Course Descriptions

Communication Prefix: COM

201  Introduction to Communication (3)
This course provides an overview of the human communication discipline. Students will be introduced to various topics within Communication, including the rudiments of communication theory and a survey of communication contexts (e.g., interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, mass, and intercultural).

390  Principles and Case Studies of Public Relations (3)
Basic concepts of public relations; case studies; the tools and media used in communication with the public.

391  Public Relations Campaigns (3)
The detailed analysis of the utilization of principles and techniques of public relations in a variety of contemporary situations and the practical application of these principles and techniques to campaigns. Prerequisite: COM 390.

399  Public Relations Practicum (1-3)
Development of skills in public relations settings. Designed to give students hands-on experience in public relations on campus. Prerequisites: COM 390 and either COM 391 or COM 484.

409  Organizational Communication (3)
This course focuses on the nature and functions of communication in organizational settings. The course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and methods needed to assess and improve the nature of communication processes in organizations. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing.

412  Persuasion (3)
Beginning with Aristotle, this course provides an historical perspective on how persuasion has evolved to modern times. Emphasis on factors such as attention, perception, needs, values, and credibility. Practice in presentation of persuasive oral and written communication. Emphasis given to persuasive campaigns. Prerequisites: COM 201 and either SPE 101 or COM 104.

484  Public Relations/Advertising Research (3)
Introduction to research methodology for public relations and advertising. Includes planning, measurement, evaluation, and reporting of results. Prerequisites: COM 390 or ADV 301 and MAT 152 or permission from the instructor. Same as ADV 484.

495  Communication Law (3)
Studies in the current laws governing the mass media. Role of the FCC, libel, privacy, and First Amendment issues.

499  Internship (3-12)
Practical experience in communication in a professional setting. CR/NC grade; unpaid internships only. Prerequisites: Senior standing (90+ credit hours); 2.5 overall G.P.A. with minimum 3.0 G.P.A. in major; approval of Advisor, Department Chair, and Dean.

Advertising Prefix: ADV

301  Principles of Advertising (3)
Basic principles of advertising and their role in media and society. Includes advertising environment in the 21st Century, agency and client relationships, consumer behavior, ethics, and the role of research, creative appeals, and media selection in advertising effectiveness. Study of the organization of the advertising profession.

401  Advertising Creative Strategy & Execution (3)
The role of strategy in the creation and design of advertising. Writing effective copy for print and broadcast media. Prerequisites: ADV 301, ENG 111. ART 205 recommended.

Speech Prefix: SPE

101  Fundamentals of Speech (3)
Study and practice of basic public communication skills.

401  Business and Professional Communication (3)
Application of principles of speech communication in the presentation of informational reports, conference management, and interviewing. Prerequisite: SPE 101.

415  Speech Research, Writing and Delivery (3)
Study of speech design and delivery for a variety of public situations. Includes the study of research sources, content, and organization in speeches written for and delivered by others. Prerequisite: SPE 101.

English Prefix: ENG

344 Professional Editing (3)
Study of editing materials for publication. Students will explore questions of correctness and style, while also addressing the mechanics of proofreading. Students will learn how to create prose that is correct in syntax, usage, and punctuation; how to adapt prose style to fit a variety of audiences and situations; and how to edit manuscripts in preparation for printing. (Formerly ENG 244).

374 Writing for The Internet (3)
Study of organizational patterns, navigation systems, and Internet etiquette. Teaches students basic skills for creating hypertext and hypermedia documents. Students in this course distinguish traditional text documents from e-texts (electronic texts) and hypertexts (text including hyperlinks and text encoded with hypertext markup language), examining the stylistic consequences of these formal distinctions from a humanistic perspective. The class emphasizes the sense that traditional notions of authorship and authority are reconstituted by the contemporary writing environment, and students apply their findings via the creation of original hypertext documents both individually and in collaboration with their peers.

404 Persuasive Writing (3)
Study of the science and art of using written language to promote information gain, induce attitude change, and affect behavior. Beginning with Aristotelian concepts such as logos, ethos, and pathos, this course will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to generate, arrange, and write effective arguments. Psychological and sociological principles of persuasion will be examined and the various uses of argument in contemporary situations explored.

406 Rhetorical Analysis (3)
In-depth analysis of advertisements, speeches, film, and literature as persuasive texts. Students will learn both the nature and scope of persuasion and be introduced to several different methods for analyzing the argumentative strategies of texts. Among these are the traditional, Burkeian, sociological, feminist, and postmodern perspectives. Students will also consider the ethical, aesthetic, and political problems raised by texts designed to persuade an audience.

417 Copywriting (3)
In-depth study of the theory and techniques necessary to produce successful advertising copy. Students also learn to integrate the written word with the appropriate visual symbols in order to produce effective messages. Ethical issues within the industry will be emphasized.

444 Business Research, Writing, and Editing (3)
Study and practice of the kinds of internal and external writing used in different organizations—utilities, for-profit corporations, non-profit organizations, and others. Practice in the researching, writing, and editing of letters, memos, reports, market analyses, promotions, product descriptions, grants, proposals, etc. Relevant ethical issues will be included.

Computer Science Prefix: CS

325 Desktop Publishing (3)
Design and production of high quality publications from desktop computers. Text editing and text manipulation. Creating, importing, pasting and cropping graphics. Use of design elements. Printing. Color processing. Building books and booklets. Different types of hardware and software will be discussed. Prerequisite: CS 180 or equivalent.

Marketing Co-Requisites

MKT 306 Marketing Concepts and Applications (3)
Elements of the marketing functions in bringing the organization’s goods and services from the producers to the consumer.

MKT 385 – Consumer Behavior (3)
An analysis of the actions and decision processes of individuals and organizations involved in discovering evaluating, acquiring, consuming and disposing of products and services. The disciplines of Marketing, Psychology, and Sociology will be used to understand how consumer behavior is the basis for management decision making. Prerequisite: MKT 306.

MKT 386 – Sales Promotion, Advertising, and Personal Selling (3)
Examines the process of planning executing, and evaluating promotional programs utilizing personal selling, advertising, and sales promotion techniques to achieve company objectives. Prerequisite: MKT 306.

See a complete list of all courses offered in the Department of Communication and the university course catalog.