Course Requirements

Introductory Core Survey Courses (100 to 199 level)

Students must complete two of the following three courses, all designed to introduce students to major Communication theories, research, and substantive topics of study. If a student completes all three introductory core survey courses, the third course may count toward the Comm major elective course requirements.

COMM 123: Critical Approaches to Popular Culture (Lingel/Paxton)
COMM 125: Introduction to Communication Behavior (Delli Carpini)
COMM 130: Media Industries and Society (Turow)

Research Methods

Students are required to complete COMM 210: Quantitative Research Methods in Communication (Jemmott/Lelkes).

Alternatively, an equivalent research methods course providing a basic introduction to the principles and techniques of social research methods completed through another department can be taken to satisfy the requirement. Below is a list of approved courses, some of which may carry prerequisites:

  • INTR 350: Research Methods in International Relations
  • HSOC 100: Introduction to Sociological Research
  • MKTG 212: Marketing Research
  • SOCI 100: Introduction to Sociological Research
  • URBS 200: Introduction to Research Methods

Students who have completed a previously accepted Research Methods course by the end of the Fall 2020 semester may request approval from the Comm Undergraduate Advising Team for the course be used to satisfy the Research Method Requirement.

Comm Major Elective Courses

Students are required to complete eight Comm courses in addition to the two required introductory core survey courses and research methods course. Students who complete a third introductory core survey course can count the course toward their major. A minimum of four Comm courses at the 300 to 499 level are required. 

100 Level Seminars. Open only to first-year students.
COMM 113: Data Science for Beginners (Lelkes)

200 Level Intermediate Lecture Courses and Seminars. Open to all students:
COMM 203: Media, Culture, and Society in Contemporary China (Yang)
COMM 211: Media Activism Studies (Pickard/Balaji)
COMM 213: Social Media and Social Life (González-Bailón)
COMM 225: Children and Media (Woolf)
COMM 226: Introduction to Political Communication (Jamieson)
COMM 230: Advertising and Society (Turow)
COMM 243: Ethnography and Media for Social Justice (Lingel)
COMM 248: Digital Dissidence: Networked Movements in the Age of the Internet (Ustun)
COMM 253: Divine Mediation: Media and the Shaping of Religious Identity and Practice (Balaji)
COMM 263: Modern Social Movements (Yang)
COMM 270: Global Digital Activism (Yang)
COMM 275: Communication and Persuasion (Cappella)
COMM 282: Sick and Satired: The Insanity of Humor and How It Keeps Us Sane (Booth)
COMM 286: Masculinity and the Media (Balaji)
COMM 290: Special Topics in Communication (Various Faculty/Instructors)
COMM 292: WARNING! Graphic Content: Political Cartoons, Comix, and the Uncensored Artistic Mind (Booth)
COMM 299: We are the 99%: Media & Memory of Occupy (Lingel)
COMM 298: Study Abroad Comm Credit (prior approval through XCAT is required; a maximum of three Study Abroad or Credit Away credits may be used for the major)

300 Level Advanced Smaller Sized Lectures and Seminars. Recommended for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors:
COMM 301: Understanding the Political Economy of Media (Pickard)
COMM 310: The Communication Research Experience (Falk)
COMM 311: Peace Communication: The Use and Abuse of Communications in Intergroup Conflict (Moore-Berg)
COMM 313: Computational Text Analysis (O'Donnell)
COMM 318: Stories From Data: Introduction to Programming for Data Journalism (O'Donnell)
COMM 322: History and Theory of Freedom of Expression (Marvin)
COMM 323: Contemporary Politics, Policy, and Journalism (Hunt)
COMM 328: Drawing the Blue Line: Police and Power in American Popular Culture (Balaji)
COMM 330: The Hidden World of Privacy (Turow)
COMM 332: Survey, Research & Design (Dutwin)
COMM 339: Critical Perspectives in Journalism (Zelizer)
COMM 342: Global Rhetorics of Borders, Walls, and Sovereignty (Masri)
COMM 354: Power and Design in Global Communication (Rosa)
COMM 359: COMM 359: Journalism in an Age of Information Disorder (Wardle)
COMM 361: Dreaming Out the Future: Technology, Ideology and Speculative Media from the Global South (Chirumamilla)
COMM 367: Communication in the Networked Age (González-Bailón)
COMM 368: Kinesthetic Anthropology (Thomas and Wilson)
COMM 372: Journalism in/of Conflict (Stupart)
COMM 373: Black Geographies: Race and Visual Culture (Ward)
COMM 377: Philosophical Problems of Journalism (Romano)
COMM 378: Journalism & Public Service (Romano)
COMM 387: Comparative Journalism (Romano)
COMM 388: Ritual Communication (Paxton)
COMM 389: Black Visual Culture and Its Archives (Ward)
COMM 390: Special Topics in Communication (Various Faculty/Instructors)
COMM 393 Political Polling (Dutwin)
COMM 395: Communication and the Presidency (Eisenhower)
COMM 397: New Media and Politics (Winneg)

400 Level Advanced Seminar Courses. Priority given to Juniors and Seniors:
COMM 404: Media and Politics (Mutz)
COMM 407: Understanding Social Networks (González-Bailón)
COMM 411: Communication, Activism, and Social Change (S. Jackson)
COMM 423: Communication and Social Influence Laboratory (Falk)
COMM 431: Is Public Opinion the Voice of the People? (Lelkes)
COMM 432: Digital Inequalities (Ticona)
COMM 441: The Internet Versus Democracy (Lelkes)
COMM 446: Media Industries and Nationalism (Balaji)
COMM 459: Social Networks and the Spread of Behavior (Centola)
COMM 463: Surveillance Capitalism (Turow)
COMM 490: Special Topics in Communication (Various Faculty)

400 Level Internship, Independent Study and Theses Courses. By approval only:
COMM 491: Communication Internship (Various Faculty)
COMM 493: Independent Study (Various Faculty)
COMM 494: Honors and Capstone Thesis (Woolf)
COMM 495: Capstone Thesis (Various Faculty)
COMM 499: Senior Honors Thesis (Various Faculty)

Non-Comm Elective Courses

Students are required to take three Non-Comm elective courses from other schools and departments that support a student's interests in Communication. All Non-Comm Electives must be related to the student’s Comm major and be pre-approved by a member of the COMM Undergraduate Advising Team. Only one Non-Comm elective may be an introductory level.

Graduate Level Courses

Undergraduates are generally ineligible to register for graduate level courses. Students who may have an interest in a specific graduate course are advised to make inquiries well in advance of the registration period.