Department of Communication

The Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and a minor in Communication. Honors may also be earned in Communication. If a student majors in Communication, he or she also may choose to concentrate his or her coursework in either Public Relations or Digital Communication.

Department Honors

Students whose grade point average in the Communication major (including support work) before the beginning of their final year at UTSA is 3.25 or above, and whose overall grade point average is 3.0, may earn Honors in Communication. In order to do so, a student must complete a substantial paper or project approved by the Department Honors Committee and maintain a 3.25 grade point average in both the major and support work. The grade point average requirements apply to all transfer work and courses at UTSA. In the event that a student does not meet the minimum grade point average requirements, the student may appeal to the Department Honors Committee for special consideration. Appropriate forms and letter(s) of recommendation from UTSA faculty are necessary for such consideration.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 120, including Core Curriculum requirement hours. Thirty-nine of the 120 total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level. The College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience may be fulfilled by successful completion of COM 4533 Public Relations Planning and Campaigns, COM 4723 Digital Media Production II, COM 4813 Theory and Practice of Social Interaction or COM 4933 Internship in Communication.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the B.A. degree in Communication must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

COM 2113 may be used to satisfy a core requirement in the Component Area Option as well as a major requirement.

Note: If a language is used to satisfy the three-hour Language, Philosophy and Culture core requirement, students will need to take an additional three hours in the same language for the degree requirement.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GES 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GES 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1213Design I3
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GES 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GES 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional Core Curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core component area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Gateway Courses

Students pursuing the B.A. degree in Communication must successfully complete each of the following Gateway Courses with a grade of “C-” or better in no more than two attempts. A student who is unable to successfully complete these courses within two attempts, including dropping a course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution, will be required to change his or her major.

COM 3023Foundations of Communication
COM 3073Conduct of Communication Inquiry
COM 3083Language and Communication Theory

Degree Requirements

A. Communication Gateway Courses
COM 3023Foundations of Communication3
COM 3073Conduct of Communication Inquiry3
COM 3083Language and Communication Theory3
B. Communication Core
COM 2113Public Speaking3
COM 3553Intercultural Communication3
or COM 3563 International Communication
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
C. Single foreign language
Select 6 semester credit hours in a single foreign language6
Total Credit Hours24

B.A. in Communication (no concentration)

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, the degree requirements, and the following:

A. Additional Communication courses
Select 21 additional semester credit hours in Communication, at least 15 at the upper-division level21
B. Capstone course
COM 4813Theory and Practice of Social Interaction3
C. Electives
30 semester credit hours of free electives. In fulfillment of this requirement, majors are encouraged to take coursework in disciplines that support the study of Communication. At least 9 of these elective credit hours must be at the upper-division level.30
Total Credit Hours54

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Communication

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Communication degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with their academic advisor for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.A. in Communication – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era, or United States History: Civil War Era to Present, or Texas History (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester I) (core) 3-4
Mathematics core 3
Spring
COM 2113Public Speaking (core and major) 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era, or United States History: Civil War Era to Present, or Texas History (core) 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester II) 3-4
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Second Year
Fall
COM 3023Foundations of Communication 13
COM 3083Language and Communication Theory 13
ENG 2413Technical Writing 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Spring
COM 3073Conduct of Communication Inquiry 13
COM 3553 or 3563Intercultural Communication (or International Communication) 3
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Free elective 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences core 3
Third Year
Fall
Creative Arts core (or free elective) 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
COM elective 3
Upper-division COM elective 3
Spring
Free elective (or Creative Arts core) 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
Upper-division COM elective 3
Upper-division COM elective 3
Fourth Year
Fall
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
COM elective 3
Upper-division COM elective 3
Spring
COM 4813Theory and Practice of Social Interaction 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 1-3
Upper-division COM elective 3
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0

B.A. in Communication with a Public Relations Concentration

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements listed above. Additionally, students seeking a Public Relations Concentration must complete COM 3523, COM 3533, COM 3623, COM 4523, and COM 4533 with a grade of “C-” or better in each course.

A. Public Relations Concentration courses
COM 3523Public Relations3
COM 3533Writing for Public Relations3
COM 3623Commercial Publications3
COM 4523Case Studies in Public Relations3
COM 4533Public Relations Planning and Campaigns3
B. Additional Communication courses
Select 9 additional semester credit hours in Communication, at least one course at the upper-division level9
C. Electives
30 semester credit hours of free electives. In fulfillment of this requirement, majors are encouraged to take coursework in disciplines that support the study of Communication. At least 9 of these elective credit hours must be at the upper-division level.30
Total Credit Hours54

B.A. in Communication with a Digital Communication Concentration

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements listed above. Additionally, students seeking a Digital Communication Concentration must complete COM 2433, COM 2733, COM 3623, COM 3723, and COM 4723 with a grade of “C-” or better in each course.

A. Digital Communication Concentration courses
COM 2433Editing3
COM 2733Introduction to Digital Communication3
COM 3623Commercial Publications3
COM 3723Digital Media Production I3
COM 4723Digital Media Production II3
B. Additional Communication courses
Select 9 additional semester credit hours in Communication at the upper-division level.9
C. Electives
30 semester credit hours of free electives. In fulfillment of this requirement, majors are encouraged to take coursework in disciplines that support the study of Communication. At least 9 of these elective credit hours must be at the upper-division level.30
Total Credit Hours54

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Communication with a Public Relations or Digital Communication Concentration

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Communication degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with their academic advisor for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.A. in Communication with a concentration – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era, or United States History: Civil War Era to Present, or Texas History (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester I) (core) 3-4
Mathematics core 3
Spring
COM 2113Public Speaking (core and major) 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era, or United States History: Civil War Era to Present, or Texas History (core) 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester II) 3-4
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Second Year
Fall
COM 3023Foundations of Communication 13
COM 3083Language and Communication Theory 13
ENG 2413Technical Writing 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Spring
COM 3073Conduct of Communication Inquiry 13
COM 3553 or 3563Intercultural Communication (or International Communication) 3
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences core 3
Free elective 3
Third Year
Fall
Creative Arts core (or free elective) 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
Select one of the following:
Editing 33
Upper-division COM elective 2
3
Select one of the following:
Public Relations 1,23
Introduction to Digital Communication 1,33
Spring
COM 3623Commercial Publications 1,2,33
Free elective (or Creative Arts core) 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
Select one of the following:
Writing for Public Relations 1,23
Upper-division COM elective 1,3
3
Fourth Year
Fall
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
COM elective 3
Select one of the following:
Case Studies in Public Relations 1,23
Digital Media Production I 1,33
Spring
Free elective 3
Free elective 3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 1-3
Upper-division COM elective 3
Select one of the following:
Public Relations Planning and Campaigns 1,23
Digital Media Production II 1,33
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0

Minor in Communication

All students pursuing the Minor in Communication must complete 21 semester credit hours of courses in the Communication program, at least 3 hours of which must be in COM 2113 Public Speaking.

COM 2113 may be used to satisfy a core requirement in the Component Area Option as well as a minor requirement.

To declare a Minor in Communication, obtain advice, obtain lists of relevant courses, or seek approval of substitutions for course requirements, students should consult their academic advisor.

Communication (COM) Courses

COM 1043. Introduction to Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = SPCH 1311)

Prerequisite: WRC 1013. Introduction to the fundamental processes of human communication, with emphasis on contexts such as interpersonal, group, and organizational communication. Emphasis is given to those skills that promote oral proficiency. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 1053. Business and Professional Speech. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = SPCH 1321)

Prerequisite: WRC 1013. Examination of the basic communication process through oral channels with practical applications for business. Emphasis is on techniques of business and professional presentation, including components of message strategies, nonverbal communication, multimedia support, and persuasive speaking. Oral presentations with written components required. (Credit cannot be earned for both COM 1053 and COM 1063.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 1063. Digital Business Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: WRC 1013. Restricted to Business Majors. Examination of the basic communication process through oral channels with practical applications for business. Emphasis is on techniques of business and professional presentation, including components of message strategies, nonverbal communication, multimedia support, and persuasive speaking. Online oral presentations with written components required. (Credit cannot be earned for both COM 1053 and COM 1063.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 2113. Public Speaking. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = SPCH 1315)

Prerequisite: WRC 1013. Theory and practice of speaking in formal settings. Emphasis on preparation, adaptation, and delivery of oral and visual presentations, as well as written analysis of historical speeches. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in the Component Area Option. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 2343. Introduction to Mass Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = COMM 1307)

Prerequisites: WRC 1013 and WRC 1023. Critical examination of how the mass media interact with individuals and social groups. Exploration of media industries, products, and processes from various disciplinary perspectives. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

COM 2433. Editing. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ENG 2413. Principles and applications of production editing and technical editing, including evaluation and revision of style, tone, and organization of documents. Practice in use of editing symbols and copy marking. (Same as ENG 2433. Credit cannot be earned for both COM 2433 and ENG 2433.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

COM 2733. Introduction to Digital Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: WRC 1013 and WRC 1023. Overview of media and networks used for entertainment and information distribution, storage, and retrieval. Emphasis on the interrelationships among technology, economics, policy, society, and culture. (Formerly titled "Introduction to Communication Technologies.") Generally offered: Spring.

COM 2801. Forensic Activities. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Opportunity to study the preparation and presentation of oral argument or speaking in competitive situations. May be repeated for credit. Generally offered: Fall.

COM 3023. Foundations of Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: WRC 1013 and WRC 1023; and enrollment as a Communication major or minor, or enrollment in Multidisciplinary Studies. Acquaints students with a range of disciplinary areas of study in communication. Addresses how communication influences our understandings of and in various social contexts and, in turn, how these understandings affect communicative choices. Addresses basic strategies and technologies used for information access, retrieval, and processing. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3073. Conduct of Communication Inquiry. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 3023. Required of and restricted to students majoring in Communication. Introduction to basic research methods as they apply to communication inquiry. Issues include applications of quantitative and qualitative research designs, descriptive and inferential statistics, and interpretation and critical evaluation of findings. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3083. Language and Communication Theory. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 3023. Overview of theories of language and communication. Focuses on understanding how language and communication affect individual and social action. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3113. Argumentation and Debate. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: COM 1043, COM 1053, or COM 2113. Offers the opportunity to train in the preparation, construction, and critical analysis of argumentation. Exercises in oral communication in adversarial situations. Generally offered: Fall.

COM 3243. Persuasion. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Communication major or minor, or enrollment in Multidisciplinary Studies. Theory and practice of influencing attitudes, beliefs, opinions, and actions. Emphasis on critical evaluation of persuasive messages and design of persuasive campaigns. Generally offered: Spring.

COM 3253. Rhetorical Communication Analysis. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Communication major or minor, or enrollment in Multidisciplinary Studies. Study of classical and contemporary rhetorical theory. Critical evaluation of communication messages and techniques of delivery.

COM 3293. Introduction to Health Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Communication major or minor, or enrollment in Multidisciplinary Studies, or consent of the instructor. This course is a survey of the field of health communication. This course is designed to increase student familiarity and understanding of the many ways in which health and illness affects and is affected by communication, emphasizing the interplay between communication, culture, identity, and relationships. This course introduces multiple communication issues relevant to the ways in which individuals negotiate health and illness including: contested meanings of health; the social construction of health and illness; how individuals experience and enact health; the influence on health interactions of social systems, culture and identity, social media, and organizational culture. A variety of topics will be explored, including conceptualizations of health; historical and modern approaches to healthcare; provider-patient interaction; health campaigns; social support; media and health; theories of behavioral change; and more. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3383. Interpersonal Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: COM 1053 or COM 2113. Theory and research of communication in personal and professional settings. The course stresses the social context of communication and emphasizes skills, knowledge, and motivation of verbal and nonverbal interaction. (Same as MGT 3253. Credit cannot be earned for both COM 3383 and MGT 3253.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3393. Communication for Health Professionals. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Restricted to students participating in the FAME program. This course will offer a broad overview of both theoretical and applied approaches to health communication that align with the TIME (Transformation in Medical Education) competencies. The overall goal for this course is to prepare students to communicate effectively with patients, families, and the public, as appropriate, across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Students will be exposed to a variety of health communication topics, including issues in provider-recipient communication, decision-making, social identity, family dynamics, the role of culture in health and disease, and healthcare delivery. Specifically, students will study how to engage in difficult conversations with families and patients regarding end of life treatment options and palliative care; delivery of bad news to patients and family members using a patient-centered approach; and verbal and nonverbal communication competencies when engaged as part of an interdisciplinary team. Additionally, a specific focus will be placed on conveying respect, compassion and empathy during medical interviews and delivering diagnoses and treatment. All theoretical and applied healthcare contexts examined in this course will be aligned with five core communication principles including: awareness, verbal communication, nonverbal communication, listening, and adapting.

COM 3493. Global Health Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: COM 3293. This course is designed to provide students with a critical overview of global public health communication. In the backdrop of emergent global public health challenges, and promises, students will explore the history and imperatives of global health interventions and communication programs, its varied key concepts, theories and methodological approaches, as well as case studies of application and discussions of ethical tensions in the field. Students will be exposed to a range theoretical and methodological interventions and case studies from across the globe in order to have a firm understanding of global health communication programs. Successful completion of this course will prepare students for a future career in international development, global public health communication, and in being an active and engaged citizen in the health care debates, both locally and globally. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

COM 3523. Public Relations. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: COM 3023, and enrollment as a Communication Major. Introduction to principles and practices of public relations. Some attention to public relations within multicultural communities. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3533. Writing for Public Relations. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 3523 and ENG 2413. Exposure to techniques and skills associated with writing for public relations to create internal and external documents, such as news releases, reports, newsletters, feature stories, and brochures. Designed to enable students to become competent and versatile writers for a variety of publics. (Formerly COM 3513. Credit cannot be earned for both COM 3513 and COM 3533.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3553. Intercultural Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: COM 3023, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 3073 and COM 3083. Examination of differences in communication that arise from cultural and/or ethnic diversity. Emphasis on the verbal and nonverbal communicative patterns, conflict management, and decision-making processes of diverse cultures. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3563. International Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: COM 3023, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 3083. Examination of issues, conditions, and processes relating to world media systems. Consideration of theoretical and practical perspectives in key domains of interaction such as political economy, social development, and technology. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3593. Health Communication Campaigns. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: COM 3293. This course is designed to increase students’ critical understanding of the effects of various media in helping and hindering public health promotion efforts by examining the basic and health-specific communication theories, models and assumptions related to media influence with respect to potential effects on individual health and wellbeing. Students will use theory and research to help explain factors that affect the creation and delivery of health communication campaigns, including how culture and other variables affect message design and campaign effectiveness. In formulating a strategic plan for a focused media campaign, students will detail the rationale, design, implementation considerations, and evaluation plan for a practical health promotion initiative. The course focuses on the ethical dilemmas inherent in the use of strategic communications designed to persuade people to change their behavior. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

COM 3623. Commercial Publications. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: COM 3023, ENG 2413, and enrollment as a Communication major. Theory and practice of commercial writing and desktop publishing. Includes discussion of document design, principles of layout, and typography. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3633. Professional Presentation. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: COM 1043, COM 1053, or COM 2113. Fundamentals of professional presentations including information exchange, problem solving, and persuasive proposals. Emphasis on the integration of oral presentation with written, graphic, and other media materials. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

COM 3693. Interpersonal Health Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: COM 3293. This course is a survey of interpersonal communication that impacts, is impacted by, and involves health. Students are expected to gain both theoretical and practical knowledge that can be applied in personal and professional capacities. Students will learn how dysfunctional or negative interpersonal communication can affect well-being, and conversely how interpersonal communication helps us stay healthy and is a valuable resource when we are ill. How we communicate about health with peers, partners, and family will be discussed, and the importance of interpersonal communication in healthcare will be addressed. The course will touch on such contexts as medical decision-making, social support, health-related disclosure, "fat talk," sexuality and communication, end-of-life discussions, and more. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

COM 3723. Digital Media Production I. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: COM 3023, ENG 2413, and enrollment as a Communication major. Introduction to issues and practices in the design of online information. Emphasis on writing and design practices in the context of various online information genres, including writing for the World Wide Web. Other topics may include hypertext theory and interactive design. (Formerly COM 3413. Credit cannot be earned for both COM 3413 and COM 3723.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 3883. Small Group Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Communication major. Theory and research in the communication processes of small groups. Emphasis on analysis of transactions in social and task-oriented groups.

COM 3893. Organizational Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: COM 1053 or COM 3023. Theory and research in organizational communication. Examination of the barriers to effective organizational communication; group communication and decision making; information flows through the formal and informal networks of organizations, and the means of evaluating organizational communication effectiveness. (Same as MGT 3123. Credit cannot be earned for both COM 3893 and MGT 3123.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 4383. Relational Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: COM 3383, and enrollment as a Communication major. Examination of the transactional processes involved in the creation, maintenance, and termination of personal relationships. Analysis of current research and theories concerning the role and effects of communicating in friendship, marriage, and family relationships.

COM 4413. Topics in Communication. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment as a Communication major. Intensive study of one or more specific issues in communication (e.g., contexts, theoretical perspectives, and/or research methods). May be repeated once for credit when topics vary. Generally offered: Fall.

COM 4523. Case Studies in Public Relations. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: COM 3073, COM 3523, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in COM 3533. Advanced study of public relations functions, principles, and practices using local, regional, and national organizations as examples. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 4533. Public Relations Planning and Campaigns. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: COM 3623 and COM 4523 with a grade of "C-" or better. Application of public relations principles to the planning and production of messages and campaigns. Students will be expected to produce and carry out a public relations campaign within the community. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

COM 4723. Digital Media Production II. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: COM 2433 and COM 3413 or consent of instructor. Theory and application of digital production formats, such as Web animation, digital photo production or digital film. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 4813. Theory and Practice of Social Interaction. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Enrollment as a Communication major and senior standing. Advanced study of one or more specific topics in social interaction, such as relational communication, intergroup communication, family communication, health communication, and/or conflict. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

COM 4893. Health Communication Practicum. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: COM 3293, and COM 3493, COM 3593 or COM 3693. This course is designed to deepen students' understanding of health communication as a field of inquiry and practice by enabling them to explore how health communication theories and frameworks operate in the world around us. Specific settings, circumstances, and cases will be used to illustrate the utility of health communication concepts. Featuring involvement with local organizations or community events, students will apply, analyze, and evaluate health communication concepts as they operate in context. This course requires participation in activities outside of the classroom, the nature of which will vary based on the instructor of record. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

COM 4911. Independent Study in Communication. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

COM 4912. Independent Study in Communication. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

COM 4913. Independent Study in Communication. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

COM 4933. Internship in Communication. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Enrollment as a Communication major, senior standing, and consent of instructor. Supervised field experience in Communication. May be repeated once for credit, but only 3 semester credit hours may be counted toward major requirements. This course fulfills the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM 4993. Honors Thesis. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment limited to candidates for graduation with University Honors. Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once with advisor approval.