UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Communication

Division of Social Sciences,
Social Sciences and Media Studies Building 4005
Telephone (805) 893-4479
E-mail: comminfo@comm.ucsb.edu
Website: www.comm.ucsb.edu  
Department Chair: Norah Dunbar


 

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COMM 1. Introduction to Communication
(5) STAFF
Survey of basic concepts, principles, and models of communication. Introduction to the importance of communication in intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mass media contexts.
COMM 87. Statistical Analysis for Communication
(5) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed PSTAT 5AA-ZZ or EEMB 30 or Psychology 5 or Sociology 3.
Repeat Comments: Partial credit of 2 units will be given to students who have received credit for PSTAT 109.
An introduction to basic statistical concepts and applications in communication. Through lecture and computer labs, students will be exposed to statistical applications for advanced coursework in the major.
COMM 88. Communication Research Methods
(5) STAFF
An introduction to social scientific research designs used in the field of communication, including survey research, experimental design, content analysis, and field research. The course serves as preparation for advanced coursework in communication.
COMM 89. Theories of Communication
(5) STAFF
An introduction to major theories and theoretical influences in the field of communication, in the areas of interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mass communication.
COMM 99RA. Independent Research Assistance in Communication
(1-5) STAFF
Prerequisite: Open to Communication and Pre-Communication Majors only. Students must have taken at least one Communication course from UCSB in order to enroll.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Students must have a min cumulative 2.0 GPA. Students limited to 5 units/quarter and 30 units total in all 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined. Units for 99RA do not count toward the comm major
Coursework consists of faculty supervised research assistance.
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COMM 101. Media Literacy
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
An introduction to media courses. Overview of the key skills, knowledge structures of the media industries, the content those industries produce, and effects of that content on individuals and society.
COMM 102. Understanding Mass Communication Theory
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 102 replaces Comm 160MT. Students who completed Comm 160MT with a C- or below may take Comm 102 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160MT with a C or above may not take Comm 102.
Designed to provide a succinct and accessible, yet comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the appropriate uses of media theories and help shed light on the important role of theory in our everyday interactionswith media and the social environment.
COMM 103. Media, Race, & Ethnicity
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Major topics in the social scientific study of race/ethnicity and the media. Addresses the evolution of media images of race/ethnicity in entertainment television, film, news, sports, advertising, and video games. Examines the effects of exposure to this content on audiences.
COMM 104. Evolution and Human Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 104 replaces Comm 160EC. Students who completed Comm 160EC with a C- or below may take Comm 104 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160EC with a C or better may not take Comm 104.
Introduces an evolutionary approach to human communication. Studies the science of human communication as it relates to mating, aggression, pathogen avoidance, hierarchy navigation. Class also covers signaling models from animal communication/biology and social processes such as religion, art, music.
COMM 105. Sports, Culture, and Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open toall students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Together we will explore, critically, the ways in which sports have become an integral part of our (and others’) cultures and the variable roles that communication plays within that.
COMM 106. Small Group Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary majors only; Open to all students during summer session except freshmen.
Theory and research in communication in groups, teams, and work units ina variety of organizational contexts. Includes sections in which students observe and analyze communication processes in small group projects andexercises.
COMM 107. Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session.
Repeat Comments: 107 replaces 107A. 107 should be considered a legal repeat of 107A. Students who earned a C- or below in 107A and wish to repeat course should enroll in 107.
Survey of theory and research in interpersonal communication, including social and intimate relationships and conversational interaction.
COMM 109. Language and Social Identity
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Social psychology of language and communication examined from the "socialidentity approach." From this perspective, which claims that our attributes, beliefs, and behaviors flow from our self-conceptions as group members, we investigate concepts such as stereotyping, power, and CMC.
COMM 111. Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Review of theories and empirical research on structure and function of nonverbal messages in interaction, including body and facial gestures, paralinguistics, touch, territory, environment, and physical appearance. Students conduct and report original studies or applied research projects on nonverbal communication.
COMM 112. Media Industries in a Changing Social World
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session, except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 112 replaces Comm 160MS. Students who completed Comm 160MS with a C- or below may take Comm 112 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160MS with a C or better may not take Comm 112.
Explores the historical, social, economic, and cultural forces that have influenced the development of media industries in US society. Emphasis isplaced on: TV, Radio, Film, Print Media, the Internet & Digital Media, Advertising, and Public Relations.
COMM 113. Media Effects on Individuals
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
The effects of media communication on individual cognitive processes and the social environment. Emphasis on media effects on individual attitudes, family interaction, children, perceptions of minorities, sex-role stereotyping and other outcomes.
COMM 114. Media Effects on Society and Institutions
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Examines the role that mass media institutions play in society. The history and functions of various media are explored from contrasting social and political viewpoints, with empirical theory and research used where possible to support and/or challenge these viewpoints.
COMM 115. Interactive Media Theory and Design
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open toall students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Examines cognitive, emotional, social, and physiological processing of interactive media and effects of these media on users' learning, decision-making, skills, and behavior. Students will learn and apply research findings and theories of communication, psychology, and human-computer interaction to understand how people interact with computer-based media (delivered via web, mobile technologies, virtual reality, robots, video games, social networks) during leisure time and at work, and how to design media content to bestserve various user needs and interests.
COMM 116. The Internet, Communication, and Contemporary Society
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open toall students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Considers historical, technical, relational, economic, legal, political, and social dimensions in order to explain how people make use of tools withthe considerable capabilities demonstrated by the Internet and Web. Emphasis on relevant theoretical perspectives, important research findings, and practical applications, with the goals of enabling students to understandthe Internet in its current form and to make sense of its continued evolution.
COMM 117. Persuasion
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Analysis and synthesis of current persuasion theory to understand how messages influence attitudes and behaviors. Topics covered include: theoriesfor altering attitudes and behaviors, the persuasion process, and the useof persuasion in applied contexts.
COMM 118. Communication Technology and Organization
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Considers how technologies and people have evolved together over time, withfocus on how technological tools foster relations among people who share goals and work in relatively stable, enduring groups to achieve them. Dual emphasis on (1) the sociohistorical evolution of technologies and organizations, or the nature of technologies and social groups and how they havechanged together over time, and (2) the technological management of work and how organizations, or the specific issues relevant to technologies and organizations today.
COMM 119. Communication, Aging, and Later Life
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Introduction to our changing communication needs as we age, the dynamics of intergenerational contact, and communicative consequences of being elderly.
COMM 120. Interviewing Theory and Practice
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Analysis of the interview as unique communication context, including the application of theoretical concepts and practice in designing and conducting interviews of various types (e.g., information gathering, career, recruitment, selection, appraisal, grievance, exit, journalistic, sales, survey).
COMM 121. Communication and Conflict
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only during fall, winter, and spring quarters. Open to all students except freshmen during Summer Session.
Theory and research on communication and conflict dynamics in various contexts. Students select and use lay approaches to manage conflict in their daily lives. Then they apply theoretical concepts to analyze both the conflicts and their lay approaches.
COMM 122. Organizational Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Same course as 122A. 122 replaces 122A and should be considered a legal repeat.
Application of communication theory and research to established organizations, with special emphasis on communication causes, correlates, and consequences of internal and external organizational communication processes at individual, group, organizational, and societal levels of analysis.
COMM 123. Cultural Influences on Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session.
Cross-cultural influences on communication processes. May deal with face-to-face or electronically mediated communication.
COMM 124. Family Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session.
Communication strategies and patterns of interaction in family relationships. Topics include closeness and affection, disclosure, sibling interaction, adolescence, parenting, marital roles and conflict.
COMM 126. Gender and Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session.
Identification of sex-role stereotypes and discriminatory issues for bothsexes. Awareness of gendered-communication patterns across interpersonal,mediated, and organizational contexts and the theoretical attempts to explain them. Students create applied research projects attempting to modify sexist communication patterns.
COMM 128. Language and Intergroup Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session.
Survey of theory and research concerning language and communication between various social groups (e.g., inter- social and inter-ethnic groups), with emphasis on understanding the role communication plays in integrating and differentiating group members.
COMM 129. Law Enforcement, Communication, and the Community
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: open to communication and interdisciplinary studies majors only.
Enrollment Comments: Open to all students during Summer Session.
Introduction to the complex facets of modern-day law enforcement. Intendsto enhance effective relationships between the community and law enforcement. Lectures from policing agencies and academics are supplemented by practical experiences via field trips and an extensive ride-along.
COMM 130. Political Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during summer session.
Overview of the role of communication in politics and public opinion. Exploration of research on the content of a variety of forms of political communication and the cognitive, attitudinal, and behavioral effects of this communication on the public.
COMM 131. Organizational Communication: A Global Perspective
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 131 will replace Comm 122B. Students who have completed 122B with a grade of C or above may not take Comm 131. Students who completed 122B with a grade of C- or below may take 131 as a legal repeat.
Focuses on communication processes and issues that arise in multinationaland global organizations. Explores the relationship among culture, communication, technology, and ways of organizing across national contexts and in different types of organizations (non-profit, voluntary, civic, governmental, small business and corporate systems).
COMM 132. Electronic Media Policy and Regulation
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session.
Introduction to the process by which communication policy is constructed,including analysis of the role of key participants. Survey of the fundamental regulatory structure governing broadcasting and other electronic media. Examination of current media policies.
COMM 133. Media and Children
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open toall students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Examines children's and adolescents’ reactions to mass media and interactive media. Includes analysis of children's cognitive processing of media and study of effects in such areas as violent portrayals, pro-social messages, advertising content. Considers policy implications of research.
COMM 134. Societal Influences on the Shape and Effects of Media
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Examines the factors that affect the shape and influence of news, politics, and entertainment media messages, including media gatekeepers, audiences, institutions/organizations, technologies, the government, and culture.
COMM 136. Collaborative Technologies and the Dynamics of Organization
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session, except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 136 replaces Comm 122C. Students who completed 122C with a C or abovemay not take Comm 136. Students who received a C- or below in 122C may take136 as a legal repeat.
Focuses on the nature of collaboration within and across organizations, in view of contemporary technologies. Issues examined include nature of collaboration, support of group work, virtual groups, information sharing, knowledge management, collective action, e-commerce, and new forms of organizing.
COMM 137. Global Communication, International Relations and the Media
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during summer session except freshmen.
Examines the nature, role, and influence of the global communication on international relations and the relationship between the media and policy making and advocacy.
COMM 138. Advertising Literacy
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only during fall, winter, and spring quarters; Open to all students except freshmen during Summer Session .
Repeat Comments: Comm 138 replaces Comm 161A. Students who have completed Comm 161A with a Cor above may not enroll in 138. Students who completed 161A with a C- or below may take 138 as a legal repeat.
Begins with an examination of the advertising industry from academic perspectives-- economics, psychology, sociology, and history. Then the course shifts to a practical perspective as we examine how advertising agencies are organized, how they get clients, how they conduct research to create advertising campaigns, how they make media buys, and how they design advertising messages. Students complete exercises in researching a situational analysis, making a media buy, and designing a TV ad.
COMM 139. Communication and Emotion
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during summer session except freshmen.
Overview of emotion and its role in communication. Addresses theoretical perspectives on emotion; issues of emotional display and recognition; anddifferent emotions' effects in interpersonal, media, and social systems contexts.
COMM 142. Power, Dominance and Communication
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Misc: Open to Communication and Interdisciplianry Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session, except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 142 replaces Comm 160CP. Students who completed Comm 160CP with a C- or below may take Comm 142 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160CP with a C or better may not take Comm 142.
Power is a fundamental concept in the social sciences. Course examines the potential of power in the communication context and dominance as the expression of power. Examples will draw from interpersonal, intergroup, organizational, and intercultural settings.
COMM 143. Advanced Public Speaking
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Recommended Preparation: Some prior instruction in public speaking recommended.
Enrollment Comments: Misc: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session.
This course assumes students have had some basic instruction in public speaking already. This could be through (a) a public speaking course froma community college, (b) participating in forensics in High School or College, or (c) taking public speaking (ENGL 18) at UCSB. Advanced Public Speaking will build on this foundation. Students will learn how to develop and deliver messages that are appropriate and effective for the audience, purpose, and context using logical arguments within an ethical framework.
COMM 144. Argumentation & Debate
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session.
The basic principles of argumentation as they are put into practice via oral communication. Students learn the reasoning process using tools of critical thinking including the basic model of argument, how to construct valid arguments and recognize logical fallacies, and how to deliver thoseoral arguments effectively. Students learn how to construct a debate caseand how to present the case in the context of an academic debate.
COMM 145. Media Entertainment
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session.
Repeat Comments: Comm 145 replaces Comm 161D. Students who completed Comm 161D with a C- orbelow may take Comm 145 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 161Dwith a C or above may not take Comm 145.
Investigation and analysis of the enjoyment, selection, appreciation, understanding, and production of media entertainment and popular culture.
COMM 146. Understanding and Detecting Human Deception
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Misc: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
The study of the methods of human deception detection from the perspectives of law enforcement, national security, intelligence analysis, criminaljustice, psychology, sociology, and communication. Primary goal will be to comprehend a representative picture of the traditional and contemporary theory regarding the intersection of communication, cognition, and emotion in deception detection.
COMM 147. Migration and Family Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Misc: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session, except freshmen
Introduces students to theories, concepts, and research that will strengthen their understanding of diverse and ongoing adaptation processes that immigrants, refugees, and sojourners may experience in their new environment. Adaptation is a complex and nuanced communication-based process that may at times be challenging, but that also can lead to positive experiences. Most of the course lectures and readings will focus on migration and adaptation within the US.
COMM 148. Risk Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not Open to Freshman
Enrollment Comments: Misc: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session, except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 148 replaces Comm 160RC. Students who completed Comm 160RC with a C- or below may take Comm 148 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160RC with a C or better may not take Comm 148.
Covers a number of issues such as risk assessment, risk perception, message design, media options, and barriers to effective risk communication. Across all topics, considers how access to risk information, perceptions of risk, and reactions to risk messages vary depending on the audience.
COMM 149. Communication and Organizational Culture
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during summer session except freshmen.
Aims to help students develop skills in analyzing, designing, and implementing an organization's culture. It focuses on how organizational values andsymbols convey corporate culture and how this culture relates to its mission and its vision.
COMM 150. Group Communication in Multiple Contexts
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only: Open to all students during summer session except freshmen.
Integrates social and behavioral sciences with the latest communication approaches to group behavior. Students develop an understanding of how communication networks within and outside a particular group constitutes theessential nature of group processes.
COMM 151. Relational Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during summer session except freshmen.
Intensive analysis of current theory and research in interpersonal communication, with special attention to theory development and testing.
COMM 152. Communication & Organizational Membership
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies major only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
An intensive analysis of current theory and research in selected areas of organizational communication. Topics include organizational socialization/assimilation, role transitions and identity issues related to organizational membership. Discussions and assignments include theoretical traditions and real-world pressures found within organizations. Students are encouraged to bring their personal insights into the classroom and use conceptsto evaluate their own organizational experiences. The culminating assignment asks students to study members in an organization outside of class.
COMM 153. Communication and Global Advocacy Networks
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Examines the nexus of communication and global advocacy networks. Explores how non-governmental organizations communicate and organize and their interactions with governmental and corporate actors and the implications for global civil society.
COMM 154. Video Game Research
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
An introduction to social scientific research on the motives, responses, and consequences of playing video games.
COMM 155. Health Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Explores theory, research, and practice regarding the impact of various types of messages (intra-personal, interpersonal, and/or media) on people's health knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes.
COMM 156. Health Promotion and Behavior Change
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication & Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students in summer session except freshmen.
Students learn how theories of motivation, attention, cognitive processing,learning, persuasion, and health communication can be applied to the design of effective health promotion messages, delivered in person and via media. The course presents theories, research on processes and effects and examples of the state-of-the-art in health message design, and students have an opportunity to design their own health promotion messages based ontheories and research evidence they have learned.
COMM 158. Advanced Language and Communication Processes
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during summer session except freshmen.
Intensive scrutiny of current theory and research on linguistic aspects of communication. Topics will vary each quarter.
COMM 160AAZZ. Special Topics in Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during summer session except freshmen.
Investigation of current theory and research in a selected area of communication. Variable topics in media, interpersonal or organizational communication, depending on the instructor.
COMM 160AG. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160CL. Special Topics in Communication: Culture and Language
COMM 160CM. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160CP. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160CS. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160DI. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160DL. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160EC. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160EV. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160FC. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160IC. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160MC. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160NT. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160PF. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160RC. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160SC. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160SP. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160TS. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160UT. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 160WA. Special Topics in Communication
COMM 162. Communication and Peace
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only: Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 162 replaces Comm 160P. Students who completed Comm 160P with a C- orbelow may take Comm 162 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160P with a C or above may not take Comm 162.
Large symposium that develops and facilitates multi-level peace-building efforts that are grounded in communication theory. Students a) explore and develop theoretically-based approaches to understanding the communication of peace, and b) create, facilitate, and analyze their unique personal peace-building efforts.
COMM 163. Diffusion of Innovations
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only: Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 163 replaces Comm 160D. Students who completed 160D with a C- or below may take Comm 163 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160D with a C or above may not take Comm 163.
Influences on the adoption or rejection of new ideas, services or products.The role of innovation attributes, innovation stages, and interpersonal networks and media on the spread of innovations. The components of the full model of diffusion of innovations.
COMM 164. Communicating Science to the Public
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during the Summer Session, except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 164 replaces Comm 160CS. Students who completed Comm 160CS with a C- or below may take Comm 164 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160CS with a C or better may not take Comm 164.
The scientific community is a key source of knowledge. Much of that knowledge remains segregated from the common stock of knowledge held by members of the public. Course examines the socio-cultural communicative factors that enhance and inhibit the communication of science to the public, and the consequences of both effective and ineffective communication.
COMM 166. Marketing Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during summer session except freshmen.
Foundational principles of marketing theory and related communication strategy. Focus on consumer behavior, marketing research, and strategies for promoting products, services, and ideas.
COMM 168. Social Marketing Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Open to Communication and interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except Freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 168 replaces Comm 160WA. Students who completed Comm 160WA with a C- or below may take Comm 168 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160WA with a C or above may not take Comm 168.
Introduction to the domain of social marketing, including specific approaches to marketing and persuasion that can produce change. A campaign or project will be developed that can make a difference in the community.
COMM 169. Social Networks
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except Freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 169 replaces Comm 160NT. Students who completed Comm 160NT with a C- or below may take Comm 169 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160NT with a C or above may not take Comm 169.
Addresses the emergent structures, relational dynamics, and importance ofcommunication and social networks. It covers networks across levels (interpersonal, group, organizational, global), types (e.g. face-to-face, mediated, semantic) and content (e.g. friendship, advice, task, innovation).
COMM 170. Communication Law
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during summer session except Freshmen.
A historical survey of the development of the concept of free speech, anda study of First Amendment controversies in the United States during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
COMM 174. Freedom of Communication (Senior Capstone in Communication Law)
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Seniors only; open to communication majors only.
Advanced study of the principles underlying First Amendment jurisprudence, including the philosophical and political issues entailed in the right to free expression. Students examine leading court decisions and learn toapply communication law to novel situations involving freedom of speech.
COMM 175AAZZ. Senior Capstone in Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Senior-standing; Communication and interdisciplinary studies majors only.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors.
Repeat Comments: Maximum of 8 units allowed provided letter designations are different.
A project-based course in a specific topic area of communication designed to give students a chance to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the major and the opportunity to work intensively in groups on a real world project.
COMM 175AD. Senior Capstone in Communication: Advertising
COMM 175CT. Senior Capstone in Communication
COMM 175FM. Senior Capstone in Communication: Family Communication
COMM 175IP. Senior Capstone in Communication: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 175MT. Senior Capstone in Communication
COMM 175PF. Senior Capstone in Communication: Politics and The Feature Film.
COMM 175SC. Senior Capstone in Communication: Sports, Culture, and Communication
COMM 175SX. Senior Capstone in Communication
COMM 175WA. Senior Capstone in Communication
COMM 176. Forensic Communication
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 176 replaces Comm 160FC. Students who completed Comm 160FC with a C- or below may take Comm 176 as a legal repeat. Students who completed 160FC with a C or better may not take Comm 176.
The course seeks to instill in students an understanding of communicationscience as it is applied to legal contexts, particularly the courtroom. Asurvey of the breadth of domains in which communication science and law intersect. Encourages students to become critical thinkers prepared to addresslegal social issues; and prepare students to serve professionally in academic and applied domains within society and the law.
COMM 177. The Legal Community and the Courtroom
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Misc: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during the Summer Session, except freshmen.
The legal system is a core social institution in every human society. In this course we will examine and critique the communication events that structure legal interaction. In order to discern the effects of particular communication styles and expectations, our analysis will focus on three key contexts: the courtroom, the legal profession and the public sphere.
COMM 178. Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only: Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen. Former number Comm 160DI.
Repeat Comments: Comm 178 replaces Comm 160DI. Students who completed Comm 160DI with a C- or below may take Comm 178 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160DI with a C or above may not take Comm 178.
Provides an examination of recent and noteworthy scholarship from a variety of social scientific disciplines regarding the “dark side” of interpersonal/relational communication. Dark side topics covered include, but are not limited to: social aggression, online dating, jealousy, infidelity, intimate partner violence, and narcissism.
COMM 179. Music Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to Freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only: Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen. Former number Comm 160MC.
Repeat Comments: Comm 179 replaces Comm 160MC. Students who completed Comm 160MC with a C- or below may take Comm 179 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160MC with a C or above may not take Comm 179.
Examines music as a form of communication distinct from traditional verbal and nonverbal forms, and considers how our relationship with music shapes and reflects our social, emotional, or cognitive states and identities. Takes a social scientific approach to this domain with detours into some less empirical areas such as how we ascribe meaning to music, and the sociopolitical impact that music may have. Not a music skills orappreciation class.
COMM 180. Senior Honors Seminar
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; open to Communication majors only.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors.
Seminar covers methodological, theoretical and procedural issues involvedin undertaking a senior honors thesis.
COMM 181A. Senior Honors Thesis
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent work with faculty sponsor culminating in senior thesis.
COMM 181B. Senior Honors Thesis
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent work with faculty sponsor culminating in senior thesis.
COMM 181C. Senior Honors Thesis
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent work with faculty sponsor culminating in senior thesis.
COMM 182. Using Communication Research in Everyday Life
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session except freshmen.
Repeat Comments: Comm 182 replaces Comm 160CM. Students who completed Comm 160CM with a C- or below may take Comm 182 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160CM with a C or better may not take Comm 182.
Demonstrates how communication research is used in everyday and professional life. How does Nielsen determine viewership of TV? How do news polls determine public attitudes? Considers the public delivery and personal interpretation of communication research by examining underlying information against the claims made by media outlets and popular belief. Through understanding the capabilities and limitations of research methods and analyses, students learn not only to identify misleading claims, but also ways to improve those conclusions.
COMM 183. Intercultural Communication Competence
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Not open to freshmen.
Enrollment Comments: Open to Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies majors only; Open to all students during Summer Session.
Repeat Comments: Comm 183 replaces Comm 160IC. Students who completed Comm 160IC with a C- or below may take Comm 183 as a legal repeat. Students who completed Comm 160IC with a C or above may not take Comm 183.
Investigates theories and concepts related to the intersections between culture, ethnicity, race, identity, and human interaction. Students explore how cultural nuances, stereotypes, prejudices, and misperceptions lead to miscommunication, and will focus on differences and similarities between cultures and positive outcomes that may emerge from intercultural interactions. Also examines how differences based on sexual orientation, age,religion, disability, and gender can function as inter/cultural communication between people.
COMM 191. Applying Communication to Internships in Organizations
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; open to communications majors only; consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Designed for majors.
Repeat Comments: 191 replaces 191B. 191 should be considered a legal repeat of 191B. Students who earned a C- or below in 191b and wish to repeat course should enroll in 191.
Field experience combined with communication theory and current literature.Students must hold an 8-10 hour internship in the field of communication throughout the quarter in which they are enrolled in the class. Weekly lecture topics include theories of interpersonal communication, organizational structures, management, and communication styles. The extensive term project analyzes, integrates and applies lay and academic approaches to understanding interns' communicative interactions.
COMM 197. Communication Internship
(1) STAFF
Prerequisite: Must be declared as pre-communication or communication major. Students must have 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Students must obtain a communication related internship prior to enrolling. Limited to declared pre-communication and communication majors. Units do NOT count toward communication major.
Repeat Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 5.0 units.
An opportunity for pre-communication and communication majors to obtain credit for career-related experience and application of academic training in a communication- related internship. Required are 50 hours minimum ofinternship work, a final five-page report, and a supervisor's letter ofverification.
COMM 199. Independent Studies in Communication
(1-5) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; open to communication majors only.
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the preceding3 quarters and are limited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units total in all98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined. Written proposal required.
Independent studies in communication.
COMM 199RA. Independent Research Assistance in Communication
(1-5) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Open to Communication majors only.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a cumulative 3.0 for the proceeding 2 quarter(s). Designed for majors. Students must have a 3.0 minimum GPA for the preceding 2 quarters and are limited to five units per quarter and 30 units total in all98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined. Maximum units for credit in themajor is 12.
Coursework consists of faculty supervised research assistance.
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COMM 200. Communication Theory Construction
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
The nature of theory and theory building in human communication.
COMM 201. Communication Theory
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Provides a broad overview to the study of human communication by surveying theories of language, interpersonal communication, persuasion, small group communication, organizational communication, and mass communication.
COMM 204A. Research Methods in Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
A survey of research methods in the social sciences applicable to communication research.
COMM 204B. Introduction to Applied Statistics
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Communication 204A; graduate standing.
This course provides an introduction to applied statistics for communication research with a focus on the theory and practice of significance testing, correlation and regression, and basic ANOVA modeling. This course prepares graduate students for the understanding of advanced statistics.
COMM 204C. Advanced Topics in Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Communication 204A; graduate standing.
Provides students with experience in advanced topics in multivariate statistics and computer programs. Analyses includes multiple regression, MANOVA, log linear analyses, and other advanced techniques.
COMM 204M. Mixed Methods in Communication Research
(4) MYERS
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Mixed methods research is defined as “research in which the investigator collects and analyzes data, integrates the findings, and draws inferencesusing both qualitative and quantitative approaches or methods in a singlestudy or program of inquiry” (JMMR, 2008). This class introduces studentsto advantages and uses of mixed methods designs for multidimensional inquiry. Students become familiar with mixed methods designs, qualitative methods, quantitative and qualitative data integration, pragmatic perspectives and reporting on mixed methods studies.
COMM 205. Evolution and Human Communication
(4) REID
Prerequisite: None
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
An introduction to evolutionary psychology and costly signaling approaches to the evolution of human communication. Topics include but are not limited to: language, gossip, pathogen avoidance, deception, laughter, norms, aggression, hierarchies, mating, prejudice, and coalitional behavior. The goal is to enable students versed in the standard social sciencemodel to apply evolutionary thinking to their areas of interest.
COMM 206. Group Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Readings on research concerning group processes from social and behavioral sciences, with special attention to latest communication apporaches to group interaction. Design of research projects on small group communication.
COMM 207. Interpersonal Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Analysis of theory and research related to interpersonal communication processes.
COMM 211. Seminar: Nonverbal Communication
(4) WEIMANN
Analysis of nonverbal behavior as communication, with a special emphasis on design and implementation of research.
COMM 212. Content Analysis
(4) W. JAMES POTTER
Prerequisite: None
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
A methodology course focusing on the planning and execution of social scientific analyses of communication content; begins with the examination ofwhere meaning resides, then moves into procedures for designing a contentanalysis study, gathering data, analyzing results, and writing the report.
COMM 213. Mass Media, the Individual, and Society
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
The cognitive and social psychological effects of mass media on the individual and society. Focus is on empirical research as it informs communicationtheory.
COMM 214. Social Media
(4) FLANAGIN
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Explores sociotechnical trends prompted by the evolution of technologies of communication and information. Using perspectives from social science, computer science, engineering, and the humanities, the course focuses on evidence, theory, and directions for future research.
COMM 217. Theories of Persuasion
(4) NABI
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Surveys theories and research of persuasion in both interpersonal and mass mediated contexts. Students will be introduced to the major paradigms of persuasion research and will gain some degree of mastery over the sub-field(s) that most interest them.
COMM 222. Micro and Macro Organizational Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Classical/administrative, human relations/resources, systems, interpretive/cultural, and critical approaches to organizational communication. Theory and research on organizational structures and environments; power, authority and influence; communication networks; leadership; decision making; assimilation and socialization; innovation and change; and strategic communication.
COMM 224. Family Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Examines theory and research on the role of communication in voluntary and involuntary family relationships of diverse forms. Students will learn about the history of family communication scholarship, prominent theories of family communication, and emerging perspectives on contemporary family life. Students will also consider the effects of various social andcontextual factors (e.g., culture, developmental stage, and gender) on family communication processes.
COMM 228. Intergroup Communication
(4) GILES
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Analysis of theory and research related to intergroup relations, with special attention to the role of language use and variation as a means of communication about intergroup relations.
COMM 229. Intergenerational Communication and Aging
(4) GILES
Theory, research and practice in communication and aging. Focus on intergenerational discourse, age identity and psychological well being.
COMM 234. Cognition and Mass Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Communication 200 and 201; graduate standing.
Review of current research of theories in the cognitive processing of mass media. Special consideration is given to attention and memory for television.
COMM 236. Membership: Organization and Group Socialization and Identification
(4) MYERS
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Focuses on membership negotiation (organizational socialization, assimilation, and identification). Examination of workplace interaction and communication that develops and maintains workplace relationships. Discussions/readings emphasize theories related to membership negotiation, but also mediating variables such as context and diversity.
COMM 251. Relational Communication
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Examines theory and research on the role of communication in the development, maintenance, and disintegration of close relationships, such as romantic relationships and friendships. Students will learn about diverseresearch methodologies utilized in relational communication scholarship. Students will also consider the effects of various social and contextual factors (e.g., culture, developmental stage, and gender) on relational communication processes.
COMM 253. Corporate Social Responsibility: A Communication Perspective
(4) C STOHL
The study of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is burgeoning as CSR is being rapidly transformed from a vision championed by a small number of companies to a widespread global movement that engages corporations, non-governmental and governmental organizations, activists, and civil society. Explores how contemporary environmental, economic, social, and technological changes influence CSR and are affected by interpersonal, stakeholder, organizational, inter-organizational and media communicationdynamics.
COMM 255. Survey of Health Communication
(4) NABI
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
Students will be introduced to theories and research relating to health communication in intrapersonal, interpersonal, and mass mediated contexts broadly speaking as well as gain some degree of mastery over the sub-field(s) that most interest them.
COMM 280. Qualitative Methods in Communication
(4) PUTNAM, MYERS
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors.
This course provides an overview of qualitative research methods, includingin-depth interviewing, participant observation, and grounded theory. Usingexemplars, it also examines approaches to data analysis, specifically, constant comparison method, narrative and discourse analyses, and computer assisted data management.
COMM 500. Teaching College Communication
(3) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Theory of teaching communication at the college level. Topics include self-presentation, facilitating discussion, constructing examinations, grading examinations and term papers, providing feedback, and professionalism.
COMM 505. Issues in Communication Research
(1) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Enrollment Comments: Enrollment is mandatory each quarter that a student is in residence; units do not fulfill degree requirements.
Presentation of research completed or in progress by students, faculty and guest speakers followed by critical discussion of the issues raised.
COMM 594AAZZ. Special Topics
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing; consent of department.
Special seminar on research subjects of current interest.
COMM 594GC. Special Topics
COMM 594MS. Special Topics
COMM 594QM. Special Topics
COMM 594SC. Special Topics
COMM 595. Group Studies
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing; consent of department.
Critical review of research in selected fields.
COMM 597. Preparation for the Qualifying Examination
(1-12) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of graduate advisor; graduate standing.
Enrollment Comments: No unit credit allowed toward advanced degree.
Directed group or individual preparation for the master's or doctoral qualifying examination.
COMM 598. Master's Thesis Research and Preparation
(1-12) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of thesis advisor; graduate standing.
The thesis is done under the direction of the chair of a student's thesis committee.
COMM 599. Dissertation Preparation
(1-12) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing; consent of department; advancement to candidacy.
Course is reserved for writing the dissertation.