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Courses - Fall 2017
COMM
Communication Department Site
COMM107
Oral Communication: Principles and Practices
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: FSOC
Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, ENES143, INAG110, JOUR130 or THET285.
A study of and practice in oral communication, including principles of interviewing, group discussion, listening, informative briefings, and persuasive speeches.
Attendance on the first day of classes is mandatory.
COMM200
Critical Thinking and Speaking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: FSOC
Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, ENES143, INAG110, JOUR130, OR THET285.
Theory and practice of persuasive discourse analysis and composition. Research techniques, logical and rhetorical conceptions of argument, and technical principles for persuading in public venues.
Attendance on the first day of classes is mandatory.
COMM201
Introduction to Public Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Basic concepts and principles of public relations. Roles in organizations and society; history; skills and practices of public relations; theories and models of effective and ethical public relations.
Restricted to COMM majors (1506A) only.
COMM230
Argumentation and Debate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A study of the fundamental principles of reasoning, analysis, and evidence preparation of debate briefs and presentation of standard academic debate.
Attendance on the first day of class is mandatory.
COMM250
Introduction to Communication Inquiry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An introduction to the field of communication. Definitions, models, and contexts of communication; rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism of discourse.
COMM288
(Perm Req)
Communication Internship
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
COMM324
Communication and Gender
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
The creation of images of male and female, and masculine and feminine, through communication, the differences in male and female communication behaviors and styles, and the implications of those images and styles for male-female transactions.
COMM330
Argumentation and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contemporary theories of argumentation with special emphasis on methods of formulating and critiquing public policy argument.
COMM331
(Perm Req)
News Writing and Reporting for Public Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM201; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR181.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program; and (sophomore standing; or junior standing). Or permission of ARHU-Communication department.
Credit only granted for: JOUR201, COMM231, or COMM331.
Formerly: COMM231.
Writing and researching news and information media for public relations; laboratory in news-gathering tools and writing techniques for public relations.
COMM332
(Perm Req)
News Editing for Public Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in COMM331; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And permission of ARHU-Communication department.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Credit only granted for: JOUR202, COMM232, or COMM332.
Formerly: COMM232.
Copy editing, graphic principles and processes, news and information technologies for public relations.
COMM351
(Perm Req)
Public Relations Techniques
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM332.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Credit only granted for: COMM351 or JOUR331.
Formerly: JOUR331.
The techniques of public relations, including news releases, publications and printed materials, audio-visual techniques, speeches and special events. Application of these techniques in laboratory and field projects.
COMM353
(Perm Req)
New Media Writing for Public Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in COMM351.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Credit only granted for: COMM352 or COMM353.
Formerly: COMM352.
Students learn the uses and influence of new media on public relations practice and expand their ability to write using new and traditional media platforms and tools
COMM360
The Rhetoric of Black America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
An historical-critical survey of the rhetoric of Black Americans from the colonial period to the present.
COMM370
Mediated Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM250.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Analysis and critique of structure, performance, content, effects, and future of mediated communication.
COMM371
Communication and Digital Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Credit only granted for: COMM371 or COMM398V.
Formerly: COMM398V.
A basic introduction to communication in the digital age. Through class lectures, assignments and projects, students will learn to effectively use new media for the purpose of strategic message creation and management used in the field of communication. Students will apply the basics of visual layout skills and the principles of visual design to create messages using words and images.
This course is restricted to COMM majors at Shady Grove.
COMM372
Communication, Meaning, and Digital Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
An exploration of visual communication and meaning creation. A theoretical and practical application of communication concepts and techniques in the production of visual content.
Formerly COMM498J. Credit granted for COMM498J or COMM372.
COMM373
Communication and Digital Visual Narrative
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Examination of the traditional style of visual communication, its practices and theoretical underpinnings juxtaposed against contemporary digital media aesthetics and techniques. Utilizing a variety of communication skills and new media tools, students will plan, write, shoot, edit, and upload digital visual narratives.
Formerly COMM498K. Credit granted for COMM498K or COMM373.
COMM375
Documentary Theory and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
A historical and theoretical introduction to documentary films and videos. Students will explore the power of documentaries to address socially significant issues.
COMM382
Essentials of Intercultural Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DVCC
Credit only granted for: COMM382 or COMM482.
Introduction of major theories and concepts of intercultural communication; examination of processes that make up cultural differences; and use of intercultural communication competence skills.
COMM385
Influence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: COMM385 or COMM498I (Spring 2014).
Formerly: COMM498I (Spring 2014).
Explores contemporary theories of influence and their implications for communication practice. Topics include power and influence, logical theory, rhetorical theory, persuasion theory, framing theory, social influence theory, and propagation of influence in mediated social networks.
COMM386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Communication department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in Communication program.
Supervised internship experience with communication professionals. Relation of academic training to professional experience.
COMM388
(Perm Req)
Communication Practicum
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM398
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM398C
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Communication; Peer Consulting in Oral Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department.

Provides training in the principles and practice of peer consulting in the context of an oral communication center. Students will apply and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in COMM107 (or COMM200) with new training to help their peers become outstanding listeners and speakers. They will also engage in a group research project designed to extend knowledge in peer consulting best practices.
COMM398I
Selected Topics in Communication; Communicating for Results
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
COMM398K
Selected Topics in Communication; Communication and Strategic Message Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
COMM398M
Selected Topics in Communication; Communicating through Humor
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
COMM398N
Selected Topics in Communication; Communication and Digital Imaging
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
COMM398O
Selected Topics in Communication; Digital Media and Democracy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
COMM398X
Selected Topics in Communication; Social Networking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restricted to COMM majors at Shady Grove.
COMM399
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
COMM400
Research Methods in Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM250; and must have an introductory course in statistics.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Philosophy of scientific method; role of theory; research ethics; empirical research methods (measurement, sampling, design, analysis).
Attendance on the first day of class is mandatory. For majors only.
COMM401
Interpreting Strategic Discourse
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM250.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Principles and approaches for practical analysis of discourse designed to shape audience opinion.
Attendance on the first day of classes is mandatory.
COMM402
Communication Theory and Process
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM250.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Philosophical and conceptual analysis of communication theories.
Attendance on the first day of classes is mandatory.
COMM422
Communication Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Communication policies, plans, channels, and practices in the managemen of the communication function in organizations.
COMM424
Communication in Complex Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Structure and function of communication within organizations: organizational climate and culture, information flow, networks and role relationships.
COMM425
Negotiation and Conflict Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Role of communication in shaping negotiation and conflict processes and outcomes.
This course is restricted to COMM majors only.
COMM426
Conflict Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: COMM425; and COMM250; and COMM402.
Role of communication in managing conflict processes.
This course is restricted to COMM majors only.
COMM427
Crisis Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: COMM398C or COMM427.
Formerly: COMM398C.
Explores theories and research related to communication before, during, and after a crisis. Students examine the fundamentals of organizational communication, crisis management, and strategic and crisis communication planning before examining case studies of a number of real-life crises: organizational crises, natural disasters, accidents, terrorism incidents, health crises, and major crises of credibility.
COMM435
Theories of Interpersonal Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM400; or permission of ARHU-Communication department.
Major theoretical approaches and research trends in the study of interpersonal communication.
COMM450
Ancient and Medieval Rhetorical Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM250.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Credit only granted for: COMM450 or COMM650.
A survey of rhetorical theory in the ancient and medieval periods. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical problems that gave rise to its development within both periods. Authors include Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Hermogenes, Martianus Capella, Aurelius Augustine, Alberic of Monte Cassino, Geoffrey of Vinsauf and Robert of Basevorn.
COMM458D
Seminar in Political Communication; Deception in Public Discourse
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
This course examines the central role of deception in democratic political discourse. Since antiquity, politicians have not only lied to their constituents about themselves, but also popularized a deceptive idea of democracy. The history of this process will be surveyed and recent examples from U. S. public discourse will be studied.
COMM460
Public Life in American Communities, 1634-1900
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Ways that Americans have used their voice to create public life. Focus is on the diverse social communities that have characterized American life and the place and characteristics of oral discourse in each.
COMM468A
Seminar in Mediated Communication; Arab Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
COMM468T
Seminar in Mediated Communication; Technology and Digital Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This seminar will explore themes related to the transition from a mass media ecology to a networked media ecology, with special attention to the role of technological change. Readings will span early 20th century theories of mass communication to contemporary theories of digitally networked communication. The course will be of special interest to students interested in the history of media technology, digital culture, and emerging technologies.
COMM469G
The Discourse of Social Movements; Rhetoric of Gender Activism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
COMM469O
The Discourse of Social Movements; Rhetoric of Oppressed Peoples
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
COMM470
Listening
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The principles of listening behavior.
This course is restricted to COMM majors only.
COMM475
Persuasion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Bases of persuasion, with emphasis on recent experimental developments in persuasion.
This course is restricted to COMM majors only.
COMM478
Communication Colloquium
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
COMM483
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar in Public Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM351 and COMM400.
Credit only granted for: COMM483 or JOUR483.
Formerly: JOUR483.
Integration of theory, techniques and research methods into the planning and execution of public relations campaigns for specific organizations. Analysis of research on the case studies of public relations.
COMM489
(Perm Req)
Topical Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM498B
(Perm Req)
Seminar; Bateman Competition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
COMM498C
Seminar; Public Relations Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: COMM majors only (1506A).
COMM498G
Seminar; Event Planning and Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to COMM majors only (major code: 1506A).
COMM498I
Seminar; New Media and Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to COMM majors (code:1506A).
COMM498L
Seminar; Introduction to Screenwriting for Television and Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
COMM498O
Seminar; Public Relations Research, Data and Insights
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM350 or COMM201/COMM298P. Restriction: Must be in Communication program.

A practicum with work in teams to extract data to solve a public relations client problem. Students receive training and skills in secondary, quantitative, an qualitative techniques to analyze data to help a client set goals and measurable objectives. The course features the latest communication technology tools and unpacks them for students.
COMM498R
Seminar; Risk Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: COMM majors (1506A) only.
COMM498V
(Perm Req)
Seminar; Visual Rhetoric
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to Departmental Honors students.
COMM498W
Seminar; Islamic Discourses in the Digital Age
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The introduction of new media, such as the Internet, satellite television and cell phones, in the Arab/Muslim world imposed new realities and invited new dynamics, whether in the political, social, cultural or communication landscapes. This course tackles the complexities and implications of this new digital age, with all its multi-faceted dimensions. It pays special attention to the discourses and deliberations exchanged in cyberspace between Muslims and non-Muslims, on one hand, as well as between Muslims belonging to different sects, on the other hand. In doing so, it unpacks the myriad of complex factors which could be conducive, or constraining, to digital dialogue and their multiple religious, political, social and cultural implications.
COMM602
Communication Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Communication (Master's); Communication (Doctoral)).
Fundamental concepts, approaches, and problems in communication theory.
COMM631
Seminar in Public Relations Publics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: COMM631 or JOUR631.
Formerly: JOUR631.
Analysis of public relations programs aimed at organizational publics. Media, issue-related, community, employee, governmental, consumer, financial, and student/educator publics. Theories of the nature of publics, communication behavior of publics, and effects of public relations programs aimed at different publics.
COMM686
Teaching Communication
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Formerly: SPCH686.
Principles of effective teaching--content and process--in the college communication classroom.
COMM688
(Perm Req)
Communication Field Experience
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM698
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Communication
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM700
Introduction to Graduate Study in Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Communication (Doctoral) program.
Formerly: SPCH700.
Basic skills in communication research.
COMM711
Historical/Critical Methods in Communication Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM700; or permission of instructor.
Formerly: SPCH711.
Methods for historical and critical research in communication. Formulation of significant research questions, systematic collection of bibliographic and phenomenal information, formulating substantial claims, organizing and writing research for disciplinary outlets.
COMM714
Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Communication Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Methods for field research in communication including interiewing, ethnographic and participant intervention, focus groups, and content analysis. Formulation of significant research questions, systematic collection of field data, formulating substantial claims from the research, organizing and writing research from disciplinary outlets.
COMM748P
The Rhetoric of the Presidency
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
COMM775
Seminar in Persuasion and Attitude Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Communication department.
Formerly: SPCH775.
This seminar will concentrate on the problem of making message strategy decisions. Course content will consist of study of both theoretical and empirical research on attitude and attitude change in persuasive communication.
COMM798
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM888
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Practicum in Communication
Credits: 3 - 9
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM889
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Tutorial in Communication
Credits: 3 - 9
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.