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Communication Courses

The Knight School of Communication offers a variety of undergraduate courses in the areas of communication studies, journalism and digital media.

COMM 101 Introduction to Communication Studies
Introduction to Communication Studies: This course surveys the processes of communication, and explores the way they work in such contexts as relationships, groups and organizations. The course includes such topics as perception and listening; the development, dissolution and maintenance of relationships; group decision-making; public persuasion; and mediated communication. 4 hrs.

COMM 111 Introduction to Media Studies
Introduction to Media Studies: This course introduces students of media and culture to the themes and debates central to the study of contemporary mediated forms of communication. The course offers a comparative approach to media studies, surveying a broad range of media forms-including print, radio, television, film, web-based and mobile media, and video games. The course considers the institutional structures that shape media production and reception, the impact of convergent technologies, and the social function of traditional and emergent media. 4 hrs.

COMM 200 Public Speaking
Public Speaking: This course develops student ability to prepare and deliver an effective speech for a variety of purposes. Topics include overcoming speech anxiety; composing appropriate beginnings and endings; choosing organizational patterns; and improving diction, and body language. 4 hrs.

COMM 202 Writing for Communication
Writing for Communication: Students in this course will learn to craft written messages, through argumentation, for the communication field including introductions to researching and writing the APA research paper, communication scholarship, corporate documents, and documents for media settings. This course fulfills the writing-intensive requirement for Communication majors. 4 hrs.

COMM 204 News Writing and Reporting
News Writing and Reporting: This course examines newspaper methods and the techniques of news writing, emphasizing basic editing. Prerequisites: ENGL 110 and 120. This course fulfills the writing-intensive requirement for Journalism and Digital Media majors 4 hrs.

COMM 210 Digital Media Production
Digital Media Production: This course provides an introduction to the study of digital media production. Students will learn how to analyze and produce digital text, hypertext, WebPages, digital photos, digital audio, podcasts, multimedia presentations and digital video. Throughout the course, students will be involved in hands-on projects that will help them begin to acquire the skills as producers of digital media. 4 hrs.

COMM 213 Practicum: Queens Chronicle
Practicum: Queens Chronicle: Practical work in producing the student newspaper, The Queens Chronicle. The course features regular workshops with instructor and editors. Repeatable for a total of 4 hrs. 2 hrs.

COMM 217 Business Communication
Business Communication: Students in this course will learn practical skills to design and deliver effective written messages for corporate audiences. Students will learn research and writing skills for drafting business documents including reports, memos, emails, and other professional documents. The course stresses appropriate writing approaches, style, tone, document design, use of illustrations, and strategies for using these documents for effective corporate interactions and meetings. Students will also complete and present group-authored documents. 4 hrs.

COMM 218  Mass Communication Theory
Mass Communication Theory: An overview of the theories and processes of mass communication, with attention to media structures and their social impact. 4 hrs.

COMM 219 Principles and History of Journalism
Principles and History of Journalism: A survey of the evolution of the news media, students examine press freedom, censorship, changing definitions of news, and changes in the business model underlying journalism. The course provides a historical overview of the media landscape, and examines the enduring values and principles of journalism. 4 hrs.

COMM 231 Film Studies 
Film Studies: Introduction and historical analysis of the development of cinema from the silent era to the contemporary avant garde. The course surveys technological developments, the evolution of popular genres and the achievements of significant directors and their landmark films. 4 hrs.

COMM 233 Television Studies 
Television Studies: This course surveys television history, including broadcast milestones, the entertainment and educational potential and the imprint on American society. Students will examine American mass culture through the window of television programming, explore the economic dimensions of the medium and investigate new technologies. 4 hrs.

COMM 250 Communication Theory
Communication Theory: The study of various communication theories as they frame research questions and influence conclusions. Theories range from basic concepts of the communication process through interpersonal, public, and mass communication. Prerequisite: COMM 101. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: COMM 202. 4 hrs.

COMM 304 Advanced News Writing: Print
Advanced Newswriting: Print: Advanced study of the techniques of writing news, emphasizing the development of specialized skills and research techniques. Prerequisite: COMM 204. 4 hrs.

COMM 305 Organizational Communication
Organizational Communication: This course explores theories of organizational communication that help analyze the ways communication builds, maintains, and transforms organizations. Topics include communication in management; interpersonal relationships in the workplace; communication in small groups and teams; networking. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 306 Integrated Strategic Communication
Integrated Strategic Communication: Strategic communication refers to the totality of an organization's efforts to lead, motivate, persuade, and inform its various publics, which include consumers, investors, employees, and the media. This course provides students with information and insights about strategic communication: how messages are created and framed, why we respond to messages the way we do, and how to employ communications strategies to advance organizational goals. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 310 Advanced News Writing: Broadcast
Advanced News Writing: Broadcast: This course explores broadcast journalism, examining the history of the industry, the structure of television newsrooms, changing professional environments and career opportunities in the field. Further, it gives students experience in writing and announcing radio and television news scripts. Prerequisites: COMM 204. 4 hrs.

COMM 311 Media Criticism
Media Criticism: This course introduces multiple perspectives in media analysis by requiring students to engage media texts (from news to advertising, on radio, television, and websites) as the objects of critical socio-political analysis. Students will explore theoretical vocabulary and resources that will enable them to analyze media artifacts from the multiple perspectives of message senders, message receivers, media technologies and media industries. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 312 Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal Communication: This course examines the various theories and applications of nonverbal communication in both personal and professional contexts. Topics include: body movement and gestures; clothing and personal artifacts; facial expression and eye behavior; use of space and territory; touching behavior; paralanguage and voice characteristics; and deception detection. The elements of nonverbal communication will be examined in the contexts of interpersonal relationships, the workplace, and cultural differences. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 313 Community Media Ecosystems
Community Media Ecosystems: This course provides an applied perspective on the local information ecosystem, and the intersections between media systems, communities, and civic and industrial agencies. 1 hr.

COMM 314 Multimedia Writing and Reporting   
Multimedia Writing and Reporting: Teaches the skills and understanding necessary to produce news stories across media platforms-print, broadcast and online. As the technical boundaries among media become less distinct, students must be prepared to enter the rapidly changing media environment. Prerequisite: COMM 204. 4 hrs.

COMM 315 Layout and Design
Layout and Design: This course introduces the forms and functions of typography and layout techniques. Students apply their knowledge to manipulate print and image in effective and creative webpage and print design. Prerequisite: COMM 204. 4 hrs.

COMM 316 Community Journalism and Public Affairs
Community Journalism and Public Affairs: Instruction and experience covering government, school, the courts and other major institutions. Critical analysis of examples of public affairs reporting. Projects in investigative reporting. Prerequisite: COMM 204. 4 hrs.

COMM 317 Gender & Communication
Gender and Communication: This course applies theories of gender studies to various communication contexts. Topics include gender roles and stereotypes; gender differences in verbal and nonverbal communication; gendered processes of socialization; images of gender in the media; and mixed vs. same sex group interactions. 4 hrs.

COMM 318 Photojournalism
Photojournalism: A practical and critical overview of photojournalism through exploratory photo essays, with an emphasis on multimedia applications. Training in still camera and digital media, with a consideration of the basic principles and ethics of visual journalism and its role in social and political change. 4 hrs.

COMM 319 Multimedia Storytelling
Multimedia Storytelling: This course examines the processes and tools for producing multimedia stories, the fundamental components of storytelling structure, and the impact of digital technologies on narrative form. The course explores the principles of interactivity and multimedia production by introducing students to a range of digital storytelling tools. Prerequisite: COMM 210. 4 hrs.

COMM 320 Communication Research
Communication Research: Students will study quantitative and qualitative approaches to communication research. Students will apply an appropriate approach to investigate a topic in depth for their term research paper. Prerequisites: COMM 101, COMM 202, and COMM 250. 4 hrs.

COMM 321 Audio Production
Audio Production: Comprehensive overview of the basics of using digital audio equipment in a studio environment to record and edit audio. Students are introduced to audio systems, audio/video post-production, audio editing and surround sound mixing using software packages. Sound design theory is covered. 4 hrs.

COMM 322 Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication: The study of communication as it affects the individual's interaction with other people in relationships. The course includes consideration of such concepts as self-concept analysis, perception, self-disclosure, gender roles in communication, nonverbal communication, listening behavior, dyadic interaction and interpersonal. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 323 Serious Games and Mobile Media
Serious Games and Mobile Media: An introduction to the fundamentals of serious game design and development, and applied training in the mechanics of mobile platforms, with significant attention to the design and analysis of serious games, the theory and method of user-centered design, the principles of gameplay, and the role of games in social change. Prerequisite: COMM 210. 4 hrs.

COMM 324 Studies in New Media
Studies in New Media: This course examines the key theoretical works and arguments in the field of new media and considers moments of collision and convergence between media forms.  Subjects to be considered include: computer culture, digital imaging technologies, interactivity and simulation, digital cinema, digital space, digital media, virtuality, cyberspace, online identity, social networks, collective intelligence, and new media communities. 4 hrs.

COMM 325 Global and International Media
Global and International Media: This course will introduce students to various issues in the field of international communication, such as media ownership and concentration, global digital divide, conditions of production of news and information, and global information and communication flows. All these issues will be explored from a critical perspective. All communication, information, and media themes will be examined in the context of globalization, understood as a set of cultural, political, social, and economic processes. Prerequisite: COMM 101, 111, or 218. 4 hrs.

COMM 326 Health Communication
This course examines the role of health communication in our everyday lives, with a focus on communication strategies that inform and influence individuals, families and communities. The course explores the dynamics and impact of health communication between individuals and the health care system such as doctor-patient communication, dissemination of health related information and the role of mediated communication in examining health communication. 4 hrs.

COMM 327 Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Communication: This course examines the relationship between communication and culture. Defining culture is the first challenge. Other topics include acculturation, prejudice, stereotyping, and cultural competence. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 328 Video Game Studies
Video Game Studies: An overview of the interdisciplinary academic study of video games, analyzing games as interactive media, rule-based systems, cultural and social texts, designed learning spaces, arenas of play and products of industrial discourse and design. 4 hrs.

COMM 329 Sports Reporting
Sports Reporting: Sports reporting takes specific kinds of news collection and analysis skills, whether stories are delivered through still or motion digital production, audio production, or print-driven media. This course will identify the kinds of stories sports generate, whether amateur or professional, from heartening to criminal. The course examines how to cover the sports beat, tell sports stories, and support multimedia sports stories with digital media, photos, and video. Prerequisites: COMM 101 or 204. 4 hrs.

COMM 332 Conflict Management
Conflict Management: This course examines the nature of conflict and the impact that conflict has on our professional lives. The focus of the course is on self-assessment and the effect that different styles of conflict management have on the parties involved. Specific strategies for managing conflict, including verbal and nonverbal communication, active listening, and negotiation are explored. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 334 Family Communication
Family Communication: This course reflects the trends in theory and practice in developing an understanding of the frameworks of communication as it relates to the family unit. Communication issues include autonomy and intimacy; roles; power management; decision making; dialogue; conflict resolution and personalized communication rituals and patterns. Students will be able to identify communication problems and/or processes taking place within a family and will be able to analyze their own family experiences. 4 hrs.

COMM 335 Persuasion
Persuasion: Grounded in rhetorical theory, the art of persuasion has reemerged as a critical skill in both personal and mediated communication contexts. This course examines the strategies individuals and organizations use to persuade people to take a particular side in decisions that rely on opinion. Topics include the importance of credibility, logic, and emotion with regard both to evaluating and creating persuasive messages. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 343 Mass Communication
Mass Communication: In this course students will analyze the forms, messages, social impact and economic structures of the mass media. Topics include the changing landscape of national and global media industries; the structure and design of media content; the role of media in public perceptions of ideas, events, institutions and people. Prerequisite: COMM 101, 111, or 218. 4 hrs.

COMM 344 Group Dynamics & Team Building
Group Dynamics and Team Building: This course analyzes the processes of small group communication, particularly in the context of task-oriented and decision-making bodies. Topics include the stages of group development; the dynamics of group interaction, productivity and satisfaction; team-building leadership and other group roles; decision-making; and managing conflict. 4 hrs.

COMM 345 Communicating Across Generations
Communicating Across Generations: This course will examine the landscape of today's organizations as challenges arise from generational differences. We will explore each of the four generations: Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millenials (Gen Y); their distinct social values; communication styles; work attitudes; lifestyle characteristics; consuming behavior and how each is portrayed in the media. We will also explore how the generations relate to and think about each other in families, the workplace and society. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 346 Middle East Media
Middle East Media: This course builds on developments in media and social change and contemporary analyses of the Middle East toward a consideration of how communication technologies are being used in strategic transition in the region. The course considers strategic transition in democratic, liberalization, and commercial reforms, in domestic, transnational, and new media systems in the Middle East. The course also explores the role of Middle Eastern media in political action, as a potential tool for negotiation or resistance. It takes a critical look at how media technologies are assumed to facilitate or impede political, economic, social and cultural transitions in the Middle East. Prerequisite: COMM 101, 111, or 218. 4 hrs.

COMM 348 Communication & American Popular Culture
Communication and American Popular Culture: Popular culture is the culture known and shared by most people in a society. In this course, students will investigate the mass media and contemporary forms of popular culture in the United States and what these say about American society, will look at the elements of American popular culture that have made their way into other societies across the globe, and will come to understand what popular culture says about values, beliefs, and norms of American culture and others. 4 hrs.

COMM 350 Independent Study
Independent Study: Students may investigate a communication topic in depth with a faculty mentor. Open to communication majors with junior or senior standing and a 3.0 grade point average. 1-4 hrs.

COMM 352 History of American Journalism
History of American Journalism: This course explores the history of journalism in America from the colonial period to the present. Though it will focus on print journalism, it will consider as well the revolutionary significance of electronic journalism. This course will trace the continuities and changes in the ways in which news is defined, gathered, produced, and critiqued in American life and politics; and it will investigate in detail the lives and times of some of America's more intriguing journalists, from Peter Zenger to William Lloyd Garrison; from Ida Tarbell and the "Muckrakers" to H.L. Mencken; from early radio to TV news to the World Wide Web. Prerequisite: COMM 101 or 218. 4 hrs.

COMM 356 Sports Communication
Sports Communication: Sports communicate societal values and norms. This course will analyze the history of sports and its relationship to culture. Specific topics may include the functions of sports for the identities of individuals, groups, teams, and society, as well as the relationship between sports, media, and culture. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 357 Sports Promotion & Publicity
Sports: Promotion and Publicity: This course surveys the strategy, techniques and communication media employed by public relations, marketing and promotion professionals to the unique application of the sports industry. Students will learn how to analyze sports audiences, develop promotion strategies, plan sports publicity events and understand the role of sponsorship. Students will also examine sports-related corporate social responsibility and community relations initiatives in local, national and international settings. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 358 Interpersonal Relations in Sports
Interpersonal Relations in Sports: This course explores interpersonal relationships in various sport contexts. Students will examine the relationship of the coach with players and parents, youth/peer relationships in sports, team cohesion, motivational climate, personal perception and sport performance, the role of agents and agency and cultural influences on sport relationships. Students will investigate the dynamics and conflict in these relationships as well as practice skills to improve them. Students are advised to elect either COMM 322 (Interpersonal Communication) or this course, but not both. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 359 Sports: Ethics, Law, & Media
Sports: Ethics, Law, & Media: The relationship between media and sports is long and complex. From documenting the physical artistry of a range of human endeavors to the tension and release of competitive games and events, sport activities provide the kind of stories and spectacle that drives audiences to media. Sports: Ethics, Law, & Media may examine the legal and ethical dimensions of issues such as the decline of "Sportsmanship;" the comparison of "amateurism" to "professionalism;" the history and consequences of Title IX and other gender and diversity issues; relationships between reporters and athletes; the parallels between the culture of sport and the culture of business; and the issues of aging. Prerequisite: COMM 101. 4 hrs.

COMM 360 Topics in Communication
Topics in Communication: Intensive consideration of a single topic in communication. The topics for the course will vary from offering to offering and may range from considering the work of a single individual to a study of a general movement. May be taken twice with different titles. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 4 hrs.

COMM 364 Media Law and Ethics
Media Law and Ethics: This course analyzes media policies and practices with respect to their political or practical generation, ethical enactment and social impact, including such topics as government regulation of the media, the influence of pressure groups, media influence, and libel and privacy laws. Prerequisite: COMM 101, 111, or 218. 4 hrs.

COMM 370 Advanced Digital Media Production
Advanced Digital Media Production: This course provides advanced communication students with the opportunity to study and produce digital media. Students will produce and maintain a blog that will include digital still images, digital audio files and digital video. Students will participate in group activities that will enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to produce web-based multimedia. This is a hands-on, labor-intensive course. The course requires that students have experience planning and producing digital media. Prerequisite: COMM 210. 4 hrs.

COMM 401 Communication Seminar
Communication Seminar: The seminar course is a smaller, seminar setting in which students will investigate a specific communication topic or trend related to a current market trend, communication event, or other intensive discussion topic. Admission to each seminar course has a unique set of prerequisites based on the course material. Communication Seminar may be taken twice with different titles; repeatable for a total of 6 hours toward the major. Prerequisite: COMM 101, 111, or 218. Repeatable for a total of 6 hrs. 4 hrs.

COMM 405 Journalism and Media Innovation
Journalism and Media Innovation: Practical instruction in the technologies and techniques that are informing contemporary journalism, with a review of community news and information-gathering experiments, and case work with new delivery platforms. Prerequisite: Senior Standing. 4 hrs.

COMM 410 Media Industry Workshop
Media Industry Workshop: Field work in digital media production. Students are assigned a media industry partner, and engaged as part of a research and development team in the local entrepreneurial technology sector. Prerequisite: Senior Standing. 4 hrs.

COMM 465 International Experience
International Experience: During this course, students participate in a hands-on exploration of the communication environment of a country or countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America or North America, with particular attention to the effect of the communication culture on organizations. Course requirements include attendance at pre-trip seminars and completion of all course assignments after the conclusion of the travel experience. Prerequisite: COMM 101 or 218. 4 hrs.

COMM 495 Communication Capstone
Communication Capstone: Taken in the semester in which students expect to graduate, students will engage in a culminating experience by preparing a project in their chosen programs of study under the supervision of a faculty member. The capstone is intended to showcase student work in the program up to this final semester. Prerequisite: Senior Standing and COMM 202, COMM 250, and COMM 320; or Senior Standing and COMM 204, COMM 218, and COMM 313. 4 hrs.

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