COM 111 Public Speaking
The course focuses on speech preparation, organization, audience analysis, style, listening, and overcoming speech fright. Note: Students may take only one of either COM 111, COM 112, or COM 115 for credit. (Fall, spring)
COM 112 Contest Public Speaking
Theory and practice of preparing speeches for delivery in formal and contest situations. Students are expected to attend three interscholastic speech tournaments and compete in at least two of the following: informative speaking, persuasive speaking, speaking to entertain, and/or communication analysis. Note: Students may take only one of either COM 111, COM 112, or COM 115 for credit. (Fall)
COM 115 Scientific and Technical Public Speaking
An introduction to public speaking for students majoring in scientific or technical fields. Includes the same foundational material as introduction to public speaking, including delivery, argumentation, persuasion, and audience analysis. This material is then applied to specific contexts common in technical fields, with special attention to distinguishing expert or lay audiences and the use of technical vocabulary and notation systems. Note: Students may take only one of either COM 111, COM 112, or COM 115 for credit.
COM 120 Mass Media and Popular Culture
This course is a survey of the mass media in popular culture. Students will examine the different types of mass media and will gain an understanding of what popular culture is and why it is important. The course examines the importance of media criticism and the impact that media have had on culture and society. Students are encouraged to think critically about media and media consumption.
FLM 180 Film Sight and Sound
This is a beginning-level production course that explores the language of film by way of its aesthetic roots, technological history, and the vocabulary associated with visual story telling. Students will analyze scenes at the shot-by-shot level while learning the creative potential of the moving image. Students then incorporate these lessons into their own work.
FLM 216 Film Production I
This is an introductory film production course that explores the short narrative story form. Students will write, shoot, and edit four 16mm silent B &W films. This course explores the collaborative nature, technical requirements, and creative demands of telling stories through film.
COM 243 Television Production
This is an introductory television production course utilizing three cameras in a live studio environment. This course emphasizes the demands of live television production, such as collaborative team effort, pre-production, time management, and meeting deadlines. Through a series of exercises, students learn the skills required to produce a live 30-minute news magazine program. (Fall)
COM 247 Documentary History and Theory
This course studies the history of film’s nonfiction art form, as well as the theoretical methods of engaging the world through a lens. Through the study of selected documentaries, students will identify and analyze the filmmaker’s point of view and the methods used to deliver the message.
COM 254 Interpersonal Communication
A study of the dynamics of human interaction through verbal and non-verbal messages; emphasis on factors that build relationships and help to overcome communication barriers.
FLM 260 Documentary Production I
This is an introductory video production course that explores documentary’s nonfiction art form. Through a series of four video projects, students learn the elements and structure of stories that observe the world through a lens. Emphasis will be placed on research and story development, as well as learning through collaboration during production. (Prereq.: FLM 180 and COM 247)
COM 280 Introduction to Communication Studies
An introductory survey course designed to acquaint students with the world of ideas that serves as the foundation for the field of communication studies.
FLM 312 Film Production II
This intermediate 16mm production course builds on the lessons and skills learned in FLM 216, with the addition of negative color photography and synchronized sound. Each student creates three narrative film projects with a collaborative team where they experience the tasks of writing, directing, shooting, and editing. (Prereq.: FLM 216)
COM 321 Business and Professional Speaking
This course explores advanced issues in public address including delivery and performance, vocal control, persuasion, audience adaptation, argument construction, and speaker credibility. The class uses a series of speeches, ranging from impromptu speaking and persuasion to job interviewing and sales presentations, in order to hone students’ speaking skills. (Prereq.: COM 111 or 115)
COM 329 Intercultural Communication
This course explores cultural differences and their implications for communication, including differences in values, norms, social interaction, and code systems.
COM 345 Organizational Communication
An examination of communication in organizational settings. Focuses on topics such as superior-subordinate relationships, management styles, motivation of employees, organizational culture, effective use of meetings, and sources of communication problems.
FLM 348 Intermediate Video Production
This course explores the potential of digital cinema. Building on the lessons learned in COM 247, emphasis will be placed on the visual aesthetic of the digital image while exploring the craft of storytelling. Each student will produce projects in each of film’s three main genres: narrative, documentary, and experimental. (Pre-req: FLM 260)
COM 351 Argumentation
Develops critical thinking skills by study of the theory and practice of argument, evidence, fallacies, and refutation. Includes how to build and analyze public arguments that confront students in their everyday lives. (Prereq.: COM 111 or 115 or consent of instructor; ENL 111 or 112 or HON 111; and pass CT assessment or GST 100. Fall)
COM 352 Persuasion
Examination of the process of influence in a variety of social contexts, paying special attention to the psychological aspects of persuasion. (Prereq.: MPG 3; COM 111, 112, or 115 or consent of instructor; and either MAT 163 or PSY 215)
COM 355 Small Group Communication
A study of group dynamics and leadership with emphasis on decision making, leadership styles, and conflict management.
COM 356 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
This course explores theories and concepts from communication studies related to our understanding of self, other, relationships, and what it means to lead a compassionate life. As such, it provides students with an opportunity to probe deeper into theories and concepts introduced in COM 254 Interpersonal Communication. (Prereq.: COM 254 or consent of instructor)
FLM 420 Issues in Contemporary Cinema
This course will examine cultural, artistic, commercial, and theoretical concerns that occur in world cinema today. Our purpose is to help students both contextualize the cinema they see in appropriate and insightful ways, and to provide a sophisticated critical apparatus to help them read films as texts and to interpret the cinema’s larger societal value and impact.
COM 405 Nonverbal Communication
This course focuses on the nonverbal elements of communication. Nonverbal communication encompasses all communication except the spoken word. In order to fully explore the functions of nonverbal communication in everyday life, students will conduct a research project that looks at nonverbal communication in depth. (Prereq: COM 280)
COM 415 Advanced Critical Media Studies
This course explores the role that various media, such as film, television, and the internet play in shaping and influencing society. Topics covered include theories of influence and effects, representations of gender, race, and class, ownership and democracy, and new media. After taking this course, students should possess heightened understanding and appreciation of media’s significance and impact in the world.
COM 480 Public Relations/Promotional Communication
Public relations in the modern world of communication, marketing, and business. An overview of public relations as a career and a survey of basic promotional communication in profit and nonprofit organizations.
COM 490 Communication Studies Keystone: Critical Conversations about Communication and Vocation
A synthesis of communication theories and application of those theories to each student’s sense of vocation. This course satisfies the keystone requirement.
COM 495 Communication Topics
Selected topics in communication with emphasis on the use of primary sources and methodology of research.
FLM 490 Film Studies Keystone: Critical Conversations about Film and Vocation
A synthesis of film theories and application of those theories to each student’s sense of vocation. This course satisfies the keystone requirement. (Prereq.: FLM 216, FLM 260)
FLM 495 Film Topics
Selected topics in film with emphasis on professional standards at every step of the finished project.
Internships and Independent Study Courses
COM 199 Internship
COM 299 Directed Study
COM 399 Internship
COM 499 Independent Study/Research
FLM 399 Internship
FLM 499 Independent Study/Research
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