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COMA 1302   (3-3-0)   Speech and Interpersonal Communication

Basic communication strategies will be explored in this course that will include public speaking and interpersonal communication focusing on audience awareness, nonverbal communication, group awareness, and other aspects of interpersonal communication. This course will serve as a foundation for all courses within the Communication program. NOTE: Students taking the online version of this course will need to have access to a video recording device.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • 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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: COMA 1302.

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.

  • Offered: 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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.  

  • Offered: 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.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: COMA 2304 or ART/COMA 3319.

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.   

  • Offered: 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: COMA 2314.

COMA 3317   (3-3-0)   Contemporary Advertising

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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COMA 3350   (3-3-0)   Social Media

This class will study the effects of computer mediated communication (CMC) and its impact on society. Message design, communication campaigns, crisis communication, and analytics will be studied with regard for various types of social networking services such as Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite:

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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • 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 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.  

  • Offered: 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: COMA 1302 and junior standing.

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.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COMA 4339   (3-3-0)   Graphic Design Internship

A supervised field placement in a graphic design environment. 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. Evaluation by both the field supervisor and the program director. Off-campus work required.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None

COMA 6300   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Graduate Communication Studies

This course examines the history of communication studies as an academic discipline, the contributions of major researchers and the current state of communication research. Terminology related to the field of communication, investigation of communication contexts research methods, and reporting requirements are emphasized.  

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COMA 6307   (3-3-0)   Communication Leadership for Groups

This course focuses on the theories, research, and practices related to the verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors of leaders and the role of communication in a learning or small group environment. Students gain practical experience in preparing and presenting instructional messages, facilitating group and team activities, and resolving conflicts.  

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COMA 6309   (3-3-0)   Social Media and Communication

Related theories, research, current practices, and impact on relationships form the focus for this examination of social media. The creation and evaluation of messages adapted for specific types of social media and purposes are key components for this study.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COMA 6320   (3-3-0)   Organizational Communication

Theories and practices related to communication in a variety in private, public, and business organizations are presented. Topics include: the impact of organizational structure on internal and external communication, culture, identity, and image, message management, and ethical implications.  

  • Offered: Online, Periodically.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COMA 6321   (3-3-0)   Strategic Communication for Organizations

Theory and practices related to public relations provide the foundation for this study. Students are introduced to an integrated approach to creating and managing strategic internal and external messages for organizations. Topics include: ethics, change messages, risk assessment, preparation of a crisis plan, and use of appropriate media to communicate the organization's message.  

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

COMA 6324   (3-3-0)   Communication for Global Organizations

Theories of intercultural and organizational communication are related to communication practices for global organizations. Topics include: organizational culture, nonverbal communication, communicator credibility, approaches to conflict, impact on advertising, and presenting messages.  

  • Offered: Online, Periodically.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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