School of Communication & Media

Resources / Course Descriptions

Descriptions of courses offered by the School of Communication & Media are listed below. While every effort has been made to keep this list as up-to-date as possible, please consult the current catalog for further descriptions.


NOTE: Course credits given in the following format "0-0-0" translate to:
class hours - lab hours - total credits

Communication (COM)

  • COM 1100 - Human Communication

    • Human Communication is an introduction to the fundamental components of the human communication process. The course provides a basic history of the communication discipline. Course content begins with ancient rhetoric and traces the communication discipline’s history to its classification as a modern social science. The course emphasizes selected methods and practice in dyadic, small group, and oral presentational settings. Course content also covers communication models, organizational communication, mass communication, intercultural communication, and forms of inquiry.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 0099, READ 0099, if required.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 2020 - CSI: Communication Sources and Investigations

    • This course introduces the approaches and paradigms used in communication research. Emphasis is placed on locating, reviewing, and evaluating communication research studies found in academic publications; the basic structure and function of a literature review; and communication research ethics. This course provides practical experience using the American Psychological Association formatting style.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 2033 - Visual Communication

    • COM 2033 is an introduction to visual communication using perceptual, physiological, psychological, cultural, and semiotic concepts. The course focuses on visual awareness and processing as key elements in effective communication.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 2129 - Public Speaking

    • COM 2129 covers methods and practice in effective oral communication with an emphasis on speech preparation and presentation.
    • Prerequisites: All developmental studies courses, if required.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 2135 - Writing for Public Communication

    • COM 2135 covers application and practice of writing form and style particular to communication industry careers, such as journalism, public relations and human resource areas. Includes weekly writing assignments.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 2205 - Introduction to Communication in Organizations

    • An introduction to methods and applications of basic theories, interactive structures, and directions within various organizational environments.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 2230 - Introduction to Mass Communication

    • This course is a survey of the various genres of mass media such as books, magazines, newspapers, radio, television, film, Internet and others. Examines the development, roles, functions, problems and criticisms of specific media from a global context.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 2290 - Special Topics

    • Students will explore selected special topics relevant to the mission of the Department of Communication.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 0099 and READ 0099, if required.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 3315 - Interviewing

    • Methods and practice in situational interviewing, including selection, sales, journalistic and media interviews. Examines roles and functions of both interviewee and interviewer.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 3320 - Health Communication

    • This course introduces theoretical and applied aspects of health communication. Current health issues will be examined in varied communication contexts, such as interpersonal, group, organizational, and mediated communication. This course analyzes provider-patient communication, intercultural communication and health beliefs, and health messages in the media. A variety of contemporary public health issues will be presented. The course also examines the effectiveness of prevention messages using identified communication strategies.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102; must be a declared School of Communication& Media major. Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 3325 - Intercultural Communication

    • A study of cultural and communication variables that impact the interaction process between peoples. Intercultural communication is examined during the time communication participants share ideas, information, persuasion and emotions.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 3326 - Global Media Systems

    • Exploration of mass media and culture from a global perspective. Included are analyses of international communication theories, global communication infrastructure, the global media marketplace, and international communication and the Internet. This course also examines specific communication systems, both democratic and authoritarian, and the means by which news, information, and propaganda are disseminated in a global context. Also included are international media products such as film, music, radio and TV programming, online content, and advertisements. 
    • Prerequisites: COM 2230
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 3345 - Group Communication

    • COM 3345 is a study of input, process and output variables in small group discussion. The emphasis on participation, observation and evaluation of various discussion methods.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2205 and 60+ credit hours; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major. Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 3350 - Editing for Today's Media

    • This course explores the role of the copy editor in print, broadcast, and online media, with a focus on developing the skills required to be an effective editor in the age of convergence. Through lecture, guest speakers, and in-class and out-of-class assignments, students will gain experience in copy editing, and the use of graphics, type, headlines, and layout to produce effective news and feature stories, and public relations materials.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2135 and declared School of Communication & Media Major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 3366 - Nonverbal Communication

    • A comprehensive review of communication without the use of words. Examines the research on body movement, territory, and environmental design, touch, eye behavior, vocal attractiveness, time use, deception, and body alterations such as attire.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 3376 - Interpersonal Communication

    • Theory and application of communication concepts involving interpersonal relationships and contexts.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 3398 - Internship in Communication

    • A supervised, credit-earning work experience of approximately one semester with a previously approved business firm, private agency, or government agency. Up to nine communication internship hours may be earned for credit. To help students build their resume, a maximum of six credit hours may be earned at one internship site per semester. If a student chooses a second internship, he or she must take an internship with another organization.
    • Prerequisites:

      Approval of School internship coordinator and eligibility based on following criteria: 60 + credit hours and at least a 2.5 GPA, and at least one semester of COM coursework completed at KSU; declared School of Communication and Media major

    • Credits: 1-9 Credit Hours
  • COM 3435 - Communication Research Methods

    • COM 3435 is an introduction to the nature of academic inquiry in communication, the basic structure and methodology of professional and academic research, and the resources available for access to published research.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2135; COM 2205 or COM 2230
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 3459 - Communication and Conflict

    • COM 3459 introduces a model of effective conflict management in organizations and other contexts via appropriate communicative strategies. The model proposes that our perspective of dealing with conflict determines our approach to conflict situations. This course will provide students with practical knowledge for understanding the benefits of conflict, recognizing its evolution, and applying various strategies for dealing with different people in a variety of contexts.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.  Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4100 - Directed Applied Research

    • COM 4100 offers students an opportunity to investigate communication-oriented concepts and issues by assisting in faculty-led research or scholarship. Course content and instructional methodologies are identified by the faculty’s needs and expectations.

      Note: The amount of work expected per student is based on the number of assigned credit hours.
    • Prerequisites: COM 3435 and permission from the School; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • COM 4344 - Organizational Training and Development

    • COM 4344 covers methods and practice in communication training and development for organizations including pre-assessment, writing objectives, training techniques, post-training evaluation, feedback, implementation. The emphasis is on communication processes and outcomes for the trainer and trainee plus communication skill development within training modules.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2205 and 60+ hours; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major. Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4400 - Directed Study

    • Specific topics of an advanced nature not in the regular course offerings.
    • Prerequisites: 60+ credit hours and permission from the School; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 1-3 Credit Hours
  • COM 4424 - Uses and Effects of Mass Media

    • This course examines research findings and commentary about mass media impact and use in the United States. An exploration of what mass media “do” to users and what users “do” with the mass media, and why these effects and uses are thought to occur. This course is useful for students interested in graduate work in mass media, professional media careers, media literacy, or more conscientious use of mass media and awareness of possible effects on themselves or others.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2230; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4425 - Gender, Race and Media

    • An examination of mass media portrayals of gender and race, from years past to present. Students will analyze media artifacts, identify recurring themes, and explore research about the societal effects of stereotypical media portrayals.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2230; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4430 - Media Management

    • A comprehensive examination and analysis of the structure, personnel, planning, operations, economics and editorial broadcast, production, advertising, and public relations companies as well as new media.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2230; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major. Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4434 - Topics in Media Studies

    • This course offers theoretical and applied approaches to media studies problems and issues. Sample topics may include media literacy, media and society, social and digital media, children and media, celebrity media culture, and courses based on various genres of electronic media. This course may be taken up to two times for a total of six credit hours as long as the course content differs each semester the course is taken.
    • Prerequisites: COM 3326; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major. Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4440 - Leadership Communication

    • Leadership Communication distinguishes leadership as an influential message-centered process. Based on this perspective, the course examines the variables of message exchange (communicator role, message content and meaning, media, context, and culture) as they impact organizational goal achievement. Eight major communication approaches are used to explain leadership. Special attention is given to understanding communication theory and extending social science research.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2205 or COM 2230 and COM 3435; Must be a declared School of Communication & Media major. Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4444 - Film and Video Structure and Process

    • An examination of the television and motion picture industries, covering such factors as development, pre-production, the production process, post-production and distribution. Emphasis will be placed on the managerial aspects of the process and will include the institutional/instructional video market.
    • Prerequisites: 60+ credit hours
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4455 - Organizational Communication Audits Capstone

    • COM 4455 is the study and application of the organizational communication assessment process used by consultants, trainers and managers. In this capstone course, students will conduct a communication audit for a local company and develop a written analysis of the organization’s internal communication patterns.

      Note: Capstone course to be taken last in concentration.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2205 and COM 3435 and 90+ credit hours; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4480 - Communication Theory

    • COM 4480 is an in-depth and diversified examination of various theories analyzing and describing the human communication process from different perspectives, including interpersonal, organizational and mass communication.
    • Prerequisites: COM 3435 and 60+ credit hours; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4485 - Media Studies Capstone

    • COM 4485 is a seminar format of extensive readings and class discussions about mass media in order to examine theoretical and methodological concerns and their implications for our understanding of media in society. The course culminates in a research paper that integrates, critiques, extends and applies knowledge gained from the readings and the student’s prior media studies. Students present the results of their research and contribute to substantive discussions of the presentations by all other students in the course.
    • Prerequisites: COM 4424 and COM 4480; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4490 - Special Topics in Communication

    • Selected special topics of interest to faculty and students.
    • Prerequisites: 45+ credit hours; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major. Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 4499 - Senior Thesis

    • The senior thesis is designed to allow students to apply course work to professional issues. The course culminates in the student’s preparation and presentation of an undergraduate thesis or creative project.

      Note: This course may serve as the capstone for any of the four concentrations.
    • Prerequisites: COM 3435, COM 4480, and 90+ credit hours; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 5100 - Social Media Theory and Concepts

    • This course examines theory and concepts relevant to social media. Along with emerging digital and social media theory, this course also explores the connection between foundations of media and communication as they apply to current situations, techniques, and trends. Students produce graduate-level research that expands the scholarly discourse in this area.
    • Prerequisites: Acceptance to KSU graduate-student status.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 5200 - Digital Media Law

    • This course provides an in-depth examination of the existing legal structure within which digital and social media operates, and the antecedent statutory and case law through which this structure has evolved. This course also addresses ethical concepts and considerations surrounding digital and social media. This course focuses on the First Amendment as it applies to free speech and the media, specific to online content. This course introduces students to different legal issues such as libel, disruptive speech, invasion of privacy, and copyright. It also teaches about different approaches to the First Amendment and how far freedom of speech and of the press goes in different legal scenarios. As a graduate course, students read several cases involving digital and social media. Students analyze texts and discuss the implication of law from theoretical and practical perspectives.
    • Prerequisites: Admission to certificate program or permission of the instructor.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 5410 - Digital Publication Design

    • This course explores the nature and role of publication design through a study of visual communication theory; historical development of design; use of color, photography and graphics; and the use of design software and tools, including cloud computing and Drop Box. Students learn to exercise control over messages through coordination of text, images, and strategic design. Graphic design software (Adobe Creative Suites InDesign and Photoshop) and other online tools are used to develop an understanding of visual communication strategies and skills to create publications for communication to internal and external organizational audiences.
    • Prerequisites: Acceptance to KSU graduate-student status.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 5420 - Mobile Media Technologies

    • This course introduces students to concepts connected with mobile media technology and with cyberculture, such as augmented reality, immersive worlds, and mobile learning and information design. Essentially this course critiques the basic theory and usability of social networking, mobile delivery, mobile content and technology, requiring you to engage and interact online.
    • Prerequisites:
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 5900 - Digital and Social Media Capstone

    • Students plan and create an applied project that reflects best professional practices, theory and existing research on digital and social media. The final project is shared with the professional community via social networks. Students also create a summary of supporting literature, and an implementation and evaluation plan.
    • Prerequisites: Acceptance to KSU graduate student status.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 6670 - Crisis Leadership Communication

    • Leaders need communication skills and requisite knowledge to guide organizations through the tumultuous crises of the future. This course addresses numerous content areas, including: factors involved in decision-making under pressure; training and organizational skills in crisis management communication as a core competency; and leading in local and transboundary crises through an integrated approach for organizations with different decision-making structures, different resource commitments to crisis preparations and response, and different communication and cultural strategies.
    • Prerequisites:
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7100 - Survey of Global Communication

    • This course provides an overview of global communication, its modern development and the role of information technology; global communication law and policies; global news and information flow; global communication in transnational and global companies; global public relations; global advertising; and issues in global communication.
    • Prerequisites:
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7200 - Foundations in Communication Theory and Research

    • This course introduces graduate students to three elements that are crucial to success in a graduate program: understanding the role of and approaches to graduate research at KSU; appreciating the importance of the rationale employed to understand ways in which the world around us works in the context of the communication process; and exploring ways to test or make sense of that rationale.
    • Prerequisites:
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7300 - International Public Relations

    • This course examines the principles and concepts of practicing public relations globally including cultural, political and economic considerations; organizational goals and objectives; the role of traditional media; and the challenges new media technologies are bringing to public relations for corporate and government entities.
    • Prerequisites:
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7400 - Communication Research Methods

    • This course deals with analysis of types of problems, concepts, definitions, variables, methods and measurement techniques as well as interpretation of data prevalent in communication research. The purpose of this course is to guide students to conduct elementary statistics, design research and develop their own research proposals.
    • Prerequisites: COM 7300
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7500 - Communication for Multinational Corporations

    • The ever intensified globalization has motivated and forced many business people work cross-culturally. Intercultural communication has become an integral component for business and managerial education. Effective communication is a vital skill for everyone in business today, especially for those who work in multinational corporations. Great communicators have a distinct advantage in building successful businesses and careers. Effective intercultural business communication requires one not only to be proficient with business strategy and linguistic skills, but also be competent with intercultural communication and multicultural negotiation capabilities. Using case studies conducted at multinational corporations across the globe, this course introduces students to the world of international business and management by studying key concepts of intercultural communication, negotiation, international trade and global team-building. Such areas as cultural and sub-cultural differences, changing organizational structures, advanced communication technologies, and verbal and nonverbal communication channels will be covered in this course.
    • Prerequisites: COM 7300
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7600 - Communication and Technology

    • This course continues what IGC students began learning in the global communication theory seminar. This course focuses on how technology impacts the communication process in five specific areas: public relations, advertising, political communication, citizen media, and law. It will look at the legal, social, and economic implications of technology in each of these areas. Students will be able to examine and critique technology’s role in the communication field. Specifically, they will examine the role technology has on public communication.
    • Prerequisites: COM 7300
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7700 - Integrated Global Communication Directed Study

    • Integrated Global Communication Directed Study offers students in the MAIGC opportunities to conduct individual research abroad or choose from a pool of courses offered by KSU partner institutions abroad, under the supervision of a KSU instructor of record. This course is one of the four options students may choose as part of the Summer International Experience in the MAIGC. Approval from the director of the MAIGC for all directed study projects is required. A student pursuing an individual research project must work with a MAIGC faculty member who will supervise the student’s progress and provide guidance for the desired outcome of the project. Students interested in enrolling in classes offered by a KSU partner institution abroad must receive approval from the director of the MAIGC.
    • Prerequisites: COM 7600
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7710 - Integrated Global Communication Practicum

    • Students will work abroad or domestically for the summer term for a for-profit organization with global reach on projects with international implications. Emphasis will be placed on contrasting American and foreign culture communication traditions. Students will learn the historical background and recent contemporary backdrop to foreign country communication practices, structures and organization.
    • Prerequisites: COM 7600
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7720 - Integrated Global Communication Study Abroad

    • Students may choose from among the many KSU study abroad courses offered by KSU faculty during the summer terms as one of the four options for the Summer International Experience in the MAIGC. Permission of the director of the MAIGC is required and students must work with the KSU Education Abroad Office to find KSU study abroad courses appropriate for the Summer International Experience. Students are expected to meet the expectations of the KSU instructor of record for the KSU study abroad course.
    • Prerequisites: COM 7600
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7730 - Integrated Global Communication Study Tour

    • This course examines public relations, organizational communication and other facets of communication integral to coordinating global communication messages across cultures in professional settings. Emphasis will be placed on contrasting American and host country communication traditions. Students will learn the historical background and recent contemporary backdrop to host country communication practices, structures and organization. Numerous examples of host country communication practices will be observed through visits to local, national, and global corporations and communication organizations.. Students will hear lectures from experts in host country organizations.
    • Prerequisites: COM 7600
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 7900 - Integrated Global Communication Capstone

    • This course is the culminating experience for students in the MAIGC. Students work individually or in teams to develop either an original scholarly research project related to global communication, or an integrated global communication professional project for a client. Students meet weekly for instruction and direction with the instructor and recruit a graduate faculty member to be a reviewer/reader for the thesis/project. At the end of the course, all students present their projects in a public forum.
    • Prerequisites: COM 7700 , COM 7710 , COM 7720 , or COM 7730
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • COM 8200 - Communication with Asian Partners

    • This course explores communication strategies with Asian partners in global business, political and organizational contexts. Through lectures, discussions, case studies and guest speeches, students develop a deep appreciation of intercultural sensitivity, especially when communicating with peoples of Asian cultures. Students analyze commonalities and differences in communication styles among Asian cultural groups. In particular, students develop relationship building, negotiation and conflict resolution skills with partners of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian and Islamic cultural backgrounds.
    • Prerequisites: Admission into any KSU graduate program.
    • Credits: 3-0-3

Journalism (JOUR)

  • JOUR 3310 - Concepts in New Media

    • An analysis of the content, process and distribution of new media, including Web-based, network-based, and CD-ROM based products. Students will examine, evaluate and prepare material for informational, educational, and/or entertainment new media as well as explore the process of computer-assisted communication.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2230; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major; Non-majors: permission of the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 3330 - News Reporting and Writing

    • JOUR 3330 is an introduction to the ways and means of developing, gathering, writing and editing factual and editorial copy. The course examines news personnel functions, reporting and interviewing techniques, ethical and legal considerations, along with news-writing practice surrounding the above.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2135; COM 2205 or COM 2230
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 3340 - Digital Media Production

    • JOUR 3340 focuses on the application and impact of digital media technology and how it has changed the production experience in a journalistic context. The course addresses the principles of shooting, sound characteristics, ergonomics, and basic techniques for field recording (time-code, miking, shot composition, and mixing). Audio and video formats are examined in the context of non-linear post-production.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2230 or COM 2205 and IT 2101; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 3360 - Photojournalism

    • JOUR 3360 introduces the fundamentals of how still photography is used to document our world in a public sphere. The course covers the skills, theory, aesthetics and ethics of newspaper, magazine and online photojournalism. Visual storytelling from a single picture to a multi-image photo essay is explored. A digital portfolio is to be produced and presented at the end of the term.

      Note: Personal digital camera required.
    • Prerequisites: JOUR 3340; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 3395 - Journalism Study Tour

    • This course offers students the opportunity to learn about news gathering, production, and presentation in one of the nation’s largest media markets. Students gain first-hand exposure to news professionals, operations, and offices. Students meet for an intensive one-week preparation class to better understand the structure and function of the professional newsroom. They visit outlets for a hands-on look at the news gathering process. Students incur additional travel expenses including the instructor’s travel expenses.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2230 and 30 credit hours; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 4300 - Topics in Journalism

    • This course offers theoretical and applied approaches to journalism and citizen media strategies and tactics needed for the profession. Sample topics may include social media and journalism, sports reporting, international journalism, ethics in journalism, public affairs reporting, and innovation and entrepreneurship in journalism. This course may be taken up to two times for a total of six credit hours as long as the course content differs each semester the course is taken.
    • Prerequisites: JOUR 3330 and JOUR 3340 (or permission of instructor); must be a declared School of Communication & Media major. Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 4410 - Investigative Reporting

    • This course teaches students how to move beyond basic news reporting and how to develop strong story ideas, report them thoroughly and write them in compelling and impactful ways. The course examines how to uncover electronic and paper-based documents and use open records laws as part of investigative journalism.
    • Prerequisites: JOUR 3330; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 4412 - Sports Reporting

    • In this course students prepare for and practice writing short and long form stories about sports contests at the high school, college, and professional levels. Students produce stories in multi-platform formats including video, photography and social media use. This is an advanced reporting course aimed at students who are sports enthusiasts with the goal of becoming professional sports reporters.
    • Prerequisites: Declared School of Communication and Media Major, and JOUR 3330
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 4420 - Advanced Media Writing

    • Methods and practice in the research and writing of feature length stories, including coverage of topics such as lead types, story development and researching, news features, human interest features, seasonal stories, personal profiles, enterprise stories, brights, sidebars and others.
    • Prerequisites: JOUR 3330; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major. Non majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 4445 - Advanced Digital Audio Production

    • Advanced Digital Audio Production focuses on producing, writing and storytelling for audio in a journalistic context. The course is designed to teach students how to write scripts and produce radio promotions, commercials and news stories. The course surveys trends in the radio industry including traditional broadcast, digital, and satellite radio as well as podcasting and audio streaming of content.
    • Prerequisites: JOUR 3330 and JOUR 3340, 90+ credit hours; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 4450 - Advanced Digital Video Production

    • JOUR 4450 is designed to teach students electronic field production, including single and multiple camera operations; advanced field camera operations; tape-to-tape editing; editing techniques; single/multiple camera continuity, and scripting in a journalistic context. The students must have a fundamental understanding of production operations before enrollment.
    • Prerequisites: JOUR 3330 and JOUR 3340; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 4470 - Media Law

    • An in-depth examination of the existing legal structure within which the media operates and the antecedent statutory and case law through which this structure has evolved. Also addresses ethical concepts and considerations surrounding the media.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2230 and POLS 1101; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major. Non-majors:  Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • JOUR 4488 - Multi-Media Visions of Community (Capstone)

    • JOUR 4488 is informed by social networking and civic, citizen and community journalism applications and theories. Student driven teams produce multi-media journalistic reflections of community life and institutions. The students, ideally working with diverse sets of community members, choose the best methods, tools and platforms for telling their stories and justifying their choices. This is the capstone course showcasing what students have learned in the Journalism and Emerging Media major.
    • Prerequisites: COM 3435 and one of the following: JOUR 3360, JOUR 4445, or JOUR 4450; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3

Media and Entertainment Studies (MENT)

  • MENT 3100 - Fundamentals of Media & Entertainment Studies

    • This course is an introduction to media and entertainment studies.  "Media studies" topics include not only media institution, but also the context, history, and economics of media; meaning and ideology; effects on audience behavior; public life; and globalization.  "Entertainment studies" focuses on any communication function used for entertainment purposes, including television, film, music, video games, sports, travel/tourism, museums, and theme parks.  this course will address the history, challenges, trends, and career option in these areas.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2230
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • MENT 3326 - Global Media Systems

    • Exploration of mass media and culture from a global perspective. Included are analyses of international communication theories, global communication infrastructure, the global media marketplace, and international communication and the Internet. This course also examines specific communication systems, both democratic and authoritarian, and the means by which news, information, and propaganda are disseminated in a global context. Also included are international media products such as film, music, radio and TV programming, online content, and advertisements.
    • Prerequisites: MENT 3100 and declared School of Communication and Media major
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • MENT 4424 - Uses and Effects of Mass Media

    • This course examines research findings and commentary about mass media impact and use in the United States. An exploration of what mass media “do” to users and what users “do” with the mass media, and why these effects and uses are thought to occur. This course is useful for students interested in graduate work in mass media, professional media careers, media literacy, or more conscientious use of mass media and awareness of possible effects on themselves or others.
    • Prerequisites: MENT 3100 and declared School of Communication and Media major
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • MENT 4425 - Gender, Race, and Media

    • An examination of mass media portrayals of gender and race, from years past to present. Students will analyze media artifacts, identify recurring themes, and explore research about the societal effects of stereotypical media portrayals.
    • Prerequisites: MENT 3100 and declared School of Communication and Media major; Permission from the School for Non-SOCM Program majors
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • MENT 4430 - Media Management

    • A comprehensive examination and analysis of the structure, personnel, planning, operations, economics and editorial broadcast, production, advertising, and public relations companies as well as new media.
    • Prerequisites: MENT 3100 and declared School of Communication and Media major; Permission of School for Non-SOCM Select Program majors
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • MENT 4434 - Topics in Media Studies

    • This course offers theoretical and applied approaches to media studies problems and issues. Sample topics may include media literacy, media and society, social and digital media, children and media, celebrity media culture, and courses based on various genres of electronic media. This course may be taken up to two times for a total of six credit hours as long as the course content differs each semester the course is taken.
    • Prerequisites: MENT 3100 and declared School of Communication and Media major; Permission of Media Studies Coordinator for Non-SOCM majors
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • MENT 4436 - Topics in Entertainment Studies

    • This course offers theoretical and applied approaches to entertainment studies topics, challenges, and trends. Sample topics may include entertainment industries and properties, fandom and fan studies, sports as entertainment, arts and leisure entertainment, interactive entertainment, travel and tourism as entertainment, global entertainment, and careers in entertainment. This course may be taken up to two times for a total of six credit hours as long as the course content differs each semester the course is taken.
    • Prerequisites: MENT 3100 and a declared School of Communication and Media major
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • MENT 4444 - Film & Video Structure and Process

    • An examination of the television and motion picture industries, covering such factors as development, pre-production, the production process, post-production and distribution. Emphasis will be placed on the managerial aspects of the process and will include the institutional/instructional video market.
    • Prerequisites: 60+ credit hours
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • MENT 4464 - Documentary Filmmaking

    • This course is designed to enable students to develop a critical, aesthetic, and ethical approach to visual representation. Through selected documentary viewings, discussion, lectures, and the development and completion of a final project, students learn the necessary processes for producing documentary films. The course culminates with a class production of a short documentary on a topic approved by the instructor. Historical, theoretical, and methodological elements of documentary production are highlighted.
    • Prerequisites: JOUR 3340 and declared School of Communication and Media major
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • MENT 4485 - Media and Entertainment Studies Capstone

    • MENT 4485 is a seminar format of extensive readings and class discussions about mass media in order to examine theoretical and methodological concerns and their implications for our understanding of media in society. The course culminates in a research paper that integrates, critiques, extends and applies knowledge gained from the readings and the student’s prior media studies. Students present the results of their research and contribute to substantive discussions of the presentations by all other students in the course.
    • Prerequisites: MENT 4424; COM 4800; and JOUR 3340 and declared School of Communication and Media major
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • MENT 4495 - Media and Entertainment Study Tour

    • This course offers students the opportunity to learn about the fields of media and entertainment by visiting some well-known media/entertainment properties and corporations. Students gain firsthand exposure to the wide range of careers in these fields and the skill sets necessary to succeed in the industry. Students meet for an intensive one-week preparation class to better understand the structure and function of media and entertainment companies; the second week will be on-site at various locations.
    • Prerequisites: MENT 3100, 60+ crdit hours, and declared School of Communication and Media major
    • Credits: 3-0-3

Organizational Communication (ORGC)

  • ORGC 2030 - Careers in Organizational Communication

    • As career preparation, this course examines occupational industries, job roles, and professional skills relevant to the organizational communication discipline. The learning activities help students articulate goals and synthesize resources, strategies, and activities to chart a realistic career path.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • ORGC 2205 - Intro to Organizational & Professional Communication

    • An introduction to methods and applications of basic theories, interactive structures, and directions within various organizational environments.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • ORGC 3325 - Intercultural Communication

    • A study of cultural and communication variables that impact the interaction process between peoples. Intercultural communication is examined during the time communication participants share ideas, information, persuasion and emotions.
    • Prerequisites: Declared School of Communication and Media major; Permission of School for Non-SOCM Select Program majors
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • ORGC 3345 - Communication in Teams

    • ORGC 3345 is a study of input, process and output variables in small group discussion. The emphasis on participation, observation and evaluation of various discussion methods.
    • Prerequisites: ORGC 2205, 60+ credit hours and declared School of Communication and Media major; Permission of School for Non-SOCM Select Program majors
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • ORGC 3376 - Interpersonal Communication

    • Theory and application of communication concepts involving interpersonal relationships and contexts.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • ORGC 3459 - Communication and Conflict

    • ORGC 3459 introduces a model of effective conflict management in organizations and other contexts via appropriate communicative strategies. The model proposes that our perspective of dealing with conflict determines our approach to conflict situations. This course will provide students with practical knowledge for understanding the benefits of conflict, recognizing its evolution, and applying various strategies for dealing with different people in a variety of contexts.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102 and declared School of Communication and Media major; Permission of School for Non-SOCM Select Program majors
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • ORGC 4344 - Training and Development

    • ORGC 4344 covers methods and practice in communication training and development for organizations including pre-assessment, writing objectives, training techniques, post-training evaluation, feedback, implementation. The emphasis is on communication processes and outcomes for the trainer and trainee plus communication skill development within training modules.
    • Prerequisites: ORGC 2205, 60+ credit hours and declared School of Communication and Media major; Permission of School for Non-SOCM Select Program majors
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • ORGC 4440 - Leadership Communication

    • Leadership Communication distinguishes leadership as an influential message-centered process. Based on this perspective, the course examines the variables of message exchange (communicator role, message content and meaning, media, context, and culture) as they impact organizational goal achievement. Eight major communication approaches are used to explain leadership. Special attention is given to understanding communication theory and extending social science research.
    • Prerequisites: ORGC 2205 or COM 2230; COM 3435 and declared School of Communication and Media major; Permission of School for Non-SOCM Select Program majors
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • ORGC 4455 - Organizational Communication Audits Capstone

    • ORGC 4455 is the study and application of the organizational communication assessment process used by consultants, trainers and managers. In this capstone course, students will conduct a communication audit for a local company and develop a written analysis of the organization’s internal communication patterns.
    • Prerequisites: ORGC 2205, COM 3435, 90+ credit hours and declared School of Communication and Media major
    • Credits: 3-0-3

Public Relations (PR)

  • PR 3335 - Public Relations Principles

    • An introduction to the history, role, and functions of public relations, including public relations theory, ethics, and industry and career issues.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2230: Non-majors:  Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 3355 - Public Relations Cases

    • PR 3355 examines basic roles and functions of messaging strategy in promoting organizational goals. A case study approach will emphasize theory and methods for effective communication with diverse organizational publics, including the mass media, employees, consumers, financial stakeholders and special interest groups.
    • Prerequisites: PR 3335; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 3375 - Public Relations Writing

    • PR 3375 offers practice in writing public relations applications, including news releases, public service announcements, and newsletter articles. Students will create a portfolio of writing samples.
    • Prerequisites: PR 3335; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 3380 - PR Strategies and Tactics

    • This course examines the application of strategies and tactics used to achieve objectives of a public relations plan. Students learn and practice foundational skills and techniques used in the professional practice of public relations, such as developing effective communication strategies and tactics, media relations, media training, distribution of news and information, special events and the use of photos, graphics and video.
    • Prerequisites: Must be a declared School of Communication & Media major; PR 3335;  Non-majors:  Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 3385 - International Public Relations

    • This course introduces students to the global perspective of public relations while emphasizing corporate and agency public relations. Students learn and apply concepts of planning, research and international or cultural communication in the field of public relations.
    • Prerequisites: PR 3335; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 3429 - Persuasion Methods and Strategies

    • This course provides a study of the theories, methods, applications and implications of persuasion from the days of Aristotle to today's political and commercial arenas. The course explores the practice of changing attitudes and opinions via non-coercive means.
    • Prerequisites: ENGL 1102.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 4210 - Social Media for Strategic Communication

    • Students learn theory and practice of social media in a professional, strategic communication setting, with an emphasis on the connection between traditional best practices and emerging techniques.
    • Prerequisites: Must be a declared School of Communication & Media major; PR 3335 or JOUR 3330.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 4405 - Digital Publication Design

    • This course explores digital publication design in the practice of public relations and strategic communication. In addition to principles of design, including the use of photography and graphics, students learn to prepare content and communicate strategic messages through coordination of text, images, and strategic design. Graphic design software and other online tools are used to develop an understanding of visual communication strategies and skills to create publications that raise awareness, affect attitudes, and influence behavior.
    • Prerequisites: COM 2135; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 4415 - Topics in Public Relations

    • This course will offer theoretical and applied approaches to public relations strategies and tactics needed by public relations professionals. Sample topics may include media relations, social media and public relations, special events coordination, entertainment public relations, and ethics and public relations. Semester topics will vary. This course may be taken up to two times for a total of six credit hours as long as the course content differs each semester the course is taken.
    • Prerequisites: PR 3335; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.  Non-majors:  Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 4460 - Crisis Communication

    • PR 4460 provides students insights regarding key concepts, theoretical perspectives, essential skills and abilities, and critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for effective crisis management within organizations. Topics will include issues management, risk management, relationship management, crisis planning and preparation, case studies, and developing crisis management plans.
    • Prerequisites: COM 3435 and 60+ credit hours; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major. Non-majors: Permission from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 4465 - Public Relations Campaigns (Capstone)

    • PR 4465 is the study and application of the campaign planning process from inception to evaluation. The class functions as an agency, and student groups develop a strategic communication campaign plan for a campus or community organization.

      Note: Capstone course to be taken last in concentration.
    • Prerequisites: COM 3435, PR 3375, and 90+ credit hours; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 4495 - Public Relations Study Tour

    • This course offers students the opportunity to learn about integrated communications by visiting some of the nation’s most well known public relations agencies. Students will gain firsthand exposure to the wide range of services provided by the nation’s top communication professionals. Students will meet for an intensive one-week preparation class to better understand the structure and function of public relations; then the class will visit the agencies for a hands-on look at the communication process. Students will incur additional travel expenses, including the instructor’s travel expenses.
    • Prerequisites: 60+ credit hours and PR 3335; must be a declared School of Communication & Media major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 4605 - Magazine Media

    • This course provides students with a working knowledge of the processes involved in the development, preparation and distribution of a major multi-platform publication. Students are involved in all facets of the magazine publication, including research and information gathering, writing, editorial functions, photography, layout and design, and promotion and advertising.
    • Prerequisites: Must be a declared School of Communication & Media major; PR 3375 or JOUR 3330 or PR 4405 and approval of application from the School.
    • Credits: 3-0-3
  • PR 4670 - Crisis Leadership Communication

    • Leaders need communication skills and requisite knowledge to guide organizations through the tumultuous crises of the future. Crisis Leadership Communication addresses numerous content areas, including: factors involved in decision-making under pressure; training and organizational skills in crisis management communication as a core competency; and leading in local and transboundary crises through an integrated approach for organizations with different decision-making structures, different resource commitments to crisis preparations and response, and different communication and cultural strategies.
    • Prerequisites: Must be a declared School of Communication & Media major; 60+ credit hours and COM 3435 Communication Research Methods or a comparable research course in another major.
    • Credits: 3-0-3