Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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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 »

49 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 »

35 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)

Practical experience in production, news writing, promotions, advertising, public relations, programming, or newscasting for student radio station WGMU. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rodger Smith — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM T — Johnson Center G33
  • Section 002 — Rodger Smith — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM T — Johnson Center G33

COMM 157: Video Workshop (1 Credits)

Practical experience in learning production basics including camera, video, and lighting. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — N/A — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM W — 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 — Robinson B220

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 002 — John L Curry — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Robinson B224

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 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 — Innovation Hall 336

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 »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 302: Foundations of Mass Communication (3 Credits)

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

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

  • Section 002 — Carla L Fisher — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Robinson B202

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 310: Performance for Communication Arts (3 Credits)

Principles and theories of performance for communication arts. Practice in spoken performance of prose, poetry, and drama. 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 »

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 330: Principles of Public Relations (3 Credits)

Surveys nature, history, scope, and practice of public relations in business, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and educational and government institutions. Covers principles, practice of public relations, including media relations, issues management, and public service announcements; marketing and research; planning and publicity for special events; house publications; and institutional advertising. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Suzanne Lowery Mims — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Krug Hall 5
  • Section 002 — Dan Walsch — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Innovation Hall 134
  • Section 003 — Sergei A Samoilenko — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson B224

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 — Thompson Hall L004

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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Kathryn Mangus — 01:30 PM to 02:20 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 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)

Intense practical application of previously acquired skills in production, promotions, advertising, public relations, programming, or news writing for student radio station WGMU. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rodger Smith — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM T — Johnson Center G33

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 — Karin M Caifa — 10:30 AM to 01:10 PM W — David King Hall 1011B

COMM 355: Video Principles and Practices (3 Credits)

General introduction to video production including camera, audio, lighting, and editing. Lab work required. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

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: Video Editing (3 Credits)

Focus on advanced techniques in digital editing, software associated with video editing (Final Cut Pro), theories of video editing and necessary skills associated with digital editing. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 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 386: Special Topics in Political Communication (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Counts toward Political Communication concentration inÊ the Communication Department. 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 A412

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 223

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 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 001 — William Schneider — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — West Building 1004

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 — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Aquia Building 213

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 — Enterprise Hall 174

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 (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 faculty members. Activities include working on telecourses, public relations videos, and multimedia projects; aiding in creating in-house productions for departments; and working as cable caster for master control campus operations. 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 — Robert Lichter — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson B202
  • Section 002 — Paul LeValley — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Krug Hall 7

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 — Christopher J Farrell — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Mason Hall D005

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 (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 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 635: Organizational Communication (3 Credits)

Analyzes communication systems, processes in public and private organizations. Topics include conflict management, group decision making, interviewing, technical presentations, and using various channels for improving internal and external communication. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 637: Risk Communication (3 Credits)

Research on sharing information about physical hazards such as toxic waste, radiation, disease, injury, biohazards. Topics include communication concerning workplace safety, environmental problems, risk assessments, and scientific uncertainties. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Katherine E Rowan — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1002

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 — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Innovation Hall 336

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

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 W — Aquia Building 213

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 002 — Carl Botan — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

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 — Xiaoquan Zhao — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Innovation Hall 326

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 — Tim Gibson — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Robinson A123

800-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 820: Health Communication Campaigns (3 Credits)

Explores use of communication campaigns to promote health and reduce health risks; examines how health communication campaigns are designed, implemented, and evaluated; and describes the role of communication research throughout the campaign process. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Gary Kreps — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Robinson B205

Topics in COMM

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

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in communication.