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COMM-1210 (3) Perspectives on Human Communication
Surveys communication in a variety of contexts and applications. Topics include basic concepts and general models of communication, ethics, language and nonverbal communication, personal relationships, group decision making, organizational communication, and impact of technological developments on communication. Required for COMM majors. Meets MAPS requirement for social science: general. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: contemporary societies.

COMM-1300 (3) Public Speaking 
Covers theory and skills of speaking in various public settings. Examines fundamental principles from rhetorical and communication theory and applies them to oral presentations. Required for COMM majors.

COMM-1600 (3) Group Interaction
Covers basic theories, concepts, and characteristics that underlie face-to-face interactions in interpersonal, small group, and organizational settings. Activities stress the development of both task and relational skills in these settings. Required for COMM majors.

COMM-2000 (3) Topics in Communication
Investigates select topics in communication. Does not count toward the 2000-level courses required for the major, unless explicitly stated in the course schedule. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Recommended prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600.

COMM-2360 (3) Campaigns and Revolutions 
Introduces concepts in rhetoric and argumentation that are used to explain significant social and political changes in our society. The goal is to show how social actors use rhetoric to promote some social goals and hinder others. Recommended prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) only.

COMM-2400 (3) Discourse, Culture and Identities 
Examines how aspects of talk (e.g., turn-taking, speech acts, narratives, dialect, and stance indicators) link with identities (e.g., ethnic and racial, age, gender, work-related, and personal). Considers how communication is central to constructing who people are and examines social controversies related to talk and identities. Approved for GT-SS3. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

COMM-2500 (3) Interpersonal Communication 
Focuses on basic processes in face-to-face interaction, including verbal and nonverbal messages, coordination in conversation, messages about self and others, and communication in personal relationships. Emphasizes theory and concepts rather than skills. Recommended prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) only.

COMM-2600 (3) Organizational Communication 
Provides a communicatively based definition of formal organization and deals with individual-organizational relationships. Addresses topics such as organizational theory, organizational culture, power, technology, decision making, teamwork, leadership, diversity, gender, socialization, and ethics. Recommended prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) only.

COMM-3000 (3) Issues in Communication 
Explores select issues in communication. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different issues. Prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600 or instructor consent. Restricted to Juniors or Seniors only. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).

COMM-3210 (3) Human Communication Theory 
Acquaints students with general, thematic, and contextual theories of human communication. Gives attention to criteria for evaluating theories. Prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Prerequisites: Requires pre-requisite courses of COMM 1210 and 1600. Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-3300 (3) Rhetorical Foundations of Communication 
Provides the rhetorical foundations of communication through study of the humanistic traditions of rhetorical theory, with applications to social interaction and message analysis. Prereqs., COMM 1210, 1300 and 1600. Restricted to junior or senior Communication majors. Prerequisites: Requires pre-requisite courses of COMM 1210, 1300 and 1600. Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-3310 (3) Principles and Practices of Argumentation 
Focuses on principles of argument, the process of critical decision making, and uses and limitations of logic and evidence. Contemporary issues (personal, social, political, or philosophical) are analyzed and debated. Prereq., COMM 1210 and 1600. Restricted to juniors or seniors. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).

COMM-3320 (3) Persuasion in Society 
Explores how persuasion influences decision making. Focuses on different definitions and models of persuasion, ethical perspectives on persuasion, qualitative and quantitative research on persuasion, and the tools of motivation, as well as how to create effective and ethical persuasive messages. Prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-3340 (3) Political Communication 
Provides an overview of the role of communication in contemporary political life. Topics include political communication theories, political campaign communication, media and political communication, and the role of political communication in promoting democracy and public policy. Prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-3410 (3) Intercultural Communication 
Explores complex relationships between culture and communication processes from various conceptual perspectives, such as social, psychological, interpretive, and critical. Considers the important role of context (e.g., social, historical, and cultural) in intercultural interactions. Recommended prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Restricted to Juniors or Seniors only. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).

COMM-3510 (3) Family Communication 
Explores communication in families from various theoretical perspectives, such as social constructionism, systems theory, and dialectical theory. Communication patterns and processes created and sustained by family members are examined, including rules, roles, stories, rituals, myths, metaphors, themes, and cycles. Prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-3610 (3) Communication, Technology, and Society 
Presents theory, research, and exploration into computer-based technologies; studies implications for communication, interaction, and social relationships. Recommended prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-3740 (3) Qualitative Communication Research Methods 
Provides an understanding of methods associated with the study of communication in natural settings. Focuses on strategies of collecting, analyzing, and reporting qualitative data, including participant observation, in-depth interviewing, textual analysis, and ethnographic narrative. Prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-3750 (3) Quantitative Research Methods 
Introduces empirically oriented research methods in communication, critical review of the logic of social-scientific principles in communication, and analysis of quantitative data. Prereqs., COMM 1210 and 1600. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-3760 (3) Rhetorical Criticism 
Applies key concepts from rhetorical theory to the analysis of specific speeches, written texts, and social situations within the humanistic tradition. Students read a variety of types of criticism and are encouraged to develop their own strategies for critical analysis. Prereqs., COMM 1210, 1600 and 3300. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-4000 (3) Advanced Topics in Communication 
Analyzes special interest areas of communication theory, research, and practice. Course format involves lecture, discussion, investigative analysis, and practical application. May be repeated twice for credit on different topics. Prereqs., COMM 3210 and 3300 or consent required. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-4100 (3) Seminar in Honors Thesis Writing and Research 
Provides the opportunity for students writing an honors thesis to develop their understanding of the research process and to improve their research and writing skills. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-4220 (3) Senior Seminar: Functions of Communication 
Topical seminar on the functions of communication across interpersonal, group, organizational, and public contexts. Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and conflict, persuasion, and ethical dimensions of communication practices. May be taken twice for credit on different topics. Prereq., COMM 3210. Prerequisites: Requires pre-requisite course of COMM 3210 with grade of C- or better. Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-4300 (3) Senior Seminar: Rhetoric 
Reviews current theory and research on topics such as rhetoric and publics, rhetoric as an interpretive social science, and rhetoric of social movements and political campaigns. May be taken twice for credit on different topics. Prereq., COMM 3300. Prerequisites: Requires pre-requisite courses of COMM 3300 with grade of C- or higher. Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-4510 (3) Senior Seminar: Interpersonal Communication 
Reviews current theory and research on topics such as strategic interaction, relationship formation and maintenance, and identity and self-presentation. May be taken twice for credit on different topics. Prerequisites: Requires pre-requisite course of COMM 2500 & COMM 3210 with grade of C- or better. Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-4600 (3) Senior Seminar: Organizational Communication
Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and organizational decision making, organizational culture, gender relations, communication technology, and power and control in organizations. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Prerequisites: Requires pre-requisite course of COMM 2600 & COMM 3210 with grade of C- or better. Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-4610 (3) Communication Studies of Science and Technology
Reviews current theory and research associated with science, technology, and medicine. Topics include new communication technologies in organizations and society, discourses of scientific theory and science policy, and interaction in clinical setting. May be taken twice for credit on different topics. Prereqs., COMM 3210 and 3300 or instructor consent. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-4840 (1-6) Undergraduate Independent Study
Note that the 14-hour limit in the major applies to any combination of independent study and internship credit. This course does not count toward the 33 credit hours required for the major. Recommended prereq., COMM 3210 and 3300. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-4930 (1-6) Internship
Studies are pursued in communication-related work experience projects that generally require 40 hours on the job per credit hour and evidence (e.g., journal, paper, and employer evaluation) of significant learning. Prereqs., COMM major status, 72 hours of overall course work, 18 hours of communication course work completed, 2.50 overall GPA, and a faculty sponsor. The 14-hour limit in the major applies to any combination of independent study and internship credit. This course does not count toward the 33 hours required for the major. Course is offered only for pass/fail credit. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Junior or Senior) Communication (COMM) majors only.

COMM-4950 (1-6) Senior Thesis: Honors
For exceptional communication majors who wish to graduate with department honors and receive credit for writing an honors thesis. Prereqs., COMM 4100, overall GPA of 3.35 or higher, and COMM GPA of 3.50 or higher.

COMM-5210 (3) Readings in Communication Theory
Critical overview of leading theoretical traditions in communication studies. Gives attention to metatheoretical issues, including epistemological foundations, the structure of communication theory as a field, and reflexivity between communication theory and cultural practice. Required for doctoral students in COMM; optional for master’s students. Restricted to graduate students or instructor consent.

COMM-5220 (3) Seminar: Functions of Communication.
Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Same as Comm 4220.

COMM-5230 (3) Applied Communication
Examines application of communication concepts, theories, methods, facilitations, and other practices to address real-world issues and problems. Discusses conceptual issues framing applied communication, examines purposes and methods informing such scholarship, and provides opportunity to evaluate and propose research. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent.

COMM-5300 (3) Seminar: Rhetoric
Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Same as COMM 4300.

COMM-5310 (3) Contemporary Rhetorical Criticism
Advanced critical analysis of rhetorical texts in terms of how they shape issues and appeal for judgment, create identities for speakers and their audiences, and construct perceptions of time, space, and the human condition. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent.

COMM-5320 (3) Readings in Rhetoric
Survey of classical and contemporary readings in rhetoric. Required for doctoral students in COMM; optional for master’s students. Restricted to graduate students or instructor consent. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-5420 (3) Readings in Group Interaction
Reading course examining communicative problems, practices, and outcomes in groups. Definitions of group and interaction, meta-theoretical and theoretical orientations, methodological practices for studying group interactions, including boundary development and management, interpersonal symbolic practices, deliberation, dialogue, and decision making are examined. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-5425 (3) Readings in Discourse and Social Practices
Examines the way communicators’ discourse expressions (language, talk, interactional devices, semiotic practices, written texts) reflect and construct interpersonal exchanges, societal activities, and institutional scenes, as well as how discourse expression varies across different speech communities. Prereq., graduate standing. Recommended prereq., COMM 6010. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-5600 (3) Seminar: Organizational Communication
Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Same as Comm 4600.

COMM-5610 (3) Organizational Culture and Symbolism
Focuses on relationship between ideological elements (e.g., norms, values, and beliefs) and symbolic practices (e.g., metaphor, ritual, and storytelling) of organizational culture. Analyzes topics from viewpoints of academic theory and managerial practice. Reviews interpretive methods of researching workplace culture and symbolism. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent.

COMM-5620 (3) Readings in Organizational Communication
Survey of traditional and contemporary readings in organizational communication. Treats theory, research, and application from a variety of perspectives. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-5720 (3) Readings in Communication and Technology
Survey of multidisciplinary research that examines various relationships between communication and technology. Students are encouraged to develop critical skills in perceiving assumptions and perspectives that motivate major theories in this area, and to examine how these have changed over time. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6010 (3) Communication Research and Theory
Provides an integrative overview of approaches and areas of study in communication. Required for MA and PHD communication students. Prereq., graduate standing in COMM. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6020 (3) Quantitative Research Methods
Introduces students to the practice of quantitative research in communication: conceptualization and critique of research projects, coding, experimental and survey approaches, reliability and validity, and statistical reasoning and methods of analysis. Restricted to graduate students or instructor consent required. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6030 (3) Qualitative Research Methods
Introduction to the epistemology, methodology, and representational practices associated with qualitative studies in communication. Fieldwork methods emphasized include participant observation, interviewing, and document/artifact analysis. Restricted to graduate students or instructor consent required. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6200 (3) Seminar: Selected Topics
Facilitates understanding of current and past theory and research on a selected topic in communication and the ability to develop new theory and research on that topic. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours on different topics. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6310 (3) Rhetorical Criticism
Reviews current critical methods and issues related to rhetorical criticism, such as contemporary theory of rhetorical criticism, continental discourse theory, and critical theory. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereqs., COMM 5310 and 5320.

COMM-6320 (3) Rhetorical Theory
Reviews current theory and research on topics such as contemporary rhetorical theory, rhetoric and public life, rhetoric as an interpretive social science, and rhetoric of social movements and political campaigns. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereq., COMM 5320.

COMM-6330 (3) Rhetoric of Inquiry
Surveys foundational texts and contemporary research in the rhetoric of inquiry. Focuses on the role of persuasion in the production of knowledge. Analysis of distinctions between philosophical and rhetorical approaches to argument. Critical analysis of major theoretical and methodological traditions and topics with an emphasis on social dimensions of inquiry. Emphasizes critical analysis of major theoretical and methodological traditions. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereq., COMM 5320. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6340 (3) Rhetoric and Civic Community
Considers performances of public life as rhetorical inducements of civitas. Topics include negotiation of self-regulation among interdependent partners, rhetorical exclusions and/or counterpublics, and dialectical tensions of public/private as these contribute to and have civic consequences for publicness, community, and social will. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereq., COMM 5320.

COMM-6350 (3) Seminar in Argumentation
Surveys foundational texts and contemporary research in argumentation. Analysis of distinctions between philosophical and rhetorical approaches to argument. Critical analysis of major theoretical and methodological traditions and topics with an emphasis on social dimensions of argument. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereq., COMM 5320.

COMM-6360 (3) Social and Cultural Theory
Traces select traditions in social and/or cultural theory, emphasizing how these traditions affect and are affected by the field of rhetoric studies. Examines the origins and resolutions of major debates in social and/or cultural theory from a rhetorical perspective. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereq., COMM 5320.

COMM-6410 (3) Discourse Analysis
Acquaints students with the main types of discourse analysis: conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and rhetorically-informed discourse approaches. Teaches how to conduct discourse analysis, including transcribing, selecting excerpts, documenting inferences, and linking to scholarly controversies. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6420 (3) Interaction Analysis
Educates students in one of a selected set of methodological specializations used in the study of human interaction. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent.

COMM-6435 (3) Interpersonal Processes in Communication
Focuses on key processes in interpersonal communication relevant to understanding interaction at the dyadic, group, and organizational levels. Examines theory and research on selected interpersonal processes such as facework/identity, support/emotional communication, relational communication, and conflict in interaction. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent.

COMM-6440 (3) Grounded Practical Theory
Examines theory, method, and application of grounded practical theory, an approach to building normative theory through description, critique, and theoretical reconstruction of situated communication practices. Semester project involves analysis of a sample of discourse from a public or field observation setting. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereq., COMM 5210.

COMM-6445 (3) Communication and Culture
Focuses on cultural diversity in human communication. There are two main objectives: to acquaint students with classic and contemporary readings that articulate the relationship between communication and culture, and to introduce them to methodologies they can use to develop a cultural approach toward a variety of observable forms and practices of communication. Prereq., COMM 5425.

COMM-6450 (3) Group Interaction Facilitation and Pedagogy
Examines theory, research, and practice associated with facilitating group interaction processes (e.g.,group creation, conflict communication management, conversation and discussion, task accomplishment, and team communication), including facilitation associated with teaching an introductory group interaction course. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereq., COMM 5420. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6470 (3) Meetings, Their Practices and Problems
Explores the history, routine communicative practices, common interactional troubles, cross-cultural differences, and expectations about “Ideal” communicative conduct for workplace and public meetings. Seminar project involves field study of a meeting group. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereq., Comm 6030.

COMM-6730 (3) Collaboration and Decision Making in Organizations
Explores theory and research on communication processes associated with collaboration and decision making in contemporary organizations, particularly as they are influenced by participation programs, technology, and team structures. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereqs., COMM 5620 and 6010. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6740 (3) Theory and Philosophy of Organizing and Organizations
Reviews theory and philosophy of organizations and organizing where communication processes are seen as constitutive. Focuses on discursive and material practices in the formation and change of organizational structure, culture, and operation. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereq., COMM 5620.

COMM-6750 (3) Communication and Organizational Change
Addresses the role of communication in cultural change efforts in organizations. Topics include the nature and function of organizational cultures, the role of leadership, ethical issues, and member involvement in change processes. Specific organizational cases are highlighted throughout. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Recommended prereq., COMM 5620.

COMM-6780 (3) Roles, Relationships, and Identities in Interaction
Examines how social roles influence communication practices, the development of relationships, and the impact of relationships on identity. Considers these processes in contexts such as personal relationships and institutional settings. Topic varies. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Prereq., graduate standing or instructor consent. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6840 (1-3) Master’s Independent Study
May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Prerequisites: Restricted to Graduate Students only.

COMM-6940 (1) Master’s Degree Candidate

COMM-6950 (1-6) Master’s Thesis


COMM-8840 (1-6) Doctoral Independent Study
May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.

COMM-8990 (1-10) Doctoral Dissertation
All doctoral students must register for not fewer than 30 hours of dissertation credit as part of the requirements for the degree. For a detailed discussion of doctoral dissertation credit, refer to the Graduate School section.

 

Last updated August 19th, 2013