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COMM-105: Performance Appreciation (3 hours)

Principles, techniques, and criteria for viewing, enjoying, and evaluating the performing arts, including live theatre performance, film, video/audio tape, and dance.



COMM-199: Introduction to Communication Careers (1 hour)

An examination of the numerous employment opportunities available in the field of communication, including an overview of communication issues and history. To be graded pass/fail.



COMM-200: Introduction to Mass Communication (3 hours)

A general introduction to print, electronic cinema, public relations, advertising, and other forms of mass communication in their past, present, and future forms. An examination of the role of the media in society.



COMM-205: Performance Studies (3 hours)

Introduction to the field of performance studies. Content includes the study of theories of human play, forms of social and artistic role play, and the origins of human performance.



COMM-207: Speech Communication (3 hours)

An elementary course designed to give the student an understanding of the requirements for effective speaking and listening and an opportunity to increase skills in each. Both semesters. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or 103 English Composition or equivalent, or permission of instructor.



COMM-210: Activity (1 hour)

Participation in an approved departmental activity. Permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours. To be graded Pass/Fail.



COMM-225: Reporting (3 hours)

Theory and practice in the gathering, writing, and interpretation of news for mass media.



COMM-230: Principles of Advertising (3 hours)

Basic principles of advertising including theory and production of advertisements for media. Historic development of advertising industry and impact of advertising on society.



COMM-254: Acting Studies (3 hours)

The fundamentals of acting technique through the creative approach. Emphasis on motivation, characterization, and believability. Participation in one one-act play and outside crew work required. Spring.



COMM-274: Introduction to Audio and Video Production (3 hours)

Basic audio and video techniques, as well as writing and performance for electronic media. Prerequisites: COMM 200 Introduction to Mass Communication (or may be taken concurrently) or with permission of instructor.



COMM-276: Photojournalism I (3 hours)

Basic camera and darkroom techniques; elements of lighting and composition. Use of photography in communications and reporting. Caption writing, editing, picture stories.



COMM-277: Introduction to Public Relations (3 hours)

Introduction to basic public relations skills and theories, including an overview of public relations functions and history.



COMM-295: Theatre History (____) (3 hours)

Examination and analysis of representative dramatic texts, performance styles, audience reception, theatre architecture, and the societal/cultural impact of specified eras in theatre history. Original source documents (including plays), past and present histories, and past and present criticism will be utilized as key methods of inquiry and analysis. May be repeated for different eras.



COMM-307: Advanced Speech Communication (3 hours)

Relevant communication theory as applied to various communication formats including public speaking and small groups. Prerequisite: COMM 207 Speech Communication or permission of instructor.



COMM-309: Forensic Practices (___) (1-3 hour)

Investigation into the area of competitive speech (debate and individual events). Focus is placed on Debate Theory, Field Experience assisting a coach of a competitive speech team (grades 6-12), or Competition at the collegiate level. May be repeated for a total of six hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



COMM-330: Advertising Copywriting (3 hours)

Basic elements of advertising copywriting including writing for the various media formats. Message structure, strategy, and development. Introduction to advertising research. Prerequisite: COMM 230 Principles of Advertising or permission of instructor.



COMM-335: Feature Writing (3 hours)

Examination, analysis and writing of feature stories, special articles and process/problem centered stories used by newspapers, magazines and other media which inform, entertain or investigate problems. Prerequisite: COMM 225 Reporting or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-340: Publications Practice (3 hours)

Practical experience as a contributor to the Collegio or Kanza staffs. Receiving reporting, writing, photojournalism, design and/or editing assignments and completing them under deadline for potential publication. Prerequisite: COMM 225 Reporting and/or COMM 276 Photojournalism I.



COMM-350: Editing (3 hours)

Theory and practice in copy editing and display of the news, primarily in newspapers and the press services. Prerequisite: COMM 225 Reporting.



COMM-363: Technical Production I (3 hours)

Introduction to the technical elements of theatre, film, open television and dance with emphasis on stage craft construction techniques and basics of lighting and sound production. Extensive hands on experience. Includes laboratory.



COMM-367: Oral Interpretation of Literature (3 hours)

Performance based analysis of various forms of literature (traditional and nontraditional) including prose, poetry, and drama. Develops interpretation into dynamic vocal and physical presentation. Prerequisite: COMM 207 Speech Communication or permission of instructor.



COMM-374: Broadcast Writing (3 hours)

The principles and practice of Aural Writing. Students will be asked to write television and radio scripts for news, commercials and promotions. Prerequisites: COMM 200 Introduction to Mass Communication and COMM 274 Introduction to Audio/Video Production or permission of instructor.



COMM-375: Broadcast Announcing (3 hours)

The fundamentals of radio and television announcing, including appropriate techniques for use of microphone, voice, and copy. Prerequisite: COMM 274 Introduction to Audio and Video Production.



COMM-390: Sports Broadcasting I (3 hours)

Introduction to the study and practice of broadcasting live sporting events. Students will learn the art of shooting and directing sporting events by participating in a weekly sports broadcast. Prerequisites: COMM 274 Introduction to Audio and Video Production, may be taken concurrently or by permission of instructor.



COMM-399: Communication Career Development (1 hour)

Development and application of skills needed to research and acquire communication career opportunities through internship and experiential learning experiences. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing in the Communication department or permission of instructor.



COMM-405: Drama Studies (____) (3 hours)

Comparative study of selected themes in dramatic literature within the context of culture, authorship and genre. May be taken for honors. May be repeated with different content for a maximum of six hours.



COMM-410: Activity (1-3 hour)

Participation in an approved department activity. Permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours. To be graded Pass/Fail.



COMM-415: Advanced Reporting (3 hours)

Challenges and techniques in reporting in-depth and issue stories, including information gathering, covering beats, and journalists' legal rights and responsibilities. Prerequisite: COMM 350 Editing or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-425: Studies in Scenic Arts (___) (3 hours)

Advanced skills training in technical theatre which may include scene painting, project execution using specialty materials (e.g. foam, steel, plastics), welding, carving, electrical work with lighting and/or sound. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: COMM 363 Technical Production I.



COMM-435: Photojournalism II (3 hours)

Advanced camera techniques. Introduction to digital darkroom and photography; feature; sports; news; studio assignments; editing and layout for photo stories and multi-media narrative presentations. Work is designed for use in student or professional publications. Prerequisite: COMM 276 Photojournalism I or permission of instructor.



COMM-440: Topics in Theatre (____) (1-3 hour)

Special investigations in selected areas of theatre arts. May be repeated when subject matter is different for a maximum of 6 hours.



COMM-441: Topics in Communication (____) (1-3 hour)

Special investigations in the field of communication. May be repeated when subject matter is different, for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



COMM-450: Small Group Communication (3 hours)

Analysis of communication behavior in the small group, with emphasis on small group theory, research, and application to specific forms of group discussion. May be taken for honors.



COMM-460: Project in Theatre (____) (1-3 hour)

Study and practical theatrical experience in a selected aspect of theatre. May be repeated if subject matter is different. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



COMM-463: Technical Production II (3 hours)

Basic construction and execution techniques of costumes, makeup, properties, and special effects for theatre, film, opera, television and/or dance. Emphasis on historical styles, pattern making, and working with a variety of materials. Extensive hands-on experience. Includes laboratory.



COMM-474: Promotional Video (3 hours)

Principles and practices of conceiving, planning, and producing persuasive video programs. Advanced theory and techniques for use in advertising and public relations. Covers scriptwriting, studio and field production, computer editing, and working with clients. Prerequisites: COMM 274 Introduction to Audio and Video Production, COMM 374 Broadcast Writing or permission of instructor.



COMM-475: Audio Production (3 hours)

Study and practice in the techniques of audio production. Emphasis on new audio technologies. Prerequisite: COMM 274 Introduction to Audio and Video Production. May be taken for honors.



COMM-479: Techniques for Teaching Speech and Theatre (3 hours)

Techniques, methods, and course content used in teaching speech and theatre in the secondary school. To be taken before the professional semester. The student is strongly encouraged to take SPED 510 Overview of Special Education and EDUC 520 Methods and Materials for Academic Literacy prior to enrolling in COMM 479. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education and PSYCH 357 Educational Psychology.



COMM-480: Exploration in Communication (___) (3 hours)

Exploration of topics including current trends and emphasis-specific research, from a range of disciplines within communication. Specific content may include: broadcasting, journalism, theatre, film, and public relations. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours when content is different.



COMM-490: Sports Broadcasting II (3 hours)

Advanced study and practice of broadcasting live sporting events. Students will learn advanced skills in the art of sports production, including announcing and producing by participating in a weekly sports broadcast. Prerequisite: COMM 390 Sports Broadcasting I or permission of instructor.



COMM-511: School Publications (3 hours)

Philosophy and principles of advising and producing student newspapers, yearbooks, and magazines, along with supervising and operating photography staffs and darkrooms. Prerequisite: COMM 200 Introduction to Mass Communication or permission of instructor.



COMM-530: Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)

Survey course in interpersonal communication theory. Application of communication theory to professional and interpersonal situations. May be taken for honors.



COMM-537: Integrated Electronic Communication (3 hours)

Creation, manipulation, and use of visual imaging, infographics, desk-top publishing and electronic presentation software to create newsletters, brochures, new and photopages, and theory of publication design and information flow as related to communication. May be taken for honors.



COMM-544: Stage Direction (3 hours)

The fundamentals of stage direction. Emphasis on script analysis, proper blocking, preparation of the script for the actors, technicians and managers. Provides experience in directing a one-act play. Prerequisites: COMM 254 Acting Studies and COMM 363 Technical Production I or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-575: Television Production (3 hours)

The study and practice of fundamental skills in news, sports and feature reporting. Students will also be involved in weekly cable programs, learning all elements of studio television production. Prerequisites: COMM 274 Introduction to Audio and Video Production and COMM 374 Broadcast Writing or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-576: Writing for Public Relations (3 hours)

Study, analysis and practice in writing news, publicity and feature stories for public relations media or public relations use by the media. May be taken for honors.



COMM-579: Supervised Student Teaching and Follow-Up of Teachers (2 hours)

Departmental representatives will visit each student teacher during the professional semester. Additionally, departmental representatives will follow up with each area student during the first year of teaching with assistance and support. Dual enrollment in the professional semester is required. Offered on a Pass-Fail basis only.



COMM-590: Sports, Media and Society (3 hours)

Study and analysis of sports media's role in our society. Issues such as gender equality, race, nationalism, history, ethics, law, technological/social effects and current sports media research will be discussed. Prerequisites: COMM 200 Introduction to Mass Communication or permission of instructor.



COMM-601: Intercultural Communication (3 hours)

Exploration of cultural foundations of values, perceptions and behaviors as they relate to communication across cultures. May be taken for honors.



COMM-603: Senior Honors Project 1 (3 hours)

The Senior Honors Project is an optional way to earn Departmental Academic Honors for students who are members of the Honors College. The course is a two semester sequence where the student undertakes a year-long research project or creative endeavor under the guidance of a faculty member to expand their knowledge in an area integral to their academic growth and development. The Senior Honors Project 1 is the first course in the sequence and will focus on the fundamental development of the project and preliminary scope of work to be completed. Students will receive a grade of A, B, IP (in progress) or NC (no credit) for each enrollment of the Senior Honors Project. A grade of NC voids the process and the student must then complete their Departmental Academic Honors in the traditional way.



COMM-604: Senior Honors Project 2 (3 hours)

The Senior Honors Project is an optional way to earn Departmental Academic Honors for students who are members of the Honors College. The course is a two semester sequence where the student undertakes a year-long research project or creative endeavor under the guidance of a faculty member to expand their knowledge in an area integral to their academic growth and development. The Senior Honors Project 2 is the culmination of the project started in Senior Honors Project 1 and will result in a public presentation of the work. Students must earn a grade of A or B to receive credit for this course. Failure to complete the course with a grade of A or B will void this option and students will have to satisfy their Departmental Academic Honors requirement in the traditional way. There will be no IP (in progress) or IN (incomplete) grades for this course. Projects must be done by the end of the spring term to count towards Departmental Academic Honors requirements. Prerequisite: Senior Honors Project 1.



COMM-623: History of Mass Communication (3 hours)

The history of newspapers, radio, television and magazines, and the freedom of expression they represent in the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Prerequisite: COMM 200 Introduction to Mass Communication or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-625: Advanced Performance (____) (3 hours)

Advanced study of various theatre performance formats. Emphasis may include acting and/or directing. Laboratory work for groups and individuals. May be repeated if content is different. Prerequisite: COMM 254 Acting Studies and COMM 544 Stage Direction, or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-626: Law of Mass Communication (3 hours)

Law cases and the principles they have established for the conduct of mass communications in the United States. Prerequisite: COMM 200 Introduction to Mass Communication, junior standing, or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-629: Theories of Human Communication (3 hours)

Study of contemporary theoretical approaches to the multi-disciplinary study of human communication. Concentration on the application of theories to professional communication career situations. May be taken for honors.



COMM-637: Online Publishing (3 hours)

Theory, writing and design for World Wide Web publication. Introduction to basic HTML; use of Web publishing software; writing and designing for Web publication.



COMM-638: Professional Photojournalism/Picture Editing (3 hours)

Professional photo techniques, principles and practices expected of photographers in media environments and media-related organizations, theory and practice of picture editing, photo illustrations, photo stories, multi-media presentations and developing a portfolio. Prerequisite: COMM 435 Photojournalism II or permission of instructor.



COMM-640: Topics in Communication (____) (1-3 hour)

Special investigation in the field of speech and communication. May be repeated when subject matter is different for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



COMM-642: Documentary Photojournalism/Electronic Imaging (3 hours)

Documentary and in-depth photojournalism. Advanced techniques, practice and theory of digital photography for professional news organizations and media-related organizations. Prerequisite: COMM 638 Professional Photojournalism/Picture Editing or permission of instructor.



COMM-660: Project in Theatre (____) (3 hours)

Advanced study and practical theatrical experience in a selected aspect of theatre. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated if subject matter is different.



COMM-663: Design Studies for Performance (___) (3 hours)

Theoretical and practical experience in design for a variety of media with an emphasis in theatre, film and television. Topics ma include scenic lighting, properties, and costume design as well a special effect, art direction, rendering, and modeling. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours when content is different.



COMM-674: Media Buying and Selling (3 hours)

Study and analysis of commercial media buying and selling techniques, including application of various computer software programs to media decision making, media research techniques and practice in media buying and selling techniques. Prerequisite: COMM 230 Principles of Advertising or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-690: Internship in Applied Communication (____) (1-3 hour)

A training program providing opportunity to work with professional practitioners in such fields as broadcasting, public relations, organizational communication or theatre. Credit allowed will depend on the nature of the internship assignment. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of the advisor.



COMM-699: Communication Careers in Society (1 hour)

Assessment of senior communication majors for preparation to enter the communication fields. Examination of ethical, technological and social implications for the communication professional environment. Submission of an assessment portfolio is required. Prerequisite: senior standing in Communication or permission of instructor.



COMM-702: Mass Media Management (3 hours)

Analysis of electronic print and persuasive media, marketing and promotion. Study of management principles and theories as well as case studies. Analysis of legal, social, and psychological elements of managing media organizations. May be taken for honors.



COMM-703: Public Relations/Advertising/Production (3 hours)

Theory and principles of media production. Public relations and production of media advertising. Prerequisites: COMM 230 Principles of Advertising or COMM 274 Introduction to Audio and Video Production and COMM 277 Introduction to Public Relations or permission of instructor.



COMM-708: Problems in Teaching the Basic Speech Course (1 hour)

Problems of teaching the college course in basic speech, with particular emphasis on the evaluation of student speeches. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for a total of 4 hours.



COMM-715: Documentary Filmmaking (3 hours)

Production of documentary films. Includes critiques of documentary styles and techniques and theoretical issues. Finding and developing a treatment, preparing and editing an effective news, social science, or nature documentary. Covers film theory, aesthetics and professional distribution. Prerequisites: COMM 274 Introduction to Audio Video Production, COMM 374 Broadcasting Writing or permission of instructor.



COMM-717: Research Procedures in Communication (3 hours)

Introduction to issues in data collection research design, and data analysis, with emphasis on laboratory and field settings. Prerequisite: COMM 629 Theories of Human Communication (recommended). May be taken for honors.



COMM-721: Philosophy and Ethics in Mass Communication (3 hours)

The application of selected principles of philosophy and ethics to the practices of the mass media. Prerequisite: COMM 200 Introduction to Mass Communication.



COMM-724: Editorial Writing (3 hours)

A comprehensive approach to journalistic opinion writing, including editorials, personal opinion columns and reviews. Prerequisite: COMM 225 Reporting or permission of instructor.



COMM-726: Media Analysis and Criticism (____) (3 hours)

Various levels of media analysis and criticism, including production analysis, sociological, critical and ideological analysis of media form and contents. Prerequisites: COMM 200 Introduction to Mass Communication or permission of instructor. May be repeated when content is different. May be taken for honors.



COMM-730: Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)

Advanced survey course in interpersonal communication theory. Application of communication theory to professional and interpersonal situations. May be taken for honors.



COMM-731: Advertising Campaigns (3 hours)

Analysis of theoretic basis for long range advertising campaigns including formative and evaluative research. Historical development of various advertising formats. Prerequisite: COMM 230 Principles of Advertising, or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-733: Television Producing and Directing (3 hours)

Varied technical practice, production, planning, producing, directing, and editing. Prerequisites: COMM 274 Introduction to Audio/Video Production and COMM 575 Television Production or permission of instructor. May be repeated if content is different.



COMM-740: Topics in Communication (____) (1-3 hour)

Special investigation in the field of speech communication. May be repeated when subject matter is different for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



COMM-755: Organizational Communication (3 hours)

Structure and function of communication in organizations, with emphasis on concepts and theoretic principles needed for effective management of organizational communication processes. Review of specific techniques designed to facilitate effective organizational management. Prerequisite: COMM 629 Theories of Human Communication or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-765: Strategic Planning for Communication Campaigns (3 hours)

Application of communication theory to a variety of communication campaigns. Emphasis on the use of formative research in the development stage and evaluative research in the evaluation stage of the campaign. Prerequisite: COMM 717 Research Procedures in Communication. May be taken for honors.



COMM-775: Case Studies in Public Relations (3 hours)

Public relations problems of business and civic organizations. Analysis of actual and proposed solutions. Prerequisite: COMM 277 Introduction to Public Relations and COMM 629 Theories of Human Communication or permission of instructor. May be taken for honors.



COMM-785: International Communication (3 hours)

An examination of the role of communications in national development, and of the flow of news and information, entertainment, advertising, and other cultural products.



COMM-795: Issues in Communication (____) (3 hours)

Investigation of specialized issues in communication. Topics may change depending upon the need for specific content as determined by the Department of Communication. May be repeated if content is different. May be taken for honors by undergraduates.



COMM-815: Introduction to Graduate Study (3 hours)

Acquaints the student with the possibilities for research in the communication field and provides some experience in research and professional writing.



COMM-840: Topics in Communication (____) (1-3 hour)

Special investigation in the field of speech communication. May be repeated when subject matter is different for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



COMM-845: Project in Theatre (____) (3 hours)

Advanced study and practical theatrical experience in a selected aspect of theatre. May be repeated if subject matter is different. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.



COMM-865: Seminar in Applied Communication (____) (3 hours)

The intensive investigation of a selected aspect of applied communication. May be repeated if subject matter is different.



COMM-870: Seminar in Mass Communication Theory (3 hours)

An examination of the focus of mass communication theory and research, from early theories to current perspectives.



COMM-871: Seminar in Human Communication Theory (3 hours)

An investigation of the foundations of human communication theory and the relationship to contemporary theoretical ideas and research outcomes. Includes communication contexts, research methods, and professional applications.



COMM-873: Seminar in Theatre (____) (3 hours)

The intensive investigation of a selected aspect of theatre. May be repeated if subject matter is different.



COMM-880: Seminar in Public Communication (____) (3 hours)

Intensive investigation of selected aspects of public communication such as the study of social movements, or contemporary political communication events. May be repeated if subject matter is different.



COMM-883: Readings in Theatre Art (____) (1-3 hour)

Directed readings and special investigations in selected areas of theatre arts. May be repeated when subject matter is different.



COMM-884: Readings in Communication (____) (1-3 hour)

Directed readings and special investigations in selected areas of communication. May be repeated when subject matter is different.



COMM-890: Research and Thesis (1-6 hour)

Provides experience in a high quality of research and in the organization and writing of a graduate thesis. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.



COMM-891: Research Problem (1-6 hour)

May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.


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