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Communication (COMM)

COMM 1307:    Intro to Mass Communication

CR. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing
Study of media by which entertainment and information messages are delivered.  Overview of the traditional mass media and new media: their functions, structures, supports, influences.   

COMM 1335:     Intro to Radio and Television

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing
Survey course focusing on historical, technical, and governmental aspects of the broadcast industry. Topics such as programming, sales, rating, and public broadcasting will be
introduced.

COMM 2301:    Introduction to Technology and Human Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing
A survey introduction to the role of communication in perceiving/understanding others and building/maintaining relationships in interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, mediated, and intercultural settings.

COMM 2323:    Media Literacy

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): TSI complete in Reading and Writing
Criticism and analysis of the mass media in society from the consumer perspective.  Includes ethical, political, economic, and cultural factors in the operation of the media.

COMM 3310:    Introduction to Communication Theory

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301 and 1302, Sophomore standing or higher
Introduces and examines theoretical approaches to mediated and interpersonal communication useful for everyday living.  Cross-listed with LDRS.

COMM 3311:    Organizational Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or higher; completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
An introduction to theories and processes of communication within and by organizations.

COMM 3313:    Public Relations Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or higher; completion of/enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
An introduction to the history, theories, and principles of public relations as a communication activity and its role and practice in various organizational contexts.  Cross-listed with LDRS.

COMM 3314:    Group and Team Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or higher; completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only).
Introduction to theories and processes of group formation and maintenance, decision-making, and teamwork through communication within small groups and teams.

COMM 3315:  Leadership Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or higher; completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
An introduction to classic and contemporary leadership theories, with an emphasis on the central role of leadership communication.  Cross-listed with LDRS.

COMM 3317:    Interviewing

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or higher; completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
Explores dyadic communication in a variety of contextual settings; mentoring, coaching, and other human resource development activities; consulting and sales; research; and
assessment.  Cross-listed with LDRS

COMM 3319:    Interpersona Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or higher; completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only).
Introduction to theories and processes of relationship building and maintenance through communication between individuals.  

COMM 3325:    Advanced Professional Speaking

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).  Prerequisite(s):SPCH 1315, Sophomore standing or higher; completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
Focuses on professional leadership competencies in oral discourse; understanding purpose, analyzing audiences, organizing and supporting ideas, developing listening and presentational skills, and utilizing technology appropriately.

COMM 3326:    Business Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s):  ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302; Sophomore standing or higher, completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
Introduction to the theory and practice of communication in workplace settings.  Students learn and gain experience in common business communication genres through analyses of business problems and preparation of effective written and oral communication solutions.

COMM 4100:    Selected Topics in Communication

Cr. 1. (1-1-0).  Prerequisite(s):  Consent of instructor.

COMM 4300:    Selected Topics in Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or higher; completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
May be repeated when topics vary.

COMM 4302:    Independent Study

Cr. 3 per semester or more than 3 by concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite(s): 9 semester hours of upper-division COMM credit; Junior standing or higher, completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)

COMM 4303:    Communication Internship

Cr. 3. Prerequisite(s): Senior status and consent of instructor, completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310
Provides students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to actual practice.

COMM 4313:    Communication and Conflict

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or higher, completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
An introduction to theories and principles of conflict and communication and the role of communicating in causing, preventing, mediating, and managing the conflict process.  (Formerly “Consensus and Conflict”).  Cross-listed with LDRS.

COMM 4314:    Intercultural Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or higher, completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
Theories and research relating to how people of different cultures communicate, the cultural factors which influence communication styles, and conflicts caused by differences.

COMM 4315:    Global Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or higher, completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
Explores theories of global communication for the purpose of applying theory to concrete situations involving media, identity, and global communication flows.  Cross-listed with LDRS.

COMM 4316:    Visual Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0).
Explores historical and conceptual approaches to visual communication ranging from the origins of writing to contemporary trends in art, design and technology.  Cross-listed with LDRS. Formerly: “Image Communication”)

COMM 4317:    New Media Production

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or higher, completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
Addresses the design, theory and development skills and techniques for various digital media.  (Formerly “Digital Storytelling”).

COMM 4318:    Mass Media Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or higher, completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
Examines theories of mass media communication in relation to the history and development of mass media communication in an American context.

COMM 4326:   Digital Games as Communication

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or higher, completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
This course brings questions about texts, producers and audiences to the new medium of the digital game as a way to further our understanding of this popular cultural phenomenon.  Studying the games themselves, casting a critical eye toward the game industry and examining how audiences engage these games will ground the questions we will address in the course.

COMM 4330:    New Media Theory

Cr. 3. (3-3-0). Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or higher, completion of or concurrent enrollment in COMM 3310 (for COMM majors and minors only)
Examines the tensions between old media and new in digital culture by surveying theoretical approaches to this relationship. (Formerly “Theories of Web Design”)

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