MASS COMMUNICATIONS COURSES
COMM 112 Understanding Media and Social Change F&S 3 credits
Students in this course explore the purpose, function and impact of media on society.
COMM 200 Introduction to Media Writing Fall 3 credits
This course is an introduction to writing in the styles and forms required in journalism, broadcast, online media, public relations and advertising. Students gather, organize, and write news stories using Associated Press style and learn about the media process through the applied process of publication.
COMM 201 Interpretive and Opinion Writing F&S 3 credits
Following the tenets of professional journalism organizations and using the work of contemporary columnists and editorial writers as a guide, students will learn the importance of opinion writing. Through discussion and analysis, students will develop their own opinion column as well as write in-depth interpretive stories and editorials. Their writing will be submitted to the editors of the student campus newspaper to be considered for publication.
COMM 233 Media Ethics F&S 3 credits
This course uses real-life and hypothetical cases in ethical decision-making situations in the media areas of general information (truth), advertising, loyalties, public relations, privacy, a democratic society, visuals, cyberspace and arts and entertainment.
COMM 240 Introduction to News Photography F&S 3 credits
Basic principles of the digital photographic process are explored. Major areas covered are equipment selection and handling, light, composition, exposure, and accessories such as filters and proper flash techniques. Good picture taking methods are explained including image transfer, digital file types, and basic Photoshop tools.
COMM 242 Advanced News Photography F&S 3 credits
This course is further exploration of photography in all phases of news and general use. Equipment selection and handling, exposure, and accessories are further explained. Students will be required to shoot assignments for student print and online publications. Prerequisite: COMM 240 or consent of instructor.
COMM 244 Reporting and Feature Writing Spring 3 credits
In this course students discuss current practices, problems and ethics of news reporting. Students are introduced to the differences between hard news and soft news with continued practice in gathering, organizing and writing stories using Associated Press style as well as continued practice in the process of publication. Prerequisite: COMM 200 or consent of instructor.
COMM 270 Basic TV and Video Fall 3 credits
This course teaches the principles of video production. Students learn basic picture and sound generation, recording, editing and scripting and the fundamentals of lighting and equipment setup. Repeatable.
COMM 272 Advanced Video Production Spring 3 credits
This course is designed to help students learn to use video as an effective form of communication. Students will study and apply the technical and aesthetic principles of broadcast production. Emphasis will be on the theory and practice of studio productions and explore electronic news gathering/interview techniques, so students can effectively communicate audio/visual messages through the generally accepted production norms associated with media production. Students will learn to operate equipment in a television studio, work as a member of a production team and serve as a crewmember of the student video production Mysticast.
COMM 281 Reporting and Editing F&S 1 credit
Students in this laboratory course become staff members of the student campus newspaper the Mystician. Options for involvement include editors, writers, photographers, graphic design artists and advertising personnel. Repeatable.
COMM 282 Yearbook Editing F&S 1 credit
Students in this laboratory course are members of the yearbook staff, who develop, design and create the yearly publication of the Prairie Mystic. Repeatable.
COMM 294 Independent Study BD 1-3 credits
Students may opt for independent or directed study of special topics in journalism. This form of study requires approval of the department chair.
COMM 299 Special Topics in Journalism BD 1-3 credits
This course offers an examination of special topics in journalism. Repeatable to six semester hours.
COMM 195-295 Service Learning BD 1 credit
Service learning may be accomplished by one of three methods: joining a club that has a public service component, doing volunteer work at a non-profit organization, or taking a course that links public service with its curriculum. Repeatable to six semester hours.
COMM 197-297 Cooperative Education/Internship F&S SM 1-3 credits
Employer, advisor and student arrange work hours. Progress is checked by oral and written reports from the employer. Periodic student-advisor conferences are required to discuss progress or problems. Students are required to submit an accounting of their experiences to their instructor. All co-op experiences are based on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Approval of the department chair is required. Repeatable to six semester hours.
ENGL 205 English Usage I Fall 2 credits
This first course for developing editing skills offers students guided practice in college level grammar. This study leads to sophisticated understanding of how sentence structure creates meaning. English Usage I is beneficial for a writer in any profession. Suggested co-requisite with journalism courses.
ENGL 206 English Usage II Spring 2 credits
The second course in grammar study continues and reinforces the skills learned in English Usage I. In addition, students will gain a more effective and eloquent writing style by practicing connotation, clarity, specificity, sound, sentence variety and figures of speech. How ideas are coordinated and subordinated is also crucial to this course. Suggested co-requisite with journalism courses.
ENGL 213 Literary Publications Spring 3 credits
This course will provide the expertise to produce Figments of Imagination, the campus literary and arts journal. Students will learn how to solicit manuscript and visual art entries; screen, select and edit pieces; design, layout and publish the literary and arts publication. Literary Publications is a two-semester class. The fall semester focuses on planning, grant writing, establishing a campus and web presence and organizing an open mic night. The spring semester focuses on call for entries, judging and selection of work, design and production of the publication and organizing an open mic night, public reading and collaborative musical performances.