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Courses

Below, you'll find a list of all the courses we teach, along with a brief description of the content of the course.

COMM 101 - Public Speaking

Introduces students to the basic concepts of human communication, with special emphasis placed on competencies in public speaking. 3 credits. SP

COMM 141 - Introduction to Media Writing

Introduction to basic reporting and writing skills for use in print, broadcast, and online media. Includes news and feature reporting and writing, as well as writing for promotional and public relations purposes. Prerequisite: COMM 101 (with grade of "C-" or better) or by permission of Department Chair. 3 credits.

COMM 200 - Introduction to Communication Studies

Introduces students to communication as an academic discipline and to opportunities within the field.  Students will explore how meaning is created and shared in multiple contexts such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, mass mediated, and intercultural. Prerequisite: Communication Studies major or minor. 3 credits.

COMM 210 - Media & Society

This course examines the economic and social organization of mass media, the content of media messages, the relationship between media and the public, the growth of new media technologies, and current dilemmas facing media policy makers. Prerequisite: COMM 101 (with grade of "C-" or better) or by permission of Department Chair. 3 credits.

COMM 240 - Digital Editing

A comprehensive study of digital editing equipment and techniques used in the media industries.  Emphasis will be placed on non-linear video and audio editing.  Prerequisite: COMM 101 (with grade of "C-" or better).  3 credits.

COMM 251 - Principles of Communication Design

A study of basic principles of page and digital design, typography and imagery applied to print and web publication.  Course will analyze the use of visual imagery and color in order to create continuity, variety and brand identity in publications.  Students will learn contemporary applications such as InDesign, Dreamweaver and Photoshop while gaining an understanding of the importance of collaboration in the design process. Prerequisite: COMM 101 (with grade of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 280 - Fundamentals of Public Relations

This course is an introduction to public relations principles and concepts. Students are introduced to the history and development of public relations as a profession, to the range of responsibilities and functions that public relations practitioners assume in a variety of organizations, and to the significant issues and trends that influence the practice of public relations. Prerequisite: COMM 101 (with grades of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 295 - Special Topics in Communication Studies

Selected topics in communication studies. The topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits.

COMM 310 - Interpersonal Communication

This course will examine various communication patterns including nonverbal and intercultural communication. Students will study theories and concepts through text readings, class activities, and lectures. Students will understand that people, even if witnessing similar sights, may have different perspectives. Prerequisite: COMM 101 and 200 (with grades of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 311, 312 - Studies Abroad

Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses in communications studies. 1-18 credits.

COMM 320 - Communication in a Diverse Society

This course focuses on the complexities and importance of identity and diversity for communication.  In particular, we will study how identity and culture influence the creation and sharing of meaning and how various meaning and symbols constitute our sense of our social world.  We will explore the relationship among identity, culture, and communication within a variety of contexts including interpersonal, organizational, and mediated communication.  Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C-" or better).  3 credits.

COMM 322 - Communication Law

In this course students will examine the U.S. legal system and concepts basic to the laws, regulation and current cases impacting public communication.  Emphasis will be on press freedom and the First Amendment, libel, privacy, obscenity and commercial speech.  Prerequisites: COMM 101 and 210 (with grades of "C-" or better).  3 credits.

COMM 325 - Media Criticism

A critical examination of the influence of mass media through reading, viewing and discussion to build awareness of the influence of media in personal life and develop media literacy skills. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 330 - Small Group Communication

Examines the complex personal and communication dynamics of small groups. Topics include leadership, influence, conflict, task management, organization, interdependence, and others. Students actively participate in group projects and meetings to demonstrate successful small group techniques. Prerequisite: COMM 101 and 200 (with grades of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 340 - Visual Communication

Theory and analysis communications, including human perception, stereotypes, color, and principles of design.  Application of learned theories to various print and digital media.  Prerequisites: COMM 200 (with grades of "C-" or better).  3 credits.

COMM 341 - Advanced Media Writing

This course will focus on the composition of professional quality messages for the modern media landscape.  Students will study and practice advance perspectives of reporting and writing skills used in print, broadcast, and online media.  Prerequisites: COMM 141 (with grade of "C-" or better).  3 credits. WR.

COMM 345 - Media Globalization

This course will focus on communication theory and its application to local and global media and their systems, structures and operations.  Prerequisites: COMM 101, 200 and 210 (with grade of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 350 - Persuasion Theory

This course is designed to promote the understanding of the fundamental principles and theories of persuasive communication. Theories are considered for application in producing and consuming persuasive discourse. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grade of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 354 - Public Relations Writing

This course offers an advanced experience in public relations writing, principles, and concepts.  It builds upon fundamental media and public relations skills.  Students are exposed to a range of writing responsibilities and functions that public relations practitioners assume in a variety of organizations.  Students also are engaged in significant issues and trends that influence the practice of public relations.  Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 141 (with grades of "C-" or better).  3 credits.  WR

COMM 355 - Media Production

This project based course will explore professional media industry standards and practices while providing hands-on experience in advanced videography, performance, audio reporting, editing and studio production.  Prerequisites: Comm 141 & 240 (with grades of "C-" or better).  3 credits. SP

COMM 360 - Contemporary Practices in Communication

Current skills and strategies necessary for Communication Studies practitioners.  May be repeated with change of subject matter, maximum 9 credit hours.  Prerequisites: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C-" or better) or permission of department chair.  3 credits.

COMM 361 - Contemporary Issues in Communication

Research and theory related to contemporary issues in Communication Studies.  May be repeated with change of subject matter, maximum 9 credit hours.  Prerequisites: COMM 101 & 200 (with grade of "C-" or better) or permission of department chair.  3 credits.

COMM 362 - Organizational Communication

Explores the communication processes humans use to organize themselves to accomplish goals. Theoretical approaches to organizing are considered, including classical, systems, cultural, critical, and postmodern approaches. Organizational communication processes such as entry, learning, planning, and evaluation are examined in their relation to common organizational outcomes such as satisfaction, productivity and commitment. COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 366 - Conflict Resolution

This course introduces students to the origins of the field of conflict and to current communication-oriented perspectives in a wide range of arenas - from intimate relationships to group, inter-group, organizational and negotiation settings. Students will understand the opportunities for conflict management through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 375 - Public Relations Research

This course is an introduction to research methods common to the public relations field.  Focus is on using applied research for public relations programs and campaigns.  Students will gain experience designing and implementing research projects.  Prerequisite: COMM 280 (with a grade of "C-" or better) or permission of department chair.  3 credits.

COMM 390 - Directed or Independent Study

Must be approved by the head of the department. Maybe repeated as 391. 1-18 credits.

COMM 392 - Internship in Communication Studies

A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of communication studies. Prerequisite: Major/Minor restriction; COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C-" or better). May be repeated. 1-3 credits.

COMM 400 - Communication Ethics

This course investigates the theories and principles of ethical communication applied to a variety of personal and public communications contexts.  Students will identify, analyze, and evaluate ethical issues and case in interpersonal, professional, and mediated contexts.  Prerequisites: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C-" or better).  3 credits.  *Fulfills General Education Goal 12.  Communication Studies majors are required to take COMM 400 to fulfill General Education Goal 12 requirements.

COMM 410 - Digital and Social Media Technologies

Practical and theoretical approaches to examining the influence of digital and social media techniques on consumers and communication industries.  The course explores personal branding and the strategic use of digital marketing tools in order to develop specialized, professional portfolios.  Prerequisites: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 420 - Intercultural Communication

A study of intercultural communication in the classroom and business worlds, defining and identifying the different cultures at work in our society, exploring the problems resulting from poor intercultural communication, and finding ways to improve communication between differing cultures. Prerequisite: COMM 101 and 200 (with grades of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 430 - Public Relations Campaigns

Principles relevant to creating and implementing a public relations campaign.  Course covers client relations, setting objectives, using research, planning special events, writing and evaluating appropriate media strategies and tactics, preparing budgets, and implementing evaluation techniques.  Prerequisites: COMM 280 & 375 (with grades of "C-" or better).  3 credits.  SP

COMM 445 - Digital Storytelling

Students will analyze the production of media and the influence of media in shaping society.  Students will use a combination of media writing, editing, and production skills in the creation of digital short story.  Prerequisites: COMM 141 & 355 (with grades of "C-" or better).  3 credits.

COMM 460 - Communication Research Methods and Prospectus

Students will develop a research prospectus while learning communication research processes, including introductory qualitative and quantitative methods.  Students learn to become competent researchers and critics of scholarship.   Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C-" or better) and Math 171/Senior Status. 3 credits. WR

COMM 461 - Senior Seminar

A capstone course designed to help students prepare for commencement.  It is structured as a seminar/tutorial, culminating in the creation of an undergraduate thesis or equivalent project. Prerequisite: COMM 460 (with grade of "C-" or better). 3 credits. WR and SP.

COMM 470 - Gender and Communication

Study of advanced communication theories and research focusing on the relationships among gender identity and communication in the following communication contexts: organizations, interpersonal relationships, family, mass media and popular culture, education and health. Prerequisite: COMM 101 and 200 (with grades of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 481 - Crisis Communication

Introduces students to the study of crisis communication. The course addresses key issues including threat assessment, crisis plans, and strategies for handling crises when they occur. Pre-requisite: COMM 280 (with a grade of "C-" or better). Prerequisite: COMM 280 (with grade of "C-" or better). 3 credits.

COMM 490 - Directed or Independent Study

Must be approved by the head of the department. 1-18 credits. *Fulfills General Education Goal 14.

COMM 492 - Communication Internship

Directed practicum of experiential learning in a professional setting.  Students perform relevant tasks to the discipline and profession.  An internship course contract must be agreed upon by the supervisor, faculty advisor, and student.   Prerequisite: Completion of 15 credits in Communication Studies with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Junior Status. 3 credits. May be repeated. *Fulfills General Education Goal 14.

COMM 495 - Special Topics in Communication Studies

Selected topics in communication studies. The topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. Prerequisite: COMM 101 & 200 (with grades of "C-" or better). 1-3 credits.

COMM 498 - Honors Research in Communication Studies

Students conduct research in communications studies under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee. May be repeated as 499. 3 credits.