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Communication (COMM) Courses

Lower-Division

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

COMM 111 (MEDIA 111) INTRO TO THE COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA ARTS MAJORS (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). In addition to learning about the options available to them in studying communication and media arts, students also learn about the careers to which such study may lead, and the habits of successful learners.

COMM 112 REASONED DISCOURSE (3-0-3)(F/S)(FS). 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 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 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.

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: Upper-division standing and one of the following: COMM 160, COMM 221, COMM 231, MEDIA 201, or ENGL 302.

COMM 304 PERSPECTIVES OF COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F,S)(FC). 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: COMM 160, COMM 221, and COMM 231.

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 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 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 160, COMM 221, COMM 231, BAS 310, ENGL 302, ENGL 304, or 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: Upper-division standing and one of the following: COMM 160, COMM 221, COMM 231, or ENGL 302.

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: Upper-division standing.

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

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: Upper-division standing.

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: Upper-division standing.

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 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: Upper-division standing.

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: Upper-division standing and COMM 231.

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: Upper-division standing and one of the following: COMM 160, COMM 221, COMM 231, BAS 310, ENGL 302, ENGL 304, or MDS 300.

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: Upper-division standing.

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: 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: Upper-division standing.

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 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: 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: Upper-division standing.

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: Upper-division standing.

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: Upper-division standing.

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 MEDIA 201, 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: Senior Standing; COMM 304; one of the following theory courses: COMM 321 or COMM 389; and one of the following methods courses: COMM 302 or COMM 331.