Communication Courses

 

COMM100 Introduction to Communication

Emphasizes the process of communication on the personal, group, and public levels.  Students develop abilities to:  interact in ways that are both effective and appropriate, demonstrate physical and verbal control while presenting, become more sensitive and aware of self and others, and listen critically to analyze and evaluate the messages of others.  Students will consider the art and technical aspects of communication and apply skills and concepts to various communication situations.

Prerequisites:  None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM102 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to increase the student's ability to express their ideas both verbally as well as in writing, strengthen delivery competence in a variety of public speaking opportunities, and develop the critical listening skills needed to analyze and evaluate the speeches of others.  Public speeches are not only a means of communicating; they are also a form of self-expression and influence within a society.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM103 Small Group Communication

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Addresses the theory and practice of small group communication. Students will identify and demonstrate the techniques of how to lead and participate in a small group.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM104 Interpersonal Communication

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Emphasizes understanding and improving habits of human communication.  The student will gain insight in the areas of applied interpersonal communication ethics -- skills needed in managing personal, community, and corporate relations in ways that are both effective and appropriate.  The student will also display and support interpersonal competencies through a variety of communication mediums, which build communicator versatility.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM110 Speech for Foreign Students
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Designed to enhance the speech of students for who English is a second language. Through speaking activities, both in and out of class, students focus on naturalizing their spoken English to a more understandable and useful tool of communication. Emphasis is placed on neutralizing non-English pronunciation, melody pattern and phonation.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM119 First Year Seminar for Communication Students
[Minimum Semester Hours: 1 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 1 sh]
Introduces communication majors to the university learning environment and their chosen program of study. Students will learn about the requirements of the Communication program, internships options, career paths, and the competencies and professional behaviors expected of professionals in the field. The course also covers specific learning strategies, classroom technologies, and institutional resources that might help them achieve their goals.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

COMM150 Intro Mass Communication

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Survey of the American mass media with emphasis on historical development, economic structure, organization, function and effects in society today. The course is a core requirement for all Communication majors.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM190 Writing for the Mass Media

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Examines basic principles of effective journalistic composition, emphasizing in particular the development and organization of ideas relevant to news events and the expression of those ideas in clear expository prose. Students will read a variety of prose models and write a specified number of news articles. The news writing process includes researching, interviewing, drafting, revising, and submissions in a timely fashion.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM200 Voice and Articulation

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Improvement of the physical act of speaking through work on diction, projection, vocal quality, pitch, and time factors. Physiological, phonetic, and psychological foundations considered. Students will be introduced to the rudiments of the international phonetic alphabet. Individual and group activities are an integral part of this course. Class attendance is a critical part of the successful completion of this course.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM201 Communication Practicum 1 (1.0 sh)

Provides hands-on skill development related to the student's disciplinary interests within the Communication program.  Students majoring in the Journalism, Electronic Media, and Public Relations and Advertising tracks in the Communications program will complete three credits of Practicum during their sophomore and junior years.  Each practicum credit requires 45 service hours to an approved student organization.

Prerequisites: None 


 

COMM202 Communication Practicum 2 (1.0 sh)

Provides hands-on skill development related to the student's disciplinary interests within the Communication program.  Students majoring in the Journalism, Electronic Media, and Public Relations and Advertising tracks in the Communications program will complete three credits of Practicum during their sophomore and junior years.  Each practicum credit requires 45 service hours to an approved student organization.

Prerequisites: None


 

COMM203 Communication Practicum 3 (1.0 sh)

Provides hands-on skill development related to the student's disciplinary interests within the Communication program.  Students majoring in the Journalism, Electronic Media, and Public Relations and Advertising tracks in the Communications program will complete three credits of Practicum during their sophomore and junior years.  Each practicum credit requires 45 service hours to an approved student organization.

Prerequisites: None


 

COMM205 Computer-Mediated Writing

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Students will use techniques of computer word-processing and other applications to compose sophisticated written documents. Primary focus is on using computers to improve design, composition, editing, and revision skills.

Prerequisite: ( CISC150 AND ENGL100 ) OR ( CISC150 AND HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM208 Communication Theory

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Surveys dominant theories in interpersonal, group, public, and mass communication. Emphasis is placed on both establishing frameworks that provide a contest for each theory and demonstrating how theories help illustrate the process of communication in applied settings.

Prerequisite: ( COMM100 ) OR ( COMM102 ) OR ( COMM103 ) OR ( COMM104 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM210 Gender and the Mass Media
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Explores significant issues and representational practices in the relationship among women, men, and the mass media. Students will examine the sociological, psychological, historical, and cultural construction of gender and the influence of the media upon these processes.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM215 Sports Broadcasting
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Examination of the industry, history, practice, ethics and theory of sports broadcasting. Particular attention given to sportscasts, play-by-play and color commentaries and production techniques.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

COMM220 Oral Interpretation

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to improve interpretation and delivery skills in the performance of literature, and to develop the critical listening skills needed to analyze and evaluate the performance of others.  Students will complete individual and group work in the selection, analysis, preparation, and presentation of published literary works from prose, drama, and poetry.

Prerequisite:  COMM100 OR COMM102 OR COMM104

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM240 Online Public Relations

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Examines new media technologies used to publish public relations information on the Internet. Primary foci are gathering data, constructing multi-media public relations releases, and publishing on a website documents with embedded audio and video. Students gain practical experience in delivering information electronically.

Prerequisite: ( COMM190 ) OR ( JOUR190 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM250 The Movies Look at the Media Professions

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Encourage students to think critically about the media professions - journalism, advertising, public relations, and the entertainment industries - by watching and analyzing movies about them. Students will compare these filmic representations with scholarly and critical readings that explore how media professionals and others view the work that they do.

Prerequisite: ( COMM150 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM290 Multimedia Journalism

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Helps students to identify, focus, and shape stories for a variety of media.  Students will build upon news writing skills developed in COMM190 by concentrating on the use of news gathering techniques, including research and interviewing.  Students will write, shoot, report and produce stories for print, online, audio and mobile.

Prerequisite: ( COMM190 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM292 Principles of Advertising

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of the psychology, sociology, economics, and philosophy of advertising with special reference to creative strategy, copywriting, and design service to advertising campaigns. The course also examines the role and impact of advertising on society.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM295 Radio Journalism

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Students will learn to record, edit and produce audio segments suitable for professional broadcast.  Students will produce a weekly radio program.

Prerequisite:  COMM190


 

COMM300 Organizational Communication
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Designed to examine verbal and written communication that occurs in organizations. Included in this focus are, among other topics, informal and formal methods of communication, power bases, leadership and corporate communication flow.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM301 Listening and Conflict Management
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Introduces students to concepts of listening and teaches them how to manage conflicts through a variety of effective methods. Students will develop skills involved in the listening process to increase their understanding of others' thoughts and feelings and gather accurate information. They will overcome barriers to effective listening and be able to provide more accurate responses to questions. Students study and broaden their own conflict management styles. Students learn the principles of mediation and negotiation.

Prerequisite: ( COMM102 ) OR ( COMM103 ) OR ( COMM104 )

Corequisite: None


 

COMM303 Argumentation & Debate

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to improve analytical skills in construction of arguments, debating skills in defending those arguments, critical listening skills needed to analyze and evaluate the arguments of others.  Students will study thinking, argumentation, and their practical application to extemporaneous debate.

Prerequisite: COMM100 OR COMM102

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM304 Intercultural Communication

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Introduces verbal and non-verbal intercultural communication as they apply to a variety of cultures, including American subcultures. Discussion topics will include: the impact that cultural differences have on language, culture and communication, value differences, non-domestic cultures, verbal and non-verbal interaction. Students will investigate the implications of intercultural communication on business, education and tourism.

Prerequisite: ( COMM102 ) OR ( COMM103 ) OR ( COMM104 ) OR ( COMM110 ) OR ( COMM202 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM305 Television Criticism

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A survey of contemporary critical methods used to examine the aesthetic and sociological aspects of television. Extensive reading in critical literature is supplemented by analyses of selected television programs.

Prerequisite: ( COMM190 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM310 Television Journalism

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Introduces skills in reporting, writing, and assembling audio and visual material for television news. Students use tudio and field equipment to prepare, produce, and edit news and sports stories.

Prerequisite: ( COMM190 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM315 Corporate Video Production

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Instructs students in the planning and production of video programs for business, industry, and nonprofit institutions.  Through lecture, discussion and laboratory experiences, students learn to use video as a promotional tool in the business sector.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM317 Radio Workshop

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

A workshop providing direct practical experience in radio. Develops skills in producing dramatic musical productions as well as commercials and Public Service Announcements.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM318 Video Workshop
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Introduces principles and skills associated with effective television performance. The course emphasizes skills necessary for practicing television journalists and presenters.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM320 Business Communication
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Advanced practice in effective speaking and listening: reports and sales presentations, policy speeches, and conference leadership techniques employed in business and industry. Special attention is paid to the vital role management plays in developing, initiating and maintaining effective communication within the business/industrial setting.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None


 

COMM325 Film Today

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course will examine current and recent cinema, critically evaluating films of all kinds. These will include products of the American film industry, independent, documentary, and experimental films, films made for television and video-cassette, and foreign films released in this country.

Prerequisite: ( COMM150 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM328 Humanities Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A contextual or situational approach to communication studies with emphasis on investigation, analysis, and critique. Topics might include, among others, political rhetoric in a presidential election, communication in the workplace, current issues in cross-cultural communication, modern trends in relationship development, and forensic methods for educators.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM330 Cultural Studies in Mass Communication

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

An examination of issues concerning access and representation in the mass media.  Of central interest are the practices of the media industries and their relationships with social change coalitions concerned about media representations of cultural identity including gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation.

Prerequisite: ( COMM150 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM333 Public Relations

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

The nature and scope of public relations; the principles and techniques underlying the practice of public relations. Emphasis on the public relations practitioner as a communication specialist who explores and maintains channels of communication between organizations and the public.

Prerequisite: ( COMM102 ) OR ( COMM103 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM340 Advertising Design

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Advertisements that can be designed on a computer constitute the content of the course. Enticement, composition, and impact form the three theoretical areas upon which advertising design will focus.

Prerequisite: ( COMM190 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM345 Advanced Public Speaking

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Advanced study of the theory and practice of oral discourse. Projects, assignments, and coursework designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in oral communication beyond the level achieved in Fundamentals of Public Speaking.

Prerequisite: ( MCOM100 ) OR ( SPCH100 ) OR ( SPCH102 ) OR ( SPCH103 ) OR ( SPCH104 ) OR ( COMM100 ) OR ( COMM102 ) OR ( COMM103 ) OR ( COMM104)

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM350 Introduction to Communication Research
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Focuses on the basics of research in the field of communication. Through reading, class discussion, lecture, exercises and assignments, students will explore how to write a professional, academic or business research proposal. In addition, students will critically analyze others' research.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM355 Environmental Journalism
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
Presents the writing techniques students need to communicate simply and effectively for the media about science, environment, health and medical topics.

Prerequisite: ( COMM290 )

Corequisite: None


 

COMM360 Communication Analysis

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

This course is an analysis of the persuasion that impacts us all, often beneath the level of awareness.  Students explore the process and purpose of analyzing messages that rely on verbal and nonverbal symbols that more or less intentionally influence social attitudes, values, beliefs, and actions.  Students make connections between the rhetorical message and ideas such as quality, value, goodness, and rightness to ensure that the power of rhetoric is used competently.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM370 Topics in Communication

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A topical approach to applied communication practice designed to explore specialized knowledge and skills. Topics might include, among others, special events planning, gender and communication, digital video editing, and agricultural public relations.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM375 Persuasion

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A study of the factors related to attitude-change through oral communication. General theories of persuasion and an introduction to modern experimental research in the area included.

Prerequisite: ( COMM102 ) OR ( COMM103 ) OR ( COMM104 ) OR ( COMM202 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM390 Feature Writing

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Focus is on writing issue-oriented features and personality profiles. Attention given to structure, style, and content of features and to various ways to begin and end features. Also discussed are techniques of fiction writing that can be applied to features.

Prerequisite: ( COMM190 AND ENGL100 ) OR ( COMM190 AND HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM391 Sports Writing

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A workshop providing direct practical experience in sports writing. Focus is on news gathering and writing techniques. Attention also given to ethics, business and financial aspects of sports, sports columns, investigative sports writing, sports features, and the history of sports writing.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM392 Documentary Film

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

A study of the art and development of non-fiction film, examining the major documentary film movements and filmmakers.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM393 News Editing
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]
Focus on editing copy and designing news pages for print and web. Attention given to the elements of typography, design, and computer usage in the news room.

Prerequisite: ( COMM190 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM394 Magazine Writing
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]
A workshop providing direct practice experience in magazine writing. Researching, writing, and marketing professional magazine articles of various kinds.

Prerequisite: ( COMM190 )

Corequisite: None


 

COMM400 Communication Capstone Seminar

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Addresses the process of communication and communication issues as they relate to the public, and practical applications.  Students will develop a professional portfolio and explore current issues affecting the industry, including matters of professional ethics and responsibility.  Topics will be addressed from the perspective of the student's major emphasis.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM405 Communication and Responsibility

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Designed to explore the appropriate and effective use of words and actions as they affect our communication and relationships. We discuss theories and standards by which our communicative acts are chosen and evaluated. We discuss responsible communicative choices we make in order to refine our various communicative paradigms. Finally, this course can help communicators deal with the consequences that result from using language and nonverbal communication competently and ethically. Restricted to students who have completed 60 credits or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM450 Opinion Writing

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Writing opinion in the form of editorials and reviews. For editorial writing, the course will use a critical thinking model to analyze social issues; for review writing, it will focus on aesthetic issues in various art forms.

Prerequisite: ( COMM190 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM488 Case Studies in Public Relations

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A case study approach to examine concrete public relations settings and situations that illustrate the possibilities and limitations of public relations effectiveness. Students explore the range of strategies that businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies have adopted in varied circumstances and learn how to assess the practical and ethical implications of these strategic choices thus developing an effective public relations management perspective.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM491 Propaganda and Public Opinion

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A detailed study of propaganda and public opinion from World War II to the present. Special emphasis is given to the media of propaganda. The course also focuses on propaganda strategies in industrial and non-industrial countries.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM493 Online Journalism

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

Exams new media technologies used to communicate newsworthy information over the Internet.  Primary foci are gathering data and constructing new forms of news for online and mobile delivery.  Students gain practical experience in managing and delivering information electronically.

Prerequisite: ( COMM190 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM494 Communication Law & Ethics
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3sh ]

An analysis of the central legal themes relevant to the activities of working journalists:  free speech, libel, privacy, copyright, obscenity, courtroom news, and broadcast regulation.  Students learn the application of ethical theory to journalism praxis.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 )

Corequisite:   None


 

COMM495 Public Relations Writing
[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

A writing-intensive course that allows students to develop skills in a variety of specialized public relations tasks targeting specific audiences.  Topics might include press releases, media advisories, brochures, newsletters, and fundraising packages.

Prerequisite: ( ENGL100 ) OR ( HONR111 )

Corequisite: None


 

COMM496 Advertising Campaign Development

[Minimum Semester Hours: 3 sh; Maximum Semester Hours: 3 sh]

Acquaints students with the major phases involved in the development of an advertising campaign, from market research, creative copy writing and advertising design, to media placement and the testing of advertising effectiveness. Students examine and critique specific advertising campaigns and construct a campaign for a specific client as a major course project.

Prerequisite: ( COMM292 )

Corequisite:   None

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