Communication Studies Courses

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Introduction to the discipline of communication studies through a problem centered learning approach.  How communication theory can be applied to solve everyday problems in public, professional, and private lives through learning how to advocate, negotiate, and relate.  
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 2
Prereqs:
Freshman-sophomore level; juniors and seniors by permission only.
Theory and practice in communication, including discussions and practical experiences in communication process, language, self-concept, perception, interviewing, group communication, audience analysis, public speaking, feedback, and listening.
This course is a prerequisite for: COMM 325, COMM 370, NUTR 454
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 2
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
Theory and practice of varying human communication forms. Includes discussions and practical experiences in communication process, language, self-concept, perception, interviewing, group communication, audience analysis, public speaking, feedback, and listening. Students conduct evaluative critiques, engage in mock interviews and maintain process journals.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 2
Prereqs:
Admission to the University Honors Program or by invitation.
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
Topic announced prior to registration.
Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 1-12
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the field of communication studies. Processes and theories of human communication in interpersonal and/or family, organizational, and rhetorical contexts. Connects principles of communication studies to collaboration processes and community problems. Career opportunities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the social-scientific and critical-historical research methods in communication studies. Location, interpretation, and application of extant communication research.
This course is a prerequisite for: COMM 400, COMM 495
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to skills and theories in the performance of literature, including written analyses of the works performed and the demonstration of this analysis during performance for the class.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 7
COMM 209
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
Detailed practice in composition and delivery of speeches leading to effective extemporaneous speaking. Critical analysis of contemporary speeches on vital public issues.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 2
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
Detailed practice in composition and delivery of speeches leading to effective extemporaneous speaking. Critical analysis of contemporary speeches on vital public issues will culminate in a major research paper.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 2
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
Practice and theory of communication to participate in and lead small group discussion and problem solving.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 2
COMM 211
Intercultural CommunicationCrosslisted as ETHN 211
Exploration of culture as a dimension of all communicative activity. Communication between cultural groups in a variety of contexts, e.g. interpersonal relationships, groups, organizations, politics, and international relations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
COMM 212
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing or permission.
Principles of argumentation and debate. Practice in analysis, briefing, use of evidence, reasoning, detection of fallacies, refutation, and delivery of argument.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Surveys theories of visual communication to improve critical thinking about images.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 2
Introduction to fundamentals of public deliberation, advocacy, and civic engagement in a democratic society. Develop civic engagement campaigns using the resources of the rhetorical tradition.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
COMM 226
Introduction to BroadcastingCrosslisted as BRDC 226
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing; or freshman standing with a minimum of 12 hrs completed, broadcasting major, and 3.0 GPA in major.
Development of the American system of broadcasting and the telecommunication industry.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Explores the centrality of communication in contemporary, digitally-networked civic life.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Introduction to communication and popular culture, e.g. television, music, film, popular literature, "self help" literature, etc., using rhetorical and critical methods of analysis to understand the communicative dimension of these cultural forms to explore the complex relationship of language, visual images, mediated communication, and cultural values.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Understanding the processes and challenges of interpersonal communication across a variety of relationship types. Issues of interpersonal communication in personal and professional relationships.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 2
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
An introduction to a variety of communication skills to help achieve maximum effectiveness on the job: verbal and listening skills, oral presentation techniques, small group problem solving/leadership, interviewing, and organizational communication.
This course is a prerequisite for: BLAW 372
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 2
Prereqs:
Limited to members of the intercollegiate forensics squad.
Tournaments from September through April.
Application of principles of argumentation and persuasion in intercollegiate debate, public address, and oral interpretation. Intensive research and practice.
Credit Hours: 1-2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the behaviors, theories, functions, and skills relevant to the enactment and interpretation of nonverbal communication.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
COMM 312
Special forms of debate and public discussion. Adaptation of argument to various types of audiences. Analysis of principles of argumentation in great historical debates.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
COMM 325
Prereqs:
One of the following: COMM 109, 209, 283, 210, 286 or permission.
Primary focus: studying and applying the principles and strategies of interviewing to practical situations; defining and discussing the applications of interviewing theory as it applies to interviewers and interviewees; and participation in interviews utilizing the strategies and techniques discussed in class including employment, counseling, informational, appraisal, complaint, reprimand, and/or persuasive.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
COMM 334
Polls, Politics and Public OpinionCrosslisted as POLS 334
Attitudes and behavior of citizens with respect to politics, how these attitudes and behaviors are shaped, how they are measured, and what influence they have on government.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing or permission.
Overview of communication research and practice in various care contexts: client/provider interactions, provider/provider communication, communication in health care organizations, mediated messages in the marketing and promotion of health information, consumer advocacy, politics of health care.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to theories and concepts of intergenerational communication, perceptions of aging, and attitudes about age groups. Focus on cultural variations, media and technology, personal relationships, health and health care.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Theories and research in family communication and relationships. The complexity and consequences of defining and interacting in the family. The diversity of family forms and experiences.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Introductory account of the role of conflict in relationships, organizations, and communities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
An upper-division course in the theories and perspectives of persuasion, including an examination of the dimensions, scope, and role of persuasion in our society. Critical analysis of persuasive messages, becoming familiar with persuasive research, and applying to practical situations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
COMM 378
GPSP/COMM 378 is 'Letter Grade only'.
Intercultural encounters which have occurred on the Great Plains with a focus on American Indian, African, African-American, Latino, Asian, South Asian, and European cultures.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ACE Outcomes: 9
Introduction to theory and research in gender and communication and a survey of research on similarities and differences between male and female verbal and nonverbal communication. Emphasis on examining the relationships among gender, language, social reality, and cultural values.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the guiding theories in organizational communication field and key communication issues in contemporary organizations. Application of theories and issues through case studies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
Structured professional experience for training instructor assistants to tutor, evaluate communication activities, and do other instructional assistance for communication studies courses.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per semester: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission of the Program Coordinator.
Travel outside the United States is required. Passport to travel is required; educational visa may be required. Arrangements for payment and program costs (tuition, transportation, room and board, etc.) will vary depending on the program.
Study abroad at site(s) outside the United States with topics to vary depending on the country(ies) visited and specific area of study. Assignments link experiential learning to communication processes and theories. Students will earn 1 credit hour per every 45 hours of attendance commitments and/or assigned work.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 15
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Topic announced prior to registration.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 1-12
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Delivery: Classroom
COMM 399H
Prereqs:
Open to candidates for degree with distinction, with high distinction, or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing, COMM 200 and COMM 201, or permission.
Major writers, works, and concepts involved in the rhetorical approach to the study of human communication.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
COMM 200, 201, 212, junior/senior standing, or permission.
For students interested in teaching debate and speech activities at the secondary or collegiate level.
Emphasis placed on the relationship between theory in speech communication and practice in the debate and speech contest situation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
COMM 427/827
Instructional CommunicationCrosslisted as TEAC 429/829
Prereqs:
Junior/senior standing; College of Education and Human Sciences major; COMM 200, 201; or permission.
Advanced introductory course in instructional communication, focusing on understanding variables associated with the communication process in instructional settings and managing instructional communication more effectively. Provides an experimental and a cognitive understanding of the role of communication in the instructional process.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
COMM 430/830
Political CommunicationCrosslisted as POLS 430/830
Prereqs:
12 hrs communication studies, or permission.
Role of communication in the political process, with emphasis on communication strategies in political campaigns. Includes communication variables important in the political process, an application of communication theory and principles to political rhetoric, and analysis and criticism of selected political communication events.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing; COMM 200 and 201; or permission.
Theories of mass media, digital media and culture as the basis for investigation of human communication in a variety of contexts and activities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the theories and concepts of intergroup communication, personal and social identity, and social categorization. Communicative processes associated with defining self and others including social comparison, prejudice and discrimination, and social conflict.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing; COMM 200 and 201; or permission.
In-depth exploration of interpersonal communication theory and research across contexts. How people interact to create, maintain, and dissolve relationships.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Prereqs: Junior standing; COMM 200 or 201; or permission.
In-depth exploration of theories and research associated with interpersonal communication phenomena presumed to be destructive and dysfunctional.
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing; COMM 200, 201 and 210; or permission.
Overview of small group communication theory and research centered on how groups and teams are formed and enacted in interaction.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Critical and cultural theories, principles, and research related to organizational communication. Organizations as sites of culture and power.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
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Communication processes and issues that arise in global organizations and in an era marked by globalization. Relationships among culture, communication, and ways of organizing in a variety of organizations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Senior standing; (24 hrs communications studies); communications studies major.
P/N only.
Integrate theory and skills learned in a communication studies major with a focus on scholarly trends and career opporutnities.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing and 12 to 15 hrs communication studies courses.
Prerequisites waived for instructor assistants for COMM PSI courses.
Structured professional experience in the field of communication studies outside of the traditional academic setting. Communication problems are confronted not as abstractions, but as specific occurrences with which the student must cope.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per semester: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
COMM 200, COMM 201, and Senior Standing.
Letter grade only.
Examination of essays and completion of a semester project that integrates and applies theories, concepts and processes learned throughout the communication studies major.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Junior standing; COMM 200 and 201.
Topic announced prior to registration.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 1-12
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
COMM 499H
Prereqs:
Open to candidates for degree with distinction, with high distinction, or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Independent Study
Course Delivery: Classroom
Relationship between gender and communication. Theories and research on gender and communication, serving as the basis for studying the interrelationships among language, social reality, sex role stereotypes, and cultural values.
Credit Hours: 3
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Theories of mass media, digital media, and culture as the basis for investigation of human communication in a variety of contexts and activities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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In-depth exploration of interpersonal communication theory and research across contexts. How people interact to create, maintain, and dissolve relationships.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Principles and theories relevant to communication behavior within organizations which can be used to guide the way people communicate in organizations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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COMM 898
Topic will be announced prior to registration.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 24
Course Format: Lecture
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Course Delivery: Classroom
COMM 899
Prereqs:
Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6-10
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Course Delivery: Classroom
Systematic introduction to the discipline of communication studies, focusing upon the various dimensions of scholarship essential to successful pursuit of an advanced degree in communication studies. Function of communication studies research, surveys major research trends of the discipline, examines epistemology from a human communication perspective, and helps to develop writing and research skills.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Study of Historical and foundational texts with opportunity to analyze texts tailored to students' specialization.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
COMM 911A
In-depth study of the evolution of rhetorical theory from its origin to St. Augustine, with emphasis on rhetorical theory in Classical Greece and Rome.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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COMM 911B
In-depth study of the evolution of rhetorical theory from the middle ages through the modern period, with emphasis on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British rhetorical thought.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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In-depth study of the development of rhetorical theory in the twentieth century.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Literature and research pertaining to the basic psychological concepts, principles, and communication skills employed in effective instruction. Communication as it applies to instruction by studying and applying theories of learning and communication to instructional contexts.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Review and analyze the seminal and current research related to communication in instructional contexts. Foundation for developing theory and generating original research.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Investigation of current topics in instructional communication and speech communication education. Specific content depends on the semester the course is offered and the research interests of the instructor assigned.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Introduction to the theories, concepts, and research on intergroup communication, personal and social identity, and social categorization. Communicative processes associated with defining self and others including social comparison, prejudice and discrimination, and social conflict.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Investigation of current topics in the research on the relationship between cultural processes and human communication.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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In-depth study of the influences of communication behavior on political events. Communication within political campaigns and governmental processes.
Credit Hours: 3
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Fundamental concepts, theories, and research in interpersonal communication. Selected problems and contemporary research.
Credit Hours: 3
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Concepts, theories, and research in family communication. Selected problems and contemporary research across a variety of family contexts.
Credit Hours: 3
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Surveys current research in interpersonal communication. Issues, direction and methodology in interpersonal communication.
Credit Hours: 3
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Advanced course in rhetorical criticism and textual analysis. Designing and conducting an in-depth research project from a critical perspective.
Credit Hours: 3
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Introduction to quantitative research methodology and analysis. Paradigmatic assumptions, reading and interpreting quantitative research studies, and quantitative research design and analysis. Posing research questions and/or hypotheses, quantitative measurement and study design, data collection, and univariate statistical analyses.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
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Theory and practice of interpretive research methodologies and methods. Individual and/or group research projects are planned, conducted, and reported.
Credit Hours: 3
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Advanced course focusing on the critical analysis of cultural artifacts, especially upon the relationship of media, language, and culture. Designing and conducting a research project from a cultural studies perspective.
Credit Hours: 3
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Examines post-positivist, interpretive and critical perspectives on organizational communication research and their use to creatively explore problematic communication situations.
Credit Hours: 3
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Examines consequential problems of communication in and around contemporary organizations. Recent subjects include communicating and organizing for social change.
Credit Hours: 3
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Explores current research foci of the faculty. Recent subjects include the development of a communication perspective on globalization.
Credit Hours: 3
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Credit Hours: 1-6
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Special topics in communication studies.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Format: Lecture
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Prereqs:
Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 55
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