Science Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses

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600-Level Courses

COMM 600: Introduction to Graduate Studies (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Offers a broad introduction to the field of communication in terms of communication-based theories and research. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to graduate program in communication or permission of graduate program director.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Communication.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 602: Theories and Research of Mass Communication (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Explores theories that have guided development of mass media. Emphasizes major scientific and humanistic approaches to mass media effects. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 615: Political Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Analyzes how political communication messages and strategies shape the development of perceptions and behavior in US presidential elections. Examines the interactions between media content and political action in election campaigns. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

COMM 620: Health Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Examines interpersonal communicative processes associated with health in consumer-provider, family, and health communication campaign contexts. Focus on understanding cultural differences in perceptions of/communication about health and disease. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

COMM 630: Theories of Public Relations (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Provides a survey of public relations theories and major ethical issues. Examines ways theories relate to organizations, mass and international communication research, rhetoric, persuasion, and social movements. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 634: Theories of Interpersonal Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Analyzes contemporary theories, concepts, and approaches to improving interpersonal communication. Examines interpersonal communication research. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 301 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 639: Science Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Reviews research on best practices in science communication for scientists and communication professionals. Explores theory on conceptualizing science communication as disseminating knowledge, promoting informed decision making, involving citizens in scientific research (i.e., citizen science), promoting legislative and individual actions, or creating entertainment. Students practice communicating complex science and designing contexts for public engagement with scientific research. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

COMM 640: Controversies in Science Communication (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines the communication implications related to selected current topics of scientific controversy. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 641: Advanced Communication Skills for STEM (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Examines the specific oral, written, and mediated communication competencies needed by STEM professionals in modern society. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 642: Science and the Public (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines the relationship between science and society, with a particular emphasis on the role of communication in shaping public opinion on issues related to science and technology. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

COMM 644: Analysis and Criticism of Science Journalism (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Examines media coverage of technically complex topics in science, social science, environment, health and medicine, and technology. Explores the influence of institutional media practices on news about science and technology. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

COMM 650: Research Methodologies in Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Introduces various research methods used by communication professionals. Focus on achieving understanding and knowledge of social scientific research, qualitative and quantitative, and critical analysis through use and application. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Communication.

Enrollment limited to students in the MA Communication, MAIS Interdisciplinary Studies or PHD Communication programs.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Laboratory, Lecture

COMM 655: Theory and Practice of Digital Communication (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Applies visual communication theory to the production of digital media. Emphasizes theories in nonfiction digital filmmaking, sound theory for audio production, and ethical and aesthetic topics in digital storytelling. Provides a community engaged learning component allowing students to partner with community organizations to produce digital media tools that address issues of social importance. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 660: Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Offers practical application, skill development, and theoretical basis of communication campaigns developed in response to global warming and other threats to sustainability. Focuses on purposive campaigns to promote changes in individual behavior and public policy. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

COMM 690: Special Topics in Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Explores contemporary issues in communication theory, research, and practice. Notes: Topics vary. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

700-Level Courses

COMM 705: Intercultural Health and Risk Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Examines intercultural health and risk communication interventions; including health communication campaigns, public relations and advertising for health organizations, and how the media and Internet present health information. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 706: Strategic Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Examines commonalities of strategic communication campaigns across fields (e.g., military, diplomacy, health, politics, marketing, public relations) in order to understand strategic communication, compare fields, and emphasize strategic and evaluative research across fields. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 630 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 720: Consumer-Provider Health Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Explores relational health communication research and practice. Examines the role of interpersonal communication in health care delivery, health promotion, disease prevention, risk communication, and promoting personal and psychosocial well-being. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 721: E-Health Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Explores the use of computer-mediated communication technologies in health care and health promotion, including examination of technology in health information dissemination, health education, health communication interventions, and the management of health care delivery. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 725: Qualitative Methods (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Examines qualitative research in communication. Emphasis is placed on techniques of naturalistic inquiry such as observation, interviewing, focus group methods, and ethnography, as well as tools for analyzing and reporting qualitative data. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 735: Crisis Communication (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines crisis communication contexts with a particular emphasis on the role of communication in a variety of crises and how the media and Internet present crisis information to the public. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 798: Communication Studies Project (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 Spring 2018 

Final research seminar for all MA in communication students. Students discuss practical and theoretical issues related to project or thesis. Includes readings related to underlying theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues facing contemporary communication researchers and practitioners. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 600 and COMM 650.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Thesis

800-Level Courses

COMM 806: International Public Relations (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Provides a survey of international public relations with an emphasis in three areas: applied knowledge for actual international practice, relevant theory, and ethical issues.

COMM 890: Special Topics in Communication (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Selected topics reflecting specialized areas in communication. Notes: Topics vary. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree.
Recommended Prerequisite: PhD rank or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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