COMMUNICATION STUDIES

COMMUNICATION STUDIES

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 105: Introduction to Communication Studies (COMM 105, 3 credits) 
Analysis of the breadth and depth of the field of human communication with an overview of the major fields of study in the communication discipline, including interpersonal communication, small group communication, organizational communication and mediated communication.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 200: Research Methods (COMM 200, 3 Credits)
Introduction to the process of scholarly research. The basic research process in the social sciences will be covered with an overview of non-experimental and experimental research. Students will also be introduced to the process of basic statistics and how they are employed in the behavioral sciences. Topics covered will be understanding the difference between independent and dependent variables, statistical significance, and research report writing.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 210: Interpersonal Communication (COMM 210, 3 Credits)
Introduction to the theory and practice of communication in face-to-face situations. Focus upon improving everyday interpersonal communication skills through understanding verbal, nonverbal, and relational processes.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 220: Conflict Management (COMM 220, 3 Credits)
Introduction to principles of conflict management and alternative dispute resolution with an emphasis on mediation and conflict theory. Other topics include negotiation, arbitration and litigation. Students will learn how to resolve conflicts through role-playing scenarios. 
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 225: Public Speaking (COMM 225, 3 Credits)
The basic process of organizing and constructing messages and the development and delivery of messages for specific audiences. Instruction will cover both informative and persuasive speaking
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 230: Persuasion (COMM 230, 3 Credits)
Explores the power of social and symbolic influence as it relates to perceptions, values, and actions of others in both negative and positive ways. Topics will cover how to create effective persuasive messages, and various theories of persuasion.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 240: Small Group Communication (COMM 240, 3 Credits)
Analysis of communication in small groups, both formal and informal. The analysis of what makes an effective and what makes a group defective will be covered with topics including leadership in the small group, groupthink, and the standard agenda for problem solving.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 301: Rhetorical Theory (COMM 301, 3 Credits)
Introduction to classical and contemporary theories of rhetoric from Plato to the present. Emphasis on applying such theories for greater description, analysis, and evaluation of rhetorical process and outcomes.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 305: Communication Theory (COMM 305, 3 Credits)
Theoretical perspectives covering how and why people communicate. Emphasis on applying theories for greater description, analysis, and process of the human communication process and outcomes. Topics will include theories such as cognitive dissonance, social exchange theory, communication privacy management theory, and social media.  
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 310: Intercultural Communication (COMM 310, 3 Credits)
Theoretical and practical perspectives on communication effectiveness in dealing with people, groups, or organizations that are culturally different within and across national boundaries. Intercultural conflict will also be analyzed. Hofstede’s synthetic cultural variables will be presented as a way of understanding various cultures and their preferred form of communication.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 320: Organizational Communication (COMM 320, 3 Credits)
Examination of relationships between organizations and issues of identity, culture, ethical practice, and related global processes and forces. Course concepts will be explored through case studies, critical incident analysis, and field research of organization.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 400: Capstone Course (COMM 400, 3 Credits)
Reflection and synthesis of philosophical, theoretical, and applied dimensions of curriculum and other experiences as they apply to personal and professional aspirations. Students engage in a variety of assignments that demonstrate senior-level competence in the discipline and the student’s chosen sub-disciplines of study. Topics covered will be resume writing, interview management, and developing a personal portfolio.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 410: Nonverbal Communication (COMM 410, 3 Credits)
Study of messages conveyed through means other than words. Exploration of meaning constructed by touch, gesture, vocal qualities, posture, artefacts (clothing, jewellery, etc.), the built environment, space, and other modalities. Topics will include nonverbal communication in different cultures, and the role nonverbal communication plays in interpersonal perception.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 420: Negotiation (COMM 420, 3 Credits)
Theoretical and practical perspectives of negotiation. Emphasis on negotiating techniques for use in business and interpersonal relationships. Explores differences between integrative and distributive bargaining. Students will also be introduced to negotiations between cultures, how to deal with difficult negotiators, and will be exposed to negotiation role-plays.
 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 450: Independent Study (COMM 450, 3-6 Credits)
Faculty supervised investigation beyond what is offered in existing upper-division courses. Student will work closely on a project developed with a communication instructor with an emphasis on various aspects of the communication environment found in the local community.