Communication Studies

Classes

COMM 100 : Introduction to Communication

Covers complexities of the communication process. Includes insights into the causes and effects of general communication behaviors, involvement in active exploration of basic communication theories and concepts, and opportunities to develop communication strengths.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Use a newly gained understanding of the cause and effect of communication behaviors to begin to reduce miscommunication with others.
  • Use the insight into filters created through the framework of culture, society, organizations, family, and self in order to make responsible personal choices in many types of relationships.
  • Explore different areas of communication in order to expand a broad base of skills and communicative tools when interacting with others.

COMM 111 : Public Speaking

Introduces speechmaking based primarily on a traditional public speaking approach. Covers classical rhetorical theory and highlights rhetoric's importance to public speaking. Develops theoretical understanding and practical application of oral communication skills. Includes techniques in controlling speech anxiety, how to structure and organize information to present to a variety of audiences, and physical and vocal delivery skills.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Use learned public speaking skills in order to present an effective and efficient message.
  • Use an understanding of the 5 canons of rhetoric to create and present effective speeches.
  • Provide skills for community leadership through increased practice in organization and presentation of ideas.
  • Make responsible decisions through the increased ability to critically examine ideas and information.
  • Use strategies and skills to manage communication anxiety.
  • Use knowledge of digital presentation tools to create and present effective presentations.

COMM 112 : Persuasive Speaking

Explores theories of persuasive speaking and the nature of arguments. Develops skills of inquiry and advocacy through oral discourse, including critical analysis and rules of evidence. Includes practice in using, planning, delivering and refuting persuasive arguments in a variety of extemporaneous formats. Investigates how persuasion works to influence others as well as self.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Manage arguments through learned rhetorical strategies.
  • Engage in decision making by constructing, articulating and critically evaluating arguments.
  • Prepare, research, outline and present an effective persuasive message using public speaking skills. 
  • Use rhetorical strategies in order to engage with audiences of diverse perspectives.
  • Use refined organizational and presentational skills for improved community leadership.

COMM 130 : Business & Professional Communication

Focuses on communication as it relates to business and professional settings. Explores the climates, settings, philosophies, and practices of organizational communication, including effective business presentations.

Business and Professional Speech Communication, is a course which provides students the opportunity to develop skills and understandings useful in the career environment.  A variety of communication situations may be analyzed, including: problem solving; discussion groups; organizational networks; interviewing; and, conference planning and speaking.  This course emphasizes the theory and practice of communication as it relates particularly to business and professional settings.  Readings and discussions focus upon the philosophies and practice of organizational communication.  Basic concepts of effective speech communication are presented, which students can apply in their career environments.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion:

  • Use an understanding of communication principles to effectively speak, listen, and interact, both verbally and non-verbally, within business and professional environments. 
  • Discern and apply communication in the modern organization, especially as it relates to persuasive strategies and the dissemination of information. 

COMM 140 : Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Explores the nature and impact of different cultures on communication. Includes interactive relationship forms as the basis for global understanding in the classroom, business or travel. Focus on processing messages with accelerating changes in political, economic and immigration patterns through individual cultural perceptions. Understand and communicate with people who are "different."

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  • explore how culturally-based assumptions influence communicative behaviors, perceptions, and attitudes.
  • examine historically-based worldviews and the evolution of communication through the filter of cultural ideas, behaviors and issues.
  • critically examine the impact of cultural filters on communication in order to become more sensitive toward people with different values and beliefs.
  • analyze how social institutions perpetuate systems of privilege and discrimination and how these are manifested through communication in order to improve one’s own communication.
  • explore intercultural communication in terms of power relationships.

COMM 214 : Interpersonal Communication: Process and Theory

Introduces interpersonal communication in different contexts in order to build and manage relationships. Focuses on message exchange in person-to-person interactions; emphasizes theoretical principles and their application. Concentrates on the development of communication skills to build communication competence in interpersonal contexts.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Select and apply appropriate communicative behavior to improve the quality of dyadic interactions in various contexts.
  • Use active listening skills to analyze and explain dyadic interactions with others, including others from diverse backgrounds.
  • Manage conflict through learned conflict management techniques in a variety of situations.
  • Practice communication competence in person-to-person interactions to build self-efficacy and to manage relationships.

COMM 215 : Small Group Communication: Process and Theory

Problem solving aspects of small group activities. Includes process and task, leadership, verbal and non-verbal messages in the small group, norms and roles, conflict reduction, and decision making. Focuses on theory and practice.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Continue to adjust communicative behavior in order to improve the quality of small group interactions within various settings
  • Manage projects, presentations, and small groups through learned communication strategies.
  • Manage conflict through learned communication strategies within the small group setting.
  • Use learned active listening skills in order to analyze and explain others’ communicative behaviors within the small group

COMM 228 : Mass Communication and Society

Surveys media of mass communication and the effects on society. Introduces the history, development and technological advances of mass communication systems and their subsequent role in society, public discourse and the individual. Includes an analysis of print and broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, television, film and new media.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Use an understanding of the effects of mass media on culture and society in order to make responsible personal and professional decisions.
  • Recognize the connection between journalistic/media freedoms and democracy in order to maintain balance between freedom of the press and freedom of the society.
  • Provide community leadership through the recognition of the political and economic influence of the media.
  • Critically and thoughtfully respond to both explicit and implicit communication of media.