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Communication Course Descriptions

COMM155 - ORAL COMMUNICATIONS (2-2-3)
Students will learn theories/practices of public speaking in various settings. Audience analysis and speech development will be considered. Students will participate in preparing/performing of a variety of oral presentations.

COMM270 - BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (2-2-3)
This course will involve the student in the diverse aspects of business communication theories and practices, and provide instruction in understanding basic principles and the importance of appropriate and professional business communication. Students will learn to compose various communication-related correspondence expected of business and industry. Participants may also address ethical concerns as they relate to business communication. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English sequence. Students may not take both COMM270 and COMM400. Students enrolled in majors requiring COMM400 may not take this course as a general elective.

COMM290 - SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES OF JOURNALISM (3-0-3)
This course assists students in developing a perspective for gathering, reporting and disseminating news. The role of the journalist in American society, and the changing role of the news, will be discussed. Students will learn the basics of the news process, as well the history of newspaper, television, and radio as pertaining to journalism. Prerequisite (Day): Successful Completion of the English Sequence.

COMM310 - PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)
This course focuses on the development of professional-level written and oral communication skills. Students will learn how to conduct a meeting, do an effective oral presentation, write technical descriptions, instructions and reports, and effectively present information to their clients. Standard business formats (memo, letter, etc.) will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: ENGL105 English Composition and ENGL116 Literature and Composition. Day students may not take COMM310 and COMM270 or COMM400.

COMM330 - INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)
This course serves as an overview to the mass media and the process of mass communication including its historical aspects, as well as the relevance of the mass media messages that our students will face today and tomorrow. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English sequence or MGMT111 Introduction to Management.

COMM400 - TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS (2-2-3)
Business correspondence is reviewed. Technical description, instructions, process analysis, short and long reports, proposals, documentation and manuals are covered. Students are exposed to the latest communications technologies. Work in oral communication presentations and team projects are required. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Sequence. Students may not take both COMM400 and COMM270.

COMM430 - PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING (3-0-3)
This introductory course increases awareness of the public relations (PR) field and the journalism/news process as it relates to PR, and provides basic instruction in public relations writing and communications. Prerequisite (Day): Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement.

COMM580 - SOCIETY AND VISUAL MEDIA (4-0-4)
This course looks at current media practices and their impact on communication, culture, and society. Image making and manipulation, video, audio, interactivity, and connectivity will be demonstrated and analyzed. The class focuses on effectively communicating content and ideas through digital media formats. Prerequisite (Day): Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement.

COMM610 - PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING (4-0-4)
Students will be exposed to and examine the issues and role of the Public Relations practitioner and media messages. They will also learn public relations writing/communication style which will be utilized to prepare press releases, public service announcements and other related materials. Prerequisite (Day): Completion of Sophomore Social Sciences requirement.

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