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Oral Communication
COMM  0100 3.00 Credit Hours
Principles of oral communication, including speaking and listening competencies and skills. Primary emphasis is on presenting various types of speeches and improving listening ability. Research, organization, reasoning, language, and evaluation skill development are included. Three contact hrs. per week. (Required of all degree candidates.)
Intro to Human Communication
COMM  0101 3.00 Credit Hours
An introductory survey of the field of communication, exploring theoretical and research foundations. Included are discussions of language and verbal interaction and nonverbal communication. Contexts of communication are covered: interpersonal, group and organizational, public, intercultural, and mass. Also covered will be career opportunities for students who choose a major or minor in communication.
COMM  0111 3.00 Credit Hours
Development of techniques in reporting and writing for a newspaper. Work on the college newspaper, The Chart, is required. Prerequisite: ENG 80, or completion or concurrent enrollment in ENG 101 or above, or permission of instructor.
Forensics Workshop
COMM  0121 1.00 Credit Hours
A practicum in forensics, including research, traveling to competitions, organization, and presentation of the current debate proposition along with development and presentation of individual events. May be repeated for a maximum of four hours of credit.
Voice and Diction
COMM  0131 3.00 Credit Hours
Techniques for improving the speaking voice. Attention to voice production, phonetics, pronunciation, and vocal expressiveness.
Audio Production for Media
COMM  0200 3.00 Credit Hours
Principles and techniques of sound pickup and audio control. Basic techniques of microphone use, control board operation and recording. Projects are taped for analysis and critique. Two hours lecture, two hours lab per week. Prerequisite: COMM 131.
Video Production
COMM  0201 3.00 Credit Hours
Intensive practice in preparation and production of television programs. Camera techniques, floor setups and direction of crews and talent. Interviewing techniques. Development of varied on-the-air skills. Two hours lecture, two hours lab per week.
Active Listen & Strategic Neg
COMM  0205 3.00 Credit Hours
A study of the role listening plays in our daily lives and our negotiations with others personally and professionally. Emphasis on the listening and negotiation process, types of listening and negotiation skills, response strategies, and what our listening behaviors communicate to others. Intensive practice for those who recognize the importance of genuine listening and wish to acquire proficient listening abilities to achieve the bet conflict resolution through negotiation.
Introduction Public Relations
COMM  0211 3.00 Credit Hours
Nature and scope of public relations and its relationship to interpersonal and interdisciplinary conduct. Basic elements of public relations including planning, special events, speeches, news releases, annual reports, financial reporting, visual and electronic media techniques. Prerequisite: COMM 111.
Interpersonal Communication
COMM  0215 3.00 Credit Hours
Person-to-person communication with emphasis on dyadic and group communication. Lecture, reading, and discussion with class experiments designed to illustrate interpersonal communication problems. Prerequisite: COMM 100.
Practicum in Communications
COMM  0220 1.00 Credit Hours
Laboratory experience on the staff of the University newspaper, yearbook, or broadcast media. Students will participate fully in the work of the media, working under the supervision of faculty members. A minimum of five hours per week is required. One hour of credit each term for a maximum of three terms. Prerequisite: for The Chart or Crossroads, COMM 111; for KXMS, COMM 200; for TV, COMM 201.
Media Career Exploration
COMM  0245 2.00 Credit Hours
Work experience to explore various media in areas related to professional goals in communication, and as a stepping stone to a possible internship. Students will work a minimum of 8 hours a week for a newspaper, radio or TV station, or in a media capacity for a business firm, organization, or institution. Students must be approved for the program before enrolling and must apply before the end of one semester for the following semester. Students will work under the supervision of a faculty member and a person at the media company or organization. Students will present a portfolio or demonstration tape at the conclusion of the course, for evaluation of a final grade. Students may repeat the course for a maximum of 4 hours of credit, but each 2 hour course must focus on different media or have different media responsibilities. Prerequisite: Declared communications major with a minimum of 30 semester hours; approval of adviser.
Ethics in Public Relations
COMM  0255 3.00 Credit Hours
The Ethics in Public Relations will explore issues most often encountered in public relations and corporate communications using both traditional and contemporary approaches to ethical decision making. The course will cover the processes in the public relations industries, how the campaign development process works, some of the ethical challenges facing the field and social responsibility models and their effects on the organization and organizational stakeholders. Prerequisite: COMM 100 and COMM 211.
Topics in Communications
COMM  0298 1.00 Credit Hours
Topics not normally included in another course. Prerequisites are determined by the department and stipulated in syllabus.
Organizational Communication
COMM  0300 3.00 Credit Hours
The interface between communication theory and organizational structure. Emphasis upon communication problems in organizations, strategies for overcoming such problems, and the design of effective communication systems in organizational settings. Prerequisites: COMM 101 and 215.
Media Management
COMM  0301 3.00 Credit Hours
Concepts for managing media organizations, including leadership, motivating employees, community involvement, legal aspects, ethics, audience targeting, policy determination, media organizational patterns, marketing, ownership influences, planning, and decision making. Prerequisite: Comm 111.
Photocommunications I
COMM  0302 3.00 Credit Hours
Theory and practice of communication through the medium of photography. Students deal with the application of photography to the mass media.
Advanced Public Speaking
COMM  0303 3.00 Credit Hours
Performance-based experiences to promote proficiency in the presentation and criticism of oratory. Emphasis on refining the art of informative and argumentative speechmaking. Prerequisite: COMM 100.
Small Group Communication
COMM  0304 3.00 Credit Hours
Small group context of interpersonal communication emphasizing group behavior and human relations. Specific units include group problem solving, decision making, and leadership style. Prerequisites: COMM 100 and ENG 102 or above or permission of instructor.
Intercultural Communication
COMM  0305 3.00 Credit Hours
Analysis of variables influencing communication among peoples from different cultures. Emphasis on developing interpersonal skills needed in multicultural encounters. Prerequisites: COMM 100 and ENG 102 or above or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as HS 305.
COMM  0306 3.00 Credit Hours
A theoretical examination of the principles of influencing individuals and groups, a history of rhetoric and modern application of these principles to various areas of social interaction. Prerequisite: COMM 100.
Professional Interviewing
COMM  0307 3.00 Credit Hours
Designed to prepare students for professional fields which require information-seeking and -gathering, decision-making, interaction skills and self-expression. The students will participate in a variety of simulated and actual interviewing situations as both an interviewer and interviewee. Prerequisite: COMM 100.
Gender Communication
COMM  0308 3.00 Credit Hours
The pragmatics of gender-related communication refers to the study of the embedded contexts of male-female symbolic interaction. This introduction to the field of gender communication will look at interpersonal, organizational, and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: COMM 100.
World Cinema
COMM  0309 3.00 Credit Hours
This course introduces you to the close analysis, cultural interpretation and global diversity of film as an artistic, social and industrial medium. It will explore some of the major currents in filmmaking from around the globe through various directors and film movements.
Communication Law
COMM  0310 3.00 Credit Hours
Statutes, administrative regulations, and court decisions affecting freedom of information, censorship, libel, privacy, contempt of court, obscenity, legal access, copyright, advertising, and broadcasting. Rights, privileges, and obligations of the press. Prerequisite: COMM 100.
Argumentation and Debate
COMM  0315 3.00 Credit Hours
The theory of the modern forms of evidence, evaluations, arguments, methods of refutation, and ethical relationships of these methods in a free society. Electronic tournament administration software is used. (Meets certification requirements for secondary education.) Prerequisite: COMM 100.
Business Journalism
COMM  0316 3.00 Credit Hours
Application of the basic methods and tactics of a business journalist, while incorporating news value, proper spelling and grammar, and Associated Press style. Prerequisite: COMM 111, or permission of department head.
Advanced Video Production
COMM  0320 3.00 Credit Hours
Focuses on the elements of producing and directing video programs. Students spend laboratory time learning techniques of producing programs for the University's television station. One hour lecture, four hours lab each week. Prerequisite: COMM 201.
Forensics Workshop
COMM  0321 1.00 Credit Hours
Advanced practicum in the area of forensics, including research, traveling to competitions, organization, and presentation of the current debate proposition along with development and presentation of individual events. May be repeated for a maximum of four hours of credit. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and COMM 121.
Broadcast News Reporting
COMM  0325 3.00 Credit Hours
Experience in writing and reporting news for broadcast. Interview assignments, wire rewriting, and actualities. Computer laboratory experience. Prerequisite: COMM 111.
Advanced Comm Practicum
COMM  0330 1.00 Credit Hours
Intensive laboratory experience on the staff of the University newspaper, magazine, broadcast media, or on special communications projects. Students will work for a minimum of five hours per week in positions of major responsibilities. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; media courses to prepare student adequately for work expected; COMM 220 or permission. For TV: COMM 320 or COMM 431, for Crossroads: COMM 335.
Advanced Newspaper Practicum
COMM  0331 2.00 Credit Hours
Intensive lab experience with opportunities for major leadership position on the staff of the University newspaper. Students will participate fully in the publication of the newspaper working under the supervision of a faculty member. One class session plus a minimum of ten working hours per week are required. Attendance at a weekly newspaper staff meeting also is required. Two hours of credit each term for a maximum of two terms. Prerequisites: Comm 220 and COMM 330.
Media Editing and Design
COMM  0333 3.00 Credit Hours
An examination of the editor's role and the editing process for print and online news media. Emphasis on spelling, grammar, the Associated Press Stylebook, editing for accuracy and fairness, coaching writers, writing headlines, and designing for print and online. Prerequisite: COMM 111 or permission of instructor.
Feature Writing
COMM  0335 3.00 Credit Hours
Finding and writing newspaper features and magazine articles, including profiles, columns, reviews, investigative pieces, travel stories, and history articles. A focus on developing and selling story ideas. Work on the University newspaper, The Chart and the alumni magazine Crossroads is required. Prerequisite: COMM 111 or consent of instructor.
Research Methods Communication
COMM  0340 3.00 Credit Hours
An introduction into the process of research in communications. Using a variety of research approaches to look at different communication artifacts, classroom focus is on the finding, nature, and evaluation of research. Research methods process is applied to popular communication artifacts.
Sports Writing
COMM  0350 3.00 Credit Hours
The fundamental principles of reporting and interpreting sports, improving writing and editing skills for game coverage and feature stories, and further developing and refining those skills necessary for success in the field. Prerequisite: COMM 111.
Case Studies Public Relations
COMM  0355 3.00 Credit Hours
Analysis of public relations practices, including planning, communication, evaluation; management responsibilities. Prerequisite: COMM 311.
Visual Comm: Images with Msg
COMM  0360 3.00 Credit Hours
An examination of visual modes of communication. Topics will include the basic elements of visual messages, the relation of visual communication to language, and the place of images in everyday life. This course is a direct result of the new age in communications initiated and promoted by computer technology. Junior or Senior status or permission of instructor.
International Media Seminar
COMM  0380 2.00 Credit Hours
An extensive look at the world of international media through the experiences of renowned speakers and discussion leaders. Student will spend a week in Paris, France, attending seminars and conferences and meeting foreign correspondents, syndicated columnists, newspaper editors, television producers, and diplomats. Students must pay for travel and seminar expenses, with specific details available prior to enrollment.
Advanced Organizational Comm
COMM  0400 3.00 Credit Hours
The application of communication theory within the organizational structure is the thrust of the course. Particular attention is focused on analysis and diagnostic capabilities. Communication training and development within an organizational setting is emphasized. Prerequisite: COMM 300.
Nonverbal Communication
COMM  0401 3.00 Credit Hours
Study types and effects of various nonverbal communication behaviors and develop competencies and skills in applying the study to selected perspectives. Original research as well as published research will be emphasized. Prerequisite: COMM 100.
Photocommunications II
COMM  0402 3.00 Credit Hours
Advanced theory and practice of communication through the medium of photography. Students work on the application of photography to the mass media. The use of computer programs and visual manipulation of images is a component of the course. Persuasion, nonverbal communication, public communication, and interpersonal communication will be used to create a portfolio of journalistic photographs that offer a visual narrative to the viewer. Prerequisite: COMM 302 or consent of the instructor.
Adv Intercultural Comm.
COMM  0405 3.00 Credit Hours
An in-depth analysis of variables which influence communication among peoples from different cultures. It will be an application of the intercultural theories and principles learned in the basic Intercultural Communication course. This in-depth analysis of seven cultures, Northern Ireland, American Indians, Germany, China, Japan, India, and the Amish subculture in North America, from a communication perspective will utilize the case study method. Prerequisite: COMM 305 or permission of instructor.
Crisis Communication
COMM  0410 3.00 Credit Hours
This course provides students insights regarding key concepts, theoretical perspectives, essential skills and abilities, and critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for effective crisis communication within organizations. The course follows the crisis communication process through the stages of pre-crisis, crisis, and post-crisis. The pre-crisis stage discusses planning and environmental scanning. The crisis stage discusses communication strategies for image restoration. The post-crisis stage depicts crisis as an opportunity for organizational learning and for rebuilding or expanding public trust. The course uses a case study approach throughout. Prerequisite: COMM 211.
Political & Social Comm
COMM  0411 3.00 Credit Hours
Critical analysis of speakers and speeches selected to present the characteristic ideas of leading social and political developments in national and international affairs; includes lecture, reading, and discussion. Prerequisites: COMM 100 and junior or senior standing.
Mass Communications Theory
COMM  0420 3.00 Credit Hours
Explores the various theories which have been applied to understanding the effects of the mass media. Students will learn the various paradigms which have been applied in attempting to predict media performance, reliability and impact. Prerequisite: COMM 100 plus 3 hours of communication courses.
Broadcast Scriptwriting
COMM  0425 3.00 Credit Hours
Methods, style, and techniques for preparing scripts for various types of radio and television programs and announcements. Using the computer for typing scripts. Emphasis on promotion commercials, public service announcements, partially scripted and fully-scripted program formats, such as public affairs programs, variety shows, game shows, the documentary, and drama. Prerequisites: COMM 111 and 200 or 201 or 325.
Adv Broadcast News Reporting
COMM  0430 3.00 Credit Hours
Theory and practice of producing a regularly scheduled television newscast. Study, criticism, and evaluation of broadcast journalism. Six laboratory hours plus one staff meeting per week. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six hours. Prerequisite: COMM 325.
Electronic Field Production
COMM  0431 3.00 Credit Hours
Planning, designing, and executing electronic field productions. This course is designed to build aesthetic awareness and the technical skills necessary to conceive and develop an idea and communicate that idea to others. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: COMM 101.
Adv Media Editing & Design
COMM  0433 3.00 Credit Hours
Application of the editor's role in design for print and online media with attention to design principles for complex layouts, while incorporating news value, proper spelling and grammar, and Associated Press style. Prerequisite: COMM 333 or permission of department head.
Community Journalism
COMM  0450 3.00 Credit Hours
Examining the nature and role of community journalism in an urbanized society is the thrust of the study. It relies heavily on the expertise of community journalism practitioners as resources of information and research. Experience with small daily and weekly newspapers will be the foundation for developing skills in community journalism. Prerequisite: COMM 111.
Writing for Public Relations
COMM  0455 3.00 Credit Hours
Study, analysis and practice in writing for public relations media or for public relations use by media. Includes writing news, publicity, and feature stories as well as effective letter writing, newsletters, and brochures. Prerequisite: COMM 211.
Global Journalism
COMM  0460 3.00 Credit Hours
Structures, processes, and functions of newspapers around the world. Encompasses such issues as the use of print media between and within nations, censorship and repression, news coverage of war, and U.S. news coverage of international affairs. Prerequisite: COMM 111.
Comm Japanese Culture
COMM  0462 3.00 Credit Hours
This advanced course is an in-depth analysis of variables which influence communication in Japanese culture. From a communication perspective the primary areas to be covered are Japanese communication, unique perspective and literature based family values, business, education, nature (Zen tradition.) Prerequisite: COMM 305 or permission of instructor.
New Media Technology
COMM  0470 3.00 Credit Hours
Exploration of developed and developing technologies likely to shape the future of electronic media. New uses of older technologies. Historical development, regulation, and audience effects of these technologies. Students will become aware of critical controversies and projected future developments of technology. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Internship in Communications
COMM  0491 1.00 Credit Hours
Off-campus work experience in areas related to professional goals of students. For advanced majors in communications. Students must be approved for the program prior to enrolling. Application must be made during the first half of one semester for the following semester. In all internships students work under joint supervision of a faculty member and a representative of the organization providing the intern experience. Students may repeat the course to a maximum of 8 hrs. of credit. Prerequisite: Communications major with a minimum of 85 semester hrs.; approval of department head prior to enrolling. Some internships may have other specific prerequisites. Guidelines are available in the department's offices and must be followed.
Communication Issues
COMM  0492 3.00 Credit Hours
Required of all communications majors. Synthesizes information obtained from previous coursework. Students are presented with current issues of concern from communications fields and are asked to present possible scenarios for their resolution. Prerequisite: Senior standing, plus 15 hrs. in communications.
Advanced Topics Communication
COMM  0498 1.00 Credit Hours
For upper-division students. Topics to be announced each time the course is offered.
Ind Study Speech, Mass or PR
COMM  0499 1.00 Credit Hours
Individually directed study in selected areas for advanced majors in communications. Projects require an individually tailored independent study syllabus structured by the adviser with must be approved by the department head and school dean prior to enrollment. Prerequisite: Must have completed 90 hrs. with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have completed 15 hrs. of communications.