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COM-100 Introduction to Communication Studies (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This team-taught course will include an introduction to the scientific study of various disciplines in the field of communication. These include such topics as interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, public communication, persuasion, public relations and mass communication.

COM-200 Communication Research Methods (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to the basics of research in the field of communication, students learn a variety of research methods including both qualitative and quantitative methods as well as gain hands-on experience in the research process. This course will better prepare students for upper-level communication courses by familiarizing them with the language and process of research done in the field. The course gives students the skills needed to successfully complete their own research for their senior thesis.

COM-225 Public Speaking (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A basic introduction to communication, primarily through public speaking, that stresses organization and delivery of spoken messages. Units include informative speaking, special occasion speaking, the use of language in oral style, audience analysis, and the use of logic and critical thinking in persuasive communication.

COM-260 Interpersonal Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to relational communication. The student should increase her sensitivity of communication skills by questioning habits, traditions, and current ideas and behaviors related to personal perception and communication. Through lectures, discussion, activities, and exercises, students will attain the knowledge and skills to become more effective communicators. They will also increase their awareness of everyday communication behaviors.

COM-290 Introduction to Mass Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to the field of mass communication that deals with the examination of radio, newspapers, magazines, film, television and the internet. The course includes historical backgrounds of each division, career opportunities, current trends, and predictions. It is designed to enhance student appreciation of the various components of mass media.

COM-299 Communication Research Project (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will conduct an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and the mentor is required for registration. Pre-requisite: COM-200.

COM-300 Small Group Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
Theory and practice of effective communication in small groups, including stages of group development, role emergence, leadership functions, decision making strategies, conflict management, and the significance of power.

COM-310 Introduction to Public Relations (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
Students gain an understanding of the scope of public relations by examining many aspects of the field, including writing and types of campaigns. Students create a communication plan that reflects strategic thinking and incorporates core competencies as well as produce written materials that illustrate an understanding of basic public relations writing skills.

COM-315 Event Planning (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
Students gain an understanding of the fundamentals of event planning to achieve an organization's communication, marketing and public relations goals. Students apply what is learned through lectures and field trips by planning and implementing events for area nonprofit organizations in this service learning course. Four hours of lecture each week.

COM-320 Media Law (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
An introduction to the history and development of media law in the United States since the early 1900s. Readings and lectures include the First Amendment, libel law, copyright protection, different regulations regarding print and electronic media, regulation of obscene and erotic material, the Freedom of Information Act, the regulation of advertising and telecommunication regulation. Covered topics include, to some degree, the role of ethics and morality as they apply to current media practices such as industry mergers and censorship issues.

COM-325 The Oral Interpretation of Literature (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only
An approach to the study of language and literature that uses physical and vocal performance with analytical writing as the primary means of discovery. Students will develop skills in the analysis and interpretation of selected literary works while developing vocal poise and expressiveness. The process of literary communication will be explored through units on prose, poetry, Shakespearean drama, and literary theory. Principle assignments will be performances along with formal and informal writing assignments. A performance course and a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: ENG-200.

COM-350 Business and Professional Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The nature of communication theory and practice in business and professional settings. Development of individual, dyadic, group, and organizational communication proficiencies. Supervisory/subordinate and peer communication, active listening, group communication, and presentational speaking. Pre-requisite: COM-225.

COM-360 Writing for the Media (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
The theory and practice of writing for print and broadcast media on an introductory level. Areas of study involve writing for newspapers, magazines, radio news, television news, documentaries, film, and public relations. The course is taught in a seminar-workshop environment.

COM-370 Nonverbal Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year
Theory and research in nonverbal communication, including environment, space, physical appearance, body movement, eyes and facial expressions, and social cues. Nonverbal communication in personal, workplace, and cultural settings.

COM-375 Gender Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Effects of gender on the interpersonal communication process. Explanations of gender differences, communication about women and men via language and media, and interpersonal communication.

COM-385 Persuasion (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only
This course is designed for students who wish to learn about the contemporary theories and practices of persuasion and negotiation. It is not a persuasive speaking course, but students will learn how to develop and analyze persuasive messages. The bulk of the course focuses on theories of persuasion and their applications to interpersonal, organizational and mediated communication. Alternative explanations for why persuaders and negotiators are successful or unsuccessful at influencing others' beliefs, attitudes, and actions will be examined. As a result, students will become more critical consumers and more skillful producers of persuasive messages and more skillful negotiators.

COM-390 Intercultural Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
This course examines communication from perspectives grounded in four premises: that culture happens through communication; that by understanding culture and how it shapes communication, we come to understand communication better; that intercultural communication can happen visibly as well as invisibly; and that knowing about communication and about culture can (sometimes) make intercultural communication go more smoothly.

COM-400 Special Topics in Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head
Seminars will investigate a specific topic from a communication perspective, and address the various communication contexts that are the basis of current pedagogy in the field. These contexts include rhetorical criticism, mass communication, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication. Examples of specific topics include conflict management, persuasion, and mediated communication. May be taken on multiple occasions when topics vary.

COM-410 Senior Thesis (2.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
In conjunction with a faculty instructor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and presentation. Open to seniors who are majoring in Communication. Prerequisite: COM-200.

COM-425 Media, Culture & Society (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
A critical look at the role of contemporary mass media in our society. It examines the relationship of communication media and popular culture. Topics include media mergers, obscenity and indecency issues in television and radio, "reality" TV programming, current advertising and public relations issues, messaging and imaging in the media, and changes in FCC regulations.

COM-450 Relational Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An advanced course focusing on the theories of interpersonal relationships by exploring the developmental, maintenance, and deterioration stages. Explores both verbal and nonverbal messages, listening, and conflict resolution. Prerequisite: COM-260.

COM-470 Forgiveness and Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An advanced course focusing on theory, research, and practice of forgiveness and reconciliation strategies in interpersonal relationships including: family, romantic, and friendship relationships. Prerequisite: COM-260. Must be junior/senior.

COM-480 Interpersonal Communication Internship (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Supervised experience in business or governmental institutions where work is related to student interest in communication discipline. Provides students with the opportunity to gain practical, professional experience in conjunction with their academic development. Limited to junior or senior majors in the Communication department with a 2.000 or higher GPA. For 3 hours credit, the student must work 120 hours total over the course of the semester in a single location in an approved site.

COM-481 Mass Communication Internship (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
Supervised experience in business or governmental institutions where work is related to student interest in communication disciplines. Provides students with the opportunity to gain practical, professional experience in conjunction with their academic development. Limited to junior or senior majors in the Communication department with a 2.000 or higher GPA. For 3 hours credit, the student must work 120 hours total over the course of the semester in a single location in an approved site.

COM-495 Communication Theory (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An advanced course designed to build critical understanding of the dynamics of human communication in several contexts, including intrapersonal, interpersonal and mass communication. Selected theories will emphasize the functions of language and social interaction in constructing meaning and facilitating communication. Theories about power, gender and the media will help to clarify the subjective nature of perception and culture in human communication. The nature and function of social scientific theory forms a framework for an understanding of classical and contemporary ideas about ethical communication. Prerequisite: COM-225, COM-260.

COM-498 Honors Thesis (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
An honors thesis involves a scholarly scientific project selected by the communication major in consultation with her advisor and subject to departmental approval, which will involve conducting a pilot study focusing on her area of specialization. Research, observation, writing and interpreting results will all be conducted by the student. In addition, the student is required to present her thesis orally in an appropriate setting to an audience.

COM-499 Communication Research Project (1.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year
In conjunction with a communication faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity that will culminate in a paper and presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Open to junior and senior majors and others by permission. Prerequisite: COM-410 or COM-495.

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