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Overview

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Quincy University's Communication program prepares you to step into the world of publishing, advertising, business communication, and community relations. Any business that values excellent written, spoken, visual, and digital communication can find those talents in our graduates.

Our program offers a bachelor of arts degree and a minor, with emphasis in five areas:

Each emphasis includes many opportunities for real-world experience, helping you build a portfolio of creative work as well as gain professional experience. You will hone your communication skills in specialized facilities, including our multimedia editing lab, field production lab, graphic design lab, on-campus television studio, and publishing lab. Our Communications curriculum includes courses taught by media professionals, and it is annually evaluated by a panel of experts.

Outside the Classroom

Quincy's Communication program also offers several extracurricular activities to make your voice heard—and gain hands-on experience.
  • The Falcon (student newspaper)
  • Annual Magazine
  • WQUB Public Radio
  • QUTV
  • Br. Sun, Sr. Moon Players
  • Communication Club
  • Lambda Pi Eta (national communication honor society)

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Courses

COM 101     Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Credit Hours: 3
Preparation and delivery of effective oral communication with emphasis on research, organization and delivery. [C2 900]

COM 200     Understanding Media
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of newspaper, magazine, motion picture, radio, television and developing media. Includes history, role in social change, media processes and resultant biases.

COM 201     Film Appreciation
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of the historical and technological development of film and its relationship to society. Introduction to film theory and criticism, including formal aspects of cinema, tools for stylistic analysis and ideological implications of film. Weekly screenings.

COM 205     Communication and Human Behavior
Credit Hours: 3
A study of human communication and language process; speaking and listening; semantics and meaning.

COM 210     Media Writing: News
Credit Hours: 3
This course establishes a foundation for journalistic and public relations writing with a focus on the various types of news media, including print, broadcast, and online outlets. The course stresses proficiency in reporting, interviewing, and writing, with attention to standard usage and formats as well as professional norms and style. Prerequisite: ENG 111 and 112 or consent of instructor.

COM 256-7  Practicum: Newspaper Reporting
Credit Hours: 1
Students work on a student newspaper, The Falcon, as reporters and writers.

COM 258-9  Practicum: Newspaper Editing
Credit Hours: 2
Students work on the student newspaper, The Falcon, as editors.

COM 267-8    Campus Broadcasting: Radio
Credit Hours: 1-3
Students experience hands-on practice in the planning and execution of radio broadcast through campus media. Need to meet 50 clock hours for each one-hour credit taken.

COM 320    Comparative Media Systems
Credit Hours: 3
Compares how media of other countries function with those of the United States along political, economic and cultural lines. Systems to be studied include the British BBC, communist (the former Soviet Union and China), and developing media in sub-Saharan Africa. Concludes with a look at how these systems interact internationally.

COM 325    Legal Research
Credit Hours: 1-3
This course introduces the sources and processes of conducting and reporting legal research. This course may be repeated.

COM 330     Media Writing: Electronic and Commercial
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on writing for magazines and advertising as well as for broadcast and new media outlets. Students will develop fluency and flexibility in writing for diverse audiences and across multiple media platforms. Prerequisites: ENG 111 and 112 or consent of instructor.

COM 340     Small Group Communication
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of communication principles in the small group setting. Includes consideration of task and interpersonal dimensions, cohesiveness, conformity and approaches to leadership.

COM 346    Fundamentals of Sports for Broadcasting
Credit Hours: 3
The goal of this course is to prepare the sport communication professional to understand the rudiments of eight major sports in order to provide print and electronic media coverage.  The course will include information, theory, and broadcast application of the rules, procedures, and common strategies of each sport.

COM 350     Interpersonal Communication
Credit Hours: 3
Introduces the complex interaction of social and psychological forces operating in human communication. Theories considered in the context of real communication situations in industry, education, medical and legal practice, as well as in empirical research. Recent research results will be discussed.

COM 351 Intercultural Communication
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of the study of cross-cultural communication. Includes a survey of non-Western culture, communication concepts, intercultural communication problems and approaches to their resolution.

COM 352     Women, Minorities and Media
Credit Hours: 3
Seminar in language and media use by dominant versus minority culture. Quantitative and qualitative presence of minority cultures in media history, industry and content. How the media function as social forces to engender inequality; media role in protest and reform in women’s rights and civil rights agitation.

COM 353    Politics and the Press
Credit Hours: 3
Uses lectures, discussions and audio-visual materials to examine the role of communication in American politics. Begins with communicative aspects of the campaign and then considers the part communication plays for a politician. Specific topics include persuasive, intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, public (debates and speeches) and mass communication (political advertising, televised performances) aspects of politics. Attention paid to how an elected official governs through the use of the various channels and types of communication.

COM 354     Gender and Film
Credit Hours: 3
Examines roles and portrayals of masculinity and femininity in film and places these terms in a cultural context. Weekly screenings. Prerequisite: COM 201 or consent of instructor.

COM 355     Communication and Social Change
Credit Hours: 3
Role of communication in technology and information diffusion systems on local, regional, national and international level; change agents, product life cycles, stages of adoption, etc.

COM 356-7  Practicum: Newspaper Reporting
Credit Hours: 1
Students work on the student newspaper, The Falcon, as reporters and writers. A portfolio must also be prepared.

COM 358-9  Practicum: Newspaper Editing
Credit Hours: 2
Students work on the student newspaper, The Falcon, as editors. A portfolio must also be prepared.

COM 361    Principles of Performance
Credit Hours: 3
The course emphasizes development and performance of scripts before microphone and camera. It is designed to help students develop and present professional and broadcast quality script productions and to provide an understanding of the relationship between performer and production.

COM 363    Technical Communication & Research Methods
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the student with a working knowledge of various types of technical and scientific communication, basic methods of statistical analysis in the field of communication, and basic research methods in communication.  Prerequisites: ENG 111 and 112.

COM 364    Public and Media Relations in Sport
Credit Hours: 3
An analysis of the role of the media and public relations in sport organizations. The appropriate methods and theories will be presented as well as their application in the professional, intercollegiate and commercial sport industries. The relationship between sport organizations and the print and electronic media will be explored and how that relationship is vital to the success of the sport organization will be emphasized. (Same as SPM 364)

COM 365     Electronic Technologies and Society
Credit Hours: 3
Emphasis on computer interfaces with radio, video, and new media. Explores the nature of electronic technologies and their impact on everyday life. Prerequisite: COM 384 or consent of instructor.

COM 367-8    Campus Broadcasting: Television
Credit Hours: 1-3
Students experience hands-on practice in the planning and execution of television broadcast through campus media. Need to meet 50 clock hours for each one-hour credit taken. Prerequisite: COM 385 or consent of instructor.

COM 369    Fundamentals of Film and Scriptwriting
Credit Hours: 3
The course introduces the elements of visual and verbal storytelling through contemporary video production technology. Prerequisites: ENG 111 and 112.

COM 370-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 3
Special topics in communication and writing depending upon demand and staff. Topics may include popular culture, feature, sports, and editorial writing, and writing for publication.

COM 380    Principles of Journalism
Credit Hours: 3
Combines journalistic reporting and writing skills with journalism concepts. The skills portion may include writing investigative articles, entertainment reviews, business and science articles, columns and editorials. Concepts covered include beat reporting, the First Amendment, journalism’s role in a democratic society, influences of ownership and work routines, and interacting with sources.

COM 381     Principles of Public Relations
Credit Hours: 3
Study of and practice in the tools of effective and ethical communication between an organization and its publics. Introduces public relations management techniques, PR models, creation and analysis of messages to address internal, media, and community publics. Prerequisite: COM 210.

COM 382     Business Communication
Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide the opportunity for students to learn the skills and strategies necessary to become effective business communicators. This course counts toward a minor in writing but does not fulfill the general education requirement in literature or count toward the English major. Prerequisites: ENG 111 & 112. (Same as ENG 382)

COM 383     Public Relations Campaigns
Credit Hours: 3
Planning and execution of public relations programs and projects. Practice in research, planning, selection of audiences, messages and media, and evaluation of effects. Simulated agency setting. Creative project in service to community client. Prerequisite: COM 381.

COM 384     Principles of Audio Production and Performance
Credit Hours: 3
Overview of audio production for radio, television, and multimedia projects. An introduction to the basic techniques and aesthetics of audio production including voice and articulation activities. Lab time and assigned projects provide “hands on” experience with the ideas and techniques discussed in class.  

COM 385     Principles of Television Production
Credit Hours: 3
Techniques and aesthetics of video production. Provides working knowledge of producing, directing, scripting, creating sequences, aesthetics and professional production attitude. Production assignments and observation of working professionals.

COM 386     Communication in Culture
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a broad introduction to key topics in communication and culture, including different theoretical perspectives and approaches within communication and culture studies. The areas studied include: structuralism and semiotics, folk and popular culture, and tools for the analysis of communication in culture.

COM 387    Advanced Field Production
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced field production involving scripting, field shoots, remote shoots, and editing. Advanced technologies in the area of post-production editing will be introduced in the Media Lab, and students will be responsible for development of script ideas, scheduling, and project completion.

COM 389     Client-Based Video Production
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced video production course centered around working with clients, deadlines and budgets. Incorporates entrepreneurial aspects as part of the Coleman Foundation initiatives. Prerequisites: COM 385 and COM major or minor, or consent of instructor.

COM 390     Communication Law
Credit Hours: 3
Provides understanding of historical, legal and ethical issues involved in freedom of expression. Principles and case studies in communication law, constitutional guarantees, libel, privacy, contempt, privilege, copyright, regulatory agencies, public policy. Discussion of major court decisions in each area of communication law and historical/political climate out of which the cases emerged provide the framework for the course. Prerequisite: junior/ senior standing.

COM 391    Writing for Electronic Media
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides extensive practice in writing for radio and television broadcast as well as for a variety of online outlets. Prerequisite: COM 330 or consent of instructor.

COM 392    Feature and Editorial Writing
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides extensive guided practice in writing extended features, columns, and other non-fiction genres for magazines, newspapers and online outlets. Prerequisite: COM 330 or consent of instructor.

COM 393    Writing for Advertising and Commercial Communication
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides in-depth exploration and opportunities for practice in copywriting for advertising and other commercial purposes. Projects will reflect an understanding of the role of market research and an emphasis on development of comprehensive campaigns and portfolios. Previous courses in marketing and media writing suggested but not required.

COM 394     Ethics in Media and Communication
Credit Hours: 3
This course guides students in the interpretation and application of major ethical theories and professional codes to the types of decisions frequently encountered in the practice of journalism, public relations, and advertising.

COM 395     Publication Workshop
Credit Hours: 3
Audience analysis, article selection, editing, illustration and layout, sales, circulation, production and publishing. Production of lab publication from idea to printed word. Prerequisite: ART 395 and COM 330 or consent of instructor.

COM 396     Electronic Publication Workshop
Credit Hours: 3
Students will be introduced to the basics of online publishing by development of blogs and YouTube materials, and by examination of wikis, podcasting, Second Life, Facebook and other online social media. They will research and write copy on topics in communication and journalism involving the publication workshop magazine (COM 395) and the communication program entrepreneurship initiatives (INT 390). Prerequisite: COM 210 or consent of instructor.

COM 480/481  Practicum/Internship
Credit Hours: 1-3
On-the-job training in the media professions, preferably in the area of the student’s major interest – reporting, editing, photography, advertising, public relations, electronic communication – at a newspaper, radio station, television station, news bureau, public relations agency, advertising agency or other communication operation. At the same time, it is a university course carrying academic credit and culminating in a letter grade. Approval of the internship coordinator should be obtained before applying for an internship. Prerequisites: 9 hours of COM courses.

COM 497     Senior Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Theory, literature and research methodologies of interpersonal, print, persuasive and electronic communication. Includes content analysis, survey research, historiography and focus groups. Theory-based applied project or senior thesis. Prerequisite: senior standing.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

  • Completion of the Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees.
  • The technological literacy requirement will be fulfilled by ART 395 Desktop Publishing.
  • COM 394 is required to meet the Ethics requirement.
  • Professional competence sequence (student must choose one of the following sequences):

Broadcasting:

  1. COM 200, 205, 210, 330, 361, 363, 384, 385, 387, 390, 497.
  2. Two of the following: COM 320, 340, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 380, 386
  3. Support courses: ART 395; one of the following: ENG 382, a foreign language course, a computer science course, or an MIS course

Journalism:

  1. COM 200, 205, 210, 330, 363, 380, 390, 395, 497
  2. Two of the following: COM 320, 340, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 361, 385, 386.
  3. Three hours of COM electives and three hours of newspaper practicum
  4. Support courses: ART 395; one of the following: ENG 382, a foreign language course, a computer science course, or an MIS course
  5. Complete a minor (or equivalent credit hours) in another field

Public Relations:

  1. COM 200, 205, 210, 330, 363, 381, 383, 390, 497
  2. Two of the following: COM 320, 340, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 361, 385, 386
  3. Three hours of COM electives and three hours of practicum
  4. Support courses: ART 395; one of the following: ENG 382, a foreign language course, a computer science course, or an MIS course

Sports Communication:

  1. COM 200, 205, 210, 330, 346, 361, 363, 381, 383, 384, 385, 395, and 497
  2. Three hours chosen from COM 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, or 355
  3. Three hours of practicum
  4. SPM 263 or 264, SPM 430
  5. Support courses: ART 395; ENG 382; SPM 351 and 364

Professional Communication:

  1. COM 200, 205, 210, 330, 350 or 351, 363, 382, 395, 480, and 497.
  2. Three hours of practicum
  3. MKT 331, 338 and 362; ART 395, 490.
  4. Support courses: a foreign language course, a computer science or an MIS course.

 

  • A grade of "C" or better is required in all communication courses applicable to the major
  • Successful completion of all components of the assessment program as outlined in the handbook for Communication majors.
  • Requirements for a Minor
  • Core courses (nine hours): COM 200, 205, and 210
  • Professional competence sequence (choose one of the following sequences)
  • Broadcasting - COM 330, 384, and 385;Journalism - COM 330, 380, and 395
  • Public Relations - COM 330, 381, and 383
  • A grade of "C-" or better is required in all courses applicable to the minor

Active Learning Opportunities

Because of Quincy University's working partnerships with leaders in area media outlets, businesses, and advertising agencies, our Communication program includes expanded internship opportunities for you and experiences that build your professional portfolio. You can gain practical experience and credit hours as early as your first year on campus, with opportunities to earn while you learn. Communication internship sites include:
  • Television affiliates of NBC, CBS, the CW, and FOX
  • Radio stations and newspapers
  • Public relations and web development firms
  • Major corporations and not-for-profit agencies

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