Course Descriptions COM 305 Digital Documentary Photography (3 credits) This course provides an opportunity for students to explore the art of storytelling through visual means. Utilizing either digital photography or ﬁlm, student will be expected to produce a body of work that focuses on a particular subject (individual, place, organization) or larger issue. This class will not be assignment driven, instead, each student will work on one long-term project. To prepare for that, students will begin the term by focusing on a small story that can be captured in about two weeks. Each week students will be expected to bring in photographs that will be the building blocks to the story they have chosen to tell. This course is cross-listed as FAS 305. Prerequisite: FAS 226. COM 322 Advanced Public Speaking (3 credits) This course provides students with the skills to produce effective oral presentations in professional contexts. The course includes formal individual speeches as well as interactive and group presentations. It is run as a seminar to provide students with experience as moderators. Prerequisite: COM 212. COM 327 Screenwriting for Media Arts (3 credits) This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of screenwriting for short Narrative and Commercial projects. Students will analyze screenplays and scripts, and then learn basic screenwriting concepts and tools. Students will be attending lectures and ﬁlm screenings, completing inclass writing exercises and proposals, providing valuable critique to their colleagues, and completing at least one treatment, pitch and screenplay. Prerequisite: ENG 121. It is highly recommended that students take COM 128 prior to taking this course. COM 337 Journalism Practicum II (3 credits) The option for this advance practicum is print journalism at the executive board (editorial staff) level on the student run newspaper, the Observer. Students interested in receiving credit for this practicum must assume the editorial roles to operate and publish the student newspaper; and present portfolios of their work at the end of the academic year. The newspaper’s editor-in-chief and faculty advisor award credit(s) based on student participation and involvement at the editorial staff level, and quality of portfolio based on work completed over the academic year. COM 332 Corporate Communications (3 credits) This course gives students the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and philosophies in organizational communication through lectures, research, readings, discussions, application and written assignments. Emphasis is placed on verbal and nonverbal communication, cultural communication, interpersonal relationships within organizations, leadership styles, organizational environments, crisis communication and dealing with the future and change. Prerequisites: COM 212 and COM 322 or permission of instructor. COM 341 Technical Writing (3 credits) This course trains students to produce documents of a technical nature commonly found in a business context.
Students are required to prepare a variety of technical reports, including audits, technical manuals and feasibility studies. Prerequisite: ENG 121. COM 342 Writing for the Computer Industry (3 credits) This course is designed to increase students’ ability to communicate high-tech information and to apply the technical writing process to the computer industry. The course focuses on techniques for creating documentation with attention to formatting, graphic design and text organization. Prerequisite: COM 341 or permission of the instructor. COM 344 Digital Video Production: Level II (3 credits) Students will continue gaining hands-on production experience and will increase their knowledge of video theory, aesthetics, and techniques. Video will be approached as a creative visual communication tool for the exploration of abstract concepts, creative endeavors, and the human condition. Emphasis will be on writing, lighting, sound design, directing, editing, and production management. Students will attend lectures and technical demonstrations, view work of various video and ﬁlm directors, and produce creative projects individually and in groups. Prerequisite: COM 244 or permission of instructor. COM 345 Animation and Visual Effects (3 credits) This hands-on technical course provides training in the use of Adobe After Effects, the industry standard software utilized for animation, visual effects, and motion graphics in ﬁlm, video, multimedia and the Web. Students will be attending lectures and technical demonstrations, viewing various After Effects creations, completing exercises and producing short projects with After Effects. Prerequisite: GRA 320 or permission of the instructor. COM 421 Communication Theory and Research (3 credits) This course examines research approaches in communications ﬁelds and requires students to perform both primary and secondary research, to write critical essays, and to complete a research project. Prerequisite: senior standing in a communication major. COM 435 Feature Writing (3 credits) This course is for students who want to explore feature writing as a means of improving their research and writing skills or to pursue a print journalism focus in the communication major. Students will learn how to develop and organize ideas, adapt their writing for speciﬁc audiences and revise and polish their prose style. COM 448 Media Ethics and Law (3 credits) This course provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to work in the communications profession. They also will develop a clear understanding of the statutory and constitutional guidelines governing the profession. Students learn the theoretical underpinnings of the First Amendment, followed by its application in cases involving libel, privacy, intellectual property, corporate speech, advertising, obscenity, access to information, protection of news sources, broadcasting policy and electronic media regulations. 111
Published on Oct 19, 2009