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  • CC100 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication (4 Credits)
    Introduces basic concepts, theories, and principles of oral communication applied to speaking situations. Develops competence in oral communication through performance and critical analysis of student skills in a variety of speaking formats. Audience analysis, content discovery, communication strategies, arrangement of ideas, use of evidence and reasoning to support claims, language and style, voice and other delivery skills and ethical considerations are covered.
  • CC150 - Radio Programming & Operations (4 Credits)
    An in-depth exploration into the art and science of programming terrestrial, internet, and satellite radio entities, in both the commercial and public sectors. This course focuses on the evolution of broadcasting an audio product for entertainment and informational purposes. It examines the effects of cultural, governmental, technological, and market forces on the radio industry as a whole as well as on individual radio stations throughout North America.
    Instructor: Jack Casey
  • CC201 - Evolution of Expression (4 Credits)
    Covers the development of human communication from orality to literacy to "electracy," or electronic orality, as a foundation for the exploration of issues and problems in contemporary culture concerning effective participation in society. Students learn how such development continues to revolutionize human consciousness, communication, and culture. They consider central concepts of voice and expression in forms ranging from embodied speech to dialogue to new media and technologies.
  • CC203 - Intercultural Communication (4 Credits)
    Analyzes readings in intercultural communication focusing on verbal and nonverbal customs of various cultures as information from both cultural and language perspectives. Each semester focuses on specific topics or cultures. Background in other cultures is helpful but not essential.
  • CC220 - Public Discourse in U.S. (4 Credits)
    Examines how Americans in the United States talk about important public issues including race, class, work, and foreigners. Applies theories of discourse to case studies of political communication.
  • CC221 - Global Political Communication (4 Credits)
    Provides students with a critical understanding of the role of communication in national politics in non-Western contexts as well as the increasingly important role of mediated communication in contemporary international relations and public diplomacy.
    Instructor: Emily Cury
  • CC260 - Communication in Groups and Teams (4 Credits)
    Integrates the theory and practice related to discussion and deliberation in small groups and teams. Emphasizes the norms, rules, roles, climate, and leadership patterns in both personal and professional lives. Discussions center upon the communication implications of being a member of a group/team and participating in group/team decision-making. Applications of gender and culture are woven throughout classroom discussions.
  • CC263 - Argument and Advocacy (4 Credits)
    Studies the art of advocacy. Students develop logical, organizational, and research skills that debate and other forms of oral and written advocacy require. They participate in debates about current political and legal controversies and learn how critical thinking skills are used as tools both for advocates and audiences.
  • CC264 - Oral Presentation of Literature (4 Credits)
    Oral performance of literature (poetry, prose, and drama) is used as the art of understanding and communicating a text's meaning to an audience. Explores the aesthetic dimensions of literature and its performance. Students develop critical skills interpreting texts and evaluating performed literature.
  • CC265 - Professional Voice and Speech (4 Credits)
    Trains voice to develop wide range of controls in pitch, volume, and quality to meet voice and speech needs of journalism, public speaking, and interpretation. International students are encouraged to enroll if interested in accent reduction.
  • CC266 - Conflict and Negotiation (4 Credits)
    Studies conflict theory and principles and practices of dispute resolution. Includes everyday conflict, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution systems. Emphasizes interpersonal skills development.
    Instructors: Israela Brill-Cass, Ted Hollingworth
  • CC280 - Communication Theory (4 Credits)
    Investigates classical and contemporary theories of political communication with an emphasis on utility of theory in mass- and multi-mediated communication contexts. Discusses application of theory to these domains, including examination of how conceptions of the citizen, democracy, aesthetics, morality, and culture are established and maintained vis-a-vis different modes of communication.
    Instructor: Richard West
  • CC303 - Politics, Advocacy, and Public Opinion (4 Credits)
    Studies the research process from problem definition to survey design, sampling, data analysis, and interpretation of results. Students develop skills in reading and interpreting social scientific research and conducting forms of research pertinent to public and political communication needs.
  • CC304 - Communicative Informatics (4 Credits)
    Studies social-shaping communication technologies. Explores central role of communication in creating and sustaining social communities online and examines web-based technology and use by people in building social networks and organizational structures. Analyzes optimal use of information technology to create social presence and cohesion in multiple contexts. Individual and/or team projects explore human communication and intersection of information technologies.
    Instructor: Linda Gallant
  • CC305 - Communication Research Methods (4 Credits)
    Teaches the use of social scientific methods of empirical research to investigate communication phenomena. Students learn how to become critical consumers of research and how to conduct empirical communication research. This course fuses basic research principles with theory and practice.
  • CC330 - Management and Communication (4 Credits)
    Introduces fundamental principles of management in profit, nonprofit, and government settings. Special emphasis is placed on humanistic and systems approaches, communication skills and theory, and national and global trends. Sample topics include planning, organizing, staffing, decision making, and leading. Case method is applied.
    Instructor: Ted Hollingworth
  • CC344 - Rhetoric of Social Movements (4 Credits)
    Critically examines prominent rhetorical texts and events that shaped political processes and relationships. Applies insights to contemporary contexts and issues.
  • CC345 - Public Affairs Matrix: Media, Politics, and Advocacy (4 Credits)
    Advanced study of interplay of media, politics, policy, and advocacy. Through historical and contemporary case studies and research, students examine a variety of constituencies affecting politics and public policy and the role the media play in political, public policy, and advocacy debates. Propaganda is defined and its role in affecting public opinion is discussed. Studies the relationship between communicator, media, and key constituencies with a focus on ethical, effective use of public affairs.
    Instructor: Alex Goldstein
  • CC350 - Media Broadcast Vocal Presentation (4 Credits)
    Course is designed to complement CC 265, Professional Voice and Speech by focusing on voice training for broadcast media specifically, including microphone technique and practice and understanding of audio and video technology.
    Instructor: Tom Smith
  • CC357 - Leadership (4 Credits)
    Analyzes theory and practice of effective ethical leadership in contemporary political and organizational settings; theories for organizing and motivating people; cross-cultural applications; and issues of diversity and communication skills for leadership.
    Instructor: Alexis Fox
  • CC361 - Public Diplomacy & Grass Roots Activism (4 Credits)
    Public diplomacy is a new paradigm in the field of international relations and the practice of diplomacy. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the promise and constraints of public diplomacy in theory as well as practice.
    Instructor: Gregory Payne
  • CC372 - Topic in Communication Studies (4 Credits)
    Topics announced prior to each term in the areas of Communication Studies.
  • CC415 - Mediation, Facilitation, and Dialogue (4 Credits)
    Considers theory and practice of various forms of third-party-guided dispute resolution. Students learn to mediate conflicts, facilitate discussions, and promote dialogue among parties in conflict. Emphasis is on developing skills in leading groups.
    Instructor: Israela Brill-Cass
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics (4 Credits)
    Special topics in political communication. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
    Instructor: Gregory Payne
  • CC472 - Topics in Comm Studies (4 Credits)
    Special topics in communication studies. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • CC475 - Capstone in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy (4 Credits)
    Advanced theory, research, and practice in political communication. Students develop and enhance portfolios of political communication materials, including development of two communication campaigns.
  • CC476 - Capstone in Communication Studies (4 Credits)
    Advanced theory, research, and practice in communication studies. As a key feature of the course, students complete a senior thesis or project.
  • CC602 - Communication Theory (4 Credits)
    A critical examination of the historical roots, significant paradigms, current thinking/application of communication theory. Survey of the development of the field, emphasizing the theory-research connection. Additional topics include theory building, theory evaluation, and the assumptions and tensions in the communication field.
  • CC608 - Public Affairs (4 Credits)
    Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, analyze, and communicate with internal and external stakeholder groups for the purpose of persuasion. Rhetorical strategies are developed for ethical, effective issue advocacy campaigns and campaigns to build identity, and enhance and protect reputation of individuals and organizations. New media developments, diverse and global stakeholder groups, and the 24/7 media environment will be addressed. Students design and produce at least one original communication campaign for a client in the private or public sector.
    Instructor: Gregory Payne
  • CC610 - Conversational Communication for International Professions (2 Credits)
    Students will develop oral communication skills that will support their areas of professional development with emphasis on critical thinking as expressed through dialogue.
  • CC611 - Group Dynamics for International Professionals (2 Credits)
    Students will learn group theory that leads to direct application of the use of groups for problem solving, with discussion centering on the intersection between theory and practice and the relevancy of group behavior to professional experience.
  • CC612 - ELL Academic Writing (2 Credits)
    Focuses on developing academic writing skills; grammar, paragraph structure, paraphrasing, using appropriate citation styles and research sources.
    Instructor: Diane Pontius
  • CC613 - ELL Academic Speaking (2 Credits)
    Focuses on improving speaking skills; fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and use of idioms.
  • CC626 - Crisis Communication (4 Credits)
    Students learn about the development of organizational and marketing communication strategies in crisis situations. Using case studies and fieldwork, students focus on the importance of internal communication and media relations during a crisis. Students also investigate preventive strategies that organizations should employ to avoid crises.
  • CC638 - Human Resources (4 Credits)
    Explores employee communication and diversity issues in the context of strategic communication in organizations. Emphasis is placed on understanding organizations and their multiple internal constituencies from the perspective of the human resources professional. Issues addressed include internal communication message development and delivery, including best practices in the use of technology and in workplace diversity initiatives. Students learn to design and implement communication strategies that recognize and adapt to diverse stakeholder groups.
  • CC640 - Web-Based Communication Strategies (4 Credits)
    Investigates the development and strategic management of web-based information using communication principles such as audience analysis and message construction strategies based on stakeholder analysis. Using systematic techniques to analyze the internal goals of the organization, students learn to produce an information design structure that maximizes outcome. The course examines the internal workings of information architecture to develop recognizable patterns that improve communication effectiveness. Students also learn usability testing strategies to determine website functionality from a communication outcome perspective.
  • CC645 - Communication Management Research Methods (4 Credits)
    Students engage in applied research in communication management. Students develop skills in assessing and formulating problems; designing research; gathering, synthesizing, analyzing, and interpreting data; and applying the results to comprehensive communication strategies. Students learn to apply the most appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods to particular research problems in an effort to effectively address stakeholder audiences, oversee information management systems, and cultivate and manage intellectual capital. Students gain experience in surveys, polling, focus groups, interviews, communication audits, and learn how to optimize research conducted through the Internet-based research.
    Instructor: Angela Hosek
  • CC648 - Stakeholder Relations and Communication (4 Credits)
    Addresses in-depth the development of stakeholder relations and communication in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Topics covered include corporate relations, reputation management grassroots organizing, public policy and the media, political communication, social advocacy campaigns, and public diplomacy. Case studies of communication campaigns at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels are used. Students produce and present at least one communication campaign to affect behavior in diverse stakeholder groups.
  • CC651 - Persuasion (4 Credits)
    Examines how communicators in businesses, nonprofits, and government employ principles and techniques of persuasion to serve organizational goals. Uses persuasion theory, both classical and modern, to illuminate how strategic messages, both within organizations and to external stakeholders, are planned, composed, delivered, and evaluated. Surveys different forms and contexts of strategic communication and illustrates them with case studies.
    Instructor: Michael Weiler
  • CC655 - Project Management and Communication (4 Credits)
    Develops skills in understanding, applying, and assessing the process known as project management in a variety of environments. This is accomplished by introducing and applying the following: systems theory and its philosophical underpinnings; project management theories, methods, vocabularies, and skills; organizational communication theories; team building theory, application, and trends; and global workplace implications and trends.
    Instructor: Ted Hollingworth
  • CC688 - Learning and Development (4 Credits)
    Teaches students the theories, methods, and skills needed to become adult trainers in organizational and independent (consulting) settings. A major emphasis is placed on adult learning theories (andragogy). Topics covered include: needs assessment, strategic and tactical integration of training, identification of learning goals and behavioral objectives, program planning, training methods and skills, and outcomes assessments. Several opportunities to plan, train (teach), and assess learning modules are included. How to recognize, select, and manage high-quality training programs and operations are covered.
    Instructor: Angela Hosek
  • CC692 - Capstone Course in Communication Management (4 Credits)
    Students synthesize prior coursework and new learnings to address an important need in public or organizational life. Calling upon competencies in strategic communication planning and design, students produce and present a final professional-level project as the culmination of their course of study. Readings, case studies, and in-class activities support continued inquiry into the most current theoretical dimensions of the discipline.
  • CC695 - Seminar Topics in Comm Mgmt (4 Credits)
    Students have the opportunity to enroll in special topics courses that are offered by the Department of Communication Studies when contemporary ideas or new research findings in a chosen area of program study emerge in the field of communication. This course number represents a new course offering that, if successful, will become a permanent course in the course roster.
  • PH105 - Introduction to Ethics (4 Credits)
    Introduces important theories on nature of the good in human conduct. Theories belong to Western philosophical tradition and include works of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and others.
  • PH110 - Ethics and Justice (4 Credits)
    Considers ethical theories and theories of justice, especially those related to questions of economic, criminal, political, and social justice.
    Instructor: Ian Blaustein
  • PH112 - Religion in Eastern Cultures (4 Credits)
    Studies the origin and development of Hinduism in India; Buddhism in India, China, and Japan; Taoism and Confucianism in China; and Shintoism in Japan. Students read original texts; development of doctrine in each religious tradition; and literary, artistic, and cultural impact of each religion on Eastern civilizations.
  • PH200 - Contemporary Ethics (4 Credits)
    Examines contemporary ethical issues of abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and affirmative action in light of major theories of ethics and morals from the history of Western philosophy.
    Instructor: Robb Eason
  • PH203 - Special Topics in Ethics (4 Credits)
    Topics announced prior to each term may include: Art and Politics, Media Ethics, Feminist Ethics, Political Philosophy, or Judaism. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • PH204 - Environmental Ethics (4 Credits)
    Considers philosophical ethics in relation to environmental issues. Topics include: religious beliefs as a foundation for environmental commitments, duties, and obligations toward other species; "deep ecology"; ecofeminism; economic imperatives versus environmental concerns; and disproportionate burden of environmental problems borne by certain groups.
    Instructor: Brian Marrin
  • PH210 - Narrative Ethics (4 Credits)
    Provides overview of classical and modern approaches to ethical theory using examples from fiction and film to show how ethical theories can be applied. Connects abstract theory with "real life" through storytelling and story analysis to understand and evaluate moral issues.
    Instructor: David Kishik
  • SO200 - Communities and Race Relations (4 Credits)
    Studies the history and sociology of racial and ethnic groups in United States, including consideration of group tensions and aggressions. Gives overview of social experiences of major ethnic groups that entered the United States and selected Native American societies. Modern issues of inter-group relations are examined.
    Instructor: Darrin Korte
  • SO206 - Gender in a Global Perspective (4 Credits)
    Examines gender in a comparative and global context framed by interdisciplinary perspectives from sociology, anthropology, psychology, and cultural studies. Studies social construction of gender across cultures and globalization as a web of complex forces shaping gender-construction activities and institutions. Students compare experiences with other cultures and analyze work, play, and intimacy and institutional structures, including religion, politics, military, media, and the economy.
    Instructor: Tulasi Srinivas
  • SO208 - Visual Society (4 Credits)
    Social theories of economic cultural change describe increasing significance of visual images and decline of texts, oral communication, and face-to-face interactions. The visualization of culture is considered in connection to economic globalization and the shift from production to consumption economies examined in television, websites, billboards, clothing, and window displays. Visual-ethnographic studies explore effects of visual culture (electronic and digital images, video, film, photography, magazine images) on identity, race, sexuality, politics, opportunity, community, and tradition.
    Instructor: M. Chloe Mulderig
  • SO310 - Advanced Topics in Sociology (4 Credits)
    Topics announced prior to each term may include: Alienation and Fragmentation in the Individual; Theories of Love, Sex, and Intimacy; or Postmodern Religion and the Secularization of Society. May be repeated for credit it topics differ.
    Instructor: Sam Binkley
  • SO360 - Deviance and Social Control (4 Credits)
    Examines various forms of social control, the use of power constructing normative boundaries that differentiate normal and deviant perspectives. Media roles within popular culture, and overviews of differing academic perspectives include specific grand theories evidenced through sociological imagination; varieties of violent forms; sexual configurations; mental disorders; substance usages; white-collar dysfunctions; governmental-economic forms. Ethical dimensions of choice change through personal self-critique or examination of career roles in chosen media specialties.
    Instructor: Sam Binkley