Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Communication Spring 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 100: Public Speaking (3 Credits)

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 »

24 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 101: Interpersonal and Group Interaction (3 Credits)

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 »

32 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 140: Forensics Seminar in Creative Arts (1 Credits)

Intensive work in creative forensics events, including rhetorical criticism and informative, persuasive, extemporaneous, after-dinner, and impromptu speaking. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 141: Forensics Seminar in Recreative Arts (1 Credits)

Intensive work in recreative forensic events, including dramatic duo, program interpretation, poetry interpretation, dramatic interpretation, and prose interpretation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 142: Forensics Seminar in Debate: Affirmative Strategies (1 Credits)

Work in affirmative research, case construction, and oral presentation; directed toward affirmative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 143: Forensics Seminar in Debate: Negative Strategies (1 Credits)

Work in negative research, case attacks, and oral presentation directed toward negative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 145: Newspaper Workshop I (1 Credits)

Practical experience in writing, editing, or business aspects of newspaper production at Broadside or other papers. Coordinated by newspaper faculty advisor. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 148: Radio Workshop I (1 Credits)

Students receive individual guidance while learning to be on-air show hosts at student internet radio station WGMU. New technologies such as computer automation systems and advanced production software are integrated throughout the curriculum to prepare students to engage in the most current applications for commercial and internet radio and podcasting. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rodger Smith — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM T — The Hub (SUB II) 1202
  • Section 002 — Rodger Smith — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM T — The Hub (SUB II) 1202

200-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 200: Communication Theory (3 Credits)

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 »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 201: Small Group Communication (3 Credits)

Principles of communicating effectively in small group situations. Emphasizes problem-solving group communication. Practice in working cooperatively with others to complete projects using systematic approach to problem solving. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Jennifer Amy Keohane — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — David King Hall 1011B

COMM 203: Introduction to Journalism (3 Credits)

American journalism including history and First Amendment components; role of professional journalist; print, broadcast, and computer assisted news operations; economics of publishing; and effect of new technologies. Serves as starting point for those interested in journalism careers and as orientation for those interested in learning more about news business operations. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Beth Jannery — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Innovation Hall 205

COMM 204: Introduction to Public Relations (3 Credits)

Introduces the evolving field of public relations and the role it plays in global business, politics and social interactions. Focuses on creation of integrated digital communication and social media engagement. This is a required course for the Communication Department Public Relations concentration and a prerequisite for several upper-level public relations courses. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 208: Introduction to Media Production (3 Credits)

Provides a general introduction to media production with emphasis on the basics of multimedia tools for camera, audio, lighting, and editing, focusing on non-fiction, journalism, or public relations/advocacy presentations. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 210: Voice and Articulation (3 Credits)

Principles of voice production, with practice in effective vocal use of American English. Emphasizes student participation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Angela Suarez — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Art & Design Building L008

COMM 261: Theories of Argumentation (3 Credits)

Analyzes argument within communicative settings. Emphasizes deductive and inductive forms of reasoning, fallacies in reasoning, tests of evidence, and models for such analyses. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 300: Foundations of Public Communication (3 Credits)

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 »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 301: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication (3 Credits)

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 302: Foundations of Media Theory (3 Credits)

Provides a comprehensive review of mass communication and media theory, focusing on media effects and the complex relationships between media producers, messages, technologies, and users/audiences. Examines role of media in news, politics, and popular culture. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Richard T Craig — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 212
  • Section 003 — Richard T Craig — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Robinson B120
  • Section DL1 — Nader Hussein Chaaban

COMM 303: Writing across the Media (3 Credits)

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 304: Foundations of Health Communication (3 Credits)

Explores health communication research practice: the role of communication in health care delivery, health promotion and disease prevention, risk communication, and personal as well as psychological well-being. Examines interpersonal, organizational, team, family, and intercultural relationships. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 305: Foundations of Intercultural Communication (3 Credits)

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 »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 307: Field Study in Communication (3 Credits)

Structured communication learning experience: one to three weeks of travel in a foreign environment involving another country or relevant U.S. co-cultures. Students must complete appropriate readings, laboratory assignments, and personal learning paper to process communication concepts and experiences. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 320: Business and Professional Communication (3 Credits)

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 331: Advanced Principles in Public Relations (3 Credits)

Develops the conceptual knowledge and practical skills students need to thrive in challenging public relations situations, such as crisis management, research for clients, communication with clients, and development of client work. Students complete the course with a portfolio of research, writing, and visual materials they have created. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 332: Nonverbal Communication (3 Credits)

Theory, principles, and methods to analyze nonverbal communication. Emphasizes physical behavior, facial expression, personal space and territoriality, physical appearance, vocal cues, and environment. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Barra Kahn — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — West Building 1007

COMM 335: Organizational Communication (3 Credits)

Theory, practice, and methods to analyze communication in organizations. Emphasizes process and structure, interaction formats, mechanisms for modification, and career paths in organizational communication. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Jennifer Amy Keohane — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Nguyen Engineering Building 1109
  • Section 002 — Jennifer Amy Keohane — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Mason Hall D001

COMM 340: Forensics Seminar in Creative Arts (1 Credits)

Intensive work in various types of creative forensics events, including rhetorical criticism and informative, persuasive, extemporaneous, after-dinner, and impromptu speaking. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 341: Forensics Seminar in Recreative Arts (1 Credits)

Intensive work in various types of recreative forensics events, including dramatic duo, program interpretation, poetry interpretation, dramatic interpretation, and prose interpretation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 342: Forensics Seminar in Debate: Affirmative Strategies (1 Credits)

Work in affirmative research, case construction, and oral presentation directed toward affirmative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 343: Forensics Seminar in Debate: Negative Strategies (1 Credits)

Work in negative research, case attacks, and oral presentation directed toward negative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 345: Newspaper Workshop II (1 Credits)

Practical experience in writing and editing for student newspaper or other papers. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Kathryn Mangus — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM W — The Hub (SUB II) 1202
  • Section 002 — Kathryn Mangus — 03:00 PM to 03:50 PM W — The Hub (SUB II) 1202

COMM 347: Cable TV Programming and Marketing (1 Credits)

Practical experience in television programming, promotion, and marketing of a campus television cable network operation. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 348: Radio Workshop II (1 Credits)

Intensive practical application of previously acquired on-air show hosting skills at student internet radio station WGMU. Skill development in commercial production and writing included. New technologies such as social media, computer automation systems and advanced production software are integrated throughout the curriculum to prepare students to engage in the most current applications for commercial and internet radio and podcasting. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rodger Smith — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM T — The Hub (SUB II) 1202

COMM 350: Mass Communication and Public Policy (3 Credits)

Investigates how matters of public importance are communicated via various mass communication channels. Emphasizes regulations to minimize influence of mass media on public decision-making, and media manipulation by pressure groups, politicians, and media gatekeepers. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 351: News Writing and Reporting (3 Credits)

Experience in actual news gathering. Students write and report for print and online outlets. Numerous in-class and out-of-class writing assignments train students in unique styles of print and online journalism. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Christina Tyler Wenks — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Innovation Hall 326

COMM 356: Video: Performance and Writing (3 Credits)

Writing for video, performance skills for on-air work, interviewing. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 358: Multi-Camera Studio Production (3 Credits)

Provides an in-depth exploration of the creative, technical, logistical, and aesthetic requirements of production in a multiple camera environment. The fundamental skills learned in this class will serve as a foundation for narrative, event, live sports, talk show, broadcast journalism, and magazine-styled television and webcast programming. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — N/A — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — David King Hall 1011B

COMM 361: Online Journalism (3 Credits)

Focuses on online journalism, research, reporting, web page and weblog creation, and writing for Internet. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 362: Argument and Public Policy (3 Credits)

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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Warren D Decker — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Krug Hall 5
  • Section 002 — Warren D Decker — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Krug Hall 5

COMM 372: Sports and the Media (3 Credits)

Examines the role of mass media in constructing images of athletes, sport, and sports culture. Critical attention is given to broadcast, print, and film of sport media. Assesses sociological and cultural issues that shape sport media and culture. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section DL1 — Rodger Smith — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM M — West Building LINE

COMM 375: Mass Communication Advertising and Promotions (3 Credits)

History, regulation, and ratings of advertising, as well as media buying, advertising campaigns, and strengths and weaknesses of media vehicles used in advertising. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 380: Media Criticism (3 Credits)

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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Tim Gibson — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Nguyen Engineering Building 1108
  • Section DL1 — David J. Miller

COMM 391: Writing for Public Relations (3 Credits)

Focuses on public relations writing including news releases, client memos, broadcasting, speeches, brochures, journals, and advertisements. Includes writing styles, formats, organization, and writing research. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Suzanne Lowery Mims — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Innovation Hall 203

400-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 400: Research Methods in Communication (3 Credits)

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

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 401: Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace (3 Credits)

Comprehensive study of theories and research associated with dynamics of interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Emphasizes individual motivation, interpersonal needs, communication styles, leadership, problem solving, decision making, diversity, interpersonal conflict, individual adaptation to organizational change, and influence of technology on workplace relationships. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 430: Persuasion (3 Credits)

Theories of persuasive communication including traditional and contemporary attitudinal change; relationship among speaker, message, and audience; and relationship between attitudinal and behavioral change. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Catherine Wright — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Nguyen Engineering Building 1110

COMM 432: Political Communication (3 Credits)

Studies how political communication shapes development of "political reality." Examines interactions between media and politics with respect to the ways communication functions in political settings. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Anne Bennett Cook Smithson — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Nguyen Engineering Building 1108

COMM 433: Environmental Communication (3 Credits)

Rhetoric and persuasion about environmental issues in contemporary society. Investigation of case studies in corporate, institutional, and movement attempts to mobilize and cope with ecological concerns. Critical assessment of public communication is emphasized. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Katherine E Rowan — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Krug Hall 5

COMM 440: Ceremonial Speech Writing and Performance (3 Credits)

Provides students with the opportunities to develop speaking skills for a variety of contexts from eulogies to commencement speeches. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 450: Internship in Communication (3 Credits)

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 001 — Susan Tomasovic — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Lecture Hall 2

COMM 451: Facilitating Communication Education (3 Credits)

Theory and practice in facilitating learning of communication principles and skills. Students work as instructor aides in lower-division classes under supervision of faculty member. Activities include facilitating small-group activities and individually critiquing oral performances. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 452: Media Production Practicum (1-3 Credits)

Theory and practice in creation, distribution, and response to media productions. Students complete minimum 150 hours of work as assistants to engineers, producers, directors, and organizers of media production facilities on campus, under supervision of a sponsoring faculty member. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 453: Multimedia Journalism (3 Credits)

Applies concepts of advanced visual storytelling within today's fluid media landscape. Students report and tell compelling stories across multiple platforms using simple, portable equipment and software essential to reporters working in the contemporary converged newsroom. Highlights a multimedia approach to journalism to include broadcast, mobile reporting skills and backpack journalism techniques. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Beth Jannery — 01:30 PM to 04:15 PM W — David King Hall 1011B

COMM 454: Free Speech and Ethics (3 Credits)

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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Jennifer Amy Keohane — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Nguyen Engineering Building 1103
  • Section 002 — Samuel Robert Lichter — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Robinson B208

COMM 491: RS: Honors Research Project in Communication (3 Credits)

Completion of independent honors research project under the guidance of the student's faculty sponsor. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in COMM

COMM 396: Special Topics in Mass Communication (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Counts toward Media Production and Criticism Concentration in the Communication Department.

COMM 399: Special Topics in Communication (not currently offered) (1-3 Credits)

Topics vary; some require laboratories.

COMM 465: Topics in Communication and Gender (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

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: Intercultural Communication (3 Credits)

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

  • Section 001 — Mark C Hopson — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 126

COMM 620: Health Communication (3 Credits)

Examines interpersonal communicative processes associated with health in consumer-provider, family, and health communication campaign contexts. Focus on understanding cultural differences in perceptions of/communication about health and disease. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Gary Kreps — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Innovation Hall 336

COMM 630: Theories of Public Relations (3 Credits)

Provides a survey of public relations theories and major ethical issues. Examines ways theories relate to organizations, mass and international communication research, rhetoric, persuasion, and social movements. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Carl Botan — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — West Building 1004

COMM 632: Persuasion Theory (3 Credits)

Introduces students to the processes and effects of persuasive communication. Covers key theories of persuasion, behavior change, information processing, message effects, as well as important frameworks that guide the practice of persuasion in applied settings. Particular attention is paid to message features that generate predictable effects and how such effects may vary across different communicative situations. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Xiaoquan Zhao — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Aquia Building 213

COMM 642: Science and the Public (3 Credits)

Examines the relationship between science and society, with a particular emphasis on the role of communication in shaping public opinion on issues related to science and technology. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Chris Clarke — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Robinson B205

COMM 653: Graduate Seminar in Instructional Communication (3 Credits)

Investigates theoretical and practical implications of instructional communication. Exposes graduate students to communication principles and practices of teaching college courses at upper and lower divisions. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 660: Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns (3 Credits)

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 690: Special Topics in Communication (3 Credits)

Explores contemporary issues in communication theory, research, and practice. Designated a Green Leaf Course. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 721: E-Health Communication (3 Credits)

Explores the use of computer-mediated communication technologies in health care and health promotion, including examination of technology in health information dissemination, health education, health communication interventions, and the management of health care delivery. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Kevin B Wright — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — West Building 1004

COMM 725: Qualitative Methods (3 Credits)

Examines qualitative research in communication. Emphasis is placed on techniques of naturalistic inquiry such as observation, interviewing, focus group methods, and ethnography, as well as tools for analyzing and reporting qualitative data. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Tim Gibson — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Robinson A245

COMM 735: Crisis Communication (3 Credits)

Examines crisis communication contexts with a particular emphasis on the role of communication in a variety of crises and how the media and Internet present crisis information to the public. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Katherine E Rowan — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Aquia Building 213

COMM 750: Research Methods II (3 Credits)

Extends basic research knowledge and skills learned in COMM 650 Research Methods I. Students will be taught to analyze and synthesize literature, develop theoretical linkages, and construct measurement scales. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Robinson A352

COMM 798: Communication Studies Project (3 Credits)

Final research seminar for all MA in communication students. Students discuss practical and theoretical issues related to project or thesis. Includes readings related to underlying theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues facing contemporary communication researchers and practitioners. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Gary Kreps — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Krug Hall 19

800-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 890: Special Topics in Communication (3 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in communication. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in COMM

COMM 890: Special Topics in Communication (3 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in communication. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled