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Department of Communication

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication program provides opportunities for study and training in human communication for professionals entering business, industry, media, non-profit organizations, or government service. Today, many organizations are seeking graduates with demonstrated competencies in human communication to fill positions that require constant and skillful contact with a wide variety of internal and external publics. Depending on their area of specialization, graduates may find employment opportunities such as communication consultants, media specialists, trainers, public relations or corporate communication specialists. Many graduates choose to enter graduate or law school.

Students who successfully complete the undergraduate Major in Communication will gain expertise in the following six curricular areas: 

  • Communication as a Field: Communication as a phenomenon, as an academic discipline, as a system of processes and practices, and as a profession.
  • Theory: Theoretical analysis of communication processes and practices.
  • Research Methods: Research methods as they relate to and inform communication processes and practices.
  • Diversity & Globalization: Multiple cultural contexts and global processes and their implications for communication processes and practices.
  • Ethics: Critical thinking about ethical problems in communication.
  • Communication Competencies: Targeted communication skill areas and competencies.

Programs of Study

The Communication major calls for the successful completion of at least 39 semester credit hours of Communication (COM) courses. All majors must take:

COM 230Introduction to Communication Theory3
COM 240Communication Inquiry3
COM 250Communication and Technology3

Preferably one-at-a-time and in sequence, and earn a “C-” or better in each course. In addition, all majors must take

COM 110 Public Speaking


COM 112 Interpersonal Communication

(depending upon their concentration). Students select one of the three departmental concentrations in which they take the remaining credit hours in the major. The concentrations are:

Communication Media

Study the history and theory of communication media and strategies to critically and creatively analyze media messages, practices, infrastructures, and institutions. Study and produce media such as digital videos, films, and digital games while learning how these communication technologies change our relationships, working environments, and the interconnected world. And participate in rewarding internships that allow students to put this knowledge and new skills to good use.

Interpersonal, Organizational, and Rhetorical Communication

Study theories about human communication processes and problems within interpersonal relationships, organizations, groups and teams, and public and political interactions. Understand how communication influences close relationships, families, co-workers, and employees, and develop important argumentation and conflict management skills for personal and public environments.

Public Relations

Study communication theories and methods that help establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with employees, consumers, stockholders, media, and other target audiences. Students will create news releases, digital and print public relations tools, and other forms of organizational communication, and discover best practices for social media and other new technologies. Students will also develop strategic public relations campaigns for non-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as intern for local businesses, non-profit organizations, public relations firms, or government agencies.

Honors Program

The Communication Honors program allows exceptional undergraduate Communication majors the opportunity to take challenging graduate-level coursework in the Department of Communication.  The Communication Department Honors Program requires the completion of three academically challenging courses during a student’s senior year.  At least one of the three courses must be at the 500-level (graduate course).  Other courses may include a 400-level class taken with an honors option (initiated by the student or faculty) or an Independent Study (COM 499) with an Honors option.  These three courses will all count toward the 39 hour BA degree in Communication.* Students who satisfy all of the requirements of the Honors Program will have this accomplishment noted on their transcript and be recognized at the departmental graduation ceremony.

In most cases, application to the Departmental Honors Program is submitted during the junior year. All eligible students will be notified and are encouraged to apply. The following criteria must be met by the time the candidate begins honors coursework: 

  • completion of the departmental core courses
  • completion ofCOM 110 Public Speaking orCOM 112 Interpersonal Communication
  • completion of an additional 9 hours of Communication courses, including a 300- or 400-level course that involves considerable writing and/or discussion of communication theory
  • completion of at least 75 hours of university coursework (at least 24 at NCSU)
  • an overall GPA of at least 3.50
  • a major GPA of at least 3.50

To apply for admission to the Honors Program, students must submit a copy of their transcript, a letter of intent that discusses their academic goals and interest in the honors program, and a letter of recommendation from either the professor who taught the 300/400 level course mentioned in (3) above or a tenured / tenure-line faculty member who is familiar with the individual’s academic potential.

For more information, contact the Communication Honors Program Director, Dr. Dan DeJoy,

Please Note: Students who are eligible for the Honors Program may also be eligible for the Accelerated Bachelor/s/Master’s (ABM) Degree in Communication. Students interested in the ABM must complete the standard application for admission to the Graduate School. Students who complete the honors program in conjunction with the ABM must take three 500-level courses to complete the Honors Program.

Curriculum Notes

Students must enroll in COM 230 Introduction to Communication Theory during their first semester as a Communication major. Admission to the Department of Communication is based upon academic record. Courses in progress at the time of the application deadline will not be considered.

Intra-campus Transfer

Students who wish to change to another major in Humanities and Social Sciences or to add a second major in Humanities and Social Sciences will be eligible to submit an electronic application through CODA once they have completed at least 12 letter-graded hours and have a GPA of at least 2.0. Candidates who meet the preferred requirements outlined below have a higher probability of being accepted for transfer. All admission is competitive and based on space ability in the specific program. Meeting the preferred requirements does not guarantee admission to the desired major.

Preference is given to applicants with a TGPA of 3.0 or higher or to those who have completed ENG 101 with a “B-“ or better and COM 200 plus 3 additional hours in COM and a COM GPA of at least 2.5.  No applications are accepted from students whose TGPA is below 2.0. 

No final grades below “C-” are permitted for courses used to satisfy Departmental graduation requirements. No grades in COM courses below “C-” may be used to satisfy any University graduation requirements.


COM 496 Communication Internship, the Department of Communication internship course, is open to all eligible Communication majors and is required for students in the Public Relations concentration. COM 496 is a 3-credt course and requires a minimum commitment of 120 hours at the internship site per semester. The course also requires weekly attendance in the COM 496 Internship class. Because the internship offers a unique opportunity for exceptional students, several criteria must be met in order to be eligible for the internship program. Students must be a senior in Communication, students must have completed a minimum of four (4) Communication courses at the 300/400 level, and students must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the four Communication courses at the 300/400 level. If students in the Public Relations concentration do not qualify for COM 496, then they cannot graduate in the Public Relations concentration. To obtain additional information concerning COM 496, the student should schedule a conference with the Internship Director, Mr. Dean Phillips,

Students who have the opportunity to participate in an internship experience outside the Triangle area or who are not eligible for COM 496 may be able to earn one (1) credit through enrolling in COM 296 Communication Internship: Non-Local. Interested students should schedule a conference with the Internship Director, Mr. Dean Phillips, at

Graduate Programs

The Department of Communication offers a Masters Degree in Communication. In conjunction with the Department of English, the Department of Communication also offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media. For more information, please visit the Graduate School website.


K. Zagacki

Associate Head, Director of Undergraduate Program

E. Craig

Assistant Head for Advising

C. Zuckerman

COM 110 Director

E. Nelson

Director of Graduate Program

A. Binder

Director of Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Doctoral Program

A. De Souza e Silva

Director of Graduate Certificate in Professional Com Program

M. Johnson

Graduate Internship Program Coordinator

J. Keyton

Undergraduate Internship Program Coordinator

D. Phillips


D. Berube

D. Dannels

V.J. Gallagher

J. Goodwin

M. Johnson

J. Keyton

W. Kinsella

R.L. Schrag

K. Zagacki

Associate professors

A. Binder

E. Craig

D.A. DeJoy

E.T. Funkhouser

J. Jameson

J. Kiwanuka-Tondo

A. de Souza e Silva

S. Stein

S. Wiley

Assistant Professor

G. Bollmer

R. Hurley

C. Ingraham

N. Lee

L. Romo

N. Taylor

E. Winderman

Special Faculty

J. Alchediak

A. Croasmun

R. Larson

J. Mayberry

D. Phillips

M. Sopher

S. Stallings

J. Wahba

C. Zuckerman

Teaching Assistant Professor

E. Nelson

Senior Lecturer

J. Alchediak

R. Larson

J. Mayberry

D. Phillips

C. Zuckerman


K. Albada

A. G. Croasmun

G. Hallsby

L.D. Harris

P. O’Neil

N.J. Pekarek

M. Sopher

J. Wahba

Lecturer/Undergraduate Advisor

F. Hamilton

Professor emeritus

C.A. Smith

Associate Professor Emeritus

B. Leonard

Assistant Professor Emeritus

N. Snow

Lecturer Emeritus

C. Elleman

S. Stallings


R. Bell
Media Lab Technician

D. Benton
Undergraduate Services Coordinator

L. Kelly
Executive Assistant

COM - Communication Courses

COM 110 Public Speaking 3.

Research skills, topic selection, speech organization, skills in speech delivery. Listening for analysis and evaluation of in-class speech presentation.

COM 112 Interpersonal Communication 3.

Interpersonal communication competence: self-concept, self-disclosure, active listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, and conflict management.

COM 200 Communication Media in a Changing World 3.
Credit is not allowed for both COM 200 and COM 250 if COM 250 is completed first..

Traces ongoing evolution of communication media. Examines the place and influence of the major media companies that control access to and the content of the contemporary mediascape. Challenges students to examine their use of media from cellphone, to computer, to music and gaming platforms. Students who have already take COM 250 cannot get credit for COM 200. For communication majors this course may only be used as a free elective.

COM 201 Introduction to Persuasion Theory 3.

Impacts of persuasive communication on attitudes and behavior. Uses humanistic and social scientific theories to explain the persuasive process.

COM 202 Small Group Communication 3.

Theory and practice of effective communication in small groups, including: stages of group development, role emergence, leadership functions, decision making strategies, conflict management, and the significance of power.

COM 211 Argumentation and Advocacy 3.

Theory-based analysis of public argument in specialized settings of law, politics, academic debate, business and organizations, and interpersonal relations.

COM 226 Introduction to Public Relations 3.

Public relations as a communication function of organizations. Public relations process, principles, history, and practice. Analysis of environmental, organizational, communication, and audience influences on public relations practice; career opportunities.

COM 230 Introduction to Communication Theory 3.
R: Communication Majors.

Micro- and macro-analytic theories used in the study of human communication: perspectives and assumptions of major theories; utility and application of major theories; contexts, cultures, and media.

COM 240 Communication Inquiry 3.
Prerequisite: Communication Majors.

Qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry in communication: types of questions; strategies for answering questions; nature of evidence; advantages and disadvantages of different methods; reference tolls in the field; and channels of distribution for research-based information.

COM 250 Communication and Technology 3.
Prerequisite: Communication Majors. Credit is not allowed for both COM 250 and COM 200.

Examination of past, current, and future intersections of technology, culture, and communication in everyday life. Impact of communication technology policies. Analysis of communication technologies in interpersonal, organizational, societal, and global contexts. Development of technology skills for the competent communicator.

COM 257 Media History and Theory 3.
Prerequisite: COM 230.

Historical development and social implications of telecommunications, print, photography, film, broadcasting, and computer-mediated communication. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the field of communication media: media history; media economics and policy; media effects and power; media as producers of meaning; media audiences; media technologies; and roles of the media in social, cultural, and political change.

COM 267 Electronic Media Writing: Theory and Practice 3.
Prerequisite: COM 230.

Media writing as a social practice. Roles of writing and writers in media production processes. Social, political, economic, and professional conditions that enable or constrain writing and the writer. Specific media writing genres and formats. Research and preparation for media writing. Students write research-based scripts for news, commentary, and fictional genres in radio, television, film, and emerging media.

COM 296 Communication Internship-Non-Local 1.
R: Communication Majors.

Non-local directed work experience for Communication majors with supervision from the work site and the University. COM 296 may be taken more than once only with the permission of the Internship Director and the Assoc. Dept. Head. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

COM 298 Special Projects in Communication 1-3.

A special projects course to be utilized for guided research or experimental classes at the sophomore level, topic determined by instructor.

COM 301 Presentational Speaking 3.
Prerequisite: COM 110.

Design, organization and delivery of oral presentations for policy determination, policy implementation, and sales.

COM 307 Digital Audio Production 3.
Prerequisite: COM 267.

Basic principles of digital audio production, including studio operation, performing, writing and producing.

COM 315 Phonetics 3.

Articulatory and acoustic phonetics; application of the International Phonetic Alphabet with vocal and ear training.

COM 316 Public Relations Writing 3.
Prerequisite: COM 226 and ENG 316.

Communication processes and procedures of public relations programs. Media techniques, preparation of materials, channels of distribution.

COM 317 Television Production 3.
Prerequisite: COM 267.

Basic techniques of television studio production, including producing, writing, directing and electronic graphics production.

COM 321 Survey of Rhetorical Theory 3.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and above.

Principles of rhetorical theory from its classical origins through the modern period to the present time. Key concepts and theories that provide a critical understanding of the processes of persuasive symbol use.

COM 322 Nonverbal Communication 3.
Prerequisite: COM 112.

Theory and research in nonverbal communication, including: environment; space; physical appearance, movement; eyes and facial expressions; and vocal cues. Nonverbal communication in personal, workplace and cross-cultural setting.

COM 325 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech 3.

Anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism including the muscular, skeletal, and nervous system structures involved in respiration, phonation, and articulation.

COM 327 Critical Analysis of Communication Media 3.
Prerequisite: COM 240 and COM 257, Corequisite: COM 240.

Theoretical frameworks, methods, and aims of various approaches to critical analysis of the media. Critiques of power over media production; social biases of informational, fictional, and hybrid media content; and historical forms of audiences and the public. Critical awareness of the media's effects in politics, public culture, and everyday life.

COM 332 Relational Communication 3.
Prerequisite: COM 112.

Communication patterns in the development and deterioration of interpersonal relationships. Functional and dysfunctional communication behaviors in family relationships.

COM 335 Language Development 3.

Syntactic, semantic, morphologic, and pragmatic development from birth through adolescence. The influence of cognitive and social development on language development. First language acquisition versus second language learning.

COM 336 Newsletter Writing and Production 3.

Newsletters are an important part of the corporate, non-profit, government, and small business portfolio of communication tools. Just about all organizations use newsletters - print or electronic - to reach their audiences with their key messages. Many young public relations practitioners start their careers working on newsletters for their organization or their clients. Students in this course will work collaboratively to write and produce a newsletter as well as other public relations publications.

COM 342 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication 3.
Prerequisite: COM 240.

Introduction to qualitative methods in communication research. Research paradigms, research ethics, research design, qualitative data collection, data analysis and interpretation, written and multimedia reporting of research results. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to research sites for fieldwork.

COM 346 Case Studies in Public Relations 3.
Prerequisite: COM 226 and COM 230.

Application of theory, principles, and problem-solving techniques used in public relations to organizational case studies.

COM 357 Digital Video Production 3.
Prerequisite: COM 267.

Principles of producing, directing, and editing techniques for digital video. Students script, storyboard, shoot, and edit short video projects.

COM 362 Communication and Gender 3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, COM 112.

Effects of gender on the interpersonal communication process. Construction of gendered identities via communication practices. Examination of theories of gender and the role of gender in organizational, institutional, and media communication practices.

COM 364 History of Film to 1940 3.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and above.

Technological developments and aesthetic movements that shaped international cinema production from the beginning of the industry to 1940. Formal evolution in camera movement, editing, sound, narrative form, and the documentary. The rise to prominence of Hollywood and international cinemas in historical, economic, and cultural contexts.

COM 367 Multimedia Production and Digital Culture 3.
Prerequisite: COM 267.

Production lab and seminar combined. Digital production of visual images, audio, and video for the web. Readings in theories of visual communication and electronic culture. Critical analysis of assumptions underlying development and deployment ofelectronic media, and their social, economic and political impact. Development of practical skills and critical thinking.

COM 374 History of Film From 1940 3.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and above.

Technological developments and aesthetic movements that have shaped international cinema production from 1940 to the present. Evolution in camera movement, editing, sound, narrative form, and the documentary. Post-war Hollywood cinema and international film industries (both established and emerging) in historical, economic and cultural context.

COM 385 Speech Science 3.
Prerequisite: COM 325.

Acoustic properties of speech sounds and the dynamics of speech sound production. Initial experience with basic clinical instrumentation used to measure respiratory, phonatory, and atriculatory movements and the acoustic events that result from these movements. Lab assignments using basic instrumentation and computer software are completed outside of class.

COM 386 Quantitative Communication Research Methods 3.
Prerequisite: COM 240.

Design and implementation of communication research methods, including experimental and survey research procedures. Use of computer software for statistical analysis.

COM 392 International and Crosscultural Communication 3.

Patterns and problems of verbal and non-verbal forms of crosscultural communication. Avoidance and management of cultural conflict arising from awareness of characteristics and crosscultural communication. Impact on communication of differing cultural perspectives.

COM 395 Studies in Rhetoric and Digital Media 3.
Prerequisite: ENG 101.

Study of the influence of emerging technologies on rhetorical theory and practice. Rhetorical analysis of texts, including visual and audio texts. Invention and construction of digital media texts as a means of engaging rhetorical theory and analysis. Topics vary to adapt to emerging technologies and changing vernacular practices.

COM 402 Advanced Group Communication 3.
Prerequisite: COM 202.

Communication processes and outcomes in groups with complex, strategic, and critical public or corporate functions. Focus on participating in, intervening in, leading, and constructing group processes. Advanced theory with application.

COM 407 Advanced Digital Audio 3.
Prerequisite: COM 307.

Advanced multichannel techniques for audio production. Studio acoustics, audio signal processing, and advanced microphone techniques, writing, and performing.

COM 411 Rhetorical Criticism 3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Rhetorical analysis of public speeches, social movements, political campaigns, popular music, advertising, and religious communication. Neo-Aristotelian criticism, movement studies, genre criticism, dramatistic analysis, content analysis, fantasy theme analysis.

COM 417 Advanced Topics in Communication and Race 3.
Prerequisite: COM 257, Corequisite: COM 250.

Advanced topics seminar examining construction of racial and ethnic identities through communication practices. Exploration of theories of race and identity and the ways communication works to construct, undermine, and reinforce understanding across social groups.

COM 421 Communication Law 3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing..

Explores the historical, philosophical, and legal foundations of communication rights and responsibilities. Philosophies and regulations affecting sources, messages, channels, receivers, and situations provide the central focus of the course.

COM 427 Game Studies 3.
Prerequisite:COM 250 or STS 214.

Exploration of inter-relations among mobile technologies (cell phones, PDAs), location-based activities, and playful/social spaces. Investigates three main areas: (1) the definition of basic gaming concepts (community, narrative, play, and space); (2) the history of games as social events, with particular emphasis on multi-user domains (MUDs); and (3) the definition of games, which use the physical space as the game environment, such as pervasive games, location-based games, and hybrid realitygames. Discussion of inter-connections among games, education, and art. Jr/Sr Standing.

COM 431 Communication in Political Campaigns 3.
Prerequisite: COM 110 or COM 201.

Roles of analysis and criticism of oral communication in political campaigns; analysis of special political communication situations; ghostwriting, news conferences, negative advertising.

COM 436 Environmental Communication 3.
Prerequisite: COM 230 or STS 214.

Critical analysis of environmental discourse in organizational, mass media, political, cultural, and international contexts. Investigates public participation in environmental advocacy and deliberation; environmental conflict management; rhetoricalconstructions of nature and human relationships with nature; environmental justice; environmental risk communication; and competing ecological paradigms. Must hold Junior/Senior standing.

COM 437 Advanced Digital Video 3.
Prerequisite: COM 357.

Hands-on experience in digital video production. Production of instructional videotapes. Practical experience in all phases of production process, including pre-production organization and critical analysis of final product.

COM 441 Ethical Issues in Communication 3.
Prerequisite: COM 110, 112.

Critical analysis of ethical problems in interpersonal and public communication practices.

COM 442 Communication and Conflict Management 3.
Prerequisite: COM 112.

Examination of conflict styles and theories; conflict management strategies such as negotiation and third party intervention; and relevant contexts for conflict such as workplace, families, and interpersonal relationships. Practical, theoretical and critical analyses of conflict and negotiation in variety of contexts.

COM 444 Film Production 3.
Prerequisite:COM 267 or ENG 330.

Principles of cinematography, production, and editing technologies for film. Script, shoot, and edit short 16mm films. Post-production on digital non-linear editing systems. Critical analysis of production of classic and contemporary feature films.

COM 447 Communication and Globalization 3.
Corequisite: COM 327.

History and current trends in globalization of media, information, and telecommunications technologies, organizations, policies, and contents. Political cultural implications of globalization, including debates over corporate vs. public control of global communication, U.S. dominance vs. international cooperation, and the global influence of American culture. Internet-based group research projects on globalization in collaboration with students in other countries.

COM 451 Visual Rhetoric 3.
Prerequisite: COM 201 or COM 321.

Examine the rhetorical strategies employed in various primarily visual forms of communication including advertising, photography, digital images, visual art, and public commemorative artifacts and sites. Explore the concepts and methods used to rhetorically analyze and interpret visual images and artifacts. Includes one or more required field trips to which students will provide own transportation.

COM 456 Organizational Communication 3.
Prerequisite: COM 230.

Role of human communication in organizations, the assumptions inherent in management philosophies about effective communication, and an investigation of the relationships among communication, job satisfaction, productivity, development, and employeemotivation.

COM 457 Media and the Family 3.
Corequisite: COM 327.

Impact of mediated messages upon children and the family unit. Origins of the empirical literature and continuing research. Assessment of the qualitative literature. Implications of commercial structure of the media industries on the structure and distribution of media messages designed for children and families. Consideration of both pro- and anti-social impacts.

COM 466 Nonprofit Leadership & Development 3.

Nonprofit Leadership and Development is a service-learning course in which students will be expected to make a 20-hour commitment to service in a local nonprofit organization. Students will critically examine theories of communication and leadershipwith concentration on issues pertaining to nonprofits such as working with executive boards, volunteer management, and resource development. Students are responsible for transportation and purchase of internship insurance.

COM 467 Advanced Topics in Gender and Communication 3.
Prerequisite: COM 327 or COM 362.

Advanced Topics seminar examining construction of gender identities through communication practices. History and analysis of gender representations. Theoretical and critical approaches to social, political, and economic impact of gender constructions.

COM 476 Public Relations Campaigns 3.
Prerequisite: COM 226, COM 316, COM 386 and Corequisite: COM 346 (Note: COM 346 may be taken as a prerequisite or co-requisite).

Management of the public relations function in organizations and public relations counseling; communication theory and nature of materials emanating from public relations departments and counseling firms, practical analysis and development of public relations publicity and campaigns.

COM 477 Mobile Communication 3.
Prerequisite:COM 250 or STS 214.

Mobile communication technologies and their influence on communication patterns and social behavior. conceptualization of cell phones beyond mobile telephones, as internet access points and gaming devices. History, current uses and future perspectives for the social use of mobile interfaces. The creation of new mobile communities. The influence of mobile images on communication and the creation of mobile networks. Use of mobile phones across cultures and places, such as Asia, Scandinavia, Africa, and Latin America.

COM 484 Advanced Television Production 3.
Prerequisite: COM 317.

Television program production utilizing advanced production techniques. Emphasis on refinement of writing, producing, and directing skills through work in TV studio on production of sophisticated program formats.

COM 487 Internet and Society 3.
Prerequisite: COM 250 or COM 257 or STS 214.

Exploration of major issues involved in the growth of computer-mediated communication and information technologies. Construction of self and body; relation of information technology to social, civic, and political life; gender, race, and class as continuing critical points; knowledge and intellectual property; the implications of software and design on the nature of communication, knowledge, and information.

COM 493 Advanced Topics in Public Relations 3.

This course addresses current trends and recent development in the public relations profession through extensive analysis of industry practices. Course content will change each semester subject to faculty availability, but may include topics such as social media, media relations, crisis communication, international public relations, and other public relations specializations. Juniors and Seniors only.

COM 496 Communication Internship 3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, Communication Majors.

Directed work experience for Communication majors with supervision from the work site and the University. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

COM 498 Advanced Topic in Communication 1-3.
Prerequisite:Junior or senior standing.

Advanced study of contemporary theories, methods, practices, processes, or issues related to the field of communication. Topic varies.

COM 499 Advanced Independent Research 1-3.
Prerequisite: Nine credits in Communication courses. Junior standing or Senior standing in Communication.

Special projects in communication developed under the direction of a faculty member on a tutorial basis. Must have permission of department to enroll. May enroll only twice. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

COM 506 Verbal Data Analysis 3.
Prerequisite: ENG 513 or ENG 527 or COM 541 or COM 542.

Research strategies for understanding how spoken and written language shapes activities (e.g., design, instruction, counseling, gaming interactions, e-commerce, etc.). Tracking patterned uses of language as verbal data (e.g., grammatically topically, thematically), formulating research questions, and designing studies to answer those questions through quantitative descriptive means. Sampling, collecting and managing data, developing coding schemes, achieving reliability, using descriptive statistical measures, and reporting the results.

COM 508 Emerging Technologies and Society 3.

Provides frameworks for understanding emerging technologies and their social, political, and cultural contexts. Presents historical case studies, ethnographic accounts, and theoretical perspectives that introduce students to ways of thinking about science and technology, nature and culture, and democracy and expertise.Graduate standing is required.

COM 514 History Of Rhetoric 3.

Historical development of rhetorical theory with attention to contemporaneous rhetorical practice and philosophical trends. Major focus on the classical period with briefer coverage of medieval, Renaissance, 18th-century, and 19th-century developments. Implications for contemporary theory and practice, including pedagogical practice.

COM 516 Rhetorical Criticism: Theory and Practice 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing or the equivalent of COM/ENG 321 or COM/ENG 411.

Development, achievements, limitation of major critical methods in the 20th century, including neo-Aristotelian, generic, metaphoric, dramatistic, feminist, social-movement, fantasy-theme and postmodern approaches. Criticism of political discourse,institutional discourse, discourses of law, medicine, religion, education, science, the media. Relations between rhetorical and literary criticism and other forms of cultural analysis.

COM 521 Communication and Globalization 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Economic, political, cultural dimensions of globalization. Role of information and communication technologies, networks, institutions, and practices in human social organization.

COM 522 Critical Approaches to Organizational Communication 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Overview of critical and interpretive organizational communication research studies. Application of insights to enriching and transforming working lives.

COM 523 International and Intercultural Communication 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Survey of intercultural, cross-cultural, and international communication theories and issues.

COM 525 Group/Team Communication 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Comprehensive review of principles, theory, research, and practices involving group/team communication; associated with decision making, conflict management, relationship building, and evaluation of group/team effectiveness. Emphasis on guidelines for effective communication in groups and teams.Graduate standing required.

COM 526 Media Ownership 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Identify major media companies worldwide areas of dominance. Examine commercial, cultural, social, political implications of contemporary media ownership patterns.

COM 527 Seminar in Organizational Conflict Management 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Examination of conflict antecedents, interventions, outcomes through multiple texts, journal articles. Emphasis on workplace conflict, organizational outcomes, dispute system design. Evaluation through participation in class discussion, independent papers, research project, presentation.

COM 528 Communication Culture and Technology 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Examine Communication technology via historical examples. Inquiry into the development of early sound and screen technologies. Analysis of computer-mediated Communication genres.

COM 529 Communication Campaigns 3.

Prepares students to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate a successful communication campaign for a health, public relations, or political organization that is grounded in sound theoretical approaches. The students conduct focus groups for audience research and professionally present a campaign plan to a real client for any of the mentioned types of organizations. The course emphasizes theoretical and hands on practical skills to developing successful communication campaigns.

COM 530 Interpersonal Communication in Science and Technology Organizations 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Blends theory and research to understand and analyze interpersonal communication practices and issues within organizations, including managing impressions and conversations, engaging in active listening, managing conflict, influencing others, and communicating in teams. Focus on developing and maintaining effective interpersonal at work and improving student's communication competence.

COM 532 Communication Consulting 3.

This course provides an introduction to the art and methods of consulting particularly as applied to communication problems in organizational settings. It also provides students the opportunity to develop and/or refine training and facilitation skills and to link communication theory and research to organizational practice. Graduate standing required.

COM 536 Environmental Communication 3.

Critical analysis of environmental discourse in organizational, mass media, political, cultural, and international contexts. Investigates public participation in environmental advocacy and deliberation; environmental conflict management; rhetoricalconstructions of nature and human relationships with nature; environmental justice; environmental risk communication; and competing ecological paradigms. Must hold Junior/Senior standing.

COM 537 Gaming and Social Networks 3.

Exploration of inter-relations among mobile technologies (cell phones, PDAs), location-based activities, and playful/social spaces. Investigates: (1) the definition of basic gaming concepts (community, narrative, play, and space); (2) the history of games as social environments, with particular emphasis on multi-user domains (MUDs); and (3) the definition of games, which use the physical space as the game environment, such as pervasive games, location-based games, and hybrid reality games. Discussion of inter-connections among games, education, and art. By permission of department.

COM 538 Risk Communication 3.

Comprehensive review of principles, theory, research, and practices involving consensus building; associated with environmental, health and safety; enabling analysis and management of risks. Emphasis on risks associated with emerging science and technology. No quantitative experience necessary. Graduate standing required.

COM 539 Fund Development 3.

Identifies and assesses techniques and best practices of fund development, annual giving, capital campaigns, endowments. Topics include setting achievable goals, organizing and staffing a fund development campaing, and identifying donors. Discusses links between fund development and organization mission and governance, ethical issues, and government regulations. PBS status or Graduate standing.

COM 540 Critical and Interpretive Inquiry in Communication 3.

Theoretical foundations and analytical techniques in critical and interpretive communication research. Analysis of culture and power in communicative practices, texts, technologies, production, and reception. Historical, political economic, archival, contextual, interpretive, rhetorical, and cultural modes of analysis and critique are highlighted.Graduate standing required.

COM 541 Quantitative Research Methods in Applied Communication 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Introduction to research methods in applied communication. Knowledge of design, implementation, and analysis of various quantitiative research methods.

COM 542 Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Communication 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Theoretical and practical dimensions of conducting qualitative research. Issues include asking good questions, field observation, ethics, focus groups, interviews, representation of data, analyzing texts and discourse, writing qualitative reports.

COM 543 Visual Content Analysis 3.

Research methods class in social science-orientated quantitative or qualitative analysis. Students will advance visual research by developing and/or testing theoretical concepts for visual media. Readings will focus on analytic techniques and concepts for still or moving images in digital or traditional media. Contexts include social media, organizational websites, blogs, online news sites, films, games, mobile media, and more. Students use qualitative and quantitative analysis software. Graduate standing required.

COM 546 Nonprofit Marketing and Public Relations 3.

Survey of the marketing and public relations principles and practices applicable to nonprofit organizations.

COM 547 Mobile Technologies and Social Practices 3.

Mobile communication technologies and their influence on communication patterns and social behavior. Conceptualization of cell phones beyond mobile telephones, as Internet access points and gaming devices. History, current uses and future perspectives for the social use of mobile interfaces. The creation of new mobile communities. The influence of mobile images on communication and the creation of mobile networks. Use of mobile phones across cultures and places, such as Asia, Scandinavia, Africa, and Latin America. Permission of department.

COM 554 Contemporary Rhetorical Theory 3.

Contemporary rhetorical theory covering the 20th and 21st centuries. Conceptual connections with and disruptions of the classical tradition and its, successors; relationship between rhetorical theory and philosophical trends, institutional histories, socioeconomic circumstances, and pedagogical needs. Attention to current issues such as the revival of invention, rhetorical agency, and ethics.

COM 556 Seminar In Organizational Communication 3.
Prerequisite: Advanced Undergraduate standing or Graduate standing.

Theoretic and applied approaches for studying communication perspectives of organizational behavior. Topics relate communication with organizational theories, research methods, leadership, power, attraction, conflict and theory development.

COM 561 Human Communication Theory 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or PBS status.

The role of theory in study of human communication. General social scientific theories as well as context-based theories including interpersonal, public, group, organizational and mass communication contexts.

COM 562 Communication and Social Change 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Examine persuasive theories and methods including compliance gaining techniques. Evaluate effectiveness of public communication campaigns directed at social change.

COM 563 Public Relations Theory 3.

Study the theoretical body of knowledge in public relations and its application to practice. Graduate Standing required.

COM 566 Seminar In Crisis Communication 3.

Working within theoretical perspectives of communication, conflict management and organizational designs, a theoretical understanding for crisis communication, including thorough guidelines for strategic communication planning for, managing and evaluating crises.

COM 581 Visual Rhetoric: Theory and Criticism 3.
R: Graduate Students Only.

Application of visual theory to rhetoric and of rhetorical theory to visual forms of communication. Discussion and analysis may include advertising, photography, news and informational media, political communication, instructional material, scientific visualization, visual arts, public commemorative artifacts, internet and other digital media.

COM 585 Teaching College Communication 3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Introduction to communication education theory and research. Course divided into primary parts: 1)education theory and philosphy and 2)instructional design theory and practice.

COM 587 Internet & Society 3.

Overview of the development of the internet and its social uses, including the historical context that led to the development of the ARPANET and the World Wide Web. Analysis of the transition from mainframes to personal computers, to the internet of things. Treatment of principal social and communication issues related to the use of the internet, such as digital privacy, digital divide, net neutrality, and civic engagement. Development of mobile internet, social networking sites and location-based social networks.

COM 598 Special Topics In Communication 1-6.

Detailed investigation of a special topic in communication. No more than 6 hrs. may be used as credit toward graduation with master's degree.

COM 630 Independent Study in Communication 1-3.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Special projects course to be utilized for guided research at graduate level. Topic determined by instructor. No more than 6 hrs. may be used as credit toward graduation with master's degree.

COM 650 Communication Internship 1-6.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into MS in Communication Program.

The internship experience provides the students the opportunity to practice professional communication skills in a workplace setting under the supervision of a communication practitioner. Restricted to MS in Communication students.

COM 685 Master's Supervised Teaching 1-3.
Prerequisite: Master's student.

Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.

COM 688 Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration - Half Time Registration 1.
Prerequisite: Master's student.

For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc.

COM 689 Non-Thesis Master Continuous Registration - Full Time Registration 3.
Prerequisite: Master's student.

For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain full-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc. Students may register for this course a maximum of one semester.

COM 695 MR Thesis Research 1-9.
Prerequisite: Master's student.

Thesis Research.

COM 696 Summer Thesis Res 1.

COM 798 Special Topics in Communication 3-6.

Intensive exploration of specialized or emerging topics in an area of communication theory, rhetoric, media, or other aspect of Communication studies. Emphasis on student research and writing. May be used to test and develop new courses. May be repeated for credit. Doctoral students only.

COM 810 Directed Readings in Communication 1-6.

Intensive study of a specific topic from various specializations of the Communication faculty. Negotiation between the student and the director for variable credit and approved by Director of Graduate Studies. May be repeated for credit. Doctoralstudents only.

COM 896 Summer Dissert Res 1.