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Oral Communication

COM 103

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.

Public Speaking

COM 105

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.

Interpersonal Communication

COM 121

Students become better acquainted with the process of interpersonal communication and its impact on the development of relationships in personal, social, and business settings in this course. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.

Media and Society

COM 124

The relationship between media and society has evolved with technology. The objective of this course is to trace the history and development of the media, to explain their evolution and significance from the printing press to the advent of the Internet, and to examine how the media can act both as a mirror and a model of culture. The course will also explore the various issues used by modern media to understand themselves and their relationship to society and to define job opportunities, roles, and responsibilities for those interested in pursuing a career in the print or electronic media. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101. Recommended prerequisite: COM 103.

Video Production

COM 127

This course combines theory and hands-on experience to teach the fundamentals of video production from conception to finished product. In addition to learning how to plan and script a variety of show formats, students will be introduced to and work with production equipment and techniques, producing individual and group exercises. Skill areas will include scripting, storyboarding, camera operation, floor direction, video switching, audio, and set design. Prerequisite: COM 124 or by advisement. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.

Oral Interp-Children's Lit

COM 204

This is a performance course stressing basic techniques of reading aloud to children. Students will examine how literature relates to children's changing interests as they grow. A major emphasis is on classroom participation, as students demonstrate the ability to help build children's communication skills through enrichment activities that further stimulate learning by directly involving the children.

Public Relations

COM 207

In this basic introduction to the principles of public relations, students study the growth, professional development, and role of public relations as a management function. Students also study professional practices and strategies, including case analyses of education, government, and trade associations.

Art of the Film

COM 209

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.

World Cinema

COM 219

This course is designed to explore the contributions to cinema arts by filmmakers outside the United States, exploring both the history and the diversity of expression found in world cinema. Films from Europe, Asia, and Africa will illustrate a variety of techniques and subject matter with examples from various historical periods and genres. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

Digital Film Making Techniques

COM 247

In this course students will plan, script, shoot, edit and finish in post-production a short film or documentary. Students will be offered the opportunity to learn and apply advanced techniques in the areas of lighting, sound, cinematography, editing, and post-production. Prerequisite: COM 227.