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Communications Core

An introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the role of media within modern society. Particular attention is given to the uses, roles, and impact of print and electronic media.

This course is an oral communications course designed to acquaint students with the basic concept of human communication, as well as the more specialized skills needed in developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Self-concept, self-disclosure, perception, and relationship development are the major units covered, along with special attention given to communication on the job, in the classroom, and with one’s peers. Course fee attached. (Offered alternate years)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of video and broadcasting techniques and technologies. The use of video editing and motion graphics will be explored, with students learning to use Adobe Premiere Pro. Production techniques related to broadcasting will also be explored. Students will learn the operation of basic broadcasting equipment and develop broadcasting skills through the completion of several hands-on projects.

This course is designed to equip the student with the tools needed to develop proficiency related to managing an organization’s reputation and influencing public opinion. Specific attention will be given to the practical application of writing and media usage related to public relations.

This course will concentrate on the advanced learning of mechanics and developing ideas of the speaker. Emphasis will be on the development and delivery of persuasive and argumentative speeches. Prerequisite: CO-CO 211. (Offered alternate years)

Building on the techniques presented in media productions I, the student will enhance specific skills related to broadcasting. The student is required to develop an idea and take it through the production process (i.e. planning, preproduction, storyboarding, cinematography, editing, distribution, presentation, etc.). Attention will be given to aesthetic development and professional critique.

This course is an introduction to executing vector-based illustrations using industry standard editing software such as Adobe Illustrator®. Topics include navigation of the interface, the tools, drawing and manipulating basic objects, creating and manipulating type, drawing with the pen tool, applying color, using layers and transformation, and pathfinder techniques. Course fee attached.

Mass Media

Mass Media Core

The course is designed to examine the principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another. Through this course the student will have the opportunity to investigate domestic and international aspects of cross-cultural communication including how culture shapes values, beliefs, worldviews, and behaviors. The student will also discover how these same issues impact interpersonal and mass communication. Other topics will include investigation relative to the dynamics of both verbal and nonverbal communication; barriers to communication; ethnic, racial, and other identity movements; cross-cultural immersion; cross-cultural adaptation; and cross-cultural conflict and negotiation. Furthermore, students will have opportunity to discuss strategies for practical application that will address these issues and integrate Christian values.

This course includes in-depth discussion of current communication topics including workplace diversity, technology, correspondence applications, proposals, business plans, visual aids, teamwork, interpersonal communications, listening, nonverbal messages, presentation skills, and employment communication. Positive, neutral, goodwill, negative, and persuasive letters will be prepared. Prerequisite: junior or senior level standing and one lower-level WI course. (Offered spring)

This course is an introduction to executing vector-based illustrations using industry standard editing software such as Adobe Illustrator®. Topics include navigation of the interface, the tools, drawing and manipulating basic objects, creating and manipulating type, drawing with the pen tool, applying color, using layers and transformation, and pathfinder techniques. Course fee attached.

Public Relations

Public Relations Core

Types of managerial functions necessary for organizational operation are explored. The course is built around the topics of planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and decision-making. (Offered odd years fall)

This course includes in-depth discussion of current communication topics including workplace diversity, technology, correspondence applications, proposals, business plans, visual aids, teamwork, interpersonal communications, listening, nonverbal messages, presentation skills, and employment communication. Positive, neutral, goodwill, negative and persuasive letters will be prepared. Prerequisite: junior or senior level standing and one lower-level WI course. (Offered spring)

A survey course where policies, practices, and procedures of marketing within the private and public sector are learned. Emphasis is given to promotion, pricing, product, and distribution. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or higher. (Offered even years fall)

Sports Communication

Sports Communication Core

This course focuses on the fundamentals of sports marketing and event management. Description of content includes, but is not limited to, historical development of sport marketing, special event and their use in sports, the role of the media and ticket sales and their use in promotions. The student will understand the four P’s of marketing correlated in the world of sports. Prerequisite: Introduction to Sport Management SP-SM 200.

Negligence liability, control of amateur, professional and school sports, violence/crowd, product liability, risk management, selected current issues. Prerequisites: SP-SM 200 Introduction to Sport Management.

English

English Core

This course explores the creative writing process through all its stages—invention, composition, revision, and completion—with a special focus on two major literary genres: poetry and short fiction. (Alternate years)

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of graphic design and production skills associated with digital production. The student will have the opportunity to develop design strategies with an emphasis on the editing process. This course can be repeated.

This course explores the creative writing process through all its stages—invention, composition, revision, and completion—with a special focus on two major literary genres: poetry and short fiction. (Alternate years)

An in-depth study of different types of poetry and the characteristics of each. The course will include analysis and interpretation of the styles, techniques, and forms of multiple genres. (Alternate years)

A critical study of representative historical plays, tragedies, and comedies with emphasis on the unique characteristics of Shakespeare’s style. The course includes an analysis of individual plays and a research project. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

A chronological overview of the development of American literature from the founding of the country to the present. It will cover all genres of literature and include critical reading and analytical writing. Prerequisite: EN-LT 205 or permission of the instructor. (Alternate years)

This course is a chronological survey of the development of literature in Great Britain, from the Middle Ages to the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, and is designed to introduce students to English literature with its history not only of steady development and continuity, but also of sudden revolution and astonishing originality. Prerequisite: EN-LT 205 or permission of the instructor.

This course is a chronological survey of the development of literature in Great Britain from the Romantic Period to the Twentieth Century and after, and is designed to introduce students to English literature with its history not only of steady development and continuity, but also of sudden revolution and astonishing originality. Prerequisite: EN-LT 205 or permission of the instructor.

Words can express truth and beauty in poetry or prose, but the role of poetry is to push beyond the limits of prose. Poetry points to truth beyond ordinary expression, and poetry leads the heart into beauty beyond mere description. Building on skills developed in Creative Writing (EN-CP 210), this course is a focused examination of the process of poetry writing, in all its elements and through all its phases, within the application setting of a collaborative writers’ workshop. The ultimate goal is to equip and train student writers further to practice the poetic craft with skill and insight. Prerequisite: EN-CP 210.

A review of the facts and phenomena of the English language through the study of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and historical linguistics. The course is about the human mind and how our minds acquire language, use language, and pass it on to later generations. This course will look at the English language within society and will aim to enhance language awareness.

An in-depth study of the linguistics and grammar of the English language as spoken in the United States. Traditional, structural, and transformational analysis will be utilized to study the more complex and subtle constructions of American English. Alternate years. Prerequisites: Upper division standing or permission of the instructor.

An intensive exploration of a genre of subject matter. The course provides the student the opportunity to apply critical thinking and research skills with the intention of developing and authoring a unique text, prose, copy, or piece. This course is the Upper-Level Writing Intensive and Capstone course.

Study of the development of the American novel from the 18th to the 21st centuries and how these works reflect and react to the culture of the time period in which they were written. The analysis and interpretation will include universal themes common to multiple cultures. Prerequisite: EN-LT 205 or permission of the instructor.

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