COMM - Communication (COMM)

COMM 101 Introduction to Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(SPCH 1311) Introduction to Communication. Survey of communication topics, research, and contexts of communicative practice; overview of communication from both humanities and social science perspectives.

COMM 203 Public Speaking

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(SPCH 1315) Public Speaking. 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.

COMM 205 Communication for Technical Professions

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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

COMM 210 Group Communication and Discussion

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(SPCH 2333) Group Communication and Discussion. 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.

COMM 215/JOUR 215 Interviewing: Principles and Practice

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(COMM 2316, SPCH 2316) Interviewing: Principles and Practice. 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.
Cross Listing: JOUR 215/COMM 215.

COMM 230/JOUR 230 Communication Technology Skills

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to interactive media and media literacy skills in the digital domain; survey of technology histories, standards and markets for industries such as multichannel TV, digital radio, video games, streaming media, epublishing, teleconferencing and social networking.
Prerequisite: Communication or telecommunication media studies majors.
Cross Listing: JOUR 230/COMM 230.

COMM 240 Rhetorical Criticism

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 243 Argumentation and Debate

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(SPCH 2335) Argumentation and Debate. Principles of argumentation and skills of debate, including reasoning, evidence, refutation, and briefing.

COMM 250/JOUR 250 New Media and the Independent Voice

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of new media as independent voices for cultural and political movements; principles governing the design, presentation, and evaluation of blogs as a persuasive medium in society.
Cross Listing: JOUR 250/COMM 250.

COMM 280 Careers in Communication

Credit 1. 1 Lecture Hour.

Introduction to careers in communication; emphasis on strengths and personality in selecting a profession, application letters, information interviews, mock interviews; must be taken on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Prerequisites: Sophomore classification or approval of instructor; COMM and TCMS majors.

COMM 285 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 3. 1 to 3 Other Hours.

Individual supervision of readings or assigned projects in communication. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisites: Approval of instructor and department head.

COMM 289 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

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

COMM 291 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

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.

COMM 301 Rhetoric in Western Thought

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 305 Theories of Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 307/JOUR 301 Mass Communication, Law, and Society

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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 Listing: JOUR 301/COMM 307.

COMM 308 Research Methods in Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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: MATH 141 or MATH 166, and MATH 131 or MATH 142 or MATH 151 or PHIL 240; or MATH 151 and MATH 152.

COMM 315 Interpersonal Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 320 Organizational Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Speech communication behavior and networks within organizations; recent research on speech communication systems, communication climate, and communication barriers in organizational settings.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 321 Strategic Communication Case Studies

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Strategic communication practice; application of skills including communication research, media writing and advanced media writing, visual media and public speaking; service-learning as not-for-fee consultant to a community organization.
Prerequisites: COMM 323 and junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

COMM 322 Communication Tactics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of strategic use of communication tactics; analysis of new and digital media in organizational and public communication; skill development in strategic use of communication tactics including writing for new media, researching, planning, integrating and evaluation effectiveness of traditional and new media tactics in strategic public communication.
Prerequisite: COMM 323, junior or senior classification.

COMM 323 Strategic Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Application of strategic communication tools to create and influence policy, to improve profit and non-profit strategic communication planning.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 324 Communication Leadership and Conflict Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Communication perspective of leadership, of conflict, of management of conflict in interpersonal, group and societal contexts; models of leadership as communication phenomenon; use of symbols by leaders to foster collaboration, systemic constructionist approach.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 325 Persuasion

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 327 American Oratory

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Survey of significant American oratory; critical analysis of important speeches in their historical, political, social, and philosophical contexts.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 330 Technology and Human Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 335 Intercultural Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 340 Communication and Popular Culture

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 345/FILM 345 Media Industries

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.
Cross Listing: FILM 345/COMM 345.

COMM 350 Theories of Mediated Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 354 Political Economy of Telecommunication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 360 Cultural History of the Media

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 365/JOUR 365 International Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: JOUR 365/COMM 365.

COMM 367 Media and the Middle East

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of how media (e.g., literature, news, film, television) contribute to our understanding of historical events in the Middle East; analysis of cultural, social, political and historical circumstances of media representation of events; exploration of various media genres’ techniques and narrative structure. May be taken two times for credit with a focus on different medium.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

COMM 370 Health Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 375 Media Audiences

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 403 Media, Children and Adolescents

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Critical analysis of popular culture and mass media issues related to children and adolescents; deconstruction of media created by, for and about children and youth.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

COMM 407/WGST 407 Women, Minorities and the Mass Media

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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 Listing: WGST 407/COMM 407. Majors only or approval of program coordinator.

COMM 408 Advanced Research Methods in Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Advanced research methods in communication including experimental, survey, interpretive, and critical methods; emphasis on research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification; COMM 308.

COMM 410 Radio, Records, and Popular Music

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 411/WGST 411 Representations of Motherhood

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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 Listing: WGST 411/COMM 411.

COMM 415 New Media and Civil Society

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 420/WGST 420 Gender and Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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 Listing: WGST 420/COMM 420.

COMM 425/AFST 425 Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.
Cross Listing: AFST 425/COMM 425.

COMM 428/WGST 428 Women’s Rhetoric

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of the historical imbrication of masculinity and rhetoric in relation to women’s participation in political life, reception of women’s rhetoric in the public sphere, and remembrance and representation of women as rhetorical agents throughout history; consideration of women’s rhetoric in various cultural arenas.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: WGST 428/COMM 428.

COMM 431 Rhetoric of Social Movements

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 434 Topics in Rhetorical Theory

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Application of rhetorical theories and concepts to rhetorical problems and methods; emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice. May be taken two times for credit.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 435/FILM 445 Rhetoric of Television and Film

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Critical analysis of television and film; close readings of such mediated texts; special attention to writing television and film criticism.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: FILM 445/COMM 435.

COMM 437 Visual Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Critical analysis of visual communication including photographs, advertising, memorials, tattoos, comics, public protest.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 438 Propaganda

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of common propaganda strategies in contemporary mass mediated environments.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 440 Political Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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

COMM 443 Communication and Conflict

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 446 Communication, Organizations and Society

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 447 Communication, Group Processes and Collaboration

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 449 Activism and Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of communicative behaviors used by individuals, grassroots, and established organizations in strategic ways to advocate on behalf of issues, groups, or actions perceived as pro-social or for the betterment of society.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 450 Media Campaigns

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 452 Cultural Studies of Communication Technology

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exploration of theories concerning technology; emphasis on technological culture; examination of the emergence of and societal reactions to technologies during modern era; consideration of utopian/dystopian discourse of technology in popular media narratives; contemplation of technology as constitutive of power and knowledge.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 453 Communication and Video Games

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Business and industry aspects of video games; cultural and social aspects of gaming.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 454 Telecommunication Policy

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 458/JOUR 458 Global Media

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.
Cross Listing: JOUR 458/COMM 458.

COMM 460 Communication and Contemporary Issues

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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

COMM 470 Communication in Health Care Contexts

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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.

COMM 471 Media, Health and Medicine

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Analysis and evaluation of representations of health in media; examination of gender, class and race as they intersect with health issues.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

COMM 480/RELS 480 Religious Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

The role of religious communication as manifested in speeches, sermons, debates, campaigns, and social movements throughout history. May be taken two times for credit.
Cross Listing: RELS 480/COMM 480.

COMM 484 Internship in Communication

Credits 0 to 23. 0 to 23 Other Hours.

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.

COMM 485 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

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.

COMM 489 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

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

COMM 491 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

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

COMM 497 Independent Honors Studies

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

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.