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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) Not open to students with credit in 110. (EC) [D]

108 (or ECN 108 or SUS 108) Spaceship Earth: An Introduction to Systems (4)

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) (EC) or (S)

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 (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 or 100H or 110.

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 or 100H or 110.

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 or 100H or 110.

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 or 100H or 110.

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/Online) Pre: 100 or 100H or 110.

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 or 100H or 110.

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)

246 New Media and Society (3)

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) (L) [D]

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 or 100H or 110.

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)

291 Communication Teaching Practicum (1)

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.

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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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

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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

310 Topics in 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/Online) Some topics may be offered online. Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

315 (or SUS 315) Environmental Dimensions of Communication (3)

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.

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. (Lec. 3/Online) Pre: 202 and 208 or 209 or 210 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. 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) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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 (3)

Study and oral presentation of literature by black American authors. Class performances, discussion, reports, and analysis of the literature. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. 231 recommended.

334 Orality and Ancient Greece (3)

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

335 Orality and Ancient Rome (3)

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

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 in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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 in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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 in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

351 Organizational Communication Skills (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) Pre: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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

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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college 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 junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor, 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 or 210 or 221, and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

391, 392 Communication Honors Work (1-3 each)

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.

402 Leadership and Motivation (3)

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

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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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 for a total of 9 credits with different topics. Not for graduate credit.

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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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

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 (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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

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: 231and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. 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/Online) Pre: 340 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

441 Race, Class, and Gender in the 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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

442 Strategic Media Communication

See Public Relations 442.

445 Media Advertising (3)

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: 210 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. 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) Pre: 210 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

450 Organizational Communication Theory (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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.

455 Science and Communication in a Century of Limits (3)

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.

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: junior standing in a degree-granting college 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 and junior standing in a degree-granting college 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 junior standing in a degree-granting college and permission of instructor. 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: junior standing in a degree-granting college and permission of instructor.

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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