COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Common Core:

CM-2201 Introduction to Communications: Theory, History, and Ministry (3 credits)

Communications theory and the history of media, specifically evangelical media, will be introduced in this course, as well as an examination of the current breadth of communications tools being used by the church. Students will participate in individual group projects as they critically examine and contribute to the communications ministry field. This is the introductory course for all students in the Communications major.

CM-2202 Communications Core Tools: Words (2 credits)

As communications professionals, this course explores how we can use words effectively and powerfully to communicate our faith stories in a professional setting. Students will combine editing, structure, development, and reporting in both written and visual contexts and will be asked to create ministry projects that use powerful words. This course must be taken concurrently with CM-2203 Communications Core Tools: Images. Prerequisite: CM-2201 Introduction to Communications.

CM-2203 Communications Core Tools: Images (2 credits)

This course completes the Communications Core Tools sequence. Emphasizing the use of tools of the trade in creating meaningful images to communicate the story of the church, students will be introduced to a range of media techniques, including web, video, audio, and graphic design tools. Students will begin a professional portfolio/website and participate in ministry projects. This course must be taken concurrently with CM-2202 Communications Core Tools: Words. Prerequisite: CM-2201 Introduction to Communications.

Communications Electives:

Speech and Performance:

CM-2235 Drama in Ministry (3 credits)

Students of all theater experience levels are equipped in using the tool of drama as part of church or parachurch outreach and education. The course is theory-based but also practical and active in nature. Prerequisite: GSU-1120 Speech Communication.

CM-2240 Message Preparation for Women (3 credits)

The principles of message preparation and delivery will be introduced. The course emphasizes textual analysis and background study; message outlining and oral presentation; the speaker’s file; objective evaluation of messages in class and out; and helps in voice, Scripture reading, and public prayer. Prerequisite: GSU-1120 Speech Communication.

CM-3305 Advanced Speech (3 credits)

A practice-oriented development of the public speaking skills introduced in Speech Communication, attention will be given to the use of the body and voice, research and speech writing, and the interpretation of literature. Prerequisite: GSU-1120 Speech Communication.

CM-3342 Advanced Drama (3 credits)

Students will develop skills in both acting and directing. As actors, students will practice the physical, mental, and vocal aspects of character development. As directors, students will discuss and practice storytelling, staging, and leading. Prerequisite: CM-2235 Drama in Ministry or permission of the instructor.

CM-3344 Persuasion and Debate (3 credits)

Designed to deepen the understanding and sharpen the skill of effective argumentation and debate, this advanced course emphasizes principles and applies them through presentations, practice, and analysis of contemporary appeals. Prerequisite: GSU-1120 Speech Communication.

Writing:

CM-3306 Feature Writing (3 credits)

Students will engage in planning and writing nonfiction articles for magazines and newspapers, including interviews, personality sketches, personal experience stories, social research articles, and Bible expositions. Non-Communications majors must have instructor’s consent. Prerequisite: CM-2202 Communications Core Tools: Words.

CM-3315 Investigating, Interviewing, and Reporting Across Media (3 credits)

Students will be introduced to the principles and techniques of newswriting, including finding stories, developing interviewing skills, writing solid online and print pieces with strong leads, and integrating video into online postings. Students receive practice in reporting news stories, with a focus on news analysis and clear, accurate reporting of events in the context of convergent journalism. Prerequisite: CM-2202 Communications Core Tools: Words.

CM-3317 Editing for Publication (3 credits)

Designed to give practical skills in all aspects of the editorial process, students are introduced to line editing, grammar, style, content evaluation, and headline writing. Students also learn the many roles that an editor can have, and they meet editors in a variety of different fields. Prerequisite: CM-2202 Communications Core Tools: Words.

CM-4403 Fiction Writing (3 credits)

Students are introduced to the principles underlying the writing of short fiction along with practice in techniques of narration, characterization, plot, and dialogue. Students write stories for various fiction markets. Prerequisite: CM-2202 Communications Core Tools: Words, or instructor’s permission for non-Communications majors.

CM-4405 Poetry and Lyric Writing (3 credits)

Traditional and contemporary techniques of poetic structure will be examined and practiced as students are challenged with creative use of language. Prerequisite: CM-2202 Communications Core Tools: Words, or instructor’s permission for non-Communications majors.

CM-4407 Creative Nonfiction (3 credits)

Students will examine a sample of creative nonfiction essays (brief, memoir, and literary journalism), and will explore the various techniques of effective creative nonfiction writing, including description, characterization, and point of view; and they will apply these techniques to their own writing.

CM-4430 Script Writing (3 credits)

Students will examine samples of classic and contemporary story structure, character development, dialogue, and the development of theme. These skills will then be applied to writing scripts for various media environments, including sketches, plays, broadcast, screenwriting, and documentaries. Prerequisite: CM-2202 Communications Core Tools: Words.

Multi-Media Design:

CM-3318 Graphic Design (3 credits)

This workshop introduces the principles of design and layout of various types of print media. Projects focus on developing skills in the use of typography, page layout, art, and photography, and include basic training in current computer design programs.

CM-4401 Advanced Graphic Design (3 credits)

This is an intensive design workshop built around professional graphic design projects in an integrated media environment, from print to online to video graphics. Special attention will be given to emerging mediums and deliverables. Prerequisite: CM-3318 Graphic Design or consent of instructor.

Video and Photography:

CM-3310 Fundamentals of Video (3 credits)

Beginning with concept development, students will learn and integrate the three phases of video production in this hands-on skill development class. All aspects of electronic video production will be introduced, and projects will expose students to various styles of production, including single camera, film-style shooting, multiple-camera studio production, editing, and presentation. Prerequisite: CM-2203 Communications Core Tools: Images.

CM-3312 Video Editing (3 credits)

This is an intensive course in principles and techniques of video editing. Students will learn various philosophies and styles of editing while expanding their skills and abilities using Premiere Pro. This project intensive course provides opportunity to edit professionally shot ministry footage. Students will be encouraged to participate in off campus trainings hosted by the Chicago video postproduction community. Prerequisite: CM-3310 Fundamentals of Video or special permission from course instructor.

CM-3325 Introduction to Photography/Photojournalism (3 credits)

A basic introduction to digital SLR photography, this course is designed to lead students through the process of capturing a quality, artful image using integrated knowledge of camera operation, image downloading, and processing the image digitally for various applications. This course will also explore the fundamental areas of photography, with special emphasis given to the field of photojournalism.

CM-3380 Video Production and Direction (3 credits)

This is a studio-based course focused on skills in developing program content and production techniques. Directorial procedures, camera operation, sets, lighting, and graphics are discussed and practiced. Uses of the medium through emerging technologies and specific applications for Christian messages are considered. Students develop programs with a variety of formats. Prerequisite: CM-3310 Fundamentals of Video.

CM-4420 Single Camera Production (3 credits)

Students develop the ability to produce and direct single camera production, also referred to as film-style production. Detailed attention is given to each phase from developing a shooting script to actual on-location recording, as well as working through postproduction techniques. Specific technical skills are emphasized, such as camera selection, lighting, lenses, staging, and use of a tripod and dolly. The major focus of the course centers on visual storytelling with emphasis on the aesthetic value of the production process: framing, composition, balance, pacing, and mood. Prerequisite: CM-3310 Fundamentals of Video.

Broadcast (audio/new radio):

CM-3301 Fundamentals of Audio (3 credits)

Practical and theoretical in nature, this course is designed to expose students to the essentials of audio production support for a variety of media. Projects and assignments are designed to train students in the operation of current audio production equipment used for radio, television, film, and the internet. Prerequisite: CM-2203 Communications Core Tools: Images.

CM-3308 Program Production (3 credits)

Students will be introduced to a wide variety of skills needed to develop a high-quality live product. Upon completion of this course, students will know how to think, write, research, and organize like a professional. Students will also be equipped to design, plan for, and execute an effective and compelling broadcast program in the context of a modern production team. Prerequisites: CM-2202 Communications Core Tools: Words and CM-2203 Communications Core Tools: Images.

CM-3309 Voice and Performance (3 credits)

An intense apprenticeship in technique, talent, and technology, students will focus on the study, performance, and recording of the voice in an integrated media environment. Students will explore the uniqueness of their voice and how to shape, train, and transform it into a powerful tool while learning to capture professional audio recordings. Real-world projects will immerse students in voice-overs, narration, character voices, radio and video hosting, and more. This course will help students find their voice.

CM-4402 Advanced Audio Production (3 credits)

Building on the foundation of Fundamentals of Audio, this intensive technical course will teach students professional level audio engineering for multitracking, ambience matching, mic selection, mixing and mastering, and more. Prerequisite: CM-3301 Fundamentals of Audio.

Development Electives:

CM-3351 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)

Students will review and explore the principles of interpersonal communication, along with the application of those principles, in both theory and practice, to the tasks and problems encountered in Christian ministry. Emphasis is on the role of communications in the development of interpersonal relationships.

CM-3374 Public Relations and Social Media (3 credits)

Students will study and develop their writing and marketing skills, while special attention is given to persuasive writing, understanding and utilizing common public relations tools, and strategizing publicity for events. Prerequisite: CM-2201 Introduction to Communications.

CM-4415 Advanced Media Lab Projects (3 credits)

This is an intensive media production seminar focusing on the entire production process designed for select advanced students in their junior or senior year. This course is offered at the discretion of the department chair and with instructor’s permission only.

CM-4425 Biblical Perspectives of Media and Culture (3 credits)

Exploring the theological, psychological, political, social, and economic impacts of media as they affect individual and collective lives, students will examine print, electronic, and film media from theoretical and critical perspectives and will be encouraged to develop a biblical response to those influences. Students will be aided in the construction of a personal philosophy of art and mass communication theory. Prerequisite: CM-2201 Introduction to Communications, or instructor’s permission for non-Communications majors.

CM-4431 Media Law and Ethics (3 credits)

Students will examine print and broadcast media law and the issues and ethical questions inherent in the fields. Emphasis is on the history of constitutional freedom of speech and press, libel, privacy, privilege, protection of sources, shield laws, and censorship. This course also focuses on ethical issues in journalism, advertising, and entertainment, as well as copyright and licensing issues in media. Prerequisite: CM-2201 Introduction to Communications.

CM-4480 Directed Study in Communications (3 credits)

This course consists of a directed independent study or additional communications internship arranged in consultation with the department chair and advisor. Prerequisite: Approval by the chair of the Communications department.

CM-3304 Special Topics in Communications (3 credits)

This is a seminar course in the field of communications as specified by the instructor. The course may be repeated. Prerequisites: CM-2202 Communications Core Tools: Words and CM-2203 Communications Core Tools: Images.

Capstone:

CM-4410 Senior Seminar in Communications (2 credits)

This course involves an intense review of communications principles and skills, with attention given to career and ministry applications. A capstone project and professional portfolio are completed. Students will undergo a portfolio review and defense.

Practicums:

CM-3352 Media Practicum: Newspaper (3 credits)

This hands-on practicum is designed to provide instruction, experience, and leadership opportunities in creative media production with an integrated media team. Students will work for the student newspaper, applying skills in journalism, nonfiction writing, graphic design, online publishing, and team management. Prerequisite: Available only by consent of instructor/advisor.

CM-3353 Media Practicum: Yearbook (3 credits)

This hands-on practicum is designed to provide instruction, experience, and leadership opportunities in creative media production with an integrated media team. Students will work for the student yearbook, applying skills in editorial photography, creative nonfiction, graphic design, and team management. Prerequisite: Available only by consent of instructor/advisor.

CM-3354 Media Practicum: Radio (3 credits)

This hands-on practicum is designed to provide instruction, experience, and leadership opportunities in creative media production with an integrated media team. Students will work for the campus radio station, applying skills in project management, audio production, marketing, and web-based media distribution. Prerequisite: Available only by consent of instructor/advisor.

CM-3355 Media Practicum: Speech and Drama (3 credits)

This hands-on practicum is designed to provide instruction, experience, and leadership opportunities in creative media production with an integrated media team. Students will serve on a core team of speech and performance leaders, applying skills in public speaking, vocal performance, drama production, acting, script writing, and drama as ministry. Prerequisite: Available only by consent of instructor/advisor.

CM-3356 Media Practicum: Creative Agency (3 credits)

This hands-on practicum is designed to provide instruction, experience, and leadership opportunities in creative media production with an integrated media team. Students will work for a creative agency, applying their particular media talents as well as learning advanced integrated media production, project management, and agency development. Prerequisite: Available only by consent of instructor/advisor.

CM-3357 Media Practicum: Video Production (3 credits)

This hands-on practicum is designed to provide instruction, experience, and leadership opportunities in creative media production with an integrated media team. Students will work with the Institute’s video production department, applying skills in advanced video production, creative writing, and multicamera event production. Prerequisite: Available only by consent of instructor/advisor.

The following courses are delivered by the Department of Communications:

GSU-1110 College Writing (2 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning (offered for 3 credits through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning and Spokane)

This course is designed to train students in essay writing and critical reading using a process approach involving methods of prewriting, organizing, developing ideas, and revising.

GSU-1112 Research Writing (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

This course is designed to train students in research writing and analytical reading by focusing on a research paper, including thesis development, gathering and evaluation of source material, organization, and MLA documentation.

GSU-1120 Speech Communication (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

This is a practice-oriented introduction to public speaking, small group, and interpersonal communications skills. Attention is given to the fundamental process of ideas, organization of materials, speaker-listener relationship, and group dynamics, along with the use of the voice, articulation, and body expression. Course fee required.

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