2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Communication (COMM)

COMM 1004 - First-Semester Experience in Communication (1 credit) 

Introduction to areas of research, ethical behaviors, and career paths in the discipline. Consideration of strategies for learning, accessing advising, and locating resources.

COMM 1014 - Introduction to Communication (3 credits) 

Survey of the communication discipline across areas of specialization from interpersonal to mediated and mass communication, including history and fundamental concepts, theories, contexts. Emphasis on ethical human behavior and message analysis.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 3 Reasoning in Social Sciences, 10 Ethical Reasoning 
COMM 1015 - Communication Skills (3 credits) 

Introduction to oral and written communication. 1015: Focus on oral and written communication in interpersonal, small group, and public contexts. Special emphasis on the writing process, listening, interviewing, conflict resolution, critical analysis, and communication in digital and visual media. 1016: Continued Study in oral and written communication skills for small group and public contexts. Focus on practical applications in ethical research and information gathering, audience analysis and adaptation, message development, and oral, written, and visual presentations by individuals and groups. May not receive credit for both 1016 and 2004.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 1F Discourse Foundational, 11 Intercultural&Global Aware. 
COMM 1016 - Communication Skills (3 credits) 

Introduction to oral and written communication. 1015: Focus on oral and written communication in interpersonal, small group, and public contexts. Special emphasis on the writing process, listening, interviewing, conflict resolution, critical analysis, and communication in digital and visual media. 1016: Continued Study in oral and written communication skills for small group and public contexts. Focus on practical applications in ethical research and information gathering, audience analysis and adaptation, message development, and oral, written, and visual presentations by individuals and groups. May not receive credit for both 1016 and 2004.

Prerequisite(s): COMM 1015 
Pathway Concept Area(s): 1F Discourse Foundational, 10 Ethical Reasoning 
COMM 2004 - Public Speaking (3 credits) 

Strategies and practice for speaking to specific audiences. Ethical considerations for message preparation, development, presentation, and evaluation. Pre: Sophomore standing. COMM 2004 partially duplicates COMM 1016.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 1A Discourse Advanced, 10 Ethical Reasoning 
COMM 2014 - Speech Communication (3 credits) 

Introductory study of communication messages across various types, including intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group and public. Credit may not be earned for both 1015 and 2014.

COMM 2024 - Media Writing (3 credits) 

Writing and information gathering skills including news, features, press releases, and advertising copy for broadcast, print and public relations media. Sophomore Standing Required.

Prerequisite(s): COMM 1016 or ENGL 1106 or ENGL 1204H 
COMM 2034 - Visual Media (3 credits) 

An introduction to the visual image and visual thinking applied to photography, video, and film. COURSE FEE $59. Sophomore standing required..

Prerequisite(s): COMM 1016 or ENGL 1106 or ENGL 1204H 
COMM 2084 - Media and Society (3 credits) 

An examination of media influence on society. Emphasis on impact of media (such as newspapers, film, social networks, and video games) on diverse audiences and cultures. Considerations of the evolution of media; social institutions and trends related to the media; domestic, global, ethical, and legal questions posed by the media; intercultural communication; and new technologys influence on society.

Pathway Concept Area(s): 3 Reasoning in Social Sciences, 10 Ethical Reasoning 
COMM 2094 - Communication and Issues of Diversity (3 credits) 

Study of communication theory and practice related to diversity and the media. Analysis of ethical implications of media influences on workplace communication across disciplines. Development of a personal understanding of diversity and identity by examining media producers, audiences, workforces, outlets, and content.

Prerequisite(s): COMM 1016 or ENGL 1106 
Pathway Concept Area(s): 7 Identity & Equity in U.S., 11 Intercultural&Global Aware. 
COMM 2124 - Introduction to Communication Research (3 credits) 

Study of approaches to research in the discipline, including identification and analysis of existing research; procedures for conducting and reporting basic research in communication. Sophomore Standing required.

Prerequisite(s): COMM 1016 or ENGL 1106 or ENGL 1204H 
COMM 2754H - Topics in Single Medium Communication About Technology Innovation (1 credit) 

Study of discovery, analysis, creation, and evaluation of single medium - written or spoken or visual - presentations of ideas related to collaborative technology innovation for societal impact. Analysis of how race, class, gender, and age shape written, oral, or visual expression in the United States and vice versa. Special attention to single medium communications with stakeholders in business, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities. Ethical dimensions of written, spoken, or visual communication about collaborative technology innovation for societal impact. May be repeated 2 times with different content for a maximum of 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): COMM 1016 or ENGL 1105 
Pathway Concept Area(s): 1F Discourse Foundational, 7 Identity & Equity in U.S., 10 Ethical Reasoning 
COMM 2764H - Topics in Multimedia Communication About Technology Innovation (1 credit) 

Study of the discovery, analysis, creation, and evaluation of multimedia presentation of ideas related to collaborative technology innovation for societal impact. Analysis of how race, class, gender, and age shape multimedia expression and vice versa. Special attention to communicating across disciplinary, organizational, and cultural differences in the workplace. Ethical dimensions of multimedia communication about collaborative technology innovation for societal impact. May be repeated 2 times with different content for a maximum of 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): COMM 2754H 
Pathway Concept Area(s): 1A Discourse Advanced, 10 Ethical Reasoning 
COMM 2964 - Field Study (1-19 credits) 
COMM 2974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
COMM 2974H - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 

Honors section.

COMM 2984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
COMM 3954 - Study Abroad (1-19 credits) 
COMM 3984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
COMM 4024 - Communication Law (3 credits) 

Study freedom of speech and the press and how these freedoms apply to the press, public relations, advertising and personal speech. Consideration of First Amendment theories and jurisprudence; related ethical issues. Senior standing.

COMM 4204 - Communication Internship (1-6 credits) 

Placement in a communication industry for practical internship under supervision by a departmental advisor and a professional in the field. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 6 hours credit. Junior standing and consent required.

COMM 4964 - Field Study (1-19 credits) 
COMM 4974 - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
COMM 4974H - Independent Study (1-19 credits) 
COMM 4984 - Special Study (1-19 credits) 
COMM 4994 - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits) 
COMM 4994H - Undergraduate Research (1-19 credits)