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Communication (COM)

College of Social Sciences

COM 201 Introduction to Communication (3) An overview of communication emphasizing the interpersonal, intercultural, organizational and international communication, management, multimedia, mass media, and telecommunication perspectives. DS

COM 320 Organizational Communication (3) Communication in formal organizational contexts; research and theory of communication within organizations; role of communication in organizational effectiveness. Pre: 201 or consent. DS

COM 330 Telecommunication Concepts and Technologies (3) Basic electronics and concepts of telecommunication; orientation to telecom technologies including television, radio, cable, video disc, and telecom/computer convergence. Pre: 201 or consent.

COM 331 Fundamentals of Visual Media (3) Orientation to techniques of production. Emphasis on history, language, and theory of the creative process and application to video productions and multimedia. Pre: 201 or consent.

COM 335 Mass Communication (3) Introduction to mass communication theory. Emphasis placed on theoretical approaches to societal effects of media, human communication, and research traditions in mass communication. Pre: 201 or consent. DS

COM 337 Introduction to Multimedia (3) Combined lecture-lab course providing an orientation to, and examination of, procedures and techniques of multimedia. Emphasis on new media literacy, human-computer interaction, and basic design of electronic multimedia. Pre: 201 or consent.

COM 340 Intercultural Communication (3) Problems and opportunities of communication in a variety of intercultural contexts. Focus on theory, research, and managing intercultural effectiveness. Pre: 201 or consent. DS

COM 350 Communication in Interpersonal Relationships (3) Theory and practice of interpersonal communication from a social science perspective. Pre: 201 or consent. DS

COM 401 Introduction to Communication Research Methods (3) Exploration of quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in communication studies. Practical experience will be offered. Pre: 201 or consent. DS

COM 420 Communication in Multicultural Organizations (3) Cultural diversity in multicultural and multinational organizations is examined regarding communication-related aspects of working life. Pre: 320 and 340, or consent. DS

COM 423 Applied Organizational Communication (3) Principles of organizational communication applied in organizational assessment, intervention, training, and development. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent.

COM 431 Video Production Lab I (3) Production of studio and remote video programming including news/information, instructional/educational, and dramatic formats. Lighting, sound, blocking, and equipment competency. Pre: 331 or consent.

COM 432 Telecommunication Services (3) Understanding human information needs as they relate to telecommunication services developed from new technologies. Pre: 330 or consent.

COM 433 Video Scriptwriting (3) Application of communication theory to creating and revising commercial and dramatic script material for video production. Pre: 331 or consent.

COM 434 Video Production Lab II (3) Creating, scripting, and producing complex programs. Media aesthetics and professional production, preparation, and execution are emphasized. Pre: 331 and 431, or consent.

COM 436 Media Effects (3) Social, political, economic, and cultural effects of broadcast media are examined to understand their impact on human behavior. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent.

COM 437 Interactive Multimedia Design and Development (3) The design, development, and evaluation of interactive computer-based multimedia communication. The course emphasizes authoring and production of such multimedia elements as full-motion images, audio, graphics, etc. Pre: 337 or consent.

COM 438 International Telecommunication (3) Development of international telecommunication with emphasis on political theory, social purposes, legal regulation, and competition among nations. Pre: 330 or consent. DS

COM 440 Intercultural Training and Intervention (3) This course describes programs designed to prepare, support, and train individuals, groups, and communities for effective intercultural interaction at home and abroad. Pre: 340 or consent.

COM 441 Communication Policy and Planning (3) Alternative models in policy and planning that bring about or inhibit social, economic, and technical development in communication systems and their environments. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent. DS

COM 442 Communication in the Pacific Hemisphere (3) Comparative communication processes, development communication, technology, knowledge and skill transfer, and regional communication issues in the Pacific hemisphere. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent.

COM 444 Communication and Gender (3) Theories, myths, and the missing links in gendered communication. Application of established and emerging theories of gender and communication to interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, and mass communication. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent. DS

COM 451 Communication and Law (3) Role of communication in the legal process; impact of law on communication processes. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent. (Cross-listed as JOUR 365) DS

COM 452 Building Communication Theory (3) Major theories of communication in terms of requirements for a theory, theory development, associated research, and application. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent. DS

COM 453 Ethnography of Communication (3) The interactional basis of communication in normal everyday living. Students analyze face-to-face and mediated communication using ethnographic methods. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent. DS

COM 454 Communication Campaigns (3) Communication strategies and research methods that lead to effective campaign programs. Focus on political, marketing, and public communication campaigns. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent. DS

COM 459 Special Topics (3) Topics of interest to faculty and students; taught by regular and visiting faculty. Repeatable on different topics to 6 credit hours. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent.

COM 460 Media Ethics (3) Ethics and social responsibility for media professionals. Application of ethical theories and principles to case studies and research projects. Pre: any 300-level course in communication or journalism. (Cross-listed as JOUR 460)

COM 475 Global Communication (3) Problems and opportunities of communication in a variety of international contexts. Focus on commerce, diplomacy, and mass communication. Pre: 201 or consent. (Cross-listed as JOUR 475) DS

COM 480 Communication Seminar (3) Application of theoretic and methodological criteria to researchable questions. Topics will vary. Pre: 201 and senior standing, or consent.

COM 490 Senior Thesis Project (3) Completion of the thesis project appropriate to the selected area of concentration within the context of a seminar. Pre: 201 and senior standing, or consent.

COM 495 Communication Internship (V) Analysis of communication processes under faculty supervision through participation in the operations of an organization. Repeatable up to 3 credit hours. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent.

COM 499 Special Problems (V) Independent study of selected topics under faculty supervision. Repeatable up to 3 credit hours. Pre: 201 and junior standing, or consent.

COM 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1)

COM 611 Communication Theories (3) Systematic study of major theories of communication and current status of communication research.

COM 612 Communication Research Methods (3) Introduction to the major steps in the research process. Emphasis on the methodological approaches to making choices among alternatives at each step of a research cycle.

COM 623 Organizational Communication (3) Communication theory/research applied to formal organizations; assessments of strengths and weaknesses of organizational communications systems. Pre: 611 (or concurrent) or consent. (Cross-listed as PUBA 623)

COM 624 Organizational Communication Training (3) Designing and implementing training systems in organizations; conducting training programs; evaluating training program effectiveness. Pre: 612 (or concurrent) or consent.

COM 633 Telecommunication Architectures (3) Telecommunication structures, processes, and networks as an area of research and study in the social sciences. Pre: 611 (or concurrent) or consent.

COM 634 Telecommunication Services (3) Systematic study from a social science perspective of current and emerging teleservices. Attention to user needs and impact, and to teleservice design. Pre: 612 (or concurrent) or consent.

COM 643 Intercultural Communication (3) Problems and opportunities of intercultural communication from theory and research, consulting and training, and policy and program perspectives. Pre: 611 (or concurrent) or consent.

COM 644 International Communication (3) Principles and practices of international communication from the perspectives of relevant theories, focusing on problems in an information age. Pre: 612 (or concurrent) or consent.

COM 645 Mass Communications (3) An introduction to major mass media theories, research trends and literature. Pre: 611 (or concurrent) or consent.

COM 646 Intercultural Training/Intervention (3) This course describes programs designed to prepare, support, and train individuals, groups, and communities for effective intercultural interaction at home and abroad. A-F only. Pre: 643 or consent.

COM 650 Communication Policy (3) Examination of the formation and implementation of communication policy in world, national, and local arenas. Key concepts; role in development. Pre: 611 (or concurrent) or consent.

COM 660 Communication Planning (3) Processes and methods of planning appropriate to the communication sector, including cultural, information, and media industries and organizations. Pre: 611 (or concurrent) or consent.

COM 691 Communication Topics (3) Coverage in depth of some area of theory and research. Repeatable one time. Pre: 611 and 612, or consent.

COM 692 General Research Seminar (3) Application of theoretic and methodological criteria to a researchable question. Pre: 611 and 612, or consent.

COM 695 Communication Practicum (V) Supervised work experience, study of an organization, and career planning. Required of Plan B students in the main communication program. Repeatable. CR/NC only. Pre: 611 and 612, or consent.

COM 699 Directed Reading and Research (V) Individual reading and/or research. Pre: consent.

COM 700 Thesis Research (V)