Undergraduate Courses

undergraduate course list


Undergraduate Course List 

Organizational Communication Courses

Interpersonal Communication Courses

Intercultural Communication Courses

Communication Theory and Research Courses

Political Communication Courses

Communication and Media Courses

General Education Courses


Organizational Communication

COMM 370 Organizational Communication (3 credits)
Communication strategies and patterns of private and governmental organizations, including research on the communication process.

COMM 377 Conflict Management (3 credits)
Communication strategies to manage and negotiate conflict in intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and organizational settings.

COMM 425 Small Group Communication (3 credits)
Principles and methods of modern group discussion with emphasis on the role of the group in problem-solving.

COMM 470 Leadership Communication (3 credits)
Examination of traditional theories and concepts of leader-follower dynamics; presentation of cognitive, systems, and symbolic interpretative views of leadership with an emphasis on persuasion and motivation in leader-follower interactions. 

COMM 478 Case Studies in Leadership Communication (3 credits)
Students will assess, synthesize, integrate, and evaluate research in the area of leadership and organizational communication. Students will interact with modern topics related to communication and organizations through the analysis and discussion of various cases pulled from current events in organizational research.

COMM 479 Ethics & Diversity in Leadership Communication (3 credits)
This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore the issues related to ethical decision-making and personal ethical development as they apply to interpersonal communication, followership, organizations, diversity, and organizational citizenship.

COMM 495 Internship (3 credits)
Internship opportunity to apply what has been learned to a real-world situation. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Restricted to majors.
Prerequisite: COMM 370, junior standing, and 3.0 GPA in major.


Interpersonal Communication

COMM 377 Conflict Management (3 credits)
Communication strategies to manage and negotiate conflict in intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and organizational settings.

COMM 384 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
Theories of interpersonal communication and relational communication including study of relevant models, contexts and constructs.

COMM 460 Deception and Communication (3 credits)
Deceptive communication including nonverbal indicators of lies, types of lies, and influence of relationships on lying behavior and interpretation.

COMM 462 Family Communication (3 credits)
A communication perspective on traditional and nontraditional family configurations, roles, interaction patterns, and conflict. Includes an examination of media depictions of families and family interaction, as well as current social and political issues related to the family.

COMM 465 Nonverbal Communication (3 credits)
Study of and experimentation with nonverbal aspects of human communication as vital components of the total communication process.

COMM 484 Verbal Communication (3 credits)
Study of and experimentation with verbal aspects of human communication and their contextual use within the total communication/social process.


Intercultural Communication

COMM 376 Communication and Culture (3 credits)
Cultural and intercultural communication theory and behavior, with a concentration on the development of specific communication skills which should facilitate effective intercultural communication.

COMM 475 International Communication (3 credits)
Exploration of the forms and channels of communication substantially influenced by international cultural and political factors. Covers: global communication technology; news, information and entertainment flows; international diplomacy and negotiation, communication in war and peace.

COMM 477 Environmental Communication (3 credits)
Examines the link between communication and environment within the context of communication scholarship. Topics include sense of place, cultural approaches to interacting with the environment as well as exploring current themes surrounding the environment. 

COMM 480 Health Communication
(3 credits) Examination of central issues in communication theory and practice as applied to health care. Includes communication in health care organizations, media dissemination of health information, the role of communication in disease prevention and health promotion, and symbolic meaning of illness within cultures. May be repeated up to 3 credits. 


Communication Theory and Research

COMM 310 Communication Theory and Discovery (3 credits)
The course explores the nature of communication science, major communication theories, and how communication research is conducted and interpreted.


Political Communication

COMM 351 Persuasion Theory and Practice (3 credits)
Training in understanding and applying the principles and techniques of argumentation and persuasion.

COMM 440 Political Communication (3 credits)
Presidential and congressional campaigns, political persuasion techniques, political advertising, power in language, and media aspects of political information. Ideology, resistance to political manipulation, and dependence of democracies on communication.


Communication and Media

COMM 450 Technologies of Communication (3 credits)
Development and evolution of human communication technologies from prehistory through the future of computer-mediated communication networks. Examines behavioral, cognitive, social, cultural, and political issues of new communication technologies and their use and management.
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

COMM 457 Strategic Communication (3 credits)
This course covers history, theory, and research related to the use of communication to change attitudes in favor of U.S. national security interests. Students will examine the use of strategic communication and influence in diplomacy, intelligence, and military communities in terms of specific strategies, effects, and issues. Students will learn to distinguish public diplomacy, information operations, public affairs, and other forms of political communication that are used by the U.S. government to persuade target populations about American interests and goals. Topics include soft power, intelligence-based negotiation processes, and research methods used to identify influence techniques or groups that threaten U.S. national security.

COMM 471 Sports Communication (3 credits)
This course provides a senior-level exploration of the role sports and sports communication play in contemporary culture. Readings will examine the interrelationship between sports and media in society, the identities that fans assume when engaging in fanship and sports viewership, the pervasiveness of sports communication practices in the sports industry, the role of media in storytelling, and the way cultural identifiers of class, ethnicity, and gender play out in the media.


General Education Courses

COMM 1115G Public Speaking (3 credits)
This survey course introduces the principles of communication in the areas of interpersonal, intercultural, small group, organizational, public speaking, mass, and social media.

COMM 1130G Public Speaking (3 credits)
This course introduces the theory and fundamental principles of public speaking, emphasizing audience analysis, reasoning, the use of evidence, and effective delivery. Students will study principles of communication theory and rhetoric and apply them in the analysis, preparation and presentation of speeches, including informative, persuasive, and impromptu speeches.