Communication Course Descriptions

COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)

*Offered fall, spring and summer semesters
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of public speaking. Students will develop skills that enable them to present themselves and their ideas in an effective manner.
Extensive practice in speech organization and delivery is included. Designed for the beginning speaker; should be taken during the first year. Credit for this course cannot be used in the communication major or minor. 

COMM 110: Newswriting and Reporting (3)

*Offered annually
This course is a survey of the professional practice of journalism, including the basic techniques of news writing for print, electronic media and Internet. 

COMM 200: Perspectives on Human Communication (3)

*Offered annually
This course is an introduction to the theory, research and practice of human communication within a variety of contexts. The course is designed to provide the background necessary to understand the role of communication in everyday life. 

COMM 202: Introduction to Advertising (3)

*Offered annually
This course is an introduction to the field of advertising with specific focus on the role of advertising as a socioeconomic force. The techniques/strategies of advertising and their impact on society and individuals will be examined. Emphasis is placed on scientific analysis of advertising effectiveness, media analysis and on creative strategy development and execution. 

COMM 203: Intercultural Communication (3)

*Offered alternate years
This course is an analysis of the impact of culture on various communication behaviors. Special attention is given to the study of cross-cultural interactions in interpersonal and organizational contexts. Issues such as globalization and diversity sensitivity will be examined. 

COMM 205: Mediated Message Production (3)

*Offered annually
This course will introduced students to the production of three types of mediate messages common in most communication organizations: audio, video and web sites.  Students will complete basic audio, video and website projects.  

COMM 206: Communicating with Social Media (3)

*Offered alternate years
This course examines the use of social media to build intellectual capital, communicate with society, exchange information among a global workforce and provide businesses with marketing and corporate communication tools. The course also explores the role of social media in shaping societal and business trends.  

COMM 207: Sport Communication (3)

*Offered annually
This course surveys major topics in sport communication, including the symbiotic relationship between sport and mass media, how gender and ethnicity are represented in sport media, the history of the media's coverage of sport in the U.S., the role of interpersonal and group communication in sporting activities and audience studies of the impact of mediated sport.

COMM 209: Small Group Communication (3)

*Offered annually
This is a laboratory course aimed at providing the student with theory and practice in group communication methods, including reflective thinking, problem solving and decision making. 

COMM 210: Interpersonal Communication (3)

*Offered alternate years
This course includes an emphasis on the achievement of success in organizations and in private life through the use of effective interpersonal communication. 

COMM 211: Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

*Offered annually
This course is an introduction to the field of communication with specific focus on the elements of mass communication: the information delivery systems, their functions and the uses to which they are put by society. The emphasis is on a theoretical and conceptual basis for the functioning of mass communication in society: technology and change, diffusion of information, freedom and responsibility, mass culture.

COMM 222: Critical Television Studies (3)

This course examines television within the context of cultural, aesthetic, technological, textual, regulatory, social and political practices. We have a number of intersecting aims: 1) to trace the development of television (mainly in the United States, but with attention to global systems); 2) to map the contours of critical TV Studies; 3) to familiarize ourselves with theories and methods of television scholarship; 4) to theorize television's relationship to consumer culture, history, capitalism, difference, citizenship, everyday life, and selfhood (among other key concepts); and 5) to entertain new directions in TV studies. Because television is a medium in transition, we will also consider the extent to which television remains (or has ever been) a truly distinct medium and its current relationship to media convergence. This course will prepare you to conduct research on television in its varied dimensions and forms.

COMM 216: Introduction to Health Communication (3)

This course is a survey of health communication concepts and theories. The processes by which people, individually and collectively understand, shape and accommodate to health and illness issues are explored as well as the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance awareness, processes and procedures.

COMM 220: Digital Audio Production (3)

*Offered annually
This course is a lecture/lab experience in digital audio production and the production of audio forms including interviews, air shifts, commercials/public service announcements, news/documentaries for distribution by traditional and Internet-based media. 

COMM 221: Digital Video Production (3)

*Offered annually
This course focuses on production techniques for digital video projects utilizing single-camera on-location shooting and nonlinear editing. Projects focus on instructional videos, news packages and documentaries for distribution by traditional and Internet-based media.

COMM 230: Introduction to Acting (3)

*Offered annually
This course focuses on working on fundamental acting skills. Private and group exercises coupled with performance of contemporary American scenes utilizing specific skills.

COMM 244: Introduction to Public Relations (3)

*Offered annually
This course focuses on the principles and practices of public relations of profit and non-profit institutions. The tools of communication and the numerous public's involved will be covered. 

COMM 298: Independent Study (1-4)

*Prerequisite: 25 hours of communication, 3.25 GPA, and consent of instructor
*Maximum 4 credit hours
*Offered fall and spring semesters
This course is an individual investigation of special problems and topics in communication. 

COMM 301: Law of Mass Communication (3)

*Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
*Offered annually
This course examines the U.S. legal system as it affects the mass media. Students will review the responsibilities of professional communicators, as they relate to the First Amendment, risks to public safety, defamation, access to government information, the right to a fair trial, copyright laws, obscenity and the regulation of advertising and the electronic media. 

COMM 305: Television and Film Scriptwriting (3)

This course is a study of the techniques and long form types of writing as they apply to television and film with emphasis on the creation of the screenplay and/or the teleplay.

COMM 306: Organizational Assessment (3)

*Offered annually
This course is an examination of supervisor-subordinate communication, organizational culture and the flow of workplace communication in various organizational settings. The course combines theoretical and practical knowledge for assessing organizational communication. Students will become acquainted with instruments used to assess organizational communication and will be required to conduct an organizational assessment. 

COMM 313: Persuasion (3)

*Offered annually
This course is a study of the means of influencing others. Emphasis on the logical, psychological, emotional and ethical dimensions of persuasive communication is explored. Practice in creating and delivering persuasive messages is included. 

COMM 321: Electronic Journalism (3)

This course emphasizes researching, writing and producing extended news and public affairs reports for the Internet, television, radio and other electronic media.  Electronic news media responsibilities and ethical restraints are analyzed.

COMM 324: Senior Seminar I: Communication Research (3)

*Prerequisite: Senior Standing
*Offered fall semester
*This course is a prerequisite to COMM 369: Senior Seminar II: Research Application
This course provides students with a research vocabulary, advanced writing skills and research tools for analyzing and evaluating information in the Communication discipline. The course introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and the paradigms associated with each inquiry. Students will select their Senior Seminar II: Research Application topic, write a proposal to investigate the topic, conduct a literature review and/or other comparable written work on the topic and engage in original research related to the selected project. 

COMM 325: Internet as Communication (3)

This course examines the Internet as a tool that promotes human interaction. Students will apply communication theory to understanding the communicative aspects of the Internet. Some topics of study include the Internet in individual identity construction, education, information sharing, play, work and the community building and polarizing effects of this communication tool.

COMM 333: Communication Problems and Topics (3)

This course is an examination of emerging and recurring issues affecting audiences, industries and institutions in mediated and/or non-mediated contexts.

COMM 335: Organizational Communication (3)

*Offered annually
This course is an examination of communication systems within and among organizations. The course focuses on the process of communication, types and components of communications systems and the effects of communication systems as they impact employee productivity, growth and values. 

COMM 337: Leadership Communication (3)

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of communication as it applies to organizational leadership. Students will develop skills that enable them to present themselves and their ideas in an effective manner. Extensive practice in delivering, speaking and writing are required with emphasis on audience analysis, research, leadership challenges and theoretical strategies for addressing diverse groups. 

COMM 350: Gender, Identity and Communication (3)

This course will introduce students to social constructionist perspectives on sex, gender and sexual orientation. Students will be provided a historical survey of women's and gender studies scholarship and connections to contemporary communication theory.

COMM 365: Internship/Practicum (1-3)

*Prerequisites: Director of Internship consent, Junior standing, Communication major or minor
*Offered fall, spring and summer semesters
The student will work in a professional communication facility or in a faculty-supervised project of sufficient depth and responsibility. Placement is approved by the department's internship supervisor.  

COMM 368: Communication Responsibilities (3)

*Prerequisite: Communication 211
*Offered annually
This course surveys major ethical problems in communication. The course includes case studies and examinations of issues pertaining to gate keeping, deceptive advertising, rights of privacy, the presentation of violent and sexual content, and concerns raised in a variety of mediated and non-mediated contexts. 

COMM 369: Senior Seminar II: Research Application (3)

*Prerequisites: Senior standing and COM 324: Senior Seminar I: Communication Research
*Offered spring semester
This course is a continuation of Senior Seminar I: Communication Research. It provides students an opportunity to advance the project under study. Students will work with a faculty member to create and apply the information learned throughout the major. Upon completion, the project will be presented to the Department of Communication's faculty for acceptance. 

COMM 375: Emerging Technologies (3)

This course is an examination of emerging communications technologies, including the Internet, personal media, emerging audio/video production technology and social concerns that arise from the development of newer communication technologies.