Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2019 - 2020 
    
    May 24, 2024  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2019 - 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


This listing includes traditional undergraduate courses, degree completion courses and designated subjects education courses. Not all courses listed in this catalog are available each term at all campus locations.

 

Business Administration

  
  • BUS 428 - Collaboration and Creativity

    Credits 1
    Organizations must recognize and reward collaboration as clearly and unambiguously as they have traditionally celebrated individual achievements. This course is about learning how to do just that. Students go beyond simple teamwork strategies to build more creative collaboration skills and better manage relationships within organizations that encourage groups of all sorts towards more effective interaction. The instructional style is very hands-on, providing opportunities to put into practice the techniques presented.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 430 - Business Information Systems

    Credits 3
    A study of the role information technology possesses in strategic business decision-making. Topics include the role of information technology in decision-making, issues in electronic commerce and networked computing and the impact of information technology on existing internal systems, namely business process reengineering. The impact of advancing information technology on humanity and organizations is explored.
  
  • BUS 431 - Organization Behavior

    Credits 3
    This course focuses on organizational structure and design. Primary emphasis is placed on understanding the organization as an open system. Students will learn to use a systems approach in basic organizational diagnosis. Contingency theory provides a theoretical framework for understanding the impact of the environment on organizational effectiveness and design.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 432 - Dynamics of Group Behavior

    Credits 3
    This course is a study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision making and resolving conflict in groups. Students develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are best handled by groups or individuals.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 434 - Individual in the Organization

    Credits 3
    This course focuses on organizational behavior as it relates to individual motivation, productivity and performance. A secondary emphasis is a focus on effectiveness in interpersonal relationships. Students will develop an understanding of theories of motivation and organizational behavior and develop skills in effective interpersonal relationships.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 438 - Human Resources

    Credits 3
    Students explore the values and perceptions of selected groups affecting social and economic life through an analysis of policies and practices of recruitment, selection, training, development and compensation of employees. Special attention is given to Equal Employment Opportunity and Office of Safety and Health Administration legislation through a series of case studies and simulations.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 440 - Leadership and Change

    Credits 3
    Students examine motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning at work and home. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed. Employee development is covered through reading and class practice with an analysis of the effect on current practices.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 441 - Ethics and Values

    Credits 3
    This class studies business using various means of looking at organizational goals, how decisions are made and the people that make them.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 442 - Ethics and Values in Organizations

    Credits 3
    This is a capstone course in which the student formulates a philosophy of life, providing the base for such concerns as ethics in business, accountability in government, respect for human rights and a responsible lifestyle in the contemporary world. Ethical theories and personal values are examined through readings, analysis of the workplace and classroom discussion.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 444 - Diversity in the Workplace

    Credits 3
    Assists the student in developing increased sensitivity, appreciation and understanding when leading employees in organizational settings of diverse ethnic, cultural, gender and multigenerational backgrounds.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 445 - Leadership and Change

    Credits 3
    Students examine motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning at work and home. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed. Employee development is covered through reading and class practice with an analysis of the effect on current practices.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 446 - Leadership Skills Development

    Credits 3
    Application of principles learned from a variety of leadership theories and practices, including self assessment of leadership style through 360 peer feedback, personal written introspection of strengths and opportunities for improvement and small and large group class discussion.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 465 - Statistics

    Credits: 3
    The course trains students in the understanding of the statistical techniques required to achieve business objectives. In order to make successful business decisions, one must understand how to collect, organize, present, analyze and interpret data. Hence, students learn the organization of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling, normal distribution, probability concepts, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square, analysis of variance and regression and correlation.
  
  • BUS 466 - Statistics for Management

    Credits 3
    Helps students understand statistical methods and techniques used in business. Students learn how to collect, organize, present and analyze data. Students learn descriptive and inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, sampling, normal probability distributions, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression and correlation. Chi-square applications.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 471 - Business Policy and Strategy

    Credits 3
    This course studies the effects of policy decisions in keeping with strategic decisions. Models will be used to gain understanding of useful propositions for business organizations.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 475 - Law and the Business Environment

    Credits 3
    Explores the principles and structures of law that affect individuals, communities, society and the marketplace. Reviews the history, philosophies, structures and procedures of legal systems and dispute resolution. Strong emphasis on examining legal relationships and principles through case analysis of substantive areas of law, including torts, contracts, agency and business organizations.
  
  • BUS 476 - Business Law

    Credits 3
    This course studies law as it applies to business through the examination of selected relevant areas of substantive law. Students are introduced to dispute resolution through the structures, procedures and philosophies of legal systems. Focuses on the analysis of selected legal principles through case studies of substantive areas of law, including torts, contracts and agency.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 480 - Strategic Management

    Credits 3
    Recommended prior coursework: ACCT 220 ACCT 230 , BUS 365 BUS 265 , ECON 101 ECON 102 , (ECON 101H   ECON 102H ), FIN 450 , MGT 350 MKT 300   Recommended prior coursework: ACCT-220, BUS-365, BUS-465, BUS-475, ECON-101, ECON-102 (or ECON-101H, ECON-102H), INTB-370. This course provides a comprehensive model for analyzing business strategy applicable to large, small, for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The class materials cover how firms formulate, implement and evaluate strategies using a case analysis approach. Students will learn to use new case analysis tools, coupled with knowledge acquired from other courses, to chart the future direction of different organizations. Firms from different industries are analyzed, objective strategic decisions for companies are made and these decisions are justified through oral or written communication.
    Prerequisite: ACCT-230 FIN-450 MGT-350 MKT-300;
  
  • BUS 481 - SIFE - Practicum

    Credits 1 - 3
    SIFE is a service learning experience where the participants have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom. The course is available to all undergraduates and is repeatable up to 6 units.
    Faculty consent required. Graded Credit/No Credit. Repeatable for credit.
  
  • BUS 482 - Seminar in Business Strategy

    Credits 4
    Students learn about the problems of management, including the development of appropriate strategy and implementations. This course provides students with the opportunity to apply principles acquired at the undergraduate level to actual decision-making situations. Students present a written strategic plan and make an oral report.
    Prerequisite: BUS-480
  
  • BUS 496 - Business Internship

    Credits 3
    This in-depth, integrative field experience provides students with the opportunity to use their previously acquired knowledge and develop skills in a real-world setting. Students will work to develop a strategic business plan with real-world recommendations appropriate to the internship site. The course is also designed to teach students effective professional communication, leadership, relational and critical thinking skills. Through the internship experience, students will clarify their career goals, develop professional skills and reflect on how their work life integrates with their faith.
    Prerequisite: BUS-480
    May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 499A - Baccalaureate Thesis I

    Credits 2
    Students receive a complete overview of the thesis project and thesis topic selection procedures. Students are also given information on how to use library resources to research their baccalaureate thesis topics. After composing chapters one and two, students present their preliminary research design to the thesis director and the learning group.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 499B - Baccalaureate Thesis II

    Credits 2
    Students develop alternatives and objectives for problem solving. These objectives are then tested through gathering information to statistically test hypotheses directly related to objectives. The methodology of collecting information, along with analyses of results and the meaning and significance of findings, are determined in this part of the thesis.
    Prerequisite: BUS-499A
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • BUS 499C - Baccalaureate Thesis III

    Credits 2
    The student's research project is written and orally presented to the instructor and the learning group.
    Prerequisite: BUS-499A BUS-499B
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.

Chemistry

  
  • CHEM 100 - Introductory Chemistry

    Credits 3
    This course is designed to foster a general understanding of chemistry. The class will use demonstrations and laboratory experiments to introduce and clarify questions about the concrete world, within the context of the abstract model of the atom. Everyday materials will be used in order to emphasize the extent to which chemistry affects human life. Outside reading will be used as a means of extending classroom learning into an analysis of current events within the context of chemistry.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I

    Credits 4
    Recommended prior coursework: High school algebra and/or chemistry Recommended prior coursework: High school algebra and/or chemistry. Basic principles of chemistry, including structure, bonding, reactions and properties of matter.
    Corequisite: CHEM-103L
  
  • CHEM 103A - General Chemistry IA

    Credits 2
    A slower-paced version of CHEM-103, spread out in two semesters. Available to students who do not meet CHEM-103 prerequisites. Identical to the first half of CHEM-103. Topics include atoms, stoichiometry, aqueous reactions, gas laws and thermochemistry.
    Corequisite: CHEM-103AL
    May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 103AL - General Chemistry IA Lab

    Credits 0 - 0
    Corequisite: CHEM-103A
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 103B - General Chemistry IB

    Credits 2
    A slower-paced version of CHEM-103 spread out over two semesters. Available to students who do not meet CHEM-103 prerequisites. Identical to the second half of CHEM-103. Topics include thermochemistry, quantum chemistry, periodicity bonding and intermolecular forces.
    Prerequisite: CHEM-103A; Minimum grade C-. Corequisite: CHEM-103BL
    May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 103BL - General Chemistry IB Lab

    Credits 0 - 0
    Corequisite: CHEM-103B
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 103L - General Chemistry I Lab

    Credits 0 - 0
    Corequisite: CHEM-103
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 104 - General Chemistry II

    Credits 4
    A study of chemical equilibria with emphasis on acid-based chemistry and electrochemistry. The course focuses both on chemical kinetics and on principles of thermodynamics including enthalpy and free energy.
    Prerequisite: CHEM-103 and CHEM-103L. Corequisite: CHEM-104L
  
  • CHEM 104L - General Chemistry II Lab

    Credits 0 - 0
    Corequisite: CHEM-104
  
  • CHEM 286 - Topics in Chemistry

    Credits 1
    Repeatable for credit.
  
  • CHEM 310 - Organic Chemistry I

    Credits 3
    A study of aliphatic and aromatic organic compounds with emphases on chemical nomenclature, reaction theory and kinetic mechanisms.
    Prerequisite: CHEM-104 WITH A GRADE OF C OR BETTER
  
  • CHEM 311 - Organic Chemistry II

    Credits 3
    A continuation of CHEM-310 including spectroscopic methods.
    Prerequisite: CHEM-310
  
  • CHEM 312L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

    Credits 2
    A study of organic laboratory techniques. Emphasis is placed on separation/purification techniques such as distillation, crystallization and multi-phase extraction.
    May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 313L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

    Credits 1
    A continuation of CHEM-312L. Emphasis is placed on instrumental analysis and using kinetic and thermodynamic factors to control organic reactions.
    May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 321 - Inorganic Chemistry

    Credits 4
    A study of main-group and transition metal compounds with emphasis on bioinorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry and solid state chemistry.
    Prerequisite: CHEM-104 and CHEM-104L. Corequisite: CHEM-321L
  
  • CHEM 321L - Inorganic Chemistry Lab

    Credits 0 - 0
    Graded Credit/No Credit.
  
  • CHEM 340 - Environmental Chemistry

    Credits 4
    A study of the chemistry of the environment. The environmental distribution and fate of both organic and heavy metal pollutants are studied. Particular emphasis is placed on the thermodynamic and kinetic factors that determine the distribution and fate of pollutants.
    Prerequisite: CHEM-104 CHEM-104L. Corequisite: CHEM-340L
  
  • CHEM 340L - Environmental Chemistry Lab

    Credits 0 - 0
    Graded Credit/No Credit.
  
  • CHEM 350 - Analytical Chemistry

    Credits 5
    A study of chemical equilibria as applied to the analysis and quantitation of chemical species. Statistical and sampling methodologies are also discussed.
    Prerequisite: CHEM-104 and CHEM-104L. Corequisite: CHEM-350L
  
  • CHEM 350L - Analytical Chemistry Lab

    Credits 0 - 0
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 360 - Topics: Chemoinformatics

    Credits 3
  
  • CHEM 450 - Instrumental Analysis

    Credits 4
    Recommended prior coursework: CHEM 350   A study of the principles of chemical analysis underlying modern chemical instrumentation, including electrochemical methods, UV/visible spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, chromatography, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
    Prerequisite: CHEM 104  
    Prerequisite: CHEM-104. Corequisite: BIOL-450L
  
  • CHEM 450L - Instrumental Analysis Lab

    Credits 0 - 0
    Graded Credit/No Credit.
  
  • CHEM 460 - Physical Chemistry

    Credits 4
    A study of the physical principles underlying chemistry, including quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, thermodynamics and kinetics.
    Prerequisite: CHEM-104 CHEM-104L PHYS-121 PHYS-121L. Corequisite: CHEM-460L
  
  • CHEM 460L - Physical Chemistry Lab

    Credits 0 - 0
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 470 - History and Philosophy of Science

    Credits 4
    A study of the major developments in the history of science, such as the scientific revolution, evolutionary theory and the historical relationships of science and religious thought. A philosophical inquiry into the nature of science forms the basis for historical study.
  
  • CHEM 482 - Practicum in Chemistry

    Credits 1 - 2
    An experience designed for those students majoring in the natural sciences program. Students will work as tutors and/or instructional or lab aides.
    Faculty consent required. Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited.
  
  • CHEM 486 - Topics in Chemistry

    Credits 1
    Repeatable for credit.
  
  • CHEM 496 - Chemistry Research

    Credits 1 - 4
    All chemistry majors are required to engage in an independent research project in their senior year. This project may involve synthesis, analysis, theory or any combination of these. Students should make arrangements with the program director.
    Faculty consent required. May not be audited. Repeatable for credit.
  
  • CHEM 498 - Chemistry Senior Thesis

    Credits 1
    Provides an opportunity to summarize work performed in CHEM-496 or equivalent into a final senior thesis and presentation to be produced during their final semester. The student works with the faculty member under whom research was performed to produce the final materials. A final thesis includes an in-depth literature review and is intended to be a capstone project on the student's work throughout their chemistry major.
    Faculty consent required. Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited.

College Hour

  
  • CHR 240 - College Hour

    Credits 0.5
    There is a maximum of 4 units of College Hour that may be used towards degree requirements. The purpose of College Hour is to learn, celebrate and worship as a community through music, the arts and public discourse. College Hour offers the opportunity for the university to gather to examine faith and life issues and to experience cultural, spiritual and social enrichment in the context of the Christian faith. It is required of all full-time undergraduate students.
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited. Repeatable for credit.

Communication

  
  • COM 103L - Writing Lab

    Credits 0 - 0
    The Writing Lab provides individual instruction and support for students who want to improve their writing. May include units on the writing process, organization, grammar and usage and research. Meets twice weekly. Does not meet general education requirements.
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited. Repeatable for credit.
  
  • COM 109 - Critical Thinking and Composition

    Credits 3
    Development of skills in logical persuasion, inductive and deductive reasoning, and recognizing logical errors and fallacies through the writing of short argumentative papers. Recommended prior to COM-111.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • COM 110 - Written Communication

    Credits 3
    The course focuses on the writing process, helping students learn how to generate ideas, organize their thoughts and communicate effectively. A wide variety of writing assignments are used, including personal, expository, descriptive and persuasive writing. The course provides exposure to and experience with academic writing and research.
  
  • COM 110A - Written Communication I

    Credits 1.5
    This course examines the process of writing. Students are challenged to become flexible writers using the writing process for multiple purposes and with diverse audiences. The students are asked to apply their understanding of the writing process to their own experiences as developing writers. Expository, descriptive and narrative modes of writing are examined. Students must complete COM-110A and COM-110B to meet the general education requirement. Students must enroll in COM-103L Writing Lab in conjunction with this class.
  
  • COM 110B - Written Communication II

    Credits 1.5
    This course examines the nature of writing in academic settings. Analytical and argumentative writing is investigated. This course will address research strategies and academic writing. Students must complete COM 110A and COM 110B to meet general education requirements. Students must enroll in COM 103L Writing Lab in conjunction with this class.
  
  • COM 110H - Honors Writing Seminar

    Credits 3
    Focuses on critical reading and academic writing about a special topic chosen each year. The topic might be an author like J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K. Rowling, a genre like graphic novels or dystopian fiction, or a political issue like immigration or social justice in the education system.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 111 - Academic Writing

    Credits 3
    Development of prewriting, writing and revision skills through a review of rhetorical problems and conventions in narrative, expository and argumentative writing. Review of audience analysis, creative thinking, organizing ideas, editing and revision strategies and selected points of English usage.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • COM 120 - Oral Communication

    Credits 3
    An introduction to communication in its oral form. The course deals with communication theories and principles. Application of communication theory occurs in a variety of activities including dyadic encounter, oral performance and public speaking.
  
  • COM 121 - Speech Communication

    Credits 3
    An introduction to communication in its public and oral form. This course explores communication theory and its application to oral performance and public speaking. Speaking and audience dynamics are examined for informative, interpersonal, and persuasive purposes.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • COM 125 - Interpersonal Communication

    Credits 3
    Explores the nature of human communication and its influence on our lives. Language, perception, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication are elements of the course. The ways in which interpersonal communication configures in identity, interpersonal conflict, romantic relationships, friendships, mediated relationships, and families is addressed. The central role of conversation as a significant discourse is examined.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • COM 140 - Understanding Media

    Credits 3
    An introduction to critical media studies. Students will study various contemporary media technologies, industries, cultures, and trends including human-computer networks, social media, videogames, television, movies, and advertising. Students will develop critical media literacies to describe, analyze, and interpret the media networks that shape our communities and our selves.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 155 - Journalism Practicum

    Credits 1 - 2
    Practical experience for students interested in writing for the student newspaper or other campus publications.
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited. Repeatable for credit.
  
  • COM 165 - Media Practicum

    Credits 1 - 2
    Practical experience for students interested in media production (including digital filmmaking, digital photography, social media, graphic design, broadcast media, web design and web management). Students will produce media projects for the campus newspaper and/or other campus offices and organizations.
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited. Repeatable for credit.
  
  • COM 210 - Advanced Academic Writing Lab

    Credits 1
    This course helps students meet the demands of advanced writing assignments in General Education and upper-division major courses. Students will focus on the building blocks of academic writing and the revision process.
  
  • COM 286 - Topics in Communication

    Credits 1
    Repeatable for credit.
  
  • COM 300 - Creative Writing: Fiction

    Credits 3
    Recommended prior coursework: COM-110, LIT-180. Emphasis on writing short fiction, including the short story and sketch. Open to beginning writers.
  
  • COM 310 - Creative Writing: Poetry

    Credits 3
    Recommended prior coursework: COM-110, LIT-180. Emphasis on writing poetry. Open to beginning writers.
  
  • COM 320 - Creative Writing: Nonfiction

    Credits 3
    Recommended prior coursework: COM-110. Emphasis on memoir and the personal essay. Open to beginning writers.
  
  • COM 325 - Journalism Practicum

    Credits 1 - 2
    Practical experience for students interested in writing for the student newspaper or other campus publications.
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited. Repeatable for credit.
  
  • COM 330 - Writing and Reading Journalism

    Credits 3
    The course will include the reading of literary journalists and contemporary nonfiction writers in conjunction with journalistic writing. Course content investigates the reporting, writing, responsibilities and ethics of writing for the print media.
  
  • COM 335 - Legal Research and Writing

    Credits 3
    This course introduces students interested in a law-related career to legal research and writing. It includes an introduction to the law library, including federal and state statutory law, administrative law and case law. Computer-assisted legal research is covered, and students learn to read court decisions in order to extract the holding, summarize the court's analysis and identify any dicta. The writing component of the course introduces students to fact-based, logic-based legal writing through the use of case briefs and other writing assignments. The focus is on a writing style that identifies the facts supporting a legal analysis and leads the reader to a logical legal conclusion.
  
  • COM 340 - Composition Practicum

    Credits 1
    This course focuses on issues related to the fields of teaching, writing and tutoring. An integral part of this course involves reading composition theory and pedagogy. This course is required for all Written Communication: Parts One and Two teaching assistants.
    Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited. Repeatable for credit.
  
  • COM 342 - Advanced Academic Research and Composition

    Credits 3
    Focuses on the advanced phases of conducting research and developing scholarly writing. Students learn the steps of the research process, the structure of a research/scholarly report and how to access the scholarly and professional literature surrounding a specific topic. Emphasis is placed on the critical thinking and academic writing required for successful research. Opportunities to synthesize research and the literature provided. Additionally, students explore productive techniques for developing the personal introspection, discipline and habits necessary for advanced academic work.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • COM 343 - Writing in the Natural Sciences

    Credits 3
    Recommended prior coursework: COM 110  or COM 110A   Familiarizes students with the writing aspects of conducting research in the sciences, such as composing a good hypothesis statement, reviewing literature on a topic, citing correctly, collecting and analyzing data, using a clear and concise writing style, and effectively presenting findings with oral presentations.
  
  • COM 345 - Composition Theory and Writing

    Credits 3
    This course will examine composition theories and their connection to the process of writing and teaching composition. Students will pursue rhetorical structures, historical approaches to composition and contemporary theory through reading, discussion, reflection, writing and research.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 346 - Scriptwriting

    Credits 3
    This course establishes the script formats for several visual media and demands regular writing practice TV commercials, PSAs, corporate training, TV drama/sitcom and interactive media. Students pitch ideas in class, write for every class and turn in weekly or more frequent written assignments.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 350 - Visual Rhetoric

    Credits 3
    This course explores the phenomenon of the visual image from a rhetorical perspective, across a variety of contexts including popular culture, religion, media and the arts: visual and verbal. By studying visual culture from a rhetorical perspective, students work to understand the phenomenology of seeing, how images are made meaningful and used to foster identification, and the impact of images on people and in shaping of culture.
  
  • COM 355 - Digital Video Production I

    Credits 3
    This course is designed to enhance audio/visual literacy and communication by promoting a deeper understanding of the primary structural elements of multimedia production. Students will learn how to perceive and manage these elements to clarify, intensify and interpret their mediated communication.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 356 - Journalism Practicum

    1-2
    Practical experience for students interested in writing for the student newspaper or other campus publications.
    Repeatable for credit; May not be audited; Graded CR/NC; Activity course
  
  • COM 360 - Digital Video Production II

    Credits 3
    A study of the key theoretical, organizational, technical and management elements in the craft of producing and directing a short video story. Through instruction and application students will gain a fundamental understanding of what is required to organize and successfully execute the production of a short digital video.
  
  • COM 365 - Media Practicum

    Credits 1 - 2
    Practical experience for students interested in media production (including digital filmmaking, digital photography, social media, graphic design, broadcast media, web design and web management). Students will produce media projects for the campus newspaper and/or other campus offices and organizations.
    Faculty consent required. Graded Credit/No Credit. May not be audited. Repeatable for credit.
  
  • COM 368 - Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric

    Credits 3
    A study of communication theory in the ancient and medieval world in such authors as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine and others.
  
  • COM 370 - Audio Production

    Credits 3
    This course is designed to provide the student with a good theoretical, technical and practical foundation for audio recording. Students will have ample opportunity to develop basic skills in digital sound and recording and post production techniques.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 375 - Documentary Studies

    Credits 3
    An investigation of the history, theory, practice, and ethics of documentary through a comparative study of literary, photographic, and cinematic documentary forms.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 380 - Film Studies

    Credits 3
    Movies are a pervasive presence in American culture. This course seeks to understand the nature of film in its creative, aesthetic, social, personal and ethical dimensions. The student will be introduced to the history, technique and language of film. Through the viewing of films, the student will learn to analyze, understand and evaluate the film experience.
  
  • COM 385 - Cinematography: Visual Story Telling

    Credits 3
    This course is designed to develop students' visualization abilities, their capacity to translate the complexities of life from script to screen in an effective and meaningful manner. Students will learn how to articulate their visualization goals in well developed storyboards and then explore methods of achieving these goals through operation and manipulation of the video camera and supporting tools.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 390 - UI/UX Web Design

    Credits 3
    This course critically examines the nature of communication on the World Wide Web. Students explore websites and forms of discourse found in new technologies for creative, theoretical and interpretative purposes.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 395 - Text and Performance

    Credits 3
    A study of performance as a critical tool for understanding human communication. The course will examine the components of performance including text, performer, audience and context.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 400 - Intercultural Communication

    Credits 3
    Recommended prior coursework: COM-110, COM-120. A study of the principles involved in communication between people of different cultures. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspect of intercultural communication through cross-cultural contacts.
  
  • COM 410 - Media and Society

    Credits 3
    Recommended prior coursework: COM-120. A study of mass media (television, radio, newspaper, etc.) as a social/communication force in American culture. Attention is given to media use by the church, as well as to such significant social/psychological problems as violence and sex in the media.
  
  • COM 420 - Conflict Management and Resolution

    Credits 3
    Recommended prior coursework: COM-120. A study of the nature of human conflict and approaches to its management, resolution and transformation. This course focuses on the generic characteristics evident in most human conflict and surveys a variety of interdisciplinary approaches for understanding and responding constructively to conflict in interpersonal, intergroup and international settings.
  
  • COM 430 - Group Dynamics and Leadership

    Credits 3
    Recommended prior coursework: PSY-120. A study of the nature of group tasks, interpersonal relations in group settings and group leadership. Provides a background of knowledge and experience helpful to the understanding of church groups, business and professional groups, educational groups and small groups in society generally.
  
  • COM 434 - Communication Skills for Professionals

    Credits 1
    Provides students the skills for enhancing their personal and workplace conversations. Formal and informal communication, along with nonverbal cues, are analyzed and practiced.
    Degree completion only. May not be audited.
  
  • COM 440 - Performance and Culture

    Credits 3
    This course explores the role of performance in the making of culture. Students use performance theory and ethnographic approaches to understand individual and collective performance, ordinary and extraordinary performances, performances intended for audiences and performances in which the lines between performer and observer are blurred.
    May not be audited.
  
  • COM 450 - Communication Theory

    Credits 3
    This course examines current theories and models of communication in the history of the discipline. Students will read critical theory in the field of communication and consider the philosophical and theoretical perspectives in communication studies.
    May not be audited.
 

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