Courses in Communication (Division 352)

100. Public Speaking. Not open to seniors. (3). (Excl).

This course is recommended for students who will be pursuing degrees or careers in teaching, law, business, administration, or politics and others who are concerned with communicating effectively with the general public. Course topics include audience and speech analysis, source credibility, stage-fright, techniques of persuasion, and ethics. The ultimate purpose of the course is to encourage more effective communication by providing students with instruction and experiences which help them to be at ease before audiences and which encourages them to develop and present messages which have maximum audience impact. You must be present at the first two class meetings to hold your spot. WL:1 (Mikula)

290. News Writing. Comm. 250. (3). (Excl).

Covers the fundamentals of newspaper reporting and writing, including defining news, locating stories, documentation, interviewing, clarity in writing, news coverage strategies and copy editing. Weekly assignments. [Cost:2] [WL:1]

425. Introduction to Radio and Television Directing. Comm. 421. (3). (Excl).

Studio experience in producing and directing radio and television programs. Students learn the fundamentals of live-on-tape production and receive practical experience in planning, writing, producing, directing and performing for radio and television. (O'Reilly)

427. Preparation of Radio and TV Continuity. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Students will write several non-dramatic scripts of radio and television program material. The weekly writing assignments include commercials, editorials, commentaries, documentaries, promotions, and public service announcements. Students must creatively write their scripts in the proper television or radio format, and the scripts must read for a precise amount of time. Good writing skills are essential for success in the course. The course will consist of lectures, peer evaluation of written work, in-class writing exercises, and analysis of professional scripts that are on audio or video tape. Attendance at every class is mandatory and students must participate in class discussions. A final exam will be given, with material originating from the text or class lectures. This course may be taken to fulfill the ECB junior-senior writing requirement. WL:1 (Beaver)

428. Writing Drama for Film and Television. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

This course is a workshop in writing dramatic narrative scripts for feature length films or made for TV movies. The objectives of this class are to teach skills for the development of dramatic concepts (structure, character, dialogue, etc.), to provide a better critical understanding of the devices used by screenwriters and filmmakers, to encourage an appreciation for the writer's role in filmmaking (both possibilities and limitations), and finally to teach the standard format of the screen play. This class requires the completion of a feature length screenplay, analysis of several scripts, group critiques of work, and various other writing assignments. Cost:1 WL:1 (Hurbis-Cherrier)

450. Undergraduate Internship. Junior standing, concentration in Communication and permission of instructor. (2) (Excl).Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected for a total of six credits.

Communication 450 is the Department's internship program, designed to give junior or senior Communication concentrators credit for appropriate practical work experience. Internships may be elected for 2 credits only and are given credit/no credit (may not be elected for a grade). Time requirement for a 2-credit internship is approximately 15 hours per week for a 14-week term. Student evaluation is based on satisfactory completion of the internship and recommendation of the internship sponsor. Internship credit is not retroactive and must be pre-arranged. For further information and approval, students should contact the internship coordinator in the Department of Communication. Cost:none WL:Registration is by P.I. only. Students must see the Internship Coordinator for required override. (Sarris)

501. Departmental Tutorial. Open to senior concentrators. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Intended for individualized research and writing instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. Must be arranged with the faculty member.


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