Department of Communication

Department of Communication

Course Descriptions

COMM-C 320 : Advanced Public Speaking

Development of a marked degree of skills in preparation and delivery of various types of speeches, with emphasis on depth of research, clarity of organization, application of proof, and felicitous style. (Occasionally)

COMM-C 340 : Practicum in Media Production

This course is designed to give students hands-on practical experience with all facets of television and radio production. In this course, students will work with others as part of a team in media production and complete a comprehensive and professional quality portfolio of his or her work.

COMM-C 351 : TV Production I

Coordination and integration of production principles for practical application in television; emphasis on studio production of nondramatic program forms. Lecture and laboratory. (Occasionally)

COMM-C 462 : Media Theory and Criticism

Description and evaluation of various theoretical strategies that attempt to explain the ways individuals and groups react to media. Critical analysis of several media with attention to the connective and artistic functions of visual and aural components. (Occasionally)

COMM-M 460 : Culture and Mass Communication

This course is a critical overview of the relationship between mass media and American culture. Course content will explore what it means (politically, economically, culturally, and morally) to live in a culture in which a major portion of information comes to the citizen through multiple channels of mass communication. (Occasionally)

JOUR-C 327 : Writing for Publication

A workshop for nonmajors to improve writing skills and learn basic requirements of writing for publication. Instruction in market analysis and interpreting specific editorial requirements, in gathering and researching background materials, and in preparing manuscripts. Examination of various types and styles of published writing. Will not count toward journalism major. (Occasionally)

JOUR-J 200 : Writing for Mass Media

Small working seminar relating communication theory to practice in journalistic writing. Emphasis on narration, exposition, description, and argumentation. Development of skills in conceptualization, organization, gathering evidence, and effective presentation of articles for publication in various mass media. (Occasionally)

SPCH-S 121 : Public Speaking

Theory and practice of public speaking: training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content; analysis of components of effective delivery and language. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPCH-S 122 : Interpersonal Communication

Practical consideration of spontaneous human interaction in face-to-face situations. Special attention to perception, language, and attitudes in dyads and small groups. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPCH-S 223 : Business and Professional Speaking

Preparation and presentation of speeches and oral reports appropriate to business and professional occupations; group discussion and parliamentary procedures. Does not count toward fulfillment of arts and sciences Group III distribution requirements. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SPCH-S 313 : Performance as Communicative Practice

Introduction to performance as a communicative practice, focusing on performance as a special artistic mode of communication and performance and as a special class of display events in which the values and symbols of a culture and enacted before an audience.

SPCH-S 322 : Advanced Interpersonal Communication

Advanced consideration of communication in human relationships. Emphasis given to self-concept, perception, language, nonverbal interaction, listening, interpersonal conflict, and communication skills in family, social, and work situations. (Occasionally)

SPCH-S 329 : Discussion and Group Methods

Leadership and participation in group, committee, conference, and public discussion; logical and psychological aspects of group processes. (Occasionally)

SPCH-S 336 : Current Topics in Communication

Extensive analysis of selected problems in contemporary speech communication. Topics vary each semester and are listed in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated once for credit. (Occasionally)

SPCH-S 398 : Independent Study in Speech Communication

Independent study or practicum experience. Projects must be approved by a faculty member before enrolling. May be repeated up to a total of 6 credits. (Occasionally)

SPCH-S 400 : Senior Seminar in Speech

Study of problems and issues in speech communication. Capstone course. (Spring)

SPCH-S 405 : Human Communication Theory

Survey of contemporary theories of human communication, with emphasis on the nature of theory construction and contribution of allied disciplines to communication theory. (Occasionally)

SPCH-S 414 : Topics in Performance Studies and Cultural Communi

Examination of the relationship between performance and culture in specific domains of social life and aspects of communicative experience. May be repeated with different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

SPCH-S 424 : Empirical Research Methods in Speech Communication

Focuses on the objective appraisal of behavioral data in the study of speech communica­tion. Introduces the theoretical foundations of empirical social science and offers guidelines for conducting descriptive and experimental studies. (Occasionally)

SPCH-S 427 : Cross-Cultural Communication

A survey study of national, cultural, and cross-cultural communication in theory and practice. (Occasionally)

SPCH-S 440 : Organizational Communication

Examination of internal and external communication in business and other professional organizations, with emphasis upon theory, techniques, practices, goals, and the social environment in which such communication exists. (Occasionally)

SPCH-S 450 : Gender and Communication

Examines the extent to which biological sex and gender-role orientation and stereotypes influence the process of communication. Focuses on gender differences in decoding and encoding verbal and nonverbal behavior, development of sex roles, cultural assumptions, and stereotypes in communication. Analyzes how the media present, influence, and reinforce gender stereotypes. (Fall, Spring)

SPCH-S 480 : Personal Narrative Performance

This course is designed to increase understanding of the vocabularies, theory, philosophy and empirical knowledge central to the study of narrative communication. Emphasis is placed on performance as a way of knowing and as a method of communication research through gathering, transcribing and re-performing personal narratives.

SPCH-S 490 : Profession Practice Internship


TEL-C 200 : Introduction to Mass Communication

Survey of function, responsibilities, and influence of various mass communication media. Directed toward the consumer and critic of mass media in modern society. (Occasionally)

TEL-R 308 : Radio Production and Directing

Fundamentals of Radio Production and Directing.