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CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication • 5 Cr.

Explores effective communication in one-to-one, small group, and one-to-many settings. Students analyze their communication skills and practice techniques to become more effective. Format includes public speaking.

CMST& 102 Introduction to Mass Media • 5 Cr.

Examines the operation and impact of American media. Students analyze media influence on society and the relationships among media, audience, and government. Current events and issues are discussed.

CMST 105 Debate I • 5 Cr.

Exposes students to argumentation structure in basic parliamentary debate and speech. Students spend a significant amount of time conducting research, preparing and debating. Students may choose to travel and compete at the collegiate level in speech & debate tournaments as well. Recommended: ENGL& 101.

CMST 106 Debate II • 5 Cr.

Students are exposed to argumentation structure in basic parliamentary debate and speech spending significant time conducting research, preparing and debating at a more advanced level than CMST105. Students may choose to travel and compete at the collegiate level in speech & debate tournaments. Recommended: ENGL 101 and CMST 105.

CMST 107 Debate III • 5 Cr.

Continues material from CMST 106 with argumentation structure in basic parliamentary debate and speech. Requires a significant amount of time conducting research, preparing and debating. Students may choose to travel and compete at the collegiate level in speech & debate tournaments. Recommended: ENGL& 101 and CMST 106.

CMST 114 Introduction to Producing Motion Pictures • 5 Cr.

This course focuses on the elements and process of all aspects of film production from pre-production to the end of post-production. The course will also cover production skills and the impact of such on the viewer. Students will leave the course with a producing plan portfolio.

CMST 115 Visual Storytelling • 5 Cr.

Provides an introduction to key digital storytelling principles and message design for the interactive, rich media environments of the 21st Century. Covers these principles through an examination of media history, architecture, comics, theatre, cinema, visual language, information design, storytelling, and videogames. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 recommended.

CMST 119 History of Animation • 5 Cr.

Provides an overview and study of the history of animation, from the early magic lantern shows of the late nineteenth century to current and emerging digital animation technologies. The history of early film animation is compared and contrasted with the history of animation for the web, showing how the two types of animation often parallel each other in style and development. Course includes a series of lectures, discussions, and a variety of film and video clips of both classic and digital animation.

CMST 120 Film History • 5 Cr.

Course examines the historical origins of cinema from 1880 to 1945, including the developments in film making from Europe, to Russia to Hollywood. Course looks at the different uses of and roles played by film including the use of movies as ideological tools. Recommended: ENGL& 101 and completion of any CMST Theory course.

CMST 121 Exploring the Documentary Film • 5 Cr.

Examines the theory, practice, history and ethics of documentary film making.

CMST 123 Introduction to Digital Cinema • 3 Cr.

This course is designed to introduce students to the latest cameras used in cinema (i.e. RED camera, digital film, HD). Students will be exposed to camera equipment, discuss theories, and critique use of various cameras in film making. The course is designed as an intensive workshop.

CMST 124 Introduction to Line Producing in Filmmaking • 2 Cr.

This course is designed to introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of a line producer in creating motion pictures. The course is delivered as an intensive workshop.

CMST 131 Exploring the Digital Future • 5 Cr.

Surveys the history and future of global communication technologies. Students discuss the effects of the computer revolution and digital communication on society and explore career opportunities in digital communication fields.

CMST 132 Techniques & Technology of Propaganda • 5 Cr.

Examines tools and processes for targeting information to specific audiences for specific purposes. Students analyze how film, video, and multimedia can be used to influence opinions, generate sales, etc. Students test persuasion techniques with simple media presentations.

CMST 133 Media Aesthetics • 5 Cr.

Gives insight into media aesthetics through the study of production techniques. Students develop interpretive skills by analyzing lighting, editing, color, sound, and interactivity. Class format includes lectures, media clips, and guest speakers.

CMST 134 Cultural Studies in Mass Media • 5 Cr.

Introduces terms, analytical techniques, and interpretive strategies commonly used in cultural studies. Explores how mass mediated artifacts are produced, shaped, distributed, consumed, and responded to in diverse ways. Students investigate these varied dimensions of culture to understand them in their broader social, aesthetic, ethnical and political context.

CMST 136 Writing for the Web • 5 Cr.

Introduces the cognitive, creative, and technical tools needed to effectively create text and publish ideas for the World Wide Web. Students explore and practice styles of writing to communicate effectively in various online settings.

CMST 138 Media Digital Law & Ethics • 5 Cr.

Explores the legal and ethical issues raised by modern communication technologies. Specific topics include copyright, free speech, pornography, and universal internet access. Students analyze how the U.S. justice system responds to emerging technologies. Class format incorporates lectures, discussions, case studies, and media clips.

CMST 141 Introduction to Media Writing • 5 Cr.

Students learn interviewing, basic research, effective expression and editing through note taking, interviewing, drafting and revision. Emphasizes observation skills and choice of language, structure and source material to communicate events and ideas to selected audiences. Students are encouraged to submit writing to the BC student newspaper. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, completion of ENGL 092 or ENGL 093 with a C- or better, or entry code.

CMST 143 Editing Techniques • 3 Cr.

Applies the techniques and responsibilities of newspaper editing. Students practice copy reading and headline writing.

CMST 144 Print and Online Media • 3 Cr.

Presents the basics of newspaper, magazine and online media design strategies. Topics include page makeup, assignment planning and picture editing. Requires additional lab time outside of class. Prerequisite: CMST 141 or ENGL& 101 or entry code.

CMST 145 Advertising • 3 Cr.

Covers audience, market research, effective messaging and design. Students gain practical experience working on advertising campaigns on campus for the newspaper and other entities.

CMST 146 News Staff • 3 Cr.

Continues CMST 141 with further skills development and practical applications. Students typically complete major reporting assignments each quarter. Requires additional time outside of class. Prerequisite: CMST 141 or ENGL& 101.

CMST 151 Introduction to Public Relations • 5 Cr.

Provides an overview of the field of public relations from history to practice. Introduces writing, interviewing and publicity techniques and creates press kits for a variety of audiences. Prerequisite: CMST 141 or ENGL& 101.

CMST 161 Basic Broadcasting • 5 Cr.

Develops skills in announcing and audio operations. Students review radio history and regulations and get an introduction to commercials, news, production, and station organization.

CMST 163 Radio Operations: Announcing/Production • 5 Cr.

Develops broadcast voice and production skills. Students practice tape editing and mixing and develop production values through class projects. Prerequisite: CMST 161 and permission of instructor.

CMST 194 Special Topics in Communication • V1-10 Cr.

Allows specialized study of a subject supplementing the speech communication curriculum. Topics are announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for maximum of 15 credits.

CMST 195 Special Topics in Communication • V1-10 Cr.

Allows specialized study of a subject supplementing the speech communication curriculum. Topics are announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for maximum of 15 credits.

CMST 196 Special Topics in Communication • V1-10 Cr.

Allows specialized study of a subject supplementing the speech communication curriculum. Topics are announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for maximum of 15 credits.

CMST 197 Special Topics in Communication • V1-10 Cr.

Allows specialized study of a subject supplementing the speech communication curriculum. Topics are announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for maximum of 15 credits.

CMST 202 Survey of Speech Communication • 5 Cr.

Introduces a variety of communication processes to give a basic understanding of speech communication. Students explore interpersonal, small group, and intercultural communication. Same as SPCH 102 and SPCH 202.

CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication • 5 Cr.

Focuses on effective interpersonal communication in relationships through lecture, class discussion, and activities. Topics addressed include: culture, language, nonverbal communication, listening, perception, and conflict management.

CMST 216 Scripting for Film Video & Multimedia • 5 Cr.

Students learn the mechanics and format used for film and television as well as the writer's job in pre-production and production. In addition, students are introduced to non-linear writing for new interactive multimedia technologies. Prerequisite: CMST 141 or ENGL& 101 or ENGL& 235 or ENGL 271 or ENGL 272 or equivalent English course at another college with a C- or better, or an entry code.

CMST& 220 Public Speaking • 5 Cr.

Presents the essentials of effective public speaking. Students explore topic selection, research methods, organization, analysis of material and audience, and use of visual aids, and practice preparing and delivering various types of speeches.

CMST& 230 Small Group Communication • 5 Cr.

Explores effective communication in small groups. Students examine aspects of group process, including leadership, conflict management, decision-making, conformity, and critical thinking. Students work in groups to test theories and practice skills. Fulfills social science course requirement at BC.

CMST 241 News Features & Magazine Writing • 5 Cr.

Intended for intermediate writers to focus on non-fiction writing for magazine, newspaper investigative features, and online publication. Covers research and interview techniques, editing and revision, and strategies for "pitching" and perfecting articles for publication. Prerequisite: CMST 141 or ENGL& 101 with a C- or better or entry code.

CMST 245 Practicum in Journalism • 5 Cr.

Provides practical experience in community journalism. Students work 10 hours per week at a local newspaper under an editor's supervision. Enrollment only by arrangement with the Communication Studies Program. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CMST 250 Communication in a Diverse Workplace • 5 Cr.

Applies communication concepts and theory to the culturally diverse workplace. Covers interpersonal communication, teamwork and meeting effectiveness, electronic communication, conflict management, managerial effectiveness and organizational culture. Recommended: Placement in ENGL& 101, or higher.

CMST 260 Art of Cinematography & Lighting • 5 Cr.

Covers the aesthetics of lighting to create mood, intensify drama and enhance the visual narrative.

CMST 261 Radio News Broadcasting • 5 Cr.

Covers writing, editing, producing, and delivering news for radio. Prerequisite: CMST 141 and CMST 161 or permission of instructor.

CMST 266 Practicum in Broadcasting • 5 Cr.

Provides work experience in a local broadcast outlet. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Prerequisite: CMST 161 or entry code.

CMST 280 Intercultural Communication • 5 Cr.

Examines the effect of culture on the communication process. Students learn about the influence of culture on communication styles, language, and non-verbal communication. Students practice skills that contribute to intercultural competence.

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Examines the relationship between culture and various aspects of the communication process. Students explore cultural identity, bias, and worldview. Students practice skills that contribute to intercultural competence in a variety of contexts.

CMST 285 Nonverbal Communication • 5 Cr.

Examines non-verbal behavior and its role in the communication process. Topics include body language, space, touch, dress, and cultural norms. Students analyze their own non-verbal communication techniques.

CMST 291 Making Movies • 5 Cr.

Students work together creating a dramatic motion picture, gain experience in pre-production and production work, and work as part of a crew documenting the making of the dramatic piece. Students receive a copy of the finished work. Recommended: CMST 216.

CMST 294 Special Topics in Communication • V1-10 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the Communications curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CMST 295 Special Topics in Communication • V1-10 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the Communications curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CMST 296 Special Topics in Communication • V1-10 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the Communications curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CMST 297 Special Topics in Communication • V1-10 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the Communications curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CMST 299 Special Projects in Communication • V1-5 Cr.

Covers individual projects in broadcasting, journalism, and advertising, which complement a student's work in other communications courses. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

CMST 330 Intercultural Health Communication • 5 Cr.

Examines how a healthcare practitioner may engage in effective communication with culturally dissimilar individuals in a variety of contexts. Students practice intercultural strategies and skills. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.

CMST 340 Advanced Communication in Business & Technology • 5 Cr.

This course is designed for students accepted into a baccalaureate degree program in business or technology fields. Students identify, self-assess, analyze and apply skills to effectively communicate in culturally diverse business and technology settings. Students explore original research and apply the information they learn to their communication skill repertoire. Topics include: active listening, intercultural communication, collaborating in teams, conflict management, verbal and nonverbal communication and public speaking. Prerequisite: Acceptance into applicable baccalaureate program or permission of instructor. Recommended: CMST 220, CMST 230, or CMST 280.

CMST 350 Professional Communication for the Designer • 5 Cr.

Examines how an Interior Design Professional applies communication theory and concepts to perform effectively in the workplace. Focuses on development of interpersonal skills in a diverse workplace, small group interaction and meeting effectiveness, public presentations, business writing including electronic collaboration, and organizational culture. Course requires significant oral presentation. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.