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Communication and Journalism (COJO)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 2003 USP code followed by the 2015 USP code (i.e. [QB<>Q]).

JumpLink1000. Introduction to Mass Media. 3. [CS<>H] An overview of mass media, newspapers, magazines, books, radio, television and films. Studies mass media's historical development, emphasizing understanding techniques of expression and impact on American culture. Surveys content of mass media; considers contemporary problems and trends. (Offered fall and spring semesters)

1030. Interpersonal Communication. 3. [{none}<>H] Focuses on interpersonal communication settings or face-to-face interaction. Basic unit of study is, therefore, the dyad. Also includes some work in small group settings. (Offered fall and spring semesters)

1040. Introduction to Human Communication. 3. [CS<>{none}] Introduces theories and research of social and behavioral scientists on communication process. Orients beginning communication students by focusing on concepts and issues central to human communication. (Normally offered fall and spring semesters)

1101. First-Year Seminar. 3. [{none}<>FYS]

JumpLink2010 [1010]. Public Speaking. 3. [{none}<>COM2] Beginning public speaking course. Students will develop foundational oral, digital and writing communication skills. Emphasizes message construction, performance and critique in public communication settings. Includes speech preparation, listening, audience analysis, writing strategies, digital communication, critical thinking, language/nonverbal behavior and various speaking formats. Prerequisite: successful completion of a COM1 course.

2090. Persuasive Argumentation. 3. [{none}<>COM2] Develops student competencies in persuasive argument in its written, oral, and digital dimensions. Students participate in a series of debate exercises that draw upon digital research, written speech and message composition, and extemporaneous oral speaking. The ethics of persuasion and critical research literacy in a digital environment are also featured. Prerequisite: Successful completion of a COM1 course.

2099 [2060]. Special Topics in Debate. 1-3 (Max. 12). Explores the argumentative and rhetorical facets of the annual intercollegiate policy debate topic. Participation on the University's debate team is required for enrollment. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

2100 [1100]. Media Writing. 3. [WB<>{none}] This course focuses on an introduction to basic news writing, reporting, editing, interviewing, PR and advertising. Strong writing, deadlines, accuracy, news judgment, ethical practices and sensitivity of our pluralistic society are expected. This course provides skills necessary for various media careers including media writing, PR, marketing and magazine writing. Prerequisite: WA or COM1. (Offered fall and spring semesters)

2400. Introduction to Photography. 3. [CA<>{none}] Basic course in still photography. Includes laboratory practice in techniques of camera use, composition, processing and use of photographs. (Offered fall, spring and summer)

JumpLink3000. History of American Journalism. 3. Presents history and development of American journalism from colonial times to present, emphasizing 20th century. Prerequisite: COJO 1000.

3010. Business and Professional Communication. 3. [{none}<>COM3] Studies theories and techniques of professional communication activities including interviewing skills, group processes, and professional presentations; for students who are beyond elementary oral communication level. Students develop oral communication skills through projects and presentations. Prerequisite: COJO 1010 or COJO 2010 and junior standing.

3040. Advanced Communication Theory. 3. Considers nature of human communication theories. Analyzes problems in developing communication theory based on current social science methods. Prerequisite: COJO 1000 and COJO 1040.

3070. Introduction to Communication Research. 3. Focuses on problems in communication and mass communication research. Specifically  studies and applies language of science, basic concepts of communication, mass communication research, types and limitations of empirical research, as well as measurement procedures and analysis. Prerequisite: COJO 1000 or 1040 and STAT 2070 or 2050.

3100. Public Affairs Reporting. 3. Practices public affairs reporting, emphasizing local and state political organization as foundation for such reporting. Specialized reporting fields. News analysis. Prerequisite: COJO 2100.

3160. Theory of Language and Society. 3. [WC<>{none}] Considers contributions to communication theory from linguistics, sociolinguistics, sociology, social psychology and anthropology to understanding a spoken language. Prerequisite: COJO 1040 and 6 additional hours in the department or consent of instructor.

3190. Cross-Cultural Communication. 3. [D<>COM3] Studies human communication processes within the context of various cultures and subcultures. Opportunity for field study of the effect of culture on communication behavior. Prerequisites: COJO 1040 and junior standing.

3195. Cultural Encounters in China. 3. [{none}<>H] This course is designed to study the relationship between cultures and communication through a 3-week stay in China. We will explore how cultures and communication interact, interrelate, and influence each other as well as investigating how and why cross-cultural communication is filled with both challenges and opportunities through our daily interactions with Chinese people. Prerequisite: COJO 1040.

3200. Graphics of Communication. 3. [CA<>{none}] Combines editing and design. Studies evaluation, selection and editing of magazine and newspaper news copy. Practice in publication design, including headline writing, printing methods, page layout and other display techniques. Prerequisite: COJO 1000.

3300. Advertising in the Media. 3. Studies fundamentals of copywriting in mediated communication. Provides information about the psychology of advertising, advertising appeals, strategy, and structure of ads and other marketing materials. Includes exercises in basic principles of copywriting for print, electronic and digital media. Prerequisite: COJO 2100.

3310. Public Relations. 3. Studies how organizations can improve their relationships with their publics. Explores public opinion and how to research audiences. Explains different skills needed in the field, including its relationship to advertising and marketing. Prerequisite: COJO 2100.

3480. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 12). Review and evaluation of approved internship experience. At the conclusion, students must submit a journal containing work samples and a critique of their performance and internship experience. Maximum of 6 hours of internship credit can be used to fulfill requirements of the major. Prerequisite: signed contract and 9 hours in the department.

3520. Communication Technology and Society. 3. Studies role of communication technology in functioning of society. Examines history of effects on personal growth, self-concept, world view, creative thinking, personal relationships and social processes. Prerequisite: COJO 1000 or 1040.

3530. Multimedia Production. 3.  Intensive introduction to reporting, writing, producing, editing, and managing content for the web. Integration of writing, photography, social media, audio, video, and blogging for both journalism and strategic communication (e.g., public relations, marketing). Focus on grammar, AP style, deadlines, accuracy, news judgment, ethics, and appreciation of our diverse society. Prerequisite: COJO 2100.

3550. Political Communication. 3. Examines the intersection of politics and communication. For example, may cover politics and media, interpersonal political discussion, organizational and governmental political communication, political campaigns, politics and technology, etc. Moreover, it may cover the effects of political communication on individuals' opinions and behavior. Cross listed with POLS 3550. Prerequisite: COJO 1000, COJO 1040, or POLS 1000.

3900. Family Communication. 3. This course will assist students in a study of the concept of family from a communication perspective. The goals of the course include: 1. To introduce students to the wide range of family experiences in the 21st century; 2. To develop knowledge regarding the major communication theories used to analyze families and their interaction; 3. To allow students the opportunity to analyze your own family situations, and those of your classmates, in order to benefit you both academically and personally, to provide new insights into the people with whom you share your lives as well as others who live in your communities. Restricted to juniors and seniors. Prerequisite: COJO 1040.

JumpLink4020. Mass Media and Society. 3. Studies ethical and related problems of mass communication from contemporary and historical viewpoints. Critical analysis of the performance of the mass media. Prerequisite: COJO 1000 or 1040 and 6 hours in the department or consent of instructor.

4030. Advanced Interpersonal Communication. 3. Studies research and theory in interpersonal relationships; formation and maintenance of friendships; marriages; and group relationships. Prerequisite: COJO 1040 and 6 hours in the department.

4040. Digital Video Production. 3. This course teaches technical skills and creative principles involved in shooting and editing single camera video. Topics include video technology, design, lighting, audio, continuity, and editing. Students will gain experience planning, shooting, and editing video projects through hands-on exercises and assignments. Dual listed with COJO 5040. Prerequisite: 9 hours of COJO coursework.

4050. Communication and Conflict. 3. Studies research and theory concerning communication in conflict development and management. Examines forms of conflict, including occurrences in interpersonal, group, organizational and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: COJO 1000 or 1040 and 6 hours in the department.

4061. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism. 3. An investigation into how rhetorical theory, spanning from its ancient roots in Aristotelian thinking to its current postmodern components, operates in society. Explores how various critical methods can be utilized to gain a stronger understanding of public communication texts, including newspapers, speeches, music and film. Cross listed with ENGL 4061; dual listed with COJO 5061. Prerequisite: COJO 1040 and junior standing.

4100. Investigative Reporting. 3. [WC<>{none}] Practices developing and writing articles of depth and substance in areas of public concern. Emphasizes careful research, weighing conflicting viewpoints, interpreting complex issues and critical evaluation. Prerequisite: COJO 2100.

4110. Feature Writing Seminar. 3. [WC<>COM3] This course critically examines how to produce content for a magazine and how to write feature stories. Among the topics covered are how to develop a good idea, analyze a target audience, gather information using interviews and research, write a feature article, edit your writing, and market a feature story. Prerequisite: COJO 2100.

4120. News Editing. 3. Students develop skills in editing copy for newspapers and magazines. Focus is on copy editing for grammar, syntax, style, clarity, spelling, word usage, fairness and balance, conciseness, and accuracy. Students also learn to write effective headlines and cutlines, do effective design and layout of tabloid and broadcast pages, and create effective information graphics and photo features. Prerequisite: COJO 2100.

4140. Nonverbal Communication Studies. 3. Critical analysis of current studies in the area of nonverbal communication.  Students are required to complete an independent study of some aspect of nonverbal communication relevant to interests. Dual listed with COJO 5140. Prerequisite: junior standing.

4160. African American Rhetoric. 3. [CH,D<>COM3] African American discourse and its relationship to equality and participation. Through examination of various media, music, speeches, and art this course uses the struggle of African Americans as an instructive exemplar, to come to terms with the philosophical concepts, political issues, moral complexities, and discursive characteristics of African American Rhetoric.  Dual listed with COJO 5160; cross listed with AAST 4160. Prerequisite: 9 credit hours in AAST or COJO.

4200. Visual Communication. 3. The purpose of this course is to combine visual communication theory and application in order to enhance visual literacy and practical skills. Content includes analyzing visual messages, developing and producing visual messages, and understanding how audiences process and are affected by visual messages. Dual listed with COJO 5200. Prerequisite: 9 hours of COJO coursework.

4210. Special Topics in Communication. 1-3 (Max. 6). Intensive study of such special problems and topics in human communication processes as gender relations, power dynamics, family and political communication. Content varies. Prerequisite: COJO 1040 and 9 hours in the department or consent of instructor.

4230 [4910]. Special Topics in Mass Media. 1-3 (Max. 6). Intensive study of problems and topics specific to the mass media, including print, broadcast, advertising, public relations, and the Internet. Course content varies and may include historical, legal, ethical, political, sociocultural, economic, and theoretical perspectives. Dual listed with COJO 5230. Prerequisite: COJO 1000 and 9 hours in the department or consent of instructor.

4233. Race, Gender, Ethnicity in the Media. 3. [WC,D<>COM3] Examines the role mass media plays in the Black community and other racial, ethnic, gendered, and socioeconomic communities. Students will develop a critical understanding of the way the mass media uses stereotypes and prejudice to influence society's views about ethnic minorities and women in contemporary United States society. Dual listed with COJO 5233; cross listed with AAST 4233 and WMST 4233. Prerequisite: 3 credit hours in AAST, COJO, or WMST, WB/COM2, and junior standing.

4250. Advanced Organizational Communication. 3. Studies communication processes in political, educational, industrial, medical and nonprofit organizations. Emphasizes in-depth analysis of theories and methods of organizational research and practice.

4260. Rhetoric and Social Justice. 3. [D<>COM3] Analyzes concepts of ableism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, and socioeconomic class through a critical/social construction framework.  It attempts to develop a "working" definition of these concepts by analyzing historical and current conceptualizations and identifying marginalization and disenfranchisement as it is woven in the fabric of American society.  Dual listed with COJO 5260; cross listed with AAST 4260. Prerequisite: Minimum of 9 credit hours in AAST or COJO and junior standing.

4310. Public Relations Techniques. 3. Practical application of public relations writing, planning and program implementation. Includes exercises in writing news releases, structuring news conferences and writing preliminary and formal public relations strategies. The plans also incorporate advertising and marketing segments for external publics, newsletter design, editing and interpersonal relations. Prerequisite: COJO 3310.

4400. Photojournalism. 3. Studies and intensively practices reporting news and features photographically, plus essentials of advertising photography. Includes advanced camera and darkroom techniques and photo editing. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory weekly. Prerequisite: COJO 2400.

4500. Mass Communication Law. 3. Studies development of First Amendment law. Includes practical application of law to mass media practice; relationship of legal and social responsibilities of the mass media; and problems of law and regulation, such as constitutional, statutory and administrative. Prerequisite: COM2 with a grade of C or better.

4530. Web Design. 3. Addresses the theory and logistics of web design and online interactivity. Students will create and maintain a professional portfolio website that showcases their communication and design talents. It is applicable to journalism, public relations, advertising, marketing, photography, and any other media-related career path that uses new media. Dual listed with COJO 5530. Prerequisite:: COJO 1000 and 9 hours in the department.

4600. Mass Media Ethics. 3. Studies ethical theory, emphasizing how it can be applied to problem solving in the media. Examines major ethical perspectives and requires application to actual case studies. Dual listed with COJO 5600. Prerequisite: 6 hours at 3000-level in the department or consent of instructor.

4620. Intergroup Communication. 3. The course will provide an overview of theory and research on intergroup relations to demonstrate how communication both affects and reflects our social group memberships. The objective is to provide students with the theoretical foundation to view various contexts of communication through an “intergroup lens.” Dual listed with COJO 5620. Prerequisite: COJO 1000 or COJO 1040.

4640. Communication Apprehension/Competence. 3. This course examines theoretical explanations, research findings, and interventions. Students are required to develop research projects aimed at helping people cope with communication fear or anxiety in various contexts. Dual listed with COJO 5640. Prerequisite: COJO 1000 or 1040.

4990. Independent Study in Communication. 1-3 (Max. 6). Prerequisite: 15 hours in the department and consent of department chair.

JumpLink5010. Texts of Mass Media. 3. Intensive critical examination of the history, theory, social responsibility and empirical research in the production and consumption of mediated messages. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5030. Seminar in Interpersonal Communication. 3. Intensive examination of contemporary theoretical perspectives and empirical research on interpersonal communication, including the role of communication in self-concept formation, social relationship development, and the structure and function of ordinary discourse in human interaction. Dual listed with COJO 4030. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5040. Digital Video Production. 3. This course teaches technical skills and creative principles involved in shooting and editing single camera video. Topics include video technology, design, lighting, audio, continuity, and editing. Students will gain experience planning, shooting, and editing video projects through hands-on exercises and assignments. Dual listed with COJO 4040. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5061. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism. 3. An investigation into how rhetorical theory, spanning from its ancient roots in Aristotelian thinking to its current postmodern components, operates in society. Explores how various critical methods can be utilized to gain a stronger understanding of public communication texts, including newspapers, speeches, music and film. Cross listed with ENGL 5061; dual listed with COJO 4061. Prerequisite: graduate status or 12 hours of 3000-4000 level work.

5070. Quantitative Research Methods. 3. Design, implementation, and examination of research questions in communication with quantitative, social scientific methodologies. Attention primarily on survey design, experimental design, and quantitative content analysis. Analysis of quantitative data with statistical programs. Theories and ethical issues with quantitative research. Design and implement a quantitative study start to finish. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5080. Qualitative Research Methods. 3. Students study principles and issues associated with qualitative methods used in communication and media research. The class explores methods that use interpersonal communication and observation as tools for data collection and explores methods that analyze media content from a critical and qualitative perspective. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5140. Nonverbal Communication Studies. 3. Critical analysis of current studies in the areas of nonverbal communication. Students are required to complete an independent study of some aspects of nonverbal communication relevant to interests. Dual listed with COJO 4140. Prerequisite: COJO 1040 or COJO 1000.

5160. African American Rhetoric. 3. African American discourse and its relationship to equality and participation. Through examination of various media, music, speeches, and art this course uses the struggle of African Americans as an instructive exemplar, to come to terms with the philosophical concepts, political issues, moral complexities, and discursive characteristics of African American Rhetoric. Dual listed with COJO 4160; cross listed with AAST 5160. Prerequisite: 9 credit hours in AAST or COJO.

5200. Visual Communication. 3. The purpose of this course is to combine visual communication theory and application in order to enhance visual literacy and practical skills. Content includes analyzing visual messages, developing and producing visual messages, and understanding how audiences process and are affected by visual messages. Dual listed with COJO 4200. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5210. Special Topics in Communication. 1-3 (Max. 6). Intensive examination of current theoretical issues in communication. Course content varies. Graduate students are expected to follow a rigorous reading schedule and submit a major paper or research project. Dual listed with COJO 4210. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5230. Special Topics in Mass Media. 1-3 (Max. 6). Intensive study of problems and topics specific to the mass media, including print, broadcast, advertising, public relations and the internet. Course content varies and may include historical, legal, ethical, political, sociocultural, economic and theoretical perspectives. May dual list with COJO 4230. Graduate students are expected to follow a rigorous reading schedule and submit a major paper or research project. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5233. Race, Gender, Ethnicity in the Media. 3. Examines the role mass media plays in the Black community and other racial, ethnic, gendered, and socioeconomic communities. Students will develop a critical understanding of the way the mass media uses stereotypes and prejudice to influence society's views about ethnic minorities and women in contemporary United States society. Dual listed with COJO 4233; cross listed with AAST 5233 and WMST 5233. Prerequisite: 3 credit hours in AAST, COJO, or WMST, WB/COM2, and junior standing.

5250. Seminar In Organizational Communication. 3. Intensive examination of the historical and contemporary theoretical approaches and empirical research in organizational dynamics. Attention primarily focuses on how the institutionalized collective affects and is affected by other social systems. Dual listed with COJO 4250. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5260. Rhetoric and Social Justice. 3. Analyzes concepts of ableism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, and socioeconomic class through a critical/social construction framework. Attempts to develop a "working" definition of these concepts by analyzing historical and current conceptualizations and identifying marginalization and disenfranchisement as it is woven in the fabric of American society. Dual listed with COJO 4260; cross listed with AAST 5260. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5310. Seminar in Mass Communications. 3. The study of contemporary, historical, critical and behavioral theories of mass communication processes. Attention primarily on the social functions performed by mediated messages. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5530. Web Design. 3. Addresses the theory and logistics of web design and online interactivity. Students will create and maintain a professional portfolio website that showcases their communication and design talents. It is applicable to journalism, public relations, advertising, marketing, photography, and any other media-related career path that uses new media. Dual listed with COJO 4530. Prerequisite:COJO 1000 and 9 hours in the department.

5540. Seminar in Communication Theory. 3. An intensive examination of various metatheoretical assumptions and theoretical models used in the study of communicative dynamics. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5600. Mass Media Ethics. 3. The study of ethical theory with special emphasis on how that theory can be applied to problem solving in the media. Examines major ethical perspectives and requires the application of those perspectives to actual case studies. Graduate students are expected to follow a rigorous project. Dual listed with COJO 4600. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5620. Intergroup Communication. 3. The course will provide an overview of theory and research on intergroup relations to demonstrate how communication both affects and reflects our social group memberships. The objective is to provide students with the theoretical foundation to view various contexts of communication through an “intergroup lens.” Dual listed with COJO 4620. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5640. Communication Apprehension/Competence. 3. This course examines theoretical explanations, research findings, and interventions. Students are required to develop research projects aimed at helping people cope with communication fear or anxiety in various contexts. Dual listed with COJO 4640. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5800. Foundations of Communication and Journalism. 3. Examines current issues and trends in the various areas of communication and journalism that are represented within the department. Students analyze the historical roots of these issues and trends as a way of understanding the present context and future evolution of communication and journalism scholarship. Prerequisite: first year of graduate study and acceptance into the COJO graduate program.

5890. Problems: Communication. 1-4 (Max. 6). Prerequisite: 18 hours at the 5000 level in the department.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5959. Enrichment Studies. 1-3 (Max. 99). Designed to provide an enrichment experience in a variety of topics. Note: credit in this course may not be included in a graduate program of study for degree purposes.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max 24). Designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate degree program.

5961. Graduate Projects. 1-4 (Max. 4). Limited to those students enrolled in a Plan B graduate program. Students should be involved in non-course scholarly activities in support of their Plan B project. Prerequisite: enrollment in Plan B program and departmental approval.

5990. Internship. 1-12 (Max. 24). Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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