Courses

  • COM CI 562: French Cinema and Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CASLF350
    Analysis of classic French films by Vigo, Renoir, Carne, Malle, Bresson, Godard, and Truffaut as well as later twentieth and early twenty-first century works. Weekly screenings, reading of literary models and film theory. Also offered as CAS LF 556.
  • COM CI 565: International Masterworks
    An eclectic survey of a small number of the supreme masterworks of international film. Approximately half of the works studied will classic and the other half will be contemporary. The focus will be on the function of cinematic style. What does style do? Why are certain cinematic presentations highly stylized? What is the difference from "realistic," "representational," "dramatic," or "theatrical" presentation? We will consider the special ways of knowing, thinking, and feeling that highly stylized works of art create and focus our attention on the function of style to create experiences and ways of thinking and feeling that more "realistic," "representational" works cannot. There are no prerequisites. Also offered as COM FT 458 and COM FT 721.
  • COM CI 579: The Profane
    Explores a wide variety of topics concerning censorship, feminist theory, feminism, psychoanalytical theories, pornography, voyeurism, repression, homosexuality, rape, body image, and national identities as exemplified through a large selection of films considered "Profane"/scandalous/ "X-rated", touching upon uncanny regions in which one is "never at home". Further discussion will include an examination of the cultural and historical factors that serve as background for the themes explored and presented in the selected films.
  • COM CI 581: Uncensored TV
    The lack of government regulation of cable TV and streaming content has led to scripted series that push boundaries long held in place by broadcast networks. Examines history and current state of non-broadcast series via industry, genres, auteurs, and more. Also offered as COM FT 570.
  • COM CI 583: TV Theory and Criticism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM FT 303
    This discussion-driven seminar sets aside evaluative considerations of TV in favor of theoretical and critical approaches that challenge widespread assumptions about the medium and expand our understanding of its role in our lives.
  • COM CI 585: American Film of the 1970s
    The 1970s have been called the new blockbusters, cult curiosities and obscurities. The 1970s have been called the new (and last) golden age of American film. We'll explore critically what constitutes and underpins that notion as many of the disruptive and innovative ideas of cinema and culture of the 1960s gained wider acceptance in the new decade and were mainstreamed -- as were its once radical filmmakers -- into American life and culture.
  • COM CI 590: Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
    Seven topics are offered for Fall 2018. May be repeated for credit if section topic is different. Section A1: Shakespeare and Film. Section B1: American Masterworks. Section C1: Writing Film and TV Criticism. Section D1: Queer Cinema. Section E1: American Independent Film 3--An Experiential Approach. Section F1: Bollywood, Nollywood, and Beyond. Section G1: Japanese Cinema.
  • COM CM 180: Understanding Media
    During the semester, Understanding Media course will trace the development, survey the literature, and explore the impact of media--whether traditional, interactive, social or mobile--examining conceptual, theoretical, and practical aspects of today's global media environment. The course will also review the factors that have shaped the nature of contemporary media, including their content, uses, functions, and audiences. Understanding Media provides students with a broad understanding of the social and psychological impact of mediated communication and empowers students to think originally and critically about how media technologies evolve, function, advance, and shape society, industry, and professional practices. It makes dynamic connections between theoretical frameworks, everyday life, and industry practices in a manner that can engage undergraduate students in Advertising, Media Science, and Public Relations and can inform them of the significance of using strategic approaches to constructing, disseminating, and evaluating media initiatives and media messages. (Formerly CM380, students should not take this if they have already taken CM380.)
  • COM CM 211: Professional Presentation
    Students will learn the essentials of effective presentation, from preparation, audience analysis, and content development to critical thinking when presenting. Students will incorporate theories and skills of effective communication in a variety of contexts (e.g., common business and social settings). This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • COM CM 215: Principles and Practices of Public Relations
    An introduction to the field of public relations: its theoretical origins, scope, and principles. Discussion focuses on researching problems, setting objectives, identifying audiences, designing messages, choosing communication channels, and evaluating results for all types of organizations. Ethical decision making, on-line communication, and career opportunities are also analyzed case studies in the field. The format is a combination of informal lecture and small-group discussion, case analysis, and guest lecture. Open the freshmen. (Formerly CM301. Students cannot take this course for credit if they have already taken CM301.)
  • COM CM 217: Introduction to Advertising
    Explores the history, nature, function, and social and economic aspects of advertising: ethical responsibilities, psychological appeals, marketing, media research, product analysis, creative strategies, and agency operation. Students prepare comprehensive advertising plans, including marketing strategy and speculative advertising campaigns. Open to freshmen. (Formerly CM317. Students cannot take this for credit if they have already taken CM317.)
  • COM CM 280: Persuasion Theory
    This course examines the role that communication--and especially mediated communication--play in the social influence process. This course is organized around theoretical persuasive approaches to the study of attitudinal and behavioral change. It uses these theories as a basis for teaching about persuasive strategies that can be implemented to lead to changes in others' attitudes and behaviors--whether in the areas of media campaigns, marketing communication, advertising, or public relations. The course includes discussion of the strategies that "professional persuaders" use when peddling their ideas, products, services, and philosophies. (This course replaces CM409 in the curriculum. You should not take CM280 in addition to CM409 without having received permission from the department.)
  • COM CM 301: Principles and Practices of Public Relations
    An introduction to the field of public relations: its theoretical origins, scope, and principles. Discussion focuses on researching problems, setting objectives, identifying audiences, designing messages, choosing communication channels, and evaluating results for all types of organizations. Ethical decision making, on-line communication, and career opportunities are also analyzed via case studies in the field. The format is a combination of informal lecture and small-group discussion, case analysis, and guest lecture.
  • COM CM 303: Organizational Structure and Behavior
    Principles and practices in organizing and directing work flow in light of current findings from sociology, psychology, and industrial management studies. Topics covered include leadership, motivation, goal attainment, and other concepts against a background of organizational theory.
  • COM CM 311: Professional Presentations
    Students will learn the essentials of effective presentation, from preparation (audience analysis, content development) to critical thinking when presenting. This course is designed to help students to incorporate theories and skills of effective communication in a variety of contests. Using a combination of lecture, discussion and hands-on practice and simulation, this course is designed to place students in common business and social settings that require a mastery of oral presentation skills in order to be successful. This course will also include instruction on the effective use of presentation software and interactive technology.
  • COM CM 313: Corporate Communication
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM CM 301.
    Explores the trends and issues affecting corporations, crisis management, public affairs communication, consumer affairs, employee relations, environmental problems, and issues of multinationals. Uses case studies.
  • COM CM 317: Introduction to Advertising
    Explores the history, nature, function, and social and economic aspects of advertising: ethical responsibilities, psychological appeals, marketing, media research, product analysis, creative strategies, and agency operation. Students prepare comprehensive advertising plans, including marketing strategy and speculative advertising campaigns.
  • COM CM 321: Mass Communication Research
    Introduction to the philosophy and process of social-scientific research and the most common methods used to study mass communication. Includes a variety of research methods, an examination of data-analysis procedures, and an analysis of mass communication issues.
  • COM CM 323: Design Strategy & Software
    Provides knowledge and practice for effective graphic design for all media. Develops a foundation in design principles and creative software skills including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Students create projects demonstrating how design strategies are used to engage audiences, and enhance comprehension of all forms of mass communication from traditional print to digital media. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Digital/Multimedia Expression, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • COM CM 331: Writing for Communication
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: COM CO 201; First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Intensive exposure to some of the basic writing formats in the communications profession: news releases, letters, features, and profiles. Lead writing, editing, and techniques of interviewing. Extensive writing and rewriting. Develops basic writing skills for different audiences. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Writing-intensive Course.
    • Writing-Intensive Course