(S) Building upon Visual Communication I, visual semiotics in both theory and application are further explored. Students build upon their visual literacy skills and application skills through work with digital still photography and/or videography and appropriate software. Prerequisite: COMM 311.
(S) This course builds upon TV Production I and emphasizes studio and field production for broadcast TV. Specific topics covered include: advanced production skills involving camera, lenses, lighting, and directing and related post-production activities including editing. Work related to this course focuses on two-camera studio and field productions and the post editing involved in this more complicated process. Prerequisite: COMM 331. (Odd Years Only).
(F) (formerly ENCO432) This course is designed to encourage appreciation of the rhetorical legacy, nature of the audience, ethics of persuasion, and power of public advocacy. Students will examine ancient and modern theories of rhetoric and significant speakers and speeches of the Modern Era. Prerequisite: COMM 322 and Junior status.
(S) This course explores and teaches field interviewing for journalism and research. Students learn to conduct successful interviews including knowing how and what to ask, and then how to turn interviews into features or in-depth stories. They will use and sharpen reporting, writing, and analytical skills. Prerequisite: COMM 221, ENCO 222, and 261 and Junior or Senior standing or instructor's permission. (Odd Years Only).
(F) Our highly interconnected world puts peoples and cultures into intense contact with one another, and nowhere more than in the media. This course examines US media beyond our borders; the significance of media created abroad; and the presence - or absence - of diverse groups represented in the media. Prerequisite: COMM 221, ENCO 222 and Junion or Senior standing or instructor's permission.
Prerequisites: COMM221 and ENCO222, or ENCO221 and ENCO222
(F) Students will become more informed and discerning consumers and producers of media. We will analyze and produce media as electronic delivery systems for visual and aural signs. This course will address media issues such as content and form, and analysis and production within social, economic, and political contexts. Criticism and production exercises will play a prominent role in this course. Prerequisites: COMM 221, ENCO 222, COMM 322 or instructor's permission.
Prerequisites: COMM221 and ENCO222 and COMM322, or ENCO221 and ENCO222 and ENCO322
(S) Examines segments of the U.S. laws which govern mass media including freedom of the press (First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, pornography/obscenity). This course will address laws and regulations pertaining to print, radio, broadcast, and web media, with an emphasis on broadcast media. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
(S) Intensive study of a topic arising out of the core and major. In this course, each student completes an electronic portfolio, including writing, video, and other media the student has produced while at Union College. Students engage with a variety of media: books. journals, movies, internet in their study of the chosen topic. Prerequisite: COMM 322 and Senior standing.
Supervised on-campus field work in communication, either in television production or public relations. TV Production provides experience in developmental, creative work, concepts and storyboards, production (including camera work, lighting, talent) and post-production (particularly as it involves editing). PR Practicum provides experience in writing, reporting, editing, photojournalism, advertising, and desktop publishing. Prerequisites: Comm 380 and junior standing. May be repeated for credit.
(on demand) Professional experience with a news or public relations organization with focus on gaining experience in writing, editing, design, advertising, or photography. Prerequisites: Fourteen credit hours in Communication, junior or senior status, and recommendation of Communication instructor.
(F, S) An introductory course designed to explore the basic knowledge and terminology of computers and their various applications. The course will provide students with hands-on experience in productivity tools such as word processing, multimedia presentations, spread sheet, and database technology. Students will learn how to communicate and collaborate with others using web technology. The course will also provide students with the knowledge and skills required to use the internet. Students will be able to search for information and resources in support of a life-long learning endeavor. Prerequisite: None.
(on demand) This course is designed for the study of the fundamental applications of technology and information using real-life cases. This will allow students to expand their working knowledge and skills of computer applications. Prerequisite: None.
(F, S) An intermediate level of office productivity applications, such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and web-page design are presented. Students will gain an in depth theoretical and practical knowledge of these applications. They will be capable of implementing the knowledge attained in this course to solve business problems. Prerequisite: None.
(F, S) This is an introductory course in computer programming in which visual programming and object-oriented programming is employed. It introduces basic programming concepts such as data types, decisions, looping, arrays, files, and databases. The course will utilize the most current language in the marketplace. Prerequisite: COMP 241.
(F) A study of advanced principles in contemporary languages, such as the Object-Oriented languages, and their use in solving large-scale problems in business. Major topics include defining concepts such as classes and objects, inheritance, and polymorphism. The choice of the programming language may vary depending on current advances in technology and may include Java, Visual C++, or other contemporary programming languages. Prerequisites: Comp 250.
(F) A study of the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer architecture. An emphasis is made on the relationships among hardware, architecture, system software, and application software. Prerequisite: COMP 250. (Odd Years Only)
(S) A study of the knowledge required to develop the server-side of interactive web applications in order to meet business needs. Focus will be made on current technology languages and tools such as PHP, Ruby, and ASP.Net or any other language on the market. Prerequisite: COMP 390. (Odd Years Only).