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400G Classes

Undergraduate Classes for Graduate Credit

Undergraduate communication courses at the 400-level with the designation "G" may be taken for graduate credit. Thesis track students are allowed to count three such courses. Professional project track students may consider four of these courses as degree-applicable.

If you enroll in one of these courses for graduate credit, your instructor will assign you additional graduate-level work in addition the undergraduate course requirements. If you have taken any of these courses for undergraduate credit at UL Lafayette, you may not count that toward your graduate degree nor retake that same course for graduate credit. 

Please note: Some of these courses have prerequisites. If an instructor requires you to take the prerequisites prior to taking one of these courses, those prerequisites will not count toward your degree.


401G. INTRODUCTION TO TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT. (3, 0, 3). Overview of training professionals in public and private sectors. Restr: Computer proficiency needed.

402G. PERSUASION. (3, 0, 3). Examines classical and contemporary persuasion models to provide working knowledge of social influence theory.

403G. CRISIS AND RISK COMMUNICATION. (3, 0, 3). Theory and application of communication strategies and crisis response planning. Focus on advanced leadership skills and contingency planning; legal issues regarding communication with various audiences. Prereq: CMCN 310, CMCN 385 with a “C” or better.

404G. HEALTH COMMUNICATION. (3, 0, 3). Investigations of public understanding of health and illness, including theoretical perspectives and strategies for domestic and international health campaigns and interventions.

406G. COMMUNICATION CONSULTATION. (3, 0, 3). Capstone course, roles of communication consultant in organizations, problem analysis and needs assessments, design and implementation of problem solving strategies, training and evaluation skills. Prereq: CMCN 301, 309 and 310 with a grade of “C”. 

407G. DIFFUSION OF INNOVATIONS. (3, 0, 3). Theories, techniques, and research design regarding how, why, and at what rate new information and innovations spread in different social systems. Prereq: CMCN 301, 384 with a grade of “C” of better; STAT 214.

411G. ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM. (3, 0, 3). How to cover such environmental issues as pollution, urban sprawl, population growth, endangered species, global climate change and other issues. Emphasizes such wetlands issues as coastal erosion, flooding, siltation, introduced species, wildlife and fisheries. Prereq: CMCN 357 or 312.

412G. FEATURE WRITING. (3, 0, 3). Idea-development techniques, organization of material, point of view, manuscript mechanics, elaboration of a first draft, factors dictating revision and rewriting, and publication strategies. Prereq: ENGL 102 or 115 or CMCN 212.

413G. PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORTING. (3, 0, 3). Capstone course covering theory and practice in field reporting of news relating to government, community organizations, and public affairs. Portfolio validation required for completion. Prereq: CMCN 357 or 312.

414G. MEDIA MANAGEMENT. (3, 0, 3). Media structure and management functions including research, sales and profitability, technical services, human resources, and public relations.

415G. MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM. (2, 3, 3). Basics of online audio and video news presentation in a multimedia format including techniques for basic camera use; desktop editing with audio, video and graphics for web presentation; and scripting for online writings with exercises. Prereq: CMCN 212, 215, and 338.

421G. ADVANCED PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING. (3, 0, 3). Extensive practice writing in AP style for various formats. Production and refinement of portfolio projects for prospective employers. Prereq: CMCN 321 with a grade of “C” or better.

423G. PUBLIC RELATIONS CASE STUDIES. (2, 0, 3). Preparation and analysis of public relations case studies in all sectors; analysis based on the Research, Objectives, Programming, Evaluation, and Stewardship (ROPES) model; problem-analysis and problem-solving skill development. Prereq: CMCN 320 and 321 with a grade of “C” or better.

425G. PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT. (2, 2, 3). Capstone course, team project of designing and developing a campaign for community client. Management of primary research, objectives, programming, budgeting, evaluation, and stewardship. Portfolio validation required for completion. Prereq: Grade of “C” in CMCN 320, 321, 423, 475. 

427G. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS. (1, 0, 1). Fundamentals of designing and implementing field experiments from the initial planning stage to data analysis, interpretation, and publication.

435G. ADVERTISING MEDIA PLANNING. (3, 0, 3).  Develops analytical skills; applies advertising research to practical decision-making; evaluates various advertising media related to markets and creative strategies. Prereq: CMCN 330.

437G. ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. (3, 0, 3). Capstone course. Community client projects, creative and managerial frameworks, copy platforms, positioning and media strategy, media mix, control, budgeting, evaluation, client interaction and presentations. Portfolio validation required for completion. Prereq: CMCN 341, 342, and 435.

445G. ADVERTISING SALES STRATEGIES. (3, 0, 3). Advertising functions, sales management, account service strategies and techniques, promotion and development in competitive media markets. Prereq: CMCN 330.

448G. TRENDS IN 21ST CENTURY COMMUNICATION SEMINAR. (3, 0, 3). Content varies. May be repeated for credit once. Special topics seminar examining theoretical propositions, communication technology, and communicator-consumer interactivity in 21st century advertising, public relations, and institutional communication.

455G. TV NEWS PRODUCTION. (2, 2, 3). Theory and practice in news gathering, writing, editing, producing, and performance for television news. Prereq: CMCN 357, 360, 365. Pre or coreq: CMCN 338.

460G. TV/FILM PRODUCING AND DIRECTING. (3, 0, 3). Individual and group projects in creating, preproducing, producing, directing and editing video materials; advanced TV techniques. Prereq: CMCN 360 and 365.

465G. DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING. (2, 2, 3). Essential creative, analytical and production skills, research, documentation, writing, and production for television and filmmaking. Prereq: CMCN 360 and 365.

469G. DIGITAL MEDIA CONVERGENCE. (3, 0, 3). Capstone course. Theoretical and practical instruction incorporating audio, video, and graphics in a multimedia environment. Portfolio validation required for completion. Prereq: CMCN 360 and 365.

470G. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION. (3, 0, 3). Survey of the theory and research on cultural variants in the communication process; deals with topics including language, culture and co-culture, cultural variations in perception and information processing, knowledge diffusion, and planned social change.

478G. SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION. (3, 0, 3). Content varies. May be repeated once for credit. Analysis and discussion of a selected topic in communication beyond present course offerings. Students evaluated on the basis of research projects, written examinations and explicit learning objectives.

487G. GLOBAL MEDIA. (3, 0, 3). Major media outside the U.S. Print and broadcast, news services, and diverse media operations.

488G. COMPUTER-MEDIATED-COMMUNICATION ISSUES. (3, 0, 3). Contemporary issues, including identity, community, censorship, public-private spheres, intellectual property, and electronic commerce.

490G. INTERNSHIP. (1, 10-15, 3). Students gain work experience in companies and organizations, learn how to develop a resume, interview for employment and advance in their profession.


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