Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Communication Spring 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 »

40 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 »

18 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

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 — Susan Tomasovic — 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 — John L Curry — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Innovation Hall 131

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 — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Thompson Hall L004

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 »

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 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 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 — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Robinson B108
  • Section 002 — Sergei A Samoilenko — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Robinson B203
  • Section 003 — Sergei A Samoilenko — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Robinson B222

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 — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 122

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 — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Robinson B220
  • Section 002 — Jennifer Amy Keohane — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Krug Hall 5

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 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 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 — Joyce E Barrett — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Innovation Hall 203

COMM 354: Radio Production (3 Credits)

Theory and practice of operational radio broadcasting. Topics include programming, production, and promotion aspects of commercial and noncommercial radio. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section DL1 — Rodger Smith — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM W — Robinson LINE

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 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: Video Producing and Directing (3 Credits)

Introduces techniques, theory, and practices in producing and directing including studio and field producing and directing, budget, floor plans, and production material associated with video productions. 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 B222

COMM 370: Feature Writing (3 Credits)

Introduces aspiring journalists to research techniques and critical writing skills needed to produce publishable magazine or newspaper feature stories. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Mark D. Green — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Robinson A210

COMM 371: Sports Writing and Reporting (3 Credits)

Experience in actual sports-related news gathering and reporting. Covers writing and reporting on sports-related subjects for print and online media. Numerous in-class and out-of-class writing assignments train students in the unique style of covering sports events, reporting breaking news, and writing feature stories. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Brandon C Parker — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Innovation Hall 317

COMM 373: Business and Economic Journalism (3 Credits)

Writing and reporting about business and the economy with focus on understanding financial news and reporting about companies, trade, and markets for print, broadcast, and online media. Students practice through in-class and out-of-class writing assignments. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 385: Special Topics in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Counts toward Organizational and Interpersonal Communication concentration in the Communication Department. 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 389: Public Relations for Associations and Nonprofits (3 Credits)

Principles of editing and journalism applied to publications, public relations, and advertising needs within corporate environment. Job requirements of editorial positions in public relations, publications, and information as defined by trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and large corporations. 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 — Carl Botan — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Krug Hall 5

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 129

COMM 395: Special Topics in Health Communication (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 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 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 — Robert Lichter — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Enterprise Hall 274

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 — Innovation Hall 136

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

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 — Michael Dickerson — 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 (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 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 — Robinson B208
  • Section 002 — Paul LeValley — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Robinson B208

COMM 455: History of Print Journalism (3 Credits)

Development of print journalism, emphasizing interaction of technology, audience, and government intervention. Topics include birth of press, development of modern newspaper, and American development including Revolutionary and Civil wars, rise of independent press, and yellow journalism. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Steve Klein — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Innovation Hall 222

COMM 491: 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 615: Political Communication (3 Credits)

Analyzes how political communication messages and strategies shape the development of perceptions and behavior in US presidential elections. Examines the interactions between media content and political action in election campaigns. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Robert Lichter — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — West Building 1004

COMM 634: Theories of Interpersonal Communication (3 Credits)

Analyzes contemporary theories, concepts, and approaches to improving interpersonal communication. Examines interpersonal communication research. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 644: Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism (3 Credits)

Examines media coverage of technically complex topics in science, social science, environment, health and medicine, and technology. Explores the influence of institutional media practices on news about science and technology. 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. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 705: Intercultural Health and Risk Communication (3 Credits)

Examines intercultural health and risk communication interventions; including health communication campaigns, public relations and advertising for health organizations, and how the media and Internet present health information. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 716: International Public Relations (3 Credits)

Provides a survey of international public relations with an emphasis in three areas: applied knowledge for actual international practice, relevant theory, and ethical issues. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Carl Botan — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Research Hall 201

COMM 720: Consumer-Provider Health Communication (3 Credits)

Explores relational health communication research and practice. Examines the role of interpersonal communication in health care delivery, health promotion, disease prevention, risk communication, and promoting personal and psychosocial well being. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 001 — Carla L Fisher — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1004

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 — Xiaoquan Zhao — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Research Hall 201

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