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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

This introductory course in public speaking helps students understand basic communication principles and improves 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

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 109: Visual Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101

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

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 120: Interpersonal Communication

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

This course introduces students to the study of communication as it relates to the creation and quality of interpersonal relationships and well-being. Face-to-face communication and relationship skills will be explored, analyzed, and practiced. Covered topics include the communication process, self-awareness, individual agency, interdependence, listening, language, emotional intelligence, and conflict transformation. 3 credit hours
IAI Major Code - MC 901

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 121: Introduction to Intercultural Communication

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

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

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 125: Small Group Communication

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

This course introduces students to theories, processes, and practices that enhance collaboration in group decision-making. Students will learn to frame an issue, identify stakeholder concerns, and facilitate discussion in order to create consensus. Topics covered will include power, leadership, group participation, communication processes, and conflict transformation. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 132: Introduction to Photojournalism

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

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

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 135: Convergent Media Writing

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English, cannot be concurrently enrolled in ENGL 099

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
IAI Major Code - MC 922

Transferrable General Education Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 136: Newspaper Production

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better

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

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 160: Introduction to Mass Media

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

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

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 210: Intro to Communication Theory

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

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

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 220: Advertising and Culture

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better

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

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 250: Activism

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 and COMM 101 with grades of C or better OR
-Permission of division dean

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

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 296: Special Topics in Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion with a C or better, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 101

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

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

COMM 299: Internship in Communication

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better
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

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

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.