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 6009 Digital Journalism
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is a skills-based, project course. Working in teams, students will conceive, plan and execute multimedia news projects for online delivery. Emphasis is on developing professional journalistic and public relations practices applicable to multi-platform delivery systems.

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.) An introduction to the broad range of methods – historical, critical, qualitative, quantitative-used in communication research. The course is designed to equip students with the ability to read broadly and to identify methods appropriate to their own work.

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 6050 Principles of Persuasion
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

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

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 6070 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 6090 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 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 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 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 student’s 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 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 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 6185 Editorial and Critical Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of editorials and persuasive writing; writing of editorials on national, state, and local issues. Analysis of leading critical periodicals; writing of criticism of films, television, books, plays, and other arts. This course is hybridized with both in-class and online learning components.

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 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 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 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 6470 Nonverbal Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of nonverbal behaviors as human communication messages.Topics include contexts and channels of nonverbal communication, such as physical appearance, time, space, and vocalics.

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 6515 Entertainment-Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Entertainment-Education is the use of drama, suspense, humor, music, etc. to teach viewers about topics such as health, environment, safety, human rights, and social and work skills. This course provides an overview of the major issues, topics, theories and research prevalent in entertainment.

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 6610 Applied Graphic Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to the principles and techniques of visual journalism with focus on writing, designing and producing a variety of printed collateral and web graphics for target audiences.

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 6710 TV News Magazine
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites COMM 6009
Description

This is a skills-based, project course. Working in teams, students will conceive, plan and execute multimedia news projects for online delivery. Emphasis is on developing professional journalistic and public relations practices applicable to multi-platform delivery systems. 3.000 Credit hours.

COMM 6740 TV Newscast
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites COMM 6009
Description

Reporting, writing, and producing stories appropriate for a newscast on a TV station or a local cable TV channel.

COMM 6750 e-Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

e-Health refers to the use of advanced communication technologies (e.g., internet, SMS, online gaming) to improve people’s health decisions and health care services. This seminar discusses some of the major issues, topics, theories, and relevant literature of e-Health.

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
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 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

Many terms try to clarify agents of collective action, including publics, movements, parties, classes, crowds, swarms, and others. How do these terms explain social and historical change. How do mediating technologies alter political possibilities and constraints. The course explores accounts of publicity, including the rhetorical and mass communication traditions, American pragmatism, the Frankfurt School, post-Marxism, and others.

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 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 8515 Entertainment-Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Entertainment-Education is the use of drama, suspense, humor, music, etc. to teach viewers about topics such as health, environment, safety, human rights, and social and work skills. This course provides an overview of the major issues, topics, theories and research prevalent in entertainment-education.

COMM 8530 Advanced Rhetorical Theory: From the Ancients to the Enlightenment
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The mechanisms of persuasion and the relationship between public speech and politics attracted interest from a range of thinkers from antiquity to the Enlightenment. The course seeks to better understand these historical resources of rhetorical invention and recovery to build interpretive tools for analyzing contemporary phenomena.

COMM 8535 Advanced Rhetorical Theory II: Contemporary Rhetorical Turns
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Influential twentieth century thinkers repeatedly turned to the rhetorical tradition as a resource to understand the relationship between speech, power, violence and identity by studying the representative functions of language and the limits of language and logic. The course focuses on the way these thinkers understood rhetoric’s connection to social change, subject formation, and performance.

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 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 8720 Media Stereotyping
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This seminar takes psychological and sociological perspectives to examine media stereotyping and its processes and effects on individuals and society. Taking “group identify’ into account, it overviews key theories, relevant research, and discusses some of the current issues observe in mediated communication contexts.

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 8750 e-Health
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

e-Health refers to the use of advanced communication technologies (e.g., internet, SMS, online gaming) to improve people’s health decisions and health care services. This seminar discusses some of the major issues, topics, theories, and relevant literature of e-Health.

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 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

Course focuses on a variety of topics.

COMM 9999 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 1.0 - 20.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description