Fall 2018 courses
Public Speaking/Public Sphere
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.
Tuesday/Thursday 9:35am-10:55am Quad 353 with Nicole Hurt CRN #13448 COMM 102-01A
MWF 8:00am-8:55am Quad 349 with Aric Putnam CRN #13449 COMM 102-02A
MWF 9:10am-10:05am Quad 349 with Aric Putnam CRN #13450 COMM 102-03A
MWF 10:20-11:15am Quad 349 with Aric Putnam CRN #14940 COMM 102-04A
Media & Society
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.
Wednesday evenings 6:15-9:15pm Quad 349 with Erin Szabo CRN #10227 COMM 103-01A
Tuesday/Thursday 11:10am-12:30pm Quad 339 with Katie Johnson CRN #15354 COMM 103-02A
MWF 12:40pm-1:35pm Quad 349 with Kelly Berg CRN #10226 COMM 103-03A
Tuesday/Thursday 8:00am-9:20am Quad 349 with Katie Johnson CRN #15204 COMM 103-04A
Intro to Human Communication (SS)
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 8:00am-8:55am Quad 344 with Jeanne Cook CRN #10229 COMM 105-01A
MWF 1:50pm-2:45pm Quad 361 with Jen Kramer CRN #14121 COMM 105-02A
Public Speaking Basics
This course is intended for all students interested in learning public speaking theory and practice. All COMM majors and minors are welcome to register for this course. Additionally, this course is intended for secondary and elementary education students seeking certification in the Communication/ Language Arts. Through the study of theory and through applications, students will learn to understand the basic concepts of practical public speaking situations, including the development and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
Tuesday/Thursday 12:45pm-2:05pm Quad 365 with Julie Lynch (AB Mode) CRN # 10233 COMM 200-01A
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.
MWF 12:40pm-1:35pm Quad 343 with Emily Paup CRN #15127 COMM 201-02A
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 11:30am-12:25pm Quad 252 with Betsy Johnson-Miller CRN #15024 COMM 205-01A
Argumentation & Advocacy
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.
Tuesday/Thursday 12:45-2:05pm Quad 349 with Nicole Hurt CRN #13795 COMM 225-01A
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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of FYS or the equivalent.
MWF 11:30am-12:25pm ReinLC 178 with Dana Drazenovich CRN #13453 COMM 245-01A
MWF 12:40pm-1:35pm ReinLC 178 with Dana Drazenovich CRN #14586 COMM 245-02A
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.
Tuesday/Thursday 12:45pm-2:05pm Quad 365 with Julie Lynch (CD Mode) CRN #15432 COMM 252-01A
Intro to Film Studies (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. Cross-listed with ENGL 286.
MWF 3:00-3:55pm Quad 346 with Luke Mancuso CRN #13179 COMM 286-01A
film lab MWF 4:00-6:15pm Quad 346
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. Prerequisite: JN or SR standing.
MWF 11:30am-12:25pm Quad 447 with Emily Paup CRN #15026 COMM 307-01A
Environmental Rhetoric (HM)
This course examines how people use communication to articulate viewpoints about the natural environment in the public sphere. Students study an array of environmental discourse, including speeches, advocacy campaigns, advertisements, image events, environmental reporting and news, film and media, to see how these messages convey meaning and shape audience attitudes and behavior about the environment. This course satisfies requirements for the ENVR major and minor. Prerequisite: SO, JN or SR standing.
Tuesday/Thursday 2:20-3:40pm Quad 349 with Nicole Hurt
Introduction to Strategic Communication Campaign Theory
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 Quad 349 with Erin Szabo CRN #14128 COMM 336-02A
Strategic Social Media
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.
Tuesday/Thursday 11:10am-12:30pm Quad 349 with Kelly Berg CRN #15349 COMM 338-01A
Communicating in an On-line 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.
Tuesday/Thursday 9:35-10:55am Quad 349 with Kelly Berg CRN #14132 COMM 342-01A
Capstone: Media Effects
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.
Tuesdays 6:15-9:15pm Quad 349 with Erin Szabo CRN #15030 COMM 347-01A
Intercultural Communication (IC)
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. Note: Some sections of this course may carry an experiential learning component. See registration booklet for details.
MWF 9:10am-10:05am Quad 339 with Jeanne Cook CRN #10246 COMM 350-01A
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.
Tuesday/Thursday 2:20-3:40pm Quad 447 with Jen Kramer CRN #12473 COMM 351-01A
Provides students with a broad introduction to the study and application of health communication theories, principles, and practices. Examines how narratives, media, interpersonal communication, group communication, intercultural communication, gender communication, organizational communication and promotional campaigns function within health contexts. The relevance of communication to health is examined as a means for improving communication in the health care setting, improving personal health, and influencing public health. Prerequisite: 102 or 105 or permission of instructor.
Tuesday/Thursday 11:10am-12:30pm with Jen Kramer CRN #15473 COMM 352-01A
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.
Tuesday/Thursday 8:00am-9:20am Quad 347 with Jeanne Cook CRN #15350 COMM 360-01A
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. Some sections of this course may carry an experiential learning requirement. See registration booklet for details. Prerequisite: 105.
MWF 9:10am-10:05am Quad 361 with Karyl Daughters CRN #15351 COMM 367-01A
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.
Tuesday/Thursday 2:20pm-3:40pm Quad 346 with Luke Mancuso CRN #10251 COMM 386-01A
Film lab Tuesdays 3:50-6:00pm Quad 346
Political Campaign Discourse
This course analyzes political campaign discourse throughout United States history. We will examine the use of communication strategies by political candidates in campaigns for elected office and highlight significant political moments in history. Students will study a variety of political campaign communication formats and tactics, including advertising, speeches, conventions, debates, and the use of social media and new communication technologies. Students will also study the role of communication in shaping political attitudes, behaviors, expectations, and identities. The primary goal of the course is to understand how communication and media shape public understanding of candidates, issues, and events in American political campaigns, and the implications this has for citizens in a participatory democracy.
MWF 10:20am-11:15am Quad 339 with Emily Paup CRN #15462 COMM 387F-01A