Undergraduate Courses

Fall 2022 Courses


Undergraduate Course List 


CL: Class/Lecture/Seminar – Face to Face course, required meetings on campus
ONL: Synchronous – Wholly online course, required online meetings at time listed
HY: Online courses with some required meetings on campus at time listed
WB: Asynchronous – Wholly online course, no required online meetings

Organizational Communication Courses

Interpersonal Communication Courses

Intercultural Communication Courses

Communication Theory and Research Courses

Political Communication Courses

Communication Technologies Courses

Other Communication 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 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: 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)


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 environment as well as exploring current themes surrounding environment. 


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.

• 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.


Communication Technologies

• 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.


Other 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.