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Why should I major in communication?

Students who major in communication at the University of Pikeville generally do so because they want to pursue a career that will allow them to interact with people. The communication program at the University of Pikeville is broad-based, providing a balance between practical and theoretical knowledge for both majors and minors. Courses are designed to develop competence in spoken and nonverbal interaction practices, professional and publication writing skills and public performance abilities. Graduates generally find that they are not only prepared for professional careers, but have also received the solid foundation necessary for graduate study in communication, law, business administration, theatre, religion or other fields.

What can I do with a communication degree from the University of Pikeville?
A communication degree from the University of Pikeville prepares students to pursue just about any career they want, because almost all jobs require a good understanding of communication. Whether the career being sought is in the communications industry, business, politics, education, entertainment, religion, or medical services, graduates inevitably discover that communication skills top the list of qualifications that employers are seeking.

Communication at the University of Pikeville
The communication program is a part of the Division of Humanities. The program is designed to give students both a practical and philosophical grounding within a liberal arts context. Students majoring in communication learn and master the oral and written communication skills necessary for a wide variety of careers, such as journalism, advertising, business, performance and community affairs. Many other professions, such as teaching, ministry, law and government service, also require effective communication skills. Visit http://upike-bearfacts.com/ to view the BearFacts, a weekly newsletter written primarily by students in the communication program.

Communication Degree Options
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Communication Careers
Corporate/Non-profit Administration
Customer/Consumer Relations
Event Coordination
Fundraising
Government Lobbying
Internet Communication
Journalism
Marketing and Advertising
Medical and Mental Health Services
Political Diplomacy
Public Relations
Recruitment
Relationship Mediation
Religious Ministry
Sales Representative
Sports Publicity
Stage Performance
Teaching/Training
Courses

COM 101 Appreciation of Theatre 
The course provides an overview of the history of the theatre, rehearsal techniques, theatrical terminology, and theatrical conventions. Students will discuss selected plays from the Greek to the contemporary. Prerequisite: ENG 111 or ENG 114.
 
COM 102 Desktop Publishing 
An in-depth approach to using desktop publishing software and computer graphics for the development of a variety of publications and materials, including newsletters, advertisements and public relations pieces.
 
COM 105 Introduction to Communication
The course provides an introduction to the basic concepts, vocabulary, theories and processes relevant to understanding communication. The various contexts of communication are explored: intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, and mass. Students also gain an appreciation for the careers in which human communication plays an especially important role. Prerequisite: ENG 099 with a grade of “C” or better or placement beyond.
 
COM 130 History of Electronic Media
The course is a survey of and introduction to the history, organization, regulation, and current operating practices of the broadcast industry. Prerequisite: ENG 099 with a grade of “C” or better or placement beyond. Cross-listed as FMA 130.
 
COM 202 Fundamentals of Acting 
Acting is believing, which is the primary assumption of this course. To believe is to understand the play and the theatre. Interpreting the lines will be 
an essential part of the study of theatrical character development. Lab theatres will be conducted. In addition to the three hours of classroom work a week, a one- to two-hour lab is included.
 
COM 220 Introduction to Journalism
Emphasis is placed on the skills of reporting. Practice in writing and editing news and sports stories and feature articles, with a glance at reviews, editorials, and columns is also provided. Required of all students majoring or minoring in Communication. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 115. Cross-listed as ENG 220.
 
COM 225 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 
An introduction to the major forms of speech, concentrating on the primary elements of public address and group discussion. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 115. The course is a general education requirement and does not count toward the major or minor in Communication.
 
COM 230 Broadcast Basics
Students will be introduced to the basic technological skills that are required for television productions. These skills include story conceptualization and research, camera techniques, script writing, audio production, and video editing. The course will be a combination of lecture and lab experience for a variety of news and/or feature stories that involve multiple locations and interviews. Prerequisite: ENG 111.
 
COM 235 Digital Media 
This course introduces the basic technological skills required for digital video and audio production. Students will examine ideas of storytelling, conceptual and aesthetic principles, and media ethics while using digital video cameras, audio recorders, and non-linear video editing software. This course is a combination lecture and lab experience. Prerequisite: ENG 111 or ENG 114. Cross-listed as FMA 235.
 
COM 290 Special Topics
Study of selected topics of interest in the field of communication. The topic may differ each time the course is offered and may be proposed by the instructor or students. This course may be taken for credit any number of times, provided that a different topic is studied each time. Prerequisite: ENG 111 or ENG 114.
 
COM 301 Communication Theory
The course is a survey of the major theories of human communication, attitude development, and change. Systems, symbolic interaction, cognitive,behavioral, interpretive, critical, and other theoretical perspectives are studied. Prerequisites: ENG 112 or ENG 115, COM 225, and a grade of “C” or better in COM 105.
 
COM 303 Interpersonal Communication
Consideration of human interaction in face-to-face situations. Intellectual, psychological, sociological, and experiential activities are provided for individual student development. Prerequisites: ENG 112 or ENG 115 and COM 225.
 
COM 304 Health Communication 
Emphasis is placed on the importance of good interpersonal communication skills, ethics, and cultural awareness in health-related interactions. Professional-to-patient, patient-to-professional, and professional to professional perspectives are studied. Prerequisites: ENG 111 or ENG 114 and COM 225.
 
COM 305 Mass Media in Society 
This course explores the dynamic forms of mass media and persuasion in society, including advertising, politics, and entertainment. Prerequisites: ENG 112 or ENG 115 and COM 225.
 
COM 306 Gender and Communication
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how people communicate in gendered styles. Students will examine how gender affects the communication process in a variety of communication contexts, including interpersonal, organizational, and within the media. Students will study the formation of gender identities and examine gender roles in society. Prerequisites: ENG 112 or ENG 115.
 
COM 310 Principles of Editing and Design 
A hands-on course in putting together printed materials, from inception of story ideas to finished product. Emphasizes both creative and managerial skills in layout, typography, photo selection and use, editing, headline writing and developing publication objectives. Students will also participate in and share responsibility for a college publication. Prerequisites or Corequisites of COM 102 and COM 220 or ENG 220.
 
COM 311 Advanced Composition
More practice in writing exposition and argument, with emphasis on developing a sophisticated and polished style. Readings in and discussion of logic, semantics, and rhetorical strategies. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 115. Cross-listed as ENG 311.
 
COM 315 Linguistics
Study of modern grammar, usage, and a variety of topics concerning language, including the nature and structure of language, language change, and 
diversity. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 115. Cross-listed as ENG 315.
 
COM 320 Advanced Journalism 
Advanced practices of journalism, including covering courts, police, and governmental agencies, and reporting investigative and feature stories. Legal and ethical issues unique to the profession of journalism are also studied. Prerequisite: COM 220 or ENG 220. Cross-listed as ENG 320.
 
COM 321 Publications Practicum
Practical experience in writing and editing for a school publication. This course may be taken as many as three times, for a total of three hours. Prerequisite and/or corequisite: COM 310 or permission of Instructor. Cross-listed as ENG 321.
 
COM 323 Intercultural Communication
The purpose of this course is to focus on the importance of culture in our everyday lives, and the ways in which culture interrelates with and affects communication processes. The course is designed to increase sensitivity to other cultures and provide an introduction to and exploration of the core concepts within intercultural communication. Students will increase awareness of their own cultural backgrounds, and the contexts (social, cultural and historical) in which they live and communicate. Prerequisite: ENG 111 or ENG 114.
 
COM 325 Political Communication
This course studies communication as it serves the political system, society, and Americans as individuals. Topics include communication in the governing process and in campaigns, and communication as a way of expressing and reinforcing political values. Specific goals: to understand the roles and functions of communication in American politics, to identify the variables and actors in political communication, and to investigate the roles of the mass media in American politics. Prerequisites: ENG 112 or ENG 115 and COM 225. Cross-listed as PLS 325.
 
COM 327 Business Communications
A study of the types of communication required to function effectively in the business environment. Students will learn about message strategy, effective business writing including formal report writing and other business correspondence, presentation skills, verbal and nonverbal components of communication, and dyadic and small-group communication. Appropriate computer technology will be incorporated into the course such as use of the Internet, e-mail, etc. Prerequisites: CS 101 or higher, ENG 111 or ENG 114, ENG 112 or ENG 115 and COM 225, or permission of the instructor. Cross-listed as BUS 327.
 
COM 329 Public Relations
An introduction to the field of public relations. The course provides practice with the duties associated with public relations, including writing press releases, working with publications, and event/promotion planning. Prerequisites: ENG 112 or ENG 115. Cross-listed as BUS 490.
 
COM 330 Intermediate Broadcasting
This course is an intermediate approach to the principles and practice of collecting, writing, editing and announcing television news stories. Students will build upon the skills learned in COM 230, namely story conceptualization and research, camera techniques, script writing, audio production, and video editing. The course will be a combination of lecture and lab experience with an increased emphasis on journalistic reporting, advanced editing skills, and proficiency with the production requirements for quality programs suitable for airing on broadcast media. Prerequisite: COM 130, COM 230 or COM 235, and prerequisite or co-requisite of COM 225. Cross-listed as FMA 330.
 
COM 332 Voice and Diction 
Principles of effective voice usage. Special emphasis is placed on phonetic and vocal drills and improving voice and diction characteristics. Prerequisite: ENG 111 or ENG 114.
 
COM 333 Oral Interpretation 
A course designed to develop the art of communicating to an audience a work of literature in its intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic aspects through vocal, physical, and psychological performing techniques. Literary forms include prose, poetry, and drama, as well as mixed forms from lecture, recital, reader's theatre, and chamber theatre. Prerequisite: COM 225.
 
COM 335 Digital Film Production
This course focuses on advanced techniques of digital film production and increases the students’ understanding of visual storytelling and expression. Students will build upon skills learned in COM 230 to create short documentary based media. The course will combine lecture and lab experience and primarily focus on the production of documentary films. Prerequisite: COM 230 or COM 235. Cross-listed as FMA 335.

COM 375 Web Design and Development
This course will provide students with a foundation for Web site development and will enable them to storyboard, design multimedia Web pages, 
effectively integrate animation into Web site design, analyze trends and issues in Web design, and utilize the latest Web page editing, Web site maintenance, Web graphics, and Web animation software to enhance Web site design. Prerequisite: COM 102 or CS 101 or higher. Cross-listed as BUS 375.
 
COM 390 Special Topics
Study of selected topics of interest in the field of communication. The topic may differ each time the course is offered and may be proposed by the instructor or students. This course may be taken for credit any number of times, provided that a different topic is studied each time. Prerequisites: COM 225 and ENG 112 or ENG 115. When offered in conjunction with COM 290, students at 390 level will do an extra research paper or project.
 
COM 400 Senior Capstone in Communication
The course serves as a capstone course designed to allow student majors or minors in communication to apply their course work to professional and theoretical issues in communication. It includes in-depth readings in communication journals to gain a broader understanding of the discipline, a survey of employment in related fields, post-graduate study options, and completion and evaluation of student portfolios. Prerequisites: COM 220 and COM 301. Open only to Communication majors and minors who have senior standing and have completed 18 hours of communication requirements.
 
COM 425 Advanced Public Speaking
The course will require students to use public speaking in applying the principles of rhetoric to forensics. Students will develop advanced skills in literary presentations and further build confidence for speaking in complex and otherwise difficult situations. There will be increased emphasis on delivery skills and organization of speech content. Prerequisite: COM 225.
 
COM 498 Internship in Communication
The course provides a supervised field placement experience for the advanced communication major or minor in an organization, business, or media outlet related to the practice of communication activities. Open only to communication majors or minors, usually in their senior year, after fulfilling most other course requirements. In addition to work at the internship site, students must participate in regular class meetings that are designed to enhance the internship learning experience and strengthen communication skills most relevant to employment and career success. Prerequisites: Open only to communication majors or minors who have completed 60 credit hours and permission of Instructor, Division Chair, and Dean.
 
COM 499 Directed Study in Communication
Directed study in a specific area of communication literature and practice not covered by existing courses within the curriculum. Prerequisites: Permission of the Instructor, Division Chair, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Faculty

Name: Jennifer Harvey
Title: Adjunct Instructor of Communication
Email: JenniferHarvey@upike.edu
Phone:
Office: Off Campus

Name: Rachel Little
Title: Instructor of Communication
Email: RachelLittle@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5012
Office: Armington 419

Name: Chandra Massner
Title: Associate Professor of Communication
Email: ChandraMassner@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5004
Office: Armington 420

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