Undergraduate Featured Courses

Computer Assisted Reporting

Computer Assisted Reporting introduces students to the use of computer tools for newsgathering, including online tools, Internet tools and database tools for reporting. Prerequisite: CNJ 111 and 216.

Crisis Communication and Management

This course introduces the student to crisis communication and management from a strategies, theory-based approach steeped in case research from historical cases and business case studies.

Critical Research in Communication

This is a course in rhetorical criticism. Students will gain an understanding of rhetorical theory as it is applied to the analysis and evaluation of significant public communication events.

Data Journalism

This course teaches data analysis and interactive deployment of the World Wide Web and other digital platforms. Students will learn to analyze data for journalistic work and will be expected to create and deploy database-driven applications.

Digital, Mobile, and Web Media Evaluation

Focus on the evaluation of digital, mobile, and web-based advertising as part of integrated advertising media plans. Topics include audience estimation, cost-gathering, and evaluation of potential effectiveness.

Directing Techniques

To build a more advanced set of professional skills and practices through scene work, shooting, and collaboration.

Directing Techniques I

To teach the craft of directing through exercises, screen work, and readings.

Directing Techniques II

To build a more advanced set of professional skills and practices through scene work, shooting and collaboration.

Documentary Approaches

Documentary Production

Students produce two short digital documentaries and explore various approaches to the documentary film.

Editing

Introduction to the theory and practice of motion picture editing. Short editing assignments are designed to develop students' understanding of aesthetic, an d technical considerations in the art of dramatic editing.

Editorial Interpretation of Contemporary Events

Critical examination of fundamental issues in public life. Preparation of edito rials and interpretive articles for mass media are included.

Electronic Media Law

Course provides analysis of laws and other forces that influence broadcasting, cable, and online media operations. Examines the application of the First Amendment to media operations with a focus on press law.

Electronic Media Production Design

A communication-based synthesis of the production process.

Essentials of Documentary Film

This course is designed to teach students how to tell compelling cinematic documentary stories with a clear and effective point-of-view. We will compare and analyze various styles of documentary storytelling and use these methods in creating effective documentaries films. An emphasis will be put on the various styles of documentary filmmaking.

Experimental Film and Video

An examination of American and world avant-garde or experimental film and video.

Feature Writing

Analyzing and writing feature articles for magazines and newspapers.

Film and National Identity

Film Directors

The study of the film authorship through a focus on specific directors.

Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics

An examination of the concept of freedom of expression, its philosophical roots, its application of contemporary issues in communication, and of the basics of moral philosophy (ethics) and moral reasoning.
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