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Communication & Journalism Courses
As Printed in the 2003-2004 Undergraduate Catalog (updated on June 24, 2003)

 

Communication Courses

COM 1101 INTRODUCTION TO INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (5) In this fundamental course in communication between people, class sessions incorporate lectures with discussion and examples from popular culture and media. The focus of this course is on direct application of basic communication concepts essential to our daily lives. Topics include perception, gender and culture and their effects on ourselves and others; self-expression and disclosure; friendship, family and dating; verbal and nonverbal cues and their meanings; listening; and conflict management. Attributes: Arts and Humanities B; and Oral or Written Communication.

COM 1321 PUBLIC SPEAKING (5) Analyzes platform speaking; includes analysis, preparation and presentation of formal speeches. Includes rhetorical criticism of significant models. Recommended for students planning to major in communication; open to other students as well. Attributes: Arts and Humanities B; and Oral or Written Communication.

COM 1930 FORENSICS PRACTICUM (1-2) Registration approval: Instructor. Provides experience in co-curricular speech activities. Meets weekly by arrangement; individual coaching conferences. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits. Class not open to juniors and seniors.

COM 1931 COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM (1-2) Registration approval: Instructor. Provides field experience in communication activities with faculty guidance in selection, preparation and review; application to campus ministry teams, speakers' bureau and other contexts. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits. Class not open to juniors and seniors.

COM 2227 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION AND LEADERSHIP (5) Develops awareness of and experience in the processes of small, co-acting group activity; examines and applies theories of structure, climate, roles, norms and leadership in planning and managing member participation. Explores group effort in factfinding, problem solving and decision making.

COM 2323 ARGUMENTATION: ART OF INFERENCE (5) Examines ambiguity, analysis, evidence, observation and inference; applies principles of reasoning to significant issues through extensive practice in public discourse, questioning, response to questions, refutation and negotiation.

COM 3001 THEORIES OF COMMUNICATION (5) Examines theories of human communication and introduces a range of research methodologies used in investigating and creating those theories. Prerequisite for COM 4142 and 4910. Attributes: Upper- Division; and Writing Course.

COM 3160 CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (3-5) Examines research in and techniques for conflict management. Includes theory, models and case studies in conflict in interpersonal, organizational and public contexts. Attribute: Upper-Division.

COM 3321 ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING (5) Prerequisite: COM 1301 or 1321, or permission of instructor. Advances application of speech principles to prepare public address for various contexts; provides individualized instruction in research, organization, composition, style and presentation. Attribute: Upper-Division.

COM 3322 PERSUASION: SOCIAL INFLUENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY (5) Evaluates the role of persuasion in society; the role of symbolic persuasion; production and reception of persuasive messages; the persuasive event and the persuasive campaign; ethical questions in social influence. Attribute: Upper- Division.

COM 3628 FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN RHETORIC (5) Examines theories of communication and persuasion from ancient times to the fifth century A.D. Intensively studies selected Greek and Roman rhetorical treatises. Attributes: Upper-Division; and Writing Course.

COM 3629 MODERN RHETORICAL THEORY (5) Examines theories of communication and persuasion from the 15th century to the present, with special emphasis on European and American rhetorical theorists. Attributes: Upper-Division; and Writing Course.

COM 3780 INTRODUCTION TO FILM (5) The goal of this course is to develop students' abilities to view films critically and to deepen their understanding of the film experience. The course first teaches analysis of narrative strategies, shot properties, mise-en-scene, editing, acting and the use of sound in film, particularly classical Hollywood cinema. The course then focuses on the study of different genres of films and how they present ideological points of view and fulfill certain wishes of the spectator. Course equivalent: TRE 3780. Attributes: Arts and Humanities A; Fine Arts Core; Upper-Division; and Writing Course. Class not open to freshmen.

COM 3930 FORENSICS PRACTICUM (1-2) Registration approval: Instructor. Provides experience in co-curricular speech activities. Meets weekly by arrangement; Individual coaching conferences. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and sophomores.

COM 3931 COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM (1-2) Registration approval: Instructor. Provides field experience in communication activities with faculty guidance in selection, preparation and review; application to campus ministry teams, speakers' bureau and other contexts. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and sophomores.

COM 4142 ADVANCED INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (5) Prerequisites: COM 1101 and 3001 or permission of instructor. Focuses on selected communication theories, research and application pertaining to romantic, friendship and family relationships. Attribute: Upper-Division.

COM 4177 COMMUNICATION ETHICS (5) Uses case studies to explore ethical foundations of media practice and to test methods of moral reasoning. Case studies consider business pressures, deception, truth telling, fairness, privacy, responsibility and social justice in the news business; persuasion and truth telling in advertising and public relations; and the responsibilities of entertainment industries in areas such as taste, violence, gender and race. Attributes: Upper-Division; and Writing Course.

COM 4180 CULTURAL COMMUNICATION (3) Examines theory and literature of the ethnography of communication, with direct application in the description and analysis of language in its social context. Attribute: Upper-Division.

COM 4265 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (5) Examines how communication functions within organizations and explores use of communication to improve employee relationships and organizational effectiveness. Attribute: Upper-Division.

COM 4323 PERFORMING LITERATURE (5) Analyzes literary works for the purpose of presenting them in oral performance; provides opportunities for guided practical experience in storytelling, lyric poetry and dramatic reading. Attribute: Upper- Division. Class not open to freshmen.

COM 4607 RHETORIC OF DISSENT (5) Considers discourse in its rhetorical, historical, political, social and religious contexts and pays particular attention to women and minority voices. Attributes: Upper-Division; and Writing Course.

COM 4899 COMMUNICATION SEMINAR CAPSTONE (1-5) Prerequisites: Completion of 15 credits in communication major and COM 3001. Senior capstone course in the Communication Studies Track. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and sophomores.

COM 4900 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-5) Registration approval: Independent Study Agreement. Individual research and conferences in area of specialization. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and sophomores.

COM 4930 INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICUM (1-5) Registration approval: Instructor. Provides selected students with experience as undergraduate teaching assistants in lower-division courses. May be repeated for credit two times. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class open to communication majors.

COM 4940 COOP EDUCATION: INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION (1-5) Registration approval: Intern Learning Contract required. Prerequisites: 15 credits of "B" work in communication; an approved internship plan; and COM 3001. Provides supervised application of interpersonal and public communication skills in the marketplace. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.

COM 4941 COOP EDUCATION: INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION (1-5) Registration approval: Intern Learning Contract required. Prerequisites: 15 credits of "B" work in communication; an approved internship plan; COM 3001. Provides supervised application of interpersonal and public communication skills in the marketplace. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.

COM 4950 ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION (1-5) Explores selected topics in communication, with emphasis on theories and research not normally examined in regular curriculum. Offered occasionally with specific topics identified in the Time Schedule. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.

Journalism Courses

JRN 2101 INTRODUCTORY NEWSWRITING (5) Develops basic writing skills essential for success in mass media. Topics include outlining basic structure of news business; writing leads; organizing stories; using Associated Press style; utilizing grammar, punctuation; developing interview techniques; covering speeches and press conferences. Class not open to freshmen.

JRN 2202 PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING (5) Prerequisite: JRN 2101 Develops basic reporting skills while continuing instruction in newswriting. Encourages students to develop their own stories through document, online and human sources. Discusses both hard-news and feature writing styles.

JRN 2203 EDITING AND DESIGN (5) Develops basic skills in editing and publication design of print media. Topics include copyediting; story and page design; headline writing; photo captions; photo sizing and cropping; proper use of graphics.

JRN 2801 NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION (1-2) Registration approval: Instructor. Laboratory for the student newspaper, the yearbook and other student publications. Students work under editors in a variety of production phases with access to a faculty advisor. Only 6 credits of JRN 2801, 2802, 2803, 3930, 3931 and 3932 total may be applied to the JRN track or minor. May be repeated for credit five times.

JRN 2802 NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION (1-2) Registration approval: Instructor. Laboratory for the student newspaper, the yearbook and other student publications. Students work under editors in a variety of production phases with access to a faculty advisor. Only 6 credits of JRN 2801, 2802, 2803, 3930, 3931 and 3932 total may be applied to the JRN track or minor. May be repeated for credit five times.

JRN 2803 NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION (1-2) Registration approval: Instructor. Laboratory for the student newspaper, the yearbook and other student publications. Students work under editors in a variety of production phases with access to a faculty advisor. Only 6 credits of JRN 2801, 2802, 2803, 3930, 3931 and 3932 total may be applied to the JRN track or minor. May be repeated for credit five times.

JRN 3301 MEDIA LAW (5) Explores all major areas of media law, their significance for society and the new challenges posed by cyberspace. Topics include First Amendment and the meaning of free expression; prior restraint; hate speech; libel; invasion of privacy; freedom of information; protection of news sources; free press/fair trial; obscenity and indecency; copyright; advertising; and telecommunications regulation. Attribute: Upper-Division.

JRN 3355 THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA (5) Applies relevant theories of mass communication to significant issues of media performance, informed by the historical development of industry structures, professional practices and changing technologies. Topics include journalism in the age of print, TV and cyberspace; propaganda, persuasion and media influence in the world of public relations and advertising; TV, cable, music, film and controversies over race, gender, violence, obscenity and children's programming; and emerging questions about the impact of the information superhighway. Attribute: Upper-Division.

JRN 3930 PUBLICATION EDITOR PRACTICUM (1-3) Registration approval: Instructor. Provides opportunity for application of writing, editing and production skills in leadership roles in student publications. Open only to those officially selected for positions. No more than 6 credits of Publication Editor Practicum and Newspaper Production total may count toward the JRN track or minor. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.

JRN 3931 PUBLICATION EDITOR PRACTICUM (1-3) Registration approval: Instructor. Provides opportunity for application of writing, editing and production skills in leadership roles in student publications. Open only to those officially selected for positions. No more than 6 credits of Publication Editor Practicum and Newspaper Production total may count toward the JRN track or minor. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.

JRN 3932 PUBLICATION EDITOR PRACTICUM (1-3) Registration approval: Instructor. Provides opportunity for application of writing, editing and production skills in leadership roles in student publications. Open only to those officially selected for positions. No more than 6 credits of Publication Editor Practicum and Newspaper Production total may count toward the JRN track or minor. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.

JRN 4900 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-5) Registration approval: Independent Study Agreement. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class open to juniors and seniors.

JRN 4899 JOURNALISM SEMINAR CAPSTONE (5) Senior capstone course in the journalism track. Assignments include a final journalism portfolio and papers dealing with the relationship between Christian faith and journalism ethics. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class open to communication majors. Class not open to freshmen and sophomores.

JRN 4920 DIRECTED READINGS (1-5) Registration approval: Independent Study Agreement. Attribute: Upper-Division.

JRN 4940 COOP EDUCATION: JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP (1-5) Registration approval: Intern Learning Contract required. Applies journalism skills in various employment settings. Students may suggest their own internships in consultation with the faculty supervisor as long as journalism skills are used and other internship criteria are met. No more than 5 of such credits may apply toward a journalism minor. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits. Course equivalent: ENG 4940. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class open to juniors and seniors.

JRN 4941 COOP EDUCATION: JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP (1-5) Registration approval: Intern Learning Contract required. Applies journalism skills in various employment settings. Students may suggest their own internships in consultation with the faculty supervisor as long as journalism skills are used and other internship criteria are met. No more than 5 such credits may apply toward a journalism minor. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits. Course equivalent: ENG 4941. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class open to juniors and seniors.

 


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