COMM

COMM 100 Introduction to Communication
3 hours. An introduction to the study of human communication. Application of communication principles to interpersonal, group, and public contexts. Particular emphasis on the practice of public speaking. Students will prepare and deliver several oral presentations.

COMM 200 Persuasive Communication
3 hours. A presentation of key principles of persuasion as they are reflected in typical organizational communication contexts. Focus on developing a planning sequence that will function as a practical guide for designing, executing, and evaluating communication events. Students will be expected to develop a "real world" communication event, e.g., publicity campaign, speech, newsletter. Prerequisite: COMM 100 Introduction to Communication or equivalent.

COMM 210 Interpersonal Communication
3 hours. Theoretical and reflective study and guided experience in dyadic and small-group communication, with attention given to interpersonal communication, listening behavior, nonverbal communication, and conflict resolution.

COMM 220 Intercultural Communication
3 hours. This covers communication as it affects and is affected by language and culture. Topics include contextualized use of communication within speech communities, intercultural effectiveness, cultural communication theory, competent intercultural experiences in co-cultures (ethnic, gender, intergenerational, deaf, etc.) and global cultural groups. A student may not earn credit for both the lower-division and upper-division versions of this course.

COMM 230 Mass Media and Popular Culture
3 hours. Survey of the historical development of newspapers, magazines, broadcast media, and cinema. Analysis of the role(s) of mass media in shaping and altering opinion and values in contemporary culture.

COMM 240 Introduction to Public Relations
3 hours. A course designed to introduce and develop a clear concept of public relations as a communication profession. Topics to be covered include the function of public relations in both public and private enterprises; the process of planning and implementing a public relations communication campaign; techniques for communicating with various publics; and the laws and ethics governing the practice of public relations. (Identical to JOUR 240/COMM 240)

COMM 260 Introduction to Communication Research Methods
3 hours. This course is an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in the field of communication and in social science in general.

COMM 270 Introduction to Organizational Communication
3 hours. An examination of organizations from a communication vantage point. Combines study of theoretical perspectives with skill development. Students will build organizational communication competencies through understanding the nature of communication in the organizational context and by practicing effective communication skills. Possible topics include communication networks and climates, superior-subordinate relationships, computer-mediated communication, organizational identification, communication audits, group and team communication, interviewing, meetings, and presentations.

COMM 275 Field Experience
1-10 hours. Experience in supervised field situations, either on or off campus, involving extensive and exploratory communication activity. Admission to course and amount of credit determined by the faculty supervisor. This course is offered each term. Up to 6 hours may count toward major requirements. Pass/No Pass.

COMM 285 Selected Topics
3 hours. A variety of topics may be offered that reflect the interests of faculty, visiting professors, and students.

COMM 290 Small Group Communication
3 hours. A course that examines and applies theories of small-group structures, climate, roles, leadership, motivation, and conflict management. Prerequisite: Comm 100 Introduction to Communication.

COMM 295 Individualized Study
1-3 hours. Individualized study or supervised research in an area of special interest to the student which is outside the regular offerings of the major. Additional course fee (per credit) is required.

COMM 300 Communication Theory and Research
3 hours. A study of the major sources of communication theory (e.g., meaning theory, humanistic psychology, symbolic interactionism, relational theory, information processing) together with specific contemporary exemplifications of each approach. Special focus is on the nature and progress of scientific inquiry in communication theory. Prerequisite: 6 hours of communication arts or media communication courses, including COMM 100 Introduction to Communication.

COMM 305 Professional Communication or Scholarly Activities
1-3 hours. This course is structured to give students experience in real-world communication events, either on or off campus. Extensive research projects may also qualify for this course. This course is offered each term. It may be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours total. Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: Communication Arts or Organizational Communication major, junior standing, completed 9 credits of COMM coursework.

COMM 310 Conflict Resolution
3 hours. A study of communication principles found useful in managing conflict productively. Focus is given to conflict occurring in institutional and organizational settings between individuals and groups. Attention also is given to conflict in social, national, and international settings. (Identical to PSCI 310.)

COMM 311 Social Media
3 hours. This course examines how social media intersects with existing psychological, communication, and marketing theories. In addition to providing a foundation in current terminology and trends, the course will also require students to develop critical thinking techniques in order to improve their media literacy. Students will analyze, evaluate, and prescribe communicative approaches in a variety of contemporary case studies, such as: crisis communication, public relations and branding, campaigns, citizen journalism, “big data,” micromarketing, and social protest. Prerequisite: COMM 100 and Sophomore class standing.

COMM 315 Forensics
0-3 hours. This course prepares students to create competitive speeches and debates in regional intercollegiate tournaments. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours total. Additional course fee required.

COMM 321 Public Relations Case Studies and Campaigns
3 hours. This course gives students an opportunity to apply their existing coursework to variety of historical and hypothetical situations. Students will learn to work in teams to research, craft, and present an effective and ethical message in a short amount of time; to recognize and evaluate the various PR techniques used in historical cases; to demonstrate knowledge of how PR strategies interact with the changing face of modern journalism, marketing, and advertising; and how to construct a strategic campaign that would roll out across a variety of platforms over a set schedule. Prerequisites: COMM 320 Introduction to Public Relations and Junior standing or instructor permission.

COMM 324 Argumentation and Critical Thinking
3 hours. A course in practical reason. Includes a survey of theories of argumentation, analysis of public arguments, and several speeches, including a debate. Prerequisite: COMM 100 Introduction to Communication or instructor's permission.

COMM 340 General and Cultural Linguistics
3 hours. A study of the nature of verbal symbols as they function in communication. The course will include phonetic transcription, semantics, modern grammatical theories, history of the English language, and modern English dialects.

COMM 380 Advanced Organizational Communication
3 hours. This is an advanced study of organizational communication. Topics include, but are not limited to, organizational storytelling, communication technologies, career theory, power and resistance in organizations, and impression management. Students will be encouraged to recognize ways organizational communication can be improved through their everyday interactions. Prerequisite: COMM 270 or consent of instructor.

COMM 399 Cross-Cultural Experience
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

COMM 400 Critical Approaches to Communication
3 hours. Methods of rhetorical criticism as applied to public communication of the past and present, including but not limited to speeches, broadcasts, films, and campaigns. Analysis of current trends in rhetorical criticism. Prerequisite: junior standing or above.

COMM 410 Gender Comm Across Cultures
3 hours. A course designed to introduce students to the nature and function of gender differences in communication on a cross-cultural basis. Examines biological, cultural, linguistic, and power theories that attempt to explain these differences. Focus given to verbal (spoken and written) language as well as nonverbal communication codes. Counts toward globalization requirement.

COMM 420 Intercultural Communication
3 hours. This covers communication as it affects and is affected by language and culture. Topics include contextualized use of communication within speech communities, intercultural effectiveness, cultural communication theory, competent intercultural experiences in co-cultures (ethnic, gender, intergenerational, deaf, etc.) and global cultural groups. A student may not earn credit for both the lower-division and upper-division versions of this course.

COMM 430 Advanced Research Methods & Data Visualization
3 hours. This course is an advanced study of research methods, data management, and data visualization. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, advanced research methods, data cleaning and management, data visualization theory (e.g. perception, visual cognition), design, and data narratives and storytelling. Students will have opportunities to critique, replicate, and redesign current data visualizations, as well create original data visualizations that tell important stories to lay audiences. Prerequisites: COMM 260 Introduction to Communication Research Methods, equivalent course, or instructor permission; Junior standing.

COMM 465 TESOL Field Experience
1-3 hours. Supervised teaching experience in a school or community program for learners of English as a second language. Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: COMM 350 Introduction to TESOL.

COMM 475 Field Experience
1-10 hours. This course is an experience in supervised field situations, the internship can be either on or off campus, involving extensive communication activity usually overseen by a professional or expert in their field. Admission to course and amount of credit are determined by the faculty supervisor. This course is offered each term. Up to 6 hours may count toward major requirements. Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: Communication Arts or Organizational Communication major, junior standing, completed 9 credits in COMM coursework.

COMM 480 Senior Capstone: Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Communication
3 hours. Designed to integrate skills and concepts from communication course work with ethical and spiritual principles through readings, written assignments, and assessment instruments. Students will complete portfolios that will include work samples and department exit exams along with a statement of what it means to be a Christian communicator. A service component may be included as part of the course.

COMM 485 Selected Topics
3 hours. A variety of topics may be offered that reflect the interests of faculty, visiting professors, and students.

COMM 495 Individualized Study
1-3 hours. Individualized study or supervised research in an area of special interest to the student which is outside the regular offerings of the major. Additional course fee (per credit) is required.