Course Descriptions

Department of Communication

Professors J. A. Aune, J. K. Barge, C. R. Conrad, K. I. Miller, K. W. Ritter, E. W. Rothenbuhler, B. F. Sharf, R. L. Street (Head); Associate Professors P. Burkart, L. G. Dorsey, J. R. Mercieca, A. C. La Pastina, M. T. Stephenson, R. S. Sumpter; Assistant Professors J. Barbour, H. A. Campbell, T. N. Dubriwny, A. S. Durham, S. Ramasubramanian, C. N. Swift; Senior Lecturer N. J. Street

Communication
(COMM)

101. (SPCH 1311) Introduction to Communication. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Survey of communication topics, research, and contexts of communicative practice; overview of communication from both humanities and social science perspectives.

203. (SPCH 1315) Public Speaking. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II, S

Training in speeches of social and technical interest designed to teach students to develop and illustrate ideas and information and to inform, stimulate, and persuade their audiences.

205. Communication for Technical Professions. (3-0). Credit 3.

Design and presentation of oral reports for technical professions; incorporation of visual and graphic materials into presentation required; written reports required. Prerequisite: ENGL 104.

210. Group Communication and Discussion. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II

Definition, structure, and functions of groups; group productivity, codes in verbal and nonverbal communication; problem-solving, role-playing, decision-making; leadership and organization; interview principles and techniques.

215. Interviewing: Principles and Practice. (3-0). Credit 3. II

Theory and practice of methods in selected interview settings; emphasis on communication between two persons, questioning techniques, and the logical and psychological bases of interpersonal persuasion.

230. Communication Technology Skills. (3-0). Credit 3.

Introduction to new technologies, including the Internet, teleconferencing and videoconferencing; addresses communication in web page design, teleconferences and videoconferences, and emerging communication technologies. Prerequisite: Speech communication or telecommunication media studies majors.

240. Rhetorical Criticism. (3-0). Credit 3.

Principles and practice of the analysis of speeches and other forms of public discourse; compares systems of rhetorical criticism, such as neo-classical analysis, mythic analysis, rhetorical genres and close textual analysis.

243. (SPCH 2335) Argumentation and Debate. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II

Principles of argumentation and skills of debate, including reasoning, evidence, refutation, and briefing.

289. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified area of communication. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

290. (SPCH 1144, 1145, 2144, 2145) Speech Practicum. (0-4). Credit 1.

Participation in departmental speaking activities, such as parliamentary debates and student speakers’ bureau, under the supervision of the speech communication faculty. May be taken three times.

291. Research. Credit 1 to 3.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in the department of communication. May be repeated 3 times for credit. Prerequisites: GPA 2.5 or higher; freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor and department head.

301. Rhetoric in Western Thought. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II

Historical and critical evaluation of rhetorical theory from the classical era to the contemporary period—from Aristotle to Kenneth Burke. Major theories of communication and persuasion developed in Europe and America.

305. Theories of Communication. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II

Theoretical approaches to human communication, including selected theories of language behavior, interpersonal and small group interaction, and persuasion. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

307. Mass Communication, Law, and Society. (3-0). Credit 3.

Mass media as social institutions; social responsibility and ethics of the press; history, constitutional development, and law of the First Amendment. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with JOUR 301.

308. Research Methods in Communication. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of methods used in communication research including quantitative, interpretive and rhetorical methods; formulating research questions, determining the appropriate method, planning and designing the research, data collection, and data analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

315. Interpersonal Communication. (3-0). Credit 3. II

Speech interaction in person-to-person settings; concepts of perception, attraction, self-disclosure, listening, and conflict management through communication; speech interaction patterns and stages in the development of interpersonal communication.

320. Organizational Communication. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Speech communication behavior and networks within organizations; recent research on speech communication systems, communication climate, and communication barriers in organizational settings.

325. Persuasion. (3-0). Credit 3. I

Theory of effective persuasive communication in interpersonal, small group, and public settings; audience analysis, ethics of persuasion, motivational factors, psychological and rhetorical principles, source credibility, and theories of attitude change.

327. American Oratory. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II

Survey of significant American oratory; critical analysis of important speeches in their historical, political, social, and philosophical contexts.

330. Technology and Human Communication. (3-0). Credit 3.

Nontechnical survey of how modern technologies influence human communication including an introduction to communication technologies; the influence of technology on interpersonal communication, group decision-making and public communication; an analysis of argumentation and persuasion in technological issues.

335. Intercultural Communication. (3-0). Credit 3.

Communication variables in intercultural contexts including culture and meaning, nonverbal styles across cultures, patterns of symbolic transfer, culture shock and communication, values in intercultural dialogue. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

340. Communication and Popular Culture. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of theories and concepts of popular culture; dynamic relationships between pop culture and television, film, sports, politics and leisure. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

345. Media Industries. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of the business organization, economic structures and processes, and regulations of the media industry. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

350. Theories of Mediated Communication. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of different theories of mediated communication processes and effects; functions of theories in social scientific research on media and mediated processes. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

354. Political Economy of Telecommunication. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of the political economy of the telecommunication industries both at the national and global level, including regulations and policies, global infrastructure and types of networks. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

360. Cultural History of the Media. (3-0). Credit 3.

Origins and development of the mass media; their influence on social, political, and cultural change; history of mass communication from historical, sociological, and cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

365. International Communication. (3-0). Credit 3.

Mass media, international, and cross-cultural audiences; theoretical, pragmatic, political and ethical issues; including cultural differences, comparative media systems, development communication, patterns of world news flow, political propaganda, impact of international advertising and other issues. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

370. Health Communication. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of theory and research in health communication, including interaction between patients and providers, communication in health care organizations, health care campaigns, and cultural meanings of health and illness. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

375. Media Audiences. (3-0). Credit 3.

Media audiences; research and theory; processes and effects of mass communication; audience members’ uses and interpretations of media; topics including political media, news, and entertainment, health and information campaigns, children and other special audiences. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

407. Women, Minorities and the Mass Media. (3-0). Credit 3.

The contributions of women and ethnic groups to the evolution of the media; the portrayal of women and ethnic groups in the mass media; issues resulting from the recognition of women and ethnic groups as media audiences. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor. Cross-listed with WMST 407. Majors only or approval of program coordinator.*

410. Radio, Records, and Popular Music. (3-0). Credit 3.

History of radio and record industries; communication technology and media industries related to American popular music; interaction of communication technologies, media industries, social and cultural processes in evolution of popular music. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

411. Representations of Motherhood. (3-0). Credit 3.

Examination of understandings of motherhood from a humanities perspective and over a variety of cultures and time periods, as reflected in written, media and/or oral texts. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor. Cross-listed with WMST 411.

415. New Media and Civil Society. (3-0). Credit 3.

Critical analysis of new media technologies, civic participation, and social capital in democratic, non-democratic, and nascent civil societies around the world. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

420. Gender and Communication. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of the role of gender in communication processes; focus on communication differences between men and women in contexts such as the family, school and work organizations; discussion of media influence in gender stereotypes. Cross-listed with WMST 420.

425. Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement. (3-0). Credit 3.

Rhetorical evaluation of theoretical literature and pragmatic episodes that shaped the U.S. Civil Rights Movement; examination of significant speeches, documents, and protest activities in their historical, political, and social contexts.

431. Rhetoric of Social Movements. (3-0). Credit 3.

Survey of events and rhetorical documents of major U.S. social movements, including abolitionist, labor, socialist, women’s rights, civil rights, pro-life, gay and lesbian, and student movements. Prerequisites: COMM 301; junior or senior classification.

435. Rhetoric of Television and Film. (3-0). Credit 3.

Critical analysis of television and film; close readings of such mediated texts; special attention to writing television and film criticism.

440. Political Communication. (3-0). Credit 3.

Rhetorical analysis of messages, media and speakers in political campaigns, institutions and movements.

443. Communication and Conflict. (3-0). Credit 3.

Communication principles for addressing conflict situations through such practices as negotiation, mediation and arbitration: the study of strategies, influence and language in conflict management approaches. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

446. Communication, Organizations and Society. (3-0). Credit 3.

Communicative processes through which organizations influence and are influenced by the societies from which they draw their members. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

447. Communication, Group Processes and Collaboration. (3-0). Credit 3.

Communication processes in teamwork including collaboration in dyads, teams, and group processes that contribute to or detract from team effectiveness. Prerequisites: COMM 210; junior or senior classification.

450. Media Campaigns. (3-0). Credit 3.

Principles of designing media campaigns as applied to commercial advertising, political advertising and health campaigns; processes that drive the planning and execution of these campaigns. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

454. Telecommunication Policy. (3-0). Credit 3.

Telecommunication policy, including intellectual property, first amendment protections, privacy, universal service, government support, national information policy, standard setting and deregulation; implications for managers and consumers of telecommunication. Prerequisites: COMM 354; junior or senior classification.

456. Telecommunication and Media Management. (3-0). Credit 3.

Issues in the management of telecommunication industries, including finance, human resources, marketing, public policy, broadcasting, cable industry and Internet services. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

458. Global Media. (3-0). Credit 3.

The study of globalization through media ownership. Content, flow, cultural values, political power and technological impact; implications of globalization for local economies and audiences. Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course, or junior classification, or approval of instructor.

460. Communication and Contemporary Issues. (3-0). Credit 3.

Rhetorical and other critical approaches to study how communication practices influence the construction of social issues. May be taken two times.

470. Communication in Health Care Contexts. (3-0). Credit 3.

Principles of health communication applied in situations ranging from physician-patient communication to public health campaign theory, design, implementation and evaluation. May be taken two times.

480. Religious Communication. (3-0). Credit 3.

The role of religious communication as manifested in speeches, sermons, debates, campaigns, and social movements throughout history. May be taken two times.

484. Internship in Communication. Credit 1. I, II, S

Directed internship in a public or private organization to provide students with on-the-job training and applied research experience; application of communication theory and practice in career settings; designed to enhance and clarify students’ career objectives. May be repeated for credit. Must be taken S/U. Prerequisites: Cumulative GPR of 2.5 or higher for credits taken in residence; approval of department head.

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 3 each semester. I, II, S

Directed individual study of identified topics in communication; may include specific research, readings or other approved project in any area of communication; written report is required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Cumulative GPR of 2.5 or higher; approval of instructor and department head.

489. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S

Selected topics in an identified area of communication. May be repeated for credit.

491. Research. Credit 1 to 3.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in the department of communication. May be repeated 3 times for credit. Prerequisites: GPA 2.5 or higher; junior or senior classification and approval of instructor and department head.

497. Independent Honors Studies. Credit 1 to 3 each semester. I, II

Directed independent studies for upper division Honors students, regardless of academic major, in select aspects of communication. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification either as Honors student or with GPR of 3.25; letter of approval from head of student’s department.