Jun 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 Courses numbered from 101–299 are lower-division courses, primarily for freshmen and sophomores; those numbered from 300–499 are upper-division courses, primarily for juniors and seniors. The numbers 296, 396, 496, and 596 designate individual study courses and are available for registration by prior arrangement with the course instructor and approval of the department chair.

The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the amount of credit each course carries. Variable credit courses include the minimum and maximum number of the credits within parentheses.

Not all of the courses are offered every quarter. Final confirmation of courses to be offered, information on new courses and programs, as well as a list of hours, instructor, titles of courses and places of class meetings, is available online in My CWU which can be accessed through the the CWU home page, and go to www.cwu.edu/registrar/course-information

 

Chemistry (CHEM)

  
  • CHEM 433LAB - Biochemistry Lab II


    Description:
    Molecular cloning of a gene into a plasmid vector, followed by expression and purification of the encoded protein using modern chromatography techniques. Downstream analysis and experimentation is then conducted on the purified protein. Six hours of laboratory weekly. Course will be offered every year (Spring).

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: CHEM 431LAB. Co-or prerequisite: CHEM 433.

    Credits: (2)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Clone a gene either by the polymerase chain reaction or by cut and paste with restriction endonucleases.
    • Express and purify a protein by column chromatography.
    • Design experiments to characterize a protein.
    • Calculate data and organize results in tabular or graphical format.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/20/11

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHEM 452 - Instrumental Analysis Lecture


    Description:
    Theory and functional aspects of modern analytical instrumentation. Emphasis is on components of instruments, limitations of measurements, and applicability of techniques to specific analytical problems. Course will be offered every year (Winter).

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: CHEM 332 and CHEM 332LAB with a grade of C- or higher. Co-requisite: CHEM 452LAB.

    Credits: (3)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Describe the theoretical basis for each technique.
    • Give examples of specific instruments of every analytical technique.
    • Draw and label schematics of each instrument including components.
    • Demonstrate ability to select the best analytical technique to apply to a specific chemical problem.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    10/19/06

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHEM 452LAB - Instrumental Analysis Laboratory


    Description:
    Accompanying laboratory to Instrumental Analysis Lecture providing hands-on experience with a number of instrumental methods used in modern chemical research, analysis, and process control. Six hours of laboratory weekly. Course will be offered every year (Winter).

    Prerequisites:
    Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 452 with a grade of C- or higher.

    Credits: (2)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Follow detailed procedures for the use of new instruments and reporting.
    • Interpret experimental data within the limitations of the instrumental technique used.
    • Draw and label schematics of each instrument used, including components.
    • Cooperate and communicate with another member of the group.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    10/16/06

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHEM 473 - Transition Metal Chemistry


    Description:
    A survey of the structure, spectroscopy, and characterization of transition metal compounds, and the electronic structures of transition metals and lanthanides. Course will be offered on on odd numbered years (Spring).

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: CHEM 350 and 382 with a grade of C- or higher in each.

    Credits: (3)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Name inorganic compounds
    • Interpret magnetic susceptibility data
    • Interpret UV/Vis absorption spectra
    • Apply ligand field and crystal field theories to predict the electronic structure of transition metal complexes
    • Apply ligand field and crystal field theories to predict the geometry of transition metal complexes
    • Interpret Tanabe-Sugano diagrams: Use molecular orbital theory to describe the electronic structure of transition metal complexes
    • Use term symbols to identify electronic transitions in lanthanide ions.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    10/21/04

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHEM 488 - Colloquium


    Description:
    Students prepare a poster presentation on a current topic in chemistry. May be from a research experience or from a review of the chemistry literature. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter and Spring).

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: senior standing.

    Credits: (1)

    General Education Category: CE - Culminating Experience

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Search the peer-reviewed academic literature in chemistry.
    • Critically review journal articles on topics in chemistry.
    • Prepare a well-organized and informative poster presentation on a current topic in chemistry.
    • Defend and explain arguments made during the presentation.
    • Critically review/assess the work of a peer.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/4/18

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
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    CHEM 490 - Cooperative Education


    Description:
    An individualized contracted field experience with business, industry, government, or social service agencies. This contractual arrangement involves a student learning plan, cooperating employer supervision, and faculty coordination. May be repeated for credit. Grade will either be S or U. Course will not have an established scheduling pattern.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: prior approval.

    Credits: (1-12)

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  • CHEM 491 - Workshop


    Description:
    May be repeated for credit.

    Credits: (1-6)

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  • CHEM 492 - Laboratory Experience in Teaching Chemistry


    Description:
    Integrates both chemistry and education in order to guide teaching assistants into hands-on, inquiry-based approaches to learning in the laboratory environment. May be repeated for credit. Grade will be either S or U. Additional time to be assigned. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter and Spring).

    Credits: (2)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Demonstrate effective teaching methods in an authentic teaching environment.
    • Perform safe and appropriate laboratory techniques and model this to their laboratory students.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of chemical safety and how to educate themselves on ordering and proper storage of chemicals.
    • Develop a personal teaching philosophy.
    • Integrate chemistry and education in a manner that is consistent with the most current and appropriate practices in both fields.
    • Reflect upon their teaching practices and align them with accepted teaching practices in the learning laboratory.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    11/30/06

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHEM 495 - Senior Research


    Description:
    By permission. May be repeated for credit.

    Credits: (1-6)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  
  • CHEM 497 - Honors


    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to department honors program.

    Credits: (1-12)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHEM 498 - Special Topics


    Credits: (1-6)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHEM 499 - Seminar


    Credits: (1-5)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:

Chinese (CHIN)

  
  • CHIN 151 - First-year Chinese


    Description:
    Courses must be taken in sequence. Conversational approach with intensive oral-aural drill. A firm foundation in basic structural principles of the language is necessary.

    Credits: (5)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHIN 152 - First-year Chinese


    Description:
    Courses must be taken in sequence. Conversational approach with intensive oral-aural drill. A firm foundation in basic structural principles of the language is necessary.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: CHIN 151.

    Credits: (5)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHIN 153 - First-year Chinese


    Description:
    Courses must be taken in sequence. Conversational approach with intensive oral-aural drill. A firm foundation in basic structural principles of the language is necessary.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: CHIN 152.

    Credits: (5)

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  • CHIN 251 - Second-year Chinese


    Description:
    Graduated readings in modern Chinese writings with discussion conducted in Chinese. Courses must be taken in sequence.

    Credits: (5)

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  • CHIN 252 - Second-year Chinese


    Description:
    Graduated readings in modern Chinese writings with discussion conducted in Chinese. Courses must be taken in sequence.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: CHIN 251.

    Credits: (5)

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  • CHIN 253 - Second-year Chinese


    Description:
    Graduated readings in modern Chinese writings with discussion conducted in Chinese. Courses must be taken in sequence.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: CHIN 252.

    Credits: (5)

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  • CHIN 261 - Heritage Chinese Through Film and Media


    Description:
    Develop communicative skills and cultural literacy using Chinese film and popular media as a basis. For heritage speakers. CHIN 261 and CHIN 251 are equivalent courses; students may not receive credit for both. 

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Recognize idiomatic speech in films and identify relevant cultural context using the increased knowledge of Chinese vocabulary and grammar.
    • Identify and differentiate Chinese grammatical and syntactical patterns in written text.
    • Use context-appropriate speech to discuss important ideas from assigned films: from descriptive narration and characterization to argumentation and critical analysis. 
    • Summarize and analyze cinematic texts within their historical and cultural context.
    • Analyze films from the perspectives of form both in written and oral modalities.
    • Formulate an effective oral presentation using tools of formal and cultural analysis of a favorite film.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    11/15/18

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHIN 298 - Special Topics


    Credits: (1-6)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHIN 299 - Seminar


    Description:
    May be repeated if subject is different.

    Credits: (1-5)

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  • CHIN 301 - Chinese Literature in Translation


    Description:
    A survey of Chinese literature in translation. CHIN 301 and AST 301 are equivalent courses; students may not receive credit for both.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of Chinese culture and trace the influence and representation of this culture in the literary works.
    • Characterize the basic features of traditional Chinese literary forms or genres (prose, poetry, and drama).
    • Identify recurring themes, conflicts and characters in Chinese literary works.

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHIN 396 - Individual Study


    Description:
    May be repeated if subject is different.

    Credits: (1-6)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHIN 397 - Honors


    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to department honors program.

    Credits: (1-12)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHIN 398 - Special Topics


    Credits: (1-6)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHIN 399 - Seminar


    Description:
    May be repeated if subject is different.

    Credits: (1-6)

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  • CHIN 461 - Chinese Cinema


    Description:
    An examination of the history, aesthetic achievements, major directors and themes, and cultural explorations of Chinese cinema. Includes films from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: FILM 250.

    Credits: (4)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  
  • CHIN 497 - Honors


    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to department honors program.

    Credits: (1-12)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHIN 498 - Special Topics


    Credits: (1-6)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • CHIN 499 - Seminar


    Description:
    May be repeated if subject is different.

    Credits: (1-5)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:

College of Arts and Humanities (CAH)

  
  • CAH 289 - Introduction to Liberal Studies


    Description:
    Introduction to the Liberal Studies major, the development, design and preparation of the proposed degree plan of study. Grade will either be S or U.

    Credits: (1)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Conduct a preliminary investigation on the role of a liberal arts education within the context of their personal and professional goals
    • Identify and describe the student’s educational and career goals of pursuing the Liberal Studies program
    • Create a list of individual learning objectives that are consistent with the goals of CWU’s Liberal Studies program
    • Prepare a plan of study consistent with the BA, Liberal Studies degree program

     
    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    5/7/19

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
    Fall Locations: Ellensburg, Online, Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, Yakima Winter Locations: Ellensburg, Online, Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, Yakima Spring Locations: Ellensburg, Online, Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, Yakima Summer Locations: Online

  
  • CAH 381 - Life Hacks for Transfer Student Success


    Description:
    This course provides transfer students with tips, tools and strategies for success at CWU. Students connect with faculty and peers to create an individualized plan for degree completion and professional success. (CAH/COM/ENG/HIST/PHIL/RELS/WLC 381) are cross-listed courses; a student may only receive credit for one.

    Credits: (1)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify common transfer issues and propose strategies for success at CWU.
    • Generate connections with faculty and peers in the discipline.
    • Plan an efficient pathway to graduation.
    • Identify CWU and community resources available for different types of support.
    • Demonstrate knowledge and use of discipline specific practices using CWU academic resources.
    • Design an individualized plan for engagement in the discipline

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/23/20

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
    Fall Locations: Ellensburg, Online Winter Locations: Ellensburg, Online Spring Locations: Ellensburg, Online Summer Locations: Ellensburg, Online
  
  • CAH 389 - Academic and Career Exploration


    Description:
    This course leads BA, Liberal Studies students in the development of a career/graduate school plan. Students will investigate the work world and/or graduate schools in terms of their academic and personal career goals. 

    Credits: (3)

    Learner Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Engage in critical thinking and problem solving
    • Integrate knowledge  by gathering, evaluating, and using information drawn from two or more disciplines
    • Engage in experiential learning in prospective career or academic field
    • Communicate effectively in two media or genres (e.g. oral presentation, academic paper, social media, or website), to more than one audience (e.g. academic, professional, public)

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    5/7/19

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
    Fall Locations: Ellensburg, Online, Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, Yakima Winter Locations: Ellensburg, Online, Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, Yakima Spring Locations: Ellensburg, Online, Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, Yakima Summer Locations: Online

  
  • CAH 400 - General Education Culminating Experience


    Description:
    Course provides opportunities to integrate, apply, and share knowledge acquired through General Education. Projects focus on demonstrating communication, critical and creative thinking, reasoning, information literacy, use of evidence, and professional competencies. CAH 400 and UNIV 400 are equivalent courses; a student may not receive credit for both.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

    Credits: (2)

    General Education Category: CE - Culminating Experience

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Assess and demonstrate, in clear communication strategies and techniques in oral and/or written form, one’s own progress toward the learning goals of your major
    • Apply higher-order critical thinking and/or problem-solving skills.
    • Reflect upon, integrate, and apply the knowledge and skills gleaned from the undergraduate experience, including General Education, as it relates to their academic or career future alternatives, job interview, and/or graduate school application
    • Synthesize and present a response, propose a solution/answer, or showcase their own research and/or creative work, through the integration of documents representing skills learned in courses within the Arts and Humanities

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    12/5/19

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
    Fall Locations: Ellensburg, Online Winter Locations: Ellensburg, Online Spring Locations: Ellensburg, Online Summer Locations: Ellensburg, Online
  
  • CAH 489 - Senior Portfolio Capstone


    Description:
    End-of-program assessment, preparation of comprehensive plan of study report, and descriptive portfolio of project. By instructor permission.

    Credits: (1)

    General Education Category: CE - Culminating Experience

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Assess one’s own progress toward the learning goals of the BA, Liberal Studies major and provides the university with program assessment feedback.
    • Prepare for academic or career future alternatives, job interview, and/or graduate school application
    • Integrate documents representing skills learned as a BA, Liberal Studies major.
    • Assess and demonstrate, in clear communication strategies and techniques in oral and/or written form, one’s own progress toward the learning goals of your major
    • Apply higher-order critical thinking and/or problem-solving skills.
    • Reflect upon, integrate, and apply the knowledge and skills gleaned from the undergraduate experience, including General Education, as it relates to their academic or career future alternatives, job interview, and/or graduate school application
    • Synthesize and present a response, propose a solution/answer, or showcase their own research and/or creative work, through the integration of documents representing skills learned in courses within the Arts and Humanities

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    12/5/19

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
    Fall Locations: Ellensburg, Online, Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, Yakima Winter Locations: Ellensburg, Online, Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, Yakima Spring Locations: Ellensburg, Online, Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee, Yakima Summer Locations: Online
  
  • CAH 490 - Cooperative Education - Internship


    Description:
    An individualized, contracted field experience with business, industry, government, or social service agencies. This contractual arrangement involves a student-learning plan, cooperating employer supervision, and faculty coordination. Department consent. May be repeated up to 15 credits. Grade will either be S or U.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

    Credits: (1-12)

    Learner Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Apply learning in a professional workplace environment
    • Demonstrate professional behavior in the workplace
    • Substantive discipline-based outcomes developed by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    12/5/19

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:


Communication (COM)

  
  • COM 201 - Introduction to Mass Communication


    Description:
    This course critically reviews media from historical, societal, cultural and political viewpoints. It examines the impact of mass media on consumers as individuals and on society, and also improves media literacy.

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Define and Describe the history of Mass Communication.
    • Distinguish the functions, theories, and practices of mass communication in a global society.
    • Compare and contrast the ways in which culture and mass communication interact and affect each other, both wit in American culture and on a global level.
    • Analyze the diversity of mass communication in all its forms, and practice media consumption habits that are necessary for the communication professions.
    • Evaluate the role of the First Amendment in mass communication.
    • Recognize and explain the models of mass communication and their connection to the models of human communication.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    2/5/15

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  • COM 202 - The First Amendment: Rights and Responsibilities


    Description:
    This class explores the First Amendment freedoms as the foundation of a free, tolerant and democratic society. The communicative rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy governed by such an amendment are also examined. SB-Perspectives on Cultures and Experiences of U.S. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).

    Credits: (5)

    General Education Category: SB-Perspectives on Cultures and Experiences of U.S. K2 - Community, Culture, & Citizenship

    General Education Pathways: P1 Civic & Community Engagement, P3 Perspectives on Current Issues, P4 Social Justice

    Learner Outcomes:
     

    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify and describe the historic arc of how the First Amendment freedoms developed in the United States, beginning in the 1600s.
    • Identify, describe and discuss the guarantees of the First Amendment, as well as the exceptions for what it does not cover.
    • Identify, describe, discuss and apply landmark First Amendment cases to current and potential controversies.
    • Identify, explain and discuss various approaches to how the courts balance First Amendment rights against other personal rights and/or societal interests.
    • Identify and explain how First Amendment rights are central to creating a diverse and tolerant society, and how the freedoms have been used to advance the civil rights of previously marginalized groups, creating a more diverse and tolerant society.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and responsible use of First Amendment freedoms and how to apply them to personal and contemporary issues.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    12/7/17

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:

  
  • COM 204 - Radio Studies (Put on Reserve 9/1/2020)


    Description:
    Fundamental survey of the Radio Broadcast industry. Emphasis on understanding cultural history, corporate hierarchy, industry standards, economic conditions and types of audiences. Course will be offered every year (Fall). (Put on reserve 9/1/2020, will go inactive 8/24/23)

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: COM 201 and COM 202 and FILM 215 or instructor permission.

    Credits: (2)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Diagram Radio industry structure and job functions.
    • Analyze implications of historical and ongoing changes in the radio industry.
    • Recognize key terms and important people pertinent to the Radio Industry.
    • Critically analyze the role of radio in contemporary society.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    11/03/16

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 205 - Radio Production Skills (Put on Reserve 9/1/2020)


    Description:
    A combined lecture and skills development course that teaches students comprehensive skills in radio production. Course will be offered every year (Winter). (Put on reserve 9/1/2020, will go inactive 8/24/23)

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: COM 201 and COM 202 and FILM 215 or instructor permission. Co-requisite: COM 304.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Critically analyze various pieces of Radio production.  
    • Demonstrate ability to create a Radio Station’s audio image.
    • Utilize learned software skills to create original radio production projects.
    • Demonstrate ability to conduct interviews for different types of radio features.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    11/03/16

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 207 - Introduction to Human Communication


    Description:
    Introductory course designed to allow students to develop effective communication skills across a variety of human communication contexts including public speaking, interpersonal relationships, and professional settings.

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Define and describe the process of human communication.
    • Demonstrate skills in public speaking.
    • Develop knowledge and skills related to group communication and group problem solving.
    • Describe and interpret communication skills in interpersonal communication contexts.
    • Distinguish and apply communication conflict management skills.
    • Name and describe the multiple areas of study in the field of Human Communication and analyze the connection between Human and Mass Communication.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    2/05/15

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 208 - Introduction to Public Relations Writing


    Description:
    Integrated approach to media writing emphasizing public relations writing styles.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Prioritize and organize information and develop news judgement.
    • Write clearly and cleanly, using appropriate professional competencies in grammar, spelling, punctuation and style.
    • Structure a news story in three basic formats: prints, broadcast and public relations.
    • Explain the demands of accuracy and completeness.
    • Write quickly to meet deadlines.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    2/21/02

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 222 - Media Literacy in the Digital Age


    Description:
    This course enables students to be discerning, perceptive, ethical and responsible consumers and creators of the mass media that pervade their lives in the digital age - whether that be news, entertainment, advertising or social media. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).

    Credits: (5)

    General Education Category: K6 - Individual & Society

    General Education Pathways: P2 Health & Well-being, P3 Perspectives on Current Issues, P6 Ways of Knowing

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Explain the role that mass media play in shaping societal and cultural norms
    • Explain how the digital universe has upended traditional theoretical models of mass media creation, profitability, consumption and influence. 
    • Explain the role that mass media play in impacting individual health and well-being by influencing our thoughts, attitudes and actions.
    • Explain how individuals receive and interpret mass media differently, based on their cultural background, their prior knowledge and experience, their values and beliefs. 
    • Distinguish “fake news” based on rumor, opinion, assertion and lies from legitimate news based on objective, verifiable evidence.
    • Evaluate a news source’s reliability and credibility, using digital tools.
    • Identify the techniques that advertisers and influencers - whether corporations, political parties or activist groups - use to motivate people to take action (e.g. flattery, repetition, fear, humor.)
    • Identify the techniques that the makers of TV, films and games employ to entertain and inform their viewers and users (e.g. narrative structure, character representation.)

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    12/21/17

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 226 - Introduction to Writing and Reporting for Digital Journalism


    Description:
    Students will receive an introduction to writing and reporting of journalistic stories for print and online media.

    Prerequisites:
    Pre or co-requisite: ENG 220 or ENG 320. Students who take COM 226 must have passed or be simultaneously taking either ENG 220 or ENG 320.

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Demonstrate understanding of the variety of ways newsrooms structure their coverage and deploy their staff.
    • Create a blog, and demonstrate understanding of the principles of writing for blogs and how to integrate visual and interactive elements into their posts.
    • Produce effective leads, nut graphs, story structure.
    • Find story ideas, interview sources, use observation, collect appropriate documents.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the qualities and values of news-what makes something “newsy” and what factors will determine its “play” in a media outlet.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    5/6/19

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
    Fall Locations: Ellensburg, Online Winter Locations: Ellensburg, Online Spring Locations: Ellensburg, Online Summer Locations: Ellensburg, Online
  
  • COM 251 - Small Group Dynamics


    Description:
    Analysis and practice of communication principles affecting effectiveness of small group discussion. Includes theory and practice of leadership and problem solving in small groups.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: COM 207.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Describe the primary divisions of group communication theory to include stages of group growth and development, leadership, problem solving, functional roles, and communication norms.
    • Increase skill in the evaluation of group process.
    • Increase ability to apply leadership theory and concepts.
    • Increase knowledge and ability to solve problems in groups.
    • Increase ability to develop effective working relationships with other group members.
    • Distinguish between content and process variables in group communication.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    3/03/05

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 253 - Interpersonal Communication


    Description:
    Investigation of theory, research, and practice of the role of communication in effective interpersonal relationships.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: COM 207.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Explain how verbal and non-verbal processes work and intercultural and interactions.
    • Demonstrate a practical use of interpersonal communication theories through classroom activities and assignments.
    • Identify the impact of cultural diversity in interpersonal relationships.
    • Apply writing skills in the development of a written project on an interpersonal communication variable.
    • Identify the variables in the development of relationships related to a significant other, friendship, and work-related relationship
    • Analyze and evaluate their own interpersonal communication behavior and skills and self-assessment

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    3/03/05

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 270 - Introduction to Public Relations


    Description:
    The basic concepts of public relations; the tools and media used in communicating with the variety of publics.

    Credits: (4)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 280 - Advertising Fundamentals


    Description:
    An introductory course that introduces the principles of advertising, including; ethics, social issues, professional practice, and the application of advertising principles to problems of business, non-profit, and political issues.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: COM 201.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify the current forms of advertising in use in the United States and internationally.
    • Identify the major advantages and disadvantages of each form of advertising.
    • Critique and evaluate the processes involved developing advertising and integrated marketing campaigns.
    • Identify and explain creative approaches to advertising
    • Show an understanding of basic concepts of research for communication, including demographics, psychographics, surveys, focus groups and other instruments.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the messages given by advertising.
    • Develop and apply your oral and written communication skills.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    11/03/11

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
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    COM 290 - Cooperative Field Experience


    Description:
    Internship designed to explore career opportunities in the major. Open to all students. May be repeated for credit. Grade will either S or U.

    Credits: (1-6)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  
  • COM 298 - Special Topics


    Credits: (1-6)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 299 - Seminar


    Description:
    May be repeated if subject is different.

    Credits: (1-5)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 300 - Media Research


    Description:
    Development, understanding and application of media research theories, methodologies and techniques.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to either the communication studies, public relations, film, or journalism major.

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify/explain and/or demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and methodological skills necessary for producing rigorous research on traditional and emerging media.
    • Identify/explain and/or demonstrate knowledge of traditional and new media research tools and to develop a critical approach to the use and misuse of these methods and/or technologies.
    • Develop hands on experience and understanding of the current cultural changes in media production and consumption.
    • Understand and explain the difference between qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
    • Develop professional audience research methodologies applicable to traditional and new media.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    6/02/11

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 301 - Public Speaking for Business and Organizations


    Description:
    The course develops student knowledge and basic oral communication skills with an emphasis on presentation skills focusing on organization, delivery, and forms of support as applied in different professional contexts.

    Credits: (2)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to effectively organize a public presentation.
    • Demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to deliver at least two different types of public presentations.
    • Describe the typical public speaking contexts and opportunities found in most American businesses.
    • Develop increased skill in analyzing the public speaking of others.
    • Develop applicable support materials for an individual or group presentation.
    • Effectively respond to questions that follow a public presentation.

     
    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    10/15/15

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:

  
  • COM 302 - Intercultural Communication


    Description:
    The objective of this course is to give the participants the skills and understanding necessary to improve communication with peoples of other nations and cultures. SB-Perspectives on World Cultures (W).

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

    Credits: (4)

    General Education Category: SB-Perspectives on World Cultures (W). K4 - Global Dynamics

    General Education Pathways: P3 Perspectives on Current Issues, P4 Social Justice, P6 Ways of Knowing

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 303 - Online and Social Media Strategies


    Description:
    Students will learn how to create online websites and use social media to develop their “brand” online. They will use that “brand” to engage with appropriate audiences and create visibility for their work, skills or clients. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Create and design a functional website using a popular free and open-source platform, picking a domain name and layout appropriate to the student’s chosen “brand” identity.
    • Populate the website with content appropriate to the site’s brand identity (blog posts, examples of professional work, infographics, slideshows of photographs, audio clips, short video productions, etc.) using appropriate plugins and widgets.
    • Identify the strengths, weaknesses and suitability of the most popular social media sites and how to leverage those platforms to enhance their site’s brand identity.
    • Use social-media management tools.
    • Use web analytics applications and the analytics tools provided by their chosen social media outlets in order to assess their website and social media accounts’ performance.
    • Explain the importance of credibility and accuracy in building a brand and developing a loyal audience.
    • Identify and describe the societal issues raised by online and social media, such as privacy, defamation, cyberbullying and online identity.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/18/18

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 304 - Radio Programming Application (Put on Reserve 9/1/2020)


    Description:
    A rotational laboratory focusing on the individual methods, principals, and best practices of Radio Broadcasting. Students will learn and execute real-life Radio Broadcast programs of various formats on KCWU-FM, taking on a rotation of responsibilities.  May be repeated up to 15 credits. Course will be offered every year (Fall, Winter and Spring). (Put on reserve 9/1/2020, will go inactive 8/24/23)

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: COM 201 and COM 202 and FILM 215 or instructor permission.

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Prepare and produce a Radio program.
    • Demonstrate the operation of basic Radio studio equipment.
    • Practice and perfect their on-air delivery and voice skills in order to produce a deliverable.
    • Successfully complete the certification process for the MusicMaster Radio Programmers course.
       

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    3/31/16

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 305 - Advertising Copywriting


    Description:
    Students will learn to write for the advertising industry, including a study of effective advertising copy, and the methods of creating project proposals and project assessments.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: COM 280.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Formulate creative and practical solutions to word-based communications problems in advertising.
    • Demonstrate the ability to formulate and format advertising proposals, research documents in advertising, and other business correspondence.
    • Identify and qualify the needs of a client in the advertising field.
    • Create advertising copy that meets the needs of a client.
    • Show the ability to create copy that meets the needs of several different media formats, including television, print, and the Internet.
    • Demonstrate a facility with proper English and grammar in business writing.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    6/02/11

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 308 - Public Affairs Reporting and Writing


    Description:
    Students will learn more advanced methods of writing and reporting of journalistic stories for print and online media, with a focus on how to cover public affairs news beats. Course will be offered every year (Fall).

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: COM 226, and admission to the communication department majors.

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify key sources on their public affairs “beat” who can be regularly interviewed to reveal stories important to their news outlet’s audience.
    • Locate and recognize where all the different important public affairs beats conduct their business and their key players and issues
    • Recognize the difference between records and documents available to the public and those that aren’t and how to request and use them for stories.
    • Recognize the difference between what/when/how government councils/commissions/committees can legally discuss government business in private versus what and when and how they must do so with public notice and in the public eye. 
    • Write public affairs stories that include backgrounding, interviews, documents, data and observation that are relevant to their audience.
    • Write stories about government agency meetings that are accurate and relevant to local readers
    • Use social media to help cover public affairs beat and to disseminate stories and engage with their audience.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    5/18/17

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 309 - Writing Broadcast Advertising (Put on reserve 9/16/19)


    Description:
    Principles and techniques used in writing effective radio and television commercials, public service announcements, and promotional copy. A writing intensive course. (Put on reserve 9/16/19, will go inactive 8/24/22)

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to either the communication studies, public relations, film, or journalism major.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Understand and be able to apply the basic mechanics of good copywriting style for both radio and television commercials.
    • Learn how to organize a broadcast commercials and/or public service announcements targeting consumer behaviors and motivations.
    • Understand and be able to apply the various broadcast commercial formats in writing spot copy.
    • Learn how promotional broadcast copy contributes to a broadcast campaign. Students will also be introduced. to writing corporate media script writing and VNRs.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/20/10

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 310 - Writing and Reporting for Broadcast Journalism


    Description:
    Writing, news gathering, and reporting for the electronic media. Includes on-the-scene coverage and interviewing.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to either the communication studies, public relations, film, or journalism major.

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify the guidelines and rules of broadcast news copy writing.
    • Demonstrate guidelines for conducting broadcast interviews.
    • Demonstrate guidelines for conducting on the scene news stories.
    • Demonstrate the requirements of coverage of speeches and meetings
    • Identify news values used in reporting events.
    • Identify the beats of a typical community.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    2/19/09

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 312 - Introduction to Non-Profit Leadership


    Description:
    This course introduces key elements in nonprofit organization leadership, and makes brief reviews of various nonprofit management topics, such as strategic missions, board development, leadership roles, fundraising, staffing, performance evaluation and accountability, nonprofit marketing and legal issues.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to the nonprofit major, minor or certificate, public relations major, comm. major or permission of instructor.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify the major aspects of non-profit leadership, including board development, strategic planning, staff management, performance and evaluation, fundraising, nod legal issues
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and practices of non-profit leadership and enhance the   development of the leadership competencies nece11sary to effectively lead in nonprofit organizations
    • Use analytical thinking and writing to present and communicate the ideas of nonprofit management and leadership

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    2/05/15

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 315 - Studies in Communication (Put on reserve 9/16/19)


    Description:
    Specialized topics in communication providing depth of knowledge, expand theoretical exposure, and/or practical communication skills. By permission. May be repeated for credit under a different sub-topic. Grade will either be S or U. (Put on reserve 9/16/19, will go inactive 8/24/22)

    Credits: (1)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify and describe special topic communication concepts and/or theories.
    • Demonstrate how special topic in communication relates to real-life scenarios.
    • Incorporate special topic in communication into their own research project.
       

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    3/06/14

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 321 - Visual Storytelling


    Description:
    The methods used to communicate journalistic stories effectively and ethically using still photography and video. Course will be offered every year (Spring).

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to the digital journalism major or instructor permission.

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Employ basic techniques of visual composition such as rule of thirds, framing, perspective, balance and contrast.
    • Modify the settings of a camera (or other device used to take photographs) to obtain the effects produced by shutter speed, aperture, lighting, color and lens choice in visual imagery.
    • Identify and differentiate between general news, spot news, feature news, portraits and sports images and apply strategies for capturing effective storytelling imagery in each category.
    • Write captions that identify the people, places and/or objects in the image and put them in perspective for the viewer.
    • Plan, propose and create a photo news story.
    • Create news interviews and videos.
    • Evaluate the impact and ethical considerations of image manipulation. 

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    5/18/17

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 322 - Introduction to Studio Production (Put on Reserve 9/1/2020)


    Description:
    A combined lecture and skills development course that introduces students to the production elements of a television show with emphasis on the function and operation of studio lighting, audio, and cameras. (Put on reserve 9/1/2020, will go inactive 8/24/23)

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: film or braodcast journalism major status. Co-requisite: COM 322LAB.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Describe the personnel functions in studio production.
    • Describe equipment functions and safety features of a studio.
    • Construct a pre-production plan for a studio program.
    • Direct a studio production.
    • Perform as a crew member in all other areas of studio production.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    4/21/16

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 322LAB - Introduction to Studio Production Lab (Put on Reserve 9/1/2020)


    Description:
    Introduction to basic television studio production work-flow and production equipment certification. Four lab sessions held over two successive weekends. Course will be offered every year (Fall and Winter). (Put on reserve 9/1/2020, will go inactive 8/24/23)

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: journalism or film major status or instructor permission. 

    Credits: (1)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Describe how lighting, audio, and editing equipment are used safely.
    • Perform equipment functions of lighting, audio, and editing equipment in the studio.
    • Perform as a crew member in all other areas of studio production, including building sets, using grip equipment, creating graphics, and operating a teleprompter.
       

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/30/14

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 333 - Communication Ethics


    Description:
    The study of ethical issues in communication.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: COM 202 and admission to major.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify ethical issues involving media communications.
    • Understand various approaches used to solve or resolve issues involving media communications
    • Understanding how to apply a model of moral reasoning (e.g. the “SAD” process used to solve or resolve ethical issues).
    • Knowledge of various codes of ethics as they apply to specific professions within the communication field.
    • Knowledge of the historical, historical, political, and societal context for the issues they must resolve with analysis.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    5/05/11

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 340 - Rhetorical Theory


    Description:
    Survey of rhetorical theory and practice from ancient to modern times. Emphasis on rhetorical application to public speaking settings.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Explain how rhetorical messages can influence people
    • Analyze principles of public discourse and how they shape and are shaped by events – both historical and contemporary.
    • Evaluate how the communicator and the audience mutually create meaning.
    • Critique rhetorical messages


    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    12/5/19

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
    Fall Locations: Ellensburg, Online Winter Locations: Ellensburg, Online Spring Locations: Ellensburg, Online Summer Locations: Ellensburg, Online

  
  • COM 341 - Introduction to Field Production (Put on Reserve 9/1/2020)


    Description:
    A combined lecture and skills development course that introduces students to the principles and techniques of location production and visual storytelling for narrative and documentary film. (Put on reserve 9/1/2020, will go inactive 8/24/23)

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: film or broadcast journalism major status or instructor. Co-requisite: COM 341LAB.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental processes of telling a visual story using single camera production methods.
    • Employ appropriate image composition, audio recording, and operational functions of both camera and audio equipment.
    • Employ lighting techniques and safety procedures.
    • Complete pre-production planning for a single camera production.
    • Employ video editing software from ingest of media through final project delivery.
    • Explain production crew roles and professional set etiquette.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    4/21/16

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 341LAB - Introduction to Field Production Lab (Put on Reserve 9/1/2020)


    Description:
    Introduction to cameras, lighting, audio and grip equipment used in field production, set etiquette and production work flow including post-production and exporting the finished product. One two-hour laboratory session weekly. Permission by instructor. Course will be offered every year (Fall and Spring). (Put on reserve 9/1/2020, will go inactive 8/24/23)

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: journalism or film major status or instructor permission. 

    Credits: (1)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Design and present quality image composition and sound, using camera, lighting, and audio equipment effectively and safely.
    • Employ video editing software effectively from ingest of media through final project delivery. 
    • Explain production crew roles and professional set etiquette.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    5/18/17

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 342 - Broadcast News Producing


    Description:
    Principles and techniques used in producing newscasts for broadcast news, with emphasis on television news.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: Com 310 and admission to the digital journalism major.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Operate producing software that parallels software used in newsrooms
    • Identify the guidelines and rules of broadcast news producing
    • Develop flow and continuity within a  newscast to attract and retain viewers
    • Write effective news teases
    • Use live shots, as-if-lives and studio hits to improve pacing and to place emphasis on stories
    • Time a show and make adjustments if the show is “heavy” or “light.”
    • Structure and restructure stories to produce different newscasts with different formats and goals.
    • Field produce a story to better communicate the message of the story using tools such as stand­ ups, interviews, as-if-lives, and other producing tools.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    3/17/16

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 345 - Business and Professional Speaking


    Description:
    Oral communication in career and professional settings with focus on public presentations, briefings, and persuasion.

    Credits: (4)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 347 - Copy Editing


    Description:
    Students will learn the editing process, how to edit for mechanics and content, including Associated Press style, as well as how to write headlines and cutlines.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: admission to the major (i.e. com studies, public relations, film, journalism, English writing specialization), or professional writing certificate program or permission of the instructor.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Edit stories for ethical and legal considerations.
    • Work with reporters to help them improve their work in all phases, from generating story ideas, to providing reporting guidance arid writing clean, accurate ·and compelling copy.
    • Understand the editing process and the various types of editors in media organizations - copy editors, content editors, section editors, design editors, wire editors, supervisory editors, managing editors and editors-in-chief.
    • Learn to write headlines and cut lines according to the conventions of the profession.
    • Learn the ethical and legal issues involved in the selection of photos and other visual elements that accompany stories.
    • Understand the importance of design and layout, and how to spot opportunities to incorporate graphics and other “entry points” into story packages.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    4/04/13

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 348 - Publication Design


    Description:
    Publication design, the theories of graphics, headlines, and text. Management of the design process.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to either the English writing specialization, communication studies, public relations, film, or journalism major.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Demonstrate comprehension of the principles of good publication design.
    • Demonstrate ability to apply principles of page design for daily, weekly or monthly publications.
    • Learn how to manage the sometimes-warring aspects of publication design: the physical vs. the intellectual, the form vs. the content, the design vs. the journalism, the product-making vs. the story-telling.
       

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    5/05/11

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 350 - Persuasion and Culture


    Description:
    Role of persuasion in society, elements of human motivation, techniques, and appeals of the persuader.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to either the communication studies, public relations, film, or journalism major.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Develop ability to critically analyze persuasive messages
    • Increase skill in the development of oral persuasive messages.
    • Understand and apply various ethical criteria to persuasive strategies and campaigns.
    • Increase knowledge and ability analyze persuasive appeals found in advertisements.
    • Develop ability to analyze the persuasive actics of public speakers through study of cultural themes, evidence, emotion, and credibility.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    3/03/05

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 351 - Visual Anthropology


    Description:
    Provides methodological, theoretical, and practical background to produce and evaluate imagery in films and video; guidelines and practice of image presentation/ manipulation in anthropological and social contexts. COM 351 and ANTH 351 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: ANTH 130 or ART 225 or COM 321 or COM 330.

    Credits: (4)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 362 - Conflict and Communication


    Description:
    Communication and decision-making strategies for conflict resolution. Negotiating agreement and mediating differences in interpersonal and organizational settings.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to either the communication studies, public relations, film, or journalism major.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify causes of human conflict and the common ways they are expressed
    • Identify steps in the process of conflict resolution through negotiation and formal mediation
    • Demonstrate skill in negotiation and mediation

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/30/14

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 365 - Organizational Communication


    Description:
    Function, forms, and patterns of communication in organizations. Effects of organizational structures and dynamics on communication. Methods of evaluating communication policies and practices as an aid to organizational management. By permission.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to either the communication studies, public relations, or journalism major or permission of instructor.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Define corporate culture, leadership, teamwork, diversity, and ethics, and discuss how they impact organizational communication.
    • Explain the complex role communication plays in developing and maintaining an organization’s culture.
    • Be able to explain bow specific communication behaviors may be used to manage opposition to change in organizational contexts.
    • Be able to discuss the nature of conflict in organizational context and how to apply message strategies to manage such a conflict and bolster working relationships.
    • Compare and contrast major theories of organizational communication.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    3/01/12

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 369 - Mass Media and Society


    Description:
    Relationship of the mass media to social institutions; including philosophy, responsibilities, regulations, and criticism. Variable topic, may be repeated for up to 8 credits under a different title. COM 369 and SOC 369 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both. May be repeated for credit.

    Credits: (4)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 370 - Advanced Public Relations Writing


    Description:
    Practical instruction in persuasive writing, news releases, broadcast material, speeches, institutional messages, newsletter articles, employer publications, backgrounders, features, and corporate profiles.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: COM 208, and COM 270, and admission to the public relations major, or non-profit minor, or instructor permission.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Demonstrate understanding of the essential role of strategic problem solving and creative thinking in relationship to the larger strategic public relations campaign.
    • Explain technical writing practices and communication models that directly affect the public relations industry.
    • Demonstrate understanding of practice, theory and ethics of public relations through strategic writing skills.
    • Demonstrate advanced PR writing skills used in PR practice today.
    • Use AP Style writing.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/30/14

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 371 - Event Planning and Management


    Description:
    This course offers a comprehensive study of the event management field. The course will enable participants to develop an innovative and multi-skilled approach to planning and coordination events. Topics include: legal issues in event planning and coordination promotions, design, catering, and other relevant topics.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to the communication or recreation and tourism major, minor or certificate program or permission of instructor.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Introduce students to the field of event management
    • Provide an overview of the history, principles, practices and techniques of event management.
    • Introduce students to the Event Management Process that includes research, design, planning, coordination and evaluation.
    • Provide information relating to legal, ethical and risk management issues in the field.
    • Explain the importance of volunteers in event management and successfully demonstrate volunteer orientation

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    2/24/12

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 375 - Interviewing Principles and Techniques


    Description:
    Examination of the basic principles and techniques of interviewing and their application in informational, employment, and persuasive/counseling contexts. Extensive in-class and community experience in interviewing provided.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: COM 207 and admission to a communication major.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify, explain, and apply general theoretical principles related to interviewing.
    • Identify the functions and techniques for the three major components of an interview: the opening, the body, and the dosing.
    • Construct an interview guide containing a variety of primary and secondary questions following a sequence appropriate for the purpose of the interview.
    • Write a job description, cover letter and resume appropriate for a position you intend to apply for within the next five years.
    • Learn to be an interviewer and interviewee
    • Distinguish between legal and illegal laws in accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunities Office.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    3/03/05

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 380 - Non-Verbal Communication


    Description:
    Fundamentals of nonverbal communication including codes, relationship to biology and culture, usage, and interrelationships. COM 380 and ANTH 380 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Identify channels of non-verbal communication
    • Integrate the contribution of biology and culture to non- verbal behavior
    • Identify the role of non-verbal communication in interactions.
    • Identify meaning of non-verbal communication in contemporary US culture.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    10/21/10

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 381 - Life Hacks for Transfer Student Success


    Description:
    This course provides transfer students with tips, tools and strategies for success at CWU. Students connect with faculty and peers to create an individualized plan for degree completion and professional success. (CAH/COM/ENG/HIST/PHIL/RELS/WLC 381) are cross-listed courses; a student may only receive credit for one.

    Credits: (1)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    •  Identify common transfer issues and propose strategies for success at CWU.
    • Generate connections with faculty and peers in the discipline.
    • Plan an efficient pathway to graduation.
    • Identify CWU and community resources available for different types of support.
    • Demonstrate knowledge and use of discipline specific practices using CWU academic resources.
    • Design an individualized plan for engagement in the discipline

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/23/20

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
    Fall Locations: Ellensburg, Online Winter Locations: Ellensburg, Online Spring Locations: Ellensburg, Online Summer Locations: Ellensburg, Online
  
  • COM 382 - History of American Journalism


    Description:
    Survey of American journalism since colonial times; emphasis on understanding the evolution of journalism in the United States and the changing technological, social, and cultural trends affecting print and broadcast journalism.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: COM 201 and admission to a communication major.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Relate the historical evolution of journalism as an institution and as a social and cultural force in American society.
    • Develop a critical approach for examining the historical evolution of print and broadcast journalism in America.
    • Ability to juxtapose the historical development of print and broadcast journalism industry, technology and/or content with the social context of production.
    • Describe and analyze how diverse groups have been covered by mainstream journalism and how they have used media to voice their concerns.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of how the chronological development of journalism as an industry has become a part of American history and, how journalism has shaped American history and our sense of it.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/31/06

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 388 - Advertising Planning


    Description:
    Development of media strategies in advertising campaigns, including analysis of research, making useful media buys, integrating multiple objectives in the media message, and developing an assessment plan for effectiveness of message.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: COM 280.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Demonstrate the ability to determine the needs of a client through interviewing them and reading of current research.
    • Create a basic media plan for an advertising client demonstrating this knowledge.
    • Know the terminology associated with media planning
    • Understand how to read and apply core planning concepts such as index numbers, people metering, psychographics, and demographics.
    • Read research instruments used by the advertising planner.
    • Create and communicate a media plan for a client.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    6/02/11

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 396 - Individual Study


    Description:
    May be repeated if subject is different.

    Credits: (1-6)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 397 - Honors


    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to department honors program.

    Credits: (1-12)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 398 - Special Topics


    Description:
    May be repeated if subject is different.

    Credits: (1-6)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 399 - Seminar


    Description:
    May be repeated if subject is different.

    Credits: 1-5

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 401 - Communication Theory


    Description:
    Examination of human communication on an individual, interpersonal, and public level. Exploration of the relationship between communication theory and the practice of communication in various professional settings.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to either the communication studies, public relations, film, or journalism major.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Articulate the basis of theory and its relationship to effective behavior.
    • Demonstrate understanding of communication discipline.
    • Use communication theories to analyze communication problems and to suggest effective strategies to overcome the problems.
    • Describe the major contexts in communication.
    • Incorporate communication theories in describing the role of communication in interpersonal relationships.
    • Describe at least three cultural differences in communication.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    12/05/13

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 402 - Gender Communication


    Description:
    Analysis of gender role development in females and males with focus on effective relationship development between sexes. Analysis and development of communication skills useful in cross-sex friendships, working relationships, and romantic/family relationships.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: admission to either the communication studies, public relations, film, or journalism major.

    Credits: (4)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 403 - Family Communication


    Description:
    This course is designed to provide an overview of family dynamics and the processes that influence family communication and family functioning. FCL 403, COM 403 and FCL 503 are cross-listed courses; students may not receive credit for both.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Attain a consistent communication focus in viewing and understanding family life.
    • Demonstrate the utility of applying theoretical frameworks to questions about family communication.
    • Demonstrate an ability to apply critical thinking to contemporary family forms and functions.
    • Identify dysfunctional family patterns and their root causes.
    • Articulate the importance of family communication rituals.
    • Identify the role of communication for coping with stressors and mediating conflict.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    6/18/10

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 404 - Radio Ratings and Revenue (Put on Reserve 9/1/2020)


    Description:
    This course explores the radio ratings and billing structure theory and practice, covering radio formats, radio markets, methodology and execution. Course will be offered every year. Course will not have an established scheduling pattern. (Put on reserve 9/1/2020, will go inactive 8/24/23)

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: COM 201 and COM 202 and FILM 215 and COM 304.

    Credits: (2)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Describe and evaluate the history of Radio advertising as a viable business model.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of radio ratings and billing structures
    • Analyze the components of an effective multi-media Radio campaign
    • Demonstrate the skills necessary for executing a large-scale, radio-relevant station event 

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    11/03/16

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 407 - Advanced Intercultural Communication


    Description:
    In-depth study of theory and practice of intercultural, cross-cultural, co-cultural and sub-cultural communication. Examination of the communication plays in these groups’ interactions with each other and the relevant dominant culture.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisites: COM 302, and admission to the communication studies major, communication minor, organizational communication minor, or instructor permission.

    Credits: (4)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Articulate and defend a well-informed definition of intercultural communication.
    • Analyze the intercultural dynamics among organizational, interpersonal, family, technological and systemic communication.
    • Apply various structural, interpersonal, cultural, technological and systemic approaches to communication to diagnose and solve intercultural problems.
    • Apply communication research theory and intercultural communication theory to address problems in carious contexts.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    1/30/14

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 408 - Feature Writing and Freelancing


    Description:
    Students will learn the skills needed to conceive, report and write a wide range of feature stories for newspapers, magazines, and online publications, as well as how to succeed as a freelance writer.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: COM 226.

    Credits: (5)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Research and generate feature story ideas and develop unique angles
    • Conduct effective interviews for feature stories.
    • Use observation as a reporting tool to capture scenes and anecdotes to make stories more vivid to the reader.
    • Use narrative techniques to construct narrative stories.
    • Write features about places.
    • Write profiles, both long and short.
    • Write features based on issues and trends.
    • Find markets for their work and effectively pitch stories to those markets.

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    5/6/19

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
    Winter Locations: Ellensburg
  
  • COM 409 - Magazine Freelancing


    Description:
    This entrepreneurial journalism course introduces students to the concepts of how to work as a freelancer, and to the basics of writing for magazines. Grade will be S or U.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: COM 226 or instructor permission.

    Credits: (4)

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
  
  • COM 411 - Field Experience in Communicating Science to the Public


    Description:
    Applied field experience in communicating science to the public. Methods, techniques, materials, and practices for effective communication of scientific ideas, and methods. SCED 411/511 and COM 411/ 511 are cross-listed and layered courses, students may only receive credit for one. May be repeated up to 4 credits.

    Prerequisites:
    Prerequisite: Academic Writing I with a grade of C- or higher.

    Credits: (2)

    Learner Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Analyze the issues surrounding public science communication at local and national scales
    • Demonstrate effective communication skills in the context of scientific content and process
    • Work collaboratively with community stakeholders to develop and implement a project that teaches science to a group of non-scientists (e.g., K-12 or adult)
    • Develop and practice ways to effectively communicate thesis research to community stakeholders

    Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
    6/3/20

    Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
 

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