COMM 4850

Identity, Culture, and Race in Study Abroad
Credit Hours:
3
Level:

Students are challenged to think critically about how racially, culturally, and ethnically different people communicate with and influence each other’s worldviews. This course involves intense introspection on in-country experiences and how one’s racial identity as a U.S. citizen transforms through a temporary status as a Costa Rican tourist.

Corequisites:
COMM 4820/6820
Semester Offered:
Summer

COMM 4820

International Perspectives on Interracial Communication
Credit Hours:
3
Level:

Exploration of communication’s role in shaping understandings of race, ethnicity, and culture in Costa Rica. Experiential learning occurs via readings, discussions, panels, group presentations, and in-depth interviews with local residents. Students are challenged to engage critically and experientially with course content from an international perspective.

Corequisites:
COMM 4850/6850
Semester Offered:
Summer

COMM 4620

Communicating Social Issues in Campaigns
Credit Hours:
3
Level:

Theories and research that guide public communication campaigns, with particular attention to message design principles. Provides students with opportunities to apply the concepts and theories learned in class in practical settings of their choosing.

Prerequisites:
COMM 1500 or COMM 1500E or ADPR 3100 or ADPR 3100H or HPRB 3010 or PSYC 1101 or PSYC 1101E or PSYC 1030H

COMM 4380

The Rhetoric of War
Credit Hours:
3
Level:

Explores social discourse about war, conflict, and violence through studies of public address, propaganda, media representations, and social movements.

Prerequisites:
COMM 2100 or COMM 2200 or COMM 2200E or COMM 2360 or COMM 3300 or COMM 3320 or COMM 3340 or GEOG 3640 or INTL 3200 or INTL 3200E

COMM 4350

Scientific Communication
Credit Hours:
3
Level:

The practice of communicating scientific learning within disciplines, across disciplines, and to lay audiences. The course is designed to equip students in the natural and social sciences with the skills necessary to bring scientific information to professional audiences and to the general public through the spoken word. In addition to basics of organizing and clarifying a scientific presentation research findings in areas such as risk perception, numeracy, uncertainty management, and visual argument will be presented.

Duplicate Credit:
The course will not be open to students who have credit in the following courses: COMM 4350
Course Type:

COMM 4310

Communication Strategies in Government
Credit Hours:
3
Level:

Communication strategies and activities in the executive and legislative branches of local, state, and national government. Case study approach incorporated into the class.

Prerequisites:
COMM 3300 or permission of department
Duplicate Credit:
The course will not be open to students who have credit in the following courses: COMM 4310, COMM 6310
Course Type:

COMM 3520

Persuasion
Credit Hours:
3
Level:

The impact of persuasive communication is studied with emphasis on source, message, medium of presentation, and audience effects. Theoretical approaches to persuasion and persuasive communication.

Prerequisites:
(COMM 1110 or COMM 1500 or COMM 1500E or COMM 1300) and COMM 370

COMM 3360

Rhetoric of Sustainability
Credit Hours:
3
Level:

Students will engage in the study of sustainability through the prism of rhetorical criticism and theory. Students will apply rhetorical concepts to local sustainability concerns and social movements.

COMM 3340

Visual and Material Rhetoric
Credit Hours:
3
Level:

This course explores the rhetorical power of visual and material culture.

Prerequisite or Correquisite:
COMM 2100 or COMM 2200 or COMM 2200E or COMM 2360 or COMM 3300 or COMM 3320

COMM 1300

Introduction to Academic Debate
Credit Hours:
3
Level:

Introduction to the concepts of academic public policy debate. Students will work on skills including: argumentation, delivery, organization, refutation, and research. Students will be trained to participate in classroom debates and may engage in novice debate tournaments held at other institutions.