Fall 2020 COMM courses
Public Speaking & the Public Sphere (HE, HM, J1)
This course introduces students to the basic skills needed to present information to an audience clearly, effectively, and eloquently. The class will study, analyze, and construct public speeches from a rhetorical perspective. Students will ground their study of speechmaking in fundamental questions about the habits and skills of civic participation and the ethics of speech.
COMM 102-01J block D 9am-12pm with Emily Paup CRN #13448
COMM 102-02J block D 9am-12pm with Aric Putnam CRN #13450
COMM 102-03J block B 9am-12pm with Aric Putnam CRN # 14940
COMM 102-04J block A 1-4pm with Nicole Hurt CRN # 155501
Media & Society (HE, HM, T1)
This course will explore the functions and effects of mediated communication in society and on the individual. Students will learn about the role of mediated communication in creating and dispersing knowledge and introduce students to some theoretical concepts needed to critically analyze mediated messages in advanced courses.
COMM 103-01T block A 1:30-4:30pm with Erin Szabo CRN # 10227
COMM 103-03T block B 8:30-11:30am with Kelly Berg CRN # 10226
Intro to Human Communication (SS, SW, T1)
This course provides students with a general overview of communication theory and research, particularly as it relates to their everyday interactions. The course covers theories related to interpersonal, gender, group, organizational, and intercultural contexts.
COMM 105-01T block A 9am-12pm with Karyl Daughters CRN # 10229
COMM 105-02T block D 9am-12pm with Karyl Daughters CRN # 14121
COMM 105-03T block C 1:30-4:30pm with Jen Kramer CRN # 15624
#HerStory (CI, GE, IC)
This course asks students to consider how intersectional identities dictate access to power, shape cultural expectations, and impact our lives. We will develop this narrative through an examination of the structural barriers that have kept many understudies/underrepresented voices out. We will do this primarily by adding women and women of color back into our understanding of key moments throughout history and their perspectives to our current lived experience. Students will learn key terms associated with the study of intersectional notions of gender, will situate those terms within gendered social movements and celebrate key women’s voices throughout history.
COMM 110-01A block C 1:30-4:30pm with Shane Miller CRN # 15905
Public Speaking Basics
This course is intended for education majors who need to fulfill the state requirements in oral communication. (Communication majors or minors should take COMM 102 - Public Speaking and the Public Sphere.) Through the study of theory and applications, students will learn to understand the basic concepts of practical public speaking situations,including the development and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
COMM 200-01A block AB (Wednesdays) 12:30-3:30pm with Julie Lynch CRN # 10233
Rhetoric, Culture and Criticism (HM)
This course will introduce students to the basic theories and practices needed to understand and critique rhetorical action. The class will give students exposure to diverse theories of the relationship between language and power and provide opportunity for practice making judgments about specific moments of public expression: speeches, music, essays, and visual images. The intent of this class is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the academic study of rhetoric and with a skill that will help them make greater sense of how public messages matter in their lives today.
COMM 201-01A block B 1-4pm with Nicole Hurt CRN # 15741
Interpersonal Communication (SS, SW, T1)
Introduces students to basic principles and theories of interpersonal communication. Readings, discussion and exercises facilitate understanding of interpersonal communication processes. Topics may include perception, self concept, verbal communication, listening, conflict, nonverbal cues, gender roles, family communication, culture, communication competence,and relationship development.
COMM 205-01T block B 1:30-4:30pm with Betsy Johnson CRN # 15895
Introduction to Media Writing
Students will learn to collect and analyze information to be used in message design; to construct clear and accurate messages that are appropriate to the purpose, audience, context, and media platform, under deadline pressure, and will be introduced to different types of media writing, with emphasis on online journalism and public relations.
COMM 245-01A block C 9am-12pm with Dana Drazenovich CRN # 13453
COMM 245-02A block B 9am-12pm with Dana Drazenovich CRN # 14586
Media & Children (EL, EX, SLR)
This course examines the role of mediated communication in the lives of children and adolescents, acquainting students with theories and research pertinent to youth and the media. Students will assume a developmental perspective, and will assess claims made by various publics. The class includes a required service learning component.
COMM 248-01A block B 7:00-10:00pm MTWF with Erin Szabo CRN # 15627
Communication & Conflict
Introduces students to principles and theories of conflict. Examines causes of conflict and a variety of approaches to managing conflict. Emphasizes conflict in various interpersonal contexts.
COMM 251-01A block B 8-11am with Jeanne Cook CRN # 15896
This course is intended for all students interested in learning listening theory to advance critical listening and thinking. Additionally, this course is intended for secondary and elementary education students seeking certification in the Communication/ Language Arts. Focuses upon the central role of listening in the communication process. Introduces students to the basic principles and various purposes of listening. Uses readings, discussion and exercises to heighten awareness of barriers to effective listening and to develop students' listening skills. Topics include cultural attitudes toward listening, costs of ineffective listening, intrapersonal listening, listening in various contexts, and ethical responsibilities of listening.
COMM 252-01A block CD (Wednesdays) 12:30-3:30pm with Julie Lynch CRN # 15432
Introduction to Film Studies (HE, HM)
This course offers an introduction to film as a medium of communication and representation. Topics may include a survey of the development of film and the movie industry, techniques of acting, directing, cinematography, narrative style, and film theory. The vocabulary of cinema and representative films of the first one hundred years of filmmaking will be covered. Fall or spring. Crosslisted with ENGL 286-01A block C 1-4pm with Luke Mancuson, OSB, CRN # 13179
Freedom of Speech (ES)
This course explores the historical development of laws and cultural assumptions that regulate public expression in the United States. Students will study the communicative behaviors that have inspired free speech controversies and analyze the arguments made in favor of and in opposition to a free speech concept. During fall semesters, the focus of this course is free speech, democracy, and public discourse. During spring semesters, the focus is of this course is free speech, the media, and cyberspace. Prerequisite: JN or SR standing.
COMM 307-01A block A 9am-12pm with Emily Paup, CRN # 15026
Introduction to Strategic Communication Campaign
This course provides a framework for students to understand the appropriate use of theory and components of strategic communication campaigns. Students will learn to be more discerning producers and consumers of persuasive messages. This class may involve a service learning component. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.
COMM 336-01A block A 9am-12pm with Kelly Berg, CRN # 16026
New Media: Communiation in an Online Era
The use of new media and social media in our society, locally and globally, has altered traditional boundaries that once defined communication, identity, and community. This course examines how new forms of mediated communication affect interpersonal and mass communication, social identities, our understanding of privacy, reality, and the concept of community. Participants will investigate theoretical questions raised by on-line communication and social media. Prerequisite COMM 103 or 105 and JR or SR standing.
COMM 342-01A block D 8:30-11:30am with Kelly Berg, CRN # 14132
Capstone: Strategic Communication Campaigns
This course provides an opportunity for majors to apply what they have learned about strategic communication campaigns,persuasive theory, oral and written communication, message analysis, and community, by creating strategic communication campaigns for a client. This course is a service learning course and will count toward the experiential learning requirement. Prerequisites: 102, 103, 105, 336, at least one course in each department learning goal area (message design, analysis of communication, and communication & community), and JN or SR standing. A-F grading only.
COMM 346-01A block D 7:00-10:00pm MTWF with Erin Szabo, CRN # 15897
Intercultural Communication (EL, IC, SLR)
Examines 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. Special attention is placed on communicating cross culturally within the U.S.A.,including across race, socio-economic class, etc. In addition, the course also explores communicating internationally. Note: Most semesters of this course have a required experiential learning component and a course fee. See registration booklet for details.
COMM 350A-01A block B 1:30-4:30pm with Jen Kramer, CRN # 15899
Gender & Communication (GE)
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. This course satisfies requirements for the GWST major/minor.
COMM 351-01A block C 9am-12pm with Jeanne Cook, CRN # 12473
Intercultural Health Communication
This course explores the communication about cultural health beliefs and practices, particularly within the biomedical system. In addition, the course examines health disparities in the U.S.A. and how communication contributes to, but also may help alleviate, them. Some topics include: traditional health beliefs among Latinx, Asian, African, and Native American cultures; and relationship between health disparities and race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, obesity, and differing abilities. Students will complete a variety of analysis papers related to the course topics. Prerequisites: at least one of: COMM 350, 351, or 352 and JN or SR standing, or approval by the instructor.
COMM 353A-01A block A 1:30-4:30pm with Jen Kramer, CRN # 15900
Capstone: Language, Gender & Culture (GE)
This course will examine the relationship between language, gender, and culture in a variety of contexts and cultures. The mutual influences of language and culture, and their role in the creation of gendered roles and identities within and across cultures will be explored. This course satisfies requirements for the GEND major/minor. Prerequisites: 102, 103, 105, at least one course in each department learning goal area (message design, analysis of communication, and communication &community), at least one of: 205, 350, or 351, and JN or SR standing. A-F grading only.
COMM 360-01A block A 9am-12pm with Jeanne Cook, CRN # 15350
Rhetoric & Popular Music
This course assumes that we use music as a soundtrack for our lives, to encode memories, to express the way we feel, to annoy or influence others. So we will not study the history of popular music nor will we practice its appreciation; rather, we will study the rhetoric of popular music, or how people use music to do stuff. In particular, we will explore how music helps people shape and maintain their identities.
COMM 384B-01A block C 8:30-11:30am with Aric Putnam, CRN # 15902
Women, Rhetoric & Politics (GE)
The elections of 2008, 2012, and 2016 have seen an unprecedented amount of female candidates for office, leading to an explosion of literature and public conversation about women in political roles. Although we did not elect the first female Speaker of the House until 2006, women have been involved in campaign politics since the beginning of the nation. This specialty course will provide an introduction to the complex issues of identity, rhetorical power, and cultural norms surrounding gender in U.S. political culture. We will take a look at the roles that women have played historically and today in shaping national political discourse. The course will include discussions about the role of “politics” in our society, the gendered implications of political party culture, public political personae, media framing of women in politics, and the role of women in U.S. Political culture as both voters and candidates
COMM 384C-01A block C 9am-12pm with Emily Paup, CRN # 15901
Studies in Film (HM)
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.
COMM 386-01A block A 1-4pm with Luke Mancuso, OSB, CRN # 10251
Media, Culture, and Power
This course will examine the social, political, and economic motivations and consequences of the “reality” found in media content, such as film, television, and advertising. We will explore the "constructed reality" of media content to uncover the ways in which particular views of reality reflected in that content might help to maintain a status quo understanding of the world that benefits some members of society more than others. In the spirit of social justice and in hopes of creating a just and equitable world, students will learn to unmask existing power dynamics in media content. Through this process, students will develop a hearty resilience to ideologically troubling mediated messages and an appreciation for ones that forge a more inclusive, equitable, and just public discourse. Students will study and practice five different critical approaches to analyzing media texts(rhetorical, cultural, psychoanalytic, feminist, and queer). After reading, discussing, and trying out the five approaches over the course of the semester, students will select one approach for their final analysis project. In an effort to actively make the world a more just and equitable place, students will then publicize the findings of their analysis projects through a mass medium. Prerequisite: SO, JN or SR standing.
COMM 387H-01A block D 12:30-3:30pm with Nicole Hurt, CRN # 16011
CI=Culture and Social Difference
SLR=Service Learning Requirement