Department of Communication Studies

Course Listing

Communication Studies Core Courses

COMM COR 1010 (48J:002). Mass Communication and Society — 3 hrs.

Survey of basic mass communication processes, including history and structure of media and media-related industries and sales, audiences, effects, careers, and future directions. (Fall, Spring)

COMM COR 2020 (48C:080). Introduction to Research Methods — 3 hrs.

Introduction to the process of research and inquiry across the discipline of communication studies. Includes the three units qualitative, quantitative, and rhetorical (critical). Introduction to the normative expectations of the research process. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Fall, Spring)

COMM COR 3010/5010 (48J:124g). Communication Theories — 3 hrs.

(Cross listed as COMM COR 4124 (48C:124) (48C:124)) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall, Spring)

COMM COR 4124 (48C:124). Communication Theories — 3 hrs.

Investigation of theories and concepts used to explain human communication. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Fall, Spring)

Communication Courses

COMM 1000 (48C:001). Oral Communication — 3 hrs.

Development of speaking and listening skills by studying the process and theory of communication and by applying communication principles to various speaking situations. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

COMM 1156. Leadership: Skills and Styles — 3 hrs.

Basic principles and skills of personal leadership. Focus on clarifying values, motivating individuals, and organizing groups. Practical applications and use of case studies. (Same as HUM 1010 (680:010))(Variable)

COMM 1205 (48C:031). Group Communication Skills — 3 hrs.

Study of how people use their communication to create and perpetuate effective groups; experiential exploration of the dynamics and processes involved in group communication including the pitfalls and struggles faced by students when they work in groups. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Fall, Spring)

COMM 1940 (48C:091). Applied Forensics — 1 hr.

Credit for approved participation in competitive speech and debate activities. May be repeated for maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 1941 (48C:093). Applied Performance Studies — 1-2 hrs.

Credit for approved participation in Performance Studies (e.g., participation in Interpreters Theatre, performance in community, campus, or festival settings; or related activity). May be repeated for maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 2011 (48C:002). Introduction to Communication — 1 hr.

Overview of the communication discipline, career paths, and career preparation. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Fall, Spring, Summer)

COMM 2255 (48C:071). Public Speaking — 3 hrs.

Teaches students to prepare, adapt, present, and critique a variety of speeches in a public setting. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Fall, Spring)

COMM 2256 (48C:011). Oral Interpretation: Texts in Performance — 3 hrs.

Introduction to the performance, analysis, and criticism of literary and aesthetic texts. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 2257 (48C:074). Argumentation and Debate — 3 hrs.

Training in the basics of academic debate and policy analysis. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Fall)

COMM 2344 (48C:004). Interpersonal Communication — 3 hrs.

Study of communication in relationships; exploration and experience with concepts and processes involved in one-to-one communication. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Fall, Spring, Summer)

COMM 2455 (48C:015). Group Performance: Scripting and Directing — 3 hrs.

Adapting and staging texts for live and electronic group performances. Work in narrative adaptation, montage scripting, and ethnodrama. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2256 (48C:011) or ENGLISH 1120 (620:031) or equivalent. (Spring)

COMM 2456. Performance of Popular Culture — 3 hrs.

Introduction to the critical analysis, study, and performance of popular culture artifacts, phenomenon and texts. Special emphasis given to the socio-political implications and technological advances affecting popular culture consumption in U.S. culture. (Variable)

COMM 2533 (48C:024). Media Literacy — 3 hrs.

Development of the ability to critically analyze media messages by examining the techniques, technologies, and institutions that are involved in media production. (Spring)

COMM 2555 (48C:025). Interactive Digital Communication — 3 hrs.

Examines introductory digital studies topics, including visual grammar, design history, 21st century literacy practices and aspects of writing and designing for the Web. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 3000/5000 (48C:166g). Selected Topics in Communication — 3 hrs.

Intensive work in specialized communication concepts, processes and approaches. No single emphasis may be repeated although the course may be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

COMM 3055 (48C:132). Organizational Communication — 3 hrs.

Study of communication theories and practices in organizational settings. Organizational communication processes may include leadership decision-making, conflict resolution, and technology. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Variable)

COMM 3155 (48C:173). Business and Professional Oral Communication — 3 hrs.

Exploration of theories and experiences in business and professional dyadic, small group, and public communication situations, with emphasis on developing individual communication skills and professionalism. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Fall, Spring)

COMM 3156. Leadership Communication and Citizenship — 3 hrs.

Leadership Communication and Citizenship: Exploration of the types of communication people use to give direction to the groups that matter most to them such as a team, community, organization, or social or political movement. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 3157. Seminar on Leadership Development: The Future — 1-2 hrs.

Synthesis of theory and practice of leadership; examination of case studies and research on leadership issues and ethics; preparation of career plans that include service component. Prerequisite(s): HUM 1010 (680:010); HUM 3110/5110 (680:110g); junior standing. (Same as HUM 3188 (680:188))(Variable)

COMM 3179 (48C:179). Cooperative Education — 1-6 hrs.

(Fall, Spring, Summer)

COMM 3455 (48C:146). Oral History Communication — 3 hrs.

Methods of researching, interviewing, analyzing, and presenting oral history materials. Applications for communication research and performance, including projects in museums, public relations campaigns, organizational settings, and community media. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Springs)

COMM 3900/5900 (48C:197g). Internship in Communication — 1-6 hrs.

Students complete academic assignments in conjunction with intensive work in a specialized area on-site at an organization. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; internship coordinator approval. See the internship coordinator for additional departmental requirements. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

COMM 3940 (48C:191). Applied Forensics — 1 hr.

Credit for approved participation in competitive speech and debate activities. May be repeated for maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 3941 (48C:193). Applied Performance Studies — 1-2 hrs.

Credit for approved work in Performance Studies (e.g., participation in Interpreters Theatre, performance in community, campus, or festival settings; or related activity). May be repeated for maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 4021/5021 (48C:180g). Quantitative Research Methods — 3 hrs.

Examination of principles and procedures of communication research with emphasis on experimental and survey methods and techniques. Students will complete research projects. Prerequisite(s): COMM COR 2020 (48C:080) or equivalent; junior standing. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 4022/5022 (48C:183g). Qualitative Research Methods — 3 hrs.

Examination of principles and procedures of communication research with emphasis on interpretive and ethnographic techniques. Students complete research projects. Prerequisite(s): COMM COR 2020 (48C:080) or equivalent; junior standing. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 4023/5023 (48C:189g). Rhetorical Communication Research Methods — 3 hrs.

Examination of principles and procedures of rhetorical criticism. Students complete research projects. Prerequisite(s): COMM COR 2020 (48C:080) or equivalent; junior standing. (Odd Springs)

COMM 4111/5111 (48C:131g). Group Communication Theory and Analysis — 3 hrs.

In-depth study of theories and research in group communications. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)); junior standing. (Spring)

COMM 4116/5116 (48C:138g). Health Communication — 3 hrs.

Theories of communication in health care settings, current issues in health communication, types of applications in interpersonal, organizational, and public communication contexts; literature and performance methods in health education. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Odd Springs)

COMM 4134/5134 (48C:134g). Organizational Cultures and Communication — 3 hrs.

Study of how cultural ideologies and forms such as symbols, rituals, language, and narratives are created, maintained, and changed in organizations. Emphasis on interpretive and critical theory and research. Prerequisite(s): MGMT 3153 (150:153) or COMM 3055 (48C:132); COMM COR 2020 (48C:080); junior standing. (Fall)

COMM 4155/5155 (48C:135g). Organizational Communication Assessment — 3 hrs.

Methods used to assess communication behavior and communication effectiveness in organizations. Special attention to communication auditing techniques, and creation of appropriate intervention techniques. Prerequisite(s): COMM COR 2020 (48C:080); COMM 3055 (48C:132); junior standing. (Spring)

COMM 4156/5156. Leadership: Concepts and Practices — 3 hrs.

Analysis of relationship between leadership theory and practice. Focus on development of critical and evaluative skills. Historical and contemporary perspectives on leaders and issues. Prerequisite(s): HUM 1010 (680:010); junior standing. (Same as HUM 3110/5110 (680:110g))(Fall, Spring)

COMM 4211/5211 (48C:123g). Rhetoric and Civic Culture — 3 hrs.

Exploration of theories explaining how symbolic action creates, maintains, and transforms social reality, plays a role in social/political/cultural orders, differs between groups, and affects social change. Particular attention paid to the role of rhetoric in civic culture. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

COMM 4216/5216 (48C:160g). Political Communication — 3 hrs.

Study of the elements of national and/or local political communication, including the rhetoric of political campaigns, and/or the rhetoric of elected officials. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Same as POL AMER 4160/5160)(Even Falls)

COMM 4217/5217 (48C:176g). Freedom of Speech — 3 hrs.

Development of laws and social attitudes that have attempted to regulate communication in the United States; relation of free speech to national security, to regulation of the public forum, and to artistic expression; analysis of doctrines and tests used by the Supreme Court in interpreting the limits to free expression. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

COMM 4218 (48C:178). Persuasion — 3 hrs.

Examination of the dynamics involved in the creation, reception, and exchange of effective persuasive messages, episodes, and campaigns with a primary focus on social science theory and research regarding processes of human influence. (Variable)

COMM 4236 (48C:128). Ethics in Communication — 3 hrs.

Exploration of ethical dimensions and dilemmas in communication. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Same as CAP 3128 (CAP:128))(Spring)

COMM 4311/5311 (48C:121g). Nonverbal Communication — 3 hrs.

Study of practices, theories, and concepts related to patterns of human expression apart from the spoken or written word. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Same as HUM 3102/5102 (680:102g))(Fall, Spring)

COMM 4316/5316 (48C:136g). Mediation Theory and Process — 3 hrs.

Analysis of mediation concepts and processes involving third party intervention in a conflict context. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2344 (48C:004); junior standing. (Variable)

COMM 4322/5322 (48C:144g). Advanced Interpersonal Communication — 3 hrs.

Advanced study of theories and research in interpersonal communication. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2344 (48C:004); junior standing. (Fall)

COMM 4333/5333 (48C:148g). Communication and Conflict Management — 3 hrs.

Exploration of the processes involved in managing conflict in various communication contexts. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2344 (48C:004); junior standing. (Spring)

COMM 4344/5344 (48C:151g). Intercultural Communication — 3 hrs.

Critical analysis of the multiple ways culture, perception, and communication influence each other. Offers a blend of theory, research, and hands-on application. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

COMM 4346/5346 (48C:153g). Gender Issues in Communication — 3 hrs.

Examination of construction and performance of gender identities through verbal and non-verbal communication. Critical analysis of biological, sociological, and patriarchal explanations for presumed gender differences in communication. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

COMM 4347/5347 (48C:142g). Family Communication — 3 hrs.

Study of communication phenomena in the family setting. Examination of how communication influences the development, maintenance, and enhancement of family relationships. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2344 (48C:004); junior standing. (Fall)

COMM 4355/5355 (48C:141g). Listening — 3 hrs.

Study of theory and process of listening, methods of improving skills, and career applications. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 4411/5411 (48C:122g). Language and Communication — 3 hrs.

Language theories and analysis approaches, including sociolinguistics, pragmatics, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, and ethnography of speaking, with applications for interpersonal, organizational, and public contexts. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 4444/5444 (48C:155g). Communication, Community, and Change — 3 hrs.

Study of communication practices in the construction, enhancement, and maintenance of communities. Theoretical and experiential applications through civic engagement, case study analysis, and applied critique of specific communities. Includes community projects, presentations, or simulations. Prerequisite(s): senior standing; intended to be taken in final semester. (Spring)

COMM 4446/5446 (48C:113g). Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric — 3 hrs.

Study of rhetorical and performance texts in social protest, public awareness, identity formation, and rhetorical movements. Special attention to issues of race, sex and sexuality, age, and/or class. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

COMM 4447/5447 (48C:108g). Performance and Social Change — 3 hrs.

Study of creation and theory of interactive performances as a method to create dialog and promote civic engagement related to social justice issues. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Spring)

COMM 4448/5448 (48C:110g). Cultural Performance — 3 hrs.

Advanced study of verbal art, texts, and aesthetic traditions in community, cultural, and political contexts. Emphasis on the roles narrative, ritual, and ceremony play in creating and contributing to cultural identity and social advocacy. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall)

COMM 4490/5490 (48C:117g). Interpreters Theatre Production — 1-2 hrs.

Advanced study and practice in preparing scripts, directing group performance for public presentation, and designing and implementing technical elements of productions. Usually involves directing, scripting, designing, or researching for an Interpreters Theatre production. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2455 (48C:015); approved Performance Studies project application; junior standing; consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring)

COMM 4544/5544 (48C:120g). Technology and Human Communication — 3 hrs.

Investigation of the relationships between technology and communication and their impact on social behavior, thought, and culture. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Even Falls)

COMM 4555/5555 (48C:168g). Message Design and Delivery — 3 hrs.

Advanced course that teaches students to prepare, adapt, and deliver messages in a  variety of settings. Special attention is paid to analysis for making choices and integrating presentation technology into the communication process. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)); junior standing. (Variable)

COMM 4556/5556. Interactive Digital Visualization — 3 hrs.

Study the visualization of ideas using interactive, digital tools. Creatively apply 2D, 3D digital tools and theories to various forms of communication: academic, journalistic, narrative, and performance. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2555 (48C:025); junior standing. (Variable or every two years)

COMM 4559/5559 (48C:187g). Teaching of Speech — 3 hrs.

Teaching strategies for grades 5-12; application of educational principles to the communication classroom. Strongly recommended to precede student teaching. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of 48C course work; EDPSYCH 2017 (200:017); EDPSYCH 2030 (200:030); junior standing. (Fall)

COMM 4909/5909 (48C:119g). Readings in Performance Studies — 1-3 hrs.

Extensive individual study of special topics in performance studies theory, history, or research. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2256 (48C:011); COMM 4447/5447 (48C:108g) or COMM 4448/5448 (48C:110g); junior standing. (Variable)