The Department of Communication Summer School Sale!

A Tuition Sale?

Yes. Students pay full tuition for their first face-to-face course, and then STUDENTS GET 25% OFF ALL COURSES AFTER THE FIRST COURSE!

All courses must be College of Arts & Sciences courses. Discount does not apply to online (distance education courses)

Thanks for checking out our 2017 Summer School Course Sale. We have two "venues" for our courses. You can take

  1. A traditional face-to-face course

    We have three different sessions of face-to-face courses. The 1st session is from May 8 to May 26. Most of these courses meet every day for three hours. The 2nd session goes from May 30 to July 3. The 3rd session starts July 5 and ends August 8. Courses in the 2nd and 3rd session usually meet every day for an hour and forty-five minutes.

  2. An online course

    These courses are delivered over the Internet. Most of them start May 30 and last for 10 weeks, but there are some exceptions as noted on the schedule. The main advantage of taking these courses is that you can travel and take a course! All you need is a connection to the Internet.

The table below includes 5 columns.

    (1) The name and number of the course.
    (2) The numbers (1,2,3) refer to the session or sessions when the course is offered; an "O" means the course is offered online.
    (3) The number of credit hours the course is worth. Most Communication courses are 3 hours.
    (4) A short description of the course.
    (5) A link to access a sample syllabus for the course from a previous semester.
2017 Summer School Courses - Department of Communication
Course Name (Number)Session(s)CreditsDescriptionSample
Total42 Courses
Intro to Public Speaking (Comm 111) 1,2,3,O 3 Training in fundamental processes and attributes of effective public speaking. Syllabus
Business and Professional Speaking (Comm112) 2,3,O 3 Develops theoretical and applied material concerning communication practices appropriate to business and professional settings. Syllabus
Interpersonal Skills (Comm 115) 1,3 3 Training in basic processes and skills of face-to-face interaction. Emphasis on developing language, nonverbal, and conflict management skills. Syllabus
Intro to Communication (Comm 201) 3,O 3 Introduction to basic concepts of communication discipline. Focuses on communication processes in interpersonal, small groups, organizations, and mass media. Syllabus
African American Communication (Comm 275) 1,O 3 Communication patterns within the African-American community as well as communication patterns about that community are analyzed. Syllabus
Magazine Layout and Production (Comm 301) 2&3 3 Comm301 is a "Special Topics" and investigates topics not offered in regular courses. This course takes students through all the steps of creating a magazine and the class produces a magazine by the end of the course. Syllabus
Introduction to Film Production (Comm 301) 1 3 Comm301 is a "Special Topics" and investigates topics not offered in regular courses. Intro to film production develops a broad range of skills integral to creating moving images and sounds. Syllabus
Race, Ethnicity, and the Media(Comm 301) O 3 Comm301 is a "Special Topics" and investigates topics not offered in regular courses. This course analyzes the role the mass media play in shaping, reflecting and challenging the social construction of race and ethnicity in modern society. Syllabus
Advanced Speech Skills (Comm 302) 2 3 Advanced principles and techniques of effective public speaking. Syllabus
Intro to Communication Technology (Comm 303) 2,O 3 Students learn about communication technologies in contemporary society, explore the various contexts in which these technologies are used, and apply theoretical perspectives to the use of these technologies. Syllabus
Argument in Everyday Life (Comm 304) 2,3,O 3 Surveys theory and practice related to the creation and analysis of arguments in public communication. Topics include argument structure, evidence, types and limitations of inferences, and the adaptation of messages to particular contexts. Syllabus
Intro to Mass Communication (Comm 305) 3,O 3 Survey of media institutions and effects. Syllabus
Business Communication (Comm 310) O 3 Overview of the scope and importance of communication in business, and the development of business communication skills students will employ throughout their professional careers. Syllabus
Organizational Communication (Comm 313) O 3 Surveys recent theory and research dealing with the roles and effects of communication in complex organizations. Syllabus
Intro to Interpersonal Communication (Comm 315) 2,O 3 Study of communication principles as they apply in everyday life. Applying social conventions as guides for effective communication. Syllabus
Research Methods (Comm 316) 3,O 3 Introduction to basic research methods of communication discipline. Examines relationship of theory and methods, research design, and measurement in communication contexts. Syllabus
Communication Internship (Comm 317) 2,O 1 Practical experience in communication-related employment. Contact department for application procedures and guidelines Syllabus
Debate (Comm 319) O 3 Principles and techniques of preparing evidence and of persuasive speaking before critical listeners. Syllabus
Newswriting (Comm 320) 3,O 3 Study and practice of news-writing and reporting techniques for routine news stories, including story organization, writing story leads, and the elements of hard news and feature journalism. Syllabus
Digital Journalism (Comm 321) 1 3 The study of journalism in a multimedia environment including reporting, video, blogging, and other online content work. Syllabus
Communication and Gender (Comm 324) 2,O 3 The course examines how gender identities, roles and norms have been structured within different modes of communication (e.g., interpersonal, mass media and institutional) Syllabus
African Americans: American Media (Comm 326) O 3 The evolution of the popular image of African Americans as reflected in the visual media of television and the cinema. Syllabus
Effects of Mass Media (Comm 327) O 3 Theory and research pertaining to the effects of various mass media. Topics include advertising, journalism, educational programming, violence, and pornography. Syllabus
Urban Communication (Comm 328) 1,O 3 Theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of communication as it relates to the culture of urban communities, especially African Americans, Latinos, women, and marginalized groups. Syllabus
Marriage and Family Communication (Comm 329) O 3 Explores the diversity of marital and family systems. The course reviews the major theories, concepts and research findings in family communication. Syllabus
Video Communication (Comm 335) 2 3 Introduction to basic theory and practices with an emphasis on application of concepts in the development of news stories, advertisements, and other video projects. Syllabus
Video Communication II (Comm 336) 3 3 Study of advanced principles of video production including producing, directing, shooting and non-linear editing, along with concepts and theories of aesthetics and video as a communication form. Syllabus
Intro to Strategic Communication (Comm 342) O 3 Explores the various forms of persuasive communications employed in corporate,agency and nonprofit settings. Course content covers public relations, advertising, sales promotion, relationship marketing, direct marketing, database marketing, cyber marketing, globalization, and business ethics. Syllabus
Strategic Comm Writing (Comm 344) O 3 Skills for writing across the multiple media platforms and genres that are currently used in strategic communication campaigns. Syllabus
Web Site Development (Comm 360) O 3 Study and practice of producing and placing materials on the World Wide Web. Activities include creating, manipulating, and maintaining graphics, audio, and text documents. Syllabus
Desktop Publishing (Comm 370) 3 3 Introduction to the developing field of desktop publishing in organizations. Focus on strategic thinking required to conceptualize printed materials and basic principles of message development applied to produce documents in a computerized environment. Syllabus
Mass Communication Law (Comm 411) O 3 Study of media regulation by constitutional and governmental processes; includes review of legal decisions, role of federal agencies, and historical trends in media control. Syllabus
Senior Communication Internship (Comm 417) 2,O 3 Practical experience in communication related employment and critical reflection on how communication concepts and knowledge are applied in the field. Contact department for application procedures and guidelines. Syllabus
Reality Television (Comm 422) O 3 Study of the various genres of reality television, its audiences, and the culture in which this programming is produced. Syllabus
Intimate Communication (Comm 438) O 3 Explores communication issues in intimate personal relationships. Syllabus
Intercultural Communication (Comm 440) O 3 Survey of theory and research pertaining to problems of cross-cultural communication, including cultural, national, ethnic, and racial divisions. Syllabus
Dark Side of Close Personal Relationships (Comm 460) 1 3 Investigates issues of personal relationships that are often neglected. Syllabus
Speech Writing (Comm 463) 1 3 Studies the history as well as the techniques, rhetorical devices, literary devices, and non-verbal techniques involved in speech writing. Syllabus
Leadership and Communication (Comm 463) O 3 Studies the relationship between leadership and communication practices. Syllabus
Dark Side of Close Personal Relationships (Comm 510) - Graduate 1 3 Advanced study of personal relationship issues that are often neglected. Syllabus
Reality TV (Comm 660) - Graduate O 3 Advanced study of the various genres of reality television, its audiences, and the culture in which this programming is produced. Syllabus
Health Communication Campaign Planning (Comm 690) - Graudate O 3 Investigates the development and design of communication campaigns, both theoretically and practically, in a health communication context. Syllabus

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