Communication Studies

Course List

COMM 3240: Sport, Communication and Society 3(3,0): Covers the cultural influence of communication about sports on society. Explores how communication enables cultural meaning and values to become associated and established within sports. Exposes students to the ways that factors such as race, gender and nationalism manifest and perpetuate via communication about sports. Preq: COMM 2010 with a C or better or consent of instructor.

COMM 3250: Survey of Sports Communication 3(3,0): Covers fundamentals of communicating in a sports environment. Includes the basics of communicating for print and broadcast news, as well as communicating for sports information. Also covers ethical considerations in sports communication. Preq: COMM 2010 with a C or better or consent of instructor.

COMM 3260: Public Relations in Sports 3(3,0): Focuses on the preparation of professional sports communication materials for both internal and external audiences. Topics include the mechanics of creating press releases and other materials, as well as techniques in managing crises. Preq: COMM 2010 with a C or better or consent of instructor.

COMM 3270: Sports Media Criticism 3(3,0): Students gain in-depth understanding of sports communication issues through critically analyzing actual media coverage of sporting events, addressing social issues involved in college and professional sports, and developing an understanding of sports promotion and advertising. Preq: COMM 2010 with a C or better or consent of instructor.

COMM 4250: Advanced Sports Communication 3(3,0): Combination seminar and primary research class that explores contemporary sports communication issues. Students write position papers on seminar topics and conduct primary research on sports communication topics of their choice. Preq: COMM 3250 or consent of instructor.

COMM 4260: Social Media and Sport Communication 3(3,0): Covers the influence of communication and social media in sports and how these technologies are changing the communicative infrastructure of sports. Students will explore how social media is re-configuring sports media, how sports organizations are managing social media, and how social media affects fan behavior and athlete communication. Preq: COMM 2010 with a C or better or consent of instructor.

COMM 4270: Communication in Sports Organizations 3(3,0): Examines communication dynamics in sports organizations. Among other topics, identifies how sports organizations manage crisis communication with stakeholders, sexual harassment, ethical issues, and dissent. Preq: COMM 2010 with a C or better or consent of instructor.

COMM 4280: Interpersonal/Family Communication and Sports 3(3,0): Examines how communication functions in interpersonal and family contexts as it pertains to sports. Exposes students to identify ways that sports can be healthy rather than destructive, communicative topic for families and interpersonal relationships. Preq: COMM 2010 with a C or better or consent of instructor.