Communication Studies

Special Topics Spring 2015

COM 295-001 Sports Broadcasting
Day/Time: TR 12:30-1:45pm
Instructor: Michael Vaccaro
Course Description: Sports broadcasting has developed over the years and is a far-reaching profession. Sports broadcasting ranges from your local sports talk station, the college play-by-play announcer to the national sports shows. This course teaches detailed sports broadcasting skills with an emphasis on play-by-play, sports anchoring and sports radio. It is meant to prepare students for the real world of sports broadcasting. We will learn in this class by discussing various aspects of sportscasting, practicing them in simulations, getting feedback and improving through repetition.
COM 295-002 New & Converging Media
Day/Time: TR 2:00 - 3:15pm
Instructor: Dr. Chadwick Roberts
Course Description: New Media Course Description: This course will serve as an introduction to the central issues, including practical and theoretical considerations, of new and converging media. We will begin by attempting to answer the question: "What is new about new media?" In answering this question we will look explicitly at the relationship between new media and old/traditional/legacy media. We will address a wide combination of issues, including audience, policy, regulatory and industry analysis. We will illuminate the dynamics of new media across social, political and cultural spheres. We will cover the key concepts and approaches to the impact of new media on the economy, culture, journalism, politics, citizenship, globalization and everyday life. We will consider issues of media access, privacy, identity and participation as they relate to new media. Students will apply course concepts with up-to-date case studies and through interactive online activities.
COM 295-003 Improv & Impromptu Speaking
Day/Time: TR 11:00am - 12:15pm
Instructor: Frank Trimble
Course Description: Explore the connections between improvisation (to prepare for scripted stage and screen performances) and impromptu speaking (to prepare for extemporaneous, manuscript, and memorized orations). Course learning outcomes include 1) harnessing personal knowledge, 2) fostering creativity, 3) honing critical thinking, and
4) refining performance behaviors (content & delivery) based on limited or no preparation time. As a pre-requisite, you should have completed (and enjoyed) a basic public speaking or performance class. Questions? Contact instructor Frank Trimble ( to discuss your eligibility. Are you up for this adventure?
COM 495-001 Community and Interracial Dialogue
Day/Time: TR 2:00 - 3:15pm
Instructor: Dr. Deborah Brunson
Course Description: Our focus will be upon understanding the principles and processes of intergroup dialogue, and how these principles may be applied to promote and enhance stronger relationships in a group or organizational setting.

The course will also involve class members facilitating an intergroup dialogue experience for an organization or group around issues involving race and interracial relationships.

Please contact me directly about adding this course; you will need a registration override.

Dr. Deborah Brunson,, 962-3864

COM 495-003 Children & Media
Day/Time: MW 4:00 - 5:15pm
Instructor: Dr. Matthew Lapierre
Course Description: Over the last 100 years, what it means to be a child has changed in fascinating ways. One surprising reason for this change is the role that media has played in shaping children's lives as some have argued that childhood is a creation of media. This class will examine children's relationship to media and how it has helped to define childhood in historic, political, and social contexts. The class will further explore issues relating to child development and how children's engagement with media affects their cognitive, emotional, and social development. Lastly, we will explore how public policy regarding media affects children's experiences.

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