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Courses at the 400-level

COMM 420: Applied Rhetorical Criticism

Different historical and contemporary rhetorical theories are used to evaluate artifacts, such as speeches, songs, photographs, and written texts.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • COMM 351
COMM 421: Speech and Hearing Science

Basic acoustics, the acoustics of speech, speech production theory, psycho-acoustics, and speech perception are covered. Lecture and laboratory. (Formerly COMM 321.)
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • COMM 319
COMM 422: Language Processes

Human language processes are examined, with explorations into its social, biological, and cognitive components. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in content.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • COMM 200 (or equivalent)
  • COMM 255
COMM 429: Introduction to the Clinical Process

The clinical process and ethics in speech-language pathology and audiology are introduced. Students earn twenty-five observation hours and learn professional report writing. (Formerly COMM 329: Clinical Observation.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of at least six courses in communication, including COMM 305, with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all courses
COMM 445: Advanced Digital Media Lab

Advanced methods of producing and distributing digital media are presented. Focus is limited to one or two specific forms. Topics vary. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in content.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • COMM 344 or COMM 345
  • or consent of instructor.
COMM 446: Critical Studies in Mass Media

An important genre of mass media is examined from the perspective of contemporary theories in the field. Topics vary. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in content.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • COMM 342
  • or consent of the instructor.
COMM 452: Conflict Resolution

Conflict is examined as a personal and societal challenge that can be managed by applying communication skills and knowledge. (Formerly COMM 352.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • COMM 358
COMM 454: Leadership and Management Communication

Organizational communication and methods for improving the communication of leaders and managers in organizations are studied. Simulations, role play, and case studies are used. (Formerly COMM 254.)
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of at least 30 college credits
  • or sophomore standing
COMM 459: Debate Practicum

By applying theories and methods of argumentation, students debate on controversial topics in public venues, such as high schools.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • COMM 359
  • or consent of department chair
COMM 460: Seminar in Communication

A topic not previously studied in communication is researched.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of at least 75 college credits
  • COMM 200
  • COMM 208
  • 12 additional credit hours of communications courses
COMM 479: Communication Internship

Students gain a more comprehensive understanding of communication fields through on-the-job training. This course may be repeated once for credit.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • Open to communications majors who have completed at least 75 credit hours of undergraduate courses, 18 of which are communications courses and to graduate students, with consent of the instructor
  • Application must be made during the semester prior to field experience
  • Additional requires are set forth in the application form
COMM 490: Independent Study in Communication

Students select a topic and undertake concentrated research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. This course may be repeated once for credit with a change in content.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of at least 18 credit hours of communication courses, including COMM 200, and consent of instructor
COMM 491: Special Problems in Communication

Students select a practicum-oriented problem and undertake concentrated research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. This course may be repeated once for credit with a change in content.
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of at least 18 credit hours of communication courses
  • including COMM 200
  • consent of instructor
COMM 492: Senior Portfolio

Students develop a professional-quality portfolio of media production projects. Emphasis is on conceptual design, clarity, aesthetics, content, effectiveness of communication to audience, and technical competence.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • completion of at least 90 college credits
  • Open to only COMM majors and minors.
  • including COMM 200, 208, 240, 242, and 345
COMM 493: Senior Thesis

Students write a thesis and formally present findings on a major research project. Emphasis is on mass media theories and research methodologies.
4 credit hours

Prerequisites:
  • open only to communications majors and minors
  • completion of 90 credit hours of undergraduate courses, including COMM 200, 208, 240, 242, and 342

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