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Media Studies

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Steve Macek

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Are you interested in uncovering corruption, providing sports commentary, or designing a product brand? What about exploring multimedia platforms, blogging and podcasting? The Media Studies Department contains the faculty, resources and desire to set you on the right path. With majors in Journalism, Broadcast and Interactive Media Studies, the department offers a wide range of courses that will provide you with an equally wide-ranging skill set. Students in all three areas get hands-on experience in practicum courses as well as internships.

JOURNALISM

From local neighborhoods to the global village, journalists provide information, explanation, commentary and analysis that help us make sense of an increasingly complex world and inspire positive change.

Our innovative program grounds you in mass media history, ethics and law while developing your writing, editing, multimedia, social media and design skills. As a journalism student, you'll cover hard news and write persuasive pieces, first-person essays and feature-length narrative journalism. Additionally, you will learn the skills required by the modern journalist, including how to manage video, photographs, audio, web and social content.

In addition to regular classes, you'll spend time in ENG 132 College News Practicum, serving as a staff member for our award-winning student news site, ncclinked.com and the print newspaper, The Chronicle.

BROADCAST

Students who pursue the broadcast curriculum gain knowledge and experience in this far-reaching field. With classes in both audio and video production, graduates have gone on to pursue careers as radio DJs, television producers and sound engineers.

Classes include instruction in the following areas: radio programming and performance, video production and editing, screenwriting, and writing for broadcast news.

In addition, students have the opportunity to become part of the award-winning campus radio station, WONC.

INTERACTIVE MEDIA STUDIES

Interactive media students learn to merge various digital media (text, graphics, video and audio) in a computer environment so users can interact with it by reading, watching, listening to and, in the case of your phone, touching. Interactive media includes the Internet and websites, streaming audio and video, multimedia presentations, virtual reality, 3D animation and video games, to name a few.

Students have a choice of three tracks from which to choose: Convergent Media, Graphic Design, and Technology. 

Interactive Media Studies, Convergent-Media Track, B.A.

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

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Digital media writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write in a variety of different genres including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    A practical introduction to the legal restraints placed upon media communicators and the ethical concerns raised by various forms of media communication. Includes discussions and material related to the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity and political broadcasting. The course is also intended to engage students in a conversation about the ethical issues facing the media today.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life, Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Web Design
  • ARTD 245 - Web Design

    ARTD 245 - Web Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction the creation of design solutions relating toweb design. The students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions forweb design. Students 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 ARTD 245 and INFS 115.

    Schedule Of Classes

Practica

Two semesters from any of the following:

  • MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on video field production workshop designed to allow students to develop their video production and storytelling skills. Emphasis is placed on news and public affairs content. Instructor approval required for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on experience on the staff of the college news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students 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. Instructor approval needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 297 - Internship

    MEDI 297 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 397 - Internship

    MEDI 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 497 - Internship

    MEDI 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    A creative environment similar to a design agency to develop independent art and design projects. Member students also work with clients including non-profit and campus organizations to offer graphic design and other multimedia related services. This course may be taken twice for credit.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 118 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    ENGL 118 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, The Kindling. Students may register for 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, photographers, artists and designers. Editors register for 2.00 credit hours. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 120 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    ENGL 120 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, 30 North. Students may register for 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, photographers, artists and designers. Editors register for 2.00 credit hours. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone

One of the following:

  • MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    4.00 credit hours

    Students create an in-depth capstone project that brings together a variety of media production skills, knowledge and research methods. The topic is determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Additionally, students create a web portfolio.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 494 - Professional Practices

    ARTD 494 - Professional Practices

    2.00 credit hours

    Development of practical professional skills and materials such as resume, cover letter, artist statement, interview techniques and portfolio. Exploration of common practices in the creative fields through lectures, individual meetings, field trips, discussions, writing and presentations to develop the skills necessary to participate in various existing art and design worlds after graduation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior or Senior Standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Convergent Media Courses

One of the following:

  • MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques. Topics covered include conducting interviews, story selection and research. New technologies and the evolving state of journalism are also discussed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 255 - Social Media

    MEDI 255 - Social Media

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines social media as an evolving, complex system of channels used to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels and audiences. Among the things that we will consider are the uses of social media in advertising, social movements, and political campaigns.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    4.00 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 formatting guidelines, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies

    ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine theoretical, stylistic and ethical issues connected with writing in various rhetorical situations, including digital environments. Focus on writing about ethically charged issues such as artificial intelligence, digital technology, biotechnology and transhumanism.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Using a reader-centered approach, students are introduced to strategies for writing effectively in the workplace. Rhetorical theories and practices join multimodal writing and presentation skills to help students transfer from school-to-work contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

Multimedia Production Skills

Three of the following, no more than two from the same department:

  • MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of video production and the principles of editing with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Basic camera and microphone operation is introduced and use of video editing software to create video projects is explored. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 101 or MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation, production and direction of various digital audio program materials (such as commercial spots, news packages, music specials, station promos, podcasts, and dramas). Students learn how to use professional digital audio editing software. Sometimes uses WONC-FM production studios as a laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course in photo journalism with an emphasis on multimedia. The course is taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction progresses from basic camera operation to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in MED 222 Video Storytelling I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Topics include: advanced camera operation, lighting, composition, editing transitions, mixing and synchronizing audio, graphics, logging video and working with B-roll. Professional editing packages are used to produce long-form projects in formats suitable for delivery over DVD, Web, broadcast television and cable.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 113 and MEDI 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation and direction of digital audio programs (such as podcasts, commercial spots, station promos, sales presentations, documentaries, etc.) on an advanced level. Students learn the techniques of sophisticated radio and audio production, including field recording, multi-track recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and sound design for other media. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of historical and contemporary theories and practices of visual forms, especially as applied in art and design. Students engage theories in constructing imagery to develop skills of seeing and comprehending visual details, and the ability to understand the meanings of and messages in visual text.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    4 credit hours

    A foundations course focused on process, study and application of core concepts of visual design - visual elements, principles of design and creative process. Course objectives include creative problem solving through acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Design of graphics for screen-based animation using image, graphic and typographic elements. Attention given to content development through an examination of motion design processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    4.00 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)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 275 - Photography II: Digital

    ARTD 275 - Photography II: Digital

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery, artistic statements and concepts through the use of DSLR cameras and software.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    4.00 credit hours

    The theory and practice of 2D computer animation, character and story development, the Twelve Principles of animation, including secondary animation, key-framing and anticipation. Topics include character development, narrative creation, time-line based editing, stop frame animation and an introduction to animation programming.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Use of computing tools and techniques for data modeling, analysis, visualization and presentation. Topics include introduction to spreadsheet tools for data processing, presentation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, statistical and financial functions, formulas, graphical and modern visualization tools, macros and scripting; Introduction to modeling and simulation, scenarios and goal-seeking and what-if analysis. Applications focus will be on a practical problem such as climate data, personal wellness/fitness modeling, financial problems, etc. Integrated laboratory.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    4.00 credit hours

    A hands-on course which enables students to create websites. Includes an introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web; HTML and HTML editors; artistic, organizational, technical and ethical considerations of website design and implementation; delivery across multiple platforms, from traditional computer display to mobile devices; and requirements analysis, design specifications, graphics optimization. Also, introduction to XHTML, DHTML, CSS and introduction to scripting (such as Ajax and JavaScript). Integrated lab. Students may not receive credit for both INFS 115 and ARTD 245.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    Topics include the use of modern web-development tools (such as PHP, Ruby, Node/NodeJS, JQuery) for server-side generation of content. Also covers HTML5/CSS and Javascript for client-side presentation, SQL databases for information management and retrieval, management of shopping carts and client sessions and security. Extensive programming required. Integrated lab.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160; INFS 115 or CSCE 210.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    4.00 credit hours

    Concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MIDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills are allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Analysis, Context and Writing

Two of the following, no more than one from the same department:

  • MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the development of journalism in America. Course covers the major eras and figures in U.S. journalism history.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced introduction to the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender and sexuality, representations of the body and feminist theories of media.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced survey of theoretically-informed approaches to media criticism, with an emphasis on news media, television and film. Students learn to use the conceptual tools media scholars employ to analyze the content, form and effects of media messages. Ethical and political questions raised by media texts are also examined.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 185 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the business practices, institutional forms and production and distribution processes of major media industries in the U.S. and around the world. Surveys the impact of technology, media policy and regulation, globalization and broader political economic forces on both the individual media enterprise and national and transnational media systems. Examines the unique work routines and labor relations that tend to prevail within media industries. Special emphasis is placed on the advantages and disadvantages of commercial, for-profit media and their various alternatives (state-run public service media, citizen journalism etc.).

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 185 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 342 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction

    ENGL 342 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced workshop-based course in which students propose, write and edit an extended creative nonfiction manuscript, and, with peer and professor support, write and revise the first two chapters of a proposed manuscript. Students research publication venues and learn to prepare and pitch longer-form nonfiction manuscripts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and ENGL 242.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FILM 300 - History of Global Film

    FILM 300 - History of Global Film

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to major movements, waves, or schools throughout the history of global film with an emphasis on aesthetic trademarks, cultural and historical context, and directors. Additional focus on the shift of scholarly attention from national cinema(s) to global and transnational characteristics of contemporary film. Weekly screening sessions required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FILM 100 or ARTD 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FILM 490 - Film Theory and Criticism

    FILM 490 - Film Theory and Criticism

    4.00 credit hours

    The study of key theoretical models and strategies for comprehending the uniqueness of film and television as texts, cultural documents, and aesthetic experiences. May include intersections with existing theoretical models such as spectatorship, gender theory, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism, (post)structuralism, queer theory, and post- colonialism. Weekly screening sessions required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FILM 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Interactive Media Studies, Interactive Media Technology Track, B.A.

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

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Digital media writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write in a variety of different genres including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    A practical introduction to the legal restraints placed upon media communicators and the ethical concerns raised by various forms of media communication. Includes discussions and material related to the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity and political broadcasting. The course is also intended to engage students in a conversation about the ethical issues facing the media today.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life, Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Practica

Two semesters from any of the following:

  • MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on video field production workshop designed to allow students to develop their video production and storytelling skills. Emphasis is placed on news and public affairs content. Instructor approval required for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on experience on the staff of the college news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students 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. Instructor approval needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 297 - Internship

    MEDI 297 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 397 - Internship

    MEDI 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 497 - Internship

    MEDI 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    A creative environment similar to a design agency to develop independent art and design projects. Member students also work with clients including non-profit and campus organizations to offer graphic design and other multimedia related services. This course may be taken twice for credit.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 118 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    ENGL 118 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, The Kindling. Students may register for 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, photographers, artists and designers. Editors register for 2.00 credit hours. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 120 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    ENGL 120 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, 30 North. Students may register for 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, photographers, artists and designers. Editors register for 2.00 credit hours. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone

One of the following:

  • MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    4.00 credit hours

    Students create an in-depth capstone project that brings together a variety of media production skills, knowledge and research methods. The topic is determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Additionally, students create a web portfolio.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 494 - Professional Practices

    ARTD 494 - Professional Practices

    2.00 credit hours

    Development of practical professional skills and materials such as resume, cover letter, artist statement, interview techniques and portfolio. Exploration of common practices in the creative fields through lectures, individual meetings, field trips, discussions, writing and presentations to develop the skills necessary to participate in various existing art and design worlds after graduation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior or Senior Standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Technology Courses

  • ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    4.00 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)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming, emphasizing the development of algorithms and problem solving skills using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures; functions; simple data structures; different computing environments such as the Linux operating system are also explored. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    4.00 credit hours

    A hands-on course which enables students to create websites. Includes an introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web; HTML and HTML editors; artistic, organizational, technical and ethical considerations of website design and implementation; delivery across multiple platforms, from traditional computer display to mobile devices; and requirements analysis, design specifications, graphics optimization. Also, introduction to XHTML, DHTML, CSS and introduction to scripting (such as Ajax and JavaScript). Integrated lab. Students may not receive credit for both INFS 115 and ARTD 245.

    Schedule Of Classes

Technology Electives

Four of the following, at least one at the 300-level or above:

  • MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of video production and the principles of editing with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Basic camera and microphone operation is introduced and use of video editing software to create video projects is explored. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 101 or MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation, production and direction of various digital audio program materials (such as commercial spots, news packages, music specials, station promos, podcasts, and dramas). Students learn how to use professional digital audio editing software. Sometimes uses WONC-FM production studios as a laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course in photo journalism with an emphasis on multimedia. The course is taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction progresses from basic camera operation to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in MED 222 Video Storytelling I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Topics include: advanced camera operation, lighting, composition, editing transitions, mixing and synchronizing audio, graphics, logging video and working with B-roll. Professional editing packages are used to produce long-form projects in formats suitable for delivery over DVD, Web, broadcast television and cable.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 113 and MEDI 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation and direction of digital audio programs (such as podcasts, commercial spots, station promos, sales presentations, documentaries, etc.) on an advanced level. Students learn the techniques of sophisticated radio and audio production, including field recording, multi-track recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and sound design for other media. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 244 - Graphic Design II: Methods and Materials

    ARTD 244 - Graphic Design II: Methods and Materials

    4.00 credit hours

    Create and develop visual form in response to communication problems, including an understanding of principles of visual organization/composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics and the construction of meaningful images.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 140 and ARTD 242.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    4.00 credit hours

    The theory and practice of 2D computer animation, character and story development, the Twelve Principles of animation, including secondary animation, key-framing and anticipation. Topics include character development, narrative creation, time-line based editing, stop frame animation and an introduction to animation programming.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Design of graphics for screen-based animation using image, graphic and typographic elements. Attention given to content development through an examination of motion design processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 342 - Graphic Design III

    ARTD 342 - Graphic Design III

    4.00 credit hours

    Experiments in visual communication challenge students to further refine visual thinking through applied problems. Flexibility of approach is important and stressed at this level. Group assignments allow for the integration of various media to better define conceptual and technical solutions to design problems.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 242.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 345 - User Experience and User Interface Design

    ARTD 345 - User Experience and User Interface Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the field of user experience and interface design for web and mobile. Course content is focused on applied practices from user research, information architecture, interaction design, visual design and usability. Students explore screen layout, organization, navigation, labeling, search and other core concepts and techniques such as user flows, wireframes and prototyping.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 242.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 380 - Animation II: Sequential Art

    ARTD 380 - Animation II: Sequential Art

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of 2-D digital graphics and animation with a focus on producing portfolio quality projects. Efficient workflow techniques, narrative arcs and team dynamics are examined. Topics include storyboard script production, audio-animation optimization and compositing across programs.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 280.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 382 - Animation III: 3D Computer Graphics

    ARTD 382 - Animation III: 3D Computer Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the creation three-dimensional (3D) animation and computer graphics. Emphasis on the production of 3D animation as final digital and/or printed output using modeling, rendering and animation software.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 280.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 315 - Web Applications

    CSCE 315 - Web Applications

    4.00 credit hours

    Development of web applications. Topics include HTTP, the Browser and Document Object Models; Server-side technologies such as Java Servlets, ASP.NET MVC and NodeJS/Express; Client-side technologies JavaScript, AJAX and JQuery; and server-side database access. Introduction to Single Page Apps and Restful services using JAXRS and ASP.NET Web API. Extensive programming required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 210.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 330 - Mobile Applications Development

    CSCE 330 - Mobile Applications Development

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to creating applications that run on mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and smart watches. Topics include device hardware and development platforms; interface design; interactivity; SQLite database; multimedia; monetization. Extensive programming required. Integrated laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 306.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 335 - Introduction to Game Design and Development

    CSCE 335 - Introduction to Game Design and Development

    4.00 credit hours

    Project-based course; Design and development of computer games; Introduction to a modern game engine (such as Unity or Unreal Engine). Extensive programming and major project required. Integrated laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 306.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSCE 336 - Human Computer Interaction

    CSCE 336 - Human Computer Interaction

    4.00 credit hours

    Fundamental principles in the design, implementation and evaluation of human-machine interfaces with emphasis on human computer interaction. Topics include user psychology, theories of human learning and perception, audio and visual physiology, graphical user interfaces, task analysis and usability heuristics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 210.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Use of computing tools and techniques for data modeling, analysis, visualization and presentation. Topics include introduction to spreadsheet tools for data processing, presentation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, statistical and financial functions, formulas, graphical and modern visualization tools, macros and scripting; Introduction to modeling and simulation, scenarios and goal-seeking and what-if analysis. Applications focus will be on a practical problem such as climate data, personal wellness/fitness modeling, financial problems, etc. Integrated laboratory.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    Topics include the use of modern web-development tools (such as PHP, Ruby, Node/NodeJS, JQuery) for server-side generation of content. Also covers HTML5/CSS and Javascript for client-side presentation, SQL databases for information management and retrieval, management of shopping carts and client sessions and security. Extensive programming required. Integrated lab.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160; INFS 115 or CSCE 210.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    4.00 credit hours

    Concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MIDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills are allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Journalism and Media Communication, B.A.

Journalism and Media Communication prepares students to become modern media practitioners, practiced in the art of storytelling using a variety of platforms and technologies. Depending on the specific courses selected, students are equipped for careers in the journalism, radio, television, video production, social media, advertising and digital content creation.

Majors in Journalism and Media Communication are encouraged to complete at least one internship in the media-related area of their choice.  Students should work closely with faculty to identify appropriate internship opportunities.

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

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life, Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    An intermediate course in which students develop the skills and strategies for use in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as interviewing, performance feedback, training and meeting management.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100; COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques. Topics covered include conducting interviews, story selection and research. New technologies and the evolving state of journalism are also discussed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    A practical introduction to the legal restraints placed upon media communicators and the ethical concerns raised by various forms of media communication. Includes discussions and material related to the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity and political broadcasting. The course is also intended to engage students in a conversation about the ethical issues facing the media today.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    4.00 credit hours

    Students create an in-depth capstone project that brings together a variety of media production skills, knowledge and research methods. The topic is determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Additionally, students create a web portfolio.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Production Fundamentals

Three of the following:

  • MEDI 101 - Introduction to Broadcasting

    MEDI 101 - Introduction to Broadcasting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the legal, economic, logistical and technological considerations shaping the day-to-day operations of broadcast media. Special attention is given to the management and programming of TV and radio stations and networks. Among the topics covered include: news and public affairs, sports broadcasting, audience analysis, advertising, programming research and other areas related to both commercial and non-commercial programming practices. Recommended for students interested in careers in radio and/or television.

    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life, Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Digital media writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write in a variety of different genres including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of video production and the principles of editing with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Basic camera and microphone operation is introduced and use of video editing software to create video projects is explored. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 101 or MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 250 - Copy Editing

    MEDI 250 - Copy Editing

    4.00 credit hours

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

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 255 - Social Media

    MEDI 255 - Social Media

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines social media as an evolving, complex system of channels used to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels and audiences. Among the things that we will consider are the uses of social media in advertising, social movements, and political campaigns.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation, production and direction of various digital audio program materials (such as commercial spots, news packages, music specials, station promos, podcasts, and dramas). Students learn how to use professional digital audio editing software. Sometimes uses WONC-FM production studios as a laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course in photo journalism with an emphasis on multimedia. The course is taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction progresses from basic camera operation to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Production

Three of the following:

  • MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in MED 222 Video Storytelling I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Topics include: advanced camera operation, lighting, composition, editing transitions, mixing and synchronizing audio, graphics, logging video and working with B-roll. Professional editing packages are used to produce long-form projects in formats suitable for delivery over DVD, Web, broadcast television and cable.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 113 and MEDI 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 325 - Newsgathering II

    MEDI 325 - Newsgathering II

    4.00 credit hours

    Explores advanced writing and reporting techniques and the production of multi-source, in-depth articles. Also introduces students to literary and investigative journalism.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 345 - Digital Journalism

    MEDI 345 - Digital Journalism

    4.00 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.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of the following: MEDI 222, MEDI 225 or MEDI 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 366 - Broadcast News

    MEDI 366 - Broadcast News

    4.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of the writing, editing and production of news for radio and television. Students learn to write for broadcast, how to conduct interviews for radio and television and how to integrate audio and video elements into news stories.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225; One of the following: MEDI 101, MEDI 222 or MEDI 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    4.00 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 formatting guidelines, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 390 - Special Topics in Journalism and Media Communication

    MEDI 390 - Special Topics in Journalism and Media Communication

    4.00 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. Potential topics include sports media, data visualization, public affairs journalism, etc.

    Prerequisite(s)

    8 credit hours in communication or media studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation and direction of digital audio programs (such as podcasts, commercial spots, station promos, sales presentations, documentaries, etc.) on an advanced level. Students learn the techniques of sophisticated radio and audio production, including field recording, multi-track recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and sound design for other media. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 415 - TV Studio Production

    MEDI 415 - TV Studio Production

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to television studio production. Students learn about different genres of studio production and have an opportunity to create a variety of programs (a talk show, a newscast and a small individual project). Course meets at the studios of Naperville Community Television (NCTV-17).

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 101 or MEDI 222; MEDI 113.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 490 - Seminar in Journalism and Media Communication

    MEDI 490 - Seminar in Journalism and Media Communication

    4.00 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. Potential topics include sports media, data visualization, public affairs journalism, etc.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

History and Theory

One of the following:

  • MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the development of journalism in America. Course covers the major eras and figures in U.S. journalism history.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced survey of theoretically-informed approaches to media criticism, with an emphasis on news media, television and film. Students learn to use the conceptual tools media scholars employ to analyze the content, form and effects of media messages. Ethical and political questions raised by media texts are also examined.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 185 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the business practices, institutional forms and production and distribution processes of major media industries in the U.S. and around the world. Surveys the impact of technology, media policy and regulation, globalization and broader political economic forces on both the individual media enterprise and national and transnational media systems. Examines the unique work routines and labor relations that tend to prevail within media industries. Special emphasis is placed on the advantages and disadvantages of commercial, for-profit media and their various alternatives (state-run public service media, citizen journalism etc.).

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 185 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Media Practicum

Three semesters of the following:

  • MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on video field production workshop designed to allow students to develop their video production and storytelling skills. Emphasis is placed on news and public affairs content. Instructor approval required for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 117 - Radio Practicum

    MEDI 117 - Radio Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Offered to all students who wish to work at the campus radio station, WONC-FM. The following positions are available: music show host, newscaster, news reporter, news magazine host, sportscaster, sports reporter, sports play-by-play announcer, traffic reporter, news writer, copywriter, music research specialist, promotions assistant, production assistant, board operator. Instructor approval needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on experience on the staff of the college news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students 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. Instructor approval needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Interactive Media Studies Minor

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

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 24 credit hours, to include:

Core Courses

  • ARTD 245 - Web Design

    ARTD 245 - Web Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction the creation of design solutions relating toweb design. The students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions forweb design. Students 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 ARTD 245 and INFS 115.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life, Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Digital media writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write in a variety of different genres including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    A practical introduction to the legal restraints placed upon media communicators and the ethical concerns raised by various forms of media communication. Includes discussions and material related to the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity and political broadcasting. The course is also intended to engage students in a conversation about the ethical issues facing the media today.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

A minimum 12 credit hours from the IMS Convergent Track listed below, at least one at the 300-level or above and no more than one course from a single subject prefix:

  • MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of video production and the principles of editing with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Basic camera and microphone operation is introduced and use of video editing software to create video projects is explored. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 101 or MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques. Topics covered include conducting interviews, story selection and research. New technologies and the evolving state of journalism are also discussed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 255 - Social Media

    MEDI 255 - Social Media

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines social media as an evolving, complex system of channels used to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels and audiences. Among the things that we will consider are the uses of social media in advertising, social movements, and political campaigns.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation, production and direction of various digital audio program materials (such as commercial spots, news packages, music specials, station promos, podcasts, and dramas). Students learn how to use professional digital audio editing software. Sometimes uses WONC-FM production studios as a laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course in photo journalism with an emphasis on multimedia. The course is taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction progresses from basic camera operation to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of the development of journalism in America. Course covers the major eras and figures in U.S. journalism history.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in MED 222 Video Storytelling I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Topics include: advanced camera operation, lighting, composition, editing transitions, mixing and synchronizing audio, graphics, logging video and working with B-roll. Professional editing packages are used to produce long-form projects in formats suitable for delivery over DVD, Web, broadcast television and cable.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 113 and MEDI 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    4.00 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 formatting guidelines, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation and direction of digital audio programs (such as podcasts, commercial spots, station promos, sales presentations, documentaries, etc.) on an advanced level. Students learn the techniques of sophisticated radio and audio production, including field recording, multi-track recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and sound design for other media. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of historical and contemporary theories and practices of visual forms, especially as applied in art and design. Students engage theories in constructing imagery to develop skills of seeing and comprehending visual details, and the ability to understand the meanings of and messages in visual text.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    4 credit hours

    A foundations course focused on process, study and application of core concepts of visual design - visual elements, principles of design and creative process. Course objectives include creative problem solving through acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    4.00 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)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 275 - Photography II: Digital

    ARTD 275 - Photography II: Digital

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery, artistic statements and concepts through the use of DSLR cameras and software.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    4.00 credit hours

    The theory and practice of 2D computer animation, character and story development, the Twelve Principles of animation, including secondary animation, key-framing and anticipation. Topics include character development, narrative creation, time-line based editing, stop frame animation and an introduction to animation programming.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Design of graphics for screen-based animation using image, graphic and typographic elements. Attention given to content development through an examination of motion design processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced introduction to the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender and sexuality, representations of the body and feminist theories of media.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced survey of theoretically-informed approaches to media criticism, with an emphasis on news media, television and film. Students learn to use the conceptual tools media scholars employ to analyze the content, form and effects of media messages. Ethical and political questions raised by media texts are also examined.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 185 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the business practices, institutional forms and production and distribution processes of major media industries in the U.S. and around the world. Surveys the impact of technology, media policy and regulation, globalization and broader political economic forces on both the individual media enterprise and national and transnational media systems. Examines the unique work routines and labor relations that tend to prevail within media industries. Special emphasis is placed on the advantages and disadvantages of commercial, for-profit media and their various alternatives (state-run public service media, citizen journalism etc.).

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 185 and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies

    ENGL 212 - Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies: Text/Technologies

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine theoretical, stylistic and ethical issues connected with writing in various rhetorical situations, including digital environments. Focus on writing about ethically charged issues such as artificial intelligence, digital technology, biotechnology and transhumanism.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101 or CARD 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    ENGL 280 - Introduction to Professional Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Using a reader-centered approach, students are introduced to strategies for writing effectively in the workplace. Rhetorical theories and practices join multimodal writing and presentation skills to help students transfer from school-to-work contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 342 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction

    ENGL 342 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced workshop-based course in which students propose, write and edit an extended creative nonfiction manuscript, and, with peer and professor support, write and revise the first two chapters of a proposed manuscript. Students research publication venues and learn to prepare and pitch longer-form nonfiction manuscripts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and ENGL 242.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 250 - Writing for Social Change

    ENGL 250 - Writing for Social Change

    4.00 credit hours

    A workshop-based writing course emphasizing the close reading and production of equity-minded texts that challenge existing power structures. Studying writing of social change movements of the past, students learn the arts of writing to change the world through individual and collaboratively designed projects for publics. Writing and Rhetoric.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 242 - Beginning Creative Nonfiction

    ENGL 242 - Beginning Creative Nonfiction

    2.00 credit hours

    An introduction to creative nonfiction emphasizing memoir, personal essays and narrative nonfiction. Students read and collaboratively analyze the work of professional and peer practitioners for craft, and write, edit and revise original creative nonfictions for workshop.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of ENGL 104, ENGL 106, ENGL 108 or ENGL 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FILM 300 - History of Global Film

    FILM 300 - History of Global Film

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to major movements, waves, or schools throughout the history of global film with an emphasis on aesthetic trademarks, cultural and historical context, and directors. Additional focus on the shift of scholarly attention from national cinema(s) to global and transnational characteristics of contemporary film. Weekly screening sessions required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FILM 100 or ARTD 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FILM 490 - Film Theory and Criticism

    FILM 490 - Film Theory and Criticism

    4.00 credit hours

    The study of key theoretical models and strategies for comprehending the uniqueness of film and television as texts, cultural documents, and aesthetic experiences. May include intersections with existing theoretical models such as spectatorship, gender theory, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism, (post)structuralism, queer theory, and post- colonialism. Weekly screening sessions required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FILM 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    INFS 110 - Introduction to Data Analysis, Modeling and Presentation

    4.00 credit hours

    Use of computing tools and techniques for data modeling, analysis, visualization and presentation. Topics include introduction to spreadsheet tools for data processing, presentation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, statistical and financial functions, formulas, graphical and modern visualization tools, macros and scripting; Introduction to modeling and simulation, scenarios and goal-seeking and what-if analysis. Applications focus will be on a practical problem such as climate data, personal wellness/fitness modeling, financial problems, etc. Integrated laboratory.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    INFS 115 - Introduction to Website Development

    4.00 credit hours

    A hands-on course which enables students to create websites. Includes an introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web; HTML and HTML editors; artistic, organizational, technical and ethical considerations of website design and implementation; delivery across multiple platforms, from traditional computer display to mobile devices; and requirements analysis, design specifications, graphics optimization. Also, introduction to XHTML, DHTML, CSS and introduction to scripting (such as Ajax and JavaScript). Integrated lab. Students may not receive credit for both INFS 115 and ARTD 245.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    INFS 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    Topics include the use of modern web-development tools (such as PHP, Ruby, Node/NodeJS, JQuery) for server-side generation of content. Also covers HTML5/CSS and Javascript for client-side presentation, SQL databases for information management and retrieval, management of shopping carts and client sessions and security. Extensive programming required. Integrated lab.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160; INFS 115 or CSCE 210.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    4.00 credit hours

    Concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MIDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills are allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Journalism and Media Communication Minor

Journalism and Media Communication prepares students to become modern media practitioners, practiced in the art of storytelling using a variety of platforms and technologies. Depending on the specific courses selected, students are equipped for careers in journalism, radio, television, video production, social media, advertising and digital content creation.

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

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

Core Courses

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life, Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques. Topics covered include conducting interviews, story selection and research. New technologies and the evolving state of journalism are also discussed.

    Schedule Of Classes

Production Fundamentals

Two of the following:

  • MEDI 101 - Introduction to Broadcasting

    MEDI 101 - Introduction to Broadcasting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the legal, economic, logistical and technological considerations shaping the day-to-day operations of broadcast media. Special attention is given to the management and programming of TV and radio stations and networks. Among the topics covered include: news and public affairs, sports broadcasting, audience analysis, advertising, programming research and other areas related to both commercial and non-commercial programming practices. Recommended for students interested in careers in radio and/or television.

    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life, Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Digital media writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write in a variety of different genres including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of video production and the principles of editing with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Basic camera and microphone operation is introduced and use of video editing software to create video projects is explored. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 101 or MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 250 - Copy Editing

    MEDI 250 - Copy Editing

    4.00 credit hours

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

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 255 - Social Media

    MEDI 255 - Social Media

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines social media as an evolving, complex system of channels used to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels and audiences. Among the things that we will consider are the uses of social media in advertising, social movements, and political campaigns.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation, production and direction of various digital audio program materials (such as commercial spots, news packages, music specials, station promos, podcasts, and dramas). Students learn how to use professional digital audio editing software. Sometimes uses WONC-FM production studios as a laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course in photo journalism with an emphasis on multimedia. The course is taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction progresses from basic camera operation to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 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.

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Advanced Production

One of the following:

  • MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in MED 222 Video Storytelling I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Topics include: advanced camera operation, lighting, composition, editing transitions, mixing and synchronizing audio, graphics, logging video and working with B-roll. Professional editing packages are used to produce long-form projects in formats suitable for delivery over DVD, Web, broadcast television and cable.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 113 and MEDI 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 325 - Newsgathering II

    MEDI 325 - Newsgathering II

    4.00 credit hours

    Explores advanced writing and reporting techniques and the production of multi-source, in-depth articles. Also introduces students to literary and investigative journalism.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 345 - Digital Journalism

    MEDI 345 - Digital Journalism

    4.00 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.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of the following: MEDI 222, MEDI 225 or MEDI 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 366 - Broadcast News

    MEDI 366 - Broadcast News

    4.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of the writing, editing and production of news for radio and television. Students learn to write for broadcast, how to conduct interviews for radio and television and how to integrate audio and video elements into news stories.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225; One of the following: MEDI 101, MEDI 222 or MEDI 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    4.00 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 formatting guidelines, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 390 - Special Topics in Journalism and Media Communication

    MEDI 390 - Special Topics in Journalism and Media Communication

    4.00 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. Potential topics include sports media, data visualization, public affairs journalism, etc.

    Prerequisite(s)

    8 credit hours in communication or media studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    4.00 credit hours

    The preparation and direction of digital audio programs (such as podcasts, commercial spots, station promos, sales presentations, documentaries, etc.) on an advanced level. Students learn the techniques of sophisticated radio and audio production, including field recording, multi-track recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and sound design for other media. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 415 - TV Studio Production

    MEDI 415 - TV Studio Production

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to television studio production. Students learn about different genres of studio production and have an opportunity to create a variety of programs (a talk show, a newscast and a small individual project). Course meets at the studios of Naperville Community Television (NCTV-17).

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 101 or MEDI 222; MEDI 113.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 490 - Seminar in Journalism and Media Communication

    MEDI 490 - Seminar in Journalism and Media Communication

    4.00 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. Potential topics include sports media, data visualization, public affairs journalism, etc.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Media Practicum

One of the following:

  • MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on video field production workshop designed to allow students to develop their video production and storytelling skills. Emphasis is placed on news and public affairs content. Instructor approval required for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 117 - Radio Practicum

    MEDI 117 - Radio Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Offered to all students who wish to work at the campus radio station, WONC-FM. The following positions are available: music show host, newscaster, news reporter, news magazine host, sportscaster, sports reporter, sports play-by-play announcer, traffic reporter, news writer, copywriter, music research specialist, promotions assistant, production assistant, board operator. Instructor approval needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Hands-on experience on the staff of the college news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students 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. Instructor approval needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

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Note:

Practicum courses may be taken for zero credit hours.

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    4.00 credit hoursAn introductory course examining fundamental public speaking skills, including the preparation, presentation and evaluation of informative and persuasive speeches. Particular focus on audience awareness and the organization of an oral message for comprehension. Students may not receive credit for both CARD 102 and COMM 100. 
     

     

  • COMM 119 - Forensics Performance

    0.00-2.00 credit hoursFor debaters, oral interpreters and public speakers. Offered to all students who wish to participate in intercollegiate forensics. Instructor approval needed for 2.0 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. 
     

     

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hoursA survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life, Innovating Our World.

     

  • COMM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    4.00 credit hoursAn introductory study of the theory and practice of human communication within diverse relationships and contexts. The emphasis will be on dyadic (one-on-one) communication and the basic verbal and nonverbal strategies affecting perception and comprehension within the communication process. Key subtopics will include nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development and conflict management. Requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science.
    iCon(s): Being Human.

     

  • COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    4.00 credit hoursStudents are introduced to the theory and practice of small group communication and decision-making. The course features an extensive group project, where students develop their abilities to participate, observe, analyze, evaluate and intervene in small group communication. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s): Being Human.

     

  • COMM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    4.00 credit hoursAn 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 examines the nature and role of public relations, activities of public relations professionals, the major influences impacting organizational behavior and the ethics of public relations. 
     

     

  • COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    4.00 credit hoursAn intermediate course in which students develop the skills and strategies for use in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as interviewing, performance feedback, training and meeting management. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing. 

     

  • COMM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    4.00 credit hoursAn intermediate course that addresses both theory and practice in argumentation. Through preparation and participation in debates, students learn the basic principles of debate, emphasizing the development of research, critical thinking and oral presentation skills. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.

     

  • COMM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    4.00 credit hoursBuilding upon the fundamentals learned in COMM 100, students refine 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 speeches that include variations of informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches, as well as emphasis on oral interpretation of texts. This advanced skills course serves Communication majors as well as other students who are seeking to improve their presentation skills. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts.

     

  • COMM 295 - Research Practicum

    0.00-4.00 credit hoursStudents work in collaboration with faculty on ongoing research. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include recruitment of participants, data collection, data coding and entry, bibliography construction, literature review or statistical analysis. This course is graded pass/no pass. May be taken more than once for up to four total credit hours. 
     

     

  • COMM 297 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • COMM 299 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • COMM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    4.00 credit hoursStudents develop an understanding of rhetorical communication in the public sphere. The course explores historical and contemporary rhetorical theory, which students use to critique the rhetoric of current public issues. In addition to developing an understanding of the integral role rhetoric plays in civic life, students develop their abilities to analyze, critique and contribute to public discourse. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities.
    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

     

  • COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    4.00 credit hoursA 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 standing. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s): Thinking Globally.

     

  • COMM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    4.00 credit hoursStudents develop an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management through cultural, critical, feminist, postmodern and constitutive approaches. Students conduct basic field research and learn how to employ theoretical perspectives for analyzing communication practices in organizations. 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 214 and four additional credit hours in Communication. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.

     

  • COMM 335 - Freedom of Expression

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

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 101CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing; or instructor consent. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

     

  • COMM 350 - Public Relations Strategy

    4.00 credit hoursAn 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): COMM 250 and MEDI 225

     

  • COMM 367 - Persuasion Theory

    4.00 credit hoursAn introduction to the study of persuasive communication from a social scientific perspective. Theories examines the characteristics of source, message and audience. Topics covered include strategic planning and organization of persuasive messages, audience analysis, motives and values, effective use of language, the role of context and purpose, propaganda and the abuse of persuasion, campaign planning and brand messaging. Students present and analyze persuasive materials orally and in writing as a way of developing communication and critical abilities. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 101CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing. 

     

  • COMM 370 - Health Communication

    4.00 credit hoursSummative course examining the intertwining of communication with issues of health and medicine. Emphasis on the unique cultural, media, political-legal, interpersonal and organizational factors influencing communication in healthcare settings. 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing. 
    iCon(s): Examining Health

     

  • COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    4.00 credit hours(Same as: GSST 389.) An advanced introduction to the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender and sexuality, representations of the body and feminist theories of media. 

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s): Being Human, Challenging Inequity.

     

  • COMM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hoursExamination of special topics within the area of communication studies. 

    Prerequisite(s): Eight credit hours in Communication. 

     

  • COMM 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • COMM 399 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • COMM 400 - Communication Theory and Research

    4.00 credit hoursAn advanced study of the different traditions of communication theory and their epistemological, normative and ontological assumptions. The focus of this course is on student comprehension of the breadth of thinking within the field of communication and on the responsibility for positioning oneself as a scholar or professional within this field of thought. 

    Prerequisite(s): 20 credit hours in Communication and Junior standing. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Writing Intensive.

     

  • COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    4.00 credit hoursAn advanced survey of theoretically-informed approaches to media criticism, with an emphasis on news media, television and film. Students learn to use the conceptual tools media scholars employ to analyze the content, form and effects of media messages. Ethical and political questions raised by media texts are also examined. 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 185 and Junior standing. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

     

  • COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    4.00 credit hoursA study of the business practices, institutional forms and production and distribution processes of major media industries in the U.S. and around the world. Surveys the impact of technology, media policy and regulation, globalization and broader political economic forces on both the individual media enterprise and national and transnational media systems. Examines the unique work routines and labor relations that tend to prevail within media industries. Special emphasis is placed on the advantages and disadvantages of commercial, for-profit media and their various alternatives (state-run public service media, citizen journalism etc.). 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 185 and Junior standing. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Global Understanding, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s): Thinking Globally.

     

  • COMM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    4.00 credit hoursThis capstone course bridges theory and practice by emphasizing key organizational communication activities. With particular emphasis on contemporary research and current practices, students discuss topics such as superior-subordinate and peer interaction, stakeholders and decision-making, socialization, gender, globalization, emotion, conflict, identity, image, technology and change. Through individual and collaborative projects, students continue to develop their abilities to analyze, critique and practice organizational communication. 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 330 and Junior standing. 

     

  • COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hoursExamination of special topics within the area of communication studies. 

    Prerequisite(s): Eight credit hours in Communication. 

     

  • COMM 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • COMM 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

     

  • MEDI 101 - Introduction to Broadcasting

    4.00 credit hoursAn introduction to the legal, economic, logistical and technological considerations shaping the day-to-day operations of broadcast media. Special attention is given to the management and programming of TV and radio stations and networks. Among the topics covered include: news and public affairs, sports broadcasting, audience analysis, advertising, programming research and other areas related to both commercial and non-commercial programming practices. Recommended for students interested in careers in radio and/or television. 

    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life, Innovating the World.

     

  • MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hoursHands-on video field production workshop designed to allow students to develop their video production and storytelling skills. Emphasis is placed on news and public affairs content. Instructor approval required for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. 
     

     

  • MEDI 117 - Radio Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hoursOffered to all students who wish to work at the campus radio station, WONC-FM. The following positions are available: music show host, newscaster, news reporter, news magazine host, sportscaster, sports reporter, sports play-by-play announcer, traffic reporter, news writer, copywriter, music research specialist, promotions assistant, production assistant, board operator. Instructor approval needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. 

     

  • MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hoursHands-on experience on the staff of the college news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students 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. Instructor approval needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. 
     

     

  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hoursDigital media writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write in a variety of different genres including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s): Innovating the World.

     

  • MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    4.00 credit hoursAn introduction to the elements of video production and the principles of editing with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Basic camera and microphone operation is introduced and use of video editing software to create video projects is explored. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 101 or MEDI 225

     

  • MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    4.00 credit hoursIntroduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques. Topics covered include conducting interviews, story selection and research. New technologies and the evolving state of journalism are also discussed. 
     

     

  • MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    4.00 credit hoursA practical introduction to the legal restraints placed upon media communicators and the ethical concerns raised by various forms of media communication. Includes discussions and material related to the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity and political broadcasting. The course is also intended to engage students in a conversation about the ethical issues facing the media today. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

     

  • MEDI 250 - Copy Editing

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

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 225

     

  • MEDI 255 - Social Media

    4.00 credit hoursExamines social media as an evolving, complex system of channels used to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels and audiences. Among the things that we will consider are the uses of social media in advertising, social movements, and political campaigns. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science.

     

  • MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    4.00 credit hoursThe preparation, production and direction of various digital audio program materials (such as commercial spots, news packages, music specials, station promos, podcasts, and dramas). Students learn how to use professional digital audio editing software. Sometimes uses WONC-FM production studios as a laboratory. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 117

     

  • MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    4.00 credit hoursAn introductory course in photo journalism with an emphasis on multimedia. The course is taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction progresses from basic camera operation to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 225

     

  • MEDI 270 - Screenwriting

    4.00 credit hoursThe 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. 
     

     

  • MEDI 297 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • MEDI 299 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    4.00 credit hoursSurvey of the development of journalism in America. Course covers the major eras and figures in U.S. journalism history. 

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. 

     

  • MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    4.00 credit hoursA continuation of the skills learned in MED 222 Video Storytelling I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Topics include: advanced camera operation, lighting, composition, editing transitions, mixing and synchronizing audio, graphics, logging video and working with B-roll. Professional editing packages are used to produce long-form projects in formats suitable for delivery over DVD, Web, broadcast television and cable. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 113 and MEDI 222

     

  • MEDI 325 - Newsgathering II

    4.00 credit hoursExplores advanced writing and reporting techniques and the production of multi-source, in-depth articles. Also introduces students to literary and investigative journalism. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 225

     

  • MEDI 345 - Digital Journalism

    4.00 credit hoursAnalysis 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. 

    Prerequisite(s): One of the following: MEDI 222MEDI 225 or MEDI 262

     

  • MEDI 366 - Broadcast News

    4.00 credit hoursAn intensive study of the writing, editing and production of news for radio and television. Students learn to write for broadcast, how to conduct interviews for radio and television and how to integrate audio and video elements into news stories. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 225; One of the following: MEDI 101MEDI 222 or MEDI 262

     

  • MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

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

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing. 

     

  • MEDI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    4.00 credit hours(Same as: MUSI 385.) Concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition, and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MIDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills are allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts.
    iCon(s): Innovating the World.

     

     

  • MEDI 390 - Special Topics in Journalism and Media Communication

    4.00 credit hoursExploration of a topic of current interest. Topics vary depending on student and faculty interest. May be taken more than once with different content. Potential topics include sports media, data visualization, public affairs journalism, etc. 

    Prerequisite(s): 8 credit hours in communication or media studies. 

     

  • MEDI 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • MEDI 399 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    4.00 credit hoursThe preparation and direction of digital audio programs (such as podcasts, commercial spots, station promos, sales presentations, documentaries, etc.) on an advanced level. Students learn the techniques of sophisticated radio and audio production, including field recording, multi-track recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and sound design for other media. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 262

     

  • MEDI 415 - TV Studio Production

    4.00 credit hoursAn introduction to television studio production. Students learn about different genres of studio production and have an opportunity to create a variety of programs (a talk show, a newscast and a small individual project). Course meets at the studios of Naperville Community Television (NCTV-17). 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 101 or MEDI 222MEDI 113

     

  • MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    4.00 credit hoursStudents create an in-depth capstone project that brings together a variety of media production skills, knowledge and research methods. The topic is determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Additionally, students create a web portfolio. 

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. 

     

  • MEDI 490 - Seminar in Journalism and Media Communication

    4.00 credit hoursExploration of a topic of current interest. Topics vary depending on student and faculty interest. May be taken more than once with different content. Potential topics include sports media, data visualization, public affairs journalism, etc. 

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. 

     

  • MEDI 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • MEDI 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

     

Steve Macek

Professor of Communication; Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies
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Michael Blight

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Sabryna Cornish

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