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COMA 1261, 2261, 3261, 4261   (2-1-4)   Opera Workshop
The study and performance of scenes from great operas throughout history. This is an elective class and requires an audition. Fall.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 1302   (3-3-0)   Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Introductory theories and applied experiences in speaking and listening will range from interpersonal relationships and audience awareness to preparation and delivery of platform speeches. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 1302HR   (3-3-0)   Honors Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Introductory theories and applied experiences in speaking and listening will range through interpersonal dyads, triads, and small groups to preparation and delivery of platform speeches. The Honors Program curriculum supplements and complements the traditional curriculum of this course.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program.

COMA 1371, 2371, 3371, 4371   (3-1-3)   Theater Practicum
Practical, technical experiences in areas of stage craft, lighting, costuming, properties, house management, and makeup. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 2050   (1-0-0)   Sophomore Portfolio Review
Graphic Design students are required to submit their portfolios for a sophomore review. Multiple evaluators, with field experience, will review each portfolio to discern whether or not the student is suited for a graphic design career. Students will receive a grade of pass, fail, or probation. Spring.
Prerequisite: Second semester sophomore graphic design concentration.

COMA 2301   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Journalism
Surveys the journalism profession--the expanding function of print and broadcast media in democracy. Also includes the study of newsgatherings and writing styles for newspapers, radio, and television journalism. Spring.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 2302   (3-3-0)   Voice and Articulation
Paralanguage code study of voice and articulation, the vocal mechanism, and phonetics. Exercises will add the nonverbal voice code to printed texts for oral performance experiences. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: COMA 1302 or instructor approval.

COMA 2304   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Broadcast/Digital Media
Study and use of the fundamentals of video production techniques, tools, and equipment used throughout the video industry. Emphasis will be placed upon church implementation. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 2305   (3-3-0)   Interpersonal Communication
Focus on communication theory and principles for the field of interpersonal communication, with additional studies in group dynamics, value systems, and transactional analysis. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 2314   (3-2-1)   Photography I
An introduction to the use of the camera and basic vocabulary. Fundamentals of exposure, development, and printing. Photographic composition, creativity, readings, and critiques are included. Students are expected to provide their own camera. Field Trip required. Lab fee. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 2317   (3-2-1)   Advertising and Visual Communication I
An introduction to basic visual communication, vocabulary, and design including lettering, layout, illustration, graphic reproduction processes, rough art, finished art, camera ready, and computer art applied to specific design projects. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 2318   (3-2-1)   Basic Digital Design (S-L)
Fundamentals of digital design are covered utilizing standard graphic software applications for PC and Macintosh platforms. Proven methods of effective communication through typography, layout, and design are discussed. Computer lab projects include creative design and cost-effective production of camera ready art for posters, newsletters, reports, and display advertising. Lab fee. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 3301   (3-3-0)   Nonverbal Communication
Nine important code systems (excluding words) used daily will be studied in theory and in practice. Research project from print and societal observation is required. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 3302   (3-3-0)   Public Forum Debate
Students study debate principles, conduct research, formulate and evaluate arguments, and participate in team debates using the Public Forum Debate format. Topics will come from current events and debate propositions for academic use. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: COMA 1302.

COMA 3303   (3-3-0)   Small Group Communication
Students will study three small group functioning patterns used in American culture. Corporations and organizations accomplish tasks, make decisions, and solve problems through small group effort. Educators facilitate learning in classroom small groups. Churches and other non-profit organizations find community in small group interactions. Exams and papers will augment in-class small group practice sessions. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 3304   (3-3-0)   Writing Across Media
Students in this course will develop writing skills used within a variety of media outlets. Students will become better writers/journalists by studying newsgathering and writing styles for newspapers, radio, television, magazines, the internet and beyond. An emphasis will be placed upon Internet integration. Project presentations are required. Spring.
Prerequisite: COMA 2304 or ART/COMA 3319.

COMA 3307   (3-3-0)   Film and Electronic Cinematography
A study of the history of filmmaking and new advances in electronic media related to this medium. This study emphasizes the techniques used by great cinematographers and directors of both the present and the past. Reviewing many classic films for analysis will provide insight and a basis for discussion. Spring.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 3308   (3-3-0)   Persuasive Communication
This course focuses on persuasion theory and its practical application. Basic components of the persuasive process and strategies used by persuaders are examined. Persuasion theory, analysis of persuasive messages in a variety of formats and contexts and the formation of effective, ethical persuasive messages will be emphasized. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: COMA 1302 and junior standing.

COMA 3314   (3-2-1)   Photography II
Advanced photographic skills developed through photography projects enhanced by digital imaging software and techniques. Students will learn to apply a state of the art digital graphics program and selectively modify, enhance, and combine photographs to create images that communicate aesthetically and effectively. Students are expected to provide their own camera, film, and paper. A digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera required. Lab fee. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: COMA 2314.

COMA 3316   (3-2-1)   Media Graphics
Development of skills and concepts necessary to produce art works for use in the various media. Study and application of the basic materials, techniques, and vocabulary of the graphic and computer art field. Lab fee. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 3317   (3-3-0)   Advertising and Visual Communication II
Advanced study of basic visual communication design including lettering, layout, illustration, graphic reproduction processes, rough art, finished art, camera ready art, and computer art applied to specific design projects. Lab fee. Online.
Prerequisite: COMA 2317.

COMA 3318   (3-2-1)   Web Design
Web publishing techniques are covered utilizing web-authoring software for PC and Macintosh platforms. Proven methods of effective communication through typography, layout, and design are discussed including creative uses of digitized illustrations and photography. Computer lab projects include creative design and cost-effective production of various types of web pages. Lab fee. Spring.
Prerequisite: COMA 2318 (S-L) or 3321.

COMA 3319   (3-3-0)   Visual Communication
Skills in interpreting the visual messages viewed in print and digital media are essential in our media saturated world today. This course focuses on the development of visual literacy by helping students develop skills to critically examine the visual messages used in a variety of channels that impact our communication. Students also learn the Adobe Creative Suite®, including Illustrator®, Photoshop®, and InDesign®, the industry standard in graphic software. Spring.
Prerequisite: COMA 1302 and 3301 or Communications major with an emphasis in Graphic Design.

COMA 3321    (3-3-0)   Graphic Design I
This studio course emphasizes the solving of graphic communications problems as it specifically relates to identity design in print form. Students gain a strong working knowledge of current computer art and layout applications, such as Adobe InDesign® and Illustrator®, and apply it to viable design assignments. Logo, letterhead and poster design are a few of the formats explored. Students are also challenged with basic Typographic and layout principles in conjunction with these projects. Fall.
Prerequisite: ART 1301, ART 1303, COMA 3319.

COMA 3322   (3-3-0)   Graphic Design II
In this studio course graphic design students continue their in-depth study of two-dimensional design principles as they apply it to formats such as package design and annual reports. An emphasis on preparing print documents for output or reproduction is emphasized. Students will also improve their skills with Adobe Photoshop® as they create artwork and page comps for Web sites and other digital media. Spring.
Prerequisite: COMA 3321.

COMA 3325   (3-3-0)   Lettering and Typography
Students will learn to consider three major things as they design with type: the form, direct and secondary meanings, and graphic impact of a particular typeface. The subtle relationship of type and visuals in a design solution, and how type can be used creatively and expressively by itself. In addition, technical typographic principles such as line, letter and word spacing, type alignment, classifications and styles will be explored through historical studies and class projects. Spring.
Prerequisite: ART/COMA 3321 Graphic Design I

COMA 3340   (3-3-0)   Video Production
This course will study the fundamentals of video production techniques, tools and equipment used through the video industry. Emphasis will be placed upon secular and ministry application. Fall.
Prerequisite: COMA 2302, COMA 2304, COMA 3304.

COMA 4010   (0-3-0)   Speech 7-12 Seminar
This required course is designed to help students prepare for the Texas Examination of Educators Standards (TExES). The course will focus on content and sample questions from state authorized preparation manual for Speech 7-12 and other appropriate sources in order to prepare students for the examination. Students must score a minimum of 85% on the TExES post-test to be authorized by the College of Education to take the TExES exam. Fall.
Prerequisite: Teacher Certification Program admission.

COMA 4300   (3-3-0)   Portfolio Research
In this course students prepare a marketable graphic design portfolio, both physical and digital, of the work they have created throughout their college career. In addition to this, an effective resume is also developed in order to prepare for future job interviews. Students receive individualized attention as they prepare for their senior portfolio exhibit. Every student is required to present a portfolio exhibit in one of their last two semesters of their senior year. Fall.
Prerequisite: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in COMA 4321 and senior graphic design concentration.

COMA 4301   (3-3-0)   Readers Theater (S-L)
Groups will perform selections of prose, poetry or scripture. Literary analysis will precede the addition of voice and body cues to emphasize meanings. Major project is to adapt a selection for the group to perform. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4302   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Linguistics
An introduction to the core linguistic areas of morphology, phonology, pragmatics, semantics, syntax, and related topics – with an emphasis on syntax and its application in stylistic analysis. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 2301 or 2302, or equivalent. It is strongly recommended that ENGL 3305 (S-L) be completed prior to this course.

COMA 4303   (3-3-0)   Video Editing (S-L)
Basic camera techniques and composition will be reviewed. Individuals will study various editing technologies and styles. Digital videography, linear and non-linear editing will be taught and practiced. Lab fee. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4308   (3-3-0)   Audio Production
This course will study the fundamentals of audio production techniques, tools and equipment used throughout the production industry. Emphasis will be placed upon production techniques using ProTools. Fall.
Prerequisite: COMA 2302, COMA 2304, COMA 3304.

COMA 4309   (3-3-0)   Radio Formats
A comprehensive, hands-on study of various radio programming formats. Students will use various production tools to effectively produce specific radio format genres. Spring.
Prerequisite: COMA 2302, COMA 2304, COMA 3304, COMA 4308.

COMA 4310   (3-3-0)   Internship in Communication
A supervised field placement in some phase of the communication industry. The course provides the opportunity for the students to integrate theory and classroom learning with practical experience. Interns are required to work 50 hours for each credit hour earned. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: Evaluation by both the field supervisor and the program director.

COMA 4315   (3-3-0)   Political Communication
A study of new-style American political campaign tactics with an emphasis on how political consultants inform and persuade voters. Fall, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: 6 hours in Political Science or Communications.

COMA 4318   (3-3-0)   History of Graphic Design I
History of Graphic Design presents a chronological examination of western graphic design and covers each era of visual communication including early cave painting through the illuminated manuscripts, a Graphic Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, the Modernist Era, and the Age of Information. This course includes films, visuals, readings, study guides, and museum visits. $35 fee. Fall.
Prerequisite: Required for Grpahic Design major, elective for other majors.

COMA 4319   (3-3-0)   Communication Styles: A Key to Business Success
An in-depth investigation of various communication, leadership, and personality styles and how they affect one’s competency rating in the world of business. Students will be encouraged to discover how they interact with others as well as learn how their communication strengths and weaknesses affect interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Assessment will use varied personality inventories. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4320   (3-3-0)   Technology in Communication
This course is designed to expose students to the technology currently available. Students will get hands-on experience on all current technologies and participate in class discussions based on advantages and disadvantages of each. Trends and futuristic applications of technology also will be discussed. It is important to note that there are no computer prerequisites for this course. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4321   (3-3-0)   Advertising Design (S-L)
This course engages the service-learning aspect of the Graphic Design concentration as students utilize their skills to aid a ministry, new or existing, by creating an entire identity campaign for them over the course of a semester. The campaign will include creating such promotional pieces as logos, newsletters, magazine ads, Yellow Page ads and brochures, to name a few. Each student will communicate and work with ministry directors in order to meet specific needs. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall
Prerequisite: COMA 3322.

COMA 4322   (3-3-0)   Leadership Communication (S-L)
This course focuses on the further development of public speaking, written communication, and group facilitation skills to prepare students for leadership roles for a variety of communication contexts and purposes. A service-learning project will be an integral part of the curriculum. Speaking and interacting from a servant leader perspective will be emphasized to prepare students for civic engagement in a democratic society. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: COMA 1302 and junior standing.

COMA 4323   (3-3-0)   Communication Theory
The course introduces students to communication as a field of study. Major theories and models related to the study of communication are presented to provide a framework for communication coursework. Applications of the major communication theories will enable students to gain experience and proficiency in evaluating communication in a variety of contexts and situations. Spring.
Prerequisite: COMA 1302 and junior classification.

COMA 4324   (3-3-0)   Pedagogy of Speech Communication
Success in learning is dependent on the quality of communication in the classroom environment. The course will provide students with strategies for teaching communication skills and content in a variety of classroom environments. Students will develop strategies to improve content instruction, group interactions, interpersonal relationships, and incorporate technology in a classroom context. Fall.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4325   (3-3-0)   Communication in the Digital Age
New and emerging communication technologist are drastically changing the nature of communication. This course will blend theory and practice to provide students with a communication-based perspective of current and future trends and issues associated with the digital age from a biblically-based perspective. At the same time, it will give the opportunity to sharpen critical thinking skills and further develop communication skills associated with the digital age. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4327   (3-3-0)   Color and Composition
Color and Composition is a painting course that explores the potentials of painting in acrylics with emphasis on color, composition, expression, and technique as it relates to poster painting as it has been manifested over the past two centuries. The techniques of German 'plakatstil" or hard-edged "poster style" causes each student to break down the compositional surface of a painting so that eye flow is deliberate. The rule of thirds, balance, and visual hierarchy are also addressed. $35 lab fee. Summer.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4328   (3-3-0)   Illustration I
Students in this course are introduced to the methods of illustration, old and new, through a limited survey of the history of American Illustration. Each student is required to choose an abridged classic manuscript supplied by the instructor and a total of three major illustrations must be completed for that story. A research notebook compiling the students’ favorite illustrators will also be completed. Spring, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: ART 1302 and ART 2303 or Graphic Design Major and ART 1303.

COMA 4329   (3-3-0)   Illustration II
Students in this course will continue to develop the style and formulaic approach explored in Illustration I. Traditional and digital methods of illustration are all options for this course. Various forms of illustration, including black and white, editorial, and children’s book will be explored. For digital illustration, Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop will be utilized. A research notebook compiling the student’s favorite illustrators will also be completed. Spring, even-numbered years.
Prerequisite: ART/COMA 4328 Illustration I. Lab Fee.

COMA 4330   (3-3-0)   Special Topics in Communication (3-3-0)
This course will offer students an opportunity to explore a cross-section of subjects focused on enhancing oral, interpersonal, and nonverbal skills. The exploration of basic communication concepts and application will offer students a hands-on approach to learning. May be repeated for credit when content changes.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4338   (3-3-0)   History of Graphic Design II
History of Graphic Design II presents a chronological examination of western graphic design and covers the modern era of visual communication from c. 1880 until present day; including Pictorial Modernism, the Bauhaus, the New York School, Corporate Identity, Postmodern Design and the Digital Revolution. This course includes films, visuals, reading, study guides, and museum visits. Spring.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4340   (3-3-0)   Broadcast/Digital Media Practicum (S-L)
The broadcast/digital media practicum provides students the opportunity to apply and integrate knowledge acquired through coursework. Specifically, this course will practically apply all broadcast/digital media information through the production of live events for the purpose of developing and refining necessary competencies and skills for the students proposed career objectives. (Course is repeatable). This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: COMA 2302, COMA 2304, COMA 3304, COMA 3340, COMA 4308.

COMA 4341   (3-3-0)   Business of Photography
An introduction to the business of photography. A study of professional photography practices and the various avenues within which a photographer can work. Includes photography on the web and how to have an online presence that is beneficial in the photography business. Studio lighting will be explored as well as the basics of how to get a business started. Fall.
Prerequisite: ART/COMA 2314 and ART/COMA 3314

COMA 4365   (3-3-0)   Practicum in Cross-Cultural Communication
The practicum will have two components. The first will consist of classes in relevant concepts of worldview and culture, the methodology of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), class management, and the development of skills in cross-cultural communication, and Christian ministry. During the second component, which is field-based, students will teach for three to five weeks in an ESL program overseas. This may in certain sites be to teach Vacation Bible School or in community-based English programs. This course can be used to fulfill a three-hour, upper-division, communication course requirement. Summer.
Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4380   (3-3-0)   The Arts and the Creative Process
Analysis of the visual and performing arts including the study of the human process involved in the creation of the Arts. The study will include perception, criticism, and factors which integrate, influence, and create the arts. Field trips are required. Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None

COMA 4391   Independent Study
Independent Study in Communications
Prerequisite: Upon approval of college

COMA 4394   (3-3-0)   Communication in the Digital Age
New and emerging communication technologies are drastically changing the nature of communication. This course will blend theory and practice to provide students with a communication-based perspective of current and future trends and issues associated with the digital age from a biblically based perspective. At the same time, it will give the opportunity to sharpen critical thinking skills and further develop communication skills associated with the digital age. Fall, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.

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