Aug 16, 2022  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses


 

Coles Scholar

  
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    CSCH 4020 - Critical Thinking and Decision Making

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Business Majors: Admission to Coles College of Business, admission to the Coles College Scholars program, and CSCH 4010; Non-business Majors: Not available to non-business majors.
    In this course, students are exposed to critical thinking and decision-making theory, methodology and tools. In addition to the theory of knowledge and the “ways of knowing,” students will learn to identify key assumptions, evaluate, and develop and test appropriate hypotheses within the context of large and small problem-solving situations. There is an emphasis on a variety of problems, including those that deal with uncertainly, equivocality, and factors that are measurable and hard to quantify.

  
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    CSCH 4030 - International Immersion

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Business Majors: Admission to Coles College of Business, admission to the Coles College Scholars program, and CSCH 4020; Non-business Majors: Not available to non-business majors.
    In this course, students will participate in a multi-week international experience designed to immerse students in an international business environment focused on student learning. Students will utilize leadership and teaming skills learned in CSCH 4010 and problem-solving and decision-making techniques practiced in CSCH 4020 to work together as a team to solve community problems in another country. Through this active participation in the international experience, scholars will gain an understanding of the cultural challenges and opportunities faced by organizations working in a global environment.

  
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    CSCH 4040 - Consulting & Change Management

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Business Majors: Admission to Coles College of Business, admission to the Coles College Scholars program, and CSCH 4020; Non-business Majors: Not available to non-business majors.
    This course focuses on the processes and actions used by experts to help others improve their business practices. This course will introduce students to both the processes, such as contracting, data gathering, and delivery, as well as the human interactions that underlie effective consulting engagements. The course will draw on a variety of resources and guest speakers in the classroom, as well as applied experiences at local firms where teams of students will engage and work with “clients” on current challenges faced by the firm.

  
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    CSCH 4050 - Business Intelligence

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Business Majors: Admission to Coles College of Business, admission to the Coles College Scholars program, and CSCH 4040; Non-business Majors: Not available to non-business majors.
    This course will walk students through the process of defining problems in business, developing “hypotheses,” determining appropriate data for testing, collecting the data, and analyzing it. The course will leverage the concepts from CSCH 4020, as well as statistics background, and modern technology for dealing with datasets, large and small. There will be a focus on dealing with large data sources, planning business strategies for collecting data over time, and how best to share results.


Communication

  
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    COM 1109 - Human Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 0099, READ 0099, if required.
    Human Communication is an introduction to the fundamental components of the human communication process. The course provides a basic history of the communication discipline. Course content begins with ancient rhetoric and traces the communication discipline’s history to its classification as a modern social science. The course emphasizes selected methods and practice in dyadic, small group, and oral presentational settings. Course content also covers communication models, organizational communication, mass communication, intercultural communication, and forms of inquiry.

  
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    COM 2020 - CSI: Communication Sources and Investigations

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102.
    This course introduces the approaches and paradigms used in communication research. Emphasis is placed on locating, reviewing, and evaluating communication research studies found in academic publications; the basic structure and function of a literature review; and communication research ethics. This course provides practical experience using the American Psychological Association formatting style.

  
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    COM 2033 - Visual Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
    COM 2033 is an introduction to visual communication using perceptual, physiological, psychological, cultural, and semiotic concepts. The course focuses on visual awareness and processing as key elements in effective communication.

  
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    COM 2129 - Public Speaking

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: All developmental studies courses, if required.
    COM 2129 covers methods and practice in effective oral communication with an emphasis on speech preparation and presentation.

  
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    COM 2135 - Writing for Public Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 and 1102.
    COM 2135 covers application and practice of writing form and style particular to communication industry careers, such as journalism, public relations and human resource areas. Includes weekly writing assignments.

  
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    COM 2205 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102.
    This course is an introduction to methods and applications of basic theories, interactive structures, and directions within various organizational environments.

  
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    COM 2230 - Introduction to Mass Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102.
    This course is a survey of the various genres of mass media such as books, magazines, newspapers, radio, television, film, Internet and others. Examines the development, roles, functions, problems and criticisms of specific media from a global context.

  
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    COM 2290 - Special Topics

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 0099 and READ 0099, if required.
    Students will explore selected special topics relevant to the mission of the Department of Communication.

  
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    COM 3310 - Concepts in New Media

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2230; must be a declared Communication major; Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course is an analysis of the content, process and distribution of new media, including Web-based, network-based, and CD-ROM based products. Students examine, evaluate and prepare material for informational, educational, and/or entertainment new media as well as explore the process of computer-assisted communication.

    Notes: Offered as an online course.
  
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    COM 3315 - Interviewing

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102.
    Methods and practice in situational interviewing, including selection, sales, journalistic and media interviews. Examines roles and functions of both interviewee and interviewer.

  
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    COM 3320 - Health Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course introduces theoretical and applied aspects of health communication. Current health issues a examined in varied communication contexts, such as interpersonal, group, organizational, and mediated communication. This course analyzes provider-patient communication, intercultural communication and health beliefs, and health messages in the media. A variety of contemporary public health issues are presented. The course also examines the effectiveness of prevention messages using identified communication strategies.

  
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    COM 3325 - Intercultural Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102.
    A study of cultural and communication variables that impact the interaction process between peoples. Intercultural communication is examined during the time communication participants share ideas, information, persuasion and emotions.

  
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    COM 3326 - Global Media Systems

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2230.
    This course explores mass media and culture from a global perspective. Students analyze international communication theories, global communication infrastructure, the global media marketplace, and international communication and the internet. Students also examine specific communication systems, both democratic and authoritarian, and disseminated in a global context. International media products such as film, music, radio, and TV programming, online content, and advertisements are also covered.

  
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    COM 3330 - News Reporting and Writing

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2205 or COM 2230.
    COM 3330 is an introduction to the ways and means of developing, gathering, writing and editing factual and editorial copy. The course examines news personnel functions, reporting and interviewing techniques, ethical and legal considerations, along with news-writing practice surrounding the above.

  
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    COM 3335 - Public Relations Principles

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2205 or COM 2230 or permission of the instructor, if not a communication major.
    An introduction to the history, role, and functions of public relations, including public relations theory, ethics, and industry and career issues.

  
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    COM 3340 - Digital Media Production

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2230 or COM 2205 and IT 2101; must be a declared Communication major.
    COM 3340 focuses on the application and impact of digital media technology and how it has changed the production experience in a journalistic context. The course addresses the principles of shooting, sound characteristics, ergonomics, and basic techniques for field recording (time-code, miking, shot composition, and mixing). Audio and video formats are examined in the context of non-linear post-production.

  
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    COM 3345 - Group Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2205 and 60+ credit hours; must be a declared Communication major; Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course is a study of input, process and output variables in small group discussion. The emphasis is on participation, observation and evaluation of various discussion methods.

  
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    COM 3355 - Public Relations Cases

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3335; must be a declared Communication major.
    This course examines basic roles and functions of messaging strategy in promoting organizational goals. A case study approach  emphasizes theory and methods for effective communication with diverse organizational publics, including the mass media, employees, consumers, financial stakeholders and special interest groups.

  
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    COM 3360 - Photojournalism

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3330; must be a declared Communication major.
    This course introduces the fundamentals of how still photography is used to document our world in a public sphere. Students will learn the skills, theory, aesthetics and ethics of newspaper, magazine and online photojournalism. Visual storytelling from a single picture to a multi-image photo essay is explored. A digital portfolio is produced and presented at the end of the term.

    Notes: Personal digital camera required.
  
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    COM 3366 - Nonverbal Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102.
    A comprehensive review of communication without the use of words. Examines the research on body movement, territory, and environmental design, touch, eye behavior, vocal attractiveness, time use, deception, and body alterations such as attire.

  
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    COM 3375 - Public Relations Writing

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3335; must be a declared Communication major.
    This course offers practice in writing public relations applications, including news releases, public service announcements, and newsletter articles. Students create a portfolio of writing samples.

  
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    COM 3376 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102.
    Theory and application of communication concepts involving interpersonal relationships and contexts.

  
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    COM 3395 - Journalism Study Tour

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2230 and 30 credit hours; must be a declared Communication major.
    This course offers students the opportunity to learn about news gathering, production, and presentation in one of the nation’s largest media markets. Students gain first-hand exposure to news professionals, operations, and offices. Students meet for an intensive one-week preparation class to better understand the structure and function of the professional newsroom. They visit outlets for a hands-on look at the news gathering process. Students incur additional travel expenses including the instructor’s travel expenses.

  
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    COM 3398 - Internship in Communication

    1-9 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Approval of departmental internship coordinator and eligibility based on the following criteria: junior standing (60 + credit hours) at least a 2.5 GPA, and at least one semester of communication coursework successfully completed at Kennesaw State University. Must be a declared Communication major.
    An internship is a supervised, credit-earning work experience of approximately one semester with a previously approved business firm, private agency, or government agency. Up to nine communication internship hours may be earned for credit. To help students build their resume, a maximum of six credit hours may be earned at one internship site per semester. If a student chooses a second internship, he or she must take an internship with another organization.

  
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    COM 3429 - Persuasion Methods and Strategies

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102.
    This course provides a study of the theories, methods, applications and implications of persuasion from the days of Aristotle to today’s political and commercial arenas. The course explores the practice of changing attitudes and opinions via non-coercive means.

  
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    COM 3435 - Communication Research Methods

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2205 or COM 2230.
    COM 3435 is an introduction to the nature of academic inquiry in communication, the basic structure and methodology of professional and academic research, and the resources available for access to published research.

  
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    COM 3459 - Communication and Conflict

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1102; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course introduces a model of effective conflict management in organizations and other contexts via appropriate communicative strategies. The model proposes that our perspective of dealing with conflict determines our approach to conflict situations. This course provides students with practical knowledge for understanding the benefits of conflict, recognizing its evolution, and applying various strategies for dealing with different people in a variety of contexts.

  
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    COM 4100 - Directed Applied Research

    1-3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3435 and consent of the instructor and department chair; must be a declared Communication major.
    COM 4100 offers students an opportunity to investigate communication-oriented concepts and issues by assisting in faculty-led research or scholarship. Course content and instructional methodologies are identified by the faculty’s needs and expectations.

    Notes: The amount of work expected per student is based on the number of assigned credit hours.
  
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    COM 4300 - Topics in Journalism

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3330 and COM 3340 or permission of the instructor; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course offers theoretical and applied approaches to journalism and citizen media strategies and tactics needed for the profession. Sample topics may include social media and journalism, sports reporting, international journalism, ethics in journalism, public affairs reporting, and innovation and entrepreneurship in journalism. This course may be taken up to two times for a total of six credit hours as long as the course content differs each semester the course is taken.

  
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    COM 4344 - Organizational Training and Development

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2205 and 60+ hours; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    COM 4344 covers methods and practice in communication training and development for organizations including pre-assessment, writing objectives, training techniques, post-training evaluation, feedback, implementation. The emphasis is on communication processes and outcomes for the trainer and trainee plus communication skill development within training modules.

  
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    COM 4400 - Directed Study

    1-3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: 60+ credit hours; must be a declared Communication major.
    This course focuses on specific topics of an advanced nature not in the regular course offerings.

  
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    COM 4405 - Organizational Publications

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2135; must be a declared Communication major.
    This course explores the nature and role of organizational publications; the analysis of their form and function; writing and editing news and feature material for such publications; and the selection and coordination of graphic support and production of resources.

  
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    COM 4410 - Investigative Reporting

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3330; must be a declared Communication major.
    This course teaches students how to move beyond basic news reporting and how to develop strong story ideas, report them thoroughly and write them in compelling and impactful ways. The course examines how to uncover electronic and paper-based documents and use open records laws as part of investigative journalism.

  
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    COM 4415 - Topics in Public Relations

    1-3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3335 or permission of the instructor; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course offers theoretical and applied approaches to public relations strategies and tactics needed by public relations professionals. Students will learn media relations, social media and public relations, special events coordination, entertainment public relations, and ethics and public relations. Semester topics will vary. This course may be taken up to two times for a total of six credit hours as long as the course content differs each semester the course is taken.

  
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    COM 4420 - Advanced Media Writing

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3330; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    The course includes methods and practices for writing print and Internet style long-form feature stories. The course focuses on in-depth interviewing skills and query letter writing, as well as understanding multimedia storytelling.

  
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    COM 4424 - Uses and Effects of Mass Media

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2230; must be a declared Communication major.
    This course examines research findings and commentary about mass media impact and use in the United States. An exploration of what mass media “do” to users and what users “do” with the mass media, and why these effects and uses are thought to occur. This course is useful for students interested in graduate work in mass media, professional media careers, media literacy, or more conscientious use of mass media and awareness of possible effects on themselves or others.

  
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    COM 4425 - Gender, Race and Media

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2230; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course is an examination of mass media portrayals of gender and race, from years past to present. Students analyze media artifacts, identify recurring themes, and explore research about the societal effects of stereotypical media portrayals.

  
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    COM 4430 - Media Management

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2230; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course is a comprehensive examination and analysis of the structure, personnel, planning, operations, economics and editorial broadcast, production, advertising, and public relations companies as well as new media.

  
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    COM 4434 - Topics in Media Studies

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3326; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course offers theoretical and applied approaches to media studies problems and issues. Sample topics may include media literacy, media and society, social and digital media, children and media, celebrity media culture, and courses based on various genres of electronic media. This course may be taken up to two times for a total of six credit hours as long as the course content differs each semester the course is taken.

  
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    COM 4440 - Leadership Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3435 and either COM 2205 or COM 2230; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    Leadership Communication distinguishes leadership as an influential message-centered process. Based on this perspective, the course examines the variables of message exchange (communicator role, message content and meaning, media, context, and culture) as they impact organizational goal achievement. Eight major communication approaches are used to explain leadership. Special attention is given to understanding communication theory and extending social science research.

  
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    COM 4444 - Film and Video Structure and Process

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: 60+ credit hours.
    An examination of the television and motion picture industries, covering such factors as development, pre-production, the production process, post-production and distribution. Emphasis will be placed on the managerial aspects of the process and will include the institutional/instructional video market.

  
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    COM 4445 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3330 and COM 3340, 90+ credit hours; must be a declared Communication major.
    Advanced Digital Audio Production focuses on producing, writing and storytelling for audio in a journalistic context. The course is designed to teach students how to write scripts and produce radio promotions, commercials and news stories. The course surveys trends in the radio industry including traditional broadcast, digital, and satellite radio as well as podcasting and audio streaming of content.

  
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    COM 4450 - Advanced Digital Video Production

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3330 and COM 3340; must be a declared Communication major.
    COM 4450 is designed to teach students electronic field production, including single and multiple camera operations; advanced field camera operations; tape-to-tape editing; editing techniques; single/multiple camera continuity, and scripting in a journalistic context. The students must have a fundamental understanding of production operations before enrollment.

  
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    COM 4455 - Organizational Communication Audit (Capstone)

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2205 and COM 3435 and 90+ credit hours; must be a declared Communication major.
    This course is the study and application of the organizational communication assessment process used by consultants, trainers and managers. In this capstone course, students conduct a communication audit for a local company and develop a written analysis of the organization’s internal communication patterns.

    Notes: Capstone course to be taken last in concentration.
  
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    COM 4460 - Crisis Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3435 plus 60 credit hours; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    COM 4460 provides students insights regarding key concepts, theoretical perspectives, essential skills and abilities, and critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for effective crisis management within organizations. Topics include issues management, risk management, relationship management, crisis planning and preparation, case studies, and developing crisis management plans.

  
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    COM 4465 - Public Relations Campaigns (Capstone)

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3435, COM 3375, and 90+ credit hours; must be a declared Communication major.
    COM 4465 is the study and application of the campaign planning process from inception to evaluation. The class functions as an agency, and student groups develop a strategic communication campaign plan for a campus or community organization.

    Notes: Capstone course to be taken last in concentration.
  
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    COM 4470 - Media Law

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 2230 and POLS 1101; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course is an in-depth examination of the existing legal structure within which the media operates and the antecedent statutory and case law through which this structure has evolved. The course also addresses ethical concepts and considerations surrounding the media.

  
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    COM 4480 - Communication Theory

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3435 and 60+ credit hours; must be a declared Communication major.
    COM 4480 is an in-depth and diversified examination of various theories analyzing and describing the human communication process from different perspectives, including interpersonal, organizational and mass communication.

    Notes: Offered as an online course.
  
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    COM 4485 - Media Studies Capstone

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 4424 and COM 4480; must be a declared Communication major.
    COM 4485 is a seminar format of extensive readings and class discussions about mass media in order to examine theoretical and methodological concerns and their implications for our understanding of media in society. The course culminates in a research paper that integrates, critiques, extends and applies knowledge gained from the readings and the student’s prior media studies. Students present the results of their research and contribute to substantive discussions of the presentations by all other students in the course.

  
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    COM 4488 - Multi-Media Visions of Community (Capstone)

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3435 and one of the following: COM 3360, COM 4445, or COM 4450; must be a declared Communication major.
    COM 4488 is informed by social networking and civic, citizen and community journalism applications and theories. Student driven teams produce multi-media journalistic reflections of community life and institutions. The students, ideally working with diverse sets of community members, choose the best methods, tools and platforms for telling their stories and justifying their choices. This is the capstone course showcasing what students have learned in the Journalism and Citizen Media concentration.

  
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    COM 4490 - Special Topics in Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: 45+ credit hours; must be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: permission of the instructor.
    This course consists of selected special topics of interest to faculty and students.

  
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    COM 4495 - Public Relations Study Tour

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: 60+ credit hours and COM 3335; if COM 3335 has not been completed, permission of instructor is necessary; must be a declared Communication major.
    This course offers students the opportunity to learn about integrated communications by visiting some of the nation’s most well-known public relations agencies. Students will gain firsthand exposure to the wide range of services provided by the nation’s top communication professionals. Students meet for an intensive one-week preparation class to better understand the structure and function of public relations; then the class will visit the agencies for a hands-on look at the communication process. Students will incur additional travel expenses, including the instructor’s travel expenses.

  
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    COM 4499 - Senior Thesis

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: COM 3435, COM 4480, and 90+ credit hours.
    The senior thesis is designed to allow students to apply course work to professional issues. The course culminates in the student’s preparation and presentation of an undergraduate thesis or creative project.

    Notes: This course may serve as the capstone for any of the four concentrations.
  
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    COM 4670 - Crisis Leadership Communication

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: 60 credit hours, COM 3435, and be a declared Communication major. Non-majors: 60 credit hours and a comparable research course in another major.
    Leaders need communication skills and requisite knowledge to guide organizations through the tumultuous crises of the future. This course addresses numerous content areas, including: factors involved in decision-making under pressure; training and organizational skills in crisis management communication as a core competency; and leading in local and transboundary crises through an integrated approach for organizations with different decision-making structures, different resource commitments to crisis preparation and response, and different communication and cultural strategies.


Computer Science

  
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    CS 2290 - Special Topics

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor, major area committee, and department chair.
    The course covers special topics at the intermediate level that are not in the regular course offerings.

  
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    CS 2301 - Programming Principles I

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: MATH 1112 or MATH 1113 (corequisite).
    An introduction to problem-solving methods that lead to the development of correct, well structured programs. Topics also include the fundamentals of computer systems.

  
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    CS 2302 - Programming Principles II

    3 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 2301 and either MATH 1112 or MATH 1113.
    A continuation of programming principles begun in CSIS 2301 with emphasis on object-oriented methods, inheritance, arrays, and graphical user interfaces.

  
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    CS 2305H - Honors Programming Principles

    4 Class Hours 6 Laboratory Hours 6 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program and MATH 1113 (may be taken concurrently).
    This course is an introduction to problem-solving methods that lead to the development of correct and well-structured programs. The course emphasizes object-oriented methods. Topics will include a variety of concepts and applications, such as inheritance, collections, exceptions, graphics, computational methods, and graphical user interfaces. The course also includes coverage of the fundamentals of computer systems.

  
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    CS 3310 - Introduction to Database Systems

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 2302.
    Introduction to the database management systems, database processing, data modeling, database design, development, and implementation. Contrasts alternative modeling approaches. Includes implementation of current DBMS tools and SQL.

  
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    CS 3401 - Introduction to Data Structures

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 2302, MATH 3322.
    This course is an introduction to data structures with an emphasis on object-oriented programming concepts. Topics include arrays, records, vectors, lists, stacks, queues, trees, graphs, priority queues, and hash tables. Study of algorithm performance analysis for implementation and manipulations is covered.

     

  
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    CS 3510 - Computer Organization, Architecture, and Communications

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 2302.
    An introduction to the theory and fundamentals of computer architecture and data communications. Computer organization topics include: data representation, binary arithmetic, and numbering systems. Computer architecture topics include Boolean algebra, logic gates, digital components, combinational and sequential circuits, circuit design, CPU basics, internal architecture, microcode, RISC, pipelines, cache, assembly language, instruction sets, memory organization and addressing, interrupts, multi-core architectures. Data communications topics include: data encoding, signaling, transmission, communication media, encoding, multiplexing, bus control, and arbitration.

     

  
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    CS 3530 - Operating Systems

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 2302.
    An introduction to fundamental operating systems concepts. Topics include basic concepts of operating systems, modeling for performance analysis,   scheduling, synchronization, deadlocks, I/O system,  memory management, system security, network and distributed systems, and virtual machines .

  
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    CS 3540 - Systems Programming with Linux and ‘C’

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 2302 or CS 2305.
    This course presents an introduction to the Linux operating system, command interface, and the ‘C’ programming language. Students will learn how to install, startup, shutdown, and control the Linux operating system. Students will learn to write ‘C’ programs, including simple device drivers and network-aware threaded ‘C’ code.

  
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    CS 3550 - Theory of Networking and Security

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3510.
    This course builds foundational knowledge in the theory and fundamentals of data communications, networking, security, and network programming. Topics include digital signaling and encoding, the OSI networking model, and TCP and IP networking protocols. The course also includes an introduction to networking security, attacks and defenses. Encryption and compression algorithms will be examined and implemented using a programming language. Students will learn how communication occurs between processes on machines located across a network by constructing and programming concurrent processes monitoring sockets and ports on different machines, to pass messages and data.

  
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    CS 3610 - Software Engineering

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3310 and COM 1109.
    The course covers the life cycle of software engineering with emphasis on UML modeling. Topics include software process models, requirements analysis and modeling; design concepts, modeling, and design patterns; architectural design; implementation; and testing strategies and techniques.

  
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    CS 4150 - Concepts of Programming Languages

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in (CS 2302 or CS 2305) and CS 3540.
    This course covers the fundamental concepts on which programming languages are based and the execution models supporting them. Topics include values, variables, bindings, type systems, control structures, exceptions, concurrency, and moularity. Languages representing different paradigms are introduced.

  
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    CS 4300 - Cloud Computing

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3401 and CS 3530.
    Cloud Computing uses the Internet as the platform for the development and delivery of computing technologies. Topics discussed in this course include: cloud computing concepts, cloud computing architecture, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). Focus will be put on developing data-intensive applications using MapReduce framework on Cloud.

  
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    CS 4310 - Advanced Database & Data Mining

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3310 and CS 3401.
    Advanced database concepts including the mathematical foundation for databases, database security, and the design and implementation of the algorithms used in database systems are covered. Data mining concepts including data mining techniques and the design and implementation of some algorithms used in data mining are covered.

  
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    CS 4320 - Internet Programming

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3540 and CS 3610.
    This course introduces current technologies for modeling, designing, implementing, and developing Web applications. Topics include developing for the server and the client, programming frameworks, server administration and integration with databases. Practice will involve platforms and languages such as Linux, Python, PHP, Ruby and JavaScript.

  
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    CS 4350 - Mobile Clients

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3610.
    This course will cover software development for the Android Mobile Application Platform. Topics include UI design for mobile apps, resource management for mobile apps, and deployment of mobile apps

  
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    CS 4400 - Directed Studies

    1-3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor, major area committee, and department chair.
    This course covers special topics of an advanced nature that are not in the regular course offerings. Up to three hours may be applied to the major area.

  
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    CS 4401 - Algorithm Analysis and Design

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3401 and MATH 3322 and MATH 3332.
    This course covers the analysis, design, and implementation of algorithms in the classical algorithm categories as well as parallel algorithms.

  
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    CS 4491 - Advanced Topics in Computer Science

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in any prerequisite course. Prerequisite course(s) vary depending upon the topic.
    This course provides the current and relevant topics in an advanced Computer Science area of interest to faculty.

    Notes: It may substitute for a CS major elective.
  
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    CS 4500 - Advanced Data Communications

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CS 3550.
    A study of protocol suites and how they are used in data communications on the Internet. Topics include protocol layering, Internet addressing, routing, connection establishment and termination, management of data flow, and error handling. A specific protocol suite will be examined in detail.

  
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    CS 4520 - Distributed Systems Development

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3401 and CS 3610.
    Introduction to the current technologies such as those in J2EE for modeling, designing, implementing, and developing Web applications. Topics include a historical review of technologies for developing distributed systems, such as COBRA, Jini, DCOM, etc., while applying the current technologies including servlets, JSPs, JSFs, EJBs, JavaBeans, database accesses, and emails for hands-on practices.

  
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    CS 4540 - Wireless Networking

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3550.
    This course introduces the fundamental concepts of wireless networks, radio propagation, and physical layer. It includes an extensive discussion on the MAC layer, location-sensing systems, wireless technologies, various data dissemination and access paradigms/architectures, routing protocols for wireless networks, monitoring wireless networks, statistical analysis and modeling of wireless network measurements, and analyzing the performance of mobile computing systems. The course also includes theoretical and programming/development projects that will enable students to experiment with the wireless networks.

  
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    CS 4550 - Secure Software Development

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3550 and CS 3610.
    This course covers the design and implementation of secure software. Some of the topics covered are the characteristics of secure software, the role of security in the software development lifecycle, designing secure software, best security programming practices, security software testing, and the usage of security models and metrics. Security for mobile applications, cloud applications, and embedded applications will be covered.

  
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    CS 4620 - Object-Oriented Methods

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3610.
    A study of object-oriented methods used in software development including modeling language and process. This study involves practical work using a development environment that supports the method and its notation and process. Object-oriented methods currently in widespread use are compared. Software development aspects of user interfaces are covered.

  
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    CS 4650 - Advanced Object-Oriented Design

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 4150 and CS 3610.
    The primary objective of the course is to introduce the student to advanced topics in object-oriented design, such as patterns, frame-works, and software architecture. Object-oriented techniques are illustrated using programming languages such as Eiffel, C++, and Java.

  
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    CS 4680 - Object-Oriented Game Design

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3401.
    This is a project-based hybrid course covering object oriented game design principles and AI applications.

  
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    CS 4720 - Introduction to Computational Science

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3540 and MATH 2202.
    This course introduces the fundamental concepts and principles of computational models and inter-disciplinary computing. Topics covered include C programming with GSL on Linux, an introduction to numerical methods, modeling, applying linear equations, linear and non-linear regression, empirical modeling, and basic modeling with differential equations. Models are exemplified through applications from diverse scientific areas.

  
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    CS 4810 - Social and Ethical Issues in Computing

    1 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 1 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3610.
    The course covers major social and ethical issues in computing, including history of computing, impact of computers on society, and the computer professional’s code of ethics.

  
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    CS 4850 - Computer Science Senior Project

    1 Class Hours 2 Laboratory Hours 2 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CS 3610 and CS 4150. The course should be taken within the last two semesters before graduation.
    Capstone experience for computer science students intended to promote a successful transition to professional practice or further academic study. Students spend the term working on an IT project as a team. Students have the opportunity to develop and practice essential project management skills and work with current software tools and technologies.


Computer Science Education

  
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    CSED 4416 - Teaching of Computer Science

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CS 2302 and IT 2101.
    An examination and application of curricular issues, learning theories, teaching strategies, instructional materials, and assessment procedures for teaching secondary school computer science in the multicultural and diverse classroom.

  
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    CSED 4417 - Computer Science Teaching Practicum

    0 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 1 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in CSED 4416.
    Secondary school field experience in computer science teaching. Proof of professional liability insurance is required prior to school placement.


Criminal Justice

  
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    CRJU 1101 - Foundations of Criminal Justice

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: None.
    This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system. Emphasis will be on crime in America, the criminal justice process, law enforcement, adjudication, punishment, corrections, and prisons. Other special issues to be addressed include AIDS, changing roles of women, and criminal justice systems in other countries.

    Notes: Offered as an online course.
  
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    CRJU 2105 - Social Issues: Perspectives in Criminal Justice

    2 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 2 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: ENGL 0099 and READ 0099, if required.
    This course examines the effects of crime and criminal behavior on society and how the criminal justice system responds to the problems of crime and criminality.

  
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    CRJU 3300 - Criminal Courts

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CRJU 1101.
    This course examines the history, development, structure, operation, and organization of criminal court systems in federal and state courts in the United States. Emphasis is given to juvenile courts and court administration. Other topics include the roles of major professional and non-professional courtroom participants; stages in the process of adjudication of criminal cases from initial charging through post-conviction review; and an introduction to the constitutional rights of the accused.

  
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    CRJU 3301 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CRJU 1101.
    This course provides an introduction to concepts and techniques of social science research. Students will (a) become familiar with levels of measurement, sampling techniques, research design, and research techniques, and (b) apply these techniques to the study of specific research questions in criminal justice.

  
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    CRJU 3305 - Technology and Criminal Justice

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CRJU 1101.
    This course involves an in-depth study of technology as it relates to crime and the criminal justice system. Topics discussed include technology associated with forensics, computer crime and homeland security. Legal issues and laws pertaining to the use of technology for investigative purposes, privacy issues and fourth amendment issues are examined. Various technologies used by police, courts and corrections are also addressed.

  
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    CRJU 3310 - Police in America

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CRJU 1101.
    An overview of the role of the police in American society, examining such issues as the police role in a democracy, ethnic tensions, unionization and professionalism, civil disturbances, law enforcement, and police misconduct.

  
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    CRJU 3311 - Police Administration

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CRJU 1101.
    This course familiarizes students with the principal issues facing contemporary American police administration. Students will gain an appreciation of the complex responsibilities associated with administering a police organization in a free society.

  
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    CRJU 3312 - State and Federal Law Enforcement Initiatives

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CRJU 1101.
    This course allows the student to participate in a seminar that includes up to date information from readings and through discussions with agents from state and federal agencies. Students will develop knowledge about state and federal agencies and their missions; the types of investigations under-taken by agencies; the use of technology by agencies and by offenders; predictions of future issues and crimes the agencies will likely face; the application/ hiring process and essential/desired skills needed to work for various agencies.

  
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    CRJU 3315 - Criminal Procedure

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CRJU 1101.
    This course addresses the following stages of criminal procedure and evidence: (1) methods and rules of police investigation and arrest; (2) pretrial screening of complaints: (3) formal charging of the accused; (4) adjudication - evidentiary requirements; (5) sentencing; and (6) appellate review by higher courts.

  
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    CRJU 3320 - Criminal Investigation

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CRJU 1101.
    This course examines the historical, theoretical, and technological aspects of the investigation of crime. The topic areas include crime scene examinations, the collection and preservation of evidence, forensic and behavioral sciences, inter-views/ interrogations, and the use of technology by law enforcement agencies.

  
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    CRJU 3332 - Corrections

    3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
    Prerequisite: CRJU 1101.
    A review of the historical and philosophical back-grounds of corrections. Special emphasis is placed on the role of corrections in the criminal justice system.

    Notes: Offered as an online course.
 

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