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COMMUNICATION (COMM)
College of Liberal Arts
Communication
 
COMM 1000 - Human Communication Theory (COMM & LAN, LE CAT3)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to fundamental concepts, models, and theories of human communication. Issues concerning verbal and nonverbal symbolic processes, language and meaning, and the relationship between communication and understanding. Communication processes and problems in various contexts.



COMM 1010 - Persuasion (SOC SCI, LE CAT6)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Introduction to the analysis of social scientific persuasion techniques used to influence attitudes, perceptions, knowledge, and behavior of others in society.



COMM 1112 - Public Speaking (COMM & LAN, LE CAT3)
(3.0 cr; =[COMM 1511]; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Application of the theoretical bases of rhetoric to the public speaking situation.



COMM 1222 - Interpersonal Communication (COMM & LAN, LE CAT3, LECD CAT03)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Analysis of the role communication plays in interpersonal relationships.



COMM 1500 - Media and Society (HUMANITIES, LE CAT8)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Historical survey of media genres, and examination of influence of contemporary media on society.



COMM 1511 - Honors: Public Speaking (COMM & LAN, LE CAT3)
(3.0 cr; =[COMM 1112]; Prereq-Honors student; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Application of the theoretical bases of rhetoric to the public speaking situation.



COMM 1600 - Argumentation and Debate: A Practical Approach (LOGIC & QR)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Utilizes a symbolic action approach to introduce the theory and practice of argumentation, particularly within practical contexts; aiming at the related goals of making students more effective arguers, more critical consumers of arguments, and more critical thinkers generally.



COMM 2025 - Communication Inquiry: Rhetorical and Historical Methods
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Communication major, minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Exploration/survey of rhetorical and historical approaches to understanding the role that communication plays in social influence.



COMM 2030 - Communication Inquiry: Social Scientific Methods
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Comm major, minimum 30 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Introduction to social scientific inquiry related to the study of communication, and will provide an overview of research methods and an introduction to statistics.



COMM 2101 - Foundations of Mass Communication (SOC SCI, LE CAT8)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Theories, research, regulation, and ethical concerns surrounding contemporary mass media. Identifies U.S. media's role within the international marketplace. Survey of contemporary media content, industry structures, technology, and delivery systems.



COMM 3115 - Persuasion and Argumentation in Public Speaking
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1112; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Advanced theories. Developing persuasive strategies, carefully managing logical and argumentational structures within the speech, and fostering critical thinking tools in creation, analysis, and evaluation of persuasive speech.



COMM 3116 - Professional Communication
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1112; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Theory and practice of communication skills related to the workplace. Skill development in presentational speaking and vocational interviewing.



COMM 3200 - Interpersonal Communication Theory
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1000 or 1222; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Role of communication in developing, maintaining, and changing personal relationships.



COMM 3205 - Relationship Communication
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1222; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Study of advanced interpersonal communication skills in context of family and gender issues.



COMM 3210 - Group Communication
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credit, communication major or minor or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Small group approaches to problem management. Useful for anyone intending to participate in decision-making groups.



COMM 3211 - Communication and Technology in the Information Age
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Explores communication technologies in the information society; introduces students to new technologies used in contemporary organizations; explores implications of those technologies for human communication; and provides hands-on experience within a theoretical framework.



COMM 3215 - Conflict Management
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits, communication major or minor or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Application of interpersonal conflict management theory and skills to small group, organizational, and community conflicts.



COMM 3220 - Communication in Organizations
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Relationship between communication and organization design. Emphasis on development and impact of organization culture. Communication issues, including power, networks, gender, race, and decision making. Explores qualitative and field research.



COMM 3223 - Communication and Creativity
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Examines the relationship between communication and creative processes in an array of contexts, including artistic, professional, social, interpersonal and civic arenas. Content includes techniques of deliberate creativity; analysis of cognitive theory as it relates to creativity, addressing both "rational" (critical) and "non-rational" (intuitive) approaches to risk-taking and exploration.



COMM 3295 - Special Topics: Interpersonal Communication (Various titles to be assigned)
(3.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-no grad credit; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Interpersonal communication topics not included in regular curriculum.



COMM 3300 - Teaching Assistantship in Communication
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Minimum 60 credits, Communication major or minor, instructor consent, may not be applied to elective credit for a Communication major or minor; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Practical experience in teaching beginning courses in the department. Students serve as intern teachers assisting the instructor in administration of the course. Application deadline is one week before beginning of registration for following semester.



COMM 3310 - Research Assistant in Communication
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Practical experience in assisting communication faculty in ongoing research projects. Comm 3310, 4394 and 4397 carry variable credit, only some of which may count toward the comm major or minor. While all credits for these courses apply to the 120 cr required for graduation, the max number of credits from these courses (either one course or combined from the two courses) that may apply to the student's major or minor is six (6).



COMM 3395 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
(3.0 cr [max 15.0 cr]; A-F or Aud, spring, offered periodically)
Topics not included in regular curriculum.



COMM 3400 - Health Communication
(3.0 cr; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Survey course examines the critical role communication plays in health promotion, specifically in the area of doctor-patient interaction and health campaigns. Important communicative issues such as the social construction of health, the role of culture in health and healing, health disparities, media literacy, and social support are addressed.



COMM 3405 - Health Campaigns
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Survey course examines how individual and community models of health behavior change are used to design, implement, and evaluate campaigns that promote healthy behaviors and reduce high-risk health behaviors.



COMM 3505 - Media Communications
(3.0 cr; Prereq-WRIT 1120; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Survey of journalistic, critical, public relations and advertising writing techniques. Students write radio essays, newsletter articles, news stories, press releases. They also prepare communication strategies for a mini advertising campaign, write a movie review and develop a feature article for a newspaper.



COMM 3510 - Ethics in Human Communication
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1112; credit will not be granted if already received for CLA 1101; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Examination of the recurring ethical questions faced by people as we communicate both in interpersonal/non-professional contexts and as practitioners in communication professions.



COMM 3520 - Media Effects (SOC SCI)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-credit will not be granted if already received for COMM 2102; A-F only, fall, spring, every year)
Theory and research on the effects of media. Topics include media violence effects, sexual media content, fight reactions to media, news and political content effects, the impact of stereotyping, advertising effects, and the impact of new media technologies.



COMM 3525 - Deciding What's News
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Review history of news in the United States, examine definitions of news, engage in critical evaluations of news in its various genres (news magazines, infotainment, investigative journalism, checkbook journalism, tabloid journalism, etc.).



COMM 3535 - Intercultural Communication (CDIVERSITY, LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-credit will not be granted if already received for 2929; fall, spring, summer, every year)
This is a skills course in which students learn how to engage in effective intercultural communication and relationships. Students apply what they are learning by participating in intercultural communication with classmates from a wide variety of cultures. Students learn about variations in cultural practices and values and how social, political and economic forces have both been influenced by and influence those cultures.



COMM 3550 - Children and Media
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Theory and research on the impact of media on children.



COMM 3555 - Mass Media Addiction
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, summer, offered periodically)
Examines the research and theory related to the social, psychological, and communicative rationales for becoming addicted to the mass media, centering on tele-visual media, including the internet.



COMM 3560 - Video Game Entertainment
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, summer, every year)
Research and theory on video games, including work on content, uses, and effects. Overviews of game history, industry economics, design, and policy. Hands-on exposure to game technologies. Information about careers in video games.



COMM 3595 - Special Topics: Media Communication
(3.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Media communication topics not included in regular curriculum



COMM 3605 - Public Relations
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Examines functions of public relations in society and surveys concepts, theories, and principles of effective, ethical public relations.



COMM 3610 - Philosophy and Rhetoric (HUMANITIES)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-credit will not be granted if already received for COMM 1625; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Introduction to the philosophy and history of rhetoric from ancient to modern times, including rhetoric's role in reasoning about values, defining the duties and methods of citizenship, and shaping self-awareness. Aims at a philosophical appreciation of the problem of communication from Babel to the Electronic Age.



COMM 3612 - Rhetorical Criticism
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1112, minimum 60 credits; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Survey of approaches to rhetorical analysis of communicative acts, events, and artifacts.



COMM 3615 - Analysis of Public Discourse
(3.0 cr; Prereq-credit will not be granted if already received for COMM 2505; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Guided historical, critical, and theoretical investigation of public discourse, examining the rhetorical practice manifest in traditional models of public oratory, mass media texts, and messages that address us via new media. Topics and periods vary.



COMM 3620 - Controversy in the Boundary Waters (SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, summer, every year)
Considers the rhetorical and political processes conditioning the debate over the Boundary Waters Canoe Area's wilderness designation. Culminates in a class field trip to the BWCA, and a group project pertaining to contemporary environmental rhetoric.



COMM 3625 - Rhetoric of Globalization (GLOBAL PER)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1112; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, offered periodically)
Study and reflection of global civil society, with special focus on the ways that new and changing forms of communication have altered the meaning of a democratic press, civic participation, human rights and shared experience.



COMM 3695 - Special Topics in Rhetoric Communication
(3.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; A-F only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Rhetoric topics not included in regular curriculum.



COMM 3700 - Interpersonal Influence
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Review of social scientific theories and research on person-to-person persuasion techniques used to influence attitudes, perceptions, knowledge, and behavior of others. Focus is on theoretical processes and effects on individuals and society in a variety of contexts.



COMM 4394 - Directed Research in Communication
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 3.0 cr]; Prereq-Minimum 60 credits, communication major, instructor consent; A-F only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Individual research project, written under the supervision of a regular faculty member, to result in a research paper. COMM 3310, 4394 and 4397 carry variable credit, only some of which may count toward the communication major or minor. While all credits for these courses apply to the 120 credits required for graduation, the maximum number of credits from these courses that may apply to the student's major or minor is six (6).



COMM 4397 - Internship in Communication
(1.0 - 8.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-Comm major or minor, minimum 79 credits, minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, instructor consent; no grad credit; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Students work in pre-approved program with a public agency, private organization, or other service agency; work must be in specific area of communication. Application deadline is one week before beginning of registration for following semester.



COMM 4399 - Directed Projects in Communication
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Minimum 60 credits, communication major, instructor consent; may not be applied to elective credit for communication major or minor; no grad credit; S-N only, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Individual projects in the communication discipline, undertaken under the supervision of a regular faculty member.



COMM 4500 - History of Rhetoric
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1112 or instructor consent; no Grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Development of rhetorical thought as expressed by representative writers.



COMM 4505 - Media Theory and Research
(3.0 cr; Prereq-1500 or 2101, minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; no Grad credit; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Theoretical concepts and research perspectives currently used to understand intricacies of a mediated society. Introduction and application of basic research methods to study questions concerning impact of media on society and individuals.



COMM 4949 - Intercultural Hawaiian Experience
(4.0 cr; =[FST 4006]; Prereq-instructor consent; no grad credit; S-N only, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Taught on site in Hawaii. Practice of intercultural communication at culturally diverse sites. Students will immerse themselves in Non-European/American cultures and participate in intercultural communication with members of those cultures. Offered at various sites within the U.S. and internationally.



COMM 5000 - Senior Seminar
(3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-1000, 1112 or 1115, 2025, 2030 with a C or better; Min 90 cr, Comm major, instructor consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Advanced study and individual research on a selected topic or theme in communication; senior seminar course for communication majors.



COMM 5391 - Independent Study in Communication
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent required; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Individual research project written under supervision of communication graduate examining faculty member, to result in a research project.



 
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