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Communications (COMM)

COMM 400 In the Game: TV Sports Magazine (3) Students will produce, report, anchor and direct half-hour sports magazine show.
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 465, COMM 283W orCOMM 242 and permission of program  

COMM 401 Mass Media in History (3) Relationship of news media to social, economic, and political developments in the Western world.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 402 International Reporting (3) International Reporting is an advanced level course in the College of Communications designed to give student journalists experience in reporting the news in a foreign country.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 260W, COMM 360, COMM 465 and permission of program  

COMM 403 Law of Mass Communications (3) Nature and theories of law; the Supreme Court and press freedom; legal problems of the mass media.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 403H Law of Mass Communications (3) Nature and theories of law; the Supreme Court and press freedom; legal problems of the mass media.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

COMM 404 Telecommunications Law (3) Overview of the regulation of electronic media.
Effective: Summer 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180  

COMM 405 Political Economy of Communications (3) Structure and functions of American and other mass communications systems and their relationship to political and economic systems.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: ECON 102  

COMM 405H Political Economy of Communications (3) Structure and functions of American and other mass communications systems and their relationship to political and economic systems.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: ECON 102  

COMM 406 Electronic News Gathering and Editing (3) Intermediate level skills in creating and editing television news packages.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 315 orCOMM 283W  

COMM 407A Media and Government (3) This course examines the relationship between politics, governance, and news media, and provides a foundation for understanding media's role in public policy.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: permission of program  

COMM 407B Perspectives on American Journalism (3) The course examines a number of current issues and topics surrounding journalism including: ethics, state of the industry, and news vs. entertainment.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: permission of the program  

COMM 407C Media and World Politics (3) COMM 407C helps to make sense of the impact of media, public opinion and non-state actors shaping foreign policy.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: permission of the program  

COMM 408 (S T S 408) Cultural Foundations of Communications (3) Examination of oral, scribal, print, industrial, and electronic cultures; analysis of impact of technology on communications and social structure.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: select 3 credits fromCOMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320, COMM 370 ; or 3 credits of S T S  

COMM 409 News Media Ethics (3) Ethical problems in the practice of journalism; principal public criticisms of news media; case study approach.
Effective: Fall 2006
 

COMM 409H News Media Ethics (3) Ethical problems in the practice of journalism; principal public criticisms of news media; case study approach.
Effective: Fall 2006
 

COMM 410 (IL) International Mass Communications (3) The role of international media in communication among and between nations and peoples.
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: select 3 credits from the followingCOMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 411 Cultural Aspects of the Mass Media (3) The mass media as creators and critics of mass culture in American life; relationships between the media and mass culture.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: 6 credits in the arts or the humanities; and 3 credits selected from the followingCOMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 411H Cultural Aspects of the Mass Media (3) The mass media as creators and critics of mass culture in American life; relationships between the media and mass culture.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: 6 credits in the arts or the humanities; and 3 credits selected from the followingCOMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 412 Sports, Media and Society (3) Sport and media relationship in American culture.
Effective: Summer 2006
 

COMM 413 The Mass Media and the Public (3) Nature of mass communications, relationships between mass media and public, media influences on opinion; social pressures on the media.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: 3 credits selected from the following:COMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 413W The Mass Media and the Public (3) Social-level and political theories of the relationships between media and public; media influences on public opinion; social pressure on the media; political communications.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: select 3 credits from the followingCOMM 100, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370 and select 3 credits from the following:COMM 304, COMM 420  

COMM 414 Media Management (3) Theoretical bases and practical approaches for management and administration of communications projects, organizations, and resources.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 100 orCOMM 251  

COMM 415 Advanced Photography for Communications (3) Advanced applications in documentary photography emphasizing the narrative qualities of imagery, and utilizing digital technologies.
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 215 orCOMM 269 and permission of program  

COMM 416 News Practicum (3) News Practicum is a professionally oriented course for students who have mastered basic news writing and interviewing skills to produce stories for professional news outlets.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: COMM 260W and permission of the program  

COMM 417 Ethics and Regulation in Advertising and Public Relations (3) Ethical issues in practice of advertising and public relations; legal and regulatory issues; case studies.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 418 Media Effects: Theory and Research (3) Investigation of social and psychological effects of media messages and technologies via theories and empirical evidence pertaining to processes of effects.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: COMM 118 andCOMM 304 or equivalent  

COMM 419 (US;IL) World Media Systems (3) Comparative study of modern mass systems and the evolution and structure of specific countries' systems.
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 410 ; and select 6 credits in the arts or the humanities  

COMM 419H (US;IL) World Media Systems (3) Comparative study of modern media systems of mass communications in selected foreign countries.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: select 6 credits in the arts or the humanities; and 3 credits from the following:COMM 100, COMM 110, COMM 118, COMM 150, COMM 180, COMM 251, COMM 260W, COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 420 Research Methods in Advertising and Public Relations (3) Primary and secondary research methods used in the development of solutions to advertising and public relations problems.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: COMM 320 orCOMM 370;STAT 200  

COMM 421W Advertising Creative Strategies (3) Planning, designing, writing advertisements; introduction to graphics and production techniques and processes; layout and copywriting practice and critiques.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 320  

COMM 422 Advertising Media Planning (3) Analysis, selection, and scheduling of advertising media; examination of algorithms, technologies, and software used in media planning.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: COMM 320  

COMM 424 Advertising Campaigns (3) Advertising campaign problems from the viewpoint of the national advertiser and advertising agency; production of a complete advertising campaign.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: COMM 420 orCOMM 304;COMM 421W, COMM 422  

COMM 425 Advanced Advertising Campaigns (3) An academic option for student AAF members who will develop an integrated advertising campaign to be presented in District competition.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: COMM 420, COMM 421W, COMM 422, COMM 424 orCOMM 471 and permission of the program  

COMM 426 International and Intercultural Strategic Communication (3) Advertising and public relations in the international and intercultural arenas; multicultural strategic communications strategies.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: COMM 320 orCOMM 370  

COMM 427 Client/Agency Relations (3) Building and maintaining client/agency relationships in advertising, public relations and direct response agency business functions.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: Advertising Option - Prerequisite or concurrent - One can be taken concurrently:COMM 421, COMM 422 . Public Relations Option - Prerequisite:COMM 471 Prerequisite or concurrent:COMM 473  

COMM 428A Principles of Strategic Communications (3) Principles of Strategic Communications provides an overview of the various media and communications methods that comprise modern integrated marketing campaigns.
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: Permission of program  

COMM 428B Strategic Communications Law (3) Analysis of laws and regulations affecting online advertising and strategic communications.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 428A and permission of the program  

COMM 428C Strategic Communications in a Global Environment (3) Strategic Communications in a Global Environment will provide students with a framework for applying public relations and advertising tools across media platforms and across cultures.
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 428A, COMM 428D and permission of the program  

COMM 428D Research & Analytics (3) This course covers online research methods for strategic communication, including web analytics, online surveys, online interviews, and content analysis.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: COMM 428A, STAT 200 and permission of program  

COMM 428E Social Media Strategies (3) This course covers social media theory, tools and best practices to prepare students for current and future use of social media.
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 428A, COMM 428D and permission of the program  

COMM 430 Mass Media and Politics (3) Study of mass media as institutions and the effects of the mass media on politics, public policy, and citizens.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 100 orCOMM 251  

COMM 431 Topics in Television Culture and Communication (3) Study television technologies, techniques, audiences, genres and trends in relation to a specific decades or cultural periods.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: COMM 100, COMM 180 or permission of program  

COMM 433 Film History for Filmmakers II: The Development of the Cinema from 1960 to the Present (3) History of the art, industry, economics, culture, and technology of cinema from 1960 to the present.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 333  

COMM 434 (J ST 434) Movies, Media, and the Jewish American Experience (3) Study of Jewish American Film and Popular Culture.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: A previous course in Jewish Studies Film Studies Media Studies Art Music English or Comparative Literature  

COMM 436 Advanced Audio Production (3) Advanced concepts and techniques of audio production in analog and digital formats with hands-on experience in recording, mixing and editing.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 374  

COMM 437 Advanced Documentary Production (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Advanced exploration of documentary production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of a short video project.
Effective: Summer 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 337, COMM 340, COMM 342W  

COMM 437A Advanced Documentary Production Abroad (3) Advanced exploration of documentary production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of a short video project abroad.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: COMM 337, COMM 340, COMM 342W or permission of program  

COMM 438 Advanced Narrative Production (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Advanced exploration of narrative production techniques and aesthetics through the completion of a short film or video project.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 338, COMM 340, COMM 342W  

COMM 439 Advanced Alternative Production (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Advanced exploration in experimental and animation forms through the production of a film or video project.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: COMM 339 ; andCOMM 340, COMM 342W or permission of program  

COMM 440 Advanced Cinematography and Lighting Techniques (3) Advanced exploration in camera, lighting, audio, and color-grading techniques, emphasizing technical skills as well as aesthetics.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following:COMM 337, COMM 338 orCOMM 339 or permission of program  

COMM 441 Advanced Graphic Design for Communications (3) Theory and practice designing graphic visual communication in commercial, non- commercial, and fine art formats for print and on-line media.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 241 orCOMM 371  

COMM 443 Producing Workshop (3) This course will immerse students in the language and practice of producing film and video projects.
Effective: Summer 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of either:COMM 337, COMM 338 orCOMM 339  

COMM 444 Advanced Post-Production Techniques (3) This course offers intensive practical experience in editing, motion graphics and sound mixing techniques, emphasizing both technical skills and aesthetics.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following:COMM 337, COMM 338 orCOMM 339  

COMM 445 Directing Workshop (3) An advanced aesthetic and skill production course in directing for the screen.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following:COMM 337, COMM 338 orCOMM 339  

COMM 446 Writing for the Screen II (3) An advanced course in screenwriting that further develops elements of storytelling technique.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: COMM 346  

COMM 448 Advanced Group Production I (3) A two semester advanced production course emphasizing intensive collaborative film-video production from script through post-production.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 340, COMM 342W and two of the following:COMM 337, COMM 338 orCOMM 339 and permission of program  

COMM 449 Advanced Group Production II (3) Continuation of advanced production course emphasizing intensive collaborative film-video production from script through post-production.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 448  

COMM 450A (IST 450A) Search Engine Marketing (3) This project-oriented course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a sponsored research and keyword advertising-based marketing campaign.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 310;IST 310 ; Fifth semester standing  

COMM 450B (IST 450B) Digital Advertising (3) This course will explore the digital advertising "ecosystem," identify key players and trends, and review programmatic media buying.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: COMM 310 orIST 310  

COMM 451 (AM ST 451) Topics in American Film (3 per semester, maximum of 6) Critical and historical studies of American films. Analysis of directing, cinematography, editing, screenwriting, and acting.
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisite: COMM 250  

COMM 452 Topics in International Cinema (3 per semester, maximum of 6) Critical and historical studies of topics in non-American film. Analysis of theory, direction, cinematography, editing, and screenwriting.
Effective: Summer 1989
Prerequisite: COMM 250  

COMM 453 (IL) (CMLIT 453) Narrative Theory: Film and Literature (3) Comparative study of the aesthetics and techniques of film and literature; close analyses of masters of each art form.
Effective: Fall 2006
Prerequisite: COMM 150 or 3 credits in literature  

COMM 454 Documentary in Film and Television (3 per semester, maximum of 6) Study of representative films from various documentary movements, examining form, technique, trends, and audience objectives.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: fourth-semester standing  

COMM 455 Advanced Film Theory and Criticism (3 per semester, maximum of 6) Close examination of classic and contemporary film theory and critical perspectives.
Effective: Summer 1989
Prerequisite: COMM 250  

COMM 456 Media Criticism and Theory (3) Critical and theoretical approaches to the analysis of media and communication.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 371  

COMM 457 Media Audiences and Contexts (3) Survey of the ways media attempt to influence audience reception and how audiences hold sway over media content.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 100 orCOMM 251  

COMM 458 Media Law and Ethics (3) The study and practice of key issues in media law and ethics, including libel law, conflict of interest, truth in advertising.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 100 orCOMM 251  

COMM 459 Cultural Effects of Interactive and Online Media (3) Study of the global social impact and rhetorical limitations of converging media, emphasizing cross-cultural media influences.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMMS 251  

COMM 460W Reporting Methods (3) Techniques in reporting news and trends at the local, regional, and county levels. Emphasis on both deadline and interpretive reporting.
Effective: Fall 1990
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 461 Magazine Writing (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Students will learn about idea conception, writing, and editing of magazine stories.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 462 Feature Writing (3) Reporting and writing the human interest article for newspapers and magazines.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 463 Newspaper Design (3) This course will cover newspaper design. Students will learn to solve design problems, edit photos, and work with industry software.
Effective: Spring 2009
Prerequisite: COMM 160, COMM 260, COMM 467 or permission of program  

COMM 464W Editorial, Opinion and Commentary Writing (3) Introduces techniques of editorial, opinion and commentary writing.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 465 Television Reporting (3) Television news reporting and production.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 360  

COMM 466 Public Affairs Broadcasting (3) Students research, write, produce and direct public affairs shows and in-depth reports.
Effective: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 465 orCOMM 283W  

COMM 467 News Editing and Evaluation (3) Concepts and procedures involved in processing news for various news media, but with emphasis on print media editing.
Effective: Spring 2001
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 468 Graphic Applications in Print Communications (3) Issues, concepts, and practice identified with contemporary design strategies for print journalism, advertising, and public relations.
Effective: Summer 1988
Prerequisite: COMM 260W orCOMM 320  

COMM 469 Photography for the Mass Media (3) Development of an informed and critical approach to photocommunication; individual and team projects, seminars, and critiques.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: COMM 269  

COMM 470A Convergent Media News Service: Newspaper Production (3) Practicum emphasizing newsgathering and reporting for newspaper and for additional media formats.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 470B Convergent Media News Service: TV (3) Practicum emphasizing television news package production for periodic campus news program and for additional media formats.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: COMM 260W andCOMM 242 orCOMM 282 orCOMM 374 or permission of program  

COMM 470C Convergent Media News Service: Radio and Online Publications (3) Practicum emphasizing streaming radio news package production or production of news pieces for online publications and for additional media formats.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: COMM 260W andCOMM 242 orCOMM 374 or permission of program  

COMM 471 Public Relations Media and Methods (3) Analyzing media and audiences for public relations purposes; planning, designing, and writing public relations communications; press relations and publicity methods.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 260W andCOMM 370  

COMM 472 Public Relations Event Planning (3) Effective planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of events planning.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 370  

COMM 473 Public Relations Campaigns (3) Case studies and problems in publicity and public relations in industry, government, and institutions.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: COMM 370, COMM 420 orCOMM 304 andCOMM 471  

COMM 474 Depth Reporting (3) Exploration of strategies for developing indepth newspaper or magazine articles, with an emphasis on gathering information and long-form writing.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 475 Issues for Newsroom Managers (3) Newspaper and television management, the state of the industry and topics that prospective employees should know about.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 476 Sports Writing (3) Techniques in sports reporting and writing for media.
Effective: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 477 Sports Broadcasting (3) Techniques of sports broadcasting for radio and television.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: COMM 260W, COMM 360  

COMM 478 Sports Information (3) Techniques of effective media relations used in a sports information office.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: COMM 260W  

COMM 479 Telecommunication Economics (3) Economic, regulatory/business issues in the design/operation of large-scale telecommunication networks such as telephone, cable, wireless, and computer networks.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 380 ; or permission of the program  

COMM 480 Television News (6) Produce a weekly television newscast.
Effective: Fall 2011
Prerequisite: COMM 360, COMM 465 permission of program  

COMM 481 Advanced Multimedia Production (3) Advanced work in multimedia production using web authoring, video editing, audio editing, image editing and animation software.
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: COMM 270 orCOMM 260W plus one of the following:COMM 269, COMM 360, COMM 460, COMM 462 or permission of program  

COMM 483 Wireless Communications Industry (3) A broad examination of the wireless phone industry including its development, current structure and future.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 380 or permission of the program  

COMM 484 Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (3) Overview of technology of electronic media and related societal issues.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 280 ; or permission of the program  

COMM 484A Wireless Devices and Global Markets (3) Examination of the global market for smartphones, tablets, and other wireless devices.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 280, COMM 483 ; or permission of program  

COMM 484H Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (3) Overview of technology of electronic media and related societal issues.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 280 ; or permission of program  

COMM 485 Analysis of Broadcast-Cable Policy (3) Analysis of current policy issues in Broadcast/Cable. Standards and methods for evaluating telecomm policy processes and outcomes.
Effective: Summer 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 404 orCOMM 483  

COMM 486W Telecommunications Ethics (3) Drawing on normative theory and political philosophy, this course explores problems in ethics and social responsibility in telecommunications.
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 280, COMM 380 ; or permission of the program  

COMM 487W Advanced Telecommunications Management and Leadership (3) Strategic management, leadership and ethics issues including marketing, financing, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 280, COMM 380 ; or permission of the program  

COMM 488 Writers' Seminar (3) Workshop designed for advanced students interested in professional writing, involving extensive mutual and self-criticism.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: COMM 230W orCOMM 260W  

COMM 489W Advanced Telecommunications Topics (3) Exploration of advanced topics related to the telecommunications industries. Topic varies by section.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 280, COMM 380 ; or permission of the program  

COMM 490 Issues in Electronic Commerce (3) Analysis of issues related to electronic commerce over the Internet.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 380 or permission of program  

COMM 490A Convergent Media Seminar (3) This seminar examines media convergence issues, trends, and effects on society through discussions, presentations, and creation of a capstone project.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: seventh- or eighth-semester standing and 3 credits ofCOMM 470A, COMM 470B orCOMM 470C  

COMM 491 International Telecommunications (3) Impact of globalization, regulation, and new technologies on telecommunications in different countries and regions.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180  

COMM 492 Internet Law and Policy (3) Development in the law, policy, and business of Internet-mediated communications and commerce; emphasis on impact on existing legal, regulatory, and economic models.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: COMM 180  

COMM 493 Entrepreneurship in the Information Age (3) Provides students with knowledge/tools to take their innovation/technology idea through the business planning, capital, and operations budgeting processes.
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 380 or permission of the program  

COMM 494 Research Project Courses (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Spring 1994
 

COMM 494H Research Project Courses (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

COMM 495 Internship (1-3 per semester/maximum of 6) Supervised practicum with newspapers, broadcasting stations, public relations, and advertising agencies.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: continuing student majors in the College of Communications; departmental approval  

COMM 495A Internship (1-6 per semester/maximum of 6) Supervised practicum with newspapers, broadcasting stations, public relations, and advertising agencies.
Effective: Spring 2008
Prerequisite: continuing student majors in the College of Communications; departmental approval  

COMM 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 496H Thesis Research (1-6) Thesis credits for undergraduate students in the Schreyer Honors College for the majors in the College of Communications. The honors thesis may take the form of a scholarly project involving the examination of some aspect of the field of communications, or the thesis may involve the production of a professional project.
Effective: Summer 2016
 

COMM 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 2001
 

COMM 499 (IL) Foreign Study--Mass Communications (1-12) Study of mass communication systems and practices in selected foreign countries.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: departmental approval  

COMM 501 Proseminar in Mass Communications (3 per semester/maximum of 99) Overview of paradigms in mass communications research
Effective: Spring 2003
Prerequisite: admission to doctoral program  

COMM 502 Pedagogy in Communications (3) The purpose of this seminar is to train doctoral students to teach in the communications discipline at the college/university level.
Effective: Spring 2004
 

COMM 504 Seminar in the History of Mass Communication (3) No description.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 505 International Communication Problems (3) Legal and communications problems of the international flow of news and opinion; international press codes.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 506 Research Methods in Communications (3) The scientific method; survey of basic concepts of theoretical and empirical research; variety of methodology; criteria for adequate research.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

COMM 507 News Media and Public Opinion (3) Problems in the function, techniques, and responsibilities of press, radio, and television in forming and interpreting opinion.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 508 The Literature of Journalism (3) No description.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 510 Comparative Theories of Press Systems (3) Institutional structure and normative functions of press systems in modern societies, as shaped by prevailing world view and social organization.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 511 Mass Communications Research Methods II (3) Problems of bibliographical research; evaluation of sources and materials in mass communications history, biography, structure, ethics, and other areas.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: COMM 506  

COMM 512 Government and Mass Communications (3) Problems of freedom of information; governmental efforts to control mass communication agencies; government news coverage; public information agencies.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 513 Constitutional Problems of the News Media (3) Problems involving conflict between guarantees of press freedom in the First and Fourteenth Amendments and rights and privileges of others.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 514 Political Economy of Communications (3) Structure and functions of United States and global media systems and their relationship to political and economic systems.
Effective: Fall 2003
 

COMM 515 MA Proseminar in Mass Communications (3) An introduction to graduate studies for MA students in Media Studies and Telecommunications Studies.
Effective: Fall 2003
Prerequisite: First semester enrollment in MEDIA or TELEC M.A. programs  

COMM 516 Introduction to Data Analysis in Communications (3) To understand and be able to use data analysis techniques common to research in communications.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: COMM 506 or consent of program  

COMM 517 Psychological Aspects of Communication Technology (3) Investigation of psychological aspects of human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-mediated communication (CMC).
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: COMM 304 orCOMM 506  

COMM 518 Media Effects (3) Advanced study of the effects of media messages and technologies via theories and empirical evidence pertaining to processes of effects.
Effective: Spring 2005
Prerequisite: COMM 506 or permission of instructor  

COMM 520 Seminar in Advertising Problems (3) No description.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 521 Advertising Perspectives (3) An overview of advertising in industrial societies including institutional issues; socio-demographic issues; public policy issues; and ethical issues.
Effective: Spring 1992
 

COMM 522 Social and Cultural Aspects of Advertising (3) Analysis of advertising from a cultural/literary perspective; emphasis on semiotic and hermeneutic analysis; advertising as social communicaiton.
Effective: Spring 1992
 

COMM 550 Film Theory and Criticism (3) Studies in traditional and contemporary film theory and criticism.
Effective: Spring 2005
 

COMM 553 Special Problems in Film and TV (1-3) No description.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 555 Media and Culture (3) An overview and history of critical theories that aim to explain the relationship between media and culture.
Effective: Summer 2014
 

COMM 580 Seminar in Telecommunications (3) Study of the historical and contemporary issues and problems in telecommunications.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 582 Ethics and Emerging Communications Technology (3) Identification and analysis of ethical issues raised by electronic communications technologies.
Effective: Spring 2004
 

COMM 583 Seminar on United States Telecommunications Policy (3) Examination of the United States telecommunications policy process and current issues.
Effective: Spring 2004
 

COMM 584 International Telecommunications and Trade Policy (3) An interdisciplinary perspective that investigates contemporary debates and ongoing or anticipated conflicts in international telecommunications and trade policy.
Effective: Fall 2000
 

COMM 585 Media & Telecommunications Industries (3) Study the structure and performance of media, telecommunications and information industries applying principles and ideas from microeconomics, finance and communications.
Effective: Spring 2005
 

COMM 587 Internet Law and Policy (3) Examination of legal, policy and business developments in Internet-mediated communications emphasizing the impact on existing regulatory and economic models.
Effective: Summer 2003
 

COMM 590 Colloquium (1-3) Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

COMM 594 Research Topics (1-15) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 2000
 

COMM 594A Telecommunications Studies Masters Paper (3) A significant research paper completed under the direction of a faculty adviser.
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: admission to the Telecommunications Masters Program  

COMM 594B Research Project Apprenticeship (1-3 per semester, maximum of 3) Provides opportunities for doctoral students to enhance their knowledge of cmparative research methods by working on established faculty research projects.
Effective: Spring 2002
Prerequisite: doctoral level standing  

COMM 595 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, non-group instruction, including field experiences, practicums, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Summer 2000
 

COMM 596 Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently; several different topics may be taught in one year or term.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

COMM 597A Cross-Cultural Strategic Communication (3) Most theoretical frameworks used in persuasive communication research are based on empirical insights derived from Western samples. This is particularly true in the case of strategic communication. The class brings into focus issues related to the cross-cultural generalizability (or lack thereof) of such frameworks and the practices they inform. It will focus on strategic communication, defined broadly as the programmatic use of mediated messages by corporations, brands and other institutions, to alter public beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. We will discuss the role that culturally-induced differences in thinking and feeling have in determining the publics' responses to persuasive campaign messages.
Effective: Summer 2016 Ending: Summer 2019
 

COMM 600 Thesis Research (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 601 Ph.D. Dissertation Full-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Fall 1990
 

COMM 602 Supervised Experience in College Teaching (1-3 per semester/maximum of 6) Teaching or assisting in School of Communication courses by graduate students with previous news-editorial, advertising, and broadcasting experience.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 610 Thesis Research Off Campus (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1986
 

COMM 611 Ph.D. Dissertation Part-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Fall 1990
 

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