Courses

A first-year seminar for majors and minors, this course provides students an introduction to media studies and offers a critical analysis of historical and contemporary issues in democratic communication, in addition to an overview of career possibilities.  The course embraces the values that are reflected in the Department’s mission: Communicating for Social Justice.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to give students skills-based strategies to critically understand, interpret, and deconstruct media messages.   It provides a particular focus on the role of technology in the production and consumption of media messages, as well as the way in which media content influences information, entertainment, and cultural values.

Credit Hours: 3

A specialized discussion of how to communicate through the mass media, focusing on the planning and writing of effective messages for print, radio, television, and web media. For analysis purposes, the student concentrates on journalism and public relations and their communicative and social role in contemporary society.

Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the many uses of writing for informational video including management, employee, and customer relations; training and instructional tools; and community and social issue awareness documentary. Through the development of client- and/or issue-centered video scripts and critique of existing informational videos, students will learn all phases of the message design and pre-production processes. (Satisfies Media Writing Elective)

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: CMS 120 (or permission of instructor)

This course will introduce students to the basics of screen writing. Students will learn to format and write scripts for various types of programming, both long and short form, including narrative comedy/ drama, documentary/reality, and/or promos. The course will also cover how to write preproduction documents such as show treatments and show bibles. (Satisfies Media Writing Elective)

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: CMS 120 (or permission of instructor)

This course provides an introduction to writing effectively for digital environments, including web pages, social networking sites, wikis, blogs, and other digital platforms.  Special attention is paid to developing stylistic and technical skills needed to plan, create, and edit written media content.  Activities occur both in the classroom and in a web-based online lab. (Satisfies Media Writing Elective)

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: CMS 120 (or permission of instructor)

Students will read and write creative nonfiction from a number of sub-genres, including nature writing, personal essay/memoir, profiles, and reportage, considering possibilities for publication. They will explore the literature of reality””from the power of true stories, to the fascination of odd facts, to the revelation of insight. (Satisfies Media Writing Elective)

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: WRT 100, CMS 120 (or permission of instructor)

This course introduces students to the many kinds of special interest journalism while conducting exercises in the shared skills required to practice any of them. Students learn about the industry as well as the research techniques, writing methods, ethics, and editing procedures used to practice specialty journalism. Areas of content may change from semester to semester. They will include sports, business and finance, ethnicity, the environment, science, technology and the arts. (Satisfies Media Writing Elective)

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: CMS 120 (or permission of instructor)

This course puts students behind the scenes at the center of media organizations where they make decisions and plan for new programming. The course provides an introduction to the legal, ethical and political environment influencing media institutions as well as the specific practices required of managers. In class based problem solving sessions and through a term-capping special project students execute each of the steps in the procedures of management and programming.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the history, basic concepts, and skills of digital media design and production.  Through the creation and critique of projects incorporating images, audio, and video, students will gain knowledge of potential careers, acquire life-long production skills, and produce a portfolio of their digital media work.

Credit Hours: 3

Traces the development of the motion picture in terms of the interaction between the artist, the inventor and the businessperson. Considers particular examples of film types and genres to demonstrate how cinema documents cultural change. Concepts are illustrated by screenings and discussions at each class meeting. (Satisfies Film Studies Elective)

Credit Hours: 3

Basic course in the strategy and execution of advertisements for the mass media. Topics include the history of advertising, relationship to economy and society, organization, selection of media, layout, production and use of advertising appeals in radio, television and the press.

Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of the principles and practices of public relations in corporate, institutional and public service organizations including the technical and human relations skills utilized in the public relations profession.

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students an overview of the research methodologies most commonly used in the media studies and communications fields.  By designing and conducting research projects themselves, students will learn information-gathering and research skills, as well as address topics such as research ethics, online research, data analysis, critical analysis skills, and unconventional applications of research.

Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the acquisition of investigative skills, techniques and ethics used for research and writing in academic and journalistic work. Students apply their acquired tools in a semester long investigation of issues within an International Public Affairs sector. In an ongoing lab setting students interact continuously within an Internet environment. (Satisfies Media Writing Elective)

Credit Hours: 3

This is a course in the fundamentals of digital photography designed for students with little or no previous experience. Students will learn basic photographic skills including manual camera operation and digital image manipulation and printing. Photographic history, and visual theory and criticism will be addressed in class discussions and critiques. The course explores the use of photography as a tool of communication and self-expression.

Credit Hours: 3

After a detailed survey of the vocabulary, tools, techniques, and conventions of video production, the student is led through a series of creative exercises in both studio and remote video production. Students will learn producing and directing techniques in preproduction, production, and post-production, developing both a critical aesthetic and technical proficiency. Course includes lab exercises and projects in non-linear digital video production.

Credit Hours: 4

This course presents a critical analysis of the meaning and function of the mass media and culture in our world. Fictional programming, entertainment and sport media are analyzed for their impact on individuals, society and the media themselves. (Satisfies Media and Culture Elective)

Credit Hours: 3

The course combines a cross cultural history of the communication field with a survey of the main theoretical models advanced to explain the relationship between media and society during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Students formulate positions on the role and effects of theory in daily media practices. (Satisfies Media and Culture Elective)

Credit Hours: 3

This course will examine contemporary cultural perceptions through a variety of cinematic examples taken from feature films. The impact of film on social, historical, and economic cultural traits will be analyzed. Although the primary focus is cultural analysis, thematic discussion will be coupled with an introduction to vocabulary used in cinema and historical discussion of the evolution of the film industry. (Satisfies Media and Culture Elective, Film Studies Elective)

Credit Hours: 3

This course aims to understand the 21st century convergence of cross-cultural forces and digital new media creating a global culture. Three questions are addressed: (1) Where do “New Media” come from? (2) How have new media interacted with cultural forms to influence the formation of civilization? (3) How are new media practices experienced and applied in social, environmental, ideological, political and economic spheres of cross-cultural relations. (Satisfies Media and Culture Elective)

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed as a one-time course to be offered whenever departmental resources are sufficient to do so. It will deal with special topics in the mass media, journalism, or broadcasting according to the research agenda and interests of a particular professor. Topics could include, but are not limited to: ethical, legal, theoretical, and societal issues in the mass media; practical applications of video, photographic, print, and/or computer-based media production.

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the role of communications media in a democratic system of governance. We will look at the media's performance in electoral and other public campaigns, the role of the news media in presenting information on national and global issues and how political themes surface in non-news media genres. (Satisfies Media and Society Elective)

Credit Hours: 3

In this, the Information Age, it is important to understand the influence of information and technology on modern life.  This course critically evaluates the role of information and technology in shaping political, economic, cultural and environmental conditions.  It asks the question of where the Information Age is headed, and what our role is in contributing to a more democratic society. (Satisfies Media and Society Elective)

Credit Hours: 3

There are many oversimplified categorizations by which societies make distinctions among their members, including race, class, gender, and age. Such distinctions often lead to an inequitable distribution of political power, social well-being, and the resources available to individual members of society. In this course we seek to increase our awareness and understanding of such inequities and the power of the mass media in creating and potentially destroying them. (Satisfies Media and Society Elective

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to give a basic understanding of communications and mass media law. Students will examine free speech, press issues and more contemporary topics in a case law format. Students will learn how First Amendment jurisprudence, as well as common and statutory laws, impact media and media producers.

Credit Hours: 3

Individual research of a substantive nature pursued in the student's
major field of study. The research will conclude in a written thesis or
an original project, and an oral defense. Required for University and
Departmental Honors students.

This course is a continued exploration of the medium of digital photography, which begins where Basic Photography ends. The course includes creative problem solving through alternative photographic techniques, advanced digital imaging, and an introduction to the practices of photojournalism and social documentary photography.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: CMS 340

An upper-level course in video production. Student will apply knowledge of production aesthetics and theory in producing short videos. Course covers effective message design, script writing, video production, and non-linear postproduction. Assignments focus on producing videos for non-profit organizations and for submission to various video festivals.

Credit Hours: 3   /   Prerequisites: CMS 345

A research seminar designed to evaluate areas of media effects, creative media projects, and critical analysis of media content. Majors will complete an individually designed research or media production project. Oral defense and written documentation will be required.

Credit Hours: 3

The media internship is an independent applied experience in the field of mass media. With guidance from the instructor, students are expected to contact an appropriate organization and set up guidelines for working. The course allows students to apply class room knowledge while exploring a professional position in the mass media. Determination of credit hours will be established at pre-registration by the chair of the department in consultation with the dean. Junior or Senior ranking.

A junior or senior work study program providing relevant paid employment experience. The student must work full-time for one semester. Registration will occur at the beginning of experience. The objective of the program is to integrate classroom theory and practical work experience, thus lending relevancy to learning and providing the student with a realistic exposure to career opportunities.

The independent study elective provides an opportunity to do intensive work in an area of particular interest to the student under the supervision of an individual faculty member. Departmental approval necessary.

Credit Hours: 3

Directed to beginning speech students, with the goal of helping them express themselves clearly, succinctly, and with some degree of persuasiveness. The course is also intended to make them aware of the responsibilities engendered by the art of persuasion. The basic theme of the course is that the message is the message as it is received.

Credit Hours: 3

Emphasizes the primacy of literature and the importance of the interpreter's mature reaction to it, and his/her intelligent analysis of it. The technical use of voice and body must be based firmly on a sound analysis of the material, which should be grounded on the interpreter's intuitive grasp of the emotional content of the reading material - all expressed through the interpreter's own imaginative style.

Credit Hours: 3