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Students practice critical listening, a variety of public speaking situations, language usage, and interpersonal skills. Emphasis is placed on confidence building through research, extemporaneous delivery, and audiovisual reinforcement. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
Students gain practical experience in speaking situations, group discussion, and informative and persuasive presentations. Emphasis is on confidence-building through extemporaneous delivery and through audiovisual resources. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
This course will promote the idea of news literacy by exposing students to a wide variety of news sources across the media. Students will learn to make critical evaluations of news sources for accuracy and bias. The development of a reliable personal information system for gathering information and examining diverse points of view will be stressed.
This is a three (3) credit course that focuses on understanding and constructively dealing with conflict as it manifests itself in various settings. Students will study and critically analyze the role of language in conflict and conflict resolution through a variety of deep readings to form personal, professional and cultural assessments. Students will examine their own attitudes and values regarding conflict. Through experiential learning, including structured activities such as recordâ€keeping, role play, and processing, students will study the rationale for conflict resolution and examine a variety of approaches and skills for dealing with those conflicts. Emphasis is placed on effective communication. Pre and/or Corequisite: ENG 101.
Students will explore and gain experience preparing a variety of scripts for the electronic media, including commercials, promotions, public service announcements, examples of broadcast journalism, radio plays, and teleplays. In addition to formats, students will learn the elements of technical production needed to produce a viable media product as well as perform or produce their scripts in the appropriate medium. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
This course will offer honor students the opportunity to develop and hone their public speaking skills through research, analytical, critical, and practical exercises designed to explore the elements, the structure and the rhetoric of public speaking. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 171 or the permission of the Honors Program Director.
This is a performance course stressing basic techniques of reading aloud; the relationship of appreciation to interpretation; and the evaluation and analysis of selections from prose, poetry, and drama. A major emphasis of the course is on classroom performance and participation in a Readers Theater production. Prerequisite: COM 103 or COM 105 or by advisement.
The esthetics of the film is presented in this course. In order to provide students with an enriched experience in film watching, emphasis is on techniques used by a director. Students view and discuss selected films. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
This course introduces students to the process and techniques of journalism with a hands-on approach that will focus on the writing and editing of a variety of news stories and short features. While the emphasis will be an application to print media, photojournalism as well as internet and broadcast journalism will be explored. Members of the class act as the staff of the campus online newspaper and are expected to contribute articles to it as part of their course requirements. NOTE: An average of an additional 30 hours outside of class time is required to cover events, conduct interviews and get source material for stories. Prerequisites: COM 111 and ENG 102.
Students will explore the applications available for content and connection on the internet. Journalism skills and writing for online media are emphasized, along with design for digital media. Other topics covered include legal and ethical problems emerging in online media and media convergence. Prerequisites: COM 111 or student fulfilling requirements for the third semester of COM film track sequence.
In this course single camera digital videography and non-linear editing will be taught through a series of exercises resulting in a series of short films exploring both documentary and fiction genres. Prerequisite: COM 127 or permission of instructor, COM 131 recommended.
This course will introduce the elements and techniques of screenwriting allowing students to develop their ideas into treatments, scenarios and screenplays. Students will learn skills of analysis, research, and writing necessary for success within this form. Prerequisites: ENG 101 & COM 131.
Students will be engaged in practical work experience within the areas of Communications and Media Arts. The parameters of the internship will be established between the student and the hosting organization under the department's supervision. A contract specifying hours and a method of evaluation will be signed by the parties with sufficient hours for the credits earned. This opportunity will be open to second-year students, with the approval of the student's academic advisor and the department chairperson.