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COMM 1001 - Elementary Sign Language I

The purpose of COMM 1001 is to introduce principles, methods, and techniques for communicating with individuals who sign. Topics include expressive and receptive sign skills, manual alphabet, numbers, usage of vocabulary, grammatical competence in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture along with exploring the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for ASL.

Hours:
3



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COMM 1002 - Elementary Sign Language II

The purpose of COMM 1002 is to expand on the principles, methods, and techniques for communicating with individuals who use sign language. This course will focus on improving expressive and receptive sign skills (including but not limited to: manual alphabet, numbers, usage of vocabulary, grammatical competence in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture along with exploring the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for ASL.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1001 or permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 1100 - Human Communication

A critical thinking based course designed to introduce students to various communication contexts. Special emphasis is placed on adapting communication style and content to diverse cultural audiences. The course includes practice in research and informative speaking, and interpersonal and group communication skills.

Hours:
3



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COMM 1110 - Public Speaking

This is an introductory course in the history, principles, and practices of public speaking with an emphasis on research and the organization of material as well as the verbal and nonverbal aspects of delivery. Special attention will be given to cultural and global perspectives, critical thinking, and audience analysis during the preparation and practice of public address.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101H (may be taken concurrently)

Hours:
3



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COMM 1110H - Honors Public Speaking

This is an introductory course in the history, principles, and practices of public speaking with an emphasis on research and the organization of material as well as the verbal and nonverbal aspects of delivery. Special attention will be given to cultural and global perspectives, critical thinking, and audience analysis during the preparation and practice of public address. This course incorporates the academic standards maintained by the Honors Program.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101H (may be taken concurrently) and acceptance to the Honors Program

Hours:
3



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COMM 1400 - Foundations in Media Techniques

This course covers the principles of visual literacy and basic techniques in the production of media content. Topics covered will include video photography and editing, digital still photography, graphics creation and editing, new media production, and publishing content via various media platforms and content management systems.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989

Hours:
3



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COMM 1500 - Interpersonal Communication

A communication course designed to give the student a better understanding of dyadic communication. Emphasis is on how we communicate in relationships and how we might choose to change our communication in the areas of listening, disclosure, and conflict.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1100

Hours:
3



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COMM 1503 - Communicating in Diverse Cultures

This course introduces the student to the study of communication, culture, and communication between cultures in our global society. Students will become aware of the ability of culture to shape and modify personal views or reality through differing perceptions of world view, family experiences, history, and verbal/nonverbal message systems. How diverse cultures communicate in business, educational, health settings and conflict resolution will be addressed.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989

Hours:
3



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COMM 2050 - Media, Culture, and Society

A review of the media's historical, current, and future developments and the increasingly important role the media has in shaping individuals, society, and culture. This course explores media theories, and trains students to become more informed and discerning media consumers.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989

Hours:
3



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COMM 2400 - Radio Production

An overview of production processes for radio, podcasting and webcasting. Attention to technical aspects of equipment usage both in-studio and in the field, including proper sound recording, editing, and packaging for broadcast or internet distribution. Students apply theory to practice by producing several different kinds of programs (e.g., music shows, commercials, interviews) of increasing length and complexity to demonstrate proficiency and to construct a portfolio appropriate for employment.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1400

Hours:
3



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COMM 2700 - Introduction to Public Relations

Introduction to the field of public relations. Survey of public relations careers and history, including ethical and legal issues, and discussion of public relations practice, research, strategies, and theoretical concepts.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: JOUR 1010 or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 2900 - Introduction to Media Studies

A survey of the historical development and cultural roles of the various mass media, including print, radio, film, television, and the internet, and an introduction to the foundational theoretical concepts of the media studies discipline.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

Hours:
3



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COMM 2901 - ST: Practicum in Debate & Speech

Students will prepare oral presentations in activities such as debate, public speaking, and oral interpretation of literature. Students will learn to research, organize, polish, and deliver oral argumentative presentation in both on-campus and off-campus experiences. This course may be repeated for up to four credits.

Hours:
1



Notes:
Repeatable for up to four times.

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COMM 2902 - Special Topics in Communication

Special interest courses, which may not be transferable, are offered in response to student interest and demand. This is a theoretical and applied course that addresses special topics in communication such as gender, political, visual, or popular culture and may include a service learning or practicum component.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: COMM 1500 and permission of the instructor

Hours:
2



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COMM 2903 - Special Topics in Communication

Special interest courses, which may not be transferable, are offered in response to student interest and demand. This is a theoretical and applied course that addresses special topics in communication such as gender, political, visual, or popular culture and may include a service learning or practicum component.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: COMM 1500 and permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 3050 - Intercultural Communication

Exploring the foundations, processes, and applications of communicating in intercultural contexts, this course emphasizes intercultural theory and research on intercultural power and contexts, identity, language, and nonverbal codes, understanding intercultural transactions, impacts of popular culture, and managing intercultural conflict.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1100 or permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 3100 - Advanced Public Communication

This course will extend the students' knowledge of public communication by giving them advanced practice. Emphasis will be placed on developing and demonstrating advanced presentational skills in various public speaking contexts, such as community presentations, press conferences, media interviews and persuasive speaking to hostile audiences. In addition to developing platform speaking skills, emphasis is placed on critical evaluation and the situational/historical/cultural determinants of effective discourse.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: COMM 1100 and COMM 1110

Hours:
3



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COMM 3200 - Principles of Conflict Resolution

This course examines the nature of conflict in various organizational and interpersonal contexts, surveys major theories of conflict resolution, and develops students' abilities to apply models of conflict resolution, including mediation, negotiation, and collaborative problem solving.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1100 or permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 3250 - Argumentation and Debate

A critical thinking based course designed to introduce students to communication involving argumentation over the controversial issues of the day. An emphasis will be on the usage of logic and evidence to back claims of the sort of advocacy and opposition that occur both in judicial and legislative processes.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1100 or permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 3400 - Business & Professional Communication

This course focuses on practical and theoretical elements of communication in today's culturally diverse business setting. Students will learn communication processes and basic concepts of interpersonal, group teambuilding, and organizational communication. Assignments include interviews, corporate branding, business reports, and sales presentations.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1100

Hours:
3



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COMM 3510 - Small Group Communication

This course offers the student principles, practice, and theory in leading and participating in small group communication. Students will study factors which affect the quality of communication processes, interpersonal and task behaviors, leadership and participation, ethical considerations, group norms and cohesiveness, decision making and conflict resolution, and group evaluation options. Students will apply principles of effective communication in various small group settings.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1100

Hours:
3



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COMM 3540 - Nonverbal Communication

In-depth examination of human nonverbal communication providing a balance of theory and application based on classic and contemporary research from a variety of methods and sources as well as popular literature and online contributions. Primary emphasis is given to "real world" practical application of nonverbal fundamentals used to communicate successfully in the interpersonal, professional, computer-mediated communication and educational arenas.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1100

Hours:
3



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COMM 3720 - Computer Mediated Communication

This course focuses on how the increasingly media-rich world has affected communication in virtually every area of life. In this course, students will learn how to more effectively balance issues with computer mediated communication with face to face encounters. The students will explore issues regarding globalization, ease of communication, information richness, how to manage issues stemming from a continuing explosion of information, cultural issues in computer mediation communication, as well as issues of surveillance and privacy.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1400 or permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 3730 - Social Media

Theory and practice in using social media to communicate. Evaluation of social media for effective and appropriate use by organizations and individuals. Discussion of ethical and legal issues involved in social media.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: Completion of all Area F requirements for the BA in Communication or the BS in Film & Digital Media, or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 3740 - Communication Research

Overview of and practice in qualitative and quantitative research in the field of communication.  Methods covered will include surveys, focus groups, content analysis, textual research, and ethnographic research and can be applied in various academic and professional communication disciplines, including journalism and public relations.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: COMM 1100 and COMM 2900, or permission of instructor.

Hours:
3



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COMM 3760 - Public Relations Writing

Practice and instruction in writing public relations materials for print, audio, video, and online media. Emphasis will be placed on effective writing skills and on the various types of public relations copy.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 2700 or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 3780 - Public Relations Cases

Application and analysis of public relations principles within cases in business and industry, government, institutions, trades, and professions in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Students will be exposed to a series of public relations situations that permit them to develop their own solutions and approaches to problems faced in public relations practice.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 2700 or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 3800 - Advanced Interpersonal Communication

This course allows students to critically examine case studies and understand how to apply complex general and special communication theory to the practice of interpersonal communication. In the course, students will not only build on skills learned earlier in COMM 1500, or interpersonal communication, but also come to understand the various explanations of how interpersonal relationships may play out as a result of various communication strategies.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1500 or permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 3840 - Announcing for Media

Encourages the development of on-mic and on-camera speech and performance practices appropriate for radio, television, and multimedia. Stresses the importance of the audience in delivering entertainment, information and persuasion-based content. Attention to ethical and legal issues involving announcing. Students construct a project portfolio appropriate for employment.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1400

Hours:
3



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COMM 3901 - Advanced Debate & Mediation Team

This course provides a practical competitive experience on both an intramural and intercollegiate level to students in their third and fourth years in competitive mock mediation, debate, and individual speaking events. To complete this course, students must compete in mock mediation, individual speaking events, or intercollegiate parliamentary or policy debate. This course is repeatable up to four times.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: COMM 1100 and four hours of COMM 2901

Hours:
1



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COMM 4013 - Public Opinion & Leadership

This course explores how public opinion influences, and is influenced by, political leadership in the public sphere. Topics include the histories of the field of public relations and the concept of "public opinion"; qualitative and quantitative research methods in the study and measurement of public opinion; case studies in the use of public opinion research; case studies in the manipulation of public opinion, with a focus on the modern US presidency; and the relationship between the public, the media, and government officials.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Completion of all lower division coursework

Hours:
3



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COMM 4040 - Persuasion & Argumentation

This course focuses on how persuasion and the arguments that constitute persuasion operate in our organizational and globalized world. Persuasion will be examined within the contexts of corporations, public service entities, public speaking occasions, and interpersonal relationships. This study takes place in the larger context of an information-intensive, globalized world. Students will learn argumentation within the contexts of both winning arguments and within the contexts of managing conflict through means such as conflict resolution and mediation.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 3250

Hours:
3



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COMM 4100 - Organizational Communication

This course explores organizations from the perspectives of historical, cultural, and contemporary communication theories and practices and their practical application to real life and case studies. A continuing focus will be organizational leadership communication skills development, both verbal and nonverbal.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: Completion of at least fifteen (15) hours of 3000 or 4000-level COMM courses, or Instructor approval

Hours:
3



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COMM 4200 - Leadership Communication

This course focuses on communication competence in leadership. In this class, students will learn the purposes, strategies, structures, and language of leadership. As well, students will gain knowledge of the role communication plays in the various types of leadership students will experience and enact during the course of their lives. Finally, students will both learn and practice the skills needed for effective leadership in a number of different organizational, cultural and corporate settings.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: Completion of at least fifteen (15) hours of 3000- or 4000-level COMM courses

Hours:
3



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COMM 4300 - Media Law & Ethics

Study of the history and effects of media law and regulation in the United States. Discussion of the First Amendment, libel, privacy, Freedom of Information, copyright, pornography, obscenity, commercial speech, the FCC, and ethical issues involving law and regulation of the media. Focus on the legal system and legal research.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 2900 or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 4400 - The Rhetoric of Leadership

This course is a critical examination of rhetorical strategies used by leaders in public discourse. Emphasis will include the study of rhetorical criticism and its use to deconstruct select historical and contemporary speeches and other message formats from leaders. Application of rhetorical analysis methods to leadership discourse will be explored in diverse sources such as organizations, politics, social, environmental and protest groups, religion, and popular culture.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 1110 or permission of instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 4600 - Training Methods in Communication

This course is designed to introduce principles and concepts useful in the design and delivery of communication-based training programs. These training programs may be delivered in organizational/business and/or academic environments. The course is oriented for those individuals who are planning to enter careers which involve a human resource development and training focus. The course, however, may also be valuable for individuals already in specialized work roles (e.g., technical specialists, communication consultants, personnel directors, volunteer coordinators, educators, etc.) who are asked to do training and consulting, but have a limited prior experience or a limited training methods knowledge base to call upon.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: COMM 1100 and COMM 1110, or permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 4700 - Public Relations Campaigns

A service-learning course in which students will work as a team to research, design, and develop a public relations campaign for a local non-profit group. The course is designed to combine theoretical and practical applications of strategic communication and to build on prerequisite public relations classes.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: COMM 3760

Hours:
3



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COMM 4710 - Crisis Communication

This course focuses on crisis communication and management, emphasizing practical application of theories, strategies, and tactics from a public relations perspective. Students will be able to understand the theories of crisis communion, critically analyze crisis communication case studies, and learn to utilize crisis communication and management strategies for detection, prevention, preparation, containment, and recovery.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: COMM 2700 and COMM 3760

Hours:
3



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COMM 4800 - Communication & Media Theory

This course looks at both traditional and modern communication theories, defining theory as "why" explanations of contemporary communication phenomena. The course will provide a broad overview for students on both general communication theories that claim to apply to all communication phenomena, and special communication theories that apply to one type of communication. The course will strike a balance between theories that apply to one on one, interpersonal, and face to face communication and those that apply to computer mediated and mediated communication which occurs in an increasingly information-intensive and media rich world.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Completion of at least 30 hours of 3000- or 4000- level COMM, JOUR, or MDST courses

Hours:
3



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COMM 4900 - Senior Capstone

The senior capstone is a final project intended to integrate material covered in previous courses and provide an in-depth exploration of a topic of special interest or career relevance to the student. The capstone project may be scholarly or creative in nature, but will culminate in a presentation of the student's work to a panel of CMSJ faculty. Students work closely with a supervising faculty member to develop the thesis or creative project.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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COMM 4901 - Practicum

This course is designed to give third- and fourth-year students applied experience in a specific aspect of organization communication and leadership, multimedia journalism, broadcast, or film and digital video production. This course will be conducted as a practicum, allowing students to exercise and develop skills in their chosen concentration area. Secondary Education majors may use this course to acquire the professional experience necessary to become certified to teach Broadcast and Video Production at the secondary level. This course may be repeated up to four times.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Hours:
1



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COMM 4951 - Communication Internship

This course enables students to earn credit toward their degree by completing an internship within a field related to organizational leadership, public relations, or some other area of communication studies. The student's advisor will liaise with the organization offering the internship to verify that the experience merits internship credit. This course is appropriate for students who will work at the internship for an average of fewer than 7 hours per week during the Fall or Spring terms. For Summer terms, First & Second terms/sessions, and Maymester terms, the number of required hours may be increased accordingly, due to the abbreviated time frame of the session/term. Internship courses may be repeated for up to 6 total hours.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Hours:
1



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COMM 4952 - Communication Internship

This course enables students to earn credit toward their degree by completing an internship within a field related to organizational leadership, public relations, or some other area of communication studies. The student's advisor will liaise with the organization offering the internship to verify that the experience merits internship credit. This course is appropriate for students who will work at the internship for an average of between 7 and 12 hours per week during the Fall or Spring terms. For Summer terms, First & Second terms/sessions, and Maymester terms, the number of required hours may be increased accordingly, due to the abbreviated time frame of the session/term. Internship courses may be repeated for up to 6 total hours.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Hours:
2



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COMM 4953 - Communication Internship

This course enables students to earn credit toward their degree by completing an internship within a field related to organizational leadership, public relations, or some other area of communication studies. The student's advisor will liaise with the organization offering the internship to verify that the experience merits internship credit. This course is appropriate for students who will work at the internship for an average of between 13 and 20 hours per week during the Fall or Spring terms. For Summer terms, First & Second terms/sessions, and Maymester terms, the number of required hours may be increased accordingly, due to the abbreviated time frame of the session/term. Internship courses may be repeated for up to 6 total hours.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Hours:
3



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