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 and 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: John Casey
  • 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.
    Instructor: Rich West
  • 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.
  • CC210 - Culture, Diversity, and Health Communication (4 Credits)
    Provides an understanding of how diverse people and groups communicate about and negotiate issues of health and illness. It uses a socio-ecological approach to study various aspects of culture, health behaviors, and health dynamics. Course investigates processes for developing culturally competent health initiatives for diverse populations. Cross-listed with HC 210.
  • CC211 - Introduction to 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. Cross-listed with HC 200.
  • CC220 - Public Discourse in the United States (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.
    Instructor: Michael Weiler
  • CC221 - Global Political Communication (4 Credits)
    The broad objective of this course is to provide students with a detailed examination of the impact of communication technologies and other contextual variables on political information flows and social interactions in the United States and internationally. This course puts an emphasis on political communication from a permanent campaigning perspective in and out of elections, party politics, and governing processes.
  • CC235 - Sports Communication (4 Credits)
    Sports is a major industry in the United States today, and this course introduces students to the wide-ranging field of sports communication. The course is a comprehensive survey and analysis of the best practices and techniques for effective public relations in the sports industry. Topics include how to define, develop, and deliver an effective campaign; the use of mass and social media platforms for brands, personalities, and teams; and the management and mitigation of crisis. Course pedagogies include case studies, simulations, presentations by professionals associated with the field, writing assignments, and role-playing exercises.
    Instructor: Charles Steinberg
  • CC236 - Sports Public Relations (4 Credits)
    Provides students with a practical, strategic, and technical understanding of sports communication and the roles that publicists, agents, and sports marketers play in the industry. Discussion topics include various aspects of sports-focused public relations and mass media such as: media relations, social media, branding, media management, crisis communication, and sponsorships. Students explore the public?s relationship with athletes, teams, and sports, as well as broadcast, Internet, and print news mediums as they relate to sports communication. Students can expect to explore topics through a mix of class lectures, assigned readings, written assignments, expert speakers, role-playing exercises, and a final project.
  • 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.
    Instructors: Gregory Payne, Michael Weiler, Robert Kubacki
  • 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.
    Instructor: Tom Smith
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Instructor: Spencer Kimball
  • CC304 - Communication 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.
    Instructor: Rich West
  • CC315 - Introduction to Nonprofit Communication Management (4 Credits)
    Nonprofits rely on a solid strategic plan for success in following their missions; board structure, branding, funding, effective communication, and a commitment to serve their constituencies must be deployed strategically. This course provides a foundation in nonprofit communication management and social media communication strategies.
  • CC326 - Academic Writing for International Students (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.
  • CC327 - Ell Seminar in Leadership and Business English (1 Credit)
    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
  • CC329 - ELL Seminar in Pronunciation, Basic Public Speaking and American Culture (1 Credit)
    Students develop, learn and practice correct American English pronunciation skills while learning basic presentation techniques and American culture.
  • 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
  • CC337 - Topics in Sports Communication: Sports Media (4 Credits)
    Sport is an integral component of today's media, this course examines the history of sports writing and sports broadcasting and the state of these fields today. In addition, this course provides a practical guide to sports broadcasting and production. Students of sports media are taken through techniques of analysis for film, TV, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, and the internet. The course encourages students to engage critically with their own experience of media sport and to develop an independent approach to analysis.
    Instructor: Gene Lavanchy
  • CC337 - Topics in Sports Communication: (4 Credits)
    The objective of this course is to provide students with a practical, strategic, and technical understanding of sports public relations and the roles publicists, agents and sports marketers play in the industry. Discussion topics include various aspects of sports focused public relations and mass media including: media relations, social media, branding, media management, crisis communication and sponsorships. We will explore the public's relationship with athletes, teams and sports, as well as broadcast, Internet and print news mediums as they relate to sports communication. Students can expect to explore topics through a mix of class lectures, assigned readings, written assignments, expert speakers, role-playing exercises and a final project.
  • 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.
    Instructor: Michael Weiler
  • 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: John Casey
  • 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.
    Instructor: Vincent Raynauld
  • 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 - Topics in Communication Studies: Mental Health, the Media and Public Policy (4 Credits)
    This course focuses on the role of communication and rhetoric in shaping distinctions and relations between "Mental Health" and "Public Policy,? looking at mental health issues and challenges for audiences, and the media advocate for or against particular mental health policies and practices. We will examine how the public comes to view mental health issues through representations in a variety of media both ?formal? and ?informal?; problems of efficacy and ethics in the public discourse, forums, and voices playing a part in mental health controversies and debates; and our own practices of advocacy around messaging and policy.
    Instructor: Heather May
  • CC372 - Topics in Communication Studies: (4 Credits)
    Have you ever wondered what to say when someone asks you "What will you do with your communication degree?" Or, have you had a recent conversation with an HR Director about important resume content? And, have you ever thought about what to do during a job interview if something goes terribly wrong? If you're curious or in need of some professional guidance and facilitation, this course may answer your concerns. In addition to discussing employment options for those graduating with a degree in communication, this course will address a myriad of topics to help students in their career pursuits. In particular, the course will provide skills, tools, and resources needed to 1) write resumes and cover letters, 2) undertake effective interviews, 3) work with a culturally diverse environment, 4) practice competent leadership skills, among other areas. Relevant research, case studies, and personal experiences will frame classroom discussions. In addition, issues such as the work-home spillover effect, workplace "politics," and dealing with "difficult" colleagues (among others) will be woven throughout the course. Guest speakers, mock interviews, social media use, and other opportunities will be featured.
  • CC372 - Topics in Communication Studies: Guerilla Public Relations (4 Credits)
    This course is designed to give you a strong understanding of guerilla PR, the essential communication strategic method to plan and execute public relations campaigns with no or little budget. You will learn to think entrepreneurially about communication strategy and tactics; How to map out strategies that redefine communication battlefields in ways that place competing brands on equal footing or even outflank them. We will explore the latest trends, tools, technologies, strategies, tactics and various media types critical to implementing and managing guerilla PR campaigns. We will often discuss and analyze guerilla campaigns, especially from the perspectives of brand communication, sports communication, political communication and global communication.
  • 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.
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy: (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. Opportunities to travel to Iowa and New Hampshire.
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics, & Social Advocacy: (4 Credits)
    "Collective memory" is an increasingly important area of study in political science. It refers to the process by which groups of citizens construct memories of significant historical events and to the political purposes and effects of those constructions. The politics of memory is often most exposed in cases where the memories of events are most contested. Through case studies such as the Holocaust, the American Civil War, and the Reagan administration, we will ask what political difference our memories make?
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy: Presidential Politics: General Election (4 Credits)
    This course examines the process involved in electing a President in the United States. We?ll explore how modern campaigns inform, influence, and mobilize voters. Topics include the role of political parties and candidates, campaign strategies and issues, political advertising and media coverage, campaign finance and campaigning and governing. Students upon completion of the course will have a practical and theoretical understanding of the 2016 presidential elections including the electoral college.
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy: Digital Storytelling (4 Credits)
    Introduces students to single-camera photo/video production using a mobile device. Students learn how to operate equipment, mainly smart phones and other devices such as iPads and tablets as the principles underlying shooting, editing, and online distribution. Emphasis is placed on the fast paced digital storytelling using non-traditional stages of preproduction, production and postproduction. Topics will include equipment to improve your photos/videos, basic camera settings, applications for basic filming and editing, best video apps for iPhone and iPad, getting smooth motion shots, filming interviews, practical video editing steps, YouTube sharing and analytics, and making a multimedia video story.
    Instructor: Sean Tracey
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy: (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. Opportunities to travel to Iowa and New Hampshire.
  • CC471 - Topics in Leadership, Politics, and Social Advocacy: Speechwriting and Thought Leadership (4 Credits)
    Speeches are a powerful storytelling tool that fuel advocacy, business, marketing, and political campaigns. Students will learn about how speeches can be used strategically with other forms of online content such as public service announcements, blog posts, and brand journalism to target messages to specific audiences.
  • CC472 - Topics in Communication: (4 Credits)
    Nonprofits depend on donations for a steady stream of income to help them serve their mission. This course will provide students with an overall understanding of the various options nonprofits have to raise funds. An emphasis will be placed on developing fundraising strategies, the utilization of sound practices for maximum success to build sustainability and the consequences for not considering these.
  • CC472 - Topics in Communication Studies: Communication and Online Relationships (4 Credits)
    The manner in which we initiate, maintain, and terminate our relationships has undergone great change over the past decade. Today, more than ever, relationship development takes place electronically and relationships can prosper and/or decay because of technology. This course will explore how communication functions in online relationships. In particular, social networking sites (SNS) have become groundbreaking in relational life. Whether through Facebook posts, Skype conversations, Instagram photos, Snapchat videos, or 140-character Tweets, it?s important to understand how ?relational technology? functions in our lives and the consequences of this technology. Unpacking the complexities of SNS and other electronic communication is important as we communicate with our family, friends, colleagues, and romantic partners.
    Instructor: Rich West
  • CC472 - Topics in Communication Studies: The New Abnormal: Gender and Racial Disparities in Hollywood (4 Credits)
    One cannot engage with mainstream media without observing the abnormal dichotomy and misogynist location of women. This course will function as an applied laboratory by integrating theory, feminist text and personal narratives from industry specialist to understand this paradox. We will use the work of different feminist theories like bell hooks, Audre Lorde, and Patricia Hill Collins as well as current works from Roxanne Gay along with communication theories like Genderlect, Muted Group and Feminist Standpoint Theory to frame our understanding of media. The lived experiences of LA community industry specialist and guest speakers will serve to increase our knowledge. The course will conclude with a collaborative, student-driven construct for enacting equity and addressing gender bias in Hollywood and LA communities. This course is crosslisted with a course being offered in Los Angeles.
    Instructor: Miranda Banks
  • 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.
    Instructor: Owen Eagan
  • 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.
    Instructor: Vincent Raynauld
  • CC621 - Speech Writing & Online Content (4 Credits)
    Persuasive online content, whether in written, visual, and oral communication formats, can motivate audiences and communities to take action. As active audiences and community members, people engage in social advocacy, form opinions, consume products, and motivate others to participate in collective action. Understanding the role of creating effective speeches and web-based content for persuasive and strategic communication requires knowledge and proficiency in speech writing, presentation skills, audience analysis, as well as matching audiences, writing styles, and digital storytelling to the most suitable social media platforms.
    Instructor: Gregory Payne
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CC647 - Organizational Communication (4 Credits)
  • 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.
    Instructor: Ted Hollingworth
  • 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.
    Instructor: Linda Gallant
  • 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: Charles Coplin
  • 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.
    Instructor: Owen Eagan
  • HC200 - Introduction to 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.
    Instructor: Christine Skubisz
  • HC210 - Culture, Diversity, and Health Communication (4 Credits)
    Provides an understanding of how diverse people and groups communicate about and negotiate issues of health and illness. It uses a socio-ecological approach to study various aspects of culture, health behaviors, and health dynamics. Investigates processes for developing culturally competent health initiatives for diverse populations. Cross-listed with CC 210.
  • HC213 - 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 Colonial Era. This course covers 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, students learn about the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s, the so-called ?crack epidemic? of the 1980s, and modern-day debates over marijuana decriminalization and legalization. Students are asked to evaluate and propose changes to current U.S. drug policy. There is also a service learning component to the course, where students partner with a local organization to work on needed communication initiatives related in some way to addiction, overdose, harm reduction, or substance use and abuse.
    Instructor: Nancy J. Allen
  • HC250 - Topics in Health Communication: (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.
  • 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.
    Instructor: Christine Skubisz
  • HC605 - Topics in Health Communication: Risk Communication (4 Credits)
    Instructor: Nancy J. Allen
  • 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.