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2008-2009 University Catalog

Communication

 

COMM 101 PUBLIC SPEAKING (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Introduction to communication theory and the study of the human communication process with an emphasis on effective public communication. Includes intensive practice in public speaking, reasoning, and critical listening.

GenEd: A1

COMM 200 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION STUDIES (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: COMM 101

Foundational principles and theories of communication provide the student with alternate ways to understand human interaction. Tracing historical and cultural answers to the question, what is communication, guides students to consider alternate paradigms.

GenEd: A1

COMM 210 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Analysis of the role communication plays in interpersonal relationships with special emphasis on intercultural communication. Oral interpersonal communication skills will be stressed.

GenEd: A1

COMM 211 DISCERNING INFORMATION IN AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Provide students with strategies to help them make sense of our information-saturated world. Students should critically assess information, differentiate the perspectives of information seekers from providers and evaluate our sources of knowledge through issues such as surveillance, surrogates, privacy, information seeking behavior, information control, intellectual property, digital democracy, and emerging information communication technologies.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC Same as LIB 211

GenEd: A3, D

COMM 220 GROUP COMMUNICATION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

This course examines communication in the small group context. It will investigate the important theoretical foundations and practical applications of group communication as well as apply those theories and skills to actual group interactions.

GenEd: A1

COMM 301 ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: COMM 101

Develops advanced skills of persuasion, narratives, language usage, leadership, and the ability to handle difficult speaking situations.

COMM 310 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: COMM 200

Investigation of methodology and analytical techniques of human communication, including participant observation, interview, focus groups, surveys, conversation and content analysis.

COMM 320 PERSUASION AND ARGUMENTATION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: COMM 101

Students will debate one another in contemporary topics in health, business and the environment. Students will also participate in creating a public campaign to persuade a larger audience.

COMM 321 CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Focuses on the ways that people from different cultures interact. Students will analyze and participate in conversations with people who claim different group memberships such as regional, religious, ethnic, or national backgrounds, age, gender and sexual orientations.

GenEd: C3B

COMM 322 SOCIOLOGY OF POPULAR CULTURE (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: SOC 100

Examines popular culture from a sociological and a comparative perspective. Emphasizes the impact of mass media on individual behavior, marketing and consumption of amusements and entertainments in the domestic and global marketplace.

Same as SOC 322, ENGL 322

COMM 331 ART, SOCIETY, AND MASS MEDIA (3)

Three hours lecture per week

The study of synergetic relationships between visual art and human communication dating back to the roots of civilization. Comparative studies in art and communication link ancient traditions to the development of contemporary mass media including print, photography, film, television and the internet

Same as ART 331

GenEd: C1, D, Interdisciplinary

COMM 333 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Issues unique to nonprofit organizations including financial, legal, and political.

Same as POLS 333, ECON 333, BUS 333

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

COMM 335 POLITICS AND FILM (3)

Two hours lecture and two hours activity per week.

Explores the themes, issues and processes of politics through an in depth study of selected films. Area of focus varies by semester.

Same as POLS 335

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

COMM 336 MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE AND COMMUNICATION (3)

Two hours lecture and two hours activity per week.

Explores the themes, issues and processes of politics through an in depth study of selected films. Area of focus varies by semester.

Same as ENGL 336

GenEd: A1, C2, Interdisciplinary

COMM 340 CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND MEDIATION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Focuses on the role of language and dialogue in the construction, escalation and resolution of conflict in interpersonal, organizational, and community contexts. Addresses the social, political, historical and behavioral aspects of conflict and conflict resolution in our society from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

COMM 345 MEDIA LITERACY AND YOUTH CULTURE (3)

Three hours lecture per week

This interdisciplinary course examines the relationship between mass communication, mass media, and youth culture. Topics include the theories and effects of mass communication, in particular the effects of mass media on children and adolescents. To develop media literacy, students will apply these concepts to their own experiences with popular media, including television, print, and film.

Same as EDUC 345

GenEd: A1, D, Interdisciplinary

COMM 346 SCHOOL COMMUNICATION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Examines written, verbal and nonverbal communication in school settings between teachers and stakeholders. Emphasizes the importance of communication and successful personal interactions.

Same as EDUC 346

GenEd: A1, Interdisciplinary

COMM 430 POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

An analysis of the relationship between mass media and political decision-making. Topics covered include: political communication theories and trends, the relationship between political institutions and the press in the US and in other countries, elections, debates, political campaigning and advertising, new media and politics, political socialization, education, politics and popular culture.

Same as POLS 430

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

COMM 441 HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: COMM 320

Explores the evolution of health as a major topic in communication studies. Focuses on conversations between health practitioners and patients as well as public health campaigns.

Same as NRS 441

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

COMM 442 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: COMM 101 and COMM 210 or COMM 220

This course examines and compares internal and external communicative practices in for profit and nonprofit organizations. By examining a series of case studies, students will integrate knowledge from business and marketing and apply communication competence to the production and analysis of organizational messages.

GenEd: A1, Interdisciplinary

COMM 443 ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: ESRM 100 and COMM 101 or COMM 320

Students will analyze and engage in debates about local, national and global environmental disputes. Topics include analysis of risk, community dialogue and strategic environmental messages.

Same as ESRM 443

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

COMM 450 ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Provides practical experience in negotiation and mediation techniques within the context of complex environmental and public policy disputes.

Same as ESRM 450, POLS 450

COMM 490 SPECIAL TOPICS (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Investigates a prominent topic within the field of communication. Topics vary by semester. Repeatable by topic.

COMM 492 INTERNSHIP (1-3)

Two to six hours activity per week

Prerequisite: COMM 300 level

Provides student credit for internship work that applies communication theories and skills within an organization.

Graded Credit/No Credit

COMM 499 CAPSTONE PROJECT (3)

One hour seminar per week and two hours activity per week

Prerequisite: Senior Standing or Consent of Instructor

Students will work with a community partner to demonstrate how Communication is relevant to an organization that addresses social issues.

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