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Communication (COMM) Courses

Lower-Division

COMM 101 FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(DLS). Provides an overview of communication as a field and in practices of everyday life.

COMM 112 REASONED DISCOURSE (3-0-3)(F/S)(DLS). Introduction to logical reasoning and the role of the advocate in a free society. Analysis of propositions, issues, arguments, evidence, fallacies of arguments, and various systems of reasoning. Preparation for and participation in activities designed to apply the principles of logical reasoning in the public forum.

COMM 113 COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: PRSSA (0-2-1)(F/S). Participation in Public Relations Student Society of America. Course may be repeated for credit.

COMM 114 COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: FORENSICS (2-0-1)(F/S). Preparation for and participation in intercollegiate forensics (speech and debate) competition and community speaking activities. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: PERM/INST. COREQ: COMM 214 or COMM 414.

COMM 116 COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: STUDIO TELEVISION FOR COMMUNITY (3-0-3)(F,S). Production of television programming for community organizations and citizens for airing on TVTV. Course may be repeated for credit.

COMM 117 COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: UTP (Variable 1-3)(F/S). Production of video programming for University Television Productions. Course may be repeated for credit.

COMM 119 COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: STUDENT MEDIA (Variable 1-3)(F,S). Participation in production of student publications. Course may be repeated for credit.

COMM 131 LISTENING (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory and practice of our most-used communication skill. Analysis of variables as they promote or impede the process of listening.

COMM 160 COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (3-0-3)(F,S). Introduction to the study of communication and culture. Examination of central concepts and theories in the field of communication and cultural studies, and focus upon current issues and theoretical perspectives in the study of rhetoric, communication relationships, and the art and performance of communication.

COMM 214 INTERCOLLEGIATE DEBATE (1-0-1)(F/S). Preparation for and participation in intercollegiate tournament debate. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: PERM/INST. COREQ: COMM 114 or COMM 314.

COMM 221 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F,S). Examination of interaction between persons. Focuses on an awareness of how the self, the communication process, and contexts affect interpretations, outcomes, and relationships.

COMM 231 PUBLIC SPEAKING (3-0-3)(F,S). Analysis of methods and techniques of message composition. Practice in the presentation of public speeches.

COMM 261 MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING (3-0-3)(F). Learn the basics of telling your story with multimedia. Work in a variety of formats and platforms using web tools and other freely available software. Finish the class with concrete skills and a better understanding of the technologies that are transforming the media.

COMM 267 THE FILM GRIP’S ROLE (1-0-1)(F/S). Introduction to working on a film set: protocol, chain of command, terminology and handling of equipment.

COMM 268 INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO PRODUCTION (3-0-3)(F,S). Introduction to the theory and practice of video production. Emphasis is placed on using video as an effective means of human communication and self-expression.

COMM 269 INTRODUCTION TO AUDIO PRODUCTION (3-0-3)(F,S). Introduction to the technologies of audio production, as well as aesthetic approaches and production strategies for different types of audio programs. Emphasis is placed on using audio as an effective means of human communication and self-expression. Students will have the opportunity to develop proposals and programs for Boise State Radio.

COMM 271 INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA (3-0-3)(F,S)(CID). Examines constructions of reality in mass communication with an emphasis on the relationship between media and power in society. The course aims to help students become more aware and empowered as consumers and producers of media. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

COMM 273 REPORTING AND NEWS WRITING (3-0-3)(F,S). Fundamentals of reporting, from techniques of interviewing and fact-gathering through the construction of the news story. Emphasis on accuracy, conciseness, and clarity in writing. Study of newspaper styles, usage, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and the use of copy editing symbols. PREREQ: COMM 271.

COMM 275 DIGITAL IMAGING (3-0-3)(F/S). Aesthetic, technical, and conceptual practices of 2D digital graphic, design and photography.

COMM 278 PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS (3-0-3)(F). Public relations as a professional field: history, theory, principles, and practices.

COMM 279 PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGNS (3-0-3)(S). Social science research as applied to public relations, case study analysis, construction, and implementation of campaigns. PREREQ: COMM 278.

Upper-Division

COMM 302 RESEARCH METHODS (3-0-3)(F,S). Historical, critical, descriptive, and experimental research methods and tools in communication. Students design, conduct, report, and evaluate research projects. PREREQ: COMM 101 or COMM 112 or COMM 271 (or ENGL 302) and upper-division standing.

COMM 304 PERSPECTIVES OF COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F,S)(CID). Explores the field of communication across varied contexts and applications. Various perspectives, methods of inquiry, and topics in contemporary communication studies will be explored. PREREQ: ENGL 102 and COMM 101 or COMM 112.

COMM 307 INTERVIEWING (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the process of interviewing in multiple communication contexts including print and broadcast journalism, public information sessions, career recruitment and employment, performance reviews, and professional development.

COMM 313 COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: PRSSA (Variable 1-3)(F/S). Participation as an elected officer in Public Relations Student Society of America. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

COMM 314 COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: FORENSICS (2-0-1) (F/S). Preparation for and participation in intercollegiate forensics (speech and debate) competition and community speaking activities. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: PERM/INST. COREQ: COMM 214 or COMM 414.

COMM 316 COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: STUDIO TELEVISION FOR COMMUNITY (3-0-3)(F/S). Production of television programming for community organizations and citizens for airing on TVTV. Course may be repeated for credit.

COMM 317 COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: UTP (Variable 1-3)(F/S). Production of video programming for University Television Productions. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: COMM 117, and either COMM 268 or COMM 269.

COMM 319 COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: STUDENT MEDIA (Variable 1-3)(F/S). Participation in production of student publications. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: COMM 119 or COMM 273.

COMM 321 RHETORICAL THEORIES (3-0-3)(F). Examination of theories concerning the complexity of interaction among ideas, messages, and people, including analysis of various message strategies. PREREQ: upper-division standing and one of the following: COMM 101, COMM 112, BAS 310, ENGL 302, ENGL 304, MDS 300.

COMM 331 MESSAGE ANALYSIS AND CRITICISM (3-0-3)(F,S). An evaluation of methods of analyzing and criticizing messages and their application to making critical appraisals of public communication. PREREQ: upper-division standing and one of the following: COMM 101, COMM 112, BAS 310, ENGL 304, MDS 300.

COMM 332 CONTEMPORARY PUBLIC COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F/S). The nature, function, and influence of public communication in contemporary society. An examination of major events and issues in an attempt to identify particular characteristics of public dialogue which reflect, reinforce, and alter public opinion. PREREQ: one of the following: COMM 112, COMM 231, BAS 310, MDS 300.

COMM 341 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F/S). An examination of the function of nonverbal behavior codes in communication. PREREQ: COMM 160 or COMM 221.

COMM 351 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F/S). An analysis of societal and cultural influences on interpersonal communication. A critical examination of communication within and among subcultures as well as across cultural boundaries. PREREQ: one of the following: COMM 160, BAS 310, HLTHST 304, MDS 300.

COMM 356 COMMUNICATION IN THE SMALL GROUP (3-0-3)(F/S). A study of human interaction in small groups. A blending of theory and practical experience focusing upon group development, roles, norms, team building, problem-solving, conflict, and leadership. PREREQ: one of the following: COMM 160, COMM 221, BAS 310, ENGL 302, HLTHST 304, HEP 240, MDS 300, NONPROF 240.

COMM 360 MEDIA AESTHETICS AND CULTURE (3-0-3)(F,S). Examination of the form and cultural values of mass media programs, the relationship between audiences and media products, and approaches to critical analysis of media products. PREREQ: one of the following: COMM 271, BAS 310, MDS 300.

COMM 361 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Examination and application of historical and contemporary communication theory to the study of organizing processes within and between various types of organizations. PREREQ: one of the following: COMM 221, COMM 231, BAS 310, ENGL 302, MDS 300.

COMM 362 MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS (3-0-3)(F). Examination of media-related ethical and legal issues facing media practitioners and the public. PREREQ: one of the following: COMM 271, BAS 310, MDS 300.

COMM 363 ADVANCED JOURNALISTIC WRITING (3-0-3)(F/S). Advanced instruction in various forms of journalistic writing, including feature and critical writing. PREREQ: COMM 273.

COMM 364 VISUAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(S). Theory and practice of various forms of visual communication, including photography and graphics. PREREQ: one of the following: COMM 271, BAS 310, MDS 300.

COMM 365 FILM STYLES AND GENRES (3-2-3)(F/S). Viewing a variety of international cinema masterpieces from different periods. Analyze and discuss these films in terms of formal elements, historical/social context, and industrial constraints. Concepts of genre, authorship and ideology will also be introduced, providing requisite critical tools for analysis of a wide range of film art. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

COMM 367 WEB DESIGN (3-0-3)(F/S). Students will learn the fundamental tools of working with HTML, image optimization, CSS, and other web design technologies with knowledge of Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop and WordPress. PREREQ: COMM 275.

COMM 368 ADVANCED AUDIO PRODUCTION (3-0-3)(F/S). Advanced work in the theory and practice of audio-production, including advanced production techniques, aesthetic strategies, and multi-track recording and computer-based nonlinear editing. PREREQ: COMM 269.

COMM 369 VIDEO POST-PRODUCTION (3-0-3)(F,S). Production strategies and techniques of computer-based video editing, graphics and animation. PREREQ: COMM 268.

COMM 370 ADVANCED VIDEO PRODUCTION (3-0-3)(F/S). Advanced work in theory and practice of video production. Development and production of full-length video programs. PREREQ: Upper-division standing and COMM 369.

COMM 371 COMMUNICATION, GENDER, AND DIFFERENCE (3-0-3)(F/S). Explores gender and difference as a communicative performance and attends to the relational, organizational, cultural, and/or critical study of communication, gender, and difference. PREREQ: COMM 160.

COMM 373 REPORTING PUBLIC AFFAIRS (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory and practice of covering governmental and community affairs. Examination of the beat system and developing sources. PREREQ: COMM 273.

COMM 374 WRITING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION (3-0-3)(F/S). Creative and critical exploration of writing for the screen, and the primary forms this may take: shorts, television, and features. Students will write and analyze scripts with a focus on the basic theory and formal aspects of story, structure, and character. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

COMM 377 ADVANCED PUBLIC PRESENTATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Theory and practice in various forms of public communication including public speaking, oral interpretation, storytelling, oral history production, conversation art from ethnographic study, and group performance. PREREQ: COMM 231 and upper-division standing.

COMM 382 PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING (3-0-3)(S). Students will learn to establish intent, evaluate information, set priorities, and tailor writing to meet the needs of different audiences in a variety of media with clarity, insight, and skill. PREREQ: COMM 271 and COMM 278.

COMM 383 ADVANCED PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING (3-0-3)(F). Planning and preparation for print, audio-visual, and online public relations messages. Students will develop core storytelling skills by writing, editing, designing and producing publications typically used by organizations to meet public relations objectives. Theory and practice of techniques in producing specialized publications: magazines, newsletters, websites and brochures for business and nonprofit organizations. PREREQ: COMM 382.

COMM 389 THEORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F,S). Explores various generic philosophies of communication and the perspectives of inquiry they imply, culminating in the articulation of a theory of communication. PREREQ: COMM 101 or COMM 112 and
Upper-Division standing.

COMM 390 (DISPUT 390)(SOC 390) CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Examination of the causes of conflict, conflict management theory, and conflict management techniques applied in interpersonal, intergroup, organizational, and community settings. Discussion and skill development through experiential learning will focus on such conflict management techniques as interpersonal management, mediation, arbitration, negotiation, and reconciliation. May be taken for credit in COMM, DISPUT, or SOC but not for more than one department. PREREQ: COMM 221 (or ENGL 302 or HLTHST 304 or SOC 290 or URBAN 200), upper-division standing.

COMM 395 HISTORY OF MASS COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the historical development of mass communication sectors (including journalism, advertising, public relations, and film) in the United States from the colonial era to the recent past and the way they interact with, and help to shape, our social, economic, and political cultures. PREREQ: COMM 271.

COMM 412 HISTORY OF PERSUASION (3-0-3)(F/S). Emphasis on the history of persuasion in society. Examination of the processes of persuasion as developed over time and across various communication contexts. PREREQ: COMM 112 or COMM 231 or COMM 321 (or ENGL 304).

COMM 413 PUBLIC RELATIONS CASE STUDIES (3-0-3)(F). Examination of public relations issues, contexts, and applications through case study research. Analysis of public relations cases to develop research ability and agility in the application of PR methods and theory in a wide variety of situations. PREREQ: COMM 271, COMM 279 and upper-division standing.

COMM 414 INTERCOLLEGIATE DEBATE (1-0-1)(F/S). Preparation for and participation in intercollegiate tournament debate. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: PERM/INST. COREQ: COMM 114 or COMM 314.

COMM 435 COLLABORATION AND FACILITATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the role of communication in the theory and practice of collaboration and the role of facilitation in supporting change practices in workplaces and public arenas. PREREQ: COMM 361 or COMM 356 or COMM 390.

COMM 451 COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM (Variable 1-4)(F/S). Directed study emphasizing the practical application of skills and theory relevant to human communication. An opportunity to focus on areas of special interest to the student. May be repeated for a total of four credits.

COMM 466 COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL CHANGE (3-0-3)(F,S). The history and evolution of communication and mass communication technologies, focusing upon the social/cultural impact of such technologies. PREREQ: one of the following: COMM 271, BAS 310, MDS 300.

COMM 467 MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY (3-0-3)(F,S). Study of the role of mass communication in the democratic process, focusing upon the ways mass media both contribute to and inhibit the development of a viable public sphere and effective political process. PREREQ: one of the following: COMM 271, BAS 310, MDS 300.

COMM 470 THE FILM PRODUCER’S ROLE (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines the film industry in terms of financing, distribution and exhibition of films, the interaction between art and business in film production, and skills for working with creative talent. PREREQ: Upper-division standing.

COMM 472 MOTION GRAPHICS (3-0-3)(F/S). Practice of motion graphics using digital video, computer graphic and digital photo technologies. PREREQ: COMM 369.

COMM 480 STUDIES IN JOURNALISTIC COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Advanced instruction in theories about, history of, and preparation of nonfiction content for the mass media. Content varies from semester to semester. Subjects may include public affairs reporting, journalism history, documentary scriptwriting, etc. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: COMM 271.

COMM 481 STUDIES IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Explores contemporary topics and perspectives that focus on the intersections between communication and interpersonal relationships. Content varies from semester to semester. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: COMM 321 or COMM 389 or ENGL 302, and COMM 302 or COMM 331 or ENGL 302.

COMM 482 STUDIES IN PUBLIC RELATIONS (3-0-3)(F/S). Examination of public relations issues, contexts, and applications. Content varies from semester to semester. Subjects may include: case studies, campaign design and analysis, promotional PR, PR for diverse audiences, media strategy and planning, etc. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: COMM 271, COMM 279 and upper-division standing.

COMM 483 STUDIES IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Explores contemporary topics and perspectives associated with the intersections between communication and organization. Content varies from semester to semester. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: COMM 321 or COMM 389, and COMM 302 or COMM 331 or ENGL 302.

COMM 484 STUDIES IN RHETORIC AND PUBLIC ADVOCACY (3-0-3)(F/S). Explores contemporary topics and perspectives that focus on the intersections between rhetoric and public advocacy. Content varies from semester to semester. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: COMM 321 or COMM 389 or ENGL 302 or ENGL 304, and COMM 302 or COMM 331 or ENGL 302.

COMM 486 STUDIES IN MEDIA PRODUCTION (3-0-3)(F/S). Advanced work in the production of media programs, including journalism, audio and video. Specific content varies from semester to semester. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: COMM 271.

COMM 487 STUDIES IN MEDIA THEORY (3-0-3)(F/S). Critical evaluation of contemporary theoretical trends and issues in the study of mass media. Content varies from semester to semester. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: COMM 271.

COMM 488 STUDIES IN COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (3-0-3)(F/S). Explores contemporary topics and perspectives that focus on the intersection between communication and culture. Content varies from semester to semester. Course may be repeated for credit. PREREQ: COMM 321 or COMM 389 and COMM 302 or COMM 331.

COMM 493 INTERNSHIP (Variable Credit)(F,S,SU). Supervised fieldwork. For more information on internships, see University-Wide Courses in Chapter 11. PREREQ: COMM 304 or COMM 271, minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and PERM/INST.

COMM 496 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-4 Credits)(F,S,SU). Individual study of either a reading or project nature. For more information on independent study, see University-Wide Courses in Chapter 11.

COMM 498 COMMUNICATION SEMINAR (3-0-3)(F,S)(FF). Students demonstrate their ability to theorize, discover, analyze, evaluate, report, and defend a research project about human communication. PREREQ: COMM 304 and COMM 321 or COMM 389 and COMM 302 or COMM 331.

COMM 499 MEDIA ARTS SEMINAR (3-0-3)(F,S)(FF). Students produce and present media projects, productions and/or research addressing questions of media theory and practice in a seminar setting. PREREQ: COMM 261, COMM 271, COMM 360, COMM 362, COMM 467 and senior standing.

Communication Programs