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IAI Communications

COMM 101: Introduction to Oral Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading OR
-Concurrent enrollment in READ 091

This is an introductory course in public speaking, with the dual goals of helping students understand basic communication principles and improving their oral communication skills. The course emphasizes preparing, selecting, organizing, and delivering oral messages, as well as analyzing and evaluating the speaking-listening process. 3 credit hours
IAI GEC Code - C2 900

COMM 109: Visual Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

An introduction to visual literacy by examining images presented in many media including print, photography, fine art, animation and cartoons, film, television, video and multimedia. Covers image processing, theories of visual communication, ethical and cultural issues. Projects will include essays, research, and small group and hands-on activities. 3 credit hours

COMM 120: Interpersonal Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

A study of communication theory and its application to interpersonal relations, including analysis of self-concepts and perceptions, verbal and nonverbal codes, and cultural expectations. 3 credit hours

COMM 121: Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This is an introductory communication course, emphasizing a variety of communication practices with cultural origins, including nonverbal and verbal practices. The course focuses on both intercultural communication theory and practical approaches to communicating between cultures and subcultures. The course is recommended for any student majoring in communication. 3 credit hours

COMM 125: Small Group Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

An introduction to information-providing, problem-solving and decision-making techniques for communication groups, both formal and informal of different types and sizes. Covers such topics as the role of small groups in society and the variables that influence small group communication, such as participation roles and types of leadership. 3 credit hours

COMM 132: Introduction to Photojournalism

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

The course is an introduction to the principles and techniques of photojournalism for use in print, broadcast, web and other journalistic mass media. This course will advance students’ skills in digital camera use and introduce them to digital technology. Ethical, legal, technical and aesthetic issues will be explored as well as the history of photojournalism. Students will need to provide their own digital SLR camera (equipped with manual override), lenses of varying focal lengths, and a flash with adjustable output. This class assumes little to no knowledge of photography and Photoshop. Students will meet 6 hours for 3 hours credit. 3 credit hours

COMM 135: Writing for the Media

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 OR
-Permission of division dean
AND
-Placement at college level reading

An introduction to the basic techniques of news gathering and reporting including researching, interviewing, editing and rewriting procedures. Emphasis on learning news writing style. Introduction to writing in various formats including newspapers and magazines, public relations and broadcast. 3 credit hours

COMM 136: Newspaper Production

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Students will collaborate to publish the College’s student newspaper, The Spectator. Students will study the fundamentals of newspaper production, including news gathering and reporting, writing in Associated Press style, information sources, interviewing, editing, and graphic design and layout, business and advertising management, promotion and circulation and media law and ethics. 3 credit hours

COMM 160: Mass Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

COMM 160 is a study of the historical, social, and cultural impact of mass media on society. This course also examines different forms of communication from print to media to social media. 3 credit hours
IAI Major Code - MC 911

COMM 210: Intro to Communication Theory

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101
AND
-Placement at college reading

This course provides students with a general overview of communication theory and a concrete understanding of specific communication theories. Emphasis is placed on evaluation of communication theories and their application to everyday life. 3 credit hours

COMM 220: Advertising and Culture

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course explores the modern history of advertising, using methods of analysis which include marketing strategies and the impact of advertising on social and cultural consciousness. Of particular interest will be the ways in which advertising, while associated with higher levels of consumption, are linked with environmental destruction, restrictive gender identities, the decline of public life, personal dissatisfaction, and the commodification of culture. 3 credit hours

COMM 250: Activism

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 and COMM 101 with a grade of C or better OR
-Permission of division dean
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This course is designed for students who want to develop their skills in doing activism. Course materials, class discussions, guest speakers, educational excursions, and designing and implementing individual, semester-long projects will develop students’ personal philosophies regarding social justice and enhance their abilities to analyze issues and engage in political activism. This course will be cross-listed as POS 250. 3 credit hours

COMM 296: Special Topics in Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at college level reading

This is an advanced course in communication studies, with variable content that is focused on research, theory, and application in a particular topic of communication studies (such as organizational communication, sexual communication, media, etc.) Readings will center on current developments in the study of communication and may have an interdisciplinary, social scientific, ethnographic, and/or critical perspective. Because topics and research studied will change each semester, COMM 296 may be repeated for a total of six credits. 1-3 credit hours

COMM 299: Internship in Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101
AND
-Completion of COMM 101 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 130, COMM 135, or COMM 160
AND
-Completion of 15 credit hours
AND
-Placement at college level reading

Supervised field experience in a variety of settings related to communication, including businesses, publications, advertising and public relations agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and governmental agencies. Students will receive on-the-job experience, in a volunteer or paid capacity, for at least five hours a week (a total of 75 hours a semester equals one internship credit hour) to gain practical skills and experience. Credit is available only for work experience which has been approved in advance by the internship coordinator. 1-6 credit hours