Core 24 Specifics
Core 24 courses offer immersive experiences with the most essential theories, tools
and techniques used in the field of communication. Each core course includes a digital
production lab. Guided by your professors and inspired by your peers, you’ll become
digitally savvy, globally aware and fluent with core communication knowledge.
Majors take all eight courses. Minors take COMM 200 and choose one additional core
COMM 200 Communication Foundations
Students learn about core communication theories, career prospects, and community
resources. The instructor guides students to identify a focus or specialization to
pursue in future coursework. Students experiment with communication forms, creativity,
and technology tools. The course includes a lab that explores social media, including
its role in developing professional identity.
COMM 220 Listening & Mindfulness
Students learn about listening and mindfulness. The instructor guides students to
use mindfulness strategies to enhance learning and wellness. Students gain experience
in a variety of listening contexts involving diverse perspectives. The course includes
a lab that explores audio production, including making samples, playlists and field
COMM 300 Communication Strategies
Students learn communication theories, frameworks, and practices that support effective
interpersonal, small group, and organizational communication. Students practice listening,
speaking, writing, and analysis in a variety of contexts using project-based learning.
The course includes lab that explores methods and tools for effective digital collaboration.
COMM 320 Media Studies
Students investigate contemporary media, including perspectives from theory, research,
and practice. Students develop media literacy along with creative approaches to media
production and interpretation. The course includes a lab that explores video, including
storyboarding, collecting moving images, editing and sharing on the web.
COMM 340 Persuasion & Advocacy
Audience and message analysis are powerful tools as we engage in advocacy in local
and global communities. Students apply persuasive theories and frameworks through
analytical reading, scholarly writing and digital presentations. The course includes
a lab that explores digital photography, including photojournalism and sharing images
via social media.
COMM 360 Logic & Argumentation
Students learn how to produce logical conclusions through the systematic formulation
of information and reason, as well as the principles of argumentation and debate.
Students practice applying research and analysis with an emphasis on storytelling,
issue framing and evidentiary quality. The course includes a lab that introduces students
to code and digital logic.
COMM 380 Project Management
Using technological tools and applying essential planning and problem solving concepts,
students manage a semester-long project using Project Management Institute guidelines.
The course includes a lab to develop proficiency with analytics.
COMM 490 Communication Capstone
Students refine cognitive, affective and technical abilities in a culminating experience
demonstrating fluency with core communication theories and practices. As students
prepare to move from undergraduate learning to professional employment or graduate
studies, the capstone experience will strengthen defined interests and showcase advanced
abilities. The course includes an open lab to support portfolio development.