Communication Courses 
Bachelor of Arts in Communication

COM 101 Public Speaking 3 credits
General instruction in the principles of effective public speaking. Primary emphasis on performance, speech construction, and understanding basic rhetorical theory. This course partially satisfies the general education requirement in the effective communication category. 3 Credits. (SEM)

COM H01 Honors Public Speaking
Prerequisite: student must meet honors program criteria. Requirements are identical to COM 101, but content is enriched to challenge students with more experience in public speaking. Limited enrollment.

COM 190 New Media and Digital Culture
Explores the role of new media in public and popular culture. Provides a theoretical overview for the critical evaluation and production of digital texts. Includes participation in various digital platforms as students practice digital literacy and hone skills for robust digital citizenship. 3 credits. (FAL).

COM 201 Communication for Intentional Communities
Prerequisites: Participation in the Dorothy Day House or the Peter Maurin House during the current semester. This course provides students in the Dorothy Day House and the Peter Maurin House with academic instruction in practical communication skills for living in an intentional community. Students explore topics such as community building, conflict resolution, consensus based decision making, and strategies for fostering open dialogue. The course also includes a dialogic forum for reflecting on the group's mission and practice. Students may enroll in the course more than once. Graded S/U. 1 Credit. (SEM)

COM 203 Forensics
Prerequisite: Participation in the Marian University Speech Team and travel to tournaments. In this enhancement course, students are provided with academic instruction in prepared,
extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking as well as the oral interpretation of literature as they prepare for intercollegiate competition. This class is repeatable. 2 Credits. (SEM)

COM 210 The Rhetorical Life
Prerequisite: 101. Rhetorical theory explores the many ways that words and symbols shape our view of the world. Unfolding the multifaceted dimensions of "the rhetorical life," students explore the persuasive influence of language, knowledge, culture, and all socio-political action. Students will also evaluate the ethical implications of rhetorical texts from film and TV, political speeches and social movements, and interaction over the Internet. 3 Credits. (FAL)

COM 221 The Art of Dialogue
Prerequisite: 101. The debate over controversial issues such as abortion, gay rights, and affirmative action is often so heated that communication breaks down. This course investigates the theory and practice of dialogue. Dialogue is a way of talking together when we vehemently disagree. Emphasizing skills for empathetic listening and managing conflict, the class will explore how dialogue can create shared understanding. 3 Credits. (SPR)

COM 223 Argumentation and Debate
Prerequisite: 101. The course provides an introduction to argumentation theory grounded in the classroom experience of academic debate. Through stretching research skills, evaluating evidence, investigating informal logic, and performing the refutation of claims, this course provides a comprehensive overview of making and questioning arguments. 3 Credits. (FAL)

COM 235 Oral Interpretation of Literature
Prerequisite: 101. Students select, analyze, rehearse, and perform a variety of texts such as prose, poetry, and dramatic literature. The course teaches vocal and physical techniques for communicating literature as well as theoretical perspectives that inform interpretation and performance. Cross-listed as THE 235. 3 Credits. (2FE)

COM 239 Professional Writing
Prerequisite: 115. Theory and practice of writing common professional forms such as sales materials, abstracts, memos, application letters, and resumes. Emphasis is placed on writing proposals and reports, and on understanding, in general, the persuasive element in most professional writing. 3 Credits. (SEM)

COM 310 Rhetorical Criticism
Prerequisite: 210. Investigating metaphor, narrative, ideology, and other rhetorical dynamics, the course surveys methods for analyzing rhetorical texts. Significant contemporary texts of public and popular culture are studied to exemplify critical principles. Critiquing various persuasive
messages, students will turn the tools of rhetorical criticism to engaged social criticism. 3 Credits. (SPR)

COM 331 Advanced Public Speaking
Prerequisites: 101 and senior standing. Building on basic public speaking skills, this course emphasizes using multimedia visual aids, impromptu speaking, answering questions, developing a critical vocabulary for self-assessment, and exploring the subtleties of speaking on particularly complex or controversial topics. 3 Credits. (2SE)

COM 333 Conflict Management
Explores the role of communication in managing interpersonal and organizational conflicts. Balancing theory and practice, topics addressed include negotiation, mediation, nonviolent communication, and reconciliation. 3 Credits. (2SE)

COM 352 Identity and Culture
Prerequisite: Junior standing. This course explores the seemingly chaotic cultural production, performance, and fragmentation of identities associated with race, gender, and disability. Students critically assess the framing of identity in texts ranging from popular films to political campaigns. The politics of multiculturalism in a consumer society are explored as a vehicle for questioning the rhetorical construction of marginalized identities. 3 credits (2SE)

COM 354 Myth and Metaphor
Prerequisite: Junior standing. Myth and metaphor structure human thought, organize life in community, weave their way through the production and consumption of popular culture,
and animate political discourse in the public sphere. Through theoretical readings and the analysis of texts, this course explores the role of myth and metaphor across discourses
that range from ancient philosophy to children's literature to political campaigns. 3 Credits. (2SO)

COM 360, 460 Internship/Practicum in Communication
Prerequisite: Junior class standing. An approved internship or work experience related to a particular area in communication. The field experience is contracted between the student and the cooperating agency with the approval of the department liaison. The contract includes goals, procedure, requirements for credit, supervision and evaluation criteria. A maximum of six credits may be earned, of which three credits may apply toward the major. 1-6 Credits. Graded S/U. (SEM)

COM 365 Strategic Communication
This course is designed to introduce students to the theories, concepts, and applications of strategic communication. Students will investigate issues that challenge contemporary organizations by analyzing case studies, conducting research, and designing possible solutions. Students will learn how to apply these concepts by working with a local organization to develop a strategic communication plan. While working on this project, students will also engage with the function of communication in organizations. 3 Credits. (2SO).

COM 367 Writing for New Media
This course introduces students to the theories and practices of writing for new media. Course will focus on understanding communication objectives and meeting audience needs through the development of appropriate strategies/concepts. Writing for linear and non-linear interactive media; composing with visual and audio texts, and working with dialogue, narrative, character, and form are included in the curriculum. Students will create various new media products to demonstrate their competencies. Cross-listed as ENG 367. 3 Credits (2SE).

COM 380, 480 Special Topics in Communication
Study of selected issues in the discipline of communication (e.g., rhetoric of science, gender in communication). The topic is announced at the time of registration and varies, allowing students to take the course more than once. 3 Credits. (ADD) Previous topics include Food and Culture, Civil Religion, and Community Organizing for Social Justice.

COM 490 Senior Seminar
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Departmental seminar for majors in communication. Students will extend their understanding of issues critical to the field by preparing critical work for the senior portfolio. Incorporates the general education senior topic and text. 3 Credits. (FAL)

COM 499 Independent Study in Communication
Prerequisite: Junior or senior communication major. Guided readings, research, and production projects in communication. Provides the opportunity for study of topics appropriate for the individual student. 1-3 Credits. (ADD)

For more information

Reverend George LaMaster, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication 
Associate Professor of Communication 
(317) 955-6215

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