Communication (COMM)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
COMM 100 Fundamentals of Human Communication 3 hours. Emphasis on strategies for public speaking and conducting meetings. Effective approaches to audience analysis, speaker credibility, using evidence, argument development, speech deivery, and planning meetings. No credit given toward the Major in Communication.  Individual and Society course.
COMM 101 Introduction to Communication 3 hours. Introduction to central concepts in communication, including key terms and theories, specific contexts and key debates.  Individual and Society course.
COMM 102 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3 hours. Effective communication in human relationships; verbal and nonverbal messages; reflective listening, disclosure, showing affection, empathy, assertiveness; handling interpersonal conflict; cultural and gender differences.  Individual and Society course.
COMM 103 Introduction to Media 3 hours. Conceptualizing mass communication. Internal and external controls. Media and minorities. Individual and societal functions of the media. Individual and societal effects of the media.  Individual and Society course.
COMM 105 African Americans in Film, 1900 - Present: Images, Individuals and Ideas on Screen 3 hours. Examination of the history of African Americans in film from Oscar Micheaux to Spike Lee and Julie Dash; the careers of Black filmmakers, actors, images, themes and ideas in films by and about people of African descent in the 20th century. Same as AAST 105. Creative Arts, and US Society course.
COMM 140 Fundamentals of Media Communication 3 hours. Instruction and practice in the composition, analysis and dissemination of messages that employ media in professional contexts. Individual and Society course.
COMM 200 Communication Technologies 3 hours. History, development, and social impact of communication technology:  print, broadcast, cable, satellite, computer, internet. Issues related to infrastructure, regulation, access, globalization, conveyance, and change. Same as MOVI 200. This is blended-online and classroom course. Use of computer and internet access is required. A high speed connection, while not required, is strongly suggested. Prerequisite(s): COMM 103 and sophomore standing or above and approval of the department. Registration restrictions:  For Moving Image Arts minors must obtain approval of the Department of Communication.
COMM 201 Statistics in Communication Research 3 hours. Processes of communication research as a social science; variables, hypotheses, and theories; conceptual and operational definition; sampling; research design; statistics; use of computers for research. Prerequisite(s): MATH 090 or MATH 092 or MATH 118; and two from COMM 101, COMM 102, COMM 103; or approval of the department. 
COMM 204 Gender and Popular Culture 3 hours. Analysis of representations of gender and sexuality in popular and material culture, using contemporary theories. Focus is on US popular culture. Same as GWS 204. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Credit or concurrent registration in GWS 101 or credit or concurrent registration in COMM 102 or credit or concurrent registration in GWS 102 or credit or concurrent registration in COMM 103. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
COMM 207 The Mass Media and Politics 3 hours. Impact of mass media coverage on political attitudes and the conduct of American politics. Communication policies and media institutions in times of rapid technological change. Same as POLS 207. Prerequisite(s): One course in political science, sociology, or contemporary history. 
COMM 234 History of Television 3 hours. A critical history of television.   Same as ENGL 234 and MOVI 234.  One additional hour each week for required screenings.
COMM 301 Communication Research 3 hours. Designs and measurements for conducting empirical analyses of communication activities in both laboratory and business settings. Prerequisite(s): At least 18 hours of course work in communication, including COMM 201, and approval of the department. 
COMM 303 Communication and Culture 3 hours. Examination of the relationship between communication and culture through an exploration of the general theoretical principles linking cultural influences and communicative acts.   Credit is not given for COMM 303 if the student has credit in COMM 203.  Prerequisite(s):  COMM 101 and COMM 102 and COMM 201 and junior standing or above; or approval of the department.
COMM 304 Male-Female Communication 3 hours. Speech differences and universals across genders. Talk in male-female interaction. Communication in romantic relationships. Gender issues in work settings. Same as GWS 304. Prerequisite(s): COMM 101 and COMM 102 and COMM 201 and COMM 203; or approval of the department. 
COMM 306 Organizational Communication 3 hours. Examination of communication issues in organizational settings. Exposure to topics such as rules, networks, leadership, and decision making as well as methods of analyzing communication problems. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and COMM 201 and COMM 315; or consent of the instructor. 
COMM 309 Environmental Communication 3 hours. Description and analysis of communication practices about environmental issues with attention to conflict resolution, media coverage, advocacy initiatives and marketing campaigns. Prerequisite(s): COMM 101 and COMM 201; or approval of the department.
COMM 311 Interviewing and Communication 3 hours. Study of the forms and principles of information-seeking interviews, with special attention to fact-finding and data gathering missions. Prerequisite(s): COMM 102, and any two 200-level communication courses or consent of the instructor. 
COMM 315 Group Communication 3 hours. Study and practice in the theories and techniques of group communication; the nature of small group decision-making; observation and analysis of established work groups. Prerequisite(s): COMM 101 and COMM 102 and COMM 201; or approval of the department. 
COMM 316 Writing for the Electronic Media 3 hours. Principles of writing applied to the presentation of information in electronic media.  Practical applications and analysis of relations between form and content. Prerequisite(s): COMM 200 and COMM 201; or approval of the department.
COMM 323 Argument and Persuasion 3 hours. Analysis and application of historical and contemporary theories of argument and persuasion as they function to form or change opinions and beliefs. Prerequisite(s): COMM 101 and COMM 102 and COMM 201; or approval of the department.
COMM 330 Mass Media and Popular Culture 3 hours. A theoretical and analytical examination of the media and popular arts as cultural artifacts. Focus on form, content, design, and effects of cultural commodities. Prerequisite(s): COMM 103 and COMM 201 and junior standing; or approval of the department. 
COMM 394 Special Topics in Communication 3 hours. Analysis of contemporary or historical issues in media and communication. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): COMM 200 and COMM 201; or approval of the department.
COMM 404 Discourse Analysis 3 OR 4 hours. Nonverbal aspects of communication; rules of communication; speech acts; conversational coherences; acts and sequences in communication; marital communication patterns. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): COMM 304 or COMM 315 or COMM 416 or approval of the department. 
COMM 416 Conflict and Communication 3 OR 4 hours. Students learn to manage and resolve conflict in business, governmental, and community settings. Practical analysis of interpersonal and group conflict cases. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): COMM 312 and COMM 313 and COMM 315; or approval of the department. 
COMM 423 Discourse and Rhetoric 3 OR 4 hours. Exploration of interconnections between language and social practices with attention to multiple components of discursive situations: senders, receivers, context, code, media, and content. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): COMM 101 and COMM 102 and COMM 201; or approval of the department.
COMM 430 Media, Information, and Society 3 OR 4 hours. News as a distinct form of mass communication, involving social functions and significant questions about facts, truth, knowledge and values. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): COMM 103 and COMM 200; or COMM 300; or approval of the department. 
COMM 434 Global Communication Systems 3 OR 4 hours. Structure and flow of international communication. Media organization systems. International impact of new media and information technology. Impact of U.S. media reporting on foreign affairs.  3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s):  Approval of the department.
COMM 454 Cognitive Psychology of Language 3 hours. Provides students with a survey of methods, theory and research in language and discourse processing.  Same as LING 474, and PSCH 454. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.
COMM 456 Topics in the History of Communications 3 OR 4 hours. This course introduces students to major developments in the history of communications, with a focus on the political and cultural dimension of technologies.   Same as HIST 456.  3 undergraduate hours.  4 graduate hours.  Prerequisite(s):  Consent of the instructor.  Recommended background:  At least one history course at the 100-level.
COMM 458 Minorities and Communication 3 OR 4 hours. Description and analysis of the processes through which ethnic and racial perceptions shape public discourse. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Two communication courses at the 300-level; or approval of the department.
COMM 460 Visual Communication 3 OR 4 hours. Exploration of processes through which meaning is derived from verbal and visual roles of media images in the cultural circuit. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Two communication courses at the 300-level; or approval of the department.
COMM 467 Public Opinion and Political Communication 3 OR 4 hours. Nature of public opinion and political communication systems. Patterns of opinion distribution and its measurement. Forces shaping public opinion and its impact on public policy. Same as POLS 467. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): POLS 200 or the equivalent or consent of the instructor. 
COMM 473 Organizations and Their Publics 3 OR 4 hours. History of relevant theories and models; problem solving: analyzing goals, identifying publics, setting objectives, designing messages, choosing channels, planning implementation (budgeting, staffing, timetables), evaluating effects. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): COMM 201 and COMM 306; or approval of the department. 
COMM 474 Internship 1 TO 8 hours. Students work in an approved professional setting. Individual projects developed through conferences with a faculty member and a field supervisor. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. A maximum of three hours may be counted toward the undergraduate communication major requirements. May not be counted toward the minimum Master of Arts degree requirements. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours of upper-division courses in communication, with a 3.00 grade point average in those courses; recommendation of two faculty members and approval of the department obtained in the semester prior to internship. 
COMM 490 Seminar in Culture and Communication 3 hours. Analysis of contrastive cultural paradigms (interethnic, gender, class) to develop student's awareness of own socialization and cultural orientation.  Prerequisite(s): COMM 301 plus any other 300-level communication course, or approval of department.
COMM 491 Seminar in Media and Communication 3 hours. Analysis of contemporary or historical issues in mediated communication.   Prerequisite(s):  COMM 301 plus any other 300-level Communication course, or approval of department.
COMM 494 Special Topics in Communication 3 OR 4 hours. Contemporary trends in the field of communication. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to 2 time(s). Prerequisite(s): COMM 200 and COMM 201 and consent of the instructor; or approval of the department. 
COMM 498 Independent Study 1 TO 4 hours. Individual investigation of special problems (student-initiated or related to faculty research). May be used for special projects, such as interdisciplinary seminars. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. A maximum of 3 hours of credit may be applied toward the Major in Communication. Credit earned may not be applied toward the minimum Master of Arts in Communication degree requirements. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and approval of the department.