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Communication Core
  1. CM100 Fundamentals of Communication
  2. CM101 Introduction to Mass Communication
  3. CM105 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  4. CM305 Media Law and Ethics
  5. CM401 Communication Research Methods
  6. CM405 Media Internship-Seminar
Convergent Journalism Concentration
  1. CM213 News Writing and Reporting
  2. CM242 Broadcast Journalism
  3. CM290 Multimedia Communication
  4. CM403 Convergent Journalism


CM100 Fundamentals of Communication

An introduction to the fundamental concepts in human communication, providing a theory-based overview of the communication studies discipline. This course imparts a foundation for further study, promoting strategies for becoming better communicators in everyday life and in the workplace. 3 credits. Top

CM101 Introduction to Mass Communication

A survey course covering the history and development of mass media, including newspapers, magazines, books, music radio, television, Internet, as well as advertising and public relations. The course will also address legal and ethical issues, and the impact of media on society. Students will read, discuss, research and write about various aspects of mass media. 3 credits. Top

CM105 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Student will learn the fundamentals of public speaking through lecture, assignment and practice. A primary focus will be with respect to the students increasing their own self confidence in their public speaking abilities. Special emphasis will be placed on voice training in order to enable students to make more effective presentations. 3 credits. Top

CM305 Media Law and Ethics

An overview of media ethics and the principles of media law as they apply to the work of media and communications professionals in a variety of fields. Examines the principles on which American law is based and discusses the creation, interpretation and the role of law, while analyzing ethical issues through case studies concerned with different media, including advertising, film, photojournalism, print and broadcast journalism, public relations, television and World Wide Web. Introduces a variety of key issues in media law and ethics and demonstrates the complexities in reaching outcomes. Junior class standing or above. 3 credits. Top

CM401 Communication Research Methods

Introduction to the use of the scientific method, various research approaches, and application of both qualitative and quantitative methods applicable to the field of communication. Junior class standing or above. 3 credits. Top

CM405 Media Internship-Seminar

Students work in a professional setting where they are exposed to practical applications of their academic training. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 10 hours a week in the workplace. Course descriptions are tailored to the student’s interests and the institution’s specifications and must be approved by the GCU Communication Program Director prior to class. At the discretion of the professor, students prepare a final paper and/or complete a project. Student consultation with the professor is essential during the project’s formative and development stages. The final paper/project is expected to reflect in-depth academic and practical applications gleaned from the internship experience. Prerequisite: Senior status, enrollment and valid standing in communication major, and approval of communication Program Director. 3 credits. Top

CM213 News Writing and Reporting

Introduction to contemporary American journalism, combined with practical experience in basic newspaper writing and editing. 3 credits. Top

CM242 Broadcast Journalism

Broadcast news-writing principles and practice in use of electronic news gathering, the writing, reporting and editing of broadcast news. Students will also learn how to generate story ideas, critically analyze news stories, understand and identify their audiences and discuss how broadcast journalism can contribute and influence culture and society. Top

CM290 Multimedia Communication

Students in this course will develop the skills required for improved productivity in producing and editing electronic communications and professional business. Students will gain basic knowledge of communication as applied in multimedia environments as well as work with selected industry-standard software such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver. A precursor course for those Communication students who wish to further their experience in Web Design 1 and 2, Computer Graphics, and Graphic Design 1 and 2. Also offered to art and non-art majors as an elective. 4 hour studio. 3 credits. Top

CM403 Convergent Journalism

The purpose of this course is to provide intermediate and advanced training on multimedia journalism, especially regarding the creation of new storytelling techniques developed on digital platforms. Besides this hands-on training, the course will also examine the Digital Revolution and the creation of a global Information Society, with a special focus on the effects these phenomena are having on the media in general, and on journalism in particular. The class has two components: a seminar session, based on lectures, readings, case studies and discussions about the ongoing transformations in the media and journalism environments; and a computer lab session dedicated to hands-on experience with the development of multimedia journalism projects for digital platforms. Prerequisites: CM213, CM242, CM290. Top

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