2022 Spring Course Offerings

Please note that these courses are subject to change, but we're listing them to help you plan out your schedule and graduation plan.


COMM 002: Intro to Media and Cultural Studies

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

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

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. This course 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

T/Th: 4:45-6:20pm, 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 104: Digital Culture

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

Students will explore key concepts and theories through a close reading of fundamental texts, study of representative examples of digital work (e.g. websites, gaming, networked and immersive environments, media art), and will engage in basic digital design and production assignments.

COMM 109: Visual Communication

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

Introduces concepts of visual culture and the visual analysis of advertising, video games, photography, film, television, and news. 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: 11:45-12:50pm, STAFF

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

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, STAFF

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

Application Course.

COMM 123: Sports Journalism

M/W: 4:00-5:35pm, STAFF

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: 10:30-11:35am, 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. This course satisfies both Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements for the Core Curriculum.

Application course.

COMM 143: Advanced Media Production

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

This course will be focused on Oral Histories and Personal Storytelling. It will be taught remotely, and students will be provided supplemental equipment (external lenses, tripods, etc) for smartphone-based media production. Class projects include a podcast, a video portrait, and a multimedia timeline. Students will watch films and speak with guest filmmakers/anthropologists in order to better understand the ethics and aesthetics of recounting history through media. There are no prerequisites for the class. This course satisfies both Artistic Understanding (Analysis and Creative Practice) requirements for the Core Curriculum. Cross-listed with Ethnic Studies.  

Application Course.

COMM 163: Special Topics - Conflict Management

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

Description about this particular special topic will be added soon. 
COMM 163 features different topical, special-interest courses exploring an area of study or particular problem in the field of communication. Topics cover the range of communication theory, rhetoric and persuasion, law and public policy and visual media. Prerequisites: COMM 110 or COMM 111, depending on the special topic.

COMM 190 Student Media Practicum (.25)

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

Media Lab
Monday: 5:45-6:45pm, 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: Capstone - Senior Thesis

T/Th: 1:15-2:50pm, Dan Leopard
M/F: 1:00-2:35pm, Veronica Hefner

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.

COMM 311: Indentity & Intercultural Communication

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

Graduate level.
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. Prerequisites: COMM 110 or COMM 111; and COMM 106 or COMM 112; or permission of Graduate Director.