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Communication (COM) Course Descriptions

Department of Communication, College of Liberal and Fine Arts


COM 1043  Introduction to Communication [TCCN: SPCH 1311.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: WRC 1013.
Introduction to the fundamental processes of human communication, with emphasis on contexts such as interpersonal, group, and organizational communication. Emphasis is given to those skills that promote oral proficiency.

COM 1053  Business and Professional Speech [TCCN SPCH 1321.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: WRC 1013.
Examination of the basic communication process through oral channels with practical applications for business. Emphasis is on techniques of business and professional presentation, including components of message strategies, nonverbal communication, multimedia support, and persuasive speaking. Oral presentations with written components required.

COM 2113  Public Speaking [TCCN: SPCH 1315.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: WRC 1013.
Theory and practice of speaking in formal settings. Emphasis on preparation, adaptation, and delivery of oral and visual presentations, as well as written analysis of historical speeches. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in the Component Area Option.

COM 2343  Introduction to Mass Communication [TCCN: COMM 1307.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: WRC 1013 and WRC 1023.
Critical examination of how the mass media interact with individuals and social groups. Exploration of media industries, products, and processes from various disciplinary perspectives.

COM 2433  Editing
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ENG 2413.
Principles and applications of production editing and technical editing, including evaluation and revision of style, tone, and organization of documents. Practice in use of editing symbols and copy marking. (Same as ENG 2433. Credit cannot be earned for both COM 2433 and ENG 2433.)

COM 2733  Introduction to Communication Technologies
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: WRC 1013 and WRC 1023.
Overview of media and networks used for entertainment and information distribution, storage, and retrieval. Emphasis on the interrelationships among technology, economics, policy, society, and culture.

COM 2801  Forensic Activities [TCCN: SPCH 2144.]
(1-0) 1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Opportunity to study the preparation and presentation of oral argument or speaking in competitive situations. May be repeated for credit.

COM 3023  Foundations of Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: WRC 1013 and WRC 1023.
Acquaints students with a range of disciplinary areas of study in communication. Addresses how communication influences our understandings of and in various social contexts and, in turn, how these understandings affect communicative choices. Addresses basic strategies and technologies used for information access, retrieval, and processing. Required of and restricted to pre-Communication students, or students majoring or minoring in Communication.

COM 3073  Conduct of Communication Inquiry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 3023.
Introduction to basic research methods as they apply to communication inquiry. Issues include applications of quantitative and qualitative research designs, descriptive and inferential statistics, and interpretation and critical evaluation of findings. Required of and restricted to pre-Communication students, or students majoring or minoring in Communication.

COM 3083  Language and Communication Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 3023.
Overview of theories of language and communication. Focuses on understanding how language and communication affect individual and social action. Required of and restricted to pre-Communication students, or students majoring or minoring in Communication.

COM 3113  Argumentation and Debate
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 1043, COM 1053, or COM 2113.
Offers the opportunity to train in the preparation, construction, and critical analysis of argumentation. Exercises in oral communication in adversarial situations.

COM 3243  Persuasion
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Communication major.
Theory and practice of influencing attitudes, beliefs, opinions, and actions. Emphasis on critical evaluation of persuasive messages and design of persuasive campaigns.

COM 3253  Rhetorical Communication Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Communication major.
Study of classical and contemporary rhetorical theory. Critical evaluation of communication messages and techniques of delivery.

COM 3383  Interpersonal Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 1043, COM 1053 or COM 3023.
Theory and research of communication in personal and professional settings. The course stresses the social context of communication and emphasizes skills, knowledge, and motivation of verbal and nonverbal interaction. (Same as MGT 3253. Credit cannot be earned for both COM 3383 and MGT 3253.)

COM 3393  Communication for Health Professionals
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Restricted to students participating in the FAME program.
This course will offer a broad overview of both theoretical and applied approaches to health communication that align with the TIME (Transformation in Medical Education) competencies. The overall goal for this course is to prepare students to communicate effectively with patients, families, and the public, as appropriate, across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Students will be exposed to a variety of health communication topics, including issues in provider-recipient communication, decision-making, social identity, family dynamics, the role of culture in health and disease, and healthcare delivery. Specifically, students will study how to engage in difficult conversations with families and patients regarding end of life treatment options and palliative care; delivery of bad news to patients and family members using a patient-centered approach; and verbal and nonverbal communication competencies when engaged as part of an interdisciplinary team. Additionally, a specific focus will be placed on conveying respect, compassion and empathy during medical interviews and delivering diagnoses and treatment. All theoretical and applied healthcare contexts examined in this course will be aligned with five core communication principles including: awareness, verbal communication, nonverbal communication, listening, and adapting.

COM 3413  Digital Media Production I
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 3023, ENG 2413, and enrollment as a Communication major.
Introduction to issues and practices in the design of online information. Emphasis on writing and design practices in the context of various online information genres, including writing for the World Wide Web. Other topics may include hypertext theory and interactive design. (Formerly titled “Writing for New Media.”)

COM 3523  Public Relations
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 3023, and enrollment as a Communication Major.
Introduction to principles and practices of public relations. Some attention to public relations within multicultural communities.

COM 3533  Writing for Public Relations
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 3523 and ENG 2413
Exposure to techniques and skills associated with writing for public relations to create internal and external documents, such as news releases, reports, newsletters, feature stories, and brochures. Designed to enable students to become competent and versatile writers for a variety of publics. (Formerly COM 3513. Credit cannot be earned for both COM 3513 and COM 3533.)

COM 3553  Intercultural Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 3023, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 3083.
Examination of differences in communication that arise from cultural and/or ethnic diversity. Emphasis on the verbal and nonverbal communicative patterns, conflict management, and decision-making processes of diverse cultures.

COM 3563  International Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 3023, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 3083.
Examination of issues, conditions, and processes relating to world media systems. Consideration of theoretical and practical perspectives in key domains of interaction such as political economy, social development, and technology.

COM 3623  Commercial Publications
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 3023, ENG 2413, and enrollment as a Communication major.
Theory and practice of commercial writing and desktop publishing. Includes discussion of document design, principles of layout, and typography.

COM 3633  Professional Presentation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 1043, COM 1053, or COM 2113.
Fundamentals of professional presentations including information exchange, problem solving, and persuasive proposals. Emphasis on the integration of oral presentation with written, graphic, and other media materials.

COM 3883  Small Group Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Communication major.
Theory and research in the communication processes of small groups. Emphasis on analysis of transactions in social and task-oriented groups.

COM 3893  Organizational Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: COM 1043, COM 1053 or COM 3023.
Theory and research in organizational communication. Examination of the barriers to effective organizational communication; group communication and decision making; information flows through the formal and informal networks of organizations, and the means of evaluating organizational communication effectiveness. (Same as MGT 3123. Credit cannot be earned for both COM 3893 and MGT 3123.)

COM 4383  Relational Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 3383, and enrollment as a Communication major.
Examination of the transactional processes involved in the creation, maintenance, and termination of personal relationships. Analysis of current research and theories concerning the role and effects of communicating in friendship, marriage, and family relationships.

COM 4413  Topics in Communication
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Communication major.
Intensive study of one or more specific issues in communication (e.g., contexts, theoretical perspectives, and/or research methods). May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

COM 4523  Case Studies in Public Relations
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 3073, COM 3523, and COM 3533.
Advanced study of public relations functions, principles, and practices using local, regional, and national organizations as examples.

COM 4533  Public Relations Planning and Campaigns
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 3623 and COM 4523 with a grade of "C-" or better.
Application of public relations principles to the planning and production of messages and campaigns. Students will be expected to produce and carry out a public relations campaign within the community. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience.

COM 4723  Digital Media Production II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: COM 2433, COM 3413, and consent of instructor.
Theory and application of digital production formats, such as Web animation, digital photo production or digital film. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience.

COM 4813  Theory and Practice of Social Interaction
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment as a Communication major and senior standing.
Advanced study of one or more specific topics in social interaction, such as relational communication, intergroup communication, family communication, health communication, and/or conflict. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience.

COM 4911-3  Independent Study in Communication
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

COM 4933  Internship in Communication
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment as a Communication major, senior standing, and consent of instructor.
Supervised field experience in Communication. May be repeated once for credit, but only 3 semester credit hours may be counted toward major requirements. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience.

COM 4993  Honors Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Enrollment limited to candidates for graduation with University Honors.
Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once with advisor approval.


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