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  • COMM 323: Digital Video Production and Editing

    An introduction to the process of creating digital video media, whether for “limited” in-house use, web use, CD/DVD use, or for broadcast purposes. The course provides an orientation to professional digital video procedures and equipment essential for quality field and studio productions. Students learn to use leading video-editing software on state of the art iMac workstations configured for multimedia development and design. Recommended Prerequisites: CIS 175, ART/COMM 237, COMM 270 or consent of the instructor. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 324: Multimedia Journalism Practicum (Stampede TV)

    An opportunity for students to reinforce journalistic theory and practice as part of a team whose goal is to produce a high-quality bi-weekly program which airs on the campus internal cable channel 97. The show is posted weekly on the MilliganStampede.com website. Students have the opportunity to research, report, write, anchor, edit, direct, technical direct, produce, and serve as videographers, audio technicians, and studio and field camera operators to produce these programs. Students may take this course repeatedly and accumulate credit hours. This course (and COMM 325) is required in several of the Communications concentrations (Digital Media, Film Studies, Public Relations and Advertising, Multimedia Journalism) and the Multimedia Journalism minor. As part of a multimedia environment, students will work with students in COMM 325: Multimedia Journalism Practicum (Stampede). Prerequisites: COMM 323 or consent of the instructor. Offered every term. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 325: Multimedia Journalism Practicum (Stampede)

    An opportunity for students to use and reinforce journalistic theory and practice as part of a team whose goal is to produce a high-quality newspaper and Web-based news site, The Stampede. Students will plan, report, write, edit, and publish regular issues of The Stampede online and in print. Students may take this course repeatedly and accumulate credit hours. This course (and COMM 324) is required in several of the Communications concentrations (Digital Media, Film Studies, Public Relations and Advertising, Multimedia Journalism) and the Multimedia Journalism minor. As part of a multimedia environment, students will work with students in COMM 324: Multimedia Journalism Practicum: (Stampede TV). Prerequisites: COMM 205 or consent of the instructor. Offered every term. One to three credit hours.

  • COMM 331: Advanced Reporting

    Students will apply intermediate-level reporting and writing techniques for various media forms, including opportunities to report in specialty areas (“beats”). Prerequisite: COMM 205. Offered fall term even years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 332: Feature Writing

    A course in researching and writing feature articles, reviews, and brief opinion pieces suitable for newspapers, magazines, and websites. Students will write several articles and submit work for publication. This course may be counted toward the requirements for the Multimedia Journalism concentration of the Communications major and the Multimedia Journalism minor. Prerequisite: COMM 205 or consent of instructor. Offered fall term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 333: Masters of Fact: A Survey of Creative Nonfiction

    A study of various genres of literature that is fact-based and grounded in real-world experience, but written in forms that are far more artistic than basic reportage, including memoir, personal essays, and narrative journalism. This course introduces the genre of creative nonfiction with early prototypes and then concentrates on significant works from the 20th century to the present. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 335: Editing and Style

    A survey of the fundamentals of editing, style, layout, and production in various media formats. Lab work with The Stampede is required. Prerequisite: COMM 205 or consent of instructor. Cross listed as ENGL 335. Offered fall term 2016, then offered fall term, odd years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 337: Photojournalism

    An examination of photojournalism designed to help students realize the potential of photography as a powerful means of visual communication. This course will cover technical and visual skills, as well as history, traditions, viewpoints, legal and ethical issues, and the role of the modern photojournalist in today’s changing world. Guest photojournalists will share their experiences with the class throughout the semester. Prerequisite: COMM 237. Cross listed as ART 337. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 340: Fundamentals of Directing

    A course emphasizing study of the various elements in the production of a play or a short film: theory, selection of play or screenplay, production, interpretation of the play or film, scene design, costumes, and make-up. The course culminates in the direction of a one-act play or short film for the public. This course is especially recommended for students preparing to supervise play or film production in the public schools. Prerequisites: COMM 270 and 323. Cross listed as THEA 340. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 341: Principles of Organizational Communication

    An overview of organizational communication and the role that it plays in the American system. Attention is given to the nature of leadership, organizational structure in business and industry, and the role of communication in the process by which complex tasks are carried out. Offered spring term even years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 345: Dynamics of Group Communication

    The study of how groups and collectivities of people organize and maintain themselves. The course includes a study of theories in group dynamics as well as an examination of why groups sometimes fail. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 350: Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion

    An exploration of the fundamental features of rhetoric primarily using classical Greek and Roman theory. That theory is applied to modern attempts to persuade, but also the use of emotion, character, and style. Students will analyze and evaluate speeches and texts. Offered spring semester odd years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 371: History of Fiction Film

    A survey of international narrative cinema, from the silent period to the present. Individual films, filmmakers, film movements, and film genres are studied, and important films from the respective periods are screened in whole or part. This course fulfills the ethnic studies course requirement in the general education core. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 372: History of Documentary Film

    A survey of international non-fiction filmmaking from the silent period to the present, with a focus on individual documentary films, documentary filmmakers, documentary movements, and documentary genres. Class screenings introduce students to important and relevant examples of non-fiction cinema. Offered spring term during alternative years. Cross-listed as HIST 372. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 373: History of Animated Film

    An historical overview of motion picture animation, from the silent period to the present. Various animation techniques, animation styles, and animation artists are studied, and key examples of animated films from around the world are screened in class. Offered spring term during alternative years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 375: Cinematography Workshop

    A course in basic 16mm motion picture photography, lighting, sound, and editing for films produced on location or within a studio setting. Short films produced in this course may be entered in festival competition. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: COMM 270, 275, and 323, or consent of instructor. Course offering to be announced. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 377: Animation Workshop

    A course in basic motion picture and digital animation techniques. Short films produced in this course may be entered in festival competition. Prerequisites: COMM 270 and 275. Course offering to be announced. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 380: Media Effects on Children and Adolescent

    A seminar course in media literacy with an emphasis on the psychological, social, and educational effects on children and adolescents. The course includes discussion of the evolving nature of media and laws governing them. Such media include television, movies, the Internet, newspapers, magazines, music, and interactive video games. Discussion and assignments focus on the relative impact of these media on things such as body image, drug and alcohol use, sexuality, sociability, morality, and cognitive development. An emphasis is placed on becoming a media literacy advocate within one’s own family, school, and community. Cross-listed as PSYC 380. Offered occasionally. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 384: Digital Recording Techniques

    A continuation of COMM 284 with a focus on obtaining sound in a studio or field environment, editing, and manipulation of recorded material for content and time considerations. Topics include microphone selection and placement, remote and studio recording procedures, creation and use of sound effects, and news documentaries. Prerequisite: COMM 284 or consent of the instructor. Course offering to be announced. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 387: Digital Photography II

    An advanced study of the concepts and techniques presented in Digital Photography I allowing students the opportunity to extend their photographic skills in the digital medium. Concentration is placed on personal interpretation and advanced camera functions and techniques in image enhancement. Prerequisite: ART/COMM 287. Cross-listed as ART 387. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 395: 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 400: Field Studies in Communications

    A study tour to a selected city in the United States for the purpose of studying various aspects in the field of Communications. Communications faculty members arrange visits to various Communications-related companies/organizations. Specific readings are completed prior to the trip. Students are required to keep a journal of their experiences and submit a final paper, which reflects on those experiences. Offered fall term each year. One semester hour.

  • COMM 411: Public Relations Practices

    An introduction to the specialty writing skills related to this industry, with an emphasis on developing a personal portfolio including a news release, feature article, public service announcements, brochure/flier, and emergency plan. Special attention is given to research, planning, writing, and distribution of public relations materials for all media, with additional discussion on emergency contingencies, social media, and interviewing. Prerequisite: COMM 205; COMM 311 highly recommended. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 423: Advanced Digital Video Production and Editing

    A course that provides students with advanced study in the video and editing skills taught in COMM 323 Digital Video Production and Editing. It provides an opportunity for students to refine their technical and conceptual skills through the creation of advanced level video projects. It is primarily a hands-on course. The course will emphasize producing, directing, and editing skills, and the effective use of advanced camerawork, lighting, and sound design. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 323 or consent of instructor. Offered spring term odd years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 431: Narrative Journalism

    A course in researching and writing in-depth and creative nonfiction stories suitable for newspapers, websites, or magazines. Students are encouraged to submit their work for publication. Cross listed as ENGL 431. Prerequisite: COMM 205 or consent of instructor. Offered fall term even years. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 438: Communications Law

    A course addressing major legal issues in various fields of communications, with particular attention on mass media. Required for all Communications majors; recommended for juniors and seniors. Prerequisites: COMM 101, 201, 205, and 270, or consent of the instructor. Offered fall term each year. Two semester hours.

  • COMM 439: Communications Ethics

    A course addressing major ethical issues in various fields of communications, with particular attention on mass media. The course will seek to consider and integrate Christian thinking and values. Required for all Communications majors; recommended for juniors and seniors. Prerequisites: COMM 101, 201, 205, and 270, or consent of the instructor. Offered spring term each year. Two semester hours.

  • COMM 451: Multimedia Production I: History, Theory, and Management

    A survey of the history of digital media and the examination of current research on digital media trends. The pre-production phase of interactive multimedia program development is examined. Aspects of multimedia development are covered. Attention is given to the legal and ethical issues associated with digital media. This course includes hands-on research and development of a client-based project. Students also complete their own on-line digital portfolio.. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: COMM 287, GRSD 313, 318, 323, and GRDS 256 are recommended. Offered spring term odd years. Three credit hours. Offered fall term even years. Three credit hours.

  • COMM 452: Multimedia Production II: Design and Production

    A course continuation in which students complete development and design on a multimedia client project which began in COMM 451. Students learn how to integrate digital media content, such as audio, video, animation, and graphics to create an interactive multimedia client project. This course is a continuation of elements covered in COMM 451 and builds upon the student’s previous knowledge of graphic design, audio and video production, and photography. Projects created may cover training, educational, and commercial content. Students also revise their on-line portfolio. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: COMM 287, GRSD 313, 318, 323, 451 and GRDS 256. Offered spring term odd years. Three credit hours.

  • COMM 470: Film and Television Criticism

    A theoretical survey of the major literary, philosophical, ethical, and scientific approaches to motion picture analysis, perception, and understanding. Films that illustrate concepts discussed in class are screened. Cross listed as ENGL 470. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 475: Senior Film Workshop (Directed Studies)

    A studio course in independent short film production supervised by the film faculty. Students are required to enter the film produced in this course in festival competition. Pre-requisites: COMM 270, 275, and 375. Offered every term. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 481: Print Media Lab

    A guided studies course in which students may receive course credit for advanced readings and special on-campus projects in print journalism. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered every term. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 482: Visual Media Lab

    A guided studies course in which students may receive course credit for advanced readings and special on-campus projects in television, video, film, and other visual media. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Course offering to be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 483: Public Relations Lab

    A guided studies course in which students may receive course credit for advanced readings and special on-campus projects in public relations. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Course offering to be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 485: Multimedia Lab

    A guided studies course in which students may receive course credit for advanced readings and for the production of special on- or off-campus projects using multimedia development techniques. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 489: Directed Readings

    A supervised program of readings that provides for study of material not included in the regular course offerings. Course offering to be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 490: Directed Studies

    A program of readings and conferences that provides for individualized study. Course offering to be announced. One to three semester hours.

  • COMM 491: Internship

    A practicum experience in which students work in a professional setting using media skills from major courses, either in print, visual, digital or public relations media. Offered every term. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of instructor. Three semester hours.

  • COMM 495: 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 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.

  • COMM 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.

  • COMM 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.

  • COMP 093: Writing Strategies for College Success

    A course providing extra instruction for students who demonstrate writing skills below the college level. The course includes work in organizing and developing essays. Students also practice basic sentence structure, paragraph structure, and grammar. Not applicable toward the 128 hours required for a degree. Offered fall term each year. One semester hour.

  • COMP 095: Building Writing skills

    An intensive writing workshop designed to provide support for students who planning to take the required GRE or Praxis I writing tests. The hybrid course is structured to provide focused support for the area(s) of concern for the individual student. Students may enroll more than one time. These hours will not count toward the degree. Offered as needed. .5 semester hour.

  • COMP 111: Rhetorical Composition

    Part of a two-semester sequence that prepares students to read, think, and write critically in preparation for work in all disciplines. The first semester of this writing-intensive course emphasizes the basics of effective rhetoric. Students focus on recognizing effective arguments, constructing effective arguments, and recognizing how various rhetorical situations shape the context of effective communication. Students must earn a C- or better in COMP 111 in order to advance to COMP 211 and to meet the writing requirements for graduation. Offered spring term each year . Three semester hours.

  • COMP 211: Inquiring Minds: Foundational Analytical Composition

    Offered in the sophomore year, this course prepares students to read, think, and write critically in preparation for work in all disciplines. As the second semester of the writing-intensive general requirement, this course emphasizes more advanced analytical skills in multiple disciplines. Students build on the first semester’s rhetorical foundation by focusing on different citation styles, longer essays, and multi-faceted argumentation. Prerequisite: C- or better in COMP 111. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

  • COMP 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.

  • COMP 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.

  • COMP 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.

  • COUN 500: Human Growth and Development

    An advanced study of the theories and factors relevant to understanding human development throughout the lifespan. Concentration on social, cognitive, and affective development, including implications for counseling strategies across the lifespan. Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours.