Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Communication (COMM)

COMM 110  Speech Proficiency Lab  (1 Credits)  

This course is intended to guide students, through the use of practical applications, to become effective speakers by understanding the speech mechanism and precise, profound, and proficient oral communication expected from majors in journalism, speech and RTF. Two hours of lab per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: School of Communication

COMM 130  Introduction to Communication Studies  (3 Credits)  

Basic concepts, theories and principles operative in the communication process; application of these principles to the acquisition of communication skills. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 140  VOICE & DICTION  (3 Credits)  

Development of an effective speaking voice through the achievement of proper relaxation, breathing, and vocal resonance. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as SPEC 1342 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 200  Intro to Media Research Tech  (3 Credits)  

Basic skills development in research techniques and in-depth experience in written composition, emphasizing composition as a communication skill; analysis of student proficiency in the basic communication skills as they relate to professions in communication. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): (ENG 131 and ENG 132)

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 220  Media Literacy  (3 Credits)  

In this course, students develop analytical understanding of creative artifacts in media, including film, television, video games, social media, and so forth. The course presents clips, screenings, and other examples from a variety of cultures to provide a basis for critical, creative, and innovative written, oral, and visual communication about works of art. 3 hours per week

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 230  STUDIES URBAN RHETORICAL  (3 Credits)  

Study of linguistic and rhetorical patterns of major ethnic and socioeconomic groups in urban areas. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 232  INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION  (3 Credits)  

Study of the interpersonal communication as a dynamic process utilizing verbal and nonverbal cues as the basis of meaningful human interaction. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as SPCH 1318 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 233  COMMUNICATION SKILL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL  (3 Credits)  

Practice in the development of interpersonal skills in relating to the health professional; practice in the development of the skills of group and public communication. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 236  ARGUMENTATION & DEBATE  (3 Credits)  

Exploration of principles of argumentation, training, and participation in various types of argumentative speeches and debate. Special inclusion of parliamentary procedures. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as SPCH 2325 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 250  Comm, Globalization & Int'l Me  (3 Credits)  

This course will allow students to access all forms of international media and professional development. 3 hours per week

Prerequisite(s): (COMM 135 or COMM 136)

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 251  Soc Media Campaigns Analytics  (3 Credits)  

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 330  PROFFESS DEVELOPMENT & ETHIC  (3 Credits)  

A preparatory course for entering into the job market. Covers a variety of topics including oral communication skills dress code, interview techniques, advanced resume writing, motivational skills, stress management, professional survival and cultural awareness skills. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): (COMM 110 and COMM 130 and COMM 200)

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 331  Persuasion  (3 Credits)  

Intensive examination of principles and techniques of persuasion and of the critical role of the consumer of persuasive messages. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 332  Computer Applications in Communication  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to graphics, multimedia and web design techniques applicable to communication field. Three hours of lecture and lab per week.

Prerequisite(s): (CS 116)

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 333  INTERVIEWING  (3 Credits)  

Strategies and techniques of interviewing as purposive dyadic interaction for interviewer and interviewee. Includes the study of and practice with various types of interviews. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 334  Group Comm  (3 Credits)  

Role of communication theory in the making of individual and collective decisions; application of communication theory to principles of leadership in small group decision making. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 335  RHETORICAL CRITICISM  (3 Credits)  

This course involves the study of theory or rhetorical criticism with the emphasis on the analysis of standards and methods of evaluation. Offered as needed.

Prerequisite(s): (COMM 130)

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 336  Comm Research Design  (3 Credits)  

Students will learn and apply advanced methods and theories of communication discipline, producing a major research paper, literature review or performative writing project. This course will cover advanced elements of source citation, style, research writing formats and content. 3 hours per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 337  Media Criticism  (3 Credits)  

Media criticism focuses on theory and method as related to the nature and forms of media, their effects on audiences and society, and literacy appropriate to their understanding and use. Meet 3 hours per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 338  INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION  (3 Credits)  

-asic principles and perspectives of organizational communication; communication networks and structures; decision making; conflict resolution with organizations; impact of styles of communication on organizational relations. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 339  Perf. Theory & Methods  (3 Credits)  

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 340  Media, Power & Society  (3 Credits)  

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 420  Theories of Pop Cultural Comm  (3 Credits)  

Intensive study of the theories and methods used to study popular culture as a communicative form. Areas covered include American media, literature, art and other markers of culture. Meet 3 hours per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 421  Rhetoric of Social Movements  (3 Credits)  

In this course students evaluate the philosophical, social and cultural foundations of rhetorical theory and practices found in different social movements by focusing on the ways in which social groups and persuasive efforts shape public opinion. This course emphasizes the way in which language, symbols, writing and activities are used as a device of oppression and liberation. Meet 3 hours per week

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 423  Sexuality, Gender and Perform  (3 Credits)  

This course centers on contemporary communication theory and research on interconnections between sexuality, gender and performative culture. Meet 3 hours per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 430  Experiential Learning  (3 Credits)  

The integration of process and content acquisition through application and practice in real-life situations; structured part-time or full-time internships. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): (COMM 110 and COMM 130 and COMM 200 and COMM 330 and COMM 332)

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 431  NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION  (3 Credits)  

The analysis of nonverbal aspects of human communication with special consideration of physical and spatial styles and cues. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 432  INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION THEORY & METHOD  (3 Credits)  

Importance of cultural and ethnic differences as they affect our communication processes in various aspects of personal relations. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 433  HEALTH COMMUNICTION  (3 Credits)  

Current issues in delivery of health care, practitioner/patient relationships, the role of private and government agencies in health care, dissemination of health care information. Three hours of lecture per week. Offered as needed.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 434  PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP  (3 Credits)  

Study of the phenomenon of leadership, leadership styles, and leadership techniques, including parliamentary procedures and other strategies of control and influence. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 438  ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE & COMMUNICATION BEHAVIOR  (3 Credits)  

Analysis of the interdependence of organizational goals and communication behavior from the standpoint of those who must recognize, understand, or design communication systems. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 450  SPECIAL TOPIC COMMUNICATION STUDIES  (3 Credits)  

Problems of current concern in speech communication; topics vary according to time and instructor. May be repeated as topics change. Three hours of lecture per week. Offered as needed.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 460  Sports Communications  (3 Credits)  

This course explores the field of Sport Communication and reviews the different models of Sport Communication, such as print and electronic media, sport advertising, public relations, media relations, and employment opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to critically assess the communication efforts of Sports Organization as well as construct their own communications in the field of sports. 3 hours per week

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 490  Special Topic in Media Studies  (3 Credits)  

Intensive study of selected topics in communication studies in the area of media studies. Areas covered will rotate by term and instructor. This course is repeatable with change in topic. Meet 3 hours per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 491  Special Topic in Org Comm  (3 Credits)  

Intensive study of selected in communication studies in the area of organizational communication. Areas covered will rotate by term and instructor. This course is repeatable with change in topic.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 492  Spec Topics in Rhetoric & Cult  (3 Credits)  

Intensive study of selected topics in communication studies in the area of rhetoric and culture. Areas covered will rotate by term and instructor. This course is repeatable. 3 hours per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 493  Special Topic in Health Comm  (3 Credits)  

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 494  Special Topic in Performance  (3 Credits)  

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 495  Independent Study  (3 Credits)  

Independent study in interpersonal/intercultural communication, organizational communication, or rhetorical theory and criticism. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 1315  Public Address  (3 Credits)  

Principles of effective speaking and their application to the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of the basic forms of public messages; stresses public issues, their relevancy and effect. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 1321  Business & Professional Comm  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the basic oral communication skills needed for careers in business and the professions. Students make presentations, conduct interviews, and participate in problem-solving group discussions. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci

COMM 1324  Business & Professional Comm  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the basic oral communication skills needed for careers in business and the professions. Students make presentations, conduct interviews, and participate in problem-solving group discussions. Three hours of lecture per week.

College/School: School of Communication

Department: Dept of Communication Arts/Sci