Course Listings

Course Listings

100 Communication Fundamentals (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Integrates basic theory and experience in a variety of communication contexts including public speaking, small groups, and interpersonal communication. Examines human differences in order to develop more effective communication skills. (Lec. 3) (EC) [D]

110 Communication Fundamentals (4)
Integrates basic theory and experience in communication contexts including public speaking, small groups, and interpersonal communication. Examines human difference in order to develop more effective communication skills, and uses online environments to extend classroom instruction (Lec. 3, Lab. 2) Pre: junior standing. Not open to students with credit in 100. (EC) [D]

202 Public Speaking (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Theory, attitudes and skills essential to effective and ethical public communication. Focus on research, selection and use of evidence, construction of arguments, organization, audience analysis and presentational skills. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100.

207 Forensic Workshop (1cr., Fall & Spring)
Open to students participating in speech or debate activities. (Practicum) Pre: permission of the director of debate. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

208 Argumentation and Debate (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Introduces argumentation theory through the model of academic debate. Stresses critical-thinking skills including analysis, research, organization, and written and oral presentations. Debates are conducted on important social and political issues. (Lec. 3)

209 Great American Speeches (3cr., Fall & Spring)
The study of historically significant ideas, issues, and causes through the critical analysis of selected American speeches. (Lec. 3)

210 Persuasion: The Rhetoric of Influence (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Analysis of communication influencing beliefs, attitudes, and/or behavior. Investigation of rhetorical elements of logical, emotional, and ethical appeals. Study of elements critical for effective producers and consumers of persuasion. (Lec. 3)

221 Interpersonal Communication (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Examines basic theory and skills, including impart of perception, self-concept, listening, nonverbal messages, and language on interpersonal communication, including conflict, relationship development, friendship, family and romantic relationships. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100.

230 The Art of Story Telling (3cr.)
ERecognition and appreciation of content and communication of thought and emotion through storytelling. Practice in the creation and delivery of stories through oral performance and digital storytelling. (Lec. 3) Pre: COM 100 or permission of instructor.

246 New Media and Society (3)
Introduction to basic practices and theories necessary for undertanding and contributing to digital culture. Combines new media theory and practice on topics including blogging, social networking, and virtual reality. (Lec. 3) (L) [D]

251 Small Group Communication (3cr., Fall & Spring)
The study of communicative functions in the small group setting. Includes group dynamics, leadership, problem solving, and decision making. Emphasis on theory and application. (Lec. 3)

271 Web Design and Programming (4cr., Fall & Spring)
Web development with client-side programming using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Includes designing with web standards, accessibility, usability, and site development and management. (Lecture 2, Lab. 4: 4 credits) (Syllabus)

291 Communication Teaching Practicum
Supervised participation in instructional practices for students in communication. Provides exposure to pragmatic classroom issues and experiences in various aspects of teaching at the college level. (Practicum 1cr. Up to 2 total) S/U credit
Pre: Permission of instructor 

Teaching Practicum General Expectations

The teaching internship should reflect the interests, objectives, and goals of both the instructor and student involved. Together, the instructor and student will identify the specific weekly responsibilities necessary to earn credit. General responsibilities to consider include:

      • Assist instructor in classroom discussions and activities
      • Participate in class lectures
      • Work as a student resource – Holding limited office hours
      • Assist with course management

Students will complete the application form in collaboration with the Instructor. The form outlines the agreed upon expectations and responsibilities. Applications will be kept on file by the instructor.

Upon completion of the semester’s internship, the student will submit to the mentoring instructor a reflective paper. The final paper can be in the form of a journal or a comprehensive essay in which they discuss their responsibilities throughout the semester and detail what they have learned and what they are taking away from the internship experience.

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302 Advanced Public Speaking (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Advanced study of public speaking and speech writing. Speaking in television and business settings. Speaking with a manuscript, writing speeches for others, and speech criticism. (Lec. 3) Pre: 202 (101).

307 Audio Communication in the Media (3cr.)
Examination of techniques and production of audio communication. Explores elements of audio communication including radio drama, commercials, news reporting, sports commentary, monologues, narration and voice-over work. (Lec. 3)

308 Advanced Argumentation and Debate (3cr., Spring)
Analysis of the theories of argumentation through specialized forms of debate. Use of legislative, legal, and other situationally specific forms of debate to apply the theories of argumentation. (Lec. 3)

310 Contemporary Oral Communication (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Analysis of contemporary rhetorical theories as they relate to speaking in business, civil rights, education, government, labor, law, and religion. Focus each semester on a critical contemporary issue. (Lec. 3) May be repeated for credit.

316 Communication Criticism (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Study of select methods in the evaluation of communication. Critical methods include but are not limited to rhetorical, media, cultural and various critical theories of race and gender. 316A Rhetorical Criticism; 316B Television Criticism. Pre: 209 (205) or 210. May not be repeated.

322 Gender and Communication (3cr., Spring)
Survey of theories and research on gender and communication. Examines interface of gender and human interaction in interpersonal, group (Including family), educational, organizational, mass media, and social movement contexts. (Lec. 3)

324 Nonverbal Communication (3cr., Fall)
Examines nonverbal communication codes, including their structures, usages, and interrelationships. Stresses student understanding, analysis, and application of nonverbal communication through lecture, discussion, and experiential activities. (Lec. 3) Pre: 202 (101), 221(103).

326 Family Communication (3)
Examines family communication from a symbolic interaction and systems theory perspective. Focuses on primary family functions, including cohesion, and on case studies (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 202 and 221 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

333 (or AAF 333) Oral Interpretation of Black Literature (3cr., Spring)
Study and oral presentation of literature by black American authors. Class performances, discussion, reports, and analysis of the literature. (Lec. 3)

334 Orality and Ancient Greece (3cr.)
Integration of the significant role of rhetoric, orality, presentation skills/styles, literature and history with the culture of the time. (Lec. 3) Pre: COM 100 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

335 Orality and Ancient Rome (3cr.)
Integration of the significant role of rhetoric, orality, presentation skills/styles, literature and history with the culture of the time. (Lec. 3) Pre: COM 100 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

340 Electronic Media Programming (3cr., Fall or Spring)
Overview of various aspects of the operation of radio, television, and cable TV, including industry structure, audience measurement (ratings), programming, and promotion. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.

341 Documentary Pre-production (3cr.)
Understanding the documentary form in both its historic and modern context. Basic camera, shooting, and interviewing techniques are studied. Research and writing a documentary proposal required. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.

342 Documentary Production (3)
Builds on work completed in 341. Field camera operation, lighting, archival materials, writing, directing, producing, and editing a documentary short on a topic researched and pre-produced in 341. (Lec. 3) Pre: 341.

346 Social and Cultural Aspects of Media (3cr.)
Explores social and cultural dimensions of media. Includes case studies of print, television, film, video, and computer-mediated communication. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing or permission of instructor.

351 Oral Communication for Business and Professions (3cr.)
Examination of business and organizational communication. Emphasis on channels of communication, communication barriers, leadership, and the development of communication skills for business and professions. (Lec. 3)

354 International Business Communications Exchange
See Business 354.

361 Intercultural Communication (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Study of cultural similarities and differences as they affect communication within and across cultural boundaries. (Lec. 3)

372 Dynamic Web Design and Programming (4cr., Spring)
Leading edge Web-based information technology for communication in all disciplines. Technology will vary by semester, covering PHP server-side programming technologies and MySQL databases, and relevant design and security issues. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4) Pre: 271 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. (Syllabus)

381 Research Methods in Communication (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Basic concepts and techniques of communication research. Emphasis on analysis of existing communication research and on application of research processes to communication problems or phenomena. (Lec. 3) Pre: 202 (101), 221(103).

382 Communication Theory (3cr.)
A critical survey of social science based communication theories; an examination of the nature, processes and functions of communication theory in a variety of contexts. (Lec 3) Pre: 100, 202 and 221.

383 Rhetorical Theory (3cr.)
Surveys and analyzes rhetorical communication theories and theorists from classical to contemporary times and focuses on rhetoric’s relationship with philosophy, knowledge, reason, science, technology, and culture. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100, 202 (101), and 221 (103).

385 Communication and Social Influence (3cr.)
Focuses on theories of social influence in interpersonal, group, and public settings. Topics include audience analysis, ethics, motivation, messages, psychological and rhetorical, principles, source credibility, and attitude change. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100, 202 (101), 221 (103), 210 and junior standing or permission of instructor.

391, 392 Honors Work (1-3cr. each)
Thesis work or an equivalent independent project under faculty supervision for honor students. (Independent Study) Pre: admission to departmental Honors Program.

402 Leadership and Motivation
Examination of theory and research in the areas of leadership and motivation in organizational settings. Emphasis on application of theory in developing essential leadership skills within individuals and in creating effective motivational programs within organizations. (Lec. 3) Pre: BUS 340, 341, or COM 251 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

405 Humor in Communication (3cr.)
Examination of genres, history, content, structure and performance styles of presentational comedy. Exploration of role of humor in society. Development of original materials for public performance. (Lec. 3) Not for graduate credit.

409 Seminar in American Public Address and Criticism (3cr., Spring)
Study of selected American speakers, speeches, and/or movements. Rhetorical analysis used to measure the impact of speakers, speeches, and social and political movements. (Seminar)

410 Advanced Topics in Communication Studies (3)
Advanced study of selected topics. Subject will vary according to the expertise and availability of instructors. (Lec. 3) Pre: 100 and any 300-level COM course and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. May be repeated fora  total of 9 credits with different topics. Not for graduate credit.

411 Advanced Rhetorical Theory (3cr., Fall)
Advanced study of select contemporary rhetorical theories and their relevance to current topics in language, knowledge, philosophy, culture, modernity and postmodernity. (Lec. 3) Pre: 383.

414 The Rhetoric of Sports in Film (3cr.)
Studies the rhetoric of sports in film. Students identify and analyze rhetorical messages embedded in films that deal with sports as reflections of the filmmaker’s vision by applying film and rhetorical theory. (Lec. 3) Pre: 381 and 383. Not for graduate credit.

415 The Ethics of Persuasion (3cr., Spring)
Relation of persuasion to ethics is examined. Purposes, means, results, and contexts are considered in making rhetorical judgments of interpersonal, political, and institutional communication. (Lec. 3)

416 Propaganda (3)
Examines the history, theory and practice of propaganda. (Lec. 3) Pre: 383 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

421 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3cr., Fall)
Critical study of major issues and theories of interpersonal communication. Focuses on history, models, and research, including conversation, influence, intimacy, language, and relationships. (Lec. 3) Pre: 221(103).

422 Communication and Conflict Intervention (3cr., Spring)
An examination of the role of communication theories in conflict intervention in interpersonal, group, and organizational settings. Emphasis on applying theories through simulations, role plays, case studies, and discussions. (Lec. 3) Pre: 221 (103), 251(220).

435 Directing Group Performance of Nondramatic Literature (3cr., Spring)
Practice in Reader’s Theatre and Chamber Theatre. Emphasis on direction as a rhetorical device in group work with nondramatic literature and compilation of scripts for individual and group performance. (Lec. 3) Pre: 231. In alternate years.

440 Telecommunications Processes and Audience Behavior (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Surveys theories and research concerning role of electronic mass media in contemporary society. Focuses on interplay between mass media content and audience behavior; provides framework for analyzing current telecommunications issues. (Lec. 3) Pre: 210 or permission of instructor.

441 Race, Politics and Media (3cr., Fall)
Exploration of the complex dynamics of race relations and political discourse as contexted in the media. Rhetorical methods of analysis are used to study contemporary media coverage of race issues. (Lec. 3)

442 Strategic Media Communication
See Public Relations 442.

445 Television Advertising (3cr., Spring)
Examination of theory and practice in television advertising. Students will acquire and analyze commercials made by professionals and create and produce television advertisements. (Lec. 3) Not for graduate credit.

446 Media Theory (3cr.)
Examines major theoretical approaches to the study of media. Includes perspectives on media institutions, media texts, and media audiences. (Lec. 3)

447 Primary Media Market Research (3cr.)
Examines the practice and development of market research across a range of media industry products, including TV, movies, and digital entertainment. (Lec. 3)

450 Organizational Communication (3cr., Fall & Spring)

Surveys theory and practice of communication in organizations. Examines interface of organizational, management, and communication theories. Explores human interaction, flows and formats in organizations; stresses student analysis of organizational communication. (Lec. 3) Pre: 351 (320).

455 Science and Communication in a Century of Limits (3cr., Spring)
Communication of scientific observations and projections of global resource and environmental limits is focussed on persuading formation of publics and social movements needed for widespread action in the 21st century. (Lec. 3) (Syllabus)

461 Managing Cultural Differences in Organizations (3cr., Fall & Spring)
Exploring how to manage cultural differences in organization and to adapt to culturally diverse organizations by applying the skills of intercultural sensitivity and intercultural competence. (Lec. 3) Pre: 361 (337) or permission of instructor. Not open to students who have credit for MGT 453, 655, or 657.

462 Communication and Global Society (3cr.)
Exploring various aspects of the relationship between communication and globalization, including a new sense of community, cultural diversity, cultural identity, global media, and global citizenship. (Lec. 3) Pre: six credits in communication or permission of instructor.

471, 472 Internship in Communication Studies (1-3cr. each)
Provides the student with direct supervised participation in a variety of communication situations and occupations. (Practicum) Pre: 18 credits in communication studies and permission of chairperson. S/U only.

491, 492 Advanced Independent Study
Selected areas of study pertinent to communication. Instruction may be offered in class seminar or tutorial environments according to specific needs and purposes. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of chairperson. Communication 491/492 should emphasize theoretical investigation, critique, and analysis in examining communication concepts.

Option 1: Advanced Study in Theory and Research

The objective of option 1 is to provide students the opportunity to pursue scholarly investigation of communication phenomena in a particular context and under the guidance of tenure track faculty with specific, relevant expertise. The experience should allow students to explore issues of interest through a critical, theoretical, and intellectual lens; encouraging them to test, apply, or challenge theory. The chosen topic or area of focus should evolve from the student’s prior experience in a 300 or 400 level course. Students should perform responsibilities consistent with advanced research including but not limited to: idea conception, review of literature, critical analysis, and interpretation and evaluation of research.

Option 2: Advanced Study in Pedagogy

The objective of option 2 is to provide students the opportunity to study and enact academic instruction at the university level. The experience should allow students to develop, perform, and evaluate significant functions associated with communication pedagogy. Interest in the instruction of a particular course should evolve from the student’s prior experience (completion of course) in a 300 or 400 level course. Advanced study in this area should include the research of instructional practices, design of instructional material, implementation of material, and evaluation of instructional experience.


    • Students need to have a minimum of 60 semester hours completed (junior standing).
    • Students must turn in a final project (paper, portfolio, or other tangible product) that reflects the culmination of the advanced study. The final project is negotiated by the student and professor at the beginning of the study period, along with appropriate learning outcomes and objectives.
    • Students need to write an Advanced Study Proposal (similar to the Graduate Independent Study Proposal).

The proposal would include:

    • Statement of rationale
    • Description of study/project
    • Proposed reading list
    • Expectations for study
    • Substantive work
    • Timetable
    • Note: Proposals would be kept on file so that others could get ideas for conducting future advanced study with students.

501 Communication Theory (3cr., Fall)
Discusses the significance of theory to the understanding of communication. Gives an overview of major theories applicable to the study of communication. Explores the relationship between theory and research and investigates emerging theories and applications of theory to emerging forms of communication. (Seminar)

502 Communication Methods (3cr., Spring)
Exploring research methods to acquire ability to understand communication phenomenon, critique and analyze the value of communication studies, and to independently conduct research to answer communication questions and problems. (Seminar)

503 Graduate Practicum Teaching Communication Seminar (1)
Practicum for students teaching postsecondary courses in communication. Provides pedagological training through discussion, observation, and critique. Development and practice of skills, strategies, and pragmatic aspects of teaching in a university community. S/U credit. Offered fall and spring semesters. Must be taken for a total of 3 credits. (Seminar) Pre: communication studies graduate teaching status.

510 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (3cr., Fall)
In-depth examination of a topic in interpersonal communication. Students will review and discuss appropriate literature and author a major research paper. (Seminar) May be repeated under a different topic. Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Every second or third semester.

520 Seminar in Media Studies (3cr., Fall or Spring)
In-depth examination of a topic in mass or electronic media, or new information technologies. Studies will review and discuss appropriate literature and author a major research paper. May be repeated under a different topic. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

530 Seminar in Organizational Communication (3cr.)
In-depth examination of a topic in organizational communication. Students will review and discuss appropriate literature and author a major research paper. May be repeated once under a different topic. (Seminar)

540 Seminar in Public Discourse (3)
In-depth examination of a topic in public discourse. Students will review and discuss appropriate literature and author a major research paper. May be repeated once under a different topic. (Seminar)

591, 592 Independent Study (1-3cr. each)
Students will work with faculty on independent research projects designed to enhance their research skills and further emphasize the content area most germane to the student.

599 Master’s Thesis Research
Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.