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Communications & Culture (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 ICS-COMM emphasis students who are pursuing a Strategic Communications Certificate))

311. Strategic Communication Case Studies (3) (F, S) Using case studies, students write strategy statements and design messages for various media. The role of audience research in campaign strategy is explored.

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 211 or instructor consent).

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.

323. Multimedia Production (3) (S) Principles and practice of basic skills in multimedia production. Emphasizes online (print and broadcasting) journalism and video production. (Prerequisite: COMM 211.)

325. Broadcast Reporting and Journalism (3) (variable) Applies principles and techniques of broadcast and online news reporting. Includes recording and editing reports for television and radio newscasts. (Prerequisite: COMM 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 ICS-COMM emphasis students who are pursuing a Strategic Communications Certificate)).

360. Communication Theory (3) (F, W) Contrasts and compares Eastern and Western perspectives communication theory. Focuses on the genres of communication theory, the process of communication inquiry, and the body of contextual theories composing the field of communication (Prerequisite: COMM 200).

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 ICS-COMM emphasis 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 ICS-COMM emphasis students who are pursuing a Strategic Communications Certificate)).