Courses and Syllabi

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Communication Spring 2019

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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COMM 101: Fundamentals of Communication (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: Laboratory, Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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COMM 140: Forensics Seminar I (0-4 Credits)

Intensive work in creative forensics events, including rhetorical criticism and informative, persuasive, extemporaneous, after-dinner, and impromptu speaking. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 5 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Robert Andrew Eilola — 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM S — Exploratory Hall (formerly Science and Tech II) L111

COMM 141: Forensics Seminar II (0-4 Credits)

Intensive work in recreative forensic events, including dramatic duo, program interpretation, poetry interpretation, dramatic interpretation, and prose interpretation. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 5 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Robert Andrew Eilola — 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM S — Exploratory Hall (formerly Science and Tech II) L111

COMM 142: Debate Seminar I (0-4 Credits)

Work in affirmative research, case construction, and oral presentation; directed toward affirmative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 5 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Warren D Decker — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM T — Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall) D001

COMM 143: Debate Seminar II (0-4 Credits)

Work in negative research, case attacks, and oral presentation directed toward negative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 5 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Warren D Decker — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM T — Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall) D001

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Andy Finn — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 206
  • Section 002 — Andy Finn — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Robinson B203
  • Section DL1 — Paula F Nadler — Online

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 101, or equivalent course.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Andy Finn — 01:30 PM to 02:45 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Angela Suarez — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — David King Hall 1011B

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 300: Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (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 Prerequisites: COMM 200C or U200.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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COMM 301: Relational Communication Theory (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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 302: 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section DL1 — Nader Hussein Chaaban — Online
  • Section 002 — Richard T Craig — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Robinson B105
  • Section 001 — Richard T Craig — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — Northeast Module 107

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

COMM 304: Foundations of Health Communication (3 Credits)

Explores health communication research practice: the role of communication in health care delivery, health promotion and disease prevention, risk communication, and personal as well as psychological well-being. Examines interpersonal, organizational, team, family, and intercultural relationships. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section 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. 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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4 Sections 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 100, 101, or 104 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

COMM 327: 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Sergei A Samoilenko — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Innovation Hall 215G

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, 330C, U204 or L330.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Lance E Schmeidler — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Robinson B360

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Megan H. L. Tucker — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Robinson B202

COMM 340: Forensics Seminar III (0-4 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 degree for a maximum 5 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours, or 4 hours of COMM 140. Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Robert Andrew Eilola — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM S — Exploratory Hall (formerly Science and Tech II) L111

COMM 341: Forensics Seminar IV (0-4 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 degree for a maximum 5 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours, or 4 hours of COMM 141. Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Robert Andrew Eilola — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM S — Exploratory Hall (formerly Science and Tech II) L111

COMM 342: Debate Seminar III (0-4 Credits)

Work in affirmative research, case construction, and oral presentation directed toward affirmative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 5 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours, or 4 hours of COMM 142. Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Warren D Decker — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM R — Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall) D001

COMM 343: Debate Seminar IV (0-4 Credits)

Work in negative research, case attacks, and oral presentation directed toward negative analysis of intercollegiate debate proposition. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 5 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours, or 4 hours of COMM 143. Audition required.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Warren D Decker — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM R — Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall) D001

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Kathryn Mangus — 03:00 PM to 03:50 PM W — The Hub (SUB II) 1202
  • Section 001 — Kathryn Mangus — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM W — 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Rodger Smith — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM T — The Hub (SUB II) 1202

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 Prerequisites: COMM 303C or L303.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — John L. Curry — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Innovation Hall 326

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 Prerequisites: COMM 303C or L303.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Warren D Decker — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Robinson B202

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 302 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 367: Children and Media (3 Credits)

Provides an overview of the relationships between children and mass media. Focus of the course is on the effects of media consumption on children's social and psychological well-being. Students will learn major child development theories, review history, economics and regulation of children's programming, and explore children's use of and responses to various media. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Xiaomei Cai — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Innovation Hall 133

COMM 372: Sports and the Media (3 Credits)

Examines the role of mass media in constructing images of athletes, sport, and sports culture. Critical attention is given to broadcast, print, and film of sport media. Assesses sociological and cultural issues that shape sport media and culture. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 60 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections 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. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Title varies by section and/or semester

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits, or 3 credits of lower-division COMM courses.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 Prerequisites: COMM 303C or L303.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Suzanne Lowery Mims — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Innovation Hall 129

COMM 397: Special Topics in Production (1-3 Credits)

Provides hands-on media production experience. Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Studio
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Title varies by section and/or semester

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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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section DL1 — Catherine Wright — Online
  • Section DL2 — Catherine Wright — Online
  • Section 001 — Jacquelyn Poapst — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1005

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 75+ hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Special scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Susan Tomasovic — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Innovation Hall 135

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 353.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: COMM 303C or L303.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Christina Tyler Wenks — 01:30 PM to 04:10 PM M — 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credit hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Samuel Robert Lichter — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Krug Hall 5
  • Section 002 — Samuel Robert Lichter — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Innovation Hall 204

COMM 491: RS: Honors Research Project in Communication (3 Credits)

Completion of independent honors research project under the guidance of the student's faculty sponsor. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of COMM 490 with minimum grade of 3.0 and approval of honors project prospectus.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Chris Clarke — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall 2408

600-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 605: Intercultural Communication (3 Credits)

Analyzes communication variables related to communication across cultures. Topics include nonverbal communication, time conceptualizations, perceptions and attitudes, values, social organization patterns, cultural norms, language, ethics, conflict across cultures, and research in intercultural 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Mark C Hopson — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson B442

COMM 620: Health Communication (3 Credits)

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. 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Kevin B Wright — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M — Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall 2411

COMM 632: Persuasion Theory (3 Credits)

Introduces students to the processes and effects of persuasive communication. Covers key theories of persuasion, behavior change, information processing, message effects, as well as important frameworks that guide the practice of persuasion in applied settings. Particular attention is paid to message features that generate predictable effects and how such effects may vary across different communicative situations. 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Xiaoquan Zhao — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall 1111

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 642: Science and the Public (3 Credits)

Examines the relationship between science and society, with a particular emphasis on the role of communication in shaping public opinion on issues related to science and technology. 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Chris Clarke — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall 2408

700-Level Courses in COMM

COMM 701: Communication Science Research Practicum (3 Credits)

Coordinates students into a research team to propose, test and report the findings of a two or three variable hypothesis. Conduct a research project that will make a publishable contribution to the communication science literature. May not be repeated for credit. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: COMM 650B- and 700B-.
B- Requires minimum grade of B-.

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

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

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 721: E-Health Communication (3 Credits)

Explores the use of computer-mediated communication technologies in health care and health promotion, including examination of technology in health information dissemination, health education, health communication interventions, and the management of health care delivery. 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 002 — Kevin B Wright — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — East Building 134

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. 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

COMM 735: Crisis Communication (3 Credits)

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Katherine E Rowan — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T — Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall 2408

COMM 750: Research Methods II (3 Credits)

Extends basic research knowledge and skills learned in COMM 650 Research Methods I. Students will be taught to analyze and synthesize literature, develop theoretical linkages, and construct measurement scales. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 650.
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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Emily K. Vraga — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Robinson B442

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.
Registration Restrictions:

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

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

Schedule Type: Thesis
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Special scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Gary L. Kreps — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W — Northeast Module 107