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Focus Areas and Upper Level Courses

Students can update their Focus Area online through Chatter/DUST by selecting Choose my Concentration under the the Academic Advising column. Only one Focus Area can be declared officially.

Communication, Environment, Science and Health (CESH)

Students focusing in CESH will investigate how communication influences public understanding of science, health, environmental, and risk-related issues. While exploring conceptual and theoretical issues, students will learn specific skills for communicating science, health, environmental, and risk information to a variety of audiences. Possible career paths include public information officer, science writer, environmental educator/outreach specialist, environmental or health-risk communicator, and business, legal and other graduate study.View CESH Faculty Members

Communication Media Studies (CMS)

Students focusing in CMS will investigate the forces that shape media in contemporary society, investigating how what we see and hear comes to be. They will also analyze and understand the psychological, social, and cultural processes that are in turn affected by media, from politics to entertainment to news to the very question of what we understand as real about ourselves and true about the world around us. Students may pursue careers in the media industries, in designing the laws and policies regarding media, in business, legal or other graduate study, or in the service of making media better; most of all, they will be more informed and astute citizens in a highly mediated world.‚Äč View CMS Faculty Members

Communication and Information Technologies (CAT)

Students focusing in CAT will explore the social and psychological dimensions of the design, use, and evaluation of communication and information technologies, how people form and manage impressions and relate to each other in cyberspace, the uses of language in online interaction, and how people coordinate work in virtual teams, as well as people's interface and information needs. Possible career paths include information systems designer, research analyst, user interface designers, software designers, usability specialist, technology writer, and business, legal and other graduate study. View CAT Faculty Members

Communication and Social Influence (CSI)

Students focusing in CSI will use communication principles to analyze issues and situations involving groups, organizations and selected audiences to design, implement, and evaluate appropriate communication programs. Courses stress the positive, ethical, and effective uses of communication in human affairs. This focus area would be appropriate for students interested in using communication to bring about change at the individual and societal level. Possible career paths include public relations, marketing communications, polling, human resources, governmental affairs, and business, legal and other graduate study. View CSI Faculty

Current list of Upper Level Communication Courses 

COMM  3100  Communication and Decision Making in Groups - CSI            
COMM  3110  Educational Psychology - CSI                    
COMM  3150  Organizational Communication: Theory and Practice - CSI        
COMM  3189  Taking America’s Pulse - CSI
COMM  3200  New Media and Society - CAT, CMS
COMM  3210  Communication and the Environment - CESH, CMS
COMM  3300  Media and Human Development  - CESH, CAT, CMS, CSI
COMM  3400  Personal Relationships and Technology - CAT, CSI
COMM  3450  Human Computer Interaction Design - CAT
COMM  3460  Crowds, Communities, and Technology - CAT, CSI
COMM  3560  Computing Cultures - CSI
COMM  3760  Planning Communication Campaigns - CSI, CMS, CESH
COMM  4200  Public Opinion and Social Processes  - CMS, CSI, CESH
COMM  4201  Information Policy: Research, Analysis, and Design - CSI
COMM  4220  Psychology of Entertainment Media - CAT, CESH, CMS
COMM  4280  Communication Law - CMS, CSI
COMM  4300  Ethics in New Media, Technology and Communication - CESH, CAT, CMS, CSI
COMM  4360  Social Networks in the Emerge of Social Capitals - CAT, CMS
COMM  4400  Advanced Human-Computer Interaction Design - CAT
COMM  4410  Communicating Self in Social Media - CAT
COMM  4450  Seminar in Computer-Mediated Communication - CAT
COMM  4560  Community Involvement in Decision Making - CESH
COMM  4650  Mobile Communication in Public Life - CAT, CMS
COMM  4660  Public Communication of Science and Technology - CESH
COMM  4860  Risk Communication - CESH, CSI