Communication (COM) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Communication Department

COM 1101 Beginning Radio Practicum

One hour

Participation in supervised entry-level radio experiences. Introduction to typical station policies, methods of operation, and Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulations.

Offered each semester

COM 1131 Beginning Media Production Performance Practicum

One hour

Five hours weekly in performance for radio, television, and other electronic media productions.

Offered spring semester

COM 1153 Introduction to Video and Audio Production

Three hours

An introduction to the principles, procedures, and techniques of video and audio production. The course covers the fundamentals of producing, scripting, directing, and editing video and audio. Students gain proficiency in the operation of video switchers, cameras, sound recording, and computer-based equipment while gaining studio and field production experience as well. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered fall semester

COM 1173 Faith, Media, and Calling

Three hours

This course challenges students to examine their faith and vocational callings in light of the role mass media play in society and culture. Considers Christianity within the context of media history, as well as contemporary media, and the many intersections between media and the gospel, including media uses in local and global Christian organizations. Also includes a study of current media trends and ideas about how Christian media practitioners can use that knowledge to influence both secular and Christian media.

Offered fall semester

COM 1233 Podcasting and Online Audio Production

Three hours

An intermediate study of audio production with an emphasis on online applications such as podcasts and web streaming utilizing Adobe Audition. Voice and music recording, sound effects, and post-production sound for video are also explored. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: COM 1101.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

COM 2083 Masterpieces of Film

Three hours

A study of how filmmakers communicate and convey meaning to audiences through movies. Critically acclaimed and culturally relevant films throughout the history of the American film industry are analyzed, with emphasis on understanding Hollywood's various filmmaking techniques and philosophies. The motion picture's role in shaping society is also considered. Meets The Arts requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered each semester

COM 2101 Intermediate Radio Practicum

One hour

Five hours of weekly practice in practical broadcast experience on KLRC. Proficiency in announcing, control operation, handling of equipment, and other typical radio station duties are developed. Practical experience is offered through live shifts on the university's internet radio station and/or voice-tracking on KLRC. Prerequisite: COM 1101.

Offered each semester

COM 2111, 2112 Practicum in Journalism

One or two hours

Work as a staff member for a university publication in 1) reporting, proofreading, advertising, editing, photography and layout on the Threefold Advocate student newspaper or 2) working in other university journalism functions. Prerequisite: COM 2123.

Offered each semester

COM 2120, 2121 Beginning Forensics Practicum

Zero or one hour

Students on the Speech and Debate Team participate in competition, judging, peer coaching, or service projects during the course of the practicum. Students will attend at least one speech or debate tournament.

Offered each semester

COM 2123 News Writing and Reporting

Three hours

Introduction to news for the print and electronic media, development of news concepts; laboratory in news-gathering tools and writing skills.

Offered fall semester

COM 2131 Intermediate Media Production Performance Practicum

One hour

Five hours weekly in performance for radio, television, and other electronic media productions.

Offered spring semester

COM 2163 Communication Technologies

Three hours

Gain practical experience creating and publishing a website both from scratch and using a popular open source Content Management System like Wordpress or Joomia. Topics covered include: HTML and CSS Fundamentals; Domain Registration and Setup; Using FTP; Image Types and Optimization; Introduction to JavaScript; Embedding Media; Responsive Design; Social Media Integration; and Accessibility Considerations. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered fall semester

COM 2333 News Editing

Three hours

Copy editing, headline writing, graphic principles and processes, and new media technology. Students will become familiar with AP Style and learn how to do a newspaper layout. The importance of headlines and proper grammar and spelling will also be discussed. Students will finish this course better able to edit their own copy and the copy of others. (Same as COM 2343.) Prerequisite: COM 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester

COM 2343 News Editing for Public Relations

Three hours

Copy editing, graphic principles and processes for public relations. Students will become familiar with AP Style and learn how to do a newspaper layout. The importance of headlines and proper grammar and spelling will also be discussed. Students will finish this course better able to edit their own copy and the copy of others. (Same as COM 2333.) Prerequisite: COM 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester

COM 2353 Public Relations Writing and Technology

Three hours

Students will learn the basics of how to write in any public relations form. Copy produced will include press releases, memos, a PR crisis plan, newsletter, and a brochure. Students will also discuss what PR moments there are in the news and how they, as PR professionals, would respond. Prerequisite: COM 2123.

Offered fall semester

COM 2433 Diversity and Media Issues

Three hours

A study of the cultural communication climate in the United States and its depiction in news, entertainment, and other media.

Offered spring semester

COM 2523 Public Speaking

Three hours

Students gain theoretical and applied knowledge of public speaking techniques. Speeches may include extemporaneous, impromptu, informative, persuasive, or rhetorical analysis.

Offered each semester

COM 3101 Advanced Radio Practicum

One hour

Five hours of weekly responsibilities at KLRC. Students will develop advanced proficiency in announcing, control room skills, production, promotions, or other related radio station duties. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: COM 2101 and consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

COM 3111, 3112 Advanced Practicum in Journalism

One or two hours

Advanced responsibility as a staff member for a university publication: 1) reporting, proofreading, photography, advertising, editing, and layout of the Threefold Advocate student newspaper and 2) work in other university journalism functions. Prerequisites: respective experience in COM 2111 or 2112 and consent of Journalism advisor.

Offered each semester

COM 3121 Video/Audio Sports Practicum

One hour

Five hours weekly in performance and/or production of JBU sports content for Golden Eagle Productions. Content also may appear live on radio, cable television, and/or the Internet. May be repeated for credit. Corequisite: COM 4182.

Offered each semester

COM 3131 Radio News Practicum

One hour

Five hours weekly in performance and/or production of audio news content for MyPositiveEdge.com, JBU's online radio station. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: COM 1101 and 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

COM 3141 Media Production Program Assistant

One hour

Assists the faculty supervisor in the operations of TV Studio and Sports Broadcasting Lab. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: COM 1153 or consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

COM 3151 KLRC Program Assistant

One hour

Assists the supervisor of KLRC: traffic, music selection, announcing schedules, promotions, and production. Prerequisites: COM 3101 and consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

COM 3153 Specialized Media Production

Three hours

Principles and practices of news reporting; covering news beats and other news sources, including researching a news story for accuracy, comprehensiveness and interpretation. (Same as COM 3653.) Prerequisite: COM 2123.

Offered spring semester

COM 3161, 3162 Intermediate Forensics Practicum

One or two hours

Students complete advanced hands-on training and gain relevant experience in one or two of the following areas in speech and debate competition: Public Address, Argumentation and Debate, Limited Preparation Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Readers Theatre, or Student Congress. Prerequisite: COM 2121.

Offered each semester

COM 3321 Independent Video Production

One hour

Practical experience in video production. Students work in consultation with a faculty supervisor to complete independent projects. Prerequisites: COM 1153 and consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

COM 3363 Magazine Writing

Three hours

Study explanatory journalism techniques applied to complex subjects (such as science, economics, and large scale social change) for books, magazines, and newspaper series. Prerequisite: COM 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

COM 3421 Advanced Media Production Practicum

One hour

Experiential learning in writing, producing, and presenting stories for radio, television, and the internet. Students will write and produce for the media production program on a regular basis throughout the semester. May be repeated for credit. 

Offered each semester

COM 3453 Social Movements

Three hours

A survey of social movements and the rhetorical strategies used to further those causes, including analysis of Abolition, Suffrage, Civil Rights, and other significant events.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

COM 3463 Opinion Writing

Three hours

Reporting and writing analytical articles, columns, editorials and blogs online, using Web attributes of interactivity, individualization, immediacy, and multi-media applications. Prerequisite: COM 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

COM 3653 Specialized Media Production for Public Relations

Three hours

Public relations writing for science, technology, health, medicine, corporate finance, educational policy, law and government in broadcast and technical media, as well as newspapers and magazines, also including proposals, speeches, and correspondence. (Same as COM 3153.) Prerequisite: COM 2353.

Offered spring semester

COM 3703 Leadership and Media Management

Three hours

Dramatic changes in the media industry require new management and leadership techniques and paradigms. This course aims to give students a survey of some of the latest management and leadership theories, including those encouraging a new sense of social responsibility.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

COM 4161, 4162 Advanced Forensics Practicum

One or two hours

Students complete advanced hands-on training and gain relevant experience in one or two of the following areas in speech and debate competition: Speech Coaching, Debate Coaching, Tournament Administration, Team Management, Team Promotion, or Communication Praxis Preparation for Secondary Education. Prerequisite: COM 3161.

Offered each semester

COM 4182 Sports/News Broadcasting

Two hours

Specialized concepts and techniques required to write scripts for a variety of storytelling media and contexts including podcasts, online video, radio and television news and narrative performance. Prerequisite: COM 2123 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: COM 3121.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

COM 4211, 4212 Online News Bureau Practicum

One or two hours

Advanced online journalism training. Students work as online reporters, editors, and producers for an online news magazine. Students also package copy from the print and broadcast. Prerequisites: COM 3111 or 3112 and consent of instructor.

Offered each semester

COM 4243 Script Writing Workshop

Three hours

Specialized concepts and techniques required to write scripts for a variety of storytelling media and contexts including podcasts, online video, radio and television news, and/or narrative performance. Prerequisite: COM 2123 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

COM 4293 Media Law and Digital Ethics

Three hours

A case-study approach to legal and ethical problems commonly encountered by mass media practitioners in digital and in traditional media contexts, with an emphasis on the First Amendment and its application. Topics include free speech, libel, invasion of privacy, copyright, freedom of information, protection of sources and federal media regulations. Prerequisite: COM 1173.

Offered spring semester

COM 4323 Advertising

Three hours

Advertising: its economic role, layout, illustrations, copy, color, trademarks, slogans, media, campaign, and testing results. Study of buying motives of consumers and practical applications of preparing advertising copy.

Offered spring semester

COM 4333 Advanced Video/Audio Production

Three hours

Advanced principles, procedures, and techniques of video and video production. Students refine their skills producing for online video and television through the planning, production, and editing of a variety of single and multi-camera productions. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: COM 1153 or ART 2103 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

COM 4343 Media Programming and Promotion

Three hours

This course focuses on principles, strategies, and approaches for creating, scheduling, bundling, marketing, and promoting content for digital media programming on the web, as well as digital radio and television.  Students develop analytical framework for understanding industry trends in media programming and how those trends are influenced by audience research. Students create and schedule programs, apply programming strategies and philosophies, and learn relevant terminology and audience measurement techniques. Prerequisite: COM 4293 or consent of instructor.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

COM 4363 Political Communication

Three hours

A study of the role of communication in the American political process. Campaign strategies, political oratory, grass roots activism, and other forms of political rhetoric will be explored.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

COM 4373 Online Advocacy

Three hours

Online advocacy is a survey of the Internet use and the tools it provides to promote an issue, candidate, or organizational brand. This advocacy is demonstrated through a number of different formats and strategies and commonly includes the use of dedicated social networking sites.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

COM 4413 Selected Topics in Media Production

Three hours

A seminar that offers students the opportunity for critical examination of a particular issue in contemporary media from a Christian perspective. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Offered upon sufficient request

COM 4443 Communication Internship

Three hours

Practical experience working under a qualified professional within governmental, non-profit, public relations, or media organizations. Responsibilities are tailored to develop skills in the student's particular area of concentration. Only one internship for credit may apply toward graduation. Prerequisites: junior standing and approval of advisor.

Offered each semester

COM 4453 Public Relations Planning

Three hours

Analysis of eight major programs typically carried out by public relations professionals: employee, media, financial, member, governmental, and community relations. Fundraising and dealing with activist publics are also major PR programs. Prerequisite: COM 3653 or consent of instructor.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)