 workshop credits may be counted towards the 128 credits needed for graduation but the course will not count towards the COM major or minor. Some prerequisites may be required depending on the topic offered. One to two credits. COM 2001. Techniques in Media Production. As an introductory level video production class, COM 2001 centers on basic techniques of field production and editing. Students will cover pre-production, production, and post-production skills through hands-on exercises. The class will particularly emphasize basic, shooting, editing, audio, and lighting techniques. These skills will prepare students for successful completion upper-level video classes. Four credits. COM 2210. Persuasive Speaking. This course focuses on the key skills in developing and delivering a persuasive speech. Students complete a series of modules that overview aspects of public speaking and then meet in face-to-face workshops where they deliver speeches and critique other speakers. This pass/fall course, which meets five times, requires that students demonstrate competency in all course components and allows students to complete some assignments multiple times to ensure skill development. One credit. COM 2235. Public Relations Techniques. This course introduces students to the role public relations plays in helping nonprofit organizations achieve their goals. Emphasis is placed on the execution of various public relations tactics commonly used by nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite: ENG 1102 or ENG 1103. Four credits. COM 2261. Radio Practicum. Practical application of theory from Communication courses in work for the campus radio station. Course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Course may be repeated once. Two credits. COM 2265. Practicum in Publicity Methods. This course introduces students to the use of basic publicity methods, e.g., news releases, public service announcement, media alerts, forms of social media, etc. through the development of such tactics for on-campus clients and local non-profit organizations. Course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Course may be repeated once. Prerequisite: STC 2225 or COM 2235. Two credits.