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Department of Communication Courses

COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)
Offered fall, spring and summer semesters
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of public speaking. Students will develop skills that enable them to present themselves and their ideas in an effective manner.
Extensive practice in speech organization and delivery is included. Designed for the beginning speaker; should be taken during the first year. Credit for this course cannot be used in the communication major or minor. 

COMM 103: Writing for the Mass Media (3)
Offered annually
Throughout this course students will develop and practice writing skills for electronic and print media. Applications include news writing, public service announcement copy, advertising copy and other media forms. 

COMM 110: Newswriting and Reporting (3)
Offered annually
This course is a survey of the professional practice of journalism, including the basic techniques of news writing for print, electronic media and Internet. 

COMM 200: Perspectives on Human Communication (3)
Offered annually
This course is an introduction to the theory, research and practice of human communication within a variety of contexts. The course is designed to provide the background necessary to understand the role of communication in everyday life. 

COMM 202: Introduction to Advertising (3)
Offered annually
This course is an introduction to the field of advertising with specific focus on the role of advertising as a socioeconomic force. The techniques/strategies of advertising and their impact on society and individuals will be examined. Emphasis is placed on scientific analysis of advertising effectiveness, media analysis, and on creative strategy development and execution. 

COMM 203: Intercultural Communication (3)
Offered alternate years
This course is an analysis of the impact of culture on various communication behaviors. Special attention is given to the study of cross-cultural interactions in interpersonal and organizational contexts. Issues such as globalization and diversity sensitivity will be examined. 

COMM 205: Mediated Message Production (3)
Offered annually
This course will introduced students to the production of three types of mediate messages common in most communication organizations: audio, video, and web sites.  Students will complete basic audio, video and website projects.  

COMM 206: Communicating with Social Media (3)
Offered alternate years
This course examines the use of social media to build intellectual capital, communicate with society, exchange information among a global workforce and provide businesses with marketing and corporate communication tools. The course also explores the role of social media in shaping societal and business trends.  

COMM 207: Sport Communication (3)
Offered annually
This course surveys major topics in sport communication, including the symbiotic relationship between sport and mass media, how gender and ethnicity are represented in sport media, the history of the media's coverage of sport in the U.S., the role of interpersonal and group communication in sporting activities, and audience studies of the impact of mediated sport.

COMM 209: Small Group Communication (3)
Offered annually
This is a laboratory course aimed at providing the student with theory and practice in group communication methods, including reflective thinking, problem solving and decision making. 

COMM 210: Interpersonal Communication (3)
Offered alternate years
This course includes an emphasis on the achievement of success in organizations and in private life through the use of effective interpersonal communication. 

COMM 211: Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
Offered annually
This course is an introduction to the field of communication with specific focus on the elements of mass communication: the information delivery systems, their functions and the uses to which they are put by society. The emphasis is on a theoretical and conceptual basis for the functioning of mass communication in society: technology and change, diffusion of information, freedom and responsibility, mass culture. 

COMM 212: Impact of Mass Communication (3)
Offered alternate years
This course is an examination of the impact of mass communication, including the Internet and personal media, on institutions, communities, families and individuals. 

COMM 215: Survey of Electronic Media (3)
Offered annually
This course is an introduction to the history, structure, operation and impact of American electronic media, including video, audio, the Internet and personal media. 

COMM 216: Introduction to Health Communication (3 credit hours)
This course is a survey of health communication concepts and theories. The processes by which people, individually and collectively understand, shape, and accommodate to health and illness issues are explored as well as the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance awareness, processes and procedures.

COMM 220: Digital Audio Production (3)
Offered annually
This course is a lecture/lab experience in digital audio production and the production of audio forms including interviews, air shifts, commercials/public service announcements, news/documentaries for distribution by traditional and Internet-based media. 

COMM 221: Digital Video Production (3)
Offered annually
This course focuses on production techniques for digital video projects utilizing single-camera on-location shooting and nonlinear editing. Projects focus on instructional videos, news packages and documentaries for distribution by traditional and Internet-based media.

COMM 230: Introduction to Acting (3)
Offered annually
This course focuses on working on fundamental acting skills. Private and group exercises coupled with performance of contemporary American scenes utilizing specific skills

COMM 244: Introduction to Public Relations (3)
Offered annually
This course focuses on the principles and practices of public relations of profit and non-profit institutions. The tools of communication and the numerous public's involved will be covered. 

COMM 260: Applied Journalism Activities (1-2)
Prerequisite: Director of Internship and Director of Student Media's consent
Offered fall, spring and summer semesters

In this course the student applies skills developed in print journalism and other media courses by helping produce the student newspaper, The Xavierite. Student's work as editors, reporters, photographers, business managers, and advertising sales/copywriters. 

COMM 262: Applied Broadcasting Activities (1-2)
Prerequisite: Director of Internship and Director of Student Media's consent
Offered fall, spring and summer semesters
In this course the student applies skills developed in broadcasting and other media courses by performing various duties associated with operating the student radio station, WXAV

COMM 298: Independent Study (1-4)
Prerequisite: 25 hours of communication, 3.25 GPA, and consent of instructor
Maximum 4 credit hours
Offered fall and spring semesters
This course is an individual investigation of special problems and topics in communication. 

COMM 301: Law of Mass Communication (3)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
Offered annually
This course examines the U.S. legal system as it affects the mass media. Students will review the responsibilities of professional communicators, as they relate to the First Amendment, risks to public safety, defamation, access to government information, the right to a fair trial, copyright laws, obscenity, and the regulation of advertising and the electronic media. 

COMM 306: Organizational Assessment (3)
Offered annually
This course is an examination of supervisor-subordinate communication, organizational culture and the flow of workplace communication in various organizational settings. The course combines theoretical and practical knowledge for assessing organizational communication. Students will become acquainted with instruments used to assess organizational communication and will be required to conduct an organizational assessment. 

COMM 313: Persuasion (3)
Offered annually
This course is a study of the means of influencing others. Emphasis on the logical, psychological, emotional and ethical dimensions of persuasive communication is explored. Practice in creating and delivering persuasive messages is included. 

COMM 324: Senior Seminar I: Communication Research (3)
Prerequisites: Senior Standing
Offered fall semester
This course provides students with a research vocabulary, advanced writing skills and research tools for analyzing and evaluating information in the Communication discipline. The course introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and the paradigms associated with each inquiry. Students will select their Senior Seminar II: Research Application topic, write a proposal to investigate the topic, conduct a literature review and/or other comparable written work on the topic, and engage in original research related to the selected project. This course is a prerequisite to Senior Seminar II: Research Application (COMM 369). 

COMM 333: Communication Problems and Topics (3)
This course is an examination of emerging and recurring issues affecting audiences, industries and institutions in mediated and/or non-mediated contexts.

COMM 335: Organizational Communication (3)
Offered annually
This course is an examination of communication systems within and among organizations. The course focuses on the process of communication, types and components of communications systems and the effects of communication systems as they impact employee productivity, growth and values. 

COMM 337: Leadership Communication (3)This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of communication as it applies to organizational leadership. Students will develop skills that enable them to present themselves and their ideas in an effective manner. Extensive practice in delivering, speaking and writing are required with emphasis on audience analysis, research, leadership challenges and theoretical strategies for addressing diverse groups. 

COMM 365: Internship/Practicum (1-3)
Prerequisites: Director of Internship consent, Junior standing, Communication major or minor
Offered fall, spring and summer semesters
The student will work in a professional communication facility or in a faculty-supervised project of sufficient depth and responsibility. Placement is approved by the department's internship supervisor.  

COMM 368: Communication Responsibilities (3)
Prerequisite: Communication 211
Offered annually
This course surveys major ethical problems in communication. The course includes case studies and examinations of issues pertaining to gate keeping, deceptive advertising, rights of privacy, the presentation of violent and sexual content, and concerns raised in a variety of mediated and non-mediated contexts. 

COMM 369: Senior Seminar II: Research Application (3)
Prerequisites: Senior standing, Senior Seminar I: Communication Research (COMM 324)
Offered spring semester
This course is a continuation of Senior Seminar I: Communication Research. It provides students an opportunity to advance the project under study. Students will work with a faculty member to create and apply the information learned throughout the major. Upon completion, the project will be presented to the Department of Communication's faculty for acceptance. 

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