Communication

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 100: 3 Credits

Public Speaking

Presents principles to develop effective presentations for public and professional settings while integrating appropriate technologies. Emphasizes analyzing audience; composing meaningful, coherent messages; conducting responsible research; developing effective arguments; and improving delivery skills to strengthen confidence and credibility. Read More »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 101: 3 Credits

Interpersonal and Group Interaction

Presents principles to develop appropriate and effective communication strategies in one-to-one and small group communication settings. Emphasizes analyzing and assessing communication skills to create and sustain effective communication in personal and professional relationships. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

200-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 200: 3 Credits

Communication Theory

Introduces the field of communication, including perspectives on theory and research, topical areas within the discipline, basic research methodologies, and a survey of theories in those areas. Covers basic procedures for theory-building, research, and writing about communication. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 202: 3 Credits

Media and Society

Examines the relationship between media and society through the study of the development of various media systems in the United States, including print media, radio, television, film, the recording industry, and new communication technologies.  Introduces media effects and basic theories. Â Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section A01 — Richard T Craig — 09:30 AM to 11:20 AM MTWR — Thompson Hall L004

COMM 249: 2 Credits

Communication Industry Experience

On-site training related to one of the five communication department concentration fields through faculty-approved field work-study programs. Related class work includes navigating in-process media workplace culture and the post-CIE progression, including refining the resume, preparing for the COMM 450 internship, and ultimately interviewing for a job. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 300: 3 Credits

Foundations of Public Communication

Theories and principles of public communication, emphasizing methods of persuasion, critical analysis, speaker-listener alignments in public setting, and measurements of effective public communication. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 301: 3 Credits

Foundations of Interpersonal Communication

Theories and principles of interpersonal communication emphasizing models of communication, verbal and nonverbal message systems, and analysis of communicative relationships. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 302: 3 Credits

Foundations of Mass Communication

Theories and principles of mass communication emphasizing effects, the media as institution, and role of society. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 303: 3 Credits

Writing across the Media

Foundation course focusing on writing for the mass media:  Internet, public relations, newspapers, broadcast (television and radio) and advertising with a strong emphasis on adherence to Associated Press Style. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 305: 3 Credits

Foundations of Intercultural Communication

Analyzes communication variables as they relate to intercultural encounters. Emphasizes culture's influence on communication process, particularly influence of verbal and nonverbal communication on how message is interpreted. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 320: 3 Credits

Business and Professional Communication

Study of basic theories and skills of communication in professional contexts, including interviewing, relationship maintenance, small group teams, and public presentations. Emphasizes developing practical and critical thinking skills. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 326: 3 Credits

Rhetoric of Social Movements and Political Controversy

Social and political forces of contemporary era from communication perspective, emphasizing political leadership, pressures for social and political change, and transformations in communicative environment. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 359: 3 Credits

Media Management

Principles, practices of media management from general techniques to operation of individual departments within a media organization. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 362: 3 Credits

Argument and Public Policy

Develops argumentative skills while examining contemporary public policy. Applies methods of argumentative analysis to design, implementation of public policy. Students learn by constructing, examining, and using public argument. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section A01 — Jeff Roberts — 09:30 AM to 11:20 AM MTWR — Enterprise Hall 275

COMM 380: 3 Credits

Media Criticism

Examines practical criticism of a wide variety of media texts including television programs, newspapers, articles, films, photographs, and advertisements. Introduces principles of major contemporary modes of analysis for systematically interpreting visual and verbal forms of communication. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 400: 3 Credits

Research Methods in Communication

Explores applications for primary research methodologies used in communication. Research project with focus on survey, critical ethnographic, or experimental methodologies. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 450: 3 Credits

Internship in Communication

On-the-job training in communication through approved field work study programs. Internships arranged and supervised by Department of Communication through internship coordinator. Related class work in resume preparation and job interviewing. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section I01 — Michael Dickerson — 07:00 PM to 09:40 PM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 212

COMM 454: 3 Credits

Free Speech and Ethics

Major issues surrounding roles of speech, press, and electronic media in society. Includes history of free speech and press issues in society, government role in regulating marketplace of ideas, and responsibility of individual in free society. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section A01 — John W Davis — 12:00 PM to 02:40 PM S — Robinson B222

Topics in COMM

COMM 399: 1-3 Credits

Special Topics in Communication (not currently offered)

Topics vary; some require laboratories.

COMM 465: 3 Credits

Topics in Communication and Gender (not currently offered)

Topics may include gender and culture, women as rhetors, male and female communication, and communication and gender roles. Examines specific interests, ideally in seminar setting.

Graduate

600-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 605: 3 Credits

Intercultural Communication

Analyzes communication variables related to communication across cultures. Topics include nonverbal communication, time conceptualizations, perceptions and attitudes, values, social organization patterns, cultural norms, language, ethics, conflict across cultures, and research in intercultural communication. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 660: 3 Credits

Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns

Offers practical application, skill development, and theoretical basis of communication campaigns developed in response to global warming and other threats to sustainability.  Focuses on purposive campaigns to promote changes in individual behavior and public policy. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 670: 3 Credits

Social Marketing

Offers conceptual overview of social marketing: marketing methods designed to influence people to behave in ways that benefit society. Develops skills necessary to conduct a social marketing initiative and provides an opportunity for practical application of those skills. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section A01 — 12:00 PM to 02:40 PM S — Research Hall 201

Topics in COMM

COMM 890: 3 Credits

Special Topics in Communication (not currently offered)

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in communication.