Major Courses

**Course descriptions from Shepherd University’s Catalog of Courses for Communications and New Media. **

COMM 203- COMM AND NEW MEDIA– Communication professionals must be fluent across media platforms and ready to embrace perpetual change. Communication and New Media is a course that examines media technologies and their cultural implications. The course is designed to provide students with a survey of the field and an introduction to digital media production and media literacy.

COMM 302- NARRATIVE SCREENWRITING-This course is designed to educate students in the technical and aesthetic practices of narrative screenwriting, including story structure analysis and development, pitching, treatments, and professional screenplay formatting

COMM 305- HISTORY OF TELEVISION- Historical and critical survey of U.S. television as an industry, mass medium, and cultural form.

COMM 326- RADIO PRACTICUM- A course in which the student, assigned a specific musical format, prepares and executes weekly programs complete with musical selections, news headlines, announcements, and a program guest. To qualify, the student must be capable of operating all studio equipment. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Prerequisites: COMM 203.

COMM 329- SOUND DESIGN- A course in the creation and critique of audio productions for radio and video. The course explores both the theory and practice of acoustic communication and sound design. It considers both the aesthetics of electroacoustic communication and the social, cultural, and institutional contexts of radio broadcasting. Prerequisites: COMM 203.

COMM 333- MUSIC VIDEO- Music Video outlines the history, significance, and impact of music video as a commercial commodity and aesthetic style. The cultural impact of music video on popular culture will be studied and students will engage in music video production as a form of writing and inscribing experience.

COMM 335- WRITING ACROSS PLATFORMS (WAP)- Students learn to write effectively across various platforms in today’s computer-mediated world. Emphasis is given to clear and effective communication and professional standards as well as the need to tailor the message to the audience and the platform through which it is communicated. Prerequisites: COMM 203, or permission of instructor.

COMM 344- GAME DESIGN- This course focuses on the structure/theory of game design and the analysis of games’ role in modern society. Using readings, playing of games, and in-class exercises, students will explore what makes meaningful play. Rule systems, game culture, and history will be covered. Students will learn game design by creating their own games. No programming knowledge is need for this class.

COMM 346- MOTION GRAPHICS- In today’s digital environment, savvy communicators exploit the synergy of the written word in combination with sound and the moving image. This course will focus on the study and creation of motion graphics in fine art, film, and advertising. How do motion graphics differ from other modes of communication? How does the introduction of text affect audience experience? While seeking answers to questions like these, students will explore groundbreaking work by visionaries such as Saul Bass while learning software that allows them to express their own messages in a professional manner

COMM 352- COMPUTER MEDIATED COMMUNICATIONS- This course focuses on the study, practice, and criticism of computer-mediated communication. Students will develop projects using a variety of digital technologies, focusing primarily on the Web. The course is designed to teach students to effectively use these technologies, to study the impact on society, and to think critically about that impact

COMM 360- STUDIO PRODUCTION- A course in video production that investigates the theory and practice of studio productions, such as news and talk shows. Attention will be given to directing and producing audio and camera for multi-camera production. Prerequisites: COMM 203.

COMM 402- SEMINAR: SPECIAL EFFECTS IN FILM- A senior year alternative to COMM 450, this course focuses upon topics faculty believe are of interest to those who intend to continue advanced study in the field. Topics for the seminar are announced during early registration. This course is repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisites: COMM 203.

COMM 403- MEDIA STUDIES- A course that investigates the significance of contemporary media, cultural ideals, beliefs, and values. The course considers the significance and impact of media on our experience of self, community, culture, society, and world. The course will engage students in the critical practices of reading, decoding, and interpreting cultural texts and practices.

COMM 406- ADVERTISING & IMAGERY- This course explores the significance and influence of advertising, public relations, and public opinion on contemporary culture. The history, institutional practice, and aesthetics of advertising, public relations, and public opinion will be studied. The course will consider the social, political, cultural, and personal dimensions of interpreting advertising, public relations, and public opinion.

COMM 420- ADVANCED PRODUCTION- A course in which students develop and produce supervised original projects in electronic media. Projects may involve broadcasting, sound design, video, and multimedia. Prerequisites: COMM 202, COMM 203, and COMM 329 or COMM 350.

COMM 447- ADVANCED INTERNET- This course expands on the study, practice, and criticism of computer-mediated communication. Students will build upon skills developed in COMM 352, advancing their knowledge of Internet-based technologies. Prerequisites: COMM 352.

COMM 450- INTERNSHIP/COMMUNICATIONS- A capstone course in experiential learning. The student engages in writing a rum interviewing, and participating in an intensive internship, externship, or cooperative with an appropriate agency. Students may elect to intern in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the Washington Gateway program. May be repeated once. Prerequisites: COMM 202, COMM 203, and written approval from the Department of Communications.

COMM 461- SENIOR CAPSTONE-  A required course for all communication seniors that brings together communication theory and practical experience into a final project and presentation. Original projects may include, but are not limited to, digital films, podcasts, papers, Web sites, and social media campaigns. Projects will be presented before the department faculty, students, and the campus community. A faculty member, selected by the student, and the course instructor will serve as advisors for the project. The course will serve as a final assessment of communication skills. Students are expected to register in their last year of study


**Course descriptions from Shepherd University’s Catalog of Courses for History**

HIST 201- HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1865- Survey course examines the basic political, economic, and social forces in the formation and development of the American nation from the Colonial Period through the Civil War.

HIST 202- HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES FROM 1865-PRESENT- Course surveys the basic political, economic, and social forces in the rise of the republic from sectional conflict to a major international role. Moving from Reconstruction to the recent decade, it covers the evolution of the nation from an agrarian to an industrial society.

HIST 304- AMERICAN CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION- The course examines the causes and course of the US Civil War, the relationship between war and society, as well as the impact of the war upon the modern United States in the areas of race, constitutional development, national and state politics, and economy.

HIST 309- WEST VIRGINIA HISTORY AND THE APPALACHIAN REGION- Emphasis upon the development of western Virginia and the state of West Virginia. This course will examine the general geographical, political, and economic aspects of the southern Appalachian region. The impact upon the Mountain State of the patterns of settlement, the heritage of sectional conflict, the statehood movement, legal and political developments accompanying the assimilation of the area into the national economy, and national events will be considered. The student will view the current problems of the area and contemporary Appalachian society

HIST 312- THE NEW DEAL TO THE GREAT SOCIETY- This course examines United States history from 1932 to 1972, an era dominated by liberalism and the New Deal coalition. It explores attempts by the government and different groups within American society to reform politics and economic system to meet the challenges of a large and diverse population. It covers America’s international involvement against the backdrop of World War II and the Cold War. Domestic concerns include the expansion of the welfare state, McCarthyism, the civil rights movement, modern feminist movement, and student activism.

HPPH 315 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHIVES (Substituted for the last 300/400 level course required)- This course will familiarize students with the history and definitions of archives; the fundamental principles and methods of the archival profession; and the vital roles archives play in society. The course will examine what is involved in establishing and administering an archive, as well as look at some of the current debates in the archival field. Finally, it will allow students to gain experience with various aspects of archiving, such as appraisal, processing, and creating finding aids.