Communication Courses Undergraduate Lower Division

Examines the mass media and their interaction with society, looking at journalism and the mass media in historical, intellectual, political, and social contexts.

  • 3 Credits

A lecture-discussion approach to communication theory and its applications in everyday communication. Intended to give students a point of view and certain basic knowledge that will help them become better communicators regardless of their fields of specialization. Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement.

  • 3 Credits

This is a foundational course for the Strategic Communication track, addressing the theories and practices involved in non-profit organizations. Students will learn about communication theories and business practices and opportunities related to the fields of advertising and public relations.

  • 3 Credits

An introductory exploration of the relationship between leadership theory and practice. The course examines both foundational and emerging leadership paradigms to provide the student a basic understanding of leadership.

  • 3 Credits

Through the analytical and intellectual examination of core issues in the practice of leadership, this course provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership. Self-assessment and experiential activities will guide students through a personal exploration of their leadership and communication traits and style.

  • 3 Credits

Designed to develop and enhance oral communication skills in business and professional settings. Course includes four components: a) basics of business communication, including emphasis on diversity; b) interpersonal skills, including listening and job interviewing; c) working in groups, including problem solving and effective meetings; and d) preparing and delivering effective business presentations. Approved for LAS Oral Communication requirement.

  • 3 Credits

A study of human communication from its classical foundations in Aristotelian rhetoric through contemporary theory. Emphases includes communication theory as a discipline coupled with application via a written assessment to include review of scholarly published research. APA format is also taught and required. Prer., COMM 1020.

  • 3 Credits

A lecture-recitation approach to the basic principles of speechmaking. Intended to give students basic information for the preparation and delivery of a variety of public presentations. Approved for LAS Oral Communication requirement.

  • 3 Credits

A lecture-discussion approach to the study of contemporary theories and research in male/female communication. The course will involve reading and discussion in such areas as gender differences in self-perception, social and media images of men and women, language usage and nonverbal behavior differences between genders. Approved for LAS Social Science area requirement. GT-SS3. Prer., COMM 1020.

  • Approved for LAS Social Science area and Cultural Diversity requirements.
  • 3 Credits

An introduction to models of human communication and definitions of organizational communication with emphasis on communication process, information flow, individual communication roles and group process for problem solving and decision making. Prer., COMM 1020 and COMM 1030.

  • 3 Credits

A study of the principles and techniques of film-making, including practical experience in planning, shooting, lighting, editing, and sound mixing. The study of film as visual language will be integrated with experience and making short video productions.

  • 3 Credits

An introductory course in creative television production. Course is geared toward developing the writing, directing, and production skills necessary to make intelligent and imaginative programs in a variety of basic formats. Designed for majors and nonmajors, includes lecture and lab.

  • 3 Credits

Introduction to the nature of social scientific methods including research design, measurement, survey methods and introductory statistics. Prer., ID 1050.

  • 3 Credits

The role of communication in long-term relationships as found in families. It is a descriptive approach designed to provide an understanding of the extent to which communication affects and is affected by the family.

  • 3 Credits

Fundamentals of news gathering and writing, news story forms.

  • 3 Credits