This emphasis area is designed for students who wish to focus primarily upon the critical, aesthetic and theoretical foundations of media and its institutions. Students learn theoretical and critical approaches to media content, systems, and institutions that cultivate skills in critical thinking, analysis, and writing.
COMM 227 Introduction to TV Production (or)
Introduce students to the terminology and workings of visual communication and broadcasting. Become acquainted with the structures and organization of TV stations and production houses. Practice basic hands-on production and storytelling and work across different media platforms. Learn about new trends in social media, run a youtube site and contribute to blogs.
COMM 228 Introduction to Digital Film Production
This course introduces students to filmmaking processes, techniques and technologies as powerful and creative tools for communication. Image creation, audio acquisition and post-production practices, conceive and investigate ideas, engage ina creative/critical process and utilize new media technologies to construct simple messages. Hands-on workshops, viewing of films and creating media.
COMM 231 Communication Technologies
Hands-on introduction of new technologies within this evolving field, utilizing and exploring communication and publication technologies for print and/or online channels. Participation in the creative process while developing needed technical skills tied to design and content creation.
COMM 230 Introduction to Mass Media
Study of the structure, roles and processes of the mass media. Primary emphasis is on radio, television and film. Examination of effects on society. CSUS Common Course.
COMM 255 Visual Communication (or)
Introduces the codes and conventions of visual communication through the study of photography, paintings, advertising campaigns, television, video, film and the web. Addresses the role of visual culture in a (multi)media immersed public domain.
COMM 220 Introduction to History of Film
Survey of 100 years of movies from all over the world. Emphasizes the development of film as a narrative art, using films that are breakthroughs in creative expression and audience involvement.
COMM 336 Media Literacy
A review of current changes in philosophy, content, and processes in media use and application as this use affects society and its value system.
Students should complete COMM 336 prior to taking any of these additional courses.
COMM 301 Critical Thinking
Development of critical thinking and debate skills as a basis for thoughtful and effective communication. Analysis of arguments and persuasive appeals.
COMM 315 Political Communication (3 credits)
Examines different theoretical approaches to gender and the implications these have for our understanding of communication theories and practices.
COMM 319 Filmic Narrative
Explores the most relevant elements used in filmic narrative to create meaning. The course further helps students identify ideological contents behind and beyond the audiovisual discourse.
COMM 338 Analysis of News
Broad array of critical and interpretive skills that can be used to analyze the news. Examines economic, social and political underpinnings in the manufacturing of the news, and the processes affecting the formal and structural characteristics of the news. Substantial practical experience in the process of news analysis.
COMM 380 Women in Film
How to research, create, write, and produce news stories and narratives for broadcast and web-based media.
COMM 382 American Cinema
Examines the film industry in the United States. The genres of Hollywood cinema and independent films will be studied as unique economic, industrial, aesthetic, and cultural institutions.
COMM 410 Public Opinion
Dissects the social-psychological phenomenon of public opinion to understand its nature as well as to explore its social function. Goes in depth into the most important public opinion research methodologies. Three hours of class lectures and additional one-on-one work to develop and refine a research project.
COMM 431 Mass Media and Society
Examines the place of the mass media in society. Specifically, how the mass media affect and are affected by social, economic, cultural and political forces.
COMM 432 Media in Film
Using filmic fiction and theoretical works of mass communication, this course will analyze how advertising, public relations, television, and radio are portrayed in the media. We will combine critical movies with other stories that deal with the subject in a more positive or ideal way, and reflect on the power of new media to establish virtual relationships.
COMM 435 Images of Gender in the Media
Examines media constructions and representations of femininity and masculinity. Focus on popular forms of media including television, film, and advertising.
COMM 445 Advertising and Society
Study of the relationship between communication and social change and the impact of socio-political and communication strategies on the achievement of effective community development and social change objectives. Additional written work will be required for graduate students.
COMM 455 Global Visual Communication
Examines visual communication and culture as well as visual competence and media literacy within a global perspective. Studies the impact of globalization on the circulation of messages via new technologies, and the circulation of consumer goods, brand packaging and the significance of gender.
COMM 485 Topics in Media and Culture
Study of selected topics using critical and interpretive approaches to Media. May be repeated once with a different topic.
COMM 490/492 Internship (3 - 6 credits)
Work in approved organization. Series of consultations and assigned readings and a final paper describing practical experiences in relation to theory are required.
COMM 493 Seminar in Communication
This capstone course for majors provides students with a structured environment in which to complete an independent research and/or mediated project. Students will engage in peer workshops, and reflect upon the knowledge they have acquired in the discipline while honing their research and/or communication skills.
COMM 495 Special Topics (3 - 4 credits)
Study of selected topics in Communication. May be repeated once with a different topic.
COMM 496 Field Studies in Communication (3 credits)
This course normally involves travel outside the United States. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits.