Communication (COMM)

Courses

COMM 102. Communication and the Human Community. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the important concepts and principles of human communication, with a focus on how humans create meaningful worlds to live in through shared language, shared visual perception and interaction processes. Examination of the conflicts and opportunities that can result from communication differences within and among communities, with particular emphasis on gender, race and ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, class and physical ability. F,S.

COMM 103. Information, Technology and Social Change. 3 Credits.

Evolution of communication technology and the consequences for how people communicate and acquire information, including the impact of culture, economics and public policy on contemporary media practices. Current issues related to media content, access and effects are examined. F,S.

COMM 110. Fundamentals of Public Speaking. 3 Credits.

The theory and practice of public speaking with emphasis on content, organization, language, delivery, and critical evaluation of messages. Additional emphasis on student performance stressing original thinking, effective organization, and direct communication of ideas. F,S,SS.

COMM 200. Introduction to Media Writing. 3 Credits.

Introduction to writing in the various styles and forms required in journalism, advertising, broadcasting, public relations, electronic and speech communication. F,S.

COMM 206. Digital Communication: Fundamentals. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the theory and practice of digital communication for print, online and mobile media. Course emphasis is on a holistic approach to digital design including both theoretical knowledge and software expertise. Course involves creating a series of portfolio-ready digital artifacts. F.

COMM 212. Interpersonal Communication. 3 Credits.

Introduces fundamental concepts of communication between individuals. Explores aspects of self expression and relationship communication. To give insights into the dynamics of interpersonal communication. To aid in the understanding of how people present themselves to other people, and how others perceive them in return. F,S,SS.

COMM 246. Journalistic Reporting and Editing. 3 Credits.

Professional techniques of news gathering, editing, source analysis and information dissemination for diverse mass media audiences utilizing traditional and new technologies and methods. Prerequisites: COMM 200 or instructor consent. F.

COMM 300. Communication and Society. 3 Credits.

Explores the interrelationships of society and forms of communication. Objectives include developing knowledge of the media, an ability to discuss in an informed manner the issues of communication in a democratic society and to develop an awareness of intelligent use of the media. F,S.

COMM 302. Popular Culture. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the critical analysis of cultures, their characteristics, and the relationship between media and broader cultural patterns. Students will research, report and critique contemporary cultural trends and social issues to produce depth reporting and informed commentary. Prerequisite: COMM 200 or consent of instructor. F.

COMM 305. Web and Mobile Publishing. 3 Credits.

This course investigates the changing dynamic of publishing. Moving from traditional print publication models, the course examines publishing for the web, mobile devices, blogs, increasing readership, self-publishing and peer-reviewed options. Course includes publication conceptualization, production, budgeting, pre-press and printing processes. S.

COMM 310. Media and Diversity. 3 Credits.

Study of minority status within mass media organizations and in media content from historical, contemporary and speculative points of view. F.

COMM 313. Persuasion. 3 Credits.

An examination of principles and practices of persuasion and its influence across communication contexts such as interpersonal, group, and mass communication. Emphasis will be placed on ethical standards and implication of persuasion and influence. F.

COMM 319. Digital Communication: Imaging. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the practice of digital imaging, including photographic principles, digital acquisition devices, software, and transmission for the web and other media. F.

COMM 324. Feature and Opinion Writing. 3 Credits.

Investigative reporting and writing for traditional and new media using innovative research and source analysis techniques. Includes methods for informed opinion and commentary writing. Prerequisites: COMM 200 or consent of instructor. S.

COMM 328. Community Journalism. 3 Credits.

Considers the role that news media can play in enhancing community life. May focus on the role of print and broadcast journalism in Native American communities, on the role of weekly newspapers in small, rural towns or on broadcast and print media in cities. Provides an in-depth introduction to an assessment of efforts to determine how new forms of news media could provide innovative service for communities. Prerequisite: COMM 200 or consent of instructor. S.

COMM 329. Practicum. 3 Credits.

Faculty supervised and graded experiences offered in a variety of communication contexts. A maximum total of 6 credits from COMM 329, 394, and 497 may be counted toward the 125 credits required for a degree. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits. F,S.

COMM 329A. Practicum. 1-5 Credits.

Faculty supervised and graded experiences offered in a variety of communication contexts. Prerequisites: Junior standing and instructor consent. Repeatable to 5 credits. F,S.

COMM 329B. Practicum. 1-5 Credits.

Faculty supervised and graded experiences offered in a variety of communication contexts. Prerequisites: Junior standing and instructor consent. Repeatable to 5 credits. F,S.

COMM 339. Digital Video Production. 3 Credits.

This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of modern digital video production utilizing a variety of production software techniques, industry best practices, and online/mobile technologies. This course provides a scholarly and production process link with the UND Television Center, and includes guided visit(s) to and learning experiences at the production studios. S.

COMM 345. Social Media Strategy. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on scholarly and commercial aspects of social media strategy as a Communicative practice. In particular, course topics include a variety of social media driven outcomes including social activism, constituent engagement, outreach and advocacy, reputation management, analytics and optimization, and enhancing the quality and impact of message transmission in the social online environment. S.

COMM 352. Writing for Public Relations. 3 Credits.

Intensive practice in preparing the most common types of materials used in public relations. Special emphasis on writing style and form, and effective media relations. Prerequisites: COMM 200 or consent of instructor. F.

COMM 374. Principles of Strategic Communication. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the fundamental theories, concepts, and applications of strategic communication to critically analyze its social influence and meet organizational goals. F.

COMM 394. Individual Projects and Readings. 1-6 Credits.

Individual projects or directed study related to topics, issues, or activities in communication studies. A maximum total of 6 credits from COMM 329, 394, and 497 may be counted toward the 125 credits required for a degree. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits. F,S.

COMM 401. Organizational Communication. 3 Credits.

Analysis of communication behavior in formally structured relationships as it relates to the organization and to individuals. Special attention given to organizational style, status, trust and conflict-management. Informal communication networks and rumoring are studied. S.

COMM 402. Intercultural/International Communication. 3 Credits.

This course will provide an overview of the study of intercultural and international communication. Topics addressed will include: history, literature, and culture of specific groups including racial, religious, and ethnic issues that affect communication patterns and outcomes. S.

COMM 404. Advertising and Society. 3 Credits.

Examines and evaluates the social, ethical and economic aspects of advertising. Attention is given to appraising the effects of advertising on the consumer and competition. F.

COMM 405. Social Implications of the Information Society. 3 Credits.

Considers and evaluates different perspectives on the information society, ranging from humanistic and Neomarxist critiques to the optimistic scenarios of some futurists. Examines the implications of new means of creating, storing, manipulating and disseminating information. Discussion of whether or not the potential benefits will be realized. S.

COMM 410. Research Methods in Communication. 3 Credits.

Introduction to methodologies of historical, descriptive, and experimental research with attention to interpreting research results, selecting research designs and conducting communication research projects. Prerequisites: COMM 102, COMM 103, COMM 110, COMM 200 and at least 75 credits completed. F,S.

COMM 414. Media Law and Ethics. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the contemporary legal and regulatory environment for media. The philosophical and historical background, and the development and court interpretations of the First Amendment are examined, along with the theories of libel law, right to privacy, copyright protection, access to information, and advertising and broadcast regulation. The ethical principles that guide media communication practices are explored with a particular attention to the concepts of public trust and public interest. S.

COMM 428. Media History. 3 Credits.

Origins and evolution of human communication, mass media and related technological innovations. Addresses mass media's historical influence on social , political and economic change, as well as on maintaining the status quo. S.

COMM 430. AD/PR Campaigns. 3 Credits.

This course explores audience segmentation, and qualitative and quantitative approaches to market research and campaign testing to develop research-driven advertising and public relations communication campaigns. F.

COMM 451. Risk and Crisis Communication. 3 Credits.

This course explores identifying risks to organizational goals and key stakeholders, and communicating effectively during crisis events to maintain organizational legitimacy. Risk and crisis key theories and concepts, applications and analysis are addressed. Prerequisite: COMM 200 or consent of instructor. S.

COMM 497. Internship. 1-3 Credits.

Supervised experience consistent with student's career objectives. Formal application in advance of internship needs department approval. A maximum total of 6 credits from COMM 329, 394, and 497 may be counted toward the 125 credits required for a degree. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits. S/U grading. F,S,SS.

COMM 499. Special Topics. 1-3 Credits.

Selected topics in communication that allow students to study specific communication issues and/or topics that are not covered by regular department offerings. Repeatable to 6 credits. Repeatable to 6 credits. On demand.

COMM 501. Theoretical Perpectives in Communication. 3 Credits.

Course provides a conceptual and historical overview of Communication Studies, paying special attention to questions of epistemology. F.

COMM 505. Concepts in Quantitative Communication Research. 3 Credits.

In the two-part 505/506 course, students focus on honing their understanding of the quantitative/qualitative paradigm in Communication research. While this course section focuses on the various methods that fall under the labels of quantitative, both portions of the course seek to identify possible points of connection and resistance across the spectrum of methodological choices and require participation in Communication Program colloquium series. F, odd years.

COMM 506. Concepts in Qualitative Communication Research. 3 Credits.

In the two-part 505/506 course, students focus on honing their understanding of the quantitative/qualitative paradigm in Communication research. While this course section focuses on the various methods that fall under the labels of qualitative, both portions of the course seek to identify possible points of connection and resistance across the spectrum of methodological choices and require participation in Communication Program colloquium series. F, even years.

COMM 512. Communication Ethics, Law, and Regulation. 3 Credits.

Focuses on the ethical foundations of media law and communication public policy.

COMM 515. International and Intercultural Narrative Communication. 3 Credits.

This course examines narration or narrative communication within and between cultures and nations. Narration and communication theory and practice are explored for content and used as method. Assessing narrative communication in terms of international and intercultural comprehension and acceptance is addressed. On demand.

COMM 525. Interpersonal Relations and Communication. 3 Credits.

Face-to-face and mediated transactions between two people or people in small groups in diverse settings. Deals with inquiry, conflict management, interpersonal sensitivity, individuality, and conformity.

COMM 528. Intercultural Global Conflict. 3 Credits.

Communication patterns and processes can both facilitate conflict and terrorism as well as reduce discord and violence. Communication and conflict theory and research are examined in a global context with implications for terrorism, insurgency, and violence. Intergroup communication as well as communication strategies for mitigating discord and enhancing violence reduction are considered. On demand.

COMM 530. Gender, Culture, and Communication. 3 Credits.

An examination of how males and females from different cultural, ethnic and national backgrounds use, and are portrayed by, communication institutions and processes. Covers issues of representation, identity and difference.

COMM 533. Communication and International Development. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to theoretical foundations of historical and contemporary issues in communication, media, information and international development. 21st century dynamic geopolitical processes are studied in relation to the issues of state-building, modernization, dependency, and globalization. On demand.

COMM 535. Intercultural Communication. 3 Credits.

This course incorporates critical conceptualizations of identity, "the Other", and multiculturalism. It explores theoretical reflections of the symbolic systems of unfamiliar cultures, and the emergence of mutual understanding.

COMM 538. International Media. 3 Credits.

This course provides a comparison of media systems, media flows, and communication among countries. Both theoretical and ethnographic perspectives are considered by examining global media patterns and local flows through particular cultures around the world. The theoretical approaches of hybridism and post-colonialism are applied. On demand.

COMM 540. Communication and Organizations. 3 Credits.

Examines the general communication processes and dynamics within and among organizations and explores the dynamics in network organizations, with a particular focus on communication in interpersonal groups and inter-organizational working teams. Theories of power and politics in and among organizations, as well as of decision-making, conflict management, and strategic communication are explored.

COMM 543. International and Intercultural Indigenous Communication. 3 Credits.

This course examines communication within and between indigenous and non-indigenous people internationally, interculturally, and interlinguistically. Ramifications and conceptualizations related to comprehension and acceptance in communicating within and between indigenous people in international and intercultural settings is addressed. On demand.

COMM 549. Communication Technologies, Society, & Diversity. 3 Credits.

A critical study of theoretical components of the so-called "Information Society," which addresses the interaction of communication technologies with individuals, communities, economies, and cultures. This course focuses on aspects of technological change, new patterns of global connectedness, and their implications for emerging global paradigms. On demand.

COMM 550. International and Global Communication. 3 Credits.

An analysis of international media, comparative telecommunications systems and globalization. Covers issues such as transnational communication, global journalism, satellite broadcasting and communication in diplomacy and international affairs.

COMM 570. Seminar in Communication. 3 Credits.

In-depth studies in specific communication areas such as relational communication, rhetoric and public discourse, intercultural/international communication. May be repeated for credit with change of topic (up to 15 hours). Repeatable to 15 credits.

COMM 591. Individual Readings and Research. 3 Credits.

Directed readings and research in speech communication and mass communication topics and issues. May be repeated to a total of 12 credits. 3 credit limit per semester. Repeatable to 12 credits.

COMM 996. Continuing Enrollment. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable. S/U grading.

COMM 997. Independent Study. 2 Credits.

COMM 998. Thesis. 1-4 Credits.

4 credits required for thesis option. Repeatable to 9 credits.

COMM 999. Dissertation. 1-15 Credits.

Repeatable to a maximum of 15 credits. Repeatable to 15 credits.

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