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Course Descriptions

1101 PUBLIC SPEAKING (3 hours)
A study of oral communication with attention to vocal delivery, bodily action, and speech composition.

1110 INTRODUCTION TO MASS MEDIA (3 hours)
An introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of modern media arts, with emphasis on film and broadcasting.

1240 INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM (3 hours)
Provides an overview of American journalism socially, politically, and historically from the Colonial era through current digital age with an emphasis on research, basic journalistic writing/reporting, ethics, and law.

2115 FILM CRITICISM (3 hours)
Same as TA 2115. A study of the technical aspects of film-making and of the political and artistic role of film in society.

2116 ASIAN CINEMA (3 hours)
Same as TA 2116. A semester-long study of styles and concepts of films as practiced in various cultural, political, and social contexts throughout Asia. Analytical skills will focus on how to read the visual language of the film along with the spoken word (including subtitles). (Offered in alternate years).

2120 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3 hours)
A study of various theories and types of verbal communication as they affect the dynamics of human relationships.

2200 SURVEY OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA (3 hours)
An overview of the field of broadcasting to include radio, television, and cable. Prerequisite: CA 1110.

2201 INTRODUCTION TO SPORTSCASTING (3 hours)
Theory and practice of sports reporting on the radio and television. Prerequisite: CA 1110.

2245 MEDIA CRITICISM (3 hours)
Theory and practice in critical analysis of most forms of media. Prerequisite: CA 1110

2249 APPLIED JOURNALISM (1 hour)
The learning and development of journalism techniques through actual publication practice. Limited to students working with the Pioneer, this course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 semester hours credit.

2255 WRITING FOR MEDIA (3 hours)
Theory and practice in various forms of writing for print journalism, electronic journalism, and public relations.

2310 FEATURE WRITING (3 hours)
A study and practical application of the principles and processes involved in writing feature-style articles for various media outlets. Prerequisite: CA 1240.

2601 SELECTED TOPICS IN COMMUNICATIONS (1-3 hours)
A study of a topic selected by the department focusing on an area of particular interest within the discipline.

2701 PUBLIC RELATIONS (3 hours)
An introduction to the theories, principles and practices of modern public relations.

2810 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3 hours)
An introduction to the theory and practices associated with management and communication of information within organizations and businesses.

2901 ONLINE PUBLICATION (3 hours)
Study of the history of online information exchange including current standards/trends in internet publication with a focus on the creation of unique content for publication in various web based formats.

3215 ELECTRONIC MEDIA PROGRAMMING (3 hours)
A study of the theory and practices of programming in radio, television and cable. Prerequisite: CA 2701.

3250 ELECTRONIC MEDIA MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
A study of theories and practical application of techniques related to the management of radio and television stations. Prerequisites: CA 1110, and CA 2200.

3260 MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS (3 hours)
A basic introduction to U.S. law governing media and to journalistic codes of ethics. Prerequisite: CA 1110.

3701 PUBLIC RELATIONS CASES AND CAMPAIGNS (3 hours)
An exploration of the theory and practice of public relations by utilizing successful and unsuccessful cases and campaigns run by PR professionals. Prerequisite: CA 2701.

3810 NEW MEDIA (3 hours)
An overview of new media developments and implications for the future from a social, political and artistic standpoint.

3900 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS (3 hours)
Study of communication differences across various non-western or distinctly unique subcultures and the impact of cultural differences on interactions in various social and business settings.

3920 PERSUASION  (3 hours)
An exploration of persuasive communication over the years with a focus on the formulation and creation of arguments in interpersonal and media in the past and today.

4101 COMMUNICATION SEMINAR (3 hours)
Reading, discussion, independent research, and written reports on a topic selected by the department.

4201 PRACTICUM (1-3 hours)
An application of theory and methods of specific areas of speech communication in supervised experience.

4291 MEDIA RESEARCH (3 hours)
An introduction to research methodology in media and communication arts to include research design, collection of data, analysis, and reporting. Prerequisites: CA 1110 and CA 2200.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-4 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and approved by the departmental faculty.

4401 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING (1-6 hours)
A reality-based, outside-of-the-classroom experience, under the supervision of a faculty member. This experience may include practicum, internship, service learning, study aborad, computer simulation, or other similar approved experience. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Same as MGT 4401 and CS 4401.