Communications

Name Title Credits School
COMM 605 Maintain Matriculation 0.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Matriculated communication arts students who do not register for courses in a regular semester (excluding summer) are expected to maintain matriculation by registering for this course. Students registered only in COMM 750 must maintain matriculation by registering for COMM 605 in the second semester of thesis.

COMM 610 Vocabulary of the Media Critic 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
This course is designed to provide the student with the critical vocabulary used by media critics in discussing and evaluating non-technological aspects of the various media. Material will be drawn from philosophy, psychology, semantics, aesthetics, and literary criticism. Required of all students.

COMM 620 Media Research 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the basic research techniques (quantitative, qualitative, background research for creative projects, content analysis, opinion, and audience research) used in the areas of public information, television, film, and instructional communications. It introduces the students to the professional literature of their fields of specialization and to the skills necessary to read and interpret it. Required of all students.

COMM 625 Art in the Era of Mass Communication 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
The primary concern of the course is to establish a general theory of art as an historical entity which is reflective of changing social values and technological advancements. Additionally, the student is provided with specific examples of the more important artists and art products of this era of mass communication. Slides, videotape, and assigned readings will be drawn from areas such as romanticism, expressionism and formalism, as well as areas which demonstrate ambiguity and absurdity, two general characteristics of much of 20th-century art. This course can be used in lieu of Media Research (COMM 620) for students who are specializing in computer graphics, painting, or studio art.

COMM 630 Media and Culture 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
An exploration of the role of media in the popular culture and in society in terms of the interaction of media and culture. The media's role in reflecting society and, in turn, the shaping of media practice by society will be explored. Reading will include an examination of major works on public opinion and public policy. Required of all students.

COMM 640 Externship Program 4.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Students enrolled in this course will be given the opportunity to work in a field assignment in the area of their specialization and will be asked to meet professional standards set down by the organization to which they are assigned. Conferences will be held with the student during this period and the organization will be asked to cooperate by reporting on the progress of the student. A pass/fail grade is recorded for this course. A written evaluation of performance is provided by the sponsoring agency or professional. One-hundred fifty working hours are required to complete the internship.

COMM 645 Externship Program 4.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Students enrolled in this course will be given the opportunity to work in a field assignment in the area of their specialization and will be asked to meet professional standards set down by the organization to which they are assigned. Conferences will be held with the student during this period and the organization will be asked to cooperate by reporting on the progress of the student. A pass/fail grade is recorded for this course. A written evaluation of performance is provided by the sponsoring agency or professional. One-hundred fifty working hours are required to complete the internship.

COMM 650 Media and the Law 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
In this seminar, students become acquainted with local and federal controls on media. Topics discussed include: first amendment; libel and slander; invasion of privacy; obscenity laws; copyright regulations; contracts and releases; broadcasting and cable regulations.

COMM 663 Seminar 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Special courses designed to cover areas of current professional interest or to fill special students needs.

COMM 664 Seminar 4.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Special courses designed to cover areas of current professional interest or to fill special students needs.

COMM 680 Internship in L.I. News Tonight 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
This advanced news course provides the opportunity for interns to apply the basic skills learned in Level 1 in order to create and produce more accomplished news packages. Students are encouraged to work as independently as their abilities and skill acquisition levels permit.

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COMM 701 Guided Project in Communication Arts 1.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Select students may pursue an independent or group project under the guidance of faculty in order to develop specific competencies related to their degree program. Advisement procedures may also ascertain the need for such a course for particular students. This contractual arrangement must be filed with and approved by the dean. One credit of Guided Project is equal to three hours of academic work per week for 15 weeks.

COMM 702 Guided Project in Communication Arts 2.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Select students may pursue an independent or group project under the guidance of faculty in order to develop specific competencies related to their degree program. Advisement procedures may also ascertain the need for such a course for particular students. This contractual arrangement must be filed with and approved by the dean. One credit of Guided Project is equal to three hours of academic work per week for 15 weeks.

COMM 703 Guided Project in Communication Arts 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Select students may pursue an independent or group project under the guidance of faculty in order to develop specific competencies related to their degree program. Advisement procedures may also ascertain the need for such a course for particular students. This contractual arrangement must be filed with and approved by the dean. One credit of Guided Project is equal to three hours of academic work per week for 15 weeks.

COMM 704 Guided Project in Communication Arts 4.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Select students may pursue an independent or group project under the guidance of faculty in order to develop specific competencies related to their degree program. Advisement procedures may also ascertain the need for such a course for particular students. This contractual arrangement must be filed with and approved by the dean. One credit of Guided Project is equal to three hours of academic work per week for 15 weeks.

COMM 750 Thesis 4.00 College of Arts & Sciences
The student conducts independent research on a communications related topic. Content analysis, survey, historical, experimental or evaluative research are examples. A proposal following departmental guidelines (may be developed in COMM 620 Media Research) and approved by a faculty advisor must be submitted the semester prior to registration. The advisor, one reader, and the dean must approve the thesis. Final draft and production materials must be submitted at least one month before the last day of classes in the semester graduation is planned. It is the candidate's responsibility to arrange the defense meeting. Although the candidate has one year from the date of registration to complete the COMM 750 project, matriculation must be maintained in the second semester by registration in COMM 605.

Prerequisite Course(s): Prerequisite: COMM 620

COMM 770 Media Management 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
A comprehensive survey of current media business structures and practices that stresses pragmatic approaches to facilitate effective interaction between corporations and individuals within present-day corporate media organizations.

COMM 772 Visual Aesthetics 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
An arts-based critical analysis of what works in modern media creation at both non-commercial and commercial levels of media industries. Analytic tools developed over centuries to provide understanding through art and music criticism are applied to popular electronic arts of the 21st century.

COMM 773 Sports Communication 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Study of multifaceted creative and business relationships between professional and collegiate sports entities and media outlets in television, radio and print; interaction with media professionals, athletes and the sports press is a regular course practice.

COMM 775 Integrated Marketing Communication 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
An exploration and utilization of unifying marketing communication tools, from advertising and public relations to media production and packaging with the purpose of sending target audiences consistent, persuasive messages that promote company goals.

COMM 777 Television Research and Sales 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
A comprehensive examination of both qualitative and quantitative research data as it pertains to television advertising sales. Students learn how to interpret all key Nielson data and translate that information into sales pitches for advertising agencies and advertisers.

COMM 784 Founding a Media Business 4.00 College of Arts & Sciences
An entrepreneurial course designed to explore all facets of small media business creation and operation; each student will be qualified to create a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). A detailed business plan, budgets, and extensive knowledge of current small business interfaces with large media conglomerates are course outcomes.

COMM 786 Media Presentation and Performance 3.00 College of Arts & Sciences
Making presentations before corporate entities or investor audiences requires skill and training. Students learn many methods of presentation, both on camera and in live mediated situations. The preparation of supporting media and print materials is also required. Particular attention is paid to financial presentation and commercial television technique for application in corporate environments.

COMM 788 Television Production and Postproduction Management 4.00 College of Arts & Sciences
A pragmatic analysis of all aspect of equipment, hardware, software, and diagnostic protocols necessary to maintain efficient and productive studio, field and editing facilities. Various management strategies developed to create effective human resources at both technical and facilitative levels are surveyed and mastered. Critical analysis of current field practices is a major requirement.