Communications Course Offerings


COMM 101 Introduction to Communications and Public Speaking [4]
Introduction to the field of human communication as developed in contemporary theory and research. An emphasis on public speaking with students delivering three presentations throughout the semester. Examines the various subfields of communications.

COMM 201 Student Newspaper [1]
Students gain real-world experience by producing news and feature stories for a campus newspaper. Requires writing and reporting skills. Repeatable up to 4 credits.

COMM 202 Yearbook [1]
Learn various aspects of the yearbook publication process such as layout and design, copy writing, photography, budget and finance, and promotion and publicity. Students are responsible for producing complete layouts in order to meet publication deadlines. Repeatable up to 4 credits.

COMM 203 Basic Broadcasting [2]
Fundamentals of radio broadcasting and production including audio console operation, use of broadcast equipment, program formats, FCC rules and regulations, and announcing. Apply skill at Everett radio station (KSER). Juniors may take COMM 303 for upper division credit.

COMM 300 Media Writing and Analysis [4]
Develop an applied understanding of print and electronic journalism’s methods of news writing, gathering information, producing and critiquing media messages along with current legal/ethical issues informing media production, dissemination, and reception.

COMM 301 Student Newspaper [1]
Repeatable up to 4 credits.

COMM 302 Yearbook [1]
Repeatable up to 4 credits.

COMM 303 Basic Broadcasting [2]
Fundamentals of radio broadcasting and production including audio console operation, use of broadcast equipment, program formats, FCC rules and regulations, and announcing. Apply skills at Everett radio station (KSER).

COMM 310 Multimedia Message Analysis [4]
Introduction to the use of multimedia and digital elements in communicative exchanges, including how visual information is interpreted. Special emphasis on methods of critical analysis.

COMM 320 Rhetorical and Communication Theories [4]
Historical overview of theories constituting the communicative arts. Rhetorical theories from classical to modern times tracing the influence of Aristotelian to post-modern principles on the development of communication theories. Social scientific theories of communication are also explored.

COMM 350 Persuasive Messages and Campaigns [4]
Examine the logical and psychological principles used in oral, written, and digital persuasive messages. Analyze the persuasive process and learn to craft effective rhetorical messages. Ethical responsibility of communicators is considered as well as forms of persuasive campaigns such as social movements.

COMM 360 Advertising and Marketing Principles [4]
Focus on the persuasive and communicative components used in the fields of advertising and marketing. Topics include advertising, copywriting, message design, production, and critique. Introduction to the persuasive and practical applications of advertising and marketing. Emphasizes problem-solving, communication, critical thinking, and design team communication skills.

COMM 369 Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling [4]
Introduction to best practices in the creation of stories for video, web and live event applications. Overview of effective storytelling techniques and tools used to connect effectively with audiences in a variety of multimedia and live event applications. Gain hands-on experience in the construction and crafting of stories including the foundation blocks of effective storytelling, storytelling design and delivery, storytelling devices, and exposure to visual storytelling keys.

COMM 370 Multimedia Message Design [4]
An overview of theories and conceptual tools used to design digital messages for various media. Explore ethical and legal issues underlying the design process as well as engage with a variety of technologies and computer applications necessary to create digital content for various multimedia venues.

COMM 371 Multimedia Storytelling Production [4]
Hands-on experience in the production of stories for video, web and live events. Examine the work of multimedia storytelling professionals and apply production processes related to a story they design, deliver, and produce in teams. Production processes include research, proposal writing, storyboarding and planning, interviewing, photography/videography, on-camera talent, editing, audio and music design, budgeting and financing strategies, production schedules, venue scouting, talent booking, crew selection, scriptwriting, technical and legal considerations, and rehearsals.

COMM 372 Advanced Multimedia Design and Storytelling [4]
Working in teams to expand competencies acquired in COMM 370 to identify, design and deliver multimedia storytelling presentations for both the Trinity Lutheran College website and for a non-profit organization in the Everett area. Prerequisite: COMM 370 or permission of the instructor and/or Communications Chair.

COMM 381 Homiletics and Advanced Presentations [4]
A synthesis of oral and written communication skills will be developed toward more effective exposition of Biblical texts. Learn different methods of preparation and delivery of sermons, and learn resources available for long range planning.

COMM 390 Freedom of Speech and Press [4]
Examines selected issues in freedom of speech and press as embodied in communications law, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of the United States. Emphasis on the First and Fourteenth Amendments, to include understanding of clear and present danger, libel and slander, pornography, privacy, and public access to information. Considers functions of American legal system in resolving civil and criminal cases regarding the production, dissemination, and reception of communicative messages.

COMM 400 Public Relations [4]
A perspective on public relations as integrated into overall workings of public and private organizational strategy and tactics. Key processes required in practice of public relations and standards required for professionalism. Explore the tools and techniques of public relations. Apply public relations principles in a public relations campaign.

COMM 410 Multimedia Production [4]
Learn and experience the process of digital message production while also examining the work of professional digital designers. Topics include shooting, camera work, lighting, editing, audio, storyboarding, timing, post-production, and editing using professional software. Work in teams to produce a complete multimedia message.

COMM 411 Advanced Multimedia Production [4]
Work in production teams with guidance from professionals to identify, produce, write, shoot, edit and serve as talent in the production of stories for video, web and live events. Teams also work with TLC-TV production students to help with the production of content for the weekly TLC-TV show. Prerequisite: COMM 370 or permission of the instructor and/or Communications Chair.

COMM 420 Rhetorical Criticism/Hermeneutics [4]
Focus on criteria and methods for interpreting discourse with general assessment of the form and function of symbolic action. Analyze situation, argument, structure and style. Specialized approaches such as cultural analysis and close textual analysis are explored.

COMM 425 Rhetorics of Public Discourse [4]
Explore the many public contexts where rhetoric flourishes and rhetoric’s symbolic dimensions in these contexts. Consider the rhetoric of public memory, science, religion, law, politics, and society in both theory and practice.

COMM 430 Communication Consulting and Training [4]
Considers the field of consulting and corporate trainings from a communication perspective. Provides understanding and experience in developing skills and techniques applicable in various consulting contexts. Covers planning, designing, and executing consultancies with a variety of agencies.

COMM 431 Communications and Leadership [4]
Explore contemporary concepts about the meanings and functions of leadership communication in organizations. Learn how organizational communication encompasses not only communication within businesses, but also within large private or nonprofit associations, larger community groups, and governments both large and small. Topics include organizational communication research, such as culture, socialization, systems theory, communication and technology, and globalization. Experience scenarios in class include how to lead, influence, and coach more effectively.

COMM 440 Health Communication [4]
Provides a framework for better understanding the processes and applications of communication theories in various healthcare contexts. Emphasis on the improvement of communication competencies for interaction between healthcare professionals and the publics they serve. Covers interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, and ethical elements of health communication.

COMM 450 Communication in the Classroom [4]
Focuses on classroom communication such as listening, perception, verbal and nonverbal messages, and instructional strategies. Includes a communication analysis of a classroom observation and the introduction of creative pedagogical techniques.

COMM 460 Intercultural Communication [4]
Examines intercultural communication in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, small group, and corporate intercultural exchanges. Explore ways in which cultural differences can lead to misunderstandings. Through such inquiry, insights will be obtained about communicating competently with persons of other cultures.

COMM 499 Capstone (Senior Thesis/Project) [4]
All Communications majors must complete capstone and produce a senior thesis, project, or portfolio that showcases the student’s track option. Seniors participate in an in-depth treatment of one specific area of interest through independent (faculty-directed) reading, research, and final thesis, project, or portfolio. The course helps seniors integrate their applied communication major with their future careers. One avenue of focus may be on traditional research to prepare students for graduate school. Prerequisite: ENGL 101, Senior Standing.