Department of Communication

Communication is concerned with the most distinct human characteristics: the use of spoken language and the use of media to communicate information, maintain social contact, and influence others.  The Department of Communication at Texas A&M University offers four undergraduate degrees, two minors, six certificates, a dedicated first semester experience for freshmen and for transfer students, an internship program, and optional study abroad trips and field trips that when combined to meet a student’s interests provide unique approaches to acquiring the knowledge and the marketable skills needed to describe, interpret, evaluate and transform the world around us through the use of communication and media.

We offer students the following:

Majors

  • Communication BA — requires a minor
  • Telecommunication Media Studies BA/BS — requires a minor
  • University Studies - Journalism Studies BA — requires two minors

Minors

  • Communication
  • Journalism

Certificates

  • Communication, Diversity and Social Justice
  • Communication and Global Media
  • Communication Leadership and Conflict Management
  • Health Communication
  • Social Media (majors only)
  • Strategic Communication (majors only)


Many students select a major and a minor (two minors for Journalism Studies students) in order to customize their choices of classes.  Other students choose a major, a minor and then pattern their courses to pursue a certificate.  Honors students may participate in the the well-established and well-respected COMM-Honors program. Academic Advisors are on hand to assist students in refining their pathway to their future.

Career options abound. While some students choose advanced degrees in communication, law, business, or religion, many go straight into the work world to pursue careers in a vast array of areas.  Typical choices include positions in strategic communication, public relations, marketing, advertising, promotions and sales, training and human resources, social media, journalism, digital communication, leadership and management, health fields related to communication, organizations and public policy, communication media, sports communication, entertainment and related areas of business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations.

Degree requirements depending on the path chosen may include the study of rhetorical and communication theories, media theories, media history, media industries, media writing, the study of communication research methods, and the use of those theories, research methods and skills in a variety of communication and media contexts. Such contexts include health communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, mass media and new communication technologies, journalism, organizational communication, political rhetoric, religious communication, sports communication and others. Students use their communication and media skills to become leaders in all areas of business, social and political life.

Career options abound. While some students choose advanced degrees in communication, law, business, or religion, many go straight into the work world to pursue careers in a vast array of areas.  Typical choices include positions in strategic communication, public relations, marketing, advertising, promotions and sales, training and human resources, social media, journalism, digital communication, leadership and management, health fields related to communication, organizations and public policy, communication media, sports communication, entertainment and related areas of business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations.

Degree requirements depending on the path chosen may include the study of rhetorical and communication theories, media theories, media history, media industries, media writing, the study of communication research methods, and the use of those theories, research methods and skills in a variety of communication and media contexts. Such contexts include health communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, mass media and new communication technologies, journalism, organizational communication, political rhetoric, religious communication, sports communication and others. Students use their communication and media skills to become leaders in all areas of business, social and political life.

Honors Program

The Department of Communication has a well-established Honors plan and strong linkages to the University honors program. Honors courses are available in all areas of Communication. In addition, students may graduate with honors in Communication noted on the transcript. Honor students may also choose individualized instruction through COMM 497, and through honors contracting. Students interested in the Department’s Honors Program should contact the Communication Undergraduate Studies Office.

Undergraduate Courses

The Department of Communication offers courses in many areas of the discipline: Health Communication, Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Journalism, Leadership and Civic Dialogue, Communication and Diversity, Social Media, Strategic Communication and Digital Communication, Media Literacy with significant focus in Intercultural and International communication across each area.

Certificates

The Department of Communication offers six certificates. While these certificates are optional, they permit a student to focus studies in one of six areas.  The certificate is also noted on the student's transcript. The certificates in Communication and Global Media, in Communication Leadership and Conflict Management, in Health Communication and in Communication, Diversity and Social Justice are open to students in the Department of Communication and in any major across the University. The certificates in Strategic Communication and in Social Media are offered to students majoring in Communication, Telecommunication Media Studies or University Studies-Journalism Studies only.

Communication

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 107 Introduction to the Health Humanities

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to the methods and approaches of the health humanities; exposure to key scholarship in this field as well as major methods and approaches; application of such skills to the analysis of cultural case studies such as illness narratives or contemporary debates in scientific bioethics.
Cross Listing: ENGL 107 and HHUM 107.

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; also taught at Galveston campus.

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; also taught at Galveston campus.

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.

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, steaming media, epublishing, teleconferencing, and social networking.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in communication or telecommunication media studies majors, USLA-BA-JNS concentration, or JOUR minor.
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 245 Difficult Dialogues on Power, Privilege, and Difference

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to the practice of difficult dialogues; skills development in the use of the dialogical tools of active listening, perspective-taking, deliberation, collaborative decision-making, teamwork and collective problem-solving in the context of bias, prejudice, discrimination, power, equity and privilege.

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 257/RELS 257 Communication, Religion and the Arts

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to artistic, religious communication; survey of communication art and media art practices across religious contexts; consideration of communication aesthetics that mediate religious experience.
Cross Listing: RELS 257/COMM 257.

COMM 260 Introduction to Communication and Sports

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Introduction to the process of communicating sports to the public via television, blogging, online sites and print articles; evaluation of sportscasts; writing about sporting events; examination of the types of communication used within sporting teams.

COMM 275 Introduction to Social Media

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Theoretical and practical approaches to social media; overview of social media, social media concepts and theories; social media applications and contexts.

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 302/POLS 302 The Mass Media and Politics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of mass media impact on politics and political behavior, and governmental impact on the mass media.
Prerequisite: POLS 206 or approval of department head; junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: POLS 302/COMM 302.

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: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.

COMM 307/JOUR 301 Communication Law and Policy

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Law and policy that create the context and consequences for communication via mass media, social media, organizational, group and interpersonal communication, free speech, free press, libel, privacy, copyright, cybersecurity, constitutional principles, international law and human rights, fairness, equity and diversity in communication.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor; COMM-307 also taught at Galveston campus.
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 140, MATH 141, MATH 166, or STAT 201; MATH 131, MATH 142, MATH 151, or PHIL 240, or MATH 151 or 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: Grade of C or better in COMM 323 and COMM 322; 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: Grade of C or better in 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.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in COMM 230/JOUR 230.

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 338/AFST 338 Critical Race Discourse

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Critical analysis of communication and dialogue on race; causes and symptoms of structural racism; social/racial hierarchies as they influence and are influenced by communication and dialogue.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: AFST 338/COMM 338.

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: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

COMM 342 The Rhetoric of Gender and Health

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Study of field of rhetoric of health and medicine with specific attention to the study of gender, including issues in reproduction, expertise and illness; range of methods and methodological approaches within the field.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: ENGL 342 and WGST 342.

COMM 343 Communication and Cultural Discourse

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of key concepts and theories relevant to communicating in an increasingly diverse world; consideration of the mutual constitution of culture and communication; investigation of multiple axes of identity; critical/cultural approach; public advocacy project.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior 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: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: FILM 345/COMM 345.

COMM 346 Media, Culture and Identity

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Media representations relating to power, privilege and difference; communication theories and concepts centered on how media and technology-use shape, and are shaped by, identity; critical analysis of media as sites for negotiation and construction of identities such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, physical/mental ability, nationality and religion; reflection on and analysis of bias, prejudice, discrimination, power, equity and privilege.
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior classification or approval of instructor.

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: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

COMM 354 Money, Power and Communication

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Interrelationships between money and power and communication; the influence of media and communication on power and money; communication law and policy; the political economy of local, national, and global communication networks.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior 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: Junior or senior 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; COMM-365 also taught at Galveston campus.
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: Junior or senior 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: Junior or senior 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 Gender, Race and 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.

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: Junior or senior 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: Junior or senior 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: Junior or senior 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: Junior or senior 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; also taught at Galveston campus.

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: Junior or senior 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: Junior or senior 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 476 Advanced Social Media

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Analysis of social media platforms and social media accounts used by organizations and individuals in professional contexts; production of individual posts for various purposes and goals; production of photos, videos and graphics for social sharing.
Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in COMM 275; 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.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: RELS 480/COMM 480.

COMM 482 Health Humanities Senior Seminar

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Capstone course; application of skills and knowledge acquired during health humanities concentration coursework; exposure to specialized methods of inquiry; development and execution of an individualized final project.
Prerequisites: ENGL 107, COMM 107, or HHUM 107; junior or senior classification.
Cross Listing: ENGL 482 and HHUM 482.

COMM 483 Health Communication Practicum

Credits 0-1. 0-1 Other Hours.

Directed individual health communication practicum.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

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 487 Communication, Diversity and Social Justice Capstone Experience

Credits 0-1. 0-1 Other Hours.

Directed individual communication, diversity, social justice capstone experience.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of capstone director.

COMM 488 Global Media Practicum

Credits 0-1. 0-1 Other Hours.

Directed global media experience.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

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.

Journalism

JOUR 102 American Mass Media

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

(COMM 1307) American Mass Media. Introductory survey of mass communication media, their history and social role, to provide an understanding of the development and importance of mass communication media in modern society.

JOUR 200 Mass Media Information

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Strategies and procedures in identifying, gathering, analyzing and organizing information for the mass media; sources and methods; evaluation and validation of evidence; legal and ethical considerations.
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in JOUR 102; freshman or sophomore classification; enrollment in the USLA-BA-JNS concentration or JOUR minor; or approval of program director.

JOUR 203 Media Writing I

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

(COMM 2311) Media Writing I. Basic journalistic techniques common to all media; integration of news gathering, writing and editing; ethics. Limited to minors in journalism, or with approval of program director.
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in JOUR 102 and JOUR 200; enrollment in the USLA-BA-JNS concentration or JOUR minor; or approval of program director.

JOUR 215/COMM 215 Interviewing: Principles and Practice

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

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: COMM 215/JOUR 215.

JOUR 230/COMM 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, steaming media, epublishing, teleconferencing, and social networking.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in communication or telecommunication media studies majors, USLA-BA-JNS concentration, or JOUR minor.
Cross Listing: COMM 230/JOUR 230.

JOUR 250/COMM 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: COMM 250/JOUR 250.

JOUR 285 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research problems related to communication field. Individual work, fitted to special needs of specific student as determined by his or her interests and aptitude.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in USLA-BA-JNS concentration or JOUR minor; approval of the program director.

JOUR 289 Special Topics in...

Credits 3. 3 Other Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of journalism and mass communication. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in USLA-BA-JNS concentration or JOUR minor.

JOUR 291 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of a chosen faculty member in Journalism Studies. May be taken for a maximum of 3 hours credit.
Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

JOUR 301/COMM 307 Communication Law and Policy

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Law and policy that create the context and consequences for communication via mass media, social media, organizational, group and interpersonal communication, free speech, free press, libel, privacy, copyright, cybersecurity, constitutional principles, international law and human rights, fairness, equity and diversity in communication.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor; COMM-307 also taught at Galveston campus.
Cross Listing: COMM 307/JOUR 301.

JOUR 303 Media Writing II

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Interpretative news gathering and writing for various media; basic communication law and ethics; assigned practice on campus or other publications.
Prerequisites: JOUR 203, enrollment in journalism minor or USLA-BA-JNS concentration; or approval of program director.

JOUR 304 Editing for the Mass Media

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Principles and practice of editing including: improving and tightening text; writing headlines, titles and subheads; self-editing and editing others; tailoring texts for specific audiences; understanding style guides.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in JOUR 203; enrollment in journalism minor or USLA-BA-JNS concentration; or approval of program director.

JOUR 359 Reporting Sports

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Gathering, organizing, researching, evaluating and writing sports information; employing accepted professional sports writing style across various news media platforms.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification.

JOUR 365/COMM 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; COMM-365 also taught at Galveston campus.
Cross Listing: COMM 365/JOUR 365.

JOUR 450 Political Reporting

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Interviewing; reporting; and writing various types of political stories and commentary; exploration of ethical principles and issues in political reporting including role of free press in a democracy.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

JOUR 451 Arts & Entertainment Journalism

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Arts & Entertainment Journalism. Journalistic coverage of arts and entertainment issues and events; examination of reviews and feature stories; feature writing and criticism; extensive workshop experience; emphasis on the value of research, self-editing and revision.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

JOUR 455 Literary Nonfiction

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Explores the art of writing literary nonfiction, a major trend in 21st century journalism; examines several forms of literary nonfiction, including personal essay, memoir, historical biography and modern narrative: to be written in each form; provides extensive workshop experience; emphasizes the value of critiques, self-editing and revision.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

JOUR 458/COMM 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: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: COMM 458/JOUR 458.

JOUR 468 Magazine Feature Writing

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Focus on the ability to communicate through a variety of styles including traditional long-form magazine writing and profiles; critical analysis and adaptation of writing skills for the latest trends in magazine, including audio and multimedia storytelling and the advent of purely digital magazines.
Prerequisites: JOUR 203; junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor; major in university studies-journalism or minor in journalism.

JOUR 484 Internship

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Directed internship in a private firm or public agency to provide on-the-job experience appropriate to the student's degree program and career objectives. To be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Maximum of 3 credits may apply toward degree.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; enrollment in USLA-BA-JNS concentration or JOUR minor; approval of instructor.

JOUR 485 Directed Studies

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Other Hours.

Research problems related to communication field. Individual work, fitted to special needs of specific student as determined by his or her interests and aptitude.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; enrollment in USLA-BA-JNS concentration or JOUR minor; approval of instructor.

JOUR 489 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Other Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of journalism and mass communication. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; enrollment in USLA-BA-JNS concentration or JOUR minor; or approval of instructor.

JOUR 490 Journalism as a Profession

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Exit-level course for interdisciplinary minor in Journalism; requires students to produce publication-quality projects; includes seminars in contemporary news media issues and practices.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; enrollment in USLA-BA-JNS concentration or JOUR minor; and approval of instructor.

JOUR 491 Research

Credits 0 to 3. 0 to 3 Other Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of a chosen faculty member in Journalism Studies. May be taken for a maximum of 3 hours credit.
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in JOUR 203; junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

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Communication
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Barge, James K, Professor
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Coombs, William T, Professor
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Dorsey, Leroy G, Professor
Communication
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Communication
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Dunaway, Johanna L, Associate Professor
Communication
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Goidel, Robert K, Professor
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Communication
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Communication
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Holladay, Sherry J, Professor
Communication
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La Pastina, Antonio C, Associate Professor
Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Rauscher, Emily A, Assistant Professor
Communication
PHD, University of Missouri, 2012

Rice, Dale, Instructional Associate Professor
Communication
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Rold, Michael F, Lecturer
Communication
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Rowe, Sara M, Lecturer
Communication
MA, Texas A&M University, 2012

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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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Communication
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