This is a list of all communication studies courses. For more information, see Communication Studies.

COMM:1000 First-Year Seminar1 s.h.

Small discussion class taught by a faculty member; topics chosen by instructor; may include outside activities (e.g., films, lectures, performances, readings, visits to research facilities). Requirements: first- or second-semester standing.

COMM:1112 Interpersonal Communication3 s.h.

Introduction to face-to-face communication in social and personal relationships; maximizing communicative effectiveness in relationships with knowledge about how communication functions; analysis of one's own and others' communication practices and experiences.

COMM:1117 Theory and Practice of Argument4 s.h.

Public arguments as practiced in law, politics, science, and other public arenas; improvement of skills in researching, constructing, organizing, and presenting arguments on disputed subjects; analyzing and refuting arguments of others; developing a better understanding of how scholars apply tools of formal and informal logic in a variety of disciplines to improve quality of academic argument. GE: Quantitative or Formal Reasoning.

COMM:1130 The Art of Persuading Others3 s.h.

Basic theoretical concepts of effective public communication; employ knowledge of concepts in analyzing texts; definition and influence of rhetorical situation, different elements of persuasion (message logic, appeal to feelings, character of speaker), ability of speakers to invent arguments; issues of judgment, public discourse, identity, and agency.

COMM:1168 Media, Music, and Culture3 s.h.

What makes popular music important for people; music's power to change culture; production, distribution, reception of popular music in cultural and historical contexts.

COMM:1170 Communication Theory in Everyday Life3 s.h.

General overview of everyday life communication, theories and research techniques used to understand it; sheer depth and complexity of processes in communication that occur in everyday lives and which appear to be trivial; how to observe conversations and identify what is really happening in them; ways in which scholars explain everyday communication and how it works; applications of theoretical thinking to explain processes of everyday communication. GE: Social Sciences.

COMM:1174 Media and Society3 s.h.

Processes and effects of mass communication; how mass media operate in the United States; how mass communication scholars develop knowledge. GE: Social Sciences; Values and Culture.

COMM:1301 Core Concepts in Communication Studies3 s.h.

Introduction to communication topics; face-to-face interaction, public speaking, globally-distributed film, music, and television; ways of thinking, vocabulary, and overview of concepts used in other communication studies courses.

COMM:1305 Studying Communication: Methods and Critiques4 s.h.

Social scientific methods used to generate knowledge about communication processes; basic tools necessary to conduct and evaluate communication research; epistemological perspectives, research procedures, and data analysis; readings and hands-on activities. Requirements: 30 s.h. of credit.

COMM:1809 Social Marketing Campaigns3 s.h.

Introduction to theory, development, and practice of social marketing campaigns; public service announcements, political action to change smoking laws, community-led initiatives to increase availability of local foods; communication-centric format including research in public health, nursing, marketing, and other fields; group work to identify issues of local concern and develop a theoretically justified and practically realistic social marketing campaign with potential to positively impact communities.

COMM:1814 Elements of Debate3 s.h.

Debates that occur everyday in a wide variety of situations and settings; how to recognize when a debate is occurring and different procedures by which people conduct debates; emphasis on development of personal advocacy skills and how one goes about teaching those same skills to others by example and practice; examination of role of debate in achieving collective economic and political purposes in contemporary societies.

COMM:1816 Business and Professional Communication3 s.h.

Introduction to business and professional communication at individual and corporate levels; individual-level topics cover organizational communication, business vocabulary, speaking and writing, professionalism and interviewing; corporate-level topics focus on marketing, advertising, public relations, corporate communications, crisis communication management, business and communication plans, proposals; guest speakers from for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

COMM:1818 Communication Skills for Leadership3 s.h.

Practice and understanding of essential communication skills for leadership; skills-based curriculum promoting application of knowledge; topics include relationship skills, collaboration skills, presentation skills, and writing skills; emphasis on leadership throughout each section of the course.

COMM:1819 Organizational Leadership2-3 s.h.

Introduction to nature of leadership, styles of leadership that are most effective, and ways in which obstacles may be overcome in groups or organizations; different approaches to qualities of leadership, role of visions and motivation, interpersonal and decision-making skills, meeting preparation and evaluation, and related communication skills.

COMM:1830 Solving Public Problems: Dialogue and Deliberation for Democracy3 s.h.

Communication at the heart of public problems and solutions; critical 21st-century skills (writing for a general audience, facilitating dialogue); valuable community service experiences as an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of dialogue and deliberation; focus on a complex local issue, such as affordable housing, flood planning, or excessive drinking; partnering with local organizations to research a local problem, plan community-based solutions, and study the art of facilitating public discussions; topics include issue analysis, deliberative inquiry, convening meetings, and community organizing.

COMM:1840 Television Studio Production3 s.h.

Basics of digital television studio production on industry-quality technology; studio lighting, high-definition camera operation, audio recording and editing, digital switcher operation, nonlinear editing, and more; introduction to questions surrounding the impact of studio production on artistic expression, audiences, and society.

COMM:1898 Introduction to Latina/o Communication and Culture3 s.h.

Introduction to fundamentals of communication by and about Latina/o in the U.S.; Latina/o as one of the fastest growing demographics; how Latina/o history, politics, and culture remain little understood despite a longstanding and growing presence in Iowa and across the nation; historical orientation; Latina/o social movement and protest (e.g., Chicana/o movements and the Young Lords Organization), institutional discourses (e.g., congressional, presidential, and legal discourses), and Latina/o in popular culture (film, TV, music, sports). Same as LAS:1898.

COMM:2010 Communication and Organizational Culture3 s.h.

Introduction to nature, construction, and deconstruction of organizational culture from a communication perspective; examination of different approaches for understanding and analyzing organizational culture, including the lens of symbolic performance, narrative reproduction, textual reproduction, management, power and politics, technology, and globalization; prepares students to be change agents in organizations as they learn how to conduct an organizational cultural audit and how to create and implement successful change.

COMM:2011 Group Communication3 s.h.

Study of relevant theory, research, and application to increase understanding of communication in small groups; critical thinking and communication skills; individual roles in groups, creativity, leadership, decision making, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

COMM:2040 Communication and Conflict3 s.h.

Conflict and its management as critical issues that pervade people's personal and professional lives; complexities of conflict; forces that make conflict challenging; skills for thinking about and managing conflict more effectively; central features that define conflict; behaviors, attributions, and emotions that are manifest during conflict; formal models of conflict management and their corresponding recommendations for handling conflict.

COMM:2041 Gender, Communication, and Culture3 s.h.

Social construction of gender and gendered identities across a range of communicative settings in contemporary U.S. society, including relationships, schools, organizations, media, and social movements; how communication creates, reproduces, sustains, and sometimes challenges and changes the meaning of gender and, with that, cultural structures and practices. Same as GWSS:2041.

COMM:2042 Intercultural Communication3 s.h.

Culture defined as a system of taken-for-granted assumptions about the world that influence how people think and act; cultural differences that produce challenges and opportunities for understanding and communication; those differences from several theoretical perspectives; opportunities to examine culture and cultural differences in practical, experience-driven ways. Same as IS:2042, SSW:2042.

COMM:2044 Political Communication3 s.h.

Relationship between media, cultural politics, and the American political system; focus on advertising, campaigns, and new media outlets; ways politicians, the press, and intermediaries create and disseminate messages into mainstream culture; how people generate their own discourses of political identity and dissent, creating a robust democratic practice that is both empowering and central to the contemporary political landscape.

COMM:2045 Gender, Sexuality, and Space3 s.h.

Introduction to feminist and queer theories of social space; material and symbolic construction of gender and sexuality; communicating gender and sexuality in different social spaces and scales in historical and contemporary contexts.

COMM:2048 Transforming Media: From Telegraph to Internet3 s.h.

Communication media as global phenomena in which U.S. corporate and government interests play a major part; from electronic telegraph to broadcasting and cable, an investigation of historical contexts in which these media emerged; tracing ways in which they have been shaped by political, economic, and social relations of power.

COMM:2051 Politics of Popular Culture3 s.h.

How culture is political and how politics is cultural; overview of theories of culture and critical-cultural approaches to study of popular culture, past and present; specific topics of analysis vary, may include television, celebrity culture, music, film, games, and sports.

COMM:2052 Latin American Media3 s.h.

Development of media institutions, texts, and audiences across a number of Latin American countries; focus on broadcast media (radio and television) and situates them within larger historical context of 20th- and 21st-century Latin America; readings, discussions, and assignments with particular attention to influence of U.S. corporate and state interests on Latin American media; debates over cultural dependency, globalization, and hybridity in region. Same as LAS:2052.

COMM:2053 Secrets, Confidences, and Lies: Privacy Management in Interpersonal Relationships3 s.h.

How individuals manage private information with regard to their interpersonal relationships; multiple theories of privacy management; how aspects of information, individual, and target of disclosure all contribute to decisions to reveal or conceal private information to friends and family.

COMM:2054 Movements, Protest, Resistance3 s.h.

Historical and contemporary study of social movements from a symbolic perspective (e.g., speeches, protests, propaganda, media events); social movements as interpersonal and group communication; relationships between media and social change: efficacy of individual and larger-scale forms of resistance.

COMM:2057 Introduction to Computer-Mediated Communication3 s.h.

Theoretical and practical introduction to concepts and research in computer-mediated communication; emphasis on study of social effects of communication and information technology; factors that distinguish mediated from face-to-face interaction, theories of mediated communication, self-presentation online; Internet-based relationships, online supportive communication, online communities; how the Internet influences communication and how to use computer-mediated communication for self-presentation.

COMM:2058 Rhetoric and Past Public Controversy: The Sixties3 s.h.

Role of rhetoric in public controversy in particular historical time periods; focus on various perspectives, diverse voices, and multiple arguments informing particular movements/issues. Prerequisites: RHET:1030 or RHET:1040 or RHET:1060. Requirements: communication studies majors must register for COMM:2058 to receive credit in the communication studies major. Same as RHET:2410.

COMM:2064 Media, Advertising, and Society3 s.h.

Introduction to the critical study of advertising in the United States; advertising contextualized as an industry and as a key part of media and culture; advertising as an institution and as a series of symbols, ideas, and fantasies; how advertising works, role and function of advertising in culture and society.

COMM:2065 Television Criticism3 s.h.

Introduction to scholarly study of television as a social institution; nature of television form and content; role of industry in creation, selection, and presentation of television programs; production conventions and textual conventions in defining the medium; application of genre and narrative theory, semiotics, political economy of media industries, and audience reception study.

COMM:2069 Black TV Drama: The Wire3 s.h.

Social and political impact of television dramas featuring people of African descent in the West; HBO's The Wire series—a social commentary, commercial, and aesthetic force—has pioneered new ways of thinking about the relationship between media and society at large while revolutionizing ways in which black urban life is portrayed in today's world; focus on complex intersections between urban poverty, education, and political system, crime, mediation in Western society. Same as AFAM:2070.

COMM:2075 Gender, Sexuality, and Media3 s.h.

Mediated representations of gender and sexuality (television, film, and internet) to understand how these complex and complicated codes influence meaning of sex, sexuality, and gender; contemporary and historical examples used to engage texts that illuminate cultural conceptions of femininity, masculinity, heterosexuality, and homosexuality; cases that confuse and trouble the stability of these categories. Same as GWSS:2075.

COMM:2076 Race, Ethnicity, and Media3 s.h.

Introduction to debates about media portrayals of race and ethnicity; focus primarily on entertainment media; use of general analytic perspectives (stereotype analysis, aesthetic analysis, history) applied to real-world examples; address one or more racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Same as AFAM:2076.

COMM:2077 Writing and Producing Television3 s.h.

Introduction to basics of scripting and producing a conventional, three-camera television series; hands-on experience with production equipment and workshopping television scripts; students create one or more episodes of an original television series.

COMM:2079 Digital Media and Religion3 s.h.

Influences of digital media on religion and spirituality today. Same as RELS:2930.

COMM:2080 Public Life in the U.S.: Religion and Media3 s.h.

Examination of how the U.S. came into being through specific communication practices, how religion has helped and hindered that process; religious roots of the idea of the U.S., intertwined histories of print media and religion, role of religion and secularism in public discourse; U.S. pride as a nation in which diversity thrives in public discourse; communicative acts that created and sustained this country and also mark sites of discord, conflict, and confusion from the very beginnings of the U.S. to today; how religion has been a source of national identity and national division. Same as RELS:2080.

COMM:2085 Media Industries and Organizations3 s.h.

Trends in media industries as reflected in changes of ownership, different work conditions, media convergence, and globalization generally; focus on local, network, and cable television; examination of industry structures, business practices, economic fundamentals, and theoretical explanations of media industries in society.

COMM:2086 Global Media Studies3 s.h.

Key developments in contemporary international communication; impact of deregulation and privatization on ownership and control of global communication infrastructure; spread of American television abroad in terms of production, texts, and reception; cultural concerns surrounding the phenomenon.

COMM:2087 Copyright Controversies3 s.h.

How digital technologies have dramatically changed media and popular culture landscapes; advent of relatively cheap editing programs that allow anyone to collage media on their home computers and enable people to become cultural producers; technologies that allow more people to break law in the eyes of copyright industries; historical look at collage practices from pre-digital era to present; ethical and legal questions surrounding use and reuse of copyrighted materials; notion of free speech in a media age.

COMM:2088 Media and Democracy3 s.h.

Exploration of relationship between democracy and mass communication; why controversies regarding mass communication are also controversies about democracy; logical relationship between democracy and mass media; roots and history of ideas of democracy, contemporary obstacles to realization of these ideas, and varied issues of present; latest developments in world of politics and media.

COMM:2089 Nonverbal Communication3 s.h.

Introduction to theoretical study of nonverbal communication; focus on major principles and research trends; examination of role of nonverbal communication in communication as a whole; perception and interpretation of nonverbal communication (i.e., posture, eye movements, tone of voice); nonverbal behaviors (i.e., facial expression, eye movement) as used to persuade, impress, or deceive someone.

COMM:2090 Topics in Communication Studies3 s.h.

Topics vary.

COMM:2091 Organizational Communication3 s.h.

Explores nature and function of communication in organizations; theories of organizational communication and scholarly research related to communicating effectively in organizational settings; course will strengthen critical thinking and research skills, deepen understanding of topics related to organizing, and improve ability to communicate successfully as members and leaders of organizations.

COMM:2248 The Invention of Writing: From Cuneiform to Computers3 s.h.

Invention of writing as one of the most momentous events in the history of human civilizations; how the use of written sign systems, notations, maps, graphs, encryptions, and most recently, computer programs have consequences that reach deeply into all aspects of people's lives; how writing fascinates and delights, fosters reflexive thinking and facilitates development of complex societies, and gives rise to institutions of social power and control; students explore the invention of writing and its consequences in broad international and interdisciplinary context. Same as ANTH:2248, ASIA:2248, CL:2248, CLSA:2048, HIST:2148, IS:2248, LING:2248, WLLC:2248.

COMM:2800 Introduction to Latin American Studies3 s.h.

Cultures of Latin American countries with emphasis on cultural history and cultural production; interdisciplinary survey. Same as IS:2700, LAS:2700, PORT:2700, SPAN:2700.

COMM:2802 Workshop in Debate and Forensics3 s.h.

Public argument on questions of value and policy; opportunities for demonstration and practice in discussion and debate. Requirements: concurrent enrollment in the National Summer Institute in Forensics.

COMM:2813 Practicum in Debate1 s.h.

Practice of skills in research, reasoning, argument development, and argumentative performance in debate undertaken by members of the A. Craig Baird Debate Forum in preparation for and participation in intercollegiate debate competition. Requirements: participation in A. Craig Baird Debate Forum.

COMM:2821 Oral Interpretation3 s.h.

Weekly performances to develop and define communication skills for professional careers in teaching and business; poetry, prose, monologue, storytelling, duo interpretation, reader's theatre, and demonstration speeches. Same as EDTL:2821.

COMM:2828 Experiential Learning in Communication Studies1-3 s.h.

Structured course work while student completes a semester-long professional work experience (paid or unpaid, part- or full-time, on- or off- campus); professionalization and application of classroom learning to real-world contexts; requires professional supervision and evaluation by a manager in the organization. Requirements: g.p.a. of at least 2.00, communication studies major, and minimum of 12 s.h. of communication studies course work.

COMM:2896 Workshop in Teaching Communication and Forensicsarr.

Methods, materials, progression, evaluation in teaching and supervising students in courses and class activities; opportunities for observation, demonstration, practice in teaching theater, discussion and debate, individual speech, dramatic and forensic events. Requirements: 6 s.h. of intermediate-level course work.

COMM:2897 Independent Studyarr.

Creative or research project under faculty supervision.

COMM:2898 Honors Workshop1 s.h.

Preparation for honors thesis prospectus; coordination of student's individual thesis work, introduction to issues in research design, methods. Requirements: g.p.a. of at least 3.33, honors standing, completion of Foundations of Communication requirement, and 6 s.h. of intermediate-level course work.

COMM:2899 Honors Thesis3 s.h.

Individual research, writing, or creative production under faculty supervision. Requirements: g.p.a. of at least 3.33, honors standing, completion of Foundations of Communication requirement, and 6 s.h. of intermediate-level course work.

COMM:3100 LGBTQ/Queer Studies3 s.h.

Overview of queer theory and queer studies; development of critical thinking skills in relation to cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, race, and other identity categories. Requirements: communication studies majors must complete: (4 of (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305); and (2 of COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091) prior to enrolling in this course. Same as GWSS:3100.

COMM:3360 Religion Beyond Reason: Emotion and Communication3 s.h.

How we communicate emotion by using and defying language; a collaborative effort to think about religion beyond the boundaries of rationality where it extends into emotion, passion, and social energy. Requirements: communication studies majors must complete: (4 of (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305); and (2 of COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091) prior to enrolling in this course. Same as RELS:3360.

COMM:3600 Issues in Rhetoric and Culture: Crafting Electronic Identities3 s.h.

Rhetorical theory and criticism as culturally embedded practices; rhetorical production of selves and social difference; relationships between rhetoric and literature, philosophy, popular texts. Prerequisites: RHET:1030 or (RHET:1060 and RHET:1040). Requirements: communication studies majors must complete: (4 of (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091) prior to enrolling in this course. Same as RHET:3600.

COMM:4100 Developing Leadership3 s.h.

Exploration of communicative dimensions of leadership and work of organizational communication scholars who have studied this topic; builds on leadership in organizational communication, business, and professional communication or other courses that introduce leadership from a communication perspective; readings and discussions of scholarly articles and selections from contemporary books/articles about leadership geared toward popular or professional audiences; team work, hands-on projects with emphasis on use of leadership skills. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4131 Globalization and Culture3 s.h.

How context for everyday experience has increasingly become globally determined (e.g., ever-increasing transnational migration of people, spread of American culture, growth of international corporations and trade, rise of international conflict and transnational activism); range of theoretical and critical readings on globalization; various phenomena and perspectives regarding topic; themes directly relevant to lives of modern youth; how globalization affects opportunities and risks, identities and relationships. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091). Same as IS:4131.

COMM:4135 Media, Culture, and Relationships3 s.h.

Intersections of interpersonal communication and media; often studied as separate phenomena, approached as integrated systems, and integration as a central issue of our times; application of theories of interpersonal communication, media, and culture to a project that identifies a communication problem involving interpersonal and media issues, and proposes a solution to a potential client or audience; students draw on skills central to communication studies major (critical thinking, identifying and solving problems, effective oral and written communication). Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4140 Communication and Relationships3 s.h.

Communication process in personal relationships; how communication functions to initiate, sustain, and dissolve a variety of relationships including friendships, romantic couples, marital pairs, and family relationships. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4142 Advanced Intercultural Communication3 s.h.

Defining culture as a historically-transmitted, socially-constructed system of meaning enacted in face-to-face interaction and mass media; focus on a specific topic within intercultural communication research and theory (i.e., cultural nature of personal relationships, built environment as culture, intersection of private with public cultural meaning); in-depth follow-up of general approach to intercultural communication covered in lower-level courses. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091). Same as IS:4142.

COMM:4145 Argument and Law3 s.h.

Practices of argumentation that have special legal significance; court practices in legal argumentation (constructing legal arguments and briefs, trial and appellate oral advocacy); structure of argumentation that creates categories and limits of freedom of expression. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4147 Family Communication3 s.h.

Family relationships and various ways they develop and change, how they affect those who participate in them; theory and research on family communication; family conceived as a group of persons who share their lives over an extended period of time bound by ties of marriage, blood, or commitment. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4153 Magic Machines: Technology and Social Change3 s.h.

How media has altered culture, society, and human consciousness throughout history with focus on last two centuries (or modernity); how communication has been shaped by a variety of media (i.e., gesture, language, writing, printing, calendars, clocks, photography, telegraph, telephone, phonograph, film, radio, television, computers); 21st-century questions concerning technology and how few communicate today without aid of some kind of machine or technique. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091). Same as RELS:4153.

COMM:4157 Advanced Topics in Communication Studies3 s.h.

Issues or problems in particular communication contexts. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4163 The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication3 s.h.

Review of advanced communication theories and research; focus on dark side of interpersonal communication and close relationships; negative or difficult elements of developing and maintaining relationships; expression of difficult emotions; mundane communication that can function in destructive or negative ways. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4164 Life Happens. Don't Worry About It: The Communication of Social Support3 s.h.

Advanced look at communication of social support as a research tradition in interpersonal communication scholarship; in-depth overview of theories, concepts, types, processes, and mechanisms that constitute different forms of comforting behaviors; emphasis on factors that change people's abilities, motivations, or perceptions of success during experiences of social support; Internet influences on social support by online support groups, Internet-based intervention programs, how process of communicating comfort is altered by conveying these messages online. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4165 Criticism and Public Culture3 s.h.

How people formulate attitudes, beliefs, and values about an array of arenas in public culture; critical perspectives (i.e., feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, queer theory); sporting rituals, television programs, political speeches, museums, sacred cultural documents; practice of critical reading to engage various cultural texts (i.e., films, national memorials, social movement rhetoric). Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4166 Life-Span Communication3 s.h.

How communication processes (i.e., social support, language skills, interpersonal relationship management) change across the course of one's existence; normative and unexpected demographic and health events mapped out across a life span; how our communication processes influence and are influenced by social experiences; underlying premise of life-span perspective that our potential for human growth extends throughout our life course. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4168 Rhetoric of the Body3 s.h.

Survey of a range of theories about the body and application to specific case studies; implications of how bodies are endowed with and convey meaning; theories of pollution, pain, ability, and normativity; diverse case studies that are seemingly disparate, but all preoccupy themselves with public conceptions of bodily meaning (i.e., beauty pageants, freak shows, plastic surgery, the wannabe movement, tattoos, the FDR Presidential Memorial, Deaf culture, fat bodies, illness, and torture). Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4169 Feminist Rhetorics3 s.h.

Exploration of multiple, varied, and complex histories of U.S. feminisms from rhetorical perspectives; focus on primary documents, the letters, speeches, essays, and manifesto/as that shaped women's movements and inspire social change from late 18th century to present; social, political, and personal issues that feminists sought to address and transform, communicative and rhetorical methods utilized, and implications of these efforts for women's lives and broader U.S. American culture. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091). Same as GWSS:4169.

COMM:4170 Theories of Persuasion3 s.h.

Theoretical examination of historical, psychological, social, and cultural perspectives on persuasion; analysis of persuasive attempts; questions of cultural persuadables and current problems in U.S. American culture (i.e., obesity, drunk driving, date rape). Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4172 Television and African American Culture3 s.h.

Role of television in African American culture; examination of debates, stereotyping, authenticity, effects of programming, aesthetics, and television's relationship to other forms of cultural expression. Requirements: communication studies majors must complete: (4 of (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305); and (2 of COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091) prior to enrolling in this course. Same as AFAM:4001.

COMM:4173 Social Media, Culture, and Politics3 s.h.

Introduction to theoretical issues raised by social media for communication; particular emphasis on cultural and political implications; how social media is understood, forms of digital communication, individual and collective identity formations via social media, online communities, and intersection of social media and existing culture and politics. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4174 Communication, Technology, and National Security3 s.h.

Relationship between communication technologies and national security via three main themes—use of communications infrastructure in previous and future wars for the purpose of securing and maintaining U.S. leadership in world system, uses of propaganda for domestic and foreign consumption, and representation of national security issues in popular media; historical and contemporary components. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4176 Advanced Relational Theory3 s.h.

Relationships and how they significantly shape our experiences of the world, sense of identity, outlook on life, and way in which we think about experiences and life in general; premise that relationships are more than emotional attachments or bonds; relationships as happy, emotionally satisfying elements of life; demonstrations of a variety of communicative situations that establish, reconstitute, and demonstrate importance of membership of communities and relationships. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4181 Legal Communication and Culture3 s.h.

Law and legal system as communicative networks of meaning-making; law viewed as a symbolic system, from courtroom arguments to judicial opinions to legal reporting to circulation of law in everyday life, in contrast with legal courses concerned with learning blackletter law; law from a rhetorical perspective that allows us to think in new and different ways about cultural implications of legal argument. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:4183 Networking America: The Cultural History of Broadcasting3 s.h.

Exposure to different interpretations of cultural impact and legacy of U.S. broadcasting in 20th century; institutional practices, program genres, and audience formations of 1920s through the 1970s radio and television network eras; how historical contexts shape, and are shaped by, production and reception of broadcasting texts. Prerequisites: (4 of the following are required: (COMM:1112 or COMM:1170), (COMM:1117 or COMM:1130), (COMM:1168 or COMM:1174), COMM:1301, COMM:1305) and (2 of the following are required: COMM:2010, COMM:2011, COMM:2040, COMM:2041, COMM:2042, COMM:2044, COMM:2048, COMM:2051, COMM:2052, COMM:2053, COMM:2054, COMM:2057, COMM:2058, COMM:2064, COMM:2065, COMM:2069, COMM:2075, COMM:2076, COMM:2077, COMM:2079, COMM:2080, COMM:2085, COMM:2086, COMM:2087, COMM:2088, COMM:2089, COMM:2090, COMM:2091).

COMM:5200 Introduction to Research and Teaching2 s.h.

Introduction to communication studies as a field of scholarship; selection of research problems, major lines of research represented in the department, bibliographical tools for scholarship in the field; issues, practical tasks, and concerns relevant to effective college or university classroom teaching.

COMM:5205 Proseminar in Communication Studies1 s.h.

Research presentations in the field given by graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars.

COMM:5230 Introduction to Rhetoric and Discourse3 s.h.

Introduction to major theories, principles, and practices of rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and discourse analysis.

COMM:5241 Theories of Mass Communication3 s.h.

Major concepts, theories, schools of thought in media studies, mass communication.

COMM:5299 Graduate Independent Studyarr.

COMM:6210 Health Communication3 s.h.

Theories, concepts, research associated with health communication; interpersonal and mass communication approaches. Same as CBH:6210.

COMM:6220 Health Communication Campaigns3 s.h.

Intervention design and analysis of health campaigns; theory, practice, methods; mass media, community, organization, and interpersonal approaches. Same as CBH:6220.

COMM:6319 Criticism and Public Culture3 s.h.

Fundamentals of criticism; practice of critical reading to engage various cultural texts (i.e., pop culture, national memorials, social movements, visual rhetoric); contemporary theories/debates that inform the art of critique (i.e., feminist theory, queer theory, critical theory).

COMM:6323 Rhetoric, Protest, and Social Movements3 s.h.

Introductory study of relationships between rhetoric, protest, and social movements; theoretical and methodological debates framing and shaping how we understand protest and social movements rhetorically.

COMM:6335 Proseminar: Contemporary Rhetorical Studies2-4 s.h.

Problems in contemporary rhetorical studies; may include works of Kenneth Burke, Wayne Booth, deconstructionists, feminist theorists and critics, critics of communication technologies.

COMM:6336 Seminar in Rhetorical Theory1-4 s.h.

Topics in history and development of rhetorical theory; theory construction and application to critical practice.

COMM:6339 Seminar: Rhetoric and Culture1-4 s.h.

Cultural theories, their utility in accounting for communication practices.

COMM:6340 Media and Modernity3 s.h.

Survey of classic and contemporary theoretical texts on cultural, social, political, and human consequences of 19th- and 20th-century media.

COMM:6341 Topics in Mass Communication Scholarship1-3 s.h.

Theory and research on problems in mass communication.

COMM:6342 Critical Television Studies3 s.h.

Introduction to canonical and contemporary readings in critical television studies; primary questions and theories associated with textual, industrial, ethnographic, and integrated approaches to studying television; how technological, economic, and cultural changes have altered television and how it is studied.

COMM:6345 New Materialisms3 s.h.

Exploration of new strategies for rupturing persistent dichotomies of subject/object, representation/real, culture/nature, and active humans/passive things offered by theories of the vitality and agency of matter; introduction to origins of and developments in new materialisms; oriented to interdisciplinary inquiry and application to research in the humanities, broadly conceived; particular attention to actor-network theory, feminism, queer theory, infrastructuralism, and materialist theories of media.

COMM:6346 The Public Sphere3 s.h.

Theories, intellectual history, critics, contemporary issues of the public sphere.

COMM:6350 Seminar: Mass Communication1-4 s.h.

Topics vary.

COMM:6351 Global Media Seminar3 s.h.

Theories and processes of globalization and the cultural implications of media globalization; local responses to globalizing processes with reference to questions of modernity and national/transnational identity.

COMM:6352 Seminar: Media Theory3 s.h.

Topics vary.

COMM:6354 Media and Social Change in Latin America3 s.h.

Cultural history and political economy of Latin American media; focus on U.S. influence and globalizing processes; media theory in Latin context; national and transnational audience formations.

COMM:6355 Cultural History of Radio3 s.h.

Cultural history, sound aesthetics, political economy, and audience studies of U.S. radio broadcasting; radio as a contested medium of local, regional, and national culture.

COMM:6365 The Communication of Social Support3 s.h.

Substantial knowledge base developed by scholars about types, processes, and mechanisms of social support used by humans to comfort one another; in-depth examination of theory and empirical research related to communication of social support; emphasis on types of support, verbal person-centered messages, and various strategies for social support; gender differences and social skills related to comforting; online supportive communication; development of detailed knowledge of this topic, critical assessment of extant research, and synthesis of class readings in written format.

COMM:6367 Computer-Mediated Communication3 s.h.

In-depth analysis of theory and research related to computer-mediated communication; factors that distinguish mediated from face-to-face interaction, theories of mediated interpersonal communication, self-presentation online, Internet-based relationships, and online supportive communication; how the Internet influences communication; online supportive communication, problematic Internet use, preference for online social interaction, the digital divide, mediated social networks, deception, and interventions on the Internet.

COMM:6370 Quantitative Research Methods3 s.h.

Primary methods for conducting quantitative research on interpersonal and group communication.

COMM:6371 Communication Theory3 s.h.

Survey of primary theories of interpersonal, cultural, group, and organizational communication.

COMM:6376 Family Communication3 s.h.

Theory and research on communication among and between family members (parents, children, marital partners, siblings); quantitative and qualitative research.

COMM:6381 Seminar: Topics in Communication Research3 s.h.

Topics vary.

COMM:6387 Communication, Cognition, and Emotion3 s.h.

Theoretical and empirical work that integrates communication, cognition, emotion; role of social cognition in communication, theories of emotion, types of emotional experiences; approaches to understanding emotion from perspectives in psychology, social cognition, communication; emotion-related issues such as influence of gender, effects of mood.

COMM:6399 Ph.D. Dissertationarr.

COMM:6400 Current Issues in Rhetoric3 s.h.

Ethical, social, or cultural issues; rhetoric's role in their contemporary significance; traditional aspects of rhetoric, their pertinence to present concerns. Same as RHET:6400.