- COM101 - Mass Media and Society
Examines the historical development, organization and structure of the mass media in contemporary society, as well as related issues and problems. Suggests Christian perspectives on use of and participation in the mass media.(4 credits)
- COM185 - Media Writing
(4 credits) Students learn genres of writing for print and broadcast journalism and video, as well as for public relations and advertising. They learn these genres in relation to each other and in relation to their organizational contexts and audiences. Included are reporting, organizing and writing, as well as basic legal and ethical guidelines for reporters and writers in journalism and PR.
- COM202 - Video Production
(2 credits) This course introduces students to some of the basic equipment, aesthetic techniques and procedures used in creating short videos. Students will practice these skills through a series of projects, assessing how the techniques could be applied to their unique areas of study.
- COM210 - Topics in Communication
(2-4 credits; alternate years, consult department) An exploration of an area or genre of communication not adequately covered in the current curriculum. See the professor listed for details about the current topic.
- COM215 - Practicum in Public Relations
(1 credit) Practical experience in public relations related projects such as publicity, promotions, employee and customer relations, special events, advertising, Web design, corporate research, grant writing, and human resources development and training. Project sites and sponsors may be campus departments and organizations, community businesses, and non-profit organizations. Prerequisites: completion of, or enrollment in, any of the following courses: COM230, 261, 263, 315, 332, 355, and ENG288, or permission of instructor.
- COM217 - Communication Practicum in Print Media
(1 credit) Practical experience working on the campus newspaper, the Beacon, or the college yearbook, the Cornerstone. Prerequisite: students must be accepted for membership on one of these publications before signing up for the practicum.
- COM219 - Communication Practicum in Television Production
(1 credit) Practical experience working with television productions produced for TV-3, the campus cable TV channel. Prerequisite: COM202.
- COM225 - Media Law and Ethics
This class explores the ethical and legal judgments of media professionals both
past and present in an attempt to reveal the process by which important
communications decisions are made. By exploring the successes and failures of
others, students will learn to hone their own decision-making skills. They will
also learn how the law affects their field and ultimately the decision-making
processes of members of the media. Finally, this course will show students
there is no such thing as a universal ethic and that their own principles will
not always agree with the principles of others. Students will come to
understand the differences between secular ethical considerations and their own
Christian values. Prerequisite: COM101. (2 credits)
- COM230 - Principles of Public Relations
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) Introduction to the field of public relations. Its focus is on public relations theory and practice with an emphasis on emerging trends. This course is offered as an overview covering public relations history, theories, strategies and tactics.
- COM260 - News Writing and Editing
Principles of clear and forceful journalistic writing. Includes fact gathering, story planning, lead and head writing. Attention to editing for improved copy, headline writing, and selection of photographs and art work.Prerequisite: COM185 or permission of instructor.(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- COM261 - Feature Writing
(2 credits; alternate years, consult department) Study of interviewing practices, research methods, organization, and interest-gathering techniques necessary for writing longer articles, profiles, columns and consumer affairs writing. Prerequisite: COM185 or permission of instructor.
- COM263 - Layout and Design
(3 credits) Covers basic principles of design as they apply to a wide variety of publications. Emphasis on selecting type, art and graphics appropriate to subject matter, purpose and audience.
- COM310 - Advanced Topics in Communications
(2-4 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course is designed to be an upper- level course providing in-depth and additional knowledge and/or skill in specific discipline areas that are not well covered in the current curriculum. Topics will vary according to students' interests and needs, changes and developments in the communication discipline and practice, and faculty skills and interest. Potential topics may include additional instruction in advertising, public relations, magazine writing, advanced news writing and editing, advanced video editing, digital video directing, and international and intercultural communication. Prerequisites: to be determined by department.
- COM312 - Advanced Pulbic Relations: Strategy and Implementation
This course is designed to further define the ethical practice of public
relations, as well as give experience in the research, design, presentation and
evaluation of a public relations campaign for a client. Prerequisites: COM185
and COM230. (4 credits)
- COM315 - Writing and Design for the Web
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) Study of writing and design for a Web environment. Students will analyze Internet sites and design sites of their own, using a standard program for Web design. Prerequisites: any of the following: COM263, ART220, ART230, or permission of instructor.
- COM330 - Multiplatform Communications
Communication platforms are converging, and modern communicators must be
capable of telling stories in a variety of ways. This course explores
multiplatform storytelling and enables students to translate content from
traditional print media forms to digital platforms. Students will learn to
create appropriate content for websites, blogs, social media platforms and
tablet devices. They will also learn to make decisions about which platforms
are most appropriate for the telling of various story types. Prerequisite:
ART220 or COM263. (4 credits)
- COM332 - Social Foundations of Advertising
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) An introduction to social and historical foundations of advertising. Includes a study of the role of advertising in American culture and economy.
- COM340 - News Writing and Editing
Principles of clear and forceful journalistic writing. Includes fact gathering,
story planning, lead and head writing. Attention to editing for improved copy,
headline writing, and selection of photographs and art work. Prerequisite:
COM185 or permission of instructor. (4 credits; alternate years, consult
- COM355 - Organizational Communication
(4 credits; alternate years) Examination of the role of communication within and between organizations. Attention to communication tasks within an organization such as news releases, memo writing, conducting meetings, and communicating to an organization's constituencies.
- COM365 - Acting for the Camera
Study and practice of acting skills and techniques in front of cameras using scenes from television, film, commercials and industrial scripts. Course also includes sections on audition techniques and the business of acting.Prerequisite: THE215, COM202 or permission of instructor.(3 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- COM398 - Directed Study
No description available
- COM400 - Advanced Journalism
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) Theory and practice of writing and reporting for, as well as leading, community newspapers--weeklies and smaller dailies. Topics include investigating local government, reporting on meetings, reporting on religion, developing local sources of information, understanding the roles of the newspaper within the community, forming relationships of trust with sources and readers, and dealing with common ethical issues.
- COM417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major) Experience in an approved internship.
- COM499 - Honors Research
No description available