Digital Communication (CM)

CM100  Fundamentals of Communication  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to the fundamental concepts in human communication, providing a theory-based overview of the communication studies discipline. This course imparts a foundation for further study, promoting strategies for becoming better communicators in everyday life and in the workplace.

CM101  Introduction to Mass Communication  (3 Credits)  

This survey course covers the history and development of mass media, such as newspapers, books, music, radio, television, film, and the Internet, as well as advertising and public relations. Students will read, discuss, research, and write about various aspects of mass media and its impact on society.

CM105  Public Speaking  (3 Credits)  

Students will learn the fundamentals of public speaking through lecture, assignment and practice. Students will have opportunity to increase their own self-confidence in their public speaking abilities and develop foundational skills for everyday and workplace communication. Emphasis will be placed on integration of multimedia, fundamental concepts in human communication, and voice training in order to enable students to make more effective presentations.

CM200  Visual Communication  (3 Credits)  

This introductory course discusses various forms of visual culture and media, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Students are given the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to critically analyze, evaluate, interpret, and create images.

Pre/corequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM205  Transmedia Storytelling  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on key concepts of transmedia storytelling, such as narrative development and audience experience across multiple media platforms.

Pre/corequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM210  Writing for the Mass Media  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces the principles and techniques of writing across various forms of mass media. Course includes critical discussion and analysis of readings, individual and collaborative writing projects, as well as peer editing.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM213  News Writing & Reporting  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an introduction to contemporary journalism, with an emphasis on practical experience in news writing and reporting within a multimedia environment.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM217  Media Production  (3 Credits)  

This is an introduction to digital video production and post-production techniques, concepts, and terminology. The course will include hands-on practice with basic script writing, camera operation, lighting, sound, and editing.

CM220  Introduction to Public Relations  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to the theory, concepts, and practice of public relations. Attention will be placed on the understanding of public opinion, strategic planning, and the process of communication to achieve mutual understanding between an organization and its publics in today’s society.

Pre/corequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM222  Digital News Editing  (3 Credits)  

Editors perform a variety of key roles within news media organizations, in both print and digital platforms. This course explores the complex ways in which news editors think and work, while focusing on the importance of critical editorial skills and responsibilities across various media contexts.

Prerequisite(s): CM213 or permission of instructor.

CM230  Writing on the Web  (3 Credits)  

Focuses on writing about and for the web. Read what sociologists, psychologists, educators, journalists, authors, and others are writing about this topic. Compare content, style, and design of print and web publications. Learn the basics of writing web text, collaborate on group assignments, and create text for web pages.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM235  The Art of Film  (3 Credits)  

This introduction to film theory encourages students to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of cinema through the critical analysis of various aspects of filmmaking such as production, story structure, performance, cinematography, editing, and sound across multiple genres.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM244  Women in Film  (3 Credits)  

This course is grounded in the critical viewing and analysis of numerous artistic contributions women have made to the film industry on and off the screen, with emphasis on a range of perspectives such as local/global cultures, politics, religion, race, and sexual identity. Applicable to the Women's Studies minor.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM245  Writing About Television  (3 Credits)  

Emphasizing the development of media literacy through critical thinking, students will research, discuss, analyze, and write about foundational and emerging trends of television programming, while gaining insight of popular culture knowledge through both historical and contemporary perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM251  Intercultural Communication  (3 Credits)  

This course serves as a broad introduction to the concepts associated with culture and communication. Students will have the opportunity to develop intercultural awareness and patterns of perception and thinking to enable effective communication across various cultural boundaries.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM252  Organizational Communication  (3 Credits)  

This course serves as a broad introduction to the perspectives related to communication across various types of organizational contexts. Students will critically analyze organizational communication theories and methods in order to understand organizational culture and communication patterns.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM299  Student Publications Practicum - Editor  (1 Credits)  

Students enrolled in Student Publications Practicum are editorial staff members of The Lion’s Tale or Fountain Spray. Students will provide work assignments to student staff members. Assignments may include the general operation of the publication, layout and design, editing and proofreading, news coverage or other items of interest. The experience will be supervised by the publication faculty moderator in designing and evaluating the student’s experience. Minimum of 40 hours for each semester hour of credit. By arrangement with approval of faculty moderator. Repeatable up to 3 credits. Pass/Fail.

CM302  Mass Media & Social Issues  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on the complex relationship between mass media and society. Students will critically analyze various theoretical and practical approaches to mass media and how it can create or contribute to a range of social issues within contemporary society.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221, CM101, and junior or senior status.

CM305  Media Law & Ethics  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the foundational principles of U.S. constitutional law, with particular emphasis on the First Amendment. Student will discuss the creation, interpretation, and role of such laws, while critically analyzing related ethical issues via case studies concerned with different forms of mass media. A variety of complex issues in media law and ethics will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221, CM101, and junior or senior status.

CM310  Interpersonal Communication  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to explore the field of ideas relating to mediated modes of communication and personal relationships in the shaping of our social environment. Students will read, research, discuss, write, and critically analyze key aspects of interpersonal interactions, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which human communication influences, and is influenced by, various forms of contemporary media.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221, CM100 or CM101, and junior or senior status.

CM341  Public Relations Writing  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an overview of the principles of basic strategic communication decision-making, and applies these strategies and practices to the production of actual, effective communication messages for multiple audiences in a variety of formats. Writing assignments may include: mission statements, fact sheets, backgrounders, press releases, feature stories, pitch letters, brochures, newsletters and web messages.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

CM350  Special Projects  (1 Credits)  

Study selected topics in digital communication. Directed by a member of the department with approval of the chair. Offered on application. Repeatable up to 3 credits.

CM400  Digital Field Production  (3 Credits)  

This course emphasizes group fieldwork, along with individual responsibilities through various roles and stages of production, while also highlighting the importance of pre- and post-production elements. Students will learn how to collaboratively develop, produce, and complete digital projects with a range and flexibility of topics from journalism to filmmaking.

Prerequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221, and CM217 or equivalent, and junior or senior standing.

CM401  Communication Theory & Research  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to introduce students to the various types of quantitative and qualitative research methods applicable to the field of communication studies.

Prerequisite(s): CM100, CM101, and junior or senior status.

CM405  Digital Communication Internship  (3 Credits)  

As a key graduation requirement, students will work in a professional setting where they experience the practical applications related to their academic studies. Students are expected to spend a total of 120 hours in the workplace (i.e., 40 hours per credit hour) and successfully complete all required internship coursework.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior status and approval of academic advisor.

CM465  Digital Comm. Professional Practices  (3 Credits)  

This service-learning course gives students the opportunity to create an original, multimedia campaign for a community organization. Campaigns are designed and implemented based on the specific needs of the chosen organization, as well as student interest.

Prerequisite(s): CM101, CM105, CM217, and junior or senior status.