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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of  June 2010.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu  to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

Use the search box below to view the approved courses.

Courses in "COMM-Communication"

COMM - Communication

COMM 100 Foundations of Oral Communication (3) Restriction: Must not have completed COMM107. Credit only granted for: COMM100 or COMM107. Prerequisite for advanced communication courses. A study of oral communication principles, including verbal and nonverbal language, listening, group dynamics, and public speaking. Emphasis in this course is upon the application of these principles to contemporary problems and upon the preparation of different types of oral discourse.

COMM 107 Oral Communication: Principles and Practices (3) Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, ENES143, INAG110, JOUR130 or THET285. A study of and practice in oral communication, including principles of interviewing, group discussion, listening, informative briefings, and persuasive speeches.

COMM 125 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3) Concepts of interpersonal communication including perception, language and meaning, nonverbal communication, listening and feedback.

COMM 170 Foundations of Listening (3) Role, process, and levels of listening behavior and the development of listening skills.

COMM 200 Critical Thinking and Speaking (3) Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, ENES143, INAG110, JOUR130, OR THET285. Theory and practice of persuasive discourse analysis and composition. Research techniques, logical and rhetorical conceptions of argument, and technical principles for persuading in public venues.

COMM 207 Oral Communication for Engineers (1) Prerequisite: ENES100. An exploration of oral communication skills which prepares engineers to engage in interpersonal communication in professional and international settings, communicate effectively in group environments, and deliver listenable presentations.

COMM 220 Small Group Discussion (3) Principles, methods and types of interaction occurring in small groups with an emphasis on group discussion and decision-making.

COMM 230 Argumentation and Debate (3) A study of the fundamental principles of reasoning, analysis, and evidence preparation of debate briefs and presentation of standard academic debate.

COMM 231 News Writing and Reporting for Public Relations (3) Restriction: Must be in Communication program; and (sophomore standing; or junior standing). Or permission of ARHU-Communication department. Credit only granted for: JOUR201, JOUR201P, JOUR231, or COMM231. Formerly: JOUR231. Introduction to writing and researching news and information media for public relations; laboratory in news-gathering tools and writing techniques for public relations.

COMM 232 News Editing for Public Relations (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in COMM231; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And permission of ARHU-Communication department. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: JOUR202, JOUR202P, JOUR232, or COMM232. Formerly: JOUR232. Copy editing, graphic principles and processes, news and information technologies for public relations.

COMM 250 Introduction to Communication Inquiry (3) An introduction to the field of communication. Definitions, models, and contexts of communication; rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism of discourse.

COMM 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

COMM 288 Communication Internship (1-6) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Communication department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. An individual experience arranged by the student with the instructor. Does not satisfy communication major requirements. 45 hours of supervised internship per credit hour with communication professional. Not a substitute for COMM386.

COMM 298 Selected Topics in Communication (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Special topical study of contemporary issues in communication.

COMM 324 Communication and Gender (3) The creation of images of male and female, and masculine and feminine, through communication, the differences in male and female communication behaviors and styles, and the implications of those images and styles for male-female transactions.

COMM 330 Argumentation and Public Policy (3) Contemporary theories of argumentation with special emphasis on methods of formulating and critiquing public policy argument.

COMM 340 Communicating the Narrative (3) The role of narratives in communicating messages and development of strategies to effectively communicate the narrative form through storytelling, oral reading, and anecdotes.

COMM 350 Public Relations Theory (3) Prerequisite: COMM231 or COMM250. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: COMM350 or COMM430. The historical development and contemporary status of public relations in business, government, associations and other organizations. Application of communication theory and social science methods to the research, planning, communication and evaluation aspects of the public relations process.

COMM 351 Public Relations Techniques (3) Prerequisite: COMM232 and COMM350. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: COMM351 or JOUR331. Formerly: JOUR331. The techniques of public relations, including news releases, publications and printed materials, audio-visual techniques, speeches and special events. Application of these techniques in laboratory and field projects.

COMM 352 Specialized Writing in Public Relations (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in COMM351. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: COMM352 or JOUR332. Formerly: JOUR332. Public Relations writing for science, technology, health, medicine, corporate finance, educational policy, law and government in broadcast and technical media, as well as newspapers, magazines, proposals, speeches and correspondence.

COMM 354 Public Relations Programs (3) Prerequisite: COMM350. Credit only granted for: COMM354 or JOUR334. Formerly: JOUR334. Analysis of eight major programs typically carried out by public relations professionals: employee relations, media relations, financial relations, member relations, governmental relations, community relations, fundraising and dealing with activist public.

COMM 360 The Rhetoric of Black America (3) An historical-critical survey of the rhetoric of Black Americans from the colonial period to the present.

COMM 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

COMM 370 Mediated Communication (3) Prerequisite: COMM250. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Analysis and critique of structure, performance, content, effects, and future of mediated communication.

COMM 371 Communication and Digital Media (3) Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: COMM371 or COMM398V. Formerly: COMM398V. A basic introduction to communication in the digital age. Through class lectures, assignments and projects, students will learn to effectively use new media for the purpose of strategic message creation and management used in the field of communication. Students will apply the basics of visual layout skills and the principles of visual design to create messages using words and images.

COMM 375 Documentary Theory and Practice (3) Restriction: Must be in Communication program. A historical and theoretical introduction to documentary films and videos. Students will explore the power of documentaries to address socially significant issues.

COMM 376 Communication through Advocacy Short Film (3) Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Explores the theory and practice of contemporary communication and advocacy short form video.

COMM 382 Essentials of Intercultural Communication (3) Credit only granted for: COMM382 or COMM482. Introduction of major theories and concepts of intercultural communication; examination of processes that make up cultural differences; and use of intercultural communication competence skills.

COMM 383 Urban Communication (3) A study of communication variations in the urban setting with emphasis on communication problems encountered in ethnic relations. Strategies for improving communication.

COMM 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Communication department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in Communication program. Supervised internship experience with communication professionals. Relation of academic training to professional experience.

COMM 388 Communication Practicum (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Communication department. Repeatable to 3 credits if content differs. Supervised professional-level practice in communication.

COMM 398 Selected Topics in Communication (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Topical study of contemporary issues in communication.

COMM 399 Honors Thesis (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Communication department. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

COMM 400 Research Methods in Communication (3) Prerequisite: COMM250; and must have an introductory course in statistics. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Philosophy of scientific method; role of theory; research ethics; empirical research methods (measurement, sampling, design, analysis).

COMM 401 Interpreting Strategic Discourse (3) Prerequisite: COMM250. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Principles and approaches for practical analysis of discourse designed to shape audience opinion.

COMM 402 Communication Theory and Process (3) Prerequisite: COMM250. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Philosophical and conceptual analysis of communication theories.

COMM 420 Theories of Group Discussion (3) Current theory, research and techniques regarding small group process, group dynamics, leadership and decision-making.

COMM 421 Communicating Leadership (3) Examines the nature of leadership, theories of leadership from a communication perspective, relationships between leadership, authority, power, and ethics. Explores leadership responsibilities, commitments, and actions.

COMM 422 Communication Management (3) Communication policies, plans, channels, and practices in the management of the communication function in organizations.

COMM 423 Communication Processes in Conferences (3) Group participation in conferences, methods of problem solving, semantic aspects of language, and the function of conferences in business, industry and government settings.

COMM 424 Communication in Complex Organizations (3) Structure and function of communication within organizations: organizational climate and culture, information flow, networks and role relationships.

COMM 425 Negotiation and Conflict Management (3) Role of communication in shaping negotiation and conflict processes and outcomes.

COMM 426 Conflict Management (3) Recommended: COMM425; and COMM250; and COMM402. Role of communication in managing conflict processes.

COMM 427 Crisis Communication (3) Credit only granted for: COMM398C or COMM427. Formerly: COMM398C. Explores theories and research related to communication before, during, and after a crisis. Students examine the fundamentals of organizational communication, crisis management, and strategic and crisis communication planning before examining case studies of a number of real-life crises: organizational crises, natural disasters, accidents, terrorism incidents, health crises, and major crises of credibility.

COMM 430 Public Relations Theory and Techniques (3) Prerequisite: JOUR201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And permission of ARHU-Communication department. Restriction: Must not have completed COMM350. Credit only granted for: COMM350, COMM430, COMM630, or (JOUR530 and JOUR630). Formerly: JOUR530. Theories relevant to the strategic management of public relations and techniques used in programs to communicate with publics of organizations

COMM 435 Theories of Interpersonal Communication (3) Prerequisite: COMM400; or permission of ARHU-Communication department. Major theoretical approaches and research trends in the study of interpersonal communication.

COMM 436 Interpersonal Arguing (3) Prerequisite: COMM400 and COMM250. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: COMM436 or COMM498I. Formerly: COMM498I. An examination of face to face arguing.

COMM 450 Ancient and Medieval Rhetorical Theory (3) Prerequisite: COMM250. Restriction: Must be in Communication program. Credit only granted for: COMM450 or COMM650. A survey of rhetorical theory in the ancient and medieval periods. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical problems that gave rise to its development within both periods. Authors include Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Hermogenes, Martianus Capella, Aurelius Augustine, Alberic of Monte Cassino, Geoffrey of Vinsauf and Robert of Basevorn.

COMM 451 Renaissance & Modern Rhetoric Theory (3) A survey of rhetorical theory in the renaissance and modern periods. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical trends that dominate rhetorical thinking during both periods--especially in Great Britain. Authors include Wilson, Sherry, Rainolde, Day, Hyperius, Cox, Ramus, Talon, Bacon, Pascal, Fenelon, Sheridan, Campbell, Blair, and Whately.

COMM 453 The Power of Discourse in American Life (3) The potential of language forms and strategic discourse to create, perpetuate, and alter patterns of political and cultural behavior. The influence of contemporary political and cultural discourse on public understanding, public policy, and day-to-day life.

COMM 454 Rhetoric of the 1960s (3) Prerequisite: COMM401; or permission of ARHU-Communication department. Restriction: Must not have completed COMM453 (Spring2003). Study of key rhetoric of the 1960s. Treats rhetoric of relevant Presidents and several protest movements including civil rights, anti-war, and women's liberation. Contrasts traditional modes of argument with alternative rhetorical forms.

COMM 455 Speechwriting (3) The study of message strategies in order to research and develop effective speech texts appropriate to speakers and their audiences in various public contexts.

COMM 458 Seminar in Political Communication (3) Prerequisite: COMM250. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. The examination of special topics for and theories of political communication.

COMM 460 Public Life in American Communities, 1634-1900 (3) Ways that Americans have used their voice to create public life. Focus is on the diverse social communities that have characterized American life and the place and characteristics of oral discourse in each.

COMM 461 Voices of Public Leadership in the Twentieth Century (3) Study of the use of speaking in the power struggles of the twentieth century. Focus is on important speakers of the century, their social and policy influence, and the struggle to expand the diversity of voices with power in the public sphere.

COMM 468 Seminar in Mediated Communication (3) Prerequisite: COMM402, COMM450, COMM350, or JOUR350. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. The examination of special topics related to the study of mediated communication.

COMM 469 The Discourse of Social Movements (3) Recommended: COMM401. Restriction: Junior standing or higher. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Study of key social movements that have influenced American social and political life. In alternate years the Civil Rights Movement and the Rhetoric of Women's Suffrage and Abolitionism. Consideration of how groups excluded from or marginalized in American political life affect social change.

COMM 470 Listening (3) The principles of listening behavior.

COMM 471 Public Communication Campaigns (3) Prerequisite: COMM200; or permission of ARHU-Communication department. Diffusion theory and its implications for public communication campaigns.

COMM 472 Nonverbal Communication (3) Nonverbal communication in human interaction theory and research on proxemics, kinesics and paralanguage as expression of relationship, affect and orientation within and across cultures.

COMM 475 Persuasion (3) Bases of persuasion, with emphasis on recent experimental developments in persuasion.

COMM 476 Language, Communication, and Action (3) The nature of communication as symbolic action. Topics include language, meaning, intention, understanding, and consequences of communication.

COMM 477 Discourse Analysis (3) Concepts of textual and discourse analysis applied to speech situations.

COMM 478 Communication Colloquium (1) Repeatable to 4 credits if content differs. Current trends and issues in the field of communication, stressing recent research methods. Recommended for senior and graduate student majors and minors in communication.

COMM 482 Intercultural Communication (3) The major variables of communication in an intercultural context: cultural, racial and national differences; stereotypes; values; cultural assumptions; and verbal and nonverbal channels.

COMM 483 Senior Seminar in Public Relations (3) Prerequisite: COMM351 and COMM400. Credit only granted for: COMM483 or JOUR483. Formerly: JOUR483. Integration of theory, techniques and research methods into the planning and execution of public relations campaigns for specific organizations. Analysis of research on the case studies of public relations.

COMM 488 Communication Portfolio Project (1) Restriction: Senior standing; and must be in Communication program. Repeatable to 3 credits if content differs. Preparation of the professional communication portfolio.

COMM 489 Topical Research (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Communication department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Individualized research projects conducted with a faculty sponsor.

COMM 498 Seminar (3) Restriction: Permission of instructor; and senior standing. Present-day communication research.

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