COM101 Introduction to Communication (3)
A survey of communication studies in social interaction, international communication, political communication, and communication technology and society.
COM201 Communication and Identity (3)
Investigates identity and cultural communication theories and their application for varying levels of human interactions - between individuals, within groups, and across cultures. Prerequisite: COM101.
COM299 Introduction to Journalism (3)
Fundamentals of journalistic writing, including basic news story and feature writing, interviewing, copyediting, media law, ethics and writing from speeches and interviews.
COM300 Media Production (3)
Provides a hands-on introduction to the various pre-production, production and post-production processes and techniques used in the creation of media projects. Students gain practical experience in producing, directing, and editing media in field productions of narrative, documentary and/or experimental forms. Topic and media focus varies depending on instructor. May be repeated for credit.
COM302 Advanced Journalism (3)
Aspects of media law, First Amendment rights and various modes of reporting. Prerequisite: ENG299, WRT299 or COM299.
COM303 Digital Journalism (3)
Introduces students to the theory and practice needed to write stories for the digital newsroom. Students explore tools of RSS, blogging, mapping, photography, audio and slide production. Prerequisite: ENG299, WRT299, COM299 or permission of the instructor.
COM307 Studies in Film (3)
How do films work? Critical survey of several narrative films in their historical context and exploration of filmmaking techniques — acting, directing, editing, screenwriting and other related topics — as a means of developing tools for analyzing films as art, popular culture and socio-political commentary.
COM317 Language and Culture (3)
Course examines the nature of language and its various functions, with an emphasis upon English and its cultural and historical contexts. Students explore the structure of language and its role in identity, power and history. Course content varies. May be repeated for credit.
COM320 Media and Culture (3)
Provides an overview of mass communication history and theory, with emphasis on the role of influential media forms in 20th century American culture and beyond.
COM360 Communication Law and Policy (3)
Social and legal questions over communication resources, rights and responsibilities. Examination of law and policy with respect to social communication practices, such as the First Amendment, media ownership and intellectual property rights.
COM380 Copy Editing and Design (3)
Focus on editing copy for publications, covering grammar and style, production methods, news criteria, design, pagination, and publication.
COM385 Conflict and Peace Studies (3)
Examines conflict and leadership in global and local settings with a focus on the role communication plays in understanding, creating, negotiating, and transforming conflict situations. The class will emphasize the reconciliation movement over the past 25 years, particularly between modern nation-states and indigenous peoples.
COM390 Internship (1-6)
Approved by the department and carried out under the direction of department members and internship coordinators.
COM395 Special Topics (3)
Instructors and topics will vary.
COM396 Intercultural Communication (3)
Cross-cultural examination of international, domestic and personal communication. Coursework intended for anyone whose work or lifestyle may involve encounters of the intercultural kind.
COM397 Directed Study (1-3)
Directed study allows students to pursue an area of interest as developed with their directed study instructor. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
COM398 Media History (3)
A focused study of the evolution and cultural history, the distribution of information, and the creation of knowledge through the means of a specific medium. Media focus may vary, depending on instructor. May be repeated for credit.
COM399 Communication Theory (3)
Social and cultural theory of media and communications applied to analysis of media events and texts. Students will apply research methods and strategies to analyze media content. Topic may vary with instructor. May be repeated for credit.
COM401 Community Media Lab (3)
Students produce news and feature stories for local media in the Pacific Northwest area. Requires writing and reporting skills. Prerequisites: ENG302, WRT302, COM302, WRT303 or COM303.
COM499 Senior Seminar (3)
Students write a thesis paper or create a media project.