NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

COMM 1010    Fundamentals of Public Speaking     Credits  3         Goal Areas  01     View Course Outline

This course provides instruction and practical experience in the basics of public speaking. This course has a performance component: students are expected to create and deliver informative, persuasive and other types of speeches.

COMM 1110    Principles of Interpersonal Communication     Credits  3         Goal Areas  01,07     View Course Outline

This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).

COMM 1210    Small Group Communication     Credits  3         Goal Areas  01     View Course Outline

This course examines communication in small groups. Students will participate in and analyze how small groups function, how leadership roles evolve, how decisions are made and how conflicts can be resolved. Students will work in small groups, complete group projects, and analyze group interaction.

COMM 1310    Intercultural Communication     Credits  3         Goal Areas  07,08     View Course Outline

The influence of culture is an especially important and sensitive issue facing us today. A person's culture strongly influences his/her identity, beliefs, expectations, and communication style. This course explores communication across culture as defined by nationality, gender, and ethnicity while concentrating on effective use of communication in all of these areas.

COMM 1410    Human Communication Theory     Credits  3         Goal Areas  01     View Course Outline

This introductory course examines a selection of theories of human communication. The emphasis of the course will be to provide students with the ability to understand theorizing in general and then to apply this understanding to particular theories. Students will be challenged to explore different types, contexts, and aspects of human communication as they relate to their own lives. Course content will include theory relating to the communicator, the message, the relationships, the media and the culture.

COMM 1510    Nonverbal Communication     Credits  3         Goal Areas  01,08     View Course Outline

Nonverbal Communication is an essential component of all communication. This introductory course is intended to increase communication effectiveness in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, intercultural, and workplace. Students will understand, assess, and practice their own nonverbal codes and cues as well as study others' nonverbal codes and cues.

COMM 1610    Introduction to Mass Communication     Credits  3         Goal Areas  01,09     View Course Outline

This introductory course is intended to develop critical and analytical skills for understanding mass media; for recognizing messages, making deliberate choices about them, and evaluating the effects of these messages in both an individual and societal context. Students will examine the history, evolution, and societal impact of a wide variety of media, including print, film, and social media and will develop skills to make informed, ethical evaluations of the mediated messages they receive.

COMM 1710    Oral Interpretation and Traditions     Credits  3         Goal Areas  01,08     View Course Outline

Oral Interpretation and Traditions is an introductory course in the effective oral presentation of written material. Students will analyze and perform literature from a variety of sources that represent different cultures and ethnicities. Students will also make connections between the cultural implications of oral tradition and performance.

COMM 1990    Communication Studies Special Topics     Credits  0         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.