Course Description Guide

A Note from Dr. Rose, Department Chair

Greetings! Fall registration is around the corner. Keep reading to see new electives and/or new professors for Fall, but please note that we’re offering electives in all 8 specializations!

NEW for Fall 2019 [See the full course descriptions for attribute and pre-req information]:

 
 

NEW Fall 2019 Courses

COM 3290: Top: Rhetoric, Culture and Power 

This course will examine how various relations of culture are informed by, and sustain, larger structural inequities in society. The rhetorical power of these relations, as they work, to sustain these inequities, will be addressed. Tentative topics will include 1) gender/sexuality, culture and power 2) racism (images of racism in society, what is racism, how are we situated in and contribute to it), 3) whiteness and white privilege, 4) nationalism and national identity formation (who gets left out of this?), 5) representations of Islam and Muslims in contemporary society--Islamophobia 6) migrants and refugees (the power inequalities that shape their conditions and the ways in which dominant discourse rhetorically constructs migrants and refugees) 7) drones, surveillance, biometrics and militarization of everyday life 8) contemporary western colonial discourse and representation of non-western worlds.

Students signing up for this course should be ready to expand and challenge their world views and develop a concern for social inequalities in society.

Instructor: Shome

COM 3490: Top: Applied Topics in Organizational Communication

Applied Topics in Organizational Communication gives students a chance to examine current events, social issues, and relevant topics through an organizational communication lens. Through deep exploration of a particular topic or theme students will employ organizational communication theories and approaches to consider how a chosen issue is organized, complicated, and even resolved through communication. This semester, the course will examine sexual assault and sexual misconduct as organizational phenomena and consider how a communication perspective helps us to understand the recent proliferation of such phenomena. This course will draw on organizational communication theory and practices, and incorporate recent exemplars including the #MeToo movement, the USA Gymnastics/MSU/Larry Nassar trials, and even the most recent crisis faced by the Catholic church.

Instructor:  Way

ASL 1112: Introduction to American Sign Language II

A continuation of ASL I with increase understanding and knowledge of the ASL through description, classified and facial. Each unit has student/instructor interaction and information on grammar, comprehension and Deaf Culture.

Instructor:  Correia

 

Summer 2019 Courses

 

COM 1000 - 010 Surv of Communication Studies CRN: 15043

Days: MTWRF from 10:30 am to 12:20 pm Location: TBA 
Instructors: Jared M. Bishop E-mail (P) 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19;  

 

COM 1100 - 020 Public Speaking CRN: 15194 

Days: MTWRF from 10:30 am to 12:20 pm Location: TBA 
Instructors: Juanita Weaver E-mail (P) 
Comment: Summer Session II: 6/28/19 - 7/29/19;  

 

COM 1101 - 030 Business & Prof Communication CRN: 15656 Enrollment: 0 of 20 students.

Days: TR from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm Location: TBA 
Instructors: John A. O'Leary E-mail (P) 
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/29/19 - 7/29/19;  

 

COM 1300 - 020 Film Analysis CRN: 15195 

Days: TR from 06:00 pm to 09:50 pm Location: TBA 
Instructors: Hezekiah Leon Lewis E-mail (P) 
Attributes: Fine Arts Requirement 
Comment: Summer Session II: 6/28/19 - 7/29/19;  

 

COM 1903 - 010 Communication Internship CRN: 

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19; Permission of Chairperson required;  

 

COM 1903 - 020 Communication Internship CRN: 15196 

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Comment: Summer Session II: 6/28/19 - 7/29/19; Permission of Chairperson required;  

 

COM 1906 - 010 Communication Internship CRN: 15045

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19; Permission of Chairperson required;  

 

COM 1906 - 020 Communication Internship CRN: 15197

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Comment: Summer Session II: 6/28/19 - 7/29/19; Permission of Chairperson required;  

 

COM 1909 - 030 Communication Internship CRN: 15535

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/29/19 - 7/29/19; Permission of Chairperson required;  

 

COM 2280 - 015 Theories of Persuasion CRN: 15046 Enrollment:

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Instructors: Emory H. Woodard E-mail (P) 
Attributes: Distance Learning, Writing Enriched Requirement 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19;  

 

COM 2340 - 015 Theories of Visual Com & Cultu CRN: 15047

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Instructors: Gordon W. Coonfield E-mail (P) 
Attributes: Distance Learning, Writing Enriched Requirement 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19;  

 

COM 2400 - 015 Theories of Interpersonal Com CRN: 15048

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Instructors: Derek D. Arnold E-mail (P) 
Attributes: Distance Learning, Writing Enriched Requirement 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19;  

 

COM 2993 - 030 Communication Internship CRN: 15536

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/29/19 - 7/29/19; Permission of Chairperson required;  

 

COM 2996 - 030 Communication Internship CRN: 15537

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/29/19 - 7/29/19; Permission of Chairperson required;  

 

COM 3290 - 015 TOP:Rhetoric ConspiracyTheory CRN: 15049

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Instructors: Derek D. Arnold E-mail (P) 
Attributes: Distance Learning 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19;  

 

COM 3356 - 015 Media Audiences CRN: 15050 

Days: M from 06:00 pm to 07:00 pm Location: TBA 
Instructors: Thomas B. Ksiazek E-mail (P) 
Attributes: Distance Learning 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19; Monday online class meetings 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm;  

 

COM 3360 - 015 Introduction to Journalism CRN: 15051

Days: M from 07:15 pm to 08:15 pm Location: TBA 
Instructors: Thomas B. Ksiazek E-mail (P) 
Attributes: Distance Learning 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19; Monday online class meetings 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm;  

 

COM 3406 - 025 Gender & Communication CRN: 15198

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Instructors: Shauna MacDonald E-mail (P) 
Attributes: Distance Learning, Diversity Requirement 2 
Comment: Summer Session II: 6/28/19 - 7/29/19;  

 

COM 3460 - 015 Public Relations CRN: 15052 

Days: TR from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm Location: TBA 
Instructors: William L. Cowen E-mail (P) 
Attributes: Distance Learning, Writing Enriched Requirement 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19; Tuesday & Thursday online class meetings 4:00-6:00 pm;  

 

COM 4002 - 015 Quantitative Research in COM CRN: 15053

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Instructors: Emory H. Woodard E-mail (P) 
Attributes: Distance Learning, Writing Enriched Requirement 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19;  

 

COM 5100 - 010 Directed Study CRN: 15054 

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Comment: Summer Session I: 5/29/19 - 6/26/19; Permission of Chairperson required;  

 

COM 5100 - 020 Directed Study CRN: 15199 

Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Comment: Summer Session II: 6/28/19 - 7/29/19; Permission of Chairperson required;  

 

COM 5100 - 030 Directed Study CRN: 15312 
Days: TBA Location: TBA 
Comment: Summer Session III: 5/29/19 - 7/29/19; Permission of Chairperson required;  

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REMINDERS:

  • Make sure to sign up for an appointment with your COM advisor during pre-registration—this is the only way to get your PIN!

  • Keep checking NOVASIS for schedule updates, and please don’t rely on anything but the Master Schedule because it is the only accurate site!

  • Scroll through all the electives to read descriptions and identify attributes and/or pre-reqs.

  • Seniors, make sure to read the individual COM 5050 descriptions before registering for a particular section.

  • No override requests will be accepted until all students have registered. At that time, all override requests must go through Mrs. Maria DiStefano in the Communication Department.

Fall 2019 Course Description Guide 

ASL 1000-1999

ASL 1111-100 Intro to American Sign Language I
This is the first part of a two-semester, beginner level sequence in American Sign Language (ASL). This course is designed to be an introduction to basic conversational skills in ASL and awareness of various aspects of deafness and Deaf culture. No previous knowledge of sign language is necessary. The content shall include, but not be limited to, conversational vocabulary and the grammatical features and principles of ASL. The audiological, educational, social, cultural, and historical aspects of deafness are also included.
Instructor:  Correia

ASL 1112-100 Intro to American Sign Language II
American Sign Language II is a continuation of American Sign Language I designed to further develop competency in ASL. Students will be given the opportunity to enhance both expressive and receptive skills by increasing vocabulary and knowledge of grammar. Students will be expected to interact with the Deaf community in real-life settings thereby enhancing their awareness of and sensitivity to various aspects of Deaf culture and ASL.
Instructor:  Correia

 

COM 1000-1999

COM 1000-001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006  Survey of Communication Studies
Process of communication; range of perspectives from which communication can be studied (from classical rhetoric to contemporary theory); the functions communication serves; and the forms of communication such as interpersonal, small group, organizational, public address and mass media.
 Instructors:  Arnold, Bishop, Staff
This course is a prerequisite needed to declare COM major.

COM 1100- 001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007   Public Speaking
Principles of communication related to speech composition and delivery; finding, analyzing, organizing and presenting material in ways appropriate to and effective with listeners. In this course students will gain an understanding of the rhetorical processes associated with public communication and will develop the skills necessary to present ideas to culturally diverse audiences that will make a difference in their communities, careers, and personal lives.
 Instructors: Bishop, Weaver, Staff
 This course is a prerequisite needed to declare COM major

COM 1101-001, 002  Business & Professional Communication
The goal of this course is to prepare students to understand and develop useful communication strategies and skills to establish and maintain productive relationships in a variety of business and professional settings. This is a hybrid course that combines traditional public speaking, small group and organizational communication and is not intended for Communication department majors.
Instructors:   Staff, Stahl

COM 1102-001 COM Foundations for Engineers
This course is designed specifically for MECHANICAL ENGINEERING students. It provides a foundation in technical and professional communication: oral presentations, visual aids for presentations, focusing on technical reports, argument development and evaluation, and persuasion.  Topics will also include audience analysis, group communication for projects and presentations, and listening and critiquing skills.
Prerequisite:  ME 2505 (Concurrency: No)
This course is open only to students enrolled in MECHANICAL ENGINNERING Major.
Note: Students who have taken COM 1101 or COM 1100 should not take this course.
Instructors: Selverian

COM 1300-001,002,003 Film Analysis
This course focuses on the analysis of contemporary and historically important films, employing a variety of analytical models. Anyone who is a film buff or wants to learn about how films are constructed would benefit, as would students interested in learning about the societal impact of the cinema. The course promotes the development of visual analysis skills and an awareness of the cultural, economic and social forces of the period in which the film was made.
 Instructor: Quevedo, O'Leary
 Attributes: Fine Arts

COM 1903-001 Communication Internship
Supervised work/study program in radio, television, advertising, publicity or public relations.        
Instructor: Juanita Weaver

COM 1903-VAB Communication Internship
Supervised work/study program in radio, television, advertising, publicity or public relations.
Instructor: Amy Way

COM 1906-001 Communication Internship
Supervised work/study program in radio, television, advertising, publicity or public relations.
Instructor: Juanita Weaver

COM 1909-001 Communication Internship
Supervised work/study program in radio, television, advertising, publicity or public relations.
Instructor: Juanita Weaver

 

 

COM 2000-2999

COM 2200-001 Theories of Rhetoric
This course is an introduction to the central theories of rhetoric, attempts to reflect upon and understand the process by which community is generated and maintained by the strategic use of symbols. In addition to its principal focus on the theories and history of rhetoric, this course serves as an entry point to the culture of critical inquiry and argument that constitutes rhetorical studies.
Instructor: Murray

COM 2240-001 Theories of Performance Studies
Performance is explored as a fundamental component of human communication.  Students experience the theories and practice of performance in multiple contexts, including everyday life (e.g., performing a ‘date’, performing whiteness), storytelling (e.g., personal narrative, performance of literature, folklore and oral traditions), theatre and other performance spaces (e.g., performance art), and rhetorical/critical spaces (performance for social change, performance ethnography).  Prior performance experience is welcome but not necessary.
Instructor:  MacDonald
Attributes:  Fine Arts

COM 2300-001, 002 Theories of Mass Communication
Traces the evolution and structure of core theoretical approaches to understanding mass communication phenomena. Both behavioral and critical approaches and their related research traditions are explored.
Instructors: Woodard

COM 2340 -001, 100 Theories of Visual Communication & Culture
The course deconstructs what we think we know about what we see to demonstrate that what we see is influenced by the culture in which we live and the meanings we give to our visual universe. Learning and employing the theoretical lenses of semiotics and visual cultural studies, visual rhetoric, and feminist psychoanalysis, we will examine images in media, brands, advertising, and our everyday lives to understand the visual language used, the “commonsensical” meanings given and understood, and what they reveal about our culture.  
Instructor:  Coonfield, Oswald

COM 2400-001 Theories of Interpersonal Communication
This course focuses on both the major theoretical approaches in interpersonal communication and the application of such theories in various social situations.  It explores message production within an individual and between individuals, and relationship development and maintenance in different social contexts.  The course aims to help students understand message production embedded in social roles, enhance interpersonal communication competence, and maintain meaningful social relationships.
Instructor:  Wang

COM 2440-001 Theories of Organizational Communication
It is through organizations that members of society achieve their collective goals—from making laws and building bridges, to the local and international trade of goods and services. Organizational communication is the study of how people accomplish these goals through the creation and exchange of messages within a network of interdependent relationships to cope with environmental uncertainty. Through various activities, including case studies, class activities, and online discussions, we will examine organizational communication practices within and across organizations such as Apple, Disney, and IBM, as well as your very own Villanova University. 
Instructor: Mandhana
Attributes:
Writing Enriched Requirement 

COM 3000-3999

COM 3207-001 African American Rhetoric
What does it mean to be black—as an individual and as a member of a community—in the United States? How, historically, has the black experience been rhetorically constructed, and what are the enduring consequences of those constructions, in our present, 21st century context? In this class, we will examine these questions (and some answers to them) through a critical examination of a variety of rhetorical artifacts—including, but not limited to, speakers, television shows, movies, spaces (including the Main Line), music, and social movements (both historical, like the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary, like #blacklivesmatter). We will focus on how these symbolic representations created (and create) the lived meanings of blackness that continue to impact the lives of black Americans—and, indeed, all Americans. The primary objective of the course is therefore to develop a comprehensive understanding of the symbols used to rhetorically construct and reconstruct the African American identity and community, and how those rhetorical efforts work to both constrain and enable the pursuit of racial justice.
Instructor:  Crable
Prerequisites: COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440;
prerequisites will be waived for Africana Studies minors/concentrators, for P&J minors/concentrators, and for Writing & Rhetoric minors/concentrators.
Attributes:  Diversity 1; Peace and Justice Attribute

COM 3240-001   Performance for Social Change
This course explores performance as simultaneously a process and product—a means of exploring questions about self and society, and at the same time a means of articulating a rhetorical message designed to spark some kind of socially just change. We explore four basic questions: 1) What is the relationship between the aesthetic and the rhetorical? 2) How can performance utilize multiple art forms and media to influence social change and social justice? 3) What is the relationship between performer and audience? 4) How can performers work in collaboration to inquire about social issues as well as to perform in ways that enact change? In addition to shorter performances and exercises, primary work will involve selecting and researching a social issue, then playing with various media and modes of performance to wrestle with the questions raised, and finally creating a script and performing the piece for class [and possibly public]. 
[For COM majors, pre-req is COM 2240 or permission of Chair; for PJ majors, no performance experience required]
ATTRIBUTES: Cultural Studies, Peace & Justice, Diversity 1 & 2, Fine Arts
Instructor: Rose

COM 3290-001 Top: Rhetoric: Culture and Power
This course will examine how various relations of culture are informed by, and sustain, larger structural inequities in society. The rhetorical power of these relations, as they work, to sustain these inequities, will be addressed. Tentative topics will include 1) gender/sexuality, culture and power 2) racism (images of racism in society, what is racism, how are we situated in and contribute to it), 3) whiteness and white privilege, 4) nationalism and national identity formation (who gets left out of this?), 5) representations of Islam and Muslims in contemporary society--Islamophobia 6) migrants and refugees (the power inequalities that shape their conditions and the ways in which dominant discourse rhetorically constructs migrants and refugees) 7) drones, surveillance, biometrics and militarization of everyday life 8) contemporary western colonial discourse and representation of non-western worlds.
Students signing up for this course should be ready to expand and challenge their world views and develop a concern for social inequalities in society.
Intructor: Raka Shome
Details about Professor Shome may be found at: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/cnmsr/

COM 3301-001, 002  Introduction to Film & Video Production
This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of TV production. Students are expected to produce individually and in small groups, broadcast video projects combining all fundamentals learned in class - terminology, script writing, single and multi-camera operation, lighting, audio capture, computer based video editing and effects, and live studio production. The final project will prove how well each student has mastered the above components of video production.
Instructor: Lewis, Quevedo
Prerequisites: COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3303 -001 Screenwriting
The purpose of this course is to prepare you to write two short screenplays by introducing you to the building blocks of cinematic storytelling.  Students are expected to develop a solid foundation in screenwriting format, three act dramatic structure, character conception and development, the difference between plot and story, and the best way to put all of this information to use in the actual writing of treatments and screenplays. Although the three act model we will use in this class is not the only, or perhaps the best, way to write screenplays, it is standard in the industry and must be mastered by beginning screenwriters.  By the end of the semester you will have written two treatments for short films and two screenplays in master scenes form.  Part of the goal of this course is to gain an understanding of storytelling that will be applicable to various media.  Most class sessions will be a combination of lecture, film viewing, and writing exercises.  You are expected to work independently and in collaboration with other students.
Instructor:  O’Leary
Requirements Filled: Fine Arts
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3306-001 Audio Production
As one of our primary senses, sound is a key vehicle through which we make sense of our lived experience, both as individuals and in relation to the world around us. This course will explore the roles and functions of sound in society and culture, the history of audio recording technologies, and the practice of capturing audio for a variety of mediums. Equal parts theory, history, and practice, this course will allow us to begin considering questions surrounding voice and image, the interview as sonic testimony, and the dialogic relationship between sound, affect and meaning.
Instructor: Quevedo
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2400 or COM 2440

COM 3308-001 Digital Image Production
This hands-on workshop introduces to the fundamentals of using digital images to communicate specific information. Students produce still and moving images for use in public relations, advertising, photojournalism, and electronic or web-based publication.
Instructor:  Parente
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3321 -001, 002 Interactive Media Design I
Study of the principles of creating effective communication for the World Wide Web. Explores basic web design techniques with emphasis on designing and integrating diverse media elements. Focus on the creation and manipulation of text, graphics, audio and video for the Web.
Instructor:  Parente
Prerequisites:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3341-001 - Gender and Film
How are unequal relations of gender in society represented, shored up by, or challenged in filmic and contemporary media culture? Topics will (tentatively) include: the “male gaze”’ fetishism, fragmentation, and objectification of women in media; film as colonial discourse and the colonial “gaze”; race in films and media ; films as national discourse and women/men as national icons; masculinity in media representations; films and sexual politics (absence of GLBT representations) ; celebrity culture and particularly (female) celebrity “humanitarianism.” In class viewing as well as out of class viewing of films or other media will be required. Students will learn to understand film culture as something that constantly shapes and is shaped by larger national politics and geopolitics.
(Pre-requisites will be waived for Women's Studies concentrators or minors).
Instructor: Raka Shome
Details about Professor Shome may be found at: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/cnmsr
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2400 or COM 2440
CRSE Attributes: Fine Arts Requirement; Gender and Women's Studies; Writing and Rhetoric

COM 3353-001  Media & Politics
Examination of political communication research, theory and history. A particular focus on the role of media, such as advertising and news reporting on political campaigns and policymaking.
Instructor: Woodard
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2400 or COM 2440
CRSE Attributes:Writing and Rhetoric

COM 3354-001 Media Criticism
This course examines the media from the perspectives of form, production, industries, content and reception.  We will explore the evolution of media from ancient times to the contemporary moment with a focus on the impact of media form on the evolution of culture and society.  In examining media production and industries, we will examine media globalization, concentration and media professional work routines and their impact on media content.  In examining media content, we will look at the role of ideology and power in shaping portrayals of class, race, gender and ethnicity.  In examining media reception, we will explore theories of media reception with a focus on active audiences, polysemic media texts and media fandom.  In each examination we will look at media theory, media criticism and media practices illustrated through various exercises and case studies.
Instructor:  Mackey-Kallis
Prerequisites:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3360-001 Introduction to Journalism
News is an integral part of our daily lives—from the “Eye-witness” reports on Channel 10 and the headlines of the New York Times to Internet news-sites and the tawdry tabloids awaiting us at the supermarket checkout. This course aims to provide a critical understanding of the role of journalism in modern society, combining theoretical perspectives on the making of news with insights from the journalists who produce it. Students will analyze research material on journalism, as well as examine news-making across platforms such as television and the Internet. While students will be introduced to foundational journalism practices, this course takes a more theoretical approach to journalism in order to provide the necessary background and context for more in-depth exposure to the practice of journalism in future courses.
Instructor: Bradley  
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3363-001 Broadcast Journalism
Broadcast Journalism examines the techniques and ethics of newsgathering. Students will be instructed in writing for radio and television and in the editing of video for news programs. Emphasis is on the art of storytelling.
Instructor: Jones
Prerequisite: COM 3360

COM 3366-001 Multimedia Journalism
Journalism is no longer defined by a single medium.  Newspapers have become digital news organizations with print, online and mobile editions.  Broadcast journalists have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.  Journalists are writing for digital media, shooting video, blogging, creating podcasts, and using social media to distribute their content and engage users.  This course explores journalism across media platforms.  Students will learn to write for a variety of media, create integrated news packages, and maintain strong journalistic principles, techniques and ethics within and across these varied platforms.
Instructor:  Bradley
Prerequisite:  COM 3360

COM 3402-001 Family Communication
Our society has gone through profound changes in the last thirty years, not only causing families as we know them to take drastically different shapes and configurations, but practically rendering much of had been studied about families and communication somewhat useless.  This class is an attempt to acquaint students with the modern dynamics of the family of today.  Topics to be studied will include family types and structures, family rules, rites, and rituals, providing support, dealing with conflict, and the impact of factors like race, ethnicity, sexuality, and health and disability.  Assignments will include exams, papers and small group projects.
Instructor: Arnold
Prerequisites:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3403-001 Intercultural Communication
The purpose of this class is to understand how culture and communication intersect in the context of globalization.  Communication across cultural groups is complex and challenging and often leads to misunderstanding and conflict in our global world.  Intercultural communication is also informative as well as constitutive and creative, and can lead to personal, local and global change, growth and innovation.  While both difficult and rewarding, intercultural communication is central to all our lives in the global context.  In this course, we visit theories and research on intercultural communication, and you will have the chance to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes to increase your intercultural communication competence. This course will include development of personal cultural self-awareness, as well as other-culture awareness and the dynamics of dialogue.
 Instructor:  Bowen
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440
Requirements Filled:  Diversity 1 or Diversity 3

COM 3441-101   Negotiation & Dialogue
Examination of the practical, theoretical, and critical analysis of a variety of approaches to negotiation and resolving conflicts. Verbal forms of negotiation, mediation, and dialogue are developed as key components in the maintenance of any healthy organization.
Instructor: Kathleen Oswald
Prerequisites:  COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2400 or COM 2440

COM 3444-001 - Interviewing
Interviewing is the most common form of purposeful and planned communication and mastering the principles and applications of interviewing skills is important for every communication professional.  In this class, we will examine the principles of interviewing in a variety of situations, including employment, performance, investigation, negotiation, counseling, journalism, and research.  To ensure that students learn both theoretical principles and practical skills of interviewing, all class assignments and activities are integrated with concepts from the textbook.  Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to understand, explain, and construct interview protocols and instruments, evaluate their own and others’ performance in different types of interview settings (e.g., job, medical, performance), and master skills needed for success in their roles as interviewers and interviewees.
Instructor: Mandhana
Prerequisite: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2400 or COM 2440

COM 3460-001, 002 Public Relations
This course provides a foundation for students interested in the field of public relations. It chronicles the development of the profession from its earliest beginnings to its role in modern management. The course also attempts to bridge the gap that exists between theory and practice. It achieves this by emphasizing the fundamental management perspective of the profession and the persuasive intent of message construction while highlighting the four essential skills required for success in the industry - research, writing, planning and problem solving.
 Instructor:  Staff
 Prerequisites: COM 2200, COM 2280, COM 2300, COM 2340, COM 2400 or COM 2440

COM 3461-100 Advertising
This introductory course in advertising provides students with an interest in advertising, public relations, organizational communication, and marketing communication, with a thorough understanding of the advertising structure. The course provides students with detailed information concerning the core skills required of advertising executives. Areas of study include the research process in advertising, the creative platform development and execution, the strategy involved in media planning and buying and the process of evaluating advertising effectiveness. Students gain hands-on experience in developing advertising executions and campaigns for a variety of products, services, individuals and ideas.
Instructor:  Staff
Prerequisites:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3462-001,002  Public Relations Writing
This course offers students the foundation for producing a variety of written public relations materials. The structure includes an overview of the journalistic style of writing along with extensive practice in writing fundamentals. Following the work on enhancing writing skills, students will develop a variety of pieces for their portfolios. Final class products include print news releases, position papers, feature stories, media advisories, media kit, and other related assignments. The course is strongly recommended for students interested in public relations, advertising, marketing, and organizational communication.
 Instructor:  Staff
 Prerequisites: COM 3460

COM 3464-001  Public Relations Campaigns
This course explores a variety of case studies in the field of public relations including examples in media relations, crisis communication and planning. Following the review of cases, student groups will be created and will spend the remainder of the semester developing a professional campaign for a client. The final project is a presentation of this overall public relations plan.
 Instructor: Cowen
 Prerequisite: COM 3462

COM 3490-001 TOP: Applied Topics in Organizational Communication
Applied Topics in Organizational Communication gives students a chance to examine current events, social issues, and relevant topics through an organizational communication lens. Through deep exploration of a particular topic or theme students will employ organizational communication theories and approaches to consider how a chosen issue is organized, complicated, and even resolved through communication. This semester, the course will examine sexual assault and sexual misconduct as organizational phenomena and consider how a communication perspective helps us to understand the recent proliferation of such phenomena. This course will draw on organizational communication theory and practices, and incorporate recent exemplars including the #MeToo movement, the USA Gymnastics/MSU/Larry Nassar trials, and even the most recent crisis faced by the Catholic church.
Instructor:  Way
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3600-001, 002  Social Justice Documentary
In the early part of the course, students will learn about an important issue through a series of lectures from various experts in the particular field.  Simultaneously, they will learn the craft of documentary video production.  Students will then go to a chosen client (a non-profit organization dedicated to a particular issue) and work in collaboration with the client to create a video that will explore and help to define the issue and reveal ways that social action can positively affect social circumstances. The end result will be the creation of a short (less than forty minutes) video.  The video will also be submitted to appropriate film festivals.  Enrollment is limited to eleven new students (and four returning students).
Instructor: Lewis – Section 001 – Diversity 3
Instructor: Marencik McWilliams, O’Leary – Section 002 – Diversity 1
Prerequisites:  At least 3 credits of prior courses in relevant COM theory, film or social justice
Attributes:  Peace & Justice; Section 001 – Diversity 3; Section 002 – Diversity 1.
Permission from Instructor required

 

COM 4000-4999

COM 4001-001, 002  Qualitative Research in Communication
Review of basic principles of critical inquiry in the interpretive paradigm. Reading and designing qualitative research in communication through gathering and critically analyzing literature in the field and proposing an original study. Methods include ethnography and rhetorical textual analysis.
Instructors: Crable, Way
Restricted to COM Majors

COM 4002-001 Quantitative Research in Communication
Reading and designing research in communication through gathering and critically analyzing literature in the field and introduction of the chief methods used in communication studies, such as surveys, experiments, and content analyses.
 Instructors:  XU
 Restricted to COM Majors

COM 5000-5999

COM   5200-001 TOP: Social Media Strategy
Intensive workshops in selected areas of professional development or communication research.
Instructor: Cowen

COM 5300 Topics in Intergroup Relations (IGR) [Also offered in Graduate section 8013-001]
(One-credit courses) – Permission of Chairperson required.   Three IGR courses can be used as Free Elective, Diversity 1.  They do not have to be taken in the same semester.

COM 5300-100, IGR Dialogue
M 6:00-8:00 IGR
(Intergroup Relations) are 1-credit courses focusing on creating understanding relationships among people from different social identity groups (e.g., economic, racial and ethnic). This is accomplished by developing the communication skills of dialogic listening, empathy, and intentional engagement. In Fall of 2019, courses will meet the first night in Garey 10A; Permission of director required.  Course runs Mondays through 10/21/19.  

Students must complete application at www.villanova.edu/igr and attend all classes; Students will be assigned to topical dialogues on gender, racial identity, faith, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and ability.
Instructor: multiple
Attributes: Peace & Justice, Diversity 1
Permission of Director required
.

COM 5300 -121 IGR:DIALOGUE-ADVANCED RACE AND GENDER 
F 5:00pm-9:00pm 11/8 
S 9:00am-5:00pm 11/9 
All students must complete the form at www.villanova.edu/igr. Students must have previously taken the Gender, Gender Identity, Race, or Racial Identity IGR course. Permission of Director required.
Instructor: multiple
Attributes: Peace & Justice, Diversity 1

COM 5600-100 Production Workshop:Interviewing (one credit)
Interviewing is an art form.  In unscripted content creation, the interview is critical in telling a story.  This class will give students the tools and confidence necessary to conduct any type of television interview.  From the initial research stage to the lighting of the actual interview, this course will cover a wide range of tasks needed to conduct a powerful productive interview.  Intimate portraits brought to life on the screen.  No matter what screen you are watching it on!
Instructor:  Farrell
September 27-28, 2019

 

 

COM 5050 Senior Project: Sections 001-009

COM 5050-001 Senior Project:
In this section of senior project, we will explore communication, gender, and sexuality. From the cultural and embodied performance(s) of gender and sexuality to their mediated representation(s); to social media wars, hashtags, and/or activism around gender and sexuality; health, wellness, and gendered bodies, and the fraught political discourse surrounding gender and sexuality, there are many questions to be asked from a qualitative communication perspective. We will develop research questions and design qualitative studies to attempt to answer these questions.
Instructor:  MacDonald
Prerequisite:  COM 4001 or COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors

COM 5050-002 Senior Project
This section invites students to adopt the lens of rhetorical/critical analysis of social media messages and platforms. Projects that adopt a feminist or gender studies perspective are particularly encouraged, however other perspectives are also possible.  Group projects will take the form of the traditional academic essay.
Instructor:  Mackey-Kalllis
Prerequisite:  COM 4001 or COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors

COM 5050-003 Senior Project: Communication and Civic Engagement
This section of Senior Project will explore the influential role communication plays in civic engagement, including nurturing democratic practices, recognizing and valuing diversity, and training active, responsible citizens. It will integrate theoretical perspectives on the ways in which communication practitioners and scholars can engage in civic issues, mobilize for social justice, and contribute to participatory democracy. Students will develop civic engagement projects grounded in a variety of perspectives within the discipline of communication studies including rhetoric, organizational communication, public relations, interpersonal communication, performance studies, journalism, and/or media studies.
Instructor:  Murray 
Prerequisite: COM 4001 or COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors

COM 5050-004 Senior Project
The scope of research in this section will be about interpersonal communication. Students will choose among a variety of interpersonal communication related topics. Example areas are communication competence (e.g., interviews, workplace, intercultural contexts, etc.), supportive communication (e.g., providing counsel to patients, providing support in difficult life situations, etc.), conflict management (e.g., finding win-win solutions, understanding avoidance, etc.), relational management (friendship, romantic, family relationship, physician-patient, etc.), and role management (e.g., school-leisure balance). Quantitative research methods are preferred, but qualitative methods are welcome too.
Instructor: Qi Wang
Prerequisite:  COM 4001 or COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors

 

Fall 2019 COM Courses That Fulfill CLAS Core

Communication Courses Fulfilling Diversity Requirement

COM 3207 African-American Rhetoric (Div. 1)
COM 3240 Performance for Social Change (Div.1)
COM 3402 Family Communication (Div. 2)
COM 3341 Gender and Film (Div. 2)
COM 3403 Intercultural Communication (Div. 1, Div. 3)
COM 3600 Social Justice Documentary
(Section 001 – Lewis – Div. 3; Section 002 – O’Leary – Div. 1)
COM 5300 Topics in Intergroup Dialogue (IGR) (bundle three for Div. 1)

Communication Courses Fulfilling Fine Arts Requirement

COM 1300 Film Analysis
COM 2240 Theories of Performance Studies
COM 3303 Screenwriting
COM 3240 Performance for Social Change
COM 3341 Gender and Film

Communication Courses Fulfilling Peace & Justice Attribute

COM 3207 African American Rhetoric
COM 3240 Performance for Social Change
COM 5300 Topics in Intergroup Relations (IGR) (three courses)