2021 Fall Course Offerings

COMM 002: Intro to Media & Cultural Studies 

M/W/F: 10:30-11:35am, Samantha Joyce
M/W: 4:00-5:35pm, STAFF

Introduces how we critically assess the everyday communication practices and texts (spoken, visual, and mediated) that construct and transmit social knowledge. This course satisfies Artistic Understanding (Analysis & Creative Practice) of the Core Curriculum.

COMM 003: Introduction to Human Communication

T/Th: 9:45-11:20am, Veronica Hefner
T/Th: 3:00-4:35pm, Veronica Hefner

Introduction to Human Communication is designed to give students an overview of the basic concepts and theories of human communication as a meaning making process, involving both verbal and nonverbal symbols, that constructs social meaning across various contexts such as relational, intercultural, small group, and workplace. In order to understand human communication in these contexts, students will learn to examine, analyze, and interpret identities, perceptions, group dynamic and power, and technology and media in everyday life through the social scientific, interpretive, and critical lenses of the field of Communication Studies. This course will prepare students to develop fundamental knowledge on the study of communication as well as communication competence as a practical outcome. This course satisfies both the Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding and American Diversity requirements of the Core Curriculum.

COMM 010: Rhetoric & Public Discourse

M/W/F: 11:45am-12:50pm, STAFF

Focuses on the general principles of argument and advocacy as they relate to creating change in different spheres of social life through discourse and public speaking.

COMM 100: Communication Theory

T/Th: 8:00-9:35am, STAFF

Surveys the major theories of communication with an emphasis on interpersonal, social, psychological, historical, semiotic, and technological approaches to human interaction. This course satisfies the Writing In the Disciplines requirement of the Core Curriculum.

COMM 110: Quantitative Methods

T/Th: 11:30-1:05pm, Veronica Hefner

Introduces quantitative research approaches using surveys, experimental research design, and statistical data analysis such as correlation, t-test, and ANOVA. Prerequisites: 002, 003, 010; or permission of the chair.

COMM 112: Interpersonal Communication

M/W/F: 2:45-3:50pm, STAFF

Explores nonverbal communication, family and interracial relationships, conflict, forgiveness, negotiation, gender, and more. This course satisfies Social, Historical, and Cultural Understanding for Core Curriculum.

COMM 116: Advertising & Civic Engagement

M/W/F: 8:00-9:05am, Samantha Joyce

Designed to give students an understanding of both the theory and practice of advertising through the medium of civic engagement projects.

Application Course.

COMM 122: American Journalism

M/W/F: 2:45-3:50pm, STAFF

Introduction to the craft of news writing and reporting in print and electronic news media; emphasis on journalism as a profession and ethical conduct.

Application Course.  

COMM 125: Media, Technologies, & Culture

T/Th: 1:15-2:50pm, Dan Leopard
T/Th: 3:00-4:35pm, Dan Leopard

Focuses on the critical and technical concepts and skills necessary for understanding media and culture in the 21st century. Emphasis on digital, information, and visual literacy. This course satisfies both Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements for the Core Curriculum.

Application course.

COMM 126: Visual Research Methods

Tuesday: 6:00-9:10pm, Dan Leopard

This course introduces students to a range of visual research and design methods for understanding and producing media within a communication context. Students will explore the ways in which media – graphic design, comics, television, video, cinema, and the Internet – can serve as the basis for qualitative, rhetorical, and textual forms of research practice. Each class session will present students with a specific research method and will apply this method to various forms of media. In addition, the basic technical skills of media pre-production, production, postproduction, and analysis will be taught with the objective of understanding the role of research in the production process. As a culminating experience, students will produce a project that makes use of a particular methodology.

Application course.

COMM 132: Audio Production

T/Th: 11:30-1:05pm, Jason Jakaitis

This in-person course introduces students to basic audio recording techniques (in the studio and in the field), post-production sound editing and mixing principles, as well as basic acoustical theory. Students will produce a podcast, a complete sound design for a scene from a feature film, and a series of oral histories. All students receive an Adobe Creative Suite license during the semester. Prerequisite: 125 or equivalent.

Application Course.

COMM 133: Video Production

T/Th: 1:15-2:50pm, Jason Jakaitis

This in-person course introduces students to the basics of digital video production and the concepts that inform the visual language of movies. Students will use professional camera, lighting and sound kits to produce individual and collaborative projects. All students receive an Adobe Creative Suite license during the semester. Prerequisite: 125 or equivalent. This course satistifies both Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements for the Core Curriculum.   

Application Course.

COMM 158: Film - Brazilian Cinema

M/W/F: 9:15-10:20am, Samantha Joyce

Brazilian Cinema has enjoyed a new surge of international recognition since the early 2000s with films such as Central StationCity of GodElite Squad, and so forth. This course will focus on the distinctions and peculiarities of Brazilian Cinema. We will also look at the specific questions raised by Brazilian film makers in their productions about the distinct Brazilian reality, as well as broader questions about race, gender and class. Additionally, this course examines Brazilian film within a pan-American context that begins with a classic Brazilian film and concludes with Brazilian emerging influence on the global market. Thus, students will explore and examine a group of films coming out of Brazil from the1960s until the early 2000s. The goal of the course is to examine these movies as relevant films that stand on their own in history and contemporary cinema – and to discuss them as cultural, historical, political, and economic products that characterize and reveal aspects, sensibilities and points of view from the represented nation. This course satistifies both Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements for the Core Curriculum.   

Application Course. 

COMM 161: Communication & Social Justice - Whiteness

M/W/F: 10:30-11:35am, Scott Schonfeldt-Aultman

This course will explore whiteness, communication, and culture broadly. As such, we will explore how whiteness is interrelated with communication, rhetoric, culture, identity, ideology, interpretation, etc. More specifically, we will explore what we mean by "whiteness," social construction of whiteness, white fragility, white identity, cross-racial dialogue, histories of whiteness, black perspectives on whiteness, James Baldwin's work on whiteness, whiteness as a strategic rhetoric, rhetorical strategies of whiteness, white rhetorics of crime/prison, whiteness and media, rhetorics of white backlash/disadvantage/victimization/affirmative action, whiteness and the far right, and white anti-racism/anti-racists. This course satisfies both The Common Good and Community Engagement requirements of the Core Curriculum.

COMM 190 Student Media Practicum (.25)

Digital Media Lab
Monday: 4:30-5:30pm, Aaron Sachowitz

Media Lab
Monday: 5:40-6:40pm, STAFF

Journalism Lab
Day/time TBA, STAFF

One quarter academic credit may be applied to student participation in radio, video, visual, film, journalism, internship, digital media, public relations, advertising, or independent study. Four practicums are required for the Digital Studies minor. 

COMM 195: Internship

Independent contract, Ginny Prior

Students work in an appropriate internship position in the field of communication, under the supervision of the faculty internship coordinator. Students will read relevant texts that will help them apply communication theories and concepts to the context of their internship.  Students will conduct ongoing reflection on their internship experience through synthesis with course texts. Prerequisites: Communication 2, 3, 10, and 100 with C or better and permission of the faculty internship coordinator.

COMM 196: Senior Capstone Project

M/F: 1:00pm-2:40pm, Scott Schonfeldt-Aultman (Qualitative Capstone projects)
M/F: 1:00pm-2:40pm, Ellen Rigsby (Qualitative and Quantitative Capstone projects)

The Capstone Project you produce in Comm 196 represents the culmination of your experience  studying Communication with our department. The Capstone course requires you to make a scholarly or creative contribution to the field of Communication Studies and should draw upon the work you have accomplished in your major courses.

Because the course is research-driven and requires students to be self-motivated, the Communication Department expects you to prepare for your Capstone experience by producing a short proposal detailing the topic, method, and theories that you will use in your research or creative project. Permission of instructor required. Note: You cannot register for Capstone on Gael Xpress. You submit your proposal; the Capstone team decides if changes are needed (and lets you know; and you resubmit the proposal); the Capstone team places you in one of the classes; the Communication Department then registers you.

Required for the Communication major.

4 + 1 M.A. - Intercultural Communication

COMM 300: Group Facilitation/ Leadership (Upper Division/ Grad)

Mon, 9:15am-12:30pm, STAFF (Hybrid)

This course focuses on the development of group facilitation and critical thinking skills for making ethical decisions in various multicultural settings. Topics covered in this course include leadership and communication theories of power and interpersonal dynamic in teams and groups, listening abilities and perspective-taking, practical discussion facilitation skill building, and understanding organizational structure and decision-making processes.

COMM 305: Applied Research Design (Upper Division/ Grad)

Wed, 9:15am-12:30pm (Hybrid)

This course is designed to focus on methods of data gathering. In this course, students will learn designs of quantitative and qualitative research, such as experiment, survey, interview, participant observation, and ethnography. Students gain research design experience by designing a project to address a particular intercultural communication phenomenon, and the importance of proper research design for professional applications, including project or training assessment and evaluation. Each student’s proposed research project will be executed in Applied Research Methods course. This is an on-campus course, offered during the regular work week. Students must take this course in the Fall semester in the +1 year. This is the first course of the Applied Research Certificate sequence.

COMM 310: Communication & Culture (Upper Division/ Grad)

Mon, 6:00-9:10pm, Aaron Sachowitz (Hybrid)

This course investigates the relationship between communication and culture. Students will use case studies to apply a range of intercultural communication theories to analyze problems that typically arise in "real world" cross-cultural settings. Students are expected to make a clear connection between a communication phenomenon (e.g., current social issues) and intercultural communication theories as they work toward critical engagement with intercultural and cross-cultural communication competency. Prerequisites: COMM 110; or COMM 111 and COMM 106; or COMM 112; or permission of Graduate Director

COMM 312: Intergroup Communication (Upper Division/ Grad)

Fri, 9:15am-12:30pm, Staff (Hybrid)

In this course, students conceptualize culture as a branch of larger conversation of social groups. This course is designed to examine the dynamic of intergroup relations and its cyclical impact on human communication, perceptions, and relationships. Applying theories and perspectives of communication, social psychology, sociolinguistics, and history, students explore the relationship between communication and social group membership.