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Communication 300-Level Courses (COMM)

301 Persuasion. (4)

This is an applied persuasion course in which an analysis and review of the theories and methods of persuasion are used to conduct a persuasive campaign on or off campus. The class may integrate basic principles and practice of videography to complete persuasive video projects. Prerequisite: 101 or permission of the instructor.

302 Public Address. (4)

A critical and historical study of public discourse in a variety of forms including artistic, public and private. The specific focus of the course may change from year to year. Prerequisite: 101 or permission of instructor.

303 Social Movements. (4)

Examines how social movements influence social change. Students employ social movements theory to critically analyze the persuasive appeals of movement agitation techniques and establishment control measures. A variety of historical and contemporary movements are studied. Prerequisite: 101. 

304 Political Communication. (4)

Examines how political symbols mobilize society, stimulate social action and create national identity. Explores how political language reinforces, interprets, challenges and manipulates popular beliefs, attitudes and values. Topics may include presidential rhetoric, campaign discourse and legislative appeals.

305 Women's Voices Before 1920. (4)

A critical and historical study of rhetorical discourse from a variety of women in North America prior to 1920. Women from diverse cultures (Native American, Mexican American, Asian American, European American and African American) as well as movements (abolition, women's rights, moral reform, progressivism, anarchism and labor) will be studied and their rhetorical efforts critically discussed. Prerequisite: 101 or permission of instructor.

306 Contemporary Women's Voices. (4)

This course focuses on a range of issues confronting women from 1920 to the present including: sexuality, civil rights, reproductive rights and sexual violence. Students will analyze the rhetorical acts of women from diverse cultural backgrounds and study their involvement in a variety of movements such as Civil Rights, feminist, La Raza, Red Power and others. The course will examine existing rhetorical theories to uncover how and why women's voices have been silenced. Prerequisite: 101 or permission of instructor.

307 Freedom of Speech. (4)

This course will explore the controversies surrounding freedom of speech. The course will survey the historical and legal development of free speech in the United States.

313 Media Law and Ethics. (4)

Legal and ethical questions regarding the mass media. Prerequisite: 103.

333 Rhetorical Criticism. (4)

An examination of the criticism of rhetorical texts from a variety of perspectives including neo-Aristotelian, generic and feminist approaches. Questions of judgment based on ethical, aesthetic and effects criteria will be addressed. Critical methods will be studied and applied to contemporary and/or historical rhetorical texts. Prerequisite: 101.

335 Mass Media in Elections. (4)

An examination of how the mass media influences the behavior of candidates and voters, and vice versa, in political campaigns. Specific areas of study may include news reporting, press editorials, campaign advertising, polls, cartoons, talk shows, speeches, debates and press conferences. The impact of issues, image, race, gender and third parties may also be discussed. Students will research presidential or state elections and may engage in volunteer work for a political campaign.

345 Advanced Media Writing. (4)

This course continues to develop writing and reporting techniques and methods introduced in COMM 245, focusing on investigative and feature writing. Students study in more depth the role of the journalist in transmitting information from "news makers" to "news consumers," from those who make social decisions to those whom the decisions affect -the general public. Students explore theories of access to information, journalistic responsibility, the history and sociology of modern American journalism, and media law and ethics. Prerequisite: 245 or permission of instructor.

349 Media Criticism. (4)

A study of one or more critical methods such as effects, content analysis, feminist, semiotic, psychoanalytic, rhetorical and neo-Marxist, and the application of such methods to print or non-print media. Prerequisite: 103.

350 Intercultural Communication. (4)

An examination of the relationship between communication and culture. Communication theory is used to identify and explore barriers and opportunities in communicating with individuals from different cultures and co-cultures. Skills necessary for communication across cultures are identified and developed.

351 Gender and Communication. (4)

Examines the impact of socialization on gender roles and the influence of gender roles on communication. Looks at the communication behaviors of women and men in same sex and mixed sex contexts. Introduces students to current theories of gender communication. Examines the function of communication in gender role development. Topics may include language, perception, nonverbal cues, communicative style, gender in intimate contexts, gender in public contexts and gender in the media.

355 Communication Theory. (4)

An in-depth examination of contemporary communication theories and research as well as research methods appropriate for the study of communication. This course is especially recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in communication. Prerequisite: 105 or permission of the instructor.

367 Organizational Communication. (4)

Theories and concepts of organizational communication are discussed. Includes such topics as communication approaches to organizational theory, power, corporate culture, conflict, organizational metaphors, organizational processes, management styles and organizational change. Prerequisite: 105.

371 Individual Learning Project. (1-4)

Supervised reading or research at the upper-division level. The proposed project must be grounded in previous relevant coursework in the discipline. Permission of department chair and completion of 12 credits within the department required. Four credits maximum will count toward the major. Not available to first-year students.

381 Special Topics in Rhetoric and Public Address. (4)

An advanced course focusing on a specific topic in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism or public address. Topics might include rhetorical theory, environmental rhetoric, etc. May be repeated as the topic changes. Prerequisites vary with the topic. See descriptions in the registration bulletin.

383 Special Topics in Mass Media. (4)

A study of a special topic not ordinarily treated in standard courses. Examples: media history, media coverage of environmental issues, culture and the construction of news, criticism of a particular genre. May be repeated as the topic changes. Prerequisites vary according to the topic. See descriptions in the registration bulletin.

385 Special Topics in Communication Theory. (4)

An advanced course focusing on a specific topic in communication theory. Examples: gender, language and culture; qualitative or quantitative research methods in communication, health communication, family communication. May be repeated as the topic changes. Prerequisites vary according to the topic. See descriptions in the registration bulletin.

386 Studies in Film. (4)

This course will read film through one or more theoretical/critical aspects. Psychoanalytical, feminist, cultural studies, and reader-response theories are among possible approaches offered. A selection of films will be viewed for illustrative and interpretive purposes. Cross-listed with ENGL 386.

392 Communication Practicum. (1)

Under the supervision of an approved faculty moderator, a student who participates in a practical communication-related activity (e.g. KJNB radio or any official student-edited publication) may receive credit. Evidence of work completed (e.g. portfolio, audio tapes) letters of evaluation by supervisors, regular conferences with the faculty moderator, a structured self-evaluation, and a minimum number of hours (30 per term) and projects completed are required. Students present a proposal to a faculty moderator and obtain approval prior to registering for this credit. Course is repeatable for total of 4 credits. These credits may be used to satisfy the Teacher certification requirement for a communication/language arts “activity.” It may not be applied toward completion of the communication major or minor.

397 Internship. (4-16)

Practical off-campus experience for juniors and seniors in the areas of broadcasting, journalism, public relations, public speaking, advertising, human resources management, etc. Experience is arranged by the student with the advice and approval of the internship director and the departmental faculty moderator prior to registering for the course. Departmental moderator supervises and evaluates the experience. Prerequisite: Pre-internship seminar. No student will be permitted to register for an internship without completing this seminar. Fall and spring. A maximum of 4 internship credits may be applied toward completion of the major or minor. See department chair for a copy of specific department policies. Faculty in the department are limited to a maximum of three internship supervisions each term. This might mean that not all students who desire to complete an internship for credit will be accommodated.

398 Honors Thesis/Senior Thesis. (4)

Required for graduation with "All-College Honors" and/or "Departmental Distinction in Communication." Prerequisite: HONR 396 and approval of the department chair and the director of the Honors Program. For further information see HONR 398.