Communication Course List
Introduction to areas of research, ethical behaviors, and career paths in the discipline. Consideration of strategies for learning, accessing advising, and locating resources.
Survey of the field of communication studies from the interpersonal to the mass communication levels; emphasis on development of theories and concepts, social contexts, and message analysis.
Introduction to oral and written communication. 1015: Focus on oral and written communication in interperson, small group, and public contexts. Special emphasis on the writing process, listening, interviewing, conflict resolution, critical analysis, and communication through electronic media. 1016: Continued study in written and oral communication skills for small group and public contexts. Focus on practical applications in research and information gathering, audience analysis and adaptation, message development, and oral and written presentations. May not receive credit for both 1015-1016 and 2004.
Introduction to basic technologies necessary for multimedia production. Attention to aesthetics and technical aspects of production technologies, including creation, editing, and organization of content.
Strategies and practice for speaking to specific audiences. Ethical considerations for message preparation, development, presentation, and evaluation. Pre: Sophomore standing. COMM 2004 partially duplicates COMM 1016.
Introductory study of communication messages across various types, including intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group and public. Credit may not be earned for both 1015 and 2014.
Writing and information gathering skills including news, features, press releases, and advertising copy for broadcast, print, and public relations media. This is a writing intensive (WI) course. Pre: 1014.
An introduction to the visual image and visual thinking applied to photography, video, and film. Sophomore standing required. Pre: 1014.
Principles of public relations practice; public relations in organizations; responsibilities of the public relaitons practitioner; legal and ethical considerations; role of public relations in society. Sophomore standing required. Pre: 1014.
Great theories of rhetoric developed throughout the world during the past 2,500 years will be analyzed to demonstrate the dynamic, critical nature of persuasive thought.
Historical development, current industrial structure, and recent trends of different media institutions including print, film, and electronic media. Emphasis on how economic incentives influence media content and the interconnections between media institutions.
Examination of the world's great oral traditions, both ancient and contemporary. Emphasis on performance contexts, relationships among multicultural traditions, including American Indian oral traditions, and the relationships among orality, literacy, technology, media, and culture.
Study of approaches to research in the discipline, including identification and analysis of existing research; procedures for conducting and reporting basic research in communication. Pre: 1014, (1016 or ENGL 1106).
Analysis of contemporary and historic public relations cases. Emphasis on theories, research techniques, planning methods, implementation strategies, evaluation standards, and ethical considerations in public relations programs and campaigns. Pre: COMM 2044, COMM 2124 (3H, 3C)
Relationship of popular culture to communication; ways to classify, analyze, and evaluate popular culture; history of main themes with emphasis on the United States; cultural evolution of the electronic revolution.
Focus on peer pedagogy in a communication center to support development of oral communication competence among students across disciplines. Emphasis on oral communication theory applied to one-on-one support for students' oral presentations. May repeat 1 time. Pre: 1016 or 2004.
Theoretical foundations of persuasion; techniques of persuasion; contemporary persuasive practice and campaigns; persuasive media strategies. Junior standing required. Pre: 1014.
Advanced critical analysis, preparation and presentation of persuasive speeches. Study of advanced rhetorical principles with emphasis on policy speeches and the use of proofs to convince, strengthen beliefs, and motivate listeners to overt action. Advanced focus on approaches to research, audience analysis, effective organization, and extemporaneous delivery. Pre: 1016 or 2004.
Analysis and implementation of contemporary academic and professional research tools for public relations. Emphasis on development of research designs, assessment, and evaluation of public relations programs and campaigns, and implementation of ethical research practices and standards. Pre: COMM 2044, COMM 2124 (3H, 3C)
Producing, directing, and writing live video segments; operating control room and studio equipment including studio camera, video switcher, and audio board; and the creation of video graphics and written packages. Pre: 2034.
Basic theories and processes of person-to-person communication; interpersonal perceptionl verbal and nonverbal communication; establishment of relationships in the family and work situation. Junior standing required.
Practical reasoning and argumentation about questions of community significance, emphasizing critical thought, rhetorical strategies, and advocacy. Junior standing required. Pre: 20004 or 1016.
Advanced writing and editing used to structure and present information in the practice of public relations. Includes message development, message design for delivery through various media, copyediting skills and tools, and strategies for dissemination. Pre: 2024.
Multimedia news gathering, news writing, visual content, and news judgment for print and online media. Pre: 2024, 2034.
Study of group theory and its application to a group project, including team dynamics and leadership, conflict resolution, project management, and team presentationn strategies. Pre 3154.
Multimedia gathering and writing of complex news, features, and documentary; visual content and news judgment for television, print, and online media; techniques of broadcast interviewing. Pre: 3154.
Exploration of communication in various cultural groups through the medium of performance. Emphasis on understanding the cultural differences and similarities in styles of communication, aesthetics, worldviews, and values.
Theory and contemporary practice of professional oral communication, including interpersonal interaction, small group problem-solving, and public presentations. Emphasis on ethical exchanges in traditional or virtual workshop settings. Pre: 1016 or 2004.
Distribution of political information; elite-mass communication; alternative models of political communication; communication and telecommunications policy. Pre: PSCI 1014 or PSCI 1024.
Explores the role of the mass media in contemporary American poitics by examining the development of media as sources of social and political influence. Study of news organizations, their coverage of electoral and issue campaigns, and their impact on candidates and voters. Includes the role of new technologies in campaigns.
Examines how verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication create, sustain, and challenge the meaning of gender and cultural structures nad practices. Junior standing.
Study of the theory and practices related to sports communication in fields such as public relations or reporting. Topics may include print, broadcast, and online news; college sports information; social media; crisis management; and media relations. May be repeated once with different course content. Junior standing. Pre: 1014.
Theory and practice of sports journalism, including strategies for writing and broadcasting sports information. Study of ethics and professional standards. Junior standing required. Pre: COMM 2024, COMM 2034 (3H, 3C)
Examines communication theories, strategies, and tactics that corporations use in their public relations efforts to reach and influence publics. Prepares students for “in-house” public relations work and familiarizes them with expectations of corporate clients. Introduces students to the important role communication plays within and between for-profit, nonprofit, and government institutions. Emphasis on the influence of corporate culture, ethics, and values on communication styles. Pre: COMM 2044. (3H, 3C)
Explores role of communication in corporate social responsibility. Emphasis on the ethical implications of communicating the need to generate profits with the need to ensure that corporate actions do not harm important stakeholders such as employees, investors, customers, and communities. Pre: COMM 2044. (3H, 3C)
Variable credit course.
Impact of mass media on individuals and on society; methods for documentation of media effects; research about effects on various demographic groups such as children, elderly, and minorities; effects of advertising; effects of interactive and time shift technologies. Senior standing required.
Study freedom of speech and the press; how these freedoms apply to the press, public relaitons, advertising, and personal speech. COnsideration of First Amendment theories and jurisprudence,; and related ethical issues. Senior standing required.
Popular culture as a humanistic discipline; emphasis on archetypes, formulas, and genres; the function of ideas, images, and icons on the popular imagination.
Comparative perspectives on global communication systems; problems with the flow of information; roles of international organizations; mass communication and national development; implications for conflict resolution; selected case studies. Senior standing required.
Role of communication in complex organizations; communication networks, communication and management, message systems, decision-making; relationships between organizational theory and communication. Senior standing required.
Broadcast management procedures; programming; sales and advertising. Senior standing required.
Interpretive and creative photogrpahy applied to journalism; cameras, films, photography techniques; history of photography as communication; advanced darkroom techniques. Junior standing required. Pre: 2034.
Development and function of the editorial page; writing of editorials, reviews, and personal columns; examination of the role of letters and syndicated columns ond cartoons; problems editorial writers face in their jobs and communities. Junior standing required.
The writing of feature material (as opposed to the reporting of hard news), plus detailed examination of several article types from a wide variety of contemporary magazines and newspapers. Junior standing required. Pre: 2024.
Production of news. Practice of writing news stories, gathering news and visual content, performing for broadcast, and producing content for multiple media platforms. Pre: 3174.
Public relations (PR) administration issues related to budgeting, strategy, legal issues, and campaigns in an organization. Emphasis on PR theory and ethics. Pre: COMM 3014. (3H, 3C)
Study of advocacy campaigns with digital components. Rhetorical considerations in message construction, analysis of persuasive techniques, ethical standards, and strategies for campaign development. Senior standing required. Pre: COMM 1016 or COMM 2004 and COMM 2124 (3H, 3C)
Placement in a communication industry for practical internship under supervision by a departmental advisor and a professional in the field. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 6 hours credit. Junior standing and consent required. Pass/Fail only.
Selected topics in media criticism. Offered on demand. Senior standing and consent required.
Selected topics in public communication. Offered on demand. Senior standing and consent required. May be repeated with a different topic focus, up to a maximum of 6 credit hours.
Study of social media as a professional communication and media tool. Emphasis on foundations in communication theory and contemporary approaches. Pre: 2034.
Advanced study of on-air performance for broadcasters. Professional behaviors and strategies for developing conversational writing, broadcast style, interviewing, reporting,and anchoring. Pre: 3154.
Public relations campaign research, planning, implementation and evaluation. Emphasis on applying theory in campaign contexts; executing applied research; setting objectives; developing strategic plans, messages, and budgets; carrying out courses of action; and evaluating results. Pre: 2124, 3144, 4054.
Study of diversity including issues such as power, race, ethnicity, social class, gender, disability, age, and sexuality as related to communication theory and practice. Senior standing required.
Study of issues related to the theory and practice of health communication, including interpersonal, public, organizational, political, and cultural. Senior standing required.
Discussion of issues related to professional communication ethics; emphasis on recognizing ethical issues, applying theoretical models and critical thinking skills to ethical issues in multimedia journalism, public relations, and communication studies. Includes research on topics related to communication ethics. Senior standing required.
Principles of issue management: creation, development, and resolution; role of rhetoric in public policy processes; legal constraints; strategies; social responsibility. Pre: 2044.
Identify recent trends in the innovation of new communications technologies; storage, transmission, and display systems of mediated communication: optical disc, common carriers, telecommunication-computer linkages, high-definition TV, and virtual reality; information industries and society; markets for new and existing telecommunication services. Junior or senior standing required. Pre: 2084 or 4014.
In-depth study of a particular issue or theme in communication for majors in communication studies, public relations, or multimedia journalism. Integrates previous work in the discipline, focusing on research and presentation of research. Senior standing required. Pre: COMM major.
Addresses complexities of public relations research, planning, implementation, and evaluation required for profesisonal certification. Includes special emphasis on public relations legal and ethical practices. Senior standing required. Pre: 4304.