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Communications Major & Degree Program

Communications Major - Online Communications Degree Program
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Communications - Bachelor of Science Degree

124 Semester Hours

Fundamental General Education Core (24 hours)

All courses must be at the 100 or 200 level

English Composition

Choose a minimum of 3 semester hours from:

  • WRIT 120 - COLLEGE WRITING (4)

    WRIT 120

    COLLEGE WRITING

    Course Description

    In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.
Mathematics

Choose a minimum of three semester hours from:

  • MATH 160 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA (4)

    MATH 160

    COLLEGE ALGEBRA

    Course Description

    This course is designed to prepare students for Applied Calculus and Discrete Mathematics and to provide the mathematical background needed for the analytic reasoning used in other courses. Topics include functions and their graphs, including exponential and logarithmic functions; complex numbers; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; basic principles of counting and probability; and other selected topics.
  • MATH 180 - APPLIED CALCULUS (4)

    MATH 180

    APPLIED CALCULUS

    Course Description

    This course is designed to meet the needs of the Computer Science Program. Topics include limits, the derivative, rules for differentiation, graphing strategy, optimization problems, differentials, implicit differentiation, related rates, exponential and logarithmic functions, antiderivatives, definite integrals, areas, and methods of integration. Applications are emphasized.
  • MATH 210 - FINITE MATHEMATICS (4)

    MATH 210

    FINITE MATHEMATICS

    Course Description

    This course includes such topics as matrices, solutions of simultaneous linear equations using matrix methods, graphic and simplex solutions to linear programming problems, set theory, counting problems (including permutations and combinations), probability theory (including Bayes' theorem), Markov chains, and the mathematics of finance. Game theory may be discussed if time permits. Applications in business, economics, and management are emphasized.
  • MATH 215 - STATISTICAL CONCEPTS (4)

    MATH 215

    STATISTICAL CONCEPTS

    Course Description

    This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel.
  • MATH 220 - BUSINESS CALCULUS (4)

    MATH 220

    BUSINESS CALCULUS

    Course Description

    This course may not be taken by students who previously received calculus credit. Topics include limits, the derivative, rules for differentiation, graphing strategy, optimization problems, differentials, implicit differentiation, related rates, exponential and logarithmic functions, antiderivatives, definite integrals, areas, and methods of integration. Applications in business, economics, and management are emphasized. This course should be taken as soon as possible after acquiring the necessary algebra skills and concepts, preferably within the first 60 hours of any degree program.
Sciences

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

  • SCIE 112 - INTRO/HUMAN BIOLOGY (4)

    SCIE 112

    INTRO/HUMAN BIOLOGY

    Course Description

    SCIE 112 is a four credit hour lecture-based course designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge and understanding of human biology with an emphasis on the impact of science in everyday life. Topics include: chemistry of living things, cell structure and function, genetics and inheritance, cellular reproduction, and the basic anatomy and physiology of major organ systems in the human body.
  • SCIE 114 - EARTH SCIENCE (4)

    SCIE 114

    EARTH SCIENCE

    Course Description

    Earth Science is a four credit hour course that consists of three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of laboratory components. Earth Science is a survey course that provides an overview of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. Topics covered will focus on the materials that make up the Earth, the changes that occur both on the surface and in the interior of the Earth, and the forces and processes that are responsible for these changes. In order to pass the course, students must receive an average score of 60% on the laboratory component of the course, in addition to achieving the total number of points prescribed in the syllabus.
  • SCIE 131 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (4)

    SCIE 131

    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

    Course Description

    Environmental Science is a four credit hour course that consists of three credit hour lecture and one credit hour laboratory components. Environmental Science is an introductory course that explores Earth's natural systems and how human activity affects the environment. Topics covered include food and agriculture, population dynamics, urbanization, resource use and depletion, pollution, environmental health, and sustainability. In order to pass the course, students must receive an average score of 60% on the laboratory component of the course, in addition to achieving the total number of points prescribed in the syllabus.
  • SCIE 200 - SCIENCE AND SOCIETY (2)

    SCIE 200

    SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

    Course Description

    Science and Society is a two credit hour lecture based course that seeks to explore and understand the ways that science and technology shape the daily lives of humans. We will examine the nature of science and investigate the current controversies over issues in science and technology, so that informed choices among competing scientific, technological, and political and social priorities can be made.
  • SCIE 210 - UNDERSTANDING SCIENCE: PRINCIPLES,yPRACTICE, & THEORY (2)

    SCIE 210

    UNDERSTANDING SCIENCE: PRINCIPLES,yPRACTICE, & THEORY

    Course Description

    Understanding Science: Principles, Practice & Theory is a two credit hour course that introduces students to the major themes, processes, and methods common to all scientific disciplines. Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate all kinds of phenomena, scientific, pseudoscientific, and other. The focus is on the nature of science so students will develop an understanding of how science works and develop an appreciation for the process by which we gain scientific knowledge.
  • SCIE 211 - INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS &yREASONING (4)

    SCIE 211

    INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS &yREASONING

    Course Description

    Introduction to Scientific Analysis and Reasoning is a four credit hour course consisting of three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of laboratory. This course is an introduction to critical thinking on statistical and scientific claims. The student will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate popular sources of (mis)information and to better understand and evaluate all sorts of scientific claims and arguments. The focus of the course is on students developing thoughtful and critical use of scientific information and research to be able to separate truth from deception and make decisions that affect their personal lives and roles as informed and engaged citizens.
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

  • ANTH 215 - CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (4)

    ANTH 215

    CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

    Course Description

    This course exposes students to the principles, concepts, research methods, and applications of cultural anthropology. Students will be introduced to the wide range of variation in social and institutional arrangements found historically and cross-culturally. From language to gender roles, from bases of social stratification to causes and consequences of conformity, from the simpler life in foraging societies to the seeming-chaos in modern post-industrial societies: students will examine the enormous variation in solutions to the requisites of social life.
  • ECON 210 - INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMICS (4)

    ECON 210

    INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMICS

    Course Description

    An introduction to economic theory involving the examination of how decision making by firms and individuals is shaped by economic forces. Emphasis is placed on demand, supply, market equilibrium analysis, and basic market structure models. The invisible hand as the driving force for economic decisions as well as market externalities are discussed. The class concentrates on providing a balanced approach to studying economic agents' behavior and the global implications and outcomes.
  • ECON 220 - INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS (4)

    ECON 220

    INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS

    Course Description

    An introduction to economic theory involving the basic underlying causes and principles of the operation of an economic system. Emphasis is placed on studying the economy as a whole. Issues of inflation, unemployment, taxation, business cycles and growth are discussed in the context of the global economic system.
  • PSYC 110 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)

    PSYC 110

    GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Course Description

    A survey of the various fields of study comprising modern scientific psychology. The course examines the theories, research findings, and applications in each of the major areas of psychology, with the goal of providing students with practice information they can apply to their personal and professional lives. The topic areas covered in the course include learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development, theories of personality, psychopathology, and social behavior.
  • PSYC 204 - PRINCIPLES OF MOTIVATION (4)

    PSYC 204

    PRINCIPLES OF MOTIVATION

    Course Description

    This course is a systematic study of various theories and approaches to work motivation, with assessments of the research and practice evidence supporting their scientific validity and applicability to the work environment. Students will explore factors that contribute to motivation and strategies that today's manager can use to become a successful motivator.
  • SOCL 110 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (4)

    SOCL 110

    INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

    Course Description

    Sociology is the scientific study of group behavior - whether the groups are dyads, small groups, associations, bureaucracies, societies, publics, aggregates, social movements, or mobs, etc. This introductory course introduces the student to sociological principles and theoretical perspectives that facilitate understanding the norms, values, structure and process of the various types of groups into which people organize. The course focuses on applying the scientific method to studying social problems (e.g. poverty, crime, sexism and racism) and basic institutions (i.e. family, government, economy, religion, education). Students will develop their "sociological imagination" as a way of understanding what their lives are and can be in relation to the larger social forces at work in local, national, and international environments.
  • PUAD 295 - AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN ACTION (4)

    PUAD 295

    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN ACTION

    Course Description

    The course examines the American system of government and how government affects and interacts with individuals and organizations in society. Students learn how politics, law, and the structure and principles of American government impact citizens, public policy, and the administration of public and private organizations. Students apply fundamental political theories and administration law principles in personal and professional contexts.
Arts and Humanities

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

  • HUMN 210 - INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC & CRITICALyTHINKING SKILLS (2)

    HUMN 210

    INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC & CRITICALyTHINKING SKILLS

    Course Description

    The goal of this course is to help you improve as a critical, logical thinker. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. You will discover how to apply these valuable skills to your studies and everyday life, learning how to overcome obstacles to critical thinking, and how to avoid being deceived by means of misleading reasoning.
  • HUMN 211 - INTRO TO ETHICAL ANALYSIS AND REASONING (2)

    HUMN 211

    INTRO TO ETHICAL ANALYSIS AND REASONING

    Course Description

    The goal of this course is to help you improve your ethical analysis and reasoning skills. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing ethical arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. In this course, you will discover how to apply the following questions to your job and everyday life. Why do we need ethics if we have laws to govern our behavior? Does the majority view determine what is ethical and what is not? Are feelings, desires, and preferences reliable ethical guides? Is it ever appropriate to criticize another individual's (or culture's) ethical judgment? Are people always responsible for their actions? Do human beings have a natural tendency to good, a natural tendency to evil? both? neither? Is there a single moral code that is binding on all people, at all times, and in all places?
  • HUMN 218 - WORLD RELIGIONS (4)

    HUMN 218

    WORLD RELIGIONS

    Course Description

    A comparative study of the founders, sacred writings, beliefs and practices of some of the major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. This course enables the student to study and compare the leading religions of the world in light of their historical and cultural backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to explore faith traditions other than their own. Common themes across religions, spiritual practice, and current related cultural and political issues will also be considered.
  • HUMN 232 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (4)

    HUMN 232

    INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE

    Course Description

    In this course, students will analyze works from the three major literary genres: poetry, drama, and fiction. Students will become familiar with standard vocabulary and approaches specific to the field of literary criticism and consider the importance of literature in contemporary society. The goal of this course is to encourage students to read for pleasure (engage with the text on an emotional level) while also moving towards a more objective consideration of literature by introducing the fundamentals of close reading and literary analysis.
  • HUMN 240 - POPULAR CULTURE (4)

    HUMN 240

    POPULAR CULTURE

    Course Description

    An introductory course that examines basic concepts in popular culture studies and the role popular arts and artifacts play in shaping cultural values. The course covers basic theories and approaches to topics like best sellers, popular music, popular art forms, cultural heroes from the sports and entertainment worlds and other popular phenomena.
  • HUMN 246 - FILM APPRECIATION (4)

    HUMN 246

    FILM APPRECIATION

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to the art of film intended to enable students to become more knowledgeable, appreciative and critical viewers. The course covers the major areas of film: narrative, documentary, animated and experimental. While some film history is covered, this course emphasizes understanding key elements in the filmmaking process: scripting, filming, editing, acting, directing, promoting and distributing. Students will be required to view and write critical reviews of films screened both in and out of class.
Learn More About General Education

Additional General Education Requirements (26 hours)

  • COMM 107 - INTRODUCTION TO WEB PRESENTATION &yPUBLISHING (1)

    COMM 107

    INTRODUCTION TO WEB PRESENTATION &yPUBLISHING

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to the use of Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) for creating Web sites. It will provide students with the basic knowledge required to design, build, and maintain an informational Web site.
  • COMM 205 - COMMUNICATION DESIGN (1)

    COMM 205

    COMMUNICATION DESIGN

    Course Description

    This course orients students to effective communication through intelligent visual design. Students will gain insights about select communication theories and an overview of the discipline. Course assignments will provide hands-on learning opportunities, including creating a brochure and an event web-page or similar deliverable using current design software. Finished products from the course will be part of the student's e-portfolio.
  • COMP 106 - INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS (1)

    COMP 106

    INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS

    Course Description

    This course focuses on using spreadsheets to solve business applications.
  • ECON 210 - INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMICS (4)

    ECON 210

    INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMICS

    Course Description

    An introduction to economic theory involving the examination of how decision making by firms and individuals is shaped by economic forces. Emphasis is placed on demand, supply, market equilibrium analysis, and basic market structure models. The invisible hand as the driving force for economic decisions as well as market externalities are discussed. The class concentrates on providing a balanced approach to studying economic agents' behavior and the global implications and outcomes.

    OR ECON 220 - INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS (4)

    ECON 220

    INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS

    Course Description

    An introduction to economic theory involving the basic underlying causes and principles of the operation of an economic system. Emphasis is placed on studying the economy as a whole. Issues of inflation, unemployment, taxation, business cycles and growth are discussed in the context of the global economic system.
    1
  • GRPH 117 - GRAPHIC EDITING SOFTWARE (1)

    GRPH 117

    GRAPHIC EDITING SOFTWARE

    Course Description

    This course provides students with advanced instruction in graphic editing software. Projects will use tools, layers and filters to edit and create digital images for use in design. Note: Students without access to Franklin University's computer laboratories will be required to obtain software at the student's expense.
  • HUMN 210 - INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC & CRITICALyTHINKING SKILLS (2)

    HUMN 210

    INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC & CRITICALyTHINKING SKILLS

    Course Description

    The goal of this course is to help you improve as a critical, logical thinker. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. You will discover how to apply these valuable skills to your studies and everyday life, learning how to overcome obstacles to critical thinking, and how to avoid being deceived by means of misleading reasoning.
  • HUMN 305 - GLOBAL ISSUES (4)

    HUMN 305

    GLOBAL ISSUES

    Course Description

    This course provides students with a coherent sense of the past and present human societies drawn from five cultural areas: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. It also reviews the diversity of traditions that have formed the world and continue to interact in it today. Through the synthesis of connections, influences and parallels among cultures, students will gain an understanding of how to communicate in a culturally diverse world.
  • MATH 215 - STATISTICAL CONCEPTS (4)

    MATH 215

    STATISTICAL CONCEPTS

    Course Description

    This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel.
    2
  • PF 321 - LEARNING STRATEGIES (2)

    PF 321

    LEARNING STRATEGIES

    Course Description

    This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.
  • SPCH 100 - SPEECH COMMUNICATION (4)

    SPCH 100

    SPEECH COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    A basic public speaking course intended to improve the student's ability to think critically and to communicate orally. Theory and practice are provided in various speaking situations. Each student is required to speak before an audience, but class work also involves reading, gathering and organizing information, writing and listening.
  • General Education Electives (2)
1 Select another Social Science elective if either Economics course is used in the Fundamental General Education Core.
2 Select another General Education Elective if MATH 215 is used in the Fundamental General Education Core.

Professional Core (20 hours)

  • COMM 150 - INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (4)

    COMM 150

    INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking.
  • GRPH 210 - FUNDAMENTALS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN (4)

    GRPH 210

    FUNDAMENTALS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

    Course Description

    In this course students will explore the fundamental principles and creative process of graphic design. An emphasis is placed on visual problem solving skills and the creative and aesthetic aspects of traditional graphic design. The course also explores the implications of traditional graphic design in a digital format. NOTE: This is a technology course, in a technology program, and it requires the purchase of software that may be used in subsequent courses as well as being suitable for commercial work beyond completion of degree studies. For specific software requirements, consult the course syllabus.
  • MGMT 312 - PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (4)

    MGMT 312

    PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This course explores the basic concepts and processes of management. Students will explore the functional roles and processes of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling comprising the manager role. Students develop skills related to the manager function and required in today's competitive environment.
  • MKTG 300 - MARKETING (4)

    MKTG 300

    MARKETING

    Course Description

    A general course in marketing theory and methods. Among topics discussed are the importance of marketing, the interrelationship of the different phases of marketing, the differences between the marketing of goods and services, wholesaling, retailing, pricing strategies, analysis of markets, and distribution.
  • WRIT 320 - BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING (4)

    WRIT 320

    BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING

    Course Description

    This is an advanced composition course for juniors and seniors which focuses on business, technical and professional writing. Skills taught include audience analysis; research methods; questionnaire, interview and survey techniques; letters; data collection, interpretation and documentation; graphic illustration; and composition of reports in special formats. Instruction and practice are provided in writing various types of reports such as r‚sum‚s, proposals, summaries, research reports and instructions for user manuals, and in presenting committee and oral reports. Students will be encouraged to relate course materials to their major programs and their workplaces.

University Electives (18 hours)

  • Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Major Area (24 hours)

  • COMM 315 - COMMUNICATION ETHICS (4)

    COMM 315

    COMMUNICATION ETHICS

    Course Description

    This course examines the strategies involved in effective, ethical communication in professional contexts. Students examine principles of ethical organizational communication and the temporal/cultural/social forces behind those principles, as well as apply reasoning and critical thinking in individual and group assignments. Comparing values and perspectives from diverse cultures, students will respond to cases in an intercultural professional environment.
  • COMM 321 - ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (4)

    COMM 321

    ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    The course examines the role of communication in organizations. Students will learn the major theories of organizational communication, identifying and defining primary concepts, and applying them to discussions of real-world situations. The role of technology, corporate culture, leadership, teamwork, ethics, and diversity in communication is examined. Effective communication in global organizations and critiques of organization communication systems and structures are also presented.
  • COMM 335 - COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS AND TEAMS (4)

    COMM 335

    COMMUNICATION IN GROUPS AND TEAMS

    Course Description

    The course examines current theories and best practices of working collaboratively in professional contexts. Students apply these concepts to analyze their own work experience, generating strategies for how to improve their performance in work groups. Students will learn basic project management skills and work in online virtual teams to complete a final communication project.
  • COMM 400 - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (4)

    COMM 400

    INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    This course provides an overview of issues, processes, and theories involved with communicating with individuals from different cultures. Topics include thinking and communicating in global contexts and professional relationships in diverse environments.
  • COMM 495 - COMMUNICATIONS CAPSTONE (4)

    COMM 495

    COMMUNICATIONS CAPSTONE

    Course Description

    This course examines the strategies involved in planning and managing communication in professional contexts and the ways these strategies are informed by the integration of information provided by other key areas. Students examine principles of integrated applied communication, creating written and web-based communication products in class. Working in collaborative teams, students complete a project that demonstrates planning and managing communication for organizational goals. The course includes media production of communications for a client organization.
  • MKTG 332 - MARKETING RESEARCH (4)

    MKTG 332

    MARKETING RESEARCH

    Course Description

    Students develop an understanding of the theories and techniques of planning, conducting, analyzing and presenting market studies. Students will study different methodologies with emphasis on primary research including questionnaire design.

Major Electives (12 hours)

Select 12 hours from:

  • BSAD 320 - QUANTITATIVE & QUALITATIVE METHODS FORyDECISION MAKING (4)

    BSAD 320

    QUANTITATIVE & QUALITATIVE METHODS FORyDECISION MAKING

    Course Description

    This course focuses on the development of individual and team decision-making and problem solving skills. Real world domestic and global issues will be analyzed, diagnosed, and evaluated through the application of a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques used to arrive at effective decisions and solutions.
  • BSAD 476 - GLOBAL BUSINESS ISSUES (4)

    BSAD 476

    GLOBAL BUSINESS ISSUES

    Course Description

    This course focuses on global economic integration and emerging market economies and the effects these trends have on both service and manufacturing industries in the short- and long-term. Other global business issues will include: the European Union (EU), North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA), and the World Trade Organization (WTO); environmental considerations in business operations; the influences of the political and legal environment on markets; the strategies for business entry into a global market; and the development of leadership talent in a global setting.
  • COMM 355 - INTRODUCTION TO GRANT WRITING FORyNON-PROFITS (4)

    COMM 355

    INTRODUCTION TO GRANT WRITING FORyNON-PROFITS

    Course Description

    This course will enable students to recognize when a grant might be appropriate as a source of funds for a non-profit organization or project, identify and understand non-profit status, adhere to conventions and standards associated with successful grant applications, locate grant opportunities, analyze grant requirements, prepare metrics for success, and develop a written grant proposal. This course will provide an opportunity for students to extend and apply their communication skills. Students pursuing this course will also leverage interdisciplinary insights to solve a real-world problem.
  • COMM 410 - COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP (1 - 4)

    COMM 410

    COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP

    Course Description

    This course provides qualified students with an opportunity to receive academic credit for supervised professional training and experience in an actual work environment. This Internship is an ongoing seminar between the student, the faculty member and the employment supervisor. It involves an Internship Application and Learning Agreement, periodic meetings with the faculty representative, professional experience at a level equivalent to other senior-level courses and submission of material as established in the Internship Application and Learning Agreement. Participation cannot be guaranteed for all applicants.
  • COMM 480 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATIONS (4)

    COMM 480

    SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATIONS

    Course Description

    This course allows students to examine significant topics and issues of current interest outside the regular Communications curriculum or to explore a communication issue more in-depth. A specific course description will be published online in the Course Schedule for the trimester the course is offered.
  • COMM 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN COMMUNICATIONS (1 - 4)

    COMM 499

    INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN COMMUNICATIONS

    Course Description

    Independent studies courses allow students in good academic standing to pursue learning in areas not covered by the regular curriculum or to extend study in areas presently taught. Study is under faculty supervision and graded on either a Pass/No Credit or a letter grade basis. (See the ?Independent Studies? section of the Academic Bulletin for more details.)
  • EMKT 340 - INTERNET MARKETING (4)

    EMKT 340

    INTERNET MARKETING

    Course Description

    Common strategies for the marketing of goods and services via the Internet range from public relations and corporate communications to advertising and electronic commerce. Students investigate and evaluate various marketing and communication strategies and tactics for the World Wide Web. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation skills as well as website planning, development, design, and other factors which contribute to a website's success.
  • EMKT 460 - E-COMMERCE (4)

    EMKT 460

    E-COMMERCE

    Course Description

    Electronic commerce is the exchange of information and transactions between organizations via computers. While e-commerce has been with us for a while, its more recent implementation via the Internet has enormous implications for marketing and communication. Students will evaluate the strategic implications of e-commerce as well as issues of planning, developing and implementing e-commerce solutions for marketing.
  • GRPH 310 - ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN (4)

    GRPH 310

    ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN

    Course Description

    In this course students will apply the fundamentals covered in Fundamentals of Graphic Design (DCOM/GRPH 210). A strong focus is placed on preparing students to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences through graphic design. Students will learn to apply these principles using traditional methods supported by computer technology.
  • HRM 300 - HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (4)

    HRM 300

    HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    An introduction to the human resources function and related elements and activities. The course outlines the roles and functions of members of the human resources department, as well as educating others outside human resources, in how their roles include human resources-related activities. The student will learn about the evolution in human resources management as we know it today. Emphasis is placed on the modern day importance of HRM and the new "corporate view" of the function. Additionally, the student will be exposed to the view of HRM from the perception of both management and subordinate employees. The importance of maintaining fair and equitable compensation and benefit programs will be discussed. The student will be exposed to practical situations and problem solving regarding areas of employee counseling, discipline and termination. Equal Employment Opportunity will be discussed in order for the student to understand its need, importance and the legal issues surrounding it. Other critical areas of training and development, staffing and strategy will also be explored.
  • HRM 301 - STAFFING (4)

    HRM 301

    STAFFING

    Course Description

    This course examines all aspects of getting employees into organizations. Recruitment and selection are the foci. This course covers scientific and legal issues from a managerial perspective and examines the usefulness of various methods used in job analysis, testing and measurement, and internal and external market analysis. Legislation regarding EEO and affirmative action programs are discussed.
  • HRM 302 - TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (4)

    HRM 302

    TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

    Course Description

    This course covers the theories and techniques of training and development from strategic and operational perspectives. Emphasis is placed on employee needs assessment, program design, implementation and evaluation. Learning theories and long-term development for global competitiveness are discussed.
  • IDST 300 - INTRODUCTION TO INTERDISCIPLINARYySTUDIES (4)

    IDST 300

    INTRODUCTION TO INTERDISCIPLINARYySTUDIES

    Course Description

    This course introduces terms and definitions essential to Interdisciplinary Studies and explores the application of multiple disciplinary insights to construct a comprehensive perspective on a complex problem or issue. Students will use cognitive maps to codify academic, professional, and personal knowledge and will use portfolio software to illustrate connections and conflicts among knowledge areas. The course will culminate in the illustration of how diverse knowledge can be systematically and successfully applied to complex problems both inside and outside of the workplace. The course will stress the importance of informed and varied perspectives in today's complex world.
  • MGMT 325 - ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (4)

    MGMT 325

    ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

    Course Description

    This course focuses on the organizational processes and theoretical constructs related to organizational behavior. The roles of leaders, followers, and teams and their influence on the culture and performance of an organization are addressed through the analysis of key organizational behavior concepts and related cases. Topics will include: values, perception, attitudes, assumptions, learning, motivation, conflict, diversity, and change.
  • MIS 200 - MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (4)

    MIS 200

    MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

    Course Description

    The purpose of this course is to provide the fundamentals associated with the management of information technology in a business enterprise. These fundamentals are business concepts in which the influence of information technology has caused change or brought about new concepts. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the managerial issues that are relevant to usage of computers. The student will be given problems isolating these issues and will be asked to propose solutions with alternatives.
  • MKTG 320 - ADVERTISING (4)

    MKTG 320

    ADVERTISING

    Course Description

    The study of the components of advertising and its function within the total marketing function. The course examines advertising campaigns and procedures dealing with planning, creation, production, media, management, research and budgeting.
  • MKTG 330 - MARKETING BEHAVIOR (4)

    MKTG 330

    MARKETING BEHAVIOR

    Course Description

    An understanding of consumer decision processes is developed through application of behavioral sciences. Organizational decision-making processes are also considered. The implications of these processes are considered in relation to marketing, organizational strategies and decision making.
  • MKTG 332 - MARKETING RESEARCH (4)

    MKTG 332

    MARKETING RESEARCH

    Course Description

    Students develop an understanding of the theories and techniques of planning, conducting, analyzing and presenting market studies. Students will study different methodologies with emphasis on primary research including questionnaire design.
  • MKTG 350 - PERSUASIVE STRATEGIES (4)

    MKTG 350

    PERSUASIVE STRATEGIES

    Course Description

    This course focuses on the most prevalent promotional and persuasive approaches used in written, oral, and electronic communication. Students investigate the psychological aspects of persuasion and influence. Methodologies that incorporate analyses of audience, situation, and purpose are evaluated. The application of effective strategies for sales, product introduction, and advocacy for a position are emphasized.
  • MKTG 430 - RELATIONSHIP MARKETING (4)

    MKTG 430

    RELATIONSHIP MARKETING

    Course Description

    Students develop skills in planning, constructing and organizing one-to-one marketing activities. Included in these activities are collaborative relationships between consumers and sellers that can be applied by both small and large organizations. New technologies in interactive marketing and in database creation and implementation will be studied.
  • MKTG 450 - GLOBAL MARKETING (4)

    MKTG 450

    GLOBAL MARKETING

    Course Description

    A course in marketing theory and methods as they apply to world markets. Among the topics discussed are: the importance of linking international marketing with the overall strategy of the business while examining the impact of cultural, political and legal issues and the economic differences in global strategies. Emphasis is placed on developing the marketing mix appropriate to various international global environments.
  • OSCM 390 - OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (4)

    OSCM 390

    OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

    Course Description

    This course instructs students on how manufacturing and service operations contribute to organizational strategy. Concepts such as productivity, economies of scale, vertical and horizontal integration, and push vs. pull will be explained. Implications of applying "Green" policies to materials and processes will be explained.
  • PBRL 325 - PUBLIC RELATIONS (4)

    PBRL 325

    PUBLIC RELATIONS

    Course Description

    A general course in the technique of establishing and maintaining public relations. Activities span a variety of media to influence public opinion and manage an organization's reputation.
  • PBRL 425 - MEDIA AND CRISIS COMMUNICATION (4)

    PBRL 425

    MEDIA AND CRISIS COMMUNICATION

    Course Description

    Today's public relations professionals have entered a new era where preparedness to respond rapidly to various levels of crisis is essential. Building a positive reputation through the strategic management of communications with internal and external audiences during good times is a necessary foundation for withstanding negative press. Utilizing analysis techniques, public relations tactics, and hands-on projects, students will evaluate crisis situations, create and implement a strategic crisis communication plan, and learn to coach the corporate spokesperson and manage the media, while maintaining the organization's reputation.
  • PBRL 450 - RHETORIC AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE (4)

    PBRL 450

    RHETORIC AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE

    Course Description

    This course examines how text, images, sound-bites, speeches, and other media operate to influence, define, and change public identity and thought. Students in this course will look at these verbal and non-verbal influences and how they mold and shape public discourse, cultural understanding, and our day-to-day life. Additionally, this course will examine the role of persuasion and attitudinal change in managing conflict and making decisions within various communicative contexts and amongst various publics.
  • PSYC 310 - THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (4)

    PSYC 310

    THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Course Description

    This psychology based course provides evidenced-based information and application strategies for improving personal and professional adjustment and effectiveness. The purpose of this course is to enable students to address and utilize more of their inherent potential. Students will use a self-coaching model to apply principles and methods taken from a variety of current sources, i.e. emotional and social intelligence, multiple intelligences, and positive psychology and executive coaching. The primary course outcome will be a plan for effecting improved adjustment and performance in students' personal and professional lives.
  • PSYC 325 - COACHING IN ORGANIZATIONS (4)

    PSYC 325

    COACHING IN ORGANIZATIONS

    Course Description

    This course is designed to introduce students to the use of coaching skills for improving the adjustment and performance of individuals in an organizational setting. Topics to be covered include: the scope of coaching practice, optimal practitioner characteristics, benefits for coaches, related organizational dynamics, and coaching interventions and resources. This course also includes an emphasis on experimental learning through coaching practice activities.
  • SOCL 335 - APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS (4)

    SOCL 335

    APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS

    Course Description

    Applied Research Methods introduces students to foundational issues of social scientific research - that is, research entailing the application of the scientific method to the study of human behavior. Students will examine the strengths and weaknesses of major quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques as well as the processes involved in planning and executing such projects and the standards of evaluating the quality of data.
  • SOCL 345 - SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONS (4)

    SOCL 345

    SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Course Description

    This course examines the mutual influence of social arrangements, on one hand, and business structures and processes on the other. The course begins with a study of pre-business-oriented social life in the earliest human societies with special focus on typical biography, values, assumptions about reality, and norms regulating desires and needs within the limited marketplace. The course will follow the evolution of business and social elements through the Industrial and Post-Industrial Eras and examine ongoing changes as we move toward the Molecular Technology economy now appearing on our horizon. Ending discussions will focus on the role imagination and innovation play in harnessing developments and carrying them into our future society and future business endeavors. The course shares common elements with other courses offered at Franklin University but is unique in terms of its placement of business within a socio-historical context.
  • SOCL 400 - SOCIAL JUSTICE (4)

    SOCL 400

    SOCIAL JUSTICE

    Course Description

    This course explores the types of cultural diversity in society and the effects such diversity has on attitudes, values, beliefs, behavior, and life chances. Human beings vary by many dimensions including race/ethnicity, national origin, sex and sexual orientation, gender and gender orientation, social class, age, religion, and more. Students will explore the nature of inequality as a socially constructed consequence of diversity, the nature of social and institutional strategies that maintain such inequality, and how social arrangements may be altered to mitigate against this inequality for individual as well as social benefit.
  • WEBD 234 - WEB DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION (4)

    WEBD 234

    WEB DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION

    Course Description

    This advanced course in web page construction builds upon the basic concepts of HTML and CSS. In this course, students learn to construct robust and highly interactive web sites using the latest features of CSS and HTML. Other skills taught in this course include implementing web pages that use advanced CSS, integrating user-generated content, and employing CSS visual properties. In addition, students explore how the Document Object Model (DOM) can be used to build web sites with dynamic effects and user-controlled behavior. This practical course provides students with many opportunities to implement the advanced concepts of CSS and the Document Object Model (DOM).
  • WRIT 360 - INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING (4)

    WRIT 360

    INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING

    Course Description

    This course introduces the student to the world of creative writing, presenting the power of the written word, cultivating the individual's style in interpreting and writing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, as well as drama. Participants will create a portfolio of work, mastering techniques employed by studied authors. Students also will learn strategies for generating ideas, becoming members of a community of writers who encourage and critique one another's craft by participating in writing workshops.
  • WRIT 460 - ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING (4)

    WRIT 460

    ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING

    Course Description

    This advanced creative writing course enables students to dive more deeply into an understanding of the written word, using their own poetry, fiction, and drama pieces to engage readers through the original work produced by members of the class. An advanced community of writers will be developed to sharpen each member's craft by participating in writing workshops. Students will be introduced to avenues for publication (including online) to continue to enhance their talents and expose them to a wider audience.

Additional Requirements

  • All students are required to pass College Writing (WRIT 120), either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) and either Speech Communication (SPCH 100) or Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) prior to enrolling in any other course at the 200 level or above. Either PF 121 or PF 321 must be taken prior to the first BLF course, or it may be taken concurrently with the first 15-week BLF course. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) in place of Learning Strategies (PF 321). Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.

Please see the Academic Bulletin for the complete list of degree and residency requirements.

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