Credit Courses

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Communications (COM)

COM* E222 Basic News Writing

Instruction and practice in developing news articles, including defining news, gathering information from credible sources, recognizing and writing in basic news story structure and styles, and making ethical choices as a reporter. Assignments are completed using computers. This course satisfies the computer literacy requirement of the College, but it may not be used to satisfy the English requirement.
Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: C

COM* E223 Feature and Magazine Writing

Review of basic information gathering, interviewing, and news writing techniques. Instruction and practice in feature reporting and writing, including in-depth and investigative features, opinion pieces, reviews, creative non-fiction, and writings for the online media. Assignments are completed using computers. This course satisfies the computer literacy requirement of the College, but it may not be used to satisfy the English requirement.
Prerequisite: COM* E222 or permission of the instructor
  • Credits: 3

COM* E101 Introduction to Mass Communications

Introduction to the main aspects of communications and how the mass media - newspapers, films, television, magazines, radio, and advertising - operate in our society. Material covered includes basic theories of mass communications, psychology of communications, development of mass media, and the interrelationships between the mass media and society, business, and government in defining issues and molding public opinion and attitudes.

Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3

COM* E201 Introduction to Public Relations

An overview of writing for public relations. Students will gain experience producing public relations materials such as news releases for print and broadcast media, newsletters, brochures, and materials for special events. The role of public relations planning and strategy will be discussed.
Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3

COM* E173 Public Speaking

Methods to improve effective speaking through study of pronunciation, diction, voice usage, and vocabulary. Through extemporaneous and other speeches, efforts will be made to improve confidence, organization of ideas, and effective deliver. Topics might include listening skills, control of nervousness, and the speaker's self-consciousness.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3

COM* E116 Publications Workshop I

Practical experience in all aspects of writing, editing, managing, and designing through assignments on a variety of student-sponsored publications. Included will be work on the school newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine. This course uses computer word processing programs for the completion of assignments and production of publications.

Prerequisite or Parallel: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3
  • Elective Code: C

COM* E216 Publications Workshop II

Designed to provide the student with broader publication experience and responsibility. These publications may include a school newspaper, a literary magazine, a yearbook, or other needed school publications. Students will learn such publication skills as feature writing, editorial writing, composition, layout, and sales. This course uses computer word processing programs for the completion of assignments and production of publications.

Prerequisite: COM* E116 or permission of the instructor
  • Credits: 3

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