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Main Campus
Sullivan Hall


Room: 2010 
2801 W. Bancroft
Mail Stop 505
Toledo, OH 43606
Phone: 419.530.2005
Fax: 419.530.4771

Department Chair

419.530.1323


Secretary

419.530.5082


Communication Advisor
Lisa Bollman

419.530.4436
Lisa.Bollman@utoledo.edu

Commdept@utoledo.edu

Courses in the Department of Communication

COMM 1010 – COMM PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
[3 credits] An introductory course that provides instruction and practice in human communication including interpersonal communication, group discussion, public speaking and mass communication. (Not for major credit)

COMM 2000 – MASS COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
[3 credits] Overview of the media of mass communication, which considers social, economic and intellectual impact on American culture and democracy. Exploration of various mass media and their methods of shaping public perceptions. (Required major course)

COMM 2120 – REPORTING 
[3 credits] Introduction to writing for publication in the student newspaper, developing skills in interviewing, listening, using primary sources, thinking critically, and mastering electronic data-collection methods. Pre-req – COMM 2130.

COMM 2130 – MEDIA WRITING I
[3 credits] Through various assigned readings, discussions, reporting and writing, students will become fully immersed in the media writing process. Students will develop story ideas, interview sources and write publication-ready news articles. Emphasis will be placed on journalistic ethics, credibility, accuracy and news judgment. (Required major course)

COMM 2150 – DIGITAL PUBLISHING  
[3 credits] Introduction to Writing, Editing, Design approach in editing newspapers, newsletters, electronic and similar publications. Fundamentals of desktop publishing, copy editing, headline writing, typography, layout, design, use of photos, illustrations.

COMM 2160 – TELEVISION PRODUCTION I
[3 credits] This is a laboratory/lecture course designed to introduce the student to the terminology and single camera production procedures used in field television production and serve as a foundation for story-telling through this medium.

COMM 2180 – MEDIA PRODUCING AND PERFORMANCE  
[3 credits] The class is designed to give students experience being in front of the camera through a variety of assignments that will give them practice at interview skills, reading off the Teleprompter, and adlibbing. Also, students will gain experience producing and coordinating productions.

COMM 2210 – AUDIO PRODUCTION I  
[3 credits] The class is designed to introduce students to studio recording and editing sound. Students will produce commercials, public service announcements, and demos for announcing jobs. Audio Production I is a pre-requisite class for Audio Production II.

COMM 2220 – TELEVISION PRODUCTION II
[3 credits] Students will work together to produce various types of live studio productions and will be introduced to the process of remote video acquisition and editing for use in living productions.

COMM 2300 – PHOTOJOURNALISM
[3 credits] An applied study of the conceptual, ethical, philosophical, historical and commercial aspects of photojournalism.

COMM 2500 – SOCIAL MEDIA I
[3 credits] This course covers the practice and use of social media in communicating across the fields of media and business and its effect on society. The topics of Social Media: marketing, advertising and networking will be discussed and students will produce projects using emerging/current social media technology.

COMM 2600 – PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
[3 credits] Applies the principles of informative and persuasive communication in the construction, delivery, and critique of public presentations. (Required major course)

COMM 2820 – GROUP COMMUNICATION
[3 credits] Theory and practice of group communication variables and processes with an emphasis on problem-solving approaches.

COMM 2830 – ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
[3 credits] This course examines the principles and theories of organizational communication. Particular attention will be devoted to how communication skills, culture, systems, ethics, new technology and power all affect, create and define organizations.

COMM 2840 – INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
[3 credits] Review and application of interpersonal communication theory and research in a variety of one-to-one social contexts. (Required major course)

COMM 2870 – COMMUNICATION THEORY
[3 credits] An introduction to human communication theory and research directed toward understanding and applying theory and research in various communication contexts and for various communication outcomes.

COMM 2890 – CONFLICT IN ORGANIZATIONS  
[3 credits] An examination of communication variables that may reduce the potential for workplace conflict. Students survey theoretical models, conduct interviews with professionals and write analyses of case studies of successful conflict management.

COMM 2990 – INDEPENDENT STUDY
[1-4 credits] A freshman/sophomore seminar in which the student pursues a problem of special interest in communication. A prospectus must be submitted to the faculty member with whom the student will work.

COMM 3120 – MEDIA WRITING II
[3 credits] This course will focus on identifying, developing and writing online articles about community and business issues. Students also will become versed in major state, local and national news. Pre-req – COMM 2130.

COMM 3150 – FEATURE WRITING
[3 credits] Theory and practice in writing in various kinds of discourse for newspapers, magazines and electronic publications and writing for specialized audiences. Developing context, analysis, background and appropriate standards of evidence for publication. Pre-req – COMM 2130.

COMM 3180 – MASS COMMUNICATION LAW - WAC
[3 credits] Case studies and readings in libel, privacy, access and other legal issues arising from constitutional, judicial and administrative laws that affect mass communication. Pre-req – COMM 2000.

COMM 3210 – AUDIO PRODUCTION II
[3 credits] This advanced course is designed to further enhance students' proficiency of audio and program production skills through project based learning: students will produce professional quality audio programming for commercial or public radio. Segments will also be available on demand (podcast) for listeners. Pre-req – COMM 2210.

COMM 3260 – EVENT WEB STREAMING
[3 credits] This is a laboratory/cooperative course in collaboration with other university departments and clients to produce live video content for display on various venues such as the Glass Bowl, Savage Arena scoreboards and online.

COMM 3270 – MULTIMEDIA NEWSWRITING - WAC  
[3 credits] Training in the skills required in the preparation, writing and editing of both radio and television news.

COMM 3290 – CONTENT MANAGEMENT
[3 credits] The student will be able to proficiently utilize new media and critically analyze design and content issues in mediated communication. The goal of this course is media design and content literacy. Pre-req – COMM 2000 or 2500.

COMM 3340 – VISUAL COMMUNICATION I
[3 credits] Application of the principles of visual communication to informing, persuading, and entertaining the public through digital photography, layout & design in print, Web design, and a multimedia presentation.

COMM 3350 – GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION I
[3 credits] To develop the ability to create successful mediated messages through the use of new technologies and software from concept to the end product. The student will be able to proficiently utilize the Internet, and critically analyze design issues in mediated communication. The students will also develop a foundation for using tools to produce graphics for television and online. This course is the prerequisite for Graphic Communication II.

COMM 3500 – SOCIAL MEDIA II
[3 credits] This advanced course covers the practice and use of social media in communicating across the fields of media and business and its effect on society. The student will develop a relationship with a client and develop a brand that will be marketed through social and digital media. Pre-req – COMM 2500.

COMM 3610 – SPEECHWRITING
[3 credits] Applies principles of effective public relations communication to the practice of developing speeches for others and composing publicity materials.

COMM 3720 – PUBLIC RELATIONS THEORY
[3 credits] Public relations principles, planning and methods in business, government, educational institutions and other organizations. Examination of law, ethics, professionalism, history, theory, strategies and practices of the profession. Pre-req – COMM 2130.

COMM 3820 – PERSUASION THEORY  
[3 credits] Examination of the theory and practices used in persuasive communication in public presentations, advertising, sales and political campaigns.

COMM 3830 – BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEBATE AND FORENSICS
[3 credits] Theory and practice in reasoned discourse; analysis, evidence, logical forms and fallacies. Problems and procedures in administering a forensic program, teaching and directing debate and individual speaking events.

COMM 3850 – RESEARCH METHODS
[3 credits] Introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods in communication research. Focus on evaluating and interpreting reports in various forms of communication.

COMM 3880 – PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
[3 credits] Developing oral and written business communication skills through practice in public speaking, interviewing, resume writing, and communication in various formats.

COMM 4090 – MASS COMMUNICATION ETHICS - WAC
[3 credits] Investigation of problems and practical application of classical theories as well as current strategies to confront ethical crises in mass-media settings. Pre-req – COMM 2000.

COMM 4100 – MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM - WAC
[4 credits] Developing a thorough understanding of researching, writing, and presenting television/online news. Includes studio and remote productions. Pre-req – COMM 2160 or 2220.

COMM 4110 – HIGH SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS
[3 credits] Problems involved in the production of high school newspapers and yearbooks including approaches to design, advertising, content, news, editorials, administration and business management.

COMM 4220 – TELEVISION PRODUCTION III
[4 credits] Advanced principles and aesthetic considerations in the production of various television programs. Includes working with remote equipment and digital editing. Pre-req – COMM 2160 or 2220.

COMM 4250 – MASS COMMUNICATION HISTORY - WAC
[3 credits] Historical consideration of the media from colonial era to the present, with special emphasis on learning through problem-solving and critical thinking about the role of mass communication as a force in shaping national identity. Pre-req – COMM 2000.

COMM 4330 – INTEGRATED MEDIA
[3 credits] The goal of this course is media design literacy. Students will develop the ability to create successful mediate messages through various mediums and new technologies. Pre-req – COMM 2130.

COMM 4340 – VISUAL COMMUNICATION II
[3 credits] Advanced theory, application, and interpretation of visual communication and rhetoric to inform, persuade and entertain the public through digital photography, layout and design in print, Web design, and digital multimedia. Pre-req – COMM 3340.

COMM 4350 – GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION II
[3 credits] To develop the ability to create successful mediated messages through the use of new technologies and software from concept to the end product. The student will be able to proficiently utilize new technology, and critically analyze design issues in mediated communication. The goal of this course is advanced visual design literacy. The students will also develop a thorough understanding for using tools to produce graphics for television and online. Pre-req – COMM 3350.

COMM 4630 – PUBLIC RELATIONS PRACTICES
[3 credits] Examination of practices, techniques, tools and strategies used in public relations. Research theory and techniques; strategic planning and management of public relations programs. In-depth study of one detailed project. Pre-req – COMM 2000 and 3720.

COMM 4640 – PUBLIC RELATIONS CASE STUDIES - WAC
[3 credits] Analysis of successful and unsuccessful public relations efforts and programs. Emphasis on the theoretical and ethical foundations of successful public relations programming. Pre-req – COMM 3720.

COMM 4820 – FAMILY COMMUNICATION - WAC
[3 credits] Explores variables and processes of family communication emphasizing theory, definitions of family, roles & rules, conflict, intimacy, societal influences, and effects on the individual and the family as a whole.

COMM 4830 – GENDER, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION - WAC
[3 credits] Cross-listed as WGST-4350. Explores how gender and culture simultaneously shape and are shaped by communication through relationships, institutions, and society.

COMM 4900 – COMMUNICATION SEMINAR
[3-4 credits] An in-depth examination of a communication topic, problem or media event. May be writing intensive.

COMM 4910 – PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO
[1 credit] Students develop a portfolio for post-graduate work that includes an assessment of work from five Communication classes including two from both Applied and Conceptual Communication, cover letter, resume, etc. Course offered P/NC. (Required major course) Pre-req – COMM 2000.

COMM 4940 – COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP
[1-3 credits] Professional training in communication relating to newspaper work, public relations, broadcasting etc. Arrangements with the appropriate communication organization must be made in consultation with the internship director prior to enrollment. Course offered P/NC.

COMM 4990 – INDEPENDENT STUDY
[1-4 credits] A seminar in which the student pursues a problem of special interest in communication. A prospectus must be submitted prior to registration to the participating faculty member.

Last Updated: 8/8/17