Code Course Credits

COM 103

Public Speaking

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

3

COM 105

Interpersonal Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

3

COM 107

Mediated Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

3

COM 110

Navigating the Media Landscape (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar requirement.

4

COM 201

Business and Professional Communication

Offered: Not Offered 2012-2013

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

3

COM 203

Studies in Persuasion

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

COM 205

Small Group Communication

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Theory and practice of communication in small groups. Highlights the communicative dimensions of decision-making, leadership, cohesiveness, and conflict in the small group setting.

3

COM 207

Media Criticism

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Survey of internal and external constraints in production of mediated messages. Analysis of news, advertising, and entertainment processes and products.

Prerequisite(s): COM 107.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

COM 220

Understanding Film

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Course may be applied to the American Studies & Cinema Studies program.

3

COM 310

Organizational Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Principles of communication in business and nonprofit organizations. Topics include communication theories, leadership and motivation, superior-subordinate communication, organizational culture, networks, and conflict management.

Prerequisite(s): COM 105 or COM 205.

3

COM 311

Public Relations I: Principles

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Prerequisite(s): COM 203 or COM 310 or BUS 333 or BUS 340.

3

COM 312

Public Relations II: Practices

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Practice of public relations in several typical environments: public agencies, corporations and the like; case study method.

Prerequisite(s): COM 311 or JRN 100
Course may be applied to the American Studies & Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

3

COM 313

Gender and Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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

Course may be applied to the American Studies and Gender &Sexuality Studies program.

3

COM 314

Media Industries

Offered: Fall Semester

Advanced survey of media organization operation, including ownership, personnel, programming, and audience research.

Prerequisite(s): COM 107.
Only open to students participating in the Los Angels program.

3

COM 315

Intercultural Communication

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): COM 105.
Course may be applied to the Asian Studiesminor &Middle Eastern Studies minor.

3

COM 316

Family Communication

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): COM 105

3

COM 318

Persuasion and Social Movements

Offered: Spring Semester

Role of discourse in the life cycle of social movements. Rhetorical analysis of stages of movement development. Examination of theory and research.

Prerequisite(s): COM 203.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

COM 319

Political Communication

Offered: Alternate Years Fall 2014, 2016

Examines nature and impact of diverse communication strategies in political contexts, such as congressional and presidential campaigns and legislative discussion of social issues.

Prerequisite(s): COM 203.
Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

COM 321

Topics in Film Genres

Offered: Offered Periodically

A survey of one or more film genres. The topics of the course may vary.

Course may be taken twice, but Communication students may only count one toward the major or minor.Course may be applied to the Cinema Studies minor.

3

COM 322

Communication Research Methods

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing.

3

COM 323

Topics in Film

Offered: Spring Semester

The topics of this seminar vary, but include a critical analysis of film-related subject matter.

Course may be taken twice, but Communication students may only count one toward the major or minor.Course may be applied to the American Studies program & Cinema Studies minor.

3

COM 325

Leadership and Communication

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): COM 103 and COM 105.

3

COM 333

Topics in Mediated Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The topics of this seminar vary according to student’s needs and interests.

Prerequisite(s): COM 107
Course may be taken three times.

3

COM 412

Advanced Interpersonal Communication

Offered: Fall Semester

Examines major theories and research in interpersonal communication, including advanced investigation of concepts introduced in CO 105. Topics include theories of relationship development and decline, marriage and family communication, and communicative competence.

Prerequisite(s): COM 105 or COM 205.

3

COM 414

Special Topics in Communication

Offered: Spring Semester

The topics of this seminar vary according to student needs and interests. Course may be taken three times.

3

COM 417

Communication Theory

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): COM 322 and Senior standing. Instructor consent required for Juniors.

4

COM 418

Rhetorical Theory

Offered: Fall Semester

A consideration of the intellectual tradition of rhetoric from a theoretical and critical perspective. Ideas from the classical, modern, and contemporary periods are examined.

Prerequisite(s): COM 322 and Senior standing. Instructor consent required for Juniors.

3

COM 419

Mediated Communication Theory

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Prerequisite(s): COM 207 and COM 322 and Senior standing. Instructor consent required for Juniors.

4

COM 441

Rhetorical Criticism

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will focus on enhancing students' abilities to critically analyze and respond to public messages found in political speaking, public advocacy, popular culture and media narratives. Students will learn and apply effective writing techniques throughout the term, resulting in a final critical essay.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of the First-Year Seminar requirement.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement. (This is a particularly good option for students in Communication, Creative Writing, and Journalism.)May not receive credit for both WRI 441and COM 441.

4

COM 452

Communication Honors Thesis

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

In consultation with a faculty member, students in the Department of Communication Honors Program conduct original 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(s): COM 322 and open to Junior and Senior Communication Majors in the Department of Communication Honors Program. Permission of Instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

3

COM 475

Internship in Mass Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Experience in the practice of mass media complementary to the work done in courses.

Prerequisite(s): COM 107, minimum of 3.0 GPA and permission of Internship Coordinator.

3

COM 476

Internship in Organizational Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Experience in the practice of public relations and other forms of organizational communication complementary to work done in courses.

Prerequisite(s): COM 310 or COM 311, minimum of 3.0 GPA and permission of Internship Coordinator.

3

COM 477

Internship in Political Communication

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Experience in the practice of political communication complementary to the work done in courses.

Prerequisite(s): COM 203, minimum of 3.0 GPA and permission of Internship Coordinator.

3

COM 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of both the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson required.

3