Communication : Courses

COM 101 Principles of Communication

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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 only in the fall or spring semester with a petition to the College of Arts and Sciences Deans' Office.

COM 125 Introduction to the Internet

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Discussion
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Conducts an in-depth analysis of psychological and sociological processes involved in interpersonal communication.

COM 231 Principles of Persuasion

Discussion
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Discussion
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall
Pre-requisites: COM 240
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Discussion
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Discussion
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Discussion
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Recitation
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines health communication and health communication campaigns in the interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication contexts with an emphasis on communication research.

COM 398 Journalism

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Advanced study of the communication process in organizations and systems; theory, open systems; input-output analysis; structural functionalism, cybernetics.

COM 438 Nonverbal Communication

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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.

COM 441 Public Relations

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines advertising techniques, methods, and evaluation as well as sales promotion.

COM 447 Communication Graphics

Discussion
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines graphic communication and graphic design skills.

COM 449 Promotional Writing

Discussion
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Applied aspects of writing press releases, newsletters, house organs, bulletin copy, feature stories, and pamphlets.

COM 450 Political Communication

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Analysis of various aspects of electronic and print media.

COM 453 Advanced Public Relations

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Spring
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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.

COM 462 Media Law

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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.

COM 465 Pr in the Info Age

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)

COM 468 Special Topics in Mass Communication

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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 469 Advanced Research Methods in Communication

Lecture
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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.

COM 470 Special Topics in Communication Theory and Research

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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: Advanced Research Methods in Communication

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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.

COM 481 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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

Lecture
Credits: 4
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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 in Mass Communication

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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 492 Special Topics in Mass Communication

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Topics vary by semester.

COM 493 Special Topics in Mass Communication

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
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 495 UG Supervised Teaching

Tutorial
Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Pre-requisites: Junior Status, 2.5 UB QPA, 3.0 COM QPA, A- or better in the course; permission of instructor and advisor.
Grading: Pass/Fail

COM 496 Internship in Communication

Tutorial
Credits: 1-5
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Pass/Fail
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

Seminar
Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Grading: Graded (A-F)
A special seminar for seniors. Topics vary each semester.

COM 499 Independent Study

Tutorial
Credits: 1-4
Semester(s): Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Pass/Fail
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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