TAP/Adult at Thomas More College

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Elected Studies - Communication Degree Program consists of 128 total hours. The following 16 courses represent 48 hours toward that requirement. BES - Communication coursework is offered in a six week schedule of online courses. Students may take up to 63 hours of online coursework. Additional courses are delivered in an accelerated classroom based format.

COM 201 Introduction to Human Communication
An introduction to the contexts in which human communication occurs. Communication processes and theory will be discussed as it occurs on the interpersonal, group, organizational, public, and mass media levels. COM201 should be taken in the first 9 hours of study in the field. 3 credits

COM 215 Interpersonal Communication
Students will analyze the process of communication in the development and maintenance of interpersonal relationships. Students develop interpersonal skills through theoretical and practical application. Topics may include perception of self and others, conflict management, relationship development and deterioration, and nonverbal communication. 3 credits

COM 225 Group Communication
A course investigating the small group as an effective vehicle to accomplish group goals and maintain member satisfaction. Students examine group interaction, communication skills, and problem solving methods through group projects. Topics may include group composition, leadership, and conflict management. 3 credits

COM 420 Organizational Communication
Employing various theoretical frameworks, students study and apply successful communication strategies and outcomes in the corporate or organizational setting. 3 credits

COM 370 Multi-cultural Communication
The content of this course explores the theoretical and applied connection between culture and communication. This course seeks to explain the need for flexible communication skills in varied multi-cultural settings. 3 credits

COM 320 Mass Media
The objective of this course is to survey the functions, operation, responsibilities, and influences of print and broadcast media in modern society. 3 credits

COM 325 New Media in Our Lives
Explores the impact of new media as a form of communication and the technological, cultural, psychological and artistic effects felt in every aspect of our lives. Through a critical look at convergence with old media, students will investigate and evaluate the changing ways of accessing and manipulating data in this form of communication that has altered the media landscape. 3 credits

COM 310 Writing for Production and the Media
Students will examine the types of writing and strategic and tactical knowledge needed to write for print, broadcast, and online media. Such writing could include news and feature articles, promotions, and advertising copy. 3 credits

COM 435 Persuasion
Students will examine classical and contemporary theories on the process of influencing human behavior through persuasive communication in terms of old and new media. 3 credits

COM 317 Principles of Public Relations
Students will develop a basic understanding of public relations functions and how to practice them. 3 credits

COM 403 Integrated Marketing Communication
The human and organizational communication functions necessary for operating effectively in the corporate communication context are examined, including media relations, employee relations, investor relations, government relations, and communication during an organizational crisis. 3 credits

COM 318 Principles of Advertising
Students apply principles of markets research and consumer behavior in creating strategic advertising messages for the media. 3 credits

COM 361 Special Event Planning
Focus is on the four step public relations process of research, action, communication, and evaluation as it is applied to the event planning activity of public relations. Events in social or corporate contexts are studies. One event is planned. 3 credits

COM 460 Theories of Communication
A seminar dealing with the major theoretical approaches to study communication from social and scientific perspective. 3 credits

COM 210 Introduction to Film
Content covers history, theory, and criticism as students explore how movies have influenced society, culture, and the economy. 3 credits

COM 490 Senior Experience
Prerequisite: should be taken during final 30 hours. An overview and integration of communication's contextual perspectives as the students consider the role of responsible communication in contemporary society. Students will develop a cumulating project that will be assessed for evidence of proficiency in Communication program learning outcomes. 3 credits

COM 395 Internship in Communication - Optional elective
Students work within organization, agencies, or communication media industries gaining experience with communication in practice. Students observe, assist, assume regular duties, or engage in projects under the supervision of skilled professionals. 1-6 credits