Courses

Course offerings reflect the 2019-2020 Elmhurst College Catalog. One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

Bidisciplinary courses may also be taken for major or minor credit for this program.

Communication and Multimedia Journalism

An introduction to the foundations of theory and practice in oral communication. Topics include: (a) interpersonal context; self-concept, listening, conflict management, verbal and nonverbal communication, gender roles, relationship development and maintenance; (b) public context; effective oral presentation skills, audience analysis, communication anxiety and organizational patterns; (c) small group context; effective decision making, leadership, empowerment, cultural diversity, group dynamics, team management and participation. Appropriate for English education students and others intending to take the State of Illinois English Language Arts Licensure Exam. This course is not intended for communication majors.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. Spring Term.

A course designed to enhance interpersonal communication skills as well as survey-related theoretical foundations. The focus of the course is on verbal and nonverbal forms of human interaction. Issues such as listening, self-disclosure, conflict management and relational development and disengagement are explored in theory and practice.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite.

A survey of the history and development of mass media in America. The origin, nature and interrelationships of media are examined.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. Spring Term.

An introductory course in oral presentation that combines theory with practical application.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite.

Theories, methods, and practice of public relations and their application in a variety of contexts including corporate, political, social educational, nonprofit, and other institutions. Students will develop writing skills and analytical abilities necessary for public relations practitioners.

An introduction to writing for various forms of mass media such as print, broadcasting, advertising, public relations copy, blogs, and social media. The course will survey policy, ethics, and legal issues associated with delivering content in diverse forms.

Introduction to and practice in journalistic style and the techniques of writing for mass communication, including interview techniques, media law, ethics and other components of print or online media.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 106 or equivalent. Fall Term.

As part of the core curriculum in the Multimedia Journalism major, this course moves students beyond the basics of news reporting and editing and into more complex writing projects, including a collaborative class project and using social media as a journalistic tool. Final writing assignments will be submitted for publication in national or regional media.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 106 or equivalent. Spring Term.

This course explores communication within the context of professional interpersonal relationships. Topics include interpersonal communication concepts, monitoring the internal and external environmental factors of a professional interpersonal relationship determining the relational context, identifying the appropriate communication channel for interpersonal exchanges at work and reducing unintended messages. Students will prepare a formal team presentation and a written analysis of their communication experiences in a professional interpersonal relationship.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. Fall Term.

A course designed to explore the nature of group processes, with an emphasis on effective task-group discussion, decision making, problem solving and conflict resolution. Development of personal leadership skills and observational-analytic skills through structured group communication activities.

Prerequisite(s): COM 114. Fall Term.

Both cross-cultural and intercultural aspects of communication, verbal and nonverbal, are examined in domestic and international cultures. Cultural differences in values and beliefs are also examined. Important dimensions of communication are treated in specific contexts such as medical, business and social. In addition, students will be asked to analyze their own intercultural variables and communication behaviors. Overall, this course will build cultural awareness and knowledge of how to transcend cultural and ethnic differences to build community through communication.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite.

A course that surveys the major theories in the field of communication, analyzing theories of nonverbal, intrapersonal, verbal, mass, intercultural and relational communication. Emphasis on the relationship among theory, research and communication science.

Prerequisite(s): COM 114 and one other course at the 200 level or above.

Examination of the rhetorical and social scientific theories of persuasive communication. Students will gain practical experience by examining the ethical, logical and motivational means of influencing others in a variety of persuasive situations. Coursework will include analysis, criticism and application of persuasive discourse across a diverse range of contexts.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite.

A course designed to examine gender as it is created and recreated through the process of communication. This course focuses on gender and gender stereotypes in four primary contexts of media, education, organizations and intimate relationships, such as friendships and family relationships. Students will gain a better understanding of the process of communication and how it affects the social construction of gender.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. Spring Term.

A course designed to improve writing, speaking and listening skills essential to effective communication in a variety of business and professional settings. This course takes a practice-oriented approach to crafting, delivering and evaluating various types of informative, demonstrative and persuasive documents and presentations.

Prerequisite(s): COM 213.

This course focuses on the application of communication theories as applied to organizational structures and design. Topics include open-systems theory, productivity, power, culture, socialization, identity, technology, ethics and globalization within a wide range of organizations and contexts.

A course designed to analyze problems and issues in organizational communication through case histories, exercises, and projects. The course takes a case-study approach, focusing on typical communication difficulties in crisis management.

A course designed to enhance conflict communication skills focusing on understanding the theories of conflict, the nature and function of conflict, and how communication contributes to conflict management and resolution.

Prerequisite(s): COM 114.

Communication is central to the functioning of the family and extended family systems. This course explores topics that are relevant to understanding communication phenomena in the setting of the family. Topics include: families as systems, patterns, meanings, rituals, stories, roles and types, family life cycles, stressors and conflict, power and decision making, family forms and contexts.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. January Term.

This course focuses on the interactive relationship between communication and issues of health and medicine. The roles of patients and caregivers and social and intercultural issues in health care are explored.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. Alternating Fall Terms.

In Environmental Communication students will explore the impact os sustainable/green/environmental messages on an audience. Topics include how we communicate about environmental issues, how easy it is to “tune out” an environmental message, the application of the transactional human communication model to advocacy campaigns, developing and conveying a possible solution to stakeholders, managing conflict between stakeholders, assessing green marketing and corporate campaigns, and developing a persuasive technique. Students will develop a persuasive plan based on an environmental practice or initiative and, along with preparing a document, share their ideas in a formal presentation.

Alternating Fall Terms.

The course explores the fundamentals of event management. Students will learn how to apply project management to the creation, development, and implementation of large-scale events such as professional conferences, ceremonies, formal events, concerts, athletic events, or conventions. Courses content focuses on working in teams, negotiation, conflict management, organization, oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, and motivation.

Fall Term.

The course provides an opportunity to examine the commodification of mediated culture and the resulting impact on cultural identity, Several cultural lenses will be used including religion, sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, and ability. A variety of mediated text will be examed including film, television, music and print sources.

Alternating Spring Terms.

This course examines the evolution of the LGBTQ movement through a critical analysis of the foundations of this community-the community’s rhetoric and resulting rhetorical coping strategies. Students will explore issues of sexuality, identity, power and marginalized populations in social movements, literature and popular culture. Students will increase awareness of their “others,” resulting in higher levels of communication competence.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. Alternating Fall Terms.

An opportunity for intensive exploration of a particular topic chosen by the instructor. Repeatable for credit.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite.

.25 credit

General introduction to all aspects of broadcasting. Basic training and introduction to production equipment and the day-to-day workings of WRSE, the campus radio station. After gaining experience, students will have more advanced opportunities in the radio industry, including music air shifts, promotions, news, sports and other administrative duties at WRSE. Participation may be in the form of an independent on-air music show, or administrative responsibilities assigned by the station manager in a specific area of interest, such as news, promotion or music. Five hours per week of participation is required.

Pass/No Pass grading. Repeatable for credit.

The list of platforms a journalist must learn is long and constantly in flux – from video and podcasts to social media, mobile apps, interactive infographics, and virtual reality. Besides introducing students to modern multimedia tools, this course will emphasize the critical thinking skills necessary to decide which channels, tools or media are best suited to tell a story and engage the intended audience.

An examination of the impact of mass communication media on society. Research findings are discussed in terms of their political, social and ethical implications, as well as their relationship to contemporary theories.

Prerequisite(s): COM 211.

Students will refine and enhance their rhetorical skill set and ability to act as a public advocate. They will participate in researching significant societal issues and the subsequent construction of arguments surrounding these topics. Students will also refine and enhance their delivery style during classroom, campus and community presentations.

Prerequisite(s): COM 213.

Advanced exploration of business and professional communication, including the curation, interpretation and analysis of documents and information. Covers the generation and management of online communication within social media and other online platforms.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite.

This course is designed to help students develop a conceptual framework for evaluating communication ethics and examining controversial issues and case studies in a variety of communication contexts, with a particular focus on media communication settings. Students will explore fundamental issues and standards of ethics in interpersonal, group, public and mass communication contexts.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. Alternating Fall Terms.

This course is an overview of the relationship between communication principles and the phenomenon of leadership. Analysis of various leadership approaches and their communicative content are undertaken. Students will be asked to engage in qualitative research exploring the nature of leadership as a product of human communication.

Prerequisite(s): COM 114.

.50, 1.00 or 1.50 credit

Designed to provide junior and senior communication studies, interdisciplinary communication studies and organizational communication majors with supervised, on-the-job experience with participating businesses, government agencies, institutions and radio/television stations. May be taken during the regular term with part-time employment of seven to 13 hours weekly for .50 credit, 14 to 17 hours weekly for 1.00 credit, 18 to 20 hours weekly for 1.50 credit, or during Summer Term with 36 to 40 hours per week. Applications should be made early in the term preceding registration and are reviewed on the basis of academic grade-point average, faculty recommendations, professional progress and demonstrated interest.

Repeatable for credit. Consent of instructor required during previous term unless exception is granted by internship coordinator. Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. Offered for Pass/No Pass grading.

This senior seminar is a capstone option for communication majors. This course will allow students an opportunity to pursue advanced study of a topic in communication beyond the regular course offerings. Topics will vary each year and could include race and gender in the media, cultural identity in the media, the dark side of communication and the role of communication within the liberal arts. Students will write a literature review paper on a course topic as the capstone of their work in the major. This course should be taken in the spring term closest to a student’s graduation, assuming that student is not choosing to do an internship in communication as his or her capstone in the major.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite. Spring Term.

.25, .50 or 1.00 credit

Majors may engage in directed study of a chosen subject. Studies may include creative projects, directed readings or research. Consent of instructor required. 

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite.

.50 credit

This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of communications, culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance.

Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite.

.50 credit

This half-credit course is designed for students who are in their final year of study in the Multimedia Journalism major. Students should enter this course with multiple pieces of journalism, including digital media, that reflect the student’s overall accomplishments and potential in professional journalism. The course will concentrate on building a portfolio, including at least one new piece of journalism, that can be showcased on a personal web site, demonstrating the depth of the student’s reporting and writing skills.

1.00 or 1.50 credit

Designed to provide senior communication studies, interdisciplinary communication studies and organizational communication majors with supervised, on-the-job experience with participating businesses, government agencies, institutions and radio/television stations. May be taken during the regular term with part-time employment of 14 to 17 hours weekly for 1.00 credit or 18 to 20 hours weekly for 1.50 credit. Additional assignments required as part of a capstone experience in communication. Applications should be made early in the term preceding registration and are reviewed on the basis of academic grade-point average, faculty recommendations, professional progress and demonstrated interest.

Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor required during previous term unless exception is granted by international coordinator.

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