G. Stamp, Chairperson
Communication studies offers programs in public, interpersonal, and organizational communication. The major and minors are designed to prepare students for careers in business, government, politics, corporate communication, public affairs, not-for-profit enterprises, the media, and for graduate study.
Baccalaureate Degrees Students may receive either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in communication studies. Both degrees require completion of 21 credit hours of core classes that include foundation courses in the study of communication. Students are encouraged to complete these core classes prior to enrolling in more specialized COMM courses. It is also highly recommended that majors complete COMM 201 during the first semester in the department. After completing their core classes, communication studies majors are required to specialize in one of the following options:
Students who declare a communication studies major must participate in departmental assessment activities and submit a senior portfolio.
The department also offers the following minors:
Students interested in teaching speech communication at the middle school or high school level should refer to the English/language arts teacher certification program description.
MAJOR IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES, 51 hours
201 220 240 290 320 360 375 401
Exploration of Comm Studies Argumentation and Debate Introduction to Human Comm Intercultural Communication Persuasion Communication Theory Presentational Communication Comm Studies Senior Seminar
2 3 3 3 3 3 3 1
330 370 440 442 465
Small Group Decision Making Nonverbal Communication Interpersonal Communication Communication and Conflict Human Communication Inquiry
3 3 3 3 3
Directed electives 9 hours from COMM other than COMM 210, 475
CPSY FCFC PSYS SOC
230 250 213 221 224 235 242
Human Relation Development (3) Family Relations (3) Psych of Human Adjustment (3) African-Americans (3) Family and Society (3) Sociology of Women (3) Social Problems (3)
251 351 369 or 479 441 452 465
Bus and Prof Comm Organizational Communication Professional Experience (1-6) Practical Experience (1-3) Contemp Issues in Org Comm Applied Organizational Comm Human Communication Inquiry
3 3 3 3 3 3
325 330 340 442
Interviewing (3) Small Group Decision Making (3) Leadership Communication (3) Communication and Conflict (3)
6 hours from COMM other than COMM 210, 475
310 322 412 420 385 or 404
Speechmaking and Democracy Comm and Popular Culture Rhetorical Criticism Classical Rhetorical Theory Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (3) Political Communication (3)
3 3 3 3 3
Directed electives 9 hours from COMM other than COMM 210, 475
AHS ANTH ENG HIST PHIL SOC
264 342 213 220 328 425 435 240 301 401 435 200 202 203 230 333 441
Film Analysis (3) Amer Culture (3) Intro to Digital Literacies (3) Language and Society (3) Language and Gender (3) Film Studies (3) Issues in Rhet & Writing (3) Introduction to Public History (3) The US and the Vietnam War (3) American Revolution, 1756-1789 (3) American History through Film (3) Logic (3) Ethics (3) Social Philosophy (3) Environmental Ethics (3) Sociology of Media (3) Social Change (3)
MINOR IN CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATION, 21-24 hours
COMM JOUR POLS
320 404 412 250 370 372
Persuasion Political Communication Rhetorical Criticism Introduction to Advertising Pub Opinion & Pol Behavior Political Campaigns
3 3 3 3 3 3
COMM JOUR POLS
310 322 375 380 385 479 496 261 473
Speechmaking and Democracy (3) Comm and Popular Culture (3) Presentational Communication (3) Practicum in Comm Studies (1-6) Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (3) Practical Experience (1-3) Directed Study in Comm (1-3) Principles of Public Relations (3) American Political Parties (3)
MINOR IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES, 21 hours
240 320 375
Introduction to Human Comm Persuasion Presentational Communication
3 3 3
12 hours from electives in COMM other than COMM 210, 475
MINOR IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION, 21 hours
325 330 340 351 300 361 363
Interviewing Small Group Decision Making Leadership Communication Organizational Communication Managing Behavior in Org Managing Human Resources Employee Development
3 3 3 3 3 3 3
COMMUNICATION STUDIES (COMM)
201 Exploration of Communication Studies (2)An introduction to the study of communication for students new to the field. Provides guidelines for being a beginning communication student and scholar. Open only to communication studies majors.
210 Fundamentals of Public Communication (3)Principles and practice of effective oral communication; analysis and evaluation of the speaking-listening process; preparation in message construction, emphasizing the selection, organization, and delivery of materials. Core Transfer Library: Communications (ICM 1103)
220 Argumentation and Debate (3)Explores argumentation theory through the practice of debate. While examining foundational theories of argument, the course provides students the opportunity to develop fundamental debate skills: invention, research, organization, delivery, refutation, and evaluation.
240 Introduction to Human Communication (3)Focuses on understanding interpersonal communication as a dynamic and complex system of interactions rather than on the skills of platform speaking. Stresses the importance of understanding and applying communication theory in everyday communication situations. Core Transfer Library: Communications (ICM 1101)
250 Text Analysis and the Voice in Communication (3) Focuses on human voice production, articulation, and expressiveness using phonetics and the analysis and performance of literary texts to improve clarity, preciseness, and effectiveness of vocal communication.
251 Business and Professional Communication (3)Explores a variety of communication issues in business and professional contexts, including gender, diversity, co-worker relationships, interviewing, group and team skills, leadership, and nonverbal communication. Also emphasizes written communication and oral presentation skills appropriate to business.
290 Intercultural Communication (3)Critical survey of major concepts in cross-cultural and intercultural interaction. Examines the effects of customs, behaviors, and values on the interpersonal communication process.
299X Experimental/Developmental Topics (3-6) Topics relevant to the discipline. Course titles will be announced before each semester. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.
310 Speechmaking and American Democracy (3) Speechmaking as a force in political and intellectual history; critical analysis of selected speeches in relation to political, social, and economic issues. Analysis of issues dealing with problems of progress, reform, and revolution. Emphasis on public address in American social and political institutions. Prerequisite: COMM 210.
320 Persuasion (3) Concerned with current theories and research related to persuasion and social influence. Specifically examines variables affecting implementation of persuasion principles and strategies. Designed to help students become critical consumers and effective, ethical producers of oral and written communication. Prerequisite: COMM 210.
322 Communication and Popular Culture (3) Examines popular culture and teaches methods for evaluating the influential appeal of a variety of texts. Focuses on the power, potential, and problems of popular culture. Stresses the importance of using communication theory to understand everyday communication.
325 Interviewing (3)Examines the principles and types of interviews, with application of the principles in informational, persuasive, and employment interviews. Special attention is given to the various communication facets of the employment interview process: resumes, cover letters, selection interviews, and appraisal interviews.
330 Small Group Decision Making (3)Focuses on the theories, concepts, and processes of small group decision making and problem solving.
333 Topics in Communication Studies (3)Critical examination of selected topics and issues in communication studies. Designed to help students become familiar with current trends and theoretical and methodological issues in the discipline. May be repeated once by permission of the instructor and the department chairperson. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.
340 Leadership Communication (3)Introduces students to classic and contemporary leadership theories, with an emphasis on the central role of leadership communication.
351 Organizational Communication (3)Introduces students to traditional and contemporary theoretical perspectives in the study of organizational communication, with an emphasis on the structure and function of communication in organizations.
360 Communication Theory (3)Introduction to the varied and complex underpinnings of the human communication phenomenon. Several theoretical perspectives and applications will be explored. Topics include message theories, intrapersonal and interpersonal theories, and group and public communication theories. Prerequisite: COMM 201.
369 Professional Experience (1-6)Paid, supervised work and learning experience related to careers in communication with business firms and not-for-profit agencies. Job description may include, but is not limited to, research, training, organizing, program or event development and management, sales, promotions, human resources, and marketing. Prerequisite: 18 hours credit in communication studies; permission of the department chairperson or internship coordinator. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. Open only to communication studies majors and minors.
370 Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction (3)Examines the nature, forms, and functions of nonverbal codes in human communication. Focuses on understanding one’s own nonverbal communication and that of others. Prerequisite: COMM 240 for communication studies majors; recommended for nonmajors.
375 Presentational Communication (3)Focuses on the preparation and delivery of presentations and longer speeches within a wide variety of communication settings. Uses both theory and practice in analyzing, organizing, and delivering presentations. Prerequisite: COMM 210.
380 Practicum in Communication Studies (1-6)Practical experience in intercollegiate debate, individual events, applied communication research, or alternate communication studies projects. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.
385 Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (3) Examines rhetoric's role in changing society, the public debate of important social issues, and public changes. Considers concepts such as freedom of expression, social responsibility, culture, power, race, ethnicity, class, and gender.
390 Honors Colloquium in Communication Studies (2-4)Seminar focusing on various aspects and problems of communication as they relate to people in their personal and professional relationships. A total of 4 hours of credit may be earned. Open only to honors students and to students with areas in communication studies with permission of the department chairperson.
401 Communication Studies Senior Seminar (1)Designed to assist senior communication studies majors with their transition from the academy to the professional world. Students will participate in assessment and explore career opportunities. Open only to communication studies seniors.
404 Political Communication (3) Examines the nature, forms, and effects of persuasion in organized political campaigns. Focuses on the skills needed to describe, analyze, and evaluate persuasive uses of language and to understand better the role of campaign persuasion. Prerequisite recommended: POLS 372.
412 Rhetorical Criticism (3) The description, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of persuasive uses of language. Theories and methodologies of selected classical and modern critics. Prerequisite: COMM 320.
420 Classical Rhetorical Theory (3)Explores the roots of rhetorical theory development by examining contributions of seminal theorists such as Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian. Designed to provide insight into persuasion’s role within Greek and Roman culture and modern society.
440 Interpersonal Communication (3) Examines contemporary theories, concepts, models, and pertinent research related to the communication process in interpersonal relationships to understand message exchanges and how they affect the people involved. Introduces the approaches, variables, and topics that influence social interaction. Prerequisite: COMM 240 (not required for organizational communication minors, but recommended).
441 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication (3)Study of contemporary theories of organizational communication, including cultural, critical/feminist, and postmodern theories. Examination of key theories of organizational communication in light of current organizational trends and social problems. Prerequisite: COMM 351.
442 Communication and Conflict Management (3) Explores the strategies of productive and nonproductive conflict within the organizational setting. Theories of conflict are examined and explanations of the sources that stimulate conflict are investigated. Prerequisite: COMM 240, 360.
452 Applied Organizational Communication (3) Focuses on the diagnostic skills and pragmatic analyses necessary to undertake needs assessments for training and development in organizations. Prerequisite: COMM 351, 465.
465 Human Communication Inquiry (3)Introduces, reviews, and evaluates the various methods of research in the field of human communication from which the discipline’s body of knowledge is derived. Prerequisite: COMM 360.
475 Coaching and Directing Secondary School Forensics (3)Examines the rationale and philosophy of coaching and administering secondary school forensic programs. Concentrates on selection of appropriate topics, materials, and coaching methods for interpretive, public address, and debate events. Includes development of coaching methods and philosophies, coaching ethics, forensic judging, and forensic program administration. Prerequisite: COMM 220, 375. Open only to language arts education majors or by permission of the instructor.
479 Practical Experience (1-3) Non-paid, supervised work and learning experience related to careers in communication with business firms and not-for-profit agencies. Job description may include, but is not limited to, research, training, organizing, program or event development and management, sales, promotions, human resources, and marketing. Prerequisite: 18 hours credit in communication studies; permission of the department chairperson or internship coordinator. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. Open only to communication studies majors and minors.
496 Directed Study in Communication Studies (1-3)Students with areas in the Department of Communication Studies pursue a specific subject in-depth in consultation with a member of the faculty. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. A total of 3 hours of credit may be earned.
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