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COMMUNICATION STUDIES (COMM)
College of Liberal Arts
Communication Studies
 
COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking (CIV)
(3.0 cr; =[COMM 1101H, PSTL 1461]; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Public communication processes, elements, and ethics. Criticism of and response to public discourse. Practice in individual speaking designed to encourage civic participation.



COMM 1101H - Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking (CIV)
(3.0 cr; =[PSTL 1461, COMM 1101]; Prereq-Honors; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Public communication processes, elements, and ethics. Criticism of and response to public discourse. Practice in individual speaking designed to encourage civic participation.



COMM 1313W - Analysis of Argument (WI)
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, every year)
Strategies for analyzing, evaluating, generating arguments. Problems in listening/responding to argument.



COMM 1901 - Freshman Seminar (ENV)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Fr; fall, spring, every year)
Topics specified in Class Schedule.



COMM 1902 - Freshman Seminar
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-freshman; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Freshman seminar. Topics specified in Class Schedule.



COMM 1904 - Freshman Seminar
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Fr or fewer than 30 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Toopics specified in Class Schedule.



COMM 1905 - Freshman Seminar
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Fr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Topics specified in Class Schedule.



COMM 1907W - Freshman Seminar (WI)
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-freshman; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Topics specified in Class Schedule.



COMM 1908W - Freshman Seminar (CIV, WI)
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Fr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Topics specified in Class Schedule.



COMM 1909W - Freshman Seminar (WI)
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-freshman; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Topics specified in Class Schedule.



COMM 1910W - Freshman Seminar (WI)
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Fr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Topics specified in Class Schedule.



COMM 3110 - Topics in Communication Studies
(3.0 cr [max 15.0 cr]; =[COMM 3110H]; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Cases illustrating communication studies, theory, underlying issues.



COMM 3110H - Honors Topics in Communication Studies
(3.0 cr [max 15.0 cr]; =[COMM 3110]; Prereq-Honors; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Cases illustrating communication studies, theory, underlying issues.



COMM 3190H - Honors Course: Research Seminar in Communication
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Honors candidate in comm, #, %; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Students conduct original research in rhetoric, communication theory, or media for honors thesis. Theory, methods, research writing.



COMM 3201 - Introduction to Electronic Media Production
(3.0 - 4.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Production/criticism of messages for electronic media. Theory/practice in planning, scripting, production, and criticism in various electronic media. Student productions in lab.



COMM 3202 - Audio Production and Media Literacy
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3201, able to meet outside of designated course window; fall, every year)
Experience with sound design/production. Models of media, audience, shared construction of reality. Sound/audio as medium of communication. What about sound is persuasive. How media producers use sound to make things seem realistic. Role sound plays in audience's construction of world. How people use sound in unexpected ways. How mode of delivery affects how content is produced/interpreted. Recording, foley work, looping/ADR, production of radio play.



COMM 3204 - Advanced Electronic Media Production
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3201 or #; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Video as communicative medium integrating visual/aural aesthetics. Creation of broadcast-quality production integrating message creation, audience analysis, argument development, and visual/audio scripting. Utilization of media aesthetics to develop/shape production content.



COMM 3211 - Introduction to U.S. Electronic Media
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Historical development and current issues in electronic media technologies and programming. Effects of governmental, industrial, and public organizations on message content. Problem areas of electronic media.



COMM 3231 - Reality TV: History, Culture, and Economics
(3.0 cr; spring, every year)
Social, visual, cultural, economic, historical, and ethical dimensions of reality television.



COMM 3263W - Media Literacy: Decoding Media Images and Messages (WI)
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Analysis of media images/messages. Principles of literacy. Media content/industries. Media and identity. Media effects. Textbook/packet readings, videos, small groups of peer writing workshops, media analyses.



COMM 3401 - Introduction to Communication Theory
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Social scientific theory in human communication. Logic of scientific communication theories in interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, and mediated communication.



COMM 3402 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Nature and function of communication between individuals in formal and informal relationships. Communicative interactions from theoretical and practical viewpoints.



COMM 3409 - Nonverbal Communication (SOCS)
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Nonverbal communication in interpersonal communication process. Nonverbal codes (touch, space, smell, eye contact) and their communicative functions (impression management, flirting, persuading, lying) in relational contexts (intimate relationships, friendships, work relationship). Theories, practices.



COMM 3411 - Introduction to Small Group Communication
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Cooperative thinking in task-oriented groups. Planning, preparing for, and participating in small groups in private and public contexts.



COMM 3422 - Interviewing and Communication
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Application of communication concepts in information interview. Planning, conducting, and evaluating informational, journalistic/elite, helping, persuasive, appraisal, and employment interviews. Class training, field experience.



COMM 3431 - Persuasion Theories
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Soph recommended; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Sociological, psychological, and communication perspectives. Theoretical knowledge applied to persuasion problems.



COMM 3441 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Functions of communication in work groups, in organizational hierarchies, and between organizations.



COMM 3451W - Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice (WI)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Planning an intercultural experience; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Theories of and factors influencing intercultural communication. Development of effective intercultural communication skills.



COMM 3452W - Communication and the Intercultural Reentry (WI)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Return from an intercultural experience; fall, spring, every year)
Intercultural experience explored through stories and story telling, participant observation, and social scientific theory. Constructs include identity, learning styles, cultural adaptation, values, ethics.



COMM 3601 - Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (WI)
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Theoretical systems to explain/direct creation of public discourse. Traditional rhetoric to contemporary perspectives. Using theory to explain practice of public discourse.



COMM 3605W - Persuasive Speaking and Speech Writing (WI)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1101, soph; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Performance/composition with critical inquiry into rhetoric theories. Writing, thinking, and speaking skills.



COMM 3615 - Argumentation
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Soph; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Argument(s) in relation to logic, dialectics, and rhetorical performance. Structured reasoning, informal conversation, familial arguments, debates in technical professions, communication ethics, and public/social argumentation.



COMM 3625 - Communication Ethics
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Applying concepts/theories from philosophy and social science to ethical issues in interpersonal, group, organizational, intercultural, and media communication.



COMM 3631 - Freedom of Speech (CIV)
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Communication theories and principles that underlie the concept of freedom of speech in the United States. A variety of contexts and practices are examined in order to understand how communicative interaction should be described and, when necessary, appropriately regulated.



COMM 3635W - Famous Speeches (WI)
(3.0 cr; A-F only, fall, every year)
Speeches that became famous because of the occasion, issue, or speaker. Students analyze texts, research the issue┐s history and the speaker┐s biography/opposition, and evaluate the speech's artistry, ethical principles, effects on society, and contribution to history of ideas.



COMM 3645W - How Pictures Persuade (WI)
(3.0 cr; A-F only, fall, every year)
How words/pictures interact in graphic memoirs, political cartoons, and science to create/communicate meaning. How this interaction bears on public advocacy. Reading examples of comprehensive cognitive model of visual communication.



COMM 3676W - Communicating Terrorism (GP, WI)
(3.0 cr; fall, every year)
Terrorism as an ethical and international problem. Different cultures' historical trajectories for terrorism. Contrasts between Algerian, Irish, and Arab terrorism.



COMM 3681W - Rhetorical Fictions and 20th Century Conflicts (LITR, GP, WI)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, every year)
Analysis of selected 20th-century documentary novels. Nature of artistic truth in relation to historical truth. Cross-cultural comparisons of responses to impact of Anglo-American policies.



COMM 3682W - Communicating War (AH, CIV, WI)
(3.0 cr; spring, every year)
Claim: if ethics (right/wrong) exists in war, then right/wrong exist everywhere. Students experience this claim through its expression in various arts/humanities media of history, memoir, philosophical meditation, and film.



COMM 3970 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq-One Comm course, instr consent, dept consent, college consent.



COMM 3980 - Directed Instruction
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-#, %; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Supervised planning/teaching of undergraduate courses.



COMM 3990 - Research Practicum
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
How communication research is designed, implemented, and published. Focus is on working with senior faculty on their current research projects.



COMM 3995W - Major Project (WI)
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-Comm major, #; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Individualized instruction leading to completion of senior project.



COMM 4204 - Producing for Television: Theory and Practice
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3201, 3204; fall, every year)
Producing media content based on audience, design, and story. Developing a thematic design. Evaluating and choosing a projected audience based on story concept and program bible. Each student completes a television program, including writing a script, preproduction planning, and considering crew and talent needs. Media producer responsibilities.



COMM 4221 - Communication and Popular Music
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3211, sr, #; fall, offered periodically)
A critical media studies perspective on the production, distribution, consumption, circulation, and regulation of popular music.



COMM 4235 - Electronic Media and Ethnic Minorities--A World View
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Representation and involvement of various ethnic groups (e.g., African-Americans, Native Americans in United States and Canada, Maori, Turks in Europe) in radio, TV, cable, Internet. Roles of government, industry, public organizations, and minority groups in regulating, managing, and financing ethnic media activities.



COMM 4245 - Critical Television Studies
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3211; fall, offered periodically)
Television as object of criticism, as cultural institution, and as omnipresent mode of commercialized popular culture. Aesthetics, semiotics, political economics, consumer culture/advertising, social representation, global television, televisuality, flow. Reception and everyday life.



COMM 4263 - Feminist Media Studies (DSJ)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3211 or #; A-F only, spring, every year)
Issues, controversies, and practices of gender and their relationship to U.S. media. Ways in which gender is represented in and comes into play with media texts/institutions. Histories of feminism, theories/methods/political economy, case studies.



COMM 4291 - New Telecommunication Media
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3211 or #; A-F or Aud)
Development and current status of new telecommunication media such as cable TV, satellites, DBS, MDS, and video disk/cassettes. Technology, historical development, regulation, and programming of these media and their influence on individuals, organizations, and society.



COMM 4404W - Language Borderlands (WI)
(3.0 cr; fall, every year)
Effect of multilingualism on self identity/sense of community. Subjective/social dimensions of being multilingual. Experience of language loss.



COMM 4407 - Communication and Conflict
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3401 or #; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Aspects of conflict common across types of relationships. Theories as alternative lenses to illuminate aspects of conflict. Communication strategies to manage or resolve conflict.



COMM 4471 - Communication in Marriage and Family
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3401 or 3402 or #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Contemporary theories of marriage/family communication using life-cycle approach. Role/function of communication in changing relational contexts. Ways of improving marriage/family relationships.



COMM 4602W - Contemporary Political Persuasion (WI)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1101, 3431 or #)
Contemporary political speech. Ideologies in political persuasion.



COMM 4616 - African American Civil Rights Rhetoric
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Jr; spring, every year)
Uses the struggle of African Americans to explore and analyze philosophical concepts, political issues, moral complexities, and discursive characteristics of civil rights rhetoric.



COMM 4621W - Rhetoric of Feminism (DSJ, WI)
(3.0 cr; =[GWSS 4621W]; fall, every year)
History/criticism of rhetoric of feminism from 19th century to present.



COMM 5110 - Special Topics in Communication Theory
(3.0 cr [max 9.0 cr]; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Advanced theoretical problems. See department office for current offering.



COMM 5211 - Critical Media Studies: Theory and Methods
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student or #; A-F only, spring, every year)
Survey of theories, research methods, and scholars dominating critical media studies since late 1920s.



COMM 5220 - Television Genres
(3.0 cr; fall, offered periodically)
Nature, historical development, and influence on society of specific genres of television programming: drama, situation comedy, mystery, soap opera. Program genre change over time and how society, government regulation, and economics of production influence that historical process.



COMM 5221 - Media, Race, and Identity
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3211, sr, #; fall, offered periodically)
Critical media studies perspective on cultural politics of race and ethnicity. Social construction of race, politics of racism, media representations of race.



COMM 5231 - Media Outlaws
(3.0 cr; fall, even academic years)
People working outside of mainstream media institutions who find creative/provocative ways to use media as space for cultural, political, or economic critique/resistance.



COMM 5250 - Environmental Communication
(3.0 cr; A-F only, spring, every year)
Historical, cultural, material contexts within which environmental communication takes place. Understand environmental communication as well as develop communication strategies that lead to more sustainable social practices, institutions, systems.



COMM 5261 - Political Economy of Media Culture
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3211 or #; fall, spring, every year)
Organizational practices of media communicators. Media content as link between communicators and audiences. How viewers use/process media content.



COMM 5401 - Advanced Theories of Communication
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3401 or grad; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Survey of major theoretical approaches to communication including, positivism, constructivism, and systems.



COMM 5402 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3401 or 3402; spring, every year)
Social scientific approaches to interpersonal communication. Theory, research findings.



COMM 5404 - Language and Culture
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3401 or #; fall, spring, summer, every year)
How language/communication transmit cultural knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. Connections among language, thought, and culture. Social/ethnic perspectives on study of language/communication.



COMM 5406 - Communication and Gender
(3.0 cr; =[GWSS 5300]; Prereq-One women's studies course, #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
How gender affects verbal communication. Development of analytical skills through readings, exercises, research that raise awareness of the power of language and the influence of gender prescriptions. Comparisons across languages where possible.



COMM 5411 - Small Group Communication Research
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3411 or #; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Survey of small group communication research; theory and practice. Group decision-making and leadership.



COMM 5421 - Quantitative Methods in Communication Research
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3401 or #; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Social scientific methods used in studying human communication. Optional data processing laboratory for additional credit.



COMM 5431 - The Process of Persuasion
(3.0 cr; Prereq-3431; fall, spring, every year)
Communication campaigns (e.g., advertising, political) illustrating persuasive processes and theories. Research paper required.



COMM 5441 - Communication in Human Organizations
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Communication in organizational settings. Organizational structure and dynamics and their effect upon the communication process. Individual projects.



COMM 5451W - Intercultural Communication Processes (WI)
(3.0 cr; fall, offered periodically)
Theory and research on cultural differences in values, norms, behaviors, and perceptions that affect communication across cultures internationally and domestically.



COMM 5615W - Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism (WI)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1101; 3601 recommended; spring, every year)
Analysis of public discourse using various theoretical perspectives.



COMM 5617 - History and Criticism of U.S. Public Discourse: 1630-1865
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Jr; fall, offered periodically)
How discourse has been used to establish or maintain power. Speeches and public debates used to examine American public address from 17th century (e.g., Puritan sermons) to the Civil War.



COMM 5970 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq-Nine 3xxx-5xxx Spch cr, instr consent, dept consent, college consent.



COMM 5994 - Communication Research Practicum
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 9.0 cr]; Prereq-#; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Students participate in research group.



COMM 8110 - Seminar: Advanced Speech Problems
(3.0 cr [max 15.0 cr]; Prereq-undergrad degree in spch-comm or equiv; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Evaluation of research methods in speech-communication.



COMM 8210 - Seminar: Selected Topics in U.S. Electronic Media
(3.0 cr [max 18.0 cr]; Prereq-5210 or #; offered when feasible; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Literature survey; evaluating research on topics; conducting independent research project on a particular topic.



COMM 8211 - Critical Communication Studies: History, Theory, Method
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Qualitative research methods for studying media institutions, texts, audiences, and contexts.



COMM 8231 - Seminar: National and International Electronic Media Systems
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4231 or #; fall, offered periodically)
Historical and contemporary aspects of national and international electronic media systems. Roles of national and international regulatory bodies. Approaches to programming and evidence of effectiveness.



COMM 8333 - FTE: Master's
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Master's student, adviser and DGS consent; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
(No description)



COMM 8402 - Seminar: Interpersonal Communication
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5402 or #; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Evaluate and develop new perspectives for analyzing, diagnosing, and managing interpersonal communication problems.



COMM 8403 - Seminar: Emotion and Communication
(3.0 cr; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Major theories of emotion and the role of emotion in communication.



COMM 8444 - FTE: Doctoral
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Doctoral student, adviser and DGS consent; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
(No description)



COMM 8451 - Seminar: Intercultural and Diversity Research
(3.0 cr; Prereq-#; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Development of ideas/methods for research project, M.A. Plan B project, or Ph.D. dissertation.



COMM 8452 - Seminar: Methods of Intercultural/Diversity Facilitation
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4451 or 5452 recommended; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Theories of and techniques for managing effective intercultural communication and diversity. Intercultural training.



COMM 8502 - Seminar: Communication Theory Construction
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5421 or #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Logic of communication theory development and modification from a social scientific perspective. Types of communication theories.



COMM 8504 - Seminar: Rhetorical Criticism
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5615 or #; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Rhetorical criticism theories and methods. Rhetoric as applied to literary studies and the growth of hermeneutics as vantage points for reassessing rhetorical methods.



COMM 8611 - Seminar: Rhetoric
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-5611 or #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
History/criticism of rhetorical theory. Research in rhetoric.



COMM 8625 - Seminar: Communication Ethics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Ethics course or #; A-F or Aud, fall, offered periodically)
Independent research on communication ethics in interpersonal, group, organizational, intercultural, and media settings. Theories of ethics and methods of analysis.



COMM 8666 - Doctoral Pre-Thesis Credits
(1.0 - 6.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-Doctoral student who has not passed prelim oral; no required consent for 1st/2nd registrations, up to 12 combined cr; % for 3rd/4th registrations, up to 24 combined cr; doctoral student admitted before summer 2007 may register up to four times, up to 60 combined cr; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
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COMM 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
(1.0 - 18.0 cr [max 18.0 cr]; Prereq-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
(No description)



COMM 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
(1.0 - 24.0 cr [max 100.0 cr]; Prereq-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
(No description)



COMM 8994 - Directed Research
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; fall, spring, summer, every year)
Supervised research project.



 
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