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    • COMM-1100 Human Communication
      Description

      This course is a broad approach to oral communication skills including intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, and public speaking. Students in this course will be expected to participate in discussions on a frequent basis, take 12 short online quizzes, complete a variety of unit assignments and take a proctored final exam. For more information on this institution's ecore courses, please see http://www.westga.edu/~ecore/

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    • COMM-1110 Public Speaking
      Description

      A study of the principles and practice of public speaking with an emphasis on the organization of material and the vocal and physical aspects of delivery in various public speaking situations.

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    • COMM-1115 Debate Practicum
      Description

      Instruction and practice in competitive debate. Emphasis on skills necessary for intercollegiate debate, including research and strategy. Debate team membership is not prerequisite, but the focus is exclusively college debate.

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    • COMM-1154 Introduction to Mass Communications
      Description

      An introductory, yet critical examination of the historical development, and paramount economic, legal/policy, ethical, political, and social effects issues concerned with mass media, i.e., books, newspapers, magazines, recordings, radio, movies, television, the internet, public relations, and advertising. Particular attention given to competition, convergence, and mass media's impact on society, as well as society's impact on mass media.

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    • COMM-2110 Intercultural Communication
      Description

      This course will focus on developing awareness and skillsets needed to communicate across geographic and cultural lines. Topics include methods for improving oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills needed in a diverse society and within a global context.

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    • COMM-2254 Media Ethics
      Description

      Examination of the major classical and contemporary ethical philosophies. Application of ethical decision-making models to media issues, particularly freedom of speech, economic pressure, invasion of privacy, and the public's rights.

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    • COMM-2285 Special Topics
      Description

      Variable topic courses offered on a limited or pilot basis to explore or extend study of select, contemporary mass media and public relations issues.

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    • COMM-3301 Writing & Reporting for Newspapers
      Description

      Basic procedures and techniques for writing and reporting for newspapers. Emphasis on news style and judgment as well as ethical and legal issues.

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    • COMM-3302 Public Affairs Reporting
      Description

      This writing-intensive course builds upon the student’s basic skills attained in COMM3301, Writing & Reporting for Newspapers. Public Affairs Reporting concerns coverage of government and community events such as city council meetings, hearings, and press conferences. The course also includes writing for beats, editorials, columns and reviews.

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    • COMM-3303 Layout and Design
      Description

      Basic editing and makeup procedures for newspapers and other print publications. Includes copy editing, headline writing, page makeup, and basic graphic principles.

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    • COMM-3305 Short-Form Screenwriting & Analysis
      Description

      This is a writing workshop where students will investigate various story-telling styles, structures and techniques, and implement these analyses in the development of stories written for the screen. Students will also engage with marketing and promotional texts within the field.

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    • COMM-3310 Persuasion
      Description

      Theories and inquiry into strategies for the creation of and ethical use of persuasive messages including historical and contemporary perspectives in various communication contexts. Special focus on oral presentation of persuasive content and analysis of ethical persuasive strategies.

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    • COMM-3313 Public Relations Principles
      Description

      A survey of the role, responsibilities, and potential of modern public relations. Includes developement of basic techniques needed for effective public relations programs.

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    • COMM-3330 Advanced Communication Skills
      Description

      Analysis and application of interpersonal, small-group, and mediated communication skills as effective speaking, listening, negotiation, conflict management, presentation, and media interviewing.

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    • COMM-3350 Telecommunication and Electronic Media Industries
      Description

      A continuation of COMM 1154, examining contemporary industry and social issues facing telecommunication and electronic media. Particular attention given to analysis of structure and process, revenue sources, programming and services, audience research, and effects.

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    • COMM-3351 Radio Program Production
      Description

      Instruction in the operation of radio technology and introduction to the production of radio programs. Opportunity for practical experience with the university radio station.

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    • COMM-3352 Fundamentals of Television Production
      Description

      Instruction in the operation of television studio and digital video technology and introduction to the production of television and digital video messages. Emphasis on electronic newsgathering, television studio production, and digital video editing techniques.

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    • COMM-3353 Fundamentals of Film & Video Production
      Description

      Fundamental techniques in producing, scripting, shooting, directing and editing film and video projects, with an emphasis on single camera narrative production for independent distribution.

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    • COMM-3354 Digital Social Media and Society
      Description

      An introduction to the foundations, applications, and techniques of digital social media. Opportunities for practical experience developing blogs and other social media content, and exploring the relation of these emerging technologies to traditional mass communication media within society.

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    • COMM-3355 Media Programming and Management
      Description

      Expounds upon principles discussed in COMM 3350 - Telecommunications and Electronic Media Industries, and offers an in-depth examination of the historical, legal, and professional practices involved in programming and managing the electronic media. Emphasis will focus on the processes of selecting, scheduling, promoting, and evaluating programming for commercial radio and television networks and stations, cable television, public radio and television, and online. Moreover, management issues and programming terminology, strategies, and economics will be discussed.

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    • COMM-3356 Film and Culture
      Description

      A study of the evolution and significance of the motion picture as a specialized form of artistic experience and as a form of Mass Communication.

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    • COMM-3357 Diversity and Mass Media
      Description

      Survey and critical analysis of scholarship concerned with the relationship between mass media, public relations, and selected populaces who have been given peripheral attention, i.e., minorities, women, lower socioeconomic class, and those who are aging or have physical disabilities. Emphasis on the cultural impact of media and public relations in terms of representations, audience effects, and industry demographics, as well as media literacy and advocacy.

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    • COMM-4402 Feature Writing
      Description

      Application and analysis of techniques for writing magazine and newspaper features and commentaries.

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    • COMM-4403 Photojournalism
      Description

      A study of the history, techniques and importance of photographs for the print media, along with their evolving role in convergent and online media, inlcuding analysis of the aesthetic and social impact of photographs. Practice in the production of documentary photographs appropriate for print and online news delivery, as well as the photographic essay, using digital photography and digital editing tools.

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    • COMM-4405 Sound Design
      Description

      This workshop-based skills course explores the communicative uses of sound in audio-visual media, with an emphasis on early and deliberate decision-making about what listeners hear. A number of technically-driven creative skills projects are supported by an examination of the history of sound recording practices, the origins and development of the field of sound design, and critical listening and viewing exercises.

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    • COMM-4406 Digital Cinematography & Image Design
      Description

      This workshop-based skills course explores the communicative potential of the moving image. Students will analyze and practice deliberate strategies of image-making to produce intended effects for viewers. Through critical viewing and analysis, reading, skills exercises and a number of technically-driven creative projects, students will develop the expressive resources of the moving image for a broad use in audio-visual media.

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    • COMM-4407 Film & Video Post-Production
      Description

      Students will work with the various aspects of film and video editing, synthesizing technology, creative storytelling, visual effects, motion graphics and sound editing, along with digital distribution formats and strategies.

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    • COMM-4413 Public Relations Cases
      Description

      Analysis of public relations cases and situations. Includes analysis of application of principles, processes, and theories of public relations to case management.

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    • COMM-4414 Public Relations Management
      Description

      Public Relations Management provides students insights regarding key concepts, theoretical perspectives, essential skills and abilities, and critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for effective communication within an organization and with its stakeholders. Topics include issues management, risk management, relationship management, crisis planning and preparation, case studies, and developing communication plans.

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    • COMM-4421N Practicum-The West Georgian
      Description

      Practical experience with the campus newspaper, The West Georgian, that primarily includes general and specialty news writing and reporting on deadline, editorial decision-making, interviewing, copy editing, photojournalism, and layout and design across traditional and emerging digital media platforms. Emphasis is placed on news style and judgment, localization, and ethical and legal issues. Repeatable; Maximum of 3.0 credits hours may be applied to the Mass Communications major.

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    • COMM-4421P Practicum: Bluestone Public Relations Firm
      Description

      Practical experience with the student-managed public relations firm that primarily includes hands-on experience through service learning and experiential learning projects for private, nonprofit, and public sector clients. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning, research, data analysis, campaign development, copywriting, promotional design, and use of social media across traditional and digital media platforms. Repeatable; Maximum of 3.0 credit hours may be applied to the Mass Communications major.

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    • COMM-4421R Practicum - The WOLF Internet Radio
      Description

      Practical experience with the campus radio station, The WOLF Internet Radio, that primarily includes editing, management, on-air experience, producing, programming, promotions, production, and remotes across traditional and emerging digital media platforms. Repeatable; Maximum of 3.0 credit hours may be applied to the Mass Communications major.

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    • COMM-4421T Practicum - UTV13
      Description

      Practical experience with the campus television station, UTV13, that primarily includes anchoring, directing, editing, field and studio camera operation, news gathering, producing, reporting, scripting, studio and field production, and switching across traditional and emerging digital media platforms. Repeatable; Maximum 3.0 credit hours may be applied to the Mass Communications major.

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    • COMM-4444 Public Relations Campaigns
      Description

      This public relations capstone course applies knowledge and skills learned in previous public relations courses in the planning, execution, and evaluation of a client campaign. Provides students the opportunity to gain a positive client evaluation and a quality product to use in their portfolios.

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    • COMM-4450 Broadcast News Writing and Reporting
      Description

      Coaching and practice in gathering, writing, and reporting television and radio news under deadline. Particular attention given to news style and judgment as well as aesthetic, ethical, and legal issues. Ability to shoot and edit field video is required.

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    • COMM-4451 Public Relations Writing
      Description

      A study and application of principles and techniques for writing across traditional and emerging digital media platforms. Emphasis on informational and persuasive writing for public relations.

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    • COMM-4452 Advanced Film and Video Production
      Description

      Direct involvement with the scripting, planning, producing, direction and post-production of film, television, or video programs under the supervision of the instructor. Emphasis on the advanced creative, organizational and managerial aspects of film, television, and video production.

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    • COMM-4454 Media Law
      Description

      Examination of the legal context regulating print, telecommunication and electronic media as well as advertising and public relations industries. Emphasis on libel, slander, privacy, copyright, free press/fair trial and obscenity law. This course is restricted to Seniors.

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    • COMM-4455 Critical Issues in Mass Communications
      Description

      Exploration and analysis of critical, contemporary issues concerned with the relationship between mass media and society. Emphasis on critical, creative, and collaborative thinking to reach considered judgments and position students to be media literate, responsible, and responsive 21st century mass media and public relations professionals.

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    • COMM-4481 Independent Study
      Description

      Variable topic courses offered on an individual basis to explore or extend study of specialized mass media and public relations scholarship. Students must collaborate with instructor to outline learning objectives, and curriculum to achieve them.

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    • COMM-4484 Mass Communications Research Methods
      Description

      A survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis and reporting procedures, including opportunities to conduct, analyze, evaluate, interpret, and communicate research.

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    • COMM-4485 Special Topics
      Description

      Variable topic courses offered on a limited or pilot basis to explore or extend study of select, contemporary mass media and public relations issues.

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    • COMM-4486 Internship
      Description

      A hands-on, supervised, media field experience to apply and test knowledge and skills, and to network with professionals. Internship must be approved by internship coordinator. To be approved, internship must offer experiential learning in Convergence Journalism, Digital Media & Telecommunication, Film & Video Production, and/or Public Relations; require majors to intern 45 hours for each credit hour enrolled or 135 hours if enrolled 3 credit hours; assign interns an immediate supervisor who has academic credentials and/or professional experience in the discipline. Prerequisites: Major; Junior or Senior; ENGL 1102 Minimum Grade: C; COMM 1154 Minimum Grade: C; Nine credit hours of COMM 3000-4000 level courses; and Major GPA of 2.5 or above.

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