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Communications (COMM)


110. Intercultural Communication (3) (F, W, S) Designed to give students a broad introduction to the field of communication in a global information society. Explores the central role of intercultural communication for individuals and societies.

200. Mass Communication and Society (3) (F, W, S) A survey of the historical and contemporary roles of mass media in society, focusing on media effects on individuals, institutions and culture.

201. Introduction to Strategic Communication (3) (F, W, S) Overview of strategic communication (e.g. public relations, public affairs, community relations) from a cultural, theoretical, and professional perspective. International perspectives on strategic communication. Introduction to strategic communication campaign and message design basics.

211. Media Writing (3) (F, W) Introduction to basic writing for mass media audiences through newspaper, broadcasting, Internet, and public relations. (Prerequisite: ENGL 101)

280. Gender, Race and Culture (3) (W) Examines the relationship between culture, gender and race. Explores how culturally gendered and racialized systems are communicated in daily life and influence power relationships and views of gender and race in society.

301. The Internet and Society (3) (S) Explores the digital revolution and changes in society. Examines unique qualities of new media and an array of topics including virtual communities and identity, game words, and privacy and governance. (Prerequisites: COMM 200 or 201 (for non COMM students who are pursuing a Strategic Communications Certificate))

313. Cross-Platform Message Design (3) (W, S) Project oriented, individualized course design provides students a forum to develop expertise in media reporting and production. Based on individual students' interests and future career goals, this course helps advance students' media/journalistic skills in area(s) of their choice including journalism, broadcasting, videography, advertising, media marketing/campaigns, media public relations, etc. (Prerequisite: COMM 201 or 211)

321. Strategic Communication Campaigns (3) (W, S) Students create a professional-level media campaign for an organization (client) applying skills and concepts of strategic communication. The course culminates in a presentation to a panel of experts. (Prerequisite: COMM 201)

323. Multimedia Production (3) (S) Principles and practice of basic skills in multimedia production. Emphasizes information presentation through various digital platforms or environments. (Prerequisite: COMM 201 or 211)

326. Issues in Global Communication (3) (F) The study of international and mass communication systems in modernity including the complexities and problems of mediated communication between cultures and across various boundaries. (Prerequisites: COMM 200 or 201 (for non COMM students who are pursuing a Strategic Communications Certificate))

360. Communication Theory (3) (F, W) Introduces genres of communication theory and approaches to communication inquiry. Focuses on the application of theory in empirical studies. (Prerequisite: COMM 200)

399R. Internship in Communication (1-12) (F, W, S) Students may receive credit for applied experience in Communication. Prior approval must be obtained and a program coordinated by a faculty member and the on-site supervisor.

410. Political Communication (3) (S) This course surveys the triangular relationship between politics, the media and the public. Political communication examines the dynamics of that relationship by looking into how the three actors interrelate. (Prerequisite: COMM 211 or 201 (for non COMM students who are pursuing a Strategic Communications Certificate))

420. Media and Culture (3) (W) The study of mass communication's role in the creation and maintenance of culture within global, social, political, and economic contexts. (Prerequisites: COMM 200 or 201 (for non COMM students who are pursuing a Strategic Communications Certificate))

430. Media Law and Ethics (3) (F, S) This course introduces students to the study of legal and ethical issues in the media. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of these issues and the ability to analyze the important legal and ethical issues involved with the mass media industry. (Prerequisites: COMM 200 or 201 (for non COMM students who are pursuing a Strategic Communications Certificate))

490. Senior Seminar (3) (F, W) Students will identify an original research project, produce a formal proposal, review the literature, conduct research, and present preliminary findings in oral and written reports. (Prerequisite: COMM 360)

496R. Student Research (1-3) (F, W, S) Supervised individual research for students who have been granted a student research and development associateship. Required for all associates.