ACADEMICS

  • Communication Courses

    CM 100 Introduction to Mass Communication
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture
    An integrated examination of the history, theory, structure, process, and effects of each of the mass media.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 101 Library Skills for Research
    The course covers the basics of library research: search strategies and how to use both print and automated
    research tools.
    Offered every 3 years. 1 credit.
     
    CM 103 Survey of Radio and Television
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture
    Perspectives on the development of radio and television technologies, programming, regulation, and economic
    support, and their impact.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 105 Media Writing
    Prerequisite: CM 100
    An introduction to various types of mass media writing, from print and broadcast to public relations, advertising
    and online media.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 106 Communication and the Internet
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture
    Focuses on the social and educational implications of the Internet and the application of its various search tools as
    a means to communication.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM/EN 107 Journalism and Democracy

    This course introduces students to the history of American journalism and the role of journalism in democratic and
    non-democratic societies.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 108/AR 105 Introduction to Animation
    This hands-on introductory-level course covers the fundamentals of aesthetics of computer animation.
    Offered every semester. 3 credits.
     
    CM 110 Public Speaking
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture
    Essentials of speech production and speech writing for large and small groups. Classroom practice in delivering
    various types of speeches.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 150 Photography I
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Covers the basic theory and practice of 35mm B/W photography, including camera handling, film processing, light
    meters, printing and picture content.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 151 Introduction to Digital Photography
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Techniques and aesthetics of digital photography. Introduction to the operation of SLR digital cameras and the
    computer as digital darkroom.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 152 Eco-toursim & Photography in Costa Rica
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Creative Arts
    A multi-level, interdisciplinary photography course with travel to Costa Rica. This course covers basic digital photo
    techniques and the practices of sustainable ecotourism. Additional fees apply.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 160 Digital Imaging I
    This course introduces students to the procedures, techniques and concepts of basic digital imaging. In the course
    students learn to use the computer as a tool for visual image making.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 180 Introduction to Advertising
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    An overview of the advertising including the historical and current roles of advertising in our economy, basic advertising
    concepts and methods, and social and cultural effects.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 191 Special Topics in Communication
    An introductory level course in communications on current or specialized topics.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 193 Special Topics in Communication for First-Year Students

    All "193" courses are approved for LASC but may vary by section. See current course listing for specific LASC area approval.
    Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 199 Interpersonal Communication in Media
    Study of the communications process as it relates to the production of material in various media, including video,
    audio, film.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

     
    CM 200 Writing for Communication
    LASC—Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: EN 102

    Development of writing, research, and critical thinking skills associated with the discipline of communication.
    Assignments focus on contemporary communication issues.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 204 Analysis of News
    This course introduces students to the conventions, ethical issues and the economic, political and socio-cultural
    forces that affect mainstream and alternative journalism today
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 205 Reporting for Media
    This course refines interviewing skills and enables students to develop evidence from documentary sources to
    create stories for converging media.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 206 Digital Storytelling
    Prerequisite: CM 100
    Use of personal narrative to construct stories using audio, still and video images, and music tracks in digital format.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 210 Special Topics in Communication
    This is a mid-level communication course focused on current specialized topics not covered by the department’s
    curriculum
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM/WO 213 Gender and Media
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum;
    Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: CM 100, EN 102

    This course will explore how difference is socially constructed along gender lines and will explore the intersections
    of gender, identity, power and media representation.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 231 Photography II
    Prerequisite: CM 150 or CM 151
    Expands basic skills in camera craft, film and print processing and presentation. Instruction and practice in the
    Zone System, theory and practice of advanced exposure and film development control. Emphasis on photographic
    composition and efficiency in designing purposeful photographic statements.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 240 Principles of Public Relations
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Prerequisite: CM 100

    An overview of public relations principles in business, politics and society.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 241 Understanding Movies
    LASC—Creative Arts; Thought, Language, and Culture
    An introduction to the aesthetics and critical theories of film as an artistic medium of communication through critical
    observation of classic and contemporary movies.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 244 Graphic Design
    Through hands-on projects, students will learn formal elements of design, principles of typography, idea generation,
    and issues of responsible design as applied to print media.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM/CS 247 Introduction to Multimedia

    Prerequisite: Introduction to computers or experience
    Use of computers to create digitized video, images, sound, animation, and text for CD-ROM, the internet, television
    and other productions.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM/MU 250 Music of the Cinema: Spectacle, Splendor, and Spielberg
    An introduction to the role, impact, and importance of music in motion pictures from silent movies through contemporary
    film.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 259 Television Production I
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Basics of studio production including visualization and sequencing of short scripts, sound, graphics, lighting, and
    technical direction.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 260 Introduction to Video
    LASC—Creative Arts
    A beginning course in video program production, using lightweight and portable equipment.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM/EN 268 Journalism: Feature Writing
    Prerequisite: EN 102
    Provides advanced training in finding, researching, developing, and writing feature stories for newspapers and magazines.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 271 Media and Globalization
    This course examines the emergence of global media and its impact on the development of a global world.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM/EN 270 Journalism: Editing
    Prerequisite: EN 102
    Training in copy selection, copy editing, story placement, headline writing, layout, and use of style books.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

    CM/EN 272 News Reporting and Writing I
    Prerequisites: EN 102 & EN 107
    Includes fundamentals of news judgment, events coverage, sourcing, interviewing, writing on deadline, fact checking
    and basic editing.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     

    CM/AR 285 History of Photography
    LASC—Creative Arts; Thoughts, Language and Culture
    The history of photography from 1839 to present, with attention to styles, aesthetics, technical processes, and
    leading practitioners.
    Offered every 2 year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 301 Communication Theory
    Prerequisite: CM 100
    Examines the nature and origins of symbol systems, the make up of audiences, the effects of mass media, and
    concomitant research.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 305 Media for Non-profits
    Prerequisites: CM 100, CM 105
    This course covers the writing, research, planning and problem solving necessary to provide media service for a
    non-profit client.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 315 Social Media
    LASC—Creative Arts; Thought, Language, and Culture
    Prerequisite: CM 100

    This course explores the historical and societal influences on the development of social media through
    conceptual and practical applications.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.

     
    CM 340 Public Relations Strategy

    Prerequisite: CM 240
    Case study approach to public relations practices, problems, opportunities, and application to practical situations
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 344 Graphic Design II
    Prerequisite: CM 244 Graphic Design I
    The course builds upon the foundations of design covered in Graphic Design I, with emphasis on critical thinking,
    visual problem solving and the use of text and image.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 345 Media and Democracy
    Prerequisite: CM 100
    This course aims to develop an understanding of democracy's requirements and the role of the media in relation
    to democracy.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM/WO 350 Intercultural Communication
    Prerequisite: CM 100
    Introductory communication theory and practice across cultural groups defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion,
    age, nationality, politics and economics.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM/EN 351 News Reporting and Writing II
    Prerequisite: EN 272
    Focuses on using documentary evidence in reporting. Students select a reporting specialty area such as sports,
    business or higher education.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM/EN 352 Practicum in Journalism
    Prerequisite: EN 270 & EN 272
    Workshop in which students report, write, and edit the online college news magazine. Participate in all aspects of
    publication.
    Offered every semester. 3 credits.
     
    CM/EN 353 Narrative Journalism
    Prerequisite: EN 272
    Students analyze and create in-depth journalistic features and nonfiction stories that blend reporting with techniques
    of fictional storytelling.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     

    CM/EN 354 Opinion Writing
    Prerequisite: EN 272
    Students analyze and practice writing op-eds and other opinion pieces. Learn to write commentary that is publication
    ready.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 359 Documentary Production
    Prerequisite: CM 260
    This course engages students in a semester-long production of documentary and introduces key concepts of
    documentary theory.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 360 Television Production II
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisites: CM 259 or CM 260

    The student will gain experience in the areas of electronic videotape editing, technology of television engineering,
    creative video, remote production and other advanced techniques. Primary emphasis is on the production of programs
    utilizing advanced techniques.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 363 Visual Media Literacy
    Prerequisite: CM 100
    An introduction to principles of visual media literacy and their application in media production and perception.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 366 Scriptwriting
    Prerequisite: CM 100
    Creating scripted material for the electronic media. All types, styles, and formats will be covered.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 370 Advertising Production
    Prerequisite: CM 100, CM 180
    Applied skills in advertising including the creation of advertisements in different media, advertising strategies, media
    schedules and campaign plans.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM/CS 374 Advanced Multimedia

    Prerequisite: CM/CS 247 or equivalent
    Project-based approach using computers to design multimedia productions to integrate image, sound, and text.
    Emphasis on creative conceptualization, interface design, and project management.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 384 Media Criticism
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum;
    Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: CM 100, EN 102

    Evaluation and analysis of film, television, theatre, and radio performances, development of intelligent, ethical
    standards of judgment.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM/WO 390 Alternative Communication
    Prerequisite: CM103
    This course introduces students to the theory and practice of alternative communication and its relationship with
    culture and politics.
    Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 396 Video Editing
    LASC—Creative Arts
    Prerequisite: CM 259 or CM 260

    The principles and procedures of editing one-half-inch and three-quarter-inch videotape using manual and electronic
    techniques and equipment. Students will produce short, edited programs.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 400 Public Relations Research
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
    Prerequisite: CM 240

    Study of public relations research concepts, and application for planning, communication and evaluation.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 404 Independent Study in Media
    Prerequisite: CM 100
    Permits advanced students to investigate topic of special interest through research or production of a project. Periodic
    consultations with advisor.
    Offered every 2 years. 1-6 credits.
     

    CM 405 Mass Communication Research
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Writing Across the Curriculum
    Prerequisite: EN 102

    Survey of methods and applications of research in media fields, including advertising, public relations, journalism,
    new media and political communication.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    CM 408 Directed Study
    Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course
    when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and
    with agreement from a faculty member.
     
    CM 410 Seminar: Topics in Communication
    This course engages students in advanced examination of emerging communication topics and of topics in a faculty’s
    area of expertise.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM/EN 416 Media Law and Ethics
    Prerequisite: EN 272
    An overview of the U. S. legal and justice systems and an examination of ethical issues in mass media.
    Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.
     
    CM 435 Media Internship
    Prerequisite: Two relevant communications courses and consent of department provides opportunity to advanced
    students to increase experience through internship with sponsoring community organization, institution, or business
    under appropriate supervision.

    Offered every year. 3-12 credits.
     
    CM 450 Senior Communication Capstone
    Prerequisite: CM 100, CM 110, CM 105 or CM 200, CM 363 or CM 384
    Course allows students to reflect upon and document culminating experiences while nearing the end of their major
    coursework.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.