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Communication Studies

 

Information

 

Jennifer Considine, Chair

Department Office: Arts & Communication S123

Department Telephone: (920) 424-4427

COMM

 

Faculty

Allred

Brazee

Considine

Heider

Kvam

Palmeri

Rolain-Jacobs

Wilkum

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in Communication Studies can lead to the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.
  • Graduate: None
  • Comment: The Communication Studies Department offers a range of programmatic participation opportunities for both majors and non-majors (Communication Club, internships and study abroad). Students are encouraged to become involved in the programs of their choice and may call the department office for more information (920) 424-4427.

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)
    • See the department for a listing of their goal(s).
  2. The Major(s)
    • The Communication Studies Department offers one major: Communication Studies (UWO+ Program).
  3. The Minor(s)
    • The Communication Studies Department offers three minors: 1) Communication Studies (UWO+ Program); 2) Organizational Communication (UWO+ Program); 3) Speech Communication Education.
  4. The Certificate(s)
    1. The Communication Studies Department offers one certificate: Professional Communication (UWO+ Program).

Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the major, minor, or certificate. Please consult with a department advisor (listed on TitanWeb) before planning a course of study.
  • Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher licensure must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet the admission requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

Required Core Courses

  • See requirements for majors and minors.

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

1. Communication Studies Major (UWO+ Program)

Recommended for students who wish to prepare for professions in the various areas of communication or who wish to pursue graduate study.

 

  • Required Credits: 38 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Communication: Communication 104, 213 or 213Q1 or 214, 219, 280, 302, 368, 375, 439, 498
  • Electives: 15 crs. minimum from the following:
    • Communication: Communication 218, 254, 310, 312, 316, 318, 319, 323, 325, 326, 337, 338, 386, 388, 403, 405, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 422, 427, 428, 442, 444, 445, 448, 450, 451, 455, 476, 477, 478
      • At least nine elective credits must be at the 300/400 level
      • A maximum of one course from Communication 114, 303, 304 can count towards the Communication Studies major
      • A maximum of 6 elective credits from the following courses can count toward the Communication Studies major: Communication 446, 474; Interdisciplinary Studies 399
        • Note: students can count a maximum of 3 elective credits towards the major from IS 399
 

The Minor(s)

1.  Communication Studies Minor (UWO+ Program)

Recommended for students who are seeking a general minor in Communication Studies and who are interested in pursuing work in business, non-profit and public service or the government sector.

  • Required Credits: 23 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Communication: Communication 104, 213 or 213Q1 or 214, 219, 280, 302, 375, 439.
  • Electives: Complete 6 crs. from the following:
    • Communication: Communication 220, 277, 301, 303, 304, 310, 312, 316, 318, 323, 325, 326, 337, 338, 368, 386, 388, 403, 405, 411, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 422, 427, 428, 441, 442, 444, 445, 446, 448, 450, 451, 455, 474, 476, 478
    • Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdscp 399

2.  Organizational Communication Minor (UWO+ Program)

Recommended for students who are interested in business, non-profit and public service or governmental professions where organizational communication is essential.

  • Required Credits: 22 minimum
  • Required Courses: Communication 104, 280, 304, 368
  • Required Courses: Complete 6 crs. of organizational communication electives from the following: Communication 403, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 477
  • Electives: Complete an additional two courses from the following:
    • Communication: Communication 213, 214, 219, 220, 277, 301, 302, 310, 312, 316, 318, 319, 325, 326, 337, 338, 375, 403, 405, 411, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 422, 427, 428, 441, 442, 444, 446, 447, 450, 451, 455, 474, 476, 477, 478, 499
    • Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdscp 399

3. Communication Speech Education Minor

Recommended for students who wish to teach in the secondary schools (6-12). (Would be taken in addition to a major licensure area such as English or Elementary Education).

  • Required Credits: 21 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Communication: Communication  213 or 214, 219, 280 or 380, 303 or 304, 318
    • Radio-TV-Film: RTF 101 or 115
  • Other Requirements: Methods Course Communication 441 required of all Secondary Education Minors in Communication Speech Education (Note: Does not count toward credits in the minor.)
  • Electives: One course from the following: Communication 301, 302, 310, 312, 316, 319, 323, 325, 326, 337, 338, 368, 375, 386, 388, 405, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 422, 427, 428, 444, 445, 446, 448, 450, 451, 455, 476, 477, 478; Interdisciplinary Studies 399

The Certificate(s)

1.  Professional Communication (UWO+ Program)

This certificate is open to all students.

  • Required Credits: 12 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills: Communication 111 or 112 or 114
    • Communication in Context (Choose one): Communication 213, 214, 216, 219, 228, 280, 380
    • Intercultural Communication: Communication 318 or 322
    • Advanced Communication Competencies (Choose one): Communication 304, 326, 375, 384, 388

Course Offerings

Communication    104 1 (crs.)
Introduction to Communication Studies
This course offers students an orientation to “Communication Studies” including exploration of the three communication focus areas, advising, preview of requirements for the major and minor, student organizations, internships, study abroad opportunities, and a variety of resources and services available to students to support their success in the major and/or minor.
 
 
Communication    111 3 (crs.)
Introduction to Public Speaking
Introduction to theory and practice of communicating in public speaking settings.
 
 
Communication    112 3 (crs.)
Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking
Individual Speech Communication skills through the study of theory and experience in a variety of speeches. Open primarily to university honor scholars. If space permits, students who demonstrate above average oral communication ability and/or potential via a written test and oral performance will be allowed to enroll. Assignments in the course will be more challenging than those in Communication 111, with expectations of higher performance levels. Not open to students who have taken Communication 111. Prerequisites: Enrolled in good standing with The Honors College with prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title.
 
 
Communication    114 3 (crs.)
Introduction to Business and Professional Speaking
This course is an introduction to the principles of effective communication in business and professional settings. Topics include skills identification, organizational culture, diversity, listening, verbal and nonverbal messages, conflict and negotiation, interviewing, teams, and preparing oral presentations.
 
 
Communication    213 3 (crs.)
Interpersonal Communication: Ethnic Studies (ES)(XC)
Examination of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussion, observations and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face to face communication situations. Intercultural Communication focused. Credit cannot be received for both Communication 213 and Communication 214.
 
 
Communication    213Q1 3 (crs.)
Interpersonal Communication: Ethnic Studies (ES)(XC)
Examination of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussion, observations and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face to face communication situations. Intercultural Communication focused. Credit cannot be received for both Communication 213 and Communication 214.
 
 
Communication    214 3 (crs.)
Interpersonal Speech Communication (XC)
Examines how communication works in personal relationships (e.g., friends, romantic relationships, family). Emphasizes mastery and application of basic concepts through extensive discussion of interpersonal goals, needs, and wants in personal affairs to facilitate the development of knowledge, insights, and communicative skills in dyadic, face-to-face interaction. Credit cannot be received for both Communication 213 and Communication 214.
 
 
Communication    216 3 (crs.)
Online Interpersonal Communication for Adult Learners: Ethnic Studies (ES)(XC)
Examination of the components of interpersonal communication, with special attention to building intercultural knowledge and competence. Utilizes online discussions and application of relevant concepts of human interaction in dyadic, face-to-face communication situations. This course is designated for students in the Division of Online and Continuing Education (OCE). Credit can only be earned for one of the following: Communication 213, Communication 214, or Communication 216. Prerequisites: BLS major (all); L&OS major (all); FERM major (all); COllaborative Nursing Prgm; Human SV or Criminal Just Online.
 
 
Communication    218 3 (crs.)
Popular Culture and Communication (XC)
This course uses rhetorical theories and self-reflective strategies to examine Popular Culture as an academic discipline. Students will engage with, analyze, interpret and ultimately argue about the significance of texts that are largely seen as forms of entertainment. The course the persuasion and influence in forms of advertising, print media, film, television, celebrity, music, social media, and, video games.
 
 
Communication    219 3 (crs.)
Intro to Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (XC)
Advocacy explores the nature, function, and consequences of rhetoric. The course includes an introduction to rhetorical theorists and practitioners, a sampling of the major subject areas in the field of rhetoric, and the critical concepts included in these areas. Course assignments are designed to help students think critically about the study of rhetoric and what it offers to us as individuals and to society as a whole.
 
 
Communication    219Q1 3 (crs.)
Intro to Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (XC)
Advocacy explores the nature, function, and consequences of rhetoric. The course includes an introduction to rhetorical theorists and practitioners, a sampling of the major subject areas in the field of rhetoric, and the critical concepts included in these areas. Course assignments are designed to help students think critically about the study of rhetoric and what it offers to us as individuals and to society as a whole.
 
 
Communication    228 3 (crs.)
Communication and Technology: Theory and Practice
This course explores the basic nature of communication and examines ways in which communication skills may be utilized in an everchanging digital era. Students will learn to recognized the effects of channel selection on communication and how these channels, or mediums, can enhance or inhibit communication depending upon the way they are used. Students will use this knowledge to identify and apply best practices for successful computer-mediated-communication (CMC) in relational and professional contexts.
 
 
Communication    254 3 (crs.)
Environmental Communication (XC)
This course focuses on the role that human communication plays in influencing the ways we engage the concept of sustainability and perceive the environment. It also explores how we construct environmental issues and decide what actions to take with regards to those issues.
 
 
Communication    254Q1 3 (crs.)
Environmental Communication (XC)
This course focuses on the role that human communication plays in influencing the ways we engage the concept of sustainability and perceive the environment. It also explores how we construct environmental issues and decide what actions to take with regards to those issues.
 
 
Communication    275Q1 3 (crs.)
Arguing Sustainability (XC)
The fundamentals of argumentation: forms of reasoning, sources of evidence, testing of evidence, brief making, general theory, and case work. Opportunity for analysis of and debate on current problems. Speech Education majors/minors and those wanting to travel with the debate team should not enroll in Communication 275. This course does not meet the Speech Education major/minor requirements.
 
 
Communication    280 3 (crs.)
Introduction to Organizational Communication (XC)
This course presents both historical and current perspectives on the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory; it provides the knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of organizational settings. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication.
 
 
Communication    280Q1 3 (crs.)
Introduction to Organizational Communication (XC)
This course presents both historical and current perspectives on the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory; it provides the knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of organizational settings. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication.
 
 
Communication    291 1 – 3 (crs.)
Selected Topics in Communication
Selected topics in communication.
 
 
Communication    299 1 – 3 (crs.)
Intermediate Independent Study
Supervised undergraduate reading and research. See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
 
 
Communication    301 3 (crs.)
Small Group Communication
Communication processes are foundational for groups and shape how we make decisions, generate ideas, share knowledge and create relationships. This course will introduce students to theory and research on small group communication.
 
 
Communication    302 3 (crs.)
Theories of Human Communication
Through this course, students will encounter, deconstruct, and discuss a variety of theories of human communication. The theories addressed in this course are associated with the content areas of interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, intercultural, gender, and mass mediated communication. This course is designed to address theories that students are likely to encounter in the Communication Studies Major, promoting application of material across courses. Students will identify different assumptions that guide the creation of communication theories, learn about how these assumptions shape the construction of a theory, gain insight into how applying theoretical knowledge can help one become a better communicator, and learn to critique existing theories of human communication. Prerequisites: COMM 104 and one of the following: COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214; 219Q1 or COMM 219; COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280; or consent of instructor
 
 
Communication    303 3 (crs.)
Advanced Public Speaking
This course focuses on current social/political issues and critical citizenship. Specific emphasis is placed on rhetorical ideas and formats that examine deliberation, reasoning, and public affairs. Public communication competencies are enhanced. Prerequisite: COMM 111 or 112 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    304 3 (crs.)
Business and Professional Speaking
This course will prepare you for many of the communication challenges you will face in business and professional settings. You will get experience in workplace presentations typical to careers in the field of communication. Prerequisite: COMM 111 or 112 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    310 3 (crs.)
Oral Interpretation
A study of the principles and vocal techniques of oral interpretation, and their application to the various forms of literature. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    312 3 (crs.)
Effective Listening
Analysis of the act of listening: process, types, barriers to, and the improvement of listening skills. Frequent skill building exercises and the testing of listening for comprehension and retention. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor
 
 
Communication    316 3 (crs.)
Gender, Discourse and Power
Explores gender issues through the framework of public discourse and power dynamics. This course analyzes the public vocabularies through which we understand contemporary issues, examines the interests served by such discourses, and invites discussion on alternative language choices. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: COMM 316  or WAGS 316. Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication Studies Majors/Minors: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for WAGS Major/Minors: WAGS 201 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    318 3 (crs.)
Intercultural Communication (ES)
This course examines cultural influences on human interaction in a variety of contexts. Theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural communication are explored. Credit can only be earned for COMM 318 or COMM 322. Prerequisite: COMM 213Q1 or 214 or consent of instructor
 
 
Communication    319 3 (crs.)
Persuasion
Study of both classical and contemporary persuasion theories and practices. Assignments involve practical application of the theoretical foundation by analyzing different persuasive messages found in the media and public speeches. Prerequisites: One of the following: COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214; COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219; COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    322 3 (crs.)
Online Studies of Intercultural Communication for Adult Learners (ES)
This course examines cultural influences on human interaction in a variety of contexts. Theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural communication are explored. This course is designated for students in the Division of Online and Continuing Education (OCE). Credit can only be earned for Communication 318 or Communication 322. Prerequisites or co-requisites: Communication 213, 214 or 216, or consent of instructor. BLS major (all); L&OS major (all); FERM major (all); Collab Nurse Prgm; Human SV or Criminal Just Online.
 
 
Communication    323 3 (crs.)
Inside-Out Prison Exchange
Focuses on how language shapes our understanding of issues and topics related to incarceration. This course brings together equal numbers of UWO students and incarcerated students at a local correctional institution. Ten joint class sessions are held at the correctional institution. The other three class sessions are held on campus for UWO students and at the correctional facility for incarcerated students. Prerequisites: By Instructor Consent Only. To be considered for a seat in this course, students must complete an interview with the instructor.
 
 
Communication    325 3 (crs.)
Nonverbal Communication
This course explores the categories, functions, and social outcomes of the use of nonverbal cues in a variety of communications  contexts. Students will investigate  both practical and theoretical aspects of nonverbal communication. Prerequisites: COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    326 3 (crs.)
Communication and Conflict
An exploration of research and practice regarding human conflict as an ongoing component in interpersonal and community  relationships. Communication theories and concepts related to interpersonal conflicts, formal mediation, and social justice advocacy are examined and practiced. Prerequisite: COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    335 3 (crs.)
Blackness in American Visual Culture
This course will explore how American visual culture expressed multiple ideas about blackness for more than 400 years. This course will focus on how stereotypes and popular forms of visual culture have constructed black racial identity through popular prints, political cartoons, satire, photographs, paintings, illustrated books, and periodicals, along with the emergence of television, film and social media. It will also expose students to the realities of new Black identity
through the emergence of Black cultural expression and Black artistic liberty through various forms of visual art and digital media.
 
 
Communication    336 3 (crs.)
Interpersonal Communication and Technology
This course explores the intersection between interpersonal and computer-mediated communication theories. The central focus of the course is to examine ways in which new technologies change, enhance, and inhibit interpersonal communication. Students will critique, compare, and create communication theory. Special topics include phubbing, presence, cognitive attention, immediacy, and media multiplexity. Prerequisite: COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    337 3 (crs.)
Foundations in Communication Studies
A theoretical and practical course. The course theory centers on the Five Canons of ancient rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style, delivery, and memory (with emphasis on the first three). Using ancient rhetorical theory as a foundation, students will compose and deliver manuscript speeches. The goal is to become a speaker who is not only eloquent, but also wise. Prerequisite or Corequisite: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    338 3 (crs.)
Freedom of Speech in the United States
In the United States, freedom of speech is restricted in a variety of ways. Historically and today, government places legal restrictions on communicators, the content of communication, and the medium of communication.  When such restrictions have been challenged in the courts, judges have generally been guided by a very narrow model of communication. This course examines the legal history and contemporary status of the First Amendment from a modern Communication theory perspective. Prerequisite or Corequisite: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    368 3 (crs.)
Research Methods in Communication Studies
This course introduces students to communication research methodologies. Students critically analyze research data and propose communication research projects. The class combines theoretical understanding and practical research application including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the assumptions of each method and understanding when each is appropriate. Prerequisites: COMM 104 and two of the following: COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214; COMM 219Q1 of COMM 219; COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    375 3 (crs.)
Argumentation Analysis
The fundamentals of argumentation: argument theory, forms of reasoning, warrants, sources of evidence, testing evidence, and case construction. Opportunity for debate and analysis on current programs. Prerequisites: COMM 111 or 112 AND COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    380 3 (crs.)
Introduction to Organizational Communication Studies
The course explores the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory through the examination and pragmatic application of those theories, concepts, and issues to adult learners’ organizational experiences. A significant focus of the course will be having students gain knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of settings by analyzing challenges commonly faced in today’s organizations. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication. Prerequisites: Communication 111 or Communication 112 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    382 3 (crs.)
Applied Managerial Communication Studies
Organizations need managers that understand how communication shapes the work environment and who are able to apply that understanding to effectively direct and coordinate work processes, build relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and foster cultural values and practices that enhance the experiences and decisions of their members. This course is structured around a series of core communication issues and challenges that managers encounter in performing their organizational roles and responsibilities. Adult students enrolled in this class will learn managerial communication concepts, theories, and issues in order to critically asses their own organizational experience with (or as) managers and to develop strategies that address real-world challenges managers face.
 
 
Communication    384 3 (crs.)
Online Business and Professional Speaking for Adult Learners
This course gives you the opportunity to design, deliver, and critique presentations in your career field. We will also discuss job interview strategies, resume and cover letter preparation, and elevator pitches. The focus of the course allows adult learners to draw upon past experiences in business and the professions. Assignments allow adult learners to focus on their field of interest and require presentations and participation in an online environment. This course is designated for students in the Division of Online and Continuing Education (OCE). Credit can only be earned for Communication 303, Communication 304, or Communication 384. Prerequisites: Communication 111 or 112 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    386 3 (crs.)
Ethnography of Communication
In this course, students will read, discuss, and critique ethnographic accounts that theorize various communicative phenomena. Students will also put into practice techniques for generating and analyzing data. Prerequisite: COMM Majors: COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214 and COMM 368; or instructor consent. ANTHRO Majors: ANTHRO 204 or instructor consent.
 
 
Communication    388 3 (crs.)
Rhetoric in Action
One definition of rhetoric calls it “the planned use of symbols to achieve goals.” (Campbell, Huxman, Burkholder, 2015, p.1). In COMM 388 students learn methods of critiquing the discourse of contemporary rhetors actively involved in symbolic exchange. Such rhetors can be found in political campaigns, newspaper editorial pages, social media, and many other areas. By becoming more critical consumers of opinionated “rhetoric in action,” we can and should develop our own ability to use symbols effectively and ethically. Prerequisite or Corequisite: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    390 1 – 3 (crs.)
Professional Internship in Communication Studies
Supervised professional field experience at a business, non-profit, service or government organization in which the intern applies Communication Studies academic work to a practical situation. Prerequisites: 9 COMM credits; Cumulative 2.5 GPA; and Junior or Senior Standing; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    403 3 (crs.)
Visual Communication
This course examines the role of visual communication in contemporary society. Students will be asked to think critically about how visuals and practices of looking in a variety of media constitute and persuade us as spectators, consumers, and citizens. Over the course of the semester, we will read numerous critical analyses of visual rhetoric, as well as perform such analyses on a variety of visual artifacts. Prerequisites: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite COMM 368; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    405 3 (crs.)
Special Topics: Study Abroad
Special Topics designed solely for study abroad. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other departments/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.
 
 
Communication    413 3 (crs.)
Communication and Nonprofit Organizations
This course is designed to provide you with an overview of issues and topics in nonprofit organizational communication. Topics include internal communication issues such as socialization, stress and burnout, and volunteer and board management as well as external communication issues including public relations, fundraising, and advocacy. Prerequisite: COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280, or MHR 351, or Social Justice 101, or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    414 3 (crs.)
Training and Development in Organizations
In this course, you will learn the processes by which effective organizational trainings are planned, developed, presented, and assessed. The course uses a consultancy model where class members complete an action learning project with a local organization partner. Working in a project management structure, the team will create a complete training package to address a significant communication-oriented learning gap in our client’s organization. Key content areas include adult learning principles, conducting needs assessments, building training objectives and content, developing training materials and resources, and training assessment tools. In addition to the portfolio pieces from the training package the team creates, you will gain extensive experience working in teams and managing professional collaborations. Prerequisite: COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280 and Prerequisite or Corequisite COMM 368; or MHR 351; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    415 3 (crs.)
Risk and Crisis Communication
In this course, we will study organizational communication using a rhetorical approach. We will investigate the communication processes through which formal organizations influence popular attitudes and individual identities. We will also examine theories of risk and crisis communication. Students will learn to critique examples of organizational rhetoric and develop communication strategies to address risk and crises in organizations. Prerequisites: COMM 219Q1 or 219, or COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: COMM 368 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    416 3 (crs.)
Managerial Communication
This course explores how the process and function of management is accomplished through communication within and across organizational contexts. Class members will gain an in-depth understanding of the complexity involved in shaping culture, building relationships, and cultivating performance through one’s management role. You will also gain practical experience analyzing and implementing strategies, including process mapping, to address a variety of challenges encountered by those in management. Prerequisite: COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280, or MHR 351, or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    418 3 (crs.)
Applied Projects and Teamwork
Leaders from a wide range of industries and much educational research advocate for students gaining experience applying their KSAs through collaborations with organizations beyond campus. In this course, class members work in teams to complete an action learning project. They partner with a local organization to address a complex, urgent, ‘real-world’ challenge through the students’ concurrent learning and application of course content. Course content focuses on 1) effective project design and management and 2) the core functions, processes, and conditions influencing team performance and member satisfaction. Prerequisite: COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280 and Prerequisite or Corequisite COMM 368; or MHR 351; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    422 3 (crs.)
History of American Public Address
An analysis of influential speeches delivered between 1640 and modern times. Emphasis is placed on discovering the relationship between the speeches and the historical/rhetorical situations in which they were delivered. At the end of the term, students compose and deliver their own ‘State of the American Union’ speech. Prerequisite or Corequisite: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    427 3 (crs.)
Rhetorical Criticism
Ancient and contemporary approaches to rhetorical criticism with emphasis on the description, analysis and evaluation of public messages. Communication 427/Social Justice 427 Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: COMM Students: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite COMM 368. SOC JUST students: SOC JUST 101; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    428 3 (crs.)
The Rhetoric of Rock Music
The course examines the history and rhetorical features of rock music.  Rhetoric is concerned with how communicators adapt messages to audiences in a cultural context.  When dealing with rock music, who is/are the communicator(s)?  What is/are the audience(s)?  Is the music a product of a cultural context or does it create that context?  Prerequisite or Corequisite: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    436 1 – 3 (crs.)
Seminar in Speech Communication
Special studies in speech communication theory and public address. The topic to be determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: One of the following: COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214 or COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219 or COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280 or COMM 254Q1; or consent of instructor. This course may be repeated nine times for up to nine units (crs.) provided the topic varies. (1+3)
 
 
Communication    439 1 (crs.)
Communication Career Capstone
The Communication Career Capstone is a one-credit course that presents graduating seniors with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned in their major and how that relates to their lives after graduation. The course focuses on practical exercises and advice useful for a student soon to enter the workforce. A variety of guest speakers will inform the class about careers, the role of communication in the workplace, and other professionally related topics.  Prerequisite: Senior standing; COMM 104, COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214, and COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219, and COMM 280Q1 or 280; and a minimum of 9 additional credits in COMM; or consent of instructor. Pass/Fail Course
 
 
Communication    441 3 (crs.)
Teaching of Speech Communication in Secondary Schools
The goals, materials, and methods of teaching speech communication to high school students Prerequisites: COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214, and 219Q1 or COMM 219, and COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    442 3 (crs.)
Advanced Communication Theory
This course examines communication as a vital constitutive force in the social construction of reality. The central focus is upon ways in which reality and the human condition are socially constructed through various interpretive, communication processes, with particular attention to assumptions about the role of communication in interpersonal relations and social change. Prerequisites: COMM 213Q1 or 214, and 219Q1 or COMM 219, and COMM 280Q1 or 280, and COMM 302. Prerequisite or Corequisite: COMM 368; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    444 3 (crs.)
Direction of High School Speech Activities
The study of debate, forensics as co-curricular activities with emphasis on directing various programs on the high school level. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor. (Fall-odd years)
 
 
Communication    445 3 (crs.)
African American Civil Rights Rhetoric
This course explores African American civil rights activism through the frameworks of rhetoric and gender. Topics include both the challenges faced by civil rights activists and their contribution to the movement. Integrated throughout the course is an analysis of persuasive documents and events, including speeches, photographs, marches, and slogans. Prerequisite: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219 or WG STDS 201, or SOC JUST 101 or AF AM 100; corequisite for Communication Studies Majors: COMM 368 or instructor consent.
 
 
Communication    446 1 – 3 (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. As outlined in this section, Communication 446 is designed to provide structured research (scholarly or creative) “well beyond that required in established courses. Prerequisite: Instructor Consent.
 
 
Communication    448 3 (crs.)
Family Communication
Family Communication studies the important role interpersonal communication plays in relationships and interactions with family members. The course focuses on family roles, rules, stories, metaphors, traditions, power, and conflict from a communication perspective. It also critically examines the narrative scripts that occur between siblings, parents, grandparents while identifying strategies for more effective communication between family members. Prerequisites: COMM 213 or COMM 214; and prerequisite or corequisite COMM 368; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    450 3 (crs.)
Early Women’s Rights Rhetoric
This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the U.S. women’s rights movement, from the 1830’s to 1920. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals, and ideas of the movement. Social Justice 450/Communication 450/Women’s and Gender Studies 450. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisite for Majors/Minors:  COMM 219Q1 or 219; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for COMM 368 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for non majors and minors: WG STDS 201 or SOC JUST 101; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    451 3 (crs.)
Feminist Rhetorics and Social Change
This course explores feminist activism in a variety of forms and contexts. Integrated throughout the course is an analysis of iconic images, speeches, marches, protests, and digital activism. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 451/ Women’s and Gender Studies 451 /Social Justice 451. Prerequisite for Majors/Minors:  COMM 219Q1 or 219; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for COMM 368 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for non majors and minors: WG STDS 201 or SOC JUST 101; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    455 3 (crs.)
Environmental Rhetoric
This course is an exploration into the ways we define the environment and how language use influences our interactions with the environment. Cross-listed with Communication 455/Environmental Studies 455. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219 or COMM 254Q1; or ENV STDS 102 or ENV STDS 261 or ENV STDS 282 or ET 113; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    474 3 – 6 (crs.)
Honors Thesis
The Honors Thesis is one of two options offered to Honors students to meet the senior capstone requirement of The Honors College. Students who choose the thesis engage in research as an independent study over two semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall) with the support of a faculty advisor. They decide on a topic in their major or minor, address recent scholarship, develop a prospectus, and produce a substantial work (e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production). At the end of the term in which the capstone is completed, students give presentations at the Honors Thesis Symposia. Credits are applied to the respective department or unit. Prerequisites: In good standing with The Honors College, prior enrollment in HNRS 175Q and HNRS 275Q, and senior status.
 
 
Communication    476 3 (crs.)
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy
A course in rhetoric and public advocacy not normally covered in the curriculum. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other departments/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite COMM 368; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    477 3 (crs.)
Special Topics in Organizational Communication
A course in Organizational Communication not normally covered in the curriculum. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other department/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: COMM 368 or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    478 3 (crs.)
Special topics in Interpersonal Communication
A course in interpersonal communications not normally covered in the curriculum.  The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other department/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: COMM 213Q1 or COMM214; Prerequisite or Corequisite: COMM 368; or consent of instructor.
 
 
Communication    498 3 (crs.)
Capstone in Communication Studies
This course provides the opportunity for integration and synthesis of previous coursework in the major as well as preparation for students’ next steps in their education or careers. Students will be expected to analyze and synthesize past learning and relate it to issues and problems in their chosen area of communication study. Prerequisite: Senior standing and COMM 213Q1 or COMM 214 and COMM 219Q1 or COMM 219, and COMM 280Q1 or COMM 280, and COMM 302 and COMM 368; Prerequisites or Corequisites: COMM 375; or consent of instructor.