COM 101 : INTRODUCTION TO MASS MEDIA (F, S)
This course is an introduction to the study of mass media. Students will gain an understanding of media history, the structure of media industries (print, electronic, and digital), and their major players. In addition to becoming savvier consumers of media, students will also be asked to be cultural critics of media, connecting their own consumption of media to the larger issues of citizenship and democracy.
COM 102 : INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (F, S)
This course is designed to increase students’ communication knowledge and skills in their relationships with others, including friends, family, coworkers, and romantic partners. Specific topics include relationship development, listening, self-disclosure, the influence of culture on inter- personal communication, and managing conflict effectively.
COM 150: PRESENTATION SKILLS (F, S)
3 credits/ Powers
The presentation skills course teaches students how to research, structure, and deliver effective oral presentations. It requires active student participation in order to build both skills and confidence. Among the topics covered in the course are analyzing the audience, identifying, selecting, and critically evaluating content, matching presentation content to presentation goals, using visual aids effectively, and dealing with speaking anxiety.
COM 204 : INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES (F, S)
This is a survey course that serves to introduce film both as an industry and an art form. Subject matter includes film techniques, styles, traditions, and genres; the rudiments of cinematography, editing, sound, script structure, acting, and directing; and the business and economics of film production, distribution, and exhibition. The course will also focus on critical evaluations of the work of a diverse, but representative, group of outstanding films and filmmakers.
COM 205 : COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH (F, S)
This course introduces students to interpersonal communication, mass communication, and persuasion theories. The nature of—and differences between—social scientific and humanistic theories will be discussed. A focus will be the research methods used to develop and/or test communication theories. The course is geared toward sophomore students with limited exposure to communication coursework.
Prerequisites: COM 101, 102
COM 206 : FUNDAMENTALS OF JOURNALISM (F, S)
This is a beginning journalism course that introduces students to basic news reporting and writing techniques across multiple platforms, including print, broadcast, and online. Although the emphasis will be on news reporting, students will get introduced to feature writing as well.
COM 207: PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS (F, S)
Public relations has been called “the unseen power” that influences culture, business, politics, and society. This class introduces students to the wide-ranging field of public relations, the role it plays in managing organizational relationships of all kinds, and the skills required to succeed in one of the fastest-growing communication professions.
COM 208 : VIDEO FIELD PRODUCTION (F, S)
This course introduces students to the fundamental theories and practices of audio and video production. Students will learn how the preproduction, production, and postproduction stages apply to media. Emphasis is on storytelling, the importance of audience research and planning, scheduling, and selecting and employing proper resources. Students will experience the process using fundamental production techniques of audio and video through hands-on projects.
COM 215 : GROUP AND TEAM COMMUNICATION (S)
U.S. organizations are requiring group work, including virtual teamwork, more than ever before. In addition, Americans are choosing to join service, social, and self-help groups at an unprecedented rate. To enhance effective membership in any of these groups, this course weds theory of small group interaction with practice through participation in groups. Specific topics include the nature of groups, the link between communication and group composition, the aims of groups, the influence processes in groups, group decision making, and properties of group interaction.
COM 267: Communication and Conflict Management
This course focuses on the nature and function of healthy and unhealthy conflict communication. Content incorporates theories of conflict and the application of effective conflict management techniques. Specifically, the course will examine communication’s role in the development, conduct, and resolution of conflict.
COM 300 : COMMUNICATION ETHICS (F, S)
This course provides students with an overview of ethical standards relevant to social behavior and an in-depth study of contemporary ethical issues facing communicators. Concepts of truth, confidentiality, conflict of interest, social justice, and other issues will be studied from the perspective of several sub-disciplines of communication. NOTE: COM 300 is taken the same semester as COM 310
Prerequisite: Junior standing
COM 301: MEDIA IN AMERICA (F, S)
With media mergers, converging technology, and 24-hour instant access, media reach has expanded immensely, making the world a smaller, more connected place. This course explores how the media industry has grown and changed through exploration of the development, economics, regulation, and impact of mass media. Students will analyze how the media operate and conduct business in our fast-paced environment.
Prerequisite: COM 101
COM 302 : BROADCAST JOURNALISM (F, S)
This course entails reporting for TV and radio broadcast with an emphasis on hard news but including some feature stories.
Prerequisite: COM 208
COM 303 : SCRIPTWRITING (F, S)
This course is an introduction to and application of scriptwriting techniques in formats appropriate for radio, television, and film.
COM 306 : IN-DEPTH REPORTING (F)
This advanced journalism course provides students with multiple opportunities to report and write news and feature stories through print, broadcast, and online platforms, while emphasizing reporting techniques used to produce in-depth journalism.
Prerequisite: COM 206
COM 308: COMMUNICATION LAW (F, S)
The course is designed to review the history, development, and interpretation of the First Amendment in the U.S. by our court system and its impact upon journalists, mass communicators, and citizens.
Prerequisite: COM 101
COM 310 : COMMUNICATION PORTFOLIO (F, S)
The portfolio assists students with synthesizing and applying what they have learned in Communication courses to the task of bridging from undergraduate studies to post-graduation. Students will build a portfolio that can be used to demonstrate knowledge and skills. COM 310 is taken the same semester as COM 300.
Prerequisite: Junior standing
COM 312 : PERSUASION, POWER, AND INFLUENCE (F, S)
This course examines theories and techniques associated with persuasion, ranging from those centered on interpersonal settings to those featured in mass-mediated campaigns. Assignments will focus on both oral and written persuasion with the goal of enhancing the student’s abilities as both consumer and practitioner.
COM 315: ADVANCED INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (F)
In this course, students will recognize, develop, and refine their interpersonal communication competence. Using advanced interpersonal communication theory, students will learn how best to achieve self-presentation, relationship, and instrumental goals.
Prerequisite: COM 102
COM 316 : COMMUNICATION RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS (F, S)
This course introduces students to the strategic process of collecting and analyzing information in professional settings. The practical focus of course assignments will be on using research to solve problems. Students will be introduced to situation analysis, designing and implementing surveys, interviewing, focus groups, and content analysis.
COM 317 : ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (F, S)
In addition to providing an introduction to contemporary research and theory about the communication in organizations, this course also focuses on contemporary issues in order to better understand the practices that contribute to organizational success and failure. Topics include leadership communication, interviewing and the job search, organizational culture, and the impacts of globalization and technology.
COM 319 : ADVANCED PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS (S)
This course focuses on the practical application of theory and research in public, team, and interpersonal presentations. Students will prepare, deliver, and critique presentations for a variety of professional communication situations. Audiences will consist of people within organizations (e.g., supervisors, co-workers), as well as outside of organizations (e.g., clients, community leaders, members of funding organizations). Emphasis will be placed on appropriate and effective information gathering, organizational strategies, audience analysis, and verbal and nonverbal communication.
Prerequisite: COM 150
COM 320 : COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE
Students will learn how communication practices vary across cultures. Focus will be on intercultural, cross-cultural, and interethnic communication.
COM 325: Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal communication refers to the many ways that we send messages without relying on words. This course focuses on specific nonverbal structures (e.g., touch, gesture, facial expression, appearance), the functions of nonverbal communication (e.g., impression formation, deception, etc.), and cultural variations in nonverbal communication rules and interpretations.
COM 337: ADVERTISING COPYWRITING
This course provides experience with writing for advertising. Students will explore the theoretical and research basis for communication and will examine the role of both strategy and creativity in the development and implementation of communication campaigns. Students will write for print, broadcast, and other media.
COM 338: Social Media
This course addresses the many positive and negative implications associated with society’s reliance on social media platforms. Using a perspective rooted in digital literacy, the course examines how social media is used in both personal and professional contexts, and how me might use social media to communicate competently, ethically, and strategically.
COM 345: Communication and Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
This course focuses on the influence of sex, gender, and sexuality on communication in a variety of contexts. The course will review the recent theories and research literature on communication and sex, gender, and sexuality. The course will present information on communication and sex, gender, and sexuality as it relates to individual identity development, personal relationships, and social relationships.
COM 348 : MEDIA RESEARCH (F, S)
This course introduces students to research methods used by media professionals, with particular emphasis placed on the Nielsen and Arbitron ratings reports. Topics address principles of collecting and interpreting audience data with application to programming, promotion, and sales.
COM 350/450 : COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (F, S)
This experience is normally a full-time, paid employment in a cooperating firm to provide on-the-job training (part-time positions at least six months in duration may qualify). The course requires meetings with the faculty supervisor, reflection papers, and interaction and evaluation by the site supervisors. Position must be approved by Department Chair.
Prerequisite: junior or senior status, 2.75 G.P.A.
COM 356 : ONLINE JOURNALISM (F, S)
This course teaches core technical and journalistic skills for journalistic story-telling on the Web. Each student will create his or her own Web log and fill it with original reporting of community-based stories told using words, still photos, video and audio. The reporting will be accurate, fair and compelling.
COM 357 : PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING (F, S)
Writing is one of the top-rated skills for public relations professionals, and this course introduces students to the principles of planning and pre-writing as the basis for successful writing efforts. Students will learn how to produce a variety of pieces for print and electronic media, including press releases, backgrounders, brochures, newsletter articles, and public service announcements, as well as other tools designed to engage an organization’s key stakeholders.
COM 358 : TV STUDIO PRODUCTION (F, S)
This course teaches students how video productions are produced within a television studio environment. Students will develop and strengthen production skills through hands-on projects in both field and studio pro- duction. Students will work together to produce a regular program for air in the second part of the semester.
Prerequisite: COM 208
COM 365: COMMUNICATION IN RELATIONSHIPS
This course focuses on contemporary research and theories associated with communication in close relationships. We will address cultural norms regarding “good” communication and “good” relationships, as well as what research suggests are the realities associated with communication and relationships.
Prerequisites: COM 102, COM 205.
COM 368: VIDEO EDITING
Combining the study and critique of media examples with hands-on experience, this course examines the techniques, equipment, and theories involved in achieving structure in film and video through editing. Students will strengthen and expand their editing skills through class exercises and outside projects, while also studying past and present film and video productions.
Prerequisite: COM 208
COM 387 : PUBLIC RELATIONS CASES AND CAMPAIGNS (F, S)
Public relations (PR) practitioners face a daunting range of choices when trying to manage key relationships. This course is designed to help students approach public relations strategically and to apply public relations techniques and theories to communication programs and campaigns. The course will also explore current trends in PR practice and how they influence planning.
Prerequisite: COM 207
COM 403: FILM SEMINAR (F)
This course involves an in-depth study of film as art and cultural document. Rotating topics include film history, critical approaches to film, film noir, American comedy, etc.
Prerequisite: COM/FLMS 204
COM 406: COMMUNITY JOURNALISM (F, S)
Community journalism comprises a wide range of practices designed to give news organizations greater insight into the communities they cover. In this course, students will use the reporting, editing, production, and design skills developed throughout the track to create non-fiction stories about Philadelphia community issues. They will learn to produce their work in print, broadcast, and/or Web-based format.
Prerequisites: COM 206, COM 306, and COM 356
COM 407 : PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGEMENT (F, S)
This course is the capstone of the public relations track, a service-learning class in which students apply their knowledge and skills through collaborations with area community organizations.
Prerequisites: COM 207, 316, 357.
COM 408 : MEDIA PRODUCTION PRACTICUM (F, S)
The capstone builds upon previous skills: concept, needs analysis, budget, writing, shooting, editing, law, and promotion, while integrating research and criticism to determine media effects. Students will produce a media project for a specific client that pulls together all aspects of the production process. Prerequisites: COM 208 and COM 358
COM 415 : COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE (F)
3 credits/ Capstone
Students will integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their previous coursework in order to demonstrate their ability to solve real-world interpersonal, group, and organizational problems. The culmination of the course will be an individual project that requires an in- depth analysis of a communication issue of interest to the student, with a particular focus on social issues.
Prerequisite: COM 315
COM 461/462/463 : INTERNSHIP (F, S)
3 credits credits
Students may intern in communication industries. Working approximately 15 hours a week under professional supervision, students learn how to apply their education to the everyday demands of professional positions. The course requires meetings with the faculty supervisor, reflection papers, and interaction and evaluation by the site supervisors. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, 2.75 GPA, and recommendation of the Chair.