Spring 2019 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 10:20am-11:15am Quad 349 with Aric Putnam CRN #15673 COMM 102-01A
Tues/Thurs 11:10am-12:30pm Quad 343 with Nicole Hurt CRN #15675 COMM 102-02A
MWF 9:10am-10:05am Quad 353 with Aric Putnam CRN #17148 COMM 102-03A
Tues/Thurs 9:35-10:55am Quad 459 with Emily Paup CRN #17517 COMM 102-04A

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.
Wednesday evenings 6:15-9:15pm Quad 349 with Erin Szabo CRN #17653 COMM 103-02A
Tues/Thurs 8:00-9:20am Quad 344 with Katie Johnson CRN #17677 COMM 103-03A

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 8:00am-8:55am Quad 344 with Karyl Daughters CRN #15001 COMM 105-01A
MWF 9:10-10:05am Quad 344 with Karyl Daughters CRN #15715 COMM 105-02A

Communicating Effectively Using Applied Media Aesthetics
COMM 240
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 8:00-10:05am ReinLC 178/181 with Katie Johnson CRN # 17151 COMM 240-01A

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

Media & Children
COMM 248
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 349 with Erin Szabo CRN # 17514 COMM 248-01A

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 339 with Julie Lynch CRN #17560 COMM 250-01A

Communication and Conflict
COMM 251
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.
MWF 8:00-8:55am Quad 339 with Jeanne Cook CRN # 17512 COMM 251-02A
MWF 9:10-10:05am Quad 339 with Jeanne Cook CRN # 17511 COMM 251-01A

Group Communication
COMM 265
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 353 with Betsy Johnson-Miller CRN #16584 COMM 265-01A

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 4:00-6:15pm in Quad 346)

Black Civil Rights Rhetoric
COMM 310
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 343 with Aric Putnam CRN # 16586 COMM 310-01A 

Capstone: Rhetoric and Citizenship
COMM 331
The Communication discipline has been built around educating students on the practice and performance of eloquent, productive, and ethical citizenship. Drawing from a vast array of interdisciplinary scholarship and public argument, this course engages this notion of citizenship and its role in civic life. This Capstone course will examine these ideas through debates about the rights of citizenship itself. We will look at the legality of citizenship rights such as suffrage and marriage. We will also look at citizenship through the lens of belonging and identity, in categories such as gender, race, class, sexuality, and ethnicity. This will be done through examining both historical and contemporary examples of people enacting their rights as citizens through social movements, social media, public campaigns, etc. Overall, we will try to understand what duties and obligations we might have as citizens and how we can directly engage our community. Prerequisite: 102, 103, 105, one course in each of the learning goals, and 201. JN or SR standing required. Offered for A-F grading only.
Tues/Thurs 12:45-2:05pm in Quad 459 with Emily Paup CRN # 17561 COMM 331-01A

Capstone: Strategic Communication Campaigns
COMM 346
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.
Tuesday evening 6:15-9:15pm in Quad 353 with Erin Szabo CRN # 16255 COMM 346-01A

Intercultural Communication
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 446 with Jennifer Kramer CRN #17693 COMM 350A-01A

Gender and Communication
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 353 with Jeanne Cook CRN # 15007 COMM 351-01A

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.
Tues/Thurs 9:35-10:55am in Quad 447 with Jennifer Kramer CRN # 17706 COMM 353A-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 11:30am-12:25pm in Quad 341 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 4:00-6:15pm in Quad 346)

Fat Studies
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 12:45-2:05pm in Quad 446 with Jennifer Kramer CRN #17523 COMM 387C-01A

Media, Law and Society
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 459 with Emily Paup CRN # 17156 COMM 387D-01A

What is a Monster? This course uses monsters – real and imaginary – to explore rhetorical issues and ways of thinking. Throughout the semester we will consider three interrelated questions: What is a monster? Where do monsters come from?; and, How should we confront our monsters? These questions are all inherently rhetorical and as we consider them, we will grapple with the implied ethical questions of representation – what is at stake in how Otherness is represented? In how difference is deployed? In how fear or passivity is martialed?
This course carries an Ethics Common Seminar designation.
Tues/Thurs 9:35-10:55am in Quad 349 with Shane Miller CRN # 17155 COMM 387E-01A
(Film lab with this class on Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm in Quad 346)

Rhetoric of Health and Medicine
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 2:20-3:40pm in Quad 343 with Nicole Hurt CRN # 17562 COMM 387G-01A