Academics

Course Descriptions

COM 101. Communications Lab. (1)

A lab designed to build the level of involvement of students within both departmental and non-departmental communication activities. Communications majors are required to take this class five times for credit (transfer students will be pro-rated on a case-by-case basis), although one activity may be repeated. Communications students must spend at least one semester in each of the following media: print, audio, video, public relations.  NOTE: Multiple COM 101’s will not satisfy other majors’ curricular requirements for a three-hour COM course. Students may take more than one COM 101 section per semester only with permission from Communications faculty. Offered every semester.

COM 110. Introduction to Communication Arts. (3)

A survey course in the history, development, and current problems of the mass media (newspaper, magazines, radio, television, books, film, recorded music, and the Internet). Development in telecommunications technology will also be included. Offered every semester.

COM 121. Introduction to Media Writing. (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 111

An introductory survey of writing for communication arts. Students will be exposed to several types of media writing, including art writing, screenplays, writing news for broadcast and print media, and writing press releases and advertisements. The course will also examine legal and ethical problems of media writing. Students will be expected to begin and maintain portfolios of their work.  Offered every semester.

COM 221. Intermediate Media Writing. (3)

Prerequisites: COM 121, ENG 112.

An intermediate media writing course for students planning to major in communications. Students will research, prepare, write and edit news, feature and advertising scripts for radio and television programs. Legal and ethical aspects of media writing are also examined. Offered fall semester.

COM 231. Introduction to Video Production. (3)

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: ENG 111.

A beginning course in the design and production of video programs. Practical experience will include designing and producing programs using portable and editing equipment. Documentary and informational program formats may be included in this course. The Langford Communications Center‘s facilities will be used for this course.  A $75 lab fee is charged for this course. Offered every semester.

COM 241. Introduction to Public Relations. (3)

Prerequisite: COM 121.

Introduction to the theory of persuasive communications forms, including the history, law, ethics, campaign techniques, and professional applications needed to understand how campaigns are produced and followed. Offered spring semester.

COM 309. Production Planning and Management. (3)

Prerequisites: COM 121, 231

Introduction and analysis of procedures in planning and monitoring media productions. Analysis of factors influencing the content, style, and costs for various types of programs, budgeting, schedules, logistics, and basic legal requirements.  Offered spring semester, even-numbered years.

COM 311. Aesthetics of Design for Television. (3)

Prerequisite: COM 231

A course for students interested in the art of graphic design and video, especially how they combine in set design, lighting, graphic arts, storyboarding, and theatrical directing.  Offered spring semester, odd-numbered years. A $75 lab fee is charged for this course.

COM 321. Advanced Media Writing. (3)

Prerequisite: COM 221.

An advanced media writing course intended for students planning to pursue careers in journalism. Students will be given reporting assignments for various on-campus and off-campus activities, and will learn advanced fundamentals of reporting, writing and media editing. Students will also examine legal and ethical problems involved in journalism. Offered spring semester.

COM 322. Audio Production I. (3)

Prerequisite: COM 231.

An intermediate course in the design and production of audio programs. Practical experience will include designing and producing more complex programs using studio and editing equipment. Music and reporting as well as other program formats may be included in this course. The facilities of the Langford Communications Center will be used for this course. A $75 lab fee is charged for this course. Offered spring semester, odd numbered years.

COM 323. Studio Production. (3)

Prerequisite: COM 231

An intermediate course in the design and production of programs using studio equipment. Practical experience will include designing and producing complex programs suitable for public showing or web streamed over the campus website. A $75 lab fee is charged for this course. Offered every semester.

COM 341. Public Relations Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. (3)

Prerequisites: COM 241.

Methods of human studies research targeted to the understanding of how people think and act, including such methods as survey research, focus groups, statistical analysis of data, and an understanding of how research can be used to guide campaigns. Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

COM 370. Communications Law and Ethics. (3)

Prerequisite: COM 110, 121.

An examination of the legal and ethical issues involved in mass communications. Historical and contemporary examples are used. Independent research is expected. Offered spring semester.

COM 391. Advanced Research Skills in Communications. (3)

This course will expose students to the types of research likely to be encountered by a Communications student in an advanced degree program. The course includes an overview of the critical reference sources in Communications, searching paper and electronic resources such as indexes and journal databases, on-line catalogs of various kinds, government document resources, and planning and executing a comprehensive literature search. Recommended for students planning to attend graduate school. Offered at departmental discretion.  

 

COM 422. Audio Production II. (3)

Prerequisite: COM 322.

Advanced audio production using digital media tools to produce significant audio based programs.

A $75 lab fee is charged for this course. Offered fall semester, even-numbered years.

COM 423. Advanced Video Production. (3)

Prerequisite: COM 323

Study and practice of production skills and strategies in both studio production and in independent or non- studio production for television. Practical experience will include designing and producing professional programs suitable for public showing or web streamed over the campus website.

A $75 lab fee is charged for this course. Offered fall semester, even-numbered years.

COM 430. Advanced Communications Studies I. (3)

Prerequisites: Four COM 101 credits, COM 121, COM 231.

This capstone course allows students to work on a single, complex, professional multimedia experience that integrates all of their previous studies into one class. Capstone classes at Newberry have worked on college Office of Enrollment Managementvideos, extensive community service websites, and other long format projects. It is recommended that students who enroll in COM 430 in the fall follow it with COM 431 in the spring. Public Relations students can take COM 441 instead of COM 430. A $75 lab fee is charged for this course. Offered fall semester.

 

COM 431. Advanced Communications Studies II. (3)

Prerequisites: COM 430 or COM 441.

The second semester of COM 430. Usually taken during the next semester after the student takes COM 430. COM 431 continues the major project started in the fall with COM 430 to its completion. In addition, public relations students may take COM 431 after taking COM 441. A $75 lab fee is charged for this course. Offered spring semester.

COM 440. Critical Analysis of Mass Media. (3)

Prerequisites: COM 110, 121, and junior standing.

A critical examination of the production, social, legal and ethical aspects of mass media. Theories of mass media will be presented and used for the analysis of specific examples. Students will be required to conduct individual studies of selected aspects of mass media. Recommended for students planning to attend graduate school. Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

COM 441. Public Relations Campaigns. (3)

Prerequisite: COM 341.

This is an advanced seminar on the theory and practice of media campaigns as used by public relations professionals. Students will actively develop and deploy a public relations campaign. Offered spring semester, even-numbered years.


COM 460. Introduction to Communication Theory. (3)

Prerequisites: COM 110, 121, and junior standing.

An introduction to the theories of mass communications. Students will begin to understand and comprehend the cognitive ideas and theories that guide media research. This course will be significantly useful for those students considering graduate school. Offered fall semester; odd-numbered years.

COM 480. Senior Seminar. (3)

Prerequisites: COM 110, COM 121, and senior standing.

An extensive study of important communications issues. Examples include the First Amendment and mass media, new communication technology, intellectual property rights, and ethics in mass media. Independent research and class presentations are expected. Offered fall semester.

COM 490. Special Studies. (3)

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

Studies in specific disciplines taught on an individual basis or in various settings including study-abroad programs. This course is repeatable up to two times total.  There may be additional cost in undertaking special studies abroad.

COM 491. Independent Study. (1-3)

A course of directed readings with a term paper or production of a significant independent work in communications. Students may take each section of independent study once for credit.

A $75 fee is charged to cover the maintenance of the production equipment. The cost of tape and other production materials is additional. Subject to rules and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog.

COM 492. Independent Study. (1-3)

A course of directed readings with a term paper or production of a significant independent work in communications. Students may take each section of independent study once for credit. A $75 fee is charged to cover the maintenance of the production equipment. The cost of tape and other production materials is additional. Subject to rules and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog.

COM 495. Internship. (1-12)

Internships are directed learning in a professional work environment related to the communications field. Limited to Communications majors and minors. Subject to regulations and restrictions on page 62 of the Catalog.

 

COM 496. Internship. (1-12)

Internships are directed learning in a professional work environment related to the communications field. Limited to Communications majors and minors. Subject to regulations and restrictions on page 62 of the Catalog.
 

COM 499. Senior Project. (1-3)

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and senior standing.

Students undertaking a project requiring scholarly research and /or professional production.

A $75 fee is charged to cover the maintenance of the production equipment. The cost of tape and other production materials is additional.  Subject to regulations and restrictions on page 63 of the Catalog.

Course Descriptions