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The Bachelor of Arts in Communication

 

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Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 3 credits

COMM 1010 Experiencing Theatre: An innovative study of the dramatic process covering historical and practical facets of plays and theatrical production. This course is approached from the appreciation point of view. Purchase of tickets to see plays may be required.

COMM 1020 Acting I: Use of improvisation and monologues to explore individual and group expression on stage. Emphasis is on physicalization, theatre exercises and the language of acting as it applies to behavioral choices in acting an in life.

COMM 1100 Communication in Action: A study of oral communication as an interpersonal and dynamic process. Students engage in communication experience designed to develop understanding of and skill in interpersonal communication.

COMM 1150 Production Laboratory: A practical application of the principles of stagecraft. Production-related projects in such crafts as scenic construction, scene painting, properties, lighting, and sound. Evening hours required. May be repeated. 1 credit

COMM 1170 Performance Laboratory: A practical application in acting under faculty supervision. Work includes rehearsing and performing a play for public presentation. Prerequisite: Audition. May be repeated. 1credit

COMM 1190 Survey of Communication Studies & Practice: This course offers students an opportunity to learn about the fields of communication as they determine their major area of study. Students will discuss, research, and write about the disciplines of film, interpersonal communication, journalism and public relations, media studies, radio and television, and theatre with faculty from these respective areas and online study groups.

COMM 1200 Media & Society: The institutions, history and technology of the mass media are examined as communication systems. Newspapers, magazines, film, and broadcasting media are studied in terms of social and personal impact. Contemporary media issues, policies, and ethics are discussed.

COMM 1210 Communication Theory: Building Competence: Acquaints the student with contemporary theory and research in the field of communication. Motivation, interaction and effects of communication are examined in a range of contexts, including between person, small and large groups, organizations, cultures, and mass communication systems.

COMM 2100 Media Writing: Explores the forms, content, potentials, and limitations of writing for media, including writing for radio, television, film, print journalism, and electronic journalism. By creating both factual and fictional writing for various media, the student develops critical standards and individual abilities. Prerequisite: ENG 1100

COMM 2170 Scenery Construction & Design : Fundamentals of theatrical set design and construction are covered in conjunction with current campus productions. Students are introduced to the scene shop and related facilities and equipment, and learn how to execute and produce theatrical design.

COMM 2200 Radio & Television Industries : An introductory course tracing the historical development and implications of the media. The student is introduced to programming materials, criticisms, standards, skills, and production methods. Prerequisite: COMM 1200

COMM 2220 Media Law & Ethics: A study of the relationship between the media and society in the United States, with emphasis on legal and ethical issues. Press criticism is an important part of content. Prerequisite: COMM 1200

COMM 2230 The Press & the Presidency: A study of the relationship between the news media and the presidency with emphasis on the nature of the news coverage of each of the last few presidential campaign in progress, if any.

COMM 2240 International Media: A comparative study of the national and international media systems of the world, regional media systems and the structure and operations of present communication systems. Prerequisite: COMM 1200

COMM 2250 Audio & Radio Production: Examines the audio aesthetics of sound production. Analyzes the creative responsibilities involved in the elements of sound production. Students are trained in the use of studio and remote audio equipment and are given practice in writing, producing, directing, and performing in audio production. Prerequisite 2100.

COMM 2260 Video Production & Editing: An advanced course in electronic field production and video editing. In field situations, students create, produce, videotape and edit video documentaries, public service announcements and instructional projects for cable and campus use. Extensive use of portable video cameras and editing systems is required.

COMM 2270 TV Studio Production: Practice in writing, producing, directing, performing and crewing television productions and videotape materials. Provides the opportunity to study and practice broadcast program creation under laboratory circumstances that simulate the conditions of on-the-air television broadcasting.

COMM 2310 Organizational Communication: In the twenty-first century, organizations are a central fact of human existence. This class provides an introduction to organizational communication, preparing students to understand and effectively participate in organizational life. The course surveys various aspects of organizational communication from an overview of theoretical frameworks to applications. Particular attention will be paid to process, forms, functions of organizational communication, and to contemporary organizational issues such as diversity, technology, and team work.

COMM 2330 Sound as a Medium: An introduction to the study of sound as a language and as an art. This course offers an historical overview of how recorded sound has affected the arts. Through examples in film, television, theater, radio, visual art, literature and music, this course examines audio aesthetics and the roles of organized sound in contemporary culture. Over the semester students are introduced to techniques and terminology of sound art and design. This class will consist of close listening sessions, discussions, and the analysis of works by major sound artists and designers.

COMM 2340 Film as a Medium: An introduction to the study of film as a language and as an art, this course examines the aesthetic and social factors that construct our responses to films. Using multiple approaches to understanding and discussing a film, the student is introduced to technical and aesthetic terminology and to a range of elements in the filmmaking process such as narrative structure, camera movement, mise- en scene, editing and sound. This course is composed of lectures., screenings, discussions, and shot-by-shot analysis of works by major directors. Prerequisite: ENG 1100

COMM 2350 Film as Cross-Cultural Communication: Movies can be used as viable means of providing exposure to other cultures. They have played a role in expanding our cultural horizons and enhancing our understanding of not only our own co-cultures but the distant cultures of the world. At a time when technological innovations are increasingly shrinking our world to the proverbial global village, the need for various forms of cross-cultural studies is more palpable than ever. This film course is designed to help students learn more about the cultural mosaic of the United States and cultural diversity of today’s world through viewing and analyzing motion pictures.

COMM 2390 Filmmaking I: An introduction to Digital Video cinematography and production techniques that acquaint the student with all aspects of the filmmaking process from initial concept to final exhibition. Students learn and edit on Avid non-linear editing software, students focus on self-expression, visual thinking, composition, lighting, camera movement, and editing techniques. Each student explores different approaches to filmmaking through several in-class exercises and an individual final project. Prerequisites: COMM 2340

COMM 2440 Communication Research Foundations: An opportunity for advanced study and discussion of issues and questions, together with the opportunity to study and analyze the research available in various areas of communication. Each student chooses an area of communication in which to plan and carry out a research project. Prerequisite: COMM 1210

COMM 2490 Research Methods in Applied Communication: Designed to fulfill the needs of future journalist and public relations practitioners, this course allows students to focus on a wide selection of topics, including database collection, survey design, assessment, and the use of qualitative versus quantitative research in the newsgathering process. Enrollees also will study recent research about journalism, PR and allied fields.

COMM 2500 Journalism: Practical experience in gathering news and writing the basic journalistic forms, including the straight news story and various types of features. Students undertake reporting assignments designed to develop skills in interviewing, observation and writing, and receive individual evaluation of their work. Prerequisites: COMM 2100

COMM 2550 Publication & Design: This course is designed to introduce students to the principles of content development, typography, graphic design, illustration and production to meet the informational needs of a variety of specific audiences. While the focus will be on printed publications — newspapers, magazines and newsletters — the principles and techniques are easily adaptable to Internet and Web applications. Students will become proficient in the use of QuarkXPress and other desktop publishing and graphics tools.Prerequisites: COMM 2100

COMM 2600 Oral Interpretation: Students learn to communicate the content, form and mood of works of literature through the medium of oral reading. Includes expository, narrative, and dramatic prose and narrative, dramatic and lyric poetry.

COMM 2630 Public Speaking: Students learn the theory and skills of preparing and presenting public speeches. Emphasis is on practice and criticism of classroom speaking experiences.

COMM 2640 Voice & Speech Production: A study of the speech mechanism and its relationship to the development and mastery of basic breathing, vocal, and articulation skills. Students in communication, education, business, theater, radio, singing, and allied fields are encouraged to master these skills. Special attention is given to individual voice, articulation, and communication problems.

COMM 2650 Foundations of Language: Presents an overview f the nature and function of language as a communication tool. Stresses the aspects of language relating to the phonologic, semantic, and linguistic structures.

COMM 2660 Dynamics of Communication: A study of the meaning of verbal and nonverbal languages and the influence of these languages as tools for communication.

COMM 2700 Acting II: Advanced Improvisation: A continuation of Acting I, students will use game-playing, improvisations and acting techniques to understand dramatic elements, and to create and perform characters in contemporary scenes. Prerequisite: COMM 1020

COMM 2710 Theatre Management: An investigation of operational procedures including administration, purchase and accounting practices, box-office management, publicity, promotion, public relations, policy and decision making, and management of theatre personnel.

COMM 2720 Acting III: Principles of Characterization: An array of methods to discover and to perform characters from drama, including the use of costume and makeup as creative sources. Prerequisite: COMM 2700

COMM 2730 Fundamentals of Comedy Writing & Performing: This course offers students the opportunity to learn the craft of comedy as written and performed. They will analyze the structure of comedy writing and obtain the skills to create original personae on stage, use audience response to help shape material and perform stand-up comedy.

COMM 2740 Acting for the Camera: A course rooted in theory and principles of on camera performance. They will enact monologues and scenes for the camera. Prerequisite: COMM 1020

COMM 2750 Acting IV-Scene Study: An advanced course in acting techniques with an introduction to various styles and approaches through group scene work. Prerequisite: COMM 2720

COMM 2760 Sketch Comedy Writing & Performing: This course offers students the opportunity to learn the craft of sketch comedy. They will analyze the structure of comic scenes for comedic premise, characters and dramatic action, and learn how to write, perform, and critique sketches.

COMM 2780 Comedy: Improvisation in Performance: Through instruction and participation in established inprovisation games, students learn how to create theatre and comedy spontaneously based on suggestions from an audience. Through practice of these games, rehearsals and performances, students learn the values and skills to operate as an ensemble.

COMM 2800 Technical Theatre Workshop I: This course focuses on giving students practical knowledge of technical processes involved in putting on a theatrical production. Workshops in lighting/sound, costume/makeup and scenery/painting, and backstage crew assignments allow students to experience theatre firsthand.

COMM 2810 Lighting I: This course provides training in the problems of lighting design and its application to stage and television production in various forms. Color, rhythm, and aesthetic backgrounds are examined in the context of good lighting design.

COMM 2820 Scene Design I: Training in the problems of scenery design for production in various media. Color and line are examined in the context of good design. Individual projects are required.

COMM 2830 Playscripts: A study of playscripts in terms of both their functional, narrative content and their theatrical, structural function. Investigation of the reasoning process involved in visualizing the transformation of a script on the page into a play on the stage, and the research and practice of dramaturgy. Prerequisite: COMM 1010

COMM 2840 Scenery Construction II: Advanced problems in set construction are considered in laboratory and practical situations. This course also concerns itself with analysis of various construction problems. Prerequisite: COMM 2170

COMM 2850 Musical Theatre : This course offers students the opportunity to study the popular form of musical theatre. Students will learn the history of musical theatre, analyze the components of a musical, and critique individual shows.

COMM 2880 News Literacy : This course is designed to develop greater awareness and understanding of information and disinformation in light of the digital revolution. This course helps students recognize the differences between news and propaganda, news and opinion, bias and fairness, assertion and verification, and evidence and inference in news articles, blogs, and broadcast reports.

COMM 2900 Technical Theatre Workshop II: A continuation of COMM 2800 requiring students to actively share in the responsibility for a specific theatrical production. Prerequisite: COMM 2800

COMM 3180 Forms of Art: Study of the principles and practices of critiquing plays, concerts, paintings, and film. The student can expect to analyze selected works of art to study the historical and cultural background of a work of art and to read critical theories of art. Special emphasis is placed on the discovery of the commonalties that link forms of art. Attendance at concerts, plays, exhibits, and media viewing is required.

COMM 3200 Media Criticism: Examination of critical approaches to the analysis of the production, composition, transmission and reception of mass media programs. Concentrating on film, TV and radio, this course develops criteria for making aesthetic judgments of media programs as mass art. Prerequisite: COMM 2100

COMM 3210 Announcing: Introduction to the responsibilities and skills required of the individual performer in the preparation, announcing, and variation of the various types of non-dramatic material for television, radio, and film.

COMM 3220 Advanced Announcing: An in-depth treatment of the field. Heavy emphasis on narration for television and film. Extended work in the production of news and disc jockey programs, using broadcast-level facilities. Prerequisite COMM 3210

COMM 3240 Writing for Radio & Television: The technique of writing dramatic and nondramatic material for radio and television. Theory, practice, and analysis of broadcast material, advertising, and continuity are emphasized. Designed to develop skill in expository, narrative and persuasive writing as it relates to broadcasting. Prerequisites: COMM 2100

COMM 3260 Advanced Television Production: Provides an opportunity to work within standard operating procedures similar to those utilized by commercial and educational television. Includes practice and projects in such critical areas as timing, electronic editing, minor equipment maintenance, and color programming. Prerequisites: COMM 2260 and COMM 2270

COMM 3280 Media History: An historical study of the origins, development, diffusion, applications, and impact of pre-literate media, literacy, typography, and electronic media such as telegraphy, the telephone, radio, televisions, and the Internet. Prerequisite: COMM 1200

COMM 3290 Communication Practicum: Students are assigned to on- campus media outlets for practical experience in communication fields. Prerequisite: Permission of Chair

COMM 3300 Internship: Students are assigned to on-Campus media outlets or external sites for practical experience in communication fields. Prerequisite: Permit

COMM 3310 Filmmaking II: This class further develops the use professional Digital Video equipment and techniques introduced in Filmmaking I. Students learn and edit on Final Cut Pro non-linear editing software. Each student shoots an individual final project. Prerequisites: COMM 2390

COMM 3320 Filmmaking III: An intensive laboratory course in film production in which the class produces a film. This class uses a script written in the Screenwriting class and mimics the Pre-Production, Production and Post Production organization of a professional feature film. Student interview for crew positions, but learn every aspect of the professional filmmaking sequence. Prerequisites: COMM 3310

COMM 3330 Applied Techniques: An intensive production workshop designed for students who wish to integrate various media production techniques in individual or collaborative advanced projects. This course explores the use of production approaches used in the making of music videos, television commercials, documentary and dramatic films. Since both individual and collaborative projects are encouraged, they must be based on the presentation of fully developed proposals. Students and instructor meet frequently during the semester for review, discussion and progress reports. Upon completion, students have a sophisticated knowledge of the potentials of the interdisciplinary medium and are expected to have work ready for exhibition. Prerequisites: COMM 3310

COMM 3340 The Documentary & the Non-fiction Film: The development of the documentary and other non-fiction cinemas, incorporating Cultural Studies notions addressing how we view otherness, exoticism and social and political issues that affect culturally distant societies. Through screenings and discussion seminars, students learn to define the different documentary modes and to analyze their formal production approaches, narrative and rhetorical structures and the ways in which these construct meaning in the non-fiction film. Issues such as the ethics and politics of representation are addressed, in addition to more abstract questions related to the documentary such as the real or imagined lines between fact and fiction, relationships between truth and reality, personal experience and the problems of its representation. Prerequisite: COMM 2340

COMM 3380 Media in Asia: A case study approach to an in-depth analysis of theories and issues relating to media globalization, regionalization, localization, national development, and international relations in Asia.

COMM 3400 Intercultural Communication: Through a comparison of numerous cultures, students explore the primary distinguishing characteristics of culture and identify strategies for relating their own culture to those of others. Emphasis is placed on an eclectic cultural design. The primary goal is to provide students with practical and theoretical knowledge and an understanding of intercultural communication in contemporary life situations. Prerequisite: COMM 1210

COMM 3480 Public Relations: Defines the functions of public relations method and its historical context. Students are apprised of the basic tools used in varied public relations situations. Prerequisite: COMM 2100

COMM 3490 Radio News: Instruction and practical experience in the basic techniques of radio news writing. Reporting for radio and producing radio news programs. Analysis of radio news broadcasts and discussions of the major issues involved in radio journalism. Prerequisite: COMM 2100

COMM 3500 Television News: Instruction and practical experience in the basic techniques of television news writing. Writing for film and videotape, reporting for television and producing television new programs. Analysis of television news broadcasts and discussion of the major issues involved in television journalism. Prerequisite: COMM 2100

COMM 3510 Advanced Reporting: Guides students in developing in-depth news and feature articles. Evaluation of individual's work. Matters of current concern to the news media are discussed. Prerequisite: COMM 2500

COMM 3520 Sports Writing : This class is designed to introduce students to sports writing, what it is and how it fits into the larger world of journalism. Students will learn how to cover a live sports event, how to identify big stories and important issues facing the sports world and how to navigate the ever-expanding world of outlets for sports-related writing. Prerequisite: COMM 2500

COMM 3530 Advanced Audio Production: Students increase their ability to write, produce, direct, and perform in audio production projects. Introduction to various formats, creation of sound effects, musical background, and direction are emphasized. Prerequisite: COMM 2250

COMM 3550 Broadcast News Production: This course focuses on the production of weekly TV news programs cablecast on campus and into the Wayne/Paterson area. Students are responsible for all editorial and technical aspects of production. Prerequisite: COMM 3500

COMM 3570 Broadcast Sports News: Theory and practice in the production of a television sports news program. Students will research, write and produce these programs for telecast on the campus television network. Prerequisite: COMM 3500

COMM 3600 Interpersonal Communication: Course focuses on interpersonal communication theory, research, and application. Students study and apply the elements of dynamic communication within personal, small group, corporate, and intercultural contexts. Prerequisite: COMM 1210

COMM 3610 Successful Business & Professional Communication: Through the study of communication theory as it relates to business and the professions and through practice simulations, the student acquires a knowledge of those communicative and motivational skills essential for success in business and professional life. Prerequisite: COMM 2100

COMM 3620 Debate: The application of the principles of argumentation by debating a selected topic in public and intercollegiate formats. Stresses theory and performance in oral advocacy. Prerequisite: COMM 2630

COMM 3650 Persuasion & Social Change: An examination of the development of persuasion. Emphasizes classical and contemporary theories of rhetoric that are related to contemporary theories of rhetoric that are related to contemporary standards and practice in current public address. Prerequisite: COMM 3600

COMM 3720 Comedy Writing, Producing & Performing for Late Night Television: The process of writing for television talk shows is learned from viewing, analysis and deconstruction of these shows, and application of established comedy writing techniques to the student’s own writing.

COMM 3730 Comedy Writing & Performing II: Stand-up: This course builds on the writing and performing skills achieved in the Fundamentals of Comedy Writing and Performing course by enhancing the quality of students’ stand-up comedy. Students will be introduced to the business side of making a career in comedy writhing and performing. Prerequisite: COMM 2730

COMM 3760 Comedy Writing for Prime Time TV: Situation Comedy: The process and experience of writing a sitcom script from pitch to final script is learned from analysis and deconstruction of network and cable television sitcoms.

COMM 3770 Directing for Stage & Media: Principles and theories for directing plays, from the text to the visual. Practical experience in guiding performers as they create characters for stage and other media. Prerequisite: COMM 1020

COMM 3800 Stage Management: Introductory training in the duties of the manager in the normal process of producing a play. Audition, rehearsal period, performance, and post-performance function and procedures are examined.

COMM 3810 Scene Painting I: A study of the basic styles of scene painting with a concentration on dry pigments and case in mediums. This course allows a student to develop a basic ability to interpret the scenic designer's elevations and reproduce them for the stage and media.

COMM 3820 Lighting II: Advanced training in the problems of lighting design and control as related to their application to production on the stage and in the media. Prerequisite: COMM 2810

COMM 3830 Scene Design II: An advanced study of the problems of the scenic designer in theatre, television, and film. Concentration is on the areas of materials and techniques. The student is expected to produce models and renderings utilizing various techniques and structures. Prerequisite: COMM 2820

COMM 3840 The Golden Ages of Theatre: Explores the historical development of drama, the physical theatre, and technical theatre arts from ancient Greece to the present. Investigates the social and cultural forces that shape the theatre and were shaped by the theatre and develops critical standards of theatre. The student is expected to attend representative theatre productions.

COMM 3850 Field Experience in Drama & Theatre: Students receive academic credit for guided experiences in drama and theatre in the college community. These experiences include touring productions to area schools, geriatric centers, etc; drama therapy internships, drama education in local schools, and other assignments as determined by the instructor.

COMM 3860 Acting for Television II: An advanced course in television acting that includes challenging work on various modes of dramatic literature adapted to television. In addition, the course features advanced performing techniques and varied experiences with the dramatic television director. Prerequisite: COMM 2740

COMM 3870 Acting V: Advanced Scene Study: An advanced course centering on role preparation and performance of various modes of drama in the setting of theatre as a comprehensive art. Prerequisite: COMM 2750

COMM 3880 American Theatre & Drama: The study of the development of the American theatre and its drama from the colonial period to the present with emphasis on twentieth-century American drama. Prerequisite: COMM 1010

COMM 3890 Drama for Children: Study of the importance of dramatic process in a child's individual and social growth. Investigation of the dynamics of the creative process within formal drama (children's theatre) and informal drama (creative dramatics).

COMM 3990 Selected Topics: A topic not covered by an existing course is offered as recommended by the department and approved by the dean. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chairperson 1-6 credits

COMM 4200 Non-Verbal Communication: This course will examine the different non-verbal communication codes and explore their function in daily interactions. For example, it will examine the functions that non-verbal codes serve in impression formation, social influence, relationship development, business settings, and negotiations. Prerequisite: COMM 3600

COMM 4210 Broadcast Management: An appraisal of management problems in commercial broadcasting for the advanced student. Includes sales and profit, personnel, programming, audience, governmental regulations, and technical factors. Prerequisite: COMM 2200

COMM 4240 Radio Production Workshop: An advanced course in audio production designed to augment the student's skills and techniques in radio production. Direction and production of various commercial and non-commercial spots, news documentary, discussion, and music formats are produced for airing on campus radio and commercial and noncommercial public radio stations. Prerequisite: COMM 2250

COMM 4250 Television Workshop: Students produce, write, and direct video projects dealing with instructional material, news and public affairs, and entertainment programming. Projects must be programmable for campus use, cable television, public broadcasting, and other open circuit channels. Prerequisites: COMM 2260 & COMM 2270

COMM 4310 Screenwriting: The practice of the technique and form of the dramatic screenplay with an emphasis on visual story telling, character development and dramatic structure. Writing exercises lead each student from initial concept to a completed 10-12-page screenplay. Dramatic and narrative concepts are explored in depth. Analysis of scene structure and varieties of dramatic film structure provide basic tools for sharpening characterization and focusing dramatic conflict. The role of the screenwriter in the filmmaking process is explored and, in addition, the production of a short film screenplay to be produced in the Filmmaking sequence is encouraged. Prerequisites: COMM 2340

COMM 4320 Dramatic Film Production: An intensive laboratory course in film production in which advanced film students collaborate in the production of short films. Emphasis is placed on Advanced Filmmaking techniques. Prerequisites: COMM 3320 and COMM 4310 or equivalent

COMM 4340 Current Cinema: A film analysis course focusing on contemporary film and criticism. The class looks at recent works form the international and independent film world and particularly those works that are innovative and unconventional in their approach. The films are considered within current theoretical, aesthetic and social contexts using different perspectives: the technical and economic aspects of filmmaking, the ideological and psychological effects of cinema, and the recent aesthetic developments of the art form. This advanced cinema studies course is designed for students who want to strengthen their critical writing skills and for filmmakers who want to expand their aesthetic and creative knowledge of the medium. Prerequisite: COMM 2340

COMM 4370 Film Editing: An advanced course for students who have basic film production and post-production knowledge and wish to learn advanced techniques of editing. The class balances the technical by providing an aesthetic overview of historical and current editing styles used in this complex art. Prerequisite: COMM 3310

COMM 4430 Seminar in Communication Studies: This course provides students with a comprehensive analysis of contemporary communication theory and research. Students are nurtured in the application of selected communication theories in their chosen professional area of interest. The impact of communication is examined in a range of contexts, including interpersonal, small group, organizational, cultural, and mass communication.

COMM 4450 Communication Capstone: Every communication major is required to complete a capstone experience. Prerequisites: COMM 1190 and major requirements Permit also required.

COMM 4480 Public Relations Case Studies: Case studies of public relations in action are analyzed to identify general principles and strategies that can be applied to the systematic solution of public relations problems and to the creation of public relations opportunities. Prerequisite: COMM 3480

COMM 4490 Public Relations Workshop: This course provides background and practice in developing written communications important in the practice of public relations. Using a workshop format, the course emphasizes planning, writing, and targeting communications designed to persuade specific audiences using various media channels. Prerequisite: COMM 3480

COMM 4510 Freelance Writing: Instruction and supervised practice in nonfiction writing for today's periodical. Students learn how to analyze market needs, develop ideas suitable for publication, prepare manuscripts, and market what has been written. Prerequisite: COMM 2500

COMM 4520 Advanced Broadcast Journalism: A course aimed at preparing students for work in broadcast news in radio or television. The goal is to polish skills developed in previous journalism courses to a level at or approaching that required to obtain entry-level jobs in broadcast journalism. Prerequisite: COMM 3500

COMM 4540 News Editing: Prepares students to function as copy editors in the new field. Supervised practice in editing new copy and writing headlines. Use of visual materials and layout of pages. Analysis of various United States newspapers. Prerequisite: COMM 2500

COMM 4550 Electronic News Gathering: The investigation, preparation, and production of news stories for broadcast. Emphasis on the independent preparation of copy, individual selection of story content, and production and video/ audio tape for journalistic enterprise. Students refine previously developed skills in writing and editing for broadcast. Individual and group-produced news stories in the field receive feedback from instructor and peers. Programming materials are developed and produced for use on local outlets. Prerequisite: COMM 2260

COMM 4560 Playwriting: A study and practice in the basic techniques of playwriting. Emphasizes dramatic structure and characterization developed through the writing of scenes and short plays. Prerequisite: ENG 1100

COMM 4590 Journalism Field Studies: Practical application of what is learned in the classroom. Students work at news or public relations jobs on-or off- campus by undertaking special fieldwork assignments in journalism. Prerequisite: COMM 2500 & Permit

COMM 4600 Reporting Public Affairs: The nature and law of public affairs on federal, state, and local levels. The rights of working reporters and the public to matters of legitimate record are outlined, as are the practical steps necessary to gather this information. Prerequisite: COMM 2500

COMM 4630 Group Discussion: Theory and practice in various types of discussion situations. Consideration of the place of discussion in a democratic society. Integration of traditional principles with recently developed concepts and approaches. Prerequisite: COMM 1210

COMM 4640 Technology & Society : Throughout history, communication technologies have allowed people to transcend the limits of face-to-face communication. This course will survey the development of information and communication technologies, with a focus on the impact these technologies have made on communication practices in individual, relational, small group, organizational, cultural, and global contexts.

COMM 4800 Scene Painting II: A continuation of the scenic artist's craft. Advanced techniques, concentrating on the use of aniline dyes, are explored. Prerequisite: COMM 3810

COMM 4810 Acting for TV Commercials: This course provides varied experiences related to rehearsing and performing in television commercials. Prerequisite: COMM 1020

COMM 4820 Acting Showcase: A directed independent practicum culminating in a public performance.

COMM 4830 Children’s Theater: Study of the educational and artistic modes of contemporary children's theater. Focuses on styles of presentation and children's dramatic literature.

COMM 4990 Independent Study: As approved and to be arranged through the student's department advisor. 1-6 credits

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