Courses

Course Code Credits

Public Speaking

Theory and practice of communicating in one-to-many situations. Students research, organize, and deliver several types of speeches, as well as critique various forms of public communication. Limited to 20.

COM103 3

Interpersonal Communication

The basic elements of interpersonal communication, with special emphasis on developing knowledge and skills applicable to face-to face interactions between individuals. The class facilitates an exploration of verbal and nonverbal communication. Limited to 20.

COM105 3

Mediated Communication

An overview of the history, structure, performance, content, effects and future of the mass media, including issues of media ownership, regulation, and the importance of advertising. Limited to 30.

COM107 3

First-Year Seminar: Navigating the Media Landscape

This course will provide an overview of the history, structure, performance, content, effects, and future of mediated communication, including issues of media ownership, regulation, and media literacy. As a first-year writing-intensive seminar, students will engage in frequent writing assignments, rigorous analysis of texts, critical thinking, and information literacy. This course is the equivalent to COM 107 Mediated Communication. Limited to 16.

COM110 4

Business and Professional Communication

Advanced study and practice in specialized audience analyses, conference procedures, group problem solving, interviewing techniques, and professional presentations.

COM201 3

Studies in Persuasion

Analysis of social aspects of persuasion, cultural basis for belief and theories of attitude change. Examination of reasoning and rhetoric in advertising, political campaigns, and social movements. Limited to 25.

COM203 3

Media Criticism

Survey of internal and external constraints in production of mediated messages. Analysis of news, advertising, and entertainment processes and products. Pre-requisite: COM 107. Limited to 30.

COM207 3

Video Production: Principles & Techniques

Understanding the principles and elements of video: the camera, lighting, direction, editing, sound. Practice in making a video composition. Pre-requisite: COM 107 or JRN 100. Limited to 12.

COM215 3

Understanding Film

Introduction to film analysis through the study of a variety of film texts, with an emphasis on film form, and how the various components of filmmaking, including elements of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound and music, and narrative structure function within that system. Limited to 25.

COM220 3

Organizational Communication

Principles of communication in business and nonprofit organizations. Topics include communication theories, leadership and motivation, superior-subordinate communication, organizational culture, networks, and conflict management. Pre-requisite: COM 105 or COM 205. Limited to 25.

COM310 3

Public Relations I: Principles

Theoretical and practical. Written and visual materials for a variety of organizational goals. Tools of communication, public relations - law and ethics, problem solving, persuasion and public opinion, media relations. Pre-requisite: COM 203 or COM 310 or BUS 333 or BUS 340. Limited to 30.

COM311 3

Public Relations II: Practices

Practice of public relations in several typical environments: public agencies, corporations and the like; case study method. Pre-requisite: COM 311 or JRN 100. Limited to 20.

COM312 3

Gender & Communication

Examines the impact of gender, or male-female perspectives, on the communication process. Topics discussed within a variety of contexts. Limited to 25.

COM313 3

Media Industries

Advanced survey of media organization operation, including ownership, personnel, programming, and audience research. Pre-requisite: COM 107.

COM314 3

Intercultural Communication

Examines the role of communication in the creation and transmission of cultural knowledge and practice. Discusses the impact of communication differences in cross cultural contexts. Pre-requisite: COM 105. Limited to 30.

COM315 3

Family Communication

This course is designed as an introduction to communication phenomena in the setting of the family. The overall goal is help you understand how, through communication, we develop, maintain, enhance, or disturb family relationships. Students will learn verbal & nonverbal skills that can help promote healthy family communication. Pre-requisite: COM 105. Limited to 25.

COM316 3

Persuasion & Social Movements

Role of discourse in the life cycle of social movements. Rhetorical analysis of stages of movement development. Examination of theory and research. Pre-requisite: COM 203.

COM318 3

Political Communication

Examines nature and impact of diverse communication strategies in political contexts, such as congressional and presidential campaigns and legislative discussion of social issues. Pre-requisite: COM 203. Limited to 30.

COM319 3

Persuasion & Public Influence

Critical analysis of the rhetorical significance of selected public discourse. Examines the roles of persuasion in the public realm. Limited to 20.

COM320 3

Topics in Film Genres

A survey of one or more film genres. The topics of the course may vary. May be taken twice (COM majors and minors may count only one toward requirements). Limited to 25.

COM321 3

Communication Research Methods

Introduction to basic techniques for investigating common communication problems. Topics include focus group interviews, questionnaire design, critical methodology, content analysis, and other basic data collection methods used in communication organizations. Designed for Communication majors seeking a research course which emphasizes practical applications. Open to sophomore, junior and senior Communication majors and minors. Limited to 25.

COM322 3

Honors: Film Censorship & American Culture

The topics of this seminar vary, but include a critical analysis of film-related subject matter. May be taken twice (COM majors and minors may count only one toward requirements). Limited to 25.

COM323 3

Leadership & Communication

Examination of leadership theories and diverse styles of leading within various contexts. In particular, this course will explore the vital role of communication processes in relation to leadership effectiveness. This course will also give students the opportunity to reflexively examine their own styles of leadership as well as identify areas for continued improvement. Pre-requisites: COM 103 and COM 105. Limited to 20.

COM325 3

Topics in Mediated Communication

The topics of this seminar vary according to student's needs and interests. Course may be taken three times. Pre-requisites: COM 107. Limited to 25.

COM333 3

Advanced Interpersonal Communication

Examines major theories and research in interpersonal communication, including advanced investigation of concepts introduced in COM 105. Topics include theories of relationship development and decline, marriage and family communication, and communicative competence. Pre-requisite: COM 105 or COM 205. Limited to 20.

COM412 3

Special Topics in Communication

The topics of this seminar vary according to student needs and interests. Pre-requisite: Must have passed one Communication course. Course may be taken three times. Limited to 12.

COM414 3

Communication Theory

An advanced survey of major communication theories. Focus on how communication theories are built and tested and how different theories are related. Includes theories from interpersonal, organizational, persuasion, and other communication areas. Pre-requisite: COM 322. Open to seniors. Permission of instructor required for juniors. Limited to 20.

COM417 4

Rhetorical Theory

A consideration of the intellectual tradition of rhetoric from a theoretical and critical perspective. Ideas from the classical, modern, and contemporary periods are examined. Pre-requisites: COM 322. Open to seniors. Instructor consent required for juniors. Limited to 18.

COM418 3

Mediated Communication Theory

Survey of development of mediated communication theory and research. Discussion of production, mediation, reception, and effects theories. Students will take part in an extensive community-based learning project at an after-school program. Pre-requisite: COM 207 and COM 322. Open to seniors. Permission of instructor required for juniors. Limited to 18.

COM419 4

Communication Honors Thesis

Open to students in the Department of Communication Honors Program. In consultation with a faculty member, students conduct independent research on a topic related to their emphasis in communication. Students must begin their research no later than one semester prior to the semester in which they plan to graduate. An official copy of the thesis will remain on file with the Department and with the college archives. Prerequisite: COM 322. Open to junior and senior Communication majors in the Department of Communication Honors Program. Permission of instructor. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 10.

COM452 3

Internship in Mass Communication

Experience in the practice of mass media complementary to the work done in courses. Pre-requisite: COM 107. Open to Communication majors and minors. 3.0 GPA or better and permission of Internship Director. Limited to 10.

COM475 3

Internship in Organizational Communication

Experience in the practice of public relations and other forms of organizational communication complementary to work done in courses. Pre-requisite: COM 310 or COM 311. Open to Communication majors and minors. 3.0 GPA or better and permission of Internship Director. Limited to 10.

COM476 3

Internship in Political Communication

Experience in the practice of political communication complementary to the work done in courses. Pre-requisite: COM 203. Open to Communication majors and minors. 3.0 GPA or better and permission of Internship Director. Limited to 10.

COM477 3

Directed Study

Opportunity for upper-level students to do an advanced research project or investigation in a field of special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course. Student and a full-time faculty member familiar with the student's area of interest agree on a plan of study and research and on evaluation methods. Students must obtain the signatures of the faculty director and the Department Chair.

COM490 3

Reporting & News Writing

Principles and practices of gathering, writing, and editing news and feature material for mass media dissemination; stresses the craft of clear writing. Limited to 20.

JRN100 3

Advanced Reporting & News Writing

Focus on advanced writing, rewriting, and editing news articles. Pre-requisite: JRN 100. Limited to 20.

JRN101 3

Development of American News Media

This course traces the development of the news media, print, and broadcast, from their beginning stages in the 1830s to the present. Primary attention is given to the economic, cultural, political, and social dimensions of the development processes. Limited to 18.

JRN222 3

Narrative Writing

Comment, analyze, provoke, explain - how to write for an audience that wants to be instructed and entertained, sometimes separately, sometimes simultaneously. Strives to improve essay writing, as it might appear in the pages of a magazine or newspaper, through discipline and motivation to the task. Topics include working with editors, listening to readers, mastering word processing technologies, looking for markets, building self-confidence, avoiding writer's block, coping with rejection. Pre-requisite: JRN 100. Limited to 20.

JRN309 3

Journalism Ethics & Law

The theory and practice of journalism in the United States within the parameters of both legal and ethical constraints. Limited to 18.

JRN313 3

Journalism Practicum

Advanced news writing and research in the context of the student newspaper under the individual supervision of the instructor in a laboratory setting. Pre-requisite: JRN 100. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 18.

JRN421 3

Internship in Journalism

Opportunity for students, usually in their fourth year, to practice journalism with a news organization. Pre-requisite: JRN 100. Open to Journalism minors. 3.0 GPA or better and permission of Internship Director. Limited to 10.

JRN475 3

Directed Study

Opportunity for upper-level students to do an advanced research project or investigation in a field of special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course. Student and a full-time faculty member familiar with the student's area of interest agree on a plan of study and research and on evaluation methods. Students must obtain the signatures of the faculty director and the Department Chair.

JRN490 4