If you’re a School of Communication
major, you must earn a C or better in:
- COM 101
- COM 200
- your required freshman composition course
- your foundation mathematics course
All School of Communication students take
these core communication classes. Some courses may not be offered every
semester, so plan your classes carefully.
COM 101 Communication Analysis (3)
Integrated study of the analysis of oral, written, and
visual messages. Emphasizes commonalities and differences across communication
media. Fall, Spring.
COM 150 Environmental Communication (3)
Analytical research and writing skills for public
dissemination of environmental information via the media. Fall, Spring.
COM 200 Basic Communication Theory (3)
Introduction to the nature, elements, concepts, and
processes of communication in its many settings; examination of vocabulary and
research methods of communication studies. Prerequisite: ENG 105. All
COM 250 Environmental Perspectives on
Communication Arts (3)
Analytical exploration and interpretation of oral, visual,
and written artistic and communication works that have influenced public
perception and/or policy concerning environmental issues. Writing-intensive
course. Fall, Spring.
COM 301 Race, Gender, and Media (3)
Examines images of men, women, and members of minority or
–"marginalized” groups in mass media, with concomitant societal
implications. Prerequisite: junior status or instructor's consent. All
COM 305 Research Methods in Communication (3)
The nature and application of scientific method in
communication research. Prerequisite: COM 200. Spring.
COM 382 The Art of Communication (3)
The cinema emphasis: documentary and feature films; the
aesthetic experience peculiar to film as a composite art form, a reflector of
society, and a social force in itself; illustrated by screen examples. Fee
required. All semesters.
COM 383 Topics in Cinema (3)
In-depth studies of films and topics, including genres,
world cinema, race and gender, and films' effect on society. Prerequisite: ENG
105 or equivalent. (May be repeated once for credit if topic varies.)
COM 389 Cooperative Education (1-12)
Preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your
field of study or career objectives.
COM 400 Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Laws that govern mass communication, both printed and
electronic; codes of ethics as controlling factors; and interpretations of
First Amendment rights. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit. Fall,
COM 408 Fieldwork Experience (1-12)
Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or
organization. May not exceed 12 hours of credit.
COM 425 Mass Communication and Human Behavior
Study of mass communication messages, audience behavior, and
the behavioral concomitants of mass communication. Emphasis on the key research
and alternative methodologies for studying mass communication and human
behavior. All semesters.
COM 450 The Future of Communication (3)
Interdisciplinary investigation of new
communication technologies and trends, emphasizing effects on individuals,
organizations, and societies. Prerequisites: 12 hours of communication courses
or instructor's consent. Spring, even years.