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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 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

1000 [CMJR 1000; CO/M 1000]. Introduction to Mass Media. 3. [C2<>CS] 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. (Normally offered fall, spring and summer)

1001 [CMJR 1001]. Issues in the Mass Media. 1. [(none)<>I, L] An examination of important, relevant, and timely issues as they relate to the mass media. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in COJO 1000.

1010 [CMJR 1010, CO/M 1010]. Public Speaking. 3. [C3<>O] Beginning public speaking course. Emphasizes message construction, performance and critique in public communication settings. Includes speech preparation, listening, audience analysis, critical thinking, language/nonverbal behavior and various speaking formats. Students are required to complete a minimum of five oral presentations of various types. (Offered fall, spring and summer)

1020 [CMJR 1020]. [(none)<>O] Communication and Civic Engagement. 3. Designed to complement a course from another discipline by engaging students in civic discourse within that context. Students identify issues, study related rhetorical strategies, determine target audiences and develop communication with a venue and target audience to be determined by the class. Prerequisites: none, but each section of course will require concurrent enrollment with a course in a different discipline.

1030 [CMJR 1030, CO/M 1030]. Interpersonal Communication. 3. [C2<>(none)] 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, spring and summer)

1040 [CMJR 1040, CO/M 1040]. Introduction to Human Communication. 3. [C2<>CS] 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, spring and summer)

1041 [CMJR 1041]. Issues in Human Communication. 1. [(none)<>I, L] An examination of important, relevant, and timely issues as they relate to the theoretical base of human communication. Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in COJO 1040.

2060 [CMJR 2060, CO/M 2060]. Forensics Practicum. 1 (Max. 8). [C2<>(none)] Prerequisite: consent of forensics director. (Offered fall and spring semesters)

2090 [CMJR 2060, CO/M 2090]. Persuasion. 3. [C2<>(none)] Studies human communication as a change agent. Emphasizes relationships of attitudes to behavior, behavioral research and contemporary theories. Prerequisite: COJO 1030 or 1040, or consent of instructor. (Offered spring semester)

2100 [CMJR 2100, CO/M 2100]. Reporting and Newswriting. 3. [W2<>WB] Beginning newswriting. Practices development of news sources, selection and information organization. Variations in types of news. Covers development and trends of journalistic forms. Intensive practice in gathering and writing news. Prerequisite: W1 writing course. (Offered fall and spring semesters)

2110 [CMJR 2110, CO/M 2110]. Nonverbal Communication. 3. [C2<>C] Studies influence of nonverbal behavior in communication. Students have opportunities to further their understanding of relationship between verbal and nonverbal communication. Prerequisite: COJO 1030 or 1040, or consent of instructor. (Normally offered fall semester)

2120 [CMJR 2120, CO/M 2120]. Small Group Communication. 3. Presents communication behavior in small group situations: networks, dynamics, leadership roles, member functions and decision-making behavior. Prerequisite: COJO 1030 or 1040, or consent of instructor. (Offered fall semester of even-numbered years)

2150 [CMJR 2150, CO/M 2150]. Argumentation. 3. [C1<>(none)] Studies argumentation principles. Emphasizes reasoning, evidence, case construction and effective presentation in bringing about belief and conviction. Practical applications by participation in debates on various social and political questions. Prerequisite: COJO 1030 or 1040, or consent of instructor. (Offered based on sufficient demand and resources)

2170 [CMJR 2170, CO/M 2170]. Broadcast Writing. 3. [W2<>(none)] Practices techniques of writing, interviewing and delivering news stories for radio and television. Intensive practice in gathering and producing broadcast news. Prerequisites: W1 writing course and COJO 2200. (Offered fall semester)

2200 [CMJR 2200, CO/M 2200]. Broadcast Production. 3. Introduces fundamental technical and production concepts in radio, television and motion pictures. Emphasizes actual experience with equipment and understanding of its operation. Note: This course is a prerequisite to all production courses. (Normally offered fall and spring semester)

2250 [CMJR 2250, CO/M 2250]. Communication in Organizations. 3. Studies communication patterns, roles, channels, and their effects within various organizational structures: social, political, professional, industrial, etc. Prerequisite: COJO 1030 or 1040 or consent of instructor. (Offered spring semester of even-numbered years)

2260 [CMJR 2260, CO/M 2260]. Interviewing. 3. Practices principles and methods of eliciting and imparting information through interviewing in both private and public situations. Stresses techniques and methods used in employment in professional situations. Prerequisite: COJO 1030 or 1040 or consent of instructor. (Offered based on sufficient demand and resources)

2400 [CMJR 2400, CO/M 2400]. Introduction to Photography. 3. [C3<>CA] Basic course in still photography. Includes laboratory practice in techniques of camera use, composition, processing and use of photographs. (Offered fall, spring and summer)

2470 [CMJR 2470, CO/M 2470]. History of the Cinema. 3. [C3<>(none)] Studies development of the film as a medium of mass communication. Wide variety of films are seen in the class ranging from the silent era to today.

3000 [CMJR 3000, CO/M 3000]. History of American Journalism. 3. Presents history and development of American journalism from colonial times to present, emphasizing 20th century. Prerequisite: COJO 1000. (Offered spring semester of even-numbered years)

3010 [CMJR 3010, CO/M 3010]. Business and Professional Communication. 3. 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 consent of instructor. (Offered fall and spring semesters)

3040 [CMJR 3040, CO/M 3040]. Advanced Communication Theory. 3. Considers nature of human communication theories. Analyzes problems in developing communication theory based on current social science methods. Prerequisites: COJO 1040 and 6 additional hours in department. (Offered fall semester)

3070 [CMJR 3070, CO/M 3070]. Introduction to Communication Research. 3. [M3<>(none)] 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. Prerequisites: COJO 1000 or 1040 and STAT 2070 or 2050. (Offered fall semester and normally offered spring semester)

3100 [CMJR 3100, CO/M 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. (Offered fall semester)

3160 [CMJR 3160, CO/M 3160]. Theory of Language and Society. 3. [W3<>WC] Considers contributions to communication theory from linguistics, sociolinguistics, sociology, social psychology and anthropology to understanding a spoken language. Prerequisites: COJO 1040 and 6 additional hours in the department or consent of instructor. (Offered fall semester of even-numbered years)

3170 [CMJR 3170, CO/M 3170]. Broadcast Journalism. 3. [W3<>(none)] An overview of the techniques of broadcast news professionals, to report and deliver stories on-air. Includes intensive practice in writing, reporting and reading news stories for radio and television. Prerequisite: COJO 2100.

3190 [CMJR 3190, CO/M 3190]. Cross-Cultural Communication. 3. [(none)<>D] Studies human communication processes within the context of various cultures and subcultures. Opportunity for field study of the effect of culture on communication behavior. Prerequisite: COJO 1040. (Offered spring semester of even-numbered years)

3200 [CMJR 3200, CO/M 3200]. Graphics of Communication. 3. [C3<>CA] 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. (Offered every other semester)

3270 [CMJR 3270, CO/M 3270]. Television Producing and Directing. 3. Studies principles and techniques of television production, including practical experience and presentation in basic program preparation. Prerequisite: COJO 2200. (Offered fall semester)

3280 [CMJR 3280, CO/M 3280]. Radio Producing and Directing. 3. Studies principles and techniques in audio production. News, special events, documentaries, and drama are organized, planned, produced and directed. Prerequisite: COJO 2200. (Normally offered fall semester)

3300 [CMJR 3300, CO/M 3300]. Advertising in the Media. 3. Studies fundamentals of copywriting in mass communication. Provides study and practice in the psychology of advertising, audience direction, advertising appeals, strategy, and structure of ads and commercials. Includes exercises in basic principles of copywriting for print and electronic media. Prerequisite: COJO 2100 or 2170. (Normally offered fall semester)

3310 [CMJR 3310, CO/M 3310]. Public Relations. 3. Studies mass media effects on audiences and audiences' involvement in and interpretation of mass media content. Discusses public opinion and mass media concepts as conceptual framework for public relations, advertising and other public information fields. Prerequisite: COJO 2100 or 2170. (Normally offered fall semester)

3470 [CMJR 3470, CO/M 3470]. History of Documentary Film. 3. [C3<>(none)] Provides history and overview of origin, development and evolution of documentary films, focusing on U.S., British and Canadian films. Examines documentary function, form, production techniques, as well as present and future role in the global community. Prerequisites: COJO 1000 and junior standing or consent of instructor. (Offered fall semester of even-numbered years)

3480 [CMJR 3480, CO/M 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. Prerequisites: signed contract and 9 hours in the department. (Offered fall, spring and summer)

3520 [CMJR 3520, CO/M 3520]. Communication Technology and Society. 3. [C2<>(none)] 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. (Offered spring semester)

3530 [CMJR 3530, CO/M 3530]. Online Journalism. 3. How to produce content for online media and use the Web as a tool for mass media work. Course provides experience in designing Web pages, writing for hypermedia and digital imaging; covers history, ethical issues and trends in online journalism, photography, broadcasting, public relations and advertising. Prerequisites: COJO 2100 or other instructor approved W2 course.

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. Prerequisites: COJO 1000. COJO 1040, or POLS 1000.

4000 [CMJR 4000, CO/M 4000]. News-Making Processes. 3. The study of the processes underlying the production of news in the mass media with special emphasis on how those processes affect the news and have an impact on society. Examines the function of news, values, and objectivity in the news, outside influences, and news as entertainment. Dual listed with COJO 5000. Prerequisites: COJO 1000 and 9 hours in the department.

4020 [CMJR 4020, CO/M 4020]. Mass Media and Society. 3. [C1<>(none)] Studies ethical and related problems of mass communication from contemporary and historical viewpoints. Critical analysis of the performance of the mass media. Prerequisites: COJO 1000 or 1040 and 6 hours in the department or consent of instructor. (Offered fall semester of even-numbered years)

4030 [CMJR 4030, CO/M 4030]. Advanced Interpersonal Communication. 3. Studies research and theory in interpersonal relationships; formation and maintenance of friendships; marriages; and group relationships. Prerequisites: COJO 1040 and 6 hours in the department. (Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years)

4050 [CMJR 4050, CO/M 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. Prerequisites: COJO 1000 or 1040 and 6 hours in the department. (Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years)

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. Prerequisites: COJO 1040 and 3040 or ENGL 2035.

4100 [CMJR 4100, CO/M 4100]. Investigative Reporting. 3. [W3<>WC] 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 3100. (Offered spring semester)

4110 [CMJR 4110, CO/M 4110]. Feature Writing Seminar. 3. [W3<>WC] Extensive practice in such specialized forms of writing as editorials, commentaries, reviews and magazine articles. Content varies. Critically analyzes such writing. Prerequisites: COJO 3100 and 6 hours in the department or consent of instructor. (Offered fall semester)

4120 [CMJR 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 [CMJR 4140, CO/M 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. Prerequisites: COJO 2110 and junior standing.

4150 [CMJR 4150, CO/M 4150]. Legal Communication. 3. Provides a better understanding of how communication affects and is affected by our legal institutions and processes. Prerequisite: COJO 2150 or consent of instructor. (Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years)

4160. African American Rhetoric. 3. [(none)<>CH, D] African American discourse and its relationship to equality and participation.  Using the struggle of African Americans as an instructive exemplar, it will 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. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level COJO course.

4170 [CMJR 4170, CO/M 4170]. Advanced Media Writing. 3. [W3<>(none)] Analyzes documentary and dramatic writing for radio and television. Practical writing projects. Whenever possible, scripts are produced. Prerequisite: W2<>WB writing course.

4190. Dimensions of Racism. 3. Explores the effects of racism on African people in America using an African centered framework. We will look at the ways racism intersects with sexism, classism, and heterosexism/homophobia within the African community both in America and throughout the Diaspora. Dual listed with COJO 5190; cross listed with AAST 4190. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level COJO course. 

4200 [CMJR 4200, CO/M 4200]. Visual Communication. 3. Studies principles of vision that help explain how humans process information. Content includes perception, organization of information, spatial factors, cultural factors, motion, vectors and color. Specifically emphasizes visual processing of information relating to mass media. Prerequisite: COJO 1000. (Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years)

4210 [CMJR 4210, CO/M 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. Prerequisites: COJO 1040 and 9 hours in the department or consent of instructor.

4230 [CMJR 4230, CO/M 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. Prerequisites: COJO 1000 and 9 hours in the department or consent of instructor.

4231. Minority Media Ownership. 3. [(none)<>CS, D] Examines ethnic-owned media organizations in the United States. The course addresses African American, Latino, Asian, Native American as well as Arab American owned media. We examine the markets and audiences that ethnic owned media serve and the implications of regulatory, economical, and technological changes in the media industry. Cross listed with AAST 4231. Prerequisite: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000 level course, junior/senior standing, or nine credits in any level COJO course.

4232. Media Coverage. 3. [(none)<>CS] Emerging digital technologies have impacted media and communication industries. In this course we discuss convergence definitions and their application, explore examples of convergence, and examine the effects of technology and computers on content across media platforms. We study content, interactivity, visuals, and technology in an increasingly converged world. Prerequisite: 9 hours in COJO.

4250 [CMJR 4250, CO/M 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. Prerequisites: COJO 2250 and 3070 or consent of instructor. (Offered spring semester of even-numbered years)

4270 [CMJR 4270, CO/M 4270]. Advanced Television Production. 3. Studies details of directing, editing and single camera television production. Requires production of several original short television programs. Prerequisite: COJO 3270. (Offered spring semester)

4280 [CMJR 4280, CO/M 4280]. Advanced Radio Production. 3. Advanced project course in audio production work. Concentrates on production of high quality and professional sounding audio productions using voices, music and sound effects. Emphasis on creativity. Prerequisite: COJO 3280.

4300 [CMJR 4300, CO/M 4300]. Advertising Campaigns. 3. Reviews current national, regional and local advertising practices in various media. Develops understanding of advertising agency and/or advertising department. Students prepare  an advertising campaign using creative and marketing strategies on regional or national level. Prerequisite: COJO 3300. (Normally offered spring semester)

4310 [CMJR 4310, CO/M 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. (Offered spring semester)

4370 [CMJR 4370, CO/M 4370]. TV News Programming. 3. Gathering, reporting, performing and producing. Students produce three half-hour (live-on-tape) shows. Lecture and discussion topics include performance, voice quality, shooting, editing, news gathering and research, ethics, newsroom organization and management, and the role of TV news in the local community. Prerequisites: COJO 3170 and 4270 or consent of instructor.

4400 [CMJR 4400, CO/M 4400]. Photojournalism. 3. [C3<>(none)] 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. (Offered spring semester of even-numbered years)

4500 [CMJR 4500, CO/M 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. Prerequisites: COJO 1000 and 2100 or consent of instructor. (Offered fall semester)

4530. Advanced New Media. 1-3 (Max. 6). 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. Prerequisites: COJO 1000 and 9 hours in the department.

4590 [CMJR 4590, CO/M 4590]. Advanced Persuasion. 3. Participants in this seminar engage in dialog directed toward both (1) understanding the issues raised in contemporary persuasion research and (2) exploring potential solutions and ideas for future research. This seminar should prompt participants to begin their own research ventures designed to contribute to the study of communication and social influence. Dual listed with COJO 5590. Prerequisites: COJO 2090 and 3070.

4600 [CMJR 4600, CO/M 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. (Offered spring semester of even-numbered years)

4630 [CMJR 4630, CO/M 4630]. Ethics in Personal Relationships. 3. Examines personal relationships and the ethical issues participants in these relationships encounter. Personal relationships are those unique relationships in which the participants cannot be replaced without altering the very nature of the relationship. Personal relationships are originated, developed, maintained and dissolved through communication between the participants. Dual listed with COJO 5630. Prerequisite: COJO 4030 or consent of instructor. (Offered spring semester of odd-numbered years)

4800 [CMJR 4800, CO/M 4800]. Media Management. 3. Discusses station and  program orientation, market studies, law, policies, programming, public relations and public responsibilities. Prerequisites: COJO 2100 or 2170 and 6 hours in the department. (Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years)

4985. Rhetoric and Social Justice. 3. 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 5985. Prerequisites:  undergraduate students, COJO 2150, 3040; graduate students, graduate standing.

4990 [CMJR 4990, CO/M 4990]. Independent Study in Communication. 1-3 (Max. 6). Prerequisites: 15 hours in the department and consent of department chair.

5000. News-making Process. 3. Study of the processes underlying the production of news in the mass media with special emphasis on how those processes affect the news and have an impact on society. Course examines the functions of news, values, and objectivity in the news, outside influences, and news as entertainment. Dual listed with COJO 4000. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5010. 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.

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. Prerequisites: COJO 1040 and 3040 or ENGL 2035.

5070. Research in Communication I. 3. Principles and problems of experimental research in human communication. Attention primarily on experimental design within laboratory and field settings. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5080. Research in Communication II. 3. Principles and problems in quasi-experimental and naturalistic research in human communication. Attention primarily on the observation and systematic investigation of naturally occurring communicative events. 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. Prerequisites: COJO 2110 and junior standing.

5160. African American Rhetoric. 3. African American discourse and its relationship to equality and participation. Using the struggle of African Americans as an instructive exemplar, it comes 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: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level COJO course.

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.

5190. Dimensions of Racism. 3. Explores the effects of racism on African people in America using an African centered framework. We will look at the ways racism intersects with sexism, classism, and heterosexism/homophobia within the African community both in America and throughout the Diaspora. Dual listed with COJO 4190; cross listed with AAST 5190. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level COJO course. 

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.

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.

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. Advanced New Media. 1-3 (Max. 6). 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. Prerequisites: 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.

5590. Seminar in Persuasion. 3. Participants in this seminar engage in dialog directed toward both 1) understanding the issues raised in contemporary persuasion research and 2) exploring potential solutions and ideas for future research. This should prompt the participants to begin their own research ventures designed to contribute to the study of communication and social influence. Dual listed with COJO 4590. Prerequisite: COJO 2090 and 3070.

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. Seminar: Small Group Communication. 3. An intensive examination of the historical and contemporary theoretical approaches and empirical research in small group dynamics. Attention primarily focused on the rules of decision-making and the leader-follower relationship in groups with and without a history. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5630. Ethics in Personal Relationships. 3. Examines personal relationships and the ethical issues participants in these relationships encounter. Personal relationships are those unique relationships in which the participants cannot be replaced without altering the very nature of the relationship. Personal relationships are originated, developed, maintained, and dissolved through communication between the participants. Dual listed with COJO 4630. Prerequisite: COJO 4030.

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. Prerequisites: 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. Prerequisites: enrollment in Plan B program and departmental approval.

5985. 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 4985. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

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

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