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ELLIOTT SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION

Communication core courses

The Elliott School of Communication offers an integrated major in communication leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. All communication students must complete the following common core (23 credits), in addition to the courses in the chosen emphasis area.

Take all:
130 Communication and Society (3 credits)
301 Writing for the Mass Audience (3)
305 Visual Technologies (2)
306 Introduction to Multimedia (2)
325 Speaking in Business and the Professions (3)
472 Senior Portfolio (1)
535 Communication Analysis and Criticism (3)

Choose two:
430 Communication Research and Inquiry (3)
630 Communication Law and Responsibility (3)
631 Historial and Theoretical Issues in Communication (3)


Core course descriptions

130 Communication and Society (3 credit hours)
Introduces the functions, processes and effects of individual and mass communication in American society. Explores economic, social and governmental impacts of such communication. Includes a survey of the media and communication industry.

301 Writing for the Mass Audience (3)
Introduces the technique of writing for the mass audience, emphasizing approach necessitated by technology in dealing with print, broadcast, advertising and public relations.
Prerequisites: ENGL 101, ENGL 102 and COMM 130, with a grade of C or better in each, pass departmental Grammar, Spelling & Punctuation Test and departmental consent.

305 Visual Technologies (2)
Examines the importance and meaning of visual symbols in modern society. Explores the methods by which visual images inform, educate and persuade consumers.

306 Introduction to Multimedia (2)
Examines appropriate multimedia formats for telling stories and presenting information. Focuses on understanding effective publication of communication via audio, video and web.

325 Speaking in Business and the Professions (3)
Studies the basic concepts of public speaking and discussions as they apply to the business and professional person. Emphasizes public presentations, group leadership and interpersonal communication as appropriate to business and professional oral communications.
Prerequisite: COMM 111 with a grade of C or better.

430 Communication Research and Inquiry (3)
General education further studies course. Introduces the process of research and inquiry across the discipline of communication. Helps students in communication become more intelligent consumers of research and investigative inquiry and to become more adept at designing their own research projects. Includes information gathering, structuring inquiry with qualitative and quantitative research designs and processing and reporting information.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and COMM 130 or instructor's consent.

472 Senior Portfolio Seminar (1)
Students prepare a resume and portfolio of their best work to be evaluated by faculty members and communication professionals in their area of emphasis. Ideally completed in a student's final semester before graduation. Graded Cr/NCr.
Prerequisites: Senior standing, completion of 18 hours of communication coursework and departmental consent.

535 Communication Analysis and Criticism (3)
General education further studies course. Introduces the methods used for the analysis and critique of various linguistic, pictorial and aural elements of communication for the purpose of becoming more discerning consumers of the various forms of public and mass-mediated messages. Analysis includes print advertisements, radio and television messages, newspaper features and public speeches.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and COMM 301 with grade of C or better or instructor's consent.

630 Communication Law and Responsibility (3)
General education issues and perspectives course. Emphasizes both oral and written aspects of communication law and responsibility. Addresses general functions of the law including the right to communicate, broadcast law and law of the press. Includes discussion of the first amendment rights, libel, privacy, copyright, advertising, obscenity, pornography and corporate communication concerns.

631 Historical and Theoretical Issues in Communication (3)
General education further studies course. Examines the development of various issues in communication in historical context. Emphasizes different humanistic and scientific theories of communication and the historical development of mediated communication. Uses selected theories to generate critiques of specific communication events.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and COMM 130 or instructor's consent.

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