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Communication Studies

Course Descriptions

Communication Studies Courses


COM 151 Voice & Diction (4.00 SH). Theory and practice in the basic techniques of developing a clear and expressive speaking voice. Breath control, proper phonation, full resonance and projection, and articulation will be covered as well as exercises for improving use of pitch, timbre, and vocal quality. (Also listed as THE 151.)

COM 200 Social Media Literacy (4.00 SH). The growing presence of technology is changing the way people communicate. This course examines how technology and social communication are creating a new paradigm of human interaction. Students will develop a plan for managing their personal brand/reputation and use online tools such as LinkedIn and blogs for professional enhancement.

COM 201 Interpersonal Communication (ST) (4.00 SH). Designed to examine communication between two people. This class provides opportunities to understand the dynamics of human communication, to assess your own weaknesses and strengths as a communicator, and to learn to make good communication choices as you encounter challenging real-life situations. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

COM 202 Small Group Communication (ST) (4.00 SH). This course examines effective small group communication. Topics include member characteristics, roles, norms, cohesiveness, leadership, problem solving, conflict resolution, and decision making. The course requires students to complete group projects and exercises and present them in a variety of possible forms, including panel discussions, forums, and symposia. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

COM 203 Professional Presentations (4.00 SH). This course offers students the opportunity to develop presentations in their field (business, public relations, education, etc.).

COM 205 Mass Communications (HC) (4.00 SH). An introductory analysis of problems, criticisms, and structure of mass media in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the nature, impact, consequences, and roles of print media, broadcasting, motion pictures, advertising, and auxiliary media. (Also listed as BC 253.) Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

COM 207 Business&Professional Communication (4.00 SH). An analysis of communication in organizations, this course material focuses on interviewing skills, office communication media and choice-making, and sensitivity to evolving standards of “appropriate” behavior in the workplace. A variety of communication contexts are examined, including: interviews; written, electronic, and oral correspondence; and meetings, lunches, and parties. Intercultural theories and practice will receive special attention, and be explored in depth.

COM 225 Communication Ethics (ST) (4.00 SH). This course is designed to introduce the interrelationship of communication and free speech. The course will provide the opportunities to understand ethical communication in various contexts, assess weaknesses and strengths as an ethical communicator, and apply theories of communication ethics to the major course of study. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

COM 230 Social Media & Web Planning (4.00 SH). The design and implementation of a Web site is primarily a communication activity. An individual or organization has a message to send to an intended audience. The course will focus on the Web site pre-design activities of audience definition, objective setting, determining information architecture, feature definition, storyboard design, plus usability and interface testing procedures.

COM 251 Oral Interpretation (VP) (4.00 SH). A study of the methods of creating for a listening audience an interpretation of the printed page. Attention is focused upon literary form, imagery, inflection, word stress, and other factors which influence listener response and understanding, and also which aid in the effective expression of one’s own ideas. (Also listed as THE 251.) Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

COM 301 Applied Social Media (4.00 SH). This course allows the student the ability to examine how organizations can effectively use social media to communicate with various constituencies. Not only will there be opportunity to learn about social media theory but the application of this theory will be an integral part of the course experience.

COM 303 Sales Communication (4.00 SH). This course adapts sales and persuasion theories through practical sales exercises. Students make actual sales calls as part of class. Sales theories are then adapted to other persuasive opportunities such as selling your ideas to others in a business setting or selling yourself in a job interview. Also taught as BC 301 Broadcast Sales and Advertising. May not get credit for both BC 301 and COM 303.

COM 320 Strategic Sports Communication (4.00 SH). This course covers a variety of topics in the field of sport communication—which ranges from newspaper sports sections and all-sport cable channels to sports satellite radio and sports blogs. Students will explore topics ranging from communication skill enhancement and sports writing to Web site management and sport media relations. This macroanalysis of sport communication is accomplished through an examination of the field from interpersonal, intra- and interorganizational, and external perspectives. The class is organized to provide students with a foundation for pursuing a career in the field or simply for acting as prudent consumers of sport communication.

COM 405 Political Communication (4.00 SH). This course will introduce students to advanced rhetorical theory, explore historical uses of political communication, and examine how political communication has evolved under the influence of new media.

COM 405L Political Communication (4.00 SH).

COM 410 Advanced Topics (4.00 SH). The Advanced Topics course provides in-depth study of communication regarding a particular issue. Specialized topics include such areas as health-care communication, communication in teaching, free speech and censorship, communication and personality, environmental communication, semantics, family communication, and intercultural communication.

COM 450 Communication Theory (4.00 SH). Analysis of the nature of the communication process in contexts ranging from intrapersonal through mass communication. The course includes coverage of a broad range of theories, from classical to postmodern, that attempt to explain communication phenomena.

COM 591 Field Experience/Internship (1.00 SH).

COM 592 Field Experience/Internship (2.00 SH).

COM 594 Field Experience/Internship (4.00 SH).

COM 601 Capstone:Comm Resear (4.00 SH). The capstone course requires students to develop a project that explores a topic in communication studies. Students present their work to the campus community.

COM 621 Independent Study (1.00 SH).

COM 622 Independent Study (2.00 SH).

COM 624 Independent Study (4.00 SH).

COM 664 Honors Research (4.00 SH).

COM 674 Honors Research (4.00 SH).

 

Supporting Courses


BC 253 Mass Communication (HC) (4.00 SH). An introductory analysis of problems, criticisms and structure and history of mass media in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the nature, impact, consequences and roles of print media, broadcasting, motion pictures, advertising, and auxiliary media. (Also listed as COM 205.) Meets Humanity and Culture Intellectual Perspective requirement (HC).

THE 151 Voice & Diction (4.00 SH). Theory and practice in the basic techniques of developing a clear and expressive speaking voice. Breath control, proper phonation, full resonance and projection, and articulation will be covered as well as exercises for improving use of pitch, timbre, and vocal quality. (Also listed as COM 151.)

THE 251 Oral Interpretation (VP) (4.00 SH). A study of the methods of creating for a listening audience an interpretation of the printed page. Attention is focused upon literary form, imagery, inflection, word stress, and other factors which influence listener response and understanding, and also which aid in the effective expression of one’s own ideas. (Also listed as COM 251.) Meets Visual and Performing Arts Intellectual Perspective requirement (VP).

 

What can you do with a Communication Studies degree?

Imagine yourself a human resources officer, events planner, speech writer, sales representative, political campaign worker, public relations specialist, mediator, fundraiser, or communication consultant.