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COMM 102
1.00 cr.
Journalism Practicum, Newspaper

Practical experience in writing, editing, layout, or photography with the college newspaper, the Bethany Scroll.

COMM 103
1.00 cr.
Journalism Practicum, Yearbook

Practical experience in writing, editing, layout, or photography with the college yearbook, the Fidelis.

COMM 105
1.00 cr.
Journalism Practicum Broadcast, Journalism

Practical experience in writing, editing and producing a weekly television news program, BLC News.

COMM 111
3.00 cr.
Fundamentals of Speech

Study of the verbal communication process. An introductory course in the principles of public speaking and language awareness. Includes the delivery of several types of speeches as well as opportunities to evaluate speeches and speaking styles.

COMM 115
1.00 cr.
Competitive Speaking

This is an activity course involving participation in intercollegiate speech tournaments.

COMM 201
1.00 cr.
Photojournalism Practicum

Practical experience in photography. Work is coordinated with college newspaper, yearbook, and other college departments. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

COMM 212
3.00 cr.
Interpersonal Communication

The study of human communication in informal settings, focusing on processes, self-concept and self-disclosure, listening, language effects, nonverbal messages, assertiveness, conflict, and relationships with family, with friends, and in the workplace.

COMM 230
3.00 cr.
Argument and Advocacy

While studying the requirements of cogent argument, students practice advocacy and refutation in value and policy disputes, giving special attention to rational approaches to moral issues. Prerequisite: COMM111 or consent of instructor.

COMM 240
3.00 cr.
Introduction to Mass Media

Thorough study of the nature, functions, and responsibilities of the various print and electronic media, students are encouraged toward intelligent appraisal of the contributions and effects of mass media on individuals and on our culture.

COMM 301
1.00 cr.
Advanced Photojournalism Practicum

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

COMM 302
1.00 cr.
Advanced Journalism Practicum, Newspaper

Advanced work with the student newspaper, the Bethany Scroll, for those with four previous credits in COMM102.

COMM 303
1.00 cr.
Advanced Journalism Practicum, Yearbook

Advanced work with the annual yearbook for those with four previous credits in COMM103.

COMM 305
1.00 cr.
Advanced Journalism Practicum, Broadcasting

Advanced work on the weekly television news program, BLC News, for those with four previous credits in COMM105.

COMM 315
1.00 cr.
Advanced Competitive Speaking

Advanced participation in intercollegiate speech tournaments, for those with four previous credits in COMM115. One credit per semester, repeatable.

COMM 318
3.00 cr.
Small Group Communication

Students investigate group communication processes and theories. Key concepts include roles, decision-making, conflict management, cohesiveness, and variables affecting the small group dynamic such as power and gender.

COMM 320
3.00 cr.
Language Thought and Meaning

Students explore how language develops meaning, and how meanings affect thought and behavior, focusing on symbolizing, naming, classifying; statements and truth; emotional responses to words; and ethical aspects of language choices.

COMM 325
3.00 cr.
Processes of Criticism

Drawing on the work of theorists, students explore means of understanding rhetorical expressions, then produce appropriate pragmatic, artistic, and ethical judgments expressed in lucid speaking and writing.

COMM 330
3.00 cr.
Introduction to Health Communication

Students examine the multidimensional and interdisciplinary relationships that characterize the field of health communication, exploring it in interpersonal, organizational, and societal contexts.

COMM 333
3.00 cr.

Students will examine and practice the techniques of creative writing to be implemented in various projects for film, television, or the internet. Fundamental components of literature will be studied and developed for use in creating these projects. Industry format will also be covered and utilized.

COMM 340
3.00 cr.
Rhetorical Traditions

Students learn the history and theories of rhetoric central to the Western humanistic tradition, including classical, medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary (modern and post-modern) periods, with some attention to non-western rhetoric.

COMM 350
3.00 cr.
Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal communication is an integral part of human interaction. The ability to encode and decode nonverbal cues is an important aspect of communication competence. A primary goal of this course is to increase your knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the role of nonverbal communication. Prerequisite: COMM212 or consent of instructor.

COMM 360
3.00 cr.
Visual Communication

Students examine how visual imagery functions rhetorically in various media, primarily film and television, establishing a visual aesthetic with a vocabulary and framework for doing visual analysis.

COMM 362
3.00 cr.
Social Media Communication

Communication, through the use of social media, has become an integral part of human interaction. The ability to understand the influences of the various forms of social media and how to use them effectively are important aspects of communication competence. Primary goals of this course are to improve students' oral and written communication when interacting with social media, and for students to understand the ethical implications of social media.

COMM 365
3.00 cr.
Images on Film

Through critical viewing of landmark films and a study of film theory, students expand their understanding of film as a central aspect of communication in our era.

COMM 370
3.00 cr.
Organizational Communication

Viewing organizations as created and characterized by communication, students explore organizational culture, dynamics, leadership, management styles, and various organizational models affecting communication.

COMM 375
3.00 cr.
Public Relations and Advertising

Students explore the history and functions of public relations and advertising in the business and non-profit sectors, focusing on roles in organizational settings, audience analysis, public opinion, media relations, and writing and budgeting principles. BUSN431 may be taken as a substitute course.

COMM 380
3.00 cr.

Students step into the work of the news gatherer and reporter, focusing on interviewing and information gathering techniques, news and feature writing, print and video approaches, and the role of personal values and other variables that affect the news.

COMM 385
3.00 cr.
Law and Ethics in Media

Students survey the history and current status of laws and regulations governing the media, and explore ethical questions, beyond the purview of law, encountered by the communication specialist.

COMM 389
3.00 cr.
Intercultural Communication

Students develop intercultural communication awareness and competence by exploring concepts of macro- and micro-culture; family, social and gender roles; verbal and non-verbal codes; acculturation and culture shock.

COMM 430
3.00 cr.
Health Communication Theory and Research

Students examine scholarship in health communication, including the diversity of theories and research, the need for research, appropriate questioning, and applications in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: COMM330.

COMM 440
3.00 cr.
Communication Theory

Students explore contemporary theories and processes of communication, primarily from a social science perspective, as well as the nature and process of theory building.

COMM 460
3.00 cr.
Topics in Visual Communication

Students focus on specialized visual topics, such as visual ethics in advertising, visual imagery in politics, video production challenges, or writing for the screen.

COMM 470
3.00 cr.
Performing for the Camera

Instruction in theory and opportunity for practice in the fundamentals of performing for television and film productions, including playing to the camera, hitting marks, shooting out of sequence, blocking, and other production considerations, particularly those that contrast with acting on stage. Emphasis is placed on truthful acting within the limits of camera medium.

COMM 475
3.00 cr.
Media Ecology

Students explore how new technology and communication media dynamically affect and change individuals, society, and culture.

COMM 480
3.00 cr.
Topics in Communication

Students examine a variety of special media topics that emerge from the issues of the day, the expertise of the instructor, and the special interests of students.

COMM 489
3.00 cr.
International Study Tour

There is no better way to understand communication in a culture different from our own than to engage directly with the people of that culture. Against a background of intercultural communication theory, students travel to a location where they examine communication with a specific culture, after surveying its history, language and people.

COMM 499
3.00 cr.
Communication Internship

Communication-related field experience with an approved agency fulfilling an individual learning contract negotiated with student, faculty advisor, and worksite. Three credits of internship are required for graduation. Communication majors only, by consent of instructor. 1-5 credits, repeatable up to ten credits maximum. Three credits apply to major requirements; others applied as elective.