Course Description Guide

A Note from Dr. Rose, Department Chair

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

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


NEW Spring 2019 Courses

COM 3290: Top: Performance Ethnography 
Taught by VU Alum Maura Ricci – great for any student interested in performance, ethnography and intercultural communication.

COM 3305: Radio Broadcasting
Taught by VU Alum and KYW radio personality Ian Bush.

COM 3308: Digital Image Production 
A whole new version of this course taught by our new faculty member Prof. James Parente.

COM 3367: Top: Humanitarian Journalism
Taught by former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Carolyn Davis.

COM 3390: Top: Superhero in Film/TV
A new course taught by Dr. Susan Mackey-Kallis


  • 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.

Spring 2019 Course Description Guide 

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, Meade, O’Leary
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, Stahl, Weaver
This course is a prerequisite needed to declare COM major

COM 1101-001, 002, 003  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:   DeMarco, McCloskey

COM 1102-001, 002,003 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)
Note: Students who have taken COM 1101 or COM 1100 should not take this course.
Instructors: Staff

COM 1300-001,002   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
Attributes: Fine Arts


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:  Rose
Attribute:  Fine Arts

COM 2280-001  Theories of Persuasion
Presents the theoretical processes by which communication influences the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of message recipients. Both rhetorical and social scientific approaches to persuasion are examined. Application is made to the areas of advertising, public relations, politics, and health communication.
Instructor: Arnold

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 2340-100   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

COM 2440-001, 002   Theories of Organizational Communication
Explores the social construction of human relationships in organizations, both healthy and unhealthy; examines how and why organizations develop policies and procedures that both encourage and yet constrain creativity and autonomy in employees.  Examines organizations through the eyes of the researcher who wants to understand, but not control or predict, the dynamics that are unfolding.  This will be accomplished through careful, critical reading and synthesizing of some of the voluminous literature on how group life is accomplished in organizations.
Instructor: Mandhana, Oswald

COM 3000-3999

COM 3201-001 Rhetoric and Social Justice
In this course, we will explore and critically examine discourses on social justice and human rights through an integration of rhetorical theory and criticism. Of central importance to ensuring social justice and human rights are those communicative/rhetorical acts that disrupt, provoke, encourage, and help to mobilize. From public debates to mediated dialogues, from embodied politics and performances of resistance to more extreme acts of violence and terrorism, the rhetorical scholar has a responsibility to study how those practices enrich (or hinder) social justice and participation in public life as well as determine their effectiveness, ineffectiveness and ethical dimensions.
    As a student in this course, you will learn how to identify, analyze, invent, augment, and/or challenge the complex array of discourses on social justice and human rights. You will be introduced to the theoretical foundations of rhetoric and social justice and the various communicative techniques and strategies common to those struggling to advance human rights. In addition, you will gain exposure to an array of contemporary and historical debates that continue to shape popular and political culture.
Instructor:  Murray
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440
Attribute:  P&J

COM 3202-100   Rhetoric, Identity and Conflict
What makes social change so difficult? What are the obstacles faced by those who would try to shift the direction America (or another society) is currently taking? How are notions of “America,” for example, even created, and how does that relate to individuals’ sense of their own identity? In this class, we will be spending the semester collectively developing a rhetorical perspective to help us address these questions of conflict and identity. Readings will present a theoretical vocabulary for understanding the formation of public identities (for example, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and/or national identity) and processes of acceptance and alienation. Students in the course will ultimately draw on course readings to carry out an analysis of a particular instance of social conflict or identity creation, whether within or outside the U.S. Through completion of this assignment, students will begin to analyze the complexities of social identity and the ways the rhetorical constitution of that identity intersects with questions of conflict, change, tradition, and justice.
Instructor:  Crable
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400, or 2440
Attribute:  P&J

COM 3290-HO1    HON: Performance Ethnography:  An Exploration of “Self” and “Other”
This course will explore ethnographic and autoethnographic performance as a dynamic research method and a powerful tool to make discoveries about our world. We will use tactics such as interviewing, participant observation fieldwork, and self-reflection to create original performance pieces that explore and challenge our ideas of “self” and “other.” The course will also explore the theory behind performance ethnography and analyze the ethnographic work of other prominent performance artists, such as Anna Deavere Smith. Prior performance experience is encouraged but not required.
Instructor:  Ricci
Requirements Filled:  Diversity 1, Fine Arts
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

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 3302-001 Advanced Film and Video Production
****New Time/Day *****    Mondays 10:00-12:30

Visual aspects of location single camera video production, audio acquisition, lighting, post production support, video editing and digital effects and finished distribution.  Each student will work as producer, director, camera operator, editor and writer to show a finished Documentary, Feature News Story or Originally Scripted Drama or Comedy.  Helps students understand the world of film and video funding, production and distribution.
Instructor:  Lewis
Prerequisite:  COM 3301

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:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3304-001, 100  Documentary Theory and Practice
This course will combine an academic study of documentary films with practical knowledge of the creation and marketing of documentary films.  Students will examine the documentary as an art form, a social protest, and a reflection of culture and society.  In addition, many aspects of the practice of documentary filmmaking will be studied, especially as they are related to The Center for Social Justice Film and The Social Justice Documentary Film Course.  These aspects include finding and researching future topics for the Social Documentary course, and doing public relations work for past films produced in the course.  Students will also learn film production techniques and strategies, including story structure, camerawork and editing skills.
Instructors:  Lewis, Marencik, McWilliams, O’Leary
Prerequisites:  COM 3301
NOTE:  For COM majors who have taken COM 3600, this course counts as a free elective; for COM majors who have not taken COM 3600, this course counts as a COM 3000 level course.  For COM minor, only 3 credits of this 6-credit course counts toward the minor.

COM 3305-100 Radio Broadcasting
Radio is a vital medium that reaches more than 90 percent of Americans each week, but it needs imagination and innovation to continue to attract wide and diverse audiences. This hands-on (voice- and ear-on) course will explore: the business of radio; creative writing and presentation for news, music, and podcasting; live broadcasting; and studio skills – all in support of telling good stories in new ways to create memorable auditory experiences.
Instructor:  Ian Bush
Prerequisites:  COM 2240, 2280 or 2300

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 3343-001 Contemporary Cinema
Exploring contemporary films of renowned film directors and analyzing how they stylistically and thematically address and reflect various themes in national and global contexts.  Themes of family, class, gender, politics, identity and relations as addressed in specifically selected films that have left a significant mark on the landscape of contemporary cinema will be studied.  Cinema will be examined as a product of the societies it aims to influence.
Instructor:  Quevedo
Requirements Filled:  Fine Arts
Prerequisites:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3351-001 Media and Society
Structure and content of major media industries in America (radio, television, newspapers magazines, recordings, books and film).  Students will use various theoretical models to analyze these industries and their organizations in a political and economic context.  Students will also examine individual "films of persuasion" from around the world as cultural documents and as works of art.
Instructor:  O’Leary
Prerequisites: COM 2280 , COM 2300, COM 22340 or COM 2200

COM 3356- 001 Media Audiences
This course offers an introduction to the study, measurement and analysis of media audiences. We will explore theories of audience behavior, methods for sampling and measuring audiences, and both classic and emerging metrics for capturing user behavior. The course will also explore the ethics of measurement, the audience measurement industry and practical applications for media professionals.
Instructor: Ksiazek
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 newsmaking 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:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3365-001 Sports Journalism
These days, sports journalism is so much more than good reporting. People blog. Tweet. Podcast. Update Facebook pages. Commentators deliver instant analysis of every detail, every day. Athletes’ lives off the field are more interesting than their play on it. And ESPN reigns supreme – or at least that’s what it wants us to think. Sports journalism is changing rapidly, and this course will show you what’s going on. You’ll learn how technology creates instantaneous news delivery. How talk radio, TV, the Internet and social media are taking over for newspapers and magazines. How athletes and teams are trying to control the message more than ever.
    You’ll write, argue, speak, research and present. You’ll use social media and the web. And you’ll do it with a 29-year veteran of the business. By the time this course is over, you’ll be ready for Pardon the Interruption – or at least understand why it’s so popular. More importantly, you’ll start thinking about what comes next – and how to take advantage of it.
Instructor:   Bradley
Prerequisite:  COM 3360

COM 3367-001 TOP:  Humanitarian Journalism
This course will introduce students to humanitarian journalism and a subset of it that uses journalism skills to communicate with and about disaster-affected communities around the world. Students will become familiar with different types of crises, including wars and natural disasters, which displace people from their homes. They will review how media organizations portray these crises and affected populations. They will learn about humanitarian aid responses and how journalism and communication fit into that response by educating people around the world about these events, by supplying people caught in these crises with information, and also by giving affected communities’ voices ways to express themselves. 
Instructor:  Carolyn Davis
Prerequisite:  COM 3360
Attributes:  P&J

COM 3390-001 TOP:  Superhero in Film/TV
From Superman to Ironman, from Batman to Captain America from Superwoman to Wonder Woman (2017) and from X-men (2000) to Black Panther (2017) this class will examine the live action superhero genre in modern American film and television as blockbuster commodity, cultural fantasy, and arbiter of gendered, racial and national identity, particularly in post 9/11 America.
Instructor:  Mackey-Kallis
Prerequisite: 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3404-100 Communication and Conflict
This course examines how conflict can be managed most effectively in various contexts – workplace, families, friendships, romantic relationships and others – through a critical analysis of its inherent features.  Focuses on both historical traditions and contemporary perspectives in the study of conflict.
Instructor:  Seidl
Prerequisites:   COM 2200 or 2240 or 2280 or 2300 or 2340 or 2400 or 2440

COM 3448-100 Multicultural Leadership and Dialogue
Multicultural Leadership is designed to offer a perspective of leadership and communication that includes practical ways students can use what they learn to become effective leaders at Villanova and beyond. The course will introduce students to scholarship that addresses the ways in which injustice and misunderstanding appear in America, the world and at our University.  It examines how social constructions of gender, ethnicity, race, culture, social class, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, age, national origin, etc. organize the world in ways that exclude or include, empower or oppress. Through a dynamic engagement of knowledge and understanding of justice and equity issues, students will develop a dialogic perspective and a set of dialogic skills as one means of transforming themselves and their communities.  Students must participate in 14 outside hours of weekend and evening dialogue practice through COM 5300 IGR one-credit topically-focused dialogue group.  Complete application for COM 5300 at  
Instructors:  Bowen, Rose
Requirements Filled:  Cultural Studies, Diversity 1 & 2, Peace and Justice
Restricted course – requires permission of instructor

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:  Jubelirer, Poe
Prerequisites: COM 2200, COM 2280, COM 2300, COM 2340, COM 2400 or COM 2440

COM 3462-001  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:  Arnold
Prerequisites: COM 3460

COM 3464-001, 002, 003  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: Work-Life Negotiation
Work-life Negotiation will offer a chance for students to explore the increasingly blurred intersections of “public” work and “private” lives, focusing on the challenges and joys faced in navigating organizational, family, community and individual roles and responsibilities. Students will consider organizational policies, family practices, and larger social discourses such as gender, class, consumption, and entrepreneurialism. This course will ask students to critically reflect on how discourses of work and life impact their own lives, as well as analyze how scholarship can help us to elucidate and create responses to the challenges faced by organizations, individuals and the larger culture.
Instructor:  Way

COM 4000-4999

COM 4001-001, 002, 003  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, Meade
Restricted to COM Majors

COM 4002-001, 002, 003 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:  Ksiazek, Mandhana, Wang
Restricted to COM Majors


COM 5000-5999

COM 5300 Topics in Intergroup Relations (IGR)

(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   Dialogue
T 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 Spring 2019 all COM 5300 IGR courses will meet Tuesdays, 6-8pm.

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

In addition, one advanced course will be offered on a weekend during the second half of the semester:

COM 5300-120  Advanced Race will take place on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 6-8:00pm and Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9am-5pm.

All students must complete the form at and attend all classes; Students must have previously taken the Race or Racial Identity IGR course.
Instructors: S. Bowen, D. Johnson
Attributes: Peace & Justice, Diversity 1
Class meeting dates:  TBA
Permission of Director required.

COM 5050 Senior Project: Sections 001-009

COM 5050-001 Senior Project:
The Role of the Media in Shaping Attitudes, Beliefs &Values
This section of Senior Project invites students to investigate the nature and context of media experiences.  The specific focus of these investigations will center upon the role of the media in shaping attitudes, beliefs, and/or values.  Methodological approaches that afford us the opportunity to witness the potential influence of the media will be privileged.  Television as the dominant medium of our culture will also be privileged; however, students are welcome to explore other channels of mass communication as their research questions so warrant.
MWF 10:30AM-11:20AM
Instructor: Woodard
Prerequisite:  COM 4001 and COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors

COM 5050-002/004 Senior Project
Communication and Collective Memory
How groups remember their shared past is a crucial aspect of how they define who they are.  Such remembrance takes many forms: from graffiti to murals, impromptu shrines to monuments, iconic photographs to dank memes. In these sections of senior project, students will develop qualitative and critical research projects that will take a communication perspective on collective memory.  
MW 1:30PM-2:45PM;  MW 3:00PM-4:15PM
Instructor:  Coonfield
Prerequisite:  COM 4001 and COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors

COM 5050-003 Senior Project
Topics in Health Communication
This section of Senior Project will explore concepts involved in health communication, such as provider-patient interaction, health information seeking, culture and health information, media health coverage, etc.  Students will develop research projects grounded in models of health behavior and health promotion as used by communication scholars.  Students can choose from analysis or evaluation of health promotion programs using qualitative or quantitative methods, and/or development of health promotion strategies based on original data collection.
MW 1:30PM-2:45PM
Instructor:  Bowen
Prerequisite: COM 4001 and COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors

COM 5050-005 Senior Project:
Research in Interpersonal and Relational Communication
The specific scope of research in this section will be about interpersonal communication. The course welcomes students who are interested in understanding the foundation of any social interaction and any social relationships—interpersonal communication—in various contexts. Examples include conflict management, supportive communication, relational development, relational turbulence, workplace communication, family communication, romantic communication, small group communication, social media and face-to-face interaction, intercultural communication, etc. You are welcome to bring in your novel idea in this area too.
TR 8:30AM-9:45AM
Instructor: Qi Wang
Prerequisite:  COM 4001 and COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors

COM 5050-006 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.
TR 11:30AM-12:45PM
Instructor:  Murray 
Prerequisite: COM 4001 and COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors

COM 5050-007 Senior Project
The Constitutive Role of Communication in Organizing The World Around Us”
This section of Senior Project will provide an opportunity for students to explore the communicative processes that organize our world and our engagement in that world. Students will be asked to specifically focus on current events and issues of social importance to consider relevant discourses, issues of identity, and organizational processes. Projects will generally be designed as engaged empirical analyses (though the instructor is open to various methods for conducting such inquiry). Projects will ask questions about the construction and communication of group and individual identity and related organizing processes as they might help to reveal the importance of communication to current social, political, and organizational issues. To that end, this section welcomes students who are interested in the use of qualitative research methods. Students interested in the subject area but who wish to conduct a quantitative research project should contact the instructor prior to registration.
TR 1:00PM-2:15PM
Instructor:  Way
Prerequisite: COM 4001 and COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors

COM 5050-008. 009   Senior Project:
Critical Media Analysis
These sections invite 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.
TR 2:30PM-3:45PM; TR 4:00PM-5:15PM
Instructor: Mackey-Kallis
Prerequisite: COM 4001 and COM 4002
Required Course for Seniors


Spring 2019 COM Courses That Fulfill CLAS Core

Communication Courses Fulfilling Diversity Requirement

COM 3290 Performance Ethnography (Div. 1)
COM 3448 Multicultural Leadership & Dialogue (Div 1, Div 2)
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 3343 Contemporary Cinema

Communication Courses Fulfilling Peace & Justice Attribute

COM 3201 Rhetoric and Social Justice
COM 3202 Rhetoric, Identity & Conflict
COM 3367 Humanitarian Journalism
COM 3448 Multicultural Leadership & Dialogue
COM 5300 Topics in Intergroup Relations (IGR) (three courses)

Spring 2019 IGR courses

IGR Spring classes
* IGR F2018 Professional Print.pdf
IGR Class Fall 2019