Communication Studies B.A.

Course Descriptions

COM100: Communication Fundamentals

(3 crs.) 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. Not open to students with credit in 110. (Lec. 3) (B2)

COM 100H: Honors Section of COM 100: Communication Fundamentals

(3 crs.) Honors Section of COM 100: Communication Fundamentals. Not open to students with credit in COM 110. (Lec. 3) Pre: Must have a 3.40 overall GPA. (B2)

COM 108G: Spaceship Earth: An Introduction to Systems

(4 crs.) Cross-listed as (COM), SUS 108. Through in-depth study of films, readings and web sites, students will explore the economic and ecological principles of sustainability and the rhetorical strands linking scientific evidence, public policies and individual behavior. (Lec. 3, Rec. 1) (B4) (C1) (GC)

COM191: Topics in Communication Studies

(1-3 crs.) Study of select topics in Communication Studies. Subjects vary by availability. May be taken twice with different topics. (Lec. 1-3) Pre: permission of instructor.

COM202: Public Speaking

(3 crs.) 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: COM 100 or 100H or 110.

COM207: Forensic Workshop

(1 cr.) Open to students participating in speech or debate activities. (Practicum) Pre: COM 100 or 100H or 110 and permission of the director of debate. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

COM208: Argumentation and Debate

(3 crs.) 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) Pre: COM 100 or 100H or 110.

COM 208H: Honors Section: Argumentation and Debate

(3 crs.) Honors Section of COM 208: Argumentation and Debate. 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) Pre: 3.40 or better overall GPA, and COM 100 or 100H or 110.

COM209: Great American Speeches

(3 crs.) The study of historically significant ideas, issues, and causes through the critical analysis of selected American speeches. (Lec. 3) Pre: COM 100 or 100H or 110.

COM210: Persuasion: The Rhetoric of Influence

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: COM 100 or 100H or 110.

COM221: Interpersonal Communication

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: COM 100 or 100H or 110.

COM230: The Art of Storytelling

(3 crs.) Recognition 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: COM100.

COM 243G: Advertising and Consumerism

(3 crs.) Critical studies course examining the role of advertising in American consumerism. Course examines the strategies of the adverting industry as well as its effects on our personal, cultural, global, and environmental landscapes. (Lec. 3) (A2) (GC)

COM246: New Media and Society

(3 crs.) Introduction to basic practices and theories necessary for understanding and contributing to digital culture. Combines new media theory and practice on topics including blogging, social networking, and virtual reality. (Lec. 3)

COM 246H: Honors Section of COM 246: New Media and Society

(3 crs.) Honors section of COM 246: New Media and Society. (Lec. 3) Pre: 3.40 overall GPA.

COM251: Small Group Communication

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: COM 100 or 100H or 110.

COM271: Web Design and Programming

(4 crs.) Cross-listed as (CSC), COM 271. Learn to communicate effectively using principles and technologies of client-side web design and programming. Explores HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; current and evolving web capabilities accessibility and usability; and workflow tools.(Lec. 2, Lab. 4)

COM291: Communication Teaching Practicum

(1 cr.) Supervised participation in instructional practice for students in communication. Provides exposure to pragmatic classroom issues and experience in various aspects of teaching at a college level. (Practicum) Pre: permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. S/U only.

COM302: Advanced Public Speaking

(3 crs.) 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: COM 202 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM307: Audio Communication In The Media

(3 crs.) 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) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM308: Advanced Argumentation and Debate

(3 crs.) 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) Pre: COM 208 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM310: Topics in Communication

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Some topics are offered online. Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

COM312: Introduction to Video Games: Design and Development

(4 crs.) Cross-listed as (SCM), ART, COM, FLM 312. Introduces video game development through the perspective of artistic design and production. Projects include pitches, storyboards and mock-ups, narratives and scripts, and prototypes. Entails substantial collaborative work. (Lec. 3, Studio 2) Pre: sophomore standing.

COM315: Environmental Dimensions of Communication

(3 crs.) Cross-listed as (COM), SUS 315. Investigation of individual and mediated environmental messages, analysis and experimentation with the ways communication can affect environmental knowledge, attitudes and behavior, design of communication campaigns to affect resource use and ecological responsibility. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM 316A: Rhetorical Criticism

(3 crs.) 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. May be offered online. (Lec. 3/Online)Pre: junior standing in degree-granting college or permission of instructor. May not be repeated as COM 316A or COM 316B.

COM 316B: Television Criticism

(3 crs.) 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. Pre: junior standing in degree-granting college or permission of instructor. May not be repeated as COM 316A or COM 316B.

COM320: Health Communication

(3 crs.) Cross-listed as (HLT), COM 320. Communication is critical in disease prevention, health promotion and healthcare delivery. Ecological and systems perspectives guide the examination of health communication messages in individual, interpersonal, group, organizational, and mass/mediated contexts. (Lec. 3) Pre: HLT200 or HDF357 or COM221 or COM251 or COM210 or permission of instructor.

COM321: Social Media and Interpersonal Communication

(3 crs.) Explore theories and research on interpersonal communication and social media. Examine social media uses and impact on communication, perceptions, identity construction, relationships, and society. (Lec. 3) Pre: COM 100 or permission of instructor.

COM322: Gender and Communication

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM324: Nonverbal Communication

(3 crs.) 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: COM 202 or 221, and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM325: Communication in Interviewing

(3 crs.) Theory and practice of interviewing as planned communication in different settings for various purposes, including research, professions, and employment. Human diversity, ethics, interpersonal dynamics, and writing are emphasized. (Lec. 3) Pre: COM 202 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM326: Family Communication

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

COM334: Orality and Ancient Greece

(3 crs.) 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.

COM335: Orality and Ancient Rome

(3 crs.) 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.

COM340: Electronic Media Programming

(3 crs.) 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 in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM341: Documentary Pre-production

(3 crs.) 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 in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM342: Documentary Production

(3 crs.) 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: COM 341 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM346: Social and Cultural Aspects of Media

(3 crs.) Explores social and cultural dimensions of media. Includes case studies of print, television, film, video, and computer-mediated communication. (Lec. 3) Pre: Junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM351: Organizational Communication Skills

(3 crs.) 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) Pre: Junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM354: International Business Communications Exchange

(3 crs.) Cross-listed as (BUS), COM 354. Examination of effective international business communication. Use of worldwide email network to exchange views on business topics with counterparts abroad. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM361: Intercultural Communication

(3 crs.) Study of cultural similarities and differences as they affect communication within and across cultural boundaries. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: Junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM 361H: Honors Section of COM 361: Intercultural Communication

(3 crs.) Honors Section of COM 361: Intercultural Communication. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor and 3.40 overall GPA.

COM372: Dynamic Web Design and Programming

(4 crs.) Cross-listed as (CSC), COM 372. Web-based information technology for communication and delivery of dynamically generated content. Technology will include current practice and tools for server-side programming, client-side programming, third-party services, data storage, and security concerns. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4) Pre: CSC / COM 271 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM381: Research Methods in Communication

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: COM 202 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM382: Communication Theory

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: COM 100, COM 202 or COM 221 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM383: Rhetorical Theory

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. COM 202, and COM 221 or COM 210 recommended.

COM392: Communication Honors Work

(1-3 crs.) Thesis work or an equivalent independent project under faculty supervision for honor students. (Independent Study) Pre: Junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM402: Leadership and Motivation

(3 crs.) 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.

COM405: Humor In Communication

(3 crs.) 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) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

COM410: Advanced Topics in Communication Studies

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

COM411: Advanced Rhetorical Theory

(3 crs.) Advanced study of select contemporary rhetorical theories and their relevance to current topics in language, knowledge, philosophy, culture, modernity and postmodernity. (Lec. 3) Pre: COM 383 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM414: The Rhetoric of Sports in Film

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: COM 381 and 383 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

COM415: The Ethics of Persuasion

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM416: Propaganda

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

COM421: Advanced Interpersonal Communication

(3 crs.) 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: COM 221 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM422: Communication and Conflict Intervention

(3 crs.) 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: COM 221 or COM 251 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM435: Directing Group Performance of Nondramatic Literature

(3 crs.) 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: COM 230 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. In alternate years. Not for graduate credit.

COM440: Telecommunications Processes and Audience Behavior

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: COM 340 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM441: Race, Class, and Gender in the Media

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: COM 316A or COM 383 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM442: Strategic Media Communication

(3 crs.) Cross-listed as (PRS), WRT, COM 442, JOR 443. Introduces strategic media relation tactics when responding to the media, specifically crisis communication situations. Students gain practical experience in various writing and speaking opportunities to effectively work with the media. (Lec. 3) Pre: PRS 340. Open only to majors in Communication Studies, Public Relations, Journalism, and Writing. Not for graduate credit.

COM445: Media Advertising

(3 crs.) Examination of theory and practice in media advertising. Students will acquire and analyze commercials made by professionals and create and produce media advertisements. (Lec. 3) Pre: COM 210 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

COM446: Media Theory

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

COM447: Entertainment Media Research

(3 crs.) Examines the practice and development of market research across a range of media industry products, including TV, movies, and digital entertainment. (Lec. 3) Pre: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

COM450: Organizational Communication Theory

(3 crs.) 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: COM 251 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM455: Science and Communication in a Century of Limits

(3 crs.) Communication of scientific observations and projections of global resource and environmental limits is focused on persuading formation of publics and social movements needed for widespread action in the 21st century. (Lec. 3) Pre: seniors with varied backgrounds in science and communications. Not for graduate credit.

COM460: Environmental Communication: Local & Global

(3 crs.) Cross-listed as (COM) SUS 460. Address local and global environmental issues through communication. Target key audiences and move them towards sustainable change and active involvement, improved environmental conditions and quality of life. (Lec. 1, Seminar 2) Pre: junior standing. (C1) (B4)

COM461: Managing Cultural Differences in Organizations

(3 crs.) Exploring how to manage cultural differences in organizations and to adapt to culturally diverse organizations by applying the skills of intercultural sensitivity and intercultural competence. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. Not open to students who have credit for BUS 448, MBA 579.

COM462: Communication and Global Society

(3 crs.) 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/Online) Pre: six credits in communication and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

COM471: Internship in Communication Studies

(1-3 crs.) Provides the student with direct supervised participation in a variety of communication situations and occupations. (Practicum) Pre: 18 credits in communication studies and junior standing in a degree-granting college and permission of instructor. S/U only.

COM472: Internship in Communication Studies

(1-3 crs.) Provides the student with direct supervised participation in a variety of communication situations and occupations. (Practicum) Pre: 18 credits in communication studies and junior standing in a degree-granting college and permission of instructor. S/U only.

COM491: Special Problems

(1-3 crs.) 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: junior standing in a degree-granting college and permission of instructor.

COM492: Special Problems

(1-3 crs.) 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: junior standing in a degree-granting college and permission of instructor.

COM501: Communication Theory

(3 crs.) Discusses the significance of theory to the understanding of communication. Gives an overview of select 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)

COM502: Communication Methods

(3 crs.) Explores research methods to understand communication phenomena, critique and analyze the value of communication studies, and independently conduct research to answer communication questions and problems. (Seminar)

COM503: Graduate Practicum Teaching Communication Seminar

(1 cr.) 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. Must be taken for a total of 3 credits. (Seminar) Pre: communication studies graduate teaching status. S/U only.

COM510: Seminar In Interpersonal Communication

(3 crs.) In-depth examination of a topic in interpersonal communication. Students review and discuss appropriate literature and author a major research paper. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

COM520: Seminar in Media Studies

(3 crs.) In-depth examination of a topic in mass or electronic media, or new information technologies. Students 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.

COM530: Seminar in Organizational Communication

(3 crs.) 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)

COM540: Seminar in Public Discourse

(3 crs.) 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)

COM591: Independent Study

(1-3 crs.) 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.

COM592: Independent Study

(1-3 crs.) 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.

COM599: Master's Thesis Research

(1-6 crs.) Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.