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COM105 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
An introductory course in the fundamentals of public speaking. Study includes a theoretical approach to the analysis, organization and delivery of various speeches. Other topics will include effective presentation and public and mass media levels. This course fulfills the core requirement in Communication.

COM201 Introduction to Human Communication (3)
An introduction to the contexts in which human communication occurs. Communication processes and theory will be discussed as it occurs on the interpersonal, group, organizational, public, and mass media levels. COM 201 should be taken in the first 9 hours of study in the field.

COM204 Business and Professional Communication (3)
The principles and practices of communications as applied to the business world are examined. Topics included are group communication, interviewing, and presentation making. Cross-listed as BUA 204. This course fulfills the core requirement in Communication.

COM207 Persuasive Presentations (3)
A course designed to instill basic public speaking fundamentals with an emphasis on persuasion. The process of speechmaking will be covered with presentations including argumentative and motivational speaking, sales, and proposal presentations. This course fulfills the core requirement in Communication.

COM208 Oral Interpretation of Literature (3)
An introductory course concentrating on techniques for performing literature. Students work with a variety of selections in prose, poetry, and dramatic literature while developing foundations of creative analysis and imaginative interpretation as synthesized through class performances. Cross-listed as THR 208.

COM210 Introduction to Film (3)
Content covers history, theory, and criticism as students explore how movies influence society, culture, and the economy.

COM215 Interpersonal Communication (3)
Students will analyze the process of communication in the development and maintenance of interpersonal relationships. Students develop interpersonal skills through theoretical and practical application. Topics may include perception of self and others, conflict management, relationship development and deterioration, and nonverbal communication.

COM225 Group Communication (3)
A course investigating the small group as an effective vehicle to accomplish group goals and maintain member satisfaction. Students examine group interaction, communication skills, and problem solving methods through group projects. Topics may include group composition, leadership, and conflict management.

COM255 Special Topics (3)
Content will include special areas of study in the field of communication dependent on student needs, instructor expertise or presentation of an unusual learning opportunity.

COM290 Introduction to Communication Literature and Research (3)
Prerequisite: COM 201. Systematic overview of the research process and methods, including finding, reading, and doing research. Students will explore the research methods used in rhetorical/historical, quantitative and qualitative research and perform the tasks of a communication researcher.

COM301 Journalism I (3)
Journalism will study the methods of gathering and evaluating news and re-writing and editing journalistic copy. The course emphasizes journalistic writing, interviewing, reporting, and its influence on contemporary society.

COM305 Argumentation and Debate (3)
A course developed to give students experience in argument development, tactics and testing. Training in the skill of cross examination and refutation will also be stressed. Past and current social issues will serve as research material. This course fulfills the core requirement in Communication.

COM310 Writing for Production and the Media (3)
Students will examine the types of writing and strategic and tactical knowledge needed to write for print, broadcast, and online media. Such writing could include news and feature articles, promotions, and advertising copy.

COM317 Principles of Public Relations (3)
Students will develop a basic understanding of public relations functions and how to practice them.

COM318 Principles of Advertising (3)
This course is designed to familiarize students with the history of advertising, rational for creation of advertising messages, and basic understanding and skill in persuasive communication.

COM320 Mass Media in the Modern World (3)
The objective of this course is to survey the history, functions, operation, responsibilities, and influences of print and broadcast media in modern society.

COM325 New Media in Our Lives (3)
Explores the impact of new media as a form of communication and the technological, cultural, psychological and artistic effects felt in every aspect of our lives. Through a critical look at convergence with old media, students will investigate and evaluate the changing ways of accessing and manipulating data in this form of communication that has altered the media landscape.

COM340 Political Campaign Communication (3)
A course that will explore the context of human communication within the setting of a political campaign. Students will consider interpersonal skills, public speaking skills and strategies, advertisements and promotions of the candidate, and special rhetorical strategies such as apologia. Current and past campaigns will be used as case studies.

COM355 Special Topics-Communication Theory and Practice (3)
Special topics courses such as Radio Broadcasting and Media Practices will be offered under this listing.

COM356 Teaching Communication and Theatre (3)
A course designed to develop Communication and Theatre teachers for the secondary schools. Extracurricular areas of coaching forensics and mounting theatrical productions will also be explored. Cross-listed as THR 356. .

COM361 Special Event Planning (3)
Focus is on the four step pubic relations process of research, action, communication, and evaluation as it is applied to the event planning activity of public relations. Events in social or corporate contexts are studied. One event is planned.

COM370 Multi-Cultural Communication (3)
The content of this course explores the theoretical and applied connection between culture and communication. This course seeks to explain the need for flexible communication skills in varied multi-cultural settings.

COM395 Internship in Communication (1-6)
Students work within organization, agencies, or communication media industries gaining experience with communication in practice. Students observe, assist, assume regular duties, or engage in projects under the supervision of skilled professionals.

COM400 Independent Study in Communication (1-3)
Independent study credit is offered when students wish to explore a specific issue that falls outside the parameters of the establish departmental curriculum. Independent studies are subject to departmental approval and entail direct supervision from a faculty member.

COM403 Integrated Marketing Communication (3)
The human and organizational communication functions necessary for operating effectively in the corporate communication context are examined, including media relations, employee relations, investor relations, government relations, and communication during an organizational crisis.

COM420 Organizational Communication (3)
Employing various theoretical frameworks, students study and apply successful communication strategies and outcomes in the corporate or organizational setting.

COM435 Persuasion (3)
Students will examine classical and contemporary theories on the process of influencing human behavior through persuasive communication in terms of old and new media.

COM450 Theories of Rhetoric (3)
A seminar that deals with the major theoretical approaches to the study of rhetoric with a particular focus upon philosophical and humanistic influences in communication.

COM455 Special Topics in Communications (3)
Content will include special areas of study in the field oc communication dependent on student needs, instructor expertise, or presentation of an unusual learning opportunity.

COM460 Theories of Communication (3)
A seminar dealing with the major theoretical approaches to study communication from social and scientific perspective.

COM490 Senior Experience (3)
Prerequisite: should be taken during final 30 hours. An overview and integration of communication's contextual perspectives as the students consider the role of responsible communication in contemporary society. Students will develop a cumulating project that will be assessed for evidence of proficiency in Communication program learning outcomes.