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Communication & Journalism

Course Code
COMM 100  Credits
Title Speech Communication 
Lasc Area Goal 1A  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The theory and practice of oral communication in public and interpersonal situations, stressing both content and delivery. MnTC Goal 1. 



Course Code
COMM 101  Credits
Title Introduction to Mass Media 
Lasc Area Goal 9  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The study of the power and importance of mass media in national and international affairs with emphasis on the nature, functions and influence of broadcast media, print media, emerging mediums, advertising and public relations in the digital age. MnTC Goal 9. 



Course Code
COMM 110  Credits
Title Introduction to Communication Studies 
Lasc Area Goal 5  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course provides an overview of many of the contexts, concepts, and areas of research in the field of Communication Studies. This course will provide students with opportunities to explore and apply various communication competencies. MnTC Goal 5. 



Course Code
COMM 111  Credits
Title Argumentation and Debate 
Lasc Area Goal 2  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course introduces students to argumentation theory and provides the opportunity to practice skills in reasoning, argumentation, and critical thinking. The course focuses on multicultural arguments as they appear in politics, society, and the media. MnTC Goal 2. 



Course Code
COMM 200  Credits
Title Visual Communications 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A survey of the visual components that make up mass communications, including structural elements, psychological effects, and general visual literacy. 



Course Code
COMM 201  Credits
Title Interpersonal Communication 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is designed to explore various communication theories, based on the development of self and the development and maintenance of relationships with others. 



Course Code
COMM 202  Credits
Title Family Communication 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Family Communication is designed as an introduction to the communication phenomena in the family setting. The goal is to help one develop an understanding of how we use communication to develop, maintain, enhance, or disturb family relationships. Students will learn verbal and nonverbal skills which may help promote healthy family communication. 



Course Code
COMM 210  Credits
Title Media Writing 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Media Writing is designed to achieve the following outcomes: proficiency in the use of the parts of speech, proficiency in the use of Associated Press style relative to capitalization, abbreviations, use of numerals and punctuation, and proficiency in composition of media messages designed for print and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising. 



Course Code
COMM 211  Credits
Title Group and Team Communication 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Presents theories of group and team communication, group dynamics, communication patterns, and role norms. Class designed around two fundamental components: experiential and cognitive. A substantive group research and problem-solving assignment is included. 



Course Code
COMM 220  Credits
Title Layout & Typography I 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The course is designed to develop proficiency in terminology, design principles, use of software, critical analysis, and the publication ready production of projects in layout and typography. 



Course Code
COMM 230  Credits
Title Photography 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The student will experience an introduction to the compositional and conceptual aspects of photography and an exploration of sequencing photographs. Options exist for both digital and film-based photography. Cameras can be rented from the department. 



Course Code
COMM 251  Credits
Title Video Production for Ad, News and PR 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The course is designed to develop proficiency in the terminology, pre-production planning, use of software and hardware, critical analysis, and production of video projects for advertising, news, and public relations. 



Course Code
COMM 290  Credits 1-3 
Title Topics in Communication 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Study of a particular mass communications topic: exploration of emerging issues, methodologies, and new technologies related to the study or application of mass communications theory not addressed in other courses. May be repeated when topic varies. 



Course Code
COMM 295  Credits 1-3 
Title Practicum 
Course Offering Fall On Demand  
Course Offering Spring On Demand  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Practical experience in a performance activity in Communication. 



Course Code
COMM 300  Credits
Title Intercultural Communication 
Lasc Area Goal 7  
Course Offering Spring Every Year  
Course Offering Summer On Demand  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Examines selected major theories of intercultural communication and applies them in analyzing, understanding and comparing the communication practices of different cultures and sub-cultures. Focuses upon how culture and society affect the specific rhetorical communication tactics and processes as well as non-verbal communication practices. 



Course Code
COMM 301  Credits
Title Business and Professional Communication 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description Focuses on the application and practice of both oral and written communication skills for a variety of business and professional situations including job interviews, team and group interactions, and public presentations. This course also provides opportunities for students to explore issues of diversity and technology as related to professional communication. 



Course Code
COMM 302  Credits
Title History of Mass Communications 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Students will acquire knowledge of the history of journalism, broadcasting, advertising, and public relations in the United States from the American Revolution to the present. 



Course Code
COMM 303  Credits
Title Advertising Principles 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The course is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes: acquire an understanding of advertising theories and principles, how advertising is used, why it is used and how it impacts the American society and economy; acquire an understanding of the advertising industry that includes the function and operation of an advertising agency and the components of an integrated advertising campaign. 



Course Code
COMM 304  Credits
Title Public Relations Principles 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description The course is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes: acquire an understanding of the principles, theories and practices of public relations; develop an understanding of the four-step process and how business, government and not-for-profit organizations use it to alter, adapt to or maintain their environments to achieve organizational goals. 



Course Code
COMM 305  Credits
Title Imaging in Advertising and Public Relations 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Students will gain technical and conceptual skills in the manipulation of digital images for the fields of advertising and public relations. Projects involve acquiring images and producing creative manipulations that can be used for a variety of clients.