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Communication

IHCOMM171 Public Speaking

Through experience in a variety of speaking situations, students gain self-confidence in the organization of thought and self-expression. Fall, Spring.

COMM175 Introduction to Communication Studies

A survey of the basic principles and theories of communication applied to the following contexts: interpersonal, group, organizational, public, mass media, and online communication. Prerequisite: Not open to juniors and seniors except by permission. Fall, Spring.

COMM220 Ethics in Communication

Examines ethical values and arguments as they apply to interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, and intercultural contexts. Students develop methods of ethical analysis through discussion, lecture, experiential activities, observation, case studies, and research papers. Prerequisites: COMM 175 or permission of instructor. Fall.

COMM240 Visual Communication

This course explores the evolving theoretical concepts and analysis of visual communication along with their implications for society. Various forms of visual communication (e.g. art, graphic design, advertising, photography, television, film, digital media) and their interaction with each other will be studied. Occasionally.

COMM275 Interpersonal Communication

The study and application of the principles of interpersonal communication: communication ethics, family relationships, problem-solving, nonverbal communication, and small-group communication. Occasionally.

COMM278 Group Interaction

Group dynamics, interaction, problem solving, and leadership. Case study, analysis, and research are required. Occasionally.

COMM290 Special Topics

An exploration of areas not covered by the regular curriculum. Content depends on available faculty. May be repeated for credit.

COMM298 Independent Study

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

COMM371 Speech Writing

Advanced study of the theory and practice of public speaking, with a focus on the crafting of persuasive messages. Prerequisites: IHCOMM 171 and junior standing or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

COMM372 Intercultural Communication

This course applies interpersonal and intercultural theories to the understanding of intercultural communication and the fostering of intercultural communication competence. Prerequisite: COMM 175 or COMM 275. Occasionally.

COMM376 Theory of Communication and Rhetoric

A survey of the major theories and methodologies of communication and rhetoric and their application to the analysis and appraisal of discourse. Prerequisite: IHPHIL 100 and COMM 175. Fall, Spring.

COMM378 Persuasion

Contemporary approaches to persuasion theory and an examination of past and current persuasive efforts. Research, writing, and speaking required. Prerequisites: Two courses in communication. Fall, Spring.

COMM379 Internship

Students apply their knowledge of communication theory and skills in a professional setting. The student may find the internship and seek the instructor’s approval or the instructor may set it up with existing partners. Prerequisites: 12 credits in communication and permission of instructor. Fall, spring.

COMM472 Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

This methods course is designed to increase students' awareness of interpersonal and cultural processes that govern development, maintenance, and deterioration of close relationships, and teach them methods ranging from ethnography, interviews and surveys to experimental research in investigating the role of communication in these processes. Prerequisite: IHCOMM 171 and COMM 175 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

COMM473 Rhetorical Criticism

Traditional, dramatistic, fantasy theme, narrative, and cultural approaches to rhetorical criticism are examined. Research, writing, and speaking are required. Prerequisite: IHCOMM 171 and COMM 175 or permission of instructor. Annually.

COMM479 Senior Project

This course caps off study of communication and philosophy. It is themed topically and by at least one of the following high-impact educational practices: a writing-intensive course, undergraduate research, collaboration/team-based projects, and service-learning/community-based learning. Public speaking is required. Prerequisites: COMM 376 and permission of instructor for Communication Studies Option students; PHIL 350 or PHIL 360 and permission of instructor for Philosophy Option students. Fall, Spring.

COMM490 Advanced Special Topics

An exploration of areas not covered by the regular curriculum. Content depends on available faculty. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: COMM 175 and at least 44 credits, or permission of instructor.

COMM498 Independent Study

An intensive study of an issue, a problem, or a topic related to communication. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor.