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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
COMM-102

Introduction to Communication

Communication is the means by which individuals learn about themselves and the world around them. This course is an introduction to Communication, which emphasizes the understanding of messages in various settings, including interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mass communication. Such topics as the interplay between American society and mass media are discussed.

    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    COMM-133

    Fundamentals of Public Address

    Examination of the principles of oral message preparation and presentation. Students will prepare and present actual public communications.

      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      COMM-166

      Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication

      Principles of personal interaction as a basis of communication: role of communication in interpersonal relationships; role of identity and self-concept in communication behavior; significance of information reception and evaluation in the effectiveness of communication.

        Credits3
        Lecture
        COMM-198

        First Year Seminar

        Sorry, this course does not have a description.

        Prerequisites
        Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          Fall
          COMM-200

          Communication Problems and Research Methods

          This course provides students with the necessary critical thinking and research skills to excel in the upper level communication curriculum. The course focuses on creating an understanding of the scientific method and learning how to properly investigate communication problems. Issues covered include how to conduct background research, interview sources, create surveys, conduct focus groups and interpret research results.

          Prerequisites
          P: none; REC: one prior comm cse.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            COMM-205

            Elements of Media

            Exploring the potentials of electronic media; analyzing communication strategies employed in these media; examining policy and practice in commercial and educational operations and the forces that control them.

              Credits3
              Lecture
              Fall
              COMM-237

              Small Group Communication

              The role communication plays in small group processes; focuses on development of the special communication skills needed in the small group setting.

                Credits3
                Lecture
                Spring
                Fall
                COMM-280

                Business and Media Writing

                Business and Media Writing teaches students basic business and media writing skills; resumes, business proposals, memos, reports, press releases, fact sheets, and electronic communications.

                Prerequisites
                P: major/minor in Comm or Pre Comm.
                  Credits1-4
                  Field EXP
                  COMM-299

                  Travel Course

                  • Pre-Requisites
                  • General Education
                  • Travel Course
                  • Repeatable

                  Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                  • Gen Ed: World Culture
                  • Travel Course
                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  Fall
                  COMM-302

                  News Reporting and Writing

                  Researching, interviewing and writing various news stories for print and electronic media, with an emphasis on accuracy, fairness, objectivity, and ethics.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Fall
                    COMM-303

                    Feature Writing

                    Researching, reporting, writing, interviewing, and editing several types of feature stories for both newspapers and magazines. There is also an emphasis on marketing newspaper and magazine features.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Fall
                      COMM-306

                      Radio Broadcasting

                      Commercial and non-commercial radio as a communications medium and as a business enterprise: radio audiences, audience ratings, programming and program formats, news, advertising, promotion and sales.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Spring
                        Fall
                        COMM-307

                        Television Production Techniques

                        Exploration of various uses of television as an informative, persuasive, and entertainment medium. Combines analysis of current uses of the medium in a professional context with practical experience in planning and producing a finished product for television.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: at least 15 credits of supporting core courses in Communication
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Spring
                          COMM-308

                          Information Technologies

                          A survey of information technologies, their operations and limitations, and how the major electronic technologies are changing and affecting both the workplace and the household.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: at least 15 credits of supporting core courses in Communication
                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            Fall
                            COMM-309

                            Electronic Media Advertising Campaigns

                            TV/media/Internet advertising as a unique form of communication. Through the use of both individual and team/group projects, the demands and rigors of the strategic creative process are revealed. Legal, ethical and Internet considerations are also discussed.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Fall
                              COMM-322

                              Modern Linguistics

                              Structure and system in language, with attention to modern English and including principles of structural, computational and generative-transformational linguistics.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: none; REC: Hum Stud 160.
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                Spring
                                COMM-333

                                Persuasion and Argumentation

                                Awareness, appreciation, understanding, and skill in contemporary forms and methods of oral persuasion and argumentation.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: at least 15 credits of supporting core courses in Communication
                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  Fall
                                  COMM-335

                                  Organizational Communication

                                  Communication in the modern organization: communication variables in the context of organizational theory; development of a systems perspective regarding functions, structures and levels of communication in the organization; use of evaluation tools and training strategies.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                                    Credits3
                                    Lecture
                                    Fall
                                    COMM-336

                                    Theories of the Interview

                                    Basic theory behind conducting effective interviews. Specific types of interviews are discussed, such as selection, counseling, exit, discipline, appraisal, mass media and research interviews, from both the interviewer's and the interviewee's perspective.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                                      Credits3
                                      Lecture
                                      Fall
                                      COMM-340

                                      Mediation and Conflict Resolution

                                      The student and practice of alternative dispute resolution strategies. Mediation is emphasized as the primary third-party conflict intervention strategy. Students are certified as basic mediators.

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                                        Credits3
                                        Field EXP
                                        Spring
                                        Fall
                                        COMM-353

                                        Practicum in Print Journalism I

                                        • Pre-Requisites
                                        • Writing Emphasis
                                        • Repeatable

                                        Supervised hands-on experience as a staff member of the Fourth Estate, the campus newspaper. Provides opportunities for in-depth study of one facet of newspaper operation: newswriting, feature writing, photojournalism, layout, management or editing. Involves one-on-one work with professor and editor.

                                        Prerequisites
                                        P: Eng Comp 100 or 164 or ACT English score of 25 or higher; REC: Comm 203 or 243 or Art 243.
                                        • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
                                        Credits3
                                        Lecture
                                        Spring
                                        COMM-366

                                        Media Planning and Selling

                                        This course examines the processes used in connecting advertisers' messages with their target audiences. Through lecture, readings, and two case studies, students prepare and present a comprehensive media plan and a media sales package. Traditional media channels (e.g., newspapers, TV) and new media (e.g. the Internet) are included.

                                        Prerequisites
                                        P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                                          Credits3
                                          Lecture
                                          Spring
                                          COMM-375

                                          Communication Skills: Language of Metaphor

                                          Examines metaphors and the metaphoric process and seeks to develop skills in creating and understanding metaphors, especially those that have become an unconscious part of our language and culture.

                                          Prerequisites
                                          P: none; REC: Gen Ed req in Arts & Humanities.
                                            Credits3
                                            Lecture
                                            Spring
                                            COMM-380

                                            Communication Law

                                            Freedom of the press and broadcast media, problems of gag orders, contempt, privacy, censorship, libel and slander. Overview of copyright law, the Federal Communications Act and other laws affecting communication.

                                            Prerequisites
                                            P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                                              Credits3
                                              Lecture
                                              Spring
                                              Fall
                                              COMM-381

                                              Principles of Public Relations/Corporate Communications

                                              An overview of topics, issues, concepts, and practices of public relations/corporate communications; individual and group case work.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                                                Credits3
                                                Lecture
                                                Spring
                                                COMM-382

                                                Public Relations Writing

                                                This course provides students with professional preparation for the writing required for a public relations career. Students will learn strategies for creating, delivering, and evaluating the many different types of P.R. writing, including social media, news releases, media kits, PSAs, magazine queries, newsletters, pitches and backgrounders.

                                                Prerequisites
                                                P: Comm 282 AND (Comm 203 or Comm 253). REC: Comm 280, 303, 403.
                                                  Credits3
                                                  Lecture
                                                  Spring
                                                  COMM-403

                                                  Advanced Reporting

                                                  Development of advanced-level reporting, interviewing, writing, and editing of investigative stories, in-depth articles, and copy for the new world of online journalism.

                                                  Prerequisites
                                                  P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                                                    Credits3
                                                    Lecture
                                                    Spring
                                                    COMM-430

                                                    Information, Media and Society

                                                    The role of information in society, including interpersonal, mass, and institutional sources, in producing a range of effects on individuals, groups, and society as a whole; critical examination of the changing information environment in legal, economic, political, and social contexts.

                                                    Prerequisites
                                                    P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                                                      Credits3
                                                      Lecture
                                                      Spring
                                                      COMM-445

                                                      Human Communication Theory

                                                      Integration of a variety of theories to promote sensitivity to and understanding of the complexity of human communications; examines the construction of various communication theories, contexts and processes in communication.

                                                      Prerequisites
                                                      P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                                                        Credits3
                                                        Field EXP
                                                        Spring
                                                        Fall
                                                        COMM-453

                                                        Practicum in Print Journalism II

                                                        • Pre-Requisites
                                                        • Writing Emphasis
                                                        • Repeatable

                                                        Supervised hands-on experience on the staff of the Fourth Estate, the campus newspaper. Provides opportunities for developing advanced skills in some facet of newspaper operation: reporting, feature writing, photojournalism, layout, editing, or management. Involves one-on-one work with professor and editor.

                                                        Prerequisites
                                                        P: Comm 203, 303 or 253; REC: prior experience on 4th Estate.
                                                        • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                                        Credits3
                                                        IND Study
                                                        Spring
                                                        Fall
                                                        COMM-478

                                                        Honors in the Major

                                                        Sorry, this course does not have a description.

                                                        Prerequisites
                                                        P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
                                                          Credits3
                                                          Lecture
                                                          Spring
                                                          COMM-480

                                                          Cases in Communications and Media Management

                                                          This course examines the strategies and practices of communications and media management in organizations. Students integrate their knowledge of oral, written, and visual communication to solve real-world cases.

                                                          Prerequisites
                                                          P: at least 15 credits of core supporting courses in Communication
                                                            Credits3
                                                            Lecture
                                                            COMM-483H

                                                            Social Media Strategies

                                                            This course provides an overview of social media strategies. It will focus on the nexus between historical ideas about strategy and contemporary research on social media. Particular emphasis is placed on evaluating and creating social strategies for various objectives.

                                                            Prerequisites
                                                            P: Comm 102 or 200, Comm 133, Comm 305
                                                              Credits3
                                                              IND Study
                                                              Spring
                                                              Fall
                                                              COMM-495

                                                              Teaching Assistantship

                                                              Students will learn the successful components related to successful instruction, including theoretical perspectives, empirical research, and pedagogical techniques relating to teaching that they can apply to a broad array of future teaching and learning experiences.

                                                              Prerequisites
                                                              P: Jr. st.
                                                              • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
                                                              Credits1-6
                                                              IND Study
                                                              Spring
                                                              Fall
                                                              COMM-496

                                                              Research Assistantship

                                                              Students will assist faculty in conducting research. Responsibilities may include literature reviews, library/Internet investigations, questionnaire development, recruitment and interview of research participants, data collection, management of research studies, data entry and analysis.

                                                              Prerequisites
                                                              P: Jr. st. REC: Comm 200.
                                                              • Course is repeatable to 12 credits.
                                                              Credits1-12
                                                              Field EXP
                                                              Spring
                                                              Fall
                                                              COMM-497

                                                              Internship

                                                              Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                                                              Prerequisites
                                                              P: jr st.
                                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                                              Credits1-4
                                                              IND Study
                                                              Spring
                                                              Fall
                                                              COMM-498

                                                              Independent Study

                                                              Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                                                              Prerequisites
                                                              P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                                              Credits1-6
                                                              Field EXP
                                                              COMM-499

                                                              Travel Course

                                                              • Pre-Requisites
                                                              • General Education
                                                              • Travel Course
                                                              • Repeatable

                                                              Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                                                              Prerequisites
                                                              P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                                                              • Gen Ed: World Culture
                                                              • Travel Course
                                                              • Course is repeatable for credit.