2019-20 Academic Catalog

Department of Communication

Dr. Terry Likes, Department Head
Emily Cain, Advising/Recruiting Coordinator
Office: 130 McComas Hall

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication is offered. The department offers concentrations in Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Communication Studies, Print and Digital Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre. Students may choose more than one concentration. Minors are available in all areas. In addition, the department offers numerous courses online throughout the year. Contact specific advisors for additional information.

The total major consists of 48-49 semester hours in Communication courses: 12 hours of the departmental core; and 36-37 hours of additional specified work in the concentration area(s). In addition, students complete the Arts & Sciences core curriculum and electives for a total of 124 semester hours leading to the B. A. Degree.

  1. A minimum grade of C in all Communication courses (or approved substitutes) is required. Students earning a grade lower than C in a Communication course must retake that course.
  2. Incoming freshmen must earn a score of 20 or higher on the ACT Enhanced English sub-scale before entering the major. Students who believe that the ACT does not accurately assess their language ability and who can present evidence of above average language skills (excellent English grades, extensive writing samples, etc.) will be given the opportunity to satisfactorily complete a screening test and gain admission to the major.
  3. No transfer student, either from another institution or within the university, will be accepted who has not earned a minimum 2.0 GPA on all college work attempted prior to entering the major.
     

Prospective students are reminded that Communication is a language intensive discipline. Students with only minimal oral and written language competency should expect to be at a competitive disadvantage in classes as well as in careers after graduation. Transfer students with less than a C in English composition courses may have difficulty with the advanced writing courses required in this major.

Computer and Camera Requirements

The Department of Communication requires incoming B.A. Communication majors to purchase certain technology and equipment necessary for production and presentation of projects within departmental courses. All incoming students are required to purchase a personal laptop computer and software. Each concentration in the Department provides specific guidelines for hardware and software and a suggested timetable for purchases. The required computer and software must be selected from an approved departmental list of minimum hardware and software requirements available on the Department of Communication web site.

Financial aid that includes this requirement may be available by contacting the MSU Student Financial Aid and Scholarship office.

Additionally, upon enrollment in CO 3403 Photographic Communication, students will be required to purchase a digital single-lens reflex (dSLR) camera. The required camera must be selected from an approved departmental list of minimum specifications. The approved list is available on the Department of Communication web site.

Communication Lab Fees

Additional fees associated with class materials and technology are associated with certain classes in the Department and are automatically assessed to the students upon enrollment in those courses.

Broadcast and Digital Journalism

The Broadcast and Digital Journalism concentration prepares students for work in television, radio, multi-media and other areas. Graduates work in front of and behind the camera. In addition to the expected journalistic jobs, graduates also find positions in extension service, university relations, government, and industry.

Communication Studies

The career track for this area is aimed at positions in corporate and public communication offices. Students preparing for graduate school or teaching in Communication and other areas often choose the Communication Studies curriculum.

Print and Digital Journalism

In addition to filling positions for newspapers, magazines, and digital publications in the state and around the country, graduates of the Print and Digital Journalism concentration obtain news-related jobs in universities, business, and industrial relations.

Public Relations

The Public Relations concentration prepares students for a variety of professional positions. In addition to work with public relations and advertising firms, graduates are employed by colleges and schools, newspapers and broadcasting organizations, banks, churches, hospitals, insurance companies, businesses and corporations, charitable and political groups, and state and federal governments.

Theatre

Students choosing the Theatre concentration find positions with regional and repertory companies, community theatres (both on stage and off stage), and professional theatres in educational institutions, broadcasting, and film.

Communication Minors

Minors in each of the concentration areas (Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Communication Studies, Print and Digital Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre) are available. Because of the differences between and among the disciplines in the department, students considering a minor are advised to meet with the department head or advising coordinator prior to making a decision regarding a minor. The Department of Communication endeavors to work with individual students so that the minor field combines appropriately with his/her major field of study. Students with majors in business, agriculture, social sciences, and the humanities are especially encouraged to consider a minor in one of the related areas.

Professional Societies and Scholarships

Students in any of the departmental concentration areas with superior averages after completing certain courses may qualify for membership in the Theta Alpha Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association. Students in Theatre may be tapped for Alpha Psi Omega honorary after completing certain work in theatrical productions.

Numerous scholarships are available in the Department of Communication. See the department’s website for a complete list of available scholarships.

Professional societies are available for students in most of the concentration areas. The Public Relations Student Society of America, the Public Relations Association of Mississippi, and the Southern Public Relations Federation provide pre-professional experience and contacts for students of Public Relations. Blackfriars is available to students of Theatre. The Student Broadcasting Association services students in the Broadcast and Digital Journalism concentration; this group is directly involved in the production of several television programs.

General Education and College Requirements

English Composition
EN 1103English Composition I3
or EN 1163 Accelerated Composition I
EN 1113English Composition II3
or EN 1173 Accelerated Composition II
Foreign Language
3 semesters - one Foreign Language (see advisor)9
Humanities
English Literature - see General Education courses3
History - see General Education courses3
Philosophy - see General Education courses3
Humanities Elective 19
Math
MA 1313College Algebra3
See General Education courses3
Fine Arts
CO 1503Introduction to the Theatre (required unless student has completed acceptable Fine Arts other than Theatre course prior to declaring CO major)3
Natural Sciences
Physical Science w/Lab 23-4
Life Science w/Lab 33-4
Natural Science Elective3-4
Social Sciences 4
PSY 1013General Psychology3
SO 1003Introduction to Sociology3
GR 1123Introduction to World Geography3
CO 1403Introduction to the Mass Media 53
or CO 1223 Introduction to Communication Theory
Electives6
Major Core
Student should check for prerequisites for all courses. Consult advisor or course descriptions in catalog.
CO 1003Fundamentals of Public Speaking 63
CO 1223Introduction to Communication Theory 53
or CO 1403 Introduction to the Mass Media

Choose one or more of the following concentrations:

Broadcast and Digital Journalism Concentration (BCST)

CO 2333Television Production3
CO 2413Introduction to News Writing and Reporting3
CO 3313News Writing for the Electronic Media3
CO 3333Advanced Television Production3
CO 3403Photographic Communication3
CO 3713Digital Communication3
CO 4313Mass Media Law3
CO 4343Backpack Video Journalism3
CO 4394Broadcast Capstone4
CO 4403Journalism Ethics3
CO 4713Digital Communication II3
Upper Division CO elective - see advisor3
General Electives 19-12
Total Hours124

Communication Studies Concentration (CMGT)

CO 2253Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication3
CO 3213Small Group Communication3
CO 4203Nonverbal Communication3
CO 4213Political Communication3
CO 4223Advanced Communication Theory3
CO 4243Rhetorical Theory3
CO 4253Elements of Persuasion3
CO 4313Mass Media Law3
or CO 4323 Mass Media and Society
Upper Division CO Electives - see advisor12
General Electives 110-13
Total Hours124

Print and Digital Journalism Concentration (JOUR)

CO 2333Television Production3
CO 2413Introduction to News Writing and Reporting3
CO 3403Photographic Communication3
CO 3423Feature Writing3
CO 3433Editing and Design3
CO 3443Advanced News Writing and Reporting3
CO 3713Digital Communication3
CO 4313Mass Media Law3
CO 4403Journalism Ethics3
CO 4494Bulldog Online Newsroom4
CO 4713Digital Communication II3
Upper Division CO Electives - see advisor3
General Electives 19-12
Total Hours124

Public Relations Concentration (PREL)

CO 2333Television Production3
or CO 3403 Photographic Communication
or CO 3713 Digital Communication
CO 2413Introduction to News Writing and Reporting3
CO 3803Principles of Public Relations3
CO 3813Public Relations Case Problems3
CO 3853Public Relations Writing3
CO 3863Public Relations Production3
CO 4253Elements of Persuasion3
CO 4313Mass Media Law3
or CO 4323 Mass Media and Society
CO 4803Research in Public Relations and Advertising3
CO 4813Public Relations in Organizations3
CO Upper-Division Electives6
General Electives 110-13
Total Hours124

Theatre Concentration (THEA)

CO 1533Theatre Practicum #33
or CO 1543 Theatre Practicum #4
or CO 1553 Theatre Practicum #5
or CO 1563 Theatre Practicum #6
CO 2013Voice and Articulation3
CO 2613Introduction to Oral Interpretation3
CO 2503Acting3
CO 2524Stagecraft and Lighting4
CO 2544Makeup and Costuming4
CO 4504History of Theatre4
CO 4524Directing4
CO 4533Advanced Acting3
CO 4573Theatre Management3
CO 4583Playwriting3
General Electives 19-12
Total Hours124

Courses

CO 1001 First Year Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. First-year seminars explore a diverse arrary of topics that provide students with an opportunity to learn about a specific discipline from skilled faculty members

CO 1003 Fundamentals of Public Speaking: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. The psychological processes and adjustments necessary in preparing, organizing, wording, and delivering effective speeches. Honors section available. Students may not receive credit for both CO 1003 and CO 1013

CO 1013 Introduction to Communication: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. To sharpen the student's awareness and to facilitate growth in the human interaction process across a variety of communication situations. Students may not receive credit for both CO 1003 and CO 1013

CO 1223 Introduction to Communication Theory: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A comprehensive introduction to the bases of contemporary communication theory

CO 1403 Introduction to the Mass Media: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. How American media are organized to collect and distribute news, editorial, entertainment material, and other forms of public information

CO 1503 Introduction to the Theatre: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A comprehensive view of the theatre, including plays, playwrights, directing, acting, theatres, and technicians

CO 1533 Theatre Practicum #3: 3 hours.

Nine hours laboratory. Preparation for and participation in department production activities

CO 1543 Theatre Practicum #4: 3 hours.

Nine hours laboratory. Preparation for and participation in department production activities

CO 1553 Theatre Practicum #5: 3 hours.

Nine hours laboratory. Preparation for and participation in department production activities

CO 1563 Theatre Practicum #6: 3 hours.

Nine hours laboratory. Preparation for and participation in department production activities

CO 1903 Introduction to Cinema: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A multidisciplinary study of the film, with emphasis on linguistics, psychological, philosophical, and general intellectual aspects

CO 2013 Voice and Articulation: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A study of the phonetic and acoustic features of speech

CO 2253 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication: 3 hours.

Emphasis on two-person interactions to increase student's understanding and appreciation of communication principles

CO 2333 Television Production: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1403). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Elementary principles, practices of television production in varied program formats

CO 2413 Introduction to News Writing and Reporting: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: EN 1113 or EN 1173 with a C or better; Passage of the departmental GSP exam). Two hours lecture and two hours lab. Practice in writing and reporting news stories

CO 2423 News Editing, Typography, and Makeup: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 2413). Three hours lecture. Editing newspaper copy, writing headlines, and using type and pictures in makeup of newspaper pages

CO 2503 Acting: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Principles of character interpretation. Classroom projects involving presentation of scenes from plays

CO 2524 Stagecraft and Lighting: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1503). Three hours lecture. Forty hours work on a major production. Theory and practice of set construction, scene design and stage lighting and its application to theatre production

CO 2544 Makeup and Costuming: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1503). Three hours lecture. Forty hours work on a major production. Theory and practice of theatrical makeup and costumes for the theatre production

CO 2574 Summer Theatre Workshop: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Daily observation and practice of acting and technical work in preparation of a production. May be repeated one semester

CO 2613 Introduction to Oral Interpretation: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1503). Three hours lecture. Basic principles of comprehending and communicating literature to a listening audience

CO 2904 Introduction to Film: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours lab. A basic introduction to the study of film language, history, and theory, emphasizing aesthetic, technological, and socio-cultural developments of film form. (Same as ART 2904 and EN 2904)

CO 2990 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 3213 Small Group Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1003 or junior standing). Three hours lecture. A study of the problems and techniques of participation in and leadership of small groups

CO 3293 Corporate Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing). Study of applied communication techniques related to the development and proficiency of oral corporate communications skills

CO 3313 News Writing for the Electronic Media: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 2413 with a C or better). Three hours lecture. Practice in analysis, gathering, writing, and delivering copy for various types of news programming

CO 3333 Advanced Television Production: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 2333 with a C or better). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Advanced principles and techniques of broadcast production

CO 3343 Writing for the Media: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EN 1113 or EN 1173 with a C or better). Three hours lecture. Study and practice of the principles and techniques of media writing

CO 3403 Photographic Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:Nine hours in Communication or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Study and practice of techniques of photography and digital imaging as they relate to visual communication in journalism, public relations, mass media, and related fields

CO 3423 Feature Writing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 2413 with a C or better). Three hours lecture. Feature markets and practice in preparing and writing features for print and digital media

CO 3433 Editing and Design: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 2413 with a C or better). Two hours lecture. Two hours lab. Editing copy, writing headlines, and using type, pictures, and graphics to digitally design newspapers and magazines

CO 3443 Advanced News Writing and Reporting: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 2413 with a C or better). Three hours lecture. Practice in writing more complex news stories and the responsibilities of the reporter in newsgathering and writing

CO 3543 Improvisation: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Course is designed to develop skills in improvisation with emphasis on exercises and performance

CO 3563 Voice and Movement: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Course is designed for technical training of actor in performance area with emphasis on exercises

CO 3593 Auditioning/Monologue: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Course designed for the development of the technical skills necessary for Professional/Graduate performance work

CO 3713 Digital Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CO 2413 with a C or better or CO 3313 with a C or better or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Processes and methods of effective digital communication

CO 3803 Principles of Public Relations: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. The role and origin of public relations in society, the identification and influence of publics, and applications of public relations principles to campaigns and organizations

CO 3813 Public Relations Case Problems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in CO 3803). Three hours lecture. The written analysis, presentation, and group discussion of specific and hypothetical cases using public relations theory as a base

CO 3833 Interviewing in Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1223). Three hours lecture. The communicative processes and adjustments necessary in preparing, organizing, wording, and participating in various types of interviews from both the interviewer and the interviewee perspectives

CO 3843 Media Relations: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 3833). Three hours lecture. Study of interviewing and communication skills for reporters and the issues, problems, and strategies employed by interviewees related to radio, television, and print interviews

CO 3853 Public Relations Writing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CO 2413 and CO 3803). Three hours lecture. Practice of written communication for public relations. Emphasis on research, establishing communication goals, and writing for internal and external audiences via multiple channels

CO 3863 Public Relations Production: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in CO 2413 and grade of C or better in CO 3853). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Detailed exercise in design and production of public relations materials for print, broadcast, and computer-based media

CO 3903 Advanced Cinema Studies: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 1903 or EN 2434). Three hours lecture. A study of the forms, styles, and criticisms of cinema

CO 4000 Directed Individual Study in Communication: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

CO 4043 Communication and Leadership: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A study of communication as related to the functions and styles of leadership

CO 4053 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 4124 Topics in Film: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours lab. Repeatable under different subtitles with advisor approval. An advanced investigation of specific topics in Film, Film History, Directors, Genre, and/or approaches to its production. Readings and discussions, supplemented by lectures/labs and film screenings. (Same as ART 4124/6124, EN 4124/6124)

CO 4203 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 4213 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 4223 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 4233 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 4243 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 4253 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 4263 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 4273 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 4283 Health Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A study of health communication, the contexts in which it occurs, and techniques used to create health messages

CO 4313 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 4323 Mass Media and Society: 3 hours.

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

CO 4343 Backpack Video Journalism: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 3333 with a C or better). Two hours lecture and two hours lab. Learning advanced techniques as a multimedia journalist. Individually produce video stories from start to finish – learning to find topics, research stories, contact sources, shoot video, record audio, edit video, upload completed stories

CO 4373 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 4393 Broadcast Performance: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior Standing.) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Practice and theory of the mechanics, tools and techniques required to communicate successsfully as a broadcaster

CO 4394 Broadcast Capstone: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 4343 with a C or better). Eight hours studio course. Practice of producing a television news program, including: broadcast writing, producing, reporting, video news gathering, anchoring, studio production, and dissemination of newscast via web and social media

CO 4403 Journalism Ethics: 3 hours.

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

CO 4423 Advanced Photo Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 3403 with a C or better). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Exploration of narrative and illustrative photography in PR and news. Evaluation of still vs. moving images and Web/multimedia presentation options

CO 4433 Television Criticism: 3 hours.

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

CO 4494 Bulldog Online Newsroom: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: C or better in CO 3443 and CO 4713). Two hours lecture/two hours lab. Capstone course designed to synthesize knowledge, values and skills acquired in Print & Digital Journalism Concentration. Students produce a portfolio and contribute content, editing and promotion via social media to course news website

CO 4504 History of Theatre: 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 4524 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 4533 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 4573 Theatre 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 4583 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 4643 Race and the Media: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: SO/AAS 2203, or CO 1403, or AAS 1063 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Examines the relationship between society, race, and the media. An examination of the social influence of how racial representations are produced, distributed, and consumed. (Same as SO 4643 and AAS 4643)

CO 4713 Digital Communication II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CO 3713 with a C or better and co-requisite: credit for or concurrent enrollment with CO 3443 or CO 3423 or CO 3333 or CO 4423). Two hours lecture. Two hours lab. Advanced methods of effective digital communication

CO 4803 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 4813 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 4924 Film Theory: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours lab. This course will introduce students to major theoretical positions and modes of analysis used to understand the various frameworks in which to view, criticize, analyze, and (re)contextualize film. (Same as ART 4924 and EN 4924/6924)

CO 4990 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 6043 Communication and Leadership: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A study of communication as related to the functions and styles of leadership

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 6124 Topics in Film: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours lab. Repeatable under different subtitles with advisor approval. An advanced investigation of specific topics in Film, Film History, Directors, Genre, and/or approaches to its production. Readings and discussions, supplemented by lectures/labs and film screenings. (Same as ART 4124/6124, EN 4124/6124)

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 6283 Health Communication: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A study of health communication, the contexts in which it occurs, and techniques used to create health messages

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 Theatre 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 6924 Film Theory: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Two hours lab. This course will introduce students to major theoretical positions and modes of analysis used to understand the various frameworks in which to view, criticize, analyze, and (re)contextualize film. (Same as ART 4924 and EN 4924/6924)

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)