Courses

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COMM ST 101-0 Interpersonal Communication Laboratory experience in human interaction. Analysis of communication within groups. 

COMM ST 102-0 Public Speaking Theory, composition, delivery, and criticism of public speeches. 

COMM ST 104-0 Argumentation and Debate Theories of argumentation and debate, with many opportunities for practice. Analysis and evaluation of the discourse related to public controversies.

COMM ST 201-0 Research Methods in Communication Foundations of knowledge in many areas of the field, including the nature of interpersonal interaction and the impact of mass media. How communication researchers do their work; how to judge the quality of research products. Prerequisite for many other courses in the department.

COMM ST 205-0 Theories of Persuasion Survey of major theories that explain how to change another person’s attitudes and behaviors. Applications to persuasion within a variety of contexts, including relationships, organizations, legal campaigns, and the mass culture. 

COMM ST 215-0 Principles of Rhetorical Criticism Introduction to techniques of rhetorical analysis for use in describing, evaluating, and participating in discussions of public issues. Historical and contemporary examples of public discourse illuminate how symbolic action affects decision making and power relations in public life. 

COMM ST 220-0 Theories of Argumentation Fundamental principles and practice of critical reasoning and public argument. For students interested in legal, academic, or political realms of communication and advocacy. 

COMM ST 221-0 Speech Writing Theory and practice in the principles of composition and in the preparation and delivery of manuscript speeches. 

COMM ST 225-0 Communication and Culture How the concept of “culture” is constituted and disseminated through practices, processes, and mechanisms of “communication.” Theories of myriad forms of mediation—interpersonal, off- and online, popular, and mass-mediated—shaping our relationships with ourselves and the world around us. 

COMM ST 227-0 Communication and Technology Factors informing and shaping the design of everyday objects and our virtual world; psychological aspects of computer-mediated communication and virtual collaboration, including impression relations, group dynamics, and social networks; social and institutional structures encompassing human communication. (Prerequisite for the Digital Media undergraduate curriculum module.) 

COMM ST 229-0 Communication Technology, Community, and Personal Identity Philosophical, critical, and scientific analysis of how the intensification of technology in cultural, professional, and recreational domains is affecting our social relations and personal identities. 

COMM ST 241-0 Theories of Relational Communication An overview of communication theories and research dealing with developing, sustaining, and terminating interpersonal relationships. Direct application to friendship, work, and romantic relationships. 

COMM ST 246-0 Health Communication in the Age of Digital Technology Introduction to health communication. Key areas of the field, with focus on providers, patients and their families, hospital networks, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

COMM ST 250-0 Collaborative Leadership and Decision Making Theories and research relating to communication in small groups and group decision making. 

COMM ST 255-0 Understanding Media Markets: Users, Makers, and Metrics How the preferences and habits of media users, the strategies and constraints of media makers, and the growing prevalence of data and metrics form a dynamic marketplace that shapes public attention.

COMM ST 270-0 Theories of Mediated Communication Introductory survey of current issues in research on the mass media, the Internet, and computer-mediated communication. 

COMM ST 274-0 Power in Entertainment How power is created, sustained, and challenged in entertainment media; how and why individuals, groups, and corporations achieve and maintain dominance in art, film, television, gaming, and digital and social media.

COMM ST 275-0 Persuasive Images: Rhetoric of Popular Culture Analysis of image-making in all forms of popular culture—in film and television but also shopping malls, supermarkets, car dealers, and doctors’ offices.

Comm St 294-0 First Year Seminar Study in seminar format of a topic in communication. Assignments emphasize expository writing.

COMM ST 298-0 Undergraduate Seminar Student- or faculty-initiated seminars to consider special topics. Credit for 298 may be earned more than once. No more than 2 units of such credit may be applied toward fulfillment of the major requirements.

Courses Primarily for Juniors, and Seniors

COMM ST 301-0 Current Issues in Privacy The texture of interactions affecting privacy: government and workplace monitoring and surveillance, invasion of privacy by social media, disclosure to unintended Internet audiences, database aggregation, privacy and the person.

COMM ST 302-0 Law of the Creative Process Principles of copyright, contracts, and entertainment business practices from the perspective of the producer, artist, and creator.

COMM ST 310-0 Rhetoric, Democracy, and Empire in Classical Athens Students will read Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War along with texts in classical rhetoric to address perennial problems regarding the role of speech in a democratic society.

COMM ST 314-0 Rhetoric and Public Commemoration Public commemoration as a rhetorical phenomenon. Through discussion of scholarly literature and production of research papers, students investigate questions such as: How do societies remember the past? What do the strategies for remembering the past teach us about the present? How are “collective memories” produced and challenged?

COMM ST 315-0 Rhetoric of Social Movements Study of traditional theories of opposition derived from sociological and rhetorical analyses of mass movements. Examines new social movements such as advocacy groups related to abortion, animal rights, feminism, and other local and national issues.

COMM ST 317-0 Voice, Violence, and Democracy Understanding how and why “democracy” has come to be regarded today as the only “legitimate” form of government; explored by examining alternative roads to modernity and democratic polity taken by different countries through the dialectic of voice (rhetoric) and violence in contemporary democracies. 

COMM ST 320-0 High School in US Public Culture The US phenomenon of high school, its portrayal in public culture, and its central role in the national imagination. Analysis of its history, culture, and social and political effects to examine its function as a social sorting mechanism and how it produces, reproduces, and maintains a differentiated society with the aid of public culture and the mass media.

COMM ST 321-0 Media and Publics across Cultures Relationship between culture and media in an increasingly globalized world, examined through analysis of ethnographic case studies and theoretical texts.

COMM ST 322-0 Rhetoric of the American Presidency Offers students the opportunity to conduct an in-depth, quarter-long study of the rhetoric of particular presidents. May only be taken twice for major credit; additional credits count as electives.

COMM ST 323-0 New Media as Popular Culture How rituals, practices, and relationships enabled by new media cultural forms shape and reconstitute everyday life. Emphasis on research implementing qualitative and interpretive methods.

COMM ST 324-1,2 Rhetoric of US Women’s Rights Today women cause no sensation when they address public gatherings, but in the 1820s, when American social reformers broke the taboo, such behavior was scandalous. 1. Development of the new women’s oratorical tradition from its origins through the early 20th century. 2. Continued development from 1920 to the present.

COMM ST 325-1,2,3 Rhetorical History of the United States History of the United States, as studied through key rhetorical texts. Focus on moments of political crisis and cultural change. 1. Colonial period to the outbreak of the Civil War. 2. Civil War to World War I. 3. World War I to the 1960s.

COMM ST 326-0 African American Rhetoric Survey of key texts of 20th-century African American public discourse as well as a forum to discuss those texts and engage them analytically and critically.

COMM ST 330-1,2 Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech Personal freedom and public communication under the US Constitution. 1. Principles, forms of reasoning, and court decisions governing conflicts between freedom of speech and public order, property rights, personal security, morality, and racial and gender equality in traditional, mass, and new electronic media. 2. Analysis of selected issues introduced in 330-1. Prerequisite: 330-1.

COMM ST 332-0 The Rhetoric of Multiculturalism Examination of debates about the meaning and significance of cultural pluralism in American and global politics and about the rhetorical, communicative, and political challenges this condition raises.

COMM ST 333-0 Girlhood in Public Culture Why girls have figured so centrally in 20th-century popular culture; why the concept of girlhood itself has been so widely debated within public culture more generally; how girls themselves have responded to public representations of girlhood.

COMM ST 334-0 Media and the Making of Social Class The nature of the relationship between the media, middlebrow culture, and the rise of the American middle class; the future of middlebrow culture in the wake of digital production, audience segmentation, and globalization.

COMM ST 335-0 Philosophy of Language and Communication Relationship between language and human communication behavior. How language structures individual world views; the process of meaning formation; therapeutic communication; the experience of creativity. 

COMM ST 340-0 Community Integration of Labeled People Examination of local integration initiatives, the role of professionals, the language used to describe the initiatives, the social service system’s responses, and the agents and communities that have constructed inclusive environments for people labeled with disabilities. 

COMM ST 341-0 Communication and Aging Relationship between adult developmental processes and changes in communication behavior. 

COMM ST 343-0 Health Communication Examination of how communication can enhance and maintain the well-being of citizens in intentional health care contexts. 

COMM ST 344-0 Interpersonal Conflict In-depth analysis of theories and research examining conflict within relationships. Special emphasis on conflict within friendships, dating relationships, and family. Prerequisite: 205. 

COMM ST 345-0 Family Communication An overview of the family as a communication system. Intergenerational interaction patterns, intimacy and conflict patterns, decision making, environmental and cultural factors, and enrichment efforts. A wide range of family types and research methods are considered. Prerequisite: 241. 

COMM ST 350-0 Assistive Communication Design Designing communication technologies for people with disabilities. The course has two components: weekly lectures by experts in the field of assistive technology and a quarter-long community-based design project.

COMM ST 351-0 Technology and Human Interaction Understanding human interactions that take place both with and through technology; design, creation, and evaluation of technologies to support such interactions. 

COMM ST 352-0 Social Network Analysis Use of social network analysis to understand the growing connectivity and complexity in the world around us on different scales, ranging from small groups to the web. How we create social, economic, and technological networks; how these networks enable and constrain our attitudes and behavior. 

COMM ST 353-0 Collaboration Technology Communication and behavior in groups; issues raised by collaborative use of communication and computing technologies. Topics include theories of group and organizational behavior, interpersonal awareness, privacy, trust, technology-mediated communication, and technology evaluation and adoption. 

COMM ST 354-0 Design Methods for Digital Media Contextual interviewing and observation techniques for understanding the design and use of digital media. Weekly readings and class discussion on conducting contextual interviews, making and interpreting observations, and analyzing qualitative data to improve digital media design.

COMM ST 355-0 Audience Analysis Methods used to analyze electronic media audiences; emphasis on quantitative research techniques. Prerequisites: 201 (or equivalent) and 270. 

COMM ST 356-0 Games and Social Change Examination of the evolution of games for social change, from late-19th-century board games for moral instruction to basketball, role plays, video games, and contemporary computer-based networked simulations for civic education.

COMM ST 357-0 Serious Games Introduction to the psychological and behavioral theories of entertainment media as a basis for designing and evaluating serious video games. Focus on the games’ psychological, behavioral, and social aspects more than on their technical aspects. 

COMM ST 360-0 Theories of Organizational Communication Theories and research dealing with communication in formal organizations and institutions. 

COMM ST 363-0 Bargaining and Negotiation Communication in bargaining and negotiation in organizational settings. Cognitive and motivational theories emphasizing bargaining and negotiation strategies. 

COMM ST 364-0 Collective Decision Making and Communication in Organizations Research on how organizations make, communicate, and implement collective decisions. Assessing decision effectiveness, group decision making, leadership in organizations, and organizational design. 

COMM ST 365-0 Solving Problems in Applied Organizational Communication Advanced concepts and techniques for defining and analyzing organizational problems. Preparation for recognizing and working with problems in business organizations. 

COMM ST 366-0 Organizational Behavior and Innovation Organizations and communities depend on innovative ideas, products, or processes to help solve their problems and grow in new directions. This course looks at a number of interpersonal and organizational variables as they relate to the production, acceptance, and adoption of new ideas. 

COMM ST 367-0 Nonprofit Communication Management Nongovernmental organizations and the campaigns they create. Examined through three interrelated modules: differentiating nongovernmental organizations from business and government organizations; issues they face that their government and business counterparts do not; nonprofit campaigns and public communication. 

COMM ST 373-0 News and Information as Politics and Culture Examination of the news form, content and meaning of the news, and the role of the news media in social continuity and change. Prerequisite: 270. 

COMM ST 375-0 Sociology of Online News Survey of sociological research on the production and consumption of online news. 

COMM ST 376-0 Contemporary Television Changes in the art and business of television with the introduction of new media. Production, storytelling, identity, and distribution of TV and web entertainment. 

COMM ST 377-0 Developing and Marketing of Popular Culture The invention and packaging of popular culture products, including film, music, television, and celebrities. Prerequisite: 275. 

COMM ST 378-0 Online Communities and Crowds: Organization, Innovation, and Mobilization Examination of the types of collaborations that occur in online communities and crowds. Emphasis on sociological, economic, and political analysis of how and why large-scale online collaborations work.

COMM ST 380-0 Political Communication Nature and functions of communication within established political institutions; decision-making strategies, deliberative discourse, and electoral campaigns; field study of advocacy and interest groups. Prerequisites: 220 and either 205 or 210.

COMM ST 383-0 Media, Communication, and Environment Exploring, understanding, and researching questions and issues related to the environment and climate through the study of media and communication.

COMM ST 385-0 Technology and the American Cultural Landscape Research seminar focusing on the history of technology in American culture and how it might affect our experience.

COMM ST 386-0 Science, Technology, and Society Examination of developments in information and communication technology in the larger context of American science and technology since 1900. Prerequisite: previous course work on the historical or social dimensions of information and communication technology.

COMM ST 388-0 Internet and Society The social, cultural, political, and economic implications of information technologies.

COMM ST 389-0 Practicum in Communication Research Collaboration with a faculty member on design and execution of a communication research project. Students learn how to complete a research project and write a report. Limit of 1 credit for the major and 1 elective credit.

COMM ST 390-0 Children’s Culture Examination of children’s media from psychological, sociological, historical, and other perspectives. Discussion of the role of media in children’s development.

COMM ST 392-0 Global Culture, Commerce, and Communication Examination of current topics and events to familiarize students with the cultural dimensions of globalization and the critical importance of culture and communication in understanding the globalized world.

COMM ST 394-0 Undergraduate Research Seminar Small seminars in research topics led by different members of the department faculty. Students complete a research paper on a topic related to the seminar theme. Prerequisite: 294.

COMM ST 395-0 Topics in Communication Studies Reading, research, and discussion in areas of significance. Topics vary.

COMM ST 397-0 Senior Honors Thesis Students work on a 2- to 3-quarter project, culminating in a senior thesis, with the guidance of a faculty adviser. Upon successful completion a student is eligible to graduate with departmental honors.

COMM ST 398-0 Undergraduate Seminar Student- or faculty-initiated seminars to consider special topics. Credit for 398 may be earned more than once. No more than 2 units of such credit may be applied toward fulfillment of the major requirements.

COMM ST 399-0 Independent Study Enrollment only by petition in advance.