Course List

Training in fundamental processes and attributes of effective public speaking. Note: Approved for the General Education requirement in oral communication. Note: Credit may not be received for this course and COMM 112. Note: Does not count toward Communication major.  More...
Develops theoretical and applied material concerning communication practices appropriate to business and professional settings. Note: Approved for the General Education requirement in oral communication (SP). Note: Credit may not be received for this course and COMM 111. Note: Does not count toward Communication major.   More...
Training in basic processes and skills of face-to-face interaction. Emphasis on developing language, nonverbal, and conflict management skills. Note: Approved for the General Education requirement in oral communication (SP). Note: Does not count toward Communication major.
This class teaches students oral communication skills in group settings, such as developing and giving team reports, participating in panel discussions, designing and creating symposia, researching and presenting workshops, and engaging in forums. This class fulfills the Oral Communication (OC) requirement for the Cardinal Core.
This course offers training in fundamental processes and attributes of effective speaking transmitted remotely/virtually through electronic, digital or web-based media. This class fulfills the Oral Communication (OC) requirement for the Cardinal Core. Note: Credit may not be received for this course and COMM 111, COMM 112 or COMM 115.
Introduction to basic concepts of communication discipline. Focuses on communication processes in interpersonal, small groups, organizations, and mass media.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. This course will provide students with an understanding of strategic communication business functions and relationships between agencies and clients. This knowledge gained in this course is essential to work in the Birds Nest.
This course explores ways that communication upholds unequitable social arrangements or hides distributions of power.
This course is designed to highlight the people and the technological, economic, political, and social trends involved in our rapidly changing media environment. We will look specifically at how media of information, persuasion, and entertainment have evolved from the mechanical devices that the colonists used, to steam-powered and then electrical media of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and finally to today's ubiquitous digital media.
The use of persuasion from the time of Aristotle to the current age of mediated communication. Students journey to ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Enlightenment Europe, and beyond to explore perennial questions and possible answers that have contemporary relevance.
Hands-on class designed to introduce students to the many facets of film production including visual, sound, writing, and representational strategies. Note: Students may not receive credit for this course and for COMM 335.
Prerequisite: The Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education (PCE) sets an ACT score of 19 or above as an academic readiness indicator for the area of Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning). Other college readiness markers for this class are SAT (510), KYOT (22), GED (165), ALEKS PPL (30). Statistical concepts used in communication research and professional applications including descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, estimation, regression, and correlation.
Study of various dimensions of communication pertaining specifically to African-Americans. Communication patterns within the African-American community as well as communication patterns about that community are analyzed.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Investigation of topics not offered in regular courses. Note: Topics vary. Note: May be repeated.
Prerequisite: COMM 111 or COMM 112 or COMM 115 or HON 214. Advanced principles and techniques of effective public speaking. More...
Prerequisite: COMM 201 or permission of instructor. Students learn about communication technologies in contemporary society, explore the various contexts in which these technologies are used, and apply theoretical perspectives to the use of these technologies.
Surveys theory and practice related to the creation and analysis of arguments in public communication. Topics include argument structure, evidence, types and limitations of inferences, and the adaptation of messages to particular contexts.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Survey of media institutions and effects.
Prerequisite: COMM 201 Overview of the scope and importance of communication in business, and the development of business communication skills students will employ throughout their professional careers.
Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theory and practice of social influence; discusses relationships between the idea of persuasion and broader theories of communication and human behavior.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Studies communication processes in group settings; emphasizes empirical research findings in leadership, interpersonal bargaining, and problems of group problem-solving.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Surveys recent theory and research dealing with the roles and effects of communication in complex organizations.
Study of communication principles as they apply in everyday life. Applying social conventions as guides for effective communication.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Introduction to basic research methods of communication discipline. Examines relationship of theory and methods, research design, and measurement in communication contexts.
Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA overall and faculty consent. Practical experience in communication-related employment. Note: Contact department for application procedures and guidelines.
Prerequisite: COMM 111, COMM 112, COMM 115 or faculty consent. Principles and techniques of preparing evidence and of persuasive speaking before critical listeners.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Study and practice of news-writing and reporting techniques for routine news stories, including story organization, writing story leads, and the elements of hard news and feature journalism. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: COMM 201 or faculty consent. The study of journalism in a multimedia environment including reporting, video, blogging, and other online content work. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: COMM 201 or faculty consent. The study of journalism in a multimedia environment including reporting, video, blogging, and other online content work. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: COMM 201 and faculty consent. Introduction to practice and techniques of preparing articles for popular, specialized, and trade publication; attention to marketing and magazine makeup. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
The course examines how gender identities, roles and norms have been structured within different modes of communication (e.g., interpersonal, mass media and institutional). Note: Cross-listed with WGST 324.
Analysis of rap music as a communicative force both within and about hip-hop culture. Topics of study include the origins, development, and participants of the culture with special emphasis on rap music as the primary vehicle of communication.
The evolution of the popular image of African Americans as reflected in the visual media of television and the cinema. Note: Cross-listed with PAS 312
Theory and research pertaining to the effects of various mass media. Topics include advertising, journalism, educational programming, violence, and pornography.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of communication as it relates to the culture of urban communities, especially African Americans, Latinos, women, and marginalized groups. Emphasis is on cross-cultural relations, rhetoric and language, media, and educational organizations with special focus on understanding the role communication plays in shaping the identity of these communication groups.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Explores the diversity of marital and family systems. The course reviews the major theories, concepts and research findings in family communication.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Explores social media and other emerging technologies and how they influence communication practice in a variety of settings.
Prerequisite: COMM 201 and COMM 305. Introduction to basic theory and practices with an emphasis on application of concepts in the development of news stories, advertisements, and other video projects.
Prerequisite: COMM 335 or equivalent. Study of advanced principles of video production including producing, directing, shooting and non-linear editing, along with concepts and theories of aesthetics and video as a communication form. Note: Students who previously took COMM 461 - Advanced Video Communication should not take this course.
Prerequisite: COMM 320 or faculty consent. The study and practice of finding news stories, reporting, and delivering content in multiple platforms. This course serves as an academic component in the weekly production of the campus newspaper. Note: students who previously took COMM 301: Campus Media may not take this course.
Prerequisite: COMM 335 or COMM 338. Expanded understanding of the creative process and development of short narrative films.
Introduces and explores visual thinking and its implications for visual communication design. Students will gain hands-on experience to create infographics and data visualization using visualization tools.
Prerequisite: COMM 238 or COMM 335 Students will create contemporary music videos that challenge conventional visual representations. Production will be informed by screenings and relevant readings. Note: An additional $90 fee is charged for this course.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Explores the various forms of persuasive communications employed in corporate,agency and nonprofit settings. Course content covers public relations, advertising, sales promotion, relationship marketing, direct marketing, database marketing, cyber marketing, globalization, and business ethics.
This course surveys the principles, methods, techniques, and procedures that are central to the understanding and application of visual communication principles, with an emphasis on photographic and cinematic imagery.
Prerequisite: COMM 342. Skills for writing across the multiple media platforms and genres that are currently used in strategic communication campaigns. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and for COMM 345 if taken prior to summer 2012.
Prerequisite: COMM 342. Introduction to the planning process for managing messages across a variety of media. Media planning and media selection in advertising and public relations, and how media are integrated with broader strategic communication campaigns.
Prerequisite: COMM 342. Study and practice of the creative process and the team dynamic in the development of advertising campaigns. Note: Cross-listed with ART 372.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Introduction to communication among people from different cultures and nation-states.
This course will focus on mediated messages surrounding sports and their capacity to shape our ideas, behaviors, and institutions. Specific focus will be placed on mediated messages about sport, emanating both from institutions (sport journalists, teams, governing bodies) and from people (individual athletes, fans).
Prerequisite: COMM 201 or instructor permission. This class investigates and examines impacts of media content on health knowledge, perceptions of self, and understanding of health-related information. Students look at both the positive and negative outcomes of interacting with health information in the media
Study and practice of producing and placing materials on the World Wide Web. Activities include creating, manipulating, and maintaining graphics, audio, and text documents.
Prerequisite: COMM 360 or equivalent. Study and use of common scripting languages used to create dynamic, interactive web sites. The scripting languages studied vary, but typically include both server-side and client-side languages.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Study of communication concepts and theories that will be applied in service learning field work. Note: May be repeated under different subtitles.
Introduction to the developing field of desktop publishing in organizations. Focus on strategic thinking required to conceptualize printed materials and basic principles of message development applied to produce documents in a computerized environment.
Prerequisite: COMM 201 or instructor permission. Exploration of major discourses and antagonisms of environmental debates to better understand paradigms like conservationism, preservationism, sustainability, and environmental justice.
Prerequisite: COMM 201 or faculty consent. Participation in supervised research. Note: May not be taken simultaneously with COMM 480.
Prerequisite: COMM 201 or consent from instructor. Studies rhetorical methods and theories for criticism of persuasive texts.
Prerequisite: COMM 201 or permission of instructor. Study of communication as a vital part of democracy, informing citizens and shaping public policy. Course examines political communication messages from both the electorate and campaign practitioner perspectives. Note: Formerly offered as COMM 531.
Prerequisite: 18 hours in Department, 3.0 GPA overall and 3.2 GPA in major.
Prerequisite: 18 hours in department, 90 total credit hours, 3.0 GPA overall and 3.2 GPA in major, and faculty consent. Integration of communication concepts and theories to study a contemporary issue or problem within the discipline.
Prerequisite: COMM 305. Study of international communication systems; emphasis on foreign press, freedom of information, satellite communication, and programming patterns in cross-cultural settings.
Prerequisite: COMM 305. Study of media regulation by constitutional and governmental processes; includes review of legal decisions, role of federal agencies, and historical trends in media control.
Prerequisite: COMM 304 or instructor permission. Exploration of major discourses and antagonisms of environmental debates to better understand paradigms like conservationism, preservationism, sustainability, and environmental justice.
Prerequisite: Senior standing, 2.5 GPA overall, and faculty consent. Practical experience in communication related employment and critical reflection on how communication concepts and knowledge are applied in the field. Note: Contact department for application procedures and guidelines.
Prerequisite: COMM 305. Study of the various genres of reality television, its audiences, and the culture in which this programming is produced.
Prerequisite: COMM 305. Study of the various genres of reality television, its audiences, and the culture in which this programming is produced.
Prerequisite: 90 earned credit hours and COMM 335. Exploration of story development, lighting, editing, and sound design as students gain hands-on experience creating short documentary films.
Prerequisite: COMM 201 or consent of instructor. Nature, function and importance of communication in health care delivery. Applies communication theory and skills to health contexts. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR)
Prerequisite: COMM 313. In-depth view of theories of organizational communication, including assumptions, philosophies and methodologies that undergird and shape past and current research. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: COMM 305 or faculty consent. Explores ways television influences the attitudes, values, and behavior of children and adolescents. Special emphasis on critically analyzing theoretical and empirical literature on the effects of television on children.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Study of the history of media globalization as well as the political, economic, and cultural problems and opportunities involved in the trend toward globalization and international information flow. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: COMM 305. Advanced study of media culture; analytical and critical perspectives on the institutional and social dimensions of television, film, journalism, and popular music.
Prerequisite: COMM 305, or COMM 342, or permission of instructor. An introduction to health campaign design and development including a discussion of how different media are used to impact health beliefs and behavioral decisions. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences Upper-Level Requirement in Written Communication (WR).
Prerequisite: COMM 315. An introduction to the core principles,concepts, methods,and research findings related to the study of romance, sex and friendship in the mass media.
Prerequisite: For students enrolled in COMM 538: graduate standing. Cross-listed with COMM 538. Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: COMM 238 or COMM 335 and COMM 336 or COMM 339. This class teaches the advanced use of camera, lighting, audio, and editing equipment to produce effective video productions. Students will manage a small production project.
Prerequisite: COMM 342, or COMM 346, or permission of instructor. Critical and analytical thinking to develop effective communication campaigns that apply appropriate communication strategies and practices. Participation in a project that develops a comprehensive and integrated strategic communication campaign that addresses multiple audiences and key publics. Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and for COMM 425 if taken prior to summer 2012.
Prerequisite: COMM 350 and 90 hours completed. Survey of theory and research pertaining to problems of cross-cultural communication, including cultural, national, ethnic, and racial divisions.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Investigation of topics not offered in regular courses. Note: May be repeated up to 6 hours.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Investigation of topics not offered in regular courses. Note: May be repeated up to 6 hours.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Note: May be repeated when topics vary. Note: Approved for the Arts & Sciences upper- level requirement in written communication (WR)
Prerequisite: 90 credit hours completed and COMM 316 or permission of instructor. Investigation of topics not offered in regular courses.
Prerequisite: 90 credit hours and faculty consent. Study of Communication concepts and theories that will be applied in service learning field work. Network: May be repeated under different subtitles.
Prerequisite: COMM 201 Investigation of topics not offered in regular courses. Note: May be repeated when topics vary. Note: Approved for the Arts & Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: COMM 316 and faculty consent. Participation in supervised research. Note: May not be taken simultaneously with COMM 380.
Prerequisite: 90 credit hours completed, COMM 316 and faculty consent. Practical communication project and/or participation in supervised research. May not be taken simultaneously with COMM 380.
Prerequisite: 90 credit hours completed and faculty consent. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: Senior standing; admission to departmental honors program. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: COMM 305 and 90 credit hours completed. Study of the history and meaning of mediated religious communication, focusing on journalism and strategic communication. Note: Approval for the Arts & Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: COMM 305 and 90 credit hours completed. Examines the moral and ethical problems posed by communication practices. Topics include case studies in interpersonal communication, journalism, public relations, and advertising. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Prerequisite: Faculty consent. Advanced study in specific areas of Communication Studies. Note: May be repeated under different subtitles.
Conceptual analysis and practical use of computer networks with an emphasis on the social and cultural dimensions of this type of human communication. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
The course examines the conceptual foundations and practices of science communication. It examines the institutional and intellectual contexts of science communication as well as the scientific constraints on science communication.
Prerequisite: COMM 201. Explores communication issues in intimate personal relationships. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Drawing upon emerging new theories and empirical studies on influencing audiences, this course examines mediated public communication campaigns
Seminar focuses upon the role of persuasion and rhetoric in the formation and lifespan of social movements.
Prerequisite: Faculty consent. Study of communication concepts and theories that will be applied in service learning field work. Note: May be repeated under different subtitles.
Study of communication in everyday life, including casual conversation and interaction among acquaintances.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Studies the nature, function, and importance of communication in the delivery of health care, and/or medical knowledge.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Practical work in speech. Note: Pass/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Overview of the communication discipline and introduction to the academic study of communication.
An introduction to teaching college-level in Communication. Applies various theories of communication to nature of interactions between students and teachers.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Seminar studies theories and empirical research in persuasion, social interaction, and group decision-making and offers applied problems that require public presentations by seminar participants.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Surveys the chief theories and disputes about public discourse, public knowledge, and decision-making.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Instruction in the practical issues and conceptual debates in qualitative research in the field of communication. Methods includes interviewing, participant observation, unobstructive observation, historical/archival methods, narrative and ethnography.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Instruction in procedures used to systematically and mathematically measure difference between groups and relationships between variables among various communication populations.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Theoretical and applied studies of communication within organizations and between organizations and their publics.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Exploration of individual differences in communication processes, such as argumentativeness, shyness, persuasiveness, and leadership.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Explores the influence of race, nationality, and/or gender on the communication practices of individuals and their institutions.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Studies public communication campaigns, e.g., health information and policy campaigns.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Study of the nature, strengths, and weaknesses of empirical research in organizational communication and application of these findings to analysis, diagnosis, and remedy or communication problems in specific organizations. Focus is primarily on case studies and in-community "practicum" consulting project.
Uses role playing and case studies in community organizations to assist students in developing the skills needed for managing conflict.
This course will review principles and concepts of health communication campaigns, both from the patient/consumer side and the practitioner side. Note: Cross-listed with PHPB 612.
Study of integrated advertising, public relations, and sales promotions. Course culminates with students preparing integrated marketing plans for local clients.
Examines problems of planning and implementing public relations strategies for crisis management. The organizations studied include corporations, agencies, educational and government institutions, and non-profits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Examination of topics specific to the study of mass media not covered in other courses.
Faculty supervised readings on special topics in communication theory, research and practice.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Examines the study of risk communication across various contexts (e.g., health, environmental). Focuses on the role of messages in shaping risk perception, evaluation, and behavior.
Examination of topics not covered in regularly-scheduled courses.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.