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IHCOMM101 Careers & Professional Comm

In this experiential course, students learn what it means to communicate professionally. By engaging with selected employers through class and on-site visits, students are also introduced to various careers and internship opportunities, and understand the kinds of skills that employers look for in successful candidates. Fall, spring.

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.

COMM230 Health Communication

This course focuses on major topics in health communication. Topics that will be covered include patient-provider communication, health organizations, mass communication and health, health campaigns, and more. Health communication not only engages in theory but also emphasizes practical skills and knowledge that impact our overall health.

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.

IHCOMM250 Rhetoric Civil Rights Movement

This course will examine the rhetoric of the civil rights movement. Students will gain a better understanding of the ways in which civil rights activists used rhetoric to create change as well as the ways in which defenders of segregation used rhetoric in an attempt to maintain the status quo. Fall, spring.

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

2-8 credits

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.

COMM360 Strategic Digital Communication

The course takes an in-depth look at the use of social networks and digital media platforms for communication campaigns. The course offers an overview of branding and looks at the underlying models and principles that drive successful brand identity management and strategic communication through digital media. Fall.

COMM372 Intercultural Communication

This course applies interpersonal and intercultural theories to the understanding of intercultural communication and the fostering of intercultural communication competence. Fall, odd years.

COMM378 Persuasion

Contemporary approaches to persuasion theory and an examination of past and current persuasive efforts. Research, writing, and speaking required. 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.

COMM385 Digital Communication Law and Ethics

Digital technologies have become an integral part of personal, political, and professional communication. This course will provide students with the necessary background to investigate legal and ethical issues in digital technology. It will cover topics including, but not limited to, copyright, authorship, attribution, vernacular discourse, privacy, pornography, harassment, and advertising. Spring.

IHCOMM450 The Rhetoric of Race

This course examines the rhetoric of race in American society. Issues discussed will include: the creation and continuation of racial disparity in America, the debate over reparations for slavery, the permanence of racism in society, the role of race in presidential elections, and the impact of race on popular culture.  Fall.  Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL

IHCOMM460 Rhetoric Post-Civil Rights Era

The 1980 presidential election signaled a change in the nation’s desire to address issues of racial inequality.  This change might best be described as the post-civil rights era. This course examines how we talk about race and racism today and how that conversation is different than what came before.  Spring.  Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL

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: Two courses in Communication, 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: Two courses in Communication, 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: Take one from COMM 360, COMM 472, COMM 473, PHIL 313, PHIL 340, PHIL 370, PHIL 406, and permission of instructor. 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. Prerequisite: Take one course in Communication.

COMM498 Independent Study

2-8 credits

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.