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Undergraduate Programs

Required Communication Courses

COMM-101 Human Communication
COMM-201 Public Speaking
COMM-202 Mass Communications
COMM-301 Theories of Communication

Choose one from the following three courses:
COMM-302 Interpersonal Communication, or
COMM-303 Small Group Communication, or
COMM-304 Intercultural Communication

COMM-341 Visual Communication
COMM-342 Communication Law & Ethics
COMM-343 Technology-Mediated Communication
COMM-401 Quantitative Research Methods
COMM-402 Qualitative Research Methods
COMM-501 Senior Thesis in Communication
COMM-497 Communication Portfolio (a requirement, not a class that meets)
COMM-499 Co-op

Tracks

Technical Communication
COMM-142 Introduction to Technical Communication
Plus three classes from the following list:
ENGL-361 Technical Writing
COMM-441 Writing the Technical Manual
COMM-223 Digital Design in Communication
COMM-440 Visual Communication of Technical Information
COMM-345 Ethics in Technical Communication

Health Communication    
COMM-344 Health Communication
Plus three classes from the following list:
COMM-361 Reporting in Specialized Fields:  Health
COMM-322 Health Campaign Management &.Planning
COMM-223 Digital Design in Communication
COMM-212 Public Relations OR COMM-221 Public Relations Writing
 

Media, Rhetoric & Culture
Any four of the following:
COMM-xxx Political Communication
COMM-306 Rhetoric of Race Relations
COMM-305 Persuasion
COMM-357 Communication, Gender and Media
COMM-xxx Rhetoric of Social Change
COMM-356 Critical Practice in Social Media

COMM-101 Human Communication
An introduction to the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of oral, visual and written communication.  Introduces basic communication models, the role of language in communication, symbols and symbol making, issues of audience analysis and the development of different modes of discourse.  Also explores the history of communication and introduces students to basic principles and research in communication studies. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall, Spring)

COMM-142 Introduction to Technical Communication
This course covers the history of technical communication—from medieval treatises to the explosion of technical communication following WWII—and its development as a profession and academic discipline.  Also, the course introduces students to current best practices in written and visual technical communication, including software applications, as well as principles and practices of ethical technical communication. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall)

COMM-201 Public Speaking
The Public Speaking course is designed to equip the student with knowledge of the theories and principles necessary for formal public speaking.  Informative and persuasive speeches are the focus with emphasis on organization, evidence, language use, strategy, delivery, and effective use of media aids.   Public speaking is generally offered each quarter. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall, Spring)

COMM-202 Mass Communications
The history and development of U.S. media, theoretical aspects of mass communications, the composition of media audiences, law and regulation of mass communications and how the media effects and are effected by society are presented.  Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer)

COMM-211 Principles of Advertising
An introduction to principles and practices of advertising. Topics include advertising theories, ethics, regulation, consumer research, media planning, message strategy and campaign planning strategy. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall and Spring)

COMM-212 Public Relations
An introduction to the practice of public relations (PR).  Topics include history, research areas, laws, ethics, and social responsibilities as they relate to the theory and practice of PR. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall and Spring)

COMM-221 Public Relations Writing
This course covers a variety of forms of writing for public relations, including news releases, newsletters, backgrounders, public service announcements, magazine queries, interviews, coverage memos, media alerts, features, trade press releases, and public presentations.  Students will write for a variety of media including print, broadcast, and the Web. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall and Spring)

COMM-223 Digital Design in Communication
An opportunity for undergraduates to learn principles of message design through the use of digital technology. A wide variety of computer software applications are available to support the research, writing, visualization, and design of messages. Students with a wide range of computer skills will be accommodated. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall and Spring)

COMM-301 Theories of Communication
An introduction to human communication theory, including a history of the field and major theories from the intrapersonal, language, interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, mass, visual, and computer-mediated communication contexts. Theories based both in the humanities and the social sciences are covered.  Class 3, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring)

COMM-302 Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication provides analysis and application of the major theories of interpersonal communication in various situations. The course focuses on perception of self and others, language use, nonverbal communication and symbolic interaction in the communication of shared meanings in face-to-face and mediated interpersonal relationships. There is a strong focus on both conflict management and intercultural interactions. Class 3, Credit 3 (Spring)

COMM-303 Small Group Communication
This course provides students with opportunities to engaging in small group decision-making and problem solving. Students will analyze and evaluate their own experiences and relate them to theories and research from the field of small group communication. Class 3, Credits 3 (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

COMM-304 Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Communication provides an examination of the role of culture in face-to-face interaction.  Students may find a basic background in communication, anthropology or psychology useful.  Intercultural Communication serves as a required course for Communication and Advertising & Public Relations majors.  The course is also an option for concentrators in Arabic and French foreign language culture concentrations and for the communication minor.  Class 3, Credit 3, (Fall and Spring)

COMM- 322 Campaign Management & Planning
This course introduces students to the managing and planning of advertising and public relations campaigns.  It takes a team project approach thereby helping students learn how to work together in class as well as in a competitive agency.  Service-learning will be used to expose students to community causes and service-learning. Class 3, Credit 3 (Spring)

COMM-341 Visual Communication
This course is an introduction to the study of visual communication.  The iconic and symbolic demonstration of visual images used in a variety of media is stressed. The major goal of the course is to examine visual messages as a form of intentional communication that seeks to inform, persuade, and entertain specific target audiences.  Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall)

COMM-342 Communication Law & Ethics
This course examines major principles and trends in communication law. The course analyzes a broad range of issues related to the First Amendment, intellectual property, and media regulation. Special attention is paid to discussing the major ethical perspectives and issues surrounding contemporary communication behavior. Class 3, Credit 3 (Spring)

COMM-343 Technology-Mediated Communication
Technology-mediated communication (TMC) was originally defined as a form of electronic written communication.  As networking tools advanced, TMC expanded to include new software developments, such as instant messenger and the World Wide Web.  Today, the term technology-mediated communication is used to refer to a wide range of technologies that facilitate both human communication and the interactive sharing of information through computer networks. Through readings, discussions, and observations of online behavior, students will be introduced to TMC terms and theories to further develop their TMC communication and critical thinking skills. Class 3, Credit 3 (Spring)

COMM-344 Health Communication
An introduction to the subject of communication in health care delivery and in public health campaigns, with an emphasis on interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication approaches.  Also covered is the interrelationship of health behavior and communication.  Class 3, Credit 3. (Spring)

COMM-345 Ethics in Technical Communication
Ethics is the study of morals, of what is right and good, especially regarding specific moral choices. In a given situation, a system of ethics helps us answer the question: What should I do? “Ethics in Technical Communication” explores the ways in which ethical conduct is important in the communication of technical information, particularly among professional technical communicators; establishes principles, based on the history of ethical studies, for making ethical choices as technical communicators; and provides opportunities to apply ethical principles to case studies, in order to better understand the often problematical nature of ethical choices in technical—or any—communication.  Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall)

COMM-361 Reporting in Specialized Fields
An in-depth study, analysis and practicum of a selected advanced and focused subject in professional journalism. Specific subject matter of the course varies according to faculty assigned and is published when the course is offered; students may enroll in this class no more than twice as long as the specific subject matter is different. Examples include Education Journalism, Health Journalism, Business Journalism, Reporting Public Affairs, Sports Journalism, Editorial (or Opinion) Writing, Reporting for Alternative Media.  Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall)

COMM-401 Research Methods
An introduction to the methods and ethics of scientific, scholarly communication research including methods of locating, analyzing, critiquing and conducting communication research. The course focuses on empirical research methods and leads to the development of a research project proposal suitable for implementation in Senior Thesis in Communication. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall, Spring)

COMM-440 Visual Communication of Technical Information
This course introduces students to the principles, conventions, and ethics of communicating technical information in graphs, tables, and illustrations.  A secondary focus is on writing text to complement graphs and illustrations in technical documents. Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall)

COMM-441 Writing the Technical Manual
Develops in students those skills necessary for designing, writing, and editing long technical manuals. Special emphasis is given to graphics and page layout. Students enrolling should have command of concise English prose. (Pre-requisite: Technical Writing) Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall)

COMM-442 Professional Writing
Students develop writing, research, and interviewing skills necessary to the composition of articles for magazines, newsletters, and other similar publications. In addition students learn how to investigate the market for and “sell” their writing, and how to write query letters. Much of the course is conducted as a workshop, during which students appraise each other’s work, and make suggestions for revision. Class 3, Credit 3 (Spring)

COMM-501 Senior Thesis in Communication
A guided research seminar culminating in a major project that brings together the Professional & Technical Communication student’s communication studies and substantive work in his or her Professional Core. Focuses on designing, conducting and completing an independent research project. The progress of each project is shared with the class for discussion and critiques (Pre-requisite: Research Methods) Class 3 Credit 3 (Spring, Summer)

COMM-3xx Organizational Communication

COMM-xxx Advanced Public Speaking