Courses


COM 100 (3 credits)

Fundamentals of Communication

Course focuses on the fundamental processes of reading and writing that are essential to communication. Students develop critical reading skills that can be applied to all content areas and review the fundamental principles of rhetoric, grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling. Course carries transcript credit only; the qualified student, however, may petition for graduation credits following completion of the course. This course cannot substitute for Com 101, nor can it fulfill the core requirement in Communication. It should be used as an elective only after consultation with the academic advisor and English/Communication chairperson.

COM 101 (3 credits)


Composition and Research


Core writing requirement, reviews fundamental principles of rhetoric, grammar, punctuation and spelling. Requirements include a research paper using MLA documentation guidelines and several expository papers. Course is available only after placement by departmental faculty. Students must achieve “C” or better to fulfill core requirements.

COM 103 (3 credits)


Fundamentals of Speech


Basic course in the development of communication attitudes and skills with a view to enabling the student to feel comfortable and competent in public speaking ventures. Includes exercises in the oral interpretation of literature; the organization, delivery, and evaluation of various types of speeches; and participation in panels or symposiums.

COM 122 (3 credits)


Mass Media
 and Appplication

Introduction to interrelationships between contemporary American life and communication media. Includes a survey of basic theories, models, and practices of mass communication.

COM 131 (3 credits)


Writing for the Media


Introduction to writing styles and format requirements necessary to write for various American media. Emphasis on process of gathering and writing news for print and broadcast media.

COM 132 (1 credit)

Journalism Workshop


Workshop where students write for the College newspaper, the Alvernian, and are responsible for production assignments. Prerequisites or co-requisites: COM 131 or 330 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated.

COM 134 (1 credit)


Theatre Workshop


An overview of the various elements that make up the art of the theater. Students participate in the Alvernia College Theatre Ensemble (ACTE) and are responsible for production assignments. May be repeated for credit. Cross-listed with THR 134.

COM 142 (3 credits)

Creativity Workshop

The course explores the art of creativity in various fields of study. Through exercises, discussions, and research, students will learn the many tools and techniques for expressing creativity in their own filed of study. Cross-listed with THR 142.

COM 150 (3 credits)


Introduction to Theatre


A brief, but comprehensive introductory view of the theatre examining all elements that make it a lively art. Cross-listed with THR 150.

COM 155 (3 credits)


Introduction to Acting


Principles of basic acting technique-given circumstances, tasks, facets of embodying and experiencing the portrayal of a character. Some attention given to physical and vocal characterizations. Cross-listed with THR 155.

COM 156 (3 credits)

Theatrical Production and Design

This class is designed to give students an introduction to crafting scenery and to basic principles of scenery and lighting design. Cross-listed with THR 156.

COM 170 (3 credits)

ESL Learners

This course is designed to offer non-native English speakers opportunities for individualized conferencing and one-on-one instruction, both of which can lead them to a greater mastery of writign at the college level. Course runs concurrently with COM 270 ESL Teachers.

COM 212 (3 credits)


Grammar Studies

An introductory survey of basic theories, models, and practices of interpersonal communication. Students learn interpersonal communication principles, sharpen awareness of own and others’ personal communication habits, and ultimately improve interpersonal communication skills.

COM 213 (3 credits)


Interpersonal Communication


An introductory survey of basic theories, models, and practices of interpersonal communication. Students learn interpersonal communication principles, sharpen awareness of own and others’ personal communication habits, and ultimately improve interpersonal communication skills.

COM 234 (3 credits)


Intercultural Communication

This course is designed to provide a survey of intercultural communication theory and practice and to deelop a better understanding of human interactions therory and practice and to develop a better understanding of human interactions in global contexts. The relationship between the culture, behavior, and communication of individual and groups, both internationally and nationally, will be studied. Students will analyze and research how intercultural communication factors affect the way business, servi es, and communication ae handled in various settings. Course fulfills diversity requirement.

COM 240 (3 credits)


Public Relations and Advertising


Study of principles and applications of modern public relations and advertising. Emphasis placed on development of promotional campaigns. Topics include media relations, publications, media placement, copy writing, creative development and crisis management.

COM 244 (3 credits)

Computer-Assisted Design

A course in computer-assisted design such as AutoCad and other design programs with a particular emphasis on their use in theatre.

COM 250 (3 credits)


Interpretation of Film


Critical approach to analyzing film and its significance in contemporary society.

COM 251 (3 credits) 


Broadcasting and Electronic Media 


Overview of contemporary broadcasting and electronic media with an emphasis on television. Students study the history of broadcasting, development of technology, as well as the business and administrative aspects surrounding broadcast media. Students apply their textbook learning in an actual broadcast facility. At the facility, students produce video assignments such as PSAs (public service announcements) for non-profit organizations. Most of the sessions are held at a local broadcast facility.

COM 255 (3 credits)


Intermediate Acting


Intermediate instruction in techniques for character development including improvisation. Also an introduction to acting styles and acting in verse plays. Cross-listed with THR 255.

COM 261 (3 credits)


Poetry Writing


Workshop in which principle forms of poetry are studied, with emphasis on developing student’s own ability to write poems.

COM 263 (3 credits)


Fiction Writing


Study of fiction styles/techniques aimed at developing student’s ability to write fiction.

COM 270 (3 credits)


ESL Teachers

Students learn teaching techniques, toturing strategies, and oral reading skills appropriate for workng with ESL students. The course seeks to provide opportunites for native English speakers to tutor ESL students and to design and present lessons in grammer for both native and non-native speakers.

COM 302 (3 credits)

Principles of Writing Instruction

This course focuses on the theoretical knowledge and practical strategies for the teaching of language arts with an emphasis on writing. In depth studies of handwriting, spelling strategies, grammar, developmental stages of writing, and the modes of writing including poetry will be accomplished. An additional focus will address the assessment of students' writing progress. This course is restricted to students majoring inn Education or English. Prerequisite SPE 211 for education majors only. Cross-listed with ED 302.

COM 310 (1 credit) 


Tutoring Assistant


Elective for juniors or seniors demonstrating competence in English and communication courses and are judged qualified to assist students, one to one, with problems in all aspects of effective writing. Permission of departmental faculty required. May be repeated.

COM 330 (3 credits)


News and Feature Writing


Thorough study of news writing techniques; emphasis on development of feature stories, investigative pieces, and multi-source news articles for newspapers and news magazines. Prerequisite: COM 131 or permission of instructor.

COM 332 (3 credits)


Multimedia Design and Editing


Designed to introduce students to the processes involved in planning, designing, creating and copy-editing multimedia projects. Topics include design and layout principles for a variety of print and electronic publications, image and text manipulations, and editing for consistency and clarity. Cross-listed with CIS 332.

COM 340 (3 credits)


Advertising Workshop


Students plan and produce advertising programs for the college and/or non-profit organizations; workshop-styled atmosphere.

COM 344 (3 credits) 


Writing for the Workplace


Advanced writing course oriented toward communication beyond the academic world. Assignments include correspondence, memos, resumes, proposals, oral presentations, and one or more major reports. Introduce students to current communication software, to familiarize with requirements of writing in their specific disciplines, and to help develop a clear, concise writing style.

COM 350 (3 credits)


Directing for the Stage


Study of the principles and techniques used in leading the production of theatre and the development of the director. Students mount a one-act play. Prerequisites: COM 134, 150, 155, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with THR 350.

COM 351 (3 credits)


Scriptwriting/Playwriting 


Study of the writing of dramatic texts for a variety of media--live and electronic. Students are expected to produce a first draft of an original script by the end of the course.

COM 352 (3 credits)


Video Production


Study of the process of producing a creative work in the video medium. Students are introduced to basic concepts of video production and post-production editing. Most of the classes are held at a local broadcast facility.

COM 353 (3 credits)

Film Studies

An upper-level examination of film as a form of film narrative, a work of art, and as representative of popular culture. Topics vary from semester to semester; they may include specific study of genres, directors, time periods, techniques, adaptation. The course may be repeated under different topics.

COM 355 (3 credits)


Theatre History


A comprehensive study of the history of theatre from its origins through the Renaissance. Cross-listed with ENG 355 and THR 355.

COM 356 (3 credits)

Theatre History II

A comprehensive study of the history of theatre from the neo-Classical era through today. Cross-listed with ENG 356 and THR 356.

COM 360 (3 credits)


Writers Workshop


Seminar for writers who wish to broaden and develop their creative writing skills. Offered as either a poetry writing, fiction writing or creative non-fiction workshop. Prerequisite: COM 261 or 263 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

COM 362 (3 credits) 


New Media


This course provides understanding and application of current interactive multimedia, exploring the use and integration of visual, textual, and aural components of digital environments. The challenges of writing for nonlinear and interactive texts are explored through online exercises, electronic presentations and publications, and web design. Prerequisite: CIS 114 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with CIS 362.

COM 404 (3 credits)


Arts Operations


Explores business and finance issues associated with working in the arts as a profession. Includes working with arts organizations as well as arts entrepreneurship. Cross-listed with THR 404.

COM 413 (3 credits)

Language Development Through Literature

This course is designed to prepare prospective teaching candidates to select, evaluate, and utilize literary materials for children from pre-school through the elementary grades. Candidates will develop an understanding and appreciation for the various genres in children's literature. Instructional methods for using literature for language development, communication, and literacy learning in the elementary classroom will be discussed and examined. SPE 211 is the prerequisite. Cross-listed with ED 413.

COM 420 (3 credits)


Law and Ethics of Mass Communication


Study of legal and ethical framework within which mass communication media operate. Examines legal philosophy bearing on the mass media, the development of freedom of expression, and privileges and restraints affecting the media. Topics include the study of libel, invasion of privacy, copyright, contempt and government regulation.

COM 422 (3 credits)


Social Impact of Mass Media


Investigates the principal research findings concerning the role of mass media in shaping the attitudes, values, and behaviors of our culture. Includes survey of advanced theories, models and practices of mass communication.

COM 432 (3 credits) 


Newspaper Production


Restricted to student editorial staff of the College newspaper, this course requires intensive application (80-100 hours) of skills as copy editors, business managers, or page design and layout editors. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: COM 131 and permission of the Alvernian advisor.

COM 434 (3 credits)


Senior Production Workshop


Students assume leadership positions in the production of a theatrical event. Experiences may include acting, directing and/or design. Students establish an appropriate project with the director of the theatre program prior to enrolling in the course. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Cross-listed with THR 434.

COM 452 (3 credits)


"The Campus Show"-Television Production


Students are responsible for putting together half-hour television shows that focus on Alvernia University. Students assist in all aspects of television production both in front and behind the camera including anchoring, reporting, producing, lighting, sound, camera and technical directing. Please note classes are held at a local broadcast facility. Course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: COM 251 or COM 352 or permission of instructor.

COM 480 (3 credits)


Research Seminar


Qualified students may choose a creative writing project, a mass media or audio-visual production project, or an intensive study of a phase of communication that culminates in a significant research paper. For senior English or communication majors.

COM 481 (credits vary)


Internship


By special arrangement, a student may be granted up to 12 credits for an extended assignment involving in-depth work in some phase of communication. Such assignments might include an apprenticeship in a TV or radio station, a position as reporter at a local newspaper, internship in the communication division of a corporation or non-profit agency, etc. Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA or permission of department chair.

Contact Information

 
Img: Beth DeMeo

Marybeth DeMeo, MAT

English, Communications, CIS Department Chair

     Bernardine Hall 122
     610.796.8209
     beth.demeo@alvernia.edu