CMN 101: Fundamentals of Speech (C2 900) (Formerly SPE 101)

Credits: 3
This course covers the basics of communication theory and listening as well as development of practical skills in public speaking. The emphasis is on speech composition and delivery in the areas of informative speaking, persuasive speaking, and small group discussion. Special attention is given to individual needs.

CMN 103: Oral Interpretation (Formerly SPE 103)

Credits: 3
This course focuses on the study of literature through analysis and performance. Individual and group performances of poetry, prose, and drama are included.

CMN 105: Principles of Broadcast Announcing

Credits:
This course covers broadcast announcing principles and techniques used in creating, reading and delivering commercials, news, interviews, public service announcements, and special events.

CMN 109: Business Communication

Credits: 3
Practical application of oral/written communication skills in a business and/or organizational setting. Includes public speaking, electronic communication, business writing, teamwork, leadership, meetings, listening, and interviewing.

CMN 110: Radio Performance I (Formerly BRC 110 Broadcasting Activity I)

Credits: 1
This activity course is for students who successfully complete one semester of involvement at the campus radio station, WLNX-FM.

CMN 111: Radio Performance II (Formerly BRC 111 Broadcasting Activity II)

Credits: 1
This activity course is for students who successfully complete their second semester of involvement at the campus radio station, WLNX-FM. Prerequisite: CMN 110.

CMN 113: Radio Performance III (Formerly BRC 113 Broadcasting Activity III)

Credits: 1
This activity course is for students who successfully complete their third semester of involvement at the campus radio station, WLNX-FM. Prerequisite: CMN 111.

CMN 125: Introduction to Radio (Formerly BRC 125 Introduction to Broadcasting)

Credits: 3
This course examines radio broadcasting practices and principles of the radio industry, including, but not limited to, the history of radio broadcasting in the United States, basic principles of radio broadcasting on-air and off-air production, audience measurement, programming philosophies and strategies, and radio format conceptualization and execution.

CMN 130: Introduction to Mass Communication (MC 911)  (Formerly ENG 130)

Credits: 3
In addition to studying the process, theory, and models of mass communication, the course covers the histories and structures of the print media (newspapers, magazines, books) and the electronic media (radio, recording, motion pictures, television) as well as the interdependence among the various media. Special emphasis will be placed on mass media economics and the social effects of mass communication. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or concurrent enrollment.

CMN 131: Radio Performance IV (Formerly BRC 131 Broadcasting Activity IV)

Credits: 1
This activity course is for students who successfully complete their fourth semester of involvement at the campus radio station, WLNX-FM. Prerequisite: CMN 113.

CMN 135: Electronic Media Writing (MC 917) (Formerly BRC 135 Broadcast Writing)

Credits: 3
This course emphasizes writing for visual and audio presentations, including continuity, commercials, public service announcements, news, and special events. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or concurrent enrollment.

CMN 191: Radio Practicum: Announcing

Credits: 1
Practicum course to reinforce broadcast announcing skills by working on the air at WLNX-FM.

CMN 192: Radio Practicum: News/Public Affairs

Practicum course to reinforce broadcast news/public affairs skills by working on the air at WLNX-FM.
Credits: 1
Practicum course to reinforce broadcast announcing skills by working on the air at WLNX-FM.

CMN 194: Television/Interactive Practicum: On Camera Performance

Practicum course to reinforce on camera skills by working at LCTV.
Credits: 1
Practicum course to reinforce broadcast announcing skills by working on the air at WLNX-FM.

CMN 195:  Television/Interactive Practicum: Technician/Production

Practicum course to reinforce production and technician skills by working at LCTV.
Credits: 1

CMN 196:  Television/Interactive Practicum: Field/Post Production/Editing

Practicum course to reinforce field production, post production, and editing skills by working at LCTV.
Credits: 1

CMN 227: Radio Production (MC 915) (Formerly BRC 227)

Credits: 3
This course examines the concepts and principles of audio production for radio stations. In addition to learning basic fundamentals, students will be introduced to the preparation, production, and direction of program materials by utilizing the production studio of WLNX-FM. Prerequisite: CMN 125.

CMN 228: Electronic Journalism (Formerly BRC 228 Broadcast News)

Credits: 3
This course examines the principles and practices of broadcast electronic journalism, including the writing, reporting, and production of newscasts for radio and television. Ethics and communication law as it applies to broadcast news journalism is also explored. No prerequisite.

CMN 232: Electronic Media Programming (Formerly BRC 232)

Credits: 3
This course examines radio and television programming practices and principles, including, but not limited to, competitive strategies, audience ratings and research methods, scheduling practices, cable TV, and emerging technology. Prerequisite: CMN 125.

CMN 247: Video Production I

Credits: 3
This course introduces the principles of video production for television and new media outlets. In addition to learning basic fundamentals of the camera, students are introduced to the preparation, editing, and production of materials by utilizing the studios of LCTV. Prerequisite: CMN 105.

CMN 260: Small Group Discussion (Formerly SPE 260)

Credits: 3
This course deals with the theory and practice of leadership and participation in small group discussion and decision-making.

CMN 291: Broadcast Practicum

Credits: 3
Practicum course to provide a more detailed assessment of student skills in the areas of radio announcing, news/public affairs, and production/copywriting; and television/interactive performance, technical, production, field production, post production, and editing. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing (at least 30 completed hours).

CMN 301: Communication Theory

Credits: 3
Study of the theories, history, economics, audiences, and regulations of the major forms of mass media, including newspapers, magazines, motion pictures, radio, television, and new electronic communications. Focus on understanding the roles of mass media and their effects on society and the individual.

CMN 302: Techniques of Persuasion

Credits: 3
Surveys the theoretical and empirical literature relating to persuasion and public opinion. Examines how persuasive messages are crafted and their impact on individual and group attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.

CMN 303: Presentation Design

Credits: 3
Improves speaking and listening abilities through the study and practice of public speaking. Main focus is on the construction, expression, and generation of responses to both informative and persuasive forms of public discourse. Coherent argument with a clearly understood and utilized sense of audience and purpose is central to the work in this course. Prereq. CMN 101.

CMN 305: Interactive Multimedia

Credits: 3
This course will introduce students to the terminology and tools used in multimedia environments, focusing on aesthetics, design, manipulation, editing, compression, and encoding of digital sound and video media. Prerequisite: CMN 247.

CMN 310: Conflict Management

Credits: 3
Systematic examination of conflict resolution theories, creating the basis for the practice of negotiation and mediation. Readings from a broad range of academic disciplines, including economics, law, social psychology, and anthropology, as well as dispute resolution.  Includes critical evaluation of the respective bodies of theory and testing of theoretical principles against their experience in managing conflict.

CMN 310: Electronic Journalism

Credits: 3
This course examines the principles and practices of broadcast journalism, including writing, reporting, and production of newscasts for radio, television, and the internet. Ethics and communication law as it applies to broadcast news is also explored. Prerequisite: CMN 105.

CMN 330: History of American Radio and Television

Credits: 3
This course traces the historical development of broadcasting in the United States, from the early 20th century pioneer inventors, through the development of radio and television, and into the current era of media convergence. Through the theoretical lens of media content and its effects, the course also explores significant broadcasting programs and events and the social environment within which they were produced and viewed. Prerequisite: CMN 130

CMN 332: Electronic Media Programming

Credits: 3
This course examines radio, television, and digital programming practices and principles, including but not limited to, competitive strategies, audience ratings and research methods, scheduling practices, cable TV, and emerging technologies. Prerequisite: CMN 130.

CMN 348: Communication Law

Credits: 3
This course provides a study of First Amendment rights, common law, and statutory law as they pertain to media practitioners. Topics covered include theories and rationales for protecting speech, the laws of prior restraint, libel and slander, privacy, obscenity, broadcast indecency, broadcast ownership, advertising, and other federal regulations. Prerequisite: CMN 130.

CMN 427: Advanced Audio Production

Credits: 3
This advanced level course builds on the basic skills covered in CMN 227, covering the theory and techniques of audio production for radio and digital applications. Topics include multi track recording, mixing, signal processing, editing, mastering, sound design, and creative services. Students utilize the production studios of WLNX-FM. Prerequisite: CMN 227.

CMN 447: Advanced Video Production

Credits: 3
This advanced level course builds on the basic skills covered in CMN 247, covering the theory and techniques of television production. Topics include pre-production and program design, sound, video production and instantaneous editing, television performance techniques, directing, and the postproduction functions, including editing, special effects, and graphics.  Students utilize the production facilities of LCTV. Prerequisite: CMN 247

CMN 448: Video Field Production

Credits: 3
This advanced level course builds on the basic skills covered in CMN 447 to incorporate the technical and creative principles of outside-of-the-studio production and post-production. Topics include news gathering, documentary videos, and the production of live events. Students utilize the production facilities of LCTV. Prerequisite: CMN 447.

CMN 490: Media Criticism

Credits: 3
This course fosters critical thinking skills while providing a theoretical and practical analysis of mass media content from a sociological, philosophical, structural, political and economic perspective. Prerequisite: CMN 330.

CMN 491: Senior Internship

Credits: 3
Culminating experience allowing students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills in an appropriate professional setting based upon their training and experience. Requires a minimum of 30 clock hours on site per one credit hour. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.