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COMM 101G: Fundamentals of Communication
1 course credit

A practice-oriented introduction to the forms of speech, including interpersonal, small group,
and public communication. Offered each semester.

COMM 113. Communication: Workshop
0.25 course credits

Staff-supervised participation in communication projects. May be repeated for credit up to the maximum allowed credit for workshops.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. 

COMM 115: Radio: Workshop
0.25 course credits

Practical experience in radio production with a primary focus on being an announcer for the
student radio station. Open to all students. May be repeated for credit up to the maximum
allowed credit for workshops.

COMM 116: Television: Workshop
0.25 course credits

Practical experience in television production with a primary focus on producing a weekly news/
sports program. Open to all students. May be repeated for credit up to the maximum allowed
credit for workshops.

COMM 213: Communication: Advanced Workshop
0.5 course credits

Continuation of COMM 113 with advanced work and/or a position of responsibility in
communication. Primarily for junior and senior majors. May be repeated for credit up to the maximum allowed credit for workshops.

Prerequisite: COMM 113, sophomore standing and permission of the instructor.

COMM 214: Print Media: Workshop
0.5 course credits

Journalism work and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to the
maximum allowed credit for workshops.

COMM 215: Radio: Advanced Workshop
0.5 course credits

Continuation of COMM 115 with advanced work and/or a position of responsibility at the
student radio station. Primarily for junior and senior majors. May be repeated for credit up to the maximum allowed credit for workshops.

Prerequisites: COMM 115 and permission of the instructor. 

COMM 216: Television: Advanced Workshop
0.5 course credits

Continuation of COMM 116 requiring advanced work in television production with a primary
focus on producing professional quality work for the weekly news/sports program at the
student television station. Primarily for upperclass majors. May be repeated for credit up to the maximum allowed credit for workshops.

Prerequisites: COMM 116 or 269 and permission of the instructor. 

COMM 230: Introduction to Communication Studies
1 course credit

An introduction to the breadth of the field of communication studies through the examination of
historical and contemporary communication theories. Acquaints students with general, thematic,
and contextual theories of human communication to provide a more thorough understanding of
communication processes in multiple contexts (interpersonal, small group, organizational, public
performance, mass, and cultural). Gives attention to application of theory in practical settings
and criteria for evaluating theories. Offered each year.

Prerequisite: COMM 101 and Communication major and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. 

COMM 231: Interpersonal Communication
1 course credit

An examination of the verbal and nonverbal features of face-to-face communication in everyday
life, social interaction, professional activity, and in our culture as a whole. Attention is given to
language as a cultural system and as a meaning system, communication as behavior, relationship
development, and communication systems and effects. Emphasis is placed on understanding
theory, systematically observing communicative behavior, analysis of communication situations,
and skill improvement. Offered each year.

Prerequisite: COMM 101.

COMM 235: Small Group Communication
1 course credit

A study of task-oriented, small group communication emphasizing effective organization,
decision-making, participation, and leadership. Methods of correcting specific problems that
may hinder small groups are explored. Includes opportunities to participate in and analyze small
group interaction.  Offered each year.

Prerequisite: COMM 101.

COMM 260: Introduction to Journalism
1 course credit

An examination of the fundamentals of news writing, news gathering and reporting for print
and electronic press. Stresses the elements of style, construction and syntax in writing clear
and concise copy. Special emphasis will be placed on writing and reporting news stories that
are researched, written and published in the Monmouth College student newspaper, The
Courier or posted on the Warren County Newswire, an on-line news site published exclusively
by Monmouth College students. The course will include instruction in writing and reporting
for print and electronic media. We will examine the editorial decision making process as well
as media coverage of major news events. Offered each year

Prerequisites: COMM 101 and ENGL 110. 

COMM 261: Mass Media and Modern Society
1 course credit

An inquiry into the mass media of our time (print, film, radio, television, etc.), including study
of the forces that created them and the effects they have on society. Special attention is given to
theories of mass communication and the medium of television. Offered each semester.

COMM 269. Multi-Media Production
1 course credit

A study of contemporary electronic communication technology. Applications include the
creation and implementation of multimedia projects (audio, video, graphics) and website
design/maintenance. Combines application of communication theory with practice in
developing successful projects. Offered each year in the fall.

Prerequisite: COMM 101. 

COMM 294: Special Topics. Communication
0.5 to 1 course credits

COMM 295: Special Topics. Print Media
0.5 to 1 course credits

COMM 296: Special Topics. Electronic Media
0.5 to 1 course credits

COMM 321: Junior Colloquium
0.5 course credit

An examination of the goals and outcomes of study in Communication. Includes opportunities
to prepare and present projects and develop a student Web-based electronic portfolio.
Individual and group study will occur. Topics include: an overview of issues and choices facing
Communication majors, internship and independent study planning, web and portfolio design,
as well as career analysis and planning. Offered each year in the fall semester.

Prerequisite: Communication major and junior standing or permission of the instructor. 

COMM 333: Organizational Communication
1 course credit

An analysis of organizational communication theories and methods and the study of
organizational culture, motivation, conflict, decision-making, and power, and patterns for
successful leadership and careers. Includes practice in forms of communication used in
business with an extensive laboratory simulation in communication training and development. Offered each year.

Prerequisite: COMM 101 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. 

COMM 335: Argumentation
1 course credit

An introduction to how logical arguments are structured and analyzed. Includes development of
abilities in composing logically valid messages and avoiding fallacies. Emphasis is placed on what
makes arguments strong and effective. Portions of the course will be devoted to how arguments
are used in various fields (e.g., law, journalism, science, history, or politics). Frequent in-class,
written and oral practice will occur including formal debating.

Prerequisite: COMM 101 and 230, or permission by the instructor.

COMM 337: Communication Criticism
1 course credit

A study of various critical perspectives and methods as applied to a variety of different
communication texts, including public speeches, plays, films, and television news broadcasts.
Emphasis is placed on enhancing critical thinking skills as well as on writing and articulating
persuasive arguments.

Prerequisite: COMM 101 and 230.

COMM 339: Persuasion
1 course credit

A study of the classic concepts of persuasion in relation to modern theories of how people effect
changes in others’ beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. Includes opportunities to prepare and present
persuasive efforts culminating in the development of a persuasive campaign plan. Offered each year.

Prerequisite: COMM 101 and 230. 

COMM 369: Convergent Media Production
1 course credit

Advanced study of contemporary electronic communication technology. In particular, the
course will build on the production skills of the introductory class, study the elements of
cross-media or trans-media production and look at its application to the convergent media
world. Students will apply this knowledge to the creation of a trans-media project incorporating
traditional and new media (including a central video program, supporting website and social
media elements). Combines application of communication theory with practice in developing
successful trans-media projects. Offered in alternate year in the spring.

Prerequisite: COMM 269. 

COMM 394: Seminar: Communication
1 course credit

A seminar centered on a problem or topic as announced before each offering. Designed for
juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. 

COMM 395: Seminar: Print Media
1 course credit

A seminar centered on a problem or topic as announced before each offering. Designed for
juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. 

COMM 396: Seminar: Electronic Media
1 course credit

A seminar centered on a problem or topic as announced before each offering. Designed for
juniors and seniors. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. 

COMM 421: Senior Colloquium
0.5 course credit

Continuation of Junior Colloquium examining the goals and outcomes of study in
Communication. Includes opportunities to prepare and present projects and complete a student
web-based electronic portfolio. Individual and group study will occur. Topics include: an
overview of emerging issues facing Communication graduates, Web and portfolio design, as well
as career and life planning. Seniors serve as mentors to sophomore and junior Communication
majors. Offered each year in the fall semester.

Prerequisite: Communication major and senior standing or permission of the instructor.

COMM 490: Independent Study
1 to 2 course credits

A faculty directed program of individual study consisting of reading, research, or creative
production. May be repeated for credit. Offered as needed.

Prerequisite: Prior approval of the department. 

COMM 491: Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics
1 course credit

A study of the foundations of freedom of expression and communication ethics in our society.
Major historical documents pertaining to the freedom of communication and the moral and
ethical base of communication will be reviewed. The continuing tension between artistic
freedom and censorship will also be examined. Historical materials will be applied to current
points of contention in the arts, business, media, and politics. Culminating experience required
of all majors. Offered in the spring each year.

Prerequisite: Senior Communication major or minor or senior Public Relations major, or permission of the instructor. 

COMM 494: Internship in Communication
1 to 2 course credits

A course designed to allow the student to use skills and knowledge developed during major
study in a field-based experience designed to prepare the student for a career in communication. May be repeated for credit. Offered as needed.

Prerequisites: Junior standing and prior approval of the department.

COMM 495: Internship in Print Media
1 to 2 course credits

A course designed to allow the student to use skills and knowledge developed during major
study in a field-based experience designed to prepare the student for a career in print media. May be repeated for credit. Offered as needed.

Prerequisites: Junior standing and prior approval of the department. 

COMM 496: Internship in Electronic Media
1 to 2 course credits

A course designed to allow the student to use skills and knowledge developed during major
study in a field-based experience designed to prepare the student for a career in electronic media.  May be repeated for credit. Offered as needed

Prerequisites: Junior standing and prior approval of the department.

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