Course information

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
COMM110 Principles of Speech
This course provides a study of the basic principles of oral communication with emphasis on content, delivery, audience analysis, reasoning, organization, and other facets of the oral communication process.
COMM120 Radio: Prin, Tech. & Programming
This course is required for all students who wish to work in an on-air capacity on WLFC-FM, the University's radio station. Students will learn the history of WLFC, the FCC-mandated laws WLFC must follow daily, how to properly work with all the station's broadcast software and hardware, how to create a professional-grade radio program, and general techniques of radio production and radio programming. Students will also become FCC-licensed radio operators by completing the FCC Radio License Exam.
COMM125 Parliamentary Procedure Y
This course offers experience in organizing, presiding, and participating in meetings conducted under rules of parliamentary procedure.
COMM170 Intro to Mass Communication
This course examines the history of each mass medium, the complex influences of mass media on American culture, global media issues, mass media support industries, and current media controversies.
COMM180 Intro to Digital Media
This course introduces the knowledge base and skills needed to be both a developer and user of multimedia. It will benefit digital media majors directly by providing a solid foundation into their career goals and teach students from other majors to effectively use a variety of media.
COMM202 Oral Interpretation Y
This course involves the oral reading of literature with special attention given to its selection, emotional meaning, and interpretation. Voice and diction will be emphasized as part of the course.
COMM211 Argumentation and Debate Y
This course provides a study of the principles of argumentation and the procedures of debate with special attention given to the collection of evidence, analysis, reasoning, organization, and practice in presentation.
COMM216 Interpersonal Communication Y
This course offers an emphasis on dyadic communication with focus on listening, semantics, nonverbal communication, socialization, attraction, confrontation, and conflict resolution related to the intrapersonal variables of perception and self-concept. Gender communication and cross-cultural communication will also be emphasized as will communication in the family and the workplace.
COMM217 Current Issues in Communication
This course will introduce students to the major trade journals in communication to gain a greater understanding of the current issues and trends in the field. Emphasis will be placed on the legal and ethical consequences of actions being taken, the historical significance of the current issues, and the short- and long-term effect these actions may have on various industries, publics, and society as a whole.
COMM218 Intercultural Communication Y
This course offers a survey of the variables that affect communication among peoples of different cultures as well as the use of this knowledge in facilitating such social and cultural interchanges.
COMM219 Health Communication
This course offers an overview of ways in which perspectives of health have changed and influenced health practices and health communication. The course also examines communication strategies and media used to disseminate information and traces practices and policies that created the need to legislate privacy of health information.
COMM220 Broadcasting in America Y
This course provides an introduction to the physics, history, economics, and social implications of radio, broadcast television, cable television, and developing media.
COMM225 Audio Production
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course covers the theories and processes of producing, writing, and directing the audio in programs including special events, advertising, and promotion.
COMM225L Audio Production Lab
Co-requisite: COMM 225 Students will practice the concepts from the lecture portion of the course, including making various instruments, multi- track recording, audio sweetening, overdubbing, adding reverb, flange, echo and other audio effects to recorded audio materials. Students will work with the instructor to establish solid audio designs and practical application of theory and audio concepts. Students will spend a minimum of 45 hours working as an audio engineer for projects in consultation with the instructor.
COMM230 Mass Media and the Law Y
This course offers an examination of the role of the federal government in regulating mass media with emphasis on First Amendment law and the role of the Federal Communications Commission.
COMM240 Principles of Public Relations
This course provides a study of the history, development, and status of public relations in business, governmental, and ancillary organizations. Application of the duties of a practitioner and research methods as well as an introduction to planning, execution, and evaluative aspects of public relations are also covered.
COMM245 Radio Drama
Students produce, record, and perform authentic radio scripts with sound effects to better understand the popular culture of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
COMM255 Political Communication
This course will study the functions, styles, strategies, and practices of political communication. Emphasis will be placed on both teaching the student to engage in effective political communication and on being a more prudent consumer of the political communication that is directed at him/her by others.
COMM260 Video Production I
This course introduces basic video equipment operation and aesthetic principles, begins the basics of studio operations and television lighting, and introduces students to producing and directing video projects. It presents practical training of pre- production, production, and evaluation techniques for broadcast and non-broadcast productions. Includes a separate lecture and lab to complete coursework.
COMM265 Non-Verbal Comm & Listening Y
This course includes the study of nonverbal communication and the role it plays in human interaction, as well as the importance of having good listening skills and the role listening plays in effective communication. It involves studying both how to use nonverbal communication more effectively and how to more accurately read the nonverbal communication of others. It will also include the study of proven listening strategies that work in personal relationships, in education, and in the workplace. Topics will include the study of gestures, proxemics, posture, touching, chronemics, facial expression, dress, eye contact, movement, and various forms of paralanguage. They will also include listening to one's self, perception and listening, nonverbal communication and listening, barriers to effective listening, and empathetic listening.
COMM270 Film and Society Y
The aim of this course is to teach students a greater appreciation of the medium of film, to arm them with the knowledge to be informed consumers and/or critics and to enable them to see the larger picture of how the artistic expression can convey culture, meaning, and context to fictional and non-fictional stories and events.
COMM280 Mass Comm and Digital Media
Prerequisite: COMM 180 This course is designed to introduce students to the primary areas of digital communication as they connect to the major areas of the media. Students will be introduced to and learn to work with Web applications and basic Web design; photo and video shooting and editing software for these areas; recording and editing audio; and streaming applications for audio and video.
COMM291 Communication Field Experience
Under supervision of department faculty, students will begin to use application of basic theory through practical experience in at least two programs of study within the communication area. It is expected that most students will be in the introductory-skill level and will gain experience in equipment use and application at this level. This course may be repeated for up to three hours. This course is graded S/U.
COMM296 Communication Field Research
This course requires students to study qualitative and quantitative methodology and apply it to their field research and data analysis.
COMM303 Gender Communication
Prerequisites: COMM 216 and ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course studies communication across genders. Students will study differences in the ways that males and females communicate, ways to bridge gaps in gender communication, and ways to improve cross-gender communication in friendships, in romantic relationships, and in the workplace. Unhealthy communication methods will also be identified and discussed.
COMM304 Family Communication
Prerequisites: COMM 216 and ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course studies effective communication in family situations such as with spouses, between parents and children, among siblings, and with extended family members. Unhealthy communication methods will also be identified and discussed.
COMM308 Media Effects Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course involves a study of the theories and research on the effects of mass media on the consumer and society with special emphasis on the ethical issues facing members of the media.
COMM310 Advanced Public Speaking Y
Prerequisites: COMM 110 and ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course provides extended study and application of the principles of public speaking with emphasis on content, organization, effective presentation style, and forms of proof. Students will prepare and deliver various kinds of speeches that are called on in a number of real-life situations.
COMM312 Small Group Communication Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course offers a study of the principles and methods of small group communication with emphasis on both participant and leadership behavior and group dynamics.
COMM313 Junior Assessment
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 In this course students are required to create resumes and evaluate the knowledge and skills they have developed thus far. Students will be introduced to Senior Assessment projects by becoming familiar with the proposal process, analyzing previous projects, and working with seniors in the process of completing their projects.
COMM315 Contemp. Theories of Comm. Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course provides a broad survey of theories of human communication and their uses. Included are such areas as symbolic interactionism, signs, meaning, cognitive consistency, field theory, etc.
COMM316 Applied Interpersonal Comm
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course will review the roots of communication as a discipline and the converging nature of its numerous professions while emphasizing theoretical and applied concepts of interpersonal communication in professional and social situations. This course is designed for communication majors.
COMM317 Current Issues in Comm II
Prerequisite: COMM 217 or permission of the instructor. This course will build on the knowledge gained from basic understanding of the major trade journals in communication with the focus being on exploration and explanation of the current issues and trends in the field. Greater emphasis will be placed on the students' understanding of the context of current issues and actions being taken in communication, and students will be expected to report in written and oral form the movement of these trends and the potential effects they have.
COMM320 Interviewing
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and fulfilled speech competency This course examines both sides of the interviewing process. Students will learn strategies for asking questions and formulating appropriate responses in health interviews, survey interviews, recruiting interviews, employment interviews, performance interviews, and counseling interviews.
COMM330 Communication Arts Research Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course offers an introduction to contemporary concepts in communication research with emphasis on interviewing, methods of audience analysis, and interpreting survey results.
COMM335 Comm in Conflict Resolution Y
This is a course in the study of the forms of conflict that exist in different communication settings and the communication strategies that can be used to alleviate conflict in a positive manner. Topics studied include the nature and kinds of conflict; "defensive" and "supportive" climates; unsuccessful strategies for dealing with conflict; successful strategies for dealing with conflict; passiveness, aggressiveness, and assertiveness; verbal aggression and personal attack; and power and conflict. Also included is a study of gender differences and conflict, cultural differences and conflict, interpersonal conflict, conflict in groups, conflict in the workplace, and conflict in the family.
COMM340 Comm Across Contexts & Cultures Y
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and COMM 218 or permission of instructor. This course offers an examination of the United States' value system in contrast to a selected culture(s), potential problems associated with communication involving individuals with differing cultural backgrounds and communication styles, and effective intercultural communication skills. The goal is development of cross- cultural literacy for the creation of a more global perspective.
COMM341 Public Relations Campaigns
Prerequisite: COMM 240 or permission of instructor. This course provides analysis of the techniques used in the practice of public relations, advertising, and integrated marketing communications with special emphasis on the development of the news release, special events planning, press conference, and crisis management. This course includes investigation into the use of public relations, advertising, and integrated marketing communications in corporations, education, government, health care, media, science, and technology. Review and critique of selected case studies and application of techniques will be accentuated in assigned projects via campaign planning and implementation.
COMM350 Broadcast Newswriting
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course presents a theoretical and practical approach to news reporting, writing, gathering, and editing for the electronic media; the role and responsibilities of the newscaster and reporter; the impact of words and pictures as well as exploration of the legal and ethical issues of the broadcast news industry.
COMM361 Video Production II
Prerequisite: COMM 260 or permission of the instructor This course is a continuation of COMM 260, an intermediate study of video production techniques, including more complex procedures and special effects. Electronic field production operation and editing skills are emphasized. Increased emphasis will be placed on producing and video as an artistic expression and the effect these messages have on the audience.
COMM375 New Media Design & Production
Prerequisite: ART 205 Students will be involved in the design and development of websites, apps, and other interactive media. Emphasis is placed on creating functional sites and apps with visual appeal. Understanding and addressing the needs of the user and workflow process will be stressed.
COMM385 Business & Professional Speaking Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course will teach the student to do an effective job of developing, organizing, and delivering various types of oral presentations that are commonly used in business and the professions. Examples of these presentations include oral reports, briefings, seminar presentations, training presentations, sales presentations, motivational speeches, and goodwill speeches. Other topics of study will include effective use of visual aids, non-verbal communication, communication through the media (radio and television), techniques of audience analysis, and listening.
COMM391 Communication Field Experience
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. With department faculty supervision, students will begin to increase their skill level on intermediate-level production, management, and research projects. Course focus is on practical experience in at least two programs of study within the communication area. It is expected that most students will be in the intermediate skill level and will gain experience in equipment use and application at this level. The course may be repeated for up to three hours. This course is graded S/U.
COMM396 Communication Field Research
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course requires students to study qualitative and quantitative methodology and apply it to their field research and data analysis.
COMM400 Senior Seminar Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course provides an in-depth analysis of a selected topic in communication. Topics vary depending upon the interest and expertise of the participating students and faculty. The course may be repeated, if the topic is different.
COMM410 Senior Assessment
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course involves preparation and presentation of selected research projects relevant to educational training and professional goals. Students will produce a project in their selected medium and display/discuss/perform their work in a public forum.
COMM413 Persuasion Y
Prerequisites: COMM 110 and ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course involves a study of the nature and methods of persuasion as they relate to oral communication with emphasis on increasing the student's skill in persuasive speaking and ability to recognize and evaluate the persuasive appeals.
COMM415 History of Communication Theory Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course offers a study of the major contributors to the theory, understanding, and practice of oral communication in the classical, medieval, Renaissance, and modern periods.
COMM428 Communication Arts Internship
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206, minimum 2.75 GPA and have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours at The University of Findlay. This course involves a one-semester work experience with a business or organization that specializes in some area of communication. Admission to the course and credit for the course will be arranged in consultation with the instructor. This course should be taken during summer after junior year or during senior year. This course will be graded S/U and may be repeated with a maximum of 15 semester hours applying toward a degree.
COMM440 Organizational Communication Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course will include the study of communication theory as it is applied in organizational settings, the monitoring of organizational communication strategies and the determining of their effectiveness, the study of the various media used in organizational communication and the guidelines for making use of each, the analysis of the various audiences to which organizational communication is directed, and a polishing of the basic communication skills that students must have to communicate effectively in organizations.
COMM444 Public Relations Student Society of America
Prerequisite: permission of instructor The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a student-run public relations and corporate communications education program. Students of all majors will benefit from PRSSA in myriad ways, including: gaining leadership abilities, enhancing professional skills and resumes, learning about teamwork, and developing a large network for possible internship and job opportunities. This course emphasizes leadership and practitioner skills-building and is graded S/U.
COMM445 Developing Grant Proposals
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and 272. This course offers an in-depth study of how to research, contact, and cultivate potential funders in the federal, state, corporate, and foundation sectors and how to prepare grant proposals, applications, cover letters, project descriptions, budgets, program reports, and other related documents.
COMM450 Broadcast & Cable Programming
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course provides an examination of past, present, and future programming practices in light of industry structures and media environments. Public demand and regulatory environment discussed as well as options for new, emerging technologies and institutions. Practical application of programming skills and practices are emphasized.
COMM461 Advanced Video Production
Prerequisite: COMM 361 or permission of instructor This course is an advanced-level examination and practical application of video production skill and theory. Greater emphasis on advanced applied media aesthetics, z-axis control, and pre- and post-production processes. Students will complete a series of projects increasing in difficulty and use of production elements to demonstrate visual competency and acuity.
COMM470 Adv Broadcast News Writing
Prerequisite: COMM 350 or permission of instructor This course is an advanced-level study of the practices, operation, and ethics of the broadcast newsroom. Students will study professional application and proceed through a series of assignments designed to raise their skill and decision making with greater emphasis on writing, interviewing, series-reporting, live coverage, and investigative reporting for the broadcast media.
COMM480 Advanced Multimedia Authoring
Prerequisites: ART 375 and nine hours from the following: ART 216, 250, COMM 180, 225, 260, or CSCI 270 This course provides an examination and experimentation of multimedia tools and concepts. Students will be required to produce a multifunctional product integrating a variety of digital media, applying an appropriate interactive interface design, and incorporating concepts of usability.
COMM490 Individual Study Y
Prerequisites: permission of the instructor and ENGL 106, 107, or 206 For communication arts students, an independent study to secure an in-depth background in an area of communication that holds special interest to the student. This course may be repeated, if the topic is different.