Department of Communication Studies

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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.
  • CC160 - Interpersonal Communication Skills (4 Credits)
    Introduces the practices and principles of interpersonal communication. Focuses on perception, creative/critical listening, nonverbal communication, emotions, power, and self-disclosure. Issues of ethics, technology, and culture are woven throughout class content and discussions. Stages of relationships are explored as well as the influence of communication within and between those stages. Numerous applications to a variety of situations, including those in the family, workplace, and romantic context are undertaken as students draw from their own experiences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CC326 - ELL Academic Writing (1 Credit)
    Covers the structure, organization, and goals of academic English writing assignments. Through two main writing projects students concentrate on creating outlines; drafting; use and citation of sources; peer review, and revision.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CC356 - Crisis Communication (4 Credits)
    Details the importance of managing communication in crisis situations. Topics include definitions, types, classifications, phases, planning, publics, contingency events, time estimating, crisis teams, control centers, working with media, training, and follow-through. Crisis scenarios cover profit, nonprofit, and government organizations at the local, regional, national, and/or global level. Case examples are employed.
  • 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.
  • CC372 - Topic in Communication Studies: Engaging Urban Communities in Health and Media Literacy (4 Credits)
    The Kellogg Foundation observes that, community-based participatory research is a "collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings." This course will function as an applied laboratory for learning about health and media literacy and applying theoretical constructs in the classroom that extend into the community. To help frame our mission we will offer a host of guest speakers and visitors - some from the Boston community. Students will work directly with community organizations and public school(s) to design and implement health and media literacy initiatives best suited for specific Boston schools and community programs. The course curriculum will culminate with an innovative community-based, student-developed portfolio that will address health and media issues among Massachusetts middle and high school populations. This course is crosslisted with MK371-03 and HC250-03.
  • CC372 - Top: (4 Credits)
    Theatrical performances such as the play and film Wit and digital blogs such as Suleika Jaouad's Life Interrupted have emerged as valuable locations for understanding illness narratives and become significant methods of health communication. Through guest lectures, films, readings, and performance texts, this course investigates how we script and transform our everyday lived experiences of health and illness. Additionally, the course addresses ways that new technologies such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram serve to extend illness and health narratives, and students will develop their own performative narratives of their experiences.
  • CC372 - Topics in Communication Studies: Telling Stories: the art and power of story telling (4 Credits)
    This class will explore storytelling as an art form surveying the literature and the history of this oral tradition. You will discover your own potential as a storyteller through telling stories (mythic, folkloric and personal). Through practice and experimentation of a variety of techniques you will develop a personal style. Throughout the semester you will build a repertoire of significant stories from retelling folktales, myths and legends from different cultures to ?creating your own stories. You will gain an understanding of how you can use storytelling to reveal compelling truths through narrative.
  • 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.
  • CC421 - Family Communication (4 Credits)
    Examines the role of communication in various family types (e.g., single parent, multigenerational, GLBT, cohabiting marriages). Adopting a theory-practice framework, the course introduces students to several issues, themes, and challenges related to family life, including storytelling, rules, power, conflict, intimacy, self-disclosure, and violence. Discussions related to culture, television, and technology are also woven throughout the course, and students are asked to draw upon their own family communication experiences to understand and apply the information.
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy: Presidential Campaigns (4 Credits)
    Course examines the process involved in electing a President in the United States. Studies include learning how the presidential nominating process is conducted from the Caucus and Primary structures to nominating delegates to the Party Conventions. The course explores how modern campaigns inform, influence, and mobilize voters. Topics include the role of political parties and candidates, campaign strategies and issues, political advertisement and media coverage, and campaigning and governing. Students upon completion of the course will have a practical and theoretical understanding of the 2016 presidential elections.
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy: Nonprofit Management (4 Credits)
    Students will learn via texts, articles, guest lecturers and case studies different models of nonprofit management, methods of fundraising and effective strategies for engaging the public. Students enrolled in this course are required to engage in approximately 2 hours per week of service learning (SL) at an area nonprofit. Skills and information learned in the classroom will be applied in the field during this time. As a final project, you will develop a communication plan for your SL nonprofit and present it to stakeholders for feedback.
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics (4 Credits)
    Special topics in political communication. May be repeated for credit if topics differ.
  • CC472 - Topics in Communication Studies: Sports as Soft Power (4 Credits)
    This course will examine sports as soft power (persuasion, influence and attraction) in the attempt to bridge communities and cultures and on the local, national and global stages. Case studies will demonstrate the attraction and effectiveness of sports as a communication strategy, utilized by local, national and international governments, NGO's and governments as part of a strategic communication plan, as well as its role in spontaneous grass roots movements.
  • CC472 - Professional Sports Communication and Management (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.
  • 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.
  • CC609 - Political Communication (4 Credits)
    Political Communication explores fundamental theories, such as agenda setting, framing, and branding. The balancing of ethical implications confronting many political communication situations is discussed through case studies. Practical communication strategy is evaluated, looking at how the media works in general, including the news (hard and soft), entertainment programs, and advertising, in order to shape political perceptions, change attitudes, and effect behavior. Students are introduced to the latest in grassroots activism and mobilization efforts, including mobile and online communication techniques, to better shape civic life, elections, and policy decisions.
  • CC610 - ELL Seminar in Pronunciation, Basic Public Speaking and American Culture (2 Credits)
    Students develop, learn and practice correct American English pronunciation skills while learning basic presentation techniques and American culture.
  • CC611 - ELL Dialogues on Global Issues (2 Credits)
    Develops confidence in public speaking through leading class dialogs on current events, conducting a speech, and working in groups to create broadcast news stories. The class will offer practical and theoretical approaches to evaluate and improve English language use.
  • CC612 - Academic Writing for International Students (2 Credits)
    Covers the structure, organization, and goals of academic English writing assignments. Through two main writing projects students concentrate on creating outlines; drafting; use and citation of sources; peer review, and revision.
  • CC613 - ELL Seminar in Leadership and Business English (2 Credits)
    Students learn and practice advanced business and academic language skills most commonly used in the United States Emphasis is on improving presentation and discussion facilitation skills
  • CC623 - Public Diplomacy (4 Credits)
    Public diplomacy is an instrument used by states and non-state actors to understand others' cultures, attitudes, and behavior; build and manage relationships; and influence thoughts and actions to advance their interests and values. Drawing on the experiences of diplomats - both state and public, and a growing academic literature, this seminar-style course will explain how public diplomacy's changing actors, techniques and practice affects the issues, methods, and mediated environments of diplomacy in the 21st centure. Case studies will highlight the strengths and challenges of this type of soft power influence.
  • CC624 - Campaign Management (4 Credits)
    Campaign Management is designed to provide individuals practical skills for participation in local, state and federal and global campaigns. Students will learn the phases of an advocacy effort including how to test the political waters, the nominating process, primary elections, general elections and constituents' services for governing. Aspects of the campaign process that will be addressed are fundraising, ballot access (signature gathering), measuring public opinion, opposition research, district analysis, media relations, development of message strategy for voter or targeted public persuasion, identification, and mobilization along with get out the vote efforts. Constitutional rights will be discussed in light of free speech, assembly, association and petitioning will be incorporated throughout the lecture including analysis of ethical case studies. Lectures and campaign simulations are used to develop and refine a participant's ability to coordinate a successful political campaign. This course will have general application for students in public relations, public diplomacy and health communication who have an interest in internal and external campaign management dynamics.
  • CC628 - Entrepreneurship and Creative Problem Solving (4 Credits)
    Entrepreneurship is the process of creating value by bringing together a unique package of resources to exploit an opportunity. Students learn about the concepts and characteristics of entrepreneurship. Students will investigate the key dimensions of entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors that include: innovativeness, risk-taking, and proactiveness. Case studies are utilized to help students employ concepts from the course and develop their own creative and critical thinking, as well as problem solving skills.
  • CC643 - Global Communication (4 Credits)
    Focuses on the management of communication with stakeholders in a world defined by globalization. Case studies, role-play workshops, and ethnographic inquiry are employed to enhance and update the student's knowledge and awareness of best-practices in contemporary business negotiations and transactions, public diplomacy initiatives, and cross-sector partnerships. Examples from small business to multinationals and from local nonprofits to global NGOs are used.
  • CC645 - Public Opinion Research and Practice (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.
  • CC648 - Public Relations (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.
  • CC652 - Emerging Communication Technologies (4 Credits)
    Surveys the political and social trends of the effects and uses of web-based communication, especially social media, and the shaping and reshaping of institutions. Students develop knowledge and skills in assessing and developing communication strategies for how to best reach multiple stakeholders and audiences with an emphasis on online communication. Through readings, exercises, and projects such as social media audits, students engage in strategic communication planning to best develop every aspect of an institution's communication management - from the narrowest internal communcation to the broadest public communication campaigns.
  • 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 - Sem: Prof Oral Communication (4 Credits)
    This course focuses on the development of effective, professional oral communication techniques and practices. Emphasis is on delivery (verbal and nonverbal), purposeful message creation, use of technology, organization and audience analysis. All discussions, individual and group presentations will be applicable to academic and career goals.
  • HC200 - Principles and Practices of Health Communication (4 Credits)
    Introduces the study and application of principles and practices of health communication. This is a foundation for students in exploring what we know about our health due to the different components of communicating about health. Specifically, topics cover doctor-patient communication, the role of culture, social support, family health history, varied communication channels, technology, health campaigns, risk communication, and government policies. Case studies of health practices are used to illustrate these different topics.
  • HC250 - Topics in Health Communication: Engaging Urban Communities in Health and Media Literacy (4 Credits)
    The Kellogg Foundation observes that, community-based participatory research is a "collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings." This course will function as an applied laboratory for learning about health and media literacy and applying theoretical constructs in the classroom that extend into the community. To help frame our mission we will offer a host of guest speakers and visitors - some from the Boston community. Students will work directly with community organizations and public school(s) to design and implement health and media literacy initiatives best suited for specific Boston schools and community programs. The course curriculum will culminate with an innovative community-based, student-developed portfolio that will address health and media issues among Massachusetts middle and high school populations. Course is crosslisted with CC372-02 and MK371-03.
  • HC250 - Topics in Health Communication: Cholera, Contractption, and Condoms: Public Health Then and Now (4 Credits)
    What do seatbelts, sanitation, and sunblock have in common? They are just a few of the prevention interventions that have increased life expectancy worldwide. This class looks at U.S. history through the prism of a public health framework and reviews a number of major milestones in public health. Historical achievements such as vaccines, environmental health, and car safety as well as ethical dilemmas related to quarantine, medical testing, and eugenics will be discussed. Current hot topics will be discussed weekly.
  • HC250 - Topics in Health Communication: The War on Drugs (4 Credits)
    While the official "War on Drugs" in the United States was declared in 1971 by Richard Nixon, battles about alcohol and drug use were waged as early as the Colonia Era. This class will cover the health effects, social impacts, and legal debates of various drugs including: alcohol, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, club drugs, marijuana, and tobacco. Using documentaries, media reports, social science research, and original source material, this class will cover Prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s, the so-called "crack epidemic" of the 1980s, and modern-day debates over marijuana decriminalization and legalization. Students will be asked to evaluate and propose changes to current U.S. drug policy.
  • HC400 - Health Communication Campaigns (4 Credits)
    "Just Say No." "This is your brain on drugs." "Live Strong." "Race for the Cure." Health campaigns have influenced our perception of issues related to health and health behaviors for decades. Students learn the process of health campaigns to obtain the skills to develop, implement, and evaluate their own health campaign for a community effort. The course also discusses the role of public health, perceptions of health, and the variety of communication channels available when creating these campaigns. Cross-listed with CC 420.
  • HC601 - Applications of Communication Theory for Health Communication (4 Credits)
    Explores the role of theory, research, and practice in health communication. Investigates provider-patient interaction, social support networks, medical ethics, mass media, and health promotion and disease prevention. Covers the role of communication in health, including the role it plays in individuals' social and cultural expectations and beliefs about health, how such information influences people to think about health and effect behavioral change, and how communication may be used to redefine and change public health policy. Includes readings, projects, exams, and class interaction.
  • HC602 - Media Strategies for the Health Professional (4 Credits)
    Students develop an understanding of the strategic use of the media by health communicators in message development and communication strategy execution. Students also explore the ethical concerns of healthcare professionals who utilize the media. Students learn how to develop effective health communication campaigns that bring about behavioral change among target audiences and influence health policy issues at the local, state, national, and international level. In addition, students learn how to develop evaluation techniques for health communication strategies.
  • HC603 - Research Methods (4 Credits)
    This course is organized around the research process in which students learn how to formulate a research question and define a research problem, decide upon a research design, assess data collection methods, define a sampling frame, determine types of data analyses, interpret data appropriately, and prepare a research report. Topics in both qualitative and quantitative research methods are included. Further, students gain an understanding of the importance of research in the development of health communication strategies.
  • HC605 - Topics in Health Communication: Persuasion in Health Communication (4 Credits)
    The study of persuasion and social influence addresses the question of how messages can be used to change beliefs, attitudes, and health behaviors. In this course, students will examine how features of the sender, the message, and the receiver influence persuasive message effects. This course will provide an understanding of when persuasive health messages work, at what time, with what audience. Both classic and contemporary persuasion theory and research will be covered.
  • HC605 - Topics in Health Communication: Risk Communication (4 Credits)
    Whether responding to an unexpected crisis that is at the forefront of the news cycle or trying to draw attention to a rarely talked about health issue, public health practitioners need to simply and effectively communicate about health risk and potential impact. This class covers the psychology of risk, risk assessment, crisis communication, risk reduction and mitigation, and community mobilization. Crisis communication strategies used by the Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control will be reviewed. Care communication strategies will be presented within the framework of the Harm Reduction Model. In addition to a risk communication plan, students will gain practical experience developing media talking points and practicing public speaking during simulated media interviews. The final exam includes staffing a Twitter exam during a mock public health crisis.
  • HC610 - Applied Learning Experience (4 Credits)
    A capstone experience for students completing the Health Communication program. Students conduct research and develop and implement a communication plan to address the needs of a health-related organization in the Boston area. Projects may include the creation of training modules for health professionals, patient education, health information dissemination, policy advocacy, and the like. Students produce a final report.