Courses in Communication Studies

Communication and Culture

CMCL-C122 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)

Introduction to the study of communication, culture, identity and power. Each student does original primary research. Topics range from groups in North Africa to high school and college students in the United States, and issues such as gendered language, slang, verbal play, and institutional language.

CMCL-C205 Introduction to Communication and Culture (3 cr)

Critically examines communication as a cultural practice as it affects the beliefs, attitudes, values, and behaviors of individuals, groups, and publics.

CMCL-C223 Business & Prof. Communication (3 cr)

Examines organizational communication, with emphasis on skills acquisition. Developed skills include interviewing, group discussion, parliamentary procedure, and public speaking.

CMCL-C225 Discussion & Decision Making (3 cr)

Leadership, participation, and decision making in group settings, including committee, conference, public discussion, and social dimensions of group process.

CMCL-C304 Communication & Social Conflict (3 cr)

Examination of sources and functions of symbolic influence in contemporary society. Emphasis upon developing rhetorical skills for critiquing social conflict.

CMCL-C307 Health Communication (3 cr)

Health communication is a growing specialty in the field of communication. It is the area of study concerned with human communication in health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment process; specifically, the way we seek, process, and disseminate health information. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction of the major issues, topics, and compelling areas of study in health communication research. Issues related to medical interaction, social and cultural issues, interpersonal relationships, and the media will be covered.The study of these areas helps us to understand the way that individuals construct, exchange, and evaluate health messages in a variety of healthcare contexts.

CMCL-C309 Deception, Jealousy, & Secrets (3 cr)

This course is designed to familiarize students with theory and research that focuses on the darker side of human communication. In particular, this class explores those dysfunctional, distorted, distressing, and destructive elements of communication in both interpersonal and mass media contexts. Additionally, this course provides an orientation for understanding the dark side as inseparable from the brighter side in understanding human communication.

CMCL-C315 Advertising and Consumer Culture (3 cr)

Critical examination of advertising’s role in modern societies. Focuses on marketing and consumption as central activities in shaping personal identity and social relations.

CMCL-C328 Digital Responsibilities and Rights (3 cr)

The course considers responsible media use, consumption, and production by amateur users in media and information rich situations of everyday life.

CMCL-C334 Current Topics in Communication (3 cr)

Analysis of selected problems in communication and culture. Topics vary each semester.

CMCL-C337 New Media (3 cr)

Develops frameworks for understanding new mediatechnologies in social contexts. Compares computing, networked digital media, and social media to prior eras of technological change, focusing on interactions among technological, industrial, regulatory, social, and cultural forces. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

CMCL-C380 Nonverbal Communication (3 cr)

Provides a conceptual and theoretical foundation for understanding how nonverbal communication influences perceptions of others and the ways in which nonverbal communication reflects emotions, status, sex roles, etc. The course explores how nonverbal communication facilitates retention, comprehension, and persuasiveness of verbal information, including the ability to detect deceptive communication.

CMCL-C405 Communication Theories (3 cr)

Survey of contemporary theories of human communication with emphasis on the nature of theory construction; contributions of allied disciplines to communication theory.
Offered spring semesters.

CMCL-C424 Communication Research Methods (3 cr)

Focuses on the objective appraisal of behavioral data in the study of speech communication. Introduces the theoretical foundation of empirical social science and offers guidelines for conducting descriptive and experimental studies.
Offered fall semesters.

CMCL-C427 Cross-Cultural Communication (3 cr)

A survey study of national, cultural, and cross-cultural persuasion in theory and practice.

CMCL-C440 Organizational Communication (3 cr)

Examination of internal and external communication in business and other professional organizations, with emphasis on theory, techniques, practices, goals, and the social environment in which such communication exists.

CMCL-C450 Gender and Communication (3 cr)

Examines the extent to which biological sex and gender role orientation and stereotypes influence the process of communication. Focuses on gender differences in decoding and encoding verbal and nonverbal behavior, development of sex roles, cultural assumptions, and stereotypes regarding gender differences in communication. Analyzes how the media present, influence, and reinforce gender stereotypes.

CMCL-C490 Capstone Seminar in Communication and Culture (3 cr)

Original research project, culmination in honors thesis to be written under direction of faculty member.
Offered spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: Senior standing

CMCL-C545 Pedagogy in Communication and Culture (3 Cr)

Focuses on critical, theoretical, philosophical and strategic approaches to problems of pedagogy in communication and culture.

CMCL-C592 Advanced Health Communication (3 cr)

A course designed to teach communication skills and practices related to health care, by examining health care communication theory. Topics covered range across communication levels (interpersonal, intrapersonal, group, organizational, mass media & mediated communication) within a variety of health care contexts.

CMCL-C593 Topics in Communication (3 cr)

Topics in Communication is a revolving topics course. The changing nature of the topic allows graduate students to explore, synthesize, and integrate knowledge of the field of communication and the particular discipline of communication while focusing on a single topic not otherwise addressed in the course of study.

CMCL-C594 Communication and Conflict Management in Organizations (3 cr)

This seminar-format course examines the communication exchanges that facilitate conflict management within organizational contexts. Specific attention is focused on negotiation and mediation; however the communication of alternative means of conflict and dispute resolution are also discussed. In addition, students are introduced to methods for assessing conflict interaction in organizations.

CMCL-C610 Identity and Difference (3 cr)

Political, social, and cultural dimensions of identity and difference. Interrogates the production of marginal and dominant identities (e.g. racial, sexual, colonial) and the emergence of new forms of identification.

Speech & Public Speaking

SPCH-C325 Interviewing Principles & Practices (3 cr)

Study and practice of methods used in business and industrial interviews, emphasizing the logical and psychological bases for the exchange of information and attitudes.

SPCH-S121 Public Speaking (3 cr)

Theory and practice of public speaking: training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content, analysis of components of effective delivery and language.
Offered fall, spring and summer semesters.
Offered on campus and online (SPCH S121 Online Section Requirement) (SPCH S121 Credit by Examination Assessment).

SPCH-S122 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)

Introduction to the study of communication, culture, identity and power. Each student does original primary research. Topics range from groups in North Africa to high school and college students in the United States, and issues such as gendered language, slang, verbal play, and institutional language.

SPCH-S303 Propaganda and Persuasion (3 cr)

A study of the history, practice and effects of propaganda. Particular attention is given to differences between strategies explored in propaganda and those employed in more ethical forms of persuasion. The emphasis of the course is on the use of propaganda in contemporary society.

SPCH-S323 Speech Composition (3 cr)

Advanced speech writing focusing on the content of speeches: the theory and practice of informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speaking. Topics include the principles of organization, exposition and argumentation, and language and style.
Offered periodically.

SPCH-S333 Public Relations (3 cr)

An introduction to the principles of public relations, including ethics of public relations, impact on society, and uses by government, business, and social institutions for internal and external communication. Public relations as a problem-solving process utilizing theoretical and applied communication strategies.

SPCH-S335 Presentations in Professions (3 cr)

Development of presentation skills used in professional settings, with emphasis on research, clarity of organization, and delivery settings (small group, video, etc.). Various forms of presentations are practiced: debate, persuasive, and others.

Pre-requisite: SPCH S121 or equivalent.

SPCH-S490 Professional Practicum/Internship (3 cr)

Supervised opportunity to learn through direct field experience by working in local print, electronic, speech, public relations, and/or theatre related situations.


JOUR-J110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communications (3 cr)

Survey of the institutions of journalism and mass communication, their philosophical foundations, history, processes, economic realities, and effects.

JOUR-J210 Visual Communication (3 cr.)

Theories of visual communications including human perception, psychology of color, and principles of design. Application of those theories to photography, video, and computer graphic design in news communication.

JOUR-J219 Introduction to Public Relations (3 cr)

Provides an overview of public relations and introduces theory and practice of the field. Topics include the relationship between public relations and marketing, the history and development of public relations, measurement and assessment methods, ethics, and law.

JOUR-J290 Internship in Journalism (1-3 cr)

You will produce campus student newspaper. May be repeated once for credit.
Offered as needed.

JOUR-J410 Journalism Media as Social Institutions (3 cr)

Examination of the functions and impact of the mass media in society with primary focus on the United States. Discussion of the values of media organizations and the professional and ethical values of journalists. Critical analysis of the relationship of the media and society and the effect of political, economic, and cultural factors on the operation of the media.

JOUR-J412 Media and Terrorism (3 cr)

This course focuses on the intersection of media, terrorism, and politics.  Specifically, this course examines the portrayal of terrorism in the media and on how terrorists use the media to influence public opinion.


TEL-T283 Introduction to Production Techniques & Practices (3 cr)

Introductory hands-on production course which concentrates on the planning and production of video and related media. Specific units include TV studio, field shooting/linear tape editing and digital video non-linear video editing. Content consists of applied activities within a conceptual framework. Class partnership with WCTV.
Offered every semester.
Permission of instructor required.

TEL-T490 WCTV Communication Studies Internship (3 cr)

Whitewater Community Television (WCTV) is a community- based, not-for-profit organization. Students will have the opportunity to work with closely with the WCTV staff to develop and expand hands-on skills in a variety of areas including producing, directing, editing, staging, and possibly reporting.

Pre-requisites: JOUR-J210

TEL-T498 Projects in Telecommunications (3-6 cr)

Individual projects in the area of telecommunication. Students must receive approval from advisor and a project director.
Offered every semester.

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