COMMNCTN 1030 1 credit Software: PhotoShop Basic
An introduction to powerful photo manipulation software, taught on the Macintosh platform. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Communication Technologies major or a minor in Broadcast Production, Imaging Media, Public Relations or Journalism or consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 1050 1 credit Software: Illustrator Basic
An introductory course to image creation and manipulation software, taught on the Macintosh platform. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Communication Technologies major or a minor in Broadcast Production, Imaging Media, Public Relations or Journalism or consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 1100 1 credit Software: Flash Basic
An introduction to software for Web pages, animation, and multimedia. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Communication Technologies major or a minor in Broadcast Production, Imaging Media, Public Relations or Journalism or consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 1130 1 credit Software: Dreamweaver Basic
An introduction to the use of this Web page development software. (Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Communication Technologies major or a minor in Broadcast Production, Imaging Media, Public Relations or Journalism or consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 1140 1 credit Integrated Design Software
A hands-on course on how to develop technology skills and software skills of student learners to enable them to plan, design, and carry out a digital design project. Intermediate techniques on Adobe design software (including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash and Dreamweaver) will be taught on the Macintosh platform.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1030 or COMMNCTN 1050 or COMMNCTN 1100 or COMMNCTN 1130 or COMMNCTN 1160
COMMNCTN 1160 1 credit Software: InDesign Basic
This is an introduction to Adobe InDesign, page layout software, taught on the Macintosh. (Spring)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Communication Technologies major or a minor in Broadcast Production, Imaging Media, Public Relations or Journalism or consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 1230 3 credits Survey of Imaging
A foundation course emphasizing the fundamental concepts of visual communication; Survey of Imaging lectures will relate to hands-on assignments undertaken in the laboratory. The principles covered include form, structure, color theory, visual aesthetics, semiotics, and organizational systems as applied to the relationship of text and image throughout visual media. (Fall)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
COMMNCTN 1250 3 credits Audio and Video Systems
A hands-on introduction to multi-camera studio operations, as well as theoretical aspects of video, audio, RF, and control systems. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
COMMNCTN 1630 3 credits Introduction to Mass Media
Survey of mass communication theory and the role of mass media in society. Analysis of media evolution, structure, economics, effects, and control. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Lecture
GE: Social Sciences
COMMNCTN 1730 3 credits Introduction to Communication Technologies
A survey of communication technologies, including operational theory as well as practical application -- a total introductory approach to the study of electronic communication. (Spring of Even Years)
Components: Lecture
COMMNCTN 1930 3 credits Basic Photography
An introduction to basic photography and darkroom techniques encompassing film selection, exposure variables, camera accessories, and lighting. Photographic history and contemporary issues will also be incorporated. A working digital single lens reflex camera is required or may be rented from the department. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Communication Technologies major or a minor in Broadcast Production, Imaging Media, Public Relations or Journalism or consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 2030 3 credits Basic Newswriting and Reporting
This course emphasizes news gathering, interviewing, research, writing techniques, Associated Press style, and knowledge of current events. Students will write frequently, both for publication and in the laboratory setting. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
COMMNCTN 2050 3 credits Broadcast Media Writing
In-depth study of the broadcast writing process. Techniques and script styles used in writing non-journalistic copy with an emphasis on persuasive messages for radio and television. (Fall)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1630 and ENGLISH 1230
COMMNCTN 2070 3 credits Introduction to Video Field Production
This course will focus on the single-camera approach to video production. The class will provide discussion and hands-on activities including field shooting and linear editing techniques. (Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1250
COMMNCTN 2090 3 credits Principles of Interactivity
This course introduces and extends the concepts, aesthetics, and techniques critical to the exploration and authoring of interactive art and design works. Topics on the fundamentals of time-based interactive design will include: forms of narrative, structure and organizing methods, visual and motion variables, sequencing, composition, and the application of these principles to design problems. (Fall)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1040 and COMMNCTN 1130 and COMMNCTN 1230
COMMNCTN 2110 1 credit Applied Communication
Supervised practical experience in graphics, campus publications, media services, or the radio and television facilities. Maximum of 8 credits of COMMNCTN 2110, COMMNCTN 3120, and COMMNCTN 4030 will be applied to the major. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 2360 3 credits Public Relations Principles
Techniques and practices in the field of public relations; topics discussed cover the general field of public relations and specialized areas. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230
COMMNCTN 2530 3 credits Audio Production
This course offers theory and practice in the preparation and production of commercials, air shifts, newscasts, and talk shows. Discussion and hands-on activities in digital audio production and editing are utilized. (Fall)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1250
COMMNCTN 3010 3 credits Business Communication
Communication strategies and techniques used in business; practice in writing effective memos, letters and reports; oral communication skills developed in influencing group decisions and making presentations; employment correspondence and interviewing. Majors in Communication Technologies must earn a grade of C or better to satisfy writing competency requirements for graduation. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230 and SPEECH 1010
COMMNCTN 3030 3 credits Multimedia Projects
This course is an in-depth look at contemporary issues in culture, theory, and design as they relate to emerging digital interactive technologies. Students will undertake digital projects utilizing various interactive media, methods, and practices. (Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1100 and COMMNCTN 2090
COMMNCTN 3070 3 credits History of Imaging
From cave painting virtual reality, the history of imaging course includes art and design from other cultures and countries, innovators in the field, and gives historical context for design and photography today. This course provides a necessary historical foundation for students in this major. Through lectures, discussions, and writing assignments students will build essential critical thinking skills in the context of visual culture. (Fall)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1230
COMMNCTN 3100 1 - 3 credits Topics in Communication
Current topics discussed in this course vary by demand.
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 3120 2 credits Applied Communication
For students having production and/or supervisory responsibilities while receiving experience in radio, television, journalism, photography, or graphics. Maximum of 8 credits of COMMNCTN 2110, COMMNCTN 3120, and COMMNCTN 4030 will be applied to the major. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 3150 3 credits Communication Research
This course will prepare students to evaluate, conduct, and present research in the area of communication technologies studies.
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230 and COMMNCTN 1630
COMMNCTN 3200 3 credits Gender and Popular Culture
This course examines the theoretical and practical ways that popular culture represents, creates, and challenges stereotypes of women, men, and differently gendered people. Students will explore dominant strategies and theories used in the creation and analysis of advertising, television, music, movies, and popular literature, as well as the emerging commercial media of Internet advertising, digitized movies, and blogs. We will focus primarily, but not exclusively on popular culture experienced within (or exported from) the United States. (Spring odd years)
Components: Lecture
Cross Offerings: WOMSTD 3200
GE: "Gender Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230 and COMMNCTN 1630 or WOMSTD 1130
COMMNCTN 3240 3 credits Studio Production
This course covers advanced theory and practice in producing and directing video programming in a studio setting. (Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1250
COMMNCTN 3290 3 credits Radio Station Procedures
This course is a study of radio station operations and procedures, including organizational structure, programming, sales, engineering, management, the impact of technology and law. (Spring of Odd Years)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1630
COMMNCTN 3330 3 credits Digital Imaging
This course explores the digital relationship of photography and printmaking. While working with the 'digital darkroom', students will learn about digital cameras, film scanning, image quality controls, photomontage, and high quality digital output. (Every two years)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1040 and COMMNCTN 1060 and COMMNCTN 1230 and COMMNCTN 1930
COMMNCTN 3500 3 credits Photography II
A thorough study of the technologies and techniques of photography, with emphasis on applications to real photographic problems. This course provides technical information and in-depth knowledge of equipment, as well as experience with a variety of essential photographic principles and procedures. A working digital single lens reflex camera is required or may be rented from the department. (Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1030 and COMMNCTN 1930
COMMNCTN 3560 3 credits Broadcast News
Theory and practice in broadcast news gathering and presentation. Writing, field acquisition of story elements, technical considerations, and analysis of the news process and ethics. (Every two years)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMNCTN 2030 and COMMNCTN 2070
COMMNCTN 3580 3 credits Documentary
Explore, examine and assess the development, forms and subject matter of the documentary, beginning with its roots in film and continuing into television, including an understanding of documentary's impact on society and social institutions. In particular with regards to subject, most of the films examine topics of social importance. This is not a production class. This course's goals are accomplished through lecture, discussion, preparing of academic papers and viewing of numerous socially relevant documentaries. (Winterim)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1630
COMMNCTN 3660 3 credits Broadcast Performance
Theory and techniques of microphone and camera performance for various styles and formats of audio and video production. (Every two years)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 3240
COMMNCTN 3730 3 credits Project Writing and Reporting
Students will take the skills and experience gained in previous writing courses and apply them to a significant, semester-long project that will be published in the student newspaper. Emphasis will be placed on developing a meaningful topic for a project, researching public records, conducting in-depth interviews, and melding a series of articles into a coherent package. Working in groups and optimizing the talents of individual group members is vital to success in this course. (Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 2030 or COMMNCTN 2050
COMMNCTN 3770 3 credits Theories of Media and Culture
This class will examine the mass media from a critical perspective. We will examine the role of culture in everyday life and how media influences life by operating as a conduit for culture and ideology. (Spring of Even Years)
Components: Lecture
GE: Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: ENGLISH 1230 and COMMNCTN 1630
COMMNCTN 3800 3 credits Meetings and Events
This course explores the meetings industry, including association, corporation, and government meetings. Students also examine conventions, trade shows, incentive travel, and special events. (Spring)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: junior standing
COMMNCTN 3830 3 credits Editing for Print
Practice in writing and editing news copy, proof-reading, page design, headline writing, and using wire copy. Examination of personnel and ethical problems editors face. (Fall every two years)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 2030
COMMNCTN 3840 3 credits Post-Production
This course offers advanced theory and practice in single camera format video production, including linear and non-linear editing. (Spring)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1250 and COMMNCTN 2050 and COMMNCTN 2070 and COMMNCTN 2530
COMMNCTN 3860 3 credits Media Advertising and Sales
Analysis of the sales function in broadcasting and print media. Comparative strengths and weaknesses of advertising media. Theory and practice in media sales techniques. (Fall)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1630
COMMNCTN 3920 3 credits Promotional Techniques
This course provides practice in developing persuasive messages through copy writing and design. Course contents will be connected to various media, including print, broadcast, and electronic message systems. (Fall)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 2360 or BUSADMIN 2630
COMMNCTN 3930 3 credits Communication Law
Legal rights and responsibilities of the media; case studies of libel, privacy invasion, contempt of court, and copyright. Comparison of legal and ethical rights. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 1630
COMMNCTN 4030 3 credits Applied Communication
Practical experience in the management of the university radio station, the university television facilities, or university publications. Maximum of 8 credits of COMMNCTN 2110, COMMNCTN 3120, and COMMNCTN 4030 may be applied to the major. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 4040 1 - 3 credits Communication Practicum
This course offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge of broadcast production, imaging media, journalism, and public relations to campus activities outside the Department of Communication Technologies. Variable credit is dependent upon the number of anticipated work hours. This course may be taken only once, regardless of the number of credits. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: junior standing and consent of the department practicum coordinator
COMMNCTN 4050 2 credits Professional Practice
A capstone course for advanced imaging media students to learn the skills necessary for professional life such as portfolio development and presentation, proposal writing, and research skills. (Spring)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of instructor
COMMNCTN 4140 3 credits U. S. Investigative Journalism 1963-Present
Students will examine the role of investigative journalism in influencing cultural trends and political events since the Kennedy administration. Print journalism is the primary focus, but the rise of television journalism will be addressed. (Fall every two years)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 2030
COMMNCTN 4270 3 credits "Volunteers, Fundraising, and Grants"
Volunteer recruitment and management, fundraising, grant seeking, grant writing, and grant management will be investigated in this course. (Spring)
Components: Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: junior standing
COMMNCTN 4500 3 credits Photography III
Develop your critical and technical skills. This course places emphasis on craftsmanship, problem solving, and visual communications. Students will participate in critiques of their own work and that of fellow students, and work on acquisition of technical control and technique. Sequencing, context, content, and contemporary issues are discussed. A working digital single lens reflex camera is required or may be rented from the department. (Fall)
Components: Laboratory, Lecture
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: COMMNCTN 3500
COMMNCTN 4710 1 - 3 credits Independent Study
Research on a topic of student interest, culminating in a final project or paper of merit, and evaluated by a staff member. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of department chair
COMMNCTN 4830 1 credit Senior Seminar
A holistic view of the communication field. (Fall, Spring)
Components: Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Communication Technologies major status and senior standing
COMMNCTN 4990 1 - 3 credits Communication Internship
An on-the-job assignment commensurable with the student's emphasis and career goals. May be repeated once; however, each experience must be significantly different to provide breadth within the field. Internships require a minimum of 50 hours on-the-job for each credit. Graded on a pass/fail basis. (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Components: Field Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: good academic standing with at least 60 overall credits earned or in progress; have completed at least 21 Communication Technologies credits; and have approval from advisor