School of Communication & Journalism

Communication - COMM Courses

Course Descriptions

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Communication – COMM Courses

COMM 1000/1003 PUBLIC SPEAKING (3) LEC. 3. Oral communication theory and practice in a public speaking setting, with emphasis on content, organization, delivery, and adaptation to the audience.

COMM 1007 HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING (3) LEC. 3. Pr. Honors College. This course will focus on numerous elements of oral communication - public speaking, group communication and interpersonal communication. This is different from a typical speech class that focuses solely on public speaking. An emphasis will also be placed on debate(forensics).

COMM 2010/2013 COMMUNICATION IN SOCIETY (3) LEC. 3. Theory underlying the construction of rhetorical messages as well as critical perspectives for the analysis of public discourse. May count either COMM 2010 or COMM 2013.

COMM 2400/2403 INTRODUCTION TO WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Communication in modern organizations, emphasizing practice in areas such as interviewing, managing meeting, and conducting professional presentations. May count either COMM 2400 or COMM 2403.

COMM 2410/2413 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Theory and practice of competent communication in task-oriented small group settings such as committees. Topics include roles, leadership, decision making, problem solving, and conflict management. May count either COMM 2410 or COMM 2413.

COMM 3100/3103 ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING (3) LEC. 3. Pr. COMM 1000 or COMM 1003. Refining the knowledge and skills necessary for communicating clearly and effectively in oral presentations. May count either COMM 3100 or COMM 3103.

COMM 3110/3113 PERSUASION (3) LEC. 3. Understanding and analyzing persuasive messages. Survey of theoretical approaches to attitude formation and change. Developing skills as a critical evaluator of persuasive messages. May count either COMM 3110 or COMM 3113.

COMM 3300/3303 COMMUNICATION AND CONFLICT (3) LEC. 3. Enhance awareness of and develop skills in managing conflict processes in interpersonal relationships. May count either COMM 3300 or COMM 3303.

COMM 3400/3403 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. This course examines theory, approaches, and processes associated with organizational communication. May count either COMM 3400 or COMM 3403.

COMM 3450/3453 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Different types of problems encountered when communicating with different cultures. May count either COMM 3450 or COMM 3453.

COMM 3500/3503 FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103. Theories examining the nature of human communication. May count either COMM 3500 or COMM 3503.

COMM 3510/3513 RESEARCH IN HUMAN COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103. Introduction to and application of quantitative and qualitative methods of communication research. May count either COMM 3510 or COMM 3513.

COMM 3600/3603 FOUNDATIONS OF RHETORIC AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE (3) LEC. 3. Pr. CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103. Rhetorical theory from its classical roots to contemporary thinkers. Relates rhetorical theory and analysis to understanding persuasive discourse in our society. May count either COMM 3600 or COMM 3603.

COMM 3610/3613 RESEARCH IN RHETORIC AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103). Exploration of how to perform a critical analysis of various rhetorical artifacts. May count either COMM 3610 or COMM 3613.

COMM 3700/3703 ARGUMENTATION (3) LEC. 3. Examination of the critical tools necessary to evaluate arguments in current public discourse. May count either COMM 3700 or COMM 3703.

COMM 3800/3803 FAMILY COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Examines communication theory and research as applied to the family context (broadly defined). May count either COMM 3800 or COMM 3803.

COMM 3970/3973 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION (3-6) LEC. Topics that range beyond what is covered in other courses within the COMM curriculum. Specific subject matter is left up to the individual instructor. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

COMM 4100/4103 COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV or Departmental approval. Examination of persuasive strategies used in social movements to attract members, solidify support, and effect social change. May count either COMM 4100 or COMM 4103.

COMM 4410/4413 THEORIES OF LEADERSHIP (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, or MDIV or Departmental approval. Examination of theory and research in leadership as a communication variable and behavioral practice in small group and organizational settings. May count either COMM 4410 or COMM 4413.

COMM 4420/4423 COMMUNICATION AND CREATIVITY (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV, or Departmental approval. This course examines creativity research and its practical applications, particularly in collaborative settings. May count either COMM 4420 or COMM 4423.

COMM 4430/4433 COMMUNICATION TRAINING AND CONSULTING (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV, or Departmental approval. Introduction to theoretical and practical issues involved in communication training and consulting.

COMM 4480/4483 HEALTH PROMOTION MESSAGE AND DESIGN (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV, or Departmental approval. Introduction to theory, practice, and ethics of health message and design as related to health promotion and behavior change. May count either COMM 4480 or COMM 4483.

COMM 4500/4503 COMMUNICATION AND COGNITION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV or Departmental approval. Explores theory and research related to cognitive and affective influences on communication in interpersonal and social interactions. May count either COMM 4500 or COMM 4503.

COMM 4700/4703 LEGAL COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV, or Departmental approval. Examination of communication processes in legal contexts. May count either COMM 4700 or COMM 4703.

COMM 4800/4803 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, or MDIV or Departmental approval. Relationship between communication and the formation of self-identity and maintenance of relationships. May count either COMM 4800 or COMM 4803.

COMM 4810/4813 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3613) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV or Departmental approval. Theory of non-language based communication and the impact of these messages on the overall communication process. May count either COMM 4810 or COMM 4813.

COMM 4920 INTERNSHIP (3) INT. 200. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603). and Admission to Internship Program. Declared major in COMM. Opportunity to apply classroom experience to career setting. Internship must be a supervised, closely monitored work experience, appropriate to the major, that takes place in a professional setting.

COMM 4930 DIRECTED STUDIES IN COMMUNICATION (3) IND. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV, or Departmental approval. Independent study on a specific topic of interest not already addressed in any regular COMM course.

COMM 4967 HONORS SPECIAL PROBLEMS (1-3) IND. Pr. Honors College. COMM 3613. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV or Departmental approval. Honors level independent study on a specific topic of interest not already addressed in any regular COMM course. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

COMM 4970/4973 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV or Departmental approval. Topics in communication. Course may be repeated with a change in topic. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

COMM 4997 HONORS THESIS (1-3) IND. Pr. Honors College. COMM 3600 or COMM 3603 and COMM 3500 or COMM 3503. and COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613. and CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3510 or or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV or Departmental approval. 2.3 GPA. Departmental approval. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

COMM 5430/5433 GENDER, WORK, AND COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). History, theory, and concepts central to the study of gender, work, and communication. May count either COMM 5430 or COMM 5433.

COMM 5470/5473 HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). History, theory, and concepts central to the study and practice of health communication. May count either COMM 5470 or COMM 5473.

COMM 5600/5603 POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV MDIV or Departmental approval. Examines communication strategies involved in the varied contexts of politics. Students will be exposed to relevant theories and ideas and asked to apply this knowledge to current political activity. May count either COMM 5600 or COMM 5603.

COMM 5700/5703 DISCOURSE IN SOCIAL LIFE (3) LEC. 3. Pr. (CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103) and (COMM 3500 or COMM 3503) and (COMM 3600 or COMM 3603) and (COMM 3510 or COMM 3513 or COMM 3610 or COMM 3613). and Declared major in AGCO, COMM, JRNL, PRCM, MDIA, MDIV, or Departmental approval. Examines the functions of language and social interaction as they reflect and shape our identity in various contexts. May count COMM 4850, COMM 5700 or COMM 5703.

COMM 6300 SEX, GENDER, AND SPORT (3) LEC. 3. Focuses on sport, as a gendered institution. The course examines intersections of gender with age, sexual orientation, social class, gender identity, race and ethnicity and politics.

COMM 6430 GENDER, WORK, AND COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. History, theory, and concepts central to the study of gender, work, and communication.

COMM 6470 HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. History, theory, and concepts central to the study and practice of health communication.

COMM 6600 POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. This course will examine the communication strategies involved in the varied contexts of politics. Students will be exposed to relevant theories and ideas and asked to apply this knowledge to current political activity.

Related Communication and Journalism – CMJN Courses

CMJN 2100/2103 CONCEPTS IN COMMUNICATIONS AND JOURNALISM (3) LEC. 2. LAB. 1. Introduction to the basic principles of various communication forms, the dominant communication theories, and communication industries. May count either CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103.

CMJN 2910 COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM PRACTICUM (1-3) PRA. SU. Departmental Approval. Practical experiences in potential career fields gained while working in professional settings. One to three hours variable credit. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

CMJN 3110 SPORTS MEDIA RELATIONS (3) LEC. 3. Pr. CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103. Focuses on the major concepts and theories of the management of sports media relations. Will include discussion of issues, philosophies and cases. May count either sections CMJN 3110 or MDIA 4350.

CMJN 3210 NEWS AND SPORTS ANNOUNCING (3) LEC. 3. Pr. CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103 or Departmental approval. This class focuses on the theory and practical technique of studio and field announcing. Primary emphasis will be placed on announcing for news and sports. Additional attention will be given to voice over announcing.

CMJN 3350/3353 VISUAL COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Visual literacy, cognition, aesthetics, critical evaluation, and technology in human communication, with emphasis on impact of visual media in informative, interpretive, and persuasive message.

CMJN 3410/3413 INTRODUCTION TO SPORTS VIDEO PRODUCTION (3) LEC. 2, LST. 1. Introduction to multi-camera live sports production, video and audio editing techniques, how to operate equipment, create basic animated graphics, learn work crew positions and understand a script. Students will complete work for the SEC Network and War Eagle Productions.

CMJN 3650/3653 RHETORIC OF SPORTS (3) LEC. 3. Examination of sports in the public sphere, using rhetorical theories to understand how sports contribute to social issues such as identity, community, ethnicity, gender, and politics. May count either CMJN 3650 or COMM 3650.

CMJN 4000 MASS MEDIA LAW AND REGULATION (3) LEC. 3. Pr. CMJN 2100 or CMJN 2103. and junior or senior standing. Laws and regulations that govern journalists, media content and industries.

CMJN 4340 MASS COMMUNICATION AND FAMILY (3) LEC. 3. Examination of the relationship between the American family and the mass communication industry.

CMJN 4370 MASS COMMUNICATION AND RELIGION (3) LEC. 3. Examines the relationship between mass communication and religion. Portrayals and influences will be analyzed.

CMJN 4400/4403 GENDER COMMUNICATION (3) LEC. 3. Examination of the ways in which gender is created, maintained, and/or changed through communication.

CMJN 4410 ADVANCED SPORTS VIDEO PRODUCTION (3) LEC. 2, LST. 1. Pr. CMJN 3410. This course is designed to give students in-depth training that covers advanced video editing techniques and effects. In addition, students will gain experience with advanced camera operation and techniques, focusing on high-quality production throughout the process.

CMJN 4430/4433 SPORTS, MEDIA AND SOCIETY (3) LEC. 3. Cultural and professional implications of the relationship between sports and media. May count either CMJN 4430 or JRNL 4430.

CMJN 4970/4973 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM (3) LEC. 3. Specialized topics related to the study and practice of Communication, Journalism, Media Studies and/or Public Relations. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

CMJN 5100 CMJN ABROAD (3) AAB. 3. Explores theory, research, and practice in the fields of communication, media, and public relations in an international context. May count either CMJN 5100 or CMJN 6100.

CMJN 6100 CMJN ABROAD (3) AAB. 3. Explores theory, research, and practice in the fields of communication, media, and public relations in an international context. May count either CMJN 5100 or CMJN 6100.

Last Updated: October 10, 2018