Courses

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For course catalog by year, please refer to: University of Arizona Course Catalog

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

COMM 101: Introduction to the Study of Communication (3 units)

Description: This course offers a general introduction to the systematic study of human
communication. It is intended to provide an overview of communication study, including
definitions of key terms, explanations of foundational concepts and assumptions, a brief history
of the discipline, methods of research, and areas of specialized scholarship.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required, Discussion May Be Offered

Equivalent to: COMM 100

Also offered as: COMM 101

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 113: Introduction to Small Group Communication (3 units)

Description: This course explores how communication functions in small groups. Readings,
assignments, and activities are designed to help observe and understand the communication
processes and outcomes that occur in small groups. Aspects covered include: verbal and
nonverbal communication in groups, the structure and environment of groups, group member
roles, group decision making, leadership, conflict management, group development, and
meeting management. In this course you will apply communication concepts to actual situations
as you participate in small groups throughout the semester. Since you will be building on the
material learned in COMM 101, you must have completed, or be enrolled in, COMM 101 to take
this class.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required, Discussion May Be Offered

Equivalent to: COMM 103

Also offered as: COMM 113

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 114: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 units)

Description: An introductory course in interpersonal communication. It is expected that you will
finish the course with knowledge of basic interpersonal communication principles, as well as
practice in applying those principles in everyday interpersonal settings. To that end, the class
will combine readings, lectures, in-class activities, and out-of-class assignments. Emphasis will
be on understanding and achieving communication goals in interpersonal relationships,
including the following areas: effective listening, emotional expression, self presentation, self
disclosure, initiating relationships, maintaining relationships, gaining compliance, and managing
conflict.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: COMM 104

Also offered as: COMM 114

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 117: Culture and Communication (3 units)

Description: This course provides an overview of culture and communication, isolating
similarities and differences across cultures, which affect cultural intergroup and intercultural
communication. We address the challenges one faces in attempting to communicate across
cultures, and present ways to address these challenges. Students practice intercultural
communication to improve their skills and sensitivity.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: COMM 107

Also offered as: COMM 117

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 119: Public Speaking (3 units)

Description: This course is designed to help students become more comfortable with speaking
in public, and to familiarize them with the theory-based, basic skills of public speaking. It will
also help to increase students' communication, competence, and effectiveness, as well as
improve capabilities in research, and critical thinking. This course will expose students to a
variety of everyday speaking occasions.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required, Discussion May Be Offered

Equivalent to: COMM 102

Also offered as: COMM 119

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 209: Introduction to Communication Technology (3 units)

Description: An overview of new communication technology and the process of adoption of
new technologies in groups, organizations, and communities.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 209, COMM 209

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 228: Introduction to Research Methods in Communication (3 units)

Description: This course will expose students to the logic and conduct of research that is
aimed at producing generalizable knowledge about human communication. The goal of the
course is to develop students' ability to understand and evaluate social scientific research.
Toward that end, students will be exposed to the logic of scientific investigation, different
research methods common to the field of communication, statistics, and several special topics
in social scientific research. By the end of the semester students will be able to interpret
information presented in fundamental statistics and will be able to conduct elementary statistical
analyses, in addition to understanding the strengths, weaknesses, and limitations inherent in
different research designs.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required, Discussion May Be Offered

Also offered as: COMM 228, COMM 228, COMM 228-SA

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101 with a grade of at least C.

 

COMM 300: Introduction to Communication Theory (3 units)

Description: Origin and development of basic concepts in communication theory and research;
survey and analysis of theories and models in research.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Discussion May Be Offered

Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 300-SA

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101

Writing Emphasis: Writing Emphasis Course

 

COMM 301: Survey of Mass Communication (3 units)

Description: A survey course in mass communication designed to give students an overview of
the field. This includes an examination of: (1)fundamental terms, concepts,& theories (2) key
figures, events & milestones (3) social, cultural, & technological implications (4) effects &
consequences of exposure/use (5) ethical parameters This course explores the historical,
social, economic, and cultural forces that have influenced the development of the media.
Individual media institutions are examined in terms of the information they distribute, the
entertainment they provide, and the influence they bring. Special attention is paid to the
audience/medium relationship, as well as to improving audience members' media literacy.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 301, COMM 301-SA

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 309: Introduction to Mass Media Effects (3 units)

Description: This course examines the role of the mass media in the evolution of society and
as they impact individuals and groups. It follows an analysis of the process, content, and effects
of mass media. Topics covered include news, advertising, and entertainment media content;
violent, sexual, and political content and effect; media technologies; cultivation; diffusion of
innovations; media events; etc. The course focuses on some major questions, including: (1)
What is the role of the media in bringing about shifts and changes in people and social
institutions? (2) How do individuals and groups, as media consumers, respond to the content to
which they are exposed in the media? and (3) What are some explanations for how media
effects on individuals and society occur?

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 309

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 311: Communication Technology Theory (3 units)

Description: This course will investigate the role that information and information technology
plays in our social and communicative processes. It will look at the affects of information
access/aggregation and instantaneous communication on management styles, the shape,
functionality and utility of modern organizations and societies, the changing role of individuals
and the issues of anonymity, privacy and security.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 311-SA

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 312: Applied Organizational Communication (3 units)

Description: Analysis of organizational communication processes, and development of
interpersonal, presentational, and group communication skills that are useful in business,
governmental, and professional organizations. Junior standing suggested.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: COMM 412

Also offered as: COMM 312

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 313: Communication and Public Relations (3 units)

Description: Prepares students for achieving effective communication and relationships with
various publics on behalf of organizations. Students will learn about the purpose and function of
public relations and the theory and principles that guide its practice. The course provides a
foundation for the understanding and practice of public relations from a communication
perspective. Students will apply coursework to public relations projects and build a public
relations portfolio.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 313, COMM 313, COMM 313-SA

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 314: Creative Professional Communication (3 units)

Description: The discovery and development of effective creative communication for
undergraduate students. The class includes an overview of creativity and communication
strategies that relate to personal and professional situations. Learning modules include creative
development, promotion techniques and skills as well as focus on establishing, maintaining and
leading relationships through the integrated marketing communications process.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 318: Persuasion (3 units)

Description: Theories of Social Influence with particular attention to the means of changing
attitudes and behaviors.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 318, COMM 318-SA

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 319: Advanced Public Speaking (3 units)

Description: Offers the opportunity to develop one's communication skills by incorporating
communicative practice. This is an advanced public speaking course. Students should be
familiar with the fundamentals of public speaking and have taken an introductory public
speaking course. Knowledge of public speaking principles is presumed.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 119.

 

COMM 325: Argumentation (3 units)

Description: Study of the philosophy, theory and practice of argumentation; analysis and
comparison of classical and contemporary models of advocacy and evidence; examination of
argument in public policy, legal, and debate settings. Practical experience in developing and
presenting arguments.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required, Discussion May Be Offered

Also offered as: COMM 325, COMM 325-SA

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 339: Media Communication and Race (3 units)

Description: We live in a global society. consequently, understanding the influence of the
media in shaping our world view is essential - particularly with regard to issues of race/ethnicity.
As such, this course will familiarize you with major topics in the study of race and the media. We
will address the evolution of media images of race/ethnicity in film, television, news, and
advertising, including discussions on the social conditions leading to shifts in these portrayals.
Additionally, we will examine the potential impact of these images on the consumer. In
particular, this class will emphasize (but will not be limited to) the three largest racial/ethnic
minority groups in the U.S. -- Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans. We will also investigate
trends in employment of minorities in the media industry.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 339

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 367: Family, Workplace, and Public Policy (3 units)

Description: This course will explore some of the many issues at the intersection of family,
work, and public policy.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required, Discussion May Be Offered

Equivalent to: COMM 367

Also offered as: FSHD 367

Course typically offered: Spring

Home department: Family Studies and Human Development

Enrollment requirement: Major: COMM or IDST. Minor: COMM.

 

COMM 369A: Health Communication (3 units)

Description: The discipline of health communication focuses on the unique structure and
function of communication processes within such areas as physician-patient interactions, public
health awareness/prevention/intervention campaigns, community health education, multimedia
presentations of health information, and hospital and health-care organizations. This course is
designed to: (1) facilitate student learning in the arena of health care communication and (2)
provide the opportunity for students to collaborate with at least one Tucson community health
group in designing the plans for a health communication campaign.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 369A, COMM 369A-SA

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 393: Internship (1 - 5 units)

Description: Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in
actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Also offered as: COMM 393-SA

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor.

Student Engagement Activity: Professional Development

Student Engagement Competency: Professionalism

 

COMM 394: Practicum (1 - 5 units)

Description: The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and
the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor.

 

COMM 396H: Communication Honors Special Topics Seminar (1 - 3 units)

Description: An Honors special topics seminar course for Honors Active Juniors and Seniors.
Course includes small group discussion, research, and presentations on a variety of
communication related special topics of interest. Current research, relevant issues, historical
perspectives and guest speakers may be included. Honors sophomores may enroll with consent
of the department.

Grading basis: Alternative Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 2 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

Enrollment requirement: Honors active Junior or Senior status.

Honors Course: Honors Course

 

COMM 399: Independent Study (1 - 3 units)

Description: Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have
agreed to supervise such work.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Also offered as: COMM 399-SA

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor.

 

COMM 399H: Honors Independent Study (1 - 3 units)

Description: Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have
agreed to supervise such work.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor.

Enrollment requirement: Student must be active in the Honors College.

Honors Course: Honors Course

 

COMM 401: Life-Span Communication (3 units)

Description: This is an advanced course aimed at providing a broad overview of the ways in
which communication affects, and is affected by, the aging process from birth to death. We will
read research articles relating to life-span communication. During the course I wish to convey as
much about research methods and how to read technical prose as much as communication and
the life-span. The exams will test students understanding of the articles (in terms of their
methodological and statistical content and their information about life-span communication) as
well as lecture material. In class we will be discussing the articles, clarifying problems etc.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required, Discussion May Be Offered

Also offered as: COMM 401

Co-convened with: COMM 501

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 402: Communication and Music (3 units)

Description: This course focuses on the connections between music and Communication from
a social scientific perspective. The course includes three broad sections: 1. Music as
communication discusses the definition of music as a form of communication, and its
connections to verbal and nonverbal communication. 2. Music as mass communication
examines social scientific research on motivations for producing and consuming music, as well
as music's content and effects. 3. Music as intergroup communication considers music as a
communication phenomenon in the context of intergroup relations, focusing on music's role in
exacerbating and ameliorating intergroup conflict.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 502

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 403: Theories of Small Group Communication (3 units)

Description: Theory and research on social control and deviance in groups from the
perspective of communication behavior.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required, Discussion May Be Offered

Also offered as: COMM 403, COMM 403-SA

Co-convened with: COMM 503

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 405: Mass Communication and Children (3 units)

Description: This course employs a developmental perspective to examining the relationship
between the mass media and young audience members. Major topics covered include issues
related to children and adolescents as a unique audience (e.g., media use habits, attention and
comprehension of media content), media and their content (e.g., media violence, advertising,
educational programming), media effects (e.g., fear reactions, construction of role and reality
perceptions), and intervention issues (e.g., parental mediation of media exposure, media
literacy, and relevant public policy).

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 405, COMM 405-SA

Co-convened with: COMM 505

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 407: Family Communication (3 units)

Description: Focus on issues related to family interaction, functioning, and communication. We
will examine research and theories from communication, sociological, and psychological
perspectives. Readings and discussions will include coverage of marital, parent-child, sibling,
and intergenerational interactions in the family. Research on topics such as marital satisfaction,
divorce, courtship, and the impact of the family on its children (and vice versa) will be examined.
We will also focus on the nature of family interaction as it is associated with family dysfunction.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 407

Co-convened with: COMM 507

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 409: Theories of Mass Communication (3 units)

Description: This course is designed to familiarize the student with the prominent social
scientific theories of mass communication. It addresses the development of media theories from
the early stages to contemporary models. Particular emphasis is placed on the most notable
theories. Upon completion of the course, students should have an extensive understanding of
how theory and research can be used to explain the impact of media on individuals and society
and how the social effects of the mass media are studied.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 409

Co-convened with: COMM 509

Course typically offered: Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 410: Struggle for the Presidency (3 units)

Description: Examination of the campaign strategies and tactics of those seeking the nation's
most powerful office from 1960 to the present.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 1 times.

Equivalent to: POL 410

Also offered as: COMM 410, POL 410, POL 410

Co-convened with: COMM 510

Course typically offered: Fall

 

COMM 411: Communication and Conflict Management (3 units)

Description: Consideration of theory and research pertaining to the handling of conflict across
diverse contexts.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 411, COMM 411-SA

Co-convened with: COMM 511

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 413: Communication & Gender (3 units)

Description: This course will explore sex and gender as they relate to communication behavior.
Various approaches to the study of sex/gender effects will be covered, as will the implications of
adopting these orientations. Emphasis will be placed on empirical evidence of sex/gender
similarities and differences in communication. Students will exercise their research skills and
analytical ability via major course projects which involve self-directed close examination of
selected sex/gender effects.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed completed with a minimum grade of C in each

and a minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 414: Environmental & Science Communication (3 units)

Description: This class is designed as an introduction to the role played by all forms of
communication in the formation of attitudes, opinions, and knowledge about important scientific
and environmental issues.Topics that will be covered include how structural factors affect the
coverage of science and environmental issues, how different forms of media affect public
opinion, and the role interpersonal communication plays in the process of developing and
sustaining attitudes about these issues. In addition, this class will examine the components of
effective communication strategies aimed at informing and persuading the public.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required, Discussion May Be Offered

Co-convened with: COMM 514

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 415: Nonverbal Communication (3 units)

Description: Theory and research on nonverbal communication codes (kinetics, touch, voice,
appearance, use of space.) and social functions (impression formation and management,
relational communication, emotional expressions, regulation of interaction, social influence).

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 415, COMM 415-SA

Co-convened with: COMM 515

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 417A: Relational Communication: In Close Relationships (3 units)

Description: The relational communication process and messages people use to define
interpersonal relationships, including dominance-submissiveness, affection, involvement and
similarity in close relationships.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 417A, COMM 417A-SA

Co-convened with: COMM 517A

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 419: Mass Media Policy and Regulation (3 units)

Description: Surveys the fundamental laws and regulatory policies governing electronic mass
media, with an emphasis on broadcast television. The focus is on structural as well as contentbased
regulation. The course provides an overview of: - the process by which communication
policies are created; - the fundamental regulatory structure for electronic mass media, including
the philosophies and goals that undergird it; - the licensing or franchising requirements for
broadcasting and cable television; - policies on the ownership and control of mass media; -
basic content-related regulations, such as policies on obscenity/indecency, television violence,
and requirements for children's television.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 519

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 420: Communication and the Legal Process (3 units)

Description: Presents a number of accomplishments and challenges in the social scientific
study of law, with special emphasis on the effects of communication and social structure on the
legal processes.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: SOC 420

Also offered as: COMM 420, SOC 420, SOC 420

Co-convened with: COMM 520

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 422: Presidential Leadership and Communication (3 units)

Description: Examination of presidential leadership and communication strategies of the
modern presidents from Kennedy to the present.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 422

Co-convened with: COMM 522

Course typically offered: Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 424: Media and Politics in America (3 units)

Description: Survey of field; media in political campaigns; media coverage of leaders, issues
and institutions; leadership strategies to influence media.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 424

Co-convened with: COMM 524

Course typically offered: Fall

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 426: Public Opinion & Communication (3 units)

Description: This course explores some enduring research questions concerning mass
communication and American public opinion. Important normative and conceptual issues are
identified and examined by reviewing some early writings (ca. 1890-1930) in social philosophy
and social science. These issues are then investigated further through a review and discussion
of relevant research in sociology, political science, social psychology, and mass communication.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 526

Course typically offered: Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 300; COMM 101 and COMM 228

must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a minimum GPA of 2.5 across the

two courses

 

COMM 428: Communication Research Methods (3 units)

Description: Theories of communication and their research backgrounds; research
methodology in communication behavior studies.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 528

Course typically offered: Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 450: Communication and Cognition (3 units)

Description: Interrelations between human communication and cognitive processes. Emphasis
on theory and research in social cognition.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Also offered as: COMM 450-SA

Co-convened with: COMM 550

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 469: Advances in Health Communication (3 units)

Description: This course examines recent advances in research on health communication.
Studies will learn about contemporary research including, but not limited to, one or more of the
following topics: interpersonal communication and health, media and health communication, and
the implications of new communication technologies for health communication. Seminal theories
as well as recent research in these topic areas will be discussed.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed completed with a minimum grade of C in each

and a minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 485: Information Technology and Society (3 units)

Description: The course provides an analysis of emerging information technologies from a
media literacy perspective. Special attention will be given to the study of Internet-related
technologies. The goal is to develop a critical understanding of the application and effects of
information technologies in society.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Flat Fee: $26

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: COMM 485

Also offered as: JOUR 485

Course typically offered: Fall, Summer 1 and Summer 2

Recommendations and additional information: JOUR students: grade of "B" in each

semester of First-Year English composition; a grade of "B" in one semester of math; overall

GPA of 2.5; sophomore standing; acceptance into the major; or consent of Journalism

Department.

Home department: School of Journalism

 

COMM 491: Preceptorship (3 units)

Description: Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in
actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars,
in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor.

 

COMM 493: Internship (1 - 5 units)

Description: Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in
actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Also offered as: COMM 493-SA

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor.

Student Engagement Activity: Professional Development

Student Engagement Competency: Professionalism

 

COMM 493L: Legislative Internship (1 - 12 units)

Description: Working experience at the Arizona State Legislature; responsibilities draw upon
student's area of major expertise and include preparing written and oral reports, summarizing
legislative proposals, and providing information to legislators and legislative committees.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor.

Student Engagement Activity: Professional Development

Student Engagement Competency: Professionalism

 

COMM 494: Practicum (1 - 5 units)

Description: The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and
the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor.

 

COMM 496H: Integrating Seminar in Communication (3 units)

Description: Provides a venue to honors student in Communication to integrate the content of
what they have learned in the various Communication courses they have completed and to
project how they will continue their learning processes. Students will conduct literature searches
and develop proposals for their honors theses. Students will also consider how they will apply
their knowledge of communication in careers and in civic and personal life. *Communication
496H will substitute for the first 3 units of 498H. Students will complete a literature review, and
write a proposal for their honors thesis in this seminar. Thesis will then be completed while
enrolled in 498H. A total of 6 units in any combination of 496H, 498, and 498H may be applied
toward the BA.

Grading basis: Alternative Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

Enrollment requirement: Student must be active in the Honors College.

Honors Course: Honors Course

 

COMM 496Z: Topics in Communication (3 units)

Description: Course is designed to provide a flexible topics seminar for undergraduates across
several domains in the field of Communication. Particular emphasis will be placed on the
following communication areas: interpersonal, mass, health, political, gender and social
influence. Although these topics will be given precedence, other areas such as small group
communication, intergroup communication, family communication, and new media/technologies
may also be addressed depending on available personnel.

Grading basis: Alternative Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 6 times.

Also offered as: COMM 496Z, COMM 496Z-SA

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300.

COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each and a

minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 498: Senior Capstone (1 - 3 units)

Description: A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that
demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly
comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required.

Grading basis: Alternative Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor. COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each

and a minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

 

COMM 498H: Honors Thesis (3 units)

Description: An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students
ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student
performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student
writes an honors thesis.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated for a maximum of 9 units.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor. COMM 101 and COMM 228 must be completed with a minimum grade of C in each

and a minimum GPA of 2.5 across the two courses.

Enrollment requirement: Student must be active in the Honors College.

Honors Course: Honors Course

Writing Emphasis: Writing Emphasis Course

 

COMM 499: Independent Study (1 - 3 units)

Description: Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have
agreed to supervise such work.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Also offered as: COMM 499-SA

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor.

 

COMM 499H: Honors Independent Study (3 units)

Description: Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have
agreed to supervise such work.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Undergraduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: COMM 101, COMM 228, COMM 300, see

advisor.

Enrollment requirement: Student must be active in the Honors College.

Honors Course: Honors Course

 

GRADUATE COURSES

 

COMM 500: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication (3 units)

Description: Familiarize students with the structure of the discipline, prominent theorists and
historical developments, as well as beginning to understand more about the process of research
and writing in the discipline of Communication.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Course typically offered: Fall

 

COMM 501: Life-Span Communication (3 units)

Description: This is an advanced course aimed at providing a broad overview of the ways in
which communication affects, and is affected by, the aging process from birth to death. We will
read research articles relating to life-span communication. During the course I wish to convey as
much about research methods and how to read technical prose as much as communication and
the life-span. The exams will test students understanding of the articles (in terms of their
methodological and statistical content and their information about life-span communication) as
well as lecture material. In class we will be discussing the articles, clarifying problems etc.
Graduate-level requirements include additional in-depth papers, research, readings, exams, etc.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: GERO 501

Also offered as: GERO 501

Co-convened with: COMM 401

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 502: Communication and Music (3 units)

Description: This course focuses on the connections between music and Communication from
a social scientific perspective. The course includes three broad sections: 1. Music as
communication discusses the definition of music as a form of communication, and its
connections to verbal and nonverbal communication. 2. Music as mass communication
examines social scientific research on motivations for producing and consuming music, as well
as music's content and effects. 3. Music as intergroup communication considers music as a
communication phenomenon in the context of intergroup relations, focusing on music's role in
exacerbating and ameliorating intergroup conflict. Graduate level requirements include the
same requirements as the undergraduate, but with a more extensive research paper involving
data collection, and a longer and more analytical short paper.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 402

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 503: Theories of Small Group Presentation (3 units)

Description: Theory and research on social control and deviance in groups from the
perspective of communication behavior. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth
research paper on a single aspect of macro-communication patterns in groups.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 403

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 505: Mass Communication and Children (3 units)

Description: This course employs a developmental perspective to examining the relationship
between the mass media and young audience members. Major topics covered include issues
related to children and adolescents as a unique audience (e.g., media use habits, attention and
comprehension of media content), media and their content (e.g., media violence, advertising,
educational programming), media effects (e.g., fear reactions, construction of role and reality
perceptions), and intervention issues (e.g., parental mediation of media exposure, media
literacy, and relevant public policy). Graduate-level requirements include additional readings,
additional papers rather than exams and a research paper that will be a research proposal
instead of a literature review..

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 405

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 507: Family Communication (3 units)

Description: Focus on issues related to family interaction, functioning, and communication. We
will examine research and theories from communication, sociological, and psychological
perspectives. Readings and discussions will include coverage of marital, parent-child, sibling,
and intergenerational interactions in the family. Research on topics such as marital satisfaction,
divorce, courtship, and the impact of the family on its children (and vice versa) will be examined.
We will also focus on the nature of family interaction as it is associated with family dysfunction.
Graduate-level requirements include different readings, papers, and exams.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 407

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 509: Theories of Mass Communication (3 units)

Description: This course is designed to familiarize the student with the prominent social
scientific theories of mass communication. It addresses the development of media theories from
the early stages to contemporary models. Particular emphasis is placed on the most notable
theories. Upon completion of the course, students should have an extensive understanding of
how theory and research can be used to explain the impact of media on individuals and society
and how the social effects of the mass media are studied. Graduate-level requirements include
an in-depth theoretical paper on social effects of the mass media.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 409

Course typically offered: Spring

 

COMM 510: Struggle for the Presidency (3 units)

Description: Examination of the campaign strategies and tactics of those seeking the nation's
most powerful office from 1960 to the present. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth
research project.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: POL 510

Also offered as: POL 510

Co-convened with: COMM 410

Course typically offered: Fall

 

COMM 511: Communication and Conflict Management (3 units)

Description: Consideration of theory and research pertaining to the handling of conflict across
diverse contexts. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper of
communication in some conflict situation.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 411

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 514: Environmental & Science Communication (3 units)

Description: This class is designed as an introduction to the role played by all forms of
communication in the formation of attitudes, opinions, and knowledge about important scientific
and environmental issues.Topics that will be covered include how structural factors affect the
coverage of science and environmental issues, how different forms of media affect public
opinion, and the role interpersonal communication plays in the process of developing and
sustaining attitudes about these issues. In addition, this class will examine the components of
effective communication strategies aimed at informing and persuading the public. Graduatelevel
requirements include writing additional response papers and the option of writing a full
academic paper that could be submitted to a national conference or conducting research to
devlop a communication campaign.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required, Discussion May Be Offered

Co-convened with: COMM 414

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 515: Nonverbal Communication (3 units)

Description: Theory and research on nonverbal communication codes (kinetics, touch, voice,
appearance, use of space.) and social functions (impression formation and management,
relational communication, emotional expressions, regulation of interaction, social influence).
Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research project on nonverbal communication.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 415

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 517A: Relational Communication: In Close Relationships (3 units)

Description: The relational communication process and messages people use to define
interpersonal relationships, including dominance-submissiveness, affection, involvement and
similarity in close relationships. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research
project or theoretical paper on some issue in the management of interpersonal relationships.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 417A

Course typically offered: Fall

 

COMM 519: Mass Media Policy and Regulation (3 units)

Description: Surveys the fundamental laws and regulatory policies governing electronic mass
media, with an emphasis on broadcast television. The focus is on structural as well as contentbased
regulation. The course provides an overview of: - the process by which communication
policies are created; - the fundamental regulatory structure for electronic mass media, including
the philosophies and goals that undergird it; - the licensing or franchising requirements for
broadcasting and cable television; - policies on the ownership and control of mass media; -
basic content-related regulations, such as policies on obscenity/indecency, television violence,
and requirements for children's television. Graduate-level requirements include extra readings,
research papers.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 419

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 520: Communication and the Legal Process (3 units)

Description: Presents a number of accomplishments and challenges in the social scientific
study of law, with special emphasis on the effects of communication and social structure on the
legal processes. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth research paper on a single
aspect of communication in some legal context.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: SOC 520

Also offered as: SOC 520

Co-convened with: COMM 420

Course typically offered: Fall

 

COMM 522: Presidential Leadership and Communication (3 units)

Description: Examination of presidential leadership and communication strategies of the
modern presidents from Kennedy to the present. Graduate-level requirements include an indepth
research paper or project.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 422

Course typically offered: Spring

 

COMM 524: Media and Politics in America (3 units)

Description: Survey of field; media in political campaigns; media coverage of leaders, issues
and institutions; leadership strategies to influence media. Graduate-level requirements include
producing a 15 to 20 page research paper involving the application of two major, competing
theories to a study of nightly network news.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 424

Course typically offered: Fall

 

COMM 526: Public Opinion & Communication (3 units)

Description: This course explores some enduring research questions concerning mass
communication and American public opinion. Important normative and conceptual issues are
identified and examined by reviewing some early writings (ca. 1890-1930) in social philosophy
and social science. These issues are then investigated further through a review and discussion
of relevant research in sociology, political science, social psychology, and mass communication.
Graduate-level requirements include additional readings in the public opinion literature and the
paper will involve empirical testing of survey data (paper will be 20-25 pages).

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 426

Course typically offered: Spring

 

COMM 528: Communication Research Methods (3 units)

Description: Theories of communication and their research backgrounds; research
methodology in communication behavior studies. Graduate-level requirements include an indepth
research project demonstrating ability to design and conduct research and to analyze
data.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 428

Course typically offered: Spring

 

COMM 550: Communication and Cognition (3 units)

Description: Interrelations between human communication and cognitive processes. Emphasis
on theory and research in social cognition. Graduate-level requirements include an in-depth
research project on a single issue in communication and cognition.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Co-convened with: COMM 450

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 561: Research Methodologies I (3 units)

Description: This course will expose students to the logic and conduct of research that is
aimed at producing generalizable information about human communication. The goal of the
course is to develop student's ability to conduct and evaluate social scientific research.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: GERO 661

Also offered as: GERO 561

Course typically offered: Fall

Recommendations and additional information: Consent of instructor.

 

COMM 571: Research Methodologies II (3 units)

Description: This course will expose students to fundamental and intermediate techniques for
the analysis of quantitative data. Descriptive statistics, univariate, and multivariate statistics will
be covered throughout the semester. In addition to examining different analytical techniques,
students will be exposed to computer programs for statistical analyses.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: GERO 671

Also offered as: GERO 571

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Recommendations and additional information: Consent of instructor.

 

COMM 589: Scholarly Communication (3 units)

Description: Structure and workings of scholarly communication and products in the U.S.
Examines the content and technology of scholarly communication in various disciplines.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: COMM 589, LIS 589

Also offered as: COMM 589, LIS 589, LIS 589

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Home department: School of Information

 

COMM 599: Independent Study (1 - 3 units)

Description: Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have
agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be
classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 609: Advanced Mass Communication Theory (3 units)

Description: This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the
prominent social scientific theories of mass communication. It will address the development of
media theories from the early stages to the contemporary models. Particular emphasis will be
placed on the most notable theories. Upon completion of the course, students should have
extensive knowledge of how media theory and research can be applied to explaining the impact
of media exposure on individuals and society.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Course typically offered: Spring

 

COMM 610: Communication Theory I (3 units)

Description: An overview of theoretical perspectives on the role of verbal and nonverbal
communication in the process of generating and understanding development of interpersonal
relationships.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Course typically offered: Fall

 

COMM 620: Theories of Social Influence (3 units)

Description: An overview of historical and theoretical perspectives on communication
strategies used in social influence attempts from interpersonal to mass media contexts.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Equivalent to: CPH 620, PHL 620

Also offered as: CPH 620

Course typically offered: Spring

 

COMM 640: Research Methodologies III (3 units)

Description: Issues in measurement and sampling in laboratory and field research in
communication.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Course typically offered: Fall, Summer 1 and Summer 2

Recommendations and additional information: consent of instructor.

 

COMM 669: Health Communication Theory (3 units)

Description: This course will explore developing an awareness and understanding of the
relationship between interpersonal communication and health. It will also work on developing
the ability to interpret and discuss some of the existing research/scholarship focusing on
aspects of interpersonal communication, relationships, and health. Finally, it will examine ways
of investigating health issues in interpersonal contexts.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Lecture Required

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 693: Internship (1 - 6 units)

Description: Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in
actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 694: Practicum (1 - 4 units)

Description: The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and
the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 695A: Contemporary Topics in Communication (1 unit)

Description: Course is designed to provide an intellectual environment for the discussion of
new and innovative research across several domains in the field of communication. Particular
emphasis will be placed on the following areas: interpersonal communication, mass
communication, health communication, political communication, and social influence. Although
these topics will be given precedence, other areas such as small group communication,
intergroup communication, family communication, and new media/technologies may also be
addressed.

Grading basis: Alternative Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Colloquium Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 4 times.

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 696C: Cultural /Intercultural Communication (3 units)

Description: Course is a graduate-level seminar in Cultural/Intercultural Communication.
Students will read primary research in Communication relating to Culture and Communication
and learn the key theoretical perspectives in the area. They will become familiar with current
areas of interest in the topic area and future directions. Course will involve lecture, discussion,
and the production of graduate level coursework. Specific content areas will vary by semester
and instructor.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 2 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 696D: Commuinication and Human Development (3 units)

Description: Course is a graduate-level seminar in Communication and Human Development.
Students will read primary research in Communication relating to human development and
communication and learn the key theoretical perspectives in the area. They will become familiar
with current areas of interest in the topic area and future directions. Course will involve lecture,
discussion, and the production of graduate level coursework. Specific content areas will vary by
semester and instructor.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 2 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

COMM 696E:

 

COMM 696E: Mass Media (3 units)

Description: The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group
setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of
the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

Grading basis: Alternative Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 4 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 696F: Topics in Psycholinguistics and Language Processing (3 units)

Description: The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group
setting with in depth investigation of topics in Psycholinguistics and Language Processing. The
scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of
such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

Grading basis: Alternative Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 6 times.

Equivalent to: COMM 696F, PSY 696F

Also offered as: LING 696F

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

Home department: Linguistics

 

COMM 696G: Group/Intergroup Communication (3 units)

Description: Course is a graduate-level seminar in Group/Intergroup Communication. Students
will read primary research in Communication relating to the said title and learn the key
theoretical perspectives in the area. They will become familiar with current areas of interest in
the topic area and future directions. Course will involve lecture, discussion, and the production
of graduate level coursework. Specific content areas will vary by semester and instructor.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 2 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 696H: Communication and Health Messages (3 units)

Description: Course is a graduate-level seminar in Communication and Health Messages.
Students will read primary research in Communication relating to health messages and
communication and learn the key theoretical perspectives in the area. They will become familiar
with current areas of interest in the topic area and future directions. Course will involve lecture,
discussion, and the production of graduate level coursework. Specific content areas will vary by
semester and instructor.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 2 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 696I: Interpersonal Communication (3 units)

Description: The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group
setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of
the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.

Grading basis: Alternative Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 3 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 696P: Political Communication (3 units)

Description: Course is a graduate-level seminar in Political Communication. Students will read
primary research in Communication relating to Politics and learn the key theoretical
perspectives in the area. They will become familiar with current areas of interest in the topic
area and future directions. Course will involve lecture, discussion, and the production of
graduate level coursework. Specific content areas will vary by semester and instructor.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 2 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 696R: Advanced Communication Research Methods (3 units)

Description: Course is a graduate-level seminar in Advanced Research Communication
Methods. Students will read primary research in Communication relating to Research Methods
and learn the key theoretical perspectives in the area. They will become familiar with current
areas of interest in the topic area and future directions. Course will involve lecture, discussion,
and the production of graduate level coursework. Specific content areas will vary by semester
and instructor.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 2 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 696T: Communication and New Technology (3 units)

Description: Course is a graduate-level seminar in Communication and New Technology.
Students will read primary research in Communication relating to Technology and learn the key
theoretical perspectives in the area. They will become familiar with current areas of interest in
the topic area and future directions. Course will involve lecture, discussion, and the production
of graduate level coursework. Specific content areas will vary by semester and instructor.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 2 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 696V: Communication and Video Games (3 units)

Description: Course is a graduate-level seminar in Communication and Videogames. Students
will read primary research in Communication relating to Politics and learn the key theoretical
perspectives in the area. They will become familiar with current areas of interest in the topic
area and future directions. Course will involve lecture, discussion, and the production of
graduate level coursework. Specific content areas will vary by semester and instructor.

Grading basis: Regular Grades

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Seminar Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 2 times.

Course typically offered: Fall and Spring

 

COMM 699: Independent Study (1 - 3 units)

Description: Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have
agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be
classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S, P, F

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 900: Research (1 - 4 units)

Description: Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate
students.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S,P,C,D,E

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated for a maximum of 90 units.

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 909: Master's Report (2 units)

Description: Individual study or special project or formal report thereof submitted in lieu of
thesis for certain master's degrees.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S,P,E,K

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 910: Thesis (1 - 4 units)

Description: Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field
observation or research, artistic creation, or thesis writing). Maximum total credit permitted
varies with the major department.

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S,P,E,K

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

COMM 920: Dissertation (1 - 9 units)

Description: Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field
observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).

Grading basis: Alternative Grading: S,P,E,K

Career: Graduate

Course Components: Independent Study Required

Repeatable: Course can be repeated a maximum of 99 times.

Course typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and 2

 

 

 

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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences