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General Catalog Fall 2012
Posted Mar 02, 2012

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1000  Studies in Communication I (1 to 4)
   Variable topic in communication, such as but not exclusively, navigating the Internet and Grantsmanship. May be taken three times for credit.

1010  Elements of Speech Communication (3)
   Basic theory and practice of communication behavior in interpersonal, group problem-solving, and public-speaking contexts.

1020  Principles of Public Speaking (3)
   Adjusting to audiences: analyzing, developing, organizing, and delivering ideas in a public speech.

1270  Analysis of Argument (3) Fulfills Quant Reason (Stat/Logic) & Humanities Exploration.
   Study of argumentation--reasoning, issues, audience analysis--in decision-making contexts. Analysis and critical evaluation of persuasive and argumentative messages.

1500  Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
   Theory, structure, content, functions, and audiences of mass communication media (print, broadcast, film, and new media) in contemporary life. History and technology of media in providing news, opinion, entertainment, and advertising in a democracy.

1510  Radio-Television Performance and Production (3)
   For nonmajors. Development of basic performance and production skills for radio and television. Individual and group assignments.

1530  Basic Photography (4)
   Introduction to photographic media. Instruction in use of camera, lighting, and basic black-and-white darkroom techniques. Covers principles of composition. Students shoot and process their own photographs.

1535  Basic Digital Photography (4)
   An introduction to basic photography using digital capture and output. Students learn how to use digital cameras as they explore lighting, composition, color control, visual story telling and image manipulation with an introduction to Photoshop.

1610  Introduction to News Reporting and Writing (4) Prerequisite: WRTG 2010 or ESL 1060.
   Organization and written presentation of facts to a mass audience, with emphasis on writing news. Development of information-gathering skills for presentation through mass media.

2050  Freshman Interest Group (3) Prerequisite: Must be an entering freshman.
   Introduction to both Speech and Mass Communication for freshman students interested in majoring in communication.

2110  Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3) Fulfills Humanities Exploration.
   Communication processes underlying formation, maintenance, and termination of interpersonal relationships.

2120  Group Decision-Making (3)
   Basic elements of group processes in decision making with emphasis on participation and analysis in decision-making groups.

2210  Introduction to Performance and Culture (3)
   Fundamental techniques for analyzing and performing poetry, narrative fiction, and nonfiction prose.

2500  Elements of Telecommunications (4) Prerequisite: COMM 1500.
   Survey of the history and development of the broadcasting industry; critical analysis of its structure, economics, regulation, programming, and audiences.

2530  Photojournalism (4) Prerequisite: COMM 1530 or 1535.
   Documentary photography for newspapers and magazines. Field techniques, analysis, and criticism. Students plan, produce, and edit photo essays and slide documentaries.

3000  Communication Studies (1 to 4)
   Variable topics in communication. May be taken five times for credit.

3010  Peer Advising (1 to 3) Prerequisite: Declared Communication major with 3.2 GPA.
   Practicum in peer advising and mentoring. Organize and run Student Advisory Committee, publish newsletter and web site, manage information flow from faculty to undergraduate. May be taken two times for credit.

3020  Media & Pop Culture (3) Fulfills Humanities Exploration.
   Due to television and new media (Internet, blogging, YouTube), popular culture has become a dominant social force in today's world. This course will study the media that bring us popular culture, the products of popular culture, and the celebrities--movie stars, singers, and athletics--who function as the gods of popular culture.

3030  Communication and Social Responsibility (3) Fulfills Communication/Writing & Humanities Exploration.
   Applying critical thinking to a series of contemporary social issues, regularly developing positions on social issues in writing and speech, and increasing sensitivity to the role of language in understanding and action.

3040  Communication and Relationships (3) Fulfills Humanities Exploration.
   Study of communication in structuring social relationships from family and friendships to organizations. Open to nonmajors.

3050  Theoretical Perspectives on Communication (3)
   Introduction to current communication theories that apply throughout the communication curriculum.

3060  Transfer Interest Group (1)
   Designed for transfer students. Purpose of this course is to assist student orientation to the University, facilitate entrance and integration into the Communication major and offer information to enhance students' success as U students and Communication majors. Activities include relevant tours, options and requirements within Communication majors, faculty presentations across the range of Communication specialties, training in automated library searches, tips for student successes and other topics that arise from the needs and requests of students in the class.

3070  Communication and Gender (3) Fulfills Diversity.
   Introduces basic communication concepts. Demonstrates the negotiation of gender roles in everyday communicative interaction including dyadic, small group, and public address contexts.

3100  Introduction to Documentary Studies (3) Cross listed as ENGL 3100, FILM 3100.
   A survey course on the documentary from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include: constructing the narrative, the photographic documentary, the film documentary, and architectural and scientific documentation.

3110  Interpersonal Communication, Special Topics (3) Prerequisite: COMM 2110.
   Understanding different perspectives and issues in interpersonal communication. Topics vary. May be taken three times for credit.

3115  Communicating Science, Health, Environment (3)
   Communication plays a fundamental role in public perception of science, health, and the environment. This class provides students with an overview of how these topics are communicated in contexts ranging from the mass media, to public hearings, to patient-provider interactions. Topics include climate change, pandemics, addiction, and genetics.

3120  Family Communication (3) Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 2110.
   Systems approach to study of family relationships. Communication patterns, family rules, interpersonal bonds, relational dimensions, and contextual influences.

3140  Dangerous Liaisons in Relationships & Organizations (3)
   An introduction to interpersonal and organizational communication with an emphasis on the scenarios of trouble.

3150  Foundations of Argument, Conflict and Dialogue (3)
   This course is designed to introduce students to the modes of communication best suited to wide range of interpersonal, organizational, communal, cultural, intercultural, international, and global conflict conditions. The modes of communication examined range from resistance and argumentation to advocacy, interviewing, negotiating, mediating, and dialoguing.

3170  Introduction to Organizational Communication (3)
   Contemporary theory and intellectual traditions applied to the study of organizations and the role of organizations in society and cultural practices.

3180  Communication and Social Reality (3) Fulfills Humanities Exploration.
   Role of communication in creating, maintaining, and changing social reality. The relationship between communicative phenomena and social structure. Effects of communication process on individuals and groups.

3190  Intercultural Communication (3) Fulfills Diversity.
   Systematic study of communication processes that involve contact and interaction between people of different cultures. Readings, exercises, assignments, and electronic media contribute to understanding intercultural processes.

3200  Persuasion Theory and Practices (3) Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Study and practice of principles of persuasion in public speaking and other forms of communication.

3270  Forensics Laboratory (3)
   Competition in intercollegiate debate and forensics. Consult director of forensics before registering. May be taken two times for credit.

3290  Native American Activism (3) Fulfills Diversity.
   This course examines Native American activism from a communication/rhetorical perspective. It highlights Native American voices and perspectives on historical and contemporary issues, including Tecumpseh's resistance, the American Indian Movement (AIM), Columbus Day protests, nuclear colonialism, the Skull Valley Band of Goshute nuclear controversy, and mascots.

3330  Negotiation and Interviewing (3)
   Role of communication in decision-making process of negotiation and bargaining. Emphasis on functions of communication in resolving conflicts through bargaining. Interviewing methods.

3405  Rhetoric: Aristotle to #Twitter (3)
   This course provides an overview of the many ways people have engaged in discourse from ancient Athens to today's modern society. Although rhetoric was originally concerned with the power of words, today we also study the power of images, advertising, PR, TV, Twitter, and Facebook to move people to support social movements, political candidates, great ideas, fashionable brands, and cool design.

3410  Literature in Performance (3) Fulfills Humanities Exploration.
   Practical and theoretical study of literature as a communicative event. Communicative strategies and structures that shape forms and meanings of oral and written literature.

3415  Introduction to Cultural Studies (3)
   Why do you dress the way you do? Talk the way you do? Eat the way you do? This class introduces students to cultural studies, a field that explores how we construct meaning out of our day-to-day lives. Objects of study in this course might include popular culture, social institutions (such as work, school, family, and religion), material culture (such as food, clothes, and commodities), works of art, and politics (including social movements and the struggle for social, economic, and environmental justice). Any object of study will be placed in a larger context of social power and politics.

3420  Performance and Culture (3) Fulfills Humanities Exploration.
   Historical and ethnographic study of performance genres and practices as enactments of cultural identity and as sites of cultural struggle, resistance, and transformation. Topics covered include performance as cultural process, performance as a way of knowing, and performance as power.

3460  Communication Criticism (3) Fulfills Communication/Writing & Humanities Exploration.
   Introduction to analysis of public communication (speeches, editorials, advertisements, TV, film, etc.) from a variety of critical perspectives.

3490  Communication and Public Issues: Special Topics (3)
   Analysis of historical and contemporary persuasive strategies associated with such issues as civil rights, women's rights, and environmentalism. May be taken two times for credit.

3500  Writing for Entertainment Media (3) Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Developing the script; using creative writing and adapting stories.

3505  Living in a Media World (3)
   Analysis of mediated communication and its influence on individuals and society. Emphasizes critical consumption of media messages and the implications of producing such messages. Technological, economic, historical, legal, and ethical foundations of media.

3510  Introduction to Web Design (3) Prerequisite: COMM 3550 and Beginning Photoshop ability.
   Introduces the basics of web site design with emphasis on the design process; visual communication principles; usability; and current web communication theory and criticism. Computer literacy is required.

3520  Radio Journalism (3) Prerequisite: COMM 1610. Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   News writing and reporting for radio, covering a beat, interviewing sources, producing news for broadcast.

3530  Advanced Photography (4) Prerequisite: COMM 1530 or 1535.
   Creative visualization in black-and-white and color photography. Instruction in both darkroom/silver-based and digital reproduction. Students specialize in genres of commercial photography. Includes instruction in studio lighting.

3550  Principles of Visual Communication (3)
   Survey course that looks at physio-psychological bases of perception of cognition, semiotics, aesthetics and historical references that lead to realization of visual messages. Includes discussions of ethical dimensions of visual image-making. Presentations incorporate criticism of contemporary visual images across all mass media.

3555  Convergence Journalism (3) Prerequisite: COMM 1610 & 3550.
   This course looks at convergence journalism in two ways: technological and visual-verbal. It is an introductory course to acquaint all journalism sequence students with the tools of visual reporting and display-still photography, video photography and web site design-within a narrative context.

3560  Video Production I (4) Pre-requisite: COMM 3550
   Production of electronic visual media. Basic theoretical principles and techniques of production.

3570  Newsbreak (1 to 3) Prerequisite: COMM 3560.
   Technical staff for student-produced television newscast plus Webcast and podcasts for utah.newsbreak.edu. Students learn directing videography, audio, graphics and floor directing. May be taken two times for credit.

3580  Special Topics: Strategic Communication (3)
   Varying topics in advertising, marketing, and/or public relations. May be taken three times for credit.

3600  Editing Process (4) Prerequisites: WRTG 2010 or equivalent. Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Judging content and form and preparing copy for publication. Graphics, layout, and picture editing included.

3610  Internship (1 to 6)
   Formally approved internship in a Communication field. May be taken three times for credit a total of 12 credits.

3620  Editorial Conference (1 to 3)
   For "Daily Utah Chronicle" staff members. May be taken two times for credit.

3630  Absolute Communication (1 to 4)
   This course is the student-run advertising and public relations agency that provides public relations, social media, advertising, and strategic planning services for real-world clients. Students create professional-level work, gaining experience in the industry that can lead to internships and employment.

3640  Writing for New Media (4) Prerequisite: WRTG 2010.
   This writing foundation course surveys the important components of writing in/for new media environments for entertainment, informational, educational, and interpersonal purposes. Media forms and platforms covered include narratives for film and TV, the Internet, e-games, documentaries, blogs, and personal media devices. Students discuss and evaluate new media writing and write their own new media content. Basic computer proficiency (word processing, Internet use) is required.

3645  Living the eLife (3) Cross listed as UGS 3645. Fulfills Humanities Exploration.
   Living the eLife-What's your eLife quotient? Do you Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Skype, blog, text, YouTube, and play World or Warcraft-and believe your life is better for it? Many of us are both enthralled and appalled by the rapidly-expanding universe of the new media, and by the increasing cultural pressures to keep up with the latest gadgets. In this course students investigate how individuals and communities use, adapt, appropriate, and are impacted by new media technologies for work, play, and maintaining social ties.

3660  Intermediate News Reporting (4) Prerequisite: COMM 1610. Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Focuses on news-gathering (reporting) skills. Also, builds on news-writing lessons of COMM 1610. In-class practice is combined with in-the-field news-story assignments, and discussions of journalistic skills and theory.

3670  Principles of Advertising (3)
   Introduction to advertising's historical, social, and economic aspects. Marketing mix, communication theory, and advertising organizations. Designing persuasive messages for print and broadcast media.

3680  Advertising Media Analysis and Planning (3) Prerequisite: COMM 3670.
   Development of media plans including creative strategies based on comprehensive marketing analysis.

3710  Introduction to Quantitative Communication Research (3) Prerequisite: Any QA or QB course. Fulfills Quantitative Intensive BS.
   Introduces logical and analytic communication research tools. Focuses on the research process used in generating communication research, data analysis methods, and special topics in communication research.

3770  Cross Cultural Documentary (3) Fulfills International Requirement.
   This course is designed to explore the epistemological dimension of cross-cultural documentaries by examining power relations among viewers, subjects, and filmmakers with theoretical implications from both communication studies and visual anthropology. This course not only will deepen a student's understanding of critical issues of cultural representation, but also prepare the student to be well-versed communicators in an increasingly cross-cultural environment.

3910  Independent Study (1 to 4)
   May be taken two times for credit.

4170  Applied Organizational Communication (4) Prerequisite: COMM 3170.
   Theory and practice of communication in private and public organizations. Relationship of communication theory and organization theory. Role of communication in achieving organizational goals. Assessment and development of organizational communication systems.

4270  Forensics Practicum (3) Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Issues in intercollegiate and high school debate and forensics. Consult director of forensics to register. May be taken two times for credit.

4360  Consuming the Earth (3)
   For the first time in history, humans threaten the earth. Any effective response to the environmental crisis requires a serious analysis of communication patterns about nature and humanity's relation to nature. This course will investigate the role of the media in transmitting, popularizing, and distorting environmental information, with special attention to international issues.

4520  TV Journalism (4) Prerequisite: COMM 1610, 3555 or 3560.
   News team for student-produced television newscasts, Webcasts and podcast. Students serve as producers, reporters, editors, and anchors.

4550  Developments in New Media (3) Prerequisite: COMM 1500. Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   An examination of issues, uses, and effects related to digital communication technology.

4560  Video Production II (4) Prerequisite: COMM 3560 and 3550.
   Techniques of motion picture and television production. Student production of scripted materials.

4570  Visual Editing (4) Pre-requisite: COMM 3550
   Basic graphic design of print media with emphasis on integrating visual and verbal messages in persuasive communication. Students explore visual design problems by producing lab projects using page layout software. Students must be familiar with Macintosh operating system.

4580  Strategic Communication Theory and Practice (3)
   This course serves as an introduction to the advertising, marketing, and public relations professions and how they intersect in business, industry, public institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

4590  Writing for Strategic Communication (4) Prerequisite: COMM 1610 and 4580. Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   This writing intensive course introduces students to the variety of writing challenges in advertising, marketing, and public relations. Students learn in a laboratory setting and produce a portfolio of their completed writing projects.

4610  Magazine Writing (3) Prerequisite: COMM 1610. Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Writing nonfiction for publication. Includes analysis of the magazine industry and marketing manuscripts.

4620  Communication, Globalization, and Transnational Issues (3)
   This course will explore globalization and fragmentation in today's world, emphasizing the roles that symbols, images, messages, media, networks, and discourses play in questions about the ordering of identity, culture, work, economy, religion, the environment, and politics. The course will analyze possibilities for positive, creative social change within and beyond today's dominant institutional forms and forces.

4670  Specialty Reporting (3 to 4) Prerequisite: COMM 1610. Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Gathering, organizing, and presenting information related to a specific topic area (.ie., science, environment, education) to a mass audience. Topic varies. May be taken two times for credit.

4910  Independent Honors Study (1 to 4)

4999  Honors Thesis/Project (3 to 4)
   Restricted to students in the Honors Program working on an Honors degree.

5000  Studies in Communication (1 to 4)
   Experimental course with variable content. See current Class Schedule for topic. May be taken five times for credit.

5010  Teaching Speech and Communication (3) Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Instructional design theory as it is applied to teaching speech and communication in a variety of contexts (high school, business, organizations, private consulting, etc.). Students will master the basics of instructional design and execute instructional packages.

5030  Public Participation and Consensus Building (3)
   Meets with COMM 6030, URBPL 5030 & 6030. Course looks at effective work-group behavior, interpersonal and group dynamics; nominal group processes, participatory practices for public meetings; the diversity of urban interests, group identity and inter-group conflicts; conflict mediation in plan and program design.

5060  Teaching Mentorship (1 to 3)

5110  Interpersonal Communication: Current Research (3) Prerequisite: COMM 2110.
   Advanced study of conceptual approaches to understanding interpersonal relationships through interaction.

5115  Health Communication (3)
   Meets with COMM 6115. This course examines various health communcation issues from the personal, intimate interactions between patients and caregivers in the examination and hospital room; to organizational healthcare policies and community relations that affect the way healthcare is provided and the way people feel about the providers; to medicated coverage, campaign, and programming that seek to educate people about health.

5116  Health, Communication, Culture (3)
   Meets with COMM 6116. Health and illness are as much cultural issues as they are biological phenomena. As such, communication plays a key role in our perceptions and practices around health. This course is designed to examine the relationships among health, culture, and communication, in four ways: (1) broad cultural assumptions and understandings of health and medicine, historically and today; (2) cultural differences in health communication, including and especially in provider-patient contexts; (3) mediated constructions of health, illness, and medicine; and (4) health campaigns and initiatives.

5117  Health Campaigns, and Media (3)
   Meets with COMM 6117. This course aims to introduce the student to the theories, research and practice of health communication campaigns, including theories of health behavior change, campaign processes and stages (including planning, implementation, and evaluation), audience analysis, effective uses of media strategies (such as emotional appeal, framing) and media channels, and health promotion through media advocacy. Through this course the student will attain a solid knowledge about health communication campaign as well as develop the skill set that will be useful to a professional career in health communication.

5120  Teamwork (3)
   This course explores the communication practices that are associated with effective, successful teamwork. Special attention will be devoted to professional settings like engineering, education, and business. Students will learn how to structure a team experience so that participation is equitable, enjoyable, and efficient while also producing successful results.

5140  Communication and Aging (3) Cross listed as GERON 5140.
   Introduction to communication and aging perspectives. These perspectives provide a unifying thread to a truly interdisciplinary inquiry into the studies of the aging process. Issues pertaining to the communication and aging perspective, including attitudes and ageism, relational considerations of older adults (such as the role of communication in reminiscence, intimacy, helping, and loneliness), mass media, work, leisure and retirement, and family relationships and friendships included. Offered odd years.

5150  Dialogue and Cultural Studies (3)
   Describes and analyzes how conversation sustains a sense of social reality.

5160  Communication and Emotion (3)
   The class explores various ways in which communication and emotion influence one another. These include: how emotion is a part of all communication, how emotion is communicated verbally and nonverbally, effects of communicating or withholding emotional expression, using communication to influence one's own and others' emotions, the role of emotion in social structure and ritual, and cultural similarities and differences in how emotion is experienced and expressed.

5170  Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication (3) Prerequisite: COMM 3170.
   Interpretive and symbolic approaches to organizational communication. Exploration of the role of communication in creation of organizational reality and organizational responses to challenges presented by changing cultural and social contexts (such as conflict, diversity, home-workplace tensions, changing employee-employer relations, new technology, etc.). May be taken two times for credit.

5180  Seminar: Organizational Communication (3) Prerequisite: COMM 3170.
   Topic varies. In-depth inquiry into an organizational communication topic. May be taken two times for credit.

5200  Persuasion and Political Communication (3)
   Theory and practice in modern persuasion situations, with emphasis on teaching students to become critical consumers of persuasive messages.

5260  History of Public Communication (3) Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 3460.
   Analysis and criticism of public statements on political, religious, and social issues relevant to American history.

5270  Theories of Argument (3)
   Understanding ways people use reasoning, logic, and argument in formal and informal communication.

5300  Mass Communication Law (4) Prerequisite: COMM 1500.
   First Amendment origin and interpretations. Rights, regulation, and responsibilities of media. Case studies.

5310  Telecommunication Policy and Management (3)
   Government and industry regulations applied to operation of broadcast facilities. Practical application of regulations.

5320  Freedom of Expression (3)
   Legal, political, and philosophical issues in systems of public communication under the First Amendment.

5330  Visual Rhetoric and Political Argumentation (3)
   The course explores the ways audiences and decision-makers write and talk about visual political argumentation in a host of venues, including television, archives, documentaries, billboards, photography, blogs, political campaigns, and museums. The focus will be on both domestic and international political usage of visual rhetoric.

5340  Communication and Law (3)
   Lawyer-specific communication processes: case analysis; identifying issues and evidence; mediation, arbitration, negotiation in dispute resolution; opening statements and closing arguments; examination and cross-examination of witnesses; appellate advocacy.

5350  Ethical Practices of Communication (3)
   From personal identity to relationships to cultural expressions; from argument to organizational procedures to public policy; from email to chat rooms to web pages; from memos to press releases to industrialized communicative products, questions of ethical behavior by individuals, organizations and societies arise in all communicative contexts. This course organizes the resources of critical evaluation and ethical judgment to provide the means by which communication practitioners can live examined lives.

5360  Environmental Communication (3) Cross listed as ENVST 5360.
   Social construction of the environment and environmental issues through media and other communication processes. How individual and societal choices are shaped in the process.

5370  Environmental Communication, Special Topics (1 to 3)
   Meets with COMM 6370. Course explores current topics in environmental communication and reflects current events and faculty expertise. Potential topics include the nuclear West, global environmental issues, health and environment, consumerism and environment, and climate change communication.

5380  Interdisciplinary Applications in Community Engagement (3)
   Applying principles and practices from communication and across the University curriculum to community issues and problems.

5420  Contemporary Social Movements (3)
   Meets with COMM 6420. One or more contemporary social movements are examined with an eye toward assessing communication strategies used by those movements as well as strategies employed to control them. The purpose of the course is to cultivate critical awareness, appreciation, and creative consideration of the role of communication in organizing, controlling, and negotiating resistance in contexts of constraint.

5490  Communication and Social Justice (3)
   This course explores the theory and practice of social justice in the contemporary world. Drawing on a theoretical notion of justice that is grounded in the elimination of oppression, the course centers on social justice as inherently linked to race, class, gender, and sexuality. The course concentrates on the ways in which our communication-individual, institutional, and mediated-enables the maintenance of injustice as it also offers possibilities for intervention and social change.

5500  Emerging Technologies (3)
   Meets with COMM 6500. This course will explore the development, life cycle, and transformation of an emerging technology and how it has or may change the rules of communication in professional and social settings. Students may critique, design, and/or participate in the emerging community. The featured technology will vary. May be taken twice for credit.

5510  Advanced Web Design (3) Prerequisite: COMM 3510 or instructor's consent.
   Integrates advanced web communication theory/criticism with a comprehensive exploration of the technologies used in web site development and design, including XHTML, CSS and JavaScript.

5520  Interactive Narrative (3) Prerequisite: COMM 3550 and Beginning Photoshop ability.
   This course focuses on the design and theory of interactive narrative. Students deconstruct the ideology of authorship and user agency while creating original art, graphics, audio, and interactive computer-animated media for distribution via the Web.

5530  Visual Communication (3) Pre-requisite: COMM 3550
   Visual communication. Explores a broad range of theoretical and research literature that provide useful perspectives or foundations for the study of visual communication. The literature representing these perspectives draws from a variety of areas including perception, cognition, aesthetics, and film/visualization theory.

5540  Media and Diversity (3) Cross listed as ETHNC 5540. Fulfills Diversity.
   Explores theoretical and critical approaches to understanding relationships between media and ethnicity, gender, race, and social identity. Through an examination of contemporary scholarship, lectures and discussions, video screenings, in-class writing, and group presentations, the course provides an integral approach to understanding how media affect the production and consumption of diverse social and intellectual ideas and perspectives.

5550  Digital Imaging (4) Pre-requisite: COMM 3550
   Exploration of creative, ethical, and legal challenges of image manipulation. Students encounter imaging design questions by creating advertising and editorial illustrations using image manipulation software.

5555  Documentary Photography (4) Prerequisite: COMM 1530 or 1535.
   Meets with COMM 6555. Instruction in creating the still photographic documentary. Topics explore history of documentary photography, ethics, negotiation and interviewing, planning, picture editing and layout. Includes instruction in writing for the photographic image. Students produce individual documentaries.

5560  Video Production III (4) Prerequisite: COMM 4560.
   Advanced methods of television and film production from inception to finished product.

5580  Public Relations Cases and Campaigns (4) Prerequisite: COMM 1500, 1610 and 4580. Fulfills Upper Division Communication/Writing.
   Discussion of public relations problems based on case studies. Writing instruction and exercises.

5590  Integrated Marketing Communication (3)
   Managerial considerations affecting telecommunications facility operations. Fiscal management, regulations, ratings, program decision making, and maximizing human resources.

5610  IT & Global Conflict (3) Fulfills International Requirement.
   Meets with COMM 6610. This course will examine the impact new information and communication technologies (GPS, Internet, blogging, videogames, and more) are having on various forms of global conflict. This includes state-level warfare, terrorism, peaceful resistance and protest, the emergence of new forms of conflict such as "cyberterror" and "softwar," as well as impact on international relations in the Information Age.

5615  Globalization and Media (3)
   Meets with COMM 6615. This course draws on economics, communication, political science, law, cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, and science and technology studies to analyze national media systems and global communication networks. It examines such issues as: What is the best way to structure a media and communications system? Who should have access to it? How will it be funded? Who decided its content? What values, including identity and culture, are expressed by its structure? How does media interact with democracy and political power?

5620  International Communication (3) Fulfills International Requirement.
   Examines the forces--physical, social, political, psychological, economic--that influence the movement of news, entertainment, and advertising worldwide. Includes such considerations as censorship, propaganda, media diplomacy, media imperialism. foreign correspondence, the use of the Internet, cables, and communication satellites.

5630  Mass Communication History (3)
   Major historical developments in mass communication; emphasis on people, economics, technology, and societal influences on media environment.

5640  Communication Technology and Culture (3)
   This course examines the ideological context of evolving communication technologies as they function to structure, maintain, and alter power relations in contemporary society. Special attention is given to a) social construction of gender, race, national identity, and class by and through communicaiton technology; and b) the ideological valences of recent and emerging communication technologies.

5650  Videogames Studies (3) Prerequisite: COMM 3550 and Beginning Photoshop ability.
   Meets with COMM 6650. In this course students explore and challenge current topics in video and computer game design, reception, and criticism. Topics vary. May be taken twice for credit.

5660  Media Ethics (3) Prerequisite: COMM 1500.
   Professional ethics in media; emphasis on news work. Philosophical concepts, moral reasoning, and media values and principles. Current issues through case studies. Institutions through which media have addressed moral dilemmas.

5670  Activism and New Media (3)
   Meets with COMM 6670. Social movement theory as informed by new media studies. Students investigate the application of new media technologies/ICTs in social movement activism, and engage in media production focused on social change and using podcasts, blogs, wikis, and other web-based technologies to creatively engage in civil society. Beginning PhotoShop ability required.

5680  Computer mediated Communication (3)
   Meets with COMM 6680. Examination of various discursive communities constituted by/through computing technologies (personal computer, mobile phone, PDA, and other electronic devices). Students analyze and critique use and effects in interpersonal, political, economic, work and educational contexts.

5690  Topics in New Media Studies (3)
   Meets with COMM 6690. Special Topics in new media. May be taken twice for credit.

5710  Communication Research (4) Prerequisite: COMM 3710 or any QI. Fulfills Quantitative Intensive BS.
   Basic descriptive and inferential statistics, instrumentation, design principles, and application to communication problems. May be taken as a service-learning class.

5770  Communication Design (3)
   Meets with COMM 6770. Special Topics in visual communication design. May be taken twice for credit.

5800  Special Projects (1 to 4)
   Prereq.: Majors only and department chair's consent. May be taken two times for credit.

5810  Peace and Conflict Studies Capstone Course (3)
   This course will examine reconciliation after conflict at the individual and collective levels. This course will focus on the kinds of resolutions that are possible after serious conflict, and will consider the processes and factors (e.g., personal, legal, intuitional, popular and scholarly discourse, religious and literary/artistic aspects) that can enhance the chances for peaceful resolutions rather than a resurgence of violence. this course is an advanced seminar structured around readings, discussions, and interactive writing assignments.

5815  Health Communication, Special Topic (3)
   Meets with COMM 6815. Conceptual, theoretical, and/or thematic issues in health communication. Potential topics include cancer communication, communication and the weighted body, decision-making in health contexts, patient-provider communication, and sexual health communication. May be taken two times for credit.

5999  Research Independent Study (1 to 4)
   For students engaged in faculty supervised research. May be taken 2 times for credit.

6000  Studies in Communication: Graduate (1 to 4)
   Meets with COMM 5000. May be taken two times for credit.

6010  Teaching Speech and Communication: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5010.

6030  Public Participation and Consensus Building (3)
   Meets with COMM 5030, URBPL 5030 & 6030. Course looks at effective work-group behavior, interpersonal and group dynamics; nominal group processes, participatory practices for public meetings; the diversity of urban interests, group identity and inter-group conflicts; conflict mediation in plan and program design.

6090  Teaching the College Communication Curricula (3)
   Explores theoretical issues, research trends, and practical approaches to teaching communication in college and university settings. Students will be engaged in discussions about their immediate teaching experiences and needs, as well as invited to position themselves philosophically and pragmatically for the pedagogical dimensions of the faculty role. Questions about ethics, culture, disciplinary boundaries and intersections will influence readings, discussions, and written work in the course.

6110  Interpersonal Communication: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5110.

6115  Health Communication (3)
   Meets with COMM 5115. This course examines various health communication issues from the personal, intimate interactions between patients and caregivers in the examination and hospital room; to organizational healthcare policies and community relations that affect the way healthcare is provided and the way people feel about the providers; to mediated coverage, campaigns and programming that seek to educate people about health.

6116  Health, Communication, Culture (3)
   Meets with COMM 5116. Health and illness are as much cultural issues as they are biological phenomena. As such, communication plays a key role in our perceptions and practices around health. This course is designed to examine the relationships among health, culture, and communication, in four ways: (1) broad cultural assumptions and understandings of health and medicine, historically and today; (2) cultural differences in health communication, including and especially in provider-patient contexts; (3) mediated constructions of health, illness, and medicine; and (4) health campaigns and initiatives.

6117  Health Campaigns and Media (3)
   Meets with COMM 5117. This course aims to introduce the student to the theories, research and practice of health communication campaigns, including theories of health behavior change, campaign processes and stages (including planning, implementation, and evaluation), audience analysis, effective uses of media strategies (such as emotional appeal, framing) and media channels, and health promotion through media advocacy. Through this course the student will attain a solid knowledge about health communication campaign as well as develop the skill set that will be useful to a professional career in health communication.

6120  Teamwork (3)
   This course explores the communication practices that are associated with effective, successful teamwork. Special attention will be devoted to professional settings like engineering, education, and business. Students will learn how to structure a team experience so that participation is equitable, enjoyable, and efficient while also producing successful results.

6140  Communication and Aging: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5140.

6150  Dialogue and Cultural Studies: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5150.

6160  Communication and Emotion (3)
   Meets with COMM 5160. The class explores various ways in which communication and emotion influence one another. These include: how emotion is a part of all communication, how emotion is communicated verbally and nonverbally, effects of communicating or withholding emotional expression, using communication to influence one's own and others' emotions, the role of emotion in social structure and ritual, and cultural similarities and differences in how emotion is experienced and expressed.

6170  Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5170.

6200  Persuasion and Political Communication: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5200.

6260  History of Public Communication: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5260.

6270  Theories of Argument: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5270.

6300  Mass Communication Law: Graduate (4)
   Meets with COMM 5300.

6310  Telecommunication Policy and Management: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5310.

6320  Freedom of Expression: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5320.

6330  Visual Rhetoric and Political Argumentation (3)
   The course explores the ways audiences and decision-makers write and talk about visual political argumentation in a host of venues, including television, archives, documentaries, billboards, photography, blogs, political campaigns, and museums. The focus will be on both domestic and international political usage of visual rhetoric.

6340  Communication and Law: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5340.

6350  Ethical Practices of Communication: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5350.

6360  Environmental Communication: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5360.

6370  Environmental Communication, Special Topics (1 to 3)
   Meets with COMM 5370. Course explores current topics in environmental communication and reflects current events and faculty expertise. Potential topics include the nuclear West, global environmental issues, health and environment, consumerism and environment, and climate change communication.

6420  Contemporary Social Movements (3)
   Meets with COMM 5420. One or more contemporary social movements are examined with an eye toward assessing communication strategies used by those movements as well as strategies employed to control them. The purpose of the course is to cultivate critical awareness, appreciation, and creative consideration of the role of communication in organizing, controlling, and negotiating resistance in contexts of constraint.

6450  Communication and Culture: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5450.

6490  Communication and Social Justice (3)
   Meets with COMM 5490. This course explores the theory and practice of social justice in the contemporary world. Drawing on a theoretical notion of justice that is grounded in the elimination of oppression, the course centers on social justice as inherently linked to race, class, gender, and sexuality. The course concentrates on the ways in which our communication-individual, institutional, and mediated-enables the maintenance of injustice as it also offers possibilities for intervention and social change.

6500  Emerging Technologies (3)
   Meets with COMM 5500. This course will explore the development, life cycle, and transformation of an emerging technology and how it has or may change the rules of communication in professional and social settings. Students may critique, design, and/or participate in the emerging community. The featured technology will vary. May be taken twice for credit.

6520  Interactive Narrative: Graduate (3) Prerequisite: Beginning Photoshop ability.
   Meets with COMM 5520.

6530  Visual Communication: Graduate (3)

6540  Media and Diversity: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5540.

6550  Digital Imaging: Graduate (4)
   Meets with COMM 5550.

6555  Documentary Photography (4) Prerequisite: COMM 1530.
   Meets with COMM 5555. Instruction in creating the still photographic documentary. Topics explore history of documentary photography, ethics, negotiation and interviewing, planning, picture editing and layout. Includes instruction in writing for the photographic image. Students produce individual documentaries.

6580  Public Relations Cases and Campaigns: Graduate (4)
   Meets with COMM 5580.

6590  Integrated Marketing Communication: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5590.

6610  IT & Global Conflict (3)
   Meets with COMM 5610. This course will examine the impact new information and communication technologies (GPS, Internet, blogging, videogames, and more) are having on various forms of global conflict. This includes state-level warfare, terrorism, peaceful resistance and protest, the emergence of new forms of conflict such as "cyberterror" and "softwar," as well as impact on international relations in the Information Age.

6615  Globalization and Media (3)
   Meets with COMM 5615. This course draws on economics, communication, political science, law, cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, and science and technology studies to analyze national media systems and global communication networks. It examines such issues as: What is the best way to structure a media and communications system? Who should have access to it? How will it be funded? Who decided its content? What values, including identity and culture, are expressed by its structure? How does media interact with democracy and political power?

6620  International Communication: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5620.

6630  Mass Communication History: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5630.

6640  Communication Technology and Culture: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5640.

6650  Videogames Studies (3) Prerequisite: COMM 3550 and Beginning Photoshop ability.
   Meets with COMM 5650. In this course students explore and challenge current topics in video and computer game design, reception, and criticism. Topics vary. May be taken twice for credit.

6660  Media Ethics: Graduate (3)
   Meets with COMM 5660.

6670  Activism and New Media (3)
   Meets with COMM 5670. Social movement theory as informed by new media studies. Students investigate the application of new media technologies/ICTs in social movement activism, and engage in media production focused on social change and using podcasts, blogs, wikis, and other web-based technologies to creatively engage in civil society. Beginning PhotoShop ability required.

6680  Computer Mediated Communication (3)
   Meets with COMM 5680. Examination of various discursive communities constituted by/through computing technologies (personal computer, mobile phone, PDA, and other electronic devices). Students analyze and critique use and effects in interpersonal, political, economic, work and educational contexts.

6690  Topics in New Media Studies (3)
   Meets with COMM 5690. Special Topics in new media. May be taken twice for credit.

6710  Communication Research: Graduate (4)
   Meets with COMM 5710.

6770  Communication Design (3)
   Meets with COMM 5770. Special Topics in visual communication design. May be taken twice for credit.

6815  Health Communication, Special Topic (3)
   Meets with COMM 5815. Conceptual, theoretical, and/or thematic issues in health communication. Potential topics include cancer communication, communication and the weighted body, decision-making in health contexts, patient-provider communication, and sexual health communication. May be taken two times for credit.

6910  Independent Study (1 to 3)

6930  Master's Project (1 to 6)
   For students who elect nonthesis option.

6970  Thesis Research: Master's (3 to 9)

6980  Faculty Consultation: Master's (3)

7000  Seminar: Graduate Studies in Communication (3)
   Special topics in graduate communication studies. May be taken two times for credit.

7001  Seminar: Foundations of Communication I (3)
   Intellectual traditions of communication theory and research.

7002  Seminar: Foundations of Communication II (3)
   Epistemic foundations of communication theory (science, hermeneutics, criticism). Emphasis on contemporary theories in communication.

7010  Seminar: Speech Education (3)
   Current problems and issues in speech communication education.

7110  Seminar: Interpersonal Communication (3)

7130  Seminar: Symbolic Interaction (3)

7150  Seminar: Dialogue & Cultural Studies (3) Prerequisite: Graduate standing required.
   Theoretical inquiry of cultural forces, interests and positions and their conversational exercise across the surfaces of social formations.

7160  Seminar: Organizational Communication Theory and Research (3)
   Conceptual, epistemological, and methodological issues in organizational communication.

7170  Seminar: Organizational Communication (3)

7180  Seminar: Communication Process (3)
   Critical examination of topic relevant to theory or evaluation of communication behavior.

7200  Environmental Communication (3)
   Special topics in environmental communication. May be taken two times for credit.

7210  Seminar: Managing Environmental Conflict (3) Prerequisite: Graduate standing required.
   A critical examination of communication practices which have contributed to current environmental conflicts and strategies for managing environmental conflicts.

7220  Seminar: Conflict Resolution in International Legal Situations (3) Prerequisite: Graduate standing required.
   Contemporary legal theories of conflict resolution applied to key national and international legal controversies, investigating the role of alternative dispute resolution in modern geopolitical controversies.

7230  Seminar: Alternative Legal and Political Advocacy (3) Prerequisite: Graduate standing required.
   Theoretical inquiry of recent changes in modern legal and political advocacy and practical understanding of alternative legal and political approaches.

7240  Seminar: Conflict Resolution (3)
   An examination on conflict resolution in various circumstances. Topics may include indigenous resolution practices; international conflict; conflict, war, and terrorism; and others. May be taken three times for credit.

7280  Seminar: Interpretation and Aesthetics (3)

7310  Communication and Community Engagement (1 to 4)
   Principles and practice of community engagement; strategies and tactics of applying communication scholarship to assist community priorities and goals; action research and social justice. Students may register for this course three times for credit, up to a total of six credits.

7320  Seminar: Historical and Critical Research Methods in Communication (3)
   Philosophy and practice of critical and historical research; emphasis on approaches useful to study of mass communication and speech communication.

7330  Historical Research Methods (3)
   Emphasis on specific historical approaches useful to study of mass communication and speech communication.

7340  Seminar: Critical Research Methods (3)
   Basic methodologies used in critical analysis of public communication.

7350  Seminar: Empirical Research Methodology (3)
   Nature and selection of communication research problems; development of strategies, techniques, and designs; application of contemporary methods and measurement principles.

7360  Seminar: Qualitative Empirical Research (3)
   Practice of research using qualitative research methods and concepts.

7370  Seminar: Quantitative Research (3)
   Practice of research using quantitative empirical research methods and concepts.

7380  Seminar: Advanced Research Methods (3)
   Special Topics in Advanced Research Methods. May be taken two times for credit.

7390  Seminar: Research Methods: Special Topics (3)

7400  Seminar: Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (3)

7405  Seminar: Rhetorical Studies (3)
   Special topics in Rhetoric. May be taken two times for credit.

7410  Seminar: Foundations of Rhetorical Theory (3)

7420  Seminar: Contemporary Critical Theory (3)
   Advanced study in critical theory and its relationship to communication.

7430  Seminar: Argumentation Theory (3)
   Advanced study in the theory of argument.

7440  Seminar: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory (3)
   Advanced study in rhetorical theory.

7450  Seminar: Cultural Studies in Communication (3)

7455  Seminar: Issues in Cultural Studies (3)
   Special topics in Cultural Studies. May be taken two times for credit.

7460  Rhetoric of Social Movements (3)

7470  Seminar: Communication Aesthetics (3)

7480  Seminar: Cultural Studies and Performance (3)

7490  Contemporary Issues in Communication & Social Justice (3)
   Exploration of theoretical issues addressing the broad domain of social justice, with concentrated attention to gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class, particularly as relevant to speech communication and mass communication. May be taken three times for credit.

7500  Seminar: Noncommercial Telecommunication (3)
   Development of noncommercial educational broadcasting.

7510  Seminar: Issues in Mass Communication (3)

7520  Seminar: Communication History (3)

7530  Seminar: Telecommunication (3)

7540  Seminar: Free Speech in Society (3)

7550  Seminar: Visual Communication (3)

7560  Seminar: Media Effects (3)

7580  Seminar: Strategic Communication (3)
   Special topics. Conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues in strategic communication, which includes advertising, marketing, and/or public relations. May be taken two times for credit.

7590  Seminar: International Communication (3)

7610  Seminar: Mass Communication Theory (3)
   A survey of the major theoretical approaches to the study of mass communication, journalism and new communication technologies.

7620  Seminar: Mass Communication Research (3)
   A survey of the major research traditions within the discipline of mass communication, with an emphasis on research design, arguments and methodologies.

7640  Seminar: New Media (3)
   Special topics in new media studies. May be taken two times for credit.

7650  Scholarship Practices for the Academic Professional (1 to 3)
   This course covers the professional practices of scholarship in communication, including theses, research proposals, consulting reports, book prospecti, convention presentations and journal articles in traditional and new media forms.

7655  Writing for the Academic Professional (1 to 3)
   This course emphasizes the professional practices of writing the academic journal article within the communication discipline in both traditional and new media forms. Students edit and redraft papers in preparation for submission for publication. A paper appropriate as a working first draft is a prerequisite for this course.

7700  Research Practicum (1 to 3)

7970  Thesis Research: Ph.D. (1 to 12)

7980  Faculty Consultation: Ph.D. (3)

7990  Continuing Registration: Ph.D. (0)


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