Communication

Courses

COM 101 Human Communication 3.0 Credits

This course explores the elements of basic human communication - what does it mean to communicate? What makes communication good or bad? What is the nature of verbal and non-verbal messages? What does it mean to communicate in a group? How does culture affect communication?.

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

COM 111 Principles of Communication 3.0 Credits

Explores the importance of communication in organizational settings. Includes assessment of appropriate modes of communication, including written, spoken, and electronic.

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

COM 150 Mass Media and Society 3.0 Credits

Provides an overview of the history, economic structure, regulation, and impact of the mass media in the United States.

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

COM 210 Theory and Models of Communication 3.0 Credits

Surveys historical and contemporary attempts to understand the process of human communication, using examples from the literature of interpersonal, group, organizational, and mass communication.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

COM 220 Qualitative Research Methods 3.0 Credits

This course provides a detailed investigation of the nature, application, analysis and write up of qualitative research in communication and the social sciences, including such topics as ethnography, in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, and narrative analysis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

COM 230 Techniques of Speaking 3.0 Credits

A workshop course in improving public speaking skills. Provides experience in speeches of explanation, persuasion, and argument.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HUM 102 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 107 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 102 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: D]

COM 240 New Technologies In Communication 3.0 Credits

Provides an overview and survey of the changes taking place in the technologies of information production, distribution, storage, and display, including the interaction of these changes with legal, social, cultural, and communications systems.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

COM 246 Media and Identity 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the central role that identity plays in popular culture, exploring how media reflect diverse identities and how, in turn, we use media to construct our own identities.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

COM 260 [WI] Fundamentals of Journalism 3.0 Credits

A workshop course in news reporting. Covers interviewing, editing, and writing for the mass media and for business, industrial, and trade publications. Explores the history of the field and changes in journalistic practices. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HUM 102 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 107 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 102 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: D]

COM 265 Radio Journalism 3.0 Credits

This course will familiarize students with the creation of podcasts and other scripted content, as well as radio production for journalism, digital audio editing, and writing in radio narrative style. Students will be able to enter a radio news-room and be able to handle gathering and preparing new stories, anchoring, and preparing longer-form narrative stories.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 260 [Min Grade: D]

COM 270 [WI] Business Communication 3.0 Credits

Covers the writing of business letters, resumes, memos, proposals, and reports. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HUM 103 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: A] or HUM 108 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

COM 280 Public Relations Principles and Theory 3.0 Credits

The course focuses on the principles of public relations. It introduces students to theory and practice of PR taught in the context of real life material and situations. The course also covers main public relations techniques, tools, and types of publics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HUM 102 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 107 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 102 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: D]

COM 282 [WI] Public Relations Writing 3.0 Credits

In this writing-intensive course, students will develop the professional-level writing skills expected of public relations practitioners. The objectives include building an understanding of PR writing styles and genres as a persuasive influence and learning how to use basic information in different PR media kits, memos, letter, and other external and internal communications.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 280 [Min Grade: D]

COM 284 Public Relations Research, Measurement and Evaluation 3.0 Credits

Public Relations research is the first essential element in the process of Public Relations. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the methods of quantitative and qualitative research most widely used to assess an organization's public relations efforts.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 280

COM 286 Public Relations Strategies and Tactics 3.0 Credits

This course helps students better understand the advanced concepts, strategies, and tactics practiced in public relations today. It combines real-life case studies with core theoretical ideas to help students relate theory to the actual practice of the profession. This intermediate-level course connects scholarship with time-honored real-life PR strategies and tactics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 282 [Min Grade: D]

COM 290 Sports and the Mass Media 3.0 Credits

To explore the interrelationships between professional and college sports and the mass media. Students will look at how news media coverage has changes sports, the conventions found in sports journalism, promotion and marketing of sports teams and leagues, and how sponsorship of sporting events changes the nature of these events.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HUM 103 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: A] or HUM 107 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

COM 300 [WI] On-line Journalism 3.0 Credits

Students will explore how to use computers and the internet to add depth and context to news stories. Students will conduct database searches and analyses, and access a wide variety of records from governmental agencies, all in the pursuit of two news stories. The impact of journalism of blogging will also be studied; students will develop and maintain their own news blogs. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 260 [Min Grade: D]

COM 305 Sports Journalism 3.0 Credits

To gain a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the meaning- making power of sports journalism. We will explore the history of sports journalism, review and critique examples of historically significant sports writing and write game stories and columns based on actual coverage of local and on-campus sporting events.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 260 [Min Grade: D]

COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication 3.0 Credits

Develops skills in communicating technical information. Focuses on writing letters, resumes, proposals, reports, and instructions. Offers extensive writing practice along with exercises and presentations. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HUM 103 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: A] or HUM 108 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

COM 311 Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication 3.0 Credits

This course provides the student with a more thorough understanding of the communication dynamics between individuals. By reviewing scholarly writing on the subject and performing direct observations and analyses, students will acquire an appreciation of the complexities of interpersonal communication and enhanced communication skills.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 210 [Min Grade: D]

COM 315 Investigative Journalism 3.0 Credits

Mastery of investigative reporting tactics and strategies enables student to explore and write about issues of great importance to the community.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 260 [Min Grade: D]

COM 316 Campaigns for Health & Environment 3.0 Credits

This seminar-style course explores theories and practical aspects of environmental and health campaigns and community-based social marketing campaigns. This course has a strong applied component.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

COM 317 [WI] 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
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

COM 318 Film, Celebrity and the Environmental Movement 3.0 Credits

Using the framework of mass media and behavioral change theories, we will look at the environmental movement through the lends of “eco celebrities” and mainstream environmental films and will discuss how Hollywood shapes our perceptions of the environment and whether this has helped or hurt the environmental movement.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

COM 320 [WI] Science Writing 3.0 Credits

A workshop course in writing on scientific subjects. Includes analysis of the current market for science writing; examination of exemplary pieces of science writing; instruction in finding article ideas, interviewing, and working with editors; and production of feature-length articles. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore
Prerequisites: HUM 103 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: A] or HUM 108 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

COM 325 The Cultural Significance of Fame 3.0 Credits

We will explore why fame is so important to us. Why do so many of us want it so badly? Why do we envy those who have it? What does the pursuit of fame say about us and about society? You will explore your own perception of fame, dissect your fame-related experiences, and analyze how the mass media keep us thinking and talking about fame.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 150 [Min Grade: D]

COM 330 Professional Presentations 3.0 Credits

A workshop course in the theory and practice of making effective professional presentations for the technical and business professional. Provides a systems approach to the planning, production, and presentation of visual/aural programs.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: COM 230 [Min Grade: D]

COM 335 Electronic Publishing 3.0 Credits

Electronic Publishing gives students applied and theoretical knowledge of professional electronic publishing. Students will focus on issues relating to writing and integrating text and graphics to create websites and on-line publications. Students will also consider how issues in document design and usability can be used to evaluate websites.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 103 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 108 [Min Grade: D]

COM 340 Desktop Publishing 3.0 Credits

Covers production of publications using desktop publishing software, including planning, writing, designing, and budgeting of institutional magazines, newsletters, manuals, and brochures. Requires students to design several pieces (letterheads and flyers).

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HUM 103 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: A] or HUM 108 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

COM 342 English Worldwide 3.0 Credits

This course provides an overview of the spread of English globally, by examining English as a language of trade, diplomacy, and education, as well as its status as an aesthetic and market force. For a final project, students research how English is utilized for social, economic, and political purposes in a single area of the world.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HUM 103 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: A] or HUM 108 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

COM 345 Intercultural Communication 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of intercultural communication. Drawing from traditions in anthropology and communication, intercultural communication is the study of the effect of differing cultural norms and beliefs upon communication between speakers. Through a wide range of readings, journal writing assignments, and participative and experiential activities, students will develop both their understanding of and skills in inter-cultural communication. A final project and presentation draws together participative experiences and the readings and class discussions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

COM 350 [WI] Message Design and Evaluation 3.0 Credits

Introduces the principles and practice of designing messages and measuring their effectiveness with audiences. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

COM 351 Computer Mediated Communication 3.0 Credits

We focus on practices and affordances of Computer Mediated Communication (CMC). We consider how computer technology is used in social interaction and its practical consequences. We focus on social practices and uses of technology. We use qualitative methods of analysis to understand the practices of CMC.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: COM 220 [Min Grade: D]

COM 352 Social Media and Communication 3.0 Credits

Social Media provide a communication system for connecting, collaborating and building community. We will examine how these functions may be applied in personal, professional and political contexts. Activities will include readings, case studies and discussions. Students will create a strategic plan for using social media for personal, organizational or political purposes.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

COM 355 Ethnography of Communication 3.0 Credits

Examines theories and methods of qualitative language and communication studies. Topics include story telling, greetings, gossip, self-presentation in talk, language of ritual and religion, men and women's roles in communication, and communicative events and competence. Case student in literature will be analyzed and will form a basis for the students' own ethnographic fieldwork.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HUM 103 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: A] or HUM 108 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

COM 360 International Communication 3.0 Credits

Examines the political, cultural, technological, and economic processes and effects of international communication flow.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

COM 361 International Public Relations 3.0 Credits

The course is designed give students a comprehensive overview of international issues in PR including such areas as: history and evolution of the field of international PR; image-formation and image-changes process; PR in war and conflict; as well as effect of different political and legal systems on the field of public relations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HUM 103 [Min Grade: D] or HUM 105 [Min Grade: A] or HUM 108 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 103 [Min Grade: D] or ENGL 105 [Min Grade: A]

COM 362 International Negotiations 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive overview of the field including different theoretical points of view on the process of international negotiations; the role of perceptions in this process; the role of internal politics and cultural variables in the process of international negotiations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Pre-Junior or Senior.

COM 363 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. Special Events addresses all elements of the communication process.

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

COM 365 Journalists, the 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
Prerequisites: COM 260 [Min Grade: D]

COM 370 [WI] Advanced Business Writing 3.0 Credits

Covers application of policy manuals and research, analytic, design, and critical skills to produce corporate documents, such as proposals and reports. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore
Prerequisites: COM 270 [Min Grade: D]

COM 375 [WI] Grant Writing 3.0 Credits

Students explore the grant writing process, from the development of an idea and researching appropriate contributors, to writing a fully realized grant proposal, complete with budget. Course topics also include surveying the political and social climate before developing an idea, assessing an organization's capabilities to handle a project, and performing through literature reviews. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: COM 270 [Min Grade: D] or COM 310 [Min Grade: D] or SOC 260 [Min Grade: D]

COM 380 Special Topics in Communication Theory 3.0 Credits

Provides advanced communication studies covering various subjects in interpersonal, group, organizational, and mass communication. May be taken for credit twice.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

COM 384 Free Speech & Censorship 3.0 Credits

In this course, students will explore the various forms --some obvious, some not-- that censorship takes. Also explored will be what those who hold dissenting views endure as they try to contribute to the national dialogue. Historical and legal perspective on censorship will also be considered.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

COM 385 Media Effects 3.0 Credits

Some people believe that the mass media rule our lives, making us fat, violent, sexist, etc. Some think that media are irrelevant. Of course these arguments are extreme and simplifications. In this course, we ask: What are the facts regarding media effects research?.

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

COM 386 Public Relations Campaign Planning 3.0 Credits

This capstone course will focus on the advanced aspects of public relations: how to analyze, plan, conduct, and implement successful public relations campaigns systematically and scientifically. Students will create full-scale PR campaigns, including budget, media materials, and social media tools, for their real-world "clients," and implement key activities.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: COM 284 and COM 286

COM 390 [WI] Global Journalism 3.0 Credits

Explores the issues facing journalists covering foreign affairs. Students will research and write news stories on issues of global import and will examine the work of foreign correspondents from historical and critical perspectives. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore
Prerequisites: COM 260 [Min Grade: D]

COM 399 Independent Project 0.5-12.0 Credits

Provides a course of independent study on a project for one term only.

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

COM 400 Seminar in Communication 3.0 Credits

This is an upper-level seminar in various topics in Communication, including but not limited to Rhetoric. Students will undertake an in-depth examination of critical texts or themes in Communication. The course is intended for upper-level majors in Communication and can be repeated for credit with a different topic.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 4 times for 12 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: COM 210 [Min Grade: D]

COM 410 [WI] Advanced Technical Writing 3.0 Credits

Continues COM 310. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.
Prerequisites: COM 310 [Min Grade: D]

COM 420 Technical Editing 3.0 Credits

Introduces the theory and practice of technical editing, including project and copy editing.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.
Prerequisites: COM 270 [Min Grade: D] or COM 310 [Min Grade: D] or COM 375 [Min Grade: D] or COM 410 [Min Grade: D]

COM 491 Senior Project in Communication I 3.0 Credits

Covers planning and execution of a professional project that integrates the academic and practical knowledge the student has acquired in his or her major.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is COMM and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: COM 210 [Min Grade: D] and (COM 220 [Min Grade: D] or SOC 250 [Min Grade: D])

COM 492 Senior Project in Communication II 3.0 Credits

Requires completion and evaluation of the project begun in COM 491.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is COMM and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: COM 491 [Min Grade: D]

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