Communication Degree Courses
(CTM) = Communication Theory and Methods
(CCSC) = Communication, Culture and Social Context
(MC) = Mass Communication
COMM 100 Introduction to Communication (3)
Introduction to fundamental concepts of communication with emphasis on the centrality of communication across a wide variety of contexts and its relevance in society. Focuses on the structures and processes of communication, including how messages are produced and received in interpersonal and intercultural relations, institutional life, and the world of mediated culture and politics.
COMM 200 Argumentation & Dialogue (3)
Study of and practice in the methods of critical thinking, argumentation and dialogue. Involves using reasoning, both inductive and deductive, and evidence to advance original theses; recognizing and avoiding fallacies; learning to develop and argue propositions of value; comprehending the role of standpoint and context in relation to audience reception of persuasive arguments.
COMM 300 Communication Theory (3)
Introduces students to the major 20th Century frameworks for understanding the field of communication and their respective influences in the areas of social and political practice as well as cultural understanding. May include semiotic, phenomenological, cybernetic, socio-psychological, sociocultural, and critical traditions. (CTM)
COMM 310 Group Interaction and Problem Solving Methods (3)
Examines how groups work as they conduct inquiry, solve problems, and make decisions; procedures for organizing group interaction, processes of symbolic convergence, and influences over group success. Special emphasis is placed on reflective thinking, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, creativity, and intergroup conflict. Methods for facilitating small group discussion; use of group methods in instruction, and use of new media to augment group discussion practices are also addressed. (CCSC)
COMM 320 Conflict and Communication (3)
Conflicts are situations in which individuals and groups with differing assumptions about reality (both facts and values), clash with one another about right and wrong. Discusses the nature of communication in such situations, the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of discourse employed in dealing with them, and visions for transcending conflicts. Three general types of responses to conflict will be explored: rhetorical attempts to persuade (rhetorical eloquence), hostile resistance (lost eloquence), and transcendence (transcendent eloquence). Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status or consent of instructor. (CCSC)
COMM 330 Intercultural Communication (3)
Introduction to traditional and critical theories, concepts, and principles regarding communication between and about people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Takes a culture-general approach to examining the relationships among culture, communication, context (social, historical, political), and power. Emphasizes domestic issues with attention given to how they impact, and are impacted by, international communities. (CCSC)
COMM 333 Language and Social Interaction (3)
Introduction to theories of language and interaction. Addresses how language is used within social and institutional interaction. Special emphasis will be given to problematic situations and their resolution. Fosters cultural awareness through a concentration on the interactions in which culture is constructed and the cultural institutions by which interaction is governed. (CCSC)
COMM 340 Interviewing Principles and Practices (3)
Examines interviewing as a method for eliciting information, resolving problems, and building personal communities. Principles of effective interviewing in a variety of contexts are examined. Students learn about interviewing practices that will be useful to their everyday lives and careers. Requires students to conduct various types of interviews and self-appraisals of interviewing performance. (CTM)
COMM 350 Topics in Communication (3)
Explores topics in Communication.
Students should check the Class Schedule for listing of actual topics. Students should check the Class Schedule for listing of actual topics. May be repeated for credit as topics change for a total of six (6) units.
Comm 355 Communication and Collaboration (3)
Explores how individuals, group dynamics and technologies affect collaboration in a variety of professional settings. Readings and lectures draw upon international and interdisciplinary research on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, usability design theory and distributed cognition. Students apply course concepts in group projects including usability testing, and multimedia product evaluation and redesign. Strongly recommended: Prior completion of COMM 360 or 440, or junior or senior status. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for COMM 350D. (MC)
COMM 360 Mass Media and Society (3)br> Introduction to theories, research methods, and empirical research findings related to the production and effects of mass communication on individuals and society. Surveys various forms of media, provides an overview of the historical formation of various media channels, and analyzes the impact of mass communication upon popular culture. (MC)
COMM 370 The World Wide Web as a Mass Medium (3)
Examines the development of the World Wide Web and multimedia computing, as textual, graphic, video, and audio mass media. Students examine the personal, commercial, educational, and entertainment uses of the World Wide Web. They also examine the social and cultural contexts of the World Wide Web - particularly how the information it distributes reflects social, economic, and political power related to gender, race, social class, ethnicity, education, and other social groupings. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own web pages and to create audio and video segments for those pages. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for COMM 480C. (MC)
COMM 380 Health Communication (3)
Explores health communication in various personal and public contexts. Emphasizes the role of communication theory and research in the development of effective health campaigns, understanding physician patient interaction, assessing inequality in patient access and treatment, negotiating health care systems, and healthcare advocacy. Special emphasis is placed on assessing health problems, both globally and locally, and the communicative efforts to address those problems. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for COMM 350G. (CCSC)
COMM 390 Research Methods and Design (3)
Introduction to qualitative research methods. Students will learn procedures for conducting various kinds of research (i.e., participant observation, interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, textual analysis, etc.) useful for understanding human problems and media texts and processes. Emphasis is on the implementation of a research project which encourages students to consider the usefulness of various ways of knowing and to apply the selected method(s) in a systematic way. Also considers the theoretical, practical, and ethical issues that arise in conducting research. Prerequisite: COMM 200. (CTM)
COMM 400 Discourse Analysis (3)
Various approaches to the study of discourse, including ethnography of communication, ethnomethodology, culturally focused approaches, speech act theory, and conversation analysis. Students are expected to acquire competency in analyzing recorded and transcribed data from various social settings. (CTM)
COMM 401 Rhetorical Theory (3)
Introduction to rhetorical theory and criticism. Issues explored include the relation of rhetoric to: scientific, philosophical and practical knowledge; public life including public (mediated) and private discourse; the constitution and reconstitutions of identity and community; and the criteria that guide our personal and social judgments. (CTM)
COMM 402 Approaches to Rhetorical Criticism (3)
Study of approaches to rhetorical inquiry that aid in the description, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of human discourse in rhetorical situations. Applies various critical models to a chosen artifact.
COMM 405 Feminist Rhetoric (3)
Introduces students to the area of feminist rhetoric as independent and intertwined fields of study. Learned are diverse perspective of feminism and theories of feminist rhetoric that act as lenses for application and evaluation purposes. Also studied are varied social and political topics where feminisms, feminist thought and rhetoric present themselves. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for COMM 420-1. Recommended preparation: COMM 401 or 402.
COMM 420 Topics in Communication Theory (3)
Focused study of a specific communication theory or theoretical approach. Topics vary by instructor. Students should check the Class Schedule for listing of actual topics. May be repeated for credit as topics change for a total of six (6) units. (CTM)
COMM 425 Communication and Mediation (3)
Examines the conceptualization of conflict and of mediation as an area of teaching, training and research in communication. Designed to guide students through a specific academic view of conflict and its relationship to communication as a point of departure. We will continue by studying dispute mediation as one way to approach conflict. Case studies as well as dispute mediation simulations will help in understanding the powers and limitations of the process. Demystifies conflict and dispute mediation and shows how to use "the tools" of dispute mediation ethically. Prerequisite: COMM 320, Junior or Senior status, or consent of instructor. (CCSC)
COMM 426 Dialogic Communication (3)
An examination of Communication theory and communicative practices to improve the quality of dialogues such as listening, asking direct questions, presenting one's ideas, arguing, and debating. Uses case studies in a variety of settings among people with different social discourses and cultural experiences to model dialogic communication. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Status AND COMM 300 or COMM 320, or COMM 330.
COMM 430 Power, Discourse and Social Identity (3)
Examines notions of identity in public discourse. Introduction to theories of discourse, identity, and power in public discourse (i.e., legal, mediated, policy, etc.) on current social issues. Focuses on the politics of identity, the ways in which identity politics play out in public debate, and in the formation of economic, political, and social policies and realities. Recommended: Completion of COMM 330 or equivalent. (CCSC)
COMM 435 Communication and Gender (3)
Introduction to a number of conceptual and theoretical problematics that have a bearing on the study of communication and its relevance to questions of gender. Explores differences between males and females with respect to communication styles, the cultural motivations for these differences, how they are reproduced in ongoing socialization experiences, their social and political implications, and the stratagems speakers deploy in the course of exploiting, bridging, negotiating, or overcoming such differences. (CCSC)
COMM 437 Interpersonal Communication (3)
Introduction to the theory and research focused on interpersonal communication. Emphasis is on experientially acquired insights into the initiation and maintenance of interpersonal relationships across a wide range of socialization institutions (e.g., family, peer group, and workplace). (CCSC)
COMM 440 Organizational Communication (3)
Examination of theoretical and research literature on the interaction within organizations and its bearing on individuals and groups in society at large. Some of the themes stressed are: the function of organizations within complex technological, market and sociopolitical environments; the communicative challenges of organizing; social responsibility and responsiveness; conflict mediation between organizational groups and actors; corporate wrongdoing; issues management; corporate political activity; institutional ethics; and whistle blowing. (CCSC)
COMM 444 Narratives in Organizations (3)
Develops understanding of the role of narratives in contemporary workplaces and cultivates narrative appreciation. Students gain familiarity with concepts from organizational narratology such as action, motivation and morality; sequence and locale; character and identity; interest and memory; complexity and control; point of view and verisimilitude, and aesthetics. Students construct their own narratives describing organizational experience, analyze narratives, improve storytelling ability, and apply their knowledge of narratives to improve communication in organizations. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for COMM 350-1. Prerequisites: COMM 310, or 437, or 440. (CCSC)
COMM 445 Communication Portfolio (3)
Students will learn to craft professional documents: resumes, reports, and proposals. Students learn how, as colleagues, to evaluate, revise, and edit as well as how to give and respond to criticism of oral and written work. Informed by case studies, students also learn how to highlight and articulate their skills, abilities and interests as Communication majors as part of a job search or in preparation for graduate or professional study. (CTM)
COMM 450 Topics in Intercultural Communication (3)
Focused study of a specific aspect of intercultural communication. Topics vary by instructor. Students should check the Class Schedule for listing of actual topics. May be repeated for credit as topics change for a total of six (6) units. (CCSC)
COMM 451 Communicating Common Ground (3)
Building learning through service to local communities, this course offers an opportunity for students to explore their own assumptions, values, questions, and beliefs regarding key issues in intercultural communication and social justice within a service learning framework. Students will critically analyze the interrelationships among communication, social justice, and community service through an examination of the principles and precepts of service learning and diversity training. In addition, students will learn theories of communication and justice, and perform needs assessment, training development, leadership, and evaluation. Prerequisites: COMM 330.
COMM 454 Communicating Whiteness (3)
Introduction to basic theories, concepts, and principles regarding the idea of whiteness as a discursive (communicative) construct, and the key role that communication plays in the construction of whiteness. Particular attention will be given to the important role of communication (face-toface, mediated, discursive), context (social, cultural, and historical), and power as they relate to whiteness. Recommended: Completion of COMM 330 or related course. Students who have completed COMM 450D may not take this course for credit. (CCSC)
COMM 455 Television and Culture (3)
Analyzes television programs in the context of communication and other social science research in order to examine representations of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexual preference. Examines how television contributes resources of interpretation, discussion, and social activities that affect the ways people view society and social groups. Subjects will include: types of representation; how representations have changed over time; multiple interpretations of television representations; how viewers use them; the production practices and conventions that shape them; the relationship between representations and structured inequality. Prerequisites: COMM 330 or 360. (MC)
COMM 456 Leadership and Social Change (3)
Introduction to leadership theories and practices from a communication perspective, with a particular emphasis on effectiveness with different cultures and contexts. Development of Personal Leadership Skills through self-awareness exercises, and hands on practice in class and through service learning projects. Explores theories of leadership and emotional intelligence, examines exemplary leaders from different cultural contexts, ad considers ethical questions for leaders in multicultural society.
COMM 460 Visual Communication and Cultural Identity (3)
Introduction to theories of visual communication, practices of seeing and looking, and approaches to critically analyzing objects of visual culture that come from art, popular culture, and mass media images. Explores how representations play important roles in cultural identity development. Focus on the the power of photography in intercultural communication and intercultural relations in constructing images of cultures, nations, and identities.
COMM 465 Communication and Popular Culture (3)
Popular culture is so much a part of our daily lives that it is all but invisible. To a great extent, popular culture defines the texture of our lives. Popular images not only mediate and define reality, but they also implicitly assert a set of values. Introduces students to a number of concepts and challenges that arise in the study of U.S. popular culture. Drawing on a variety of theories and perspectives, students will critically examine the role of popular culture within the context of current social, political, and economic realities in the United States. (MC)
COMM 470 Political Communication (3)
A survey of theories and research in the area of political communication which covers such issues and themes as political image, symbolic constructions of political reality, agenda setting, political and campaign rhetoric. Special emphasis is placed upon how such issues and themes are related to the modern mass media. (MC)
COMM 480 Topics in Mass Communication (3)
Focused study of a specific aspect of mass communication. Topics vary by instructor. Students should check the Class Schedule for listing of actual topics. May be repeated for credit as topics change for a total of six (6) units. (MC)
COMM 485 Chicana/o and Latina/os in Film and TV (3)
Course examines representations of Chicana/os and Latina/os in film and television. Learned is the development of Chicana/o-Latina/o cinema as a means to communicate counter narratives of Chicana/os' and Latina/os' social experiences. Explored are the ways that language, images and symbols convey individual and group identity and social identity categories are examined using critical rhetorical, media, feminist approaches. Students will analyze films or television shows with the purpose of demonstrating persuasive elements, identities communicated, and/or ideologies proffered. (CCSC or MC)
COMM 495 Communication Internship (3)
Provides students with opportunities to examine, organizational, intercultural, mediated and other modes of communication during routine work activities in private and public enterprises outside of a classroom setting. May be taken once for credit. COMM 495 and 499 may total no more than six (6) units applied toward the major. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
COMM 499A (1) 499B (2) 499C (3) Independent Study (1-3)
May be used by students who desire to do special individualized projects with an instructor. Number of units to be decided between the student and the instructor. May be repeated for a total of six (6) units. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.