Descriptions

CPCC StudentCourses in the Mass Communication/Journalism Pre-Major


JOU110 – Introduction to Journalism (Writing Intensive Course)
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ENG111

This course presents a study of journalistic news, feature, and sports writing. Emphasis is placed on basic news writing techniques and on related legal and ethical issues. Upon completion, students should be able to gather, write, and edit news, feature, and sports articles. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.



JOU216 – Writing for Mass Media
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ENG111

This course is an introduction to news writing for newspapers and other print media including the techniques of news gathering, reporting, and interviewing. Emphasis is placed on basic methods of gathering information, conducting interviews, organizing a story, writing leads, writing clear, concise copy, and upon developing research skills. Upon completion, students should be able to write clear, concise, accurate, complete, balanced and readable news stories according to guidelines set by industry standards. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.



JOU217- Feature/Editorial Writing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites:
ENG111
JOU110 or permission of instructor

This course covers the basics of persuasive writing for community newspapers and other print media. Emphasis is placed on writing features, reviews, and editorials including audience analysis, appropriate language, effective supporting details, completeness, and accuracy. Upon completion, students should be able to write effective feature stories, reviews, and editorials. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.



The English, Reading, and Humanities Division also offers the following course in the Mass Communication/Journalism Pre-major:

HUM160 – Introduction to Film (Writing Intensive Course)
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ENG111

This course introduces the fundamental elements of film artistry and production. Topics include film styles, history, and production techniques, as well as the social values reflected in film art. Upon completion, students should be able to critically analyze the elements covered in relation to selected films. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts

The Arts/Communication Division also offers the following courses in the Mass Communication/Journalism Pre-major:

COM150-Introduction to Mass Communication
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ENG111
Corequisite: ENG112, ENG113, or ENG114

This course introduces print and electronic media and the new information technologies in terms of communication theory and as economic, political, and social institutions. Emphasis is on the nature, history, functions , and responsibilities of mass communication industries in a global environment and their role and impact in American society. Upon completion, students should have an awareness of the pervasive nature of the mass media and how the media operate in an advanced post-industrial society. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for transferability as a pre-major and/or elective course requirement.

COM231- Introduction to Public Speaking
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: None

This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion. Emphasis is placed on research, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of informative, persuasive, and special occasion public speaking. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and deliver well-organized speeches and participate in group discussion with appropriate audiovisual support. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts (substitute).