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Courses in Communication

CO 111 Introduction to Communication
(3 credits - Fall)

Communication is much more than just talking. This course is designed to expose students to the wide range of topics that comprise the field of communication. This survey course will introduce students to topics such as group communication, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, public speaking, listening and intrapersonal communication.

CO 213 Social Media
(3 credits - Fall)

This course introduces students to the theory and practical application of social media for marketing, journalistic reporting and public relations professionals.
Identical with BA 213.

CO 215 Public Speaking
(3 credits - Fall, Spring)

An introduction to the principles of oral communication as applied to public speaking situations. Opportunities are provided for developing skills in composition, research, delivery and criticism of representative types of speeches.
Prerequisite: EN 121

CO 241 Introduction to News Writing
(3 credits - Spring)

Students enrolled in this introductory applied course gain experience writing news stories, feature stories, broadcast stories, opinion pieces and public relations pieces and using the Associated Press stylebook for copy editing. Emphasis is placed on the skills for information gathering, organization and composition necessary to the hard news story as well as the ability to produce under a publication deadline.

CO 246 Interpersonal Communication
(3 credits - Spring)

This course introduces human communicative interaction in dyads and small groups. Theory is applied through participation in laboratory exercises and observation of dyads and groups on and off campus.
Prerequisite: CO 111

CO 266 Communication Theory and History
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

The course examines the development of various issues in communication history. Emphasis is given to different types of humanistic and social scientific theories of communication.

CO 322 Intercultural Communication
(3 credits - Spring)

This course explores issues related to the intercultural communication process and considers the important role of context (social, cultural and historical) in intercultural interactions. Students in the class examine the complex relationship between cultures and communication from various perspectives. Special emphasis will be given to managing cross-cultural conflict, cross-cultural teaching and cross-cultural ministry applications.
Identical with MI 321.
Prerequisite: CO 111

CO 331 Principles of Public Relations
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

A foundation for the professional practice and theory of public relations. The course surveys public relations principles, history, ethics and challenges and includes field assignments that blend the theory and practice in PR research, planning, communication and evaluation. Students develop a portfolio of work for a selected client organization or business. The course also introduces the principles of crisis management.
Prerequisite: CO 241

CO 342 Advanced Reporting and News Writing
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

This course provides an advanced study of news writing covering in-depth news articles for publications and advanced interviewing and news gathering techniques.
Prerequisite: CO 241

CO 346 Organizational Communication
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

Students in this course learn principles of communication applied to the organizational context. Topics covered include information flow, organizational structure, leadership styles related to communication interviewing and communication problems within organizations.
Identical with BA 341.
Prerequisite: CO 111 or BA 252

CO 370 Argumentation and Persuasion
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

This is an advanced course in oral communication with an emphasis on motivation and persuasion in such interaction. Argumentation is studied within the framework of the logos, pathos and ethos of persuasion. Principles are emphasized and applied through presentations and analyses of contemporary communication artifacts.
Prerequisite: CO 215

CO 371 Nonverbal Communication
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

Students in this class examine the types and influences of nonverbal communication that are evident in most face-to-face communication situations. These include but are not limited to appearance, gestures, vocal behavior, space, touch, time and environment. Students will have the opportunity to conduct a small-scale research project on one aspect of nonverbal communication.
Prerequisite: CO 111

CO 380 Introduction to Research Methods
(3 credits - Fall)

Introduces behavioral science research as a scientific process. Students become familiar with the basics of empirical research design, descriptive and basic inferential data analysis techniques and interpretation, measurement considerations, empirical journal articles, APA style scholarly writing and ethical issues in research. Students will analyze and interpret data and write APA style reports. Students will also develop basic skills in analyzing data using statistical analysis software.
Identical with CJ 381, PY 381 and SO 381.
Prerequisites: PY 111 or SO 111, and completion of or current enrollment in core math

CO 381 Media Law
(3 credits - Fall Odd Years)

An overview of current law pertaining to the regulation of mass communication and its historical development in the United States will be the focus of this course. Landmark court decisions regarding the fairness doctrine, equal opportunities provision, libel, First Amendment and the Freedom of Information Act will be covered.
Prerequisite: CO 111

CO 395 Practicum in Communication
(1 to 3 credits - Fall, Spring)

Practicum in some aspect of communication designed to give student practical, directed experience.
Prerequisite: Consent

CO 395JOUR Practicum in Journalism
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

Students may gain practical on-campus experience through a variety of hands-on media experiences. Journalism students meet weekly for coaching as they report for the campus newspaper, The Huntingtonian, or for a student-produced magazine.
On-campus practica are one credit but may be repeated to the limits prescribed for each major.

CO 395PREL Practicum in Public Relations
(1 credit - Fall, Spring)

Students may gain practical on-campus experience through a variety of hands-on media experiences. Public relations students work under the supervision of the Office of Public Relations, writing and editing college publications and planning events or public relations campaigns.
On-campus practica are one credit but may be repeated to the limits prescribed for each major.
Prerequisites: CO 241 and one credit of CO 395JOUR

CO 421 Research Methods in Communication
(3 credits - Spring Even Years)

This course is a continuation of CO 380 and focuses primarily on the implementation of a quantitative research project. Students will gather data, conduct statistical analysis, synthesize results and prepare a formal presentation to be presented at a regional conference.
Prerequisites: CO 266 and 380

CO 481 Mass Communication
(3 credits - Fall Even Years)

Theories of communication systems will be explored, including the purposes and nature of mass communication and the effects of mass media. Students will examine the Christian role in media ethics, value formation and criticism.
Prerequisite: CO 111

CO 485 Senior Seminar
(3 credits - Spring Odd Years)

Students in this course read qualitative studies and methodologies and conduct a major empirical research project in communication studies using ethnographic and critical research methods. Papers are presented in class or at an academic conference.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

CO 490 Independent Study
(1 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

Students earn credit for completing a creative research or communication project approved by the department.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior communication major and consent

CO 495 Internship
(2 to 4 credits - Fall, Spring)

For journalism and public relations students, this is a capstone opportunity for advanced work off campus in areas of concentration at newspapers, magazines, public relations organizations and ad agencies. For communication studies students, the internship is a supervised field study involving communication with a communication organization. The student will complete a project for the organization and write a critical analysis paper about the experience.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior communication major and consent