Communication, Speech Emphasis Courses
COM 131, 141, 231, 241, 331, 341, 431, 441. Theatre Workshop: Performance. 1 hour credit each term, fall and spring*
COM 151, 161, 251, 261, 351, 361, 451, 461. Theatre Workshop: Technical. 1 hour credit each term, fall and spring
These workshops are designed for those students who are actively involved in the college's dramatic productions. Additional formal class time is not assigned.*
COM 113. Basic Speech. 3 hours credit, fall and spring
A basic communications course designed to assist the student in developing the ability and the ease to effectively communicate with various audiences, including one-to-one, one-to-many, and group communication. Concepts studied include organization, presentation skills, and critical listening. Both the textual study of rhetoric and the individual practice of interpersonal, group communication and public speaking are utilized.
COM 172, 272, 372, 472. Forensics Workshop. 1 hour credit, fall and spring
The workshop is designed for those students who are actively involved in college debate or forensic activities. Each course may be taken twice for credit.
COM 111, 211, 311, 411. Radio Practicum. 1 hour credit
A supervised experience in the running of York College’s radio station. Students will produce and announce their own live on-air programs. Students will contract with faculty advisor. Prerequisite: COM 203.
COM 151/251/351/451. Newswriting Practicum. 1 hour credit, fall and spring; crosslisted as ENG 151, 251, 351, 451.
Discusses the basics of newswriting. Students are responsible for publishing the York College student newspaper. May be repeated once at each level for additional credit. Each higher level course requires progressively more responsible assignments. Co-/pre-requisites: ENG 113 and permission of instructor.
COM 173. Introduction to Theatre. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall
An introductory study of the various aspects of theatre, including historical development, performance, management, and technical production. Emphasis is given to the interaction of theatre and society and how this interaction has played a part in development of both theatre and societies.
COM 203. Radio Production and Announcing. 3 hours credit
An overview of radio applications. Develops basic competence on control board, remote board, recording and editing program productions. DJ formats, sports, news and continuity announcing. Prerequisites: COM 113.
COM 213. Argumentation. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall
An audience-centered approach to argumentation. Examination and application of argumentation principles to both policy and value debate. This course requires research.
COM 243. Oral Interpretation. 3 hours credit, even years, spring
The study and practice of the art of interpreting non-dramatic literature as public performance. Both analysis of various literary genres and oral presentation are utilized. Prerequisite: COM 113 with a grade of "B" or above.
COM 273. Communication Theory. 3 hours credit, even years, spring
Designed to acquaint students with a theoretical overview of the field of communication from the laws, systems, and rules perspectives. Topics include interpersonal communication, organizational communication, persuasion, and small group communication.
COM 283. Interviewing. 3 hours credit, even years, spring
Provides students with an understanding of the interviewing process. Students learn the fundamentals of interviewing and then apply them through in-class simulations. Prerequisite: COM 113.
COM 302. Diction. 2 hours credit, odd years, spring, crosslisted as MUS 302.
A study of the fundamentals of pronouncing and reading the following languages: Latin, French, English and German. Emphasis is given to learning and being able to use the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.
COM 303. Drama Survey. 3 hours credit, odd years, spring . Crosslisted as ENG 303.
A survey of the development of dramatic literature throughout its history. Play scripts are read and studied as literary genre, as well as the beginning of a possible performance. Careful attention is given to a thorough analysis of scripts and the necessity of understanding the analysis in order to understand the drama.
COM 312. Acting. 3 hours credit, years, fall
A study of the various acting methods. Course time is spent in acquiring knowledge of acting methods and then applying that knowledge to increase the students' acting abilities.
COM 313. Radio and Television. 3 hours credit, even years, fall
The student will study and discuss the history and practices of the broadcast media as well as some of the philosophical responsibilities of these modes of communication. The class may also produce a radio program. Prerequisite: COM 113.
COM 322. Technical Theatre. 3 hours credit, odd years, spring
An in-depth study which provides students with guided, practical experience in working with the technical aspects of theatre. This course will cover set construction, costuming, lighting, and design. Students will be required to complete a project which demonstrates their acquired skills. Prerequisite: COM 173.
COM 333. Interpersonal Communication. 3 hours credit, fall, and odd years spring
An examination of the principles of interpersonal communication. The course provides a theoretical foundation for dyadic interaction, which is tested through practical application. Topics include perception, self-concept, relationships and conflict. Prerequisite: COM 113.
COM 342. Directing. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall
Guided experience in basic principles and major styles of stage directing. Course time is spent acquiring knowledge of directing methods and then applying the knowledge to improve the students' directing skills.
COM 353. Principles of Advertising. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall
Intense study of advertising, the process and practice. Planning, formulating, implementing and evaluating of campaigns. Social responsibilities and legal restrictions of advertising. Case studies assigned for discussion and evaluation. Prerequisite: COM 113.
COM 364. Written Journalism. 3 hours credit, even years, spring. crosslisted as ENG 364
Basic reporting techniques, lead and story writing, headline writing, feature articles, editorials and copy editing. Prerequisites: COM 113 and ENG 123.
COM 373. Small Group Communication. 3 hours credit, even years, fall
Presents a theoretical approach to small group communication which is then applied practically. Emphasis is on problem-solving contexts, but consideration is given to other forms of small group communication. Prerequisite: COM 113.
COM 383. Organizational Communication. 3 hours credit, odd years, spring
Studies communication in the context of management and organizational structure. It looks at communication in the organization through different theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: COM 113.
COM 413. Persuasion. 3 hours credit, even years, fall
A detailed study of the theoretical foundations for various methods of persuasion. This course also focuses on the ethical implications of persuasion. Prerequisite: COM 113 or permission of instructor.
COM 423. Public Relations. 3 hours credit, odd years, spring
Overview of the history, theory, research techniques and applications of public relations. Introduction to public relation writing and design. Projects include conference set-up, brochure preparation, and news releases. Focuses on critical analysis of public relations problems and remediation. Prerequisite: COM 113 or permission of instructor.
COM 443. Advanced Public Speaking. 3 hours credit, even years, fall
An advanced course for those students with a high level of speech experience and interest, involving a more in-depth examination of communication. Rhetorical theory and reasoning, interpersonal skills and persuasion are explored, with additional practice in public speaking. Prerequisite: 113 or permission of instructor.
COM 453. Communication Training and Development. 3 hours credit, odd years, fall
A practical course created to introduce students to the field of communication training and development. It provides the basic structure and strategies of the field and requires students to actively engage in the field of communication training and development through in-class simulations.
COM 481. Communications/Business Seminar. 1 hour credit, spring
Practical exploration of job search procedures. Preparation of employment portfolio and resume; presentation of portfolio to faculty and peers. Exit interview required to graduate from the Business Communication program. Prerequisite: COM 113. Pre-/co-requisites: BUS 323 and MKT 323.
COM 492. Communication Practicum. 2 hours credit, spring
A capstone course designed to synthesize the knowledge gained from previous communication courses through a directed internship in the student’s choice of specialization. Requires permission of the instructor.