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Communication Studies (COM)

Chairperson: Associate Professor Derbyshire

100 Communication Fundamentals (3)

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]

202 Public Speaking (3)

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 (1)

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. Pre: 100.

208 Argumentation and Debate (3)

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: 100.

209 Great American Speeches (3)

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

210 Persuasion: The Rhetoric of Influence (3)

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) Pre: 100.

221 Interpersonal Communication (3)

Examines basic theory and skills, including impact 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: 100.

231 Oral Interpretation of Literature (3)

Recognition and appreciation of content and communication of thought and emotion through oral reading. Practice in the analysis and interpretation of poetry and prose fiction. (Lec. 3)

251 Small Group Communication (3)

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: 100.

271 Web Design and Programming (4)

For students who want to learn to communicate effectively using Web development technology. Explores principles and techniques of client-side programming using XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript following leading-edge standards. Includes designing for Web standards, accessibility, usability, and workflow for Web design. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4)

302 Advanced Public Speaking (3)

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.

307 Audio Communication in the Media (3)

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 (3)

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: 208 or permission of instructor.

310 Contemporary Oral Communication (3)

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) Some topics may be offered online. May be repeated for credit.

316 Communication Criticism (3)

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. May be offered online. 316B Television Criticism. Pre: 202 and 208 or 209 or 210. May not be repeated.

322 Gender and Communication (3)

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)

324 Nonverbal Communication (3)

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 or 221.

325 Communication in Interviewing (3)

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: 202.

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) Pre: 202 and 221 or permission of instructor.

332 Oral Interpretation of Poetry (3)

Practice in the oral interpretation of poetry through oral performance and written analysis. (Lec. 3) Pre: 231 or permission of instructor.

333 (or AAF 333) Oral Interpretation of Black Literature (3)

Study and oral presentation of literature by black American authors. Class performances, discussion, reports, and analysis of the literature. (Lec. 3) 231 recommended.

340 Electronic Media Programming (3)

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 (3)

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 (3)

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 (3)

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 317. May be offered online.

361 Intercultural Communication (3)

Study of cultural similarities and differences as they affect communication within and across cultural boundaries. (Lec. 3/Online)

372 Dynamic Web Design and Programming (4)

Leading edge Web-based information technology for communication in all disciplines. Technology will vary by semester, covering Microsoft or Open Source server-side programming technologies and databases, and relevant design and security issues. (Lec. 2, Lab. 4) Pre: 271 or permission of instructor.

381 Research Methods in Communication (3)

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: 202 and 221.

382 Communication Theory (3)

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 or 221.

383 Rhetorical Theory (3)

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: 202 and 221 or 210 recommended.

385 Communication and Social Influence (3)

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: 202, 210, 221, and junior standing or permission of instructor.

391, 392 Honors Work (1-3 each)

Thesis work or an equivalent independent project under faculty supervision for honor students. (Independent Study)

402 Leadership and Motivation

See Management 402.

405 Humor in Communication (3)

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.

407 Political Communication (3)

Analysis of political communication in campaign and nonelection situations. Examination of ghost writing; content analysis, strategies, image-making of political speaking; TV and radio presentations; influences on and effects of political communication. (Lec. 3)

409 Seminar in American Public Address and Criticism (3)

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) Pre: 316A or 316B or 383.

411 Advanced Rhetorical Theory (3)

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 (3)

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: 381 and 383. Not for graduate credit.

415 The Ethics of Persuasion (3)

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)

421 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3)

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.

422 Communication and Conflict Intervention (3)

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 or 251.

435 Directing Group Performance of Nondramatic Literature (3)

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 (3)

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: 340.

441 Race, Politics, and Media (3)

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: 316A or 383.

445 Television Advertising (3)

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) Pre: 210. Not for graduate credit.

446 Media Theory (3)

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

450 Organizational Communication (3)

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: 251.

461 Managing Cultural Differences in Organizations (3)

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) Pre: 361 or permission of instructor. Not open to students who have credit for BUS 448, MBA 579.

462 Communication and Global Society (3)

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 or permission of instructor.

471, 472 Internship in Communication Studies (1-3 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 Special Problems (1-3 each)

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.

501 Communication Theory (3)

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)

502 Communication Methods (3)

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)

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 (3)

In-depth examination of a topic in interpersonal communication. Students 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 (3)

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.

530 Seminar in Organizational Communication (3)

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 (1-3 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.

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