2022 Spring Course Offerings

COMM 002: Intro to Media & Cultural Studies 

M/W/F: 9:15-10:20am, David Benin
T/Th: 9:45-11:20am, Jason Jakaitis
T/Th: 11:30-1:05pm, Jason Jakaitis

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

COMM 003: Introduction to Human Communication

M/W/F: 9:15-10:20am, 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. Satisfies both the Social, Cultural, and Historical Understanding and American Diversity requirements of the Core Curriculum.

COMM 010: Rhetoric & Public Discourse

M/F: 1:00-2:40pm, Ellen Rigsby

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

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

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

COMM 109: Visual Communication - Comics & Graphic Novels

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

We will examine the world of comics within the context of visual culture and through the lenses of art, pop, politics, resistance, and entertainment. We will read print comics, watch animation, and explore web comics and new digital forms. And we will make our own comics that use research, reportage, and the creative use of graphic storytelling. Satisfies Artistic Understanding  (Analysis and Creative Practice) for Core Curriculum.

Application Course.

COMM 110: Quantitative Methods

M/W/F: 11:45-12:50pm, 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 111: Qualitative Methods

M/W/F: 10:30-11:35am, David Benin

Introduces qualitative research approaches using participant observation and interviewing, formulating research questions, and the collection and analysis of data. Prerequisites: 002, 003, 010; or permission of the chair.

COMM 112: Interpersonal Communication

T/Th: 8:00-9:35am, Neeley Silberman

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

COMM 117: Public Relations

Wed: 6:00-9:10pm, Dennis Erokan

Provides an in-depth understanding of public relations as it is practiced throughout society, the marketplace, and in plitics. Research, plan, execute, and evaluate in a public relations context.

Application Course.

COMM 123: Sports Journalism

M/W: 4:00-5:35pm, Marcus Thompson

Explores the history and practice of sports journalism in print, radio, television, and online media.

Application Course.  

COMM 125: Media, Technologies, & Culture

M/W/F: 8:00-9:05am, Samantha Joyce
M/W/F: 9:15-10:20am, Samantha Joyce
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. Satisfies both Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements for the Core Curriculum.

Application course.

Required for the Cinematic Arts minor.

COMM 143: Advanced Media Production

T/Th: 3:00-4:35pm, Jason Jakaitis

Focuses on advanced topics in digital media production. Topics may include: documentary video, online journalism, web design, motion graphics, and digital audio. Prerequisite: 125 or equivalent. Satistifies both Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements for the Core Curriculum.   

Application Course.

Required for the Digital Sudies minor.

COMM 163-01: Special Topics - Communication & Conflict 

Mon: 6:00-9:10pm, Makiko Imamura

Conflict is an inevitable part of human relationships, and communication plays a central role in the development, management, and resolution of it in interpersonal, small group, organizational, and societal contexts. Students in this course will closely examine individual, social, and cultural factors that influence the way we experience and approach conflict. Students are expected to apply theories of communication to conflict management, analyze how we negotiate our identities in various forms of conflict, and learn practical skills to navigate a conflict situation. This course will be taught in hybrid modality, a mixture of in-person and remote instructions.

COMM 163-02: Special Topics - Television Criticism

M/W/F: 10:30-11:35am, Samantha Joyce

Let’s watch TV! This course focuses on television shows to discuss the cultural and social impact of the medium as a whole and its relationship with culture. Shows such as Game of Thrones, The Office, Stranger Things, Bob’s Burgers, and Grey’s Anatomy serve as examples of the historical rise of broadcast television, the development of television narration, the evolution of television genres, the changing nature of the entertainment industry, and controversies of television’s effects on audiences. Watching “television” is a must, so grab your remotes! 

COMM 190 Student Media Practicum (.25)

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

Media Lab
Monday: 5:45-6:45pm, Ginny Prior

Journalism Lab
Day/time TBA, David Benin

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

Communication students work in an appropriate internship position in the field of communication to develop career skills and to test options for their next steps after college. Working under the supervision of the faculty internship coordinator, Ginny Prior, 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 in multimedia blog format about their internship experience through synthesis with course texts. PrerequisitesCommunication 2, 3, 10, and 100 with C or better; and permission of the faculty internship coordinator. At least one semester of internship is required for all Communication majors.

COMM 196: Senior Capstone Project

M/F: 1:00-2:35pm, Veronica Hefner (Qualitative and Quantitative Capstone projects)
T/Th: 1:15-2:50pm, Dan Leopard (Media and Production 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 301: Communication & Conflict (Upper Division/ Grad)

Mon: 6:00-9:10pm, Makiko Imamura

This course examines communication that creates, manages, and resolves conflict in various relational and workplace contexts. The focus is on theoretical understanding of conflict and its management and practical skills applying non-violent communication. Students learn and examine the sources of conflict, optimal communication skills to facilitate the conflict to resolution, and relational implications for the parties involved in the conflict.

COMM 302: Strategic Mediated Communication (Upper Division/ Grad)

Mon: 9:15-12:30pm, Aaron Sachowitz

This course examines media and mediated forms of communication as they intersect with cultural, economic, political or social contexts. The focus is on both the analysis and strategic use of mediated communication for various occasions, including development, social change, crisis response, corporate/organizational digital presence, and social justice. The course integrates both critical and practical approaches to understanding effective mediated communication.

COMM 307: Applied Research Analysis (Upper Division/ Grad)

Wed: 8:15-11:30am, Veronica Hefner

This course prepares students to analyze a research project using both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. The primary foci of data analysis include (M)ANOVA, regression, and mediation and moderation analysis for quantitative survey data and coding based on the grounded theory approach for the qualitative data. Continuing from Applied Research Methods course, students will analyze the data and interpret and report the results.

COMM 311: Identity & Intercultural Communication (Upper Division/ Grad/ Undergrad)

T/Th: 9:45-11:20am, Scott Schonfeldt-Aultman

This course aims to develop a critical cultural consciousness. Students begin by examining their own cultural identities and then learn how to view interactions with others through the lens of intercultural communication. Through self-awareness and understanding how identity, culture, and communication work together, students learn critical skills to enhance their intercultural competence. Students work in groups to apply these insights by developing a diversity training activity grounded in theories of identity and intercultural communication.