Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Communication - Courses

COM 101 Principles of Communication
Communication

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. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W may repeat the course in the summer or winter; or only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 125 Introduction to the Internet
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 202 Intercultural Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 205 Research Methods
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 217 Communication in Organizations
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 223 Principles and Methods of Interviewing
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 225 Interpersonal Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 231 Principles of Persuasion
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 236 Small-Group Communication
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 240 Survey of Mass Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 242 Effects of Mass Communication
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 243 Mass Media and Foreign Policy
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 244 History of the Media
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: COM 240


COM 249 Mass Communication Theory
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 300 Written Communication
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: ENG 105 or ENG 201


COM 317 Business/Professional Communication
Communication

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 resumes.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 326 Public Speaking
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 337 Communication Theory
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 350 Introduction to the Age of Information
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 353 Communication Ethics
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 360 Social Networks Analysis
Communication

Terrorist networks, telecommunication networks, computer networks, Facebook friends, Twitter followers--it seems that everywhere one looks, one finds networks. Fundamentally, a network consists of a collection of actors and the connections amongst them. Often the actors are individuals, but they can also be web pages, research articles, organizations, and nation states. Each of us is embedded in a multitude of networks, connected to others by cultures, social relationships, and communication technologies. Social Network Analysis is a collection of methods for analyzing these relational structures. The emphasis is not on the attributes of the actors, but rather on the pattern of their connections. Actors are defined not so much by their individual characteristics as they are by how they are related to others. Focused as it is on the nature of the connections rather than the nature of the actors, network analysis is a perspective that cuts across the social, behavioral, and natural sciences. It is one of the few truly interdisciplinary paradigms available today

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: COM 101


COM 375 Technical Writing
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 380 Health Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 398 Journalism
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 410 Communication in Asia and Pacific Rim Countries
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 417 Special Topics in Mass Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 420 Conflict Theory
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 425 Analysis of Face-to-Face Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 437 Organizational Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 438 Nonverbal Communication
Communication

This lecture based course will examine scientific principles of Nonverbal Communication. Often referred to as body language, this course will approach nonverbal communication from the perspective of the scientist. Students will be asked to critically evaluate research in the field and write a research proposal along with periodic examination.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 441 Public Relations
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 443 Principles and Techniques of Advertising
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 447 Communication Graphics
Communication

Examines graphic communication and graphic design skills.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 449 Promotional Writing
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 450 Political Communication
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 451 Communication and Marketing
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 452 Analysis of the Media
Communication

Analysis of various aspects of electronic and print media.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 453 Advanced Public Relations
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: COM 441



COM 454 Media in the Information Age
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 455 Advanced Advertising
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: COM 453



COM 460 World Media Systems
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 462 Media Law
Communication

Provides an understanding of the legal system and laws affecting mass communication in the U.S. Students will investigate the history of media law, the reasons for regulatory differences among media, policy issues, and a number of issues including First Amendment rights, defamation, intellectual property rights, and the Fair Use doctrine.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 465 Pr in the Info Age
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 466 Special Topics in Mass Communication
Communication

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 468 Special Topics in Mass Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 469 Advanced Research Methods in Communication
Communication

Applications oriented course designed to apply various techniques of scientific inquiry towards testing of communication theories. Students apply research methodology ranging from content analysis, social surveys, and experiments to test communication theory driven hypotheses and research questions. Students will learn to critique existing research, perform literature reviews, create survey instruments, design and conduct experiments, perform content analysis, and present research findings. Course is ideal for students who are interested in a career in research and graduate study in communication.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 470 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 471 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 472 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 473 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 474 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 475 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 476 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 477 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 478 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 479 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research: Advanced Research Methods in Communication
Communication

This course is an application oriented course, designed to apply various techniques of scientific inquiry towards the testing of communication theories. In this course, students will apply research methodology ranging from content analysis, social surveys, and experiments to test communication theory driven hypotheses and research questions. Students will be taught to critique existing research, perform literature reviews about a topic, create surveys instruments, design and conduct experiments, perform content analysis, and write-up and present the findings of a research. This is an ideal course for students who are serious about a career in research and who plan to apply to the graduate program in communication.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 481 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 482 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 483 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 484 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 485 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 486 Special Topics in Organizational Communication
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 487 Special Topics in Organizational Communication
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 488 Special Topics in Organizational Communication
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 489 Special Topics in Organizational Communication
Communication

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 490 Special Topics in Mass Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 491 Special Topics in Mass Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 492 Special Topics in Mass Communication
Communication

Topics vary by semester.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 493 Special Topics in Mass Communication
Communication

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COM 495 UG Supervised Teaching
Communication

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
Pre-Requisites: Junior Status, 2.5 UB QPA, 3.0 COM QPA, A- or better in the course; permission of instructor and advisor.



COM 496 Internship in Communication
Communication

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.

Credits: 1-5
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)


COM 497 Honors in Communication
Communication

A special seminar for seniors. Topics vary each semester.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COM 499 Independent Study
Communication

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.

Credits: 1-4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)



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