Communications Courses

The Communications major is available in four concentrations—communication studies, journalism, organizational communication, and performing arts.

Each concentration has varying requirements, so we urge you to download our complete catalog for a full list of requirements and course descriptions.

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CO 102-G Introduction to Mass Communication/3
Prepares students to be literate media users by examining the history and functions of mass communication in society, including traditional and digital media. Social, economic, political, cultural and ethical issues will be emphasized. Offered Fall semester.

CO 131-G Public Speaking/3
A lecture-laboratory course d signed to introduce students to the principles and skills of speech preparation, speech presentation, and processes of audience analysis. The development of critical thinking and listening skills will be emphasized throughout the class. Every semester.

CO 201-G Intercultural Communication/3
The ability to effectively give and receive messages in different cultures is heightened by developing sensitivities about world views, cultural patterns, and appropriate communication behaviors. (Same as SO 201-G) Fall and Spring semesters (for 2011-2012-one section offered during Interterm and once section during Spring semester)

CO 223 Mass Media Writing I/3
A basic course in journalism, dealing with the principles of news writing and reporting practices and providing an introduction to the ethics and challenges of the journalistic enterprise. Prerequisite: EN 101-G or concurrent. (Same as EN 223) Spring semester.

CO 225/425 Journalism Participation: Newspaper/0-1
Participation on Tabor View staff. Prerequisite: CO/EN 223 or consent of instructor. (Same as EN 225/425) Every semester.

CO 226/426 Journalism Participation: Yearbook/0-1
Participation on Tabor Bluejay staff. (Same as EN 226/426) Every semester.

CO 301 Theories of Communication/3
This class will examine various contemporary theories of communication, including social constructivist, psychological, phenomenological, socio-cultural and critical perspectives. Students will write a position paper and give an oral report on selected theoretical reading, provide outlines of assigned theories on certain topics, and write about their own perspective on communication theory. Prerequisite: CO 102. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

CO 310 Mass Media Writing II/3
Focuses on refining reporting and journalistic writing skills beyond basic news writing. The journalist will work at conceptualizing and writing articles for a contemporary audience. Styles of writing include features, profiles, specialized reporting, editorial writing, and sports writing. Prerequisite: CO/EN 223. (Same as EN 310). Spring semester, even-numbered years.

CO 315 Topics in Communication/3
Selected topics of interest in communication. Possible subjects could include the study of gender communication, writing for the Web, sports writing, ethnic media, advanced public speaking, interpersonal communication. Spring semester, even-numbered years.

CO 323 Communication Law and Ethics/3
Designed to acquaint students with moral and legal issues involving the practice of journalism and other communication professions. Topics such as freedom of expression, slander, libel, privacy, commercial speech, intellectual property, and the public’s right to know will be taught. (Same as EN 323) Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

CO 352 Digital Storytelling/3
An introduction to storytelling using multi-media, featuring digital media tools and techniques. Students will conceptualize, develop, and deliver short stories in digital format, using text, images, audio, video, and interactivity. Course includes a survey of digital media applications, fundamentals, and issues relating to the use of digital media. (Same as AR 352) Fall semester, even-numbered years.

CO 360 Group Communication and Decision Making/3
Theory and practice of work groups and teams in corporate and nonprofit settings. Decision-making processes and problems are analyzed. Emphasis on communication skills for leading and participating in groups. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

CO 395 Principles of Public Relations/3
Introduction to public relations contexts, issues, and practices, including research, planning, communicating, and evaluating. Application to both profit and nonprofit settings. (Same as BA 395) Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

CO 412 Senior Seminar/3
A special interest course for upper-level students. Students will be expected to do independent research on a project approved by the instructor, read and defend papers, and participate in group discussions. Prerequisite: CO 301 or approval of department. Spring semester.

CO 440 Communication Internship/1-4
Supervised field experience in a corporate or nonprofit organization. Students gain hands-on work experience and knowledge of a particular setting, as well as develop reflective thinking skills. Students meet regularly with the faculty supervisor and other interns. May be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fall, Interterm, and Spring semesters.