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Course Description Guide

A Note from Dr. Rose, Department Chair

Greetings! Spring registration is around the corner. Read the following for Spring 2021 courses as well as course descriptions, prerequisites, and attributes. 

In addition to the range of Communication course offerings, remember to check out IGR classes and ASL classes. We’ve been teaching IGR (Intergroup Dialogue) 1-credits for years, and they are more important than ever! Look for them under COM 5300.  We’re in our second full year of ASL classes, and in the spring the second level will count for a Diversity 1. 

If you would like to explore internship opportunities in Communication for next semester or beyond, please make an appointment with Prof. Juanita Weaver, our Internship Coordinator. 

New for Spring 2021: 

  • COM 3290-001 Top: Performance and Intersectionality (Dr. Evan Schares) 
  • COM 3390-001 Top: Postcolonial Approaches to Communication (Dr. Raka Shome, 2nd time offered) 
  • COM 3401-001 Relational Communication (Prof. Derek Arnold, hasn’t been offered in several years) 
  • COM 3490-001 Top: Sexual Violence in Organizations (Dr. Amy Way) 

Keep in mind our amazing COM-centered international programs: 

  1. Summer 2021 in Greece - register here for an Info Session on 10/21: https://villanova.joinhandshake.com/events/592656
  2. Fall semester in Urbino, Italy (plans underway for fall 2021) 
  3. Semester WFI Internships in Rome (virtual for spring 2021)
    Find more information HERE and/or talk with your advisor about these outstanding opportunities to study abroad and earn credits toward your Communication major! 

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. We’re using Calendly and Zoom for remote advising; you’ll get emails on how to sign up with Calendly! 
  • Keep checking MyNova 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 Jarryd Kainz in the Communication Department. 

 

Spring 2021 Course Description Guide 

ASL 1111 Intro to Amer Sign Language I 

001 M W 15:25 16:40 Michelle Foran HYBRID 

100 M W 17:00 18:15 Michelle Foran HYBRID

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.


ASL 1112 Intro to American Sign Lang II 

001 M W 13:50 15:05 Michelle Foran HYBRID DIVERSITY 1 

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.

 

COM 1000 - Survey of Communication Studies
This course is a prerequisite needed to declare COM major.

001  M W 15:25 16:40 John O'Leary IN-PERSON
002  M W F 08:00 08:50 Jared Bishop ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING
003  M W F 09:10 10:00 Jared Bishop ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING
004  M W F 11:30 12:20 Jared Bishop ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING
005 M W F 13:50 14:40 Jared Bishop ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING
006 T R 12:45 14:00 Susan Mackey-Kallis HYBRID
007 T R 15:55 17:10 Melissa Meade ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING

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.


COM 1100 - Public Speaking
This course is a prerequisite needed to declare COM major

001 M W F 10:20 11:10 Evan Schares HYBRID
002 M W F 11:30 12:20 Evan Schares HYBRID
003 M W F 13:50 14:40 Evan Schares HYBRID
004 T R 09:35 10:50 Juanita Weaver IN-PERSON
005 T R 11:10 12:25 Juanita Weaver IN-PERSON
006 T R 12:45 14:00 Michael Bradley IN-PERSON
007 T R 14:20 15:35 Juanita Weaver IN-PERSON

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.


COM 1101 - Business & Professional Communication
100 W 18:00 21:00 Kallie Stahl ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING; CPS Fast Forward 3

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.

COM 1102 - Communication Foundations for Engineers
Prerequisite: ME 2505 (Concurrency: No)
Note: Students who have taken COM 1101 or COM 1100 should not take this course.

001 M W F 09:10 10:00 John Gainer IN-PERSON
002 M W F 10:20 11:10 John Gainer IN-PERSON
003 M W F 12:40 13:30 John Gainer IN-PERSON

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.

COM 1300 - Film Analysis
Attributes: Fine Arts Requirement

001 W 09:10 11:40 Melissa Meade ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS), DISTANCE LEARNING
002 W 10:20 12:50 John O'Leary IN-PERSON 
003 W 13:00 15:30 Melissa Meade ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING
004 T 12:45 15:15 Melissa Meade ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS)  DISTANCE LEARNING

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.

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

COM 1903 VAB Communication Internship
Amy Way  Special Approval: Chair
Supervised work/study program at the Vatican and UN

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

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

 

COM 2200 - 100 Theories of Rhetoric(Simulcast)
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement & Rhetoric
Days: MW from 15:25 to 16:40  Instructor: Billie Jean Murray

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.

COM 2240-001 Theories of Performance Studies (Hybrid)
Attribute:  Fine Arts, Writing Enriched Requirement & Rhetoric
Days: TR from 11:10 to 12:25  Instructor: Heidi M Rose

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.

COM 2280 - 001  Theories of Persuasion
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement & Rhetoric
Days: TR from 12:45 to 14:00 Instructors: Derek D. Arnold

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.

COM 2300 - Theories of Mass Communication (Online-Synchronous)
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement & Rhetoric, Distance Learning
001 Days: TR from 12:45 to 14:00 Instructor: Allyson C. Volinsky
002 Days: TR from 14:20 to 15:35 Instructor: Allyson C. Volinsky

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.

COM 2340 - Theories of Visual Communication & Culture (Online - Sychronous)
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement & Rhetoric, Distance Learning
100 Days: T from 18:10 to 20:50      Instructor: Gordon W. Coonfield   
101 Days: W from 18:10 to 20:50      Instructor: Gordon W. Coonfield    

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.

COM 2400 - Theories of Interpersonal Communication (In-Person)

001 Days  MW from 13:50 to 15:05  Instructor:   Qi Wang
002 Days  MW from 15:25 to 16:40  Instructor:   Qi Wang  

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.

COM 2440 - Theories of Organizational Communication (Online - Synchronous)
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement & Rhetoric, Distance Learning
001 Days TR from 14:20 to 15:35  Instructor:   Dron M. Mandhana
002 Days TR from 15:55 to 17:10  Instructor:   Dron M. Mandhana   

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.

COM 2993 001 Communication Internship
Juanita Weaver
Special Approval: Chair
Supervised work/study program in radio, television, advertising, publicity or public relations.

COM 2993 VAB Communication Internship
Amy Way
Special Approval: Chair
Supervised work/study program at the Vatican and UN

COM 2996 001 Communication Internship
Juanita Weaver 
Special Approval: Chair 
More intensive, in depth work/study/program in radio, television, advertising, publicty or public relations.

 

COM 3201-001 Rhetoric and Social Justice (SIMULCAST)
MW 13:50 15:05 Billie Murray 
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440
Attributes: Peace & Justice, Writing Enriched Requirement 

Of central importance to ensuring social justice are those rhetorical acts that disrupt, provoke, encourage, and mobilize. From public debates to mediated dialogues, from doing democracy and performances of resistance to 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. You will be introduced to the theoretical foundations of rhetoric and the various rhetorical techniques and strategies common to those struggling to advance social justice. In addition, you will gain exposure to an array of contemporary and historical debates that continue to shape popular and political culture.

COM 3203 001 Communication, Law, & Policy
T R 08:00 09:15 Derek Arnold IN-PERSON WRITING&RHETORIC

Constitutional, statutory, and case law as well as other public policies affecting communication professions. Surveys a wide-range of issues related to the First Amendment, access, broadcasting, commercial speech, copyright, defamation, obscenity, political speech and privacy.

COM 3290 001 Topics: Performance & Intersectionality
M W 15:25 16:40 Evan Schares IN-PERSON FINE ARTS, DIVERSITY 1

Practical survey of historical and theoretical elements of intersectionality and its role in justice-based performance practice and aesthetic communication methods. Engagement with Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous, and Queer creative methods

COM 3301 - Introduction to Film & Video Production (Hybrid)
001 T 08:35 10:55 Andrew Dudenbostel
002 W 10:20 12:50 Hezekiah Lewis
Prerequisites: COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440 
 
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. 

COM 3302 - 001 Advanced Film & Video Production (Hybrid)
M 10:20 12:50 Hezekiah Lewis
Prerequisite:  COM 3301

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. 
 
COM 3304  Documentary Theory and Practice (Special Approval: Instructor)
001  T R 12:45 14:00 John O'Leary; Matthew Marencik, Stephen McWilliams IN-PERSON
100 M 18:10 20:50 Hezekiah Lewis Instructor HYBRID
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. 

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. 

COM 3305-100 Radio Broadcasting (In-Person)
Days: W  from 06:10 pm to 08:50 pm
Instructor:  Ian Bush
Prerequisites:  COM 2240, 2280 or 2300
GENDER AND WOMEN's STUDIES, DISTANCE LEARNING

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. 

COM 3308  Digital Image Production
001 T R 12:45 14:00 James Parente ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS)
002 T R 14:20 15:35 James Parente ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS)
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340,  2400 or 2440.

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. 
 
COM 3321 - 001 Interactive Media Design I 
001 M W 15:25 16:40 James Parente ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS)
Prerequisites:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

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. 
 
COM 3342 - 001 International Cinema (In-Person)

W 13:50 16:20 Andrew Dudenbostel
Attributes: Diversity Requirement 3, Fine Arts Requirement 

As a critical category, the term “international cinema” has been understood and defined in a variety of ways, each based upon implicit interests, values and biases that include certain films and exclude others from the international cinema canon. By engaging with these various approaches, we will learn how to historically contextualize world cinema scholarship, better understand global film production and practice, as well as place films and filmmakers along a continuum of international cinema. Addressing these questions and others will help us develop a more refined understanding of international cinema as a critical category, as well as learn to more deeply appreciate the diversity of global cinematic production.

COM 3351 - 001 Media & Society(In-Person)
M W 13:50 15:05
Instructors: John A. O'Leary
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement 
Prerequisites: COM 2280 , COM 2300, COM 22340 or COM 2200

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. 
 
COM 3360 Introduction to Journalism 
001 T R 08:00 09:15 Michael Bradley IN-PERSON WRITING&RHETORIC
002 T R 09:35 10:50 Michael Bradley IN-PERSON WRITING&RHETORIC
Prerequisites:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement 

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. 

COM 3363 - 001 Broadcast Journalism
F 12:30 03:00 Keith Jones IN-PERSON
Styles and techniques of broadcast journalism performance, including studio and location reporting and interviewing. Historical and contemporary trends in broadcast journalism explored. 

COM 3365 - 001 Sports Journalism 
M W 08:00 09:15 Michael Bradley IN-PERSON WRITING&RHETORIC
Prerequisite:  COM 3360
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement 

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. 

COM 3390 - 001 TOP:Post Colonial Approaches to Communication
T R 15:55 17:10 Raka Shome ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING, DIVERSITY 3
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement
Topic or problem in the Media & Film area of communication selected by the instructor.

COM 3401 - 001 Relational Communication Studies
T R 09:35 10:50 Derek Arnold IN-PERSON
Explores everyday communication between people across many contexts. Critical examination of the personal, social, and cultural dimensions of human relationships. Experiential activities augment lectures/discussions.

COM 3442-001 Team Based Communication
T R 11:10 12:25 Dron Mandhana ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING
Theory and practice of communication for idea generation and problem-solving in groups, teams, and in other multiple contexts.

COM 3448 - 100 Multicultural Leadrship & Dialog 
W 18:10 20:50 Sheryl Bowen IN-PERSON DIVERSITY 1, DIVERSITY 2, CULTURAL STUDIES, PEACE & JUSTICE, GIS Students must take one section of COM 5300 IGR
Comment: Permission of Instructor required; Additional 14 hours outside hours of dialogue practice through COM 5300 IGR workshops; 

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 www.villanova.edu/igr  

COM 3460 - Public Relations
001 T R 09:35 10:50 Ashley Pattwell ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING
002 T R 12:45 14:00 Ashley Pattwell ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement
Prerequisites: COM 2200, COM 2280, COM 2300, COM 2340, COM 2400 or COM 2440  

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. 
 
COM 3461 - Advertising
001 M W 15:25 16:40 Ashley Pattwell ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING
100 T 18:10 20:50 Lou Iovino IN-PERSON
Prerequisites:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

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.  

COM 3462 - Public Relations Writing
001 T R 08:00 09:15 Ashley Pattwell ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) WRITING & RHETORIC, DISTANCE LEARNING
002 M W 17:00 18:15 Jeff Jubelirer HYBRID WRITING&RHETORIC
Prerequisites: COM 3460 
 
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. 
 
COM 3464 - Public Relations Campaigns 
001 Days: TR from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm  Instructors: William L. Cowen
002 Days: TR from 02:30 pm to 03:45 pm Instructors: William L. Cowen 
003 Days: TR from 04:00 pm to 05:15 pm Instructors: William L. Cowen
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement

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. 

COM 3490 001 TOP: Sexual Violence in Organizations
 T R 14:20 15:35 Amy Way ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) GENDER AND WOMEN's STUDIES, DISTANCE LEARNING

Topic or problem in the interpersonal/Organizational area of communication selected by the instructor.

COM 4001 Qualitative Research in COM 

001 T R 09:35 10:50 Susan Mackey-Kallis HYBRID WRITING & RHETORIC, DISTANCE LEARNING

002 M W 15:25 16:40 Bryan Crable SIMULCAST
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement 
Restricted to COM Majors 

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. 
 
COM 4002 Quantitative Research in COM

001 M W 08:00 09:15 Jie Xu ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING 

002 T R 11:10 12:25 Thomas Ksiazek ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING 

003 T R 14:20 15:35 Thomas Ksiazek ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement 
Restricted to COM Majors 

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. 

COM 5100 001 Directed Study
Heidi Rose
Special Approval - Chair
Supervised project culminating in term paper.  

COM 5100 002 Directed Study
Heidi Rose
Special Approval - Chair
Supervised project culminating in term paper.

COM 5200 100 TOP:Powerhouse Promo Pcs  
Juanita Weaver HYBRID 2/5/2021 (17:00 - 21:00) and 2/6/2021 (09:00-16:00)
Intensive workshops in selected areas of professional development or communication research

COM 5200 101 TOP:Landing Job/Launching Car 
Juanita Weaver HYBRID 2/19/2021 (17:00 - 21:00) and 2/20/2021 (09:00-16:00)
Intensive workshops in selected areas of professional development or communication research

COM 5200 102 TOP:Building the "You" Brand 
William Cowen HYBRID 3/5/2021 (17:00-21:00) and 3/6/2021 (09:00-16:00)
Intensive workshops in selected areas of professional development or communication research

COM 5300 100 IGR Dialogue
T 18:10 20:50 Sheryl Bowen Director ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS)
Enrollment in IGR (COM 5300) is application-based. Application forms for the Spring 2021 semester will be available in October. Email sbowen@villanova.edu with questions.

Using self-reflection, identity exploration, and dialogue, learn how everyday communicative interactions can lead to cross-cultural mistrust and misunderstanding. Students also learn how social structures and institutions, e.g., schools, neighborhoods, media, and health organizations, function to allocate privilege and sustain societal inequities.. 

COM 5300 110 IGR Dialogue
T 18:10 20:50 Sheryl Bowen Director ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS)
FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS ONLY
Enrollment in IGR (COM 5300) is application-based. Application forms for the Spring 2021 semester will be available in October. Email sbowen@villanova.edu with questions.

Using self-reflection, identity exploration, and dialogue, learn how everyday communicative interactions can lead to cross-cultural mistrust and misunderstanding. Students also learn how social structures and institutions, e.g., schools, neighborhoods, media, and health organizations, function to allocate privilege and sustain societal inequities.

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. 
Permission of Director required. Three IGR courses can be used as Free Elective, Diversity 1. They do not have to be taken in the same semester. Students must complete application at  www.villanova.edu/igr and attend all classes; 
Attributes: Diversity Requirement 1, Peace & Justice

 

COM 5050-001 Senior Project - Instructor:  Jie Xu

M W F 10:20 11:10 ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING

This section of Senior Project will be focused on media effects. The course welcomes students who are interested in areas of investigation exploring how various messages (e.g., news, commercials) in different media channels (e.g., print, TV, or social media) generate a range of cognitive, attitudinal, and behavioral effects. Key communication contexts include (but are not limited to) health communication, advertising, and public relations. Quantitative research methods are preferred. Students who are interested in above topics but wish to conduct a qualitative research project should contact the instructor prior to registration. Prerequisite: COM 4001 or COM 4002

COM 5050-002 Senior Project- Communication and Civic Engagement - Instructor: Billie Murray
M W F 11:30 12:20 HYBRID

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 engage in civic issues, mobilize for social justice, and contribute to participatory democracy. Students in this section will analyze/conduct research on a civic engagement practice or campaign. Students from any specialization or methodological perspective can conduct research in this section.. Prerequisite: COM 4001 or COM 4002

COM 5050-003 Senior Project - Instructor: Thomas Ksiazek
T R 08:00 09:15 ONLINE (SYNCHRONOUS) DISTANCE LEARNING

This section of Senior Project focuses on content analysis of mediated communication. This research method has long been used by media professionals and academics to understand the media content that audiences consume. As our social lives increasingly play out on digital platforms, content analysis is now also widely employed across a growing number of fields and professions to understand individuals’ behaviors, attitudes, opinions, cognitions and emotions (e.g., social media analysis with text mining and sentiment analysis). Students will learn tools and skills to conduct both manual and automated (computer-assisted) content analysis. Group projects will take the form of a traditional research paper and presentation to draw applied and theoretical insights. Prerequisite: COM 4001 or COM 4002

COM 5050-004 Senior Project - Instructor: Susan Mackey-Kallis

T R 14:20 15:35  HYBRID DISTANCE LEARNING

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. Prerequisite:  COM 4001 or COM 4002

COM 5464 Public Relations Campaigns - Instructor: William Cowen

001 T R 11:10 12:25 HYBRID WRITING & RHETORIC
002 T R 14:20 15:35 HYBRID WRITING & RHETORIC
003 T R 15:55 17:10 HYBRID WRITING & RHETORIC

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. Prerequisite: COM 3462

Fall 2020 Course Description Guide 

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: Foran

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: Foran

 

COM 1000 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, Mackey-Kallis, O'Leary
This course is a prerequisite needed to declare COM major.

COM 1100 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, Bradley
This course is a prerequisite needed to declare COM major

COM 1101 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: Stahl
Attributes: Distance Learning, Fast Forward Course, Comment: FastForward 2

COM 1102 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: Gainer

COM 1300 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: Staff
Attributes: Fine Arts

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

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 2200 Theories of Rhetoric
During our semester together, we’re going to be reviewing contemporary rhetorical theory through examination of a fictional world: George Orwell’s Oceania, from his famous dystopian novel 1984. Whether you’ve read this before (likely) or not, together we are going to be drawing lessons from this text for the understanding of contemporary life—and contemporary questions of power, resistance, and democracy. Of course, Orwell was responding to the political climate of the mid-20th century, and his text is typically read as a challenge to totalitarian regimes (especially Communist ones). Yet, this does not indicate that his insights are irrelevant today—in many ways, as is clear from surveying our own political scene, they have more relevance than ever before. And, as we shall see, they are insights that are central to the study of rhetoric. By using writings by rhetorical theorists to study the insights and blind spots of this novel, we will explore the symbolic and material means by which power relationships are established and solidified, and by which those relationships are challenged—in other words, rhetoric.
Instructor: Crable
Attributes: Writing & Rhetoric. No prerequisites.

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:  Staff
Attributes:  Fine Arts

COM 2300 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: Volinsky

COM 2340 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 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 2993 Communication Internship
Supervised work/study program in radio, television, advertising, publicity or public relations.
Instructor: Weaver

COM 2996 Communication Internship
Supervised work/study program in radio, television, advertising, publicity or public relations.
Instructor: Weaver

 

COM 3207 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
Attributes: Diversity 1, Peace & Justice, Africana Studies, Writing & Rhetoric. Prerequisites: any COM 2000 course; prerequisites will be waived for Africana Studies minors/concentrators, for P&J minors/concentrators, and for Writing & Rhetoric minors/concentrators.

COM 3247 Storytelling
Focus on story craft, form, and practice. May include sound stories, image stories, performance, personal narrative, oral history, nonfiction. Attention on how to use stories for personal and social change.
Instructor: Schares
Prerequisites: COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3290
Practical survey of historical and theoretical elements of intersectionality and its role in justice-based performance practice and aesthetic communication methods. Engagement with Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous, and Queer creative methods

COM 3301  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, Staff
Prerequisites: COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3303 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, Writing Enrichment
Prerequisites:  COM 2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3308 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 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 3340 Film History
Evolution of film as an art form; includes the impact of technology.
Instructor: Staff
Requirements Filled: Fine Arts

COM 3341 Gender and Film
This course attends to the role of cinematic images in the cultural production of gender in contemporary societies. Students analyze images of gender in a variety of films, as well as the work of film makers who have been marginalized because of gender. This analysis of specific films is grounded in course readings taken from primary sources in feminist film theory and criticism, gender theory and media studies. Students will have the opportunity to propose and explore analytic, creative, and/or theoretical projects within the purview of the course theme. Outside viewing required.
(Pre-requisites will be waived for Women's Studies concentrators or minors).
Instructor: Mackey-Kallis
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2400 or COM 2440
CRSE Attributes: Diversity 2, Fine Arts Requirement; Gender and Women's Studies; Writing and Rhetoric

COM 3353 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: Volinksky
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 3356 Media Audiences
Every time we watch TV, listen to the radio, or browse our favorite website we are part of an audience. Audience research is integral to the operation of media industries, and individuals are increasingly using audience research in their daily lives (e.g., trending topics, top 10 lists). 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

COM 3360  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 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: Bradley
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 3367  Feature Writing
Rotating topics in journalism. Each offering will give students in-depth exposure to a particular area of journalism, taught by a foremost expert in that area.
Instructor:  Bradley

COM 3402  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
Attributes: Diversity 2
Prerequisites:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3403 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 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
Attributes: Distance Learning, Fast Forward Course
Comment: FastForward 1;
Prerequisites: COM 2200 or COM 2240 or COM 2280 or COM 2300 or COM 2340 or COM 2400 or COM 2440

COM 3460 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:  Pattwell
Prerequisites: COM 2200, COM 2280, COM 2300, COM 2340, COM 2400 or COM 2440
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement

COM 3461 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:  Pattwell, Iovino
Prerequisites:  2200, 2240, 2280, 2300, 2340, 2400 or 2440

COM 3462  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, Pattwell
 Prerequisites: COM 3460
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement

COM 3490 TOP: Work Life Negotiation
Explores the increasingly blurred intersections of “public” work and “private” lives, and the challenges and opportunities in navigating organizational, family, community, and individual roles and responsibilities. Coursework will examine organizational policies, family practices, and larger social discourses and critically reflect on how discourses of work and life shape our lived experience, and how scholarship can help us to create responses to the challenges faced by organizations, individuals and the larger culture.
Instructor:  Way
Attributes: Diversity Requirement 2
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: O’Leary – Section 002 – Diversity 1
Attributes:  Peace & Justice
Permission from Instructor required
Prerequisites:  At least 3 credits of prior courses in relevant COM theory, film or social justice



 

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: Way, Staff
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement
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, Volinsky
 Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement
 Restricted to COM Majors


COM 5100 Directed Study
Supervised project culminating in term paper.
Comment: Permission of Chairperson required;

COM 5200-100 TOP: Social Media Strategy
Intensive workshops in selected areas of professional development or communication research.
Instructor: Cowen

COM 5200-101 TOP: VCAN Newsletter Design
Intensive workshops dedicated to the design of the VCAN Newsletter
Instructor: Parente

COM 5300 IGR Description: Through semi-structured, co-facilitated sessions,1-credit IGR courses advance communication skills of listening, asking good questions, and engaging in self-reflection, all while learning to dialogue with others. Students also learn about why individual experiences can be so vastly different because of the ways our identities "show up" within structures and systems in society. Topical sections are comprised of people with differing identities; e.g., in a course on race it would be half students who identify as persons of color and half students who identify as white. 

To register:  Interested students should complete the application form at www.villanova.edu/igr. An override will then be given to allow the student to register for the course. Students in CLAS can bundle 3 of the 1-credit IGR courses for a free elective that also satisfies a Diversity 1 requirement.

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
(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. Permission of director required. 
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 
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





 

COM 5050 - 001 Senior Project
Days: MWF from 10:30 am to 11:20 am
Instructors: Jie Xu
Attributes: Writing Intensive Requirement

This section of Senior Project will be focused on media effects. The course welcomes students who are interested in areas of investigation exploring how various messages (e.g., news, commercials) in different media channels (e.g., print, TV, or social media) generate a range of cognitive, attitudinal, and behavioral effects. Key communication contexts include (but are not limited to) health communication, advertising, and public relations. Quantitative research methods are preferred. Students who are interested in above topics but wish to conduct a qualitative research project should contact the instructor prior to registration.

COM 5050 - 002 Senior Projec
Days: TR from 08:30 am to 09:45 am 
Instructors: Thomas B. Ksiazek 
Attributes: Writing Intensive Requirement

This section of Senior Project focuses on content analysis of mediated communication. This research method has long been used by media professionals and academics to understand the media content that audiences consume. As our social lives increasingly play out on digital platforms, content analysis is now also widely employed across a growing number of fields and professions to understand individuals’ behaviors, attitudes, opinions, cognitions and emotions (e.g., social media analysis with text mining and sentiment analysis). Students will learn tools and skills to conduct both manual and automated (computer-assisted) content analysis. Group projects will take the form of a traditional research paper and presentation to draw applied and theoretical insights.

COM 5050 - 003 Senior Project - Critical Media Analysis 
Days: TR from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm 
Instructors: Susan B. Mackey-Kallis 
Attributes: Writing Intensive Requirement 
 
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.

COM 5050-004 Senior Project - Communicative Perspectives on Hate Speech

Days: TR from 01:00 pm to 02:15 pm 
Instructors: Billie Jean Murray 
Attributes: Writing Intensive Requirement

This section of Senior Project will explore communicative (as opposed to solely legal) perspectives surrounding hate speech. We will explore how our understandings of hate speech influence democracy, freedom of speech, and equality. This section will be conducted as a seminar, so students will be required to engage critical theoretical perspectives with their professor and classmates. Students will be required to complete a research project on a topic related to hate speech. As a communicative phenomenon, hate speech can be addressed from any number of approaches in Communication Studies, and so students from any specialization (including general) or methodology can participate in this section.

COM 5464 - Public Relations Campaigns 
001 Days: TR from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm  Instructors: William L. Cowen
002 Days: TR from 02:30 pm to 03:45 pm Instructors: William L. Cowen 
003 Days: TR from 04:00 pm to 05:15 pm Instructors: William L. Cowen
Attributes: Writing Enriched Requirement.

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. 

Communication Courses Fulfilling Diversity Requirement

COM 3207 African-American Rhetoric (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 5300 Topics in Intergroup Relations (IGR) (three courses)