Department of Communication
Department Chair: Ron Bennett
Department Secretary: Phyllis Thompson (208) 496-2949
Department Faculty: Brent BeanRon BennettRobyn BergstromMike CannonLayne DeardenEric EmbreeBeth HendricksWard HicksBrian HowardJoel JudkinsJay RushLee WarnickRon WeekesLane Williams

 
INTRODUCTION
In a world where information is more readily available from more sources and more rapidly disseminated than ever before, the ability to communicate - correctly, clearly, precisely and persuasively - has never been more important. Students trained in communication are prepared to work in exciting, wide-ranging, cutting-edge careers. Our department's aim is to help prepare students to become skilled, knowledgeable, adaptable, progressive, ethical practitioners through programs addressing today's professional requirements while anticipating tomorrow's developments.

We believe all future Communication professionals should develop a broad foundation of knowledge and skills: Students should be able to write and speak confidently and well; to analyze scenarios and develop solutions; to get along and work with diverse people in many kinds of situations; to serve in or lead groups productively; to produce targeted, effectively written, spoken and visual messages in media, group and interpersonal settings.

Additionally, we believe students best learn communication by doing communication. From students' first semester here, we encourage them to get involved with our hands-on practicums. These professionally oriented, student-operated organizations are designed to reinforce, enhance and expand upon what students learn in class. They can work with a radio or television station; forensics team; newspaper; online development staff; CD/DVD yearbook; video production unit; or organizational, public relations or advertising "agencies." The same professors they learn with in the classroom roll up their sleeves with them in our practicums, thus completing an integrated Communication learning experience.

Students majoring in Communication can choose from four areas of emphasis: advertising, broadcasting, journalism, and public relations - or they can work with their academic advisor to craft a program that meets their unique interests and needs.

Our department recommends a Bachelor of Arts General Education program, which includes the study of a foreign language, but students may follow the Bachelor of Science GE program if they choose.


 
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Students must complete the prescribed course of study, including practicum requirements, and a minimum of 120 credit hours with GPA of 2.25 or above. No grades lower than C-minus in a Communication courses will count toward completion of major requirements.

 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communication majors are required to fill the university's requirements for General Education. Please see the General Education area for a complete explanation of the General Education requirements. Additionally, please note the following:

Completion of Comm 102 or 150 will fill the Basic Skills requirement.

Comm 111 fills both a major requirement and the GE Eng 111, Reading and Writing requirement, as long as the student is a Communication major. Students who already have completed English 111 or 111C, obtained Advanced Placement credit in English or received CLEP credit for the course still must complete Comm 111.

The recommended course to satisfy the mathematics requirement is Math 108, Quantitative Reasoning.
 
MINORS AND CLUSTERS
Communication is classified as an "integrated" major at BYU-Idaho. This means students must supplement their major with a concentrated, organized area of study outside of the department. This can be accomplished in one of two ways:

1. Select and complete one of the approved university minors (other than Communication), most of which require 20-25 credits of study. A student's choice of minor should be reviewed with his/her academic adviser.

2. Select two clusters of 12 or more credits from departments other than Communication. Selection of clusters and the courses to be included in them should be planned with his or her academic adviser and approved by the department chair from the cluster area.
 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
1. Complete Communication core courses (18 credits).
2. Complete the department practicum requirement (3 credits).
3. Complete one introductory course (3 credits) ideally by the end of the sophomore year.
4. Complete 18 additional credits from the list of recommended courses.
6. Complete a minor or two clusters from other departments.
7. Earn grades of C-minus or higher in all Communication classes.
 
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW COMMUNICATION MAJORS
Comm 100, Introduction to Communication Major and Professions, should be completed in a student's first semester as a Communication major. Additionally, it is recommended that students complete Comm 102, Public Speaking; Comm 111, Writing for Communication Careers; and Comm 130, Visual Media in their first year as a Communication major.
 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Communication (675)   
 
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

University Requirements

Religion Requirements

(Book of Mormon Courses)
Take these Courses   
REL 121, 122
 
       OR
          Take these Courses   
          REL 121H, 122H
 
                 OR
                    Take this Course   
                    REL 221

AND
(Scripture Based Courses)
Take 6 Credits   
REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
 
       OR
          Take 6 Credits   
          REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

AND
(Other Religion Courses)
Take 4 Credits   
REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

Online Learning

Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

GE Requirements

Comm 111 will be allowed to fill part of the Reading and Writing requirement for General Education.

I. Reading and Writing

   Take 1 Course
   COMM 111

AND
   Take 1 Course
   ENG 311, 311C, 311H, 312, 312C, 313, 313C, 314, 315, 315C, 316, 316C
   HIST 300, 300H

II. Mathematics
  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 108, 108H, 110, 110H, 111, 112, 113, 214, 221, 306

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       COMM 102, 150, 150H
       CS 100
       HS 131, 131W
       IS 140

              OR
                 Take this Course
                 PE 177

              AND
                 Take 1 Course
                 PE 100, 101, 102, 110, 115, 117, 118, 119, 121, 123, 124, 126, 127, 128, 131, 133, 134, 139, 140, 141, 144, 145, 147, 148, 160, 161, 162, 175, 178, 179, 195, 196

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       CHIN 347
       ENG 250, 250H, 251, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 351, 352, 353, 354, 362, 373, 373H
       FR 202
       GER 202
       HON 200, 220, 221H, 222
       LANG 202
       PH 314
       PHIL 110, 110H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H, 313, 313H, 314, 315, 315H
       RUSS 340, 340H
       SPAN 202, 302

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 118, 120, 130, 150, 150L, 176, 200, 202, 208, 221, 222, 230, 250, 264, 265, 268

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       CHEM 100, 101, 105, 105H, 106, 106H
       GEOG 101, 101L
       GEOL 101, 102, 103, 103L, 104, 110, 110L, 111, 111L
       PH 101, 101L, 102, 105, 105L, 106, 106L, 115, 116, 121, 127, 127L, 150
       PH.S 100, 100L, 110

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       AMHER 170, 170H
       ECON 111, 111H
       HIST 120, 121
       POLSC 110

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ANTH 101, 101H
       CHILD 210, 210H
       ECON 111, 111H, 112, 112H
       ED 270
       GEOG 120
       HIST 201, 202
       HON 201
       PHIL 203, 203H, 204, 204H
       POLSC 110, 170
       PSYCH 111, 111H, 201, 201H
       SOC 111, 111H, 112, 112H

    Major Requirements

       Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
       COMM 100, 102, 130, 140, 307, 499

    Introductory Courses
       (Note: These courses may not be double counted.)
    AND
       Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
       COMM 230, 235, 240, 250, 260

    All of these courses may be repeated
    AND
       Take 3 Credits   Minimum Grade: C-
       COMM 297R, 397R, 498R

    AND

       Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
       COMM 150, 150H

    AND
    Repeatable courses from the group below may be counted for a maximum of 3 additional credits. Classes taken in one group can not be double-counted in another group.

       Take 18 Credits   Minimum Grade: C-
       B 247, 279R, 321, 370
       COMM 230, 235, 240, 250, 260, 265, 270, 297R, 310, 313, 316, 330, 335, 337, 338, 340, 342, 347, 350, 352, 360, 365, 397R, 430, 435, 440, 450, 455, 460, 490
       MATH 221
       SOC 323, 340


  •  
    B.A.  in Communication (670)   
     
    Minor or 2 Clusters Required

    University Requirements

    Religion Requirements

    (Book of Mormon Courses)
    Take these Courses   
    REL 121, 122
     
           OR
              Take these Courses   
              REL 121H, 122H
     
                     OR
                        Take this Course   
                        REL 221

    AND
    (Scripture Based Courses)
    Take 6 Credits   
    REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
     
           OR
              Take 6 Credits   
              REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

    AND
    (Other Religion Courses)
    Take 4 Credits   
    REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

    Online Learning

    Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

    Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

    GE Requirements

    Comm 111 will be allowed to fill part of the Reading and Writing requirement for General Education.

    I. Reading and Writing

       Take 1 Course
       COMM 111

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       ENG 311, 311C, 311H, 312, 312C, 313, 313C, 314, 315, 315C, 316, 316C
       HIST 300

    II. Mathematics
  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 108, 108H, 110, 110H, 111, 112, 113, 214, 221, 306

    III. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    IV. Biological Science and Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 118, 120, 130, 150, 150L, 176, 200, 202, 208, 221, 222, 230, 250, 264, 265, 268

              OR
                 Take 4 Credits
                 CHEM 100, 101, 105, 105H, 106, 106H
                 GEOG 101, 101L
                 GEOL 101, 102, 103, 103L, 104, 110, 110L, 111, 111L
                 PH 101, 102, 105, 116, 121, 127, 150
                 PH.S 100, 100L, 110

    V. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       AMHER 170, 170H
       ECON 111, 111H
       HIST 120, 121
       POLSC 110

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ANTH 101, 101H
       CHILD 210, 210H
       ECON 111, 111H, 112, 112H
       ED 270
       GEOG 120
       HIST 201, 202
       HON 201
       PHIL 203, 203H, 204, 204H
       POLSC 110, 170
       PSYCH 111, 111H, 201, 201H
       SOC 111, 111H, 112, 112H, 210

    VII. Foreign Language
    Take 8 credits of language study and 3 credits of literature all in the same language.

       Take 11 Credits
       CHIN 101, 101H, 102, 201, 347
       FR 102, 201, 202
       GER 102, 201, 202
       RUSS 101, 101H, 102, 201, 340, 340H
       SPAN 102, 201, 201M, 202, 302

    Major Requirements

       Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
       COMM 100, 102, 130, 140, 307, 499

    Introductory Courses
       (Note: These courses may not be double counted.)
    AND
       Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
       COMM 230, 235, 240, 250, 260

    All of these courses may be repeated
    AND
       Take 3 Credits   Minimum Grade: C-
       COMM 297R, 397R, 498R

    AND

       Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
       COMM 150, 150H

    AND
    Repeatable courses from the group below may be counted for a maximum of 3 additional credits. Classes taken in one group can not be double-counted in another group.

       Take 18 Credits   Minimum Grade: C-
       B 247, 279R, 321, 370
       COMM 230, 235, 240, 250, 260, 265, 270, 297R, 310, 313, 316, 330, 335, 337, 338, 340, 342, 347, 350, 352, 360, 365, 397R, 430, 435, 440, 450, 455, 460, 490
       MATH 221
       SOC 323, 340



  • Minor in  Organizational (101)   

    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 102, 250, 350, 450

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 150, 150H

    AND
    Take 9 Credits   Minimum Grade: C-
    B 275, 321, 370
    COMM 352, 455
    SOC 323, 340

    AND

    Take 1 Credit   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 297R, 397R, 498R



    Minor in  Advertising (125)   

    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 102, 111, 130, 140, 230, 337

    AND
    Take 2 Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 330, 338, 430

    AND
    Take 1 Credit   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 297R, 397R, 498R


    Minor in  Broadcasting (127)   

    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 102, 111, 140, 260, 265, 360, 365, 460

    AND
    Take 1 Credit   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 297R, 397R, 498R



    Minor in  Journalism (151)   

    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 102, 111, 130, 140, 240

    AND
    Take 9 Credits   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 340, 342, 347, 440

    AND
    Take 1 Credit   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 297R, 397R, 498R


    Minor in  Journalism Education (169)   
    For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.
    State certification requires at least 4 credits of English. Please be sure to take two English courses as part of your GE program(in Reading and Writing and/or Letters)

    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 111, 130, 240, 340, 342, 347

    AND
    Repeat 2 times   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 397R



    Minor in  Public Relations (180)   

    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 102, 111, 130, 140, 235, 335

    AND
    Take 6 Credits   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 337, 338, 435

    AND
    Take 1 Credit   Minimum Grade: C-
    COMM 297R, 397R, 498R
     
    Course Descriptions

    COMM 100 Introduction To Communication Major and Professions (1:1:0)
    Prerequisite: Declared Communication major.
    This course gives the background and future of the different areas of study found in the Communication Department. Practicum options are discussed as well as general advising, interviewing skills, and resume planning.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 102 Public Speaking (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Basic Skills requirement.
    Study and practice of informative and persuasive public speaking, public self-confidence, message structure, presentation strategies and audience adaptation. Practical approach to communication skills needed for success in professional settings, including interviews, proposals and presentations, conducting and moderating meetings, and use of visual media to enhance presentations.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 111 Writing for Communication Careers (3:2:1)
    Fulfills GE Reading & Writing requirement.
    Analysis of audience, purpose, and context; selection and use of appropriate voice, structure and techniques for effective written communication for mass audiences and other applications.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 130 Visual Media (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Communication major or minor or consent of Instructor.
    Principles of visual communication and typography are learned and reinforced through a series of projects requiring the use of digital graphics and digital layout tools. Although projects are print-based, principles and skills have broad application in all forms of visual media.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 140 Mass Media and Society (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Communication major or minor or consent of Instructor.
    Surveys historical and contemporary mass media and explores their current issues, with particular emphasis on societal impacts of and on the media.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 150 Interpersonal Theory and Practice (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Basic Skills requirement.
    Examines basic elements and theory of human communication in a practical, relevant setting. Explores varied facets of interpersonal process, with emphasis on improving communication skills.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 230 Introduction to Advertising (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 111 or consent of Instructor.
    Covers fundamentals of business advertising and promotion, exploring how advertising can be integrated with other elements of the communication mix. Discusses diverse careers in advertising and provides opportunity to create ads for products, using various media.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 231A Basic Advertising Skills: Creative Development (1:1:0)
    Prerequisite: B 301, 321, 341, 361 with C- or higher and acceptance to Business Management Integrated Emphasis program. Apply online on the Business Management homepage.
    For non-communication majors. The student will learn how to develop creative concepts that accomplish advertising objectives and convey brand positions to the target audience through various media.

    This course is part of the Business Management Integrated Emphasis program. Students must apply for the program via the Business Management homepage. If they are accepted to the program, the department will register the student for the class.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 231B Basic Advertising Skills: Media Strategy (1:1:0)
    Prerequisite: B 301, 321, 341, 361 with C- or higher and acceptance to Business Management Integrated Emphasis program. Apply online on the Business Management homepage.
    For non-communication majors. The students will learn how to develop media strategy and a basic media plan for products and services given advertising objectives, creative considerations, target audience and budget levels.

    This course is part of the Business Management Integrated Emphasis program. Students must apply for the program via the Business Management homepage. If they are accepted to the program, the department will register the student for the class.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 235 Introduction to Public Relations (3:3:0)
    Explores the history, philosophy, and practices of public relations in business, government, education and other organizations.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 240 Introduction to Journalism (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 111 or consent of Instructor.
    History of American journalism; orientation to print journalism careers; information-gathering strategies and techniques, including human source, library, database and Internet searching; proper use of varied source and data information; interviewing and reporting techniques. Introduction to beat reporting and the values that undergird journalism in American society.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    COMM 250 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 150
    Analysis of communication principles and practices in organizations from a theoretical perspective, methods to improve communication practices and review of career opportunities in the field.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 260 Introduction to Broadcasting (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: For Broadcasting emphasis majors or minors, or consent of Instructor.
    Orientation to radio, television and other electronic media careers. Hands-on and interactive lab assignments provide introduction to basic radio and television production techniques.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 265 Beginning Television Production (3:2:3)
    Prerequisite: COMM 260, or consent of Instructor. Concurrent registration with COMM 260 permissible.
    Study and practice of television production techniques, with particular emphasis on news and commercial material. Involves operation of equipment as well as performance opportunities.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    COMM 270 Media Management (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 140
    Explores the nature of media firms and how they are lead and managed. Introduces basic management concepts and accompanying business principles.
    (SF 2005, WF 2006, SF 2007, WF 2008, SF 2009)
     
    COMM 297R Communication Practicum I (1:0:1)
    Prerequisite: COMM 100. Communication major or minor or consent of Instructor.
    General preparatory practicums for students who have not decided on an emphasis. Prepares students for work with department's media and communication organizations.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 307 Media Law & Ethics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 111 or COMM 140.
    Course surveys theories and cases on free speech and free press in Anglo-American society; examines significant ethics principles and moral/ethical issues confronting media professionals and organizations.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 310 Creating Online Media (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 130
    Technical, contextual and communication-directed introduction to user-centered web design and production. Training in creating web pages, designing graphics and writing copy for online distribution. Overview of the history, current function and future possibilities of the web.
    (S 2005, WF 2006, S 2007, WF 2008, S 2009)
     
    COMM 313 Multimedia Production (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 130 or consent of Instructor.
    Training in the creation of user-centered multimedia for online and removable-media distribution. This production-based course introduces students to digital, animated, web, and interactive graphics, as well as video and sound.
    (WF 2005, S 2006, WF 2007, S 2008, WF 2009)
     
    COMM 316 Photojournalism (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Must supply own SLR or digital camera.
    Examines functions of pictures in the print and online media, how to maximize their effectiveness, and provides experience in picture taking and darkroom procedures. Students must supply their own SLR or digital cameras.
    (Winter, Fall, and Summer 2005)
     
    COMM 330 Advertising Copywriting (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 230
    Examines and provides practice of how advertisers must condense all that can be said about a product into a few, pertinent, succinct, compelling points. Studies historic cases of advertising copywriting issues and challenges confronting business, government, education, for-profit and not-for-profit entities. The responsibilities of an account planner will also be examined.
    (S 2005, WF 2006, S 2007, WF 2008, S 2009)
     
    COMM 335 Public Relations Writing and Production (3:2:1)
    Prerequisite: COMM 111 and COMM 235
    Emphasis is on developing the understanding, skills and discipline needed to produce professional-caliber public relations work.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 337 Media Research Methods (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 230 or COMM 235.
    Development and design of comprehensive research programs for advertising, public relations, and journalism professionals, including data sources, design of questionnaires, data collection, field investigation, audience analysis (including focus groups) and surveying, and content analysis. Basic statistical fuctions will be explained and utilized.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 338 Media Strategy and Planning (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 337
    Students learn how to strategically plan communication campaigns and how to use media to effectively accomplish and implement objectives, strategies and tactics. Understanding basic communication research is a prerequisite.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 340 Advanced Media Writing (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 111
    Analysis of audience, development of style and additional instruction in journalistic modes of writing with an aim toward sharpening writing ability and technique beyond basic skills taught in Writing for Communication Careers, COMM 111.
    (WF 2005, S 2006, WF 2007, S 2008, WF 2009)
     
    COMM 342 Editing for Print Media (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 111 or a 300-level English course
    Principles of improving written copy, including sentence structure, agreement, case, voice, punctuation, spelling, clarity, conciseness, coherence, accuracy, sensitivity and style. Both micro- and macro-editing of copy will be considered.
    (WF 2005, WF 2007, WF 2009, )
     
    COMM 347 Publication Design (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 130
    Theory and practice of modern publication design, including fundamentals and terminology; typography; photos, art and graphics; story and page design; sidebars and special effects. Projects will include designing and producing print and online advertising, a newsletter, and magazine and newspaper editorial products.
    (WF 2006, WF 2008)
     
    COMM 350 Group Dynamics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 150 or permission of Instructor.
    Analysis of theory and practice of human communication in a small group setting, focusing on leadership, participation and evaluation, with emphasis in group norms, roles, cohesion and conflict.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 352 Persuasion (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 102
    Study and application of the principles of attitude change through persuasion. Examination of historical and contemporary theories of the persuasive process, applied through classroom presentations by students.
    ( F 2005, SF 2006, WF 2007, SF 2008, WF 2009)
     
    COMM 360 Broadcast Reporting and Announcing (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 265
    Introduces students to announcing techniques, including news and commercial reading, voice diction and oral interpretation. Principles and techniques of news and information gathering, interviewing, writing and visual storytelling for the electronic media. Use of electronic audio and video equipment for producing news stories and other broadcast materials. This class is needed to qualify for production or tape-to-on-air work for KBYI, KBYR or the BYU-I television station.
    (WS 2005, WF 2006, S 2007, WF 2008, S 2009)
     
    COMM 365 Television News and Program Production (3:2:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 360 or consent of Instructor.
    Instruction and practical experience in effective production of television newscasts and other types of programs. Prepares students to serve as producers for the university's cable television programming.
    (WF 2005, S 2006, WF 2007, S 2008, WF 2009)
     
    COMM 397R Communication Practicum II (1:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Communication major or minor or consent of Instructor.
    Hands-on experience in the department's media and communication organizations, with separate sections for each of the following: forensics, radio stations, cable television operation, campus newspaper, CD/DVD yearbook, advertising agency, online production staff, public relations agency, organizational communication consulting firm and other specialized offerings.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 430 Advertising Concepting (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 330 and COMM 338
    Explores problem solving, targeting diverse markets, assessing competition, planning strategy and writing for all major media types. Attention will be placed on the creative person, then on strategy and problem solving, copywriting, design and layout to create winning advertising.
    (WSF 2005, After 2005 only taught Summer and Fall )
     
    COMM 435 Public Relations Campaigns (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 235, COMM 335, COMM 337 and COMM 338
    A capstone experience designed to pull together and draw upon all academic learning and experiences related to public relations.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 440 Specialized Reporting and Research (3:3:0)
    Travel Fee:  $50.00
    Prerequisite: COMM 240 or three semesters of Scroll or RIXIDA (COMM 397R) or permission of Instructor.
    Computer-assisted reporting, development of information sources, investigative and other advanced journalistic reporting and research techniques. Focuses especially on federal government reporting techniques including freedom of information, campaign finance, and governmental watchdog agencies like the GAO. Methods of surveying and other quantitatively oriented research methods, and proper analysis and use of statistics in news stories.
    (SF 2005, S 2006, WF 2007, SF 2008, S 2009)
     
    COMM 450 Conflict Management (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 150. COMM 250 recommended.
    Examines the theories and dynamics of conflict styles in a variety of contexts. Topics include conflict management strategies, negotiation, third party intervention, and relevant settings for conflict such as workplace, families and interpersonal relationships.
    (WF 2005, S 2006, WF 2007, S 2008, WF 2009)
     
    COMM 455 Organizational Consulting (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 250, COMM 350, and COMM 450 or concurrently enrolled.
    Students will comprise an actual, functioning organizational consulting firm, working in teams with clients and offering services ranging from training and development to organizational communication audits.
    (WF 2005, S 2006, WF 2007, S 2008, WF 2009)
     
    COMM 460 Documentary and Corporate Video Production (3:2:0)
    Prerequisite: COMM 365. This course cannot be taken earlier than the second semester of the junior year.
    Theories and techniques of documentary and corporate video production, including budgeting, script writing, shooting and post-production. Students will be required to produce broadcast-quality projects in the course.
    (WF 2006, WF 2008)
     
    COMM 490 Directed Studies/Projects (1-2:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of Instructor.
    Students complete individual major projects or research in Communication, under the supervision of a department faculty member.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 498R Communication Internship (1-3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Completion of Communication core and entry-level area of study course. Proposed internship must be approved by designated department faculty member before registering.
    Extended or full-time experience in a professional media or communication organization or position outside of BYU-Idaho.

    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    COMM 499 Senior Seminar: Current Events and Issues in Communication (2:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing.
    Event-driven, integrative consideration of contemporary Communication happenings and issues, with students coming together from the various areas of study to conduct discussions and prepare presentations from their respective perspectives.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    SIGN 101 American Sign Language I (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Beginning students.
    Development of basic conversational-level skills, general overview of the deaf culture and current issues of interest to the deaf community.
    (Winter, Fall)
     
    SIGN 102 American Sign Language II (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: SIGN 101 or consent of Instructor.
    Continuation of SIGN 101. Teaches increased conversational skills and further knowledge of culture of the deaf.
    (Winter, Fall)