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Communication Studies

Sample Course Descriptions


Typical Fall Semester Courses
Typical Spring Semester Courses

This term's Communications Course Offerings


Sample of Fall Semester Course Offerings with Descriptions for Communications Studies:

COM 100 - Communication Fundamentals  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 202 - Public Speaking  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 210 - Persuasion: Rhetoric of Influence (3unit)

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.

 

COM 221 - Interpersonal Communication  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 231 - Oral Interpretation of Literature  (3unit)

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

 

COM 251 - Small Group Communication  (3unit)

The study of communicative functions in the small group setting. Includes group dynamics, leadership, problem solving, and decision making. Emphasis on theory and application.

 

COM 310 - Contemporary Oral Communication (3unit)

Analysis of contemporary rhetorical theories as they relate to speaking in business, civil rights, education, government, labor, law, and religion. Topics vary and focus each semester on different critical contemporary issues, such as those listed below. May be repeated for credit.

  • The Murderous Gaze and the Rhetoric of Hitchcock  (3unit)
  • The Rhetoric of American Veteran Reentry in Modern Cinema  (3unit)
  • The Internet and Global Communications  (3unit)

 

COM 316 - Communication Criticism  (3unit)

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.  Topics vary by semester and include Rhetorical Criticism and Television Criticism. May not be repeated.

 

COM 324 - Nonverbal Communication  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 341 - Documentary Pre-production  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 346 - Soc &Cultural Aspects of Media  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 361 - Intercultural Communication  (3unit)

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)

 

COM 422 - Communication and Conflict Intervention  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 441 - Race, Politics and Media  (3unit)

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) Pre: 316A or 383.

 

COM 445 - Television Advertising  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 462 - Communication & Global Society  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 501 - Communication Theory  (3unit)

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)

 

COM 510 - Sem Interpersonal Com: Adult Friend and Romantic Relationships  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 520 - Seminar in Media Studies: Media and Emotions  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 591 - Independent Study  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 592 - Independent Study  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 599 - Master's Thesis Research  (6unit)

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


Sample of Spring Semester Course Offerings with Descriptions for Communications Studies:

COM 100 - Communication Fundamentals  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 202 - Public Speaking  (3unit)

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.


COM 210 - Persuasion: Rhetoric of Influence  (3unit)

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.


COM 221 - Interpersonal Communication  (3unit)

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.
Pre: 100.


COM 231 - Oral Interpretation of Liter  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 251 - Small Group Communication  (3unit)

The study of communicative functions in the small group setting. Includes group dynamics, leadership, problem solving, and decision making. Emphasis on theory and application.
Pre: 100.


COM 310 - Contemporary Oral Communication  (3unit)

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

 

COM 316 - Communication Criticism  (3unit)

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.  Topics vary by semester and may include 316A Rhetorical Criticism (316A) or Television Criticism (316B).  Pre: 202 and 208 or 209 or 210.

 

COM 342 - Documentary Production  (3unit)

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.   Pre: 341.

 

COM 346 - Social  and Cultural Aspects of Media  (3unit)

Explores social and cultural dimensions of media. Includes case studies of print, television, film, video, and computer-mediated communication. Pre: junior standing or permission of instructor.

 

COM 361 - Intercultural Communication  (3unit)

Study of cultural similarities and differences as they affect communication within and across cultural boundaries.

 

COM 381 - Research Methods Communication  (3unit)

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.  Pre: 202 and 221.

 

COM 382 - Communication Theory  (3unit)

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.  Pre: 100, 202 or 221.

 

COM 383 - Rhetorical Theory  (3unit)                                                                                   

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.  Pre: 202 and 221 or 210 recommended.

 

COM 411 - Advanced Rhetorical Theory  (3unit)

Advanced study of select contemporary rhetorical theories and their relevance to current topics in language, knowledge, philosophy, culture, modernity, and postmodernity.  Pre: 383.

 

COM 414 - Rhetoric of American Sports in Film  (3unit)

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.   Pre: 381 and 383

 

COM 415 - The Ethics of Persuasion  (3unit)

Relation of persuasion to ethics is examined. Purposes, means, results, and contexts are considered in making rhetorical judgments of interpersonal, political, and institutional communication.

 

COM 422 - Communication and Conflict Intervention  (3unit)

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.  Pre: 221 or 251.

 

COM 440 - Telcommunications Processes and Audience Behavior  (3unit)

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. Pre: 340.

 

COM 441 - Race, Politics and Media  (3unit)

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.
Pre: 316A or 383.

 

COM 445 - Television Advertisng  (3unit)

Examination of theory and practice in television advertising. Students will acquire and analyze commercials made by professionals and create and produce television advertisements.
Pre: 210

 

COM 461 - Managing Cultural Differences in Organizations  (3unit)

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.
Pre: 361 or permission of instructor.

 

COM 462 - Communication & Global Society  (3unit)

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.  Pre: six credits in communication or permission of instructor.

 

COM 502 - Communication Methods  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 530 - Seminar in Organizational Communications  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 540 - Seminar in Public Discourse : Public Sphere (3unit)

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.

 

COM 592 - Independent Study  (3unit)

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.

 

COM 599 - Master's Thesis Research  (1-6unit)

Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee.