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Communication Studies Undergraduate Program

These are the undergraduate courses listed in the university catalog. 100's through the 400's are undergraduate courses; 500's, 600's and 700's are available for undergraduates and graduate students. For descriptions of these courses, visit the undergraduate course catalog available online in pdf format.
COMS 104 Introduction to Communication Studies
Survey of the major areas of the Communication Studies field. Provides an overview of communication theory and research methods, and introduces key topics, approaches, and applications in core areas such as rhetoric, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and communication technology. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication
Study of rhetorical theory and its application to the preparation, presentation, and criticism of oral discourse in audience situations. Special consideration of listening behavior and of the ethical conduct of speech in a free society. This course fulfills the College argument and reason requirement. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
MWF 08:00-08:50 AM SUM 405 - LAWRENCE
3 28340
LEC Parviz, Elnaz
MWF 08:00-08:50 AM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 19485
LEC
TuTh 08:00-09:15 AM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 19857
LEC
TuTh 08:00-09:15 AM BA 103 - LAWRENCE
3 15784
LEC
TuTh 08:00-09:15 AM HAW 2046 - LAWRENCE
3 21176
LEC
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 10995
LEC
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM HAW 2046 - LAWRENCE
3 24173
LEC
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 10996
LEC
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 10993
LEC
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM SUM 505 - LAWRENCE
3 17462
LEC Bradshaw, Sarah
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 24164
LEC
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM HAW 2046 - LAWRENCE
3 15785
LEC
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM BL 204 - LAWRENCE
3 18924
LEC
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 10999
LEC
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 17231
LEC
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 10997
LEC
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM BL 204 - LAWRENCE
3 28335
LEC
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM SUM 405 - LAWRENCE
3 28342
LEC
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM BL 204 - LAWRENCE
3 25016
LEC
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM SUM 505 - LAWRENCE
3 24165
LEC
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 10998
LEC
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 22523
LEC Harroff, Lindsay
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM BA 103 - LAWRENCE
3 16002
LEC
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM SUM 505 - LAWRENCE
3 21590
LEC
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM BL 204 - LAWRENCE
3 24987
LEC
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 19858
LEC
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM BL 204 - LAWRENCE
3 22521
LEC
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM BA 103 - LAWRENCE
3 28343
LEC
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 22522
LEC
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM BA 103 - LAWRENCE
3 17233
LEC
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 24172
LEC
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 14875
LEC
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 18107
LEC
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM SUM 505 - LAWRENCE
3 17234
LEC
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM SUM 503 - LAWRENCE
3 21591
LEC
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM SUM 507 - LAWRENCE
3 10994
LEC Childers, Jay
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM BA 110 - LAWRENCE
3 24988
LEC
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 19484
LEC
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM BL 204 - LAWRENCE
3 28339
LEC
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 11000
LEC
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 16003
LEC
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM HAW 2046 - LAWRENCE
3 24989
LEC
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM BA 103 - LAWRENCE
3 18060
LEC
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM ST 334A - LAWRENCE
3 17237
LEC
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM SUM 505 - LAWRENCE
3 22525
LEC
MWF 03:00-03:50 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 28331
LEC
MWF 03:00-03:50 PM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 28333
LEC
MWF 03:00-03:50 PM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 28334
LEC
Tu 07:00-09:30 PM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 14087
LEC Wiley, Marissa
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 22586
LEC Wiley, Marissa
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 22588
COMS 131 Speaker-Audience Communication, Honors
The study of rhetorical theory and its application to the preparation, presentation, and criticism of oral discourse in audience situations. Special consideration of listening behavior and of the ethical conduct of speech in a free society. This course fulfills the College argument and reason requirement. This is an honors section of COMS 130 open only to students in the Honors Program. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 11001
LEC
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 19356
LEC
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 19582
COMS 132 Speaker-Audience Communication for the Professional Schools
This course focuses on the study of oral communication: the application, preparation, presentation and criticism of messages appropriate in the business or organizational setting. Special consideration is given to speaker confidence, working in teams, listening behaviors and application of communication theories to the audience and rhetorical situation. Not open to students with credit in COMS 150. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the professional schools. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 133 Speaker-Audience Communication for the Professional Schools, Honors
This course focuses on the study of oral communication the application, preparation, presentation and criticism of messages appropriate in the business or organizational setting. Special consideration is given to speaker confidence, working in teams, listening behaviors and application of communication theories to the audience and rhetorical situation. Not open to students with credit in COMS 150. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the professional schools who are members of the University Honors Program. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 150 Personal Communication
This course is an introduction to communication theory, process, and skill. The course seeks to increase the student's understanding of communication theory, both interpersonal and public, and of his or her own communicative behavior. Class projects and participation urge students to apply this theoretical knowledge to a variety of settings, including interpersonal and addressing groups and audiences. This course does not fulfill the College argument and reason requirement. Not open to those who have credit in COMS 130. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Communication Studies. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 207 Introduction to Political Communication
This class addresses the different ways in which the three main players in political communication processes (leaders, the media and citizens) affect the political behavior, attitudes or cognitions of individuals; or have outcomes that influence public policy at different levels. The contents of the course are organized into three areas: Foundations of political communication, central questions and theories in political communication, and political campaigning and advertising. Prerequisite: COMS 130. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Velasquez Perilla, Alcides
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 28569
COMS 210 Communication in Organizational and Professional Contexts
Introduces foundational concepts in organizational communication, focusing on topics such as superior-subordinate relationships, information- and feedback-seeking, relationships with stakeholders, and dealing with organizational change. The course emphasizes individual communication practices and responsibilities that contribute to organizational outcomes and personal success in organizations. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Kingsford, Abigail
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 21172
LEC Kingsford, Abigail
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 21173
LEC Ross, Elaina
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 29430
LEC Ross, Elaina
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 29431
COMS 230 Fundamentals of Debate
Introduction to the principles of debating. Emphasis on debating techniques, analysis of the question, methods of using evidence, refutation, and brief making. This course fulfills the College argument and reason requirement. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Kennedy, Sean
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 18700
COMS 231 Practicum in Forensics
For students selected by faculty supervisor for work on university debate squad. Students to enroll at time of their selection. Recurring enrollments permitted. FLD.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Harris, Scott
Th 07:00-10:00 PM BA 103 - LAWRENCE
1 11002
COMS 232 The Rhetorical Tradition
Historical survey of theories of communication and persuasion, the people who produced them, and the philosophical assumptions upon which they rest. Beginning with the Greeks, especially Plato and Aristotle, and ending with selections from Kenneth Burke and other contemporary figures, the course focuses on changing concepts of rhetoric throughout a time span of some 2000 years. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 235 Introduction to Rhetoric and Social Influence
This course examines in detail the texts of speeches and essays on controversial issues in order to illustrate the varied forms of rhetorical action and the diverse modes of analysis and evaluation that can be applied to them. Examples are drawn from the rhetorical literature of contemporary U.S. speakers and prose writers. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC McDonald, Robert
MW 01:00-01:50 PM ST 330 - LAWRENCE
3 11003
DIS
Th 09:00-09:50 AM ST 339 - LAWRENCE
3 11004
DIS
Th 10:00-10:50 AM WES 4025 - LAWRENCE
3 11005
DIS
Th 11:00-11:50 AM MS 105 - LAWRENCE
3 11007
DIS
Th 12:00-12:50 PM MS 106 - LAWRENCE
3 15353
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 11006
DIS
F 12:00-12:50 PM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 28321
COMS 238 Cases in Persuasion
An exploration of basic principles that explain the effect and effectiveness of the arts of persuasion currently practiced in American society. Class discussions of incidents leading to the discovery of principles and theories that explain them. Continuing emphasis on issues concerning the ethical character of persuasion in contemporary life. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Harris, Scott
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 19860
COMS 244 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication Theory
Examines basic theoretical perspectives and research on verbal and nonverbal communication elements affecting communication between individuals in a variety of contexts. Topics include communication competence, developmental aspects of interpersonal communication, and interpersonal influence. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM SUM 405 - LAWRENCE
3 24108
LEC
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM SUM 405 - LAWRENCE
3 24109
COMS 246 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
This course attempts to provide an understanding of communication as it affects culture and as it is affected by culture. Special emphasis will be placed on the principle of similarity and differences as it relates to the roles of verbal and non-verbal symbols, codes, and cues, stereotypes, prejudices and value and thought patterning systems between and among cultures. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Byrd, Gabrielle
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 4062 - LAWRENCE
3 29228
LEC Montgomery, Gretchen
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 18704
LEC Oliha-Donaldson, Hannah
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 24857
COMS 310 Introduction to Organizational Communication
This course provides a foundation for the study of communication in organizational contexts. It introduces students to various organization theories including classical, human relations, systems, and cultural approaches and examines the role of communication in each. Information flow, communication climate, communication networks, work relationships and managerial communication are discussed as well as organizational symbolism, conflict resolution, rituals and ethics. The course is designed to heighten students' awareness of the role of communication in the organizing process and to develop their abilities to diagnose and prevent communication-related problems. Prerequisite: COMS 130 or COMS 150. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Vellinga, Haley
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 19109
LEC Vellinga, Haley
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 24995
LEC Oliha-Donaldson, Hannah
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 11008
LEC Underhill, Margaretta
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 28319
COMS 320 Communication on the Internet
This course introduces social and communication issues in the context of online interaction. Surveys a range of social internet technologies (e.g., newsgroups, chat, MUDs, etc.). Focus is on the interpersonal topics, including the establishment and maintenance of individual and cultural identities, personal relationships, the emergence of online communities, power and conflict in online groups, language use in online contexts, and how online groups are used to enhance or alter civic and global cultures. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 18438
LEC
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM SUM 505 - LAWRENCE
3 11009
COMS 322 Audience Centered Public Speaking in the Workplace
In this course, students develop and present their ideas by applying communication theories to organizational audiences in various presentation situations. Specifically, this course focuses on presentation development, preparation, presentation and critique of messages appropriate in the business or organization setting. Special attention is given to speaking with confidence, presenting and working effectively in teams, reflecting and improving on presentations skills, and listening and speaking ethically in an increasingly diverse work world. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Underhill, Margaretta
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM SUM 405 - LAWRENCE
3 24725
LEC Bajorek, Benton
TuTh 08:00-09:15 AM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 24358
LEC Bajorek, Benton
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM FR 225 - LAWRENCE
3 22591
LEC Petersen, Corrin
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM BA 103 - LAWRENCE
3 24726
LEC Smith, Joshua
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 28325
LEC Morgan, Joshua
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM SUM 505 - LAWRENCE
3 22593
LEC Mapes, Margarethe
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 28296
LEC Hepler, Shelley
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM BL 204 - LAWRENCE
3 28326
LEC Christiansen, Jordan
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM SUM 505 - LAWRENCE
3 22594
LEC Walker, Zachary
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 24727
LEC Bowman, Shelby
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM BL 204 - LAWRENCE
3 28327
LEC Walker, Zachary
MWF 03:00-03:50 PM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 24728
COMS 330 Effective Business Communication
The purpose of this course is to develop the student's written, spoken and electronically mediated business communication skills to prepare to enter a career field. Focus is placed on job search preparation including the development of cover letters, resumes, online applications, and interviewing skills. Students are also engaged with business communication by expanding their current writing skills to meet the needs of a business, exposure to common business writing situations, and developing professional presentations. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Ellsworth, Erin
TuTh 08:00-09:15 AM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 11010
LEC Ellsworth, Erin
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 18744
LEC Morrill, Ann
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM HAW 2046 - LAWRENCE
3 18743
LEC Morrill, Ann
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM HAW 2046 - LAWRENCE
3 17437
COMS 331 Persuasive Speaking
Guided experiences in the preparation and presentation of discourse intended to influence outcomes of human interactions in various speaker-audience situations, including television. Special emphasis on speech styles in influencing thought, attitudes, and behavior. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Harroff, Lindsay
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 28293
COMS 335 Mass Media and Politics
The primary goal of this course is to critically examine the role of mass media in U.S. politics. Students learn how information makes it into news coverage, as well as how media content affects individuals, political campaigns, and governing decisions. The course covers media effects theories, news bias and polarization, political entertainment, and other topics. Although the primary focus of the course is politics, students interested in public relations and strategic communication also benefit from learning about U.S. journalism. By the end of the semester, students will be able to critically evaluate political and media systems in the U.S. (Same as POLS 521.) Prerequisite: COMS 130 or COMS 150. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Muddiman, Ashley
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 24015
COMS 342 Problem-Solving in Teams and Groups
This course introduces basic concepts important to leading and/or participating in problem-solving work teams. Problem identification and analysis and leadership are emphasized and practiced. Teamwork variables are discussed and promoted. Lecture, demonstrations, exercises in class are structure for students to analyze groups outside of class. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM SUM 505 - LAWRENCE
3 15877
LEC
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM SUM 505 - LAWRENCE
3 16927
LEC
MW 12:30-01:45 PM HAW 2046 - LAWRENCE
3 28441
COMS 344 Relational Communication
This course studies communication issues, theories, research and skills applicable to sustaining and enriching long-term relationships, such as families, friendships and close workplace collaborations. Emphasis is given to applying course concepts to students' own relationships and interaction in class. Prerequisite: COMS 244. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 356 Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods in Communication
An introduction to the nature of theory and theory building in the study of human communication. Research methods include experimentation, survey, content analysis, and field description. An introduction to statistics and statistical tests is included as well. Prerequisite: MATH 101 and admission to the Communication Studies major or consent of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hummert, Mary
MW 09:00-09:50 AM MAL 2001 - LAWRENCE
3 22516
DIS
F 10:00-10:50 AM BA 103 - LAWRENCE
3 22517
DIS
F 11:00-11:50 AM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 22518
DIS
F 12:00-12:50 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 22519
DIS
F 01:00-01:50 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 22520
COMS 410 Micro-Level Organizational Communication
An examination of dyadic level communication in organizations, with emphasis on contexts of superior-subordinate and peer communication. The course also addresses contexts of organizational entry and exit, perception and judgment, information seeking, feedback, and organizational attachment. Prerequisite: COMS 310. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Gist, Angela
MW 11:00-12:15 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 20165
COMS 420 Communication, Technology and Globalization
Examines the social, cultural, and economic challenges and opportunities advanced communication technologies and globalization pose to processes such as democratic deliberation, urban governance, and environmental sustainability. Prerequisite: COMS 130. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 425 Communication and the American Presidency
Examination of the ways in which American presidents communicate with the American people and how such communication influences the public. Emphasis is on a number of approaches to better understanding presidential communication, including rhetorical, historical, and content analysis. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Justice, Jacob
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 29206
COMS 435 Forms and Styles of American Public Discourse
Changing styles of public discourse are examined from the beginning of the nation to contemporary times, and the generic forms of address that have emerged from our national dialogue, such as jeremiads, inaugurals and apologies, are studied from a formistic perspective. Prerequisite: COMS 235. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 440 Communication and Gender
Focuses attention on the relationship between communication and gender, including both physical and psychological dimensions. Topics include: sex role orientations and stereotypes; perceived and actual differences in verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors; the influence of gender on communication in a variety of contexts. (Same as WGSS 440.) Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Kunkel, Adrianne
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 28274
COMS 447 Intercultural Communication: The Afro-American
An examination of the barriers to effective communication between black Americans and non-black Americans. (Same as AAAS 420.) Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Pennington, Dorthy
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 11012
COMS 450 Ethical Issues in Political Communication
Application of ethical standards to the evaluation of political communication. Examination of value questions related to advocacy in modern society (propaganda, demagoguery, credibility). Analysis of First Amendment rights and other issues pertaining to censorship and freedom of speech (defamation, dissent, incitement, public morals, privacy). Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Harris, Scott
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM WES 4007 - LAWRENCE
3 24104
COMS 454 Rhetoric of Popular Culture
A study of the social and cultural importance of popular culture. Emphasis is on using rhetorical analysis and a number of important theoretical perspectives to help examine popular culture's often unnoticed influence. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Slaw, Talya
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 28317
COMS 460 Undergraduate Seminar in: _____
Course organized any given semester to study particular subject matter or to take advantage of special competence by an individual faculty member. Topics change as needs and resources develop. Class discussion, readings, and individual projects. (Distribution credit given for two or three hour enrollments only.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 485 Communication and Organizational Change
Examines communication processes that support or hinder implementation of organizational change. Topics include stakeholder analysis, individual responses to change, communicating about change, generating support for change, and managing resistance to change. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 496 Capstone in: _____
In the capstone course students synthesize and apply knowledge and skills gained through the major. Capstone coursework requires students to integrate practices and theories learned in their areas of concentration. Topics within each concentration change as needs and resources develop. Prerequisite: Senior standing, COMS 130, and completion of COMS 235 and COMS 356. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Innocenti, Beth
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM WES 4001 - LAWRENCE
3 20831
LEC Gist, Angela
MW 12:30-01:45 PM BA 105 - LAWRENCE
3 28233
COMS 498 Honors Thesis
(Six hours maximum credit, which may be distributed through two semesters.) Study should include readings directed toward original research, i.e., an intensive investigation of a specific problem in this field. Prerequisite: Consent of the Department Honors Committee. IND.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Banwart, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 11013
IND Bricker, Brett
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 19862
IND Childers, Jay
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 15513
IND Gist, Angela
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 20832
IND Hall, Jeffrey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 16204
IND Harris, Scott
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 11014
IND Hummert, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 11015
IND Innocenti, Beth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 11017
IND Kunkel, Adrianne
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 11016
IND Mapes, Margarethe
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 25017
IND Muddiman, Ashley
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 22463
IND Oliha-Donaldson, Hannah
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 25018
IND Pennington, Dorthy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 11018
IND Rowland, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 11019
IND Tell, Dave
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 15869
IND Velasquez Perilla, Alcides
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 23936
IND Woszidlo, Alesia
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 16852
IND Zhang, Yan Bing
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-6 14388
COMS 499 Directed Study in Communication Studies
(A maximum of six hours of credit may be counted, with not more than four in a single area of study.) Investigation of a special topic or project selected by the student with advice, approval, and supervision of an instructor. Such study may take the form of directed reading, or special research, individual reports and conferences. (Distribution credit given for two-three hours only.) Prerequisite: At least seven hours of credit in the department and consent of instructor. IND.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Banwart, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 11020
IND Bricker, Brett
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 19863
IND Childers, Jay
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 15180
IND Gist, Angela
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 20833
IND Hall, Jeffrey
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 16205
IND Harris, Scott
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 11021
IND Hummert, Mary
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 11022
IND Innocenti, Beth
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 11024
IND Kunkel, Adrianne
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 11023
IND Mapes, Margarethe
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 25019
IND Muddiman, Ashley
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 22464
IND Oliha-Donaldson, Hannah
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 25020
IND Pennington, Dorthy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 11025
IND Rowland, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 11026
IND Tell, Dave
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 15870
IND Velasquez Perilla, Alcides
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 23935
IND Woszidlo, Alesia
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 16853
IND Zhang, Yan Bing
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 14389
COMS 503 Post-Soviet Communication
This course is designed to acquaint students with the shifting manner of public discourse in Post-Soviet Russia and help them to explore in some depth cross-cultural communication between America and Russia. In addition to contemporary and historical background on Russian communicative practices, students examine discourse in business development, mass media, marketing, and advertising. All readings in English. (Same as SLAV 503). LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Six, Irina
MW 12:30-01:45 PM FR 106 - LAWRENCE
3 22415
COMS 530 Internship in Communication Studies
Students do communication-centered fieldwork in an organization related to their career goals. Criteria for the organizations and work assignments suitable for internship credit are in an information brochure available at the COMS Department office and website. The internship plan is developed with field supervisor and internship faculty adviser. Reports and meetings are required. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, admission to COMS major. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 535 American Public Address, Puritans to 1900
A history of American public address from the Puritans to about 1900. Using the tools of rhetorical criticism, students describe, analyze, and evaluate select rhetoric from the period. Graduate students are assigned extra reading and a research paper. Prerequisite: COMS 235. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 536 American Public Address, 1900-Present
A history of American public address from 1900 to the present. Using the tools of rhetorical criticism, students describe, analyze, and evaluate select rhetoric from the period. Graduate students are assigned extra reading and a research paper. Prerequisite: COMS 235. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 537 Communication in Conflict Resolution
An examination of conflict situations and the manner in which communication can serve as a vehicle for their intensification or resolution. The focus is on the theory of games as it applies to conflict within interpersonal situations; implications will be drawn for larger social systems. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 538 Persuasion Theory and Research
This course focuses on the social scientific study of persuasion. Traditional theories of attitude change and persuasion research are studied along with techniques of measuring attitudes. Attention is also given to the attitude-behavior relationship and the production of compliance-gaining messages. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 539 Argumentation
Analysis of the theory and techniques of argumentation in historical and contemporary writings, with special emphasis on the works of Aristotle, John Stuart Mill, Richard Whateley, and Stephen Toulmin. Application of argumentation theory to political and legal discourse. Opportunity for student performances in the preparation and criticism of argument. Prerequisite: Four hours in the department. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bricker, Brett
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 24256
COMS 544 Advanced Interpersonal Communication: Theories and Research
Intensive exploration of contemporary theories and research in the field of interpersonal communication; emphasis on an array of theoretical models and research exemplars; comparative analysis of major theoretical and research paradigms. Prerequisite: COMS 244 or instructor consent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 546 Communication Across the Life-span
Examination of the ways in which communication changes across the life-span, and influences human development. Course will include topics such as barriers to communication among elderly populations; communication and mis-communication across generations; the role of language in constructing life-span development (e.g., the mid-life crisis); development of language and social interaction during childhood; peer relationships and communication in adolescence; uses and effects of mass communication across the life-span. Prerequisite: COMS 244 and COMS 356. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 547 Communication and Culture
A study of the systematic relationship between communication and culture. Emphasis is on culture as a variable in communicative situations: cultural aspects of attitude and cognition, language interchange, cultural differences in extra-verbal behavior, interaction between oral traditions and mass media. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, COMS 230, or an introduction course in anthropology. LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Montgomery, Gretchen
TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM WES 4018 - LAWRENCE
3 28636
COMS 548 Theories of the Interview
Comprehensive study of communication processes in dyadic, face-to-face situations commonly encountered in organizations and professional environments. Intensive analysis of simulated and real-life interviews. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 551 The Rhetoric of Black Americans
A study of the rhetoric of black Americans, from their earliest protest efforts to the contemporary scene, with focus on the methods and themes employed to alter their status in American society. (Same as AAAS 534.) Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 552 The Rhetoric of Women's Rights
An analysis of the themes and rhetorical strategies of the women's rights movement in America. The course will view the struggle for women's rights from a historical perspective and will conclude with contemporary issues concerning the role of women in society. (Same as WGSS 552.) Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 555 Family Communication
An examination of trends and theory related to the scientific study of the family, with a focus on issues related to family interaction, functioning, relationships, and communication. Research and theories from communication, sociological, and psychological perspectives are employed to examine topics such as family violence, mental health problems, marital satisfaction, divorce, courtship, and the impact of the family on its children (and vice versa). Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 557 East Asian Communication
Explores the major communication theories and research in the East Asian cultural contexts by focusing on the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures. Examines, from a broader perspective, certain cultural values (e.g. harmony, hierarchy, conservatism, and modernism) upheld in East Asian cultures and their influences on people's communicative behaviors in an age of globalization. Students explore issues of history, identity, verbal and non-verbal symbols, stereotypes, prejudice, values and thought patterning systems in the East Asian cultural context from a communicative perspective. This course is designed as a bridge course and meets with a graduate level section of the same title. Prerequisite: COMS 246. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 560 Seminar in: _____
Course organized any given semester to study particular subject matter or to take advantage of special competence by an individual faculty member. Topics change as needs and resources develop. Class discussion, readings, and individual projects. (May be repeated for credit if content varies). LEC.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
MW 11:00-12:15 PM HAW 2046 - LAWRENCE
3 28315
COMS 590 Nonverbal Communication
Examination of non-linguistic behavior in human communication, including proxemics (spacing), kinesics (movement and expression), and paralinguistics (voice quality). Includes phylogenetic and developmental perspectives, methods of analysis, applications to interpersonal problems. (Same as PSYC 590.) Prerequisite: COMS 356 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 211. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 605 Speech Writing
Emphasis is on actual practice in preparing speech manuscripts for oneself and others. Model speeches are examined to better understand language, evidence, and stylistic choices available to speech writers. The ethical dimensions of writing for others in corporate and political positions are stressed. Students are required to prepare a variety of speeches and analyses of others' speeches. Prerequisite: COMS 130, COMS 150, or COMS 230. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 607 Political Campaigns
This course will examine the communication involved in political campaigns. Students will be exposed to theories and ideas related to campaigns and will apply this knowledge to current political activity. Although the primary focus of the course is politics, students interested in public relations and strategic communication also benefit from learning and practicing media relations strategies. The mediated nature of modern political communication, as well as the communication strategies of campaigns and journalists, will be examined in a semester-long simulated campaign. By the end of the semester, students will become more informed users and consumers of political campaign messages. (Same as POLS 520.) Prerequisite: COMS 130 or COMS 150. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 620 Communication and New Technology
This course explores the impact of new communication technology on individuals and groups in various contexts. Topics include: The development of computer-mediated communication, social and psychological impacts of new communication technology, the evolution of telework and advances in interactive telecommunications. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 639 Legal Communication
An analysis of how communication principles and theories operate within the context of the legal system. Topics covered will include the lawyer/client interview, depositions and pre-trial discovery, settlement negotiation, jury selection, opening and closing statements, and witness testimony. Prerequisite: COMS 130 or COMS 150. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 647 Issues in Intercultural Communication
Examination of the processes and factors affecting communication in an intercultural context, and of methods of training for intercultural communication roles. Prerequisite: COMS 547 and an introductory course in anthropology, or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 656 Mass Media: Social Science Applications
This course introduces students to the major theories of and prominent research in mass communication. The aim is to stimulate critical thinking about the content and effects of mass communication, develop critical consumption skills, and enhance awareness of public policy issues relating to the media. Students are required to read a variety of chapters and articles on mass communication, promoting independent investigation into specific areas of interest. This course is a bridge course and meets with a graduate level section of the same title. Prerequisite: COMS 356. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 667 Interpersonal Communication in Multinational Organizations
A study of interpersonal communication in management and professional development in intercultural situations. Focus on preparation of the global manager or professional in the organizational environment. Special attention to the problems and challenges of intercultural interactions in the context of multinational organizations. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 669 Human Conflict and Peace
Study of religious, cultural, and social traditions toward understanding the nature and purposes of human conflict. Analysis of various meanings of peace, with emphasis on study of nonviolent approaches to management of conflict. Class discussion, readings, and individual research projects. (Same as REL 669.) Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 730 Writing and Speaking for Decision Makers
Theory and application of communication strategies for corporate communication. This course presents rhetorical analysis of organizational situations and audiences, focusing on corporate decision-makers. Included are informative and persuasive communications such as board presentations, requests for proposal and responses to RFPs, grant proposals, and persuasive presentations for adoption, implementation, or evaluation of organizational programs. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 741 Special Topics in Communication Studies: _____
Examination of special topics in Communication Studies. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

COMS 787 Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Gerontology and Aging
A seminar coordinated by the Gerontology Program. The seminar explores essential areas of gerontology for researchers and practitioners, providing a multidisciplinary (biology, health services, behavioral and social sciences,human services) perspective on aging. The seminar surveys contemporary basic and applied research, service programs, and policy and management issues in gerontology. (Same as ABSC 787, AMS 767, PSYC 787, and SOC 767.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

Directed study is intended to provide an opportunity for students to investigate a topic related to Communication Studies that is not covered fully in available coursework. The department is limited to the number of courses and topics it can offer each semester and the depth to which it would like to offer classes. Directed study allows students the opportunity to research wider and probe deeper than scheduled class work allows. Because the department cannot offer an individualized course on any particular topic to each student who requests it, the student is expected to carry out his or her directed study course as independently as possible.

Eligibility

Directed study is open primarily to COMS majors during their senior year. It is available only to students who have already tapped the department's existing coursework offerings, who have some background in the Communication Studies field, and who are committed to intensive study in a certain Communication Studies topic. It is not intended to be a substitute for a dropped COMS class, a way to avoid coming regularly to campus, or a source of credits to meet graduation requirements.

Credit

Directed study can be taken for 1-3 credit hours. The number of credits is determined by the amount of time the project will take to complete. Time allocated for directed study should be equivalent to a regular classroom course. Students can figure 15 hours of in-class time, and 30 hours of outside time per credit hour.

Plan
Because of the amount of time it takes to complete a directed study, the student should be able to work independently, have a very strong interest in the topic he or she plans to investigate and ample resources for research. Ultimately, the student will produce a significant project report. Because directed study is to be done independently, the project must be carefully planned from the start. The student ought to have some knowledge about the topic before presenting the plan to his or her advisor. The preliminary plan for the directed study project on should cover at least four areas. Students may want to ask themselves the following questions when planning a directed study project:

  1. Topic - What topic will I study? What question(s) will I answer? What do I hope to accomplish? This statement ought to include the reason the student wants to undertake the project, the content he or she wants to cover, and the process in which the student intends to complete the project.

  2. Resources - What resources do I plan to use to gather information for the project. The list may include any books, articles, lectures, community experiences, interviews, observations, etc.

  3. Product - What will the final project look like at the end? Will I write a paper or prepare some other form of presentation? What will the final product include? To make sure the project becomes more than an academic exercise, students are especially encouraged to produce something that will be of value to an audience other than the advisor.

  4. Time Line - To make sure the project is done in a timely manner, the student should break down the project into natural segments and set deadlines for each segment's completion.

Advising

The Communication Studies faculty member who is best informed about the topic should be the students' advisor. This may not be the first person the student contacts or the faculty member who is most liked by the student. The directed study advisor will review the student's plan and help refine it to help the student achieve his or her goal. After a plan is developed, the student is encouraged to meet with his or her advisor during the semester to explore ideas or procedures, or to ask for assistance. Occasionally, the advisor will have a project which he or she may need some help. The student may want to consider helping with the advisor's project to receive directed study credit. It is important to keep in mind that to plan, advise and evaluate a student's directed study is an extra responsibility in a faculty member's already very busy schedule. Students are expected to work on his or her directed study course as independently as possible.

Rules

  1. Students MUST get an advisor's approval before enrolling in directed study.

  2. There is a three hour directed study limit that can be applied to a COMS major requirement.

  3. The project should be completed before the end of the semester in which the student enrolls. It is recommended that the student does most of the work at the beginning and middle of the semester, before the final crunch hits.

Purpose

An internship provides opportunities to learn about and participate in the communication of a "real world" organization, (especially one that does excellent work in a profession you might enter after graduating) and to apply knowledge and skills gained in your COMS coursework.

General Description

You will arrange, for your internship, to work for an organization and be "mentored" by a qualified and committed supervisor. Like all business arrangements, an internship is an exchange. You will provide that organization with your time, energy, common sense, and all the knowledge and abilities you have developed so far. In return, you will receive opportunities to observe activities, gain information and skills, try your hand at meeting challenges, demonstrate what you have to offer, "network" in that professional milieu, and receive feedback that wouldn't otherwise be available to you.

 

This guide is intended to help you understand how the courses in Communication Studies fit together into areas and to help you plan which courses are best to take at what points in your progress through the degree. We recommend taking at least three semesters to work your way through the degree. The courses listed under "start with" are those you should take first. "Then take" are courses you should take after completing at least one of the 'start with' courses in that area. We do not recommend taking the 'finish with' courses unless you have already taken lower level courses in that area. We recognize that often you will be very limited in terms of what is open by the time you go to enroll, however by keeping on track with these suggestions, you will be able to both focus your course choices and go into higher level courses with adequate preparation.

Speaking/Skills
Start with: 130/131 Speaker-Audience Communication
Then take: 230 Debate, 231 Forensics, 330 Business and Prof Speaking, 331 Persuasive Speaking, 342 Teams and Groups
Finish with: 605 Speech Writing

Rhetoric, Public Address, and Political Communication
Start with: 235 Rhetoric and Social Influence, 238 Cases in Persuasion
Then take: 332 Rhetorical Tradition, 335 Rhetoric, Politics, and Mass Media, 435 American Public Discourse
Finish with: 537 Conflict Resolution, 538 Persuasion Theory and Research, 539 Argumentation, 550 Ethical Issues, 551 Rhetoric of Black Americans, 552 Rhetoric of Women's Rights, 553 Political Campaigns, 560 American Rhetoric 1990-Present, 560 American Rhetoric Puritans to 1900, 560 Rhetoric of War, 602 Presidential Rhetoric, 607 Political Comm

Interpersonal Communication
Start with: 244 Into to Interpersonal Theory
Then take: 344 Relational Comm, 342 Teams and Groups, 440 Communication and Gender, 455 Loving Relationships
Finish with: 534 Interpersonal Comm in Orgs, 537 Conflict Resolution, 540 Group Interaction, 544 Advanced Interpersonal, 546 Life Span, 590 Nonverbal, 667 Interpersonal in Multinational Corps

Leadership
Start with: 201 Intro to Leadership
Then take: 431 Comm and Leadership
Finish with: 531 Leadership Strategies and Applications, 532 Practicum, 560 Leadership Narratives

Organizational Communication
Start with: 310 Intro to Org Comm, 342 Teams and Groups, 330 Business and Prof Speaking, 410 Micro 
Finish with: 534 Interpersonal Comm in Orgs, 540 Group Interaction, 548 Interviewing, 549 Service and Sales, 560 Communication in distributed Organizations, 560 Health Communication, 667 Interpersonal in Multinational Corps

Conflict/Legal Communication
Finish with: 537 Conflict Resolution, 560 Managing Cross Cultural Conflict, 560 Third Party Involvement in Conflict Resolution, 639 Legal Comm, 669 Conflict and Peace

Intercultural Communication
Start with: 246 Intro to Intercultural
Then take: 447 African-American, 440 Communication and Gender
Finish with: 547 Culture, 546 Life Span, 551 Rhetoric of Black Americans, 560 Managing Cross Cultural Conflict, 590 Nonverbal, 647 Issues in Intercultural Communication, 667 Interpersonal in Multinational Corps

Communication and New Technology
Start with: 320 Communication on the Internet
Then take: 460 Communication, Technology, and Globalization
Finish with: 560 Communication in Distributed Organizations, 620 Comm and New Tech

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