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 interpersonal communication, and managing conflict effectively.
COM 150: PRESENTATION SKILLS (F, S)
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 206 : FUNDAMENTALS OF JOURNALISM (F, S)
This beginning journalism course 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 302 : BROADCAST JOURNALISM (F, S)
This course focuses on 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 357 : PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING (F, S)
Writing is one of the top-rated skills for public relations profession- als, 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.