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Undergraduate Communication Courses
 

CM 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture An integrated examination of the history, theory, structure, process, and effects of each of the mass media.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

CM 101 Library Skills for Research
The course covers the basics of library research: search strategies and how to use both print and automated research tools.
Offered every 3 years. 1 credit.


CM 103 Survey of Radio and Television
LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture Perspectives on the development of radio and television technologies, programming, regulation, and economic support, and their impact.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 105 Media Writing
Prerequisite: CM 100
An introduction to various types of mass media writing, from print and broadcast to public relations, advertising and online media.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 106 Communication and the Internet
LASC—Thought, Language and Culture Focuses on the social and educational implications of the Internet and the application of its various search tools as a means to communication.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM/EN 107 Journalism and Democracy
This course introduces students to the history of American journalism and the role of journalism in democratic and non-democratic societies.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 110 Public Speaking
LASC—Thought, Language and Culture
Essentials of speech production and speech writing for large and small groups. Classroom practice in delivering various types of speeches.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 150 Photography I
Covers the basic theory and practice of 35mm B/W photography, including camera handling, film processing, light meters, printing and picture content.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 151 Introduction to Digital Photography
LASC—Creative Arts
Techniques and aesthetics of digital photography. Introduction to the operation of SLR digital cameras and the
computer as digital darkroom.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 160 Introduction to Digital Imaging
This course introduces students to the procedures, techniques and concepts of basic digital imaging. In the course students learn to use the computer as a tool for visual image making.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 180 Introduction to Advertising
An overview of the advertising including the historical and current roles of advertising in our economy, basic advertising
concepts and methods, and social and cultural effects.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 191 Special Topics in Communication
An introductory level course in communications on current or specialized topics.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 193 Special Topics in Communication for First-Year Students
All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.  Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 199 Interpersonal Communication in Media
Study of the communications process as it relates to the production of material in various media, including video, audio, film.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 200 Writing for Communication
Development of writing, research, and critical thinking skills associated with the discipline of communication.  Assignments focus on contemporary communication issues.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 204 Analysis of News
This course introduces students to the conventions, ethical issues and the economic, political and socio-cultural forces that affect mainstream and alternative journalism today.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 205 Reporting for Media
This course refines interviewing skills and enables students to develop evidence from documentary sources to create stories for converging media.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 206 Digital Storytelling
Prerequisite: CM 100
Use of personal narrative to construct stories using audio, still and video images, and music tracks in digital format.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 210 Special Topics in Communication
This is a mid-level communication course focused on current specialized topics not covered by the department’s
curriculum
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM/WO 213 Gender and Media
LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum;
Writing Across the Curriculum
Prerequisite: CM 100
This course will explore how difference is socially constructed along gender lines and will explore the intersections
of gender, identity, power and media representation.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits


CM 231 Photography II
Prerequisite: CM 150
Expands basic skills in camera craft, film and print processing and presentation. Instruction and practice in the Zone System, theory and practice of advanced exposure and film development control. Emphasis on photographic composition and efficiency in designing purposeful photographic statements.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 240 Principles of Public Relations
Prerequisite: CM 100
An overview of public relations principles in business, politics and society.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 241 Understanding Movies
LASC—Creative Arts; Thought, Language and Culture
An introduction to the aesthetics and critical theories of film as an artistic medium of communication through critical observation of classic and contemporary movies.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 244 Graphic Design
Through hands-on projects, students will learn formal elements of design, principles of typography, idea generation, and issues of responsible design as applied to print media.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM/CS 247 Introduction to Multimedia
Prerequisite: Introduction to computers or experience
Use of computers to create digitized video, images, sound, animation, and text for CD-ROM, the internet, television and other productions.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM/MU 250 Music of the Cinema: Spectacle, Splendor, and Spielberg
An introduction to the role, impact, and importance of music in motion pictures from silent movies through contemporary film.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 259 Television Production I
LASC—Creative Arts
Basics of studio production including visualization and sequencing of short scripts, sound, graphics, lighting, and technical direction.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 260 Introduction to Video
LASC—Creative Arts
A beginning course in video program production, using lightweight and portable equipment.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM/EN 268 Journalism: Feature Writing
Prerequisite: EN 102
Provides advanced training in finding, researching, developing, and writing feature stories for newspapers and magazines.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.


CM 270 Media and Globalization
This course examines the emergence of global media and its impact on the development of a global world.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM/EN 270 Journalism: Editing
Prerequisite: EN 102
Training in copy selection, copy editing, story placement, headline writing, layout, and use of style books.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.


CM/EN 272 News Reporting and Writing I
Prerequisites: EN 102 & EN 107
Includes fundamentals of news judgment, events coverage, sourcing, interviewing, writing on deadline, fact checking and basic editing.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM/AR 285 History of Photography
LASC—Creative Arts; Thoughts, Language and Culture
The history of photography from 1839 to present, with attention to styles, aesthetics, technical processes, and leading practitioners.
Offered every 2 year. 3 credits.


CM 301 Communication Theory
Prerequisite: CM 100
Examines the nature and origins of symbol systems, the make up of audiences, the effects of mass media, and concomitant research.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.


CM 305 Media for Non-profits
Prerequisites: CM 100, CM 105
This course covers the writing, research, planning and problem solving necessary to provide media service for a non-profit client.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 340 Public Relations Strategy
Prerequisite: CM 240
Case study approach to public relations practices, problems, opportunities, and application to practical situations.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 345 Media and Democracy
Prerequisite: CM 100
This course aims to develop an understanding of democracy's requirements and the role of the media in relation to democracy.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM/WO 350 Intercultural Communication
Prerequisite: CM 100
Introductory communication theory and practice across cultural groups defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, nationality, politics and economics.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM/EN 351 News Reporting and Writing II
Prerequisite: EN 272
Focuses on using documentary evidence in reporting. Students select a reporting specialty area such as sports, business or higher education.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM/EN 352 Practicum in Journalism
Prerequisite: EN 270 & EN 272
Workshop in which students report, write, and edit the online college news magazine. Participate in all aspects of publication.
Offered every semester. 3 credits.


CM/EN 353 Narrative Journalism
Prerequisite: EN 272
Students analyze and create in-depth journalistic features and nonfiction stories that blend reporting with techniques of fictional storytelling.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM/EN 354 Opinion Writing
Prerequisite: EN 272
Students analyze and practice writing op-eds and other opinion pieces. Learn to write commentary that is publication ready.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 359 Documentary Production
Prerequisite: CM 260
This course engages students in a semester-long production of documentary and introduces key concepts of documentary theory.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 360 Television Production II
LASC—Creative Arts
Prerequisites: CM 259 or CM 260
The student will gain experience in the areas of electronic videotape editing, technology of television engineering, creative video, remote production and other advanced techniques. Primary emphasis is on the production of programs utilizing advanced techniques.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 363 Visual Media Literacy
Prerequisite: CM 100
An introduction to principles of visual media literacy and their application in media production and perception.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM 366 Scriptwriting
Prerequisite: CM 100
Creating scripted material for the electronic media. All types, styles, and formats will be covered.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 370 Advertising Production
Prerequisite: CM 100, CM 180
Applied skills in advertising including the creation of advertisements in different media, advertising strategies, media schedules and campaign plans.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM/CS 374 Advanced Multimedia
Prerequisite: CM/CS 247 or equivalent
Project-based approach using computers to design multimedia productions to integrate image, sound, and text. Emphasis on creative conceptualization, interface design, and project management.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 384 Media Criticism
LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum;
Writing Across the Curriculum
Prerequisite: CM 100
Evaluation and analysis of film, television, theatre, and radio performances, development of intelligent, ethical standards of judgment.
Offered every year. 3 credits.


CM/WO 390 Alternative Communication
Prerequisite: CM103
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of alternative communication and its relationship with culture and politics.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.


CM 396 Video Editing
LASC—Creative Arts
Prerequisite: CM 259 or CM 260
The principles and procedures of editing one-half-inch and three-quarter-inch videotape using manual and electronic techniques and equipment. Students will produce short, edited programs.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 400 Public Relations Research
Prerequisite: CM 240
Study of public relations research concepts, and application for planning, communication and evaluation.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 404 Independent Study in Media
Prerequisite: CM 100
Permits advanced students to investigate topic of special interest through research or production of a project. Periodic consultations with advisor.
Offered every 2 years. 1-6 credits.

CM 405 Mass Communication Research
Survey of methods and applications of research in media fields, including advertising, public relations, journalism, new media and political communication.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

CM 410 Seminar: Topics in Communication
This course engages students in advanced examination of emerging communication topics and of topics in a faculty’s area of expertise.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM/EN 416 Media Law and Ethics
Prerequisite: EN 272
An overview of the U. S. legal and justice systems and an examination of ethical issues in mass media.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.


CM 435 Media Internship
Prerequisite: Two relevant communications courses and consent of department provides opportunity to advanced students to increase experience through internship with sponsoring community organization, institution, or business under appropriate supervision.
Offered every year. 3-12 credits.

 

  

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