Communications Course Offerings


COMM 101 Intro to Communications & 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]
Repeatable up to 4 credits.

COMM 202 Yearbook [1]
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 204/304 Trinity Television Lab [1]
Repeatable up to 4 credits. Work in teams to identify, design, produce, write, shoot, edit and serve as talent on video stories about college life and activities for Trinity Lutheran College TV.

COMM 205 Digital Design Tools I [2]
Become more knowledgeable and proficient with designing communicative messages digitally through hands-on training. Fundamentals of digital design software programs are explored. Basic design concepts covering layout and typography will be addressed while mastering techniques used extensively in the digital design/production industry.

COMM 206 Digital Design Tools II [2]
Practical training building increased proficiency with standard digital design software programs with a focus on website creation tools. Design concepts for web-based delivery are addressed while incorporating fundamental design principles used in creating compelling web communications.

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 330 Methods of Inquiry and Research [4]
Study approaches to communication of discovery and research. Explore various methods of researching, analyzing, and assessing communicative behavior. Explore methods ranging from rhetorical criticism to positivistic forms of analysis.

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 351 Graphic Design I [2]
Graphic Design is the unique blending of words and pictures, color and lines, which come together to form almost all of the content we encounter in print or on a screen. Introduction to contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, color theory, and grid systems. Using both traditional media and the Adobe Creative Suite, explore common design tasks from designing billboards to websites.

COMM 352 Graphic Design II [2]
Building on the skill of Graphic Design I, refine and strengthen design skills through a wide variety of work on actual design projects for community organizations.

COMM 360 Advertising and Marketing Principles [4]
Focuses 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. May also be taken as BUSA 305.

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 & 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.

COMM 380 Advanced Presentations [4]
Study and practice of advanced presentational speaking in professional/business settings. Emphasizes delivery, organizational strategies, adapting to diverse audiences, and using technology in presentations.

COMM 381 Homiletics & 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 398 Special Topics [1-4]
Explores special topics of faculty or student interest to broaden or deepen the curriculum. May involve a guest instructor, workshop, or seminar format.

COMM 399 Directed Study [1-4]
Offers opportunity to study, research, analyze, and integrate a subject of personal interest. Readings and projects selected and facilitated by the instructor. Must submit a directed study proposal for approval by the instructor and the academic dean before registering.

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 Message Production [4]
Learn and experience the process of digital message production while also examining the work of professional digital designers. Topics include story development, storyboarding, timing, post-production, and computer modeling 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.

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 & 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 470 Special Topics Seminar [4]
Topics may vary each term, thus different topics may be taken for credit. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

COMM 480 Capstone (Senior Thesis/Project) [4]
All Communications majors must complete capstone. A senior thesis, project, or portfolio that showcases the student’s track option. Must have 1. passed English Composition 2. completed the three Communication Concentration courses 3. be of senior standing. 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. Help seniors integrate their applied communication major with their future careers. One avenue of focus may be on traditional research, that prepares for graduate school.

COMM 490 Internships/Field Experience [1-4]
Apply, integrate, and explore their educational experience as an intern in a public or private organization. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 total credits.

COMM 495 Supervised Research [1-4]
Individual study for qualified students in need of advanced and specialized study. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

COMM 499 Independent Study [1-4]
Offers opportunity to study, research, analyze, and integrate a subject of personal interest. Readings and projects are determined in collaboration with the professor. Submit an independent study proposal for approval by the professor and the academic dean before registering.