Whether your message is a speech, news story, feature article or corporate newsletter, studying communications will help you develop your writing and speaking skills. Many communications majors also pursue minors or add second majors, preparing for careers as journalists or publicists in the arts and politics.
|COM 101x - 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)
|COM 185 - 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.
|COM 217 - 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.
|COM 225 - 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)
|COM 261 - 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.
|COM 340 - 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
|COM 400 - 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.
|COM 417 - Internship
(4 credits may apply toward the major) Experience in an approved internship.
|Choose six credits:
|ART 220 - Graphic Design I|
Graphic Design I is an introduction to the computer applications used in the
communication, design and publishing fields. There will be an introduction to
graphic design problems and projects in order to learn how these applications
all work together. (4 credits)
|ART 265 - Photography II|
(2 credits) The fundamentals of photography as an art medium and a journalistic tool are used to develop an individual style or method of composing and printing photographs. This individual aesthetic approach will be seen in all the work presented at the end of the course. Prerequisite: ART164.
|COM 202 - 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.
|COM 263 - 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.
|COM 310 - 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.
|COM 315 - 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.
|COM 330 - 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)
|ART 164 - Photography I
(2 credits) Taught as a medium of creative expression or as an art form and as a journalistic tool. Film processing and printing are taught as well as camera techniques, darkroom procedures and presentation of work for exhibitions.
|ECO 101 - Survey of Economics
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society) This is an introductory course in economics which will cover both microeconomics and macroeconomics topics. The course will explore economic institutions, how they came to be, how they have changed over time, and how the government modifies them.
|PSC 105 - Political Ideologies
(4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society) (American politics) A survey of contemporary political ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and others. Students will seek to understand the relevance of these ideologies for public policy, and will seek to develop a Christian perspective on, and critique of, contemporary ideologies.
|PSC 201 - State and Local Government
(2 credits) (American politics) This course examines the political relationships between the federal, state and local levels of U.S. government. Though we focus primarily on state and local governments and policy making, we also seek to determine which level of government is best suited to address the different social and economic problems. The role of the Christian in politics is also explored.
|Choose six credits:
|ENG 221 - Responding to Writing|
(2 credits) This course will enable students to develop a theorized practice for responding to writing. Students will study methods of response, conferencing strategies, approaches to revision, English as a Second Language (ESL), interpersonal dynamics, and the ethics of text intervention. As a course requirement, students must satisfy a practicum commitment by working a minimum of one hour per week (for pay) in the Writing Center. Prerequisite: recommendation of a writing instructor.
|ENG 290 - The Art of the Essay|
(2 credits) A study of some of the best contemporary American non-fiction writing on such subjects as politics, the arts, religion, natural science and medicine. Students write on similar topics and develop their own style by emulating such models. Prerequisites: sophomore class standing or permission of instructor.
|ENG 379 - English Twentieth-Century Literature|
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) England was largely depopulated of young men and nearly reduced to rubble by two world wars. The nation that arose, stripped of its empire, has continued to be a literary center. We shall read Shaw, Yeats, Eliot, Heaney and others, examining how they have analyzed and expressed the modern human condition. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
|ENG 380 - Special Topics in Writing|
(2-4 credits) Specific subject matter of this course will vary from semester to semester, but will always focus on an issue in composition studies or a genre of writing. Courses will include both readings and student writing within the genre and will be designed to welcome both majors and non-majors. Prerequisite: ENG290 or ENG292 or permission of the instructor.
|ENG 386 - The Other America|
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) America is home to a variety of peoples and literatures; this course focuses on the development of literatures produced by those outside the Anglo-European tradition whose experiences tell a different story about America. The goal of the course is to enrich students' views of the content of American Literature and to familiarize them with a culture or cultures with which they may not be conversant. The course may be taught as African American, Native American, Asian American, or Hispanic American literature. Alternatively, the instructor may choose to focus on literatures in contact and conflict with one another, for example, the turbulent confluence of Native American, Anglo, and Hispanic Literatures of Nueva España. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
|ENG 390 - Introduction to Publishing|
Students will gain an understanding of nonprofit and commercial publishing,
including content acquisition, editing, production, marketing, and distribution
of print and digital publications. This will be done through a combination of
lecture and discussion connected to readings of selected texts as well as
participation in the publishing of a digital and print publication called
Cardboard magazine. Prerequisites: ENG290, ENG351, COM185, COM260 or COM261,
or permission of instructor. (4 credits)
|ENG 395 - Advanced Publishing|
Students will gain a working knowledge of digital and print magazine
publishing. This will be done primarily through assigned writing projects and
peer reviews, as well as assigned duties related to the production of
Cardboard magazine. Duties vary and may include contacting freelance writers
from other Christian college campuses, solicitation of manuscripts, reading
manuscripts for suitability of publication, website updating, blogging,
interviewing subjects, participation in marketing and public relations
projects, research, production of digital content, as well as administrative
details. Prerequisite: ENG390 or permission of instructor. (4 credits)
|GEN 312 - Reporting in Washington |
No course description available.
|GEN 312 - Foundations for Media Involvement |
No course description available.
|GEN 312 - Washington, News & Public |
No course description available.
|Total credits required: 49-53
*COM217 is a 1 credit course to be taken twice.
**Requires acceptance into the CCCU Washington journalism semester program.
***COM310 must be a topic in journalism.
Internships range from 2-12 credits. The maximum credits applied to the major are noted under the 417 course designation. Students choosing the GEN312 course option must first be accepted into the CCCU Washington journalism semester program. The Washington journalism semester program is an advanced, experiential semester on Capitol Hill and consists of 3 seminar courses (Foundations for Media Involvement - 4 credits; Reporting in Washington - 3 credits; and Washington, News, and Public Discourse - 3 credits) and a 6 credit internship. For more details on the program, contact the Communications department.