Communication

Department of Communication

College of Arts and Sciences
359 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1060

Phone: 716.645.2141
Fax: 716.645.2086
Web: www.informatics.buffalo.edu

Frank Tutzauer
Chair

Mary B. Cassata
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Janeen M. Wilder
Lead Undergraduate Academic Advisor

About the Program

The undergraduate program seeks to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of human communication, the symbol system by which it occurs, its media, and its effects. As a field of concentration, the department contributes to a liberal education and provides basic preparation for either graduate study or careers in communication. Employment opportunities exist in organizational and industrial institutions, public relations and advertising agencies, new media and technology centers, personnel departments, the mass media, civil and social agencies, and sales (including pharmaceutical sales). Students have also gone on to law school, military officer training school, and law enforcement.

Those wishing to pursue teacher education must obtain a dual major as communication itself is not accepted by graduate programs in the Western New York area.

Advisement

All prospective majors and accepted majors are expected to seek ongoing advisement regarding their communication curriculum. Prospective majors are encouraged to contact the academic advisor at jwilder@buffalo.edu as soon as possible for initial advisement and explanation of the curriculum and degree requirements. Accepted and intended majors are encouraged to seek academic advisement once each semester concerning their progress in the program. It is strongly recommended that students also work on joint or double majors and/or minors.

Transfer Policy

Students wishing to transfer to UB must be accepted by the university prior to acceptance by the Communication department. Criteria for acceptance into the department are the same for transfer students as they are for students entering the university as freshmen. Evaluation of courses taken at another school for the department major is done by the department.

The department has agreed to accept certain courses from various colleges, especially community colleges within the state; listings of these courses are available from undergraduate studies academic advisors. Transfer students may also check with the department concerning the acceptability of individual courses, and should provide the academic advisor with transcripts and course descriptions of courses they wish to apply to the communication curriculum. Ordinarily, the department accepts no more than four appropriate communication courses toward the major requirements, specifically the core required classes and the communication electives. The department accepts all appropriate transfer courses outside the area of communication that are required for the major.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

The Department of Communication offers departmental honors to those students who meet certain grade point criteria: a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall and a minimum GPA of 3.2 in all communication courses for distinction, a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all communication courses for high distinction, and a minimum GPA of 3.75 in all communication courses for highest distinction. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the honors seminar during their senior year.

Notable Program Features

The Department of Communication offers all senior majors the opportunity to participate in internship experiences in a variety of settings both at the university and in the community. The diversity of internship experiences ranges from all forms of media to marketing, advertising, public relations, web page development, and computer systems administration.

Communication - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours.
Completion of the prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Completion of a statistics course (with a minimum grade of C) and a computer course (see communication advisor).
Completion of the university's writing skills requirement.

Advising Note

Minimum GPA of 2.5 in communication courses at UB is required for graduation.
Minors and/or joint majors are encouraged (see Communication advisor).

Prerequisite Courses

COM 101 Principles of Communication
Two other required communication courses at UB
One statistics course
CSE 111 or CSE 113

Required Courses

COM 217 Communication in Organizations
COM 225 Interpersonal Communication
COM 240 Survey of Mass Communication
COM 337 Communication Theory
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
One advanced writing course
One LIN course or COM 125 Introduction to the Internet
One of the following: PSY 323 Community Psychology, PSY 331 Social Psychology, PSY 333 Psychology of Work in Organizations, PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology, PSY 342 Intro to Cognitive Science, SOC 371 Individual and Society
One research methods course from the following: COM 205, PSC 200, PSY 250, SOC 293, SSC 213
Eight COM electives

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major...63-65

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall-COM 101, SOC 101
Spring-COM 240, CSE 111 or CSE 113, PSY 101

SECOND YEAR
Fall-COM 217, one statistics course, one linguistics course or COM 125
Spring-COM 225, one research methods course

THIRD YEAR
Fall-Two COM electives, COM 337
Spring-Two COM electives; one of the following: PSY 323, PSY 331, PSY 333, PSY 341, PSY 342, SOC 371

FOURTH YEAR
Fall-One advanced writing course, two COM electives
Spring-Two COM electives

Electives and Course Groupings

Only two informal courses (e.g., COM 496 Internship and COM 499 Independent Study) of 3 credit hours or more may be counted toward the eight communication elective courses.

Course Descriptions

COM 101 Principles of Communication

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the study of communication in interpersonal, small-group, organizational, mass, and intercultural contexts; covers basic communication models, theory, and research methods used in communication.

COM 125 Introduction to the Internet

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides a comprehensive, non-technical, �hands-on� overview of computer mediated communication on the information superhighway, focusing on the Internet. Teaches the origins, growth and evolution of the Internet, and provides a thorough introduction to the constituent services of the Internet.

COM 202 Intercultural Communication

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  COM 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Explores cultural factors that impinge upon the process of human communication; gives attention to nonverbal and verbal factors, as well as international mass media.

COM 205 Research Methods

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the scientific methods used by communication scholars to examine interpersonal, small group, organizational, international/intercultural, telecommunications, and mass communication processes. Introduces students to content analysis, network analysis, social surveys, and experiments, as well as the logic and procedures of scientific inquiry and the use of the library for research.

COM 217 Communication in Organizations

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  COM 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides a practical introduction to principles of organizational communication, including basic theories, methods, and applications of organizational communication.

COM 223 Principles and Methods of Interviewing

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  COM 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  DIS

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Applies communication theory to principles and methods of interviewing; covers the employment interview, the information-gathering interview, and survey research methods.

COM 225 Interpersonal Communication

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  COM 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Conducts an in-depth analysis of psychological and sociological processes involved in interpersonal communication.

COM 231 Principles of Persuasion

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  COM 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  DIS

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Examines persuasive communication as a means of achieving goals and objectives. Also considers the theory and practice of influencing attitudes and opinions, particularly within persuasive campaigns.

COM 236 Small-Group Communication

Credits:  4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  DIS

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Explores effective group interaction in task-oriented situations, and considers small-group structures and communication styles that influence the problem-solving process. Involves small-group participation and analysis of group communication.

COM 240 Survey of Mass Communication

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Considers formal organization, functions, and development of mass media; communication as a social process; audience characteristics; structured networks; and communication in bureaucracies.

COM 242 Effects of Mass Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 240
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines mass communication processes, and explores major findings of the effects of information distributed via mass media channels on individuals� attitudes and behaviors. Reviews major research perspectives and develops proposals for further inquiry.

COM 243 Mass Media and Foreign Policy

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 240
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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This course takes a historical perspective of the media�s role is shaping America�s foreign policy, with special emphasis on events 9/11.

COM 244 History of the Media

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  COM 240
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Social, economic, and historical forces that shape the development of communication media; media as cultural products that affect and are affected by other social institutions.

COM 249 Mass Communication Theory

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  COM 240
Corequisites:  None
Type:  DIS

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Models and approaches to the study of the mass media of communication; how the system works, how the audience member interacts with the media.

COM 300 Written Communication

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  writing skills; communication major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  DIS

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Covers the theory and practice of written communication; and emphasizes basic writing skills, the relationship between clear writing and clear thinking, and the process of effective writing. Fulfills the writing requirement for the Communication department.

COM 317 Business/Professional Communication

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  communication major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  DIS

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Presents basic oral and written communication skills necessary for career planning. Students make presentations, conduct interviews, write business letters and memos, and prepare their own r�sum�s.

COM 326 Public Speaking

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  communication major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  REC

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Covers the theory and practice of public speaking, emphasizing effective communication in public meetings and conferences. Provides practice in using parliamentary procedures and presenting speeches.

COM 337 Communication Theory

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp Su
Prerequisites:  COM 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the process of communication, including factors affecting communication and its results, and their relationship to the communicative process.

COM 350 Introduction to the Age of Information

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101, COM 125
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces communication systems made possible by developments in computerization, ranging from satellite systems to computer databases. Examines effects of these communication systems on daily life, and on society in general. Also covers applications of these technologies in business, government, education and science. Topics covered should provide individuals with a foundation for understanding modern communication systems in a variety of professional contexts, or prepare students for further academic study in this area.

COM 353 Communication Ethics

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Addresses issues and information related to the ethical implementation of human communication, especially with regard to the media. The course examines the practice of ethics in different communication contexts, such as advertising, television, business and interpersonal relationships, and health care.

COM 375 Technical Writing

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 300
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM/DIS

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Developing communication expertise is increasingly important in a wide range of professions. This course is intended to prepare aspiring professionals by improving their writing, presentation and critical thought. The main objective of the course is for students to understand the following: the connection between critical thinking and writing; the writing process; using prototyping, an industry standard for document production; and the nature of evidence-based, informative and proposal writing.

COM 380 Health Communication

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  COM 217, COM 225, COM 240
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines health communication and health communication campaigns in the interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication contexts with an emphasis on communication research.

COM 398 Journalism

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  COM 240
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Development of an understanding of the fundamentals of journalism, with stress on news reporting, copy editing, and basic principles of writing and news preparation for modern print and electronic communications media.

COM 410 Communication in Asia and Pacific Rim Countries

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Provides students with knowledge of communication and its related issues in East Asian and Pacific Rim countries, which are going to be the world's focal point for economy and politics in the next century.

COM 417 Special Topics in Mass Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include television newscasting, mass communication and cultural studies, contemporary media issues, daytime TV/soaps, information systems, and communication technology.

COM 420 Conflict Theory

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces the research literature on conflict and conflict resolution. Focuses primarily on two of the most popular research paradigms�matrix games and bargaining games�although a few other topics are also touched upon.

COM 425 Analysis of Face-to-Face Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Reviews the conduct and practice of social interaction research. Topics include coding schemes, reliability, data collection and analysis, and interpretation of research results.

COM 437 Organizational Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101, COM 217
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Advanced study of the communication process in organizations and systems; theory, open systems; input-output analysis; structural functionalism, cybernetics.

COM 441 Public Relations

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  COM 317; communication major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies the role of the public relations practitioner as a specialist in communication, an analyst of public opinion, and a counselor to administrators. Also examines the function of public relations, and internal and external communication.

COM 443 Principles and Techniques of Advertising

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  COM 317; communication major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines advertising techniques, methods, and evaluation as well as sales promotion.

COM 447 Communication Graphics

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  communication major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  DIS

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Examines graphic communication and graphic design skills.

COM 449 Promotional Writing

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Communication major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  DIS

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Applied aspects of writing press releases, newsletters, house organs, bulletin copy, feature stories, and pamphlets.

COM 450 Political Communication

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Studies the role of media and polling in a political campaign. Students combine the theory of political communication and the methodology of polling with practical experience of interacting with political professionals, conducting a poll, and viewing tapes of campaign commercials and speeches/debates.

COM 451 Communication and Marketing

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Communication major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Covers all aspects of the role of communication in the process of marketing goods and services. Specifically, the course covers the design and implementation of marketing information systems, organizational communication within market-driven companies, market research (focus groups, survey, and experimental methods), product design and testing, and the development of communication campaigns, including message design and placement.

COM 452 Analysis of the Media

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 240
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Analysis of various aspects of electronic and print media.

COM 453 Advanced Public Relations

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 441
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Provides an opportunity for students to work in-depth on specific projects. Participants design and execute public relations plans which include writing, media placement, speech writing, and evaluation. A good basic understanding of public relations functions and terminology as well as excellent writing skills are musts.

COM 454 Media in the Information Age

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  COM 125; COM 398 recommended
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Investigates the relationship of new media technologies to the mediated environment at large. Examines the ways in which media institutions, media policy, and media use are changing in an era of increased information exchange.

COM 455 Advanced Advertising

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 443
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Studies planning, preparation and presentation of comprehensive advertising campaigns. Student teams produce all aspects of the campaign from conception to presentation. A good foundation of knowledge of the advertising industry is a must.

COM 460 World Media Systems

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  COM 240
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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This course studies world media systems with a comparative analysis approach and �rom a global perspective. Especially, the course relates many aspects of the world media systems to the current trend of globalization.

COM 465 PR in the Info Age

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 441
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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This class will introduce students to the ways in which public relations practitioners use the Internet and other new technologies, including e-mail, electronic newsletters, electronic magazines, World Wide Web sites, digital pressrooms, discussion groups, online events, and videoconferences. Students will design public relations plans for clients utilizing these or other new technologies.

COM 466 Special Topics in Mass Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

COM 468 Special Topics in Mass Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include television newscasting, mass communication and cultural studies, contemporary media issues, daytime TV/soaps, information systems, and communication technology.

COM 470 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication research and theory, communication technologies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication research.

COM 471 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication research and theory, communication technologies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication research.

COM 472 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication research and theory, communication technologies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication research.

COM 473 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication research and theory, communication technologies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication research.

COM 474 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication research and theory, communication technologies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication research.

COM 475 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication research and theory, communication technologies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication research.

COM 476 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication research and theory, communication technologies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication research.

COM 477 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication research and theory, communication technologies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication research.

COM 478 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication research and theory, communication technologies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication research.

COM 479 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication research and theory, communication technologies, intercultural communication, and organizational communication research.

COM 480 Senior Colloquium in Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  senior standing in communication and permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

A special seminar for seniors. Topics vary each semester.

COM 481 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include analyzing face-to-face communication, nonverbal communication, and communication in health settings.

COM 482 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include analyzing face-to-face communication, nonverbal communication, and communication in health settings.

COM 483 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include analyzing face-to-face communication, nonverbal communication, and communication in health settings.

COM 484 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include analyzing face-to-face communication, nonverbal communication, and communication in health settings.

COM 485 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include analyzing face-to-face communication, nonverbal communication, and communication in health settings.

COM 486 Special Topics in Organizational Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication and decision making, conflict resolution, communication training and development, communication and the law, and communication on the worldwide web.

COM 487 Special Topics in Organizational Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication and decision making, conflict resolution, communication training and development, communication and the law, and communication on the worldwide web.

COM 488 Special Topics in Organizational Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication and decision making, conflict resolution, communication training and development, communication and the law, and communication on the worldwide web.

COM 489 Special Topics in Organizational Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include communication and decision making, conflict resolution, communication training and development, communication and the law, and communication on the worldwide web.

COM 490 Special Topics in Mass Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include television newscasting, mass communication and cultural studies, contemporary media issues, daytime TV/soaps, information systems, and communication technology.

COM 491 Special Topics : Contemporary Chinese Film

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

This course will examine Chinese cinema in different historical periods with a socio-cultural approach, focusing on the movies produced in the last two decades since Chinese film entered a new stage and received worldwide attention. The movies to be studied and analyzed include the representative works of directors in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The emphasis of the course will be placed on the evolution and changes of Chinese cinema and the political, economic, cultural and ideological factors that contributed to the changes.

COM 492 Special Topics in Mass Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include television newscasting, mass communication and cultural studies, contemporary media issues, daytime TV/soaps, information systems, and communication technology.

COM 493 Special Topics in Mass Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  COM 101 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Content varies each semester. Topics include television newscasting, mass communication and cultural studies, contemporary media issues, daytime TV/soaps, information systems, and communication technology.

COM 496 Internship in Communication

Credits:  1 - 5
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Senior stand & Communication major; Permission of Instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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Involves internships generally conducted in Buffalo-area organizations, such as public relations firms, the local media, businesses and industries, and government agencies. Graded pass/fail.

COM 497 Honors in Communication

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  senior standing in communication, permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

A special seminar for seniors. Topics vary each semester.

COM 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  COM 101; permission of advisor and instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Involves development of an individual project of inquiry into an area of particular relevance to student interest within the field of communication. Graded pass/fail.

 

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