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Course Descriptions

COM 102   Introduction to Mass Communication ...   3

Focus on different modes of mass communication including radio, television, film, video, magazines, newspapers, publishing, advertising, public relations, photography, and telecommunications. Development of media from invention to present, effects of media on society, government controls, censorship, and other issues.

COM 112   Introduction to Radio and Television Broadcasting ...   3

Introduction to broadcasting, including history, government regulations, station operation, and program development.

COM 115   Introduction to Public Relations ...   3

Basic functions of public relations in public and private sector. Emphasis on history, case studies, and writing including press releases, media plans, and speeches. Media role in public relations, and role in shaping and swaying public opinion. Specific jobs and emphasis areas covered.

COM 120   Electronic News Gathering ...   3

Prerequisites: COM 102

Instruction in video skills for pre-production, production, and post-production of television news. On-location, single-camera shooting will be emphasized. Includes lectures, discussions, practical applications, and evaluations.

COM 260   Video Production for the Media ...   3

Prerequisites: COM 102

Introduction to all aspects of video production. Remote and studio television production will be covered. Hands-on experience in the use of equipment to produce video projects for the media. Consists of lectures, field assignments, in-class activities, and examinations.

COM 270   Media Literacy ...   3

Emphasis on the ability to access, analyze and evaluate media in a variety of media formats.  Review of tools necessary to understand the role of the media as well as skills of inquiry necessary for citizens of a democracy.  Media formats examined include journalism, advertising and political communications.

COM 290   Topics in Mass Communication ...   3

Exploration of a topic selected by the department. Topics may include examination of mass communication in a variety of contexts: presidential elections, mass communication theory, mass communication effects, impact of the Internet, etc.

COM 296   Mass Communication Internship ...   3

Prerequisites: COM 102 or consent of instructor.

Students placed in participatory position in mass media corporation or organization. Includes assignments related to internship.