Courses in Communication Studies

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COMM 2000 Introduction to Communication Studies (4 sem. hours).

An introduction to the processes of mediated communication through analysis of the production and consumption of communicative acts and media texts and through an analysis of meaning within those acts and texts.

COMM 2100 History of the Media (4 sem. hours).

Survey of the cultural histories of media in the United States, with focus on the development of media content, media technologies and media industries.

COMM 2200 Public Rhetoric (4 sem. hours).

Students will study principles and strategies for effective oral communication. The course will emphasize principles and theories of rhetoric, while teaching students methods for researching, organizing, and delivering various forms of public rhetoric. It will also explore ethical, social, and political issues surrounding public address.

COMM 2400 Communication Ethics (4 sem. hours).

A study of ethical issues involved in the creation and consumption of media products. This course will engage a variety of ethical theories and apply them to contemporary media issues. May be used to satisfy the historical/cultural/theoretical requirement for the major. Offered in alternate years.

COMM 2430 Journalism (4 sem. hours).

This basic course teaches the skills of news writing and reporting, including the history and principles of journalism, and the techniques of layout and copywriting. Offered occasionally.

COMM 3000 Interdisciplinary Studies in Communications (4 sem. hours).

Courses in this category cross disciplinary boundaries and are cross-listed with another department.

COMM 3100 Studies in Mass Media and Mass Communications (4 sem. hours).

Exploration of a specific topic within the field of mass media and mass communications. Course topics change each time the course is offered. Offerings could include such topics as mass media and religion, the history of the alternative press, political communication, studies of the media audiences, mass media law and media, myth, and ritual. Prerequisite: COMM 2000 or by petitioning the instructor.

COMM 3400 Studies in Intercultural Communication (4 sem. hours).

The specific content will vary, but this course will consider the relationship between communication and culture through study of communications within and between ethnic groups, social classes, and other communities. Topics could include communication between or within genders and racial/ethnic groups and ethnography and communicative environments. May be used to satisfy the historical/cultural/ theoretical requirement for the major. Prerequisite: COMM 2000 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered every three years.

COMM 3450 Writing for New Media (4 sem. hours).

An investigation of the approaches, styles, and challenges of writing in a Web 2.0 environment. Offered occasionally.

COMM 3500 Studies in Rhetoric (4 sem. hours).

A focused examination of one model, theory, or theorist in the field of rhetoric. Course topics change each time the course is offered. Offerings could include the rhetoric of social movements, public rhetoric, religious rhetoric, or the work of a particular theorist such as Kenneth Burke. Prerequisite: COMM 2000 or by petitioning the instructor. Offered every three years.

COMM 3750 Special Topics in Communications (4 sem. hours).

This course offers examination of fields within communications that are not covered by regularly scheduled courses in the communications curriculum. May be repeated for credit with a different topic. Prerequisite: COMM 2000 or by petitioning the instructor.

COMM 3800–3803 Directed Study in Communications (1, 2, 3, or 4 sem. hours).

Students wishing to study a problem or subject outside the normal communications curriculum may pursue an independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. Permission of the department chair required. Prerequisite: COMM 2000.

COMM 3850–52 Communications Internship (2 or 4 sem. hours).

Off-campus or on-campus professional experience in fields such as print or broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising, theater, or new media. Highly encouraged but not required of all students majoring in communications. Permission of the department chair required. Prerequisites: COMM 2000 (student may be enrolled concurrently in the internship class and the prerequisite course.)

COMM 4900 Senior Seminar in Communications (4 sem. hours).

This course is designed to help senior Communications majors acquire more advanced skills and develop more advanced critical thinking in the field of communication studies.

COMM HI–HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1–4 sem. hours).