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COMM 410 - Communication Law
Discussion of topics related to the field of mass communication (freedom of the press, libel, invasion of privacy, copyright, obscenity, regulations, ethics, and responsibility of the communicator and the agency). Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
Senior standing and a major or minor in communication. COMM 310 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all majors.


COMM 413 - Communication Theory
A study of the significant theories of human communication that help to explain and predict the role of communication in determining the social, cultural, and political behavior of the community. - Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
Advanced standing. COMM 310 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all majors.


COMM 415 - Persuasion
This course will familiarize students with the processes of persuasion, the relationship of persuasion to other forms of human communication, methods for studying persuasion, the theories of persuasion and ethical concerns about persuasion. The perspectives and tools developed in this course should enable the student to develop effective message strategies in work and personal situations.- Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
COMM 110, 200. COMM 310 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all majors.


COMM 422 - History of Journalism
Tracing the history of American journalism from its early English European heritage to modern times. Emphasis on people, organization, and media that have helped establish the press as an American institution. - Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
Advanced standing, COMM 310


COMM 431 - Public Relations and Integrated Communications Campaigns
Course gives students a thorough experience in conducting public relations and integrated communications campaigns and preparing communication materials. Working in teams, students prepare and conduct the research, planning, implementation and evaluation of an actual campaign for a client. - Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
COMM 231, 332, 333. COMM 310 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all majors. Also Recommended COMM 232 and/or 254.


COMM 441 - Issues in Journalism
Study of contemporary controversies and problems in journalism. - Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
Advanced standing. COMM 310 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all majors.


COMM 446 - Investigative Reporting
Application of advanced news writing, reporting and newsgathering techniques to produce in-depth, explanatory news stories on important public affairs issues. - Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
COMM 242 (Newswriting), COMM 343 (Feature Journalism) COMM 344 (Editorial Function: Copyediting) COMM 348 (Advanced Reporting)
 

COMM 449 - Communication Projects

This course provides students an opportunity to investigate in-depth, approved topics in applied communication. - Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
Junior standing or permission of the instructor.


COMM 450 - Internship
Supervised placement or research in selected private or public agencies. - Credits: 3 to 12

Prerequisites & Notes
Junior status, 18 credits in the major, 2.500 QPA in major and 2.000 QPA overall. COMM 310 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all majors.


COMM 453 - Media Project Management

This course is intended to develop student mastery of the emerging environment of digital information through a project-based, team-based course.  The course focuses on issues of team work, project management, strategy development and communications both inside and outside of the team.  Other topics include budgeting, development of human capital, leadership, time management and legal issues. -Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
Completion of 9 credits at Level 2.


COMM 455 - History of Broadcasting
Survey of the history and development of radio and television broadcasting in the United States. - Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
COMM 310 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all majors.

COMM 458 - Media Criticism
A critical examination of film, television, and radio. The course focuses on the formation and application of standards for appraising media and their messages. - Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
COMM 362. COMM 310 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all majors.

COMM 459 - Issues in Communication Technologies
An exploration of current and emerging communication technologies including their development and regulation, as well as the social, individual and ethical impact of these technologies. - Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
COMM 310 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all majors.


COMM 480 - The Communication Age
Presentation and discussion of the influences, trends, and issues that permeate the evolution toward a “Communication Age.” Major issues and influences are examined, including significant technological developments and solutions that have been applied to communication needs and opportunities. Discussion addresses marketplace forces; humanistic, social, personal, and ethical issues; and the impact on organizations, workplace, home, education, government, and international functions. Major attention is given to the role of the impact on the individual amidst these far-reaching changes. -Credits: 3

Prerequisites & Notes
Advanced standing. COMM 310 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all majors.

COMM 493 - Senior Seminar
The seminar is designed to assist students in conducting a self-assessment while exploring the corporate culture of the communication field. The student will further develop a portfolio, attend job seminars, conduct mock and actual interviews, participate in an on-site mentoring/shadow program and make a public presentation of their portfolio. - Credits: 1

Prerequisites & Notes
Senior standing and COMM 393

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