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Communication Course Descriptions



Communication Courses

COMM 142. FORENSIC PRACTICUM I. (1) Prerequisite: Active participation on the forensic team. Individualized coaching and intercollegiate competitive experience in debate and individual events.

COMM 144. FORENSIC PRACTICUM II. (1) Prerequisites: COMM 142 and active participation on the forensic team. Individualized coaching and intercollegiate competitive experience in debate and individual events.

COMM 145. FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING AND COMMUNICATION. (3) Focuses on the preparation and delivery of public speeches (informative and persuasive), with skills development in listening, teamwork, and interpersonal communication contexts. Course Fee | F-OC | OC

COMM 200. COMMUNICATION FOUNDATIONS. (3)Prerequisite: COMM 145 and ENG 100. Introduces foundational communication contexts, theories, and processes. Colonnade F-W2 | WC

COMM 240. CRITICAL LISTENING. (3) Studies contextual, psychological and logical bases of listening and training in listening for comprehension, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Focuses on critical listening skills in face-to-face, mediated, interactive and public settings.

COMM 242. FORENSIC PRACTICUM III. (1) Prerequisites: COMM 144 and active participation on the forensic team. Individualized coaching and intercollegiate competitive experience in debate and individual events.

COMM 244. FORENSIC PRACTICUM IV. (1) Prerequisites: COMM 242 and active participation on the forensic team. Individualized coaching and intercollegiate competitive experience in debate and individual events.

COMM 245. ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE. (3) Introduces argumentation and debate, emphasizing construction, analysis, and refutation of arguments. Classroom experience is provided in academic debating.

COMM 247. VOICE AND DICTION. (3) Develops pleasing voice quality, correct articulation, distinct enunciation and diction free from substandard pronunciation.

COMM 249. INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE. (3) Introduces the study of literature through oral performance with an emphasis on techniques used with various types of literature.

COMM 263. FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (3)Prerequisite: 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status. Provides an overview of communication patterns as influenced by surrounding culture and how culture is created and sustained through communication. It focuses on American multicultural perspectives that impact social and business communication in today’s world. Colonnade k-sc

COMM 300. INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS. (3)Prerequisites: COMM 145, MATH 109 or 116.  Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 200. Introduces rhetorical, qualitative, and quantitative methods of inquiry used in communication research.

COMM 330. LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION. (3) Studies the role that communication plays in various leadership contexts and situations.

COMM 342. FORENSIC PRACTICUM V. (1) Prerequisite: COMM 244 and active participation on the forensic team. Individualized coaching and intercollegiate competitive experience in debate and individual events.

COMM 343. SPEECH ANALYSIS AND SPEECH WRITING. (3) Prerequisite: COMM 145 or permission of the instructor. Develops the art of writing effective speeches. In this course, students study the principles of effective language usage in speeches, analyze the style of model speeches, and write and deliver a variety of speeches.

COMM 344. FORENSIC PRACTICUM VI. (1) Prerequisites: COMM 342 and active participation on the forensic team. Individualized coaching and intercollegiate competitive experience in debate and individual events.

COMM 345. ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING. (3) Prerequisite: COMM 145  or permission of the instructor. Advances the preparation and delivery of public speeches including speeches to explain a concept, technical speeches, speeches to convince, speeches to actuate, speeches to entertain, and speeches for special occasions.

COMM 346. PERSUASION. (3) Introduces basic theories of persuasion and attitude change. The course emphasizes communication theory and rhetorical perspectives of persuasion.

COMM 348. INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION. (3) Introduces students to the fundamentals of interpersonal communication, including interpersonal skills, theory, and research.

COMM 349. SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION. (3) Prerequisite:21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status.  Studies group dynamics, interaction and communication in group situations. Colonnade K-SY

COMM 362. ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION.(3) Introduces theoretical approaches to human communication in organizations.

COMM 374. GENDER COMMUNICATION. (3) Examines communication behaviors as affected by gender, including assessment of communication differences reflected in organizational, interpersonal, and mass communication modes.

COMM 388. SEMINAR IN POLITICAL COMMUNICATION. (3) Prerequisites: Senior standing, or permission of instructor. Focuses on the roles, processes, and effects of communication within the context of politics. This course is required of all Political Communication Certificate students.

COMM 400.SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION.(3)Prerequisite: COMM 200. Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 300 or instructor permission. Offers students courses on various communication topics not covered specifically within the curriculum.

COMM 410. STUDY ABROAD IN COMMUNICATION. (1-3) Prerequisite: COMM 200 or permission of the instructor.  Study of communication interactions, processes, and culture in international or other out-of-town locations. Repeatable up to six hours.

COMM 440. HEALTH COMMUNICATION. (3) Prerequisite: COMM 200 or instructor permission for majors only. Non-majors have no prerequisites. Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 300 or instructor permission for majors only. Non-majors have no prerequisites. Examines and analyzes the critical role communication plays in health campaigns, health care delivery, health care contexts, and in health behavior change.

COMM 442. FORENSIC PRACTICUM VII. (1) Prerequisites: COMM 344 and active participation on the forensic team. Individualized coaching and intercollegiate competitive experience in debate and individual events.

COMM 444. FORENSIC PRACTICUM VIII. (1) Prerequisites: COMM 442 and active participation on the forensic team. Individualized coaching and intercollegiate competitive experience in debate and individual events.

COMM 448. ADVANCED INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION. (3)Prerequisites:  COMM 200 and 348. Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 300 or instructor permission. Designed as a survey of research and theory in interpersonal communication.

COMM 450. FAMILY COMMUNICATION. (3)Prerequisites: COMM 200 and 348. Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 300 or instructor permission. Designed as a survey of research and theory in family communication.

COMM 451.Communication in the Digital Age.(3)Prerequisite: COMM 200 or instructor permission. Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 300 or instructor permission. Examines various types of computer-mediated communication available in contemporary organizations.

COMM 460. ORGANIZATIONAL INTERVIEWING. (3) Prerequisite: COMM 200 for majors only. Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 300 or instructor permission for majors only. Junior or Senior standing for students outside the major. Provides the student with a comprehensive overview of principles and methods suited to oral, one-on-one information gathering in an organizational setting. Practice both in and out of the classroom will be stressed.

COMM 462. ADVANCED ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION. (3)Prerequisites: COMM 200 and 362. Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 300 or instructor permission. Integrates and applies studies of organizational communication theory and research.

COMM 463. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION. (3) Prerequisite: COMM 200 or instructor permission. Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 300 or instructor permission. Creates an understanding of dimensions of communication theory that apply across cultural boundaries. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical awareness of communication in and between cultures.

COMM 470. ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. (3)Prerequisites:  COMM 200 and 362. Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 300 or instructor permission. Examines the positive and negative elements of workplace relationships and their importance to organizational and personal well-being.

COMM 489. INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION. (3) Prerequisites: COMM 200, 362 and Junior standing. For departmental majors only.  Prerequisite / Corequisite: COMM 300. Structures appropriate supervised work with a cooperating organization. Open only to Communication Studies and Corporate and Organizational Communication majors. Course will be repeatable once for credit (only 3 hours will count for credit toward major).

COMM 494. CAPSTONE IN COMMUNICATION. (1) Prerequisites: COMM 200 and Senior standing, for departmental majors only. Prerequisite / Corequisite:  COMM 300 or instructor permission Enables students to demonstrate knowledge of the discipline by applying Communication theories to analyze relevant/professional work experience, and illustrate career preparation/readiness.

COMM 495. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN COMMUNICATION. (1-6) Prerequisite: COMM 200 or instructor permission. Prerequisite or Corequisite:  COMM 300. Develops directed research in communication. Students are to submit written petitions for faculty approval of the study during the previous semester. (With permission of instructor.)


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