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Presidential speeches … conversations with friends and co-workers … newspaper articles … radio banter … TV ads … Hollywood movies … the flood of information on the Internet. Communication in all its forms permeates our lives, shapes our interpersonal relationships and structures the way we view the world. Studying communication can help you understand how communication processes work, and give you the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be an engaged citizen and successful professional in the 21st Century.

We offer two majors:

  • Organizational Communication 
  • Speech Communication

Our graduates have become radio DJs, trial lawyers, actors, sound engineers, teachers, writers, television producers, CEOs and scholars. They’ve accomplished so much because their studies here at North Central trained them to be effective communicators.

As a student in our department, you’ll study:

  •  Public speaking and debate
  •  Radio programming and performance
  •  Communication within, across and between cultures
  •  Video production
  •  Face-to-face and small group communication
  •  Screenwriting and writing for broadcast news
  •  Persuasive communication and propaganda
  •  Communication law and media policy
  •  The politics, economics and social impact of the mass media

We’ll work with you to hone your writing, speaking and reasoning abilities. And we’re devoted to rigorous instruction in a responsive, small class environment.

Broadcast Communication
This major prepares you to work in the radio and television industries. To earn a B.A. in broadcasting, you need to complete at least 33.5 credit hours, including
• SPC 100 Speech Communication
• SPC 185 Mass Media and Society
• SPC 262 Radio Production and Direction
• SPC 269 Television Production
• SPC 273 Station Programming
• SPC 287 Advanced Public Speaking
• SPC 325 Communication Law
• SPC 412 Media Criticism

• Two courses on writing for TV and film - SPC 265 Broadcast News (1.50), SPC 267 TV/Film & Screen Writing (1.50) or SPC 277 Broadcast Copywriting

• One advanced production course from the following:  SPC 405 Advanced Radio Production and Direction or SPC 417 Advanced Video Production

• One additional course from the following:  SPC 223 Oral Interpretation, SPC 367 Persuasion Theories or THE 182 Acting I

• Three separate terms of one type or any combination of the following:   credit or non-credit SPC 113 TV Performance, SPC 117 Radio Performance or SPC 119 Forensics; credit or non-credit internships; department approved independent study.

You can earn a minor in broadcasting by taking 18 credit hours from the courses listed above, including three courses above the 100- level and at least one at the 300- or 400- level.

Organizational Communication
The organizational communication major focuses on communication in businesses and other institutional settings and is ideal for careers in management, public relations or customer relations. To earn a B.A. in organizational communication, you need to complete at least 45 credit hours, including:

• SPC 100 Speech Communication
• SPC 214 Group Process
• SPC 230 Business & Professional Communication
• SPC 287 Advanced Public Speaking
• SPC 330 Organizational Communication Theory
• SPC 430 Advanced Organizational Communication
• PHL 210 Professional Ethics
• One communication context course - SPC 185 Mass Media and Society, SPC 200 Interpersonal, SPC 260 Introduction to New Media

• Two advanced Speech Communication courses - such as SPC 317 Intercultural Communication, SPC 350 Public Relations

• Five specialty courses drawn from a list that includes courses in business, leadership, psychology, political science, writing and methodology

You can earn a minor in organizational communication by taking at least 21 credit hours to include SPC 330 and SPC 430, plus 15 credit hours from the Organizational Communication core.

Speech Communication
The Speech Communication major studies how, why and with what effects people create, interpret and evaluate verbal and nonverbal messages, especially in face to face contexts. Graduates may pursue advanced degrees in communication careers in such areas as community affairs liaison, media analyst, lobbyist, speech writing, human resources, marketing or sales to name a few.  To earn a B.A. in speech, you must complete at least 39 credit hours including:
• SPC 100 Speech Communication
• SPC 200 Interpersonal Communication
• SPC 214 Group Process
• SPC 223 Oral Interpretation
• SPC 285 Argumentation and Debate
• SPC 287 Advanced Public Speaking
• SPC 300 Communication Theory
• SPC 367 Persuasions Theory
• SPC 410 Rhetorical Criticism

• One of the following courses:  SPC 185, SPC 230, SPC 260 or ENG 270

• Three of the following courses:  SPC 317, SPC 330, SPC 389, SPC 391/491, SPC 392/492, SPC 397/497, SPC 399/499, SPC 412, SPC 493 

You can earn a minor in speech by taking 18 credit hours from the courses listed above, including three courses above the 100- level and at least one at the 300- or 400- level.

Speech Communication, B.A.

The Speech Communication program focuses on how, why and with what effects people create, interpret and evaluate messages in a range of contexts, including face-to-face interactions, public discourse, organizations, mass media and digital media. Graduates are prepared to pursue advanced degrees in communication or enter careers where the ability to create messages for a variety of audiences is essential.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Communication.

Major Requirements:

This major consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours, completion of core courses and selected courses from other categories, as listed below.

Eight core courses:

  • COM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    COM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to a wide array of public speaking skills, including preparation, presentation and evaluation of speeches. Recommended primarily for first year students and sophomores.

    Core

    Communication
    IAI

    C2 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 223 - Oral Interpretation I

    COM 223 - Oral Interpretation I

    3.00 credit hours

    Preparation and analysis of prose fiction, poetry and drama for oral presentation through both solo and duet performance.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    COM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    3.00 credit hours

    Theory and practice in argumentation. Students prepare for and participate in debates in order to develop skills in research, organization, critical thinking and oral presentation.

    Core

    Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    COM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    3.00 credit hours

    This course builds upon the fundamentals learned in COM 100 and helps students to further develop their skills in impromptu, manuscript and extemporaneous speaking in applied settings. The class includes communication theory as well as speech preparation and delivery techniques for informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches. This advanced skills course serves Communication majors as well as other students who are seeking to improve their presentation skills.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 300 - Communication Theory

    COM 300 - Communication Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the enduring issues of theory and research in the discipline, with special emphasis given to concepts and themes peculiar to speech communication, ethics and historical evolution of the discipline. Intended to be a foundation for study at the advanced level in speech communication.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 200 or COM 214; COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    COM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    3.00 credit hours

    The study of rhetoric involves a humanistic understanding of persuasion and influence, and is ultimately concerned with how people use symbols to coordinate social action. This course builds upon the basic rhetorical knowledge from COM 100 and acquaints students with classical and contemporary perspectives on rhetoric. Students will learn how public issues are rhetorically developed, discussed and debated in the public sphere.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 335 - Freedom of Expression

    COM 335 - Freedom of Expression

    3.00 credit hours

    Examines the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech, religion, press and association, and its role as a cornerstone of American democracy. Students will study foundational U.S. Supreme Court cases that have defined and delimited these freedoms. They will learn how to analyze legal and moral arguments and conduct basic legal research. They will also develop an understanding of the political and philosophical conflicts surrounding the exercise of First Amendment freedoms.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or Senior standing; one COM course.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the humanistic and scientific theories of oral persuasion as practiced in a variety of situations, including interpersonal, public speaking, organizational and mass media contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 410 - Rhetorical Criticism

    COM 410 - Rhetorical Criticism

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of contemporary approaches to the critical analysis of communication. Students examine numerous examples of contemporary rhetoric (speeches, speakers, movements) and consider key factors that can be used to explain the effects of public address acts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

Nine credit hours from the following introductory courses:

  • COM 119 - Forensics Performance *

    COM 119 - Forensics Performance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    For debaters, oral interpreters and public speakers. Offered to all students who wish to participate in intercollegiate forensics. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    3.00 credit hours

    The history of mass communication in the United States with an emphasis on the sociological and cultural effects of media on society.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    COM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of communication in face-to-face interactions. The course examines the role of perception of self and others in communication and explores such topics as nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development and conflict management. Skills training is an important component of the course.

    Core

    Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 214 - Group Process

    COM 214 - Group Process

    3.00 credit hours

    The understanding and practice of small group communication theory and skills in information-sharing and decision-making discussions.

    Core

    Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication

    COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on developing the skills and strategies involved in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of interviewing, writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as performance feedback, training, meeting management and organizational identity.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of COM 100, COM 200 or COM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    COM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory course familiarizing students with core public relations concepts, historical underpinnings, foundational theory and careers in PR. An overview of the functions, practices and growing application of public relations in private industry and the public sector, the course will examine the nature and role of public relations, activities of public relations professionals, the major influences impacting organizational behavior and the ethics of public relations.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 260 - Introduction to New Media

    COM 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*No more than three credit hours can count toward the major requirements.

Six credit hours from the following advanced courses:

  • COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    COM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management through cultural, critical, feminist and postmodern perspectives. Attention is given to using theoretical perspectives for analyzing and diagnosing communication problems and for effecting change in organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 214 and three additional hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 350 - Public Relations Strategy and Implementation

    COM 350 - Public Relations Strategy and Implementation

    3.00 credit hours

    An advanced-level course in PR examining organizational principles, applied theory and strategic planning practices—including social media integration—underscoring the effective management of public relations. Team-based applications of PR research planning, tactics and implementation for real-world clients. The course also emphasizes best practices in PR writing across platforms.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 250 and MED 225, or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 367 - Persuasion Theories *

    COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the humanistic and scientific theories of oral persuasion as practiced in a variety of situations, including interpersonal, public speaking, organizational and mass media contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 389 - Gender and the Mass Media

    COM 389 - Gender and the Mass Media

    3.00 credit hours

    The critical analysis of the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender, representations of the body and the cultural significance of the media.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    COM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 397 - Internship

    COM 397 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 399 - Independent Study

    COM 399 - Independent Study

    1.00-9.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 410 - Rhetorical Criticism *

    COM 410 - Rhetorical Criticism

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of contemporary approaches to the critical analysis of communication. Students examine numerous examples of contemporary rhetoric (speeches, speakers, movements) and consider key factors that can be used to explain the effects of public address acts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 412 - Media Criticism

    COM 412 - Media Criticism

    3.00 credit hours

    A critical study of media analysis theories, with an emphasis on television and film. Students learn to use the theoretical tools media scholars use to analyze the content and effects of media messages. Ethical questions and other related issues are also examined.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or senior standing; COM 185 and COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    COM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    This course bridges theory and practice by emphasizing key organizational communication processes. Paying particular attention to contemporary research and applications, this course focuses on several topics such as superior-subordinate and peer-to-peer communication, socialization processes, globalization and diversity issues, emotional labor, conflict and decision-making, organizational identity and image, new technology in organizations, organizational change and leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 330; Junior or Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    COM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of special topics in the area of communication studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 497 - Internship

    COM 497 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 499 - Independent Study

    COM 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-9.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*If not taken as a Core course.

Broadcast Communication, B.A.

This major emphasizes a theoretical and technical understanding of broadcast media, and performance and production in radio and television. Graduates in this track may seek to enter broadcasting as on-air personalities or behind-the-scenes staff and managers (e.g., production, programming, news, music, sports, promotions, public affairs), or may pursue advanced degrees in mass media or communication.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

Major Requirements:

This major consists of a minimum of 39.5 credit hours, including completion of the skill practice requirement, core courses and selected courses from other categories, as listed below.

Skill Practice Requirement:

Four separate terms of credit and non-credit MED 113 TV Performance, MED 117 Radio Performance or MED 152 - College News Practicum, or any combination of MED 117, MED 113MED 152 and non-credit or credit internships.

Note:

The performance practice courses do not count toward the major, minor, or departmental limit of 51 credit hours. However, these credits do count toward graduation (six credit hour limit in each department) and the courses are graded, whether taken for credit or non-credit.

Nine core courses:

  • MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of editing video with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Various software will be explored in the creation of video projects. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques including interviews, story selection and research. Discussion on new technologies and the evolving state of journalism. Additional topics on journalism ethics and law.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 240 - Media Law

    MED 240 - Media Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to media law designed to acquaint students with the legal restraints placed upon mass communicators. Includes material on the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity, advertising and political advertising.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125; COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 242 - Media Ethics

    MED 242 - Media Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of ethical standards related to media industries. Includes areas such as deceptive practices, conflict of interest, invasion of privacy, propaganda and sensationalism.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 262 - Radio Production and Direction

    MED 262 - Radio Production and Direction

    3.00 credit hours

    The preparation, production and direction of program materials. Uses WONCFM production studios as the laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 117 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 273 - Station Programming

    MED 273 - Station Programming

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of philosophical, legal and business considerations that determine the programming of radio and television stations. Courses may focus on any one of the following: news and public affairs, audience analysis, programming research or other areas related to both commercial and non-commercial programming practices.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 117 or instructor's consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 322 - Video Editing and Production II

    MED 322 - Video Editing and Production II

    3.50 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in Video Editing and Production I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    3.00 credit hours

    The history of mass communication in the United States with an emphasis on the sociological and cultural effects of media on society.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 412 - Media Criticism

    COM 412 - Media Criticism

    3.00 credit hours

    A critical study of media analysis theories, with an emphasis on television and film. Students learn to use the theoretical tools media scholars use to analyze the content and effects of media messages. Ethical questions and other related issues are also examined.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or senior standing; COM 185 and COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two writing courses from:
  • MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    3.00 credit hours

    Learning to write content for news and information purposes adapted to the formats used for Web, applications and social media.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 266 - Broadcast News

    MED 266 - Broadcast News

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of the writing, editing and production of broadcast news. Students learn to write news while integrating audio and video news elements.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 270 - Screenwriting

    MED 270 - Screenwriting

    3.00 credit hours

    The research, writing and pre-production of television and motion picture screenplays with an emphasis on script structure and format, plot analysis and character development. The behind-the-scenes relationships with producers, directors, screenwriters and agents are studied. Also discussed: Writers Guild of America formatics, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 277 - Broadcast Copywriting

    MED 277 - Broadcast Copywriting

    3.00 credit hours

    The research, writing and preproduction of radio and television scripts for public service announcements, station promotions and commercials. The relationship between writers with producers, station managers and advertising agency personnel is studied, as well as an analysis of target audiences.

    Schedule Of Classes

One advanced production course from:
  • MED 405 - Advanced Radio Production and Direction

    MED 405 - Advanced Radio Production and Direction

    3.00 credit hours

    The preparation and direction of program materials (commercials, promos, PSAs, music, drama, etc.) on an advanced level. Laboratory uses WONC-FM production studios.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing and MED 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 422 - Advanced Studio Production

    MED 422 - Advanced Studio Production

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced studio-based production work conducted on location at NCTV17. May include fieldwork. Students will assume a variety of roles to create original on-air content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 322.

    Schedule Of Classes

One additional course from:
  • MED 105 - Web Design I

    MED 105 - Web Design I

    3.00 credit hours

    This course introduces students to the basics of web design. Emphasis of this course is on creating design solutions relating to web design. The students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions for web design. Students will learn how to create layout for a website, optimize images and graphics for the web and create simple websites using HTML and CSS. Students may not receive credit for both IFS 115 and MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    3.00 credit hours

    Analysis of the technological convergence that has occurred in the modern news environment, and the creation of content that is effective across a range of media platforms. Emphasis on analyzing and selecting the proper medium to suit the message and the ability to move across social media and multimedia platforms with ease. Students research and write content that is optimized for online and mobile audiences, utilize blog creation sites and audio and visual tools.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 325, MED 113 and MED 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 390 - Special Topics

    MED 390 - Special Topics

    3.00 credit hours

    Exploration of a topic of current interest. Topics vary depending on student and faculty interest. May be taken more than once with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Varies with topic.

    Schedule Of Classes

Recommended Electives:

  • MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of audio production for a variety of digital formats. In this course students will learn and practice techniques for recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting digital audio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 320 - Motion Graphics

    MED 320 - Motion Graphics

    3.00 credit hours

    In this course students will develop competencies in the design of graphics for screen-based animation. These include image, graphic and typographic elements. The course will focus on the content development through an examination of work processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics. Lectures, projects and in-class exercises will address design, typography in motion, digital imaging, sequencing images, compositing images and principles of motion. The final product of the assignments will be the creation of video files, the documentation of the design process and analysis of established works.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 205 - Digital Photography

    ART 205 - Digital Photography

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery and concepts through the use of computers and software. Areas of concentration include imagery manipulation, color and collage. Digital camera is required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the humanistic and scientific theories of oral persuasion as practiced in a variety of situations, including interpersonal, public speaking, organizational and mass media contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

Journalism, B.A.

At the root of all newswriting is attention to the word. Majors in journalism need to be strong writers well equipped to navigate established and developing media fields. Technological developments and emerging media trends have combined to create new directions in the field of journalism. Traditional news forms (particularly print, television and radio) have given ground to converged formats, many of which include multimedia elements. However, journalistic writing remains a core skill in the field. The journalism curriculum takes the foundations of traditional news narratives and media and adds instruction in skills such as photography, videography and multimedia storytelling. Hands-on experience is crucial training for journalists. Students gain such experience in classes, internships, and college practica (newspaper, broadcasting network or online publications).

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

42 credit hours and completion of the Skill Practice Requirements:

  • MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    3.00 credit hours

    Learning to write content for news and information purposes adapted to the formats used for Web, applications and social media.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques including interviews, story selection and research. Discussion on new technologies and the evolving state of journalism. Additional topics on journalism ethics and law.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 240 - Media Law

    MED 240 - Media Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to media law designed to acquaint students with the legal restraints placed upon mass communicators. Includes material on the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity, advertising and political advertising.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125; COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 250 - News Editing

    MED 250 - News Editing

    3.00 credit hours

    Basic techniques and responsibilities of a publications editor. Topics include editing for both content and style, working with photos, writing photo captions and writing headlines. Course includes a review of libel and attention to ethical dilemmas facing journalists.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 266 - Broadcast News

    MED 266 - Broadcast News

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of the writing, editing and production of broadcast news. Students learn to write news while integrating audio and video news elements.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 325 - Newsgathering II

    MED 325 - Newsgathering II

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced writing and reporting techniques including multi-source, in-depth articles. Introduction to using social media tools, apps and other modern tools used to create and distribute news content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    3.00 credit hours

    Analysis of the technological convergence that has occurred in the modern news environment, and the creation of content that is effective across a range of media platforms. Emphasis on analyzing and selecting the proper medium to suit the message and the ability to move across social media and multimedia platforms with ease. Students research and write content that is optimized for online and mobile audiences, utilize blog creation sites and audio and visual tools.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 325, MED 113 and MED 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 485 - Multimedia Journalism Capstone Seminar

    MED 485 - Multimedia Journalism Capstone Seminar

    3.00 credit hours

    Students will individually and collaboratively create an in-depth, interactive story package. Applying research, writing and multimedia tools, students will produce a portfolio package that follows all of the legal and ethical guidelines for in-depth journalism. Students will undertake the curation and evaluation of online analytics and data visualization. Students will also develop a strategy for promoting and disseminating their journalistic package.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 345.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout. Students may not receive credit for both ART 142 and ART 141 or IFS 109.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 205 - Digital Photography

    ART 205 - Digital Photography

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery and concepts through the use of computers and software. Areas of concentration include imagery manipulation, color and collage. Digital camera is required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    3.00 credit hours

    The history of mass communication in the United States with an emphasis on the sociological and cultural effects of media on society.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 265 - Style

    ENG 265 - Style

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the linguistic structure and rhetorical effects of sentences, paragraphs, and essays in the works of selected writers. Students review English syntax in order to expand their understanding of how stylistic choices affect the creation of meaning.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Six credit hours from:

  • MED 392 - Topics in Journalism

    MED 392 - Topics in Journalism

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of specialized fields of journalism or media studies. Possible topics include: data journalism, ethics, history of journalism, entrepreneurial journalism, feature writing, sports writing, brand journalism, community journalism, humor and opinion, environmental journalism and long-form journalism. Course may involve a mixture of study and practice of a particular field or genre.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185 and Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 365 - Writing Creative Nonfiction

    ENG 365 - Writing Creative Nonfiction

    3.00 credit hours

    Workshop in creative nonfiction writing that emphasizes invention, research, drafting and revision. Additionally, students examine published models for critique and appreciation of craft. Topic and approach may vary. This course may be repeated once with different content and permission of the instructor.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201; MED 225 or ENG 265.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

    ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of writing that engages in civic life and contributes to meaningful public debates. Students engage in research designed to expand their expertise as cultural critics.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201 and ENG 265.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 465 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Multimedia

    ENG 465 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Multimedia

    3.00 credit hours

    An advanced writing seminar wherein student writers transform creative nonfictions into a variety of multimedia forms which may include the following visual and/or audio products: documentary, oral history, monologue, commentary, storyboard, slideshow, spoken word poetry or theatrical sketch. Students learn to enlarge the contemporary practice of written nonfiction through projects and prompts that encourage creative, hands-on exploration as well as workshop-based analytical and critical skills.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

Skill Practice Requirements:

  • MED 113 - TV Performance

    MED 113 - TV Performance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Offered to all students who wish to participate in Cardinal Video Productions, the campus video production company. This course is designed for video producers, directors, editors, camera operators, on-camera reporters and announcers, screenwriters, news and promotions staffers. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 117 - Radio Performance

    MED 117 - Radio Performance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    For announcers, engineers, music directors, new directors, production, traffic, sports, public affairs and promotions staffers. Offered to all students who wish to work at the campus radio station, WONC-FM. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 152 - College News Practicum (must be taken twice)

    MED 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour to work as writers or editors, web and social media content creators, photographers, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires a minimum of four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits hours which requires a minimum of six hours of work on the publication per week. Registration for credit requires consent of the instructor. Students are required to take the practicum at least twice and a maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies department practica. The practicum does not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count toward graduation and all practica are graded, whether taken for credit or non-credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies practica. The practica credits do not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count towards graduation.

Strongly Recommended:

Recommended General Education courses:

  • ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to close reading of literature, including poetry, drama, fiction (short stories, novels, graphic novels and film) and encourages the appreciation and analytical exploration of literary texts. The course provides the critical vocabulary and methods needed to read and respond to a wide array of literature available to the twenty-first century reader and demonstrates the openness and flexibility of literary genres.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    3.00 credit hours

    Colonialism, urbanization, nationalism, globalization and the interconnection of trade and immigration patterns are considered in this overview of modern world history.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Professional ethics in selected career fields including law, business and biomedicine. Students may apply basic concepts to the career of their choice, relate their personal ethics to professional ethics and become better informed consumers of professional services. This course begins with an examination of the alternative bases for making moral judgments.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 101 - Introduction to American Government

    PSC 101 - Introduction to American Government

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to American politics, the Constitution, Congress, Presidency, political parties, interest groups and principal contemporary problems of the U.S. government. Satisfies teacher certification requirements in Illinois and the U.S. Constitution.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S5 900

    Schedule Of Classes

Recommended electives:

  • MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of editing video with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Various software will be explored in the creation of video projects. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of audio production for a variety of digital formats. In this course students will learn and practice techniques for recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting digital audio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 212 - Typography

    ART 212 - Typography

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the understanding of type and its use as a design element. Type is explored in relation to page layout, color, importing of graphics and expression, using computer graphics technology.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

Organizational Communication, B.A.

This interdisciplinary program focuses on communication in professional settings, emphasizing historical and contemporary perspectives on the multitude of communicative practices that constitute organizational life. Students learn to think critically about communication in organizations, as well as develop specific skills for the presentation and analysis of organizational messages. Selected courses from other fields complement a core set of courses. Depending on the courses selected as well as coursework in a minor, students are prepared for positions in business, industry, non-profit, community and governmental organizations, and may take career paths in internal corporate communication, human resources, training and development, media and community relations, public relations, sales and marketing, customer service, community advocacy, technical communication and management.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Communication.

Major Requirements:

This major consists of a minimum of 45 credit hours, including 10 core courses and five specialty courses as specified below.

Ten core courses (30 credit hours):

  • COM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    COM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to a wide array of public speaking skills, including preparation, presentation and evaluation of speeches. Recommended primarily for first year students and sophomores.

    Core

    Communication
    IAI

    C2 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 214 - Group Process

    COM 214 - Group Process

    3.00 credit hours

    The understanding and practice of small group communication theory and skills in information-sharing and decision-making discussions.

    Core

    Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication

    COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on developing the skills and strategies involved in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of interviewing, writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as performance feedback, training, meeting management and organizational identity.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of COM 100, COM 200 or COM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    COM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    3.00 credit hours

    The study of rhetoric involves a humanistic understanding of persuasion and influence, and is ultimately concerned with how people use symbols to coordinate social action. This course builds upon the basic rhetorical knowledge from COM 100 and acquaints students with classical and contemporary perspectives on rhetoric. Students will learn how public issues are rhetorically developed, discussed and debated in the public sphere.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    COM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management through cultural, critical, feminist and postmodern perspectives. Attention is given to using theoretical perspectives for analyzing and diagnosing communication problems and for effecting change in organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 214 and three additional hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    COM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    This course bridges theory and practice by emphasizing key organizational communication processes. Paying particular attention to contemporary research and applications, this course focuses on several topics such as superior-subordinate and peer-to-peer communication, socialization processes, globalization and diversity issues, emotional labor, conflict and decision-making, organizational identity and image, new technology in organizations, organizational change and leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 330; Junior or Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Professional ethics in selected career fields including law, business and biomedicine. Students may apply basic concepts to the career of their choice, relate their personal ethics to professional ethics and become better informed consumers of professional services. This course begins with an examination of the alternative bases for making moral judgments.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

One communication context course from:
  • COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    3.00 credit hours

    The history of mass communication in the United States with an emphasis on the sociological and cultural effects of media on society.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    COM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of communication in face-to-face interactions. The course examines the role of perception of self and others in communication and explores such topics as nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development and conflict management. Skills training is an important component of the course.

    Core

    Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    COM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory course familiarizing students with core public relations concepts, historical underpinnings, foundational theory and careers in PR. An overview of the functions, practices and growing application of public relations in private industry and the public sector, the course will examine the nature and role of public relations, activities of public relations professionals, the major influences impacting organizational behavior and the ethics of public relations.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 260 - Introduction to New Media

    COM 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two advanced communication courses from:
  • COM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    COM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    3.00 credit hours

    Theory and practice in argumentation. Students prepare for and participate in debates in order to develop skills in research, organization, critical thinking and oral presentation.

    Core

    Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    COM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    3.00 credit hours

    This course builds upon the fundamentals learned in COM 100 and helps students to further develop their skills in impromptu, manuscript and extemporaneous speaking in applied settings. The class includes communication theory as well as speech preparation and delivery techniques for informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches. This advanced skills course serves Communication majors as well as other students who are seeking to improve their presentation skills.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 300 - Communication Theory

    COM 300 - Communication Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the enduring issues of theory and research in the discipline, with special emphasis given to concepts and themes peculiar to speech communication, ethics and historical evolution of the discipline. Intended to be a foundation for study at the advanced level in speech communication.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 200 or COM 214; COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 350 - Public Relations Strategy and Implementation

    COM 350 - Public Relations Strategy and Implementation

    3.00 credit hours

    An advanced-level course in PR examining organizational principles, applied theory and strategic planning practices—including social media integration—underscoring the effective management of public relations. Team-based applications of PR research planning, tactics and implementation for real-world clients. The course also emphasizes best practices in PR writing across platforms.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 250 and MED 225, or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the humanistic and scientific theories of oral persuasion as practiced in a variety of situations, including interpersonal, public speaking, organizational and mass media contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 389 - Gender and the Mass Media

    COM 389 - Gender and the Mass Media

    3.00 credit hours

    The critical analysis of the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender, representations of the body and the cultural significance of the media.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    COM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 397 - Internship

    COM 397 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 399 - Independent Study

    COM 399 - Independent Study

    1.00-9.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    COM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of special topics in the area of communication studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 497 - Internship

    COM 497 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 499 - Independent Study

    COM 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-9.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

Five specialty courses:

One research methods course from:
  • SOA 200 - Research Methods in Social Sciences: Quantitative

    SOA 200 - Research Methods in Social Sciences: Quantitative

    3.00 credit hours

    An assessment of the strengths and limitations of various modes of quantitative data collection including experiments, questionnaires, content analysis and the use of secondary data. Emphasis is placed on ethical issues, becoming a critical consumer of research and developing the ability to design and carry out an independent study.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 202 - Research Methods in Social Sciences: Qualitative

    SOA 202 - Research Methods in Social Sciences: Qualitative

    3.00 credit hours

    An overview of qualitative methods, including in-depth interviewing, oral history, focus groups and participant observation. Addresses practical issues, such as question development, negotiating access, maintaining rapport, sampling strategies, note taking and analysis. Delves more deeply into ethical issues and the "back stages" of the research process.

    Schedule Of Classes

One writing course from:
  • MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    3.00 credit hours

    Learning to write content for news and information purposes adapted to the formats used for Web, applications and social media.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques including interviews, story selection and research. Discussion on new technologies and the evolving state of journalism. Additional topics on journalism ethics and law.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

One advanced writing course from:
  • ENG 260 - Integrating Word and Image

    ENG 260 - Integrating Word and Image

    3.00 credit hours

    Offers beginning instruction in visual literacy and design skills in theory and practice. Useful for prospective teachers, writers, editors and arts entrepreneurs, the course engages students in the invention, production, revision and analysis of purposeful fusions of word and image. Particular attention is paid to rules of legibility, readability and visual and textual style. Course projects consider text and image in a variety of for-print products, bringing content, audience and author together in compelling ways.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 270 - Writing, Rhetoric and Culture

    ENG 270 - Writing, Rhetoric and Culture

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to historical and contemporary theories of rhetoric and their application to writing. Students construct and critique written arguments, examining ways culture may be shaped by persuasive discourse. The class offers practice in analyzing a range of texts, identifying their historical or cultural contexts. By way of interpretive reading and critique, students consider central questions in the humanities and liberal arts more generally.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 455 - Professional and Grant Writing

    ENG 455 - Professional and Grant Writing

    3.00 credit hours

    An advanced study and practice of professional writing for various audiences, addressing style, structure and ethical considerations pertaining to a variety of document forms and publishing platforms. Special attention is given to writing effective grant applications. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 455 and MLS 455.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

    ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of writing that engages in civic life and contributes to meaningful public debates. Students engage in research designed to expand their expertise as cultural critics.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201 and ENG 265.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 250 - News Editing

    MED 250 - News Editing

    3.00 credit hours

    Basic techniques and responsibilities of a publications editor. Topics include editing for both content and style, working with photos, writing photo captions and writing headlines. Course includes a review of libel and attention to ethical dilemmas facing journalists.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 325 - Newsgathering II

    MED 325 - Newsgathering II

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced writing and reporting techniques including multi-source, in-depth articles. Introduction to using social media tools, apps and other modern tools used to create and distribute news content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    3.00 credit hours

    Analysis of the technological convergence that has occurred in the modern news environment, and the creation of content that is effective across a range of media platforms. Emphasis on analyzing and selecting the proper medium to suit the message and the ability to move across social media and multimedia platforms with ease. Students research and write content that is optimized for online and mobile audiences, utilize blog creation sites and audio and visual tools.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 325, MED 113 and MED 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 392 - Topics in Journalism >
  • (depending on topic, SPC approval required)
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    MED 392 - Topics in Journalism

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of specialized fields of journalism or media studies. Possible topics include: data journalism, ethics, history of journalism, entrepreneurial journalism, feature writing, sports writing, brand journalism, community journalism, humor and opinion, environmental journalism and long-form journalism. Course may involve a mixture of study and practice of a particular field or genre.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185 and Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two specialty courses from:
  • BEN 110 - Business and Society

    BEN 110 - Business and Society

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory course identifying the role of the business institution in our society. It serves as a background for other more focused business courses. Specifically, it will explore the major business activities that operate within the societal framework. It seeks to provide a basic understanding of what business arena is about, and how business behavior is shaped and influenced by its stakeholders—managers, consumers, employees, government and community members. Key topics to be covered in this course include: business systems, corporate governance, the business and society relationship, business and public issues, ethical dilemmas in business, corporate social responsibilities in relation to stakeholders, globalization, ecological and sustainability issues and the influence of technology on business and society.

    Prerequisite(s)


    First-Year or Sophomore status.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 135 - Introduction to International Business

    BUS 135 - Introduction to International Business

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of Globalization and Business. The course exposes the student to the broad issues of globalization; illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of globalization; relates globalization to culture, politics, ethics, labor, legal settings, geography and international organizations; and finally, provides the context of business as it operates globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 168 - Marketing

    BUS 168 - Marketing

    3.00 credit hours

    The scope and methods of product development, pricing, distribution and promotion of goods and services by for-profit as well as not-for-profit organizations.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 372 - Consumer Behavior

    BUS 372 - Consumer Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    Theories and research regarding the consumer's buying decision process: problem recognition, search for information, evaluation and decision and post-purchase assessment. Additional topics include consumer perception, personality, life style, communication patterns and their implications for marketing strategy.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BUS 135 or concurrent enrollment; BUS 168; PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 378 - Sales and Sales Management

    BUS 378 - Sales and Sales Management

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the basic principles of selling, consumer analysis, sales presentations, leadership and management of the sales organization. Emphasis is placed on the selection process, training methods, control components and motivational factors for the sales force, with an integrated approach identifying ethical issues, societal values and leadership strategies to encourage and enhance behavior among all individuals in the sales organization.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BUS 168.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 384 - Human Resource Management

    BUS 384 - Human Resource Management

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic functions of personnel and labor relations. Discussions focus on valuing, employing, developing, motivating and maintaining human resources in organizations. The history of the American labor movement and the collective bargaining process is also examined.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ECN 250 and Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 455 - Promotional Strategy

    BUS 455 - Promotional Strategy

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the theories and techniques applicable to the development of the promotional mix. Topics include the analysis and development of promotional objectives, budgets, message and media design and measurement of the effectiveness of advertising, personal selling, sales promotion, public relations and publicity efforts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing, BUS 168 and BUS 372.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 320 - U.S. Social Movements

    HST 320 - U.S. Social Movements

    3.00 credit hours

    A detailed examination of major social movements in the modern United States. Emphasis on the African American civil rights movement, the women's movement and the labor movement.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level course in history, political science, sociology and anthropology or English.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 121 - Issues in Leadership

    LEV 121 - Issues in Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of leadership needs in American communities, corporations and political life. Studies of several leaders who have met diverse challenges form the basis of developing a normative perspective on leadership in our society.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

    LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    An inquiry into the theories and skills relating to the resolution of conflict in the community and the workplace. A variety of approaches are used to understand and analyze issues and develop skills including lecture/discussion, negotiation exercises and simulated mediations. The course focuses on developing the ability to practice as a mediator.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Core

    Communication or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 240 - Leadership and Culture

    LEV 240 - Leadership and Culture

    3.00 credit hours

    This course provides an overview of the basic elements of leadership with emphasis on recognizing cultural variety and developing effective leadership approaches suited for cross cultural contexts. The course provides a basic overview of leadership definition, types of leadership and leadership traits. Then it explores leadership across cultures in terms of: leadership theories, communication, motivation, exploration of non-Western cultures and effective leadership approaches.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 301 - Social Change and Servant Leadership

    LEV 301 - Social Change and Servant Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    Students will explore servant and social change models of leadership and develop a rich understanding of various modes of social change. Students will examine case studies, study leadership in social movements and investigate leadership in various stages of social change. They will examine the values of leaders, and reflect upon individual responsibility and possible leadership roles that address social justice and servant leadership issues.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing:

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 390 - Seminar on Leadership Theory

    LEV 390 - Seminar on Leadership Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    The goal of the seminar is to gain familiarity with the considerations involved in framing a comprehensive theory of leadership with special emphasis upon the connections between leadership, values and ethics. In independent projects students relate major theories about leadership to the study of specific leader/constituent relationships.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 495 - Applied Leadership

    LEV 495 - Applied Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    A structured seminar reflection upon experience of leadership relations gained in an approved experiential setting. Students spend approximately 10 to 12 hours per week in their experiential setting. One two-hour class meeting per week.

    Prerequisite(s)


    LEV 390 or Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 213 - Elections and Campaigns

    PSC 213 - Elections and Campaigns

    3.00 credit hours

    The role of parties, voters and the media in elections and the political process, including local, state and national races. Attention to social, economic and psychological factors affecting voting patterns. Fieldwork in campaigns is encouraged.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 101.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 214 - American Political Parties and Interest Groups

    PSC 214 - American Political Parties and Interest Groups

    3.00 credit hours

    This course provides an in-depth examination of American political parties and organized interest groups. We explore the interrelationship among such groups and discuss the importance of group activity, representation of constituencies and organizations, as well as the role of parties and interest groups in elections.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 101.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 270 - Industrial Psychology

    PSY 270 - Industrial Psychology

    3.00 credit hours

    This course explores the relationship between individuals and their jobs. Topics include psychological theory and research related to job-design, selection, training, assessment and career development.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 330 - Community Psychology

    PSY 330 - Community Psychology

    3.00 credit hours

    Community Psychology presents a complementary perspective to traditional clinical psychology. Community psychologists focus on preventing mental disorders before they occur, and more generally on promoting mental health. They often address these goals by studying, designing and implementing programs and policies that build communities (schools, neighborhoods, the larger society, etc.) which are more conducive to good mental health. Topics discussed include prevention, program evaluation, creation of settings, psychological conceptions of the environment, social support, community organization and development, empowerment and social action, mutual help, participant research, social justice, social policy and ethics of community intervention.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSY 250; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 340 - Learning

    PSY 340 - Learning

    3.75 credit hours

    This course surveys theories of learning from an historical perspective. In addition, developments in methodology and applications of learning are discussed (e.g., behavior modification and programmed instruction). A weekly lab is included. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level course in Psychology, excluding PSY 250.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 203 - Community Studies

    SOA 203 - Community Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the challenges and opportunities confronting communities in contemporary society, with a focus upon issues of social justice, social change and community service. The course serves both as an introduction to urban and community life and an introduction to meaningful careers in public life, social services and community organizing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Recommended Course Sequence:

FIRST YEAR:
(9 hours)

  • COM 100  
  • COM 214 
  • COM 185, COM 200, COM 250 or COM 260 

SECOND YEAR:
(9-12 hours)
 

  • COM 330 
  • PHL 210 
  • MED 200 or MED 225 (first writing course)
  • First specialty course
THIRD YEAR:
(12-15 hours)
  • SOA 200 or SOA 202 (methods course)
  • COM 301 
  • COM 230 (or senior year)
  • COM 430 (or senior year)
  • First advanced communication course
FOURTH YEAR:
(12-15 hours)
 
  • COM 230 (or junior year)
  • COM 430 (or junior year)
  • Second advanced communication course
  • Advanced writing course
  • Second specialty course

 

Recommended Minors:

This major is compatible with a number of fields, and in order to develop expertise in a subject related to their career goals, students are encouraged to pursue a minor. Related minors include Marketing, International Business, Human Resource Management, Journalism, Interactive Media Studies, LeadershipConflict ResolutionSocial Change Leadership, Psychology, Sociology, Gender and Women's Studies, Global Studies, Political Science and Urban and Suburban Studies. Other minors may be appropriate; students should consult with their academic advisor.

Recommended Internship:

The faculty highly recommends that majors incorporate field experience working in a professional environment with their program of study by completing at least one internship during their junior and/or senior year. Students should work with their academic advisor and Career Services to identify appropriate internship opportunities, and they should consult the department's current internship policy if they wish to receive academic credit for the experience.

Journalism Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

18 credit hours and completion of Skill Practice Requirements:

  • MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques including interviews, story selection and research. Discussion on new technologies and the evolving state of journalism. Additional topics on journalism ethics and law.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 325 - Newsgathering II

    MED 325 - Newsgathering II

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced writing and reporting techniques including multi-source, in-depth articles. Introduction to using social media tools, apps and other modern tools used to create and distribute news content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    3.00 credit hours

    Analysis of the technological convergence that has occurred in the modern news environment, and the creation of content that is effective across a range of media platforms. Emphasis on analyzing and selecting the proper medium to suit the message and the ability to move across social media and multimedia platforms with ease. Students research and write content that is optimized for online and mobile audiences, utilize blog creation sites and audio and visual tools.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 325, MED 113 and MED 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 485 - Multimedia Journalism Capstone Seminar

    MED 485 - Multimedia Journalism Capstone Seminar

    3.00 credit hours

    Students will individually and collaboratively create an in-depth, interactive story package. Applying research, writing and multimedia tools, students will produce a portfolio package that follows all of the legal and ethical guidelines for in-depth journalism. Students will undertake the curation and evaluation of online analytics and data visualization. Students will also develop a strategy for promoting and disseminating their journalistic package.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 345.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Six credit hours of additional journalism courses

Skill Practice Requirements (credit does not count toward the minor):

  • MED 113 - TV Performance

    MED 113 - TV Performance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Offered to all students who wish to participate in Cardinal Video Productions, the campus video production company. This course is designed for video producers, directors, editors, camera operators, on-camera reporters and announcers, screenwriters, news and promotions staffers. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 117 - Radio Performance

    MED 117 - Radio Performance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    For announcers, engineers, music directors, new directors, production, traffic, sports, public affairs and promotions staffers. Offered to all students who wish to work at the campus radio station, WONC-FM. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 152 - College News Practicum

    MED 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour to work as writers or editors, web and social media content creators, photographers, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires a minimum of four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits hours which requires a minimum of six hours of work on the publication per week. Registration for credit requires consent of the instructor. Students are required to take the practicum at least twice and a maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies department practica. The practicum does not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count toward graduation and all practica are graded, whether taken for credit or non-credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies practica. The practica credits do not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count towards graduation.

Recommended General Education courses:

  • ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to close reading of literature, including poetry, drama, fiction (short stories, novels, graphic novels and film) and encourages the appreciation and analytical exploration of literary texts. The course provides the critical vocabulary and methods needed to read and respond to a wide array of literature available to the twenty-first century reader and demonstrates the openness and flexibility of literary genres.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    3.00 credit hours

    Colonialism, urbanization, nationalism, globalization and the interconnection of trade and immigration patterns are considered in this overview of modern world history.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Professional ethics in selected career fields including law, business and biomedicine. Students may apply basic concepts to the career of their choice, relate their personal ethics to professional ethics and become better informed consumers of professional services. This course begins with an examination of the alternative bases for making moral judgments.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 101 - Introduction to American Government

    PSC 101 - Introduction to American Government

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to American politics, the Constitution, Congress, Presidency, political parties, interest groups and principal contemporary problems of the U.S. government. Satisfies teacher certification requirements in Illinois and the U.S. Constitution.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S5 900

    Schedule Of Classes

Recommended electives:

  • MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of editing video with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Various software will be explored in the creation of video projects. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of audio production for a variety of digital formats. In this course students will learn and practice techniques for recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting digital audio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 212 - Typography

    ART 212 - Typography

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the understanding of type and its use as a design element. Type is explored in relation to page layout, color, importing of graphics and expression, using computer graphics technology.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

Organizational Communication Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Communication.

At least 21 credit hours to include:

  • COM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    COM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management through cultural, critical, feminist and postmodern perspectives. Attention is given to using theoretical perspectives for analyzing and diagnosing communication problems and for effecting change in organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 214 and three additional hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    COM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    This course bridges theory and practice by emphasizing key organizational communication processes. Paying particular attention to contemporary research and applications, this course focuses on several topics such as superior-subordinate and peer-to-peer communication, socialization processes, globalization and diversity issues, emotional labor, conflict and decision-making, organizational identity and image, new technology in organizations, organizational change and leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 330; Junior or Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Plus 15 credit hours from the Organizational Communication Core

Speech Communication Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Communication.

Minor Requirements:

21 credit hours of Speech Communication courses, including at least nine credit hours at the 200-level or above and at least six credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.

Steve Macek

Professor of Communication; Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies
COM
630-637-5369
Mara K. Berkland

Professor of Communication; Ruge Fellow
COM
5367
Amy Grim Buxbaum

Associate Professor of Communication
COM
630-637-5346
Supna Jain

Half-Time Assistant Professor of Communication
COM
630-637-5377
Richard Paine

Professor of Speech Communication/Theatre
COM
630-637-5374
John Stanley

Associate Professor of Communication; Co-Director of Forensics; Director of Individual Events
COM
630-637-5371
  • WONC - Volunteer at WONC-FM 89.1, considered to be one of the top college radio stations in the country. No other station has won as many Marconi awards for excellence in college radio. 
  • Forensics - Participate in North Central’s nationally known, highly ranked intercollegiate speech team. Travel across the country competing in team and individual events in such areas as oral interpretation, public speaking and debate. Scholarships available.
  • Cardinal Video/NCTV17 - Help write, shoot and edit North Central’s new student-produced show “NCC Today” for local cable station, NCTV17.  A great way to learn TV production techniques. 
  • Mock Trial - Argue a criminal or civil case and compete against major college and university teams in the American Mock Trial Association. Work with local lawyers, judges and crime scene investigators.
  • Internships - Intern at Chicagoland radio or TV stations, with local businesses, with nonprofits and churches, or with government agencies.
  • Field trips - Join classmates on visits to an editorial board meeting at the Chicago Tribune, to a screening at the Chicago International Film Festival or to a taping of the “Oprah Winfrey” show.
  • Study abroad - Enroll in our own Costa Rica, London and Japan/China programs, or participate in any number of international exchanges programs from other institutions. 
  • Independent research - Design your own research project and apply to obtain a Richter Independent Study Fellowship for travel funding and project development. Present your research at the Rall Symposium.

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