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Department of Communication

The Department of Communication serves students through a study of communication, incorporating theory, history, and application in a variety of media and non-media contexts. The Department prepares its majors to function effectively as competent professionals with a Christian worldview.

The Department of Communication includes five major programs of study including Strategic Communication, Film & Broadcasting, Communication Arts Education (secondary ed.), Digital Arts, and Multimedia Journalism.  Strategic Communication has three tracks or emphases the student may choose from:  Advertising, Promotion and Public Relations, Communication Studies, or Poliical Communication.  All of these areas have corresponding minors from which to choose. In addition, Photography is offered as a minor program of study. Each area makes appropriate contributions to the following objectives of the Department:

  1. To contribute to the arts and sciences emphasis of the University
  2. To promote a Christ-centered value system
  3. To be cognizant of cultural diversity and differing value systems
  4. To provide professional preparation
  5. To develop leadership skills in the communication fields

A student may earn the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree within the Department of Communication. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is available in the areas of Film and Digital Arts.  See the General Education section of the catalog for specific requirements.

Students earning a BA or BS in communication complete a 46 to 50-credit major plus a minor of the student's choice. For the major, the student elects one of the following areas: Strategic Communication, Film & Broadcasting, Digital Arts, Multimedia Journalism, or Communication Arts Education. Concentrations are available only in Electronic Media and Journalism. A student may combine a communication minor outside of his or her specific major with the communication major to become a comprehensive communication major (see next paragraph). Students outside the department may select from any minor in the communication area. However, a Communication Studies minor may only be combined with a major outside of the Department of Communication. 
 
Students earning a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree in film or digital arts complete a 73-credit program that includes both their major and minor.  No further minor is needed as this is a comprehensive major.  Students must receive pre-approval by communication faculty to begin the BFA program.  BFA students must maintain a 3.0 GPA overall, plus a 3.5 GPA in the major.  Students interested in the BFA should contact their academic adviser by the spring of their sophomore year.
 
Communication Arts Education majors may earn a BA or BS, however, the major is comprehensive and does not require a minor.  The Communication Arts Education major includes a secondary emphasis in English education.  When completed, the student will be certified to teach journalism and English in secondary schools.

The comprehensive option requires a minimum of 65 to 68 credits of communication course work.  A student chooses one of the five communication majors and a then a minor from one of the six eligible minors in the Department of Communication. The student completes 43 - 46 credits in the major field and 22 credits in the minor field. The student must meet all the requirements of both the major and the minor. The minor must be outside of the student’s major emphasis. Remaining elective credits are selected from the Department of Communication courses in consultation with an advisor. No further minor or concentration is required for graduation.  This option only applies to BA and BS students.  Communication coursework taken for general education is typically included towards a comprehensive communication major.

All incoming freshmen and transfer communication majors are required to take the COMM 100 University Seminar course, which provides orientation to the University in general and to the communication major in particular. COMM 113 Intro to Mass Communication must be taken within the general education credits required of each student.   COMM 211 Public Speaking & Rhetoric is required for all communication majors to achieve speech communication proficiency.  These two courses can be used to meet the 3-credit humanities requirement in general education.   Students transferring in COMM 111 also meet the speech proficiency.  COMM 205 Effective Communication is a general education course that does not meet major or minor requirements.  All communication majors must take COEM 175; however, students entering with extensive video and computer experience may apply for exemption from this requirement. Students who are granted exempt status must still take 2 credits of communication electives as part of the major. Communication elective courses must be 300 or 400 level, with the exception of COEM 232.

Communication Majors

Communication Arts Education (Journalism and English certification)

Students who seek a program of study that prepares them for secondary education teaching in the areas of Journalism and English, but mainly includes all aspects of media journalism, including newspaper, magazine, broadcast, and Web media, may be served by the Communication Arts Education major.  This is a comprehensive major that primarily emphasizes journalism education with a secondary emphasis in English education.  No minor is required with this major.  Students must also take the required education courses for teacher certification.

Communication Arts Education major requires 68 credits of communication and English courses in addition to 31 credits of secondary education coursework. Requirements include COEM 175, COMM 113, 211, 214, 345, 441, 496, COMJ 254, 314, 317 (2 credits), 321, 350, 422, 435, COMD 355, choice of 2 credits from COMM 238, COMD 358, COMB 348, ENGL 212, 236 or 436, 298 (twice), 398, 445, 271 or 272, 222, 123 or other literature course, choice of 301/302/303, methods courses including COMJ 336 and ENGL 336, and 31 hours of secondary education requirements, which includes 12 credits of student teaching.  The secondary education course list is available through your academic adviser or the Education Department.  Please note that this major is subject to the regulations of the Missouri Department of Education and may affect the requirements listed here.  Please see your adviser for the latest requirements and documentation.

Digital Arts

Students interested in computer technology from a communication perspective may consider the Digital Arts major. Coursework in this major includes desktop publishing, audio and video production for computer media, Web design, DVD authoring, 2D and 3D animation, graphic design, and multimedia production.  Digital arts students may choose from three degree programs - bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or bachelor of fine arts.

A Digital Arts major (BA or BS) requires 46 credits, including COMM 113, 214, 246, 345, and 496-1 (Senior Seminar), COEM 175 and 232, COMD 355, 365, 425, 455, and 470. Four credits of workshops must also be taken, including 1 credit of COMB 348 or COMF 368, 1 credits of COMD 358, 1 credit of COMM 238, and choice of 1 credit from COMR 363 or COMD 358. Additionally, a 2-credit special topics seminar course (493) is required. The remaining credits may be chosen from the communication listings at the 300 or 400 level with the permission of the adviser. COPH 215 may count as an elective credit for this major. Digital Arts majors must take COMM 211 for speech proficiency and COMM 205 as part of the general education requirements. 

Comprehensive Option for Digital Arts

A comprehensive option with the Digital Arts major (BA or BS) requires 65 credits, which includes all of the requirements listed for the Digital Arts major plus a communication minor. Six credits of workshops are needed, 4 from the major and two credits of workshops from the minor. No more than 2 credits of any specific workshop may be applied toward the major or minor. Any duplication of course requirements become elective communication credits and may be chosen from the communication listings with the permission of the advisor. The student must complete 22 hours in a minor in the Department, fulfilling all the requirements for that minor. No further minor or concentration is required for graduation. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts

A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Arts requires 76 credits, including COMM 113, 214, 246, 345 or 350, and 496 (Senior Seminar), COEM 175, 232, 253, COMF 353, COMD 355, 365, 425, 455, 470, COPH 215, 319, and COMR 333. Four credits of workshops must also be taken, including 2 credits of COMD 358, 1 credit from COMM 238, and 1 credit from COMF 368. A 2-credit special topics seminar course (COMD or COMF 493) is required. Additionally, students must take the following courses from the Humanities Department:  Art 106, 110, 216, 316, 418, and an art history course. Three credits of computer science (CSPC), but not CPSC 101 or approved ART elective are also required.  Digital Arts majors must take COMM 205 and 211 as part of the general education requirements.  Students may apply for the BFA program by submitting a letter of intent with a work portfolio to the department faculty after completing 45+ credit hours and acheiving at least a 3.0 GPA.  Students should contact their adviser for futher information on this process.

Film & Broadcasting

Students interested in film and broadcasting including the production of television commercials, music videos, documentaries, dramatic programming, and motion photography work may consider the Film & Broadcasting major. Coursework includes scriptwriting, camera operation, editing, directing, voice and camera performance, and aesthetics.  Film & Broadcasting students have the choice of earning a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or bachelor of fine arts degree.

A Film & Broadcasting major (BA or BS) requires 46 credits, including COMM 113, 214, 246, and 496 (Senior Seminar), COEM 175, 232; COMJ 422; choice of COEM 253, COPH 215, or COMB 344; COMF 324, 353, 470, and 473, and COMD 325, 355 or 365. Four credits of workshops must also be taken, including 1 credit of COMB 348, 1 credit of COMF 368, 1 credit of COMB 238, and choice of COMB 348 or COMF 368 for 4th workshop credit. Film majors must also take a 2-credit special topics course (493). The remaining credits must be taken from the communication course offerings at the 300 or 400 level with permission of the advisor. Film majors must also take COMF 220, COMM 205, and 211 as part of the general education requirements.

Comprehensive Option for Film & Broadcasting

A comprehensive option with the Film & Broadcasting major (BA or BS) requires a minimum of 65 credits, which includes all of the requirements listed for the Film major plus a communication minor. Six credits of workshops are included with 4 credits (combined) from the major and two credits of workshops from the minor. No more than 2 credits of any specific workshop may be applied toward the major or minor. Any duplication of course requirements become elective communication credits and may be chosen from the communication listings with the permission of the advisor. The student must complete 22 hours in a minor in the Department, fulfilling all the requirements for that minor. No further minor or concentration is required for graduation. The Film & Broadcasting major may not choose the Electronic Media, Film, or Broadcast minor for the comprehensive option.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film

A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film requires 73 credits, including COMM 113, 214, 246, 496 (Senior Seminar), COEM 175, 232, 253, COMD 365, COMF 220, 320, 324, 353, 470, 473, COPH 215, 319, and COMF 498 or an upper divison communication course (3 credits). Four credits of workshops must also be taken, including 1 credit of COMB 348 and 3 credits of COMF 368 (3 semesters). A 2-credit special topics course (COMB or COMF 493) is also required. Additional credits must be taken from the humanities offerings including Art 106, THTR 243, 328, 340, 344, 430, 1 credit of THTR 238 (2 semesters), and ENGL 334 or 455.  BFA Film majors must also take COMM 205 and 211 as part of the general education requirements.  Students may apply for the BFA program by submitting a letter of intent with a work portfolio to the department faculty after completing 45+ credit hours and acheiving at least a 3.0 GPA.  Students should contact their adviser for futher information on this process.

Multimedia Journalism

Students who seek to be master storytellers who love the challenge of producing news content for modern media such as the Web, social media, electronic devices, broadcast, newspaper and magazine may be interested in completing the Multimedia Journalism major.  Multimedia journalism is a versatile and creative major with a strong emphasis on writing, performing, and producing news in a variety of contexts and means.

A Multimedia Journalism major requires 46 credits, including COEM 175, 232, COMD 325 or 355, COMM 113, 214 (or COMJ 254), 246 (or COMR 352), 441, 345, and 496 (Senior Seminar), and COMJ 314, 350 or 435, 422, and 470 (1 credit). Four credits of workshops must also be taken including 1 credit of COMJ 317, 1 credit of COMM 238, 1 credit of COMB 348, and 1 credit of COMB 348, COMD 358, COMJ 317 or COMR 363. Additionally, a 2-credit special topics seminar course (493) is required (or an internship). The remaining credits may be chosen from the communication listings at the 300 or 400 level with permission of the advisor. A maximum of 4 credits of workshops may be applied to the major. Only 2 credits of any specific workshop may count toward the major. Multimedia Journalism majors are required to take COMM 205 as part of the general education requirements.  Students may choose COMM 211 or COMB 344 to meet the speech proficiency requirement.

Comprehensive Option for Multimedia Journalism

A comprehensive option with the Multimedia Journalism major requires a minimum of 65 credits, which includes all of the requirements listed for the major plus a communication minor. Six credits of workshops are included with 4 credits (combined) from the major and two credits of workshops from the minor. No more than 2 credits of any specific workshop may be applied toward the major or minor. Any duplication of course requirements become elective communication credits and may be chosen from the communication listings with the permission of the advisor. The student must complete 22 hours in a minor in the Department, fulfilling all the requirements for that minor. No further minor or concentration is required for graduation.

Strategic Communication

The Strategic Communication major has the option of choosing from three tracks:  Advertising, Promotion & Public Relations, Communication Studies, or Political Communication.  These areas of communication include theory, research, and skills in areas of communication that target certain types of audiences to achieve various purposes of an organization, campaign, business, or individual.  

The Advertising, Promotion & Public Relations track is offered to students who want to specialize in promotional communication, such as advertising and marketing through the media or public relations.  Students interested in commercial and print ad production, promotional campaigning, event coordination, copywriting, press relations, social media, and strategic communication for business and non-profits would find this track or minor a benefit.  The Strategic Communication major with the Advertising, Promotion & Public Relations track requires 48 credits, including COMM 211, 214, 246, 470, and 496 (Senior Seminar), COEM 175, COMD 325, COMR 333, 352, 372, and 443, COSC 231, MRKT 239, and four credits of communication workshops: COMM 238, COMJ 317, COMR 363, and choice of COMB 348 or COMF 368. Three credits chosen in media production are required.  The remaining 3 credits may be chosen from the communication course offerings at the 300 or 400 level with the permission of the student’s advisor or select MRKT courses, which may include MRKT 341, 389, or 446. A maximum of 4 credits of workshops may be applied to the major. Only 2 credits of any specific workshop may be applied toward the major.   COMM 205 is also required as part of general education requirements.

The Communication Studies track is designed to meet the needs of students interested in strategic communication but who want a more generalized degree that prepares the student for work outside of mass media contexts, emphasizing human interaction in its various forms. This track is particularly applicable to students who want to go on to graduate work in another related field such as speech, communication research, politics or law.  The Strategic Communication major with the Communication Studies track requires 48 credits under the direction of an advisor from the Department of Communication. Requirements for this track include COEM 175, COMM 113, 211, 214, 246, 322, 331, 441, 470, & 496; COMS 233, & 346; COSC 231; and choice of media production course for 3-credits.  Additionally, 4 credits of workshops must be taken including 1 credit of COMS 316, 1 credit of COMM 238, and 2 credits from other communication workshops. The remaining 6 credits must be chosen from any of the communication listings at the 300 or 400 level with permission of the advisor or MRKT 239.  COEM 232 may count as an elective credit for this major. Only 2 credits of any specific workshop may count toward the major.  COMM 205 is also required as part of general education requirements.

Students interested in political and social issues, campaigns, or government administration may find the Political Communication track a good choice.  The Strategic Communication major with the Political Communication track requires 48 credits, including COMM 113, 211, 214, 246, 331, 441, 470, and 496 (Senior Seminar); COEM 175, COMR 333 or 352; choice of 6 credits of GOVT, which may include 170, 202, 221, 323, 334, 345, 380, 437, or 492; COSC 231 and 4 credits of communication workshops: COMB 348 (1 credit), COMJ 317 (1 credit), COMM 238 (1 credit) and 1 credit from other communication workshops. A 3-credit media production course is also required, which may include COEM 232. The remaining credits may be taken from any communication offering of 300 or 400 level and may include MRKT 239.  COMM 498 (internship) is recommended.  A maximum of 4 credits of workshops may be applied to the major. Only 2 credits of any specific workshop may be applied toward the major.  Political Communication majors must take COMM 205 and GOVT 170 as part of the general education requirements. 

 

Comprehensive Option for Strategic Communication Majors

Strategic Communication majors in any track may add a communication minor to their program to create a comprehensive communication major.  The Communication Studies minor is not eligible for this option.  A comprehensive option requires a minimum of 65 - 68 credits, which includes all of the requirements listed for the major plus a communication minor. Six credits of workshops are needed including 4 workshop credits applied to the major. Two credits of workshops are required for the minor. No more than 2 credits of any specific workshop may be applied toward the major or minor. Any duplication of course requirements become elective communication credits and may be chosen from the communication listings with the permission of the advisor. The student must choose an approved minor in the Department, fulfilling all the requirements for that minor. 

Theatre/Speech Education

(See listing under Humanities)

Communication Minors

Advertising/Public Relations

The Advertising & Public Relations minor requires 22 credits, including COEM 175, COMM 113, 214, 246, choice of COMM 345, COMD 325 or 355; COMR 333 and 352. Two workshop credits are also needed, including COMR 363 and a choice of COMB 348, COMD 358, or COMM 238. Only 2 credits of any workshop may be applied toward the major or minor.

Communication Studies

A Communication Studies Minor is only an option for non-Communication majors. The minor in Communication Studies requires a minimum of 19 credits as described below:
Required Core (6 credits): COMM 113, 111 or 211 
Electronic Media Area (2 credits): COEM 175
Artistic Expression Area (3 credits): COMF 220 or COPH 215
Effective Communication (3 credits):  COMM 205
Communication Electives (3 to 6 credits): choice of any communication courses - 300 and 400 preferred
Two Workshops (2 credits): choice of two communication workshops (COMM 238 recommended)
Total: 19-22 hours.
A Communication Studies Minor MUST have a major outside of the Department of Communication.

Digital Arts

A Digital Arts minor requires 22 credits, including COMM 113, 214, and 345, COEM 175, COMD 355, and six credits (choose two) from COMD 365, 425, and 456. Minors must also complete 1 credit of COMM 238 and 1 credit of COMD 358 with a maximum of 2 credits (combined) to be applied to the minor.

Film and Broadcasting

A Film and Broadcasting minor requires 22 credits, including COMM 113, 214, COEM 175, 232, COMF 324, 473, and COPH 215. Minors must complete 1 credit of COMB 348 and 1 credit of COMF 368 with a maximum of 2 credits (combined) to be applied to the minor. Film and Broadcasting minors must take COMF 220 as part of the general education requirements.

Multimedia Journalism

A Multimedia Journalism minor requires 22 credits, including COEM 175, COMM 113, 214, COMJ 254, 314, 317 (1 credit), a choice of COMJ 422 or 435, and 1 credit of COMM 238 or COMB 348. The remaining 3 credits may be chosen from upper division communication offerings with the permission of the advisor. A maximum of 2 credits of workshops (combined) may be applied to the minor.

Photography

Photography minor with a communication emphasis requires 22 credits, including COEM 175, COMM 113, COPH 215, 315, 319, and choice of 6 credits from the following courses: COPH 415, 419, 493, COMF 353, 473, and ART 450. Two workshops (2-credits total) are required from COMB 348, COMF 368 and COMM 238. A photography minor with an art emphasis is offered through the Humanities Department.

Communication Concentrations

Electronic Media

Students who would like to study a broad program of electronic media may choose the Electronic Media concentration. The concentration requires fewer credits than a major, but it is more comprehensive than a minor. Choosing a concentration should be discussed with the advisor, as it may affect graduation requirements.

An Electronic Media concentration requires 29 credits, including COMM 113, 211, 214, COEM 175, 232, and 253, 1 credit of COMM 238, 2 credits chosen from COMB 348, COMD 358, or COMF 368 (must choose 2), and COMD 325 or 355. The remaining credits may be chosen from the electronic media offerings (COEM, COMB, COMD, COMF) with the permission of the advisor from the 300 or 400 level. A maximum of 3 credits of workshops may be applied toward the concentration.

Multimedia Journalism

A Multimedia Journalism concentration requires 29 credits, including COEM 175, COMM 211, 113, 214, 238 (1 credit), and 345, COMJ 314, 317 (1 credit), 422, and 435, and COMB 348 (1 credit). The remaining credits may be chosen from the 300 to 400 level communication offerings with the permission of the advisor. A maximum of 3 credits of workshops (combined) may be applied to the concentration.

Courses

Specialized Communication Courses

No more than 9 credits (combined) of specialized courses may be applied to the majors (excluding 296 and 496 courses). For an internship, the student must have completed the required courses as outlined in the internship policies and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Electronic Media Courses (COEM)

175. INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC MEDIA (2)

Introduction to basics of video cameras, editing, audio recording, computer media, web applications, and desktop publishing. Prepares the student for intermediate work in electronic media courses.

232. VIDEO PRODUCTION (3)

Introduction to the basic principles and procedures involved in television studio production and practical application of production skills. A special emphasis on video editing is included. Two hours of lecture and a 1-hour lab per week. Lab is required. Prerequisite: COEM 175.

253. AUDIO PRODUCTION (3)

Study of audio production techniques with additional emphasis on production for radio, the recording industry, television, and multimedia. Prerequisite: COEM 175.

363. ADVANCED AUDIO PRODUCTION (3)

Builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Audio Production (COEM 253). Special attention to mixing and mastering audio tracks on various computer systems and software. Microphone techniques for the recording of various instruments. Methods for creating effects and surround sound mixing. Includes both classroom and recording studio activities. Prerequisites: An introductory audio production course and computer proficiency.

290/490. DIRECTED READINGS IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA (1-3)

By permission only.

493. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA (2-3)

Special topics within the field. Prerequisites determined when course is scheduled.

294/494. TRAVEL-ELECTRONIC MEDIA (1-3)

By permission only.

299/499. DIRECTED RESEARCH/PROJECTS IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA (1-3)

By permission only.

Broadcasting Courses (COMB)

344. ELECTRONIC MEDIA PERFORMANCE SKILLS (3)

Microphone and camera skills essential to successful communication through electronic media. Techniques for announcing, news delivery, interviewing, instructional television, teleconferencing, and press conferences. Prerequisite: COEM 175 and COMM 214. Recommended COEM 232.

348. TELEVISION AND RADIO WORKSHOP (1)

This workshop will provide experience in the areas of electronic journalism and broadcast production techniques. Members of the class will be exposed to all facets of television and radio production through a "hands-on" approach. This workshop is responsible to produce EUTV weekly programs: Newswatch Today, a campus and community morning news program with news, interviews, features, weather and sports and EUTV Sports Update, a review of athletic events during the week including scores and interviews - both air on Mediacom cable access channel 80-5. Evangel cable channels 12 & HD, and online. Shows are uploaded to Crusadermedia.com for archive online. The workshop also provides student with on-air radio experience through KECC Radio. Students are required to enroll in COMB 348-51 TV Workshop Lab to be in the workshop.

493. SPECIAL TOPICS IN BROADCASTING (2-3)

Special topics within the broadcasting field. Prerequisites determined when course is scheduled.

Digital Arts Courses (COMD)

305. MEDIA GRAPHICS WITH PHOTOSHOP AND ILLUSTRATOR (3)

This course is an advanced exploration of Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. The structure of the class will be workshop based; students will follow along during in-class tutorials as well as be assigned job specs to be completed using the skills learned in class. Topics will include alpha channel masking and advanced layer masking. Familiarity with Photoshop is required.

325. WEB COMMUNICATION AND ANALYSIS (3)

This course is an introduction to interactive communication on the Internet. Class topics will include web usability, aesthetics, social media use, and analytics. Students will learn Adobe and Wordpress to create basic web sites using proper communication techniques.

355. WEB DESIGN I (3)

This course is an introduction to interactive communication on the internet. Class topics will include web page development, HTML, graphic communication, aesthetics of interactive documents, uses of digital audio/video, and other subjects related to web site production. Students will learn and produce projects from Adobe, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash. Students will attend lectures and demonstrations during class time and may work on assignments and projects using department facilities.

358. MULTIMEDIA WORKSHOP (1)

Provides experience in electronic journalism, media promotion, and public relations as they apply to Internet communication. Exposure to all facets of web site production through a "hands on" approach. Students have weekly duties, maintaining the crusadermedia.com website under supervision of the advisor. Prerequisites: COEM 175 and COMD 355.

365. MOTION GRAPHICS AND EFFECTS FOR FILM AND TELEVISION (3)

This course continues a study of interactive digital design on an intermediate level. Class topics will include video compositing using After Effects, basic interactive structures for Blu-ray and DVD, graphic communication, aesthetics of interactive presentations, editing of digital audio/video and other subjects related to disc production. Students will attend lectures and demonstrations during class and may work on assignments and projects using department facilities.

425. 2D AND 3D ANIMATION (3)

Specializes in creating graphics and animation for web communication and other types of computer media. Featured are Adobe Creative Cloud Applications and Cinema 4D. Prerequisite: COMD 355 or permission of the professor.

456. WEB DESIGN II (3)

This course is designed to explore the strategies and techniques for designing websites for modern browsers and devices. Topics will include HTML 5, CSS 3, adaptive web design, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, and designing apps using Adobe Flash and Actionscript 3. Students will attend lectures and demonstrations during class time and may work on assignments and projects using department facilities. Prerequisite: COMD 355

493. SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL ARTS (2-3)

Special topics within the digital arts field. Prerequisites determined when course is scheduled.

Film Courses (COMF)

220. INTRODUCTION TO FILM (3)

Survey of film as art from both historical and cultural perspectives, including attention to film theories and criticism. Introduction to film analysis, aesthetics, and philosophy from a Christian worldview. Credit may count toward the General Humanities requirement.

320. FILM THEORY AND ANALYSIS (3)

This course introduces students to historical and rhetorical criticism of film. Students will learn how to both read and write film criticism using a number of established film theories. Film theory will also be examined in context with the wider field of Communication theory. Prerequisite: COMF 220 or permission of the professor.

324. SCRIPTWRITING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION (3)

Developing scripts for narrative films, commercials, and documentaries. Writing screenplays for motion pictures or television dramas. Prerequisite: COMM 214.

353. AESTHETICS AND TECHNIQUES FOR FILM AND VIDEO (3)

Emphasizes two areas of study: the application of media aesthetics as it relates to television and film, and the theories and methods used to produce film and video documentaries. Additional course work includes digital video editing, computer graphics, and advanced post-production techniques and compositing. Prerequisites: COEM 175 and 232, and junior or senior standing.

368. FILM WORKSHOP (1)

Student collaboration to produce a film for cable and public exhibition. Workshop students develop additional skills in areas of film production, including camera work, editing, promotion, and scriptwriting. Emphasis is on teamwork and commitment to craftsmanship. Prerequisites: COEM 232 or permission of professor.

473. ELECTRONIC CINEMATOGRAPHY (3)

Intermediate course in dramatic film production and digital film technologies. Emphasizes motion photography, directing, film editing, digital video camera techniques, and digital non-linear editing. Lab fee required. Prerequisites: COEM 175 COEM 232, and junior or senior standing. COMF 324 recommended.

493. SPECIAL TOPICS IN FILM (2-3)

Special topics within the film field. Prerequisites determined when course is scheduled.

Journalism Courses (COMJ)

254. INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM (3)

This course examines the history, practices and enduring standards of journalism as a profession. Students will connect the past, present and future of journalism to the enduring skills and principles required to gather the facts and tell society's stories. Prerequisites: COMM 113 and 214.

314. NEWS REPORTING AND PRODUCTION (3)

Exposure to concepts of news values and intensive training in the methods of gathering and writing news. Also includes the theory and practice of editing copy, writing headlines, and designing newspaper pages. Prerequisite: COMM 214.

317. NEWSPAPER WORKSHOP (1)

Practical experience in the production of the student newspaper, including work in news writing, editing, editorial and feature writing, and layout. Note: No more than 2 credits of 216 can be applied to the major or 1 credit to minor. Prerequisite: COMM 214.

321. COPY EDITING (3)

This course provides a forum to learn and practice good editing and writing skills for personal and professional gain. Students will learn to spot and correct errors, correct English usage, improve clarity, remedy inconsistencies and redundancies, give and accept constructive feedback, and improve their writing through daily practice.

336. INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS IN JOURNALISM (1)

A course designed to acquaint students with methods and materials for teaching journalism as well as to prepare them to supervise secondary school newspapers and yearbooks. Must be taken in conjuction with specialties practicum EDUC 497.

350. MAGAZINE PRODUCTION (3)

The magazine editing process in various sizes of publications. Attention to the total magazine industry, editorial concepts, ethics and law, research, administration, issue planning, production planning, layout, headlining, illustrations, photography, and distribution. Prerequisite: COMM 214

422. MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM (3)

Application in preparing and writing news copy for television, radio, and Internet communication. Students are introduced to broadcast and web writing style guidelines, video production techniques in news programming, and preparation of copy and graphics for web presentation. Prerequisite: COEM 175 and COMM 214.

435. FEATURE WRITING (3)

Practical experience in writing and developing feature materials for newspapers, web, and magazines. Prerequisite: COMM 214; writing proficiency required.

493. SPECIAL TOPICS IN JOURNALISM (2-3)

Special topics within the journalism field. Prerequisites determined when course is scheduled.

294/494. TRAVEL-JOURNALISM (1-3)

By permission only.

299/499. DIRECTED RESEARCH/PROJECTS IN JOURNALISM (1-3)

By permission only.

Communication Studies Courses (COMM)

100. UNIVERSITY SEMINAR (1)

This introductory course helps new Evangel students acclimatize themselves to the University. As such, it serves as an intellectual and practical orientation to the challenges and opportunities of University life and learning. Students are introduced to Evangelís Christ-centered, integrational, exploratory, and global ethos. They learn to use and participate in campus-wide and department-specific offerings. They build relationships within departmental contexts as well as across campus. They are encouraged to understand that they are being prepared not only for a career but for life.

113. INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION (3)

Survey of the traditional mass media from both historical and cultural perspectives, including attention to media theories and effects, media operations, and social and economic problems in the media. Introduction to advertising, public relations, the relationships of foreign media to American media, media ethics and law, and new media technologies, including the Internet. Credit applies to the General Education humanities requirement.

205. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION (3)

(Cross-listed with ENGL 205) This course integrates the elements of writing and speaking so that students may more readily appreciate the intersection of these two activities. Based on a communication model that recognizes the rhetorical situation as a determining factor in all communication decisions, the course provides students with instruction on gathering, organizing, researching and presenting information appropriate for the audience, context and purpose of the communication event. Students will be asked to deliver written and oral products to demonstrate their mastery of language skills. Prerequisite: ACT English > 26; SAT Writing > 590; or English Proficiency.

210. STATISTICS FOR COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA (3)

Meets the math proficiency requirement for communication majors or others who have an interest in the use of statistics for the mass media. Basics of statistics in conjunction with specific applications to the use of statistical information in newswriting, advertising, and graphics. Introduction to computer software that generates and analyzes statistical data. Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge of computer software or CPSC 101.

211. PUBLIC SPEAKING AND RHETORIC (3)

Tailored to the specific needs and interests of students with previous speaking experience (usually high school speech) along with a rhetorical study of significant public speeches or other communication events. Credit applies to the General Education humanities requirement.

214. INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA WRITING (3)

Introduction to writing and reporting for the mass media: print, broadcast, Internet, public relations, and advertising. Includes practical experience in information gathering, organizing, and writing with emphasis on style, structure, and techniques appropriate to the various media formats. Prerequisite: ENGL 111 or 211 and preferably COMM 113. Keyboard proficiency required. Students must earn a grade of C or better in order to take additional writing courses in the Department of Communication.

246. INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION THEORY (3)

Introduction to communication theory and processes, emphasizing one-to-one communication. Includes practice in personal application of communications principles.

298. PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION (2)

By permission only. A maximum of 6 internship credits may be applied to the major and must represent two distinctly different internship experiences. Each internship is limited to 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 and required courses as outlined in the internship policies.

322. COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH (3)

A study of the theories of human and mass-mediated communication with an emphasis on research and writing. Topics include communication system theory, signs and languages, discourse, message reception and receiving, social and cultural realities, and critical theories. Prerequisites: COMM 113 and writing proficiency achieved.

331. POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (3)

An examination of the communication involved in the varied contexts of politics as a means of creating more informed users and consumers of political messages. Students will be exposed to relevant theories and asked to present apply this knowledge to current political activity. The course will present an overview of political communication by examining the mediated nature of modern political communication, the communication styles amd strategies of campaign contexts and the communication of governing with specific emphasis on presidential leadership.

341. TECHNICAL WRITING (3)

(Cross-listed with ENGL 341.) Focuses on skills in writing tasks normally encountered in the work world, including various types of business correspondence, mechanism and process description, instructions, proposals, and reports. Some class assignments will involve subject matter from the student's major area of study. Prerequisite: ENGL 111 or 211.

345. DESKTOP PUBLISHING DESIGN (3)

(Cross-listed with MRKT 345.) Emphasizes the designing and laying out of publications on the computer. Includes a study of basic design principles, typography, and relevant computer software. Recommended prerequisite: COEM 175.

441. MASS MEDIA LAW (3)

A study of the statutes and judicial opinion that are the basis for an understanding of freedoms and controls of print and broadcast media. Includes an examination of media ethics from a Christian viewpoint. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

470. CAPSTONE PROJECT IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES (1)

Seminar centering on the student's ability to work through an approved project or paper under the supervision of an advisor or another Communication faculty member. Taken during the junior or senior year.

493. SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION (2)

Special topics within the communication field. Prerequisites determined when course is scheduled.

496. SENIOR SEMINAR (1)

Required for all Communication majors. Includes departmental assessments, exit testing, personal interviews, and portfolio work. Should be taken during the student's final fall semester.

298/498. PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION (1-3)

By permission only. A maximum of 6 internship credits may be applied to the major and must represent two distinctly different internship experiences. Each internship is limited to 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 and required courses as outlined in the internship policies.

Advertising/Public Relations Courses (COMR)

333. ADVERTISING I (3)

Introduction to the field of advertising through various media. Acquaints students with the basic techniques of advertising.

352. PUBLIC RELATIONS I (3)

Clarification of the relationship between publicity and public relations with emphasis on the steps and means, the policies, and the people through which good public relations can be achieved. Prerequisite: COMM 214 or permission of professor.

363. ADVERTISING WORKSHOP (1)

The workshop course provides weekly experience and skill training in the fields of promotion, public relations, and advertising. Students will work with departmental clients, plan strategies for promotion, develop campaigns, create materials, and assess results as part of the workshop experience.

372. SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION (3)

Built on the foundation of media-usage theory, this class will focus on understanding the whys and hows of using relationship-building social media platforms to meet a wide variety of audiences' communication needs and wants. Students will apply concepts learned throughout the course to develop social media strategies and use tools to build a strategic media presence. Learning how to be informed, strategic consumers and producers of communication content delivered on social media platforms is an emphasis of the course.

433. ADVERTISING II (3)

In-depth approach to advertising theory, strategy, and execution. Includes practical experience in gathering marketing data, writing and marketing plans, creating a copy platform, and expediting an advertising job from conception through final client approval. Prerequisite: COMM 214 and COMR/MRKT 333. Recommended: COMM 246 and COMM 345.

452. PUBLIC RELATIONS II (3)

Designed to give the students experience in and knowledge of the techniques and tools of the public relations practitioner. Prerequisite: COMR 352.

290/490. DIRECTED READINGS IN ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS (1-3)

By permission only.

493. SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS (2-3)

Special topics within the advertising and public relations fields. Prerequisites determined when course is scheduled.

294/494. TRAVEL ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS (1-3)

By permission only.

Applied Communication Courses (COMS)

233. ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE (3)

Fundamentals of logical analysis, preparation of briefs, and experiences in debating. Prerequisite: RHET 205 or COMM 111/COMM 211.

243. IMPROVISATION (3)

Fundamentals of playing into a situation without a script, learning techniques for ensemble work, and exploring theater games for actor development.

316. FORENSICS WORKSHOP (1)

Open to all students participating in intercollegiate speech activities. Prerequisite: Permission of professor. No more than 2 credits of COMS 316 may be applied to the major or 1 credit to the minor.

335. ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE (3)

(Cross-listed with THER 335.) Participation in the interpretation of poetry, prose, and dramatic literature. Prerequisite: RHET 205 or COMM 111/211.

346. SMALL GROUP AND ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Combines theory and practice to develop an awareness of group dynamics, and employs small groups in the processes of information-seeking and problem-solving. Also includes a study of the theory and practice of communication in organizations and practical application through the assessment and identification of communication problems in organizations. Prerequisite: COMM 246

290/490. DIRECTED READINGS IN APPLIED COMMUNICATION (1-3)

By permission only.

493. SPECIAL TOPICS IN APPLIED COMMUNICATION (2-3)

Special topics within the applied communication field. Prerequisites determined when course is scheduled.

294/494. TRAVEL-APPLIED COMMUNICATION (1-3)

By permission only.

299/499. DIRECTED RESEARCH/PROJECTS IN APPLIED COMMUNICATION (1-3)

By permission only.

Photography Courses (COPH)

215. INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (2-3)

(Cross-listed with ART 215.) Introduction to basic 35mm film and digital photography. Includes understanding camera technology, features, and settings, along with basic composition, exposure, lighting, and color. Elementary darkroom printing techniques. Photoshop and related software for correcting for exposure, color, and composition. Required fee for photographic supplies.

315. PORTRAIT AND STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY (2-3)

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of professional portrait photography both in studio and on location. Additional learning in glamor and fashion photographic techniques will be explored. Students will learn flash and lighting techniques used in studio work. Course also covers use of photo editing techniques and film processing and printing used in this genre.

319. COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY (2-3)

This course emphasizes the use of photography for the purpose of marketing, advertising, product display, and other commercial uses. This includes a wide range of photography techniques, genre, and aesthetic principles. The course explores how photography communicates to an audience and what techniques and aesthetics work best in various circumstances. Digital photo editing using Adobe Photoshop will be a significant part of the student experience.

415. LANDSCAPE & ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY (2-3)

In this course, students will learn intermediate and advanced photographic techniques to capture large subjects such as sunsets, mountains, real estate, interiors, exteriors, buildings, cityscapes and more using high-resolution and/or medium format cameras. This course builds on the techniques learned in earlier courses. Additional training in Photoshop and film printing techniques will be explored.

419. DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY (2-3)

This course provides the student with the principles and techniques of artistically capturing and presenting photos acquired from real-world subject matter. This course explores creative photographic methods used in nature, documentary, and journalistic photographic situations. Students will also learn the ethics of photo editing in dealing with real subject matter used for documentary or journalism.

493. SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY (2-3)

Special topics within the photography field. Prerequisites determined when course is scheduled.

COSC

Strategic Communication

231. STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION (3)

This course is an introduction to the field of strategic communication. “Strategic communication” identifies the significance of research-driven communication efforts that advance organizational missions. This course introduces students to this field of study and practice and emphasizes research, data-gathering, analysis and evaluation to create strategic communication proposals that effectively and ethically target key audiences to solve problems or leverage opportunities in support of an organization’s mission.