Course Requirements

Introductory Courses

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 level courses, the third course may count toward the intermediate requirement.

COMM 123: Communication and Popular Culture (Paxton)
COMM 125: Introduction to Communication Behavior (Shaker)
COMM 130: Introduction to Mass Media and Society (Turow)

Research Methods

Students must complete at least one course providing a basic introduction to the principles and techniques of qualitative and/or quantitative social research methods. The requirement can be met by taking one of the following Communication courses:

COMM 210: Quantitative Research Methods in Communication (Bleakley)
COMM 332: Survey Research and Design (Dutwin)
COMM 498: Experimental Methods of Inquiry (Mutz)

Alternatively, an equivalent qualitative or quantitative methods course completed through another department can be taken to satisfy the requirement. Below is a non-exhaustive list of approved courses, some of which may carry prerequisites:

CRIM 250: Statistics for the Social Sciences I
ECON 103: Statistics for Economists
ECON 104: Introduction to Econometrics
LING 102: Introduction to Sociolinguistics
MKTG 212: Marketing Research
SOCI 100/HSOC 100: Introduction to Sociological Research
SOCI 120/ AFRI 120: Social Statistics
SOCI 128: Introduction to Demographic Methods
SOCI 221: Sample Survey Methods
SOCI 222: Field Methods of Sociological Research
STAT 111: Introductory Statistics
STAT 112: Introductory Statistics
URBS 330: GIS Applications in Social Science

Courses not included on this list require prior departmental approval. A course syllabus must be submitted to the Director of Student Services for review. The School has the right to deny the request.

Intermediate Courses

Students must complete four intermediate Communication courses that apply communication perspectives to particular domains of concern, issues, or industries. Intermediate courses are classified as those numbered between 100 and 299. They are intended for beginning Communication students, but are open to all students. Advanced courses (see section below) may also count toward the intermediate requirement.

200 Level Intermediate Level I Lecture Courses and Seminars:
COMM 203: Media, Culture, and Society in Contemporary China (Yang)
COMM 209: Urban Communication (Peterkin Bell)
COMM 211: Media Activism Studies (Pickard; Balaji)
COMM 213: Social Media and Social Life (González-Bailón)
COMM 217: New Media Journalism and Politics in the Trump Era (Fineman)
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 245: Teens and Screens: Understanding Youth Media Behavior (Bleakley)
COMM 262: Visual Communication (Various, Summer Only)
COMM 270: Global Digital Activism (Yang)
COMM 275: Communication and Persuasion (Cappella)
COMM 290: Special Topics in Communication (Various Faculty)
COMM 282: Sick and Satired: the Insanity of Humor and How It Keeps Us Sane (Booth)
COMM 292: WARNING! Graphic Content - Political Cartoons, Comix, and the Uncensored Artistic Mind (Booth)

Advanced Courses

Students must complete four advanced Communication courses. Advanced courses are classified as those numbered 300 through 499.

300 Level Intermediate Level II Seminars. Recommended for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, but open to all students:
COMM 300: Public Space; Public Life (Marvin)
COMM 301: Introduction to the Political Economy of Media (Pickard; Nixon)
COMM 307: Communication, Sports, and Social Justice (Glanville)
COMM 310: The Communication Research Experience (Falk)
COMM 311: Peace Communication (Bruneau)
COMM 313: Computational Text Analysis (O'Donnell)
COMM 321: Big Data & Social Research (González-Bailón)
COMM 322: History and Theory of Freedom of Expression (Marvin)
COMM 323: Contemporary Politics, Policy, and Journalism (Hunt)
COMM 325: Global Youth Media (Bergère)
COMM 332: Survey, Research & Design (Dutwin)
COMM 339: Critical Perspectives in Journalism (Zelizer)
COMM 375: Crisis Communication (Felzenberg)
COMM 377: Philosophical Problems of Journalism (Romano)
COMM 381: The Journalism of Social Change (Fineman)
COMM 382: Media and the Construction of Class (Shapiro)
COMM 384: Memes, Media and Meanings (Rajabi)
COMM 387: Comparative Journalism (Romano)
COMM 388: Ritual Communication (Paxton)
COMM 390: Special Topics in Communication (Various Faculty)
COMM 395: Communication and the Presidency (Eisenhower)
COMM 397: New Media and Politics (Winneg)

400 Level Advanced Seminar Courses. Open to Juniors and Seniors only, except by permission:
COMM 402: The Arab Uprisings: Local and Global Representations (Kraidy)
COMM 404: Media and Politics (Mutz)
COMM 407: Understanding Social Networks (González-Bailón)
COMM 417: The Politics of Digital Media Policy (Pickard)
COMM 419: Communication, Culture, and Revolution (Kraidy)
COMM 423: Communication and Social Influence Laboratory (Falk)
COMM 431: Is Public Opinion the Voice of the People? (Lelkes)
COMM 439: Media Criticism (Zelizer)
COMM 441: The Internet Versus Democracy (Lelkes)
COMM 453: Internet Experiments Practicum (Centola)
COMM 485: Globalization and the Music Video (Kraidy)
COMM 490: Special Topics in Communication (Various Faculty)
COMM 498: Experimental Methods of Inquiry (Mutz)

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

Cognate Courses

Students are required to take three cognate courses, which are courses from other schools and departments that support a student's research interests in Communication. Only one introductory course is permitted. Advance approval by the Director of Student Services is required.

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.