2018-2019 Catalog

COMM - Communication Studies Courses

COMM 1 Essentials of Interpersonal Communication and Effective Speaking

This required General Education course surveys intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group and formal presentations communication. Public speaking skills, research, and organization are emphasized. Formal platform performances are a course requirement.

Credits
3

COMM 101 Organizational Communication

This course concentrates on communication processes and problems in the workplace. Learning and practicing the essential components of interviewing, negotiating, resolving conflicts and developing formal proposal presentations includes both individual and collaborative assignments.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 1 (or equivalent approved by Chairperson).

COMM 108(W) Professional Writing

An advanced writing course designed to help students prepare for the writing done in various professional occupations. The class helps the writer vary style and tone for different audiences and utilizes small group discussion and peer editing to improve critical thinking and writing skills. Many of the assignments are related to real-world writing situations such as formal and informal reports statements of purpose memos profiles résumés and proposals.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

ENGL 1A, ENGL 1B

Cross Listed Courses

ENGL 108(W)

COMM 110 Presentation Strategies

Public speaking, argumentation and persuasion are the prime aspects of this hands-on course in formal speaking situations. Students work both individually and in teams as they study persuasive speech formats, rhetorical fallacies, ethical perspectives and competitive debate structures.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 1 (or equivalent approved by Chairperson).

COMM 115 Theories in Human Communication

This course is a survey of general, thematic, and contextual theories of human communication. It examines the history, utilization, and value of various theories that inform explanations of the nature and dynamics of communication across contexts. The nature of theory, its role in shaping scholarship within a discipline, and the results of research that follow from such theories are the focus of the course.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 1 (or equivalent approved by program coordinator).

COMM 121 Web Design

Design, implementation, and evaluation of online projects that combine various media such as graphics, audio, video, plain text and hyperlinks. Includes use of Dream Weaver and web page authoring. It is recommended that the student take ARTS 115 before taking COMM 121.

Credits
4

COMM 122 Mediation and Conflict Resolution

This course focuses on communication frameworks for systematic analysis and exploration of the sources of conflict and creative alternatives for resolving it. Students explore how to improve social relations at all levels of interaction-intrapersonal, interpersonal, inter-group, and intercultural-while learning and practicing the essential skills of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and conflict resolution through individual and collaborative assignments.

Credits
3

COMM 130(W) Communication Research

An introduction to contemporary interpretive and quantitative methods in communication research. This course will help students to understand, measure, and explain communication behaviors from qualitative and quantitative perspectives. Students will be introduced to methods such as field observation, ethnography, and content analysis as well as experimentation, structured observation, and survey design, including the analysis and interpretation of results.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 115 (or equivalent approved by program coordinator, or Instructor Permission for transfer students)

COMM 143 Group Processes and Communication

This course is designed to give an understanding of interpersonal, group, and intergroup behavior using experiential learning methods. Topics covered include verbal and nonverbal communication, problem solving, conflict management, leadership, competition and cooperation, norms and climate, intergroup influence. Limited enrollment.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 1 (or equivalent approved by program coordinator).

Cross Listed Courses

PSYC 143

COMM 165A Interpersonal Communication

Each semester a minimum of one communication theme based course is offered. This course examines the dynamics of relational communication as well as humanistic and social scientific theories of interpersonal relations. Topics include impression management, attraction, love, conflict, and the dark side (deceit and deception).

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 1 (or equivalent approved by program coordinator).

COMM 165B Gender and Communication

Each semester a minimum of one communication theme based course is offered. This course provides an overview of the relevant research on gender issues and the construction of gender through mediated forms. Communicator styles of women and men are discussed. Attitudes and beliefs concerning female and male cultural stereotypes as they are manifested through communication are investigated.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 1 (or equivalent approved by program coordinator).

COMM 165C Intercultural Communication

Each semester a minimum of one communication theme based course is offered. This course allows students to explore intercultural communication theory and research within both broad and interpersonal contexts. Topics include similarities and differences in values, language, interethnic/intergroup communication, identity and adaptation.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 1 (or equivalent approved by program coordinator).

COMM 165E Performance Studies

Each semester a minimum of one communication theme based course is offered. This course focuses on the critical terms and practices of the contemporary study of performance. Several key terms and important genres of artistic and social performance will be engaged through an in-depth analysis of live and recorded performances as well as performance texts. The course will draw disciplinary methodologies from anthropology and ethnography in addition to employing concepts from literary and cultural theory. Projects combine written and performance elements to help students develop as scholar-practitioners.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 1 (or equivalent approved by program coordinator).

COMM 165F Mass Communication

Each semester a minimum of one communication theme based course is offered. This course considers the crucial roles that media play in modern society, with emphasis on theoretical perspectives and ethical clarification. The course focuses on the structure and history of media industries. Students gain a critical, contextual understanding of media structures, history, and theories.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 1 (or equivalent approved by program coordinator).

COMM 165G Family Communication

Each semester a minimum of one communication theme based course is offered. This course provides an examination of family communication theory as it applies to interaction and cognition within the rich context of our earliest group membership. Role formation, identity development and a range of family structures across the life span will be emphasized in both modern and historical contexts. Students will apply theory to understand and analyze their own and others' familial communication experiences.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 1 (or equivalent approved by program coordinator).

COMM 195 Senior Seminar in Communication Studies

This seminar is a capstone course in which seniors produce an original research or creative project. The course addresses research methods, critical thinking, and the writing process. Students will present the results of their work.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

Major in Communication Studies.

COMM 196 Senior Internship

Supervised work experience in industry, business, non-profit, and/or community agencies or mass media.

Credits
1-3

Prerequisites

COMM 102, COMM 108(W), COMM 101, and COMM 110.

COMM 197 Special Topics

May focus on topics such as conflict resolution, media and society, interpersonal communication, gender and communication, etc.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

COMM 101 and COMM 110.