Communications (COM)

COM 101. Communications First-Year Seminar.1 Credit.

This first-semester course is designed to ease the transition to college and to acquaint first-year School of Communications students with timely and important resources and information. Students hear from faculty members in each of the departments within the School of Communications to learn more about the majors offered. Students also learn how to create their own success in college and as lifelong learners through development of important skills. Topics include effective communication, time management, study skills and degree requirements. This class is required of all first-year and transfer students entering with 0-26 college credits.

Corequisites: Take COM 101L.
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

COM 101L. Communications Freshman Seminar Lab.0 Credits.

COM 101L features an array of programming pertinent to School of Communications first-year students. Meetings feature guest speakers discussing their work in communications industries, faculty discussing the various academic options and opportunities within the school, and special events geared toward the fostering of the School of Communications community and identity.

Corequisites: Take COM 101.
Offered: Every year, All

COM 120. Media Industries and Trends.3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the structure, function, uses and social implications of media industries. Students examine the ways individual industries inform, entertain and influence media consumers. Significant focus is placed on media literacy. The course also surveys issues related to ownership, regulation, ethics and globalization. The main objectives of COM 120 are to help students understand media professions, industries and technologies in relation to key trends, including the increasing commercialization of media products, the consolidation and convergence of media industries, and the implications these processes hold for society. The course fosters the development of skills including the ability to access, analyze and properly cite sources for research on the media.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

COM 130. Visual Design.3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the design process using professional-level software for digital image creation and editing, typesetting and typography, page layout and design in preparation for advanced course work. Students produce course projects that demonstrate creativity, design concepts, critical thinking, aesthetic principles and basic technical competence.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

COM 140. Storytelling.3 Credits.

This survey course has been designed to reinforce grammatical standards of the English language while introducing students to the basic tenets of dramatic, journalistic and strategic writing. Through the examination of a single theme, students will learn to tell stories using these three writing styles as they identify and connect with specified audiences.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

COM 150. Public Speaking: Principles and Practice.3 Credits.

This course examines the principles of oral communication and presentation skills and puts those principles into practice. Through multiple assignments, students increase their confidence in delivering presentations and demonstrate effective research skills, speech development and preparation, and delivery. Additionally, critical thinking and listening skills are demonstrated through oral and written critiques.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

COM 159. Communications Elective.3 Credits.

COM 201. Media Career Development.1 Credit.

This course introduces students to the career development process and covers the skills needed to create a personal career plan. It includes topics such as self-assessment, career research, resume and cover letter preparation, networking and interviewing practice, as well as strategies for internship/job searches. Course material is geared specifically toward media/communication careers. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Students majoring in communications cannot count COM 201 toward their major electives.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

COM 215. Social Media: Leveraging the Digital Age.3 Credits.

The focus of this course is to provide students the foundational skills necessary to become "influencers" in the social space. Students evaluate the relationship of social media with various communication industries. They examine the rise of social media and its effect on social interaction and audience behaviors, and analyze social media strategies and their effectiveness from a personal and organizational perspective. Projects require students to engage with a variety of social media platforms and tools.

Offered: Every year, All

COM 250. Song and Dance.3 Credits.

Music plays a major role in all media where sound is a component. This course explores the nature of music and elements such as rhythm, harmony, resonance and entrainment. Through a series of texts and films, participants seek to understand the power music brings to the world of communication. Using a nontechnical approach, they examine principles that underlie music's status as the "universal language" and enable it to speak to the mind, heart and soul of humanity.

Prerequisites: Take EN 102 or Sophomore Standing.
Offered: Every other year

COM 301. Communications Career Practicum.1 Credit.

This course offers practical training in a communications-related occupation. Students complete a minimum of 40 hours of supervised fieldwork (paid or unpaid) in a professional setting. Practicum placements must be approved by the internship program director in accordance with the school policies and prior to earning credit. At least sophomore status required. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Offered: Every year, All

COM 302. Communications Career Practicum II.1 Credit.

This course continues practical training in a communications-related occupation. Students complete a minimum of 40 hours of supervised fieldwork (paid or unpaid) in a professional setting. Practicum placements must be approved by the internship program director in accordance with the school policies and prior to earning credit. At least sophomore status required. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisites: Take COM 301 and permission of department chair.
Offered: Every year, All

COM 303. Communications Career Practicum III.1 Credit.

This course completes the 40 hour experimental learning opportunities in a communications-related occupation. Students complete a minimum of 40 hours of supervised fieldwork (paid or unpaid) in a professional setting. Practicum placements must be approved by the internship program director in accordance with the school policies and prior to earning credit. At least sophomore status required. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisites: Take COM 302 and permission of department chair.
Offered: Every year, All

COM 305. The Vietnam Era: Images and Reality (HS 305).3 Credits.

This course examines the Vietnam era and its lessons, and includes an analysis of media coverage of the war and its effect on both national policy and political change.

Prerequisites: Take HS 111 HS 112 HS 131 HS 132 COM 120 or MSS 101.
Offered: As needed

COM 340. Exploring Communications Abroad.3 Credits.

This multisection, global perspective course introduces students to the worldwide development of communications, including communication practices, infrastructure, environments and specializations. Students conduct primary and secondary research on communications in a specific country or in a cross-cultural context. The topics can range from international cinema though storytelling and global branding to documentary filmmaking depending on the specialty of the instructor. This course includes a short-term study-abroad component directly related to the topic.

Prerequisites: Take FYS 101.
Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

COM 350. Media Culture and Arts of Los Angeles.3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the diverse media companies based in Los Angeles as well as the influence of local history, art and culture. The class includes weekly seminars with topics including: journalism, film and television writing, video production, podcasting and web design as well as weekend excursions to local landmarks. Students complete a final multimedia project that focuses on a local media company.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

COM 489. Communications Internship.0 Credits.

This course aims to support the pursuit of a practicum or internship in a cooperating communications-related business or organization (paid or unpaid). Enrolled students meet with the assistant dean for career development to begin the application and approval process, which is managed through an online database. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Approval of instructor is required.

Offered: Every year, All

COM 490. Communications Career Internship.3 Credits.

This course aims to promote professional growth and advancement through observation and participation in jointly supervised fieldwork with a cooperating communications- related business or organization (paid or unpaid). The course also provides the opportunity for students to meet and work with active communications professionals while refining their own career goals and maximizing opportunities. Students complete a minimum of 120-hours of supervised fieldwork in a professional setting evaluated by the internship supervisor and the school's internship coordinator. The internship placements must be approved in accordance with the school policies and prior to student earning credit. Junior/Senior status is required. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. (Repeatable or concurrent with COM 491 upon department chair approval.)

Prerequisites: Take COM 201.
Offered: Every year, All

COM 491. Communications Career Internship II.3 Credits.

This course aims to promote professional growth and advancement through observation and participation in jointly supervised fieldwork with a cooperating communications- related business or organization (paid or unpaid). The course also provides the opportunity for students to meet and work with active communications professionals while refining their own career goals and maximizing opportunities. Students complete a minimum of 120-hours of supervised fieldwork in a professional setting evaluated by the internship supervisor and the school's internship coordinator. The internship placements must be approved in accordance with the school policies and prior to student earning credit. Junior/Senior status is required. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. (Repeatable or concurrent with COM 490 upon department chair approval.)

Prerequisites: Take COM 201 COM 490 and permission of department chair.
Offered: Every year, All