Course Offerings

COMMUNICATION (COMM)

Upper Division

502. Communication Law and Policy
Exploration and application of laws and regulations as they affect communication. Includes consideration of freedom of speech, libel and slander, intellectual property, broadcast regulations and privacy. (4 units)
506. Media Sex and Violence
Critical and empirical examination of the practices and consequences of portraying human aggression and sexuality in the mass media including television, movies, magazines, video games, and the Internet. Formerly a topic under COMM 365. (4 units)
511. Feminist Contributions to Communication Theories
Examination of how diverse feminist theories contribute to an understanding of communication and rhetoric, integrating feminist theories with communication theories, and focusing on how gender distinctions influence our thinking and communication. Will explore diversity in feminism, including ethnicity, relational orientation, religion and class. Formerly a topic under COMM 584. (4 units)
520. Integrated Marketing Communication
An integrated perspective on the process of communicating marketing messages to promote products, services, ideas, people, causes and events. Advertising, direct marketing, personal selling, public relations, and sales promotion strategies are explored with consideration given to global, ethical and technology-related issues. (Also offered as MKTG 520. Students may not receive credit for both.) (4 units)
522. Mediation Theory and Practice
Exploration of the theories, methods, and techniques of mediation as a collaborative process of resolving conflicts among individuals, groups, organizations, and nations. Third party intervention skills needed to serve as a mediator are developed through simulation exercises. Formerly a topic under COMM 364. Prerequisite: COMM 422 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
542. Issue Management and Crisis Communication
Principles and methods of issue evaluation and crisis management in public relations communication including issue monitoring, issue analysis, policy options, program design, evaluation, and identification. Prerequisite: COMM 344 or equivalent or consent of instructor. (4 units)
543. Environmental Communication
Examination of communication involving environmental issues in national and international contexts. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between communication and environmental problems and issues. Formerly a topic under COMM 584. (4 units)
550. Muslim Women in Media and Society
A cross-disciplinary and case study-based approach to the subject of Muslim women across several different regions and contexts, focusing particularly on their position in society and their representation in media. Formerly a topic under COMM 365 and 565. (4 units)
560. Health Communication
Advanced study of issues, contexts, and theories of health communication. Examines health issues in various communication contexts such as interpersonal, intercultural, organizational and mediated communication. Formerly a topic under COMM 364. Prerequisites: COMM 200 and 306 or consent of instructor. (4 units)
563. Advanced Topics in Public Argumentation and Rhetoric
Advanced special topics in public argumentation and rhetoric. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: junior, senior or graduate standing. (4 units)
564. Advanced Topics in Human Communication
Advanced special topics in human communication. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: junior, senior or graduate standing. (4 units)
565. Advanced Topics in Mass Communication
Advanced special topics in mass communication. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: junior, senior or graduate standing. (4 units)
566. Advanced Topics in Intercultural Communication
Advanced special topics in intercultural communication. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: junior, senior or graduate standing. (4 units)
567. Advanced Topics in Public Relations
Advanced special topics in public relations. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: junior, senior or graduate standing. (4 units)
580. Culture and Ethnicity in Language
Critical examination of the way language shapes perceptions, behaviors, and attitudes about culture and ethnicity. Prerequisite: COMM 304 or equivalent. (4 units)
581. Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric
Study of 20th century conceptualizations of rhetoric and intercultural communication with an emphasis on contemporary public discourse in different cultural settings. (4 units)
591. Internship/Externship in Communication
Supervised work and study of communication processes in private and public settings. A total of ten units in COMM 591 may be applied toward graduation. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: junior or senior status with a minimum of 16 units of communication course work completed on this campus; minimum overall grade point average of 2.5; written consent from a supervising agency within which the internship will take place; departmental approval of a contract between the intern and the supervising agency to be filed prior to the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (2-5 units)
593. Communication Approaches to Area Studies
Examination of communication practices and issues within world regions and among cultural groups which may include the role of communication in political, economic, social and cultural conflict and change. May be repeated for credit as focus area changes. Prerequisite: COMM 304 or equivalent.
  1. Africa (4 units)
  2. Asia-Pacific (4 units)
  3. Europe (4 units)
  4. Latin America (4 units)
595. Independent Study
Special topics involving library research, experimental or field research, or media production. A total of 10 units in COMM 595 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 ("B"), consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken, and junior or senior status. (2-5 units)

Graduate/Postbaccalaureate

May not be taken by undergraduate students.
600. Introduction to Graduate Study
Theory building in communication research. The assumptions, methods, perspectives and theoretical frameworks for advanced research in communication studies. Recommended for first quarter of graduate study, must be taken within first year. (4 units)
601. Intercultural Communication Theories
Study of the relationship between culture and communication with emphasis given to an examination of current quantitative and interpretative theory and research. Implications and applications to various kinds of human relationships and various aspects of those relationships (e.g. interpersonal, organizational, national, international and mediated). Recommended for first quarter of graduate study, must be taken within the first year. (4 units)
602. Quantitative Research Methods in Communication Studies
Study, design, data collection, and appropriate multivariate procedures for research through behavioral/quantitative approaches. Emphasis on research conducted in multicultural settings. Extensive work designing research instruments and employing computerized statistical applications. Prerequisites: COMM 400 and 600, or consent of department. (4 units)
603. Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
Survey of study design, data collection and appropriate procedures for research through qualitative and interpretive approaches. Emphasis on research conducted in multicultural settings. Advanced study in such methods include ethnography, interviewing, discourse analysis, and rhetorical and cultural criticism. Prerequisite: COMM 600 or 605. (4 units)
605. Introduction to Graduate Studies in Integrated Marketing Communication
Theory building in integrated marketing communication research. The assumptions, methods, perspectives, theoretical frameworks and case study analysis for advanced research in communication studies, marketing and advertising. Recommended for first quarter of graduate study, must be taken within first year. (4 units)
609. Digital Culture
Examination of the interactions among communication technology, new media, and culture with particular focus on intercultural and global communication. Prerequisite: COMM 309 or consent of department. (4 units)
610. Media and Intercultural Relations
Focus on how media and intercultural communication shape one another, including the relationship between the public and private processes of technologically-mediated interaction, transformations in interpersonal relations, and the social construction of contemporary discourses and lifestyles. (4 units)
620. Communication in Multicultural Organizations
Study and analysis of communication patterns in multinational and multicultural organizational settings. Analysis of intercultural communication theories as sources of explanations and strategies for developing and managing a culturally diverse organization. (4 units)
630. Instructional Communication
Study of educational philosophies, models, approaches, and research in teaching communication, to include course design and student evaluation instruments with emphasis on application of instructional strategies in their teaching presentations. May not be taken in lieu of EDUC 603. (4 units)
670. Seminar in Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Survey course on the origins, history, models and theories of conflict and conflict resolution. Includes cultural issues, nonviolent social movements, and the developing field of online conflict resolution. (4 units)
671. International Communication
Advanced study of issues in international communication in the context of globalization. Examination of the political, economic and cultural impact of communication across national boundaries, including news, entertainment, advertising, corporate communication, transborder data flows, and the Internet. (4 units)
672. Intercultural Peacemaking
Study of communication strategies for international and domestic peacemaking among diverse groups and interests. (4 units)
673. Advanced Mediation Skills
Application of selected mediation theories and skills such as group facilitation, group development, and language analysis. Prerequisite: COMM 522 or equivalent. (4 units)
685. Thesis or Project Proposal/Comprehensive Examination Preparation
Preparation of the thesis or project proposal, or preparation for comprehensive examination. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: completion of 24 units in the program, advancement to candidacy, and consent of graduate coordinator. (2 units)
686. Graduate Project
Preparation of a graduate project under the direction of a faculty member, with the approval of the graduate director, and if an interdisciplinary study major, with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Project proposals must be approved by the program coordinator in the quarter prior to enrollment in the course. Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy. (5 units)
689. Practicum for Teaching Assistants in Communication Studies
For students appointed as teaching assistants in communication studies. The course is designed to facilitate the development, refinement and maintenance of effective teaching methods and strategies. May be repeated for a total of three units. Graded credit/no credit. (1 unit)
690. Seminar in Organizational Communication
Intensive study of selected topics in organizational communication. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: COMM 421 or consent of department. (4 units)
691. Seminar in Public Relations
Intensive study of selected topics in public relations. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: COMM 341 or equivalent. (4 units)
692. Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
Intensive study of selected topics in interpersonal communication. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
693. Seminar in Mass Communication
Intensive study of selected topics in mass communication. May be repeated for credit as topics change. (4 units)
694. Seminar in Intercultural Communication
Intensive study of selected topics in intercultural communication. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: COMM 304 or equivalent. (4 units)
695. Graduate Independent Study
Advanced reading/research on a specific topic relevant to the student's program of study. Prerequisite: approval by the student's committee. (2-5 units)
696. Practicum in Intercultural Living
Students will complete academic assignments based on, and during residence in a domestic or foreign community other than their own. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: COMM 602 or 603, approval of student's committee; graduate level status with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0. Student must secure a written agreement with a sponsoring agency and departmental approval of that agreement. (2-5 units)
697. Internship in Communication
Supervised work experience in which the student completes academic assignments integrated with off-campus paid or volunteer activities. Graded credit/no credit. A maximum of five units of credit in COMM 697 will be accepted toward the M.A. degree. Prerequisites: approval of student's committee; graduate level status with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 ("B"). Student must secure a written agreement with the supervising agency in which the internship will take place and departmental approval of that agreement. (2-5 units)
698. Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Candidacy Standing
Independent study leading to completion of requirements (other than course work) for the master's degree. To retain classified standing in the master's program, a student must enroll in 698 each quarter until the project or thesis is accepted or the comprehensive examination passed. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who enroll in 698 through the university have full use of all university facilities. See Page 370, Culminating Experience: Exam, Thesis, or Project. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and approval of program graduate coordinator or, if an interdisciplinary studies major, consent of the Dean of Graduate Studies. 698 is a variable unit course, see Page 43 for fee schedule. Earned units are not degree-applicable nor will they qualify for financial aid. (0-6 units)
699. Thesis
Independent graduate research culminating in a written thesis. Prerequisites: approval of prospectus by the student's advisory committee, advancement to candidacy, completion of all other required courses for the M.A. or consent of department. (5 units)
999. Comprehensive Examination
An assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of subject matter. Prerequisites: COMM 685, advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the master's program, and in good academic standing. (0 units)

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