Courses in Communication (Division 352)

100. Public and Interpersonal Communication. Not open to seniors. (3). (Excl).

The goal of this course is to develop a substantive understanding of the communication process (as well as to develop the ability to articulate this understanding) within the medium of public speaking in order to become better communicators. The course is organized around cultivating situationally-specific rhetorical and performance-based strategies for individuals seeking to achieve a particular goal. Because we only have so much time to work with, the course will put a great emphasis on analysis as a means of building an informed base for which one may improve more significantly, as well as on the broadening of our "performance vocabulary" to encourage more creative and effective work in this highly artificial setting. The "analyses" will include such issues as: the relationship between speaker and audience, the construction of meaning, the cultural functions of public speaking, among others. (Smith)

290. News Writing. (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 (Hall)

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

This course section is designed to give students experience in writing scripts for non-dramatic radio and television. The writing assignments include: radio and television commercials, public service announcements, broadcast editorials, commentaries, and documentaries. Emphasis is on use of language and visuals to communicate ideas and to influence viewer perception, as well as adapting writing to script formats and to precise lengths of time. Instruction is through lecture, written comments on scripts, individual conferences, in-class critique and discussions of student writing, and evaluation and analysis of professional broadcast scripting through the use of video and audio tapes. Attendance and participation in class discussion are mandatory. You must be present at the first class meeting to maintain your enrollment. (Oswald)


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