COM (Communication)

 

 

COM 1101 Beginning Radio Practicum

One hour

Participation in supervised entry-level radio experiences. Introduction to typical station policies, methods of operation, and Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations.

Offered each semester

 

COM 1131, 2131 Radio/TV/Web Performance Practicum

Each course, one hour

Five hours weekly in performance for radio, television, and other electronic media productions.

Offered spring semester

 

COM 1133 Mass Communication and Society

Three hours

This course examines mass media development and its role in society and culture.  It examines the historic foundations and current trends in the media business, including television, cinema, newspapers, books, magazines, plus the internet and various multimedia platforms.

Offered fall semester

 

COM 1153 Introduction to Video and Audio Production

Three hours

An introduction to the principles, procedures, and techniques of video and audio production.  The course covers the fundamentals of producing, scripting, directing, and editing video and audio.  Students gain proficiency in the operation of video switchers, cameras, sound recording, and computer-based equipment while gaining studio and field production experience as well.  An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered spring semester

COM 1163 Communication Technologies

Three hours

Practical experience is gained in producing, editing, and publishing in various technical communication media, including online video, blogging, social media, web page production and the latest innovations in communication technology. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered fall semester

 

COM 1233 Audio Production

Three hours

An intermediate study of audio production for broadcast radio, television, Web, and podcasting utilizing Adobe Audition. Music recording, sound affects, and post-production sound for TV and film will also be explored. An additional fee associated with this course.  Prerequisite: COM 1101.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

COM 2083 Masterpieces of Film

Three hours

A study of how filmmakers communicate and convey meaning to audiences through movies.  Critically acclaimed and culturally relevant films throughout the history of the American film industry are analyzed, with emphasis on understanding Hollywood's various filmmaking techniques and philosophies.  The motion picture's role in shaping society is also considered. Meets The Arts requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered each semester

 

COM 2101 Intermediate Radio Practicum

One hour

Five hours of weekly practice in practical broadcast experience on KLRC. Proficiency in announcing, control operation, handling of equipment, and other typical radio station duties are developed. Practical experience is offered through live shifts on the university's internet radio station and/or voice-tracking on KLRC. Prerequisite: COM 1101.

Offered each semester

 

COM 2111, 2112 Practicum in Journalism

One or two hours

Work as a staff member for a university publication in 1) reporting, proofreading, advertising, editing, photography and layout on the Threefold Advocate student newspaper or 2) working in other university journalism functions. Prerequisite: COM 2123.

Offered each semester

 

COM 2121 Practicum in Forensics

One hour

Students participating on the speech and debate team may take this course for up to three semesters of credit. Students will participate in competition, judging, peer coaching, or service projects during the course of the practicum.  Students will attend at least one speech or debate tournament. A not-for-credit option is also available.

Offered each semester

 

COM 2123 News Writing and Reporting

Three hours

Introduction to news for the print and electronic media, development of news concepts; laboratory in news-gathering tools and writing skills.

Offered fall semester

 

COM 2333 News Editing

Three hours

Copy editing, headline writing, graphic principles and processes, and new media technology.  Students will become familiar with AP Style and learn how to do a newspaper layout.  The importance of headlines and proper grammar and spelling will also be discussed.  Students will finish this course better able to edit their own copy and the copy of others. (Same as COM 2343.)  Prerequisite: COM 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester

 

COM 2343 News Editing for Public Relations

Three hours

Copy editing, graphic principles and processes for public relations. (Same as COM 2333.)  Prerequisite: COM 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester

 

COM 2353 Public Relations Writing and Technology

Three hours

Students will learn the basics of how to write in any public relations form.  Copy produced will include press releases, memos, a PR crisis plan, newsletter, and a brochure.  Students will also discuss what PR moments there are in the news and how they, as PR professionals, would respond.  Prerequisite: COM 2123.

Offered fall semester

COM 2433 Diversity and Media Issues

Three hours

A study of the cultural communication climate in the United States and its depiction in news, entertainment, and other media.

Offered Spring semester

 

COM 2523 Public Speaking

Three hours

Students gain theoretical and applied knowledge of public speaking techniques. Speeches will include extemporaneous, impromptu, informative, persuasive, and rhetorical analysis.

Offered each semester

 

COM 2533 Oral Interpretation

Three hours

A study of the theory, principles, and techniques of the interpretation of literature for oral performance.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

COM 2563 Argumentation and Debate

Three hours

Debate theory and argumentation techniques are discussed and practiced, leading to actual exhibition debates within the course.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years).

 

COM 3101 Advanced Radio Practicum

One hour

Five hours of weekly responsibilities at KLRC. Students will develop advanced proficiency in announcing, control room skills, production, promotions, or other related radio station duties. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: COM 1101, 2101, and consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

 

COM 3111, 3112 Advanced Practicum in Journalism

One to two hours

Advanced responsibility as a staff member for a university publication. 1) reporting, proofreading, photography, advertising, editing, and layout of the Threefold Advocate student newspaper. 2) work in other university journalism functions. Prerequisites: respective experience in COM 2111 or 2112 and consent of Journalism advisor.

Offered each semester

 

COM 3121 Radio/TV/Web Sports Practicum

One hour

Five hours weekly in performance and/or production of sports content for Golden Eagle Productions. Content also may appear on radio, cable television, and/or the Internet. May be repeated for credit. 

Offered each semester

 

COM 3131 Radio News Practicum

One hour

Five hours weekly in performance and/or production of broadcast sports content for Golden Eagle Productions. Content also may appear on radio, cable television, and/or the Internet.  May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: COM 3423 or consent of Broadcasting advisor.

Offered each semester

 

COM 3141 Television Program Assistant

One hour

Assists the faculty supervisor in the operations of TV5, TV Studio, and Sports Broadcasting Lab.  May assist with Web content.  May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: COM 1153, or consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

 

COM 3151 KLRC Program Assistant

One hour

Assists the supervisor of KLRC: traffic, music selection, announcing schedules, promotions, and production. Prerequisites: COM 1101, 2101, 3101, and consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

 

COM 3153 Advanced Digital Reporting

Three hours

Principles and practices of news reporting; covering news beats and other news sources, including researching a news story for accuracy, comprehensiveness and interpretation. (Same as COM 3653.)  Prerequisite: COM 2123.

Offered spring semester

 

COM 3321 Independent Television/Video Production

One hour

Practical experience in television and video production. Students work in consultation with a faculty supervisor to complete independent projects. Prerequisites: COM 1153 and consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

COM 3363 Magazine Writing

Three hours

Study explanatory journalism techniques applied to complex subjects (such as science, economics, and large scale social change) for books, magazines, and newspaper series.  Prerequisite: COM 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

COM 3421 EagleBreak Practicum

One hour

Experiential learning in writing, producing, and presenting stories for radio, television, and the internet.  Students will write and produce for the EagleBreak program on a regular basis throughout the semester.  May be repeated for credit. 

Offered each semester

 

COM 3423 EagleBreak

Three hours

Instruction in writing, reporting, and producing news for radio, television, and the internet.  Students will write and produce newscasts for multiple media platforms on a regular basis throughout the semester.  An additional fee associated with this course.  Prerequisites: COM 1153 and 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

 

COM 3433 Persuasive Communication

Three hours

A study of persuasion theories and techniques of persuasive speaking. Experience is gained in the preparation and delivery of persuasive speeches.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

COM 3453 Social Movements

Three hours

A survey of social movements and the rhetorical strategies used to further those causes, including analysis of Abolition, Suffrage, Civil Rights, and other significant events.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

COM 3463 Online Editorial Journalism

Three hours

Reporting and writing analytical articles, columns, editorials and blogs online, using Web attributes of interactivity, individualization, immediacy, and multi-media applications. Prerequisite: COM 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester

COM 3543 Rhetoric of Popular Culture

Three Hours

Rhetoric criticism and evaluation of communicative messages in film, television, theatre, popular music, the popular press/books, and Internet.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

COM 3653 Specialized Writing in Public Relations

Three hours

Public relations writing for science, technology, health, medicine, corporate finance, educational policy, law and government in broadcast and technical media, as well as newspapers and magazines, also including proposals, speeches, and correspondence.  (Same as COM 3153.)  Prerequisites: COM 2123 and 2353.

Offered spring semester

 

COM 4172 Sports Broadcasting

Two hours

In cooperation with Sportscaster Camps of America, students learn the theoretical and practical aspects of sports broadcasting including baseball, basketball, and football on location in the Long Beach area of California.

Offered summer

 

COM 4211, 4212 Online News Bureau Practicum

One to two hours

Advanced online journalism training.  Students work as online reporters, editors, and producers for an online news magazine.  Students also package copy from the print and broadcast. Prerequisites: COM 3111 or 3112 and consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

 

COM 4253 Integrated Media

Three hours

This course studies the Internet and Web 2.0 principles as they intersect with video and audio content delivery.  It surveys current developments in social networking, use of existing technologies, recent online business models and the changing face of broadcasting. An additional fee associated with this course.  Prerequisites: junior/senior standing, COM 1163 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

COM 4273 Narrative Performance

Three hours

Analysis of human narratives discovered through ethnographic and performance studies methods.  Discovered human narratives are shared through dramatic performance.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

 

COM 4293 Communication Law and Ethics

Three hours

A case-study approach to recognizing and treating law and ethical problems commonly encountered by media practitioners. Includes consideration of truth-telling, sources of information, invasion of privacy, copyright, regulation of materials produced, and telecommunication regulation.  Prerequisite: COM 1133.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

 

COM 4323 Advertising

Three hours

Advertising: its economic role, layout, illustrations, copy, color, trademarks, slogans, media, campaign, and testing results. Study of buying motives of consumers and practical applications of preparing advertising copy.

Offered spring semester

 

COM 4333 Advanced Television Production

Three hours

Advanced principles, procedures, and techniques of television and video production.  Students refine their skills in the creation of programs and short-subject video segments through single and multi-camera productions.  Also explores special effects and composing techniques. An additional fee associated with this course.  Prerequisite: COM 1153 or ART 2103 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

COM 4343 Programming and Promotion for Radio/TV/Web

Three hours

This course focuses on principles, strategies, and approaches for creating, scheduling, and promoting content for radio, television, and the Web.  Students also gain an analytical framework for understanding industry trends in media programming, and how those trends are influenced by audience research.  Students create and schedule programs, apply programming strategies and philosophies, and learn relevant terminology and audience measurement techniques.  Prerequisite: COM 4293 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

COM 4363 Political Communication

Three hours

A study of the role of communication in the American political process.  Campaign strategies, political oratory, grass roots activism, and other forms of political rhetoric will be explored.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

COM 4373 Online Advocacy

Three hours

Online advocacy is a survey of Internet use and the tools it provides to promote an issue, candidate, or group of candidates. This advocacy is demonstrated through a number of different formats and strategies and commonly includes the use of dedicated social networking sites.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

COM 4413 Selected Topics in Radio/TV/Web

Three hours

A seminar that offers students the opportunity for critical examination of a particular issue in contemporary electronic media from a Christian worldview. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

COM 4453 Public Relations Planning

Three hours

Analysis of eight major programs typically carried out by public relations professionals: employee relations, media relations, financial relations, member relations, governmental relations, community relations, fundraising, and dealing with activist publics.  Prerequisite: COM 3653 or consent of instructor.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

COM 4463 Internship in Radio/TV/Web

Three hours

Practical experience working 150 hours under a qualified professional within the media. Responsibilities are tailored to develop skills in the student's particular area of concentration. Only one internship for credit may apply toward graduation. Prerequisites: junior standing and approval of advisor.

Offered each semester

 

COM 4473 Internship in Journalism

Three hours

Practical experience working under a qualified professional in journalism or public relations. Prerequisites: COM 2123, 3153, and approval of Journalism advisor.

Offered each semester

 

COM 4483 Internship in Public Relations

Three hours

Practical experience working under a qualified professional in journalism or public relations. Prerequisites: COM 2123, 2353, 3653, and approval of Public Relations advisor.

Offered each semester