Communication Studies

2020 Frieze Building 1285
313 764-0420
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Web site: http://www.umich.edu/~commstud/index.html

Associate Professor Vincent Price, Chair

May be elected as a departmental concentration program


Professors

Susan Douglas, Mass media's role in the construction of social gender, history of radio broadcasting, media theory and criticism, the intersection between feminist studies and media studies
L. Rowell Huesmann, effects of media violence, aggression, didactic interactions, methodology and statistics, and computer simulation of behavior
John Stevens (Retirement furlough), Media law, media historyMichael Traugott, Political communication


Associate Professors

Richard L. Allen, Intercultural communication, blacks and the media, persuasive communication
Charles Eisendrath, Foreign correspondence
Vincent Price, Communication theory and methodology, media and public opinion


Assistant Professors

Kristen Harrison, Media effects, mass media
Nicholas Valentino, Behavioral and attitudinal effects of political communication


Professors Emeriti

Henry Austin, Dean C. Baker, Charles F. Cannell, Garnet R. Garrison, Graham B. Hovey, Howard H. Martin, Marion Marzolf, Edward Stasheff, Alfred Storey, Edgar Willis.


Mass communication is a powerful and complex set of processes. Its forms both shape and are shaped by the social and cultural contexts in which it occurs. Mass communication involves the creation, dissemination, and reception of many kinds of messages. Their meanings structure the ways people and societies understand themselves and their world, as well as their politics, social relations, and identities.

The Department of Communication Studies offers an undergraduate curriculum focusing on the structure, processes, contexts, and effects of mass communication. Several scholarly approaches to media research are represented in the curriculum, including historical, legal, cultural, institutional and effects orientations. The bachelor's degree in communication studies forms an excellent base of knowledge and analytical training for students considering graduate study or professional work involving media relations, journalism, public relations, advertising, or other media-related activities. However, the undergraduate concentration is not intended as specific preparation for professional careers in the media; thus, pre-professional training in journalism, television and film production, etc. are not included among department offerings. Communication Studies courses provide students with a deeper understanding of the role of mass communication in society.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Comm. Studies 101, 102, and 111.

Concentration Program. A minimum of 30 credits, at least 24 credits in Communication Studies beyond 100-level introductory courses and 6 credits of cognate work. These must include the following:

  1. Introductory Research Methods: Comm. Studies 211.

  2. Areas of Communication: Comm. Studies 351 or 371, and Comm. Studies 361 or 381.

  3. Advanced Communication Studies: A minimum of 12 credits of Communication Studies courses numbered 300 and above, not used to satisfy requirement 2 above, at least 6 credits of which must be at the 400-level and above. Internships (Comm. Studies 321) and Practica (Comm. Studies 322) may not be included in this requirement, and no more than 4 credits of independent or Honors seminar courses can be used to meet this requirement.

  4. Cognates: 6 credits of approved cognate work from a single department at the 300-level or above, chosen in consultation with and approved by the concentration advisor.

Honors Program. Qualified students are encouraged to undertake an Honors concentration. The Honors Program in Communication Studies is available in the senior year to students with a grade point average by their final term of junior year of 3.5 in Communication Studies courses and 3.3 overall. Application and formal admission by the department are required. Qualified students should contact an Honors concentration advisor as early as possible for curricular planning, but applications for Honors concentration are generally accepted only after March 1 of the student's junior year. In addition to satisfying all regular concentration requirements, an Honors concentration must also include:

  1. Communication Research: Comm. Studies 311, completed by the end of the junior year with a grade of B or better.

  2. Senior Honors Seminars: Comm. Studies 491 and 492, a two-term seminar sequence involving the design and completion of an Honors thesis. Only 3 credits of Honors Seminar may be applied to requirement 3, Advanced Communication Studies.

Requirements 2 and 5 must be completed by the end of the junior year. To declare an Honors concentration, make an appointment with the Department's Honors Advisor. Ask for an information sheet on the Honors Program in Communication Studies at the Department office (2020 Frieze).

Advising. Advising appointments are scheduled at 2020 Frieze. Prospective concentrators should schedule an appointment with a concentration advisor during the second term of the sophomore year. Most students continue to see an advisor at least once a year. In any case, students consult an advisor during the first term of the senior year to ensure that required courses will be completed for graduation.

Research on Journalistic Performance. The department administers the Howard R. Marsh Center for the Study of Journalistic Performance. This endowed facility studies the role of the news media in a democratic society. A visiting professorship in journalism is also supported by a gift by Howard R. Marsh. The Marsh Center brings invited news media professionals and communication scholars to the campus during the academic year.

Awards

The following awards and scholarships are offered on an annual basis. Application deadline is mid-March. All inquiries and application materials should be directed to Awards Chair in the Department of Communication.

J. Evens Campbell Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship was established in 1973 by family and friends in memory of J. Evens Campbell, publisher of the Argus-Press in Owosso. The endowment provides an annual award to a student interested in a career in journalism.

John L. and Clara Brumm Scholarships. This $500 scholarship was an outgrowth of a contribution by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association in 1949 in honor of the founder and director of the organization. This award is for a first-term freshman who is a Michigan high school senior intending to study journalism at the University. If no qualified high school seniors apply, support may be given to a transfer student from Michigan for the first term in residence at the University.

Mary Lou Butcher Equality in Journalism Award. This $1,500 cash award for undergraduate and graduate students encourages equality in journalism. It commemorates Ms. Butcher's successful class action sex discrimination suit. Students should submit an essay of 1,000 words on "Diversity in the Newsroom," with other designated materials.


Courses in Communication Studies (Division 352)

101. The Mass Media. (4). (SS).

102. Media Processes and Effects. (4). (SS).

111. Workshop on Managing the Information Environment. (1). (Excl).

211(206). Evaluating Information. Comm. Studies 111. (4). (SS). (QR/1).

305/Ling. 305/Poli. Sci. 305. Political and Advertising Discourse. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

311(406). Mass Communication Research. Comm. Studies 211. (3). (SS). (QR/1).

321(450). Undergraduate Internship. Junior standing, concentration in Communication Studies, and permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May not be used to satisfy communication studies electives in a communication studies concentration plan. No more than eight credits combined of Comm. Studies 321 and 322 may be elected. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected for a total of eight credits.

322. Practicum. Permission of department. Practicum credit is not retroactive and must be prearranged. No more than eight credits combined of Comm. Studies 321 and 322 may be elected. (1-6). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May not be used to satisfy communication studies electives in a communication studies concentration plan. No more than eight credits combined of Comm. Studies 321 and 322 may be elected. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected for a total of eight credits.

351. Structure and Function of Media Systems. Comm. Studies 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS).

361. Processes of Mediated Communication. Comm. Studies 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS).

371. Media, Culture, and Society. Comm. Studies 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS).

381. Media Impact on Knowledge, Values, and Behavior. Comm. Studies 101 or 102 strongly recommended. (4). (SS).

419. Seminar in Research Methods. Comm. Studies 211. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

439. Seminar in Journalistic Performance. (1-4). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

441. Independent Reading. Permission of department. (1-8). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). Comm. 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. No more than four credits may be included in a Communication concentration.

442. Independent Research. Permission of department. (1-8). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). Comm. Studies 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. No more than four credits may be included in a Communication concentration.

451. Media Professionals. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

452. Media Law and Policy. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

453(400). The Media in American History. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (SS).

454(404). Media Economics. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

459. Seminar in Media Systems. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

461. Mass Communication and Information Processing. Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

462. Social Influence and Persuasion. Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. Students who have taken Communication 310 in a previous term should not enroll in this course. (4). (Excl).

463. Media Use and Reception. Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

464. Communication Processes and Technologies. Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

469. Seminar in Mass Communication Processes. Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

471. Gender Issues in the Media. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

472(462). Cultural Theories of Communication. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

473. Cross-Cultural Communication. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

474. Mass Communication and Identity. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

479. Seminar in Media and Culture. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

481. Media and Violence. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

482. Children and the Media. Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

483. Mass Communication Campaigns. Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl).

484(420)/Pol. Sci. 420. Mass Media and Political Behavior. Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (4). (Excl).

485(463)/Soc. 463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion. Comm. Studies 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). (SS).

489. Seminar in Media Effects. Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

491(590). Senior Honors Seminar, I. Comm. Studies 311 and admission to Honors. (3). (Excl). No more than 3 credits of Comm. Studies 491-492 may be included in a Communication concentration plan.

492(591). Senior Honors Thesis. Comm. Studies 491. (3). (Excl). No more than 3 credits of Comm. Studies 491-492 may be included in a Communication concentration plan. (INDEPENDENT).

552. Society and Mass Media. (3). (Excl).

553. Media Economics. (3). (Excl).

554. Media and Government. (3). (Excl).

555. Media History. (3). (Excl).

557. Media Law. (3). (Excl).


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