Communication Arts - Course Descriptions
Major in Communication Arts

Communication Arts

Course Descriptions

COM 101 – Interpersonal Communication
(3) F,S
Examines communication in everyday
life. Provides a theoretical framework for
developing interactional skills; focus on
verbal and non-verbal message systems,
meaning and interpretation, persuasion,
relationships, conflict.

COM 103 – Introduction to Public Speaking
(3) F,S
Study of fundamental principles with
emphasis upon organization and presentation.
Practice in preparing outlines and
in presenting extemporaneously a series
of selected expository and persuasive

COM 130 – WPNR Practicum
(1) F, S
Participation on the staff of the campus
radio station WPNR (90.7). Weekly
class meeting required. Open to all
majors. May be taken four times for

COM 181 – Introduction to Human Communication
(3) F
How the development of communication
practices, technologies, and institutions
shape the evolution of personal
identity, organizations, and societies; 
student self-assessment and exploration
of communication careers.

COM 235 – Introduction to Oral Interpretation
(3) O
Development of intellectual and emotional
responsiveness to rhetorical, narrative,
poetic, and dramatic materials,
leading to the development of expressive
skills of voice and body.

COM 261 – Broadcasting and the Public Interest
(3) Y
Evaluation of television and radio as factors
in society. Foreign systems of
broadcasting, government regulations,
station and network operation, and
audience analysis, with consideration of
roles played by radio and television in
education, politics, government, and
other aspects of our society.

COM 276 – TV News Field Reporting and Production I
(3) Y
Techniques and skills needed to produce
TV news stories. Emphasis on camera
work, audio recording, and video editing.
Same as JLM 276.

COM 300 – Topics in Speech Communication
(3) IR
Application of concepts and skills of
speech communication to specific situations,
such as gender or non-verbal communication.
May be repeated once provided
the topic is not the same.

COM 301 – Advanced Interpersonal Communication
(3) O
Selected theories and research findings.
Students select aspects of interpersonal
communication theory and report on
their findings. Prerequisite:
Communication Arts 101.

COM 303 – Public Speaking II
(3) O
Advanced performance course focusing
on ability to research, prepare, and
deliver expository speeches. Applies
basic principles of public speaking to situations
which will confront the business
or public relations person as well as
other individuals with public contact.
Prerequisite: Communication Arts 103.

COM 305 – Group Problem Solving and Decision Making
(3) O
Study of group problem-solving processes,
the nature of individual and group
reflective thinking; techniques of definition,
research, and analysis; the nature of
evidence; evaluation of effectiveness in
discussion. Prerequisite:
Communication Arts 101 or 103.

COM 310 – The Motion Picture
(1) F, S
Informal exposure to independent, foreign
language, experimental and classic
motion pictures. Weekly attendance at
Thursday evening film series required.
May be taken three times for credit.
Same as Film 310.

COM 325 – Intercultural Communication
(3) O
Differences and commonalities among
cultural systems for interacting and
interpreting; ethnocentrism and conflict;
development of intercultural communication

COM 335 – Advanced Oral Interpretation
(3) O
Advanced interpretation of various
forms of literature designed to increase
students’ expressive skills and critical
abilities. Prerequisite: Communication
Arts 235 or permission of instructor.

COM 341 – Organizational Communication
(3) Y
Human communication in the modern
organization (government and industry):
the communication process, communication
skills useful to the individual in
the organization, ways and means of
analyzing the organization’s communications
system, and ways and means of
achieving higher levels of efficiency and
effectiveness in this system.

COM 365 – Writing and Announcing for Radio/Television
(3) O
Introduction to radio and television as
media for the writer; study of skills
required for announcer and performer.
Students prepare material for commercial
and public service and practice
delivery in the campus radio studio.

COM 368 – Broadcast News and Society
(3) O
Critical examination of mode, structure,
discourse, and practices of broadcast
news. Role of broadcast news in

COM 375 – Introduction to Radio Production
(3) O
Fundamentals of radio production.
Training in the creative use of studio
and control room equipment.
Construction of programs. Emphasis on
local station production practices.

COM 378 – TV News Field Reporting and Production II
(3) Y
Producing news stories for broadcast.
Emphasis generating stories, reporting,
spot news, interviewing, writing to
video, production and post-production.
Prerequisites: Journalism
376/Communication Arts 376 or permission
of instructor. Same as Journalism 378.

COM 403 – Argumentation
(3) O
Types, forms, construction, and criticism
of argument. Theories of and
approaches to study of argumentation
and debate. Prerequisite:
Communication Arts 103.

COM 411 – Communication Theory
(3) O
Theories of human communication
including definitions, functions, and levels.
The role of communication in the
development of the individual.

COM 426 – Theories of Visual Communication
(3) O
Theories, analysis, and criticism of visual
communication in film, comics,
photography, advertising, and other media.

COM 461 – Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

(3) O
History and theories of rhetoric.
Understanding what rhetoric is and how
rhetorical criticism helps analyze and
evaluate society. 

COM 470 – Communication Internship
(1–3) IR
On-site experience in an organizational
setting (governmental, corporate, service,
broadcast). Focus on applying and
developing skills. Student and teacher
determine specific learning objectives
and solicit sponsoring organization.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

COM 481 – Senior Seminar
(3) Y
Critical analysis of selected topics. Major
project requiring the synthesis of communication
skills and knowledge.
Assessment of communication proficiency
and career possibilities.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

COM 490 – Independent Study
(1-3) IR 

Note: The figure in parentheses following the title of the course indicates the credit hours per term. Courses that extend through two terms are shown as follows: (3, 3). Courses that are one term only are shown by: (3). Courses with variable credit are shown with the range of credit available, for example: (1-6).

Letters appearing after course credit hours in this section are explained as follows:
U=Summer Session
Y=at least once each academic year Check schedule for Winter Session
O=every other year

The College reserves the right to cancel any course if registration does not justify continuance and to make changes in curricula at any time. 



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