SOC Course Descriptions
Listed below are the course descriptions for School of Communication Summer Sessions courses.
School of Communication
COMM 101 Public Speaking and Critical Thinking
This introductory course is designed to supply students with the skills of public address, a fundamental understanding of critical thinking practices, foundational tenets of communication theory, a grasp of the relationship between context and communication, and a sense of the social responsibility that comes with the capacity for communication.
COMM175 Introduction to Communication
This course gives a general historical and theoretical overview of communication. By looking at communication through a critical, historical, and theoretical lens, students will acquire an intellectual framework for further study and practice in communication. This course will also increase basic communication literacy.
COMM 200 Communication and New Media
Prerequisites: CMUN/COMM 150, 160, or 175. This course explores the ways technology affects personal, cultural, and mass communication through examining the historical, societal, and ethical implications of newer and interactive forms of media. Students use audio, video, and digital tools to research and produce essays, projects, and presentations that analyze the impact of technology on communication.
COMM 205 Reporting and Writing Across Platforms
This coruse is designed to teach students to report, write, and create stories for print, broadcast, and the Internet. While learning the basics through lectures and the textbook, students also will spend time doing research, interviews, and writing print news stories, broadcast scripts, and articles for the Internet.
COMM 210 Principles of Public Relations
Prerequisites: CMUN/COMM 150, 160, or 175. This course introduces the theory and practice of public relations in communicating and establishing relationships with diverse publics. Topics include professional roles and ethical responsibilities, strategies and tools, media resources, and public relations writing. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the roles and practices of the public relations professional, develop PR plans, and create a portfolio or writing samples.
COMM 211 Principles of Advertising
Prerequisites: CMUN/COMM 150, 160, or 175. This introduction to advertising provides an overview of the theory and hands-on practice of advertising including planning, strategy, creative development, and media planning. Elements of direct response, promotion, Internet, and public relations are also presented. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of advertising and practice creative and decision-making skills in developing an advertising campaign.
COMM 215 Ethics and Communication
Prerequisites: CMUN/COMM 150, 160, or 175. This course explores various approaches to ethical decision-making and applies that process to diverse aspects of every day, contemporary life. Students learn to discern a wide variety of ethical issues concerning communication behavior, apply systematic ethical analysis to various communication situations, and explain their analyses clearly.
COMM 274 Introduction to Cinema
This course is an introduction to the study of cinema as a complex medium of communication. Students will be provided with the basic terminology, observational skills, and theoretical background for the study of film aesthetics, language, cultural analysis, history, and the production of cinematic texts. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic approaches to film studies such as formal analysis, critical practices, and narrative studies.
COMM 381 Communication Practicum
Department consent required
Students gain advanced practical experience in service experiential learning projects.
COMM 382 Journalism Practicum
Department consent required
Students gain hands-on practical experience in developing Journalism projects.
Department consent required
Students will gain advanced practical experience creating digital cinema projects.
COMM 391 Advertising & Public Relations Internship
Prerequisites: Permission from Advertising & Public Relations internship director, Junior status, and attending an internship orientation. This supervised field experience enables students to have hands-on professional learning at a wide range of agency, corporate, and non-profit organizations as the basis for learning and refining professional communication skills.
COMM 392 Journalism Internship
Prerequisites: Permission from Journalism internship director, Junior status, and attending an internship orientation. This supervised field experience enables students to have hands-on professional learning at a wide range of agency, corporate, and non-profit organizations as the basis for learning and refining professional communication skills. Students gain proficiency in professional conduct and industry skills while systematically reflecting on their experiences.
COMM 393 Communication Studies Internship
Prerequisites: Permission from Communication Studies internship director, Junior status, and attending an internship orientation. This supervised field experience uses experiential learning at a wide variety of corporate, professional, and non-profit organizations as the basis for learning and refining communication skills. Students will be able to demonstrate skill proficiency as required at their sites, professional conduct, and systematic reflection on their experiences.
COMM 398 Directed Study
Prerequisites: Instructor and departmental approval. Independent research under the supervision of a designated faculty member. May be repeated for a total of 9 hours, but only 6 may count toward the major. Students gain experience and use skills they have developed in their field of interest to work on independent research.