Currently Offered Courses - Fall 2019

CMN 101 - Public Speaking

Preparation and presentation of short informative and persuasive speeches; emphasis on the selection and organization of material, methods of securing interest and attention, and the elements of delivery. Credit is not given for both CMN 101 and either CMN 111 or CMN 112.

CMN 102 - Intro to Comm Theory & Res

Survey of the questions probed, the methods employed, and the current status of knowledge in the study of communication.

CMN 111 - Oral & Written Comm I

Principles and practice in communication; stress on fundamentals of critical thinking in writing and speaking. The campus Composition I general education requirement is fulfilled by this course in conjunction with CMN 112. Credit is not given for both CMN 111 + CMN 112, and other courses that fulfill the Composition I requirement (such as RHET 101+RHET 102, RHET 105, ESL 115); Credit is also not given for both CMN 111+ CMN 112, and CMN 101. CMN 111+ CMN 112 cannot be taken by students who have completed the campus Composition I general education requirement.

CMN 199 - Undergraduate Open Seminar

May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.

CMN 204 - Internship in Teaching Comm

Supervised experience in assisting in the teaching of an undergraduate course in communication; practice in preparing and presenting brief lectures, conducting activities within class, and assisting students outside of class. Prerequisite: Junior standing, cumulative 3.0 grade-point average, 3.5 grade-point average in Communication coursework, recommendation from an instructor, and approval by application.

CMN 211 - Business Communication

Focus on relevant theory and research on communication strategies and skills vital to diverse business contexts. Topics include personal branding and self-marketing; job interviewing basics; business ethics; business writing; networking; professional etiquette and behaviors; and business presentations. Activities include presentations, written assignments, and practice interviews. Prerequisite: CMN 101.

CMN 212 - Intro to Organizational Comm

Considers major theories, research questions, and approaches to organizational communication.

CMN 213 - Small Group Communication

Considers major theories, processes, and practical measures contributing to effective communication in small group and team contexts. Credit is not given for CMN 113 and CMN 213.

CMN 215 - Interviewing Principles & Practices

Provides a survey of communication-based interviewing theories and practices. Students will learn theoretical and practical principles related to major types of interviews, the ethics and legalities of interviewing, and apply this knowledge through repeated practice, as both an interviewer and interviewee, leading to competency in employment, informational, and persuasive scenarios. Credit is not given for both CMN 115 and CMN 215. Prerequisite: CMN 101 or CMN 111 and CMN 112.

CMN 220 - Communicating Public Policy

Study of the nature of policy-oriented communication; analysis and formulation of positions on issues of professional, personal, or public interest; design and presentation of public policy messages addressed to varying tasks and audiences, with special emphasis on advanced writing skills. Prerequisite: Completion of campus Composition I general education requirement.

CMN 230 - Intro to Interpersonal Comm

Study of communication theory and its application to interpersonal relationships; extensive discussion of problems of conflict and misunderstanding in personal affairs to facilitate the development of knowledge, insights, and skills in the processes of face-to-face interaction.

CMN 232 - Intro to Intercultural Comm

Introduction to the study of intercultural communication in a variety of contexts, including domestic and international; examines theory and research to explain what happens when people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds interact. Requires students to think critically about the ways in which "taken-for-granted" ways of thinking, acting, and interacting are culturally specific.

CMN 250 - Social Movement Communication

Examines the communication strategies of social movements, concentrating on the types of messages that social movements create (including rhetorical messaging, social protest, grassroots organizing, fundraising, and media outreach). Focuses on the communication of major 19th, 20th, and 21st century social protest movements, including movements for civil rights, environmentalism, women's rights, and others. Emphasizes the functions of communication for identity formation, promulgation, and social change. Provides knowledge and tools for the analysis and production of messages.

CMN 260 - Intro to Health Communication

Introduces theory and research on communication in health and illness contexts. Explores how messages from media, interpersonal, and organizational sources affect health beliefs and behaviors.

CMN 275 - Media, Money and Power

Describes the political economy of the media in the U.S. Acquaints students with a core understanding of how the media system operates, and with what effects, in a capitalist society. Examines the role of advertising, public relations, corporate concentration, and government regulation upon news reporting, entertainment, culture, and participatory democracy. Also examines issues related to the Internet, globalization, and public broadcasting.

CMN 277 - Introduction to Mediated Communication

Survey of the history, structure, forms, and social effects of the American mass media, with significant focus on study of how media shape perceptions of people of color and other stigmatized groups.

CMN 280 - Comm Technology & Society

Introduction to theory and research on both old and new communication technologies; focus will be on how these technological systems develop and are used, and what implications of these systems have for culture and society.

CMN 304 - Communication Internship

Directed internship experience for Communication majors. Students must have consent of the Internship Coordinator. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours.

CMN 310 - The Rhetorical Tradition

Survey of major trends in the development of rhetorical theory from Homer to the present.

CMN 312 - Communicating for Innovation

This course challenges the notion that good ideas are produced by "lone geniuses." Surveying theories from organizational communication, we will explore the important role communication plays in fostering innovation and creativity in the workplace. Some topics discussed include: socialization, group decision-making, information sharing, positive workplace environments, the role of communication technologies, and social networks. Students will analyze real-world cases and participate in class activities designed to demonstrate innovation processes in action.

CMN 321 - Strategies of Persuasion

Studies of powerful instances of public persuasion; students examine key means of public influence.

CMN 323 - Argumentation

Study of the theory of argument, e.g., evidence, reasoning, and construction of briefs; practice in formal and informal forms of debate and public discourse on current public questions. Prerequisite: CMN 101.

CMN 336 - Family Communication

Examines the nature and functions of communication in various family configurations (e.g. nuclear families, single-parent families, stepfamilies); discusses both problematic interaction patterns and links between family interaction and strong families.

CMN 340 - Visual Politics

Explores the role of visual images in U.S. culture, paying special attention to the ways that images function persuasively as political communication. Provides tools for analyzing historical and contemporary images and artifacts, such as photographs, prints, paintings, advertisements, and memorials. Emphasis on how visual images are used for remembering and memorializing; confronting and resisting; consuming and commodifying; governing and authorizing; and visualizing and informing.

CMN 345 - Visual Media Effects

Provides an introduction to visual media effects in communication, and is intended for students with little or no experience with visual aspects of communication. Focuses on social scientific approaches to understanding visual media effects and theories of visual communication.

CMN 361 - Storytelling as Oral Communication

Explores the role of traditional oral narrative in contemporary social life. Examines some major genres: folktales, family stories, personal growth narratives, professional autobiographical presentations, TED talks. Each of these genres will be examined in terms of content, context in a larger community of discourse, and performance demands. In addition, students will create and perform their own stories representing these genres.

CMN 368 - Sexual Communication

Describes sex as a fundamental activity in the development and maintenance of human relationships. Communication about sex happens in a variety of interpersonal, group, organizational, and mediated contexts. Explores the many ways in which sexual communication intersects our personal, relational, cultural, and institutional norms and values. Topics will include social norms about sexual communication, sexual harassment, family communication about sex, sexual health education, doctor-patient communication about sex, and sex in the media and in advertising. Theory and research on communication processes will be used to elaborate how talk about sex can achieve multiple goals.

CMN 370 - Political Economy of Communication

Addresses significant contemporary social issues from the perspective of the political economy of communication. Issues may include, but are not limited to, the influence of money on political communication, the role of the media in American attitudes toward racial inequalities, or the politics of science reporting. This course will feature a number of recent books on social problems in the United States that have a communication twist. Class-time will be focused on discussing the books. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing required.

CMN 377 - Propaganda and Modern Society

Traces the social, economic, and political underpinnings of propaganda and public relations. Examines the rise of corporate propaganda in the early 20th century and explores how these strategies were adapted by a wide range of social and political actors. The second part of the course discusses the above issues from contemporary perspectives. The role of WWI, WWII, and the more recent Iraqi war, in solidifying the role of government and commercial propaganda in society and the frequently blurry distinctions between government propaganda and commercial public relations will also be discussed. The relationship between propaganda, PR and the mass media will constitute a constant site of inquiry. This course focuses on theory, especially critical theory.

CMN 390 - Individual Study

Individual investigation of special problems. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of communication coursework; a grade-point average of 3.25; and consent of head of department.

CMN 396 - Special Topics in Comm

Special topics in communication not treated in regularly scheduled courses. See Class Schedule for current topics. May be repeated as topics vary.

CMN 412 - Adv Organizational Comm

Advanced study of theory and research in organizational communication; considers such topics as communication networks, superior-subordinate communications, task-related and social information processing, and communicating with the external environment. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: CMN 212.

CMN 429 - Race and the Mass Media

Presents an overview of racial stereotypes in the mass media and the effects of stereotypical imagery on viewers. Discussion of the structural and social origins of stereotypic media from multiple perspectives focusing on published scholarship that systematically assesses the content and effects of racial representations from a social scientific perspective. Intersections between race, ethnicity, class, and gender also will be explored. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

CMN 462 - Interpersonal Health Comm

Examines the role of communication in the management of mental and physical health. Focuses on topics such as communication and illness identity, health and interpersonal relationships, health care provider-patient interactions, impacts of technology on health communication, and health education and prevention efforts. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

CMN 463 - Organizational Health Comm

Focuses on organizational issues shaping communication between providers, patients, and consumers of health care and information, including background on financing personal medical services; organizations, professions, and their interrelationships involved in providing medical services; theorizing communication and organization in personal medical services; and communication between organizations and the public on health issues. Topics include managed care, professional communication, the hospital as a unique communication site, ethics in health communication, direct-to-consumer drug advertising, and health crisis communication. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

CMN 464 - Health Communication Campaigns

Focuses on the theoretical principles behind designing, implementing, and evaluating a health communication campaign. Students will be exposed to campaigns pertaining to alcohol abuse, illicit drug use, organ donation, safe sex, tobacco use, among others. The first part of the course reviews theories used in health communication campaigns, derived from the disciplines of communication, social psychology, and public health. The second part of the course focuses on designing campaigns and creating messages as well as evaluating the effects of those campaigns and messages. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

CMN 465 - Social Marketing Health&Behav

Applies marketing concepts and practices to bring about behavior change for a social good. Social marketing is an approach to planning and implementing projects and programs that emphasizes a customer-centered mindset to learn what people want and need to change their behavior. Designed to give students a thorough orientation to the discipline of social marketing and its application to a range of problems with an emphasis on issues in health contexts. Topics will include audience research, segmentation strategies, communication channels, marketing mix, and the application of behavioral theory. Students will acquire practical skills in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health intervention initiatives that use social marketing. Same as CHLH 465. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

CMN 476 - Commercialism and the Public

Explores the influences of advertising and commercialism and their role in defining our political culture, social institutions, and personal lives. Through readings, written reflection, visual presentations, and class discussions, the course explores a wide range of advertising and consumer issues and discusses how consumers negotiate these forces. The first part of the course is devoted to a historical overview; discussing the risk and evolving nature of advertising throughout the 20th century. Having established a historical framework, the course offers six contemporary topics to be discussed in the remainder of the semester. Topics may include, but not be limited to: the commercial mass media; the public relations industry; gender in advertising; commercialization of childhood; the commercialization of medicine and science; contemporary consumer society; advertising in schools; and food, advertising, and body image. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

CMN 491 - Honors Individual Study

Individual investigation of special problems. 2 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of communication; a grade-point average of 3.50; and consent of head of department.

CMN 493 - Honors Senior Thesis

Individual study leading to a thesis for honors in the Department of Communication. 2 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing; a grade-point average of 3.50; and consent of head of department.

CMN 496 - Adv Topics in Communication

Advanced topics in communication not treated in regularly scheduled courses; see Class Schedule for current topics. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated as topics vary.

CMN 501 - Intro to Health Communication

Introduction to theory and research on communication in health and illness contexts, focusing on how messages from interpersonal, organizational, cultural and media sources affect health beliefs and behaviors. Some topics to be explored include: the theoretical foundations underlying differences in the ways individuals communicate about health, health campaign strategies and organizational influences on health and strategies for generating successful or beneficial health-related communication (as well as recognize problematic communicative trends).

CMN 507 - Hlth Comm Orgs Profs & Policy

Study of the organizational features of the U.S. health care systems, generating a comprehensive image of the context in which communication between patients and providers, health care consumers and organizations, and public health care messages are sent, received, exchanged, interpreted, and circulated. Offered Fall terms only. Prerequisite: Only for students enrolled in the MS in Health Communications degree program.

CMN 529 - Seminar Communication Theory

Special topics in communication theory and research. May be repeated to a maximum of 16 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

CMN 538 - Seminar Rhetorical Theory

Study of special topics in the history of rhetorical theory. May be repeated to a maximum of 16 hours.

CMN 550 - Intro to Comm Grad Study

Orientation to discipline of Communication and too departmental research areas. Discusses disciplinary norms, research ethics/IRB, academic writing, and professional conduct. Advice on choosing areas of research, identifying suitable graduate advisor, time management, and career planning. Faculty visitors discuss their research and professional development topics. Approved for S/U grading only. Prerequisite: Communication graduate students only.

CMN 574 - Communication Research Methods

Introduction to content analysis, survey, and experimental research designs and quantitative and qualitative analysis in communication research.

CMN 575 - Capstone Individual Study

Provides capstone experience for students in the MS in Health Communication degree program.

CMN 595 - Special Problems

Individual investigation of special projects not included in theses. May be repeated in separate terms. Open to master's candidates for a maximum of 4 graduate hours and to doctoral candidates for a maximum of 12 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent from head of department.

CMN 599 - Thesis Research

Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated.