Recent COM courses taught online
COM 302. Introduction to Interpersonal/Organizational Communication. 4 Hours. (REQUIRED)
Introduction to fundamental theories and concepts in interpersonal and organizational communication. Specific theories of how humans establish meaning systems and form communication relationships. Course Information: Topical Area: Interpersonal Communication. Open to Communication majors and minors only. Not intended for students with Freshman standing.
COM 303. Introduction to Mass Media. 4 Hours. (REQUIRED)
Introduction to mass media, including theory, history and tradition, structure and function, controls on the media, technology, ethical and legal issues, and future trends. Course Information: Topical Area: Journalism/Media Studies. Open to Communication majors and minors only. Not intended for students with Freshman standing.
COM 309. Introduction to Social Media. 4 Hours.
This course provides an introduction to the history, theory, and uses of social media. By discussing the nature and features of social media tools, this course examines not only the debate over the impact of social media, but also their relevance in our daily lives and future careers. It explores the ways by which social media influence a variety of segments of mass media ? journalism, broadcasting, public relations, advertising and marketing. Topical Area: Mass Media.
COM 334 Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture. 4 Hours
Survey of sex, gender and sexuality in production, reception, and content of contemporary U.S. popular culture. Themes: definitions, approaches, and functions of pop culture; race, class, gender, and sexuality in production and reception of media; representation and stylization of the body; masculinity and media violence; strategies for resisting media messages. Course Information
COM 341. Media and Social Change. 4 Hours.
An exploration of the use of innovative communication technologies in facilitating and enhancing social change across time and space. The economical, political, and societal impact of communication technologies are examined. Also explored is how media technologies shape the lives of citizens across the world. A survey of both scholarly and popular literature is used to examine the debate over the impact of these technologies on globalization. Topical Area: Mass Media.
COM 407. Photojournalism & Photo Documentary: Storytelling in Images. 4 Hours.
Course orients students to the rich traditions, contexts, goals and practices of photojournalism and photo documentary. Students critically examine social and cultural functions of photography and produce photo projects. Students seeking careers as photojournalists, freelance photographers, photo editors and digital media specialists in public relations, advertising, and a variety of fields will find course content beneficial. All skill levels welcome. Basic photography skills preferred. No prerequisite. Topical Area: Mass Media.
COM 411. Computer-Mediated Interpersonal Communication. 4 Hours.
Exploration of the ways in which our personal identity is mediated through electronic communication by providing students with an understanding of the human-computer interface. Intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and organizational levels of computer-mediated communication are considered. Students will develop effective practices for using electronic communication across a variety of communication contexts. Course Information: Topical Areas: Journalism/Media Studies; Interpersonal Communication.
COM 423. Dating and Relating. 4 Hours.
An in-depth analysis of the complexities and challenges of initiating, escalating, and terminating romantic relationships and the communicative processes that help and/or hinder relational development. Topics addressed include attraction, understudied relationships, problematic interaction, and changes in the dating process. Course Information: Prerequisites: COM 302. Topical Area: Interpersonal/Organizational.
COM 424. Gender Communication. 4 Hours.
Examination of female and male communication in a variety of contexts including family, romance, education, and the workplace. Representations in the media critiqued and theories of gender differences compared and evaluated. Course Information: Same as WGS 424. Topical Area: Interpersonal Communication. Not intended for students with Freshman or Sophomore standing.
COM 447. Media Criticism. 4 Hours.
Course examines theories and methods for the critical analysis of a variety of media texts, from newspaper to television to film. Media texts will be viewed from the overarching theoretical positions of cultural studies and political economy while examining issues of gender, race and politics. Methodological starting points include discourse and frame analysis; analytical starting points include semiotics, feminism, psychoanalysis and Marxism. Course Information: Topical Area: Journalism/Media Studies.
COM 448. Advertising. 4 Hours.
Theoretical and critical analysis of advertising with some emphasis on its historical context and its role in the transformation of society into a postmodern consumer culture. Students develop advertising campaigns as part of a full examination of advertising as message and function. Course Information: Topical Area: Journalism/Media Studies.
COM 452. Entrepreneurial Journalism. 4 Hours.
This course introduces students to how changes in the media landscape affect traditional news media, resulting in new business models and job descriptions for journalists. By considering the far-reaching shifts in the media industry, this course guides students to explore alternative business models, entrepreneurial journalism, and the basics of running news organizations. Topical Area: Mass Media.
COM 459. The Beatles: Popular Music and Society. 4 Hours.
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of not only the Beatles and their musical accomplishments, but also the impact they had and are having on popular music and society. Toward that end, we will listen to their music, watch videos of their work and hear their comments on that work, as well as read some of the best writing on the Beatles.
COM 461 Fake News and Fact-Checking. 4 Hours
This course not only provides an overview of fake news, but also discusses legal and ethical issues related to fake news. It also explores the roles and characteristics of fake news as well as some trends of fake news in the world as well as in the United States. By exploring the history of both fake news and fact-checking around the world, this course will focus on a critical analysis of fake news as well as the background of fake news.
COM 463. Organizational Communication. 4 Hours.
Analysis of organizational communication approaches, managerial style, motivation, leadership, corporate cultures, conflict, public relations, and diversity. Course Information: Topical Area: Interpersonal Communication.
COM 472. Political Communication in the United States. 4 Hours.
Examination of the theories and practices of political communication in the United States. Topics include campaigning vs. governance, communication ethics, political advertising, political campaigns, political debates, the presidency, the role of the media, the role of unelected advisors, speechwriting, technology, etc. Course Information: Topical Area: Journalism/Media Studies.
COM 477. ECCE: Global Media and Culture:China. 4 Hours.
This course examines media and culture in China from the perspective of what’s happening today based on the traditions, culture and politics of the country. Theoretical perspectives from Communication are used as the basis to examine a variety of types of media, on topics from entertainment and news. Course Information: Not recommended for students with Freshman standing. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement in the UIS area of Global Awareness.
COM 480. Presidential Political Advertising 1996-2016. 4 Hours.
In 1996, presidential television advertising moved from over the air and cable television distribution to include the web based presence of campaign web sites and web based ads. Over the following presidential campaigns, the political communication messages of these campaigns became more and more focused on using the role of web based ads and social media in their campaigns. This course will study the historical evolution of those campaigns and analyze in detail dozens of ads that were instrumental in this shift.