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Courses in LSA Communication Studies

The mission of the Department of Communication Studies is to study and teach about the mass media and emerging media: their evolution, their effects, their uses by everyday people, and their regulation and industry practices. We are dedicated to cultivating thorough-going media literacy among our students, and to producing cutting-edge scholarship about the media’s impact on individuals and society.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR)

Courses meeting the LSA Upper-Level Writing Requirement in Communication Studies are COMM 350, 355, 365, 371, and 380. Priority for seats in these courses is given to senior and junior concentrators.

Students enrolled in these courses must complete all writing assignments, regardless of whether or not they are seeking ULWR credit.

Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Requirement.

COMM 121 and 122 meet the Quantitative Reasoning requirement set by LSA and are required prerequisites to the concentration.

Undergraduate Internship: COMM 321

Communication Studies declared concentrators who have reached junior standing may receive some amount of experiential course credit for an internship. Students must have completed all four prerequisite courses (COMM 101, 102, 121, 122), with a 2.7 GPA or greater. Experiential credit is granted for work that takes place outside a university classroom, laboratory, library, or studio and is directly related to an academic discipline. In order to be approved for credit, internships must:

  1. involve systematic learning with demonstrated application of experience to the theory, concepts, or research methods of the field;
  2. be approved in advance by the faculty internship coordinator by the proposal deadline:(Summer - June 12; Fall - September 12; Winter - January 12); and
  3. result in a product (e.g., an analytical paper) that is evaluated as acceptable by the faculty internship coordinator.

Communication Studies concentrators learn of available internships through the University of Michigan's Career Center. Additional internship and professional career opportunities are provided through the Communication Studies Concentrators CTools site and the weekly concentrator e-mails.

Communication Studies (COMM)

In order to ensure that concentrators can enroll in required courses, up to 75% of spaces in many 300- and 400-level Communication Studies courses are reserved for declared concentrators.

All spaces in the Capstone seminars are reserved for declared senior Communication Studies students.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES WAITLIST POLICY

Department policy requires students to attend the first two seminars or lectures of the course. For lecture courses with discussion/lab sections, department policy requires students to attend the first two lectures and first discussion/lab section of the course. Failure to do so may result in the student being dropped from the course.

Waitlist and Permission Policies

For all classes, the department uses the electronic waitlist system once the class fills. Students seeking to enroll in an already full class can put their names on a waitlist through the on-line registration system (Wolverine Access). A waitlist number will appear on the student’s schedule indicating the sequential spot on the electronic waitlist. However, priority on the waitlist is determined, not by sequential order, but by the department policies listed below. Faculty members will apply appropriate departmental policies to determine which, if any, students are accepted into the class once it is full and waitlisted. Due to the reservation restrictions of Communication Studies courses for officially declared students, newly declared Communication Studies students are encouraged to waitlist for any closed Communication Studies courses.

WAITLIST PRIORITIES IN COMM 101, COMM 102 and COMM 121:

  1. Sophomores, including those with Junior class standing due to Advanced Placement credit (54 credits or less after exclusion of AP credit)
  2. Freshmen
  3. Juniors
  4. Seniors

WAITLIST PRIORITIES IN COMM 122

  1. Juniors, including those with Senior class standing due to Advanced Placement credit (84 credits or less after exclusion of AP credit)
  2. Sophomores
  3. Freshmen
  4. Seniors

[COMM 121 is a prerequisite to enroll in COMM 122.]

WAITLIST PRIORITIES IN 200-LEVEL COURSES

  1. Senior declared Communication Studies majors
  2. Junior declared Communication Studies majors
  3. Sophomore declared Communication Studies majors
  4. All other undergraduate students in order of sequence on the waitlist who have fulfilled the appropriate prerequisite

[COMM 101 is a prerequisite to enroll in COMM 251 and 271; COMM 102 is a prerequisite to enroll in COMM 261 and 281.]

WAITLIST PRIORITIES IN 300-LEVEL COURSES

  1. Senior declared Communication Studies majors
  2. Junior declared Communication Studies majors
  3. Sophomore declared Communication Studies majors
  4. All other undergraduate students in order of sequence on the waitlist who have fulfilled the appropriate prerequisite

NOTE: All students enrolled in COMM courses designated as Upper-Level Writing Requirement must complete all writing assignments regardless of whether or not they are seeking ULWR credit.

WAITLIST PRIORITIES IN 400-LEVEL COURSES

  1. Senior declared Communication Studies majors
  2. Junior declared Communication Studies majors
  3. Sophomore declared Communication Studies majors
  4. All other undergraduate students in order of sequence on the waitlist

Permissions and the 2-Class Rule

Department policy requires students to attend the first two seminars or lectures of a course. For courses with discussion/lab sections, students must attend the first two lectures and the first discussion/lab section. Faculty can administratively drop students from a course if they fail to attend according to this policy.

Permission Priorities

Faculty will use the department’s established priorities to grant permissions. Students who are registered in one section of a class, but wish to switch sections, will NOT be given priority over any student on the official waitlist in Wolverine Access.

Permission Procedures

Permissions are approved only by faculty after the term begins. Permissions are issued within 24 business hours of department staff receiving them from the instructor. Students offered permission will receive an e-mail with registration information from Wolverine Access. Permissions will be valid for 3 days and will expire at midnight on the third day (which includes weekends). Failure to use the permission within the 3 day time frame will result in being administratively dropped from the waitlist. After receiving permission, students must add the class via Wolverine Access to become officially enrolled. Also, students will not be able to register for the course (add the course) until permissions are issued and they have dropped from the waitlist. In all cases, it is the student’s responsibility to insure that he or she is properly enrolled in, or dropped from, a course.

New Concentration Status

Newly declared majors should present the approved, signed Declaration Form to instructors in waitlisted courses to confirm official declaration status. Faculty rely on the signed Declaration Forms to validate a student’s official Communication Studies major status so that appropriate waitlist priority is granted.

COMM 101. The Mass Media
First- and second-year students. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course provides an introduction to the history and impact of mass media on American culture through advertising, news, radio, television programming, the Internet, and popular music. It reviews ideological, technological, and regulatory developments that produced our existing media system; and analytical tools and techniques that enhance media literacy. Topics include: media's role in shaping attitudes towards race, gender, sexuality and class; relationship between media and society; and language and skills for critically evaluating media's assumptions and techniques.

COMM 102. Media Processes and Effects
First- and second-year students. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Americans are immersed in the media like fish in water. The average adult spends two-thirds of his or her waking time consuming media, often more than one type at a time. Many people believe the media have little effect, but research shows they are wrong. This course describes the effects of media on thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors, and reasons why the media affect us. It includes review and evaluation of media research articles and participation in media research studies.

COMM 121. Evaluating Information and Analyzing Media I
Freshman or sophomore standing. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). (SS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 211.

Over two sequential semesters, Evaluating Information and Analyzing Media explores first the basic fundamentals of the development of knowledge, theories, evidence and the collection of data in both social science and analytic media research. The first course explores the tools offered by both traditions for studying media texts.

COMM 122. Evaluating Information and Analyzing Media II
COMM 121 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). (SS). (QR/2). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 211.

The second semester of Evaluating Information and Analyzing Media explores the collection and analysis of data in both social science and analytic media research. This course explores the tools available for those studying media audiences and content production.

COMM 251. Understanding Media Industries
COMM 101 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 351.

Understanding Media Industries examines the influence of media industry organization and practices on society while offering a comprehensive overview of how the industries work, why they work as they do, and the broader theoretical and practical implications of media industry operation.

COMM 261. Views on the News: What Shapes our Media Content
COMM 102 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 121 or COMM 211 strongly recommended. (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 361.

This course examines how various aspects of society shape the news. It is designed to offer a framework for thoughtful understanding of processes involved in the production, dissemination, and reception of mediated news content.

COMM 271. Communication Revolutions
COMM 101 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores the central role of technology in our culture, and the tension between technological devices and human users and developers; the link between communication, politics and power; the role of communications processes and technologies in marking the changing boundaries separating the public and private realms of life; the deep ties between trade, labor, transport, and communication technologies; the role of governmental and corporate institutions in influencing the uses of mediated communication in our society.

COMM 281. Media Psychology
COMM 102 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 381.

We discuss media effects research and theory with an emphasis on the social psychological processes that facilitate or inhibit media effects on individuals' attitudes, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. We examine topics such as violence, advertising, stereotypes, news and politics, and fan culture, keeping in mind the role individual differences play in selective exposure to and reception of media messages. Outcomes include both positive and negative effects. Throughout, we will focus on the complexities of developing and executing media effects research.

COMM 315. Critical Approaches to the Internet
COMM 101(completed with a minimum grade of C- or better); and COMM 122 or 211, (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). Not available to students who have completed COMM 458, Topic: Critical Approaches to the Internet (Topic #21). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines the rise of the Internet from its Cold War origins to contemporary social media practices. We focus on the social, political, cultural, and industrial contexts of networked computing and address key themes such as participation, community, identity, convergence, privacy, and activism.

COMM 317. Designing Persuasive Communication
COMM 261 or COMM 281 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 462.

This course investigates the changes in business, technology, and design that are reshaping the words and images, the form and content of persuasive mass communication. It investigates emerging strategies for reaching global and regional audiences, discusses the impact of new technologies and media convergence, and examines the social and ethical issues that underlie persuasive strategies.

COMM 318 / PSYCH 318. Media and Violence
COMM 281 strongly recommended. (4). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to students who have completed COMM/PSYCH 481, Media & Violence (Crse ID #019987).

This course examines the psychological causes of aggressive violent behavior and the theoretical and empirical connections between violence in society and portrayals of violence in the mass media. It surveys the research on the physiological, psychological, and environmental factors implicated in the development of habitual aggressive and violent behavior and examines the theories that explain how exposure to violence in the mass media adds to the effects of these other factors causing aggressive and violent behavior.

COMM 321. Undergraduate Internship
Consent of instructor required. Junior standing, concentration in Communication Studies, and permission of instructor. Internship credit is not retroactive and must be prearranged. (1 - 3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May not be used to satisfy Communication Studies electives in a Communication Studies major. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Provides limited credit for appropriate practical work experience. Student evaluation is based on satisfactory completion of the internship and written recommendation of the internship sponsor.

COMM 322. Faculty Directed Undergraduate Research Practicum
Consent of instructor required. (1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Maximum of 3 credits from COMM 322 and/or COMM 441/442 may be used toward the Communication Studies concentration requirements. A maximum of three credits from COMM 322, 441, or 442 may be counted toward the concentration requirements.

This research practicum offers an opportunity to apply academic knowledge in mass communication or mass media within the context of a research setting. It provides experience and education in research techniques by having students conduct research with a faculty member on the faculty research projects. In the process, students learn the skills needed to conduct research, various research techniques, and the overall experience of analyzing outcomes. This course is intended as an intermediate step in the research educational process prior to students' own independently designed research in COMM 442 or honors research under COMM 491/492.

COMM 327. Media Economics
COMM 251 or COMM 261 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 454.

Examines economic theory and its applications to media systems. Focuses on problems in the economics of the information industry, including market structure, concentration of ownership, pricing policies, product differentiation, advertising behavior, and economic performance. Attention given to the interaction of economics, media practices, and technologies.

COMM 329 / POLSCI 329. Mass Media and Political Behavior
(4). May not be repeated for credit.

Focuses on the role and importance of mass media in the political process. Topics include: how news is made; political advertising; relations between Congress, the President and the media; and the role of mass media in political campaigns. These topics are examined through a systematic review of research in both mass communication and political science.

COMM 335. History of U.S. Broadcasting
Not available to students who have completed COMM 478 (Crse ID #022064), Topic: History of Broadcasting and Television (Topic #10). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 251 strongly recommended. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

This course traces the history of electronic media from the development of radio, through the rise of television, to the "narrowcasting" achieved by cable and newer digital technologies. The course intertwines historical analysis of programming and institutional elements such as industrial, regulatory, and economic aspects of broadcast history.

COMM 347. Advertising and the New Media Environment
COMM 261 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course addresses an overview of the history, current developments and future scenarios of digital media and marketing. Advertising and marketing are being reinvented as audio, print and video move online and social media and search technologies change the relationship between the audience and the media.

COMM 350. The Rise of Mass Culture
(COMM 101 or 102) and (COMM 122 or 211) with C- or better. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores the ascent of commercial, mass-mediated culture in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present. It uses a historical approach to trace the development of modern communication forms and technologies and their dynamic relationship to social, cultural, and political struggle and change.

COMM 355. Media and Globalization
[(COMM 101; C- or better) and (COMM 122 or 211; C- or better)] and [Not available to students who have completed COMM 478; Topic: Media and Globalization (Taken prior to FA13)]. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). May not be repeated for credit.

This course offers students a framework for exploring the media's role in processes of globalization and how the globalization of media shapes the socio-cultural, political, economic, ethical and moral dimensions of our lives in this world.

COMM 362. Digital Media Foundations
COMM 102 and (COMM 121 or COMM 211) with a C- or better. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). May not be repeated for credit.

A first course in digital media for those interested in both the practical skills and the critical intellectual foundations relevant to the Internet and new media. Uses the context of various platforms, applications, networks, social media, and games to investigate the structure and consequences of digital media forms.

COMM 365. Visual Culture and Visual Literacy
[(COMM 101; C- or better) and (COMM 122 or 211; C- or better)] and [Not available to students who have completed COMM 478; Topic: Visual Culture and Visual Literacy (Taken prior to FA13)]. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines contemporary media, imaging technologies, and viewing practices through the lens of visual cultural studies. A wide range of media including television, film, photography, graphic design, advertising, video games, and websites are critically analyzed using approaches that draw from semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and cultural studies.

COMM 371. Media, Culture, and Society
(COMM 101 or 102) and (COMM 122 or 211) with a grade of C- or better. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores the historical rise of mass media and the impact on modern society and culture. It considers the dynamic impact of radio and television broadcasting on the rise of urban industrial mass society and popular commercial culture through music, print and electronic advertising, consumerism, and emergence of affluent society. The course also studies modern media institutions, politics, and forms and processes of social change and identity formation, such as class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexuality.

COMM 380. Persuasion, Communication and Campaigns
COMM 102 with C- or better. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 122 or COMM 211 strongly recommended. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

This course covers theories of persuasion, how to evaluate the effects of persuasive communication on individuals and groups, as well as the design and evaluation of persuasive communications. As an ULWR, the course also focuses heavily on developing strong, evidence-based arguments, and communicating those arguments clearly in writing.

COMM 404. Special Topics in Mass Media and Mass Communication
COMM 251 or COMM 271. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Investigates topics dealing with mass media and mass communication, media and culture, communication processes, media industries and new and emerging media. Topics vary by section.

COMM 405. Seminar in Mass Media and Mass Communication
COMM 251 or COMM 271. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Investigates topics dealing with mass media and mass communication, media and culture, communication processes, media industries and new and emerging media. Topics vary by section.

COMM 408. Special Topics in Media Effects
COMM 261 or COMM 281. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Investigates topics relating to research on the effects of mass communication. Topics vary by section.

COMM 409. Seminar in Media Effects
COMM 261 or COMM 281 strongly recommended. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Investigates advanced topics relating to research on the effects of mass communication. Topics vary by section.

COMM 411 / SOC 411. Mass Communication and Public Opinion
COMM 261 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to students who have completed COMM 485/SOC 463, Mass Communication and Public Opinion (Crse ID #006247).

This course explores enduring research questions concerning mass communication and public opinion. Emphasis is given to recent research dealing with the impact of the media on public opinion.

COMM 419. Seminar in Research Methods
(COMM 121 and 122) or COMM 211 strongly recommended. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Investigates advanced topics in research design, measurement, or analysis. Topics will vary by section and may focus on qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.

COMM 421. Media Law and Policy
COMM 251 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 452.

This course covers the basic principles of the First Amendment and how they apply to media policy, practice, and regulation. Topics include First Amendment theory, hate speech, prior restraints and media censorship, defamation, indecency, obscenity, and advertising regulation.

COMM 422. Social Media and Politics
Not available to students who have completed COMM 488; Topic: Social Media & Politics (Taken prior to FA13). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 261 or COMM 271 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

How have new social media changed the political landscape? Are they a democratizing force or a tool for repression? In what ways do they differ from previous media? These questions anchor our exploration of new media both in American politics and for democratic movements abroad.

COMM 423. Computer Mediated Communication
COMM 101, COMM 102, and (COMM 122 or 211) strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 463.

This course investigates the role of computer-mediated communication (CMC) in modern life. The course explores various social contexts in which CMC plays a role. In addition, it reviews various branches of social theory that can be applied as lenses for viewing the social implications of CMC in our lives.

COMM 425. Internet, Society and the Law
COMM 251 or COMM 271 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 466.

This course examines the development, regulation and impact of the Internet in American society. It focuses on the expanding legal implications of new technology and how judicial and political apparatus keep pace with the Internet's ever-expanding influence.

COMM 426. Gender Issues in the Media
COMM 371 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 471.

This course examines the connections between gender and mass communication. Feminist theories and their applications to the study of media are examined in detail.

COMM 428. Gender and the Law
Not available to students who have completed COMM 459 (crse ID#19977), Topic: Gender and Law (Topic #11). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 251 or COMM 271 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines the legal system's treatment of gender through court cases and various theoretical lenses. The aim is to understand the role American jurisprudence plays in shaping society's views and ideas on gender, as well as society's influence on how the legal system frames these gender issues. The course also considers media and society responses to some of the most important decisions rendered in the gender equality arena, while weighing whether the court system is the most effective structure through which to pursue gender equality.

COMM 430. The Media in U.S. History
COMM 271 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 453.

This course places the development of American mass media in historical perspective. It surveys the evolution of the mass media from colonial times to the present, focusing on the development of contemporary forms: the newspaper, magazine, broadcasting, and motion picture. Changes in the structure of the media are examined in connection with historical and economic trends in American society. While there are no specific prerequisites, a general grounding in American history is recommended.

COMM 431. Supreme Court News Coverage
COMM 261 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This seminar evaluates media coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court in the context of long-range factors affecting the ability of news media to function in a democracy, examining the scope and content of print, broadcast, and new-media news reporting on major cases before the court. In addition to gaining a broad overview of media coverage of current and recent cases, each student is expected to select one case from the current or past court term and study its media coverage in detail.

COMM 432. Foreign News Coverage
COMM 261 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course investigates coverage of foreign news as a reflection of the structure and function of media systems. What factors influence media decisions on event coverage? What criteria do the media use for deciding which to report? How successfully do the media make foreign news relevant to American audiences? What special problems do foreign correspondents face?

COMM 435. Ethics Issues in Journalism
COMM 261 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed COMM 451.

This course focuses on problems in journalistic ethics and provides an historic overview of traditional journalistic ethics coupled with a detailed study of changing values in news coverage. It studies journalists' responsibilities to their profession and to the public, and examines proposed solutions to the problems of ethics violations.

COMM 439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance
COMM 261 strongly recommended. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Investigates long-range factors affecting the ability of the news media to perform their functions in a democratic society. Topics vary by section.

COMM 441. Independent Reading
Consent of department required. (3 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. A maximum of 3 credits from COMM 322 and/or COMM 441/442 may be used toward the Communication Studies major requirements. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Intended for individualized instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. Must be arranged with the faculty member and approved by the department.

COMM 442. Independent Research
Consent of department required. (3 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. A maximum of 3 credits from COMM 322 and/or COMM 441/442 may be used toward the Communication Studies major requirements. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Intended for individualized instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. Must be arranged with the faculty member and approved by the department.

COMM 443. LA, Bombay, Hong Kong: Cultural Industries in Transition
COMM 355 with C- or better. Not available to students who have completed COMM 488 (crse ID #022065), Topic: LA, Bombay, Hong Kong: Cultural Industries in Transition, (Topic #11). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course focuses attention on the operations, discourses, and logics that drive contemporary media industries in three major media capitals: L.A., Hong Kong and Mumbai (Bombay).

COMM 444. Race, Representation and the Media
Not available to students who have completed COMM 478 (crse ID #022064), Topic: Race, Representation & the Media, (Topic #82). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 371 strongly recommended. (3). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit.

Race is a master category of representation that influences how minority groups perceived, and shapes state policy, social justice and cultural politics. This course explores how minorities are represented in news media and popular culture. "Minority" groups are defined as groups that experience structural inequality in society, economy and politics.

COMM 445. Music and Mediated Identities
COMM 101 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 350 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Can the analysis of music help us better understand the modern world, consumerism, technology, and mediated communication? To answer this question, this course draws on social and cultural history, theory, and media studies to examine popular music and identity formation in America from the late nineteenth century to the present.

COMM 446. Reality and Television
COMM 371 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

The course explores what is meant by the 'real world', 'real life', and 'real people' and the ways in which they are presented in different genres of TV output. How does television work to produce effects of 'the real'? Can we, do we believe what we see--and why?

COMM 448. Media and the Body
COMM 261 or 281 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). Not available to students who have completed COMM 488 (crse ID #022065), Topic: Media and the Body, (Topic #2). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores the way the human body is portrayed within, and influenced by, the mass media. It covers a wide range of issues including ability and disability, race, age, sexuality, social class, athletic prowess, and health.

COMM 450. Communication, Identity and the Public Sphere
Not available to students who have completed COMM 479; Topic: Communication, Identity and the Public Sphere, (Taken prior to FA13). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 371 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than (3) three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

This course explores how communication constitutes group identity and community, and how publics -- groups formed through communication and around a common goal or identity -- operate in culture and politics. Through an examination of the "public sphere," the course addresses questions of democratic self-government, identity formation and the inclusion/exclusion of minorities.

COMM 456. Critical Issues in Television: The Post-Network Era
COMM 101 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). Not available to students who have completed COMM 458; Topic: Post Network TV. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 251 and COMM 271 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

This class explores changes in the television industry in recent decades, their consequences for television programming, and consequent adjustments in television as a cultural form. It addresses television's changing scope (multiplicity of networks), viewing practices altered by new recording devices, and its convergence with other technologies.

COMM 457. Citizenship after Television
COMM 251 and COMM 271 with a grade of C- or better. Not available to students who have completed COMM 479; Topic: Citizenship after Television (Taken prior to FA13). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

This course explores how television serves as a crucial site for struggles over citizenship and questions of inclusion (and exclusion) in the nation. We trace television's role in shaping post-war American culture by relating TV to broader debates surrounding class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and religion.

COMM 460. History of Technology and Modern Culture
COMM 271 with minimum grade of C- or better. Not available to students who have completed COMM 458; Topic: History of Media and Technology. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 350 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

This interdisciplinary seminar explores the cultural history of technology and communication by tracing the emergence of, and reception to, selected technologies from the 19th century to the present. It pays critical attention to unique and recurring problems and opportunities associated with communication and technical innovation in the modern world.

COMM 461. Visuality and the New Media
Not available to students who have completed COMM 478; Topic: Visuality and New Media, (Taken prior to FA13). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

This course explores the intersection between digital media and "the visual" from historical, theoretical, and industrial perspectives. We trace changes in how the "user" is imagined from 1960s mainframe computers to today's popular social apps, developing analytical techniques for the visual analysis of new media cultural forms.

COMM 464. Social Consequences of Mobile Communication
COMM 251 and COMM 261 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

This course examines the social consequences of mobile communication and the role that mobile communication technology plays in the reformulation of everyday life. It explores adoption patterns, international perspectives on mobile communication, intersections between mass and interpersonal communication, and theoretical approaches.

COMM 465. Health Communication and Health Behavior Change
COMM 281 with a grade of C- or better. Not available to students who have completed COMM 488; Topic: Health Communication and Health Behavior Change, (Taken prior to FA13). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 380 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

Examines principles related to health communication, including contemporary theories of health behavior change, approaches to the design and development of health communications, and principles and practices of outcome evaluation. Sample topics include: health promotion, social marketing, risk communication, fear appeals, entertainment-education, and health messages in the popular media.

COMM 467. Debating Politics and Science: Science, News, Public Opinion and Policy
COMM 121 or 122 or 211, (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). Not available to students who have completed COMM 489 (crse ID #019990), Topic: Debating Politics and Science: From the Academy to the News to Public Opinion and Policy, (Topic #7). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits from COMM 450-490.

This class explores how the public consumes science and how scientific findings translate into policy. Through issues like evolution, climate change, and vaccinations, we explore boundaries of scientific knowledge, challenges in science journalism, popular opinion, and policy challenges. What we know and how we know it lie in the balance.

COMM 470. Telling Our Own Stories: Minority Self-Representation in the Media
Not available to students who have completed COMM 479; Topic: Telling Our Own Stories: Minority Self-Representation in the Media, (Taken prior to FA13). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 371 strongly recommended. (3). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

This course explores media narratives and representations of identity and culture told from a minority point of view, considering questions of race/ethnicity, sexuality and gender. The course examines how these media stories are told, what topics/issues they address, and what alternative views of American identity and society they provide.

COMM 475. Mass Media in the World
COMM 350 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). Not available to students who have completed COMM 479; Topic: Mass Media in the World: Historical and Theoretical Consideration, (Taken prior to FA13). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 355 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

New and expanding mass communication technologies and commercial culture shifted the "place" of the U.S. in the twentieth century. But the cultural patterns, uses, and meanings of U.S.-inflected global media exports were hardly unidirectional or hegemonic. We explore major issues in global media history and theory.

COMM 477. The Mass Media and Celebrity Culture
COMM 101 with C- or better. Not available to students who have completed COMM 479, Topic: Media & Celebrity Culture, (Topic #6). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits from Comm 450-490.

This course examines the explosive rise of celebrity culture since the mid-1970s and its colonization of virtually every media form and genre, from niche cable channels to the news to the proliferation of celebrity journalism and magazines in the early 21st century. It explores the mass media's need for, and role in the manufacture, maintenance and expansion of celebrity culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and considers the consequences of that culture on the media themselves and American culture. Readings focus on theories of celebrity, the history of celebrity production, and the ideological work done by celebrity culture.

COMM 480. Strategic and Persuasive Communication
Not available to students who have completed COMM 468; Special Topics in Mass Communication Processes, Topic: Strategic and Persuasive Communication. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 281 and COMM 380 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

This interdisciplinary seminar investigates theories of persuasion, and how they are applied in a variety of contexts. Students learn skills for designing and evaluating persuasive messages through interactive exercises and group-based projects. Major topics include: social science research on influence, and issues in the design and evaluation of persuasive communication.

COMM 482. Children and the Media
COMM 261 or COMM 281 with a grade of C- or better. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

Examines influences of the mass media on children in society. The course is designed to explore in-depth the literature on media effects, emphasizing the interaction of mass media, psychological development, and social behavior. Course readings examine both methodological and theoretical issues, drawing from work in communication, psychology, and policy studies.

COMM 486. Afro-Asian Popular Culture
COMM 101 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). Not available to students who have completed COMM 478; Special Topics in Media and Culture, Topic: Afro-Asian in Popular Culture (Taken prior to FA13). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 371 strongly recommended. (3). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

How are distinctive identities - racial, ethnic, cultural, and geographic - formed, maintained, and represented in (popular) culture? This course draws upon diverse literatures to map the terrain of hybrid identity constructions of the AfroAsian in popular culture. By the course's end, we will be able to answer the questions: How is AfroAsian identity expressed, be it struggle, resistance, or coalition? How has this popular culture expression of identity developed over time? What are the possibilities of an Afro/Asian alliance beyond popular culture?

COMM 487. African Americans in Popular Culture
COMM 101 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). Not available to students who have completed COMM 478; Special Topics in Media and Culture, Topic: African Americans in Popular Culture, (Taken prior to FA13). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) COMM 371 strongly recommended. (3). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

This course draws upon diverse literatures as a blue-print to the construction of Black identity in (mediated) popular culture. We delve into debates of race, representation, and participation by examining how African American life and culture - "Blackness" - is presented in popular communication.

COMM 490. Capstone Seminars in Media Topics
COMM 251, COMM 261, COMM 271 or COMM 281 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.

Investigates advanced senior capstone topics relating to mass media and mass communication. Topics vary by section.

COMM 491. Senior Honors Seminar I
Consent of instructor required. STATS 250 (350) and admission to Honors. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No more than 3 credits of COMM 491-492 may be included in a Communication concentration plan. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (COMM 492), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

This is the first in a two-part honors seminar program and culminates in the composition of a senior honors thesis prospectus. Develops student's senior honors thesis topic, choice of research methods, and selection of faculty thesis adviser.

COMM 492. Senior Honors Thesis
Consent of instructor required. COMM 491 and permission of instructor. (3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. No more than three credits of COMM 491-492 may be included in a communication studies concentration plan.

The second in a two-part honors seminar program and culminates in the composition of a senior honors thesis. Students must have successfully completed COMM 491. Students work directly with their thesis advisers, and are expected to meet regularly with them for direction and assistance.

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