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Communications (COM)

Communications (COM)

COM 101  Introduction to Mass Communication
This is a foundational course that establishes general knowledge about the field of mass media and communication.  Students will explore the range of communication methods. Topics include print media, traditional broadcast industries, Internet communications and media regulation.  This broad introduction is intended to help the student identify their particular interests, and to aid them in choosing elective courses for their major emphasis or minor focus.  
Three hours, three credits

COM 141, 241, Radio Performance Practicum/Seminar
This course introduces students to the basic principles and techniques required in the day-to-day operation of a college radio station.  Students are taught to use the equipment necessary to do a radio broadcast.  Students will begin developing voice and performance techniques for radio.  Students learn how to maintain the proper records for reporting performance activities and the rules and regulations laid out by the Federal Communications Commission that govern broadcast in the United States.  The laboratory for the class will be FerrumRadio.com, the Ferrum College radio station.  The students involved in the practicum will maintain a regularly broadcast radio show throughout the semester they are enrolled in the course.  The minimum show length will be two hours a week.
One hour, one credit each.

COM 201 Public Speaking
Development of basic skills in oral communication through the study and practice of public speech construction and delivery, audience analysis, and listening and fundamental voice and body control.  Prerequisite: ENG 102.
This course is designated by Ferrum College faculty to meet the entire Speaking Intensive requirement; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to be used by a student to complete the Speaking Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the speaking assignments required by the course.
Three hours, three credits.

COM 271  Online Media
Students are introduced to the fast changing world of online media in its various forms, and the societal effects of Internet communication.  This course will also explore a variety of online media forms, including social media and virtual environments.  It will include a critical examination of existing Internet media and discussion of future online media forms.  Prerequisites:  COM 101, ENG 102 with a “C” or higher.
Three hours, three credits

COM 304  Communication Research
This course provides students with the opportunity to conduct research that relates to media and communication.  Students are introduced to the concepts and principles of applied research activity.  Students will identify research questions, design and implement research designs, and then interpret and report the results of their data collection.  Prerequisites:  COM 101, ENG 102 with a “C” or higher.
Three hours, three credits

COM 359 Documentary Photography
This course focuses on capturing images in the documentary style.  Media & Communication students may choose this as a program elective.  Documentary Photography emphasizes visual storytelling that reflects reality as captured in the moment the image is made, rather than digital or darkroom image manipulation.  This approach is essential to photojournalists and those interested in creating fact-based film or video.  Prerequisites:  COM 101 and ART 215 or ART 217
Three hours, three credits

COM 369  Mass Media and Behavior
Students are introduced to concepts of cognitive psychology in relation to the effects of mass media on both individuals and societies.  These ideas and principles are discussed in class and applied in student-led class discussions.  Students will produce a research paper chosen from among topics discussed in this course and present their paper to the class.  Prerequisites:  COM 101, ENG 102 and PSY 201 with a “C” or higher.
Three hours, three credits