Course Listings & Syllabi
Please be aware that sample syllabi do not reflect current coursework. For more information classes, please contact the instructors who teach them. For additional information about our BA and MA degree programs, please follow these links to see a list of all approved Communication and Digital Journalism BA electives (Comm MA here) and a full, detailed of requirements. Please visit UAF Course Finder for a list of current and following semester course listings.
Credit by Examination / Waiter Policies
Policy: COMM 131x and 141x are not available for credit by examination; furthermore, no student who has taken COMM 342, Advanced Public Speaking; or COMM 331, Advanced Group Communication, will be allowed to receive credit by examination for either of these lower level courses.
Rationale: Both basic courses are designed to provide sequential development of basic communication skills, together with an understanding of basic concepts in human interaction. Adequate assessment of the development of these skills can only be accomplished over time, in the context of classroom interaction. These conditions for assessment cannot be duplicated outside of the classroom, and demonstration of understanding of basic concepts is not a substitute for demonstration of the requisite skills. Credit by examination is therefore not feasible in these cases. This reasoning also applies to individuals who have taken an advanced level course in either small group communication or public speaking, that is, the skill development and conceptual knowledge involved in these upper level courses are different from those in the low level courses. An individual completing the upper level course would accordingly not have demonstrated the same skills or knowledge required in the lower level course.
Policy: A request to waive the Oral Communication Degree Requirement or the Oral Communication component of the core curriculum can be accomplished only by requesting to waive either COMM 131x or COMM 141x, preferably the latter. The request must take the form of a petition submitted by the student, and signed by the Head of the Dept. of Communication. The petition is valid for one year after being signed.
- Waiver requests for COMM 131x (and COMM 222, formerly SpC 121) are to be handled on an individual basis. The application form is linked at the top of this section.
- Waiver requests for COMM 141x are handled as follows:
Requests to waive the requirement for COMM 141x will be considered only if, in the opinion of the Communication faculty, the individual can show clear evidence of substantive experience in formal public speaking situations. If the past experience is seen as sufficient, the individual will be asked to:
- to provide a videotape (not an audiotape) of a past speaking situation, and
- to present a ten minute persuasive speech before at least two members of the Communication
In either form, the speech must receive a grade of at least a B. The date for such speeches will be established each semester, at a single time during the first month to six weeks of classes that is convenient to the faculty involved. The date will be on a Tuesday at 1:00 in the second half of each semester, with the specific date and location negotiated with the Mentored Teaching coordinator for the semester. If these requirements are all satisfied, the student’s petition to waive the Oral Communication requirement, given demonstration of experience similar to that gained in COMM 141x, will be approved.
NOTE: Approval of a request to waive the Oral Communication Degree Requirement does not provide the student with credit for this course; it simply removes this specific requirement from his or her degree requirements.
If you would like to request a waiver, please contact Charles Mason, Department Chair, at email@example.com.
Additional COJO Courses & Syllabi:
COJO 101X - Media and Culture - T/Th Section or Eve Section
History of principles of mass communications and the role of information media in American society. Introduction to professional aspects of mass communications, including print and broadcast. Offered Fall and Spring.
COJO F102X - Introduction to Broadcasting
Principles of broadcasting as they relate to the people of the United States, including history, government involvement and social effects. Offered Spring
COJO F105X / FLPA 105X - History of the Cinema
History and development of the medium of film in the United States and abroad during the last 100 years. Content will vary each semester.
COJO 121X - Intro to Interpersonal Communication
This course features the fundamental principles of effective oral communication, emphasizing interpersonal communication as well as public speaking. Through role playing, speeches and evaluations of other speakers, students explore the complexities of communication in today's society. Offered Distance. COJO 121X Supplemental Information Packet
COJO F131X - Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context
Presentational speaking skills: individual and group. Includes verbal and nonverbal skills, critical thinking in selecting and organizing materials, audience analysis and speaking presentation. Group skills include task and relational interaction, required interdependence, working across cultural differences, group decision-making and shared logistics of presentation. Student evaluations are based on nationally normed speaking competencies.
COJO F141X - Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context (Honors Syllabus here)
Speaking skills for individual presentation. Includes verbal and nonverbal skills, critical thinking in selecting and organizing materials, audience analysis, informative and persuasive speaking, and actual presentations. Student evaluations are based on nationally normed speaking competencies.
COJO 201 - Dispute Resolution & Restrictive Practice
T his course surveys the basic practical and theoretical foundations of conflict, conflict resolution and restorative practices. It introduces students to the basic theories and practices of conflict resolution and peace-making, providing students with grounding in theories, applications and dynamics of conflict and key conflict resolution processes. Offered Distance.
COJO 202 - News Writing for the Media
Identifying and focusing news stories, writing the lead, developing story structure, writing on deadline, editing copy, writing headlines and captions, writing styles for print, broadcast and online news presentations.
COJO 203/Art 283 - Basic Darkroom Photography
Photography fundamentals, including use of an adjustable camera, film and exposure techniques, filters and flash techniques, and an introduction to color. Darkroom procedures including black and white film processing and printing, photograph design and composition. Students must have use of an adjustable camera. Offered Fall.
COJO 204/Art 284 - Basic Digital Photography
Introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of basic digital photography via digital SLR cameras and editing through digital photo suites such as Adobe Photoshop. Students are expected to have intermediate computer knowledge. Topics include controlling digital SLRs on manual settings, photographing creatively, basic and advanced editing techniques, negative scanning and digital printing. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer.
COJO F210 - Argumentation and Critical Thinking
Introduction to argumentation, emphasizing the process of constructing and evaluating sound arguments based on reasoning, evidence, and strategy. Offered Spring.
COJO 215 - Radio Production
Sound production techniques for radio and television. Emphasis on writing, recording, control room techniques and editing. Special Fees apply. Offered as demand warrants.
COJO 217X - Introduction to the Study of Film
An appreciation course designed to introduce the student to the various forms of cinematic art with special emphasis on humanistic and artistic aspects. Prerequisites: ENGL F11X
COJO F220 - Professional Interviewing
The theory and practice of methods in selected interview settings: emphasis on interpersonal communication between two persons, questioning techniques, and the logical and psychological bases of interpersonal persuasion.
Prerequisites: WRTG F111X; or permission of instructor. Offered As Demand Warrants.
COJO F240 - Foreign Corresponding
The U.S. tradition of "objective" journalism holds sway in very few countries. How did these varying approaches develop, and what do they mean for how Americans report overseas and how foreign journalists report about us? Offered Spring.
COJO 250 - Web Design
Create website projects. Includes the Internet, design, multimedia and the incorporation of text, sound, images, animation and video. Special Fees apply. Prerequisities: Familiarity with the World Wide Web, Internet browsers, the Macintosh operating systems and image editing software; or permission of instructor.
COJO 251/FLPA 251 - Introduction to Video Production
An introduction to video production with an emphasis on television studio production. Special Fees Apply. Offered Fall.
COJO 280/FLPA 280 - Video Storytelling
Basics of digital video production technology, composition, audit, lighting and editing as it relates to primarily nonfiction filmmaking. Students will conclude the course by producting their own short videos. Special Fees apply. Offered Fall.
COJO 290/FLPA 290 - Digital Video Editing
Introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of non-linear digital video editing. Students will go from little or no experience in non-linear editing to being comfortable with some of the advanced editing techniques. Address motion picture editing theories that are not bound to time or specific editing technology. Special fees apply. Offered As Demand Warrants.
COJO 300X - Communicating Ethics
An examination of ethical choices which are communicated in everyday encounters. Examines human moral development from a variety of perspectives, including feminist interpretations. Creation and communication of human values explored through the discussion of a series of contemporary dilemmas. Offered Distance.
COJO F302 - Dispute Systems Design
This course examines the hidden sources of conflicts that are often embedded in social, legal, political, and organizational structures and systems. This course will be focused on all aspects of structural, systemic conflict, and introduces ways to harness conflict for positive organizational outcomes. Prerequisites: JUST F201; WRTG F211X or WRTG F213X; or permission of the instructor. Offered Summer and Fall.
COJO F303 - Internship
Practical experience working with campus media, individual media-related projects for business or media, or in a professional media environment.Prerequisites: COJO F202; or permission of instructor.
COJO F308 - Film Criticism
Theoretical approaches to viewing, analyzing and evaluating film and television program content.
COJO 305 - Snedden Chair Lectures
Rotating series of lectures and seminars with America's leading journalists on topics ranging from war reporting to covering sports. Please contact Department of Journalism for current topic and instructor. Course may be repeated for credit. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Offered Spring.
COJO 310 - Reporting
News reporting basics: covering beats, including police, sports, local government, science and the military. Cultivating sources, interviewing and reporting through public records. Working with numbers, segments on print, video and online reporting methods and style conventions. Offered Spring.
COJO 311 - Magazine Article Writing
Learn to identify great article ideas, turn them into finished products and pitch them to magazine editors. Workshops and extensive instructor feedback. Students repeating the course limited to six credits. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; or permission of instructor. Offered Fall.
COJO F320 - Communication and Language
Examination of the nature of language and its place in human communication, with special attention to the creation of meaning in conversation. Prerequisites: Any lower-division communication course or permission of instructor.
COJO F321 - Nonverbal Communication
Non-lexical behavior in human communication, including consideration of space, physical environment, physical appearance and dress, kinesics, facial expression and non-lexical vocal behavior. Prerequisites: Any lower-division communication course; WRTG F111X; WRTG F211X or WRTG F213X; or permission of instructor.
COJO 322 - Communication in Interpersonal Relationships
An examination of communication in the most basic human context, the relational dyad. Emphasis on the ongoing, co-construction of the relationship as communicative action. Discussion of interpersonal relationships generally, and extensive discussion of communication in the patterns of coming together, relationship maintenance, relational and personal growth in relationships, relational conflict, and relational disengagement. Theoretical and practical perspectives. Prerequisites: WRTG F111X; WRTG F211X or WRTG F213X; or permission of instructor.
COJO 323 - Editing for Journalists
Tricks of the trade, including copyediting; writing headlines and captions; basic page design using computers; and thinking like the editor-in-chief. Prerequisites: JRN 202 or permission of instructor. Offered Spring.
COJO 330 - Intercultural Communication
The nature and sources of problems in communication that may arise when persons with different cultural backgrounds interact. Emphasis on problems in intercultural communication in Alaska.
COJO F331 - Advanced Group Communication
Current research and theory in intergroup and intragroup relations. Topics include the study of leadership, power, group structure, participation and conflict. Prerequisites: COJO F131X or COJO F141X; any lower-division communication course; or permission of instructor.
COJO 335 - Organization Communication
Examines current theoretical and methodological approaches undergirding the construction of organizations via the communication process. Includes functional (message flow, load and network analysis) as well as interpretive (metaphors, narratives and organizational culture) approaches to the study of organizational communication.
COJO F352 - Family Communication
Exploration of the functions of communication in marriage and the family, sequences and patterns of family communication, family communication as a continual process of coping with dialectical tensions, and the complexity of changing family life in Western societies. Prerequisites: Any lower-division communication course or permission of instructor. Recommended: COJO F322.
COJO 353 - Conflict, Mediation & Communication
Examines conflict as a complex communication event, together with the role of the mediator in building constructive outcomes in conflicts. Emphasis on developing skills to engage in mediation.
COJO F368 / HIST 368 / FLPA 368 - Topics in American Film History
American film and how it shapes and warps popular perceptions of America's past. A historical contrast according to Hollywood with the views and interpretations of historians. Content will vary depending on the specific genre or period of focus, such as World War II, the Vietnam War, the Great Depression, the Cold War and development of the West, etc. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies. Offered As Demand Warrants.Prerequisites: HIST F131 or HIST F132X; COJO F217X or COJO F308; or permission of instructor.
COJO 371 - Digital Imaging
This course focuses on creating and manipulating digital images, including digital painting and photography. The varied ethical issues engendered by this expertise will be addressed in depth. Skills and knowledge useful for digital photography, digital video compositing and digital painting will be covered. Prerequisites: ART F161 or ART F271 or ART F284/JRN F204 or FLM/JRN F290; Comm F131X or Comm F141X. Offered Fall and Spring.
COJO 380/Wgs 380 - Women, Minorities & the Mass Media
Examination of how women and minorities are portrayed in the mass media, the employment of women and minorities in the media, as well as how accurately the media reflects out scoiety demographically. Presented from a feminist, multi-culturalist perspective using a broad feminist analysis emcompassing issues of gender as well as class, race, age and sexual orientation. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X. Offered Fall.
COJO 390 - Social Media Toolkit
Focus on the content and technology needed in today's newsrooms. Students will explore blogging and its place in journalism, basic audio production, digital photography, multimedia package production, and the latest Web 2.0 technologies. History of "new media" and its place in the changing journalism landscape will also be discussed. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F11X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; or permission of instructor. Offered As Demand Warrants.
COJO F400 - Professional Internship
Practical training in a supervised, professional media environment. Participation at an approved publication, TV or radio station, or other media- or communication-related office agency, organization or business is required. Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission of instructor.
COJO 401 - Communication Research Methods
Quantitative research methodologies employed in the conduct of research on communication phenomena.
COJO 402 - Advanced Photography
Continuation of JRN F203/ART F283. Emphasis on continuing development of photographic skills by application of basic technical skills to a variety of areas of photography. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F203 or ART F283 or instructor permission. Offered Spring.
COJO F403 - Beat Reporting
Intensive training in developing and covering a news beat (chosen by the student) and the basics of common news beats: police, courts and government. Includes cultivating sources, explaining complicated stories, reporting trends, improving interviewing techniques, and employing advanced writing skills. Writing for publication encouraged. Offered Fall. Prerequisites: COJO F202.
COJO 404 - Photojournalism I
Fundamentals of visual communication through photography; issues and techniques of modern photojournalism; news, features, sports, and photo essay assignments as encountered at a daily newspaper; preparation of photographs for publication. Students must have basic 35mm camera equipment. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F203 or ART F283 or permission of instructor. Offered Fall.
COJO 405/605 - Advanced Photo Seminar
Advanced discussion of photojournalism and photographic topics. Topics range from the photographic essay to the history of photography and working in series. Weekly classroom meetings supplemented by field, studio and darkroom sessions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F402; JRN F404. Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years.
COJO 407 - Digital Darkoom
Learn to make ink jet prints from various photographic sources, including digital capture and scanned film. Emphasis on applying Photoshop methods for making fine prints in black and white and color. Special fees apply. Prerequisite: JRN F203 or ART F283 or permission of instructor. Offered Fall.
COJO F408 - Media Management
Overview of media management, including management theories, media competition, media research, regulatory issues of concern to managers, organizational planning and future trends in media. Case studies in practical problem-solving techniques. Offered As Demand Warrants.Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.
COJO F411 - Writing for a Living
Writing advanced prose for publication in books or magazines. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Offered As Demand Warrants.Prerequisites: WRTG F111X; WRTG F211X or WRTG F213X; COJO F311; or permission of instructor.
COJO 412 - Portrait Photography
This course will teach the student who has basic or advanced exposure and printing skills to further their understanding of the principles and techniques of portrait photography. Students will work with SLR or DSLR cameras and editing through a digital photo suite such as Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn to perfect their exposures and portrait skills, work with models, and handle studio strobes and equipment using traditional and digital media. Assignments will focus on both technical and aesthetic concerns. In-class critiques will provide feedback on students' work and weekly slide shows will provide insight on historical and contemporary portrait photographers.
COJO 413 - Mass Media Law and Regulation
Common law, statutory law and administrative law that affects the mass media, including libel, copyright, access to the media, constitutional problems, privacy, shield laws and broadcast regulations. Prerequisites: JRN F202 or permission of instructor. Offered Fall.
COJO 421 - Journalism in Perspective
Seminar-style exploration of the ethical, financial, corporate and international trends tugging at American journalism. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Offered Fall.
COJO 425 - Communication Theory
Theories of human communication, as well as of the nature of inquiry into human communication phenomena. Issues include the nature of communication as a discipline, critical and scientific inquiry, and major paradigms or perspectives within which communication theories are created.
COJO F430 - Introduction to Public Relations
Introduction to the theories, practices, principles and history of public relations. Prerequisites:COJO F131X or COJO F141X; or permission of instructor. Offered Fall.
COJO F431 - Public Relations Campaigns
This course focuses on the application of public relations principles and practices, which is the research, planning and execution of the public relations campaign. It includes public relations writing for news releases and press kits, radio, television, and cable production, web and new technologies production, writing for newsletters and magazines and brochures and direct mail production. Students will learn how to create and execute effective public relations techniques. Offered Spring.Prerequisites: COJO F430; or ABUS F263.
COJO F432 - Professional Public Speaking
Professional clear effective speaking. Uses evaluation criteria and assignments to build speaking competencies. Professional preparation for students whose career path includes public speaking. Prerequisites: COJO F131X or COJO F141X; senior standing.
COJO 435/640 /ANTH 435/635 / LING 435/635 - Political Media and Discourse of American
This class uses 'hands-on' discourse analytic techniques of student-collected media data in order to examine whether or not there is a unified rhetorical style associated with the American Right; the nature of the relationship between a message, its form and persuasion; and how moral stance are taken in political contexts. Evaluation of the veracity, ethical or historical merits of conservative political stances is not part of the scope of this course.
COJO 444 - Investigative Reporting
Advanced reporting of news with emphasis on public affairs. Develops sophisticated news judgment, writing and investigative reporting skills for print and electronic media. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; JRN F401; junior standing; or permission of instructor.
COJO F451 Cross-Cultural Conflict Analysis and Intervention
Students will learn key concepts and skills that will help them respond to cross-cultural and human rights conflicts in a productive manner. Students will learn basic conflict analysis for cross-cultural and human rights disputes, including those occurring in rural Alaska. By the end of the course students will understand the theoretical assumptions that drive these conflicts and will learn tools to resolve them. Offered Spring.Prerequisites: COJO F302; WRTG F211X or WRTG F213X; or permission of the instructor.
COJO 452 - Radio and Television News Writing
Overview of radio and television news writing. Emphasis on intensive news writing practice, including interviewing techniques, ethical issues and current controversies, and structure of television and radio news operations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; JRN F202. Offered Spring.
COJO 453 - Telvision News Reporting
Electronic news gathering using videotape equipment, scriptwriting, location sound recording, interview techniques, editing, videography and other aspects of field news reporting. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; JRN F451; JRN F452. JRN F452 may be taken concurrently with JRN F453. Offered Spring.
COJO 454 - Newscast
In-depth experience with television news production including electronic newsgathering. Emphasis on producing a broadcast-quality weekly newscast and packages for distribution in various media. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F101; JRN F202; JRN F251; JRN F302; COMM F131X or F141X. Offered Fall.
COJO 456/656 - Science Writing for Magazines & Newspapers
Students write and analyze science articles aimed at the general public. Course work includes writing and reading assignments, class workshops and conferences with the instructor. Emphasis on recognizing, finding and developing science stories; structuring articles; capturing reader interest; maintaining accuracy; and getting published. Scientists are welcome, but science background is not necessary. Repeatable once for additional credit with permission of instructor. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; JRN F202; or permission of instructor. Offered As Demand Warrants.
COJO F458 / FLPA 458 - SFX Up Your Video
An exploration into adding special effects to your video projects. Will include "green screen," titles, animation, color grading, DVD menu design and more. Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years.Prerequisites: FLPA F260 or COJO F290; FLPA F271 or FLPA F280 or COJO F280; video editing experience; or permission of instructor.
COJO F460 / GER 460 - History of German Film
In-depth study of a representative selection of films from the 1920s to the present, taught in English and German (films will be in German with English subtitles). Students of German will have a special discussion session in German and will do reading and writing in German. Offered As Demand Warrants.Prerequisites: Junior standing; or permission of instructor.
COJO F461 - Law and Science of Arbitration
This course covers the law, social science, policy and practices relating to arbitration as it is utilized in both the private and public sector. Students will learn the history of arbitration, its applications, its rules of evidence, administering institutions and their rules, arbitral remedies and awards, grounds for judicial review, and its hybrid use with other processes including mediation, fact-finding, and early neutral evaluation. Offered Spring.Prerequisites: COJO F302; WRTG F211X or WRTG F213X; or permission of the instructor.
COJO 462 - Communication in Health Contexts
Health communication as an established context for communication study will be explored. Problems in health communication will be examined as well as how those problems are exacerbated by the various matters of diversity, language and setting. Communication between health care professionals, between health care providers and health care consumers, between health care facilities and communities, and the legal perspectives of health communication will be topical.
COJO F465 - Clinic in Mediation, Conferencing and Circle Practices
This course engages students in both theory and practice in mediation, conferencing and circle practices. The course emphasizes training and professional practice in a series of theory-to-practice applications. Students work through a series of cases in which they are encouraged to solve ethical dilemmas and conduct issues. In this course, students gain mediation practice skills and integral approached to mediation. Prerequisites: COJO F302; WRTGF211X or WRTG F213X; or permission of the instructor.
COJO F472 / ART 472 / FLPA 472 - 3D Animation
Concept and technique of 3D computer generated animation with applications in fine and commercial art. Students will produce a series of three dimensional animation projects which will introduce them to the tools and concepts used by animation and visualization professionals.Note: May be repeated for credit. Offered Spring.Prerequisites: ART F231 or FLPA F231; ART F371 or FLPA F371 or equivalent; COJO F131X or COJO F141X.
COJO F475 - Applied Communication in Training and Development
Applies communication theory and research to organizational settings. Includes the identification and assessment of problems and opportunities that would benefit from the application of communication interventions including training, development and transformation technologies. Prerequisites: Any F300-level communication course; WRTG F111X; WRTG F211X or WRTG F213X; or permission of instructor.
COJO 471 - Advanced Digital Design
Project-oriented class in graphic design with applications from journalism to fine and commercial art. Students will be expected to have a background in programs likely to include web design, digital photography and graphic design. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; JRN F250; JRN F350; ART/JRN F371; one college level studio art course. Cross-listed with ART F471. Offered Spring.
COJO 480/FLPA 480 - Documentary Filmmaking
Basics of hands-on documentary filmmaking techniques, including preproduction, production and postproduction. Different documentary filmmaking directing styles and the process of distributing a documentary. Each student will produce a short documentary as the capstone of the course. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Basic experience in shooting and editing video or permission of instructor. Offered Spring.
COJO F481 -Organizational Communication: Performance Management
A comprehensive introduction to the role of communication in organizational change and development using Performance Management (PM) principles and practices. Ethical responsibility of PM communicators will be considered. Offered Fall Even-numbered Years.
COJO 482 - Capstone Seminar in Communication
Original research to demonstrate ability to read and understand social research, synthesize information, formalize a research question and use research skills. This senior capstone course requires a research project presented in a public speaking forum.
COJO 484/684/ART 484/684 - Multimedia Theory and Practice
Study of techniques needed to produce multimedia with a special project for a university or community agency as the required final. For the purpose of this course, multimedia is defined as computer-based, user-driven products with audio, visual and text components and also video or film where appropriate. Primary program is Flash. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Understanding of computer graphics programs like Illustrator, Freehand, etc. plus some mastery of a specialty in writing, art or television production. Offered Spring.
COJO 490 - Online Publication: Extreme Alaska
Using the department's multimedia newsroom facilities, senior-level students work on a team, under the guidance of an instructor, to publish an online publication. Students are expected to show substantial initiative and creativity as they make use of the skills they have acquired in other journalism courses. Course may be repeated once for credit. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: JRN F202; senior standing; or permission of instructor. Offered Spring.
COJO F492 - Seminar
COJO F493 - Special Topics
COJO F497 - Individual Study
COJO F498 - Undergraduate Research
COJO 600 - Introduction to Professional Communication
An introduction to professional practices important to communication careers. Professional writing and editing methods and techniques used in academic and/or professional careers. Development and presentation of professional reports which would include quantitatively- and qualitatively-based support. A.P.A. style guide will be covered.
COJO F601 - Communication Research Methodologies: Social Science
Introduction to the range of methodologies used to produce both practical and theoretic knowledge in the discipline. Presents the relationships between scientific questions, appropriate selection of methodology and types of knowledge products.Note: COJO F601 is a required core course for the M.A. in Professional Communication. Offered Fall.
COJO 602 - Communication Research Methodologies: Human Science
An introduction to research using a constructionist epistemology and the methodologies of the human science contexture. Includes evaluation and preparation of research using a variety of methodologies and to employ the data collection techniques that are implied by those methodologies.
COJO F611 Advanced Writing for Publication
An intensive writing course focused on producing books and in-depth magazine features. Emphasis will be on writing, editing and research. The business and legal aspects of becoming an author will also be covered. Offered As Demand Warrants.Prerequisites: COJO F202 or comparable upper-division ENGL courses; graduate standing; or permission of instructor.
COJO F613 - Advanced Mass Media Law and Regulation
Seminar on current issues, legal opinions and legislative actions which directly affect the mass media. Special emphasis on technological evolution, corporate growth and deregulation of administrative media law. Offered As Demand Warrants.Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
COJO F622 - Interpersonal Interaction
All understandings of communication study begin at the interpersonal level because this is the context in which the relation of self and the social is most clear. Interpersonal Interaction will provide students an opportunity to investigate a particular communication context of their choice (health, family, aging, conflict, relational, education, etc.) and ways in which interpersonal interactions interconnect human social life at all levels of lived experience. Prerequisites: Enrollment in M.A. in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor.
COJO 625 - Communication Theory
Required course for the master's degree in Professional Communication. The course is designed to acquaint students with both the historical evolution of the discipline against the backdrop of the evolution of the social sciences and with the theoretical perspectives of knowledge-building that have marked that disciplinary evolution. Students will learn the contextual interconnectedness of philosophy and theory. Finally, Communication Theory will also make the essential connections between theoretical perspectives and their professional uses.
COJO F631 - Teambuilding
Small group communication theory and methods linked to professional applications. Ways to create, maintain and reward productive work teams. Face-to-face and mediated group sessions will be discussed as well as the impact of professional work groups on organizational teambuilding. Students will work with teambuilding interventions that they will be able to apply in a variety of organizational settings. Offered As Demand Warrants.Prerequisites: COJO F600. Recommended: COJO F625.
COJO F633 - Public Relations Theory and Practice
Theory, practice and research in public relations. Emphasis on public relations in business, industry, government institutions and nonprofit organizations, as well as the role of public relations in American mass media. Offered As Demand Warrants. Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
COJO F635 - Organizational Culture and Communication
Contemporary perspectives on communication in the organizational context. The interpretive paradigm will be examined in terms of the broad range of knowledge currently being generated by communication scholars and other professionals who are looking more closely at the ways communication produces the social contexts in which it occurs. Human organizations and their transparency to the communication of their members is the pragmatic substance of the course. Prerequisites: Enrollment in M.A. in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor.
COJO F642 - Health Communication
Health Communication is intended to give students and interested professionals in related fields access to the most current research in this area. The course will address human communication at every level of interaction in the provision of health care: interpersonal (e.g., doctor/ patient), small group (e.g., clinic cardiac team), intra-organizational (e.g., medical staff and business staff), inter-organizational (e.g., hospital and schools), public campaigns (e.g., Center for Disease Control and prevention initiatives on drunk driving), and associated communication factors such as culture and diversity. Includes involvement in research and grant-proposal writing. Offered As Demand Warrants.Prerequisites: Enrollment in M.A. in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor.
COJO F656 - Science Writing for Magazines and Newspapers
Students write and analyze science articles aimed at the general public. Course work includes writing and reading assignments, class workshops and conferences with the instructor. Emphasis on recognizing, finding and developing science stories; structuring articles; capturing reader interest; maintaining accuracy; and getting published. Scientists are welcome, but science background is not necessary. Repeatable once for additional credit with permission of instructor. Offered As Demand Warrants.Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
COJO F661 - Mentored Teaching in Communication
Mentored teaching provides consistent contact on course-related issues between teaching assistants and mentoring faculty. Note: Teaching assistants are required to be enrolled in a mentoring teaching section while teaching. May be repeated up to four times for credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment in M.A. in Professional Communication or permission of instructor; award of teaching assistantship in communication.
COJO F675 - Training and Development Communication
Training and Development Communication offers students practical, current understandings of planned training, development and transformation processes as they are applied in the organizational setting. The information and class projects will help prepare training and development specialists, consultants and others whose interest is in this growing communication field. Offered Spring.Prerequisites: Enrollment in M.A. in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor.
COJO 680 - Communication and Diversity in the Professional World
Case study methods applied to the ever-expanding problems of communication in a changing workplace. The diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, physical ability, sexual orientation and age are reshaping the professional world at every level and communication professionals are increasingly called upon to formulate ways of accommodating this change. The course will prepare students to address diversity and planned changes in the workplace.
COJO F682 - Seminar in Communication
A variable content seminar intended to give students an opportunity to work closely with communication faculty in the study of topics, ideas or methodologies significant to the communication discipline (e.g., relational conflict, social construction, narrative research, etc.). Offered As Demand Warrants.Prerequisites: Enrollment in M.A. in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor.
COJO F684 / ART 684 - Multimedia Theory and Practice
Study of techniques needed to produce multimedia with a special project for some university or community agency as the required final. For the purpose of this course multimedia is defined as computer-based, user-driven products with audio, visual and text components and also video or film where appropriate. Primary program is Flash. plus some mastery of a specialty in writing, art, or television production. Offered Spring.Prerequisites: Understanding of computer graphics programs like Illustrator, Freehand, etc.
COJO F698 - Non-Thesis Research/Project
COJO F699 - Thesis
Every candidate for the communication concentration of the master's degree in professional communication will complete a thesis project. The requirement consists of an original piece of communication research directed by a member of the graduate faculty in the communication department. The completed and accepted thesis will be presented in an appropriate public forum.