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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
COMM-102

Introduction to Communication

Communication is the means by which individuals learn about themselves and the world around them. This course is an introduction to Communication, which emphasizes the understanding of messages in various settings, including interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mass communication. Such topics as the interplay between American society and mass media are discussed.

    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    COMM-133

    Fundamentals of Public Address

    Examination of the principles of oral message preparation and presentation. Students will prepare and present actual public communications.

      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Fall
      COMM-166

      Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication

      Principles of personal interaction as a basis of communication: role of communication in interpersonal relationships; role of identity and self-concept in communication behavior; significance of information reception and evaluation in the effectiveness of communication.

        Credits3
        Lecture
        COMM-198

        First Year Seminar

        Sorry, this course does not have a description.

        Prerequisites
        Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Fall
          COMM-200

          Communication Problems

          This course is designed to apply one of the major critical thinking learning components of the Communication major: Problem solving. Students work individually and in groups to analyze problems and assess appropriate solutions to varied communication problems. Effective problems-solving and decision-making strategies are emphasized.

          Prerequisites
          P: none; REC: one prior comm cse.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Spring
            COMM-201

            Human Information Processing

            The study of human cognition from an information processing perspective. Examines the processes of sensation, perception, memory, thinking, language, and problem solving with special attention to their roles in communications.

            Prerequisites
            P: one prior communic cse; REC: Comm 200 or Psych 102.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              Fall
              COMM-203

              Newswriting

              Reporting, interviewing, writing, and editing a variety of basic news stories for the mass media, with an emphasis on using correct news style. Accuracy, fairness, objectivity, and ethics are stressed.

              Prerequisites
              P: Eng Comp 100 or 164 or ACT English score of 25 or higher; REC: Eng Comp 105.
                Credits3
                Field EXP
                Spring
                Fall
                COMM-253

                Practicum in Print Journalism I

                • Pre-Requisites
                • Writing Emphasis
                • Repeatable

                Supervised hands-on experience as a staff member of the Fourth Estate, the campus newspaper. Provides opportunities for in-depth study of one facet of newspaper operation: newswriting, feature writing, photojournalism, layout, management or editing. Involves one-on-one work with professor and editor.

                Prerequisites
                P: Eng Comp 100 or 164 or ACT English score of 25 or higher; REC: Comm 203 or 243 or Art 243.
                • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Spring
                Fall
                COMM-280

                Business and Professional Communication Skills

                Business and Professional Communication Skills provides the student with the information and practice to develop communication skills in business writing, employment interviewing, and business speaking to inform and persuade.

                Prerequisites
                P: major/minor in Comm or Pre Comm.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Fall
                  COMM-282

                  Principles of Public Relations/Corporate Communications

                  An overview of topics, issues, concepts, and practices of public relations/corporate communications; individual and group case work.

                    Credits1-4
                    Field EXP
                    COMM-299

                    Travel Course

                    • Pre-Requisites
                    • General Education
                    • Travel Course
                    • Repeatable

                    Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                    • Gen Ed: World Culture
                    • Travel Course
                    • Course is repeatable for credit.
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Fall
                    COMM-303

                    Feature Writing

                    Researching, reporting, writing, interviewing, and editing several types of feature stories for both newspapers and magazines. There is also an emphasis on marketing newspaper and magazine features.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: Comm 203 or Eng Comp 105.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Fall
                      COMM-305

                      Elements of Electronic Media

                      Exploring the potentials of electronic media; analyzing communication strategies employed in these media; examining policy and practice in commercial and educational operations and the forces that control them.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: Comm 102; REC: Comm 243.
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Fall
                        COMM-306

                        Radio Broadcasting

                        Commercial and non-commercial radio as a communications medium and as a business enterprise: radio audiences, audience ratings, programming and program formats, news, advertising, promotion and sales.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: Comm 102.
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Spring
                          Fall
                          COMM-307

                          Television Production Techniques

                          Exploration of various uses of television as an informative, persuasive, and entertainment medium. Combines analysis of current uses of the medium in a professional context with practical experience in planning and producing a finished product for television.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Comm 305.
                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            Spring
                            COMM-308

                            Information Technologies

                            A survey of information technologies, their operations and limitations, and how the major electronic technologies are changing and affecting both the workplace and the household.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: Comm 200 or Info Sci 210.
                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Fall
                              COMM-309

                              Electronic Media Advertising Campaigns

                              TV/media/Internet advertising as a unique form of communication. Through the use of both individual and team/group projects, the demands and rigors of the strategic creative process are revealed. Legal, ethical and Internet considerations are also discussed.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: Comm 305.
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                Fall
                                COMM-322

                                Modern Linguistics

                                Structure and system in language, with attention to modern English and including principles of structural, computational and generative-transformational linguistics.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: none; REC: Hum Stud 160.
                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  Spring
                                  Even Only
                                  COMM-326

                                  Modern Semantics

                                  A study of meaning of language: how meanings of words and phrases change, how meanings may be measured, the relations between logic and meaning, cultural differences in meaning due to language structure differences, and the effects of situation on meaning.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: none; REC: Comn Art 160.
                                    Credits3
                                    Lecture
                                    Spring
                                    COMM-333

                                    Persuasion and Argumentation

                                    Awareness, appreciation, understanding, and skill in contemporary forms and methods of oral persuasion and argumentation.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: Comm 133; REC: Comm 200.
                                      Credits3
                                      Lecture
                                      Fall
                                      COMM-335

                                      Organizational Communication

                                      Communication in the modern organization: communication variables in the context of organizational theory; development of a systems perspective regarding functions, structures and levels of communication in the organization; use of evaluation tools and training strategies.

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: Comm 133, 200 or 201; REC: Comm 166.
                                        Credits3
                                        Lecture
                                        Fall
                                        COMM-336

                                        Theories of the Interview

                                        Basic theory behind conducting effective interviews. Specific types of interviews are discussed, such as selection, counseling, exit, discipline, appraisal, mass media and research interviews, from both the interviewer's and the interviewee's perspective.

                                        Prerequisites
                                        P: Comm 133, 200 or 201; REC: Comm 166.
                                          Credits3
                                          Lecture
                                          Fall
                                          COMM-337

                                          Small Group Communication

                                          The role communication plays in small group processes; focuses on development of the special communication skills needed in the small group setting.

                                          Prerequisites
                                          P: Comm 133, 200 or 201; REC: Comm 166.
                                            Credits3
                                            Field EXP
                                            Spring
                                            Fall
                                            COMM-353

                                            Practicum in Print Journalism II

                                            • Pre-Requisites
                                            • Writing Emphasis
                                            • Repeatable

                                            Supervised hands-on experience on the staff of the Fourth Estate, the campus newspaper. Provides opportunities for developing advanced skills in some facet of newspaper operation: reporting, feature writing, photojournalism, layout, editing, or management. Involves one-on-one work with professor and editor.

                                            Prerequisites
                                            P: Comm 203, 303 or 253; REC: prior experience on 4th Estate.
                                            • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                            Credits3
                                            Lecture
                                            Spring
                                            COMM-366

                                            Media Planning and Selling

                                            This course examines the processes used in connecting advertisers' messages with their target audiences. Through lecture, readings, and two case studies, students prepare and present a comprehensive media plan and a media sales package. Traditional media channels (e.g., newspapers, TV) and new media (e.g. the Internet) are included.

                                            Prerequisites
                                            P: Comm 309.
                                              Credits3
                                              Lecture
                                              Spring
                                              COMM-380

                                              Communication Law

                                              Freedom of the press and broadcast media, problems of gag orders, contempt, privacy, censorship, libel and slander. Overview of copyright law, the Federal Communications Act and other laws affecting communication.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: jr st; REC: 9 cr of comm cses.
                                                Credits3
                                                Lecture
                                                Spring
                                                COMM-382

                                                Public Relations Writing

                                                This course provides students with professional preparation for the writing required for a public relations career. Students will learn strategies for creating, delivering, and evaluating several types of P.R. writing: news releases, PSAs, magazine queries, newsletters, backgrounders, among others.

                                                Prerequisites
                                                P: Comm 282 AND (Comm 203 or Comm 253). REC: Comm 280, 303, 403.
                                                  Credits3
                                                  Lecture
                                                  Spring
                                                  COMM-403

                                                  Advanced Reporting

                                                  Development of advanced-level reporting, interviewing, writing, and editing of investigative stories, in-depth articles, and copy for the new world of online journalism.

                                                  Prerequisites
                                                  P: Comm 203; REC: Comm 306 or 353.
                                                    Credits3
                                                    Lecture
                                                    Spring
                                                    COMM-430

                                                    Information, Media and Society

                                                    The role of information in society, including interpersonal, mass, and institutional sources, in producing a range of effects on individuals, groups, and society as a whole; critical examination of the changing information environment in legal, economic, political, and social contexts.

                                                    Prerequisites
                                                    P: Comm 102 or 200 or Info Sci 210.
                                                      Credits3
                                                      Lecture
                                                      Spring
                                                      COMM-445

                                                      Human Communication Theory

                                                      Integration of a variety of theories to promote sensitivity to and understanding of the complexity of human communications; examines the construction of various communication theories, contexts and processes in communication.

                                                      Prerequisites
                                                      P: 9 cr in upper level communic cses.
                                                        Credits3
                                                        Lecture
                                                        COMM-450

                                                        Theories of Conflict Management and Mediation

                                                        This course is designed to expose students to the theories of conflict and conflict management, including communication strategies for managing human conflict. Students learn to assess and investigate the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral dimensions that influence confilct through theoretical lenses, and participate in negotiation and mediation simulations.

                                                        Prerequisites
                                                        REC: Comm 200 and/or Comm 337
                                                          Credits3
                                                          IND Study
                                                          Spring
                                                          Fall
                                                          COMM-478

                                                          Honors in the Major

                                                          Sorry, this course does not have a description.

                                                          Prerequisites
                                                          P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
                                                            Credits3
                                                            Lecture
                                                            Spring
                                                            COMM-480

                                                            Cases in Communications and Media Management

                                                            This course examines the strategies and practices of communications and media management in organizations. Students integrate their knowledge of oral, written, and visual communication to solve real-world cases.

                                                            Prerequisites
                                                            P: Comm 282; and Comm 200 or 201; REC: Comm 280.
                                                              Credits3
                                                              Lecture
                                                              Spring
                                                              COMM-487

                                                              Communication Audits

                                                              A communication audit identifies and analyzes strengths and weaknesses of communications within an organization. In conducting an audit, students gain practical experience as well as furthering their understanding of theoretical concepts in organizational communication.

                                                              Prerequisites
                                                              P: Comm 335 or 336; REC: one cse in statistics.
                                                                Credits3
                                                                IND Study
                                                                Spring
                                                                Fall
                                                                COMM-495

                                                                Teaching Assistantship

                                                                Students will learn the successful components related to successful instruction, including theoretical perspectives, empirical research, and pedagogical techniques relating to teaching that they can apply to a broad array of future teaching and learning experiences.

                                                                Prerequisites
                                                                P: Jr. st.
                                                                • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
                                                                Credits1-6
                                                                IND Study
                                                                Spring
                                                                Fall
                                                                COMM-496

                                                                Research Assistantship

                                                                Students will assist faculty in conducting research. Responsibilities may include literature reviews, library/Internet investigations, questionnaire development, recruitment and interview of research participants, data collection, management of research studies, data entry and analysis.

                                                                Prerequisites
                                                                P: Jr. st. REC: Comm 200.
                                                                • Course is repeatable to 12 credits.
                                                                Credits1-12
                                                                Field EXP
                                                                Spring
                                                                Fall
                                                                COMM-497

                                                                Internship

                                                                Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                                                                Prerequisites
                                                                P: jr st.
                                                                • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                                                Credits1-4
                                                                IND Study
                                                                Spring
                                                                Fall
                                                                COMM-498

                                                                Independent Study

                                                                Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                                                                Prerequisites
                                                                P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                                                                • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                                                Credits1-6
                                                                Field EXP
                                                                COMM-499

                                                                Travel Course

                                                                • Pre-Requisites
                                                                • General Education
                                                                • Travel Course
                                                                • Repeatable

                                                                Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                                                                Prerequisites
                                                                P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                                                                • Gen Ed: World Culture
                                                                • Travel Course
                                                                • Course is repeatable for credit.