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Communications Courses

For an official and updated listing of courses, please refer to the current academic catalog.

COM 107-Introduction to Communication (3)

An introduction course in communication, focusing on the major theorists in communication.

 

COM 108-Public Speaking (3)

This course provides an overview of the theory, composition, delivery, and critical examination of public speeches.

 

COM 109 Production Fundamentals (3)

This survey course will introduce students to the basic concepts of audio, radio, and video production with emphasis on technical competency and practical application in a production environment. Students will complete and critique production exercises for technical and aesthetic aspects of form and content. Prerequisite for COM236 and COM 244.

 

COM 112- Production Fundamentals (3)

This survey course will introduce students to the basic concepts of audio, radio and video production, with emphasis on technical competency and practical application in a production environment. Students will complete and critique production exercises for technical and aesthetic aspects of form and content.

 

COM 115-Announcing for Electronic Media (3)

This course is designed to cover the mechanics, tools, and techniques of radio announcing in the field and in the studio. Emphasis is placed on the delivery of news, commercials, and public service announcements, and on the art of interviewing.

 

COM 192-Practicum: Journalism (1)

An intensive study of the techniques and procedures of newspaper production. Involves the student as an active member of Nyack College’s student newspaper, The Forum. Instructor’s permission is required by the end of the registration period.

 

COM 193-Practicum: Yearbook Production (1-2)

An intensive study of the techniques and procedures of yearbook production, including a study of relevant desktop publishing computer programs. Involves the student as an active member of the Nyack College yearbook staff. Instructor’s permission required.

 

COM 195-Radio Workshop (1)

Involves the student as a responsible worker on the staff of the Nyack College radio station, WNYK. Entrance by audition.

 

COM 201- Digital Photography (3)

An introductory course to orient the student to digital photography. Fee included for equipment purchase.

 

COM 210- Storytelling for Communications (3)

This course introduces students to effective story development methods to successfully create and critique storytelling techniques utilized in various communication mediums.

 

COM 212-Mass Media and Society (3)

This course will examine the historical development of news, press, film, broadcasting, public relations, and advertising. Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills that are relevant to media professionals working in various areas of business. The course will

also discuss the freedoms and responsibilities of mass communication.

 

COM 214-Speech Writing (3)

In Public Speaking (COM 108), emphasis is placed upon the theory, composition, delivery, and critical examination of public speeches.  This course will emphasize particularly the skill of composition, concentrating on message preparation for a variety of audience types. There will be an exercise in ghostwriting in which the student will grapple with the ethics and practical complications of writing in the voice of another. Prerequisite: COM 108.

 

COM 222-Introduction to Cinema (3)

A survey of film history with special emphasis upon the development of film techniques and the role that certain directors have played in advancing cinema art.

 

COM 235-Introduction to Journalism (3) Introduction to journalistic writing for print media; exploring, gathering, writing, and evaluating news events; newspaper and journal structure; production processes; basic legal issues of free speech and libel. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent.

 

COM 236-Basic Audio Production (3)

Survey of radio station theories in organization and programming, including show production and special production, including news, remote broadcasts, and general radio format. Prerequisite: COM 109.

 

COM 243-Interpersonal Communication (3)

Theoretical understanding of the communication process and practical application of communication skills. Attention is given to such influences as perception, self-concept, emotion, and cultural context on communication. Practical exercises will develop such skills as perception checking, active listening, self-disclosure, and assertiveness.

 

COM 244-Intro to Film/TV Production (3)

The course covers the principles and practical application of television directing and production. Techniques and concepts of video field production and video editing are introduced. Prerequisite: COM 109.

 

COM 245-Television Field Production (3)

Examines scripting, lighting, camera work, continuity, editing, logistics, and budgeting for video production on location. Surveys various types of electronic field production. Students complete and critique production exercises for technical and aesthetic aspects of form and content.

 

COM 307- Aesthetics and Design (3)

 

COM 314-Television Directing (3)

Covers all elements of TV directing to include program design, writing, visualization, production procedures and techniques, studio preparation, production, and individual evaluation.

 

COM 315-Script Writing for Film and TV (3)

 

COM 319-Mass Media Research Methods (3)

Covers quantitative research methods in mass communications including sampling, survey, experimental, and content analysis. Reviews the identification of basic concepts, problems, responsibilities, and research ethics; procedures and basic techniques of computer data analysis.

 

COM 320-Communication, Culture and Technology (3)

Surveys new technologies and communication networks. Issues such as the marketplace, government policy, the social impacts of new technologies, globalization, computer security, privacy, and changes in regulations may be covered.

 

COM 330-Media Writing (3)

This course is designed to cover the principles, forms, and latest techniques of writing professionally for the media. Discussions and analysis of actual print and broadcast writing are included along with journalistic writing assignments. Prerequisite: COM 212

 

COM 332-Magazine Writing (3)

How to write for national religious and secular magazines. Choice of articles: Bible exposition, personal discovery, academic-technical, humor, essays, satire, parables, reportorial features. Principles of editing are included. Prerequisite: ENG 235

 

COM 336-Advanced Audio Production (3)

An advanced course that will provide information and experience in complex audio production and recording. The course includes hands-on experience with 32-track-recording studio production equipment in both analog and digital environments. Students will produce a variety of recorded projects to demonstrate appropriate understanding of typical production tasks. Prerequisite: COM 236.

 

COM 337-Voice and Articulation (3)

This course introduces students to effective voice development and articulation delivery methods to successfully create and critique speech performances.

 

COM 339-Newswriting (3)

An overview of the various areas of broadcast and journalistic news writing including news, documentaries, music, drama, and advertising with assignments in each genre. Discussion and analysis of actual broadcasts are included along with journalistic writing assignments. Prerequisite: ENG 235

 

COM 390- Seminar and Practicum: Internship

This course provides students the opportunity to gain work experience, sample careers within their concentration and build their resumes. In addition, it follows a seminar format in which students process together their internship experiences through discussions, journaling and mentoring. Juniors enrolled in the Emerging Technology concentration must enroll in this course. This course is a prerequisite for COM 490.

 

COM 405-Video Workshop (1)

Students develop programs for telecast on local TV or other venues and demonstrate skills in writing and producing. May be produced in conjunction with a professor and/or other students.

 

COM 411 – Film, Faith and Culture (3)

This course will explore the relationship between film, art and popular culture and the Christian faith. In addition to viewing films that are relevant to the Christian belief system, students will read, discuss and write about the listed course topics.

 

COM 413-Documentary Research (3)

Explores the necessary research skills used in documentary production and news reporting including the gathering of information from primary and secondary sources and evaluation of information. Students create a formal documentary proposal with accompanying

research.

 

COM 420 – Senior Project in Communications (3)

This course will give students an opportunity to develop one final project that showcases their development and skill level in the chosen concentration. The specifics of the project that each student will create will vary. In addition, the course will give all students, regardless

of concentration and project, an opportunity to develop their demo reel or portfolio for employment in the media field. (repeatable)

 

COM 428-Ethical Issues in Mass Communications (3)

An examination of ethical questions related to human communication.

 

COM 434- Media Management (3)

Broadcast formats, programming, production, market analysis and development, ratings and audience analysis, personnel management, budgeting, station ownership, and governmental regulations are examined from a managerial perspective. Prerequisite: COM 232.

 

COM 435-Media Law (3)

The background and current protections for speech and media, with attention to libel, privacy, copyright, obscenity, commercial speech and other areas.

 

COM 440-Topics in Communications (1-3, depending on topic)

Examination of selected topics of current interest to Communications faculty offered within the concentrations of the Communications Department: Cinema, Drama, Journalism, Mass Media, Broadcasting, and Rhetoric. Study of some topics may require independent

research on the part of the students and may include presentation of findings or projects to the class.

 

COM 480-Independent Study (1-3)

Independent study in an approved topic in Communications. Permission of the Department Head and Dean is required.

 

COM 490-Seminar and Practicum: Internship

This course continues to provide students the opportunity to gain work experience, sample careers within their concentration and build their resumes. In addition, it follows a seminar format in which students process together their internship experiences through discussions, journaling and mentoring. Seniors enrolled in the Emerging Technology concentration must enroll in this course. Prerequisite: COM 390.

 

Drama

DRA 104 Introduction to Dance (3)

An introduction to movement dance and choreography. Students will learn basic dance technique from a variety of dance styles, dance/movement terminology, research topics in dance history, a biblical foundation for dance, and principles of dance composition.

 

DRA 113-Oral Interpretation (3)

Study of the principles and techniques for effective oral interpretation of literature. Experience in such literary types as prose, poetry, dramatic monologues, Scripture reading, dramatic scenes, and theme programs. Meets general education speech requirement.

 

DRA 171-Practicum: Performance (1)

Involves the student as an actor in the fall or spring dramatic production. Entrance by audition.

 

DRA 173-Practicum: Play Production (1)

Involves the student in a supervised project in an aspect of technical theater. In conjunction with fall or spring dramatic production. Instructor’s permission required.

 

DRA 205- Introduction to Theatre (3)

An overview of dramatic history, of techniques in acting, directing, staging, costume, make-up, lighting, publicity, and box office management, including instruction and training for staging ensemble dramatic productions in church or school.

 

DRA 206-Introduction to Musical Theatre (3)

An overview of the techniques essential to the performance, direction, and production of musical drama. Some attention is given to history of musicals, especially in the American scene.

 

DRA 219 African American Theatre (3)

In this course, students will read plays, attend performances, view videos and listen to music to discover the qualities that make theatre vital in the African American culture. The influences of the African American church, folklore, rituals, blues and jazz will also be incorporated.

 

DRA 230 World Drama (3) This course presents a chronological study of drama from the emergence of early society to the modern era.

 

DRA 316-Script Analysis for Performers (3)

This course teaches the processes for breaking scenes into playable beats and actions, character analysis techniques, playwriting styles and periods, and elements of design. Students will read and critically analyze dramas to gather clear, concise, and easily assimilated techniques tailored to actors’ needs and sensibilities.

 

DRA 317-Playwriting I (3)

In this class, students will be revising scripts for live theatrical performances, resulting in the completion of a one-act play.

 

DRA 318-Playwriting II (3)

An extension of Playwriting I, this course gives increased emphasis on drafting and revising scripts for the stage. Students will complete a full-length play and submit to the appropriate theatrical house, school or church. Prerequisite: DRA/ENG 317.

 

DRA 335-Acting I (3)

Development of a viable acting technique through the coordination of thought, movement, and voice. Emphasizes textual and character analysis as the focal point of the acting process. Includes exercises, scene work, and keeping a journal.

 

DRA 336 Acting II (3)

A continuation of Acting I, with an emphasis on preparation for the professional stage. Prerequisite: DRA 335.

 

DRA 348-Drama and the Church (3)

An examination of theological, aesthetic, and historical factors involved in the relationship between the church and the theater. Investigation of and practice in materials and staging techniques for church drama. Recommended for WMIR and other college touring groups.

 

DRA 355-Theatre Performance in New York City (3)

Students analyze the difference between written and performative texts and learn to interpret acting and design modes. Trips will be taken to approximately 8-12 Broadway, off-Broadway, and church performances. Students are expected to pay for performances.

 

DRA 472-Fundamentals of Play Directing (3)

Contains basic elements of directing with laboratory in theatrical problems and short scenes. Prerequisite: DRA 205.

 

DRA 480 Topical Study (3)

Independent study in an approved topic in Theatre. Permission of the Department Head and Dean is required.