Communication

COM 10103 Introduction to Communication

This course introduces students to the various forms of communication. It provides an overview of the basic concepts of communication and the communicative skills needed to navigate various contexts. Emphasis will be placed on communication theories, processes and techniques used in interpersonal, intercultural, group, organizational, health, and mediated communication. The course will help students answer several about the field of communication studies, such as: What is communication? How does it occur? Where does it occur? Why does it matter? How do we study it? In answering these questions, the course introduces students to major issues in the field of communication, and to the main areas of focus in this program.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication

A study of persuasive and informative discourse, and an introduction to modes of communication primarily focusing on intrapersonal and interpersonal communication with experience in public speaking.

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer for 3 Semester hours.

COM 11203 Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication provides an introduction to communication between individuals. Course content focuses on the application of theory and research to interpersonal communication. Content also focuses on how you can apply the concepts learned in this class to life experiences. Theories of self-concept, self-disclosure, nonverbal communication, listening and conflict are among those discussed and applied to romantic, social, family and professional relationships.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

COM 20103 Intercultural Communication

Through this course, students will better understand how to communicate with people who are different from them. We live in a global environment where individuals from diverse cultures interact face-to-face and online. Taking a communicative lens, we will address how cultural indicators manifest through communication and how cultures use communication in different ways. This course provides an opportunity to enhance students’ intercultural experience, promote cultural understanding, and examine the various trends that shape our experiences in an increasingly diverse global community.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

COM 21103 Oral Interpretation

This highly experiential course introduces the skills of literary analysis for the purpose of oral interpretive performance. Of equal importance, the course will endeavor to balance written analytic skills with vocal development and practical performance techniques. Students will explore analysis and performance aspects of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

COM 22103 Small Group Communication

The study of small group communication, cooperative thinking, cooperative thinking, recognition, definition of problems, critical analysis, examination of possible solutions, and leadership and participation.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

COM 22303 Interviewing

The complex nature of the interview situation demands a high level of personal and professional skill, if we are to reach our goals for the interview. In this course we will examine a variety of interview types. We will examine theories and concepts related to interview processes and apply skills through class activities and assignments. Students will develop skills in structuring interviews, initiating and maintaining communication, questioning, responding, opening and closing interviews, and listening effectively. Students will also develop their writing and presentation skills as they write and present interview stories.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

COM 25203 Introduction to Mass Communication

This course examines the structure, function, and social impact of the major forms of mass media in the United States. The course will give students an understanding of the role of the media in society and provide them with a foundation for becoming critical media users and practitioners. In this class, we will 1) study the historical development, economic structure, and social context of media and 2) explore the ways media contribute to the structure, maintenance, and relationships of power in contemporary society. This course offers an overview of American media industries from economic and cultural-critical perspectives.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

COM 29901-03 Directed Studies in Communication

Independent study and/or research under the supervision of an instructor in Communication or Journalism. May include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic that is of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Course fee required.

Offered On Demand for 3 Semester hours.

COM 30103 Communication Theory

Theories help us make of the world by shaping out ideas about our circumstances, relationships and decisions. This course will expose you communication theories, which will equip you with the tools needed to make sense of communicative experiences. We will also examine the foundation of theoretical inquiry (including the nature and development of theory), selected approaches to theorizing, applications of theory, and ethical implications of theory in a various communication contexts.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

COM 30403 Qualitative Research

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate qualitative research and to perform qualitative research in academic or organizational contexts. Students will explore a variety of qualitative research approaches, paying special attention to issues of epistemology (ways of knowing), methodology (ways of examining) and representation (ways of conveying research findings). Students will carry out their own research project, engaging in field research. Through this project, students will have the opportunity to experience and understand the phases of qualitative research such as: planning, negotiating access, observing, interviewing, creating field texts, analyzing field texts and writing. The goal is that students will emerge from the class with first-hand qualitative research experience that facilitates an in-depth understanding of qualitative research methods.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

COM 33103 Health Communication

A study of the communication demands and skills relevant to the student’s future role as a professional health practitioner. The focus is on oral skills with practical experience in public presentations.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

COM 37703 Communication Seminar I

Topics vary; general areas: critical/cultural examination of Internet issues, media technological determinism developments and social constructivism, criticism of the rhetoric of various social movements, intensive studies on rhetorical theory, gender studies, advanced interpretation in cross-disciplinary studies, and philosophies of communication and journalism.

Offered Fall, Spring for 3 Semester hours.

COM 40103 Social Media Strategies

This course is designed to help students understand why, when and how to utilize social media to build relationships and create conversations with key stakeholders and target audiences. The course will build on students’ knowledge of social media by examining the relevance of these tools in strategic communication. Students will also explore relevant communication theories and concepts.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

COM 42103 Communication Law

Ethical and legal aspects of the First Amendment including responsibility, libel, copyright, regulatory agencies, state and federal laws, and ethical considerations and practices.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

COM 43203 Organizational Communication

Overview of organizational communication and business and professional communication. Focus on different perspectives that influence the study of organizational communication, such as types of management, symbolism, culture, and power and politics. Levels examined include person, dyad, group, and collectives.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hour

COM 46103 Communication Seminar II

Topics vary; general areas: critical/cultural examination of Internet issues, media technological determinism developments and social constructivism, criticism of the rhetoric of various social movements, intensive studies on rhetorical theory, gender studies advanced interpretation in cross-disciplinary studies, and philosophies of communication and journalism.

Offered Fall, Spring for 3 Semester hours.

COM 49103 Communication Capstones

The major objective of the course is to integrate the student’s college course work through developing a paper or project. The course also has a secondary objective of evaluating, for the purposes of a departmental assessment of student outcomes, the student’s written and oral communication skills and the students’ knowledge of the subject matter, theories, and methods of the communication discipline.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

COM 49901-03 Directed Studies in Communication

Independent study and/or research under the supervision of an instructor in Communication. May include research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest of the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.