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1000. The Process of Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of modern communication theories and principles useful in understanding how people affect and are affected by others through communication. CA 2.

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1000. The Process of Communication

3.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

A study of modern communication theories and principles useful in understanding how people affect and are affected by others through communication. CA 2.

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1100. Principles of Public Speaking

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Theory and performance in public speaking: overcoming apprehension; audience analysis; development of concepts; maximizing message impact; professional presentation skills; group projects; evidence; listening and speech evaluation.

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1300. Mass Communication Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The history, organizational structure, economics and functioning of technologically-based communication systems and the relationship of these factors to mass communication issues and effects.

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2310W. Media Literacy and Criticism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1300 or 3400 or 3600.

Grading Basis: Graded

History, analysis and evaluation of technique, content and aesthetic effect of media messages. Cultural, political, economic, and institutional factors that help define the grammar of popular mass media content; social scientific perspectives addressing how audiences learn to comprehend media content including efforts to promote media literacy.

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2940. Fundamentals of Digital Production

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000. Not open for credit to students who have passed COMM 4941

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamentals associated with the production of digital video, audio, and images to communicate with various audiences. Students rotate through various roles of pre-production, production, and post-production processes in the creation of multimedia projects.

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3000Q. Research Methods in Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000. Recommended preparation: A mathematics course.

Grading Basis: Graded

The scientific approach as it specifically applies to communication.

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3100. Persuasion

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to theories of attitude formation, change and reinforcement. Research is used to evaluate past and present models of persuasion.

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3103. Motivation and Emotion

Also offered as: PSYC 3103

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cognition, brain mechanisms, biofeedback, aggression, sex, competence, social influence, and conformity.

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3200. Interpersonal Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000. Not open for credit to students who have passed COMM 4200 or 4222.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction, analysis and critique of recent theories of interpersonal communication. Topics include person perception, theories of communication management, and the structural analysis of face to face communication behavior.

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3300. Effects of Mass Media

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of the roles of the mass media and of the effects they exert on individuals and society.

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3321. Latinas and Media

Also offered as: LLAS 3264, WGSS 3260

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of ethnicity and race in women's lives. Special attention to communication research on ethnic and racial minority women. CA 4.

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3450. Gender and Communication

Also offered as: WGSS 3268

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000 or instructor's consent; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Differences in male/female communication, and an examination of cultural assumptions regarding gender in the communication process. Critically analyze the theory, politics and practice of communication and gender.

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3600. New Communication Technologies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1300; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 3300.

Grading Basis: Graded

An overview of new communication technologies. Topics include the uses, evolution, diffusion, operation, and effects of new communication technologies.

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4035. Advanced Media Effects

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Contentious topics in current media effects research, and their theoretical implications. Topics may include sexual content on television, pornography, alcohol on television, video games, and media impact on body image. FM-2/24/15

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4120. Communication Campaigns and Applied Research

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 3000 or STAT 1000 or STAT 1100; open to juniors or higher. Recommended Preparation: COMM 1300, 3100 and 3300.

Grading Basis: Graded

Application of media, persuasion, and social change theories to the design of communication campaigns, including focus groups, interviews and other background research. Students will work with community organizations.

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4130. Marketing Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 3000; COMM 3100. Recommended preparation: COMM 1300

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles, strategies, and theories of communication in product and brand marketing contexts.

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4200. Advanced Interpersonal Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000 and 3200

Grading Basis: Graded

An advanced approach to interpersonal communication focusing on theories and their applications. Topics may include affection exchange theory, theories of uncertainty, attachment theory, communication privacy management theory, interpersonal deception theory, and relational dialectics theory.

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4200W. Advanced Interpersonal Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, or 1011, or 2011; COMM 1000 and 3200.

Grading Basis: Graded

An advanced approach to interpersonal communication focusing on theories and their applications. Topics may include affection exchange theory, theories of uncertainty, attachment theory, communication privacy management theory, interpersonal deception theory, and relational dialectics theory.

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4220W. Small Group Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 3100 or 3200.

Grading Basis: Graded

Approaches, methods, and findings of research in small group communication and development of an ability to engage effectively in small group situations.

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4230. Organizational Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 3000 and either 3100 or 3200; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Communication in formal organizations; horizontal and vertical communication; effectiveness of different organizational structures and channels; feedback; networks; norms and roles.

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4240. Marital and Family Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 3200; juniors or higher

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of communication in family life, including marital, parent/child, and sibling relationships; the interdependence of families and the unique demands these interrelationships place on communication.

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4250. Communication in Conflict Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000; COMM 3200. Recommended preparation: COMM 3100

Grading Basis: Graded

The principles of communication underlying conflict and its management, including negotiation and intervention strategies, in interpersonal, group/organizational, and inter-group conflict.

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4300. Advanced Media Effects

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: COMM 1000, 1300, 3300; COMM 3000Q or STAT 1000Q or 1100Q; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Contentious topics in current media effects research, and their theoretical implications. Topics may include sexual content on television, pornography, alcohol on television, video games, and media impact on body image.

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4320. Media and Diverse Audiences

Also offered as: LLAS 4320

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1000, 1300.

Grading Basis: Graded

Issues of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, and sexuality in mainstream and alternative media. Analysis of how diverse groups use the media, are represented in, and interpret media content.

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4330. Children and Mass Media

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000 and 1300; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Child development and the effects of mass media on young children. Educational television, frightening media, violent television, computer games, the Internet and media policy.

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4410W. Government Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Communication in government processes. Communication theory and practical applications. Issue management, lobbying, interest-group strategies, government relations, grassroots action, and coalition building. Students may not pass this course without passing the written work.

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4422. Protest and Communication

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: COMM 3300, which may be taken concurrently; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits.

Grading Basis: Graded

Protest movement - past and current - in light of principles, models, and theories of communication. With a change in content, this course may be repeated once for credit.

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4470. Soap Opera/Telenovela

Also offered as: LLAS 4470

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 1000 and COMM 3300.

Grading Basis: Graded

Socio-cultural functions of soap operas/telenovelas as mediated serials constructed by commercial organizations and consumed by United States and global audiences.

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4500. Nonverbal Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 3000.

Grading Basis: Graded

Facial expression, body movement, spatial behavior and para-language, with a consideration of applications for information theory.

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4630. Communication Technology and Social Change

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of new communication technologies and their influence on social change. Provides a foundation for students with professional as well as academic interests in communication technology.

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4640. Social Media: Research and Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000, 1100, and 1300; COMM 3100 or 3200 or 3300

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines social media from multiple perspectives, including understanding their effects through theoretical approaches and empirical research, as well as practical applications across various contexts.

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4650. Human-Computer Interaction

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: COMM 1300; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 3600.

Grading Basis: Graded

Human interaction with computer technology and methods of evaluating communication systems for different populations and usage goals.

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4660. Computer Mediated Communication

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: COMM 1000 and 1300; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

How computer media increasingly influence communication processes and how computer media are changing society. Students will examine critically both exposure to and use of computer media with particular attention to how people use computer media and the effects of this use.

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4660W. Computer Mediated Communication

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: COMM 1000 and 1300; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

How computer media increasingly influence communication processes and how computer media are changing society. Students will examine critically both exposure to and use of computer media with particular attention to how people use computer media and the effects of this use. With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit.

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4700. Health Communication

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000, 1300; Comm 3000 or PSYC 2100; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: COMM 3100, 3200 and 3300.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of health communication, including health behavior change interventions, emergency communication, risk assessment, media influences, provider-patient communication, socialization and identity, stereotyping, social support, diverse populations, and new communication technologies.

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4800. Communication Processes in Advertising

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1300, 3100 and 3300; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Covers communications theory relevant to advertising, with specific application to the creative elements of art and copy. Students create actual print advertisements and radio commercials.

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4820. Public Relations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1300, COMM 3000, and COMM 3300; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Practical applications of major theories of communication and mass media to public relations practiced by organizations. Based on readings, student research, and case histories.

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4930W. Public Relations Writing

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 4820; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Philosophy and practice of good, ethical and effective public relations for advanced students. Writing projects such as press releases, media advisories, briefing packets, speech introductions, brochures, newsletters, and op-eds.

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4940. Digital Video Production

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000, 1300, and 2940, or consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Hands-on work in digital video production. Students rotate through all production positions for a digital production and complete field shoots and editing for a narrative production project. Preproduction skills such as proposal and script writing, storyboarding and budgeting included in each class project. FM-2/9/16

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4940. Narrative Digital Video Production

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: COMM 1000, 1300, and 2940, or consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Hands-on work in narrative digital video production. Students rotate through all production positions for a digital production and complete field shoots and editing for a narrative production project. Preproduction skills such as proposal and script writing, storyboarding and budgeting included in each class project.

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4991. Internship in Communication

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: At least 12 units of 2000 level or above Communication Sciences courses; open to juniors or higher. Should be taken senior year. May be repeated once for credit.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Provides students with an opportunity for supervised field work in a professional communication organization. Student's performance will be evaluated both by the field supervisor and course instructor. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatistactory.) May be repeated once for credit.

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4992. Research Practicum in Communication

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: At least 12 units of 2000 level or above Communication Sciences courses which must include COMM 3000; open to juniors or higher. Should be taken during the senior year.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides students with an opportunity to participate in a variety of supervised research activities in communication. May be repeated once for credit.

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4996W. Senior Thesis

1.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Preparation of a thesis and its presentation to the department.

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4999. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The course, for superior students, includes independent reading, periodic conferences, and such other work as desired by the instructor. With a change of content, may be repeated for credit.

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