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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
This is a four (4) credit course designed to provide students with essential study, reading and writing skills to enhance their academic college experiences. Students will receive instruction and practice in a wide variety of study, test/note taking, reading, and writing strategies. An emphasis will be placed on critical reading with a focus on higher-level comprehension and vocabulary skills needed in a variety of academic disciplines. An additional lab component will augment the course and provide individualized practice in specific skills.
Structures and processes in the administration of criminal justice are explored in this course, which provides an analysis of the operation of the criminal process as a system from arrest through conviction and treatment.
This course examines criminal justice report writing as a process, with emphasis on blending information, form, and written and oral expression to develop a clear, concise, and accurate account of an incident/event. Emphasis will be placed on the field notebook in investigations and recording incident details. We will also discuss the field notebook's use in recording relevant facts and details so that they may be referenced at a later time for report writing. The report writing process will incorporate the use of word processing software as utilized by various criminal justice agencies. Finally, the process of judicial presentation and an explanation of evidentiary issues will be practiced in the classroom and a simulated criminal justice setting.
An overview of the major trends, basic concepts, and structure of both adult and juvenile corrections is provided in this course. Field trips to correctional facilities are scheduled to reinforce information about current correctional issues.
An overview of the FBI Index Crimes and murder, robbery, rape, burglary, assault, arson, and larceny is offered in this course, which emphasizes the elements of crimes and distinctions within offense categories, particularly criminal intent and the defenses to criminal conduct. Prerequisite: CRJ 101
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of terrorism and issues pertaining to homeland security. It is designed to serve as a practical examination for people who will or may face the threat of terrorism and expose them in a vast array of issues, theories, and opinions. Students currently serving in, or planning on entering law enforcement, military, intelligence, or private protective professions will especially benefit from this foundational course. Prerequisite: ENG 101, CRJ 101
This course is designed to familiarize students with the history, organization, responsibilities, and challenges of policing in the United States. Policing is explored from multiple perspectives including: An examination of police officer-citizen interaction, the critical relationship between the community and its protectors policing in a free and democratic society, and system relationships with other justice and human service organizations. This course will focus on the examination of issues and strategies that will serve to bridge the gap between the community and the police.
An exploration of the constitutional dimensions and limitations on the behavior of participants in the criminal justice system is provided in this course. Students study cases involving the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments.
This course introduces students to the study and exploration of the entire administrative spectrum of criminal justice including: organizational principles and theory, applications to criminal justice agencies, motivation, productivity, financial and personnel administration, rights of criminal justice employees, technology, discipline and liability issues, community relations, ethics, and effectively dealing with a variety of emergency management issues. An emphasis will be placed on learning from actual public administration case studies and on preparing for new challenges that future criminal justice administrators will likely confront.
This interdisciplinary course focuses on the scientific study of criminal situations and criminal behavior. The course will cover the importance of measuring crime and review major sources that collect crime information. It will also examine the major criminological theories from biology, economics, psychology, and sociology and focus especially on neo-classical approaches that seek to manipulate environments to reduce and/or prevent criminal behavior. The course will explore historical, political, and empirical trends leading to theory development. Prerequisites: ENG 101, SOC 101, and either CRJ 101, or HUS 103
This is an overview of some of the current issues, problems, and concerns within the three branches of the criminal justice system. Selected topics may include terrorism, corruption, plea bargaining, organized crime, new modes of treatment in the correctional setting, and sources of violence.
This course introduces the fundamentals of ethical theory with an area-specific examination of ethical dilemmas pertaining to the professions of the criminal justice system. Students will focus on comprehensive issues facing law enforcement, legal practice, sentencing, corrections, research, and crime control policy. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101