Communication (COMD)

Communication Courses

COMD 219  Speech  3 Credits (3,0)

Foundational theories and practices of communication, including public speaking, content, delivery, and design. Section emphasis may vary by instructor.

COMD 265  Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to the fundamentals, theories and practice of news writing and reporting. Identify what constitutes news, as demonstrated by daily news media, conduct interviews, generate story ideas, and write and report news stories using Associated Press style, inverted pyramid organization, and the five Ws of news writing content. Introduction to how editorial departments in contemporary news organizations operate, to the legal, ethical and cultural issues in the news business, the evolution of digital and social media in the news media, and various news-writing strategies beyond the inverted pyramid.
Prerequisites: ENGL 123

COMD 322  Aviation and Aerospace Communication  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces the practices of communicating news and issues in aviation and aerospace to a variety of publics through magazine-style writing and public speaking. Students will learn how to recognize the news value of contemporary aviation issues, to gain an understanding of those issues through research and interviews with experts, and to write about and discuss the issues. Coursework also includes readings from respected aviation writers that illustrate aviation's economic and social impact on society. Special topics include safety, airport security and congestion, emerging legal issues, and international aviation trends.
Prerequisites: ENGL 221 or ENGL 222 and COMD 265