Professor A. Turpin; Associate Professors Carter, Kuchar; Assistant Professor Cooper; Teaching Associate D. Selby; Lecturer Kelly

Students may earn the concentration in communications by completing six units, selected from two required areas.

I. Required (two units)


COMM 101 Principles of Communication


COMM 102 Fundamentals of Mass Media

II. Electives (four units)


COMM 111 Voice and Diction (cross-listed with TART 111)


COMM 210 Performance of Literature (cross-listed with TART 210)


COMM 217 Business Communication


COMM 219 Journalism


COMM 220 Public Speaking


COMM 301 Special Topics


COMM 405, 406, 407 Independent Study


COMM 411 Television Production (cross-listed with TART 411 or approved substitution)


COMM 416 Internship


POLI 204 Mass Media and U.S. Politics

101 Principles of Communication

Introduction to oral communication and communication theory. Course includes study of various communication models and situations and the processes and techniques that function within them. It also examines cultural, symbolic, and perceptual variants and their effects on the communications process. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

102 Fundamentals of Mass Media

A survey of professional media (such as newspapers, radio, television and film), with special emphasis on the development and history of mass media, as well as their influence on contemporary society. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: General Studies 101.

111 Voice and Diction

An overview of the use of voice in the theatre. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
(Cross-listed with Theatre Arts 111.)

210 Performance of Literature

More advanced work on the oral presentation of prose and poetry. Designed to develop further the vocal skills learned in Theatre Arts 111. (1) (Cross-listed with Theatre Arts 210)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Theatre Arts 111 or permission.

217 Business Communications

Study of communication forms and styles intrinsic to the workplace. Course covers oral, written, and electronic communication, and develops skill in preparing e-mail, memos, letters, reports, newsletters and presentations. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: General Studies 102.

219 Journalism

An introduction to practical journalism. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: General Studies 101.

220 Public Speaking

Study of voice, production, and management in various forms of public address. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.

301 Special Topics

A concentrated study of a topic or issue related to the field of communications. (1)
Lecture: 3 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Communications 101 and 102 or permission.

405, 406, 407 Independent Study

Supervised reading and research of a specific subject within media or communication studies resulting in a written report. (1/2, 1, 1/2)
Prerequisites: Communications 101,102, and one other Communications elective.

411 Television Production

The study and practice of television production, including experience in local stations. (1)
Lecture-Laboratory: 6 hrs/wk.
(Cross-listed with TART 411 or approved substitution.)
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or the Fine Arts Chair.

416 Internship

Experience in a field of applied communications (for example, newspaper, radio, television), under supervision from the agency involved and the course instructor. (1)
Laboratory: 10 hrs/wk.
Prerequisite: Communications 101 or 102 and permission.