COMM101
Communication in the 21st Century

Description: Introduction to the discipline of communication studies through a problem centered learning approach. How communication theory can be applied to solve everyday problems in public, professional, and private lives through learning how to advocate, negotiate, and relate.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM101H
Honors: Communication in the 21st Century

Description: Introduction to the discipline of communication studies through a problem centered learning approach. How communication theory can be applied to solve everyday problems in public, professional, and private lives through learning how to advocate, negotiate, and relate.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM109
Fundamentals of Human Communication

Description: Theory and practice in communication, including discussions and practical experiences in communication process, language, self-concept, perception, interviewing, group communication, audience analysis, public speaking, feedback, and listening.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM109H
Honors: Fundamentals of Human Communication

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

Description: Theory and practice of varying human communication forms. Includes discussions and practical experiences in communication process, language, self-concept, perception, interviewing, group communication, audience analysis, public speaking, feedback, and listening. Students conduct evaluative critiques, engage in mock interviews and maintain process journals.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM189H
University Honors Seminar

Prerequisites: Admission to the University Honors Program or by invitation.

University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.

Description: Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

COMM198
Special Topics in Communication Studies

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-12
Max credits per semester:12
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-12

ACE:

COMM199
Independent Study

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

COMM201
Introduction to Research Methods in Communication Studies

Description: Introduction to the social-scientific and critical-historical research methods in communication studies. Location, interpretation, and application of extant communication research. Letter grade only.

This course is a prerequisite for: COMM 495

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM202
Rhetorical Methods in Communication Studies

Description: Introduction to rhetorical research methods in communication studies. Location, interpretation, and application of extant communication research. Letter grade only.

This course is a prerequisite for: COMM 495

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM205
Performance of Literature

Description: Introduction to skills and theories in the performance of literature, including written analyses of the works performed and the demonstration of this analysis during performance for the class.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 7 Arts

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 7 Arts

COMM209
Public Speaking

Description: Detailed practice in composition and delivery of speeches leading to effective extemporaneous speaking. Critical analysis of contemporary speeches on vital public issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM209H
Honors: Public Speaking

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

Description: Detailed practice in composition and delivery of speeches leading to effective extemporaneous speaking. Critical analysis of contemporary speeches on vital public issues will culminate in a major research paper.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM210
Communicating in Small GroupsCrosslisted with COMM 210H

Description: Practice and theory of communication to participate in and lead small group discussion and problem solving.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM210H
Communicating in Small GroupsCrosslisted with COMM 210

Description: Practice and theory of communication to participate in and lead small group discussion and problem solving.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM211
Intercultural CommunicationCrosslisted with ETHN 211

Description: Exploration of culture as a dimension of all communicative activity. Communication between cultural groups in a variety of contexts, e.g. interpersonal relationships, groups, organizations, politics, and international relations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

COMM212
DebateCrosslisted with COMM 212H

Description: Principles of argumentation and debate. Practice in analysis, briefing, use of evidence, reasoning, detection of fallacies, refutation, and delivery of argument.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM212H
DebateCrosslisted with COMM 212

Description: Principles of argumentation and debate. Practice in analysis, briefing, use of evidence, reasoning, detection of fallacies, refutation, and delivery of argument.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM215
Visual Communication

Description: Surveys theories of visual communication to improve critical thinking about images.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM220
Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement

Description: Introduction to fundamentals of public deliberation, advocacy, and civic engagement in a democratic society. Develop civic engagement campaigns using the resources of the rhetorical tradition.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

COMM250
Rhetoric, Media, and Civic Life

Description: Explores the centrality of communication in contemporary, digitally-networked civic life.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 5 Humanities

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 5 Humanities

COMM271
Organizing Social Change

Description: Examine communication processes that support organizing social change. Explore theories and case examples of how social change agents develop their voices, relationships and the organizational capacity to act on behalf of shared goals.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM280
Communication and Popular Culture

Description: Introduction to communication and popular culture, e.g. television, music, film, popular literature, "self help" literature, etc., using rhetorical and critical methods of analysis to understand the communicative dimension of these cultural forms to explore the complex relationship of language, visual images, mediated communication, and cultural values.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM283
Interpersonal Communication

Description: Understanding the processes and challenges of interpersonal communication across a variety of relationship types. Issues of interpersonal communication in personal and professional relationships.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM286
Business and Professional Communication

Letter grade only.

Description: An introduction to a variety of communication skills to help achieve maximum effectiveness on the job: verbal and listening skills, oral presentation techniques, small group problem solving/leadership, interviewing, and organizational communication.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM295
University Speech and Debate

Prerequisites: Limited to members of the intercollegiate forensics squad

Description: Application of principles of argumentation and persuasion in intercollegiate debate, public address, and oral interpretation. Intensive research and practice. Tournaments from September through April.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

COMM297
Instructional Assistantship

Pass/No Pass only.

Description: Structured professional experience for training instructor assistants to tutor, evaluate communication activities, and do other instructional assistance for communication studies courses.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

COMM300
Nonverbal Communication

Description: Introduction to the behaviors, theories, functions, and skills relevant to the enactment and interpretation of nonverbal communication.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM312
Argumentation

Description: Special forms of debate and public discussion. Adaptation of argument to various types of audiences. Analysis of principles of argumentation in great historical debates.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM325
Interviewing

Description: Primary focus: studying and applying the principles and strategies of interviewing to practical situations; defining and discussing the applications of interviewing theory as it applies to interviewers and interviewees; and participation in interviews utilizing the strategies and techniques discussed in class including employment, counseling, informational, appraisal, complaint, reprimand, and/or persuasive.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM334
Polls, Politics and Public OpinionCrosslisted with COMM 334H, POLS 334, POLS 334H

Description: Attitudes and behavior of citizens with respect to politics, how these attitudes and behaviors are shaped, how they are measured, and what influence they have on government.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM334H
Polls, Politics and Public OpinionCrosslisted with COMM 334, POLS 334, POLS 334H

Description: Attitudes and behavior of citizens with respect to politics, how these attitudes and behaviors are shaped, how they are measured, and what influence they have on government.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM354
Health CommunicationCrosslisted with COMM 354H

Description: Overview of communication research and practice in various care contexts: client/provider interactions, provider/provider communication, communication in health care organizations, mediated messages in the marketing and promotion of health information, consumer advocacy, politics of health care.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM354H
Health CommunicationCrosslisted with COMM 354

Description: Overview of communication research and practice in various care contexts: client/provider interactions, provider/provider communication, communication in health care organizations, mediated messages in the marketing and promotion of health information, consumer advocacy, politics of health care.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM355
Community and Identity in the Digital Age

Description: Theories and research on communication and technology (e.g., social media). Understanding how the "digital age" is shaping our personal, relational, and social experiences. Grade only.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM368
Communication and Aging

Description: Introduction to theories and concepts of intergenerational communication, perceptions of aging, and attitudes about age groups. Focus on cultural variations, media and technology, personal relationships, health and health care.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM370
Family Communication

Description: Theories and research in family communication and relationships. The complexity and consequences of defining and interacting in the family. The diversity of family forms and experiences.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 6 Social Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 6 Social Science

COMM371
Communication in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Description: Introductory account of the role of conflict in relationships, organizations, and communities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM375
Theories of Persuasion

Description: An upper-division course in the theories and perspectives of persuasion, including an examination of the dimensions, scope, and role of persuasion in our society. Critical analysis of persuasive messages, becoming familiar with persuasive research, and applying to practical situations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

COMM378
Cultural Encounters on the Great PlainsCrosslisted with GPSP 378

Description: Inter-cultural encounters which have occurred on the Great Plains with a focus on American Indians, African, African-American, Latino, Asian, South Asian, and European cultures.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

COMM380
Gender and Communication

Description: Introduction to theory and research in gender and communication. Emphasis on examining the relationships among gender, language, social reality, and cultural values.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM386
Organizational Communication

Description: Introduction to the guiding theories in organizational communication field and key communication issues in contemporary organizations. Application of theories and issues through case studies.

This course is a prerequisite for: COMM 485; COMM 486; COMM 487

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM391
International Studies in Communication

Prerequisites: Permission of the Program Coordinator

Description: Study abroad at site(s) outside the United States with topics to vary depending on the country(ies) visited and specific area of study. Assignments link experiential learning to communication processes and theories. Students will earn 1 credit hour per every 45 hours of attendance commitments and/or assigned work. Travel outside the United States is required. Passport to travel is required; educational visa may be required. Arrangements for payment and program costs (tuition, transportation, room and board, etc.) will vary depending on the program.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:15
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

COMM395
Professional Internship

Prerequisites: Permission

P/NP only.

Description: Structured professional experience in the field of communication studies outside of the traditional academic setting. Communication problems are confronted not as abstractions, but as specific occurrences with which the student must cope.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:FLD

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

COMM398
Special Topics in Communication Studies

Description: Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-12
Max credits per semester:12
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-12

ACE:

COMM399
Independent Study

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Students must secure the agreement of a faculty member in Communication Studies to supervise the IS project. Once this agreement has been secured, the student will receive the permission number to register. Visit comm.unl.edu to see specialization areas and contact information for faculty.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

COMM399H
Honors Course

Prerequisites: Open to candidates for degree with distinction, with high distinction, or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM400
Rhetorical Theory

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Major writers, works, and concepts involved in the rhetorical approach to the study of human communication.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM412
Directing Forensics

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Emphasis placed on the relationship between theory in speech communication and practice in the debate and speech contest situation. For students interested in teaching debate and speech activities at the secondary or collegiate level.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM427
Instructional CommunicationCrosslisted with TEAC 429

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Advanced introductory course in instructional communication, focusing on understanding variables associated with the communication process in instructional settings and managing instructional communication more effectively. Provides an experimental and a cognitive understanding of the role of communication in the instructional process.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM430
Political CommunicationCrosslisted with POLS 430, POLS 830

Prerequisites: 12 hrs communication studies, or permission.

Description: Role of communication in the political process, with emphasis on communication strategies in political campaigns. Includes communication variables important in the political process, an application of communication theory and principles to political rhetoric, and analysis and criticism of selected political communication events.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
Groups:American Government&Public Pol

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM440
Rhetoric of Sports and Games

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Examination of rhetorical theories and perspectives viewed through the cultural lens of sports.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM452
Media and Culture

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Theories of mass media, digital media and culture as the basis for investigation of human communication in a variety of contexts and activities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM454
Communication and Health Disparities

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Examines the differences across groups in health, illness, and health care access and the role of communication in defining health problems and creating intervention solutions.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM465
Communication and Social Identity

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Introduction to the theories and concepts of intergroup communication, personal and social identity, and social categorization. Communicative processes associated with defining self and others including social comparison, prejudice and discrimination, and social conflict.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM470
Interpersonal Communication Theory

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: In-depth exploration of interpersonal communication theory and research across contexts. How people interact to create, maintain, and dissolve relationships.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM471
The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: In-depth exploration of theories and research associated with interpersonal communication phenomena presumed to be destructive and dysfunctional.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM485
Small Group Communication Theory

Prerequisites: COMM 101 and 386

Description: Overview of small group communication theory and research centered on how groups and teams are formed and enacted in interaction.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM486
Communicating Organizational Culture and Power

Prerequisites: COMM 101 and 386

Description: Critical and cultural theories, principles, and research related to organizational communication. Organizations as sites of culture and power.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM487
Global Organizational Communication

Prerequisites: COMM 101 and 386

Description: Communication challenges and issues that arise in global organizations and in an era marked by globalization. Relationships among culture, communication and ways of organizing across local and global contexts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

COMM495
Communication Studies Senior Capstone

Prerequisites: COMM 101, COMM 201 or 202, and Senior Standing

Description: Examination of essays and completion of a semester project that integrates and applies theories, concepts and processes learned throughout the communication studies major.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

COMM498
Special Topics in Communication Studies

Prerequisites: COMM 101

Description: Topic varies. Topic announced prior to registration.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-12
Max credits per semester:12
Max credits per degree:12
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-12

ACE:

COMM499H
Honors Course

Prerequisites: Open to candidates for degree with distinction, with high distinction, or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE: