Communication

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 100: 3 Credits

Public Speaking

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

46 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 101: 3 Credits

Interpersonal and Group Interaction

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

38 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 140: 1 Credits

Forensics Seminar in Creative Arts

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: 1 Credits

Forensics Seminar in Recreative Arts

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: 1 Credits

Forensics Seminar in Debate: Affirmative Strategies

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: 1 Credits

Forensics Seminar in Debate: Negative Strategies

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: 1 Credits

Newspaper Workshop I

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: 1 Credits

Radio Workshop I

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: 1 Credits

Video Workshop

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Nancy E Mantelli — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM W — David King Hall 1011B

200-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 200: 3 Credits

Communication Theory

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 202: 3 Credits

Media and Society

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Allison C Harper — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Robinson B111

COMM 203: 3 Credits

Introduction to Journalism

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 B203

COMM 210: 3 Credits

Voice and Articulation

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 — West Building 1008

COMM 260: 3 Credits

Basic Debate Theory and Practice

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: 3 Credits

Foundations of Public Communication

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

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 301: 3 Credits

Foundations of Interpersonal Communication

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 302: 3 Credits

Foundations of Mass Communication

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 303: 3 Credits

Writing across the Media

Foundation course focusing on writing for the mass media:¶ÿ 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: 3 Credits

Foundations of Health Communication

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: 3 Credits

Foundations of Intercultural Communication

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

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 320: 3 Credits

Business and Professional Communication

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

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 326: 3 Credits

Rhetoric of Social Movements and Political Controversy

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 330: 3 Credits

Principles of Public Relations

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 — Innovation Hall L111
  • Section 003 — Dan Walsch — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Innovation Hall 136
  • Section 004 — Sergei A Samoilenko — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson B106

COMM 332: 3 Credits

Nonverbal Communication

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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Barra Kahn — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Robinson A123
  • Section 002 — Barra Kahn — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Enterprise Hall 275

COMM 334: 3 Credits

Family and Health Communication

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: 3 Credits

Organizational Communication

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 — Marcia J Clinkscales — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Enterprise Hall 274
  • Section 002 — Jordan M Alpert — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Robinson A247

COMM 340: 1 Credits

Forensics Seminar in Creative Arts

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: 1 Credits

Forensics Seminar in Recreative Arts

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: 1 Credits

Forensics Seminar in Debate: Affirmative Strategies

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: 1 Credits

Forensics Seminar in Debate: Negative Strategies

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: 1 Credits

Newspaper Workshop II

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: 1 Credits

Yearbook Workshop

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: 1 Credits

Cable TV Programming and Marketing

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 348: 1 Credits

Radio Workshop II

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: 3 Credits

Mass Communication and Public Policy

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 352: 3 Credits

News Editing: Print and Beyond

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

  • 001 News Editing — Mark D. Green — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Innovation Hall 328

COMM 355: 3 Credits

Video Principles and Practices

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

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 356: 3 Credits

Video: Performance and Writing

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 359: 3 Credits

Media Management

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rodger Smith — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — Enterprise Hall 275

COMM 360: 3 Credits

Video Editing

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: 3 Credits

Online Journalism

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Howard P Kamen — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Innovation Hall 336

COMM 362: 3 Credits

Argument and Public Policy

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Warren D Decker — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR — Robinson B202
  • Section 002 — Warren D Decker — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Krug Hall 204

COMM 364: 3 Credits

Videography

Focus on camera techniques such as framing, editing within the camera, shot composition, storyboarding, camera angles, video levels, and continuity. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

COMM 375: 3 Credits

Mass Communication Advertising and Promotions

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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 380: 3 Credits

Media Criticism

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 389: 3 Credits

Public Relations for Associations and Nonprofits

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: 3 Credits

Issues in Public Relations

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Sergei A Samoilenko — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Innovation Hall 207

COMM 391: 3 Credits

Writing for Public Relations

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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Dan Walsch — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — Innovation Hall 205
  • Section 002 — Katherine E Rowan — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Innovation Hall 319

COMM 397: 1-3 Credits

Special Topics in Production

Provides hands-on media production experience. Topics vary. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 399: 1-3 Credits

Special Topics in Communication

Topics vary; some require laboratories. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 400: 3 Credits

Research Methods in Communication

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

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 411: 3 Credits

Public Relations Practicum

Helps communication majors apply their public relations education. Covers three general areas: public relations theory and applications, writing and editing, and networking/story placement. Includes public relations strategy and tactics, interviewing and analysis, writing and message delivery. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Michael Dickerson — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — David King Hall 2054

COMM 412: 3 Credits

Politics and the Mass Media

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — William Schneider — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Robinson B111
  • Section 002 — Robert Lichter — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Robinson A101

COMM 430: 3 Credits

Persuasion

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 — Emily Peterson — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Aquia Building 1002

COMM 434: 3 Credits

Interviewing

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 — John W Davis — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Innovation Hall 133

COMM 450: 3 Credits

Internship in Communication

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Michael Dickerson — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — David King Hall 2053

COMM 451: 3 Credits

Facilitating Communication Education

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: 3 Credits

Media Production Practicum

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: 3 Credits

Free Speech and Ethics

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — John W Davis — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson A248
  • Section 002 — John W Davis — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Krug Hall 7

COMM 455: 3 Credits

History of Print Journalism

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

COMM 465: 3 Credits

Topics in Communication and Gender

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: 3 Credits

Journalism Law

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 T — Robinson B111

COMM 480: 1 Credits

College to Career: Strategies for Transition

Designed to assist soon-to-be graduates in the employment transition process. Fundamental to the course are effective communication skills, creative research, and the desire to actively and aggressively seek meaningful employment. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 490: 3 Credits

Honors Research Methods in Communication

Honors version of COMM 400. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in COMM

COMM 399: 1-3 Credits

Special Topics in Communication

Topics vary; some require laboratories. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 465: 3 Credits

Topics in Communication and Gender

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: 3 Credits

Introduction to Graduate Studies

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: 3 Credits

Theories and Research of Mass Communication

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 615: 3 Credits

Political Communication

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 002 — Robert Lichter — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Robinson A101

COMM 620: 3 Credits

Health Communication

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 — Xiaoquan Zhao — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Robinson A105

COMM 639: 3 Credits

Science Communication

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 T — Robinson A123

COMM 650: 3 Credits

Research Methodologies in Communication

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 690: 3 Credits

Special Topics in Communication

Explores contemporary issues in communication theory, research, and practice. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 700: 3 Credits

Building Social Science Theory

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 — Enterprise Hall 275

COMM 706: 3 Credits

Strategic Communication

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 — Kevin B Wright — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson A101

COMM 735: 3 Credits

Crisis Communication

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 B205

COMM 798: 3 Credits

Communication Studies Project

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

Topics in COMM

COMM 890: 3 Credits

Special Topics in Communication (not currently offered)

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in communication.