2017-18 Academic Catalog

Communication

Department Head: Dr. John E. Forde
130 McComas Hall
Box PF
Mississippi State, MS  39762
Telephone: 662-325-3320
E-mail:  jforde@comm.msstate.edu

Communication courses may be taken for graduate credit by qualified students majoring in other subjects. Currently there is no graduate program in Communication. For additional information, contact the Department of Communication.

CO 6053 Internship in Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Communication majors only, junior or senior standing, consent of instructor). Practical field experience in student’s concentration area. For approval, the internship must be under the supervision of a skilled practitioner, appropriate to the major and meet departmental requirements

CO 6203 Nonverbal Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1223 or PSY 1013). Three hours lecture. Study of nonverbal cues as they affect the communication interface in numerous contexts including social events, political campaigns, and dramatic productions

CO 6213 Political Communication: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Analysis and evaluation of the verbal and nonverbal dimensions of the creation dissemination, and reception of political communication in the United States

CO 6223 Advanced Communication Theory: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1223). Three hours lecture. Analysis of twentieth century communication theories. A study of mass, interpersonal, and intrapersonal communication processes and effects

CO 6233 Gender and Media: 3 hours.

A critical exploration of discourses of gender and its intersections with sexuality, race, and class as represented in popular forms of media. (Same as GS 4233/6233)

CO 6243 Rhetorical Theory: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1223). Three hours lecture. Survey and criticism of the theories of public speaking found in the works of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, and St. Augustine

CO 6253 Elements of Persuasion: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1223). Three hours lecture. A study of the motivation of audiences and techniques of persuasive campaigns and communications

CO 6263 Gender Communication: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. An investigation of the ways in which communication impacts the construction, performance, evaluation, and negotiation of gender. (Same as GS 4263/6263)

CO 6273 Intercultural Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1223 and Senior standing). Three hours lecture. A study of how communication behaviors differ between cultures. Frameworks for studying intercultural communication will be provided by studying one specific culture

CO 6313 Mass Media Law: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing). Three hours lecture. Study and analysis of laws and regulations significantly affecting newspapers, magazines, motion pictures, broadcasting and digital media in America

CO 6323 Mass Media and Society: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing). Three hours lecture. The effects of mass communication on social and cultural institutions

CO 6373 Practicum in Television News: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CO 3333 with a C or better AND CO 3313 OR CO 3343 with a C or better). Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Theory and practice of producing a television news program

CO 6403 Journalism Ethics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing). Three hours lecture. Examination of ethical problems in contemporary journalism

CO 6433 Television Criticism: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing or higher). Three hour lecture. Methods of television criticism

CO 6504 History of the Theater: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing). Four hours lecture. A survey of the theatre with emphasis on the physical structure, production problems and theatrical personalities

CO 6524 Directing: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 2524 and junior or senior standing). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Evaluation of dramatic styles and analysis of stage composition. Supervised hours in actual directing experience

CO 6533 Advanced Acting: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 2503). Three hours lecture. Intensive study of the theories and techniques of acting in the various dramatic styles

CO 6573 Theater Management: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Business organization and management for the educational (secondary and university), community, and professional theatre, including budgeting, publicity, public relations, and box office principles

CO 6583 Playwriting: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition and CO 1503). Three hours lecture. Practice in the fundamentals of dramatic composition. Reading, discussion, and analysis of written work

CO 6803 Research in Public Relations and Advertising: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CO 3853, or Grade of C or better in MKT 4413, or consent of the instructor, or graduate standing). Three hours lecture. Theory and practice of research methods in public relations

CO 6813 Public Relations in Organizations: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CO 3813 and CO 3863). Three hours lecture. Studies in using various communication techniques for image building and campaign development for profit and non-profit organizations

CO 6990 Special Topics in Communication: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

CO 7000 Directed Individual Study in Communication: 1-6 hours.

ours and credits to be arranged

CO 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Communication: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

CO 8990 Special Topics in Communication: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)