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  • CMC 6020: Human Sexuality

    Theological perspectives on human sexuality are presented. These theological underpinnings guide the considerations given to both the vast amount of research on human sexuality and the popular discourse of a sexually saturated society. Students are challenged to explore personal attitudes toward sexuality, to consider the minister’s role in fulfilling pastoral responsibilities regarding sexual issues, and to evaluate ways of appropriately addressing these issues with members of the congregation.

  • CMC 6030: Counseling and Multi-culturalism

    This class examines issues in counseling individuals from diverse backgrounds. Three semester hours.

  • CMIN 217: Foundation for Youth and Children’s Ministry

    A solid foundation in the nature and importance of the church’s ministry to youth and children. Emphases include the nature and mission of the church as well as the personal and professional life of the youth or children’s minister. Some field experience is included. Prerequisite: BIBL 123 and 124. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • CMIN 250: Practical Ministries Colloquium A

    Part of a series of practically oriented discussions of ministry in its various forms, comprised primarily of guest speakers and small group discussions, focusing on missions, Christian unity, and church and government. Required for the Bible major. Offered fall term odd years. One-half hour per semester.

  • CMIN 251: Practical Ministries Colloquium B

    Part of a series of very practically oriented discussions of ministry in its various forms, comprised primarily of guest speakers and small group discussions, focusing on evangelism and “marketing,” counseling, weddings, and funerals. Required for the Bible major. Offered spring term even years. One-half hour per semester.

  • CMIN 252: Practical Ministries Colloquium C

    Part of a series of very practically oriented discussions of ministry in its various forms, comprised primarily of guest speakers and small group discussions, focusing on ministerial ethics, finances, and church administration. Required for the Bible major. Offered fall term even years. One-half hour per semester.

  • CMIN 253: Practical Ministries Colloquium D

    Part of a series of very practically oriented discussions of ministry in its various forms, comprised primarily of guest speakers and small group discussions, focusing on worship, music, baptism, and communion. Required for the Bible major. Offered spring term odd years. One-half hour per semester.

  • CMIN 261: Introduction to Christian Education

    A survey course introducing the student to the total program of Christian education in the local church. Principles, organization, curriculum, methods, leadership, and related matters are treated. Prerequisites: BIBL 123 and 124. Offered spring term even years. Two semester hours.

  • CMIN 265: Effective Christian Evangelism

    A focus on current forms and styles of Christian evangelism, following a brief overview of New Testament scriptures about evangelism and some methods used in the past. Some attention is also given to personal efforts at sharing Christian faith. Prerequisites: BIBL 123 and 124. Offered periodically. Two semester hours.

  • CMIN 270: Introduction to Christian Missions

    A study of the biblical and theological basis for missions, pointing out the implications of ecumenics, anthropology, and changing world conditions for present missionary practice. Prerequisites: BIBL 123 and 124. Offered spring term alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • CMIN 271: History of Christian Missions

    A survey of the history and progress of missions since the beginning of Christianity. Same as HIST 271. Prerequisites: BIBL 123 and 124. Offered spring term alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • CMIN 273: Introduction to Ministry

    A preliminary study of homiletics, church administration, worship leadership, ministerial ethics, and practical ministry (including attention to baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc.). Required for the Bible major. Prerequisites: COMM 102 and BIBL 123 and 124. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • CMIN 276: Homiletics

    A continued study of the preparation and delivery of sermons, with considerable concentration on student preaching and evaluation. Prerequisites: CMIN 273 and BIBL 123 and 124. Offered spring term even years. Two semester hours.

  • CMIN 317: Materials and Methods of Children’s Ministries

    A study of models and resources for ministering to children in the church. Prerequisites: BIBL 123 and 124 and CMIN 217 or prior permission of instructor. Offered spring term odd years. Two semester hours.

  • CMIN 318: Materials and Methods of Youth Ministries

    A study of the available models and resources for ministering to youth in the church. Prerequisites: BIBL 123 and 124 and CMIN 217 or prior permission of instructor. Offered spring term odd years. Two semester hours.

  • CMIN 365: Christian Worship

    A study focused on the leadership of Christian worship in a public context, including both practical and theological considerations. Some attention is given to planning and coordinating the various facets of a public service. Guest speakers and possible field trips are included. Prerequisites: BIBL 123 and 124. Offered fall term alternate years. Three semester hours.

  • CMIN 375: Narrative and Story-Telling

    The study and practice of developing and using stories and other narrative forms to communicate biblical truth. Exercises involve the application of narrative materials to both sermon and lesson formats. Attention is given to using literary narrative materials as well as creating stories from one’s own experience and observations. Prerequisites: BIBL 123 and 124. Offered periodically. Two semester hours.

  • CMIN 430: Servanthood in the Third Millenium

    An examination of the nature of servanthood and the formation of the servant of Christ for the world. Topics include identity of the servant, spiritual formation, the role of community, the servant and culture, preparation for service, and serving across cultural lines. Prerequisites: BIBL 123 and 124. Offered periodically. Three semester hours.

  • CMIN 440: Transforming Church Leadership

    A study of the nature of leadership with specific application to the local church. Examines the foundational teachings and primary metaphors of leadership in the Bible and helps students develop a theologically informed perspective on leadership. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • CMIN 470: Current Issues in World Mission

    A study of important movements and trends within the field of world mission. Topics of discussion include models of ministry, leadership and missions, the internationalization of mission, and mission to North America. Prerequisites: BIBL 123 and 124. Offered periodically. Three semester hours.

  • CMIN 491: Practicum in Ministry

    Involvement in ministry either in a local congregation or a mission field outside the United States with approved supervision and evaluation. Arrangements are to be made through the Supervisor of Bible internships. Two semester hours. Note: This requirement is normally met during a term of not less than eight weeks during the summer following the junior year at a location other than the student’s home area.

  • CMIN 491: Practicum in Missions

    Involvement in ministry on a mission field with approved supervision and evaluation. Arrangements are made through the missions professor. Three semester hours. Note: This requirement is normally met during a term of not less than eight weeks during the summer following the junior year.

  • CMIN 495: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, and writing in areas not included in the regular course offerings. Not offered every year. One to three semester hours.

  • CMIN 499A: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students craft a research proposal, prepare a literature review, and outline the methods by which they plan to conduct research. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • CMIN 499B: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students complete their research in a manner consistent with practices in their discipline and submit a written draft of their findings to their mentor. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • CMIN 499C: Mentored Research

    A faculty-mentored research course in which students revise their research and present their findings publicly. Offered every semester as needed. One semester hour.

  • COMM 100: Communications Colloquium

    An introductory course featuring lectures, discussions, guest speakers, and field trips through which students will gain an understanding of the different career paths and opportunities available for those considering a major in the field of communications. While enrollment is open to any student, this course is required for all Communications majors (Digital Media, Film Studies, Graphic Design, Interpersonal and Public Communications, Multimedia Journalism and Public Relations/Advertising) in their first fall term as a communications major. Offered fall term each year. One semester hour.

  • COMM 101: Popular Culture, Mass Media, and Religion

    A foundational course designed to raise questions and issues about the interplay between mass media, faith, and culture. The concentration of this course is on analyzing, from a Christian perspective, the relationship between and impact of media content, media use, individuals, belief systems, and societies. Offered fall term. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 102: Speech Communication

    A study of the basic principles of interpersonal, small-group, and public communication with concentration on public speaking. Exercises in each area focus attention on individual needs and skills. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 141: Fundamentals of Voice/Stage Movement

    A survey course introducing the student to major vocal production and stage movement theorists as well as an introduction to stage dialects and stage combat. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 151: Introduction to Theatre

    The history and literature of the theatre from its Greek origins to the present. This course is designed to help the student relate drama in its historical context to contemporary man. Some concentration is also placed on musical theatre. The course is supplemented by films, attendance at area performances, and production work on the current semester’s drama production. Cross-listed as THEA 151. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 180: Introduction to Storytelling

    A course in which students become aware of their own potential as storytellers and the power of storytelling in their lives and professions. Storytelling literature and history of storytelling are surveyed, but the practice of telling stories orally receives the major concentration. Students begin the development of their own personal style and develop a repertoire of stories. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 184: Radio Lab

    An opportunity for students to work with their campus FM radio station, WUMC 90.5. Students perform a variety of tasks from administrative duties and creating promotional announcements to on-air board shifts. The station streams its signal online so friends and family can listen to student-produced programming. Non-communications majors are encouraged to enroll in this lab. Students may take this course repeatedly and accumulate credit hours. Offered every term. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 185: Stream Team

    This course is designed to provide students with video production experience in live streaming events. This includes athletic events and specialty Milligan events as they arise. Specifically, this course is intended for those students interested in skills and hands-on training needed for basic video streaming of live events and field production. Producing, directing, camera operation and graphics operator positions are available. Canvas will be used to keep track of calendar events and production positions to be filled. Offered every term. One to three credit hours.

  • COMM 195: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, writing, and concentration in areas beyond regular course offerings. Topics vary from term to term. Course offering to be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 201: Principles of Interpersonal Communication

    An introduction to the processes and dynamics of human interaction, both in face-to-face settings and in small groups. The study includes both verbal and non-verbal forms of communication as well as material related to symbolic interaction. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 205: Media Reporting and Writing

    An introduction to and practice in the fundamentals of journalistic reporting and writing for a variety of print, online, and broadcast media. The course focuses on story development, research and interviewing techniques, writing styles for various media, and legal and ethical matters. Prerequisite: COMP 111 or equivalent. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 237: Basic Photography

    Introductory course in traditional black and white photography including composition, exposure, camera operations, and basic darkroom techniques. Offered every term. Cross-listed as ART 237. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 242: Fundamentals of Acting

    A study of techniques in acting. Class exercises are designed to develop relaxation, concentration, and improvisation skills. Audition techniques, monologue studies, and scene study are also emphasized. Cross-listed as THEA 242. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 270: Film and Television Aesthetics

    An introduction to the artistic elements of both motion pictures and television. The detailed analysis of basic film and television techniques and how they might be creatively manipulated for expressive effect. The screening of films and television programs are used to class enhance discussion. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 275: Writing for Stage and Screen

    A studio course in writing for film or for the theatre. Students learn the basics principles of dramatic writing. Students study examples of dramatic writing, compose a critical paper on the film or stage play of their choice, and create an original short script. This course fulfills the screenwriting credit that is prerequisite for all production courses in the film program, and film students may develop scripts that can be produced in subsequent filmmaking courses. The course is offered as an elective for theatre and creative writing students. Cross-listed as ENGL 275 and THEA 275. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 284: Digital Audio Production

    A study of the processing techniques dealing with both live and recorded sound. Primary concentration is upon the manipulation of that sound for radio broadcast, although consideration is given to live and studio recording. Content includes the understanding of the physical aspects of the creation of sound, proper use of microphones, sound mixing, as well as principles and techniques of recording and play back. Vocal sound production for speech and fundamentals of announcing are also covered. Course offering to be announced. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 285: Multimedia Publishing: The Buffalo

    As part of a team, students will plan, create, and publish the Buffalo annual (or “yearbook”) in the form of a magazine and Web site. The project will involve writing, photography, videography, graphic design, print publication, Web site design and development (including social networking and other interactive media), publicity, and advertising sales. This course may be taken multiple times for up to 6 hours of credit. Open to all interested students. This course is recommended as a two-semester (fall-spring) experience. Offered every term. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 287: Digital Photography I

    A study of the concepts and practices of effective digital photography; examining the terminology, resources and techniques used in capturing, processing and enhancing digital images. Cross-listed as ART 287. Recommended Prerequisite ART/COMM 237. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 295: Seminar

    A seminar designed to promote in-depth discussion, independent research, writing, and concentration in areas beyond regular course offerings. Topics vary from term to term. Course offering to be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 310: Intermediate Photography

    An opportunity for students to expand their understanding of techniques and ideas presented in Basic Photography. Concentration is placed on personal interpretation and visual communication. Prerequisite: COMM 237. Cross-listed as ART 310. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 311: Public Relations Strategies

    An introduction to the public relations process and industry, including a survey of tasks that are performed by every public relations practitioner. Concentration is on the role of public relations within the media system as well as in the American social and political economy. Prerequisite: COMM 205 or consent of the instructor. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 311M: Public Relations Strategies

    An introduction to the public relations process and industry, including a survey of tasks that are performed by every public relations practitioner. Concentration is on the role of public relations within the media system as well as in the American social and political economy. Prerequisite: COMP 112 and COMM 205 or consent of the instructor. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 312: Introduction to Color Photography

    An introduction to basic color photographic materials and techniques. Students are introduced to exposure, lighting, developing and printing processes as they relate to the world of color photography. The aesthetics of color photography will be emphasized throughout the semester in hands-on printing sessions, critiques, and discussions. Students develop a better understanding and appreciation of the differences between black and white and color photography. Cross-listed as ART 312. Prerequisites: COMM 237 and 310. Offered each fall term. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 316: The Press in Society

    A study of the history and development of news and news media and their role and impact in modern societies. The course will examine cultural, religious, political, technological, and economic interactions between “the press” and the societies in which they operate, paying particular attention to the United States. Cross listed as HIST 316. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.