Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Communication Summer 2017

Undergraduate

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Discovery of Scholarship
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 100 or COMM 101 or permission of undergraduate program director.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisite: (COMM 200C).
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section A01 — Richard T Craig — 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM MWF — Krug Hall 5

COMM 303: Writing across the Media (3 Credits)

Foundation course focusing on writing for the mass media: Internet, public relations, newspapers, broadcast (television and radio) and advertising with a strong emphasis on adherence to Associated Press Style. Notes: Prerequisite for all communication media writing courses. Lab work required. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 30 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Notes: Communication majors are encouraged to complete COMM 200 prior to enrolling in this course. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100 or 200-level COMM courses or 60 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 100, 101, or 104 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisite: (COMM 303C).
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section C01 — Christina Tyler Wenks — 01:20 PM to 04:20 PM MWF — Thompson Hall 1017

COMM 359: Media Management (3 Credits)

Principles, practices of media management from general techniques to operation of individual departments within a media organization. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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COMM 365: Gender, Race, and Class in the Media (3 Credits)

Introduces concepts of power, influence of mass media. Allows students to see themselves as products, producers of media influence, and gives sense of the roles in the media or lack thereof, of groups based on their gender, race and/or class. Equivalent to WMST 304.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 302 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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COMM 386: Special Topics in Political Communication (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Counts toward Political Communication concentration in the Communication Department. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Notes: Students may not receive credit for both COMM 400 and COMM 490. Equivalent to COMM 490.
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry
Recommended Prerequisite: Two of COMM 300, 301, 302, 305 each one with a minimum grade of 2.00 (C).
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: COMM 200C or U200.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Notes: See department for the application process. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits, major or minor in communication, journalism, or sport communication; 15 credits in COMM for majors, 12 credits for non-COMM majors, and permission of department.
Schedule Type: Internship

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section B01 — Sergei A Samoilenko — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM TR — Krug Hall 7

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credit hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section A01 — Jennifer Amy Keohane — 01:20 PM to 04:20 PM MWF — Krug Hall 5

Graduate

600-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 690: Special Topics in Communication (3 Credits)

Explores contemporary issues in communication theory, research, and practice. Notes: Topics vary. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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