326 Advanced Presentation Techniques(4)
Course involves intensive self-evaluation of both verbal and non-verbal elements of presentation. Interview, group communications and presenting with multi-media are covered. Theories of communication are discussed as they relate to presentation styles. Junior standing required.
327 Media and Children (4) / Fall
Students learn about the latest research in child development, media design and marketing. Students then apply these ideas to the creation of a media message for a specific age group. Junior standing required.
328 America at the Movies (4)
An examination of the sociopolitical meanings and significance of American film from the silent era to the present. To better understand how films can potentially reflect and affect society, students read about American history and analyze dozens of films in their particular historical contexts.
329 "Reality" TV and Film (4)
How is "reality" mediated in film and television? In this course students examine the truthfulness, ethics, and sociopolitical implications of such forms and genres as the documentary, neorealism, Dogme 95, tabloid talk shows, voyeurism/confession shows, crime shows, freak shows, and contest/game shows.
332 Screening Violence (4)
Violence in media and popular culture has been the subject of great concern and voluminous research for many years. In this course students examine the history, meaning, and real-world implications and effects of media violence, with a focus on film, television, literature, news, sports, comics, toys, and video games. Junior standing required.
333 Communication, Power, and Social Change (4)
How does power operate through communication to delay or to advance social progress? Analyze history, film, documentary, news, corporate PR, government propaganda, and cultural myth. Craft short messages from comic books to posters to radio or video spots. Design and get feedback for messages students create on issues of choice.
340 Advanced Public Relations (4) / Spring
A hands-on class for students who are planning to work in the field of public relations. Students work as consultants with clients to develop plans for public relations campaigns. Prerequisite: COMS 240 or an introductory public relations course. May be repeated once for credit.
Junior standing required.
368 Newspaper Writing/Editing (STAR) (4)
The faculty advisor offers a comprehensive evaluation—oral and written—of the most recent edition of the campus newspaper, the STAR. Instruction is provided on a wide variety of journalism topics, from editing and reporting to ethics and law. Students are required to read the Star and the written evaluation by the advisor. May be repeated for up to 12 units.