Comm Arts Courses

COM101 Visual Storytelling (4)
Studies foundational concepts in storytelling and visual communication and their interrelation in a digital context. Develops knowledge and skills in applying basic media storytelling structures and techniques (including documentary, PR, advertising, and scriptwriting) and basic visual design (including color theory, typography, and composition). Prerequisite: major or permission of chair.

*COM152 Media and Society (4)
Examines how media of mass communication both reflect and influence our culture. Considers how knowledge of environment and models for social interaction are affected by mediated communication, and how financial and organizational structures of media influence content and approach. *Fulfills core Civic Responsibility theme.

COM205 Perspectives on Communication (4)
Examines foundational concepts and methods for understanding and evaluating communication with a focus on theory relevant to visual storytelling. Introduces how core sensibilities about responsible communication are developed through interacting with Christian theology and with rhetorical, semiotic, sociocultural and critical traditions of communication theory. 

COM217 Introduction to Screenwriting (4)
Examines principles of screenwriting with constant practice. Students will complete multiple short format screenplays. Coursework includes extensive analysis of student work and established models. Prerequisite: COM 201 or ENG 212.

COM222  Journalism I: News Writing (4)
Studies all facets of reporting news. Experience in techniques of interviewing, information gathering and writing news stories. Prerequisite: COM or ENG major or permission of instructor.

COM240 Public Speaking (4)
Introduces fundamental skills and perspectives of presentational speaking. Building on classical standards, develops greater skill and poise in making presentations. Cultivates discernment of timing and appropriateness in speech that serves listeners in their circumstances, helping them respond freely, lovingly and truthfully. 

COM242 Interpersonal Communication (4)
Examines how communication functions in relationships of mutual influence. Based on understanding verbal and nonverbal skills, explores models for listening and responding, managing conflict, and developing and adjusting various kinds of relationships. (Alternate years.)

*COM248  Intercultural Communication (4)
Studies communication dynamics of intercultural engagement. Explores how communication practices disclose and articulate cultural diversity. Emphasizes awareness of cultural values and pursues incarnational model for reducing cultural misunderstandings and enhancing appreciative interaction. *Fufills core Global Understanding theme.

COM254 Introduction to Digital Video Production (4)
Introduces basic equipment, pre- through postproduction procedures and techniques, and aesthetic and narrative perspectives in digital video production. Students complete individual and group productions. Prerequisite: COM201. Lab fee.

COM310 Contemporary Communication Theories (4)
Surveys influential perspectives on communication developed during past 100 years. Examines social-scientific, humanistic and performative schools of thought on how symbolic action can be understood and adjusted. Prerequisite: COM205.

COM317 Intermediate Screenwriting (4)

Builds on foundations of screenwriting with constant practice. Students work towards the completion of a feature length screenplay. Coursework includes extensive analysis of student work and established models. Prerequisite: COM 217.

COM324 Journalism II: Feature Writing (4)
Examines principles and practice in writing features and articles; rewriting process; how to interview, get stories, and get published. Prerequisite: COM222.

COM325 Public Relations and Advertising (4)
Studies and practices many forms of promotional and public relations writing including press releases, public service announcements, magazine queries, securing television and radio interviews, coverage memos, media alerts, features, trade press releases, newsletters, backgrounders and public relations presentations. Prerequisite: COM101.

COM344 Art of Persuasion (4)
Examines elements, domains, implications and challenges of persuasion. Engages variety of theories for understanding and evaluating persuasion, grappling with issues of effectiveness, ethics and eloquence in interplay of creativity and critique. Cultivates greater insight into conditions of being persuaded and greater discernment in responding to and offering persuasion. Prerequisite: COM101, 205

COM350 Intermediate Production (4)
Explores the different roles in the filmmaking process (including writing, directing, producing, cinematography, production design, sound recording and design, and editing). Students complete production on a short film, while developing a more advanced understanding of visual aesthetics and the cultural impact of film. Prerequisites: COM 254 or instructor permission. Lab fee.

*COM356 Media Criticism (4)
Studies criteria by which people evaluate the visual media of film and television. Students learn and practice established and innovative critical approaches, articulating meaning and value of wide range of visual texts. *Fulfills core Aesthetic Sensibilities and Practices theme.

*COM358 Film and TV Genres (4)
Studies film and television genres, including history and theory of creating and understanding visual media by type. Examines definitions, meanings, cultural roles and blending of genres. Creative and analytic projects required. Fulfills core Aesthetic Sensibilities and Practices theme.

COM371 Selected Topics (2 or 4)
Explores topics not regularly taught but of interest to majors. May enroll more than once if topic changes. Prerequisites are set by the instructor. Lab fee for some topics.

COM381 Independent Study (2 or 4)
Independent study courses are designed to provide curricular enrichment and flexibility, hence cannot be an existing course. A 2.75 minimum GPA and the approval of the supervising instructor and department chair are required for enrollment. Lab fee for some topics.

COM425 Internship (2 or 4)
Supervised learning experience in appropriate professional setting combining on-the-job work experience with related academic study. Interns maintain journal, produce portfolio and write reflective paper in addition to on-site assignments. Must be prearranged with COM Arts instructor. Prerequisites: junior or senior class standing, previous coursework in field of interest and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.

COM491 Senior Seminar (4)
Synthesizes and extends concepts and skills developed throughout communication arts major. Capstone course focuses on appraising and responding to powerful and pervasive influence of media in contemporary culture. Students develop both critical and creative thesis projects. Prerequisites: senior standing and major. Lab fee for some projects. 

*Fulfills core common or thematic requirement