COMM 1010 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 01
Course Outline 1010 (PDF)
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
Course Outline 1110 (PDF)
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: 01,07
Course Outline 1210 (PDF)
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
Course Outline 1310 (PDF)
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
Course Outline 1410 (PDF)
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 theculture.

COMM 1510 Nonverbal Communication

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 01,08
Course Outline 1510 (PDF)
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 1550 Video Game Entertainment

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 01,06
Course Outline 1550 (PDF)
This course will examine the development of the video game industry and research on social effects of video game play. Issues discussed include video game violence, effects of gender and cultural representation, visual messages in gaming, pro-social relationships, and emerging technologies in gaming.

COMM 1610 Introduction to Mass Communication

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 01,09
Course Outline 1610 (PDF)
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
Course Outline 1710 (PDF)
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, co-cultures, and ethnicities. Students will also make connections between the cultural implications of oral tradition and performance.

COMM 1810 Introduction to Health Communication

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 01,09
Course Outline 1810 (PDF)
This introductory course is intended to develop critical and analytical skills for understanding human communication in the health care industry. Students will discuss and apply various communication strategies in a variety of contexts, including patient care, between healthcare professionals, and with a larger public in the form of healthcare advocacy campaigns. The impact of cultural diversity and ethics in decision-making will be examined in the context of healthcare professions.

COMM 1910 Argumentation and Public Advocacy

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 01,02
Course Outline 1910 (PDF)
This course is intended to develop critical and analytical skills for creating persuasive messages to audiences in formal, oppositional settings. Students will discuss and apply various communication strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of evidence, gain experience in a more formal debate setting, and evaluate and craft arguments ethically and responsibly. These assignments will prepare students for debate in a range of contexts, from interpersonal and small group settings to larger discussions of public and social policy in American culture. Prerequisite: COMM 1010

COMM 1990 Communication Studies Special Topics

Credits: 0
Goal Areas: n/a
Course Outline 1990 (PDF)
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.

COMM 2610 Introduction to Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Credits: 3
Goal Areas: 01,02,09
Course Outline 2610 (PDF)
This course examines the principles, evolution, practice, and ethics of strategic communication and public relations. Student will learn to analyze and critique different public relations and strategic communication campaigns across different contexts, cultures, and communities. Students will engage in the campaign creation process through research, message and narrative creation, and evaluation of strategic communication.

COMM 2900 Communications Capstone

Credits: 0
Goal Areas: n/a
Course Outline 2900 (PDF)
The communication capstone course is intended for students who want to engage in a professional application of communication skills gained from their prior coursework. This could range from social media internships, public speaking events, communication campaign work, or other projects within the scope of communication studies.Students must take one COMM course and have instructor permission.