COM500: Intro to Strategic Communication
An overview of the theories and skills required for communicating oral and written strategic messages competently in a collaborative, high-tech, and global business environment. The course will cover the methods necessary for effective communication in the business world, providing students opportunities to develop and improve their skills. Students will learn how to use the appropriate media and strategies to communicate to different audiences in different settings. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and applying current communication studies research.
COM501: Applied Communication Theory
This course will provide students with the opportunity to apply classic and modern communication theories to organizational and professional situations. By studying the origins and traditions of the communication discipline, as well as the concepts, relationships, and goals of theory, students will be able to analyze and evaluate communication situations more critically, effectively, and strategically. The connection between theory and research will be emphasized.
COM503: Applied Communication Research Methods
This course prepares students to design, conduct and interpret research in their subsequent careers as communication and media professionals. The course will provide the knowledge necessary to develop an understanding of the principles and methods of social scientific research as it applies to the field of strategic communication. In order to be able to conduct research in their future careers students will be introduced to methods of primary research in strategic communication such as interview, focus groups, survey, and experimental research. Students will also be introduced to statistical techniques using statistical software.
COM525: Technology and Culture
An introduction to theoretical frameworks for understanding how technology shapes and is mutually shaped by ways of thinking about the self and the world. The course also looks at how artists, feminists and non-Western thinkers have provided alternative models for thinking about technology and culture.
CMA600: Integrated Media and Design
Survey of the many ways media is used to convey information, provide entertainment or instruction. The course will survey the technological state of the media, design factors, along with the social, economic and political implications of a rich media landscape.
COM524: Special Projects IM Design – Capstone Project – Link
This course is designed to allow students from various media-related disciplines to explore cooperatively new interactive paradigms for communication and artistic expression made possible by new and emerging technologies. The ultimate goal of the class is to produce a set of finished projects that will be presented to faculty in the Integrated Media Certificate program.
COM526: Social Networks and the Web
This course takes a critical look at the phenomenon of online networks, how they come into being, and what impact they have on social behavior. The course includes a review of social network theories and an exploration of issues of control, participation, and production as they relate to networks.