Courses offered in the Department of Communication
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Beginning course emphasizing fundamentals of speech preparation. Development of poise and confidence in speaking.
Introductory course in understanding communication theory and effects and the communication industry in the United States.
Introduction to production techniques and processes; hands-on use of image and sound recording and editing equipment; creation of dramatic and non-fiction studio and location-based projects.
Critical introduction to the emerging landscape of producing original digital content for information and communication technology. Students will develop a critical perspective and the skills needed to engage in new media culture.
Introduction to the discipline of communication studies. Survey of theory, research, and practice.
Examination of film techniques and basic methods of film analysis.
Critical study of the motion picture as a modern visual art; screening and analysis of representative fiction films to illustrate historical periods and genres.
Grammar use in journalism; Associated Press Style Book.
Basic news reporting: gathering the facts and writing them well. Journalism skills course.
Logical and legal foundation of the argumentation process; practical experience in analysis, reasoning, case-building, evaluation of evidence, refutation and cross-examination.
Critical discussion of the social foundations and values underlying human persuasion. Analysis of persuasive strategies and techniques used in contemporary society: political campaigns, social movements, advertising and consumerism in the U.S.
Advanced public speaking; emphasis on persuasive speeches. Application of social psychology to audience analysis, to speech construction and presentation, and to critical analysis of persuasive public discourse.
Introduction to theory and research on interpersonal communication; analysis of everyday communication situations.
Application of writing principles to various forms of copy; continuity, commercials, public service announcements, features, documentary, drama.
Theory and practice in broadcast news-writing, reporting, performing and editing. Writing Intensive course for broadcasting sequence in Journalism major.
Training and participation in debate and contest speaking.
This course prepares students to participate intelligently and critically in the production and consumption of digital media. The course emphasizes fundamental writing and research skills.
Theory and practical application of photojournalism. Emphasis on journalistic visual storytelling, use of digital camera equipment, theory of photography, and presentation through social media. Students must provide a 35mm DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual capabilities.
Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of new media by way of an investigation of both theories and applications of emerging forms of communication.
Basic understanding of the methods and techniques of developing simple to moderately complex websites. Studies include hypertext, graphic style info, graphic file formats, digital imaging and interface issues.
Formal properties and aesthetic considerations in media, especially film, television and interactive media.
Advanced news reporting, focusing on governmental stories.
Historical background of the profession of public relations; communication variables in public relations; emphasis on presentational techniques, publicity preparation and development of special events.
Copy editing, headline writing, AP style, online and print news presentation, preparation for different news platforms. Journalism skills course.
Historical and contemporary portrayals of African American people in narrative and documentary film. Emphasis on filmic approaches to race relations, cinematic elaboration of racial stereotypes, and legitimation functions of film.
Introduction to major theories and principles used to guide the effective practice of communication within organizations.
Review and practice of various oral communication forms used in modern organizations. Topics include persuasive speaking, informative speaking, speech writing, multi-media presentations and business and report writing.
Theoretical, technical and creative storytelling processes of editing; development of technical competency in skills required for location production (camera, lighting, and sound).
Exploration of the role of theory in describing, explaining and predicting human communication behavior in face-to-face and mediated contexts.
Advanced news reporting, focusing on feature writing.
Uses of legal argument in a variety of fields and contexts. Different methods of studying argument will be examined.
Increasing significance of pop and celebrity culture in shaping cultural and political affairs. Modes of production and consumption of pop culture; understanding pop culture and its effects.
Examination of the dynamics and processes of conflict across contexts with a focus on communicative theories and practices. Focus on developing and applying assessment and management knowledge and skills to real-world situations.
Writing for public relations purposes: backgrounders, fact sheets, press releases; brochures and newsletters.
An introduction to various methods of rhetorical criticism through analysis of texts and artifacts in terms of persuasion and adaptation to audiences.
Channels and functions of nonverbal communication; contexts include: gender, culture, adult-infant interaction, therapy. Methods of study.
Quantitative and qualitative research methods designed to advance knowledge about human communication across applied settings and diverse contexts.
Historical overview of African Americans in radio and television with emphasis on three areas of study: news and documentary; entertainment and advertising; and ownership, employment and access.
Issues of gender, culture and race in media coverage, with some content analysis. Preparation for students to handle this content with sensitivity and accuracy.
Culture-general instruction in intercultural communication skills and theory.
Theory and practice in sound production techniques and experimentation with creative audio production.
Theory and practical application of techniques used in television production; use of graphic materials, design and staging concepts, lighting techniques and studio operation; the role of the television producer-director.
Participation in WAYN on-line radio.
Supervised individual research.
Overview of theory and research in communication; closely supervised research project that results in a paper of approximately twenty pages.
Traces the historical development of communication technologies, industry players and government policies, and assesses impact of the technologies in their historical context.
Analysis of the development of a specific film genre, a director, or other historical aspect of the motion picture. Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes.
Study of the non-fiction film made for a social, cultural, or political purpose; screening and analysis of selected films.
History of journalism and the structure of the industry in America, including all media; emphasis on development of law relating to communication and changing understanding of the First Amendment.
Landmark moments of public address. What constitutes public address; relevance of public address studies.
Principles of social marketing; student-driven group project.
Examines social media strategies and how they can be constructed, implemented and evaluated in the context of public relations planning.
Capstone course for public relations majors. Management functions of public campaigns: developing objectives, strategic planning, issues management, budgeting. Blends theoretical concepts with their professional and practical applications; emphasis on public relations planning and evaluation.
Advanced study of theory and research in communication studies. Topics to be announced in schedule of classes.
Capstone course for journalism majors; must elect in last 21 credits before graduation. Ethics and management structure and practices of media organizations. Individual research projects.
Principles and techniques of writing for motion pictures. Analysis and study of professionally written scripts. Exercises in writing documentary and dramatic film scripts.
Principles and practices of new media and interactive communication. Integrative applications include social networking, wikis, blogs, podcasting, websites and file sharing. Research projects.
Practical skills course in publishing newsletters, magazines, newspapers and books; emphasis on new computer technology, desktop publishing; business aspects of publishing, including printing, promotion and marketing; skills in use of personal computer for publishing.
Advanced reporting techniques involving use of Freedom of Information Act and computer-assisted data base searches; accessing public records.
Influence that vision and visual texts have in our culture. Critical examination of such texts, including photography, museums, monuments, the fashion industry, tattoos and body marking.
Key components of production for electronic media (field, audio, and television production). Production techniques, aesthetic understanding, directing skills.
Theory and practical application of video location production and post-production techniques. Digital non-linear editing and post-production software as used in creative development of original content.
Theory and practical application of aesthetics and journalistic values of TV news and feature storytelling. Emphasis on planning, location video and sound protection, editing, interviewing, writing skills, on-camera presentation.
Theory and practical application in the aesthetic and technical considerations of production design. Topics may include: cinematography/lighting, sound design/mixing, experimental film/video, performance production, documentary preproduction, film/video graphic design.
Introduction to animation techniques, 2D to 2-1/2D to 3D; includes use of Adobe products such as After Effects. Discussion of alpha channels, masks, rotoscoping, layering, keyframe and behavioral-based animation.
Capstone course option for majors in Media Arts and Studies; should be taken in last 21 credits of program. Experience with the preparation, shooting and editing of video projects in film-style production.
Examination of the business, managerial, and creative considerations and process of producing media programming from conception through distribution.
An immersion into the cinematic practices and applied theory of film and digital cinema including the art and technology of cinematography, lighting design, and non-linear post-production. Students will apply an understanding of exposure and color temperature control, workflow management, NLE systems and color grading to the creation of short cinematic works designed for their portfolios and for exhibition.
Advanced feature writing: preparation of magazine features. Students focus on limited number of in-depth articles. Research, structure and writing techniques to produce publishable magazine-length articles.
Theory and practical application of publishing journalistic works via new media. Emphasis on best practices and techniques of using social media for news coverage.
Capstone course; must elect in last 21 credits prior to graduation. Discusses the societal impact of traditional mass media and the evolving interactive technologies of computers and mobile networks as well as emerging technologies such as robotics.
An introduction to strategic communication theory and practice as it applies to non-profit organizations. Includes working with arts organizations to determine their public relations needs and developing a strategic communication campaign that addresses those objectives.
Combination of lectures and workshops to assist students in carrying out a service learning or individual research project.
Disciplinary writing assignments under the direction of a faculty member. Must be selected in conjunction with a designated corequisite; see section listing in Schedule of Classes for corequisites available each term. Satisfies the University General Education Writing Intensive Course in the Major requirement.
Preparation and presentation of speech manuscripts. Emphasis on style of writing, use of supporting materials and factors of interest. Special problems of ghost-writing considered.
This course provides a foundational grounding in public relations theories and examines them in different communication contexts, including mediated, crisis, and international.
On-the-job observations and work experience in business, service, social, governmental, and industrial organizations. Emphasis on journalism, public relations, and organizational communication.
Conflict in online environments; development of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). Hands-on work with state-of-the-art ODR technologies via several simulations.
Theoretical review of the structure process and function of communication within and between organizations. Analysis of current and emerging issues in the theory and research of organizational communication.
Analysis of new media and interactive communication processes. Emphasis on critical theory and cultural studies in relation to interpersonal, group and organizational contexts. Research projects.
Recognition and acceptance of differences in culture, ethnicity, gender, and alternative lifestyles; sensitivities in writing and publishing; for students intending careers in the media.
Overview of communication theory and practice as it relates to issues of culture, conflict and dispute resolution.
Advanced individual projects.
Fundamentals of scholarly research and writing at the graduate level.
Bridge course for new MA students who do not have a professional background or undergraduate degree in journalism or public relations.
Advanced studies in argumentation, including the structure of reasoning, the organization of arguments, strategies of argument, and the nature of proof.
Management functions of public relations campaigns: developing objectives, strategic planning, issues management, budgeting. Blends theoretical concepts with their professional and practical applications; emphasis on prominent critical rhetorical approaches to public relations planning and evaluations.
Survey of theory and research on interpersonal interaction, with special emphasis on social perception, self-presentation, and the formation of relationships in interaction.
Theoretical and case-study approach to communicative aspects of organizational crisis management. Topics include post-crisis response, crisis sensing, crisis planning.
Theory and research in health communication; issues of patient-provider communication and health campaigns.
Principles of criticism as applied to public address; analysis of standards and methods of evaluation; readings in modern criticism of public address. Research project.
Methods of data collection and analysis in communication research, approaches to measurement, research design, and other quantitative methods of communication research.
Research and writing for creation of full-length dramatic or documentary film and television scripts.
Advanced planning, development and production processes essential to creation of corporate publications; including brochures, newsletters, annual reports, marketing collateral materials, grant and proposal documents. Writing and strategic communication emphasis.
Theoretical bases of qualitative research in communication and the development of skills in conceptualizing/designing qualitative research projects in communication, gathering data, analyzing data (using online software), and writing qualitative research.
Design, implementation and evaluation of ethnographic and participant/observation research studies in communication.
Principles of video and film editing; exercises and assignments covering pace, meaning, special effects; styles of editing related to genres; non-linear editing software programs.
Systematic analysis of major twentieth century theories of communication, with a discussion of their historical and philosophical foundations. Discussion and critical review of recent developments in communication theory.
Advanced topics in mass communication theory and research.
Foundational readings and concepts; theoretical perspectives of critical theory and cultural studies.
Theory and practice in quantitative techniques for analyzing texts.
Mass media research methods for political communication studied and applied.
Philosophy and approaches to teaching communication on the college level. Topics include objectives, evaluation, motivation and teaching strategies.
Research in major field for advanced graduate students.
Introduction to perspectives, approaches and methods of communication research. Required during first term of Ph.D. study in the Communication Department.
Research in preparation for doctoral dissertation.