Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Communication Fall 2016

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 »

26 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 »

53 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

COMM 157: Digital Media Workshop (1 Credits)

Offers students a hands-on introduction to digital tools of creative expression, involving the use of specific software and hardware, including operating systems, media editing programs, authoring applications, and software utilities. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Nancy E Mantelli — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM M — David King Hall 1011B

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 202: Media and Society (3 Credits)

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.Ê Introduces media effects and basic theories. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Richard T Craig — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Art & Design Building 2026

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 — John L Curry — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Krug Hall 5

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 002 — Angela Suarez — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Nguyen Engineering Building 1107

COMM 260: Basic Debate Theory and Practice (3 Credits)

Theory and practice of formal debate, including approaches to analytical reasoning, research, delivery, and conceptual basis for debate. Does not require tournament participation. 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 — Tim Gibson — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1005
  • Section 003 — Richard T Craig — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 224
  • 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 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 »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 326: Rhetoric of Social Movements and Political Controversy (3 Credits)

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 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 — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Robinson A349

COMM 334: Family and Health Communication (3 Credits)

Examines how family communication contributes to physical, psychological, and social wellness. Explores how family communication affects our experience with health transitions (e.g., coping with cancer; becoming a caregiver; losing a loved one), contributes to health outcomes (e.g., stress and anxiety; disordered eating behavior; schizophrenia; drug abuse), and is central to health promotion behavior (e.g., understanding health history and genetics). Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Nguyen Engineering Building 1108
  • Section 002 — Jennifer Amy Keohane — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Nguyen Engineering Building 1108

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 »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Kathryn Mangus — 01:30 PM to 02:20 PM W — The Hub (SUB II) 1202

COMM 346: Yearbook Workshop (1 Credits)

Practical experience in promotion, marketing, and sales of video yearbook, or practical experience working on Senior Expressions , a print supplement to the video yearbook. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Jason Blair Hartsel — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM R — 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 352: News Editing: Print and Beyond (3 Credits)

Copy preparation, headline writing, news judging, and layout for various forms of print and electronic formats. Introduces working on news copy desks. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 353: Broadcast Journalism (3 Credits)

Investigates unique writing style of electronic media journalists. Emphasizes concise, conversational, and timely news writing. Techniques of mixing words of report with sights, sounds of news story. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Susan Tomasovic — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — David King Hall 1011B

COMM 359: Media Management (3 Credits)

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rodger Smith — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — Thompson Hall L004

COMM 360: Digital Postproduction (3 Credits)

Offers instruction on delivering high-quality image and video products for digital media. Students will be introduced to an array of video-audio editing and digital image software for integrating video, audio, photo and graphic postproduction. Student projects focus on journalism, public relations, and advocacy contexts. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — 10:30 AM to 01:15 PM R — Robinson A352

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 — Robinson B202
  • Section 002 — Warren D Decker — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Robinson B202

COMM 364: Videography (3 Credits)

Provides a comprehensive overview of the principles and practices of visual storytelling, encompassing short documentaries, campaigns, commercial work, news and other non-fiction narratives. Mobile, DSLR and fixed-lens cameras will be used to explore all facets of visual production that tell human stories, with emphasis on character, conflict, drama, and surprise. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — David King Hall 1011B

COMM 374: Political Journalism (3 Credits)

Writing and reporting about politics, elections and campaigns, and the legislative and executive branches of government for print, broadcast, and online media. Students practice the style and substance of covering political news through in-class and out-of-class writing assignments. A unique collaboration with C-SPAN including video conference opportunities with political and media personalities. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Thompson Hall 2022

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 »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 388: Special Topics in Public Relations (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Counts toward Public Relations concentration in the Communication Department. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 390: Issues in Public Relations (3 Credits)

Focuses on current issues in corporate, government, and nonprofit public relations. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Sergei A Samoilenko — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Robinson A105

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 — Katherine E Rowan — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Innovation Hall 205

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 »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 412: Politics and the Mass Media (3 Credits)

Covers responsibilities; freedoms of mass media in a democracy; and media influence on citizens' opinions, elections, and decisions of public officials. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Samuel Robert Lichter — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Innovation Hall 133

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 001 — Xiaomei Cai — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Robinson A349

COMM 434: Interviewing (3 Credits)

Theory, principles, and practical skills essential to interview process. Emphasizes information gathering, journalistic, persuasive, employment, and performance-appraisal interviews. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Michael Dickerson — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Nguyen Engineering Building 1108

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 — Michael Dickerson — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — David King Hall 2053

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 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 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson B202
  • Section 002 — Samuel Robert Lichter — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Robinson B220

COMM 465: Topics in Communication and Gender (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 475: Journalism Law (3 Credits)

Examines law as it relates to working journalist. Topics include libel, invasion of privacy, free press and fair trial, First Amendment, broadcast regulation, access to media, advertising, and effect of new technologies on these issues. Uses case approach to study leading court decisions in mass media law. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — N/A — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Robinson A105

COMM 490: Honors Research Methods in Communication (3 Credits)

Honors version of COMM 400. 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 (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

600-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 600: Introduction to Graduate Studies (3 Credits)

Offers a broad introduction to the field of communication in terms of communication-based theories and research. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 602: Theories and Research of Mass Communication (3 Credits)

Explores theories that have guided development of mass media. Emphasizes major scientific and humanistic approaches to mass media effects. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 M — Thompson Hall 2022

COMM 639: Science Communication (3 Credits)

Reviews research on best practices in science communication for scientists and communication professionals. Explores theory on conceptualizing science communication as disseminating knowledge, promoting informed decision making, involving citizens in scientific research (i.e., citizen science), promoting legislative and individual actions, or creating entertainment. Students practice communicating complex science and designing contexts for public engagement with scientific research. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Chris Clarke — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Robinson A349

COMM 641: Advanced Communication Skills for STEM (3 Credits)

Examines the specific oral, written, and mediated communication competencies needed by STEM professionals in modern society. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 650: Research Methodologies in Communication (3 Credits)

Introduces various research methods used by communication professionals. Focus on achieving understanding and knowledge of social scientific research, qualitative and quantitative, and critical analysis through use and application. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 670: Social Marketing (3 Credits)

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 001 — Edward Maibach — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Robinson A123

700-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 700: Building Social Science Theory (3 Credits)

Explores the process of developing and testing social science theories. Emphasizes the components and mechanisms of theory - such as variables and causality - in a manner intended to inform rigorous social science inquiry using quantitative or qualitative methods. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Edward Maibach — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson A123

COMM 706: Strategic Communication (3 Credits)

Examines commonalities of strategic communication campaigns across fields (e.g., military, diplomacy, health, politics, marketing, public relations) in order to understand strategic communication, compare fields, and emphasize strategic and evaluative research across fields. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Carl Botan — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Thompson Hall 2021

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 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Robinson A249

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 001 — Carl Botan — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — West Building 1007

Topics in COMM

COMM 890: Special Topics in Communication (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in communication.