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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Communications (COMM)

COMM 001 Newspaper Practicum (1-3 per semester/maximum of 8) A newspaper/print media practicum. Credits do not fulfill Communication major credits in all programs.
Effective: Fall 2012
 

COMM 002 Newspaper Editorial Staff (1-3 per semester, maximum of 8) A newspaper/print media practicum. Credits do not fulfill Communication major credits in all programs.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 001  

COMM 003 Radio Practicum (1-3 per semester/maximum of 8) A broadcast media practicum. Credits do not fulfill Communication major credits in all programs.
Effective: Fall 2012
 

COMM 004 Television Practicum (1-3 per semester/maximum of 8) A broadcast media practicum designed to provide students experience with TV and video production in a variety of contexts.
Effective: Spring 2013
 

COMM 097 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 2008
 

COMM 100 (GS) (AM ST 106) The Mass Media and Society (3) Mass communications in the United States: organization, role, content, and effects of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, books, and films.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

COMM 100S (GS) The Mass Media and Society (3) Mass communications in the United States: organization, role, content, and effects of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, books, and films.
Effective: Fall 2005
 

COMM 110 (GH) Media and Democracy (3) This course considers the role of the mass media with regard to developing civic awareness and engagement in democratic societies.
Effective: Spring 2009
 

COMM 118 (GS) Introduction to Media Effects (3) Examination of individuals' selection, uses and perceptions of media and the effects of media on individuals' attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

COMM 120 Advertising and Society (3) History and structure of advertising in American society; the role of advertising in the economic and communications systems; regulation. May not be used to fulfill requirements of any major in the School of Communications.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 150 (GA) The Art of the Cinema (3) The development of cinema to its present state; principles of evaluation and appreciation; examples from the past and present.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

COMM 150H (GA) The Art of the Cinema (3) The development of cinema to its present state; principles of evaluation and appreciation; examples from the past and present.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

COMM 150S (GA) The Art of the Cinema (3) The development of cinema to its present state; principles of evaluation and appreciation; examples from the past and present.
Effective: Fall 2005
 

COMM 160 Basic News Writing Skills (1) Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word usage skills required of journalists.
Effective: Summer 2003
 

COMM 168 (GH) American Journalism: Values, Traditions, and Practices (3) This course is designed to give students a broad overview of American journalism, its past, present and future; its traditions, principles and values.
Effective: Summer 2011
 

COMM 170 Introduction to the Sports Industry (3) The course provides a basic understanding of how the principles of business apply in the industry of sports.
Effective: Spring 2009
 

COMM 180 (GS) Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications (3) The development of electronic media and telecommunications, emphasizing social, economic, political and global impact.
Effective: Fall 2006
 

COMM 190 (GS) Gaming and Interactive Media (3) Introduction to business and social aspects of interactive media, videogame and simulations industries.
Effective: Summer 2011 Ending: Fall 2014
 

COMM 190 (GS) (GAME 140) Gaming and Interactive Media (3) Introduction to business and social aspects of interactive media, videogame and simulations industries.
Effective: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

COMM 197 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1993
 

COMM 199 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

COMM 205 (US) (WMNST 205) Women, Minorities, and the Media (3) Analysis of historical, economic, legal, political, and social implications of the relationship between women, minorities, and the mass media.
Effective: Summer 2005 Ending: Fall 2014
 

COMM 205 (GS;US) (WMNST 205) Gender, Diversity and the Media (3) Explores the relationship between media and society through critical analysis of its role in social reality.
Effective: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

COMM 215 Basic Photography for Communications (3) An introduction to photography, emphasizing both technical skills and aesthetics with both the camera and in the darkroom.
Effective: Spring 2011
 

COMM 230W Writing for Media (3) The application of creativity to the practical concerns of narrative script and radio/television spot writing.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 andENGL 202  

COMM 241 Graphic Design for Communications (3) Introduction to basic design principles, critical analysis of visual material, and solving graphics problems utilizing traditional and digital production tools.
Effective: Spring 2011
 

COMM 242 Basic Video/Filmmaking (3) Introduction to basic motion picture techniques, emphasizing practical experience in filmmaking.
Effective: Fall 2005
Prerequisite: COMM 150 and second third or fourth semester standing  

COMM 250 (GA) Film History and Theory (3) Exploration of film theory and criticism in the context of aesthetic, technological, and economic evolution of film history.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 150  

COMM 250H (GA) Film History and Theory (3) Exploration of film theory and criticism in the context of aesthetic, technological, and economic evolution of film history.
Effective: Spring 2014 Ending: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 150  

COMM 251 The Nature of Media (3) A theoretical, cultural, and philosophical study of print and non-print media, including their histories, possibilities, limitations, and interrelationships.
Effective: Spring 2008
 

COMM 260W News Writing and Reporting (3) News and news values; legal and ethical problems of reporting; writing and reporting news for the mass media.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030;COMM 160 ; third-semester standing and typing proficiency  

COMM 261 (GH) The Literature of Journalism (3) Representative nonfiction by writers such as Susan Sheehan, George Orwell, Joan Didion, Alice Walker, Truman Capote, C. D. B. Bryan, Russell Baker.
Effective: Spring 2001
 

COMM 269 Photojournalism (3) Photography for communication in print and online; creating photographs for newspapers, magazines and the Web; digital camera and software skills.
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: or concurrent:COMM 260W orCOMM 320  

COMM 270 Introduction to Multimedia Production (3) Introduction to multimedia project activities to explore image editing, layout, the integration of texts and images and web architecture.
Effective: Summer 2002
 

COMM 271 Principles of Multimedia Journalism (3) The course introduces how journalists work with the tools of multimedia and how multimedia is changing journalism.
Effective: Summer 2012 Ending: Summer 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 160;COMM 260W  

COMM 271 Principles of Multimedia Journalism (3) The course introduces how journalists work with the tools of multimedia and how multimedia is changing journalism.
Effective: Fall 2014 Future: Fall 2014
 

COMM 282 Television Field Production (3) Explore the particularities of single camera pre-production and production and analog and digital videotape editing.
Effective: Spring 2010
 

COMM 283W Television Studio Production (3) Students will learn the technical aspects of multi-camera studio television production.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 282 orCOMM 242  

COMM 292 (GH) Introduction to Media & Politics (3) This course explores the intersection of media and politics, introducing students to the critical analysis of mediated political discourse.
Effective: Spring 2008
 

COMM 294 Research Project Courses (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Spring 1994
 

COMM 296 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 297 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 299 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

COMM 304 Mass Communication Research (3) Introduction to research methods in mass communications.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: 3 credits fromSTAT 200, SCM 200 orPSYCH 200 ; and 3 credits fromCOMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 315 Applications for Media Writing (3) Tutorial and practice in various kinds or journalistic and commercial writing, emphasizing basic skills.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 160 andENGL 202A, ENGL 202B, ENGL 202C orENGL 202D  

COMM 320 Introduction to Advertising (3) Advertising management in business, including communication theory; common industry practices; basics of copy, media, and budget decision; and environmental influences. A student may not receive credit for both COMM 320 and MKTG 322.
Effective: Spring 1989
Prerequisite: fourth-semester standing  

COMM 320H Introduction to Advertising (3) Advertising management in business, including communication theory; common industry practices; basics of copy, media, and budget decision; and environmental influences.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: fourth-semester standing; A student may not receive credit for both COMM 320H and MKTG 322.  

COMM 331 Visual Communication Theory and Analysis (3) This course explores visual theory pertaining to movies, television production, and graphic design, emphasizing semiotics, the psychology of vision, and reception theory.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 150  

COMM 332 Reporting (3) Practice in researching and gathering material for and preparation of news stories for print media.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 333 Film History for Filmmakers I: The Development of the Cinema to 1960 (3) History of the art, industry, economics, culture, and technology of cinema from its origins to 1960.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 150 Film-Video major  

COMM 337W Intermediate Documentary Production (3) Writing-intensive exploration of documentary video techniques and aesthetics through the completion of short exercises.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 242 and Film-Video major  

COMM 338 Intermediate Narrative Production (3) Exploration of narrative film or video techniques and aesthetics through the completion of short exercises and projects.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 242 and Film-Video major  

COMM 339 Intermediate Alternative Production (3) Exploration of alternative film or video production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of short exercises and projects.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 242 and Film-Video major  

COMM 340 Intermediate Cinematography and Editing Techniques (3) Exploration of film and video production techniques through the use of camera, lighting, audio and digital post-production equipment.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 242 Film-Vido major  

COMM 342W Idea Development and Media Writing (3) Introduction to various modalities of idea development and written expression for media production.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 242 and Film-Video Major  

COMM 346 Writing for the Screen I (3) A beginning course in narrative Screenwriting emphasizing analysis, creativity, and critiquing skills necessary for the development of storytelling.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 342W  

COMM 350 (IL) Comparative Media Cultures (3) Intercultural examination of economic, political, philosophical, and historical forces that shape various societies' newsgathering routines and content.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 251  

COMM 360 Radio Reporting (3) Reporting, writing, producing, and presenting radio news programs, focusing on the development of news judgment and writing skills.
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 363 Desktop Publishing (3) Practical and theoretical approach to visual communication production in newspaper journalism, advertising, public relations, and other communication industries.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 215 orCOMM 241  

COMM 370 Public Relations (3) Public understanding of organizations and institutions; identification and analysis of public; media relations; public relations practice.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: fourth-semester standing  

COMM 370H Public Relations (3) Public understanding of organizations and institutions; identification and analysis of public; media relations; public relations practice.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: fourth-semester standing  

COMM 371 Visual and Video Communication (4) A study of the technical and aesthetic factors in visual production, including visualization, composition, lighting, sound, performance, and project management.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 251  

COMM 373 Crisis Communications in Public Relations (3) The course is designed to introduce students to organizational risk assessment and protecting an organization's reputation in times of crisis.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 260W andCOMM 370 orCOMM 320  

COMM 374 Audio Production (3) Theory and practice in studio recording and broadcasting techniques, including continuity/news writing, control room operation and audio production.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: COMMS 180 orCOMM 251 orCOMM 100 or permission of program  

COMM 381 Telecommunications Regulation (3) Overview of the regulation of electronic media.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 180;ECON 102 orECON 014  

COMM 383 Advanced Video Production (1-3) Advanced video production techniques and production management issues.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: COMM 283W and permission of program  

COMM 383A Webcast Production (1.5) Explore all aspects of producing a live television show. Final project is streaming a live webcast online.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 282 orCOMM 242  

COMM 384 Telecommunications Promotion and Sales (3) Principles of marketing services applied to telecommunications and information products/services; models of customer-focused selling and their applications to media time sales.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: COMM 180 orCOMM 320  

COMM 385 Media Programming Strategies (3) Framework, principles, and strategies for media programming from perspective of content distributors and media outlets.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 180  

COMM 386 Telecommunications History (3) Historical development of telecommunications systems in the United States, including telegraph, telephone, radio, television, and the internet.
Effective: Fall 2001
 

COMM 387 Telecommunications Management (3) Introduction to basic principles of management as they apply in electronic media industries.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 180;ECON 102 orECON 014  

COMM 399 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

COMM 400 In the Game: TV Sports Magazine (3) Students will produce, report, anchor and direct half-hour sports magazine show.
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 465, COMM 283W orCOMM 242 and permission of program  

COMM 401 Mass Media in History (3) Relationship of news media to social, economic, and political developments in the Western world.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 402 International Reporting (3) International Reporting is an advanced level course in the College of Communications designed to give student journalists experience in reporting the news in a foreign country.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 260W, COMM 360, COMM 465 and permission of program  

COMM 403 Law of Mass Communications (3) Nature and theories of law; the Supreme Court and press freedom; legal problems of the mass media.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 403H Law of Mass Communications (3) Nature and theories of law; the Supreme Court and press freedom; legal problems of the mass media.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

COMM 405 Political Economy of Communications (3) Structure and functions of American and other mass communications systems and their relationship to political and economic systems.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: ECON 102  

COMM 405H Political Economy of Communications (3) Structure and functions of American and other mass communications systems and their relationship to political and economic systems.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: ECON 102  

COMM 406 Electronic News Gathering and Editing (3) Intermediate level skills in creating and editing television news packages.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 315 orCOMM 283W  

COMM 407A Media and Government (3) This course examines the relationship between politics, governance, and news media, and provides a foundation for understanding media's role in public policy.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: permission of program  

COMM 407B Perspectives on American Journalism (3) The course examines a number of current issues and topics surrounding journalism including: ethics, state of the industry, and news vs. entertainment.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: permission of the program  

COMM 407C Media and World Politics (3) COMM 407C helps to make sense of the impact of media, public opinion and non-state actors shaping foreign policy.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: permission of the program  

COMM 408 (S T S 408) Cultural Foundations of Communications (3) Examination of oral, scribal, print, industrial, and electronic cultures; analysis of impact of technology on communications and social structure.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: select 3 credits fromCOMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320, COMM 370 ; or 3 credits of S T S  

COMM 409 News Media Ethics (3) Ethical problems in the practice of journalism; principal public criticisms of news media; case study approach.
Effective: Fall 2006
 

COMM 409H News Media Ethics (3) Ethical problems in the practice of journalism; principal public criticisms of news media; case study approach.
Effective: Fall 2006
 

COMM 410 (IL) International Mass Communications (3) The role of international media in communication among and between nations and peoples.
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: select 3 credits from the followingCOMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 411 Cultural Aspects of the Mass Media (3) The mass media as creators and critics of mass culture in American life; relationships between the media and mass culture.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: 6 credits in the arts or the humanities; and 3 credits selected from the followingCOMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 411H Cultural Aspects of the Mass Media (3) The mass media as creators and critics of mass culture in American life; relationships between the media and mass culture.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: 6 credits in the arts or the humanities; and 3 credits selected from the followingCOMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 412 Sports, Media and Society (3) Sport and media relationship in American culture.
Effective: Summer 2006
 

COMM 413 The Mass Media and the Public (3) Nature of mass communications, relationships between mass media and public, media influences on opinion; social pressures on the media.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: 3 credits selected from the following:COMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 413W The Mass Media and the Public (3) Social-level and political theories of the relationships between media and public; media influences on public opinion; social pressure on the media; political communications.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: select 3 credits from the followingCOMM 100, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370 and select 3 credits from the following:COMM 304, COMM 420  

COMM 414 Media Management (3) Theoretical bases and practical approaches for management and administration of communications projects, organizations, and resources.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 100 orCOMM 251  

COMM 415 Advanced Photography for Communications (3) Advanced applications in documentary photography emphasizing the narrative qualities of imagery, and utilizing digital technologies.
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 215 orCOMM 269 and permission of program  

COMM 417 Ethics and Regulation in Advertising and Public Relations (3) Ethical issues in practice of advertising and public relations; legal and regulatory issues; case studies.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 418 Media Effects: Theory and Research (3) Investigation of social and psychological effects of media messages and technologies via theories and empirical evidence pertaining to processes of effects.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: COMM 118 andCOMM 304 or equivalent  

COMM 419 (US;IL) World Media Systems (3) Comparative study of modern mass systems and the evolution and structure of specific countries' systems.
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 410 ; and select 6 credits in the arts or the humanities  

COMM 419H (US;IL) World Media Systems (3) Comparative study of modern media systems of mass communications in selected foreign countries.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: select 6 credits in the arts or the humanities; and 3 credits from the following:COMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 420 Research Methods in Advertising and Public Relations (3) Primary and secondary research methods used in the development of solutions to advertising and public relations problems.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: COMM 320 orCOMM 370;STAT 200  

COMM 421W Advertising Creative Strategies (3) Planning, designing, writing advertisements; introduction to graphics and production techniques and processes; layout and copywriting practice and critiques.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 320  

COMM 422 Advertising Media Planning (3) Analysis, selection, and scheduling of advertising media; examination of algorithms, technologies, and software used in media planning.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: COMM 320  

COMM 424 Advertising Campaigns (3) Advertising campaign problems from the viewpoint of the national advertiser and advertising agency; production of a complete advertising campaign.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: COMM 420 orCOMM 304;COMM 421W, COMM 422  

COMM 425 Advanced Advertising Campaigns (3) An academic option for student AAF members who will develop an integrated advertising campaign to be presented in District competition.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: COMM 420, COMM 421W, COMM 422, COMM 424 orCOMM 471 and permission of the program  

COMM 426 International and Intercultural Strategic Communication (3) Advertising and public relations in the international and intercultural arenas; multicultural strategic communications strategies.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 427 Client/Agency Relations (3) Building and maintaining client/agency relationships in advertising, public relations and direct response agency business functions.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: Advertising Option - Prerequisite or concurrent - One can be taken concurrently:COMM 421, COMM 422 . Public Relations Option - Prerequisite:COMM 471 Prerequisite or concurrent:COMM 473  

COMM 428A Principles of Strategic Communications (3) Principles of Strategic Communications provides an overview of the various media and communications methods that comprise modern integrated marketing campaigns.
Effective: Summer 2012 Ending: Summer 2014
Prerequisite: permission of the program   Concurrent: COMM 260W

COMM 428A Principles of Strategic Communications (3) Principles of Strategic Communications provides an overview of the various media and communications methods that comprise modern integrated marketing campaigns.
Effective: Fall 2014 Future: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 230W and permission of program  

COMM 428B Strategic Communications Law (3) Analysis of laws and regulations affecting online advertising and strategic communications.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 428A and permission of the program  

COMM 428C Strategic Communications in a Global Environment (3) Strategic Communications in a Global Environment will provide students with a framework for applying public relations and advertising tools across media platforms and across cultures.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 428A and permission of the program  

COMM 428D Research & Analytics (3) This course covers online research methods for strategic communication, including web analytics, online surveys, online interviews, and content analysis.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 428A and permission of the program  

COMM 428E Social Media Strategies (3) This course covers social media theory, tools and best practices to prepare students for current and future use of social media.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 428A and permission of the program  

COMM 430 Mass Media and Politics (3) Study of mass media as institutions and the effects of the mass media on politics, public policy, and citizens.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 100 orCOMM 251  

COMM 433 Film History for Filmmakers II: The Development of the Cinema from 1960 to the Present (3) History of the art, industry, economics, culture, and technology of cinema from 1960 to the present.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 333  

COMM 436 Advanced Audio Production (3) Advanced concepts and techniques of audio production in analog and digital formats with hands-on experience in recording, mixing and editing.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 374  

COMM 437 Advanced Documentary Production (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Advanced exploration of documentary production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of a short video project.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 337W, COMM 340, COMM 342W  

COMM 438 Advanced Narrative Production (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Advanced exploration of narrative production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of a short film or video project.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 338, COMM 340, COMM 342W  

COMM 439 Advanced Alternative Production (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Advanced exploration in experimental and animation forms through the production of a film or video project.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 339, COMM 340, COMM 342W  

COMM 440 Advanced Cinematography and Lighting Techniques (3) Advanced exploration in camera, lighting, audio, and color-grading techniques, emphasizing technical skills as well as aesthetics.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following:COMM 337, COMM 338 orCOMM 339 or permission of program  

COMM 441 Advanced Graphic Design for Communications (3) Theory and practice designing graphic visual communication in commercial, non- commercial, and fine art formats for print and on-line media.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 241 orCOMM 371  

COMM 443 Producing Workshop (3) This course will immerse students in the language and practice of producing film and video projects.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of either:COMM 337W, COMM 338 orCOMM 339  

COMM 444 Advanced Post-Production Techniques (3) This course offers intensive practical experience in editing, motion graphics and sound mixing techniques, emphasizing both technical skills and aesthetics.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following:COMM 337, COMM 338 orCOMM 339  

COMM 445 Directing Workshop (3) An advanced aesthetic and skill production course in directing for the screen.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following:COMM 337, COMM 338 orCOMM 339  

COMM 446 Writing for the Screen II (3) An advanced course in screenwriting that further develops elements of storytelling technique.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: COMM 346  

COMM 448 Advanced Group Production I (3) A two semester advanced production course emphasizing intensive collaborative film-video production from script through post-production.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following:COMM 337, COMM 338 orCOMM 339 and permission of program  

COMM 449 Advanced Group Production II (3) Continuation of advanced production course emphasizing intensive collaborative film-video production from script through post-production.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 448  

COMM 451 (AM ST 451) Topics in American Film (3 per semester, maximum of 6) Critical and historical studies of American films. Analysis of directing, cinematography, editing, screenwriting, and acting.
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisite: COMM 250  

COMM 452 Topics in International Cinema (3 per semester, maximum of 6) Critical and historical studies of topics in non-American film. Analysis of theory, direction, cinematography, editing, and screenwriting.
Effective: Summer 1989
Prerequisite: COMM 250  

COMM 453 (IL) (CMLIT 453) Narrative Theory: Film and Literature (3) Comparative study of the aesthetics and techniques of film and literature; close analyses of masters of each art form.
Effective: Fall 2006
Prerequisite: COMM 150 or 3 credits in literature  

COMM 454 Documentary in Film and Television (3 per semester, maximum of 6) Study of representative films from various documentary movements, examining form, technique, trends, and audience objectives.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: fourth-semester standing  

COMM 455 Advanced Film Theory and Criticism (3 per semester, maximum of 6) Close examination of classic and contemporary film theory and critical perspectives.
Effective: Summer 1989
Prerequisite: COMM 250  

COMM 456 Media Criticism and Theory (3) Critical and theoretical approaches to the analysis of media and communication.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 371  

COMM 457 Media Audiences and Contexts (3) Survey of the ways media attempt to influence audience reception and how audiences hold sway over media content.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 100 orCOMM 251  

COMM 458 Media Law and Ethics (3) The study and practice of key issues in media law and ethics, including libel law, conflict of interest, truth in advertising.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 100 orCOMM 251  

COMM 459 Cultural Effects of Interactive and Online Media (3) Study of the global social impact and rhetorical limitations of converging media, emphasizing cross-cultural media influences.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMMS 251  

COMM 460W Reporting Methods (3) Techniques in reporting news and trends at the local, regional, and county levels. Emphasis on both deadline and interpretive reporting.
Effective: Fall 1990
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 461 Magazine Writing (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Students will learn about idea conception, writing, and editing of magazine stories.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 462 Feature Writing (3) Reporting and writing the human interest article for newspapers and magazines.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 463 Newspaper Design (3) This course will cover newspaper design. Students will learn to solve design problems, edit photos, and work with industry software.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: COMM 160, COMM 260, COMM 467 or permission of program  

COMM 464W Editorial, Opinion and Commentary Writing (3) Introduces techniques of editorial, opinion and commentary writing.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 465 Television Reporting (3) Television news reporting and production.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 360  

COMM 466 Public Affairs Broadcasting (3) Producing radio and television magazine programs featuring individually- produced mini-documentaries and public affairs interviews.
Effective: Summer 1990 Ending: Summer 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 383 orCOMM 465  

COMM 466 Public Affairs Broadcasting (3) Students research, write, produce and direct public affairs shows and in-depth reports.
Effective: Fall 2014 Future: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 465 orCOMM 283W  

COMM 467 News Editing and Evaluation (3) Concepts and procedures involved in processing news for various news media, but with emphasis on print media editing.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 468 Graphic Applications in Print Communications (3) Issues, concepts, and practice identified with contemporary design strategies for print journalism, advertising, and public relations.
Effective: Summer 1988
Prerequisite: COMM 260W orCOMM 320  

COMM 469 Photography for the Mass Media (3) Development of an informed and critical approach to photocommunication; individual and team projects, seminars, and critiques.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: COMM 269  

COMM 470A Convergent Media News Service: Newspaper Production (3) Practicum emphasizing newsgathering and reporting for newspaper and for additional media formats.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 470B Convergent Media News Service: TV (3) Practicum emphasizing television news package production for periodic campus news program and for additional media formats.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 470C Convergent Media News Service: Radio and Online Publications (3) Practicum emphasizing streaming radio news package production or production of news pieces for online publications and for additional media formats.
Effective: Fall 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 242 orCOMM 374 andCOMM 260W  

COMM 471 Public Relations Media and Methods (3) Analyzing media and audiences for public relations purposes; planning, designing, and writing public relations communications; press relations and publicity methods.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 260W andCOMM 370  

COMM 472 Public Relations Event Planning (3) Effective planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of events planning.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 370  

COMM 473 Public Relations Campaigns (3) Case studies and problems in publicity and public relations in industry, government, and institutions.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 370, COMM 420 orCOMM 304 andCOMM 471  

COMM 474 Depth Reporting (3) Exploration of strategies for developing indepth newspaper or magazine articles, with an emphasis on gathering information and long-form writing.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 475 Issues for Newsroom Managers (3) Newspaper and television management, the state of the industry and topics that prospective employees should know about.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 476 Sports Writing (3) Techniques in sports reporting and writing for newspapers and magazines.
Effective: Summer 2005 Ending: Summer 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 260W, COMM 460  

COMM 476 Sports Writing (3) Techniques in sports reporting and writing for media.
Effective: Fall 2014 Future: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 477 Sports Broadcasting (3) Techniques of sports broadcasting for radio and television.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: COMM 260W, COMM 360  

COMM 478 Sports Information (3) Techniques of effective media relations used in a sports information office.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 479 Telecommunication Economics (3) Economic, regulatory/business issues in the design/operation of large-scale telecommunication networks such as telephone, cable, wireless, and computer networks.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 180 andECON 102 orECON 014  

COMM 480 Television News (6) Produce a weekly television newscast.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 360, COMM 465 permission of program  

COMM 481 Advanced Multimedia Production (3) Advanced work in multimedia production using web authoring, video editing, audio editing, image editing and animation software.
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 270 orCOMM 260W plus one of the following:COMM 269, COMM 360, COMM 460, COMM 462 or permission of program  

COMM 482 Advanced Communication Workshop (4) Conceptualization, planning, and execution of a visual product on a selected topic utilizing an intensive group project-oriented laboratory approach.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 371  

COMM 483 Wireless Communications Industry (3) A broad examination of the wireless phone industry including its development, current structure and future.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 381 andCOMM 387  

COMM 484 Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (3) Overview of technology of electronic media and related societal issues.
Effective: Spring 1992
Prerequisite: COMM 180  

COMM 484H Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (3) Overview of technology of electronic media and related societal issues.
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: COMM 180  

COMM 485 Analysis of Broadcast-Cable Policy (3) Analysis of current policy issues in Broadcast/Cable. Standards and methods for evaluating telecomm policy processes and outcomes.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: COMM 381 orCOMM 483  

COMM 486 Telecommunications Ethics (3) Drawing on normative theory and political philosophy, this course explores problems in ethics and social responsibility in telecommunications.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 180  

COMM 487 Advanced Telecommunications Management and Leadership (3) Strategic management, leadership and ethics issues including marketing, financing, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 387  

COMM 488 Writers' Seminar (3) Workshop designed for advanced students interested in professional writing, involving extensive mutual and self-criticism.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 230W orCOMM 260W  

COMM 489W Media and Information Industries (3) The structure, conduct and performance of firms and industries in the electronic media and information sectors.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 387 or equivalent  

COMM 490 Issues in Electronic Commerce: Policy and Implementation (3) Analysis of policy, strategic issues, and implications raised by the rapid growth of electronic commerce over the Internet.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: COMM 180 for telecom major; permission of instructor for non-telecom majors  

COMM 490A Convergent Media Seminar (3) This seminar examines media convergence issues, trends, and effects on society through discussions, presentations, and creation of a capstone project.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: seventh- or eighth-semester standing and 3 credits ofCOMM 470A, COMM 470B orCOMM 470C  

COMM 491 International Telecommunications and Trade Policy (3) Development in the law, policy, and business of international telecommunications; emphasis on multilateral forums--International Telecommunications Union and World Trade Organization.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: COMM 180  

COMM 492 Internet Law and Policy (3) Development in the law, policy, and business of Internet-mediated communications and commerce; emphasis on impact on existing legal, regulatory, and economic models.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: COMM 180  

COMM 493 Entrepreneurship in the Information Age: Senior Seminar (3) Provides students with knowledge/tools to take their innovation/technology idea through the business planning, capital, and operations budgeting processes.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: COMM 387  

COMM 494 Research Project Courses (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Spring 1994
 

COMM 494H Research Project Courses (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

COMM 495 Internship (1-3 per semester/maximum of 6) Supervised practicum with newspapers, broadcasting stations, public relations, and advertising agencies.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: continuing student majors in the College of Communications; departmental approval  

COMM 495A Internship (1-6 per semester/maximum of 6) Supervised practicum with newspapers, broadcasting stations, public relations, and advertising agencies.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: continuing student majors in the College of Communications; departmental approval  

COMM 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 496A Why Women Don't Get The Attention That Men Do In Sports (1-6) Research conducted will aim to find out why women sports don't get the attention that men's sports do.
Effective: Spring 2014 Ending: Spring 2014
 

COMM 496H Honors Independent Studies (1-6) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 2014 Ending: Spring 2014
 

COMM 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 497A Promotional Video Agency (3) Advanced experience in a team environment producing strategic communication videos for campus clients, including those in athletics and academic units. Students will fill a variety of roles related to strategic marketing, including needs analysis, developing solutions, managing client relations and creating effective video.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014 Future: Fall 2014
 

COMM 497B International Documentary Production (3) UP classroom work will consist of research and proposal of a short personal observation film. Students will shoot their film during an 9 day trip to Ireland. Project will be edited upon return, and shown at final screening June 11.
Effective: Summer 2014 Ending: Summer 2014 Future: Summer 2014
 

COMM 497B Diversity Communications (3) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 2014 Ending: Spring 2014
 

COMM 497F Sports Journalism Projects (3) Students will trave to Ireland to cover the Croke Park Classic, with the stories, photos, and multimedia elements produced by the students distributed in real time to the commonwealth's newspaper through the Pennsylvania News Media Association. On their return, the team will produce a final round of stories to be packaged in the Lion's Roar, a College of Communications showcase.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014 Future: Fall 2014
 

COMM 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 2001
 

COMM 498A In the Game (3) Produce half-hour sports magazine style show to air on College HD channel and Web. Students will produce, report, anchor and direct the show. Registration by application.
Effective: Spring 2014 Ending: Spring 2014
 

COMM 498A In the Game (3) Produce half-hour sports magazine style show to air on College HD channel and Web. Students will produce, report, anchor and direct the show. Registration by application.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014 Future: Fall 2014
 

COMM 498B Wireless Devices and Global Markets (3) Wirless Devices and Global Markets is a new course that examines the market for wireless devices, from Android smartphones to iPhones and iPads. Students will learn about next generation smartphones and get to develop a unique product design concept.
Effective: Spring 2014 Ending: Spring 2014
 

COMM 498B Wireless Devices and GLobal Markets (3) Wireless Devices and Global Markets is a new course that examines the market for wireless devices, from Android smartphones to iPhones and iPads. Students will learn about next generation smartphones and get to develop a unique product design concept.
Effective: Fall 2014 Ending: Fall 2014 Future: Fall 2014
 

COMM 498C Business Reporting (3) Skills of business reporting and writing for the news media.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

COMM 498D Business of Sports Journalism (3) Contemporary issues where business and sports intersect in the college and professional ranks.
Effective: Spring 2015 Ending: Spring 2015 Future: Spring 2015
 

COMM 499 (IL) Foreign Study--Mass Communications (1-12) Study of mass communication systems and practices in selected foreign countries.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: departmental approval  

COMM 499U (IL) Foreign Study--Mass Communications (1) Study of mass communication systems and practices in selected foreign countries.
Effective: Spring 2014 Ending: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: departmental approval  

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