• Communication Management
  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism
  • Media Production
  • Public Relations
  • Theatre


The course requirement for communication majors is 39 semester hours.Teacher licensure through the dual-degree B.A. and B.S.E. program, conducted in conjunction with the Department of Teacher Education in the School of Education and Health Sciences, is an option for communication majors. Consult department chairperson for details.

A minor in communication consists of 15 semester hours. A minor in political journalism is available for political science majors and international studies majors. The political journalism minor consists of 18 semester hours. The department also offers a Bachelor of Arts with a major in theatre. See Theatre.


Joseph Valenzano, III, Interim Chairperson
Professors Emeriti: Blatt, Gilvary, Lain, Morlan
Professors: Cusella, Hess, Robinson, Skill, Thompson
Associate Professors: Griffin, Han, Hayford, Scantlin, Valenzano, Wallace, Watters
Assistant Professors: Dunlevy, Taylor, Vibber
Lecturers: Angel, Beran, Combs, Dickson, Evans, Flynn, Kearney, Kennedy, Oh, Sweet, Toomb, Walter
Media Specialist in Residence: Kennedy

Bachelor of Arts, Communication (CMM) minimum 124 hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Social Science3
Social Science Integrated
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.


Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.


Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.


Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.

Liberal Studies Curriculum
Creative and Performing Arts (May include CAP Arts)3
L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)0-11
Literature (May include CAP components)3
Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)11
Social Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)12
Major Requirements39
CMM 100Principles of Oral Communication3
CMM 201Foundations of Mass Communication3
CMM 202Foundations of Communication Theories & Research3
CMM 351Public Speaking3
 Select one concentration from:
Communication Management (CMT)
CMM 325Principles of Communication Management 13
CMM 322Interviewing for Communication & Business3
CMM 412Research Methods in Communication 23
CMM 420Communication & Conflict Management3
CMM 425Professional Seminar in Communication Management in Organizations 33
Optional Courses 4, 512
Communication Studies (CSS)
Select courses from CMM 27
Must include a capstone and department diversity course.
Course selection requires advisor and department chair approval.
Media Production (RTV)
CMM 343Writing for Electronic and Digital Media 13
CMM 341Audio Production3
or CMM 342 Fundamentals of Video Production
CMM 417Media Audience Research 23
CMM 441Media Processes & Effects3
CMM 397
  & CMM 398
  & CMM 399
Communication Practicum
   and Communication Practicum
   and Communication Practicum (Capstone) 3
Optional Courses 4, 512
Journalism (JRN)
CMM 330Media Writing 13
CMM 337Journalism Ethics and Values3
CMM 338Reporting 23
CMM 432Media Law3
CMM 438Multi-Media Journalism 33
Optional Courses 4, 512
Public Relations (PUB)
CMM 330Media Writing 13
CMM 360Principles of Public Relations3
CMM 412Research Methods in Communication 23
CMM 460Advanced Public Relations Writing3
CMM 461Public Relations Campaigns 33
Optional Courses 4, 512
Communication - Theatre (CTR)
THR/VAR 250Creative Arts for Social Justice3
THR/EGR 308Engineering for the Performing Arts 23
THR 310Acting for Everyone 23
THR 425Theatre Theory & History 13
THR 499Creating New Works 33
Optional Courses 412
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Supporting Area of Study12
Total Hours to total at least124

Writing-intensive course.


Methods course.


Capstone course.


Any four CMM or CMS courses. THR course by exception and requires approval of department chair.


One course must have diversity as a significant learning outcome as defined by the department. Current courses include CMM 313, CMM 410, CMM 447, CMM 464, CMS 316, CMS 414, CMS 415, and any course offered on the Communication Study Abroad program.

Minor in Communication (CMM)

CMM 100Principles of Oral Communication3
Select four CMM courses (300/400-level) 112
Total Hours15


 In consultation with the chairperson.

Minor in Political Journalism (POJ)

Political Journalism 1
CMM 201Foundations of Mass Communication3
CMM 330Media Writing3
Select four courses from:12
Feature Writing
Political Campaign Communication
Rhetoric of Social Movements
Public Affairs Reporting
Media Law
Total Hours18



Available only to international studies majors and political science majors.

First Year
ASI 1501CMM 3513
CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3ENG 100 (CAP Writing Seminar)3
CMM 2013HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities )3
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities )3Language4
HST 103, PHL 103, or REL 103 (CAP Humanities )3MTH (CAP Mathematics)3
 17 16
Second Year
CMM 2023CMM Concentration3
CMM Concentration3SSC 200 (CAP social science)3
ENG 2003Arts (CAP) or Literature3
INSS (CAP Natural Science)4INSS (CAP Natural Science)4
Language3Social Science / Professional Studies3
 16 16
Third Year
CMM Concentration3CMM Concentration3
CMM/CMS/THR Elective3CMM/CMS/THR Elective3
Arts (CAP) or Literature3Social Science / Professional Studies3
Social Science3Adv HST (Integrative)3
INSS (CAP Inquiry)3Social Science 3
 15 15
Fourth Year
CMM Concentration3CMM 4803
CMM Concentration3Adv PHL/REL (PEA/FT)3
Adv PHL/REL (PEA/FT)3Social Science / Professional Studies3
Social Science3General Elective2
Social Science / Professional Studies3Diversity and Social Justice3
 15 14
Total credit hours: 124

Communication/Social Sciences Courses

CMS 316. Intercultural Communication. 3 Hours

Study of interpersonal communication with emphasis on people from different countries and with different cultural backgrounds. Focus on the influence of culture on communication and language, verbal and non-verbal communication similarities and differences from culture to culture, and challenges of successful intercultural communication.

CMS 414. Global Communication. 3 Hours

Introduction to the main topics in the field of global communication. Emphasis on comparative mass media and current issues in global communication. Will not satisfy humanities requirement.

CMS 415. Women & Communication. 3 Hours

Seminar focusing on gender differences in communication, unique aspects to women's communication, and women's rhetoric. Current theory and research examined. Will not satisfy humanities requirement.

Communication Courses

CMM 100. Principles of Oral Communication. 3 Hours

Introduces the relationship between communication and democratic life in contemporary and historical contexts. This course examines the importance of communication in achieving mutual understanding and provides the opportunity to demonstrate effective and ethical dialogue. Students learn to structure messages that deliver complex information to non‐experts, effectively advocate a position, and critique the messages of others.

CMM 113. Interviewing. 1 Hour

Communication processes for information gathering and employment interviewing. Focus is on the development of general competencies in the conduct and organization of interviews, preparation of resumes, evaluation of questions and responses, research, listening, and nonverbal communication.

CMM 201. Foundations of Mass Communication. 3 Hours

Historical development of mass media in America; survey of mass media theories, impact of mass media on people and society, the role and influence of the news media, new technologies, programming, and pressure groups.

CMM 202. Foundations of Communication Theories & Research. 3 Hours

Study of the nature and scope of communication theories and research. Examination of how the communication discipline developed from classical traditions to its modern perspective.

CMM 311. Studies in Oral Performance. 3 Hours

Oral performance of poetry, prose, and drama; combining study of vocal modulations, pitch, inflection, and tone color with intellectual and emotional analysis of selections as a means of making the literature alive and immediately present.

CMM 313. Nonverbal Communication. 3 Hours

A survey of theory and research in nonverbal communication designed to raise students’ awareness of their own and others’ nonverbal behaviors. Goals include enabling students to use nonverbal behaviors to enhance their communicative abilities, to more accurately interpret the nonverbal behaviors of others, and to successfully adapt to changing cultural and relational communication contexts.

CMM 315. International Mass Media. 3 Hours

Focus on the mass media of a particular foreign country or region of the world. Topics may include media content, use, societal effects and ownership.

CMM 320. Interpersonal Communication. 3 Hours

Study of communication behavior in a variety of dyadic relationships including acquaintance, friendship, work, romantic, and family. Focus on communicative behavior and communicative processes in relationship development including building trust, managing conflict, negotiating power, and listening empathetically.

CMM 321. Small Group Communication. 3 Hours

Examination of theory and research related to communicative processes in small, task-oriented groups. Applications include a focus upon decision-making strategies, leadership, conflict management, and cohesion. Prerequisite(s): CMM 110.

CMM 322. Interviewing for Communication & Business. 3 Hours

Analysis of communication in structured dyadic interaction. Emphasis on the following types of interviews: information-gathering, employment, appraisal, and persuasive. Application through role-playing and feedback systems. Prerequisite(s): CMM 100.

CMM 325. Principles of Communication Management. 3 Hours

Introduction to issues, theory, and research in organizational communication. Topics may include organizational culture, conflict management, small group decision making and collaboration, leadership, diversity, and technology in the modern organization. Prerequisite(s): CMM 100.

CMM 330. Media Writing. 3 Hours

Students develop and practice writing skills for journalism and public relations across media platforms. Course introduces techniques for writing news and information for mass audiences, news principles and values, and skills for gathering information and interviewing. Clarity and accuracy are emphasized.

CMM 331. Feature Writing. 3 Hours

Developing and writing nonfiction stories for newspapers and magazines. Story types include personality profile, color, background, consumer, and commentary. Study and practice in journalistic reporting skills and literary writing techniques. Emphasis on content, organization, style, and accuracy. Strong command of AP style necessary. Prerequisite(s): CMM 330.

CMM 332. Publication Design. 3 Hours

Layout and design of print and electronic publications, including newsletters, brochures, and web-based publications. Instruction in desktop and web publishing software, use of type and illustration, cost appraisal, printing methods.

CMM 333. Free Lance Writing. 3 Hours

Steps of free-lance publication, from market analysis to query letters to writing and rewriting. Mostly nonfiction, magazine markets, some newspaper and nonfiction book markets.

CMM 334. Sportswriting. 3 Hours

In addition to game stories, attention is also paid to writing about personalities, legal issues, and financial issues on the interscholastic, intercollegiate, amateur, and professional levels. Strong writing skills and knowledge of journalistic style expected. Prerequisite(s): CMM 330.

CMM 337. Journalism Ethics and Values. 3 Hours

This course explores ethics and values that guide the practice of journalism. Students will analyze ethical situations and critically evaluate principles and standards. Through discussion, research, and case studies, students will enhance their awareness of ethical issues in journalism and their ability to make ethical choices. Prerequisite(s): CMM 330.

CMM 338. Reporting. 3 Hours

Exploration of issues and institutions of public concern through accurate and ethical beat reporting. Students develop news judgment and research strategies, including accessing public documents and interviewing, and build skills for reporting and editing across media platforms. Prerequisite(s): CMM 330.

CMM 340. Fundamentals of Broadcasting. 3 Hours

Survey of broadcasting, with emphasis on television and radio networks, programming, regulation, audience measurement, audience effects, and technology. Although attention is given both to the origins and future of the field, contemporary broadcasting is emphasized.

CMM 341. Audio Production. 3 Hours

Study of the theories, processes, and technologies of audio production practices that can be applied in radio, television, and multimedia production. Exercises in recording of voice, music, and special effects. Course includes the operation of basic studio and field equipment, including analog and basic digital recording and editing.

CMM 342. Fundamentals of Video Production. 3 Hours

Explores the techniques of studio and remote video production. Includes the technical and creative aspects of planning and script preparation, producing, directing, technical directing, graphics, editing, camera, lighting, and sound for a variety of video programs.

CMM 343. Writing for Electronic and Digital Media. 3 Hours

Study of concrete approaches to and practical applications of professional level writing for video, audio, television, radio, digital and corporate media platforms.

CMM 344. Multimedia Design & Production I. 3 Hours

Introduction to producing in the interactive media of CD-ROM and other digital formats. Reviews basic object linking and embedding in familiar computer programs such as Word, PowerPoint, and Freelance Graphics. Students build skills in multimedia authoring, using all the fundamental tools of graphics, text, audio, and video.

CMM 345. Classic American Film. 3 Hours

Introduction to classic U.S. films through the ages. Revolves around the viewing and analysis of significant Hollywood films. Course varies topically, ranging from a broad overview of classic American films to versions examining a particular film genre to versions exploring a theme through the medium of classic film. May be repeated once as topics change.

CMM 350. Propaganda Analysis. 3 Hours

Examination of major propaganda campaigns in history beginning with Greek democracy. Emphasis on twentieth century propaganda as psychological warfare. Principles of Aristotelean rhetorical theory applied to propaganda analysis.

CMM 351. Public Speaking. 3 Hours

Oral communication in professional situations. Adaptation of principles of ethical and effective speaking to specific audiences and occasions. Delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Prerequisite(s): CMM 100.

CMM 352. Persuasion. 3 Hours

Study of the use of communication to form attitudes. Examination of attitudes and social influence and their effects on human behavior. Topics include selected theories of persuasion, argument construction, and practical application.

CMM 354. Political Campaign Communication. 3 Hours

Examination of theory and research on the role, processes and effects of communication in political campaigns with emphasis on mass media, public speaking, debates, advertising, and interpersonal communications.

CMM 355. Rhetoric of Social Movements. 3 Hours

Study of rhetorical communication in American social movements through examination of the strategies, themes and tactics used by agitators and the institutional responses to discourse aimed at social change.

CMM 360. Principles of Public Relations. 3 Hours

Survey of the field of public relations emphasizing writing and public relations, theoretical implications of the field, the practitioner's role in organization and the community.

CMM 390. Independent Study. 1-3 Hours

Supervised study involving directed readings, individual research (library, field, or experimental), or projects in the specialized areas of communication. May be repeated for up to six semester hours. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.

CMM 397. Communication Practicum. 1 Hour

Offers students an opportunity to participate in the operation of Flyer TV, Flyer Radio, or Flyer News (the University of Dayton's student-run media platforms.) One semester hour per term.

CMM 398. Communication Practicum. 1 Hour

Offers students an opportunity to participate in the operation of Flyer TV or Flyer Radio. One semester hour per term.

CMM 410. Family Communication. 3 Hours

Study of the family from a communication perspective, considering the communication processes within the family and the extent to which communication affects and is affected by the family.

CMM 411. Health Communication. 3 Hours

Examination of communication theory and research as they relate to health care. Issues include reassurance, the role of the patient, interviews, health organizations, the media and health, compliance, providing explanations, and health care professions frequently neglected.

CMM 412. Research Methods in Communication. 3 Hours

Study of data gathering and analysis in communication research. Specific attention to survey design and analysis, and focus group implementation and analysis.

CMM 413. Communication in the Information Age. 3 Hours

Examination of issues related to development, economics, programming, and the future of new mass communication technologies. Prerequisite(s): CMM 201 or permission of instructor.

CMM 416. Development of Mass Media. 3 Hours

History and analysis of the development and interdependence of mass media, print and electronic. Emphasis on its role in political and economic progress of U.S. and attendant responsibility.

CMM 417. Media Audience Research. 3 Hours

An overview of the concepts, methods, and tools used by communication researchers to design, conduct, interpret, and critically evaluate audience research.

CMM 420. Communication & Conflict Management. 3 Hours

Examination of the functions of communication in interpersonal conflict such as marital conflict, role conflict, and organizational conflict. Communicative strategies and tactics for managing conflict.

CMM 421. Communication in Organizations. 3 Hours

Analysis of message initiation, diffusion, and reception in organizations; analysis of the role of communication in developing productive work relationships, management practices, and organizational cultures.

CMM 430. Copyediting. 3 Hours

Editing, particularly news copy editing and headline writing. Emphasis on clear and concise wording; proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation; and accuracy. Strong command of AP style necessary. Prerequisite(s): CMM 330.

CMM 431. Public Affairs Reporting. 3 Hours

Investigative and specialized reporting on matters of public concern. Practice in gathering information from primary and secondary sources, and writing about complex subjects for mass audiences. Prerequisite(s): CMM 330.

CMM 432. Media Law. 3 Hours

Media Law explores the press, expression and mass media within the context of the U.S. Constitution, state and federal legislation, and court rulings. This course introduces students to core values of the First Amendment, and such topics as government regulation, censorship, copyright protection, libel, and privacy.

CMM 438. Multi-Media Journalism. 3 Hours

Capstone course in the journalism concentration. Applies knowledge and skills from previous classes to develop in-depth stories across media platforms. Prerequisite(s): CMM 330, CMM 337, CMM 338, CMM 432.

CMM 439. Special Topics in Journalism. 3-6 Hours

Concentrated study in special areas of journalism. May be repeated with change of topic.

CMM 440. Broadcast News. 3 Hours

Study of the process and practice of news gathering and writing for radio and television. Course includes research, analysis, writing and editing news and features, as well as legal and ethical concerns of broadcast news. Prerequisite(s): CMM 330, CMM 342.

CMM 441. Media Processes & Effects. 3 Hours

Advanced study of how the media may influence people and outcomes of media exposure. Also examines media effects within historical and present contexts.

CMM 442. Advanced Television Production. 3 Hours

Advanced techniques of both studio and electronic field production and post-production editing for television. Prerequisite(s): CMM 342.

CMM 444. Multimedia Design & Producation II. 3 Hours

Advanced level multimedia production emphasizing client-based project generation through a design/production team approach. Focus is on interface design; project planning, script writing, story boarding; digital image, sound and video editing; and the use of authoring software. Prerequisite(s): CMM 344.

CMM 445. Media Performance. 3 Hours

Course focuses on learning and practicing the fundamentals of on-camera and on-air broadcast and digital delivery performance. Students will also practice critical analysis of broadcast performance.

CMM 446. Electronic Media Management. 3 Hours

Survey of the leadership/management roles and responsibilities of broadcasting, cable television and corporate media enterprises. Prerequisite(s): CMM 340.

CMM 447. Children and Mass Media. 3 Hours

Introduction to and understanding of how children and adolescents use media in their daily lives. Also examines how that use influences their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development.

CMM 449. Topics in Electronic Media. 3 Hours

Concentrated study in special areas of electronic media production, criticism, and management. May be repeated once with change of topic. Depending on topic, prerequisites may be imposed.

CMM 452. Public Discourse & Criticism. 3 Hours

Examination of the foundations of the field of communication. Major focus on the development of rhetorical theory with attention to rhetorical analysis and criticism.

CMM 460. Advanced Public Relations Writing. 3 Hours

Study, development and application of public relations strategies and tactics. Emphasis on strategically effective, factually accurate and grammatically sound written communications for organizational and mass audiences. Prerequisite(s): CMM 330, CMM 360, junior or senior standing.

CMM 461. Public Relations Campaigns. 3 Hours

Capstone course in the PR concentration that focuses on planning and implementing a public relations campaign for an established professional organization. Students work out solutions to communication and public relations problems, and prepare written campaign materials. Prerequisite(s): CMM 330, CMM 360, CMM 460; senior standing.

CMM 463. Digital Public Relations. 3 Hours

Exploration of Internet’s impact on public relations, especially on relationships among public relations practitioners, journalists, and the publics. The perceived credibility and trust issues of the Internet; new trends the digital and social media is bringing to PR; and how to inform, persuade, and build relationships with organizations and their public via digital communication are covered. Prerequisite(s): CMM 360.

CMM 464. International Public Relations. 3 Hours

Examination of effective PR practices beyond the United States. Analysis and evaluation of real cases to investigate effective PR strategies for different countries or organizational settings. Prerequisite(s): CMM 360.

CMM 468. Case Studies in PR. 3 Hours

Examination of PR cases that illustrate models and theories, and teach key PR principles. Allows students to critically analyze, judge, and evaluate situations by applying PR principles and theories. Prerequisite(s): CMM 360.

CMM 469. Special Topics in Public Relations. 3 Hours

A concentrated study in specific areas of public relations. Development of specialized projects. May be repeated once with change of topics. Prerequisite(s): CMM 360 or permission of instructor.

CMM 471. Communication and Digital Literacy. 3 Hours

Exploration of questions surrounding the development of media literacy skills from childhood through adulthood, creation of media literacy materials applicable to diverse audiences, and evaluation of implications of participatory culture.

CMM 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

CMM 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Progam in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

CMM 480. Communication Capstone Project & Presentation. 3 Hours

Project and presentation in the scholarship, activity and/or practice related to the major concentration. Students will present their work in a forum appropriate to their concentration.

CMM 498. Communication Internship. 1-6 Hours

Communication work experience in an approved organization. Student must be in good academic standing. Students are normally limited to a maximum of three semester hours. Under exceptional circumstances, students may petition the department chair for an additional three semester hours if the second internship is at a different organzation and the student can demonstrate that the position offers a unique and significant educational opportunity not available through the first internship. Grading Option Two only. Prerequisite(s): CMM 110, (CMM 111 or CMM 112), CMM 113, CMM 201, CMM 202, CMM 330; permission of department chairperson.

CMM 499. Special Topics in Communication. 3-6 Hours

Concentrated study in specific areas of speech communication. May be repeated once with change of topic.