All School of Communication students take these core communication classes.
If you’re a School of Communication major, you must earn a C or better in:
- COM 101
- COM 200
- your required freshman composition course
- your foundation mathematics course
Some courses may not be offered every semester, so plan your classes carefully.
Integrated study of the analysis of oral, written, and visual messages. Emphasizes commonalities and differences across communication media. Fall, Spring.
Analytical research and writing skills for public dissemination of environmental information via the media. Fall, Spring.
Introduction to the nature, elements, concepts, and processes of communication in its many settings; examination of vocabulary and research methods of communication studies. Prerequisite: ENG 105. All semesters.
Analytical exploration and interpretation of oral, visual, and written artistic and communication works that have influenced public perception and/or policy concerning environmental issues. Writing-intensive course. Fall, Spring.
Examines images of men, women, and members of minority or “marginalized” groups in mass media, with concomitant societal implications. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or instructor’s consent. All semesters.
The nature and application of scientific method in communication research. Prerequisite: COM 200. Spring.
The cinema emphasis: documentary and feature films; the aesthetic experience peculiar to film as a composite art form, a reflector of society, and a social force in itself; illustrated by screen examples. Fee required. All semesters.
In-depth studies of films and topics, including genres, world cinema, race and gender, and films’ effect on society. Prerequisite: ENG 105 or equivalent. (May be repeated once for credit if topic varies.)
Preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives.
Laws that govern mass communication, both printed and electronic; codes of ethics as controlling factors; and interpretations of First Amendment rights. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit. Fall, Spring.
COM 408 Fieldwork Experience (1-12)
Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. May not exceed 12 hours of credit.
Study of mass communication messages, audience behavior, and the behavioral concomitants of mass communication. Emphasis on the key research and alternative methodologies for studying mass communication and human behavior. All semesters.
Interdisciplinary investigation of new communication technologies and trends, emphasizing effects on individuals, organizations, and societies. Prerequisites: 12 hours of communication courses or instructor’s consent. Spring, even years.