Summer Courses in COMM
There are lots of options for taking classes in the College of Communications over the summer. Check out the course listings below and talk to the Advising Office if you have questions about your program of study.
Courses offered at University Park
Maymester - May 6 - June 3
- COMM 360 Radio Reporting (970381)
- COMM 497B International Documentary Production (127396)
- COMM 597D Ethnography in Comm Research (158011)
- COMM 587E Feminist Media Studies (149959)
First Summer Session - May 13 - June 21
- COMM 597A Human Interaction on Social Media (146515)
Second Summer Session - June 26 - August 7
- COMM 110 Media & Democracy (970363)
- COMM 150 The Art of the Cinema (970366)
- COMM 260W News Writing and Reporting (856819)
- COMM 370 Public Relations (Pre-req Comm 260W) (856816)
Courses offered ONLINE
May 14 - August 8
- COMM 100WD Mass Media & Society (161806)
- COMM 150WD The Art of the Cinema (161815)
- COMM 160WD Basic News Writing Skills (161818)
- COMM 190WD Gaming and Interactive Media (161833)
- COMM 205 Women, Minorities and the Media (161839)
- COMM 260W News Writing and Reporting (152503)
- COMM 403WD Mass Communications Law (161848)
- COMM 409WD News Media Ethics (161851)
- COMM 410WD International Mass Comm (161857)
- COMM 428a Principles of Strategic Communications (161860)
Student Transitional Experiences Program (STEP) is a summer initiative for Commonwealth Campus students transferring to University Park in their junior year. It’s a great way to experience the University Park campus in a small classroom setting, make new friends and begin coursework toward your degree. Students may participate in the STEP program in the summer prior to your first semester at University Park.
>COMM Pride Courses for 2013
- COMM 260W News Writing and Reporting (856819)
- COMM 370 Public Relations (Pre-req Comm 260W) (970372)
>Housing, Meals and Costs
Students are admitted on a first come, first served basis. You automatically become eligible for STEP when you are approved for entrance to your major at University Park. To express interest in the STEP program call 814-865-1591.
Your total fees are based on the tuition for the number of credits taken and housing costs. You may find their own housing or have the option to live in the residence halls and purchase a meal plan. If you are interested in living in university housing during the STEP program, please visit the Housing and Food Services Web site at http://www.hfs.psu.edu/UniversityPark/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Assignment Office for Campus Residences at (814) 865-7501.
For 2013, the Provost's Office will provide $1,000 financial support for all students enrolled in the STEP program.
- You must be approved for entrance to your major at University Park.
- To register in the STEP program for COMM, call 814-865-1591. The advising office will determine if you have been approved for entrance into your major. Once approved, the advising office will go ahead and register you in your STEP pride.
- Students are admitted on a first come, first served basis.
LEAP (the Learning Edge Academic Program) provides entering freshmen the chance to begin their journey at Penn State University Park by way of a learning community. LEAP students take two courses together in groups of 24 that are reserved exclusively for first-year students, live together in the same dormitory area, and have an upper class student mentor to guide them through their first semester.
This exciting and comprehensive experience is offered only during the summer and only to first semester undergraduates admitted to University Park. (Students who are admitted to fall semester can change their admission to summer by contacting the Admissions Office if they'd like to be a part of LEAP.)
There will be two COMM prides focusing on Mass Media in the 2013 LEAP program. Both prides are partnered with CAS 100A.
Students will learn about areas of the mass media (i.e. news media, film, music and advertising) to understand the history and role mass media play in our society while exploring how the media influence students’ understanding of reality. Students will examine the relationship between individuals, groups, and the mass media. Students will discuss, among other things, how different groups are portrayed in the American mass media, what images the media present, how closely these images reflect reality, how companies communicate to these audiences and how the images portrayed in the media affect our perceptions. Weekly discussion groups will inspire students to think critically and actively about issues related to the mass media to increase media literacy. Some discussion will be based on film or television. Instructors from both courses will foster open dialogue about the role the mass media play in our society.
COMM 100S will fulfill 3 credits of General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences [GS] and First-Year Seminar requirements and CAS 100A will fulfill 3 credits of General Education Writing/Speaking [GWS] requirements.
- COMM 100s Mass Media & Society (Leap 097.223 Schedule # 150319) June 26 - August 7
- COMM 100s Mass Media & Society (Leap 097.224 Schedule # 150322) June 26 - August 7
For more information about LEAP
Phone: 814-863-4174 E-mail: email@example.com
Page last updated: January 11, 2013