COMM 6000 Acting for the Camera
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Two lecture and two lab hours. Acting theory and practice for the performer and director of film and television production.

COMM 6010 Issues and Perspectives in Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Formerly COMM 8000.) Overview of general concepts in the study of human and mass mediated communication. Comparison of commonly used terms across communication disciplines emphasized.

COMM 6020 Advanced Film Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An in-depth study of the theoretical writing about film, particularly those classical and contemporary paradigms that have illuminated the medium: realism, formalism, structuralism, semiotics, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and feminism.

COMM 6030 Research Methods in Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Formerly COMM 8020.) Experimental and survey design. Methodology for communication research studies; problems and projects.

COMM 6040 History of the News Media
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Comparative study of the origins and development of news systems in relation to their historical, social, political, and economic environments.

COMM 6060 Close Textual Analysis of Moving Image
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An intensive examination of one media text (or televison series), selected for its aesthetic, social, and/or historical importance. (Example might include Hitchcock’s Psycho, the TV series Queer As Folk, the video game Grand Theft Auto, etc.) May be repeated once if medium to be analyzed is different.

COMM 6115 Screenwriting for the Short Film
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Dramatic fiction writing for short film and video production. Provides and in-depth dramatic writing course for students intending to make short film and videos in subsequent production courses.

COMM 6125 Community-Based Media Production
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Two lecture and two lab hours. Seminar combines service learning and digital video production to preserve stories of overlooked local communities.

COMM 6135 Digital Cinematography
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

One lecture and three lab hours per week. A comprehensive introduction to Cinematography covering framing and lighting for different film and electronic imaging formats. Out of class collaboration is required. Student must bear all additional costs for productions during the semester.

COMM 6140 Episodic and Serial Television Production
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

The creative, technical and managerial process of developing serialized entertainment for television as it propagates the Internet, both as audio-visual entertainment and audience response data. Students will learn the development, production, post-production, dissemination and analytic stages of contemporary New Media television practice by working in teams to produce a serial or episodic internet-based TV show. Extensive collaborative production required.

COMM 6145 Digital Editing
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Two lecture and two lab hours per week. An intensive exploration of the practice, technique, and aesthetics of editing the motion picture image and sound visual media. Non-linear editing software will be used in the creation of process-oriented exercises and short projects. Students are responsible for the cost of materials required for class projects. Outside class time will be required for collaborative student projects.

COMM 6155 Conceptualization and Expression for Mediamakers
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

Two lecture and two lab hours per week. Seminar combines film and digital video production to explore a variety of conceptual and expressive strategies and techniques.

COMM 6156 Media Entrepreneurship
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites COMM 6155
Description

Students will develop or continue to develop a media concept, business or technology through an intensive semester long curriculum structured as an incubator/accelerator. This class will study the convergence of media producer and media entrepreneur while students create at the intersection of media, business and technology and culminate with a final presentation of the students pitch and prototype to media industry professionals.

COMM 6157 Cross-Media Design
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites COMM 6155
Description

Design multimedia stories from the ground up in which movies, video games, web sites, smart phone applications, comic books, and other media are equal partners and all elements of a complete story.

COMM 6158 New Media Production
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites COMM 6155
Description

An exploration of the production visual and audio assets for Internet transmission and interactive media experience, using techniques and forms that best utilize the evolving aesthetics of the digital and interactive media cultures of the moment. New concepts of interactive storytelling in documentary and/or fiction, and for the visualization of characters and their settings will blend cinematic aesthetics with other aesthetic systems.

COMM 6159 Computational Media
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites COMM 6155
Description

An introduction to the production of creative components of interactive and digital media derived from code and computation that is at the forefront of new forms of personal and public expression. Popular culture in the form of games, websites, interactive television, interactive animation and digital art use computational media, and will be the genres that students will produce.

COMM 6160 Special Topics
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Graduate faculty and specific tools for this course will change according to the specialized expertise of participating faculty.

COMM 6165 Special Production Topics
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

Graduate faculty and specific tools for this course will change according to the specialized expertise of participating faculty.

COMM 6170 American Film History I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Discussion of the structural, aesthetic, and social factors that shaped American film from its inception through the classic studio period.

COMM 6180 International Cinemas
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of a specific major international film industry or movement and its contributions to world cinema. Films will be studied in their immediate cultural and larger historical and critical contexts. May be repeated once if topic varies.

COMM 6210 Critical History of Radio and Television
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

History of television and its origins in radio, focusing on the medium as a technology, an industry, a site of gender and racial representation, a component of American social history, and a cultural forum.

COMM 6220 Media History
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides grounding in the major historical landmarks/movements in international cinema and American broadcasting. Its surveys the primary sociocultural, aesthetic, economic, policy, technological, and industrial forces that shaped film and television in the 20th century.

COMM 6240 Documentary Film
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The history of non-fiction film and production.

COMM 6250 Producing for Television and Film
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Role of the producer in film, broadcasting, and theatre. Refinement of skills in developing program ideas, supervising, and financing productions.

COMM 6260 Adapting Literature to Film
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

A study of how one medium is transformed into another based on a close reading of both. Adaptation theory will be included, as well as a consideration of the interim screenplay and the film production process where possible.

COMM 6280 Topics in Authors and Genres
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of the work of a major media author (Hitchcock, Kubrick, Godard, etc.) or of a media genre (melodrama, Western, situation comedy, etc.), with attention to the theoretical, aesthetic, and social/historical questions raised by the work studies. May be repeated once if topic is different.

COMM 6310 Feature Screenwriting I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Principles of writing the full-length screenplay for feature film. Preparation for and writing of the first half of the screenplay. The second half will be completed in the sequence course, COMM 6320: Feature Screenwriting II.

COMM 6320 Feature Screenwriting II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites COMM 6310
Description

Principles of writing the full-length screenplay for feature film, including contest competitions and marketing. Writing and revising the second half of the screenplay begun in COMM 6310: Feature Screenwriting I.

COMM 6361 Sound Design
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites COMM 6155
Description

The expressive aesthetics of motion picture sound, its technology and methods of production will provide students the foundations for creating soundtracks for their own films in progress, or for films already completed. Extensive lab time is required. Students must be able to work collaboratively to produce studio and field recordings.

COMM 6365 Experimental Media Production
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

An advanced production course that explores highly-personal avant-garde and experimental media making by any means necessary, including but not limited to: experimental documentary and fiction, found footage/cameraless filmmaking, new media, web video, mobile media, video art, installation, etc.

COMM 6370 Visual Effects for Film
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

This course will explore concepts of visual effects for film, television and games. These concepts will be applied to practical exercises where student will learn to manipulate media through compositing and 2-D animation.

COMM 6375 Music Video Production
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

This advanced course explores the history and developing aesthetics of music video through hands-on production exercises and projects. Participants learn about, analyze, and discuss the variety of modes in which musicians promote themselves, express their worldviews, and tell stories through the music video medium.

COMM 6385 Critical Visual Culture Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines some of the major strands in Critical Theory that have contributed to institute the interdisciplinary field of Visual Culture Studies and the various theories of the image emerging from this field.

COMM 6400 Development of Communication and Language Across the Lifespan
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Theories, nature, basic behavioral aspects and constraints of typical communication and language development across the lifespan.

COMM 6430 Media Industries
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines the historical, technological, economic, political, and social forces shaping the media industries and explores the range of established and emerging theoretical and methodological approaches employed in media industry analysis. 3.0 credit hours.

COMM 6450 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Development of critical skills useful for evaluating public discourse, with an emphasis on classical and modern theories of rhetoric.

COMM 6475 Communication and Aging
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as GERO 6475.) A broad overview of the ways in which communication affects, and is affected by, the aging process. Lifespan development and the theory and research in the area of communication and aging.

COMM 6480 Political Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Political communication in contemporary America with a focus on the rhetoric of political leaders during campaigns and governance.

COMM 6485 Health Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Provides a comprehensive overview of the major issues, topics, theories and research prevalent in the field of health communication. Topics include interpersonal influence (social support and social network), persuasive message design, and the role of organizations, media, and new communication technology in influencing health attitudes, behaviors, and policy.

COMM 6490 Communication and Gender
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The influence of gender (social definitions of maleness and femaleness) on public, interpersonal, and mass communication.

COMM 6500 Visual Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of communication theories that help explain how visual images symbolically interact with audiences. The manifest and latent persuasive functions of visual messages will be explored in a variety of contexts, from the mass media to human interactions.

COMM 6510 Media and Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of the symbiotic relationship among the media, the political process and the public. Emphasis on how the media’s structures and conventions help identify and frame issues and provide interpretative frameworks for analyzing political messages.

COMM 6520 Speechwriting
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Formerly COMM 8500.) Principles and practices in writing manuscript speeches for a variety of contexts, including corporate, organizational, and political. Emphasis on exposition, argumentation, persuasion, and special occasions.

COMM 6620 Problems in Public Relations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Explores, critically assesses, and applies theory and research in the analysis of recurring problems in public relations practice, including theories that dominate the field, formative research as applied to planning and implementing campaigns and programs, and evaluative research as applied to measuring public relations effectiveness.

COMM 6630 Public Relations Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Formerly COMM 8670.) Experience in constructing and/or analyzing such materials as annual reports, brochures, news releases, position papers, employee publications, and special purpose letters.

COMM 6650 International Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Critical and comparative approaches to the study of communication systems and journalism at the national, regional, and global levels. Analysis of issues and implications of the globalization of mass media, information systems, and culture. Strategies for international communication research.

COMM 6660 Corporate Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Structures, functions and outcomes of corporate communication policies and behaviors; corporate missions, business plans and the design of strategic communication plans to accomplish goals in contexts of corporate cultures, budget audiences, and environmental issues.

COMM 6670 Communication Consulting
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Formerly COMM 8110.) Methods utilized in providing individuals and organizations with assistance in developing communication skills. Assessment of client needs and implementation of various programs.

COMM 6840 Computer Graphics Imaging
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

(Same as CSC 6840.) Study the theories, techniques and tools for creating 3D graphics content. Topics include 3D modeling, camera, lighting, materials, texture mapping, physics based modeling, basic animation, and rendering techniques (such as tracing and radiosity).

COMM 6841 Computer Animation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites COMM 6840
Description

(Same as CSC 6841.) 3D computer animation including classical animation techniques, cel animation, key framing, storyboarding, physically-based modeling, character animation, lighting, camera placement and motion, motion blur, compositing, and other relevant topics.

COMM 6910 Special Project
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

Supervised experience in individual projects developed out of the student’s professional or vocational interests and responsibilities.

COMM 6915 Special Production Project
Credit Hours 3.0 - 4.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

Supervised experience in individual projects developed out of the student’s professional or vocational interests and responsibilities. There is a fee associated with this course that must be paid on enrollment in the course.

COMM 6940 Television Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Course traces development of television studies. Also looks at recent work in the field as a means of assessing the changing nature of television and of television studies as an area of inquiry. Readings explore range of industrial, sociocultural, textual and audience analyses, approaches and issues.

COMM 6960 American Film History II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

History of American Film from the post-classical period to the present. Discussion of the semiotics, aesthetics, economics, and politics of Hollywood and independent cinema.

COMM 6970 Internship
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Eligibility criteria may be obtained from the Department of Communication Internship Coordinator
Description

Professional field experience with an organization in the student’s area of concentration. Only M.A. students in Communication may enroll.

COMM 6990 Thesis Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 20.0
Description

(Formerly COMM 8999.).

COMM 6995 Thesis Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 20.0
Description

There is a fee associated with this course which must be paid upon enrollment.

COMM 8000 Feminist Media Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A seminar providing a transdisciplinary, transnational exploration of the various feminist theoretical and methodological approaches to the field of media studies, with attention to its historical, cultural, social, political and economic dimensions.

COMM 8015 Quantitative Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An advanced seminar examining social science methodology and statistical analysis used in communication research. Topics include measurement and design issues, basic research methods (e.g., experiments, surveys, observational research, content analysis), and conceptual and practical issues in quantitative data analysis.

COMM 8025 Content Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites COMM 6030, or equivalent course work
Description

Research methods for text and image analysis. Examination of theoretical, methodological, and computing issues relevant in analyzing human discourse and media artifacts (including television, film, and new media content).

COMM 8035 Doctoral Colloquium in Communication Pedagogy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Techniques and approaches to pedagogy in the communication field. Includes a supervised teaching presentation before members of the graduate faculty and graduate students.

COMM 8045 Health Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Provides a comprehensive overview of the major issues, topics, theories and research prevalent in the field of health communication. Topics include interpersonal influence (social support and social network), persuasive message design, and the role of organizations, media, and new communication technology in influencing health attitudes, behaviors, and policy.

COMM 8050 Principles of Persuasion
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of verbal and visual communication strategies intended to influence attitude and opinions.

COMM 8055 Theories of Media Uses and Effects
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A seminar examining media uses, processes, and effects from a social science perspective. Reviews major theories and related research, focusing on how audiences use, respond to, and are influenced by mediated messages.

COMM 8060 Seminar in Communication Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Conflicting traditions in communication law. Discussion of landmark decisions affecting communication practices. Understanding of the utility of legal research in the governing of communication processes.

COMM 8090 Communication Ethics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Ethical theories and issues related to communication, with emphasis on codes of ethics of the various professions.

COMM 8100 Publics and Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to advanced theories of the communicating public, including surveys of Lippmann, Dewey, Habermas, and others. Review of disciplinary perspectives on mass audiences from speech communication, mass communication, media studies, argumentation theory, cultural studies, and public relations approaches.

COMM 8111 Introduction to Graduate Studies
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

Introduction to the academic processes, the requirements of the doctoral prospectus and dissertation, and professional opportunities and expectations of the communication discipline.

COMM 8112 Doctoral Writing Workshop
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

Seminar focused on preparing advanced communication research for publication.

COMM 8120 Media, Individuals and Society
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A doctoral seminar on theoretical foundations and new developments that address the linkages among mediated communication, individuals, and society. Examines media-related issues at the individual and interpersonal/intergroup levels. Begins with a historical overview and introduction to key issues in the field. Focuses on three broad approaches: media uses and effects, public campaigns and persuasion, and cultural studies.

COMM 8130 Communication in a Global Context
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

Three lecture hours per week. Examination of theoretical debates, communication processes and practices, regulatory mechanisms, conflict, cultural identities in the global space, and the consequent relation of our social environment and self-perceptions to a global scale.

COMM 8140 Communication Campaigns
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Discussed major theories and principles of persuasion and attitude change, message design and dissemination strategies as they relate to communication campaigns. Provides knowledge and skills required to create and evaluate persuasive campaigns in many domains, such as health, politics, social issues, and the environment.

COMM 8160 Style and Narrative Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Methods of qualitative analysis for studying the style and narration of film, television, and/or new media texts. An emphasis on close readings of the formal properties of texts. May be repeated once if content varies.

COMM 8210 Audiences and Cultural Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Situates media audiences within a cultural studies framework to explore various ethnographic and qualitative approaches. Examines the evolution of the cultural studies approach to audiences, from foundational works to current approaches that see audience activity as less about responding to media texts and more about developing multiple interactive practices inspired by and lined with media within the context of class, race, gender and sexuality.

COMM 8385 Critical Visual Culture Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines some of the major strands in Critical Theory that have contributed to institute the interdisciplinary field of Visual Culture Studies and the various theories of the image emerging from this field.

COMM 8400 Topics in Communication Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Seminar in various topics related to the theories and methods of advanced research in communication. May be taken more than once for credit as content varies.

COMM 8410 Qualitative Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Philosophy and practice of qualitative methods in communication; problems and projects.

COMM 8420 Media Historiography
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of theoretical and methodological approaches to researching media history.

COMM 8430 Media Industries
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines the historical, technological, economic, political, and social forces shaping the media industries and explores the range of established and emerging theoretical and methodological approaches employed in media industry analysis. 3.0 credit hours.

COMM 8530 History of Rhetorical Theory I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Develop familiarity with the origins and evolution of rhetorical theory prior to the mid twentieth century, with an emphasis on major theoretical innovations.

COMM 8535 History of Rhetorical Theory II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Development of theoretical skills for analyzing rhetorical artifacts, with an emphasis on theoretical innovations post-1965.

COMM 8540 Rhetorical Criticism I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to the practice of rhetorical criticism and to the grammars associated with the analysis of various types of text.

COMM 8545 Rhetorical Criticism II
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Review of rhetorical criticism in major debates and controversies.

COMM 8640 Television Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Course traces development of television studies. Also looks at recent work in the field as a means of assessing the changing nature of television and of television studies as an area of inquiry. Readings explore range of industrial, sociocultural, textual and audience analyses, approaches and issues.

COMM 8680 Media Reception Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of qualitative theories and methodological approaches for researching media reception by audiences.

COMM 8690 Media and Cultural Studies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of the relationship between culture and power. Readings include both founding theoretical texts (the Marxist tradition, the Frankfurt School, the Birmingham School) and current applied scholarship. The class addresses a range of popular media, including film, television, music, new media, and others. Multiple, intersecting structures of power are interrogated, including class, gender, and race.

COMM 8710 Seminar in Mass Communication Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Mass communication theories from individual, organizational, and societal perspectives.

COMM 8730 Seminar in International Media and Culture
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites COMM 6650
Description

In-depth examination of issues, trends, and culture pertaining to mass communication within and among nations of sub-Saharan Africa or of the Arab nations of the Middle East and North Africa. Specialized areas of study will rotate from year to year.

COMM 8740 International Political Economy of the Media
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites COMM 6650
Description

Critical examination of the economic, political, and social relations that structure communication as a commodity in the global marketplace. Emphasizes the effects of integration, diversification, and internationalization of the media, as well as the ideological effects of the increasing concentration of communication resources.

COMM 8770 Comparative Studies in Emerging Media
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of the technological, social, aesthetic, and policy forces important to the development of new communication media. The course uses case studies to compare the implications of and discourses surrounding the rise of new media. The course uses either a historical method to examine established media when they were first new, or an international focus to compare technological developments across countries.

COMM 8780 Directed Research in Communication
Credit Hours 1.0 - 20.0
Description
COMM 8790 Seminar in Public Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This seminar is intended to provide students with advanced instruction in various areas of public communication theory. Graduate faculty for this course will rotate according to the specialized research and publication areas of participating faculty. May be repeated multiple times as topics vary.

COMM 8900 Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 - 3.0
Prerequisites Eligibility criteria may be obtained from the Department of Communication Internship Coordinator
Description

Professional field experience with an organization in the student’s area of concentration. Only Ph.D. students may enroll.

COMM 8980 Special Topics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description
COMM 9999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 20.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description