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Communication Course Descriptions

  • COMN 100 : Introduction to Communication

    This course introduces key principles and aspects of human communication to improve the appropriateness and effectiveness of our messages. Students will explore the fundamentals of communicationsuch as perception, verbal and nonverbal messages, and listeningin our daily contexts, including relationships, groups, organizations, cultures, media, technology, and public settings. The course also increases understanding of Communication in relation to other disciplines while exploring the varied writing styles of researchers and practitioners and the scholarly sources central to Communication    Credits: 4; Prerequisites: None; Offered every semester.

  • COMN 102 : Principles of Public Speaking

    Basic public speaking is the focus of the course. Emphasis is placed on researching topics, organizing speeches, using appropriate language, effective delivery, and critical listening. Instructors analyze student speeches. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: None; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 203 : Professional Public Speaking

    Building on the theories and principles introduced in COMN 102, this intermediate course facilitates the continued development of oral communication competency. Course content underscores an audience-centered approach to public address. Topics include organizing speeches for specialized and professional contexts of public address, voice and diction, the proper use of technology to support presentations, critical listening, and understanding/managing communication apprehension. Assignments are tailored to meet the career needs of individual students. Prerequisites: COMN 102. Offered every other year   Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 102; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 207 : Writing for Business & Professions

    This course focuses on traditional and contemporary methods of written business communication. There is practical application of strategies for composing, organizing, and editing content for targeted audiences. Approaches may include collaborative and web-based writing. Students who are required to take INTD 205 may not take this course. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 209 : Organizational and Small Group Communication

    This course provides students with theoretical and practical perspectives of organizational and small group communication. We will explore the problems and paradoxes of organizational communication, the changing features of organizational life, and the central role small group communication plays in organizations. Students will develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to group development, leadership, preparing and running meetings, decision-making, problem-solving, managing conflict, roles, and managing differences. Case studies and group projects will provide opportunities for application and experiential learning. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Offered every year.

  • COMN 210 : Interpersonal Communication

    This course provides theoretical and practical knowledge about interpersonal communication from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. This course is designed to help students become more mindful and effective communicators across a number for relational contexts. We will explore the role of communication in creating, maintaining, altering, and terminating relationships. Topics include identity and perception, investment, support, emotional intelligence, relational development, and conflict management. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 222 : Special Topics in Communication

    This course is a slot course that is designed to introduce students to theories, topics, and issues related to specialized or emerging topics in communication. Students will develop knowledge of related concepts, engage with readings related to the specific topic, and demonstrate their knowledge through one or more topic-centered projects. Examples of special topics include gender communication and political communication. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 230 : Public Speaking and Rhetoric I: Identity

    Rhetoric is the oldest discipline in the world, predating science and philosophy—because it is concerned with the most essential human endeavor: using symbols to influence belief. This course helps students develop a rhetorical perspective on the world in which belief is an effect of persuasion. Students will explore a range of rhetorical theories surrounding identity and critique oratory about identity and self. Students will craft and deliver original speeches that focus on self and identity. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Offered every two years.

  • COMN 231 : Public Speaking and Rhetoric II: Power

    Rhetoric is the oldest discipline in the world, Predating science and philosophy—because it is concerned with the most essential human endeavor: using symbols to influence belief. This course helps students develop a rhetorical perspective on the world in which belief is an effect of persuasion. Students will explore a range of rhetorical theories surrounding power and critique oratory about power and privilege. Students will craft and deliver original speeches that focus on power and privilege. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Offered every two years.

  • COMN 260 : Introduction to Mass Communication

    This course covers mass communication in both historical and contemporary contexts. Students are introduced to the broad socio-cultural function of mass media, as well as the specific function of each medium. The course explores roles of mass communication in terms of the societal impact, technology, and the effects on individuals. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Offered every semester.

  • COMN 266 : Radio and Audio Media Production

    An introduction to basic radio-station operations and equipment, announcing skills, and audio-production techniques, (including scriptwriting, voiceover and commercial production), and their application in modern radio and digital platforms. Students will be introduced to and use the facilities of campus radio station WGSU-FM. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Offered every year.

  • COMN 267 : Visual Communication

    A study of visual communication through practical application, designed to introduce students to the technical and aesthetic elements involved in visual media production. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Offered once every fall.

  • COMN 275 : News & Specialized Writing

    This slot course focuses on improving basic reporting and writing skills, crafting in-depth news reports, and exposing students to other types of journalistic writing. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites:  COMN 100; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 276 : Media Writing

    This course presents the essentials of writing for media and public relations, which include but are not limited to textual, audio, video, social media or other electronic media. Students will design, develop and produce messages for various platforms. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Offered every two years.

  • COMN 300 : Introduction to Strategic Communication

    This course is designed to introduce the foundational principles of strategic communication to undergraduate majors. It focuses on two major disciplines of strategic communication, public relations and advertising and emphasizes the essential elements as well as the fundamental process of the two. Through integrating public relations and advertising, the course aims to help students understand the key principles as well as concepts of strategic communication. The course introduces the strategic perspective of communication for students who plan to pursue further education in communication. It is also beneficial to students who are planning careers in other areas that require or desire an understanding of strategic communication practices, such as public relations and advertising. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Offered every year.

  • COMN 310 : Family Communication

    this course will center on theories, topical issues, and empirical research related to family communication. This course will place emphasis on the multitude of family formations that people experience. Topics of discussion include but are not limited to family culture, family development, family identity, family meaning-making, family roles, and mediated constructions of family. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Offered every two years.

  • COMN 314 : Persuasion

    The course is designed to introduce persuasion from a social scientific perspective to undergraduate majors. It focuses on the key elements of persuasion in social science, introduces various common social scientific theories and principles in persuasion, and acquaints students with the essential process of designing and developing persuasive messages guided by the theories and principles. The course builds a foundation of persuasion for students who plan to pursue further education in communication. It is also beneficial to students who are planning careers in other areas that require or desire an understanding of persuasion. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Offered every year.

  • COMN 317 : Culture and Communication

    The purpose of the course is to provide the student with the theoretical and practical tools necessary to engage in competent communication across differences in culture and identity. Discussions will focus on the role of communication in constructing cultural messages and managing relationships and how cultural variations play a role in the process of communication. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 330 : Photography as Visual Communication

    Visual images, largely provided through the ease that anyone can take a picture with digital technology, plays a significant role in contemporary communication. This course explores photography's role in our visual communication. It introduces technical aspects of photography, historical development of photography, explores different venues of photography (e.g., photojournalism, advertising), and analyzes how visual messages influence viewers. The course covers both creative aspects as well as criticism of photography to enhance our visual literacy. Prior photographic experience is not needed. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, 260; Offered every year.

  • COMN 333 : Special Topics in Communication

    This course is a slot course that is designed to introduce students to theories, topics, and issues related to specialized or emerging topics in communication. Students will develop knowledge of related concepts, engage with readings related to the specific topic, and demonstrate their knowledge through one or more topic-centered projects. Examples of special topics include gender communication and political communication. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 342 : Mass Media and Society

    This course assesses the evolving and dynamic relationship between mass media and society. Particular attention is paid to how mass mediated messages can define social and cultural realities and the interplay of social influences on these messages. By applying theoretical concepts, students critically examine how mass media function in various contexts, from local communities, national industries and politics, to global systems. Current and past research perspectives are discussed and analyzed. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, 260; Offered every year.

  • COMN 346 : Conflict and Relational Communication

    This course focuses on the nature of conflict in a variety of relational contexts. A combination of theory and application helps students understand the central issues of relational conflict and develop communication skills to manage those conflicts. Case studies and simulations facilitate the application of theory to practice. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100 or permission of instructor; Offered every year.

  • COMN 357 : Broadcast News Workshop

    Students with communication, journalism/news writing and/or audio/video production backgrounds will work as part of a team of student broadcasts journalists in the production and dissemination of original-reporting multimedia news content (written and audio-based segments and packages occasionally supported by additional multimedia content)—for broadcast (and online posting) as part of a bi-weekly "news digest"-style radio program (and other public-radio-style news programjing). Student journalists will gain hands-on experience in civic-based original reporting, new judgement, news writing, storytelling, investigative journalism, production (audio editing and post-production), story pitching and working independently and collaboratively in teams. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, 266, 275; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 379 : Communication in Career Preparation

    This course encourages students to make connections between the communication concepts they have learned in their classes and their future personal and professional life. In doing so, students will look back to review and discuss key concepts, look inward to see how these concepts impact their own lives and look forward to see how these concepts impact their own lives and look forward to make explicit connections to their anticipated future. Concurrently, students will engage in a self-reflective process in preparation for a professional career. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100 and junior or senior standing; Offered every year.

  • COMN 395 : Internship in Communication

    This course provides an opportunity for students to explore different career contexts through an internship experience. Students work with the Department's faculty internship director and Career Design to find and secure an appropriate internship in a field of interest. An approved learning agreement is needed for class registration. A minimum of sophomore standing is required. May be repeated for credit without exceeding a maximum of 15 credits for internships (395 or 495). COMN 395 is graded on an S/U basis and cannot count toward the major. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, junior or senior standing and permission of internship faculty; Offered every semester.

  • COMN 410 : Theories and Research in Relational Communication

    This course involves theory-grounded empirical research in relational communication. Students will learn the history, assumptions, axioms, and vocabulary of various theories used by researches to explain relational communication. Students will develop basic skills in data collection, theory-based analysis, manuscript preparation, and research translation within the context of relational communication. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; 230 or 231; Offered every year.

  • COMN 415 : Research and Theory in Persuasion

     

  • COMN 420 : Sports Communication

    In this course, students will critically engage with readings and thinking about the role of sports in our lives and how we experience it, especially as it relates to media, culture, identity, global politics, and social justice. Given that modern sports development transcends global boundaries in terms of both (in/ex)clusion and belonging, the class utilizes a worldwide approach to sports communication from a critical/cultural lens. Sports in this case are not solely about what happens on the field, but also about the power dynamics and civic nature that sports, sport events, and media coverage have on local and global society. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100 and junior or senior standing; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 442 : Strategic Communication Management

    Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, 200, 300; Offered every two years.

  • COMN 450 : Media Entertainment

    In this course, we explore theory and research regarding the uses, features, and effects of entertainment media content. Course material addresses effects and appeal of media entertainment, emphasizing emotional reactions. topics include key concepts of entertainment research, as well as the respective features and emotional/social-psychological effects of genres such s comedy, suspense, and horror. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, 260; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 452 : Mass Media and Youth

    Students in this course will gain an understanding of how children and adolescents use, interpret, and are affected by media. The concepts and research discussed will follow a developmental approach, focusing on how young children, older children, and adolescents interpret and respond to media content differently. Class topics will include media violence, eating disorders, social networking, and prosocial media, among others. Students should end the course with a more developed awareness of the unique challenges and considerations in children's media use. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, 260; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 454 : Media Ethics

    In this course, students will learn foundational theories of ethics and apply them to a variety of mass media ethical dilemmas. We will explore the similarities and differences among ethical issues in areas such as news, entertainment, public relations, advertising, and online communication. Students will develop and demonstrate their critical understanding of media ethics case. By the end of the course, students should know how to make and effectively communicate ethical media choices. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, 260; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 456 : Mass Media and the Mind

    In this course, processing and effects of media content are explored from a cognitive perspective. Important concepts such as perception of attention to, and comprehension of media stimuli are explicated and applied to understand advertising, news, and politics, and other major media types. Students should end the course wit a greater understanding of the psychological processes that occur during media use, as well as increased knowledge of the effects these processes might have on media consumers. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, 260; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 458 : Visual Rhetoric

    As we become fully immersed in the so-called "visual age", we need to become critical consumers and producers of the media saturating our lives. This course engages the visual age while pushing back against the tendency to assume that "new" media cannot be studied through classic principles of style composition, and design. This course introduces strategies for critiquing and producing visual media including juxtaposition, pose, figure, metaphor, composition, duration, rhythm, montage, and foregrounding. Student will write visual analysis and produce visual messaging. We approach visual culture as a site of convergence for power and privilege. Credits:  4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100 and either COMN 230 or COMN 231; Offered every two years.

  • COMN 459 : Critical Rhetoric

    This course focuses on a topic or related group of topics relevant to a critical approach to rhetorical studies. Research in the areas of critical studies and rhetorical theory and criticism will be applied and discussed. The course may integrate both theoretical and practical applications. May be taken without limit for credit but only under different subtitles. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, and either COMN 230 or 231; offered every two years.

  • COMN 462 : International Mass Communication

    This course explores the role of mass communication and the media in our increasingly interdependent, globalized world. Through selected case studies, national systems of mass media found in various parts of the world are compared and analyzed. Issues that transcend geo-political boundaries are also examined. These include globalization of the media industry and cultural products, inequality in the flow of information, media influences on identity formation across different cultures, and media portrayals of war and peace. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, 260; Offered every year.

  • COMN 467 : Specialized Visual Communication

    This course is an advanced level visual media production course that involves providing higher level visual communication while critically engaging with theories and aesthetics. Students will delve into production and analysis or creative work. Special thematic topics for content creation will vary. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100, 267; Offered once every 2 years.

  • COMN 468 : Research in Media and Cultural Studies

    This course explores and applies selected textual, qualitative and critical perspectives in media studies, as well as an overview of major trends and developments in contemporary research methods in media and cultural studies, students are expected to design and craft their own research project. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, COMN 100, 260 and a minimum 3.0 average in the major or permission of instructor; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 476 : Social Change and Activism

    In this course, students will critically engage readings in development communication, especially as it relates to struggles for social justice. We will explore historical and global aspects of development and mediated activism, and specifically focus on contemporary sports and other mass-cultural events. This course draws from interdisciplinary research from media studies, critical/cultural studies, sports communication, social movement research, urban studies, and development communication. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 477 : Research and Creative Activities in Communication

    In this course, students will develop and carry out a unique empirical or applied project under the guidance of a Communication faculty member. Each week, students will come together to discuss their project development, engage in peer review, and offer constructive feedback. The course will culminate with project presentations. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 480 : Communication Research

    This course is designed to introduce you to communication research basics and develop your ability to conduct and evaluate research. Methodologies of communication research are explored, including experiments, surveys, focus groups, content analysis, and rhetorical and critical analyses. These methodologies and the theoretical and ethical assumptions underpinning them are examined as ways of posing questions and getting answers about human communication. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to critically evaluate the research of the others while also developing your own research proposal based on a selected topic of interest. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, COMN 100, and a minimum 3.0 average in the major or permission of instructor; Not offered on a regular basis.

  • COMN 495 : Advanced internship in Communication

    An advanced internship experience that combines regular field experience with a focused, reflective component. Students will design and execute an individualized essay that integrates material from their communication classes with their internship experience. COMN 495 is intended for students hoping to confirm their initial professional field they plan to pursue after graduating. Credits: Up to four credits of COMN 495 may count toward the elective category of the major. Normal grading mode. Prerequisite: Permission of internship faculty director; Restricted to communication majors; Offered every semester.

  • COMN 496: Teaching Practicum in Communication

    This course offers practical teaching experience in the field of communication, as practicum students work closely with supervising professor for a specified course in communication. Responsibilities may include assisting in preparation and presentation of lectures and activities, holding office hours and review sessions with students, helping to prepare exams and assignments, and providing evaluative feedback to students. In addition students will learn about and get practical experience in teaching techniques through completion of weekly online modules. Credits: 3-4 (1-4); Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; Offered through individual arrangement.

  • COMN 498 : Capstone Experience

    The course is designed to help students finalize a communication portfolio. Students have had opportunities to work on pieces of their portfolio throughout the program, but in this course, students will analyze, reflect, and improve their portfolio. The course emphasizes the concept of commencement, a highlight of the past and the preparation for the future. Credits: 4 (4-0); Prerequisites: COMN 100 and senior standing; Offered every semester.

We have updated our course descriptions to reflect our new curriculum that goes into effect for the fall 2022 semester. The following courses are outdated. 

  • COMN 102: Principles of Public Speaking

    Basic public speaking is the focus of the course. Emphasis is placed on researching topics, organizing speeches, using appropriate language, effective delivery, and critical listening. Instructors analyze student speeches.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 103: S/Intro to Interpersonal Comm

    This course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge about communication theory and practice. It creates an awareness of the role communication plays in our interpersonal relationships. Students will be introduced to basic models, definitions, and approaches to interpersonal communication. Some areas presented include perception, self-concept, self-disclosure, conflict, verbal and nonverbal communication, and ways for improving communication competence.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 107: Foundations of Media Writing

    This course presents the basics of writing for news and public relations which may be delivered by print, radio, television, internet or other electronic media. This is the foundation and prerequisite for other Communication courses which requires students to design, develop and produce messages for print and electronic delivery.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 160: S/Intro to Mass Communication

    This course is designed to survey mass communication in both historical and contemporary contexts. Students are introduced to the broad function of mass media, as well as the specific function of each medium. The roles of technology and the impact of mass communication on society and individuals are also explored.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 188: Experimental:

    Credits: 0-6

  • COMN 199: Directed Study

    With faculty approval, may be arranged on an individual 100-level basis. Students work individually under the supervision of a faculty member on a research-oriented project. Offered by individual arrangement
    Credits: 1-6

  • COMN 200: Theory & Prac-Public Relations

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles of public relations. It includes analyses of methods of building good will and obtaining publicity, and processes of influencing public opinion. Communications media are studied as utilized in contemporary public relations programs.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 201: Coping with Speech Anxiety

    The course provides students with a perspective on a widespread problem in our society -- communication apprehension. Course content focuses on the diagnosis of the level and type of communication apprehension, and the examination of major effects of chronic reticence. As students prepare oral presentations for a variety of communication contexts, methods and skills training, including systematic desensitization and cognitive restructuring, will be individualized to assist them in overcoming their speech anxiety. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Offered not on a regular basis
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 203: Professional Public Speaking

    Building on the theories and principles introduced in COMN 102, this intermediate course facilitates the continued development of oral communication competency. Course content underscores an audience-centered approach to public address. Topics include organizing speeches for specialized and professional contexts of public address, voice and diction, the proper use of technology to support presentations, critical listening, and understanding/managing communication apprehension. Assignments are tailored to meet the career needs of individual students. Prerequisites: COMN 102. Offered every other year
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 207: WritingforBusiness&Professions

    This course focuses on traditional and contemporary methods of written business communication. There is practical application of strategies for composing, organizing, and editing content for targeted audiences. Approaches may include collaborative and web-based writing. Students who are required to take INTD 205 may not take this course. Not offered on a regular basis
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 211: Discussion & Group Dynamics

    This course provides students with theoretical knowledge of small group interaction and decision-making and the opportunity to practice skills that can be applied in small group situations. Group activities and projects promote experimental learning in topic areas such as leadership, cohesion, commitment, deviance, conformity, decision-making, and task functions. Critical evaluation of group processes occurs throughout the semester.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 212: Theory & Practice of Argument

    Analysis of forms of reasoning, use of evidence, and style and development of argument, with an emphasis on the relationship between the argument field (law, business, science, politics, etc.) and the different standards for reasoning and evidence. Students will analyze actual arguments and will construct their own arguments. Offered fall, odd years
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 213: Persuasion & Social Influence

    This course focuses on a variety of theories and applications of persuasive communication. Persuasion is treated as communication which affects how people think, feel, and act toward some group, object, or idea. Students examine both social scientific and humanistic theories of persuasion, and apply these theories in written and oral assignments.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 215: American Public Address

    The course is designed to introduce students to selected speeches and speakers of significance in United States history. Students will analyze speeches from different historical eras, focusing on the manner in which ideas are made manifest through language, and the impact that such speeches have had and continue to have on life in the United States.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 248: Perspectives-Organizatnl Comm

    This is a survey course of theoretical approaches to communication behavior in organizations. The basic foundations of organizational communication theory, methods, and practices are introduced and related to organizational life. The course addresses the problems and paradoxes of organizational communication and the changing features of organizational life. Case studies will highlight practical applications of the theories to organizational experiences.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 251: Mass Media & Society

    This course assesses the evolving and dynamic relationship between mass media and society. Particular attention is paid to how mass mediated messages can define social and cultural realities and the interplay of social influences on these messages. By applying theoretical concepts, students critically examine how mass media function in various contexts, from local communities, national industries and politics, to global systems. Current and past research perspectives are discussed and analyzed.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 253: Media Advertising

    A course examining traditional and contemporary principles, practices, and techniques applied to the design and dissemination of advocacy messages. Covers strategies, tactics, media planning, processes, message construction and best professional practices in today's environment of integrated marketing communications. Prerequisites: COMN 107. Offered every year
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 266: Radio Production

    A study, through practical application, of the devices and techniques employed in modern radio. Students use the facilities of campus radio station WGSU-FM.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 267: Television Production

    A study, through practical application, designed to introduce students to the technical and aesthetic elements involved in the production of multi-camera live studio television and single-camera television field production.
    Credits: 0-3

  • COMN 275: News & Specialized Wrtg: (sub)

    This slot course focuses on improving basic reporting and writing skills, crafting in-depth news reports, and exposing students to other types of journalistic writing.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 277: Online Journalism

    Delivering news and other information through online media uses a powerful communication tool. This course focuses on interactive cyber journalism and how it complements the traditional media. Student journalists will use new media to communicate in quick, interactive, informative and informal settings while continuing to uphold journalistic standards. Prerequisites: COMN 107. Offered every third semester
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 280: Electronic Media Practicum

    A laboratory experience in one of the following areas of electronic media: 1) radio production, 2) television production, 3) radio news, 4) television news, 5) radio management, 6) television management, and 7) radio performance. May be taken six times, not to exceed one credit hour per semester. A maximum of two credits is allowed in a single area. Graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Offered every year
    Credits: 1

  • COMN 288: Experimental:

    Credits: 2-4

  • COMN 299: Directed Study

    With faculty approval, may be arranged on an individual 200-level basis. Students work individually under the supervision of a faculty member on a research-oriented project. Offered by individual arrangement
    Credits: 1-6

  • COMN 317: Intercultural Communication

    The purpose of the course is to provide the student with the theoretical and practical tools necessary to understand and attribute meaning to communicative behaviors during the process of intercultural communication. Discussions will focus on how culture influences the communication process and how cultural variations play a role in the process of communication.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 341: Public Relations Case Problems

    Analysis and composition of case studies based upon typical public relations problems in industry, labor, education, government, social welfare, and trade associations. Specific consideration will be given to the planning and preparation of communication materials for various media and application of public relations techniques. Prerequisites: COMN 200 or permission of instructor. Offered every spring
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 345: Theories of Interpersonal Comm

    This course explores theories that attempt to explain person to person interactions. Individual and dyadic variables affecting the development, maintenance, and dissolution of different types of relationships will be addressed. Topic areas, such as attributions, social exchange and equity, attraction, intimacy/affiliation and power/dominance, will be discussed in terms of current research findings.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 346: Conflict,Negotiation&Mediation

    This course focuses on the nature of conflict in a variety of relational contexts. A combination of theory and application assists students in mastering skills of dispute resolution and management of conflict. Special emphasis is placed on analyzing and understanding conflict in our lives. Case studies and simulations facilitate the learning of strategies and tactics used in the processes of bargaining, negotiation and mediation.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 349: Adv Iss Pers & Prof Comm:(sub)

    This course focuses on a topic or related group of topics relevant to personal and professional communication. Personal and professional communication research will be applied and discussed. The course integrates both theories and practical applications.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 353: Advertising as Social Communtn

    An investigation of contemporary advertising as a form of global mass persuasion. The course examines what advertising is as a communication form, its impact on society, how it is shaped and regulated by the social context in which it occurs, and conceptual guidelines for its evaluation. Since the course assumes a critical approach, the interrelationship of advertising with social norms, constraints, and values is examined.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 354: Adv Iss Mediated Comm: (sub)

    This course focuses on a topic or related group of topics relevant to mediated communication. Research in the area of mediated communication will be applied and discussed. The course may integrate both theories and practical applications.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 356: Adv Iss Crit Studies: (sub)

    This course focuses on a topic or related group of topics relevant to critical studies. Research in the area of critical studies will be applied and discussed. The course may integrate both theories and practical applications.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 362: International Mass Communicatn

    This course explores the role of mass communication in an increasingly interdependent, globalized world. Through selected case studies, national systems of mass media found in various parts of the world are compared and analyzed. Issues that transcend geo-political boundaries are also examined. These include globalization of media industry and cultural products, inequality in the flow of information, media influences on identity formation across different cultures, and media portrayals of war and peace.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 363: Advanced Television Production

    An in-depth study of the production process for video in broadcast and non-broadcast applications. The course explores the implementation of advanced studio and field production technology and techniques in the creation of educational, corporate, and broadcast television and video through practical application. Prerequisites: COMN 267. Offered once every two years
    Credits: 0-3

  • COMN 366: Mass Media Management

    An examination of the organizational, operational, and legal responsibilities involved in the management of electronic and print-based mass media. The interaction of format with programming, promotions, and distribution in market positioning is given special attention. Prerequisites: COMN 160. Offered once every two year
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 367: Television News

    An in-depth examination of television news reporting techniques. Students cover events and issues either on campus or in the surrounding community and create television news packages. Legal issues such as libel, slander, and shield laws are also examined as they relate to television news reportage.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 368: Research in Media&Cultural St

    This course explores and applies selected textual, qualitative and critical perspectives in media studies, as well as an overview of major trends and developments in contemporary research in this area. Research methods in media and cultural studies are emphasized.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 379: Communication:Integrated Appl

    This course provides students the chance to make a clear connection between the communication concepts they have learned in their classes and their future personal and professional life. In doing so, students will look back to review and discuss key concepts, look inward to see how these concepts impact their own lives and look forward to make explicit connections to their anticipated future. Concurrently, students will engage in a self-reflective process in preparation for a professional career. Students will exhibit this reflective experience primarily through the development of a final professional portfolio. Other communication and life skills will be discussed and refined during the course of the semester.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 380: Communication Research

    This course provides an overview of the major trends in contemporary communication research. Areas of focus include quantitative and qualitative methods for researching communication problems in interpersonal and organizational contexts.
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 388: Experimental:

    Credits: 0-3

  • COMN 391: Seminar:Issues-Communication

    This course is a seminar focusing on a topic or related group of topics relevant to personal and professional communication, journalism and media, or intercultural and critical studies of communication. The seminar will incorporate in-class discussion of relevant theory and topical issues as well as independent research related to the selected topics(s). May be taken up to two times but only under different subtitles. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing. Offered every year
    Credits: 3

  • COMN 395: Internship in Communication

    Students are selected on the basis of special qualifications and are assigned as interns with organizations in mass media, business, government, and other pertinent settings. Enrollment is subject to the availability of openings. Open to juniors and seniors in Communication with an overall average of 2.75 and 3.0 in other selected courses appropriate to a particular internship. May be repeated for credit, but students may apply no more than 15 semester hours of internship credit toward the baccalaureate degree. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Up to 3 hours of internship credit may be applied to the required 12 hours of coursework at the 300-level in the major. Offered by individual arrangement
    Credits: 1-15

  • COMN 399: Directed Study

    With faculty approval, may be arranged through advanced levels. Students work individually under the supervision of a faculty member on a research-oriented project. Credits: 1-6. Offered by individual arrangement
    Credits: 1-6

  • COMN 488: Experimental:

    Credits: 0-3

  • COMN 496: Teaching Practicum in Comm

    Credits: 3

  • COMN TRE: Communication Elective

    Credits: 0-6