Spring 2020 courses

Public Speaking/Public Sphere
COMM 102
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.
MWF 12:40-1:35pm Quad 349 with Aric Putnam CRN #15673 COMM 102-01A
Tues/Thur 2:20-3:40pm Quad 343 with Nicole Hurt CRN #15675 COMM 102-02A
MWF 11:30am-12:25pm Quad 343 with Aric Putnam CRN #17148 COMM 102-03A

Media & Society
COMM 103
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.
Tues/Thurs 11:10am-12:30pm Quad 349 with Kelly Berg CRN #17792 COMM 103-01A
Wednesdays 6:15-9:15pm Quad 349 with Erin Szabo CRN #17653 COMM 103-02A

Intro to Human Communication (SS)

COMM 105
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.
MWF 10:20-11:15am in Quad 353 with Jeanne Cook CRN #15001 COMM 105-01A
MWF 9:10-10:20am in Quad 353 with Jeanne Cook CRN #15715 COMM 105-02A

Interpersonal Communication
COMM 205
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.
MWF 12:40-1:35pm in Quad 447 with Jennifer Kramer CRN #17908 COMM 205-01A

Argumentation & Advocacy
COMM 225
This course equips students with the skills and theory necessary to interpret, analyze, research, and construct arguments about matters of public concern. By learning about, practicing, and participating in argument, students understand, evaluate, and appreciate the communicative practices that constitute shared civic life.
Tues/Thur 9:35-10:55am in Quad 447 with Emily Paup CRN #17909 COMM 225-01A

Introduction to Media Writing
COMM 245
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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of FYS or the equivalent.
MWF 10:20-11:15am ReinLC 178 with Dana Drazenovich CRN #11972 COMM 245-01A

Advanced Media Writing
COMM 247
Students will extend their knowledge and ability to write clear, accurate messages for different mediated contexts, audiences, purposes and platforms by creating messages for one or more clients. Prerequisite: Communication 245 or permission of instructor.
MWF 11:30am-12:25pm ReinLC 178 with Dana Drazenovich CRN # 16512 COMM 247-01A

Effective Listening
COMM 250
Introduces students to basic principles and theories of listening. Approaches listening as a critical component in the communication process. Readings, discussion and exercises facilitate understanding of effective listening and development of individual listening skills. Topics include discriminative, comprehensive, mindfulness, critical, therapeutic and appreciative listening.
MWF 1:50-2:45pm Quad 343 with Julie Lynch CRN #17560 COMM 250-01A

Public Relations
COMM 282A
A theoretical approach to the principles of the field of public relations in non-profit, corporate, and agency applications. This course will cover the building blocks of the profession, including research, planning, strategies, tactics and evaluation, and how they are used to achieve organizational goals.
Tues/Thur 12:45-2:05pm in Quad 254 with Michael Hemmesch CRN #18013 COMM 282A-01A

Introduction to Film Studies
COMM 286
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. Cross listed with ENGL 286.
MWF 3:00-3:55pm Quad 346 with Luke Mancuso CRN #15003 COMM 286-01A
(Film lab with this class on Mondays 3:55-5:15pm in Quad 346)

Introduction to Strategic Communication Campaign Theory
COMM 336
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.
Mondays 6:15-9:15pm in Quad 353 with Erin Szabo CRN #17910 COMM 336-01A

Strategic Social Media
COMM 338
In this course, students will come to understand and apply effective communication theory and concepts in relation to a variety of social media and other new media applications. Students enrolled in this class will analyze other’s use of social media to achieve effective, ethical communication goals and create their own strategies and messages. Prerequisite: COMM 103 or 105 and Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing.
MWF 1:50-2:45pm in Quad 349 with Kelly Berg CRN #17911 COMM 338-01A

Communicating in an Online Era
COMM 342
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.
Tues/Thurs 9:35-10:55am in Quad 349 with Kelly Berg CRN #17913 COMM 342-01A

Capstone: Media Effects
COMM 347
This course will provide advanced study in the effects of media on adults. By taking a social scientific approach, students will examine the theoretical underpinnings of mass media effects research, with a focus on the effects of media on individuals and on society. This course will include independent research and public presentation. Prerequisite: 102, 103, 105, 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.
Tuesday evenings 6:15-9:15pm in Quad 341 with Erin Szabo CRN#17912 COMM 347-01A

Intercultural Communication
COMM 350A
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.
MWF 10:20-11:15am in Quad 447 with Jennifer Kramer CRN #17693 COMM 350A-01A

Gender and Communication (GE)
COMM 351
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.
Tues/Thurs 8:00-9:20am in Quad 361 with Jeanne Cook CRN #15007 COMM 351-01A

COMM 368
Capstone: Love, Sex & Commitment
An advanced relational communication course focusing on the intersections of love, sexuality, commitment, and communication in close relationships. Students review current research findings from a variety of perspectives (e.g., socio-psychological, cultural, evolutionary) and conduct original research. 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), and JN or SR standing. A-F grading only.
MWF 9:10-10:05am in Quad 343 with Karyl Daughters CRN #17513 COMM 368-01A

Studies in Film
COMM 386
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.
Tues/Thurs 2:20-3:40pm in Quad 346 with Luke Mancuso CRN # 11984 COMM 386-01A
(Film lab with this class on Tuesdays 3:40-4:30pm in Quad 346)

Fat Studies
COMM 387C
This course examines the ways in which fatness has come to be socially constructed as a means for discrimination and oppression in American culture. We will explore fat stigma within a variety of contexts including employment, education, interpersonal relationships, fashion, and health, as well as how that stigma intersects with gender, race, class, age, ability, and sexual orientation. We will also study fat activism enacted to counter systemic weight bias. Prerequisite JN or SR standing.
Tues/Thurs 2:20-3:40pm in Quad 446 with Jennifer Kramer CRN #17523 COMM 387C-01A

Media, Law and Society
COMM 387D
Malcolm X once said, “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” New media technologies offer the potential for great civic engagement and social learning. They also, however, provide a space of potential harm to information sharing, public cognizance, and privacy. Using media has become an inherent part of everyday life, and as such, understanding both its potentials and limitations is integral to enacting citizenship. This course seeks to educate students on the regulations, principles, and ethical obligations involved in media use and dissemination. We will relate our rights under the First Amendment to issues such as privacy, defamation, obscenity, hate speech, intellectual property, and communication online. In doing so, we will attempt to understand how laws and politics work within those ever-changing laws. This course includes a strong emphasis on public ethics, because virtually all of the issues discussed involve such questions as “What is publicly ethical communication?” “What are the boundaries of socially acceptable speech?” and “What values do we expect the freedom of speech to protect?” Finally, students are asked to examine their own personal communication experiences and attempt to understand how ethical communication should be practiced.
This course carries an Ethics Common Seminar designation.
Tues/Thurs 11:10am-12:30pm in Quad 447 with Emily Paup CRN # 18046 COMM 387D-02A
Tues/Thur 12:45-2:05pm in Quda 447 with Emily Paup CRN #17156 COMM 387D-01A

Rhetoric of Health and Medicine
COMM 387G
More and more, we are encouraged by public discourse and advertising to see the world through the lens of health. We are told to worry about the health of the democracy, the health of our relationships, and the health of our teeth, nails, and hair. “Health,” in other words, has become a driving force and concern in our lives. Some might even argue that our collective anxiety about health has become a collective obsession that makes our lives worse, not better. In this course, we will examine these calls to “health” from a rhetorical perspective, which means that we will think about how language and other symbols are both instrumental and creative. When we say that rhetoric is instrumental, we mean that we use rhetorical strategies as tools when we navigate health/medical encounters, such as using emotion to convince a doctor to prescribe a desired treatment. We will also come to understand rhetoric’s creative function by studying how it works both to create us as particular types of patients (“good patients do not ask too many questions!”) and to encourage us to see our bodies in particular ways. Specifically, we will examine how neuroscientific, reproductive, and psychiatric discourses call us into being particular types of patients/bodies and the ideological consequences of these constructions.
Tues/Thurs 11:10am-12:30pm  in Quad 353 with Nicole Hurt CRN # 17562 COMM 387G-01A