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COMMUNICATION, MEDIA, AND RHETORIC (CMR)
Division of Humanities
Division of Humanities - Adm
 
CMR 1042 - Public Speaking and Analysis (E/CR)
(4.0 cr; summer, offered periodically)
Public address theories, practices, and analysis.



CMR 1052 - Introduction to Public Speaking (E/CR)
(2.0 cr; fall, spring, every year)
Activities, assignments, and exercises related to public address/public speaking in a variety of speech settings.



CMR 1062 - Introduction to Interpersonal and Group Communication (HUM)
(4.0 cr; fall, every year)
Activities, assignments, and exercises related to interpersonal and group communication in private and public settings including dating, family, and work.



CMR 1101 - Introduction to Theories of Communication, Media, and Rhetoric (HUM)
(4.0 cr; spring, every year)
A survey of the field of study. Students learn the history, theories, and contexts of communication study that prepare them for upper-division courses.



CMR 1388 - College Newspaper Experience
(1.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-#; fall, spring, every year)
Supervised experience of selected learning activities to be done in conjunction with an appointment working at the campus newspaper.



CMR 1389 - College Radio Experience
(1.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-#; fall, spring, every year)
Supervised experience of selected learning activities to be done in conjunction with an appointment working at the campus radio station.



CMR 1801 - Legal Argument and Free Speech: Ready to Become a Supreme Court Justice? (IC)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
Examination of the development of legal argument in Supreme Court decisions dealing with free speech. Read Supreme Court cases, write opinions, speak to a mock Supreme Court, listen to arguments, and analyze the issues that define the ability to communicate in this country.



CMR 1802 - Interpersonal and Intercultural Conflict Communication (IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
An IC course in conflict communication. Students come to understand common sources of conflict, roles of culture in the perceptions of interpersonal conflict, and more successful approaches to addressing conflict through communication in order to sustain valued interpersonal and professional relationships with members of diverse cultures.



CMR 1803 - Not Just For Laughs: Humor in Interpersonal Communication and the Media (IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
Exploration of the dimensions of humor in Interpersonal and Mediated Communication. Examination of humor in interpersonal situations and the media. Students explore a variety of humorous content, analyze if/how/why it is effective, create their own humorous content, and learn about using humor effectively in everyday communication.



CMR 2311 - Media History and Society (SS)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Examines the historical and on-going development of the relationship of media, culture, and the public. Traces and explores the developments of various communication technologies, their impacts and consequences, and their relationships to notions of "the public."



CMR 2321 - Digital Media Production (HUM)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Basic theories and practice: equipment, procedures, and skills associated with planning, writing for, and producing mediated messages. Lectures, studio projects, class critiques.



CMR 2411 - Health Communication (HUM)
(4.0 cr; fall, offered periodically)
A survey of the critical role communication plays in health promotion, specifically in the area of doctor-patient interaction and health campaigns. Communicative issues include the social construction of health, the role of culture in health and healing, and social support.



CMR 2421 - Business and Professional Communication (E/CR)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1052, 1062 or #; spring, offered periodically)
Developing proficiency in communication skills in business and professional contexts. Preparing, selecting, organizing, designing, and delivering messages in business situations. Analyzing meeting/group facilitation, interviewing, and professional presentations.



CMR 3101 - Rhetorical History and Theories: Pre-Socratic to Modern Periods (IP)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, every year)
Rhetoric from the classical theories of the older Sophists, Aristotle, and Cicero to the modern theories of Blair, Campbell, and Whately.



CMR 3111 - Contemporary Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (HUM)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Detailed study of the development of contemporary rhetorical theory, with particular emphasis placed on the use of those theories in the development of rhetorical criticism.



CMR 3123 - Rhetorical Criticism and Speeches that Changed the World (HUM)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; spring, offered periodically)
Human beings create and maintain their cultures through rhetoric, the art of being persuasive. This course explores the rhetorical nature of the speeches that have changed the world from Moses and Mohammed to Elie Wiesel and George W. Bush.



CMR 3124 - Rhetoric of Comic Art: Analysis and Creation (HUM)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, offered periodically)
Explores and analyzes the rhetorical, persuasive features of comic art. Examines the rhetorical construction of comic art in comic strips, comic books, and political cartoons by exploring the persuasive synergy created between picture and text. Students are required to both analyze and create comic art.



CMR 3125 - Rhetoric of Free Speech in American Schools: Case Law and Queries (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1801 or 3251 or #; spring, offered periodically)
Focus on the shifting clash between individual student expression and administrative authority. Assumes a fundamental understanding of freedom of speech case law.
Effective: Spring 2015


CMR 3202 - Rhetoric of Presidential Inaugurals (HUM)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Study of the rhetorical dimensions of the genre of presidential inaugurals. Students will complete a variety of rhetorical criticisms concerning an assigned presidential inaugural.



CMR 3251 - Rhetorical Criticism and Free Speech Discourse (E/CR)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Analysis and evaluation of Supreme Court opinions establishing the contours of First Amendment protection for freedom of speech. Particular attention is devoted to the nature of "communication" revealed by the decisions studied.



CMR 3301 - Media Theory, Criticism, and Problems (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; spring, every year)
Theories, research studies, current trends, and various critical approaches to examine and explain the reflexive relationships between media and society.



CMR 3312 - Media Literacy (HUM)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, offered periodically)
Examining ways people decode media images and messages. Topics include principles of literacy, media content/industries, media and identity, and media effects.



CMR 3342 - Visual Journalism (HUM)
(4.0 cr; This course may have a maximum of 12 students. (We are limited by the number of computer workstations and software licenses in the HFA Digital Media Studio.); spring, offered periodically)
Both a theoretical and a hands-on course that immerses students in all aspects of the visual side of journalism, as well as in design principles and techniques for the web and print.



CMR 3401 - Communication Theory (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, every year)
Detailed study of the theoretical tradition of human communication. Focuses on social scientific and humanities theories used to explain social interaction. Provides general foundation on various traditions of inquiry as well as qualitative and quantitative methods.



CMR 3411 - Intercultural Communication Theory and Research (HDIV)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, offered periodically)
Study of intercultural communication from an interpersonal and group perspective.



CMR 3421 - Organizational Communication Theory and Research (SS)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; spring, offered periodically)
Study of organizational communication, including small group perspectives.



CMR 3432 - Communication Research Methods (HUM)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, offered periodically)
Elements/methods of communication research. Use of quantitative/qualitative research methodologies, basic research design, and data collection methods to inform decision making.



CMR 3993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.



CMR 4122 - Rhetoric of Picture Books, Prose and Picture (HUM)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; fall, offered periodically)
Explore and analyze picture books for intended and unintended messages. Examine the rhetorical construction of pictures and the rhetorical impact of the intersection between picture and prose. Gain a deeper sensitivity to the formerly unseen rhetorical dimensions of the symbols that surround them.



CMR 4152 - Advanced Public Speaking (HUM)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1052 or #; fall, every year)
A study of rhetorical argument design and evaluation. Students analyze and critique arguments, as well as plan and present formal speeches.



CMR 4341 - New Media Technologies (HUM)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; spring, offered periodically)
Examination of the impact of "new media" on current/future cultures; the structure/processes of media and global society in a comparative context; ways new media change how people communicate, distribute, and process information.



CMR 4411 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1101 or #; spring, offered periodically)
Applying a variety of approaches to understanding interpersonal communication.



CMR 4800 - Directed Experience in Teaching Communication, Media, and Rhetoric
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-#; S-N only, fall, spring, every year)
Practice as facilitators in the introductory-level communication, media, and rhetoric courses; weekly seminar sessions focus on method, planning, and problems in communication, media, and rhetoric instruction.



CMR 4900 - Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Seminar I
(1.0 cr; Prereq-1052, 1062, 1101 or sr status with #; A-F only, fall, every year)
Familiarizes students with the literature of the field, including ethical and social implications of communication studies. Students analyze various articles and similarly published works, synthesize contents, and construct a research proposal for a project to be completed as a senior capstone experience.



CMR 4901 - Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Seminar II (HUM)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4900, or sr status in the major, #; A-F only, spring, every year)
Completion of capstone experience for majors. Students conduct a project of original study and present their findings in written and oral form.



CMR 4993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.



 
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