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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


August 30, 2006

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Teri Doerksen, G04C Belknap Hall, ext. 4588.

Communication & Theatre Department Program Changes

1. New Course Request

COM 3311

Purpose and Nature of Course: To offer students in communication specifically broadcast majors a course which provides them the necessary knowledge about programming for broadcast stations. Currently no course exists of this type and it would be offered in alternating years (even years) with Electronic Media Management and provides replaces for TV Reporting COM 4404.

Course Description for Catalog:
A comprehensive examination of the programming strategies employed in the electronic media industries with an emphasis on radio and television. Special emphasis is placed on program acquisition, scheduling, financing, and the role of first-run and off-network television syndication in addition to satellite, cable systems and new electronic media outlets. Lectures, readings and class discussion provide an introduction to the programming aspects of electronic media. Prerequisites: COM 2201, 2220

2. New Course Request

COM 3332

Purpose and Nature of Course:
To allow students to study cross-cultural communication. This is a standard area of research in the communication field, and virtually all universities include this course in their communication curriculum. Adding this course will give students in our field as well as in any other to have an elective that will help them to become better communicators in a globally diverse world.

Course Description for Catalog:
This course explores theory and practice related to communicating across cultures. Attention is given to verbal and nonverbal communication in varying cross-cultural contexts including dyadic, small group, and public communication situations with examination of dominant cultures and co-cultures. Students should develop an appreciation of global differences among global cultures as well as a practical understanding of how to communicate effectively with people who are different from themselves.


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