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Presidential speeches … conversations with friends and co-workers … newspaper articles … radio banter … TV ads … Hollywood movies … the flood of information on the Internet. Communication in all its forms permeates our lives, shapes our interpersonal relationships and structures the way we view the world. Studying communication can help you understand how communication processes work, and give you the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be an engaged citizen and successful professional in the 21st Century.

We offer two majors:

  • Organizational Communication 
  • Speech Communication

Our graduates have become radio DJs, trial lawyers, actors, sound engineers, teachers, writers, television producers, CEOs and scholars. They’ve accomplished so much because their studies here at North Central trained them to be effective communicators.

As a student in our department, you’ll study:

  •  Public speaking and debate
  •  Radio programming and performance
  •  Communication within, across and between cultures
  •  Video production
  •  Face-to-face and small group communication
  •  Screenwriting and writing for broadcast news
  •  Persuasive communication and propaganda
  •  Communication law and media policy
  •  The politics, economics and social impact of the mass media

We’ll work with you to hone your writing, speaking and reasoning abilities. And we’re devoted to rigorous instruction in a responsive, small class environment.

Communication Studies, B.A.

Communication studies focuses on the intersection of theory and practice in a variety of contexts.  Students are led to understand, to use, and to critique communication as it is presently practiced in society and to develop critical thinking regarding communication strategies and analysis.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Communication and Media Studies.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    COMM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course examining fundamental public speaking skills, including the preparation, presentation and evaluation of informative and persuasive speeches. Particular focus on audience awareness and the organization of an oral message for comprehension. Students may not receive credit for both CARD 102 and COMM 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • (or CARD 102 First Year Seminar: Speaking)

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life, Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    COMM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    4.00 credit hours

    An intermediate course that addresses both theory and practice in argumentation. Through preparation and participation in debates, students learn the basic principles of debate, emphasizing the development of research, critical thinking and oral presentation skills.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    COMM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    4.00 credit hours

    Building upon the fundamentals learned in COMM 100, students refine their skills in impromptu, manuscript and extemporaneous speaking in applied settings. The class includes communication theory as well as speech preparation and delivery techniques for speeches that include variations of informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches, as well as emphasis on oral interpretation of texts. This advanced skills course serves Communication majors as well as other students who are seeking to improve their presentation skills.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    COMM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    4.00 credit hours

    Students develop an understanding of rhetorical communication in the public sphere. The course explores historical and contemporary rhetorical theory, which students use to critique the rhetoric of current public issues. In addition to developing an understanding of the integral role rhetoric plays in civic life, students develop their abilities to analyze, critique and contribute to public discourse.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 367 - Persuasion Theory

    COMM 367 - Persuasion Theory

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of persuasive communication from a social scientific perspective. Theories examines the characteristics of source, message and audience. Topics covered include strategic planning and organization of persuasive messages, audience analysis, motives and values, effective use of language, the role of context and purpose, propaganda and the abuse of persuasion, campaign planning and brand messaging. Students present and analyze persuasive materials orally and in writing as a way of developing communication and critical abilities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101; CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 400 - Communication Theory and Research

    COMM 400 - Communication Theory and Research

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced study of the different traditions of communication theory and their epistemological, normative and ontological assumptions. The focus of this course is on student comprehension of the breadth of thinking within the field of communication and on the responsibility for positioning oneself as a scholar or professional within this field of thought.

    Prerequisite(s)

    20 credit hours in Communication and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

Two courses from the following:

  • COMM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    COMM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of the theory and practice of human communication within diverse relationships and contexts. The emphasis will be on dyadic (one-on-one) communication and the basic verbal and nonverbal strategies affecting perception and comprehension within the communication process. Key subtopics will include nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development and conflict management. Requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    4.00 credit hours

    Students are introduced to the theory and practice of small group communication and decision-making. The course features an extensive group project, where students develop their abilities to participate, observe, analyze, evaluate and intervene in small group communication.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    COMM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course familiarizing students with core public relations concepts, historical underpinnings, foundational theory and careers in PR. An overview of the functions, practices and growing application of public relations in private industry and the public sector, the course examines the nature and role of public relations, activities of public relations professionals, the major influences impacting organizational behavior and the ethics of public relations.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    An intermediate course in which students develop the skills and strategies for use in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as interviewing, performance feedback, training and meeting management.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100; COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Electives

One course from the following:

  • COMM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    COMM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    4.00 credit hours

    Students develop an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management through cultural, critical, feminist, postmodern and constitutive approaches. Students conduct basic field research and learn how to employ theoretical perspectives for analyzing communication practices in organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 214 and four additional credit hours in Communication.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 335 - Freedom of Expression

    COMM 335 - Freedom of Expression

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech, religion, press and association, and its role as a cornerstone of American democracy. Students study foundational U.S. Supreme Court cases that have defined and delimited these freedoms. They learn how to analyze legal and moral arguments and conduct basic legal research. They also develop an understanding of the political and philosophical conflicts surrounding the exercise of First Amendment freedoms.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101; CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 350 - Public Relations Strategy

    COMM 350 - Public Relations Strategy

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced-level course in PR examining organizational principles, applied theory and strategic planning practices- including social media integration-underscoring the effective management of public relations. Team-based applications of PR research planning, tactics and implementation for real-world clients. The course also emphasizes best practices in PR writing across platforms.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 250 and MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 370 - Health Communication

    COMM 370 - Health Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Summative course examining the intertwining of communication with issues of health and medicine. Emphasis on the unique cultural, media, political-legal, interpersonal and organizational factors influencing communication in healthcare settings.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced introduction to the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender and sexuality, representations of the body and feminist theories of media.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    COMM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Eight credit hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Eight credit hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Foreign Language

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Eight credit hours from the following:

  • CLSS 255 - Greek and Roman History and Historians

    CLSS 255 - Greek and Roman History and Historians

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of major developments in Greek and Roman history from roughly 800 BCE–400 CE. In addition to understanding how societies in ancient Greece and Rome built, defended and lost their empires, the course also studies the social, cultural and environmental experiences of these complex civilizations. Students read modern historical interpretations as well as translated ancient historical sources of the period.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 110 - Ethics

    PHIL 110 - Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of alternative bases for morality and the arguments by which moral claims are justified.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 210 - Professional Ethics

    PHIL 210 - Professional Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    Professional ethics in selected career fields including law, business and biomedicine. Students may apply basic concepts to the career of their choice, relate their personal ethics to professional ethics and become better informed consumers of professional services. This course begins with an examination of the alternative bases for making moral judgments.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 230 - Logic & Critical Thinking

    PHIL 230 - Logic & Critical Thinking

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of inductive and deductive reasoning, formal and informal fallacies and rules and procedures for evaluating arguments.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 274 - English Language Arts

    ENGL 274 - English Language Arts

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of how literature, writing and grammar are taught in secondary school settings. Students examine historic and current theories of Language Arts pedagogy, analyzing and evaluating approaches to develop a better understanding of contemporary issues and best practices. Workshops on writing and revising processes.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101, CARD 102 and EDUC 101ENGL 270 and ENGL 272 recommended.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGL 314 - Writing Commentary and Cultural Criticism: The Public Intellectual

    ENGL 314 - Writing Commentary and Cultural Criticism: The Public Intellectual

    4.00 credit hours

    A workshop-based public and professional writing course for student-critics who want to learn the art and craft of opinion commentary for publication. Reading for contentand craft, students propose, pitch, write and edit shorter, timely pieces such as op-eds, first person essays, humor/satire, polemics, jeremiads and arts or other reviews, as well as longer essays of cultural criticism. Writing and Rhetoric.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGL 200 and ENGL 242.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

Organizational Communication, B.A.

Organizational Communication focuses on how people communicate in diverse organizational contexts.  Students learn to think critically about communication practices in organizations, as well as develop specific skills for the development, presentation, and analysis of messages for different organizational stakeholders.  Depending on the specific courses selected, as well as recommended coursework in a minor, students are prepared for positions in business, industry, non-profit, health care, community and governmental organizations, and may take career paths in internal corporate communication, human resources, training and development, media and community relations, public relations, sales and marketing, customer/client service, community advocacy, technical communication, and management.

Because the major is compatible with a number of fields, and in order to develop expertise in a subject related to their career goals, students are strongly encouraged to pursue a minor. Please consult with Communication faculty and your academic advisor.

The Communication faculty also highly recommend that majors incorporate field experience working in a professional environment by completing at least one internship.  Students should work closely with faculty and Career Services to identify appropriate internship opportunities.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Communication and Media Studies.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life, Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    4.00 credit hours

    Students are introduced to the theory and practice of small group communication and decision-making. The course features an extensive group project, where students develop their abilities to participate, observe, analyze, evaluate and intervene in small group communication.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    An intermediate course in which students develop the skills and strategies for use in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as interviewing, performance feedback, training and meeting management.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100; COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    COMM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    4.00 credit hours

    Students develop an understanding of rhetorical communication in the public sphere. The course explores historical and contemporary rhetorical theory, which students use to critique the rhetoric of current public issues. In addition to developing an understanding of the integral role rhetoric plays in civic life, students develop their abilities to analyze, critique and contribute to public discourse.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    COMM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    4.00 credit hours

    Students develop an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management through cultural, critical, feminist, postmodern and constitutive approaches. Students conduct basic field research and learn how to employ theoretical perspectives for analyzing communication practices in organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 214 and four additional credit hours in Communication.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    COMM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    This capstone course bridges theory and practice by emphasizing key organizational communication activities. With particular emphasis on contemporary research and current practices, students discuss topics such as superior-subordinate and peer interaction, stakeholders and decision-making, socialization, gender, globalization, emotion, conflict, identity, image, technology and change. Through individual and collaborative projects, students continue to develop their abilities to analyze, critique and practice organizational communication.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 330 and Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Communication Context

One of the following:

  • COMM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    COMM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of the theory and practice of human communication within diverse relationships and contexts. The emphasis will be on dyadic (one-on-one) communication and the basic verbal and nonverbal strategies affecting perception and comprehension within the communication process. Key subtopics will include nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development and conflict management. Requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    COMM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course familiarizing students with core public relations concepts, historical underpinnings, foundational theory and careers in PR. An overview of the functions, practices and growing application of public relations in private industry and the public sector, the course examines the nature and role of public relations, activities of public relations professionals, the major influences impacting organizational behavior and the ethics of public relations.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    COMM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    4.00 credit hours

    An intermediate course that addresses both theory and practice in argumentation. Through preparation and participation in debates, students learn the basic principles of debate, emphasizing the development of research, critical thinking and oral presentation skills.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    COMM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    4.00 credit hours

    Building upon the fundamentals learned in COMM 100, students refine their skills in impromptu, manuscript and extemporaneous speaking in applied settings. The class includes communication theory as well as speech preparation and delivery techniques for speeches that include variations of informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches, as well as emphasis on oral interpretation of texts. This advanced skills course serves Communication majors as well as other students who are seeking to improve their presentation skills.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Communication

Two of the following:

  • COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 335 - Freedom of Expression

    COMM 335 - Freedom of Expression

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech, religion, press and association, and its role as a cornerstone of American democracy. Students study foundational U.S. Supreme Court cases that have defined and delimited these freedoms. They learn how to analyze legal and moral arguments and conduct basic legal research. They also develop an understanding of the political and philosophical conflicts surrounding the exercise of First Amendment freedoms.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101; CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 350 - Public Relations Strategy

    COMM 350 - Public Relations Strategy

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced-level course in PR examining organizational principles, applied theory and strategic planning practices- including social media integration-underscoring the effective management of public relations. Team-based applications of PR research planning, tactics and implementation for real-world clients. The course also emphasizes best practices in PR writing across platforms.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 250 and MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 367 - Persuasion Theory

    COMM 367 - Persuasion Theory

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of persuasive communication from a social scientific perspective. Theories examines the characteristics of source, message and audience. Topics covered include strategic planning and organization of persuasive messages, audience analysis, motives and values, effective use of language, the role of context and purpose, propaganda and the abuse of persuasion, campaign planning and brand messaging. Students present and analyze persuasive materials orally and in writing as a way of developing communication and critical abilities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101; CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 370 - Health Communication

    COMM 370 - Health Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Summative course examining the intertwining of communication with issues of health and medicine. Emphasis on the unique cultural, media, political-legal, interpersonal and organizational factors influencing communication in healthcare settings.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced introduction to the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender and sexuality, representations of the body and feminist theories of media.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    COMM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Eight credit hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 397 - Internship

    COMM 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 400 - Communication Theory and Research

    COMM 400 - Communication Theory and Research

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced study of the different traditions of communication theory and their epistemological, normative and ontological assumptions. The focus of this course is on student comprehension of the breadth of thinking within the field of communication and on the responsibility for positioning oneself as a scholar or professional within this field of thought.

    Prerequisite(s)

    20 credit hours in Communication and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Eight credit hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 497 - Internship

    COMM 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 499 - Independent Study

    COMM 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*Completion of COMM 100 or CARD 102 is assumed; it is a prerequisite for several core courses.

Writing Courses

Two of the following:

  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hours

    Digital media writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write in a variety of different genres including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 250 - Copy Editing

    MEDI 250 - Copy Editing

    4.00 credit hours

    Basic techniques and responsibilities of a publications editor. Topics include editing for both style and content, working with photos, writing photo captions and writing headlines. Course includes a review of libel law and attention to the ethical dilemmas facing journalists.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 255 - Social Media

    MEDI 255 - Social Media

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines social media as an evolving, complex system of channels used to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels and audiences. Among the things that we will consider are the uses of social media in advertising, social movements, and political campaigns.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Foreign Language

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Philosophy Course

  • PHIL 210 - Professional Ethics

    PHIL 210 - Professional Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    Professional ethics in selected career fields including law, business and biomedicine. Students may apply basic concepts to the career of their choice, relate their personal ethics to professional ethics and become better informed consumers of professional services. This course begins with an examination of the alternative bases for making moral judgments.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Applied Communication Minor

Applied communication focuses on communication practice in a variety of contexts. Students are led to understand, to use and to critique communication.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Communication and Media Studies.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

Public Speaking

One of the following:

  • CARD 102 - First-Year Seminar - Speaking

    CARD 102 - First-Year Seminar - Speaking

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to fundamental communication skills that help them to be successful in college, with particular emphasis on public speaking. Students develop their abilities to give effective informative and persuasive presentations, to conduct responsible research and to adapt messages to different contexts and audiences. Attention is also given to the college transition as well as students finding their place on campus and within local communities

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    COMM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course examining fundamental public speaking skills, including the preparation, presentation and evaluation of informative and persuasive speeches. Particular focus on audience awareness and the organization of an oral message for comprehension. Students may not receive credit for both CARD 102 and COMM 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

Audience/Context

One of the following:

  • COMM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    COMM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of the theory and practice of human communication within diverse relationships and contexts. The emphasis will be on dyadic (one-on-one) communication and the basic verbal and nonverbal strategies affecting perception and comprehension within the communication process. Key subtopics will include nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development and conflict management. Requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    4.00 credit hours

    Students are introduced to the theory and practice of small group communication and decision-making. The course features an extensive group project, where students develop their abilities to participate, observe, analyze, evaluate and intervene in small group communication.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    An intermediate course in which students develop the skills and strategies for use in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as interviewing, performance feedback, training and meeting management.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100; COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Structure and Delivery

One of the following:

  • COMM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    COMM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    4.00 credit hours

    An intermediate course that addresses both theory and practice in argumentation. Through preparation and participation in debates, students learn the basic principles of debate, emphasizing the development of research, critical thinking and oral presentation skills.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    COMM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    4.00 credit hours

    Building upon the fundamentals learned in COMM 100, students refine their skills in impromptu, manuscript and extemporaneous speaking in applied settings. The class includes communication theory as well as speech preparation and delivery techniques for speeches that include variations of informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches, as well as emphasis on oral interpretation of texts. This advanced skills course serves Communication majors as well as other students who are seeking to improve their presentation skills.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

Intercultural Communication

  • COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Elective

One of the following:

  • COMM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    COMM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    4.00 credit hours

    Students develop an understanding of rhetorical communication in the public sphere. The course explores historical and contemporary rhetorical theory, which students use to critique the rhetoric of current public issues. In addition to developing an understanding of the integral role rhetoric plays in civic life, students develop their abilities to analyze, critique and contribute to public discourse.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    COMM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    4.00 credit hours

    Students develop an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management through cultural, critical, feminist, postmodern and constitutive approaches. Students conduct basic field research and learn how to employ theoretical perspectives for analyzing communication practices in organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 214 and four additional credit hours in Communication.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 350 - Public Relations Strategy

    COMM 350 - Public Relations Strategy

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced-level course in PR examining organizational principles, applied theory and strategic planning practices- including social media integration-underscoring the effective management of public relations. Team-based applications of PR research planning, tactics and implementation for real-world clients. The course also emphasizes best practices in PR writing across platforms.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 250 and MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 367 - Persuasion Theory

    COMM 367 - Persuasion Theory

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of persuasive communication from a social scientific perspective. Theories examines the characteristics of source, message and audience. Topics covered include strategic planning and organization of persuasive messages, audience analysis, motives and values, effective use of language, the role of context and purpose, propaganda and the abuse of persuasion, campaign planning and brand messaging. Students present and analyze persuasive materials orally and in writing as a way of developing communication and critical abilities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101; CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 370 - Health Communication

    COMM 370 - Health Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Summative course examining the intertwining of communication with issues of health and medicine. Emphasis on the unique cultural, media, political-legal, interpersonal and organizational factors influencing communication in healthcare settings.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    COMM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Eight credit hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Eight credit hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

Organizational Communication Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Communication and Media Studies.

Minor Requirements

At least 20 credit hours to include:

  • COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    4.00 credit hours

    Students are introduced to the theory and practice of small group communication and decision-making. The course features an extensive group project, where students develop their abilities to participate, observe, analyze, evaluate and intervene in small group communication.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    COMM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    4.00 credit hours

    Students develop an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management through cultural, critical, feminist, postmodern and constitutive approaches. Students conduct basic field research and learn how to employ theoretical perspectives for analyzing communication practices in organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 214 and four additional credit hours in Communication.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    COMM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    This capstone course bridges theory and practice by emphasizing key organizational communication activities. With particular emphasis on contemporary research and current practices, students discuss topics such as superior-subordinate and peer interaction, stakeholders and decision-making, socialization, gender, globalization, emotion, conflict, identity, image, technology and change. Through individual and collaborative projects, students continue to develop their abilities to analyze, critique and practice organizational communication.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 330 and Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two of the following:

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life, Innovating Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    COMM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of the theory and practice of human communication within diverse relationships and contexts. The emphasis will be on dyadic (one-on-one) communication and the basic verbal and nonverbal strategies affecting perception and comprehension within the communication process. Key subtopics will include nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development and conflict management. Requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    COMM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course familiarizing students with core public relations concepts, historical underpinnings, foundational theory and careers in PR. An overview of the functions, practices and growing application of public relations in private industry and the public sector, the course examines the nature and role of public relations, activities of public relations professionals, the major influences impacting organizational behavior and the ethics of public relations.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    An intermediate course in which students develop the skills and strategies for use in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as interviewing, performance feedback, training and meeting management.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100; COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    COMM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    4.00 credit hours

    An intermediate course that addresses both theory and practice in argumentation. Through preparation and participation in debates, students learn the basic principles of debate, emphasizing the development of research, critical thinking and oral presentation skills.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    COMM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    4.00 credit hours

    Building upon the fundamentals learned in COMM 100, students refine their skills in impromptu, manuscript and extemporaneous speaking in applied settings. The class includes communication theory as well as speech preparation and delivery techniques for speeches that include variations of informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches, as well as emphasis on oral interpretation of texts. This advanced skills course serves Communication majors as well as other students who are seeking to improve their presentation skills.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    COMM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    4.00 credit hours

    Students develop an understanding of rhetorical communication in the public sphere. The course explores historical and contemporary rhetorical theory, which students use to critique the rhetoric of current public issues. In addition to developing an understanding of the integral role rhetoric plays in civic life, students develop their abilities to analyze, critique and contribute to public discourse.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 102 or COMM 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 335 - Freedom of Expression

    COMM 335 - Freedom of Expression

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech, religion, press and association, and its role as a cornerstone of American democracy. Students study foundational U.S. Supreme Court cases that have defined and delimited these freedoms. They learn how to analyze legal and moral arguments and conduct basic legal research. They also develop an understanding of the political and philosophical conflicts surrounding the exercise of First Amendment freedoms.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101; CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 350 - Public Relations Strategy

    COMM 350 - Public Relations Strategy

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced-level course in PR examining organizational principles, applied theory and strategic planning practices- including social media integration-underscoring the effective management of public relations. Team-based applications of PR research planning, tactics and implementation for real-world clients. The course also emphasizes best practices in PR writing across platforms.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 250 and MEDI 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 367 - Persuasion Theory

    COMM 367 - Persuasion Theory

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of persuasive communication from a social scientific perspective. Theories examines the characteristics of source, message and audience. Topics covered include strategic planning and organization of persuasive messages, audience analysis, motives and values, effective use of language, the role of context and purpose, propaganda and the abuse of persuasion, campaign planning and brand messaging. Students present and analyze persuasive materials orally and in writing as a way of developing communication and critical abilities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CARD 101; CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 370 - Health Communication

    COMM 370 - Health Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Summative course examining the intertwining of communication with issues of health and medicine. Emphasis on the unique cultural, media, political-legal, interpersonal and organizational factors influencing communication in healthcare settings.

    Prerequisite(s)

    COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing.

    iCon(s)
    Examining Health

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced introduction to the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender and sexuality, representations of the body and feminist theories of media.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    COMM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Eight credit hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 397 - Internship

    COMM 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 400 - Communication Theory and Research

    COMM 400 - Communication Theory and Research

    4.00 credit hours

    An advanced study of the different traditions of communication theory and their epistemological, normative and ontological assumptions. The focus of this course is on student comprehension of the breadth of thinking within the field of communication and on the responsibility for positioning oneself as a scholar or professional within this field of thought.

    Prerequisite(s)

    20 credit hours in Communication and Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of special topics within the area of communication studies.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Eight credit hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 497 - Internship

    COMM 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 499 - Independent Study

    COMM 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 100 - Introduction to Public Speaking

    4.00 credit hoursAn introductory course examining fundamental public speaking skills, including the preparation, presentation and evaluation of informative and persuasive speeches. Particular focus on audience awareness and the organization of an oral message for comprehension. Students may not receive credit for both CARD 102 and COMM 100. 
     

     

  • COMM 119 - Forensics Performance

    0.00-2.00 credit hoursFor debaters, oral interpreters and public speakers. Offered to all students who wish to participate in intercollegiate forensics. Instructor approval needed for 2.0 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. 
     

     

  • COMM 185 - Global Media in a Digital Age

    4.00 credit hoursA survey of the development, structure, economics and regulation of the major media with a special emphasis on digital communication and the rise of the internet. Though the primary focus of the course is on media in U.S., some time and attention is devoted to global media industries. The sociological and cultural impact of media on society and civic life will be a central theme throughout the course. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life, Innovating Our World.

     

  • COMM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    4.00 credit hoursAn introductory study of the theory and practice of human communication within diverse relationships and contexts. The emphasis will be on dyadic (one-on-one) communication and the basic verbal and nonverbal strategies affecting perception and comprehension within the communication process. Key subtopics will include nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development and conflict management. Requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science.
    iCon(s): Being Human.

     

  • COMM 214 - Group Interaction

    4.00 credit hoursStudents are introduced to the theory and practice of small group communication and decision-making. The course features an extensive group project, where students develop their abilities to participate, observe, analyze, evaluate and intervene in small group communication. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s): Being Human.

     

  • COMM 250 - Introduction to Public Relations

    4.00 credit hoursAn introductory course familiarizing students with core public relations concepts, historical underpinnings, foundational theory and careers in PR. An overview of the functions, practices and growing application of public relations in private industry and the public sector, the course examines the nature and role of public relations, activities of public relations professionals, the major influences impacting organizational behavior and the ethics of public relations. 
     

     

  • COMM 280 - Business and Professional Communication

    4.00 credit hoursAn intermediate course in which students develop the skills and strategies for use in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as interviewing, performance feedback, training and meeting management. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing. 

     

  • COMM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    4.00 credit hoursAn intermediate course that addresses both theory and practice in argumentation. Through preparation and participation in debates, students learn the basic principles of debate, emphasizing the development of research, critical thinking and oral presentation skills. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.

     

  • COMM 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

    4.00 credit hoursBuilding upon the fundamentals learned in COMM 100, students refine their skills in impromptu, manuscript and extemporaneous speaking in applied settings. The class includes communication theory as well as speech preparation and delivery techniques for speeches that include variations of informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches, as well as emphasis on oral interpretation of texts. This advanced skills course serves Communication majors as well as other students who are seeking to improve their presentation skills. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts.

     

  • COMM 295 - Research Practicum

    0.00-4.00 credit hoursStudents work in collaboration with faculty on ongoing research. Activities vary according to project needs and student background, but may include recruitment of participants, data collection, data coding and entry, bibliography construction, literature review or statistical analysis. This course is graded pass/no pass. May be taken more than once for up to four total credit hours. 
     

     

  • COMM 297 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • COMM 299 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • COMM 301 - Rhetoric and Public Discourse

    4.00 credit hoursStudents develop an understanding of rhetorical communication in the public sphere. The course explores historical and contemporary rhetorical theory, which students use to critique the rhetoric of current public issues. In addition to developing an understanding of the integral role rhetoric plays in civic life, students develop their abilities to analyze, critique and contribute to public discourse. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities.
    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

     

  • COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    4.00 credit hoursA study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership. 

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s): Thinking Globally.

     

  • COMM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    4.00 credit hoursStudents develop an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management through cultural, critical, feminist, postmodern and constitutive approaches. Students conduct basic field research and learn how to employ theoretical perspectives for analyzing communication practices in organizations. 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 214 and four additional credit hours in Communication. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.

     

  • COMM 335 - Freedom of Expression

    4.00 credit hoursExamines the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech, religion, press and association, and its role as a cornerstone of American democracy. Students study foundational U.S. Supreme Court cases that have defined and delimited these freedoms. They learn how to analyze legal and moral arguments and conduct basic legal research. They also develop an understanding of the political and philosophical conflicts surrounding the exercise of First Amendment freedoms. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 101CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing; or instructor consent. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

     

  • COMM 350 - Public Relations Strategy

    4.00 credit hoursAn advanced-level course in PR examining organizational principles, applied theory and strategic planning practices- including social media integration-underscoring the effective management of public relations. Team-based applications of PR research planning, tactics and implementation for real-world clients. The course also emphasizes best practices in PR writing across platforms. 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 250 and MEDI 225

     

  • COMM 367 - Persuasion Theory

    4.00 credit hoursAn introduction to the study of persuasive communication from a social scientific perspective. Theories examines the characteristics of source, message and audience. Topics covered include strategic planning and organization of persuasive messages, audience analysis, motives and values, effective use of language, the role of context and purpose, propaganda and the abuse of persuasion, campaign planning and brand messaging. Students present and analyze persuasive materials orally and in writing as a way of developing communication and critical abilities. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 101CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing. 

     

  • COMM 370 - Health Communication

    4.00 credit hoursSummative course examining the intertwining of communication with issues of health and medicine. Emphasis on the unique cultural, media, political-legal, interpersonal and organizational factors influencing communication in healthcare settings. 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 200 or COMM 214; Junior standing. 
    iCon(s): Examining Health

     

  • COMM 389 - Gender, Sexuality and Mass Media

    4.00 credit hours(Same as: GSST 389.) An advanced introduction to the complex relations between gender and the mass media. Special emphasis is placed on the social construction of gender and sexuality, representations of the body and feminist theories of media. 

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s): Being Human, Challenging Inequity.

     

  • COMM 390 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hoursExamination of special topics within the area of communication studies. 

    Prerequisite(s): Eight credit hours in Communication. 

     

  • COMM 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • COMM 399 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • COMM 400 - Communication Theory and Research

    4.00 credit hoursAn advanced study of the different traditions of communication theory and their epistemological, normative and ontological assumptions. The focus of this course is on student comprehension of the breadth of thinking within the field of communication and on the responsibility for positioning oneself as a scholar or professional within this field of thought. 

    Prerequisite(s): 20 credit hours in Communication and Junior standing. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Writing Intensive.

     

  • COMM 412 - Media Criticism

    4.00 credit hoursAn advanced survey of theoretically-informed approaches to media criticism, with an emphasis on news media, television and film. Students learn to use the conceptual tools media scholars employ to analyze the content, form and effects of media messages. Ethical and political questions raised by media texts are also examined. 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 185 and Junior standing. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): U.S. Power Structures, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

     

  • COMM 415 - Media Institutions

    4.00 credit hoursA study of the business practices, institutional forms and production and distribution processes of major media industries in the U.S. and around the world. Surveys the impact of technology, media policy and regulation, globalization and broader political economic forces on both the individual media enterprise and national and transnational media systems. Examines the unique work routines and labor relations that tend to prevail within media industries. Special emphasis is placed on the advantages and disadvantages of commercial, for-profit media and their various alternatives (state-run public service media, citizen journalism etc.). 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 185 and Junior standing. 
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Global Understanding, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s): Thinking Globally.

     

  • COMM 430 - Advanced Organizational Communication

    4.00 credit hoursThis capstone course bridges theory and practice by emphasizing key organizational communication activities. With particular emphasis on contemporary research and current practices, students discuss topics such as superior-subordinate and peer interaction, stakeholders and decision-making, socialization, gender, globalization, emotion, conflict, identity, image, technology and change. Through individual and collaborative projects, students continue to develop their abilities to analyze, critique and practice organizational communication. 

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 330 and Junior standing. 

     

  • COMM 490 - Seminar in Communication

    4.00 credit hoursExamination of special topics within the area of communication studies. 

    Prerequisite(s): Eight credit hours in Communication. 

     

  • COMM 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • COMM 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

     

  • MEDI 101 - Introduction to Broadcasting

    4.00 credit hoursAn introduction to the legal, economic, logistical and technological considerations shaping the day-to-day operations of broadcast media. Special attention is given to the management and programming of TV and radio stations and networks. Among the topics covered include: news and public affairs, sports broadcasting, audience analysis, advertising, programming research and other areas related to both commercial and non-commercial programming practices. Recommended for students interested in careers in radio and/or television. 

    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life, Innovating the World.

     

  • MEDI 113 - Video Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hoursHands-on video field production workshop designed to allow students to develop their video production and storytelling skills. Emphasis is placed on news and public affairs content. Instructor approval required for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. 
     

     

  • MEDI 117 - Radio Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hoursOffered to all students who wish to work at the campus radio station, WONC-FM. The following positions are available: music show host, newscaster, news reporter, news magazine host, sportscaster, sports reporter, sports play-by-play announcer, traffic reporter, news writer, copywriter, music research specialist, promotions assistant, production assistant, board operator. Instructor approval needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. 

     

  • MEDI 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hoursHands-on experience on the staff of the college news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students work as writers or editors, web and social media content creators, photographers, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires a minimum of four hours of work on the publication per week. Instructor approval needed for 2 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit. 
     

     

  • MEDI 200 - Digital Media Writing

    4.00 credit hoursDigital media writing introduces students to writing on different types of platforms including the web, applications and social media. Students learn to write in a variety of different genres including blog writing, online news and public relations. The course also hones writing and research skills for digital writing. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100
    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Humanities, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s): Innovating the World.

     

  • MEDI 222 - Video Storytelling I

    4.00 credit hoursAn introduction to the elements of video production and the principles of editing with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Basic camera and microphone operation is introduced and use of video editing software to create video projects is explored. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 101 or MEDI 225

     

  • MEDI 225 - Newsgathering I

    4.00 credit hoursIntroduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques. Topics covered include conducting interviews, story selection and research. New technologies and the evolving state of journalism are also discussed. 
     

     

  • MEDI 240 - Media Law and Ethics

    4.00 credit hoursA practical introduction to the legal restraints placed upon media communicators and the ethical concerns raised by various forms of media communication. Includes discussions and material related to the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity and political broadcasting. The course is also intended to engage students in a conversation about the ethical issues facing the media today. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s): Engaging Civic Life.

     

  • MEDI 250 - Copy Editing

    4.00 credit hoursBasic techniques and responsibilities of a publications editor. Topics include editing for both style and content, working with photos, writing photo captions and writing headlines. Course includes a review of libel law and attention to the ethical dilemmas facing journalists. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 225

     

  • MEDI 255 - Social Media

    4.00 credit hoursExamines social media as an evolving, complex system of channels used to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels and audiences. Among the things that we will consider are the uses of social media in advertising, social movements, and political campaigns. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Social Science.

     

  • MEDI 262 - Introduction to Digital Audio

    4.00 credit hoursThe preparation, production and direction of various digital audio program materials (such as commercial spots, news packages, music specials, station promos, podcasts, and dramas). Students learn how to use professional digital audio editing software. Sometimes uses WONC-FM production studios as a laboratory. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 117

     

  • MEDI 265 - Photo Journalism

    4.00 credit hoursAn introductory course in photo journalism with an emphasis on multimedia. The course is taught as a hands-on workshop. Instruction progresses from basic camera operation to more comprehensive visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video or other multimedia components. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 225

     

  • MEDI 270 - Screenwriting

    4.00 credit hoursThe research, writing and pre-production of television and motion picture screenplays with an emphasis on script structure and format, plot analysis and character development. The behind-the-scenes relationships with producers, directors, screenwriters and agents are studied. Also discussed: Writers Guild of America formatics, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts. 
     

     

  • MEDI 297 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • MEDI 299 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • MEDI 315 - History of Journalism

    4.00 credit hoursSurvey of the development of journalism in America. Course covers the major eras and figures in U.S. journalism history. 

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. 

     

  • MEDI 322 - Video Storytelling II

    4.00 credit hoursA continuation of the skills learned in MED 222 Video Storytelling I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Topics include: advanced camera operation, lighting, composition, editing transitions, mixing and synchronizing audio, graphics, logging video and working with B-roll. Professional editing packages are used to produce long-form projects in formats suitable for delivery over DVD, Web, broadcast television and cable. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 113 and MEDI 222

     

  • MEDI 325 - Newsgathering II

    4.00 credit hoursExplores advanced writing and reporting techniques and the production of multi-source, in-depth articles. Also introduces students to literary and investigative journalism. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 225

     

  • MEDI 345 - Digital Journalism

    4.00 credit hoursAnalysis of the technological convergence that has occurred in the modern news environment, and the creation of content that is effective across a range of media platforms. Emphasis on analyzing and selecting the proper medium to suit the message. 

    Prerequisite(s): One of the following: MEDI 222MEDI 225 or MEDI 262

     

  • MEDI 366 - Broadcast News

    4.00 credit hoursAn intensive study of the writing, editing and production of news for radio and television. Students learn to write for broadcast, how to conduct interviews for radio and television and how to integrate audio and video elements into news stories. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 225; One of the following: MEDI 101MEDI 222 or MEDI 262

     

  • MEDI 370 - Screenwriting

    4.00 credit hoursThe research, writing and pre-production of television and motion picture screenplays with an emphasis on script structure and format, plot analysis and character development. Behind-the-scenes relationships with producers, directors, screenwriters and agents are studied. Also discussed: Writers Guild of America formatting guidelines, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts. 

    Prerequisite(s): CARD 102 or COMM 100; Junior standing. 

     

  • MEDI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    4.00 credit hours(Same as: MUSI 385.) Concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition, and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MIDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills are allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques. 

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s): Arts.
    iCon(s): Innovating the World.

     

     

  • MEDI 390 - Special Topics in Journalism and Media Communication

    4.00 credit hoursExploration of a topic of current interest. Topics vary depending on student and faculty interest. May be taken more than once with different content. Potential topics include sports media, data visualization, public affairs journalism, etc. 

    Prerequisite(s): 8 credit hours in communication or media studies. 

     

  • MEDI 397 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • MEDI 399 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • MEDI 405 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    4.00 credit hoursThe preparation and direction of digital audio programs (such as podcasts, commercial spots, station promos, sales presentations, documentaries, etc.) on an advanced level. Students learn the techniques of sophisticated radio and audio production, including field recording, multi-track recording, mixing, editing, mastering, and sound design for other media. Uses WONC-FM production studios as the laboratory. 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 262

     

  • MEDI 415 - TV Studio Production

    4.00 credit hoursAn introduction to television studio production. Students learn about different genres of studio production and have an opportunity to create a variety of programs (a talk show, a newscast and a small individual project). Course meets at the studios of Naperville Community Television (NCTV-17). 

    Prerequisite(s): MEDI 101 or MEDI 222MEDI 113

     

  • MEDI 485 - Multimedia Production Capstone

    4.00 credit hoursStudents create an in-depth capstone project that brings together a variety of media production skills, knowledge and research methods. The topic is determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Additionally, students create a web portfolio. 

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. 

     

  • MEDI 490 - Seminar in Journalism and Media Communication

    4.00 credit hoursExploration of a topic of current interest. Topics vary depending on student and faculty interest. May be taken more than once with different content. Potential topics include sports media, data visualization, public affairs journalism, etc. 

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. 

     

  • MEDI 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

     

  • MEDI 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

     

Steve Macek

Professor of Communication; Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies
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Mara K. Berkland

Professor of Communication
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Michael Blight

Assistant Professor of Communication
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Amy Grim Buxbaum

Associate Professor of Communication; Ruge Fellow
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Supna Jain

Senior Lecturer in Communication
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Emilie Lucchesi

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication
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John Stanley

Associate Professor of Communication; Director of Forensics; Director of Individual Events
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Faculty Emeritus

Richard Paine

Professor of Speech Communication/Theatre

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  • WONC - Volunteer at WONC-FM 89.1, considered to be one of the top college radio stations in the country. No other station has won as many Marconi awards for excellence in college radio. 
  • Forensics - Participate in North Central’s nationally known, highly ranked intercollegiate speech team. Travel across the country competing in team and individual events in such areas as oral interpretation, public speaking and debate. Scholarships available.
  • Cardinal Video/NCTV17 - Help write, shoot and edit North Central’s new student-produced show “NCC Today” for local cable station, NCTV17.  A great way to learn TV production techniques. 
  • Mock Trial - Argue a criminal or civil case and compete against major college and university teams in the American Mock Trial Association. Work with local lawyers, judges and crime scene investigators.
  • Internships - Intern at Chicagoland radio or TV stations, with local businesses, with nonprofits and churches, or with government agencies.
  • Field trips - Join classmates on visits to an editorial board meeting at the Chicago Tribune, to a screening at the Chicago International Film Festival or to a taping of the “Oprah Winfrey” show.
  • Study abroad - Enroll in our own Costa Rica, London and Japan/China programs, or participate in any number of international exchanges programs from other institutions. 
  • Independent research - Design your own research project and apply to obtain a Richter Independent Study Fellowship for travel funding and project development. Present your research at the Rall Symposium.

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