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Linda Sampson
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(203) 392-5377 – Fax (203) 392-5397
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Michael Bay, Associate Professor
Sara Baker, Assistant Professor
Bonnie Farley-Lucas, Professor
Richard Glinka, Assistant Professor
Annette Madlock Gatison, Associate Professor
Jane McGinn, Professor
David Petroski, Associate Professor
Linda Sampson, Associate Professor
Margaret Sargent, Associate Professor
Derek Taylor, Associate Professor

MAJOR IN COMMUNICATION

The communication major focuses on the application of theory and research in personal and professional relationships and on the creation of messages in diverse media. Communication courses seek to enhance students' knowledge and skills in the areas of interpersonal and small group communication, presentations, decision-making, information utilization, and video production. In addition, students gain a thorough understanding of current and emerging communication technologies.

The Communication Department is an Apple Macintosh-based department. A Macintosh computer is recommended for all communication majors.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION

The communication B.S. degree major offers concentrations in advertising and promotions; film, television, and digital production; and personal and professional communication. These programs are designed to prepare students for a wide variety of career options including those in management, sales, digital production, advertising and promotional communication, training, and the service sector. Students also receive the academic background necessary for graduate studies in communication and related disciplines.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS FOR MAJOR

Communication majors must achieve a "C" or higher in all communication courses for the courses to be accepted toward fulfilling graduation requirements. Students with a grade of "C-" or lower in a major course will have to repeat that course. Only two (2) attempts are allowed a student to achieve a "C" or higher, excluding a "withdrawal" (W) or "passing withdrawal" (WP). A withdrawal from a course in which a student was failing, a "failing withdrawal" (WF), will be counted as a course attempt.

Failure to achieve any of the Academic Standards as stated will result in the student's dismissal from the Communication Major Program.

COM 101 - Fundamentals of Professional Presentations

A study-application of the various elements of communication, including verbal, nonverbal, feedback, and technological factors, to improve individual effectiveness before a professional listening group.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 135 - Online Communication

This course introduces practical and theoretical issues associated with online communication systems. Focus will center on the analysis of communication practices, the social structures that emerge when people use online tools, and the issues associated with design and implementation of online technologies in local and global contexts.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 150 - World of Communication

Introduction of core communication concepts, theories, and skills. Examination of significant contemporary trends through different disciplinary perspectives. Exploration of appropriate communication tools for competent and ethical communication in a variety of personal and professional contexts. Creation of basic student portfolio.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 210 - Human Communication

Students learn fundamental concepts and theories related to competent communication in interpersonal, relational, and small group contexts. Basic interaction skills are developed and applied in dyadic and group assignments to practice effective, appropriate, and ethical communication behaviors in personal and professional situations.

Prerequisite(s): COM 150, may be taken concurrently.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 212 - Visual Communication

Students learn fundamental concepts and theories related to designing effective content for print, online, and video distribution channels. Basic multimedia production technologies and software programs are learned and applied in both individual and collaborative projects to demonstrate student knowledge of effective communication principles and strategies.

Prerequisite(s): COM 150, may be taken concurrently.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 215 - Small Group Communication

Analysis of small group communication and group interaction; special attention is given to related communication theories.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

COM 221 - Introduction to Advertising

Survey of the role of advertising in contemporary communication contexts. Explores the relationshiop between advertising and communication design, including functional components of the advertising process - research media, creative thinking, and management.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 225 - Interpersonal Communication

Investigation of interpersonal communication behavior, the effects of communication on relationships, and interactions within a variety of relational contexts.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 228 - Capturing, Analyzing, and Presenting Family Stories

Explores existing and student-oriented family story artifacts (photographs, home videos, audio recordings, written documents) as a starting point for a creative, digital multi-media final project.

Special Information: Students must own or be able to use readily available digital devices and software to complete the assignments and final project.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2017

COM 234 - Copywriting&Creative Concepts

Basic principles, techniques, and procedures for writing effective copy. Application of creative problem solving and idea generating techniques in advertising.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 and 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 238 - Communication Design

Introduces components of the message construction process and principles of effective communication. Applications of computer programs to the design and development of communication material. Formerly COM 200.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 250 - Business and Professional Communication

Study and application of basic business and professional communication in the workplace. Introduction to organization hierarchies and how they affect communication, standards of inter- and intra-organizational communication, and the formulation and evaluation of organizational messages.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 253 - Fundamentals of Video Production

An overview of video production. Introduction to the basic technical theory, vocabulary, procedure, uses, program distribution, and career opportunities.

Prerequisite(s): Freshman or sophomore status only.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

COM 258 - Cinematic Technique

Examines how the elements of film and video production are used to communicate a message from the creator’s viewpoint. Uses illustrative scenes from signifi cant films and episodic television shows to demonstrate how production elements can be used to achieve a desired effect.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 265 - Video Technology

Study of electronic principles and video systems.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

COM 274 - Experimental Media Production

Exploration of video as an experimental art form, integrating theory and practice. Through screenings and discussions, students will study the history of the medium while working on individual, short-form production projects.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 275 - Persuasion

Investigation of theories, principles, and strategies of social influence in various communication contexts. Emphasis on compliance-gaining communication, methods of persuasion, and ethics of social influence in interpersonal and professional contexts.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 287 - Introduction to Communication Research

An introduction to communication research methods that focuses on the development, interpretation, analysis, and implementation of communication research.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and either COM 210 or COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 300 - Organizational Communication

Extensive examination of theories related to communication processes necessary to develop and maintain organizations. Includes an overview of various stakeholders with whom organizational members communicate including employees, managers, clients, and other external persons or groups. Students apply knowledge of theories by evaluating organizations based on field research.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 210.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 302 - Relational Communication

Extensive examination of theories related to communication processes during the development, maintenance, and termination of personal relationships. Includes specific communication issues related to family, friendship, and romantic relationships. Applied knowledge of relational communication theories and research. Formerly COM 233.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 210.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 312 - Communication and Gender

Explores communication and gender including masculine and feminine communication styles as well as stereotypes of men and women’s communication and gender patterns in communication across a variety of personal and professional contexts.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 315 - Team and Project Management

Drawing from both theoretical and applied frameworks, students will acquire the skills necessary to effectively plan, implement, manage, facilitate, and evaluate all phases of a team project skills increasingly expected in professional organizations. Emphasis on the development of team collaboration, problem-solving, negotiation, and assessment skills required for entry-level project management.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 210.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 332 - Interviewing

Application of communication concepts and skills throughout the interview process as they are used in a variety of professional contexts. Special attention to informal, informational, and evaluative interviews.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 333 - Scriptwriting for Film and Television

In-depth understanding of the scriptwriting process. Written exercises and final project provide the opportunity to explore scripting formats and techniques.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 and 'C' or better in COM 150.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 335 - Advertising Strategy and Planning

The creative application of communication concepts designed to solve advertising problems for targeted audiences. Focus is on designing creative strategies involved in briefs and concept work. Emphasis is on the creative process.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 and 'C' or better in COM 221.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 336 - Writing Copy for Integrated Media

Communication concepts and technologies for radio, television, and other electronic media. Emphasis is placed on writing of scripts. Formerly COM 236.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 and 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 338 - Advertising Design and Layout

Message construction in professional communication environments utilizing electronic applications. Areas covered include communication principles in desktop publishing and presentation graphics. Formerly COM 201.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 238.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 340 - Brand Management

Exploration of the means by which organizations promote a consistent corporate identity. Focus on practices of maintaining persistent internal and external brand communication.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 221.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 350 - Workplace Communication

The study and application of communication tools needed for success in today's workplace, emphasis on assessing transferable skills to match employment needs, practicing oral and written communication strategies, and researching current organizational trends. Students adapt samples of their work for inclusion in their student professional portfolio.

Special Information: Field research required.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 101, COM 150, COM 210, COM 212, and 6 credits in Concentration Requirements.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 357 - Advanced Audio Production and Sound

A practical application of sound design concepts for film, television, and digital media. Emphasis on advanced audio recording and editing techniques. Formerly COM 257.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 360.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 359 - Studio Production

Studio experience in creating multi-camera programs for television and webcast. Emphasis on producing and directing programs for live broadcast. Formerly COM 259.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 360 - Field Production

Introduction to the fundamental principles and technologies of professional field productions.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 365 - Advanced PostproductionTechniques

An exploration of advanced approaches in postproduction including time code, test instruments and computerized editing.

Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in COM 101, COM 200, COM 215, COM 225, and COM 253. Corequisite: COM 360.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

COM 368 - Graphics for Film and Television

Application of the theoretical and practical concepts necessary to create effective still and motion graphics for film and television production. A variety of computer applications are used to integrate still images, sound, and motion media.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 212.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 370 - Interpersonal Conflict and Communication

An examination of theoretical and practical approaches to communication in interpersonal conflict. Emphasis on interpersonal conflict resolution, negotiation, and third-party mediation.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 210.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 375 - Family Communication

Theories, concepts, and issues related to interpersonal and relational communication within the family. Examination of how conceptions of family, family identity, and societal influences impact family communication processes.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 210.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 387 - Communication Theory

An introduction to communication theories with special attention to understanding, evaluating, and applying various theories in multiple contexts.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150 and COM 210.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 398 - Special Topics

Examination of developments, issues, and/or creative work in the field of communication.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

COM 402 - Social Media and Emerging Trends in Advertising

The use of the Internet in contemporary advertising and promotional settings. Basic design concepts and computer applications relevant to understanding communication processes and strategies for evolving online advertising contexts.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 221.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 410 - Crisis and Communication

Application of communication strategies in an environment of organizational crisis; a study of the types and characteristics of crises; the communication skills needed to deal with crises,and the steps involved in developing a crisis communication plan.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 150, COM 210, and COM 300.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

COM 422 - Professional Communication Training and Development

A comprehensive application of communication principles, skills, and theory to the training and development process. Emphasis on needs assessment, information and technical literacy, leadership, facilitation, critical and creative thinking, and assessment skills. Students will take part in all phases of the training process including development, execution and assessment of a self-directed professional training module. Formerly COM 322.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 287 and COM 350.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 430 - Communication Strategies in the Workplace

Study and application of interpersonal and organizational communication concepts in a simulated workplace environment.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 300, COM 302, and COM 350.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

COM 440 - Cultural Influences on Communication

Critical examination and analysis of cultural communication theory, diversity issues, cultural values, and effective communication practices between and among cultures in an increasingly global society.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 387.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 450 - Communication Capstone

Practical experience that emphasizes the planning, execution, and evaluation of communication solutions to authentic workplace problems. Coordinated student teams from all concentrations in the major apply core communication concepts and skills learned in previous coursework to a semester-long project. Includes revision and final assessment of professional portfolio.

Special Information: Field research required.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 350.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 459 - Advanced Studio Production

Advanced studio experience creating multi-camera productions for television and webcast. Emphasis on professional practices for producing and directing programs for live broadcast. Formerly COM 377.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 359.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 468 - Visual Effects in Film, Television, and Digital Production

An exploration of the theories, techniques and applications of motion media manipulation, compositing and basic 3-D modeling, animation and integration.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 368.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 472 - Advertising and Promotional Campaigns

Promotion and advertising strategy in planning, designing, implementing, and managing effective communication campaigns. Students execute comprehensive promotional campaigns. Professional standards stressed.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 335.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

COM 480 - Narrative Filmmaking

Advanced level, single-camera narrative production. Emphasis on creative storytelling and application of digital production and post-production technologies. Formerly COM 372.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 360.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 481 - Applied Perspectives in Personal and Professional Communication

Integration of interpersonal and organizational communication theory, research, and practice throughout all phases of the inquiry process. Students undertake a comprehensive research or service learning project.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 300, COM 302, and COM 350.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

COM 485 - Documentary Filmmaking

Advanced level, single-camera documentary production. Research, advocacy, and presentation of evidence using traditional and non-traditional shooting and editing styles. Formerly COM 385.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 360.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 490 - Practicum in Personal and Professional Communication

Application of relational and organizational communication practices to problems and issues in professional environments. Students undertake a client project from concept to completion.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 300, COM 302, and COM 350.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

COM 492 - Practicum in Film, Television, and Digital Production

Application of advanced production practices in professional settings. Students undertake a production project from concept to completion under faculty supervision.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in COM 350 and either COM 480 or COM 485.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

COM 497 - Communication Field Experience

Application of communication concepts and professional skills in an off-campus workplace environment.

Special Information: Off-campus. Open to qualified Communication majors only with departmental approval.

Prerequisite(s): 'B' or better in COM 350.

1 to 12 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

COM 499 - Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2016

IDS 405 - In a World ... A Gamified Capstone Experience

Uses gamification, world-building, and transmedia storytelling techniques to explore the boundaries between fiction and reality. Interdisciplinary teams work collaboratively to construct a fictional world informed by what we know about our own. Game elements structure interaction, creative development, and class discussion and experiences.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017