Communication Studies Courses

Courses in communication studies (designated COMM) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in communications
  • a major in communication studies
  • a minor in communication studies
  • electives

Military Communication and Writing (3 Credits, COMM 200)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) A study of business communication management in a military context. The objective is to develop appropriate and effective communication products for military audiences and within military environments through the application of accepted business communication practices. Topics include communication theories; research methods; organization of information; formats; writing and editing strategies; and techniques for guiding subordinate communication, conducting interviews, and managing meetings. Assignments may include making speech presentations; instructing a class; conducting interviews; managing meetings; and writing and editing reports, letters, e-mails, proposals, and personnel evaluations.

Communication Theory (3 Credits, COMM 300)

(Fulfills the general education requirement in communications but is not a writing course.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An introduction to communication theory. The objective is to apply communication theory and evaluate communication situations. The basic theories of human communication, mass communication, and new media and technology are explored. Focus is on the relationships among communication theory, research, and practice. Topics include intra- and interpersonal communication, public communication, mass media, and contemporary issues associated with mediated communication.

Mass Communication and Media Studies (3 Credits, COMM 302)

(Formerly COMM 379A. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications but is not a writing course.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A survey of mass communication designed to enhance media literacy. The goal is to interpret, evaluate, and produce media messages. Topics include media industries and the impact of the media, as well as regulation, policy, and ethical issues. Emphasis is on critical thinking and analysis of vital aspects of pervasive elements of popular culture, such as news, advertising, children’s entertainment, and a free press. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 302 or COMM 379A.

Writing for Managers (3 Credits, COMM 390)

(Formerly WRTG 490. Fulfills the general education requirement in communications.) Prerequisite: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. A practicum in the kinds of communication skills that managers need for the workplace. The goal is to develop persuasive managerial communication for organizational decision making and action. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: COMM 390, HUMN 390, WRTG 390, or WRTG 490.