Courses at the 200-level

COMM 200: Research Methods in Communication

Topics include communication research, quantitative and qualitative methods, critiquing research from scholarly journals, and applying a selected method in an original research study. (Formerly Fundamentals of Research in Communication.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Completion of at least 24 credits
COMM 208: Public Speaking

Students develop public-speaking skills through directed practice. Emphasis is on the selection and organization of material, the use of reasoning and evidence, speech construction, and methods of delivery.
3 credit hours

COMM 219: Vocal Improvement

Effective voice and articulation management are developed through theory and practice. Emphasis is on personal improvement for professional career objectives.
3 credit hours

COMM 220: Voice and Articulation

The fundamentals of voice production and diction are studied, including the physiological and phonetic bases of speech. Students work on vocal clarity, flexibility, range, force, and variety.
3 credit hours

COMM 223: Introduction to Sign Language

The basic vocabulary of Signed English and finger spelling are introduced. Discussion includes the needs and problems of the deaf community. A vocabulary of 600 signs should be attained at the completion of this course.
3 credit hours

COMM 230: Making Sense of Rhetoric

This is a comparative study of the methods and criteria for analyzing communication. Traditional themes for speech criticism (situation, purpose, structure, and style) are introduced and selected contemporary critical approaches are presented.
3 credit hours

COMM 240: Mass Media and Society

The institutions, history, and technology of the mass media are examined. Newspapers, film, and broadcasting media are studied in terms of social and personal impact.
4 credit hours

COMM 241: Introduction to Cinema and Video

Hollywood industry, new digital technology, audiences, and other important cinematic elements (visual, technical, social, ideological, aesthetical, economic, and cultural aspects) are examined.
4 credit hours

COMM 242: Message, Media, and Meaning

Students are introduced to visual communication and how meaning is made. Topics include the theories about and critical interpretation of visual media. Media production projects and presentations are required.
4 credit hours

COMM 243: Writing for Digital Media

Students are introduced to the concepts and techniques used to develop digital media products and learn how to write for a variety of digital media distribution channels.
4 credit hours

COMM 244: Digital Media Lab

Students gain the working knowledge required for the basic production of digital graphics, audio, video, and interactive media.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • COMM 242 and 243
COMM 246: Television Production

The theoretical and practical aspects of television production, script preparation, and studio and control room operations and practice are presented. Included is a two-hour-per-week lab.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • COMM 244
COMM 255: Introduction to Language

The diversity and basic similarities of languages are explored, including their phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and social properties. (Formerly COMM 355: Language and Thought in Communication.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • COMM 208
COMM 261: Issues in Free Speech

Free speech issues are critically examined in historical and cultural context. Emphasis is on American law and circumstances compared to those of selected non-Western countries.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • FYW, FYS and at least 45 credits.
COMM 262: Dialect: Identity, Variation, and Change

This course explores the variability within a human language as influenced by geography, social class, gender, age, ethnicity, and cultural identity.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Gen. Ed. Core 1, 2, and 3
COMM 263: East Asian Media and Popular Culture

This course explores the variability within a human language as influenced by geography, social class, gender, age, ethnicity, and cultural identity.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • FYW, FYS and at least 45 credits.

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