Courses of Instruction
COMMUNICATION (COM-Arts and Science)
Note: Courses are offered in three areas: speech communication, strategic communication,
and mass communication.
Note: COM 143 is a prerequisite for all mass communication courses; COM 146
is a prerequisite for all production and writing courses.
132 Forensics (1-2; maximum 6)
Practical experience in intercollegiate forensics;
requires travel to intercollegiate forensics tournaments; may not be counted for
credit toward major in communication. Course may be repeated for up to six hours.
Permission of instructor is required.
MPF 134 Intro to Speech Communication (3)
Introduction to major theories and
issues of communication, with emphasis on how communication functions in a variety
of contexts. Credit not granted to students who have earned credit in COM 136.
MPF, MPT 135 Public Expression and Critical Inquiry (3)
of analyzing, organizing, adapting, and delivering ideas effectively in public
contexts. Special emphasis placed upon informative and persuasive discourse. IIB.
MPF, MPT 136 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3)
major theories and empirical research regarding the role of interpersonal communication
and related personal, contextual, and cultural variables in the development of
various types of dyadic relationships. IIC. CAS-C. (Non-majors only. Does not
count toward any communication degree.) Credit not granted to students who have
earned credit in COM 134.
MPF, MPT 143 Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
Introduction to major mass
communication theories as a context to examining some major issues surrounding
mass media in American society. IIC. CAS-C.
146 Media Aesthetics (3)
This course is an introduction to media aesthetics.
Students will develop an awareness of the artistic choices necessary for good
media production and will be introduced to design elements and techniques available
for use. Prerequisite: majors or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with FST 146.
167 Practicum in Electronic Media Production (1)
Practicum experience to expose
students considering a major in mass communication to the production process.
Student participates in a minimum number of productions of media materials and
must attend the pre- and postproduction discussion sessions. Prerequisite: written
permission of the instructor. Offered only credit/no-credit. Students who must
enroll for credit should petition the assistant chair for mass communication.
Independent Study (1-5 per semester; no more than 10 per year)
Must be approved
by instructor, area approvals committee, and department chair.
MPT 205 American Film as Communication (3)
Introduction to the study of communication
via American motion pictures. Focuses on analysis of technical and narrative elements
found in motion pictures. Screening of films provides backdrop for discussing
visual impact of motion pictures as significant form of mass communication. Cross-listed
with FST 205.
MPF 206 Diversity and Culture in American Film (3)
Analysis of the representation
of diversity and culture as portrayed in American motion pictures. Cross-listed
with FST 206 and IDS 206. IIIA.
MPT 211 Introduction to Electronic Media Production (4)
Introduction to electronic
media production. Students become acquainted with fundamentals and techniques
of sound production and elements involved in the design and production of video
messages. Prerequisite: COM 146, major status, or permission of instructor.
MPT 215 Electronic Media History (3)
Survey of electronic media history. Beginning
with early experiments in electromagnetism, students examine development and impact
of electronic media in the United States and international settings. Prerequisite:
major status or permission of instructor.
231 Small Group Communication (3)
Theoretical issues that affect communication
between members of work teams, discussion groups, and decision-making bodies.
Students study these theories and related research studies and work as members
of student teams to analyze critically both the theoretical and practical implications
of the theories and research studies.
234 Fundamentals of Interviewing (3)
Theory and techniques pertinent to the
interview examined with emphasis on skills associated with such contexts as information-gathering,
employment, appraisal, and persuasive interviews. Offered infrequently.
MPT 239 Theories of Communication (3)
Introduction to communication and rhetorical
theories. Students completing this course should be able to demonstrate competence
in understanding the various theories discussed and see how they fit in the field
247 Rhetoric of Disability Rights (3)
Students identify the Disability Rights
Movement, investigate movement rhetoric and theory, practice criticism of popular
texts that influence ableism, and engage controversial issues debated by disability
257 Scriptwriting for Electronic Media (3)
Basic course in writing for radio
and television, and new media, with emphasis on scriptwriting for feature film
and narrative for television; treatment of documentary subjects; introduction
to narrative forms in new media. Prerequisite: COM 146, or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with ENG 257.
258 Copywriting for Electronic Media (3)
Basic course in writing for radio and
television, and new media with emphasis on commercial, noncommercial, and promotional
copywriting. Prerequisite: COM 146, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed
with ENG 258.
259 Introduction to Strategic Communication and Public Relations (3)
to the use of communication to influence societal issues and the field of public
relations. Focuses on the history and development of the discipline and analyzes
the influence of strategic communication on society. Covers theory and research
foundations as well as broad contexts of application such as social activists,
corporate stakeholders, media, community, and political groups.
262 Introduction to Quantitative Communication Research (3)
application of concepts and contexts of contemporary communication research and
methods of research that facilitate investigation of human communication processes.
Emphasizes experience in data collection and using the computer as a research
tool. Prerequisite: DSC 205 or STA 261 or STA 301.
267 Practicum in Electronic Media Production II (1-3)
Practicum experience designed
to expose students majoring in mass communication to the production process. Student
participates in a minimum number of productions and must attend pre- and post-production
sessions. Offered credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite: COM 211, major status,
or written permission of instructor.
MPF 281 Mediated Sexualities: Lesbians, Gays,
Bisexuals, and Transgendered Persons and the Electronic Media (3)
the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons by the mass
media and the voices of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons
as producers of media messages and as activists who influence media messages.
The Kinsey Report, the Stonewall Riots, and the AIDS epidemic serve as major culture
milestones for tracing the evolving portrayals of diverse sexualities. IIB, IIIA.
Cross-listed with FST 281.
282 Sexualities and Film (3)
An exploration of film representations of diverse
sexualities (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) from the silent
era to the present. Cross-listed with FST 282.
301 Journalism Law and Ethics (3)
Focuses on statutory and common law limitations
on freedom of the press in America, and the legislative and judicial rationales
for them. Considers ethical theories and their application to situations that
journalists commonly encounter. Cross-listed with JRN 301.
311 Television Production and Direction: Field Production (3)
production and direction of television formats with emphasis on applied media
aesthetics. Field production theories and exercises. Prerequisite: COM 211, major
status, or permission of instructor.
312 Television Production and Direction: Studio Production (3)
the production and direction of television formats with emphasis on applied media
aesthetics. Studio production theories and exercises. Prerequisite: COM 211, major
status, or permission of instructor.
313 Advanced Electronic Journalism: Audio (3)
Applies audio production theories
and techniques to gathering, editing, and presenting long-form and short-form
news stories. Prerequisite: COM 211 and JRN 202, major status, or permission of
instructor. Cross-listed with JRN 313.
314 Advanced Electronic Journalism: Video (3)
Emphasizes application of video
to all phases of the journalistic process, including news gathering, writing,
and presentation. Prerequisite: COM 211 and JRN 202, major status, or permission
of instructor. Cross-listed with JRN 314.
MPT 332 Argumentation and Debate (3)
Study of the theory and practice of constructing,
analyzing, and evaluating arguments. Consideration given to various debate formats
as models of argumentation.
MPT 335 Public Discourse in Western Thought (3)
Examines traditional public
discourse from political, social, and legal spheres as well as social movements
and minority rhetoric. Focuses on the interplay of ideas contributing to social
stability and change.
MPT 336 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3)
In-depth examination of interpersonal
communication theories and research. Particular emphasis placed on the role of
communication through the life cycle of relationships, from their initiation and
maintenance to their deterioration or escalation. Prerequisite: COM 134 or COM 136 or permission of instructor. CAS-C.
339 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3)
Focuses on how communication
affects organizational systems and performance. Introduces theories and issues
central to the study of organizational communication. Emphasis given to the interrelationship
of task performance, human interaction, and the improvement of communication within
340 Internship (1-16) Applied experience in communication for qualified students
meeting departmental and area requirements. See departmental area of major program
for specific application information.
341 Methods of Rhetorical Criticism (3)
Examination of various methods related
to the description, analysis, and interpretation of communicative acts. Rhetorical
approaches treated include neo-Aristotelian, dramatistic, fantasy theme, generic,
and narrative methods. Prerequisite: COM 239 or permission of instructor.
343 Practicum in Advanced Sound Production (2)
Experience in production of various
radio program formats including dramatic documentary, cultural affairs, and public
affairs programming. Prerequisite: COM 211, major status, or permission of instructor.
353 Mass Media Audience Analysis (3)
Introduction to audience analysis including
review of services provided by media research organizations and procedures of
applied survey research for the media. Prerequisite major status or permission
MPT 354 Media and Society (3) Survey of the place of electronic media in society.
Topics covered include media and culture; media economics, industries, and institutions;
politics of media content; media and social representation. Prerequisite: major
status or permission of instructor.
355 Media Technology (3)
Focuses on the relationships among technology, society,
and communications (mass media and information systems), exploring key historical,
cultural, and political/economic issues raised by new communication technologies.
Prerequisite: major status or permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.
359 Strategic Communication Planning (3)
Introduction to the study of public
relations and its influence on society. Analysis of the communication functions,
theories, and processes of public relations and the publics involved in societal,
political, business, and nonprofit contexts. Prerequisite: COM 259.
367 Practicum in Electronic Media Production III (1-3)
designed to expose students majoring in mass communication to the production process.
The student participates in a minimum number of productions and must attend the
pre- and post-production sessions. Offered credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite:
COM 311 or 312, major status, or written permission of instructor.
377 Independent Study (1-5 per semester; no more than 10 per year)
Must be approved
by instructor, Area Approvals Committee, and department chair. Prerequisite: major
MPT 389 Great Issues in American History: Rhetoric and Reality (3)
historical evolution of enduring issues in the development of the U.S., primarily
by examining the way these issues have been argued at various times in our national
history. Issues treated include the nature of American government, rights of blacks,
rights of women, and warmaking rights. Cross-listed with HST 389H.
MPC 411 Interactive Media Studies Practicum (4)
Examines the tools and methodologies
involved in creating and managing the production of new media. Students will study
different development models in a real-world setting and work with a client in
business or industry to consultatively produce an interactive solution. This course
particularly focuses on two aspects of the client project: (1) the management
of new media development, and (2) the processes that best develop the synergy
of an interdisciplinary team working toward a shared goal and the tools of development.
It will also emphasize project planning and management. While it may be the case
that programmers need to know coding and graphic designers need to know vector
graphics, the successful manager will know something about all of these tools,
about how they work together, and about how to specialize in one of them. Cross-listed
with IMS 440.
MPC 414 Senior Project in Communication (4; maximum 8)
In-depth personal investigation
of a specific aspect of communication. This may be performing original research,
comprehensive review of extant literature, internship, and/or operating as a teaching
or research assistant in communication. Students work closely with a faculty adviser/mentor
and meet with other students to discuss progress, problems, issues, and integrate
ideas. Students develop a written report of the results of their investigation
and give an oral presentation in a public forum. Prerequisite: senior standing,
appropriate course work in communication (at least nine hours, to include a Thematic
Sequence in the area) and/or other relevant areas of study, and permission of
the faculty adviser/mentor.
MPC 415 Practicum in Television Journalism (4)
Practicum experience in which
students write, report, and produce a regularly scheduled television newscast
aired on Oxford's cable television system. Participate in and evaluate all
aspects of television news gathering and reporting process. Prerequisite: COM 211, JRN 202, and either COM 314 or applied journalism experience. Cross-listed
with JRN 415.
417 Methods of Teaching Speech Communication (3)
Methods of managing competitive
debate and individual events programs. Covers theories and techniques of coaching
debate and individual events, tournament administration, and professional responsibilities
of the forensic educator.
421 Advanced Creative Writing: Screenwriting Workshop (3)
in feature film screenwriting. Analysis of examples of contemporary screenplays,
with emphasis on the craft of writing screenplays. Class discussion and sharing
of student-written screenplays. Cross-listed with ENG 422. Prerequisite(s): Two
of the following: COM 257, ENG 320, ENG 420.
426 Inside Washington (8)
Intensive study of the contemporary Washington community
- government institutions, public officials, journalists, consultants, staff,
and interest groups - through reading, lecture, on-site observations, expert presentations,
discussion, research, writing, and internships. Program conducted in Washington,
DC. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Cross-listed with JRN 426 and POL 426.
MPT 428 Communication in Conflict Management (3)
Examination of the role of
communication in the management of conflict in various contexts. Stresses relevant
theories and research as a basis for analyzing and understanding diverse types
431 Persuasion Theory and Research (3)
Examines the formation, change, and functions
of attitudes and the link between attitudes and behavior. Emphasis placed on understanding
relevant theory and research.
MPT 434 Nonverbal Communication (3)
Examination of theories and research regarding
the nature and functions of nonverbal communication. Emphasizes the roles of context,
individual and cultural differences, and accompanying verbal messages in interpreting
436 Intercultural Communication (3)
Examines similarities and differences among
cultures and subcultures with regard to norms, values, and practices in verbal
and nonverbal communication. Barriers, such as prejudice and ethnocentrism, to
effective intercultural communication addressed.
MPC 437 Advocacy in Contemporary America (3)
Analyzes post-World War II public
persuasion, including messages from a broad variety of media contexts.
MPT 438 Political Communication (3)
Study of communication methods used in political
campaigns. Special consideration of such aspects of political communication as
analyzing audiences, structuring messages, developing stock speeches, political
debating, selecting media, and interpersonal communication in political campaigns.
MPC 439 Advanced Organizational Communication (3)
Interpersonal, small group,
and public communication are discussed within organizational context. The effects
of personal and organizational values and behavior on communication and organizational
activity are linked to the broader community. Course includes class discussion,
team work, student presentations, and writing projects. Prerequisite: COM 339
or permission of instructor.
MPC 440 Practicum: Mass Media Advertising and Public Relations (4)
are divided into three competing, interdisciplinary teams and work for a semester
on an actual client's current promotional problem. Team campaign solutions
include primary research and market analysis, campaign strategy development, budget,
and media plans, fully produced electronic media and graphic design for print
advertising and other sales support materials. Program incorporates contemporary
technology and industry standard materials and research. Each campaign is formally
presented to the client at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: major status
in communication, COM 258; either COM 211 or COM 359; and permission of instructor.
441/541 Rhetoric of Religion (3)
Examines the persuasive symbolic functions
surrounding religion. American religious practices are the primary focus of study
though ramifications in the international sphere are included. The unique interactions
of religion within America's public sphere are the primary area of focus
and include religions such as Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Native American
443 Seminar in Mass Media Management (3)
Intensive study of the management process
as applied to mass media industries. Prerequisite major status or permission of
MPC 445 Seminar in Mass Communication Law (3)
Study of development and implementation
of federal and state law and regulations and their effect on American mass media.
Emphasis on regulatory process, judicial review, and political process as they
affect the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies. Prerequisite:
major status or permission of instructor.
446 Global Media (3)
Survey of international communication systems, with emphasis
on comparative analysis based on current typologies, and economic, social, political,
and regulatory variables. Prerequisite: major status or permission of instructor.
MPT 447 Mass Media Criticism (3)
Examination of the performance of mass media,
especially television, in current social settings. Topics include news and entertainment
programming and relationship between media industry and its products. Prerequisite:
major status or permission of instructor.
450 Topics in Communication (3; maximum 9 if content changes)
Study or research
of issues and problems associated with communication under the guidance of a faculty
member of the department. Prerequisite: major status or permission of instructor.
MPC 459 Advanced Public Relations (3)
This seminar course emphasizes public
relations case study analysis. Students critically analyze issues drawn from social,
political, business, and nonprofit cases. Student teams apply principles learned
in this course and prior courses to work with clients using research and strategic
analysis to create solutions to public relations challenges. Course format involves
discussion, team work, and extensive written work. Prerequisite: COM 359 and 431
or 437, or permission of instructor.
MPT 461 Gender and Media (3)
Examines how media help to shape notions of gender
in society, how gender ideologies influence mass media perspectives and practices,
and how mediated representations may reinforce or challenge social hierarchies
based in differences of gender, race, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation.
Cross-listed with WMS 461.
467 Practicum in Electronic Media Production IV (4)
Practicum experience in
which students research topics for productions, prepare and present treatments
and scripts and produce and direct original media work, including drama and documentary.
Prerequisite(s): COM 211 and 311 or permission of instructor.
469 Public Relations Practicum (1-2; maximum 8)
Practical experience in public
relations work. Cannot count for credit toward major in communication. Prerequisite:
PRSSA membership and permission of instructor.
477 Independent Study (1-5 per semester; no more than 10 per year)
Must be approved
by instructor, area approvals committee, and department chair. Prerequisite: major
MPC 494 Disability in Global and Local Contexts (3)
Examines contemporary disability
issues and policies and the lived experiences of persons with disabilities in
international and local contexts, with emphasis on understanding disability within
particular communities- both locally and in other countries- and on learning multiple
research methods. Cross-listed with ENG/SPA/DST/ SOC 494 and EDP 489. Prerequisite(s):
Permission of instructor.
615 Historical and Critical Methods of Research in Public Address (3)
of critical methodologies for evaluating rhetorical artifacts. Methods for evaluating
textural accuracy, effectiveness, social significance, reasoning, and style. Practice
in rhetorical criticism.
616 Empirical Methods of Research in Communication (3)
Examination of contemporary
research designs in communication with emphasis on the social scientific process
of hypothesis derivation and testing.
619 Organizational Communication Theory and Research (3)
Survey of theoretical
and empirical literature dealing with human communication behavior in complex
organizations. Emphasis placed on development of a conceptual framework for analyzing
message systems. Prerequisite: COM 439 or permission of instructor.
632 Seminar in Advocacy in Contemporary America (3)
Analyzes post-World War
II public persuasion, including messages from a broad variety of media contexts.
633 Persuasion Theory and Research (3)
Analysis of persuasion process through
examination of relevant theory and empirical research. Devotes attention to experimental
speech communication research in persuasion and culminates in a critical appraisal
of current research trends.
634 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Research (3)
Focuses on concepts,
theories, and research regarding the communication behavior of people (primarily
in dyads) in various relational contexts.
635 Seminar in Communication Theory (3)
Theories developed in speech communication,
theories from other disciplines that have influenced the development of theory
in speech communication, and samples of research generated by these theories are
read and discussed. Selected theories generated within the traditional, human
action systems, and critical perspectives are examined.
636 Rhetorical Seminar (3; maximum 6)
Provides advanced, in-depth study of topics
within rhetorical theory and criticism. Topics vary. Prior course work in rhetoric
637 Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric (3)
Survey of forces and ideas shaping
rhetorical theory after 1965. May include scholarship of Burke, Foucault, Habermas,
638 Small Group Communication Theory and Research (3)
Focuses on theory, research,
and methods involved in the study of group communication. (Speech communication)
639 Organizational Communication: Diagnosis and Intervention (3)
theoretical and applied approaches to communication consulting in complex organizations.
Emphasis placed on developing intervention strategies for making organizational
communication systems more effective. Prerequisite: COM 619.
643 Mass Communication Theory (3)
Introduction to scholars and works shaping
contemporary mass communication theory.
650 Topics in Communication (1-3; maximum 6)
Intensive study of a selected topic
in communication. Emphasis on in-depth research, analysis, and application. Prerequisite:
permission of instructor.
653 Seminar: Issues in Media Management and Economics (3)
magazines, film, radio, television, cable, and emerging electronic media as business
organizations. Basic principles of economics, leadership, and management reviewed
and applied to various media industries and structures. Issues such as media gigantism,
corporate downsizing, mergers and acquisitions, labor organization, job satisfaction,
and the economic impact of regulation explored, with particular attention to the
social impact of media business dynamics.
655 Seminar in Free Speech and Press (3)
Examination of theoretical and applied
issues implicit in the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press.
Consideration of the legal and ethical aspects of areas including defamation,
invasion of privacy, media coverage of the judicial system, national security
and the press, and obscenity.
656 Seminar in Global Media (3)
In-depth study of international mass media systems,
the international law and regulation that affects them, and major issues that
shape the international flow of information.
657 Seminar in Mass Media Criticism (3)
Introduction to critical communication
perspectives and approaches for application in the analysis of mass media texts.
658 Colloquium in Mass Communication (1; maximum 4)
Discussion of current research
in mass communication being conducted by faculty, graduate students, and guest
659 Public Relations: Theory and Research (3)
Survey of theoretical and research-based
literature dealing with public relations and central issues in the field. Emphasis
placed on exploring how organizations use communication to negotiate their relationship
with key publics and their role in society.
660 Independent Project (1-4; maximum 8)
May be repeated.
681 Seminar: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Persons & The Media (3)
Examines both the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons
by the mass media and the voices of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered
persons as producers of media messages and as activists who influence media messages.
682 Feminist Media Theory and Practice (3)
Offers an overview of feminist theories
of the media and feminist media practices over the past three decades, but focuses
on recent developments including transnational feminist approaches to media and
feminist approaches to new information technologies.
696 Teaching Practicum: Topics (1 to 2)
Provides training and practical experience
in a variety of communication education areas. Specific topics vary by section
and can include a range of topics such as forensics coaching, public relations
practicums, and other educational topics. Credit does not count toward speech
communication graduate degree.
697 Teaching Essentials of Speech Communication (2; maximum 8)
Deals with practical
problems and challenges of teaching basic speech communication courses. Required
of all graduate teaching assistants teaching the basic course. Credit does not
count toward a graduate degree.
698 Introduction to Communication (2)
Theoretical foundations and practical
applications for instruction at college level. Prerequisite for teaching COM 135
with graduate assistantship. Credit does not count toward a graduate degree. Summer
700 Research for Masters Thesis (1 to 12)
Students pursuing the thesis option
may register for these hours while working on a thesis; however, these hours are
taken typically during the second year of the program.
700M Mass Communication
700S Speech Communication
711 Research (1-12; minimum 6, maximum 12) May be repeated.
711M Mass Communication
711S Speech Communication
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