Communication

Courses

COM 500 Reading & Res Communication 3.0 Credits

Introduces graduate study in the communication program. Presents issues and concepts for this course and other graduate courses. Focuses on issues such as reading complex texts, both theoretical and research-oriented. Also introduces the range of fields in professional communication.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 505 Sports Journalism 3.0 Credits

This course enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning-making power of sports journalism. The changing role of the sports journalist, from the mythmaking and hero-worship seen during the field's infancy, to the detachment and devotion to the craft of journalism that marked sports reporting beginning in the mid-20th Century, are explored.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 510 Technical Writing 3.0 Credits

An intensive workshop course in writing technical abstracts, proposals, manuals and reports. Focuses on developing reader-centered documents for a variety of audiences and purposes through the use of a number of styles. Aids students in developing greater awareness of the varieties of rhetorical situations and styles found in their careers.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 515 Cultural Significance of Fame 3.0 Credits

This course explores our fascination with fame and celebrity, and the desire of so many people to achieve fame: from Alexander the Great to American Idol. Key issues include: the mass media's role in creating the cultural significance of fame, psychological characteristics of fame seekers, and changes in what it means to be a fan of the famous.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 516 Campaigns for Health and Environment 3.0 Credits

This reading and writing intensive, seminar-style course explores theories and practical aspects of environmental information campaigns and community-based social marketing campaigns. The theories and frameworks presented in this course apply to health issues as well as environmental issues. This course has a strong applied component.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 517 Environmental Communication 3.0 Credits

This reading and writing intensive course will explore communication about environmental issues. Topics can include advocacy campaigns, social marketing, environmental journalism, media coverage of environmental issues, green marketing, the environment in popular culture, risk communication, and public participation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 520 Science Writing 3.0 Credits

An intensive workshop course in communicating scientific information to the public, including reading and discussion of science journalism. Focus is placed on how to translate and reinterpret technical and scientific information for a general readership.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 525 Document Design and Evaluation 3.0 Credits

Examines research and theory on the design of documents. Introduces research methodologies appropriate for the evaluation of scientific and technical communications. Examines research in document design and usability, testing and other strategies for collecting, analyzing and presenting data.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 530 Techniques and Science of Photography 3.0 Credits

Introduces the techniques of photography. Enhances students understanding of photography to better enable them to use photographs and services of photographers as communicative media.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 535 Digital Publishing 3.0 Credits

This course provides students with applied and theoretical knowledge of the current state of digital publishing, which includes a diverse range of digital media and channels including: email, websites, blogs, forums, DVDs, CD-ROMs and electronic books. Students will focus on issues relating to writing text optimized for online consumption and integrating text and graphics to create and publish a professional, branded and visually appealing blog, website, and other electronic artifacts, such as email newsletters/promotions, custom social media graphics and/or an infographic. Students will also consider how issues in document design and usability can be used to evaluate websites and other digital publications. The ethical issues of digital publishing and sources for copyright free photo/image use are explored.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 536 Strategic Social Media Communication 3.0 Credits

Students explore the evolution of social media and the impact that “media convergence” culture has on brands and organizations. Social media platforms facilitated by Web-based and mobile technologies are explored and evaluated. Theoretical approaches and research-based best practices for strategic social media marketing plans and integrating social platforms/tools and technologies into existing marketing plans and legacy media are explored. Students will analyze how real brands are using social media, engage in social media activities and develop and implement elements of a strategic social media plan for an organization or business including: creation of a social media space, evaluation plan that will utilize native or third-party analytic tools and a plan for best practices for social media use in a crisis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 540 Technical and Science Graphics 3.0 Credits

Covers the design and production of graphic materials for technical and scientific purposes. Allows students to begin to understand the visual aspects of communication. Focuses on the use of type, art, and photographs to reinforce the written message.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 541 Introduction to Public Relations 3.0 Credits

This introductory course is designed for students who are new to public relations. This course introduces students to the basic theories, strategies, tactics and skills that form the foundation of public relations practice. Students will learn about public relations as a professional field, and the importance of public relations as a strategic tool to interact with internal and external audiences. This course will cover tactics such as corporate social responsibility and reputation management, and will provide students with basic skills related to media relations, public relations research and PR writing.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 542 Public Relations Writing 3.0 Credits

This course teaches students the preparation of advanced public relations materials such as public service announcements, press statements, backgrounders, brochures, facts sheets, features, opinion pieces and other related communication materials. It will consider the preparation of materials for different outlet (e.g. writing for print/websites as opposed to writing for radio and TV). This course also provides a brief introduction to speech writing. This is a workshop oriented class with a focus on persuasive writing. To enroll in this class you must first earn a grade of "B" or better in COM 541 Introduction to Public Relations or get permission from the MS COM advisor to waive this requirement.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 541 [Min Grade: B]

COM 543 Public Relations Planning 3.0 Credits

This graduate level course will enable students to put into practice the theoretical knowledge, research skills, interpersonal and group skills, writing skills, and creative problem solving abilities developed throughout their public relations studies. This course will help students approach public relations strategically so they will be able to apply public relations techniques and theories to the creation, execution and management of public relations plans and campaigns. To enroll in this class you must first earn a grade of "B" or better in COM 541 Intro to Public Relations or get permission from the MS COM advisor to waive this requirement.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 541 [Min Grade: B]

COM 550 Video Production for Science & Technology 3.0 Credits

Introduce the techniques of studio and field video production for technical and science subjects. Teaches students to produce their own video for training purposes or information access.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 562 International Negotiations 3.0 Credits

This course examines theoretical and practical elements of international negotiations. Students are taken into the work of diplomats, policymakers, and corporate leaders negotiating agreements and are guided through psychological, sociological, and political dimensions of the talks process. By the end of this course students will be able to analyze negotiations scientifically and professionally.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 563 Event Planning 3.0 Credits

This course will provide the student with the theoretical and practical fundamentals in understanding the complexities of producing special events across all major industries.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 565 Journalists, Courts and the Law 3.0 Credits

Students explore and apply techniques for covering the court system, and explore case law and recent key legal developments that have reshaped how journalists do their jobs.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 570 Technical, Science and Health Editing 3.0 Credits

Covers techniques of formal editing, including project and copy editing. Requires students to read, discuss and edit numerous types of documents from professional, government and industry sources.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 575 Grant Writing for the Arts and Humanities 3.0 Credits

Students develop the skills needed to write an effective grant proposal. Topics include idea development, analyzing a team's capabilities to complete a project, developing a clear plan of attack, locating funding sources, honing research skills, and effectively using graphic elements in proposal design.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 576 Nonprofit Communications 3.0 Credits

All nonprofit organizations must develop and maintain effective communication strategies in order to survive in a competitive economy. Nonprofits have unique needs and limitations in their longterm goals and short-term operations that relate to communication. This course introduces students to the ways nonprofits communicate with both their constituents and their benefactors and the ways researchers have examined these practices. Students will explore these two perspectives on nonprofit communication through a combination of scholarly readings, dialogues with local representatives in the nonprofit sector, and direct contact and work for a local nonprofit organization (as coordinated by the Drexel Center for the Support of Nonprofit Communication).

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 577 Communication for Civic Engagement 3.0 Credits

Extremist rhetoric and divisive politics seem to go hand-in-hand in today’s public deliberations. The media so often pair the word rhetoric itself with the pejorative adjectives mere, empty, and deceptive, that anything rhetorical becomes vilified. This course draws from the ancient accounts of rhetoric and the contemporary studies on rhetoric to rehabilitate it as a way to inform our efforts towards a more civil public discourse. This course also will host guest speakers from local civic and political organizations who engage in rhetorical practices in the service of civic engagement, which includes the discourse both of people who exercise political power and of citizens who debate over public policies and cultural identity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 586 International Communication 3.0 Credits

This course is taught within the paradigm of media ecology. Such issues as the historical context, theoretical concepts, economic and structural aspects of international communication is considered. The effects of culture, language, religion, history, politics, and tradition on the process of international communication are also examined.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 600 Graduate Seminar in Communication 3.0 Credits

This is an upper-level graduate seminar in various topics in Communication, including but not limited to Public Relations, Journalism, and Non-profit Communication. Students will undertake an in-depth examination of critical texts or themes in Communication. The course is intended for graduate students in the MS Communication program and can be repeated for credit with a different topic. This course is open to all students at the graduate-level.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 4 times for 15 credits

COM 610 Theories of Communication and Persuasion 3.0 Credits

Examines the application of theories and models of communication and persuasion. Introduces theories underlying technical communication and issues informing the discipline. Draws readings from a number of disciplines, such as rhetoric, cognitive psychology, discourse analysis, linguistics, and communication.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 611 Interconnections: Science, Technology, Literature and the Arts 3.0 Credits

Examines issues concerning relations among science, technology, literature, and the arts, and leads students to learn something if the nature of science and technology and explore the contribution of literature, the arts, and aesthetic theory to effective science and the technical communication.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 612 Ethics for Technical, Science and Health Communication 3.0 Credits

Studies principles and concepts of ethics for technical, health and scientific writers, editors and publishers. Examines moral presuppositions of the profession as they pertain to technical, health and scientific communications, to the effects of computer technologies on ethical practices in the workplace, and to the responsibilities of editors for preventing fraud.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 613 Ethics for Public Communication 3.0 Credits

This course is a seminar in journalism and public relations ethics. Topics discussed include: professional responsibilities of journalists with respect to truth-telling and objectivity in reporting the news; ethical issues surrounding morally offensive radio and television content; ethical issues concerning what is and is not covered by the news and manipulative advertising.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 650 Telecommunications Regulation and Policy 3.0 Credits

The historical, governmental, social, economic and political structures of telecommunications policies are examined. Special emphasis is placed on how assumptions concerning living in an information age affect policies, philosophies, structures and outcomes, especially at a global level.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 660 Investigative Journalism 3.0 Credits

An intensive hands-on course in researching and writing investigative news stories. Students will select and cover beats and submit a series of in-depth articles on deadline.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 670 Medical Writing 3.0 Credits

Students learn about the major branches of medical writing and editing, for both medical and pharmaceutical contexts. The course includes the following topics: writing for professional, commercial and popular audiences, preparing FDA submissions, reading and researching medical literature, using medical statistics, interviewing subjects and writing ethically.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 673 Medical Journalism 3.0 Credits

This course teaches students how to research and write articles geared to the medical field for the mass media and public relations, and to evaluate the scientific merit of medical research relative to the pressures on scientists, doctors, researchers, companies and universities to garner media attention.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

COM 698 Creating and Managing Communication Professional Identities 3.0 Credits

In this course, students will explore the research literature regarding the professional identities of communication professionals. Students will also read scholarly literature pertaining to the use and impact of social media to create and manage professional identities in the field of communication. They will then work to develop a structure that allows them to draw upon this body of research to create a professional identity package from the work they have completed in the program as well as in their own areas of professional expertise. This professional package will demonstrate their aptitude, performance, and compatibility to experience success in their target career. This course should be taken in the final year of the program.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is COMM.

COM I599 Independent Study in COM 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

COM I699 Independent Study in COM 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

COM T580 Special Topics in Communication 9.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

COM T680 Special Topics in Communication 6.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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