Communication

Courses

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COM 1100 - Public Speaking (A1)

Study and practice of the principles and skills of effective public speaking, including how to conceptualize, structure, support, and deliver oral messages. Focuses on informative and persuasive speech-making, speech-critiquing, and understanding the role of reasoned discourse in a democratic society.

COM 1101 - Survey of Mass Communication 

Survey of contemporary mass media, communications theory, structure and interrelationships of newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet. Analysis of major media content.

COM 1103 - Interpersonal Communication

Examination of the variables determining communication behavior. Development of understanding through involvement in a variety of structured face-to-face interactions with other students.

COM 1106 - Writing for Communication Practitioners 

Editorial, research, feature, and scholarly writing styles, constructions, and structures unique to the communication field.

COM 1107 - Copyediting

Instruction in the editorial process of writing text that is clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent. Use of the Associated Press style manual and reference materials. Applying appropriate level of copyediting and eliminating bias

COM 2000 - Special Study for Lower Division Students 

Individual or group investigation, research, studies, or surveys of selected problems. Proposals to be initiated by student(s) with guidance from faculty.  Prerequisite(s): Department consent required.

COM 2201 - Introduction to Communication Theory 

Study of contributions of rhetorical theory, linguistics, psychology, and sociology to the development of general communication theory.

COM 2204 - Advocacy and Argument (A1)

Study and practice of the principles and skills of effective oral argument, including how to conceptualize, structure, support, and deliver oral arguments. Focuses on how to create reasoned oral arguments, adapt arguments to different audiences, and critique the arguments of others.

COM 2206 - Media Design

Principles and theory of typography, layout, and production of material for media design. Work with Macintosh computers and learn elements of desktop publishing, including word processing, graphic design, and page composition.

COM 2216 - Report Writing

Report-writing techniques. Research, organization, and preparation of specialized and technical information. Regular written reports.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of GE Area A2.

COM 2217 - Reporting 

Reporting and writing the news. Emphasis on news gathering, interviewing and writing principles. Determining newsworthiness, using sources, writing news leads, and developing news stories.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107. 

COM 2231 - Digital Photo

Nature and types of image capture devices, image manipulation and adjustment techniques, and image output devices typically encountered by working photographers and designers; major emphasis on image manipulation and compositing.   Prerequisite(s): COM 2201.

COM 2232 - Photojournalism 

Photography for media publications and public relations. Photo editing, picture stories and photo illustrations and photography and lighting for newspapers, magazines, and other media publications.

COM 2237 - Group Communication 

Variables of communication within problem solving groups; development of conference and discussion skills. Secondary emphasis on group psychology as it relates to problem solving discussions.

COM 2270 - Media, Politics, Sex and Violence (D3)

Effects of mass media institutions on societies; their significance as social institutions. Examines the ways in which news and entertainment media impact public attitudes and behavior. Includes examinations of sex, gender, violence, politics, and race.

COM 2280 - Understanding and Appreciating the Photographic Image (C1)

History and aesthetics of the photographic image. Explores theories of visual communication and methods of photographic image evaluation. Views and evaluates applications of photography. Examines the role of composition, light, and imagination in the production of photographic images.

COM 2990 - Special Topics for Lower Division Students

Group study of a selected well-defined topic or area not covered by a regularly offered course.

COM 3301 - Videography 

Gathering and writing of news for broadcast media. Introduction to broadcast news production. Beginning field production.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107 and COM 2217.

COM 3310 - Data Journalism 

Finding, interpreting, and displaying data guided by ethical and legal responsibilities. Utilizing data sets and software to produce and visualize news stories by employing spreadsheets, charts, and maps.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107 and COM 2217.

COM 3312 - Magazine Journalism 

Analysis and history of various types of publications produced in magazine format. Class works on design and production of several magazine-styled publications using the latest in computer technology and desktop publishing software. Includes lectures, demonstrations and critiques of student projects.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107 and COM 2217.

COM 3313 - Public Relations Principles

The nature and role of public relations in society, activities of public relations professionals, major influences that affect organizational behavior, and ethics and professional development of practitioners. Emphasis on management functions and developing effective public relations strategies.  Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing.

COM 3314 - Organizational Communication Theory (D4)

Interdisciplinary theoretical approaches to the study of communication in and between organizations. Emphasis on organizational communication theories relating to managerial, psychological, sociological, systemic, cultural and political views of communication in and between organizations.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of GE Areas A, D1-3, and B4.

COM 3316 - Communication Research 

Research methods used to measure the content, process and effects of communications on attitudes, knowledge, and behavior. Research design, data analysis and evaluation in quantitative and qualitative communication research methodology.   Prerequisite(s):  COM 1106 or 1107 and COM 2201.

COM 3319 - Public Relations Writing 

Format and style for writing public relations materials. Emphasis on writing the various types of public relations copy.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107, COM 2217, and COM 3313.

COM 3321 - Advanced Organizational Communication Theory 

Analysis of breakdowns in communications systems; identification of barriers and constraints to effective message transmission. Emphasis on practical and creative problem solving.   Prerequisite(s): COM 3314.

COM 3325 - Persuasion 

Persuasion is examined as affected by messages in various communication contexts. The process is studied through differing aspects of source, channel(s), and receiver(s). Emphasis on contributions from behavioral theorists.   Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing.

COM 3326 - Nonverbal Communication 

Examination of prominent theories, research, and methods relating to the study of nonverbal communication at work, home, and play. Includes investigation of the cultural similarities and differences in nonverbal communication.  Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing. 

COM 3327 - Intercultural Communication (D4)

Considers complexities of communication in a culturally diverse world toward the goal of improving communication effectiveness. Assimilates theory and research from anthropology, sociology, psychology, ethnic and gender studies, conflict & peace studies, and communication. Examines roles of culture, social groups, and individuals in shaping communication.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of GE Areas A, D1-3, and B4.

COM 3328 - Diversity and Communication

Examination of prominent theories, research, and methods relating to the study of diversity and communication. Explores the multiple ways in which social identities such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social and economic class, age, and disability are both reflected and reconstituted through everyday communication practices.   Prerequisite(s):   COM 2201.

COM 3340 - Professional Writing and Speaking

Development and practice of specific writing and speaking skills applicable to professional-type settings Emphasis on creating documents and oral presentations that are clear, concise, compelling, and correct. Includes discussion and analysis of both traditional and emerging modes of message delivery.   Prerequisite(s):   COM 2204.

COM 3351A - News Practicum

Multimedia news laboratory for beginning journalists. For students interested in gaining practical newsroom experience.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107 and COM 2217.

COM 3352A - Magazine Practices 

Magazine production course for beginning staff members; writing, layout and production activity.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107, COM 2217, and COM 3312. 

COM 3354A - Video Practices

Video production experience on department online publications.  Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107, COM 2217, and COM 3301.

COM 3360 - Communication Law and Ethics

Constitutional, statutory, and case law governing freedom of speech and press, libel, privacy, journalist’s confidential sources, subpoena, search warrant, contempt, newsgathering and freedom of information, free press and fair trial, obscenity, and access to the media. Ethical responsibility of journalists and public relations practitioners.   Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing.

COM 4000 - Special Study for Upper Division Students 

Individual or group investigation, research, studies, or surveys of selected problems at advanced level. Proposals to be initiated by student(s) with guidance from faculty.  Prerequisite(s): Department consent required.

COM 4133 - Public Opinion, Propaganda, and the Mass Media (D4)

Techniques of sociological and political persuasion, mass media and public opinion in the United States; developments in international propaganda. Integrates disciplines of sociology and political science in application to operation of communication and communications media in society.   Prerequisite(s): Completion of GE Areas A, D1-3, and B4.

COM 4140 - Public Relations Case Studies

Examination of how PR professionals deal with the demanding and dynamic environment of corporate, government and nonprofit public relations. Examines situations and strategies and discusses factors that affect how public relations is practiced in organizations: identifying stakeholder groups, developing strategies, embracing diversity and recognizing ethical issues.   Prerequisite(s): COM 3313 and Junior or Senior standing. 

COM 4150 - Public Relations Campaigns

Mastery of the elements of a strategic communications campaign through direct experience. Facilitates understanding of the strategic management of public relations through analysis of the public relations process. Work in teams to design a public relations campaign.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107, COM 2201, COM 3316, and COM 3319.

COM 4166 - Advanced Communication Research 

Advanced communication research, design, analysis, inference and evaluation, including multivariate methods. Use of computer packages for data analysis. Each student will design, implement and report a research project.  Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107, COM 2201, and COM 3316.

COM 4170 - Public Affairs Reporting

Gathering material and writing stories pertaining to government and courts; covering a city beat. Emphasis on organization and procedures of governmental institutions. Students required to research background for story assignments and analyze data from reports.  Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107 and COM 2217. 

COM 4180 - Investigative Journalism 

Researching and writing investigative news stories. Practical skills and ethical principles of investigative reporting. A project-based class in which students will investigate one topic for the majority of the semester.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107 and COM 2217.

COM 4190 - Documentary  Journalism 

Selective documentary photography, film, and sound-based projects will be viewed, discussed and interpreted with the goal of understanding the broad landscape of the documentary form and the society in which it exists.  Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107 and COM 2217.

COM 4200 - Special Topics in Journalism

Examination of a topic area that is not regularly covered in the journalism curriculum.  Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107 and COM 2217.

COM 4222 - Crisis Communication (D4)

Theory and practice of crisis communication; strategies, and tactics when developing and implementing crisis communication plans through case studies and in-class activities.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of GE Areas A, D1-3, and B4.

COM 4233 - Political Economy of Mass Communication (D4)

Political context of economic principles underwriting communications media. Historical and contemporary assessment of how economics of telecommunications, press, broadcasting, and the Internet interact with wider political processes, including legislative and regulatory agencies. Focus on U.S.-based media; comparative international references.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of GE Areas A, D1-3, and B4.

COM 4244 - Organizational Communication and Technology

Examination of prominent theories, research, and methods relating to the study of how technology functions in organizational settings. Includes how organizations implement and use technological tools, as well as why these tools succeed or fail in meeting the organization’s purposes and goals.  Prerequisite(s): COM 3314.

COM 4403 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication

Concentrated focus on prominent theories, research, and methods relating to the study of intimate interpersonal communication between friends, partners, and family members. Explores the processes and stages of interpersonal relationships, including how they are created, maintained, altered, and dissolved through communication.  Prerequisite(s): COM 1103 and COM 2201.

COM 4404 - Gender and Communication

Examination of prominent theories, research, and methods relating to the study of gender and communication. Explores the social construction of gender and sexuality through communication, and how they influence communication practices and, correspondingly, how communication practices reflect and reinforce gendered roles and differing view of sexuality.  Prerequisite(s): COM 2201.

COM 4405 - Family Communication

Examination of prominent theories, research, and methods relating to the study of family communication. Explores specific communication processes in the context of families and how particular issues facing families can influence and be influenced by communication.  Prerequisite(s): COM 1103 and COM 2201.

COM 4406 - Communication: The Dark Side

Examination of prominent theories, research, and methods relating to the study the ‘dark side’ of interpersonal communication. Explores communication in interpersonal relationships that is destructive and dysfunctional, as well as communication presumed to be ‘dark,’ but which functions positively and productively.  Prerequisite(s): COM 1103 and COM 2201.

COM 4407 - Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication

Examination of a topic area that is not regularly covered in the interpersonal communication curriculum.  Prerequisite(s): COM 1103 and COM 2201.

COM 4409 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 

The role of communication in the productive settlement of interpersonal and organizational disputes. Examination of effective communication strategies used in negotiation and bargaining situations.   Prerequisite(s): COM 2201.

COM 4411 - Applied Communication Internship 

An intensive communication internship or other individual/group study of the communications process as specified by each option.   Prerequisite(s): Department consent required.

COM 4435 - Special Topics in Public Relations 

Examination of a topic area that is not regularly covered in the public relations curriculum.   Prerequisite(s): COM 3313.

COM 4440 -  Communication Training and Development

Study of the principles and processes of effective communication training and development. Includes how to create, implement, and assess communication training and development programs; how to conduct communication audits for business, government, and nonprofit organizations; and how to provide individualized one-on-one training and mentoring within the workplace.  Prerequisite(s): COM 2204 and COM 3314.

COM 4446 - Event Planning 

Application of public relations techniques to planning events. Participation in planning, organization, and implementation of selected event.   Prerequisite(s): COM 2201 and Junior or Senior standing.

COM 4447 - Political Communication (D4)

Study and practice of strategic communication in a socio-political context, including, but not limited to, campaigns and elections, rhetorical governance, and nonprofit communication. Introduces students to political institutions and players influencing policy-making and campaigns and cultivates an understanding of how candidates, public officials, and campaign operatives craft messages and target various audiences in a swiftly-changing media environment.   Prerequisite(s): Completion of GE Areas A, D1-3, and B4.

COM 4448 - Media Criticism 

Analysis and criticism of popular media. Examinations of literature on the media and the story of selected programming to determine the state of the art. Writing critical analyses of mass media.  Prerequisite(s): COM 2201 and Junior or Senior standing.

COM 4451A - Advanced News Practicum

Multimedia news laboratory for students; provides experientially based guidance in newsroom editorial and management practices.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107, COM 2217, and COM 3351A.

COM 4452A - Advanced Magazine Practices 

Magazine production course for experienced staff members; includes all phases of magazine production.   Prerequisite(s): COM 1106 or 1107, COM 2217, COM 3312, and COM 3352A.

COM 4460 - Special Topics in Organizational Communication

Examination of a topic area that is not regularly covered in the organizational communication curriculum.   Prerequisite(s): COM 3314.

COM 4465 - Online and Social Media 

Online storytelling with an emphasis on journalistic writing and editing. Creating well-researched, readable copy and effectively using online resources. Search engine optimization and social media optimization.  Prerequisites: COM 1106 or 1107 and COM 2217.

COM 4620 - Journalism Capstone

Completion of an indepth reporting and writing project working independently or in groups, with instructor guidancePrerequisites: COM 1106 or 1107, COM 2217, and Senior Standing.

COM 4990 - Special Topics for Upper Division Students 

Group study at an advanced level of a selected well-defined topic or area not covered by a regularly offered course.

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