COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication An overview of mass media processes in America; economic, technological issues in contemporary systems. Current problems and criticism. Required first course for all communication arts majors except theatre. Fall and Spring. 3 credits.
COMM 305 Communication Theory and Research This course examines various "ways of knowing" about communication. The course will consist of a review and criticism of the major approaches to communication research and the major theories that have been devised by scholars to explain and predict the processes and effects of human communication. Fall, Spring, and Summer. Prerequisites: COMM 101 and (SPCO 101 or SPCO 102), 3 credits.
COMM 320 Communication Technology and Society Does communication technology cause social change, or do societal factors cause change in communication technologies? Examination of relationships between mass media and community, and computers and the self. On sufficient demand. 3 credits.
COMM 375 Communication Training and Consulting This course explores the unique application of communication theory and skills to help design effective consultant/trainer programs. by focusing on non-traditional instructional settings, the class will prepare students to develop a plan for assessing, designing, delivering and evaluating communication consultation and/or training for an organization. Fall and Spring 3 credits.
COMM 390 Seminar-Media Criticism A study of all forms of media and development of critical writing skills. Students will look at, and discuss, the way the media work and, more important, don't work. emphasis is placed on discussion. On sufficient demand. 3 credits.
COMM 418 intercultural and International Communication Identification and analysis of processes and problems of communication as affected by national cultures. Effects of differences in attitudes, social organization, role expectations, language and non-verbal behavior - all of which are interrelated. Principles of communication theory as they apply to the intercultural context will be studied. Spring. 3 credits.
COMM 475 Organizational Communication Study of research findings, theories, and models of communication in organizations; examination of the impact of organizational culture and structure on the communication process, including factors maximizing effective communication and overcoming communication barriers. Fall and Spring. 3 credits
COMM 480 Themes in Communication Studies The specific theme of the course varies each semester, but bridges the several perspectives represented by the five programs within communication arts. Themes presented may include: Distortion (Propaganda, Deception, and Lies), Communication and Social Chage (Campaigns, Crusades, and Agi-Props), Communication and Criticism, Ethical Issues in Communication, Media Effects, Intercultural Communication, Communication and Technology, Ways of Seeing, Semiotics and Communication, Philosophy of language, virtual Realities, Audience and self. Course may be repeated. On sufficient demand. Prerequisite(s): SPCO 101, COMM 101 and third year standing. 3 credits.
COMM 481 Ancient Rhetoric This course encapsulates the history of rhetoric and its symbiotic relationship to the development of philosophy. Beginning with the first attempts to systematize and teachy persuasive argument in Syracuse (5th century B.C.), the course will examine how rhetoric was further defined and developed by Plato and Aristotle. Prerequisite(s): SPCO 101
COMM 482 Rhetoric Criticism This course is designed to develop the student's analytical powers and promote an appreciation and understanding of the process of human communication, which encompasses various reciprocal or interconnected aspects. Among the more prominent of these are cultural identity (i.e., shared symbols), the creation of meaning and its social and historical context. Prerequisite(s): SPCO 101 3 credits.
COMM 490 - 492 Directed Study in Communication Directed study requires completion of a form, and department permission and cannot be registered for via Zagweb. Prerequisite(s) SPCO 101 and COMM 101. 0 - 10 credits.