Communication Studies

COMM-C 180 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)   The study of human dyadic interaction, including topics such as perception processes, verbal/nonverbal communication, theoretical models of communication, conflict, and interpersonal communication in various relationships. Course covers applications of interpersonal communication theory/research, including communication competence. PUL=5

COMM-C 223 Business and Professional Communication (3 cr.)   Preparation and presentation of interviews, speeches, and oral reports appropriate to business and professional organizations; group discussion and parliamentary procedure. This is an intermediate skills course with survey characteristics. PUL=1A

COMM-C 316 Human Communication and the Internet (3 cr.)   Students learn how interpersonal, group, mass, public, and organizational communication modes are mediated in Internet environments. Students practice message preparation in different modes and contexts. PUL=1A, 1E, 2

COMM-C 328 Advanced Topics in Small Group Communication (3 cr.)   Theories of small group communication processes. Explores group communication across cultures, groups in organizations, group decision making, conflict management in groups, and assessing competence in group communication. PUL=1A

COMM-C 380 Organizational Communication (3 cr.)   The application of communication theory and research to the study of communication in various types of organizations. Explores reciprocal influence between communication and organizational structures and between communication and managerial styles. Discusses communication designs, superior/subordinate communication, conflict, information management, networks, communication vis-a-vis employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity; and communication effectiveness in organizations.

COMM-C 392 Health Communication (3 cr.)   Exploration of the communication competencies needed by health care professionals. Emphasizes interviewing; verbal and nonverbal skills; group interaction; and intercultural, interprofessional, therapeutic, and organizational communication. Analyzes communication problems encountered in health care and the development of coping strategies. PUL=2; RISE=R

COMM-C 393 Family Communication (3 cr.)   Theory/research on the role of communication in creating and maintaining marriages and families. Topics include communication and family life cycles, different family forms, family race/ethnicity, power, and conflict. Covers application of family communication theory/research. PUL=2; RISE=R

COMM-C 394 Communication and Conflict (3 cr.)   Analyzes conflict as a form of interaction. Examines approaches/perspectives to the study of conflict, the nature of power, face saving, and contentious behaviors. Specific contexts include relational, marital, group, and organizational. Special attention to bargaining and mediation. PUL=1A

COMM-C 395 Gender and Communication (3 cr.)   Examines the meaning of gender in contemporary American culture and its interaction with and relationship to communication. Explores topics such as gender and verbal and nonverbal communication; gender differences in public and private settings; gender and communication in families, schools, organizations, and the media. PUL=5

COMM-C 400 Health Provider-Consumer Communication (3 cr.)   This course is designed to teach communication skills and practices related to health care discourse by examining transactional communication within health care contexts. Topics covered in this course focus directly upon interpersonal dialogue between health care providers and patients. PUL=4

COMM-C 482 Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)   Cognitive, affective, and behavioral learning about intercultural and intracultural communication to increase understanding of the centrality of communication in the social. psychological, and environmental aspects of culture.

COMM-G 100 Introduction to Communication Studies (3 cr.)   Survey course of history, theory, and practice in each of six major areas: rhetoric and public address, theatre arts, interpersonal/ organizational communication, small group dynamics, public communication, and mass media studies. For each of the areas examined, students will apply theory to practice, thereby learning to become more effective communicators. PUL=1A

COMM-G 201 Introduction to Communication Theory (3 cr.)   A survey of theories in the field of human communication. Consideration is given to theories that explain communication behavior between pairs of people, within groups, in organization, and in societies.

COMM-G 300 Independent Study (1-8 cr.)   Research or practical experience in various departmental areas as selected by the student prior to registration, outlined in consultation with the instructor, and approved by the department. If a practicum experience, it must represent a minimum of 45 clock hours of practical application per credit hour. A student shall take no more than a total of 9 credit hours of G300 and G491. PUL=4

COMM-G 310 Introduction to Communication Research (3 cr.)   Methodologies and types of data analyses for investigating communication phenomena. Students will acquire knowledge and competencies that will allow them to understand and address the process of communication research and relevant communication research issues. PUL=1B

COMM-G 391 Seminar (1-3 cr.)   Topic announced in prior semester; oriented to current topics in communication and theatre; readings, projects, and papers as indicated by the topic and instructor. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.

COMM-M 150 Mass Media and Contemporary Society (3 cr.)   A critical overview of the role of electronic mass media in contemporary society. Provides an introduction to such issues as industry structure, organization, and economics; regulation, public interest, and media ethics; impact of programming on individuals; media construction of social institutions; media issues in the global village. PUL=2

COMM-M 210 Media Message Design (3 cr.)   Examines the process of message design in the context of institutional media use. Analyses of media messages and communication theory; analyses of the message receiver employing quantitiative and qualitative audience research methods. Semester project involves planning and writing of script for use in organizational/institutional media context. PUL=1A

COMM-R 110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 cr.)   Theory and practice of public speaking; training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content for informative and persuasive situations; application of language and delivery skills to specific audiences. A minimum of six speaking situations. PUL=1A

COMM-R 310 Rhetoric, Society and Culture (3 cr.)   Development of theory of oral discourse; the influence of public address; historical and current problems in rhetoric of conflict, in freedom of speech, and in propaganda and persuasion. PUL=5

COMM-R 321 Persuasion (3 cr.)   Motivational appeals in influencing behavior; psychological factors in speaker-audience relation-ship; principles and practice of persuasive speaking.

COMM-R 330 Communication Criticism (3 cr.)   Course will introduce students to criticism as a method of studying persuasive messages in speeches, fiction, mass media, music, political campaigns, art, and other modes of communication in contemporary culture. PUL=5

COMM-R 350 Women Speak: American Feminist Rhetoric (3 cr.)   To understand the ideological development of American feminist rhetoric, we examine: 1) speeches by well known "Great Women" from the 1600s to the present; 2) non-traditional rhetorical forms of "ordinary women," including diaries, fiction, photography, reading groups; 3) intersections among race, class, ethnicity, sexual preference and gender in public discourse. PUL=1C

COMM-R 390 Political Communication (3 cr.)   Provides an opportunity to study, understand, and participate in political communication. Topics covered include the rhetoric of politics, campaign discourse, political advertising, the role of the media and public opinion, the impact of new technology, and the place of interpersonal communication. PUL=5

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