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Online Bachelor's Degree in Communication

Curriculum

The program consists of 182 credits.  Download a printable course checklist.


Communication Core Courses:
Theory Sequence
ANTH 410Cultural Theory3.00 credits
COM 111Principles of Communication3.00 credits
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.00 credits
SOC 260Classical Social Theory3.00 credits
Methods Sequence
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.00 credits
SOC 250Research Methods I3.00 credits
SOC 364Computer-Assisted Data Analysis3.00 credits
Additional Core Requirements
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.00 credits
COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.00 credits
PHIL 305Communication Ethics3.00 credits

Corporate and Public Relations Concentration Courses
COM 260Fundamentals of Journalism3.00 credits
COM 270Business Communication3.00 credits
COM 280Public Relations3.00 credits
COM 281Advanced Public Relations3.00 credits
COM 330Professional Presentations3.00 credits
COM 380Special Topics in Communication Theory3.00 credits

Other Program Requirements
MKTG 301Introduction to Marketing Management4.00 credits
OR
LING 101Introduction to Linguistics3.00 credits
ORGB 300Organizational Behavior4.00 credits
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.00 credits
OR
LING 102Language and Society3.00 credits

Two Audio-Visual courses
COM 335Electronic Publishing3.00 credits
COM 340Desktop Publishing3.00 credits
Communication electives (any six courses with a COM rubric at the 300-level or higher) 18 credits

Required General Courses
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.00 credits
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.00 credits
ENGL 101Expository Writing and Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 102Persuasive Writing and Reading3.00 credits
ENGL 103Analytical Writing and Reading3.00 credits
PSCI 100Introduction to Political Science4.00 credits
PSY 101General Psychology I3.00 credits
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.00 credits
The following three math courses, or their equivalent (8-9 credits)
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.00 credits
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.00 credits
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.00 credits
Two Literature classes from ENGL 200-499
One of the following Science sequences:
BIO 161General Biology I3.00 credits
BIO 164General Biology Lab I1.00 credits
OR
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.00 credits
CHEM 113General Chemistry I Laboratory1.50 credits
Two History Electives.
One elective each from Economics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Political Science, and Fine Arts.
Free electives - 30 credits

Course Descriptions

ANTH 410 Cultural Theory - 3.00 credits

Explores controversial issues and questions, such as sociobiology and what it means to be human, as they have been and are being studied by those concerned with human origins and development. Reviews major thinkers in the history and theory of anthropology, including modernists and postmodernists.

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COM 111 Principles of Communication - 3.00 credits

Explores the importance of communication in organizational settings. Includes assessment of appropriate modes of communication, including written, spoken, and electronic.

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COM 210 Theory and Models of Communication - 3.00 credits

Surveys historical and contemporary attempts to understand the process of human communication, using examples from the literature of interpersonal, group, organizational, and mass communication.

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SOC 260 Classical Social Theory - 3.00 credits

Critically examines the ideas of the classical sociological theorists (e.g., Marx, Durkheim, and Weber). This is a writing intensive course.

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COM 220 Qualitative Research Methods - 3.00 credits

This course provides a detailed investigation of the nature, application, analysis and write up of qualitative research in communication and the social sciences, including such topics as ethnography, in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, and narrative analysis.

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SOC 250 Research Methods I - 3.00 credits

Covers research design, including ethics of research, sampling, survey research, interviewing, field experiments, and content analysis. Involves multidisciplinary examples and application in seminar format with student production of original projects.

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SOC 364 Computer-Assisted Data Analysis - 3.00 credits

This course uses the computer as a tool in organizing and manipulating a numerical database, as well as in performing statistical analyses. Simulation and modeling may also be covered.

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COM 230 Techniques of Speaking - 3.00 credits

A workshop course in improving public speaking skills. Provides experience in speeches of explanation, persuasion, and argument.

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COM 240 New Technologies In Communication - 3.00 credits

Provides an overview and survey of the changes taking place in the technologies of information production, distribution, storage, and display, including the interaction of these changes with legal, social, cultural, and communications systems.

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PHIL 305 Communication Ethics - 3.00 credits

Ethical analysis of current laws and legislation aimed at regulating speech in the context of mass communications (radio, television and film). Offered winter and summer quarters.

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COM 260 Fundamentals of Journalism - 3.00 credits

Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism that creates images in order to tell a news story. Photojournalism provides a more complex and fully human way of capturing, describing and explaining to others what words often fail to do. With the new age of Digital Photography, photojournalism has become almost instant. Photographs can evoke a range of human feelings-dignity, integrity, shame, industry, integrity, pain, or joy-far beyond verbal linguistic description. Photojournalism as an art has developed into a new form of photographs for web slide shows and video. It shows the students the importance of digital photography and the correct ways to use it. Students will be expected go attend off campus events at times other than the scheduled class time as needed. Three credit hours. Prerequestites: None. Offered as needed.

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COM 270 Business Communication - 3.00 credits

Covers the writing of business letters, resumes, memos, proposals, and reports. This is a writing intensive course.

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COM 280 Public Relations - 3.00 credits

The course focuses on the principles of public relations. It introduces students to theory and practice of PR taught in the context of real life material and situations. The course also covers main public relations techniques, tools, and types of publics.

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COM 281 Advanced Public Relations - 3.00 credits

This course will focus on advanced aspects of public relations: how to analyze, plan, and conduct public relations campaigns systematically and scientifically. A great deal of attention will be paid to the analysis of real life public relations cases. At the end of the course students create full-scale PR plans, including budget and media material.

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COM 330 Professional Presentations - 3.00 credits

A study and implementation of current television production methods and equipment. Students learn the basic concepts of shooting, editing, lighting, producing and directing television program material. Student will also be introduced to the concept of producing video material for the Internet. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: COM 130 Broadcasting: Principles and Practices. Offered as needed.

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COM 380 Special Topics in Communication Theory - 3.00 credits

Provides advanced communication studies covering various subjects in interpersonal, group, organizational, and mass communication. May be taken for credit twice.

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MKTG 301 Introduction to Marketing Management - 4.00 credits

Provides a conceptual and applications-oriented framework for marketing decision-making in a dynamic environment. Emphasizes satisfying target customers and achieving organizational objectives through skillful blending of strategies in product development, pricing, promotion, and distribution.

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LING 101 Introduction to Linguistics - 3.00 credits

Introduces major topics in the study of language, including language acquisition, language change, the social use of language, and the analysis of discourse, and teaches basic techniques in linguistic analysis through the use of a wide variety of language data.

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ORGB 300 Organizational Behavior - 4.00 credits

Provides conceptual understanding of various principles of management and organizational processes and the opportunity for skill-building in the areas of individual, interpersonal, and intergroup organizational behaviors. This is a writing intensive course.

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PHIL 105 Critical Reasoning - 3.00 credits

Introduces and develops the skills involved in reasoning effectively about experience, and being able to distinguish strong arguments form weak ones.

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LING 102 Language and Society - 3.00 credits

Develops understanding of how language is involved with relations of class, ethnicity, gender and aesthetics in society. The course covers the social investigation of language use, politeness in languages, different varieties of English dialects, slang, and rap, bilingualism and languages in immigrant communities, and language planning.

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COM 335 Electronic Publishing - 3.00 credits

Electronic Publishing gives students applied and theoretical knowledge of professional electronic publishing. Students will focus on issues relating to writing and integrating text and graphics to create websites and on-line publications. Students will also consider how issues in document design and usability can be used to evaluate websites.

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COM 340 Desktop Publishing - 3.00 credits

Covers production of publications using desktop publishing software, including planning, writing, designing, and budgeting of institutional magazines, newsletters, manuals, and brochures. Requires students to design several pieces (letterheads and flyers).

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ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Diversity - 3.00 credits

Examines the diversity that exists in human culture. Uses lectures, films, and discussions to examine and illustrate the relationship between humans and their social/cultural systems.

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COM 150 Mass Media and Society - 3.00 credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce media undergraduates to the process of promotion. Each element of the promotional mix--advertising, public relations, sales promotion, and personal selling--is discussed within the framework of integrated marketing communications. Three credit hours. Offered Spring semester (d).

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ENGL 101 Expository Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' abilities to read and write expository academic discourse. Teaches students how to read with understanding; how to access print and technological sources; how to research, plan, draft, revise, and edit academic essays and reports. Requires students to write expository essay and to keep a journal to express their responses to material read and study in the course.

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ENGL 102 Persuasive Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' abilities to read and write persuasive academic discourse. Teaches students to think and read critically, to evaluate and use print and technological sources effectively, and to present a written argument effectively. Requires students to write persuasive essays and research papers and to keep a journal to express their responses to material read and studied in the course.

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ENGL 103 Analytical Writing and Reading - 3.00 credits

Develops students' skills in critical and analytical reading and writing through a study of literature. Teaches students techniques to help them understand and appreciate literature. Requires students to read, analyze, and write essays and research papers about selected works of poetry, drama, and fiction and to keep a journal to express their responses to the literature studied.

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PSCI 100 Introduction to Political Science - 4.00 credits

Studies the political process, which determines who gets what, when, and how in society.

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PSY 101 General Psychology I - 3.00 credits

Students are introduced to the scientific study of human behavior. Special attention is given to the biological, psychological, and social processes underlying human behavior within the framework of modern psychological research. Offered fall and spring. 3 credits

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SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3.00 credits

Examines principles underlying human interaction in simple technological societies, including learning and development of social roles; development and meaning of culture and social organizations; and special institutions in the society, such as the family, class structure, and power structure.

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MATH 181 Mathematical Analysis I - 3.00 credits

Covers set theory, coordinate systems and graphs, functions, linear programming (geometric approach), matrices and linear systems, and linear programming (algebraic approach). Required for architecture, business administration, and construction management students. Non-credit for engineering and science students. Fall, Winter.

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MATH 182 Mathematical Analysis II - 3.00 credits

Covers counting techniques, probability, statistics, and probability applications. Non-credit for engineering and science students. All terms.

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MATH 183 Mathematical Analysis III - 3.00 credits

Covers limits, rates of change, derivatives, applications of differentiation, exponential and logarithmic functions, integrals, techniques of integration, applications of integration. Non-credit for engineering and science students. All terms.

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BIO 161 General Biology I - 3.00 credits

Covers structure and function of the cell and the organ-system plan of organization of the human body. Fall.

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BIO 164 General Biology Lab I - 1.00 credits

In this course students will perform computer simulations of laboratory exercises related to photosynthesis, enzyme activity and kinetics, the cardiovascular, muscle and bone systems, regulation of human organ systems as well as plant growth and development.

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CHEM 111 General Chemistry I - 4.00 credits

Not open to engineering or science majors. Introduces the principles of general chemistry. Covers SI units, unit factor calculations, states of matter, elements and compounds, energy, atoms, electronic configurations, ionic and covalent bonds, Lewis dot structures, shapes of molecules, chemical equations, stoichiometry, molarity, gas laws, nuclear chemistry, equilibrium between different states of matter, and some colligative properties of solutions.

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CHEM 113 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1.50 credits

Covers chemical and physical properties and techniques for inorganic, organic, and polymeric compounds, including distillation, crystallization, chromatography, separation.

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