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Communication Studies Minor

Communication Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
Courses examine human communication, using humanistic and social scientific methods. Fields of study include speechmaking, rhetorical criticism, ethics, and interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, and electronic (broadcasting, cable, satellite, Internet) forms of communication. Students intending to declare a minor must meet with a communication studies adviser in 274 Ford Hall.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
A given course may only count towards one minor requirement. Students may earn a BA or a minor in communication studies, but not both.
Introductory Course
COMM 1101/1101H is recommended.
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 1101H - Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 1461 - Presentations in Work Settings: Business & Marketing Education and Human Resource Development [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 1313W - Analysis of Argument [WI] (3.0 cr)
Core Courses
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 6 credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 3211 - Introduction to Media Studies (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3401 - Introduction to Communication Theory (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3601 - Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (3.0 cr)
Electives
Any COMM 1xxx, 3xxx, 4xxx, 5xxx, or its cross-list that is not counting towards a different minor requierment may count as an elective.
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
COMM 1xxx and 3xxx
Take no more than 2 course(s) from the following:
· COMM 1313W - Analysis of Argument [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3190H - Honors Course: Research Seminar in Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3201 - Introduction to Electronic Media Production (4.0 cr)
· COMM 3202 - Audio Production and Media Literacy (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3204 - Advanced Electronic Media Production (4.0 cr)
· COMM 3211 - Introduction to Media Studies (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3231 - Reality TV: History, Culture, and Economics (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3263W - Media Literacy: Decoding Media Images and Messages [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3401 - Introduction to Communication Theory (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3402 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3409 - Nonverbal Communication [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3411 - Introduction to Small Group Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3422 - Interviewing and Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3431 - Persuasion Theories (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3441 - Introduction to Organizational Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3451W - Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3452W - Communication and the Intercultural Reentry [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3601 - Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3605W - Persuasive Speaking and Speech Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3614 - Advanced Public Policy and Debate (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3615 - Argumentation (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3625 - Communication Ethics (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3631 - Freedom of Speech [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3635W - Famous Speeches [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3666 - Greek Intellectual Revolution (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3676W - Communicating Terrorism [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3681W - Rhetorical Fictions and 20th Century Conflicts [LITR, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· COMM 3682W - Communicating War [AH, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 1101H - Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3110 - Topics in Communication Studies (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3110H - Honors Topics in Communication Studies (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3341 - Asian American Images [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AAS 3341 - Asian American Images [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· Directed Study and Research
Take at most 6 credit(s) from the following:
Take at most 3 credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 3970 - Directed Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
· Take at most 3 credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 3980 - Directed Instruction (3.0 cr)
· Take at most 3 credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 3990 - Research Practicum (1.0-3.0 cr)
· COMM 4xxx and 5xxx
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· COMM 4204 - Producing for Television: Theory and Practice (4.0 cr)
· COMM 4221 - Communication and Popular Music (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4235 - Electronic Media and Ethnic Minorities--A World View (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4245 - Critical Television Studies (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4250 - Environmental Communication [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4263 - Feminist Media Studies [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4291 - New Telecommunication Media (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4404W - Language Borderlands [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4407 - Communication and Conflict (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4471 - Communication in Marriage and Family (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4602W - Contemporary Political Persuasion [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4616 - African American Civil Rights Rhetoric (3.0 cr)
· COMM 4621W - Rhetoric of Feminism [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5110 - Special Topics in Communication Theory (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5211 - Critical Media Studies: Theory and Methods (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5221 - Media, Race, and Identity (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5231 - Media Outlaws (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5250 - Environmental Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5261 - Political Economy of Media Culture (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5401 - Advanced Theories of Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5402 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5411 - Small Group Communication Research (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5431 - The Process of Persuasion (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5441 - Communication in Human Organizations (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5451W - Intercultural Communication Processes [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5611 - Survey of Rhetorical Theory (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5615W - Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5617 - History and Criticism of U.S. Public Discourse: 1630-1865 (3.0 cr)
 
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COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00670
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Public communication processes, elements, and ethics. Criticism of and response to public discourse. Practice in individual speaking designed to encourage civic participation.
COMM 1101H - Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00670 - Comm 1101H, PSTL 1461, GC 1461
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Public communication processes, elements, and ethics. Criticism of and response to public discourse. Practice in individual speaking designed to encourage civic participation. prereq: Honors
OLPD 1461 - Presentations in Work Settings: Business & Marketing Education and Human Resource Development (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02467
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course prepares students to present information and hone their messages based on audience need in a variety of business, leadership, and workplace contexts. Students interested in majoring in Business and Marketing Education (BME), Human Resource Development (HRD), and other majors can take this course in order to develop the disciplinary practices used in training and development, as well as business and industry to convey vital and timely messages.
COMM 1313W - Analysis of Argument (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Strategies for analyzing, evaluating, generating arguments. Problems in listening/responding to argument.
COMM 3211 - Introduction to Media Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Historical development and current issues in electronic media technologies and programming. Effects of governmental, industrial, and public organizations on message content. Problem areas of electronic media.
COMM 3401 - Introduction to Communication Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Social scientific theory in human communication. Logic of scientific communication theories in interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, and mediated communication.
COMM 3601 - Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theoretical systems to explain/direct creation of public discourse. Traditional rhetoric to contemporary perspectives. Using theory to explain practice of public discourse.
COMM 1313W - Analysis of Argument (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Strategies for analyzing, evaluating, generating arguments. Problems in listening/responding to argument.
COMM 3190H - Honors Course: Research Seminar in Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students conduct original research in rhetoric, communication theory, or media for honors thesis. Theory, methods, research writing. prereq: Honors candidate in comm, instr consent, dept consent
COMM 3201 - Introduction to Electronic Media Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work as a team to plan, script, and shoot video productions in a hands-on multi-camera television studio. By creating their own productions and reviewing the productions of others, students learn how media aesthetics shape the presentation of themes and messages.
COMM 3202 - Audio Production and Media Literacy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Experience with sound design/production. Models of media, audience, shared construction of reality. Sound/audio as medium of communication. What about sound is persuasive. How media producers use sound to make things seem realistic. Role sound plays in audience's construction of world. How people use sound in unexpected ways. How mode of delivery affects how content is produced/interpreted. Recording, foley work, looping/ADR, production of radio play. prereq: 3201, able to meet outside of designated course window
COMM 3204 - Advanced Electronic Media Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Video as communicative medium integrating visual/aural aesthetics. Creation of broadcast-quality production integrating message creation, audience analysis, argument development, and visual/audio scripting. Utilization of media aesthetics to develop/shape production content. prereq: 3201 or instr consent
COMM 3211 - Introduction to Media Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Historical development and current issues in electronic media technologies and programming. Effects of governmental, industrial, and public organizations on message content. Problem areas of electronic media.
COMM 3231 - Reality TV: History, Culture, and Economics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Social, visual, cultural, economic, historical, and ethical dimensions of reality television.
COMM 3263W - Media Literacy: Decoding Media Images and Messages (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of media images/messages. Principles of literacy. Media content/industries. Media and identity. Media effects. Textbook/packet readings, videos, small groups of peer writing workshops, media analyses.
COMM 3401 - Introduction to Communication Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Social scientific theory in human communication. Logic of scientific communication theories in interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, and mediated communication.
COMM 3402 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Nature and function of communication between individuals in formal and informal relationships. Communicative interactions from theoretical and practical viewpoints.
COMM 3409 - Nonverbal Communication (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Nonverbal communication in interpersonal communication process. Nonverbal codes (touch, space, smell, eye contact) and their communicative functions (impression management, flirting, persuading, lying) in relational contexts (intimate relationships, friendships, work relationship). Theories, practices.
COMM 3411 - Introduction to Small Group Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Cooperative thinking in task-oriented groups. Planning, preparing for, and participating in small groups in private and public contexts.
COMM 3422 - Interviewing and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Application of communication concepts in information interview. Planning, conducting, and evaluating informational, journalistic/elite, helping, persuasive, appraisal, and employment interviews. Class training, field experience.
COMM 3431 - Persuasion Theories
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Sociological, psychological, and communication perspectives. Theoretical knowledge applied to persuasion problems. prereq: Soph recommended
COMM 3441 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Functions of communication in work groups, in organizational hierarchies, and between organizations.
COMM 3451W - Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theories of and factors influencing intercultural communication. Development of effective intercultural communication skills. prereq: Planning an intercultural experience
COMM 3452W - Communication and the Intercultural Reentry (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intercultural experience explored through stories and story telling, participant observation, and social scientific theory. Constructs include identity, learning styles, cultural adaptation, values, ethics. prereq: Return from an intercultural experience
COMM 3601 - Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Theoretical systems to explain/direct creation of public discourse. Traditional rhetoric to contemporary perspectives. Using theory to explain practice of public discourse.
COMM 3605W - Persuasive Speaking and Speech Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Performance/composition with critical inquiry into rhetoric theories. Writing, thinking, and speaking skills. prereq: 1101, soph
COMM 3614 - Advanced Public Policy and Debate
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Instruction in advanced theories and practices of both public and NDT/CEDA policy debate.
COMM 3615 - Argumentation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Argument(s) in relation to logic, dialectics, and rhetorical performance. Structured reasoning, informal conversation, familial arguments, debates in technical professions, communication ethics, and public/social argumentation. prereq: Soph
COMM 3625 - Communication Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Applying concepts/theories from philosophy and social science to ethical issues in interpersonal, group, organizational, intercultural, and media communication.
COMM 3631 - Freedom of Speech (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Communication theories and principles that underlie the concept of freedom of speech in the United States. A variety of contexts and practices are examined in order to understand how communicative interaction should be described and, when necessary, appropriately regulated.
COMM 3635W - Famous Speeches (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Speeches that became famous because of the occasion, issue, or speaker. Students analyze texts, research the issue¿s history and the speaker¿s biography/opposition, and evaluate the speech's artistry, ethical principles, effects on society, and contribution to history of ideas.
COMM 3666 - Greek Intellectual Revolution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course is a three-week study abroad experience in Greece with the objective to examine how this ancient culture revolutionized its self-understanding of certain eternal human questions. Students will first acquire a degree of cultural competence in understanding the ancient culture, secondly understand how that revolution shaped our own western cultural foundations, and thirdly to use the ancient answers to provoke a critical assessment our answers to those same human questions.
COMM 3676W - Communicating Terrorism (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Terrorism as an ethical and international problem. Different cultures' historical trajectories for terrorism. Contrasts between Algerian, Irish, and Arab terrorism.
COMM 3681W - Rhetorical Fictions and 20th Century Conflicts (LITR, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of selected 20th-century documentary novels. Nature of artistic truth in relation to historical truth. Cross-cultural comparisons of responses to impact of Anglo-American policies.
COMM 3682W - Communicating War (AH, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Claim: if ethics (right/wrong) exists in war, then right/wrong exist everywhere. Students experience this claim through its expression in various arts/humanities media of history, memoir, philosophical meditation, and film.
COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00670
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Public communication processes, elements, and ethics. Criticism of and response to public discourse. Practice in individual speaking designed to encourage civic participation.
COMM 1101H - Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00670 - Comm 1101H, PSTL 1461, GC 1461
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Public communication processes, elements, and ethics. Criticism of and response to public discourse. Practice in individual speaking designed to encourage civic participation. prereq: Honors
COMM 3110 - Topics in Communication Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 15.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02071 - Comm 3110/Comm 3110H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Cases illustrating communication studies, theory, underlying issues.
COMM 3110H - Honors Topics in Communication Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 15.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02071 - Comm 3110/Comm 3110H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Cases illustrating communication studies, theory, underlying issues. prereq: Honors
COMM 3341 - Asian American Images (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02576 - AAS 3341/Comm 3341
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
From 19th-century anti-Chinese political cartoons to Harold and Kumar, visual representations of Asians in the United States have long influenced how Asian Americans are seen and treated. What are some of the ways that photography, graphic arts, and digital culture have pictured Asian Americans as aliens, citizens, immigrants, workers, family and community members, entertainers, and artists? Course topics will relate visual images to particular historical moments, including the early exclusion period and the "yellow peril" stereotype; WWII Japanese American incarceration and the drawings of Miné Okubo, and photo-journalism documenting U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia and its aftermath. How do photographic and other images work to counter historical amnesia, heal traumatic loss, and document social injustice? Other weeks of the class will explore the ways that individuals, families, and communities use photographs, video, and other visual media to preserve a sense of connection and belonging. We will also look at how contemporary Asian American photographers such as Tseng Kwong Chi, Nikki Lee, and Wing Young Huie experiment with visual images to raise questions of racial and national identity, social inequality, gender, sexuality, and political agency. The course also includes a digital storytelling project that encourages students to create video images and sound reflecting Asian American immigration stories from local communities.
AAS 3341 - Asian American Images (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02576 - AAS 3341/Comm 3341
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
From 19th-century anti-Chinese political cartoons to Harold and Kumar, visual representations of Asians in the United States have long influenced how Asian Americans are seen and treated. What are some of the ways that photography, graphic arts, and digital culture have pictured Asian Americans as aliens, citizens, immigrants, workers, family and community members, entertainers, and artists? Course topics will relate visual images to particular historical moments, including the early exclusion period and the "yellow peril" stereotype; WWII Japanese American incarceration and the drawings of Miné Okubo, and photo-journalism documenting U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia and its aftermath. How do photographic and other images work to counter historical amnesia, heal traumatic loss, and document social injustice? Other weeks of the class will explore the ways that individuals, families, and communities use photographs, video, and other visual media to preserve a sense of connection and belonging. We will also look at how contemporary Asian American photographers such as Tseng Kwong Chi, Nikki Lee, and Wing Young Huie experiment with visual images to raise questions of racial and national identity, social inequality, gender, sexuality, and political agency. The course also includes a digital storytelling project that encourages students to create video images and sound reflecting Asian American immigration stories from local communities.
COMM 3970 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq-One Comm course, instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
COMM 3980 - Directed Instruction
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised planning/teaching of undergraduate courses. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
COMM 3990 - Research Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How communication research is designed, implemented, and published. Focus is on working with senior faculty on their current research projects.
COMM 4204 - Producing for Television: Theory and Practice
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Producing media content based on audience, design, and story. Developing a thematic design. Evaluating and choosing a projected audience based on story concept and program bible. Each student completes a television program, including writing a script, preproduction planning, and considering crew and talent needs. Media producer responsibilities. prereq: 3201, 3204
COMM 4221 - Communication and Popular Music
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A critical media studies perspective on the production, distribution, consumption, circulation, and regulation of popular music. prereq: 3211, sr, instr consent
COMM 4235 - Electronic Media and Ethnic Minorities--A World View
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Representation and involvement of various ethnic groups (e.g., African-Americans, Native Americans in United States and Canada, Maori, Turks in Europe) in radio, TV, cable, Internet. Roles of government, industry, public organizations, and minority groups in regulating, managing, and financing ethnic media activities.
COMM 4245 - Critical Television Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Television as object of criticism, as cultural institution, and as omnipresent mode of commercialized popular culture. Aesthetics, semiotics, political economics, consumer culture/advertising, social representation, global television, televisuality, flow. Reception and everyday life. prereq: 3211
COMM 4250 - Environmental Communication (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02361 - Comm 4250/Comm 5250
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical, cultural, material contexts within which environmental communication takes place. Understand environmental communication as well as develop communication strategies that lead to more sustainable social practices, institutions, and systems.
COMM 4263 - Feminist Media Studies (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Issues, controversies, and practices of gender and their relationship to U.S. media. Ways in which gender is represented in and comes into play with media texts/institutions. Histories of feminism, theories/methods/political economy, case studies. prereq: 3211 or instr consent
COMM 4291 - New Telecommunication Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Development and current status of new telecommunication media such as cable TV, satellites, DBS, MDS, and video disk/cassettes. Technology, historical development, regulation, and programming of these media and their influence on individuals, organizations, and society. prereq: 3211 or instr consent
COMM 4404W - Language Borderlands (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Effect of multilingualism on self identity/sense of community. Subjective/social dimensions of being multilingual. Experience of language loss.
COMM 4407 - Communication and Conflict
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Aspects of conflict common across types of relationships. Theories as alternative lenses to illuminate aspects of conflict. Communication strategies to manage or resolve conflict. prereq: 3401 or instr consent
COMM 4471 - Communication in Marriage and Family
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Contemporary theories of marriage/family communication using life-cycle approach. Role/function of communication in changing relational contexts. Ways of improving marriage/family relationships. prereq: 3401 or 3402 or instr consent
COMM 4602W - Contemporary Political Persuasion (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Contemporary political speech. Ideologies in political persuasion. prereq: 1101, 3431 or instr consent
COMM 4616 - African American Civil Rights Rhetoric
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Uses the struggle of African Americans to explore and analyze philosophical concepts, political issues, moral complexities, and discursive characteristics of civil rights rhetoric. prereq: Jr
COMM 4621W - Rhetoric of Feminism (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01972 - Comm 4621W/GWSS 5105W
Typically offered: Every Fall
History/criticism of rhetoric of feminism from 19th century to present.
COMM 5110 - Special Topics in Communication Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced theoretical problems. See department office for current offering.
COMM 5211 - Critical Media Studies: Theory and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of theories, research methods, and scholars dominating critical media studies since late 1920s. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
COMM 5221 - Media, Race, and Identity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Critical media studies perspective on cultural politics of race and ethnicity. Social construction of race, politics of racism, media representations of race. prereq: 3211 or instr consent
COMM 5231 - Media Outlaws
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
People working outside of mainstream media institutions who find creative/provocative ways to use media as space for cultural, political, or economic critique/resistance.
COMM 5250 - Environmental Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02361 - Comm 4250/Comm 5250
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical, cultural, material contexts within which environmental communication takes place. Understand environmental communication as well as develop communication strategies that lead to more sustainable social practices, institutions, systems.
COMM 5261 - Political Economy of Media Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Organizational practices of media communicators. Media content as link between communicators and audiences. How viewers use/process media content. prereq: 3211 or instr consent
COMM 5401 - Advanced Theories of Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Survey of major theoretical approaches to communication including, positivism, constructivism, and systems. prereq: 3401 or grad
COMM 5402 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Social scientific approaches to interpersonal communication. Theory, research findings. prereq: 3401 or 3402
COMM 5411 - Small Group Communication Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of small group communication research; theory and practice. Group decision-making and leadership. prereq: 3411 or instr consent
COMM 5431 - The Process of Persuasion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Communication campaigns (e.g., advertising, political) illustrating persuasive processes and theories. Research paper required. prereq: 3431
COMM 5441 - Communication in Human Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Communication in organizational settings. Organizational structure and dynamics and their effect upon the communication process. Individual projects.
COMM 5451W - Intercultural Communication Processes (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theory and research on cultural differences in values, norms, behaviors, and perceptions that affect communication across cultures internationally and domestically.
COMM 5611 - Survey of Rhetorical Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02306
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Rhetorical theory, from ancient to contemporary period. Application to public discourse.
COMM 5615W - Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of public discourse using various theoretical perspectives. prereq: 1101; 3601 recommended
COMM 5617 - History and Criticism of U.S. Public Discourse: 1630-1865
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
How discourse has been used to establish or maintain power. Speeches and public debates used to examine American public address from 17th century (e.g., Puritan sermons) to the Civil War. prereq: Jr