Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Communication  Courses

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Oral Communication
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Oral Communication
Schedule Type: Lecture

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COMM 140: Forensics Seminar in Creative Arts (1 credit. Credits)

Intensive work in creative forensics events, including rhetorical criticism and informative, persuasive, extemporaneous, after-dinner, and impromptu speaking. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 4 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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COMM 141: Forensics Seminar in Recreative Arts (1 credit. Credits)

Intensive work in recreative forensic events, including dramatic duo, program interpretation, poetry interpretation, dramatic interpretation, and prose interpretation. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 4 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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COMM 142: Forensics Seminar in Debate: Affirmative Strategies (1 credit. Credits)

Work in affirmative research, case construction, and oral presentation; directed toward affirmative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 4 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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COMM 143: Forensics Seminar in Debate: Negative Strategies (1 credit. Credits)

Work in negative research, case attacks, and oral presentation directed toward negative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 4 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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COMM 145: Newspaper Workshop I (1 credit. Credits)

Practical experience in writing, editing, or business aspects of newspaper production at Broadside or other papers. Coordinated by newspaper faculty advisor. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 3 credits.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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COMM 148: Radio Workshop I (1 credit. 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. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: One 100 level COMM course, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Studio

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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 credit. 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. Notes: Students who have already completed or are in COMM 208 are not eligible to take this course. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 100 or 101 and declared major or minor in communication, undeclared major, or permission of undergraduate program director.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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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. 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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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. Introduces media effects and basic theories. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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

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

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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. Equivalent to COMM 355.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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COMM 210: Voice and Articulation (3 Credits)

Principles of voice production, with practice in effective vocal use of American English. Emphasizes student participation. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Angela Suarez — Innovation Hall 333

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

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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.
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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 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. May not be repeated for credit.
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 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 300.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: COMM 204C or 330C.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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

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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). May not be repeated for credit.
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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 100, 101, or 301, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Megan H. L. Tucker — Innovation Hall 131
  • Section 001 — Megan H. L. Tucker — Robinson A247

COMM 340: Forensics Seminar in Creative Arts (1 credit. Credits)

Intensive work in various types of creative forensics events, including rhetorical criticism and informative, persuasive, extemporaneous, after-dinner, and impromptu speaking. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 4 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours, or 4 hours of COMM 140. Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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COMM 341: Forensics Seminar in Recreative Arts (1 credit. Credits)

Intensive work in various types of recreative forensics events, including dramatic duo, program interpretation, poetry interpretation, dramatic interpretation, and prose interpretation. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 4 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours, or 4 hours of COMM 141. Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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COMM 342: Forensics Seminar in Debate: Affirmative Strategies (1 credit. Credits)

Work in affirmative research, case construction, and oral presentation directed toward affirmative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 4 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours, or 4 hours of COMM 142. Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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COMM 343: Forensics Seminar in Debate: Negative Strategies (1 credit. Credits)

Work in negative research, case attacks, and oral presentation directed toward negative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 4 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours, or 4 hours of COMM 143. Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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COMM 345: Newspaper Workshop II (1 credit. Credits)

Practical experience in writing and editing for student newspaper or other papers. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of COMM 145, 351, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Kathryn Mangus — The Hub (SUB II) 1202

COMM 347: Cable TV Programming and Marketing (1 credit. Credits)

Practical experience in television programming, promotion, and marketing of a campus television cable network operation. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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COMM 348: Radio Workshop II (1 credit. 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. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 148, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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  • Section 001 — Rodger Smith — 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. 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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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 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. Equivalent to FAVS 260.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: COMM 355C, FAVS 255C or COMM 208C.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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COMM 361: Online Journalism (3 Credits)

Focuses on online journalism, research, reporting, web page and weblog creation, and writing for Internet. 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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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: COMM 355C, FAVS 255C or COMM 208C.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

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 370: Feature Writing (3 Credits)

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

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. May not be repeated for credit.
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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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

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

Topics vary. Counts toward Public Relations 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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1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 390: Issues in Public Relations (3 Credits)

Focuses on current issues in corporate, government, and nonprofit public relations. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: COMM 204C or 330C.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Sergei A Samoilenko — Innovation Hall 137

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. 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 001 — Christina Tyler Wenks — Innovation Hall 222

COMM 399: Special Topics in Communication (1-3 Credits)

Topics vary; some require laboratories. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. 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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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section DL1 — Catherine Wright — Online
  • Section 001 — Catherine Wright — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — West Building 1008

COMM 434: Interviewing (3 Credits)

Theory, principles, and practical skills essential to interview process. Emphasizes information gathering, journalistic, persuasive, employment, and performance-appraisal interviews. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Nader Hussein Chaaban — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Innovation Hall 131

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 001 — Susan Tomasovic — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Robinson A208

COMM 451: Facilitating Communication Education (3 Credits)

Theory and practice in facilitating learning of communication principles and skills. Students work as instructional aides in lower-division classes under direct supervision of faculty member. Activities may include online learning support, social media updates, media production, facilitating small-group activities and individually critiquing oral performances. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Independent Study

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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. Notes: Only 3 credits may be applied to the communication major. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 208, 303, or 348.
Schedule Type: Internship

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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. 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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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Samuel Robert Lichter — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 206
  • Section 001 — Paul LeValley — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson B202

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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Christopher J. Farrell — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Robinson A101

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

Honors version of COMM 400. Notes: Students may not receive credit for both COMM 400 and 490. Equivalent to COMM 400.
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry
Recommended Prerequisite: Acceptance to pursue honors in the major.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in COMM

COMM 396: Special Topics in Mass Communication (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Counts toward Media Production and Criticism Concentration in the Communication Department. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree.
Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 399: Special Topics in Communication (1-3 Credits)

Topics vary; some require laboratories. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Schedule Type: Lecture

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. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

Graduate

500-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 590: Seminar in Communication (3 Credits)

Intensive study of specific topics; content varies. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
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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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to graduate program in communication or permission of graduate program director.
Registration Restrictions:

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

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Communication.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Undergraduate level students.

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

Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
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: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
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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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Chris Clarke — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Thompson Hall L004

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. May not be repeated for credit.
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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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Katherine E Rowan — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Robinson B218

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. May not be repeated for credit.
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: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

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

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Communication.

Enrollment limited to students in the MA Communication, MAIS Interdisciplinary Studies or PHD Communication programs.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Undergraduate level students.

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

Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
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: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Edward Wile Maibach — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1004

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

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

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

Schedule Type: Seminar

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 630 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

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

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

Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

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

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

Schedule Type: Lecture

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COMM 775: Media Content Analysis (3 Credits)

Introduces content analysis, a research technique for making replicable and valid inferences about text in sources such as news articles, advertisements, and television programs. Students design and conduct research using content analysis techniques. Equivalent to COMM 675.
Registration Restrictions:

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

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

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 600 and COMM 650.
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Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

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

Schedule Type: Thesis

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
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Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

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900-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-15 Credits)

Development of a research proposal that constitutes the basis for a doctoral dissertation. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: Approval of program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation

COMM 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-15 Credits)

Research on an approved dissertation topic under the direction of dissertation committee. Notes: No more than 18 credits of COMM 998 and 999 may be applied to doctoral degree requirements. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 998.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Dissertation

Topics in COMM

COMM 396: Special Topics in Mass Communication (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Counts toward Media Production and Criticism Concentration in the Communication Department. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree.
Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 399: Special Topics in Communication (1-3 Credits)

Topics vary; some require laboratories. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Schedule Type: Lecture

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. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture