COM 102 Introduction to Mass Communications, 3 credits

Students will explore the history and diverse facets of the mass media in American society through the lens of the contemporary convergent media. Convergence is integration of media platforms—including video, audio, still photography, and text—into a single product on the Web. This course is an exploration of the history and evolution of newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film and other platforms in this contemporary context, enabling students to make connections and understand how each facet of the industry impacts all others. Issues of media ethics, law, and global communication, which are embedded in this context, will allow students to think critically about the rapidly changing industry and investigate the challenges that lie ahead.