Courses

COMM 111 - Introduction to the Communication Discipline
1 Credit Hours

An introduction to the discipline of communication that focuses on how people generate meanings within and across contexts, cultures, channels, and media. Experiences and projects will be offered to allow students to assess their own communication competence levels and methods of study and research that are used across the communication field.
Prerequisites: Communication studies or public relations major.
COMM 121 - Intercultural Communicatino Within the United States
3 Credit Hours

A theoretical and practical survey of the intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions of communication between co-cultures in the United States. Examination of the distinctive cultural orientations, behaviors, expectations, and values that affect our ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse cultures and co-cultures.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement for the General Studies Curriculum.
COMM 138 - Introduction to Newspaper Practicum.
1 Credit Hours

The student will be trained to become a regular staff member of The Pharos, participating in all paper activities and meetings. Each student will be responsible for compiling a portfolio reflecting the individual contribution he or she made to their assigned area - either reporting, editing, layout and design, photography, public relations/advertising, or a combination thereof. Prerequisites: None. Offered every semester.
COMM 139 - Introduction to Radio Broadcasting
1 Credit Hours

The student will be trained to become a regular staff member of C92-FM participating in all station activities and meetings. The student will fulfill all requirements to become a certified and licensed radio broadcaster.
COMM 211 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the fundamental concepts involved in any communication situation. Contemporary theories in intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, and public address will be studied. Practical communication experience will be provided through classroom exercises, projects and speeches. A 1-hour lab section is included.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
Other: Students are required to earn a C or better in this course in order to graduate.
COMM 215 - Public Speaking
3 Credit Hours

The advanced study of preparation and delivery techniques for public speeches. Students will research and organize several types of speeches and present them using a variety of delivery styles.
Prerequisites: COMM 211
Other: Offered fall semester, even years.
COMM 220 - The Cultural Impact on Organizations
3 Credit Hours

With the increase of globalization, forms of communication within organizations can be culturally diverse. Expectations have shifted from working with individuals with a common background to working with individuals from different cultures and/or countries. This impacts how organizations function and individuals work together in areas such as leadership, group communication, and decision-making. This course examines how culture impacts aspects of organizational communication and the daily interactions of people and messages within organizations.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement for general studies.
COMM 221 - Interpersonal Communication
3 Credit Hours

A study of the situational and developmental views in building interpersonal communication and its influence in the enhancement, maintenance, and/or deterioration of relationships. Students will explore interpersonal communication theories, styles, competence levels and coding structures. Emphasis will also be given to various relational contexts, functions and patterns.
Prerequisites: COMM 211
Other: Offered spring semester.
COMM 226 - Public Address
3 Credit Hours

Study of critical analysis of public discourse emphasizing uses of argument and language, historical context, and speaking occasion. Contemporary rhetorical theories will be discussed as means of evaluating public discourse. Strong emphasis on development of argumentative writing skills.
Prerequisites: COMM 211
Other: Offered fall semester.
COMM 230 - Introduction to Media Studies
3 Credit Hours

An examination of the historical development of mass media, including print, radio, television and film. Government and other control, FCC laws, ethics and responsibility, and the effects of the mass media on our society and the future will be discussed.
Other: Offered fall semester.
COMM 232 - News Media Writing
3 Credit Hours

Practice in the process of writing for the news media including investigation, design, and completion of publishable or airable news stories for all media contexts: newspaper, magazine, radio, television, and electronic. Discussion of various perspectives on social, institutional and individual responsibility, and ethics in information gathering and reporting.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102
Other: Offered fall semester.
COMM 235 - Digital Video Field Production
3 Credit Hours

Students will be trained in digital video production techniques for field productions. Emphasis will be on message and image design, mastery of camera and location shooting, lighting and sound production, editing and post-production techniques.
Prerequisites: COMM 211, 230
Other: Offered spring semester.
COMM 238 - Newspaper Practicum
1 Credit Hours

Students will continue their membership in The Pharos by significantly contributing, under the guidance of the course instructor and The Pharos' editors, to the production of the paper in one or more capacities - reporter, editor, layout and design artist, photography or public relations/advertising specialist. Each student will be responsible for compiling a portfolio illustrating and reflecting on his or her individual contributions to the paper during the semester enrolled. Prerequisite: COMM 138. Offered every semester. May be repeated for a total of five hours of credit.
COMM 239 - Broadcasting Practicum
1 Credit Hours

The student will complete an independent study, under the guidance of the instructor, on an advanced project in radio or video research and production. Each student will be responsible for the ?pitch,? design, and implementation of his or her own original project.
Other: Pre or co-requisites: COMM 139, 230, and instructor?s permission. May be repeated for a total of five hours of credit.
COMM 318 - Communication Research Methods
3 Credit Hours

Introduction to communication research design and experimental, survey, field, and ethnographic methodologies. Students will analyze and critique theory, research methodology and design in published studies, and prepare an original research paper.
Prerequisites: Junior with at least 12 hours in communication or permission of instructor.
Other: Offered fall semester.
COMM 320 - Small Group Communictaion
3 Credit Hours

A study of communication in small groups with a balance between analyzing theories of small group communication and applying practical procedures and techniques for improving the functioning of groups.
Prerequisites: COMM 211
Other: Offered spring semester.
COMM 324 - Communication Theory
3 Credit Hours

Examination of the history, nature and purpose of communication theory, including predominant current theories in rhetoric and interpersonal, small group, mediated, and organizational communication and the role of communication theory in allied areas, such as health, law, family communication, international relations, and conflict resolution.
Prerequisites: Junior with at least 12 hours in communication or permission of instructor.
Other: Offered fall semester, odd years.
COMM 325 - Seminar in Communication
3 Credit Hours

A seminar designed to study advanced concepts in communication theory. Special topics not covered in the regular course offerings will be discussed. Satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior with at least 12 hours in communication or instructor?s permission.
Other: Offered spring semester, odd years.
COMM 327 - Persuasion
3 Credit Hours

A study of motivational appeals and social scientific approaches to creating and evaluating persuasive messages. Emphasis will be on applying theory by both analyzing examples and creating appeals for new circumstances.
Prerequisites: COMM 211.
Other: Offered spring semester.
COMM 329 - Organizational Communication
3 Credit Hours

A survey of organizational structure and process and the impact of organizational design on communication. Exploration of organizational communication theory and research with emphasis on preparing students to function effectively in formal organizations? dynamic communication systems and to solve problems involving the interactions of people and messages in organizations.
Prerequisites: COMM 211
Other: Offered spring semester, even years.
COMM 340 - Public Relations Principles and Practices
3 Credit Hours

Introduction to the principles, processes, history, and practice of public relations. Students will learn the nature of public opinion, the application of problem-solving processes to case studies, and the use of persuasion and marketing skills in public relations practice by developing a public relations plan for a client.
Prerequisites: COMM 211, 230.
Other: Offered fall semester.
COMM 342 - Public Relations Writing
4 Credit Hours

Advanced study of the selection and development of public relations writing tools. Emphasis will be on competence in grammar, spelling, and punctuation and choosing the most appropriate medium for the communication task. Experience applying writing techniques to print and video news releases, annual reports, brochures, newsletters, public service announcements, speeches, backgrounders and press kits will be stressed. Satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.
Prerequisites: COMM 232, 340.
Other: Offered spring semester.
COMM 345 - Publication Design, Layout, and Production
3 Credit Hours

Practical introduction to the use of computer pagination software for the creation of public relations publications, including newsletters, news releases, brochures, pamphlets, and catalogs. Publication design fundamentals, principles and elements will be studied and applied.
Prerequisites: COMM 232, 340
Other: Offered spring semester.
COMM 444 - Public Relations Campaigns
3 Credit Hours

Advanced study in planning, implementing, and evaluating campaigns in public relations, advertising, marketing, and fundraising. Case studies and current campaign models will be analyzed. Students will develop a public relations campaign for a client.
Prerequisites: COMM 340, 342
Other: Offered fall semester.
COMM 495 - Communication Studies Internship
3 Credit Hours

A professional field placement for senior communication studies majors in an approved agency or business that allows students to observe, analyze and apply communication studies concepts, thus serving as the major?s capstone assessment experience. In consultation with a field supervisor and the instructor, students develop a contract that specifies on-site field and academic learning objectives and methods for the internship. Class meetings required.
Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor.
COMM 496 - Public Relations Internship
3 Credit Hours

A professional field placement for senior public relations majors in an approved agency or business that allows students to observe, analyze and apply public relations concepts, thus serving as the major?s capstone assessment experience. In consultation with a field supervisor and the instructor, students develop a contract that specifies on-site field and academic learning objectives and methods for the internship. Class meetings required.
Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor.