Communication (COMM)

Courses numbered 100 to 299 = lower-division; 300 to 499 = upper-division; 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate.

COMM 111.  Public Speaking   3 credit hours

General education foundation course. Studies basic concepts of speech communication as applied to public speaking. For students wishing to enhance leadership potential by improvement in traditional public speaking situations. An honors section of this course is available. (The university's requirement in oral communication must be fulfilled by completion of COMM 111. For especially qualified students, an exemption or advanced standing examination is available. For further information, contact the Elliott School of Communication.)

COMM 111H.  Public Speaking - Honors   3 credit hours

General education foundation course. Counts as an honors seminar. Studies basic concepts of speech communication as applied to public speaking and critical analysis. Goal is to learn basic strategies for tailoring messages to overcome obstacles in a variety of public speaking situations. Prerequisite: honors standing.

COMM 130.  Communication & Society   3 credit hours

General education introductory course. Introduces the functions, processes and effects of individual and mass communication in American society. Explores economic, social and governmental impacts of such communication. Includes a survey of the media and communication industry.

COMM 130H.  Communication & Society - Honors   3 credit hours

General education introductory course. Introduces the functions, processes and effects of individual and mass communication in American society. Explores economic, social and governmental impacts of such communication. Includes a survey of the media and communication industry. Honors section.

COMM 190.  Introduction to Human Communication   3 credit hours

General education introductory course. Explores several alternative frameworks by which humans cope with and control the communication environment. Uses observational and experiential opportunities to discover the variety of patterns used by humans to symbolically interact with themselves, each other and entire cultures. Uses multimedia instructional procedures. Course includes diversity content.

COMM 202.  Debate & Forensics   3 credit hours

Research and preparation for debate and individual speaking events, participation in intercollegiate debate and/or forensics competition, and debate and forensics squad meetings. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 hours credit. May not be counted toward a major. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

COMM 221.  Oral Interpretation   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Cross-listed as THEA 221. Designed to enhance speaking skills through the performance of original stories and excerpts from literature. The main focus is to aid the student in becoming a compelling storyteller. Class works on the development of an expressive voice and also the development of performance skills such as learning to gesture and express oneself through facial expression. These verbal skills aid the student in being a better communicator.

COMM 222.  Improving Voice & Diction   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as THEA 222. For students wishing to improve their speaking voices and gain greater control over their pronunciation of spoken English. Course is performance oriented, however, the anatomy of the vocal mechanism and the International Phonetic Alphabet are studied for practical application in the improvement of voice and diction.

COMM 301.  Writing for the Mass Audience   3 credit hours

A hands-on introduction to writing for the mass audience, including print and broadcast journalism, advertising and public relations. In this survey-style course, students become acquainted with various news and promotional writing techniques and formats, develop reporting and interviewing skills, and learn to apply media judgment and ethics. Course is a prerequisite to many specialized Elliott School courses. Prerequisites: grade of C or better in ENGL 101, 102, COMM 130 or 190; and pass the department's Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GSP) exam.

COMM 302.  Interpersonal Communication   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Develops an awareness of the elements of interpersonal communication and aids the student in establishing more meaningful and effective interpersonal relationships, both personally and professionally.

COMM 304.  Studio Video Production   3 credit hours

2 Classroom hours; 2 Lab hours. Basic principles, procedures and techniques of video production, including operation of studio equipment and direction of television programs and other video productions. Prerequisite: COMM 303 or instructor's consent.

COMM 305.  Visual Technologies   3 credit hours

Examines the importance and meaning of visual symbols in modern society. Explores the methods by which visual images inform, educate and persuade readers.

COMM 306.  Introduction to Multimedia   3 credit hours

Examines appropriate multimedia formats for telling stories and presenting information. Focuses on understanding effective publication of communication via audio, video and web.

COMM 310.  Introduction to Photojournalism   3 credit hours

Basic photographic theory and technique emphasizing telling stories about people and events. Students explore and use digital camera gear and learn shooting techniques; study masters of the genre, historical changes, photo editing, legal and ethical issues, and dealing with controversy.

COMM 311.  Persuasion   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Explores the history, development and manifestation of persuasive techniques through the study and/or creation of persuasive messages in speeches, mass media, advertising, politics and organizations. The student becomes a better user and critic of persuasive messages and strategies. Prerequisite: COMM 111.

COMM 312.  Nonverbal Communication   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. A study of theory and research in nonverbal communication. Students explore different aspects of nonverbal communication and engage in original research and study in the field of nonverbal communication. Emphasizes the application of nonverbal communication to the total human communication process. Prerequisite: COMM 111.

COMM 313.  Argumentation & Advocacy   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Studies the principles of effective rational discourse, oral and written, dealing with controversial issues in public deliberative, forensic and educational areas. Includes valid and fallacious reasoning as well as tests of evidence.

COMM 321.  Introduction to Film Studies   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Emphasizes the nature and function of film as a mode of communication with attention to film theory and technical criticism. Selected films are shown in class.

COMM 324.  Integrated Marketing Communication   3 credit hours

Introduces the theory and practice of the integrated fields of advertising and public relations viewed from the perspective of integrated marketing communication. Includes audience research, the creation of specialized messages and message delivery systems. Prerequisite: COMM 301 or 190, or departmental consent.

COMM 325.  Speaking in Business and the Professions   3 credit hours

A study of the basic concepts of public speaking and discussions as they apply to the business and professional person. Emphasizes public presentations, group leadership and interpersonal communication as appropriate to business and professional oral communication. Prerequisite: COMM 111 with a grade of C or better.

COMM 328.  Teamwork, Leadership and Group Communication   3 credit hours

Studies the nature and functions of groups and the development of skills for identifying and evaluating communication behavior in small group situations emphasizing the dynamics of teamwork and group leadership.

COMM 335.  International and Intercultural Communication   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Introduces basic concepts and principles regarding communication between people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Also includes the influence of the media in intercultural communication. Course includes diversity content.

COMM 360.  Applied Communication Strategies   3 credit hours

COMM 360. Applied Communication Strategies (3). Surveys communication strategies as applied in interpersonal/organizational and rhetorical/political settings. Examines the connection between communication and technology, explores strategies for communication criticism and identifies communication strategies relevant to issues such as human relations, ethical decision making, freedom of speech and political rhetoric. Prerequisite: COMM 130 or 190, or instructor's consent.

COMM 401.  Reporting the News   3 credit hours

Principles of reporting, interviewing and multimedia writing, emphasizing both print and broadcast storytelling techniques. Prerequisites: COMM 301 with a C- or better, COMM 305 or 306.

COMM 402.  Debate & Forensics   3 credit hours

Research and preparation for debate and individual speaking events, participation in intercollegiate debate and/or forensics competition, and debate and forensics squad meetings. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Three hours may be counted toward the major. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

COMM 406.  Audio Production   3 credit hours

Production and direction of audio programs. Hands-on use of all standard audio production equipment to learn techniques of sound blending and reproduction. Prerequisite: COMM 306.

COMM 422.  Broadcast News   3 credit hours

Theory and techniques of preparing news for the electronic media, including preparation of news reports for radio and television. Prerequisite: COMM 301 with a C or better.

COMM 430.  Communication Research and Inquiry   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Introduces the process of research and inquiry across the discipline of communication. Helps students in communication become more intelligent consumers of research and investigative inquiry, and to become more adept at designing their own research projects. Includes information gathering, structuring inquiry with qualitative and quantitative research designs, and processing and reporting information. Prerequisite: junior standing and COMM 130 or 190, or instructor's consent.

COMM 450.  Integrated Marketing Communication Strategy   3 credit hours

Builds on theories and practices of integrated marketing communication, including audience, market research, brand management and media selection. Uses case studies of local and national brands to explore strategic concepts unique to integrated marketing communication.

COMM 472.  Senior Portfolio Seminar   1 credit hour

Students prepare a resume and portfolio of their best work to be evaluated by faculty members and communication professionals in their areas of emphasis. Ideally completed in a student's final semester before graduation. Graded Cr/NCr. Prerequisites: senior standing, completion of 18 hours of communication coursework and departmental consent.

COMM 481.  Cooperative Education   1-2 credit hours

Credit for cooperative field placement that integrates theory with a planned and supervised professional experience designed to complement and enhance the student's academic program. Individualized programs must be formulated in consultation with, and approved by, appropriate faculty sponsors. May be repeated, but limited to a total of 4 credits in COMM 481 and COMM 690. Graded Cr/NCr. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

COMM 481N.  Internship   1-2 credit hours

Complements and enhances the student's academic program by providing an opportunity to apply and acquire knowledge in a workplace environment as an intern. Graded Cr/NCr. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

COMM 500.  Advanced News and Feature Writing   3 credit hours

1 Classroom hour; 4 Lab hours. Focuses on journalistic techniques for reporting and writing the more complex and important types of news and feature stories. Students work in various forms of traditional and emerging journalism. Emphasizes creating comprehensive content by integrating print, broadcast, Web, social media and other delivery methods. Prerequisites: junior standing, COMM 301 with a C or better, and COMM 401.

COMM 502.  Public Information Writing   3 credit hours

Uses basic journalistic skills of clear, precise writing to communicate effectively with various audiences. Students write press releases, speeches and popularizations of complex documents. Techniques learned are valuable in writing grant proposals, committee reports, pamphlets and journal articles. Prerequisites: COMM 301 with a C- or better, COMM 450, junior standing, or departmental consent.

COMM 506.  Sound for Picture   3 credit hours

Focuses on the use of sound as a part of the storytelling process of film and video production. Examines the concepts and technology necessary for production. Prerequisite: COMM 406.

COMM 510.  Editing For Print   3 credit hours

Selection, evaluation and preparation of copy and pictures for publication. Covers copy editing, rewriting, headline and caption writing. Prerequisites: junior standing and COMM 301 with a C or better.

COMM 511.  Strategic Communication in Organizations   3 credit hours

Emphasizes the importance of effective communication in building meaningful relationships, grooming civic leadership and producing marketable employees. Human communication skills taught include: how to give effective presentations, facilitate small group discussions, handle conflict, manage diverse constituencies at various levels: organizational, interpersonal, small group and public; and contemporary topics and issues. Prerequisite: COMM 130 or 190, or instructor's consent.

COMM 512.  Principles of Video Production   3 credit hours

Examines the concepts and technology necessary for effective production of video communication. Topics include camera operation, video editing and the role of light, sound and sequencing in video production. Prerequisite: COMM 306.

COMM 525.  Advertising Copywriting   3 credit hours

Detailed practice at writing various kinds of advertising copy, including print and broadcast forms. Emphasizes terse, precise writing that evokes response sought by advertiser. Prerequisites: COMM 301, 324 with a C or better or departmental consent.

COMM 526.  Media Buying & Selling   3 credit hours

Principles, methods and strategies of buying and selling media for advertising, including study of reach and frequency of the various mass media and specialized media, budgeting, research, rates, market share and other tools of current buying and selling strategies. Prerequisite: COMM 324 or instructor's consent.

COMM 535.  Communication Analysis and Criticism   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Introduces the methods used for the analysis and critique of various linguistic, pictorial and aural elements of communication to become more discerning consumers of the various forms of public and mass-mediated messages. Analysis includes print advertisements, radio and television messages, newspaper features and public speeches. Prerequisites: junior standing and COMM 301 with a C- or better or instructor's consent.

COMM 550.  Opinion Writing   3 credit hours

Studies editorial judgment, including practice in writing print, broadcast and electronic opinion pieces, and examining traditional and new technology research materials available to opinion writers. Prerequisites: COMM 301 with a C or better, junior standing.

COMM 555.  News and Information Design   3 credit hours

Examines contemporary theories of publication layout and the visual presentation of quantitative information. Students investigate methods for combining type, graphics and photographs to convey information and tell stories. Prerequisites: COMM 301, 305.

COMM 570.  Magazine Product   3 credit hours

Magazine production, including the choosing of subjects, approaches and illustrations; the shooting and editing of photographic stories; layout; the handling of production and management concerns. Prerequisites: COMM 301 and 510, or departmental consent.

COMM 571.  Feature Writing   3 credit hours

Writing features for newspapers and magazines. Nonfiction topics may include personal experience essays, consumer pieces, travel articles and personality profiles. Prerequisites: COMM 301 with a C or better, junior standing.

COMM 581.  Communication Practicum   1-3 credit hours

Application of theory, principles and practices to professional settings where students work under instructor supervision to continue their professional preparation in various areas of media and communication. Prerequisites: COMM 301 and instructor's consent.

COMM 604.  Video Storytelling   3 credit hours

Application of video equipment and techniques for field productions. Execution of visual and audio expression in relation to effective video productions in a field setting. Prerequisite: COMM 512.

COMM 609.  Interactive Media Production   3 credit hours

Investigation and application of production techniques for educational and instructional broadcasting, emphasizing television. Prerequisite: COMM 304.

COMM 612.  Scholastic Journalism Instructional Strategies   3 credit hours

Assists those who are preparing to advise and teachers who currently supervise a student newspaper or yearbook. Emphasizes techniques for teaching various forms of writing and design, duties relating to production and finance of school publications, and methods to help students become better communicators. Prerequisite: COMM 301 with a C or better, or instructor's consent.

COMM 622.  Studio B: Live Television News   3 credit hours

Reporting and writing about events in the university and community. Story assignment and preparation under the instructor's guidance; story broadcast over WSU Cable Channel 13. May be repeated for credit with adviser's consent. Prerequisite: COMM 422 or instructor's consent.

COMM 626.  Integrated Marketing Communications Campaigns   3 credit hours

Instruction and practice in planning and developing integrated advertising and public relations campaigns. Teaches students to perform a situation analysis, identify objectives, develop strategies and tactics, and write a plans book, as well as produce advertising and public relations campaign materials. Prerequisites: COMM 324, 450, 525, or instructor's consent.

COMM 630.  Communication Law and Responsibility   3 credit hours

Emphasizes both oral and written aspects of communication law and responsibility. Addresses general functions of the law including the right to communicate, broadcast law and law of the press. Includes discussion of First Amendment rights, libel, privacy, copyright, advertising, obscenity, pornography and corporate communication concerns. Prerequisite: COMM 301 with a C- or better or instructor's consent.

COMM 631.  Historical and Theoretical Issues in Communication   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Examines the development of various issues in communication in historical context. Emphasizes different humanistic and scientific theories of communication and the historical development of mediated communication. Uses selected theories to generate critiques of specific communication events. Prerequisites: junior standing and COMM 130 or 190, or instructor's consent.

COMM 633.  Senior Honors Project   3 credit hours

For undergraduates seeking departmental honors in communication. An individual written and oral project, including a review of literature, methodology and critical analysis on a communication topic approved by the instructor. Prerequisites: senior standing; minimum GPA of 3.500; COMM 430, 535, 630, 631; departmental consent.

COMM 636.  Advanced Public Speaking   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Skills development in a variety of advanced presentational methods, including speaking from a TelePrompTer, using PowerPoint technology, spokesperson/press conference speaking, conducting a training session, formal manuscript speaking, after dinner speaking and writing a speech for another person. Prerequisite: COMM 325.

COMM 637.  Web Publishing   3 credit hours

Senior capstone course in journalism emphasis area. Prepares students to integrate print, broadcast, audio and video news in web-based platform. Graded Cr/NCr. Prerequisites: senior standing, COMM 401, 510.

COMM 640.  Issues in Corporate Communication   3 credit hours

Examines how corporations craft messages that are persuasive to their various publics. Special attention to how companies use communication strategies to cope with situations that threaten their reputations.

COMM 650.  Communication Training and Development   3 credit hours

An examination of communication concepts, processes, technologies and strategies related to training and development. Includes the application of these elements to formal instruction across disciplines and at various educational levels as well as in most professional training settings.

COMM 660.  Seminar in Communication   1-3 credit hours

Special seminars dealing with current problems, issues or interests in various areas of communication. Repeatable for credit in different topics only.

COMM 660AL.  Real News, Fake News: Literacy for the Information Age   3 credit hours

In today’s media-saturated world, in an era many refer to as “post-truth,” much of what we see, hear and read is FAKE news. This advanced-level course probes the background for this development, and provides students with methods and tools to understand and critique this phenomenon.

COMM 660AM.  Autoethnography   3 credit hours

Provides a comprehensive study and application of autoethnography as a qualitative research method. Autoethnography explores through various media the dynamic relationships among method, theory and personal narratives.

COMM 660AN.  Race, Rhetoric and Media   3 credit hours

Examines the role of rhetoric and media in the public life of race and racism. Explores how race is constituted through symbolic practices, how race is negotiated through the use of media technologies, and how rhetoric and media have been used to both perpetuate and challenge racism.

COMM 661.  Directing Forensics Program   3 credit hours

A study of the methods and procedures in coaching and directing the high school and collegiate forensic programs (debate and individual events). The future teacher is made aware of the literature and professional organizations in the field.

COMM 662.  Seminar in Communication   1-3 credit hours

Special seminars dealing with current problems, issues or interests in various areas of communication. Repeatable for credit in different topics only.

COMM 662V.  Communication Entrepreneur   3 credit hours

Special seminar dealing with current problems, issues or interests in various areas of communication. Students read and discuss how to effectively communicate while starting a company. Students meet with entrepreneurs who have been both successful and unsuccessful communicators in their careers. Repeatable for credit in different topics only.

COMM 675.  Directed Study   1-4 credit hours

Cross-listed as THEA 675. Individual study or projects. Repeatable for credit with departmental consent. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

COMM 690.  Communication Internship   1-2 credit hours

Credit for professional experience that integrates theory with a planned and supervised professional experience designed to complement and enhance an academic program. Individualized programs must be formulated in consultation with, and approved by, appropriate faculty sponsors. May be repeated, but limited to a total of 4 credits in COMM 481 and COMM 690. Graded Cr/NCr. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

COMM 720.  Dimensions of Mass Communication   3 credit hours

A detailed study of mass media, their role as social institutions, their control, support, content and audience, and their effects.

COMM 722.  The Art of Conversation   3 credit hours

Conversation is the form of communication people engage in most naturally and frequently, but about which they seldom think seriously. Helps participants enhance their understanding and appreciation of, as well as their skill in, the art of conversation. Includes the nature of conversation, principles of conversational communication, types of conversation, conversation in the media and conversation analysis. Prerequisites: COMM 302 and junior standing or departmental consent.

COMM 750.  Workshops in Communication   1-4 credit hours

Workshops on a variety of communication topics. Different topics are indicated by a letter following the course number.

COMM 760.  Seminar in Communication   1-3 credit hours

Special seminars dealing with current problems, issues or interests in various areas of communication. Repeatable for credit in different topics only.