Online Course Offerings

  • Course offerings vary by term. These courses are currently approved for online delivery.

    Students completing their BS in Communications Media/Media Studies degree online will take all required courses, including COMM 493 Internship for nine credits, one COMM writing intensive course, two COMM production courses, four media studies courses and two additional COMM controlled electives for a total of 44 COMM credits. COMM controlled electives may include additional production or media studies courses.

    Requirements for completion of your IUP degree include additional Liberal Studies courses and electives to reach the minimum of 120 credits required to graduate with your bachelor’s degree.

    COMM 101
    Communications Media in American Society

    Required COMM Course 
    Required of communications media majors. An introduction to the evolution, status, and future of communications media. Explores intrapersonal communication through self-assessment, values clarification, and feedback; interpersonal communication through interviews, observations, case studies, and gaming; and mass communications through the examination of the processes and the technology utilized to disseminate and manage information. Career paths, field applications, professional associations, and the primary literature are investigated.

    COMM 150
    Aesthetics and Theory of Communications Media

    Required COMM Course 
    Examines the theoretical assumptions of sight, sound, and motion as applied to the design of communication products for different media formats. Demonstrates strategies for creative composition. Discusses psychological and physiological implications of images.

    COMM 151
    Basic Lighting for Still and Motion Imagery

    Examines the basic technical and design aspects of artificial and natural lighting in capturing still and motion imagery. Emphasizes mastery of the terminology and simulation of lighting concepts and conditions through virtual lighting software.

    COMM 201
    Internet and Multimedia

    COMM Elective
    Focuses on the evaluation of information and multimedia resources available on electronic networks when doing research in an area of one’s choice. Information literacy course for students to gain a more in-depth understanding of the information resources available electronically and of how to utilize them more effectively in communicating. Students learn how to access and utilize these resources for two-way communications and support for decision making while incorporating selected elements in multimedia presentations of their own design.

    COMM 205
    Making Presentations with Media

    Meets COMM Media Studies Requirement
    An introduction to basic presentation skills, emphasizing the use of media to enhance presentations. Student’s research, organize, and write presentations; design appropriate media; and deliver individual and team presentations.

    COMM 207
    Online Media Production

    Examines the development and production of media for online applications such as video sharing and social media sites. Discusses management, as well as the fiscal, ethical, and technological issues surrounding online media. Requires students to complete a production project where they develop and produce audio, video and other digital media components for online distribution for a social media campaign.

    COMM 230
    Global Media and Communication

    Meets COMM Media Studies Requirement and Liberal Studies Global and Multicultural Requirement
    An overview of global media and international communications. Describes how international communication and development of global media have influenced relationships among nations and among people with different cultural backgrounds. Covers social, economic, and political situations before and after globalization. Also covers press theories, media ownership, access to media, and the impact of media communications on culture and people living in developed and developing countries.

    COMM 240
    Communications Graphics

    COMM Production Course
    An introduction to graphic design concepts and related processes and techniques for a variety of forms of presentation media including television, multimedia, and online communications for educational, corporate training, and communications specialists. Both two- and three-dimensional design and basic animation concepts are explored. Hands-on experiences using a variety of graphic software applications

    COMM 271
    Beginning Photography

    COMM Production Course
    Introduces beginning photography students to photography as a tool for communications and as a lifelong leisure activity. Covers basic camera operation and other means of image acquisition, imaging processing and manipulation, printing, and photo finishing. Student is required to have a camera, preferably a single-lens reflex, with fully manual focusing and exposure capability.

    COMM 302
    Research in Communications Media

    Meets COMM Writing Intensive Requirement
    Provides knowledge of the resource materials and research strategies used in the communications media field. Students design basic data gathering instruments, collect data, and assimilate information from various sources and data into communication products, services, or documents.

    COMM 303
    Scriptwriting

    Meets COMM Writing Intensive Requirement
    An introduction to the design of media materials and script writing. Style and techniques of writing are analyzed. Classroom emphasis is on writing critiques, and revision of designs and scripts. Scripts for audio, multimedia presentations and motion picture and television productions will be written. This course may be offered under a different topic area such as: COMM 303 Script writing: Comedy or COMM 303 Script writing: Drama. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits under a different topic area.

    COMM 315
    Persuasive Media Writing

    Introduces concepts of writing persuasive announcements, such as commercials and promotional messages, and other content for digital media.  Analyzes persuasive media announcements, and incorporates writing with the use of evidence, emotion and reasoning to reach audiences.  Aids in understanding how to create media messages that influence audience attitudes and behaviors.

    COMM 325
    Women in Media

    Meets COMM Media Studies Requirement
    An overview of women in media (including television, film, radio, the Internet, etc.) and the historical development, along with social context that influence women’s involvement in the media, both nationally and internationally. Analyzes topics related to media effect theories and portrayal of women in media that influence some of the issues women face in their gender roles. Also identifies key women in media from the past and present and their contributions to the field.

    COMM 330
    Instructional Design for Training and Development

    Meets COMM Media Studies Requirement
    Examines the systems approach for the design, development, and evaluation of instructional material. Students learn about the history of instructional design and development and the current status of the field. Each student produces a self-instructional prototype that requires the student to systematically and creatively apply the concepts and rules learned. 

    COMM 345
    Television Criticism

    Meets COMM Media Studies Requirement 
    The medium of television offers a unique environment for development and delivery of information, entertainment, and news. Explores and analyzes television programming. Includes examination of genres ranging from situation comedy to drama to miniseries and made-for-TV movies.

    COMM 374
    Documentary Photography

    COMM Production Course
    Prepares students to photograph documentary content that explores aspects of historical significance, cultural value, social change, and social injustice. Explores the differences and similarities between documentary photography and purely aesthetic photography to capture images focused on social and historical value. Calls for students to critically analyze documentary images, projects, photographers, and the societal impact they have made to create new and influential images for modern and future utilization. Students are required to have access to a digital camera.

    COMM 380
    The History of African Americans in Film

    Meets COMM Media Studies Requirement
    Traces the historical development of the roles of African Americans in film. Examines the early stereotypic portrayals of this group, the origins of these stereotypes, and the ongoing changes, positive and negative, that have occurred regarding the media representation through research, film, and archetypal analysis, observation, and discussion. The new generation of African American filmmakers and their creative efforts to promote more realistic portrayals are analyzed.

    COMM 395
    Career Planning in Communications Media

    Required COMM Course 
    Serves as the primary skill-building and strategy-seeking experience for the internship program and later career entry and growth. Extensive writing, research, and individual counseling are involved.

    COMM 401
    Promotion for Radio, Television, and Cable

    Meets COMM Media Studies Requirement
    Teaches students the promotion processes used by promotion directors at radio stations, television stations, and cable outlets. Emphasis is placed on understanding the purpose and application of demographic and psychographic targeting of the television, radio, and cable audiences. Helps students understand how to build audiences in the competitive television, radio, and cable environments.

    COMM 445
    Applications and Techniques of Motion Pictures

    Meets COMM Media Studies Requirement
    A survey of the role that motion picture film production plays in society. A major emphasis is on the variety of applications with special consideration given to motion pictures as a tool to support research.

    COMM 475
    Senior Portfolio Presentation

    Required COMM Course
    Students compile and present a series of works produced through previous COMM courses and activities. The result is a portfolio suitable for presentation to a potential employer. The portfolio may include examples of student works from a variety of subject areas.

    COMM 480
    Seminar in Communications Media

    Meets COMM Media Studies Requirement
    A seminar in selected communications issues or problems. Includes the reading and review of the current literature as appropriate to the major topic presented in the seminar.