Fall 2019 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.
Tues/Thurs 9:35am-10:55am Quad 353 with Shane Miller CRN #13488 COMM 102-01A
Tues/Thurs 2:20-3:40pm Quad 349 with Nicole Hurt CRN #15501 COMM 102-05A
MWF 9:10am-10:05am Quad 349 with Aric Putnam CRN #13450 COMM 102-03A
Tues/Thurs 12:45-2:05pm Quad 457 with Emily Paup 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
MWF 11:30am-12:25pm Quad 349 with Kelly Burg CRN #10226 COMM 103-03A
Tues/Thurs 8:00-9:20am 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 9:10-10:05am Quad 343 with Karyl Daughters CRN #10229 COMM 105-01A
MWF 1:50-245pm Quad 446 with Jennifer Kramer CRN #14121 COMM 105-02A
MWF 12:40-1:35pm Quad 446 with Jennifer Kramer CRN #15624 COMM 105-03A
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 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.
MWF (AB mode) 1:50-2:45pm Quad 365 with Julie Lynch CRN #10233 COMM 200-01A
Rhetoric, Culture & 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 10:20-11:15am Quad 349 with Aric Putnam CRN #15127 COMM 201-02A
Communicating Effectively Using Applied Media Aesthetics
This course will examine the importance of encoding variables (production techniques) in creating effective media messages. Students will learn the principles of media aesthetics to both create and critique messages.
MWF 8:00-8:55am ReinLC 178 with Katie Johnson CRN #15625 COMM 240-01A
Comm 240 Lab: Creating Digital Video Messages MWF 9:10-10:05am ReinLC 181 with Katie Johnson
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 10:20-11:15am ReinLC 178 with Dana Drazenovich CRN #14586 COMM 245-02A
MWF 11:30am-12:25pm ReinLC 178 with Dana Drazenovich CRN #13453 COMM 245-01A
Media & Children
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.
Monday evenings 6:15-9:15pm Quad 254 with Erin Szabo CRN #15627 COMM 248-01A
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.
MWF 1:50-2:45pm (CD mode) Quad 365 with Julie Lynch CRN #15432 COMM 252-01A
Examines the theory and practice of group communication. Includes such topics as group dynamics, decision making, power, norms and roles, conflict, groupthink and communication theory.
MWF 11:30am-12:25pm Quad 343 with Betsy Johnson-Miller CRN #15626 COMM 265-01A
Introduction to Film Studies
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 #13179 COMM 286-01A
(Film lab with this class on Mondays 4:00-6:15pm in Quad 346)
Gender, Voice & Power (HM)
This class is a survey of the way women have used public discourse to demand greater freedoms and protections. This class will draw upon rhetorical theories to explore how and why women's voices have been silenced, the role that men have played as allies and antagonists, and the creative efforts women have undertaken to make their voices heard.
Tues/Thurs 11:10am-12:30pm in Quad 457 with Emily Paup CRN #15715 COMM 305-01A
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.
Tues/Thurs 9:35-10:55am in Quad 457 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. Prerequisite: SO, JN or SR standing.
Tues/Thurs 12:45-2:05pm in Quad 349 with Nicole Hurt CRN #15352 COMM 309-01A
Black Civil Rights Rhetoric
The course explores how public expressions about race have impacted the history of United States democracy. More specifically, students will study the political issues, moral complexities, and rhetorical strategies of speeches, essays, and public art by people of African descent who have argued about the nature and scope of "America." Prerequisite: COMM 201 or 102
MWF 12:40-1:35pm in Quad 349 with Aric Putnam CRN # 15628 COMM 310-01A
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.
MWF 1:50-2:45pm in Quad 349 with Kelly Berg CRN #14128 COMM 336-02A
Communicating 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.
Tues/Thurs 11:10am-12:30pm in Quad 339 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.
Tuesday evenings 6:15-9:15pm in Quad 347 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. 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 9:10-10:05am in Quad 353 with Jeannie Cook CRN #10246 COMM 350A-01A
Gender and 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.
Tues/Thurs 12:45-2:05pm in Quad 341 with Karyl Daughters 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.
Tues/Thurs 11:10am-12:30pm in Quad 447 with Jennifer Kramer CRN # 15473 COMM 352-01A
An advanced relational communication course focusing on communication patterns in families and familial relationships. The course covers aspects of functional family communication patterns and explores the connections between family communication and societal discourse.
MWF 11:30am-12:25pm in Quad 339 with Karyl Daughters CRN #15629 COMM 358-01A
Capstone: Language, Gender, and Culture
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.
Tues/Thurs 9:35-10:55am in Quad 361 with Jeanne Cook CRN #15350 COMM 360-01A
Studies in Film
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 #10251 COMM 386-01A
(Film lab with this class on Tuesdays 3:50-6:00pm in Quad 346)