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Courses - Spring 2019
COMM
Communication Department Site
COMM107
Oral Communication: Principles and Practices
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: FSOC
Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, ENES143, INAG110, JOUR130 or THET285.
A study of and practice in oral communication, including principles of interviewing, group discussion, listening, informative briefings, and persuasive speeches.
COMM200
Critical Thinking and Speaking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: FSOC
Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, ENES143, INAG110, JOUR130, OR THET285.
Theory and practice of persuasive discourse analysis and composition. Research techniques, logical and rhetorical conceptions of argument, and technical principles for persuading in public venues.
COMM230
Argumentation and Debate
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A study of the fundamental principles of reasoning, analysis, and evidence preparation of debate briefs and presentation of standard academic debate.
COMM250
Introduction to Communication Inquiry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An introduction to the field of communication. Definitions, models, and contexts of communication; rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism of discourse.
This is a blended learning course.
COMM288
(Perm Req)
Communication Internship
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
COMM324
Communication and Gender
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
The creation of images of male and female, and masculine and feminine, through communication, the differences in male and female communication behaviors and styles, and the implications of those images and styles for male-female transactions.
COMM330
Argumentation and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contemporary theories of argumentation with special emphasis on methods of formulating and critiquing public policy argument.
COMM331
(Perm Req)
News Writing and Reporting for Public Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM201; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in JOUR181.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program; and (sophomore standing; or junior standing). Or permission of ARHU-Communication department.
Credit only granted for: JOUR201, COMM231, or COMM331.
Formerly: COMM231.
Writing and researching news and information media for public relations; laboratory in news-gathering tools and writing techniques for public relations.
COMM332
(Perm Req)
News Editing for Public Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in COMM331; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. And permission of ARHU-Communication department.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Credit only granted for: JOUR202, COMM232, or COMM332.
Formerly: COMM232.
Copy editing, graphic principles and processes, news and information technologies for public relations.
COMM351
(Perm Req)
Public Relations Techniques
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM332.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Credit only granted for: COMM351 or JOUR331.
Formerly: JOUR331.
The techniques of public relations, including news releases, publications and printed materials, audio-visual techniques, speeches and special events. Application of these techniques in laboratory and field projects.
COMM353
(Perm Req)
New Media Writing for Public Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in COMM351.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Credit only granted for: COMM352 or COMM353.
Formerly: COMM352.
Students learn the uses and influence of new media on public relations practice and expand their ability to write using new and traditional media platforms and tools
COMM360
The Rhetoric of Black America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
An historical-critical survey of the rhetoric of Black Americans from the colonial period to the present.
COMM371
Communication and Digital Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Credit only granted for: COMM371 or COMM398V.
Formerly: COMM398V.
A basic introduction to communication in the digital age. Through class lectures, assignments and projects, students will learn to effectively use new media for the purpose of strategic message creation and management used in the field of communication. Students will apply the basics of visual layout skills and the principles of visual design to create messages using words and images.
COMM374
Communicating Visually: Message Production and Digital Media
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Restricted to Communication Majors at the Universities at Shady Grove.
Focus on the interplay between technology, images and sound in the creation of digital content. This is a communication process by which a digital visual message evolves from conception to completion, incorporating the creative, financial and marketing tools. Students will conceive, plan, recruit and supervise digital video projects, developing a familiarity with production management technique and execution.
Credit only granted for COMM374 or COMM498T.
COMM376
Communication through Advocacy Short Film
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Explores the theory and practice of contemporary communication and advocacy short form video.
COMM382
Essentials of Intercultural Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DVCC
Credit only granted for: COMM382 or COMM482.
Introduction of major theories and concepts of intercultural communication; examination of processes that make up cultural differences; and use of intercultural communication competence skills.
COMM386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Communication department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and must be in Communication program.
Supervised internship experience with communication professionals. Relation of academic training to professional experience.
COMM388
(Perm Req)
Communication Practicum
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM398
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM398C
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Communication; Peer Consulting in Oral Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restricted to majors in Communication. Provides training in the principles and practice of peer consulting in the context of the Oral Communication Center in the Department of Communication. Students will apply and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in COMM107 (or COMM 200) with new training to help their peers become outstanding listeners and speakers. They will also engage in a group research project designed to extend knowledge in peer consulting best practices.
COMM398D
Selected Topics in Communication; Basics of Graphic Design for Strategic Communicators
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Students will use computer technology to explore the communication potential of type, white space, information graphics, photographs, and other design elements and apply them to publications relevant to the publications relevant to the public relations industry.

Prerequisite: COMM201
COMM398E
(Perm Req)
Selected Topics in Communication; Health Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
This course is restricted to students in the Departmental Honors Program. Please contact commadvising@umd.edu for permission to register.
COMM398J
Selected Topics in Communication; Communcation and Advanced Digital Imaging
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Continuation of COMM398N (although COMM398N is not a prerequisite). Concentration is on advanced visual imaging, with theme-based projects that incorporate advanced features of Photoshop CC, including raw imaging.
COMM398L
Selected Topics in Communication; Science Media and the Public
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Designed to introduce the interrelationship among science, media, and society. We will address current thinking about how do mass media shape the nature of public debates about science, where do people go for information about science, and how public understand science. Upon successful completion, students will be able to specify the roles of knowledge, expertise, risk, media, public understanding and discourse play in perceptions of science and policy making.
COMM398P
Selected Topics in Communication; Advanced Strategic Message Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
COMM398Q
Selected Topics in Communication; Social Media Analytics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
COMM398V
Selected Topics in Communication; Translation and Interpretating
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
COMM398Y
Selected Topics in Communication; Briefing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
COMM399
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM400
Research Methods in Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM250; and must have an introductory course in statistics.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Philosophy of scientific method; role of theory; research ethics; empirical research methods (measurement, sampling, design, analysis).
Attendance on the first day of class is mandatory.
COMM401
Interpreting Strategic Discourse
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM250.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Principles and approaches for practical analysis of discourse designed to shape audience opinion.
COMM402
Communication Theory and Process
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM250.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Philosophical and conceptual analysis of communication theories.
COMM425
Negotiation and Conflict Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Role of communication in shaping negotiation and conflict processes and outcomes.
Restricted to COMM majors.
COMM426
Conflict Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: COMM425; and COMM250; and COMM402.
Role of communication in managing conflict processes.
Restricted to COMM majors.
COMM436
Interpersonal Arguing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM400 and COMM250.
Restriction: Must be in Communication program.
Credit only granted for: COMM436 or COMM498I.
Formerly: COMM498I.
An examination of face to face arguing.
COMM461
Voices of Public Leadership in the Twentieth Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Study of the use of speaking in the power struggles of the twentieth century. Focus is on important speakers of the century, their social and policy influence, and the struggle to expand the diversity of voices with power in the public sphere.
COMM470
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The principles of listening behavior.
COMM475
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Bases of persuasion, with emphasis on recent experimental developments in persuasion.
Restricted to COMM majors.
COMM476
Language, Communication, and Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The nature of communication as symbolic action. Topics include language meaning, intention, understanding, and consequences of communication.
COMM478
COMM483
(Perm Req)
Senior Seminar in Public Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM351 and COMM400.
Credit only granted for: COMM483 or JOUR483.
Formerly: JOUR483.
Integration of theory, techniques and research methods into the planning and execution of public relations campaigns for specific organizations. Analysis of research on the case studies of public relations.
Restricted to majors in Communitcation
COMM488I
Communication Portfolio Project; Strategic Interviewing
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
This course introduces students to advanced techniques in interviewing for job opportunities and career progression. This online course focuses on the dynamics of the interview process, the communication theories and best practices behind influence and persuasion, and the communication aptitudes and skills that distinguish top candidates.
COMM489
(Perm Req)
Topical Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM498C
Seminar; Public Relations Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to COMM majors (1506A) only.
COMM498N
Seminar; Creating the Narrative: Genre-Filmmaking and Dramatic Structure
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
First time filmmakers often use genre traditions to break into the profession. In this class we will explore the history, motifs, and technique of the horror, suspense and romantic comedy genres.
COMM498R
Seminar; Risk Communiation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
COMM498Y
Seminar; Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course examines the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on freedom of speech cases grounded in the First Amendment.
COMM602
Communication Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Communication (Master's); Communication (Doctoral)).
Fundamental concepts, approaches, and problems in communication theory.
COMM631
Seminar in Public Relations Publics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: COMM631 or JOUR631.
Formerly: JOUR631.
Analysis of public relations programs aimed at organizational publics. Media, issue-related, community, employee, governmental, consumer, financial, and student/educator publics. Theories of the nature of publics, communication behavior of publics, and effects of public relations programs aimed at different publics.
COMM655
Seminar in Speechwriting
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Formerly: SPCH655.
Theoretical and practical aspects of speechwriting at an advanced level.
COMM661
Communication and Social Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Place of rhetoric as the union of the moral and historical in moments of social definition. Reviews theories of discourse in social change including political change, social movements, consciousness change, and more global change. Application to contemporary change.
COMM688
(Perm Req)
Communication Field Experience
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM698
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Communication
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM698C
Special Problems in Communication; Risk and Crisis Communication
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
COMM708
Professional Communication: Rhetoric and Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
COMM715
Advanced Qualitative Methods in Communication Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: COMM714; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Advanced data analysis of qualitative data in Communication research. In-field research and techniques for analysis of data from in-field work.
COMM724
Seminar in Organizational Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Formerly: SPCH724.
Theories and problems of human communication within, between, and/or among formal organizations will be emphasized.
COMM730
Seminar in Health Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Formerly: SPCH730.
Communication processes in health care and promotion.
COMM738V
Seminar in Mediated Communication; Visuality
Credits: 3 - 12
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
COMM760
Seminar in Political Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Formerly: SPCH760.
A blend of theory and practice to integrate rhetorical-critical theory and empirical methods with politics. Practitioners in political communication will be drawn in as resource persons. Students will map the communication strategy for candidates and analyze actual campaign strategies.
COMM798
(Perm Req)
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM888
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Practicum in Communication
Credits: 3 - 9
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM889
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Tutorial in Communication
Credits: 3 - 9
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
COMM899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.