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Communications (COMM)
Department of Literature and Language Arts

COMM 1113   Introduction To Speech Communication
A study of basic oral communication principles, including verbal and nonverbal language, listening, group dynamics, and public speaking. Emphasis is upon application of these principles in the sending and receiving of different types of oral discourse. Class 3.

COMM 2011   Applied Journalism
Experience in journalism as applied to the production of campus publications. One credit hour for each semester of participation in newspaper or yearbook. May be repeated for a maximum of three semester hours. May be applied to general electives only. Class 1.

COMM 2113   Computer Mediated Communication
Experience in and analysis of both synchronous and asynchronous communication including e-mail, messaging, conferencing, bulletin boards, and other electronic discourse formats. Includes analysis of how time and virtual space affect language, identity, and community in computer mediated communication. Class 3. Prerequisite: COMM 1113. (Spring and Distance Learning, Even years)

COMM 2573   Interpersonal Communications
A course designed to develop and improve one-on-one communication skills. Emphasis is on communication theory and on the processes that foster good interpersonal relationships. Class 3. Prerequisite: COMM 1113. (Summer and Distance Learning)

COMM 3013   Mass Communication Concepts
This study explores the development, application, and interactions of mass media (print, visual, and electronic) and their influences on society. Emphasis is given to recognizing the cultural formation aspects of mass media and to becoming ethical producers and critical consumers of media by evaluating messages in the light of Biblical instruction. Class 3. Prerequisite: COMM 1113. (Spring, Odd years)

COMM 3403   Journalism-Publications
A basic overview of news gathering and writing for mass media; with emphasis on journalistic style and story structure, copy editing, graphic design and layout, and photo selection and editing. Class 3. Prerequisite: ENGL 1023. (Fall, Even years)

COMM 4303   Nonverbal Communication
A thorough exploration of the role of nonverbal communication as part of the human message system. Topics include movement, body language, and gestures; clothing and personal artifacts; facial expression and eye behavior; use of time, space, and territory; touching behavior; paralanguage, and voice characteristics. Cross-cultural and gender differences in nonverbal communication are also explored. Involves participation in nonverbal simulations and exercises. Class 3. Prerequisites: COMM 1113 and COMM 2573. (Fall, Odd years)

COMM 4931   Communication Internship
The internship should offer opportunities for hands-on learning in a real-world setting that requires the student to develop and/or manage content using technological tools and environments. Students may complete their internship either in a business or non-profit organization under the supervision of a professional in the field. Alternatively, students may participate in an on-campus communication project within their concentration. Class 1. Prerequisites: GRDS 2123 and approval of the Chair of the Department..

COMM 4943   Senior Seminar for Communication
Students will apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their course of study in the development and presentation of a Senior Seminar Project. This course will also connect the students to industry representatives and lead them to consider the vocational and spiritual implications of their educational experience. Required of all communication majors. Class 3. Prerequisite: Approval of the Chair of the Department..

COMM 4953-4993   Special Topics
Seminar and special courses which are not offered in the regular communications curriculum. This course may be taken more than one time when the topics are different. Class 3. Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair.