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 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 designed 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 132 Interpersonal Communication/3
Application of communication concepts to interpersonal relationships in the family, small group, and work setting. Emphasis on developing skills in listening, perception, and forming clear messages. Spring semester, even-numbered years.

CO 200-G Theater Appreciation/2
This course provides a broad overview of the nature and fundamentals of theater and enhances the playgoer’s ability to experience and respond to live theater performances. Fall or Spring 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 203-G Introduction to Theater/3
This course serves as a broad overview of the nature and fundamentals of theater, the history and development of theater, and the production aspects of theater. Fall or 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) Fall 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 230 Acting I/3
Instruction in the basic principles and techniques of acting with an emphasis on analysis and characterization. Scenes will be prepared and performed. Offered on demand.

CO 234/334 Participation in Drama/0-1
Techniques and principles of acting, makeup, costumes, stage design, and management by means of actual participation in drama productions. Every semester.

CO 270 Oral Interpretation/3
Instruction in the analysis of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature with practice in communicating orally both the intellectual and emotional meanings. Storytelling, reader’s theater, and Scripture reading included. Offered on demand.

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 305 History of Theater/3
A survey of the development of theater and dramatic literature from Greek theater to mid-19th century theater. Reading and discussion of major dramatic works will be included. Offered on demand.

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 312 Editing/3
Covers the principles and practice of proofreading, copy-editing, rewriting, and headline writing for print. Areas of instruction also focus on the packaging of news and information for an intended audience and the inter-relationships of writing and photography, news and feature writing, and layout and design principles. Prerequisite: CO/EN 223. Spring semester, odd-numbered years.

CO 315 Topics in Communication/3
Selected topics of interest in communication. Possible subjects could include the study of gender and communication, children’s theater, writing for the Web, sports writing, ethnic media, or advanced public speaking. 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 350 Worship as a Dramatic Act/3
An introductory course which includes biblical study and models of worship. Students will explore the relationship among effective communication, art, and dramatic elements in worship. (Same as RS 350) Offered on demand.

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 380 Dramatic Literature/3
A study of major plays and playwrights from representative periods and genres. Prerequisite: EN 211-G. Offered on demand.

CO 385 Play Production and Direction/3
Theory and practical experience in choosing a play, casting, blocking, rehearsing, and other aspects of production such as lighting, costume, and makeup. Directing a one-act play or extended scenes for the classroom is required. Prerequisite: CO 203 or consent of instructor. Offered on demand.

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.