C234 Travel Writing (3) (Directed Study only)
Techniques for crafting publishable articles on travel writing, a genre that is featured both in magazines and in every
major U.S. newspaper.
C254 Journal & Autobiographical Writing (3)
An exploration of journal keeping and autobiographical writing. Students will read and write various types of personal
essays and memoirs and share them in small group settings.
C284 Group Dynamics (3)
The process of group communication including verbal and nonverbal messages, leadership, rules and roles,
cohesiveness, conflict reduction, and problem solving.
C291 Video Journalism (3)
An introduction to the arena of broadcast journalism. Students will learn the elements of conducting interviews in front
of the camera, gathering attending footage, and putting those pieces together to create compelling pieces of broadcast
journalism. Students will produce finished pieces to be viewed and critiqued by peers and the instructor.
C311 Video Production I (3)
Introduction to the video technical language and creative and aesthetic elements of the production process. Student will
gain understanding of lighting, sound, camera operation, composition, and design of visual elements.
C312 Video Production II (3)
A continuation of the subjects of Video Production I.
C321 Screenwriting I (3)
An introduction to the styles, techniques, content, and forms of screenwriting. Student work is considered for the
department annual short film production.
C328 Screenwriting II (3)
Students build on the principles learned in C321. Students will complete a developed screenplay (short).
C336 Political Communication (3)
A study of the various media and their impact on politics. Particular emphasis on television, political cartoons, and
Same as POL336.
C344 Article Writing (3)
Students are introduced to the basics of professional journalism, writing features, Q&A articles, and news articles on
deadline as part of an actual campus publication. Assignments include covering a beat, story selection, subject interviews,
fact checking, writing, revising, and editing. Students are also introduced to Associated Press style.
C351 Creative Writing (3)
Students will study the extended short story form (novella), including plot, characterization, and dialogue. The course
will include regular writing for peer review, offering ample time for revision and completion of a polished extended
short story (novella).
C352 Editing I, Principles of Copyediting (3)
Grammar basics and sentence structure are reinforced. However, the bulk of the course covers the real-world issues
writers encounter in college and beyond. Issues such as word choice, antecedents, plurals, possessives, punctuation,
clarity, conciseness, and self-editing. Chicago, MLA, and Associated Press style formats will be explored. Reading and
coursework are also geared for those looking at editing as a career or see it as an important aspect of a chosen job field.
Additional topics covered include editing well means writing well, the editor-writer relationship, and using style guides.