List of Courses

COM 100 Introduction to Communication (3 credits)

This survey course introduces students to the general field of communication and rhetorical studies. The concepts, principles, and practices of Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, and Small Group Communication will be the focus.

COM 121 News Literacy (3 credits)

This course is a survey of the ongoing changes in mass media with a focus on news literacy. Students will be introduced to the skills required to make critical evaluations of news and information sources across the spectrum of traditional and new media, assessing the content for such factors as diversity, accuracy, and bias. Prerequisite: English and reading placement at college level. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 121 and COM 121.

COM 122 Introduction to Journalism (3 credits)

This course will be an overview of journalism and its historical, ethical, and professional base, including a survey of the background and importance of journalism in society, its role in democracy, key stories that shaped history, standard-bearers across news platforms, and the principles and responsibilities essential for fair and credible news reporting. Prerequisite: English and reading placement at college level.

COM 123 Student Media Reporting (1 credits)

This course provides academic credit to students who contribute to student-run college media. Submissions can range from small pieces, such as calendar items and captions, to longer pieces, such as news stories, features, and reviews, for those with more interest and experience in news writing. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 123 and COM 123. Prerequisite: English and reading placement at college level.

COM 157 Electronic Media Writing (3 credits)

This course helps students to master the diverse writing styles and formats used in writing for broadcast on radio, television and cable. These include public service announcements (PSAs), station IDs, promotional announcements, script formats, commercials, news copy, and program materials. Emphasis is on developing broadcast copy style, distinguishing words directed toward the ear and the eye. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 157 and COM 157. Prerequisite: ENG 103.

COM 204 Advocacy/Opposition (3 credits)

Advertising, advocacy and public policy debates all require an understanding of the rhetorical nature of argumentation and persuasion. This course helps students develop that understanding through speeches, debates, group presentation, and community interaction. Prerequisite: COM 210, PHI 107, POS 100, or permission of instructor.

COM 210 Public Speaking (3 credits)

Public Speaking is a course designed to acquaint the student with the basic theories and skills of public discourse. Course content includes the importance of audience analysis and adaptation, how to choose an appropriate topic, organization, speech purpose and delivery, and critical analysis of discourse. Word study, effective language use, effective non-verbal skills and critical listening skills are also stressed.

COM 220 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)

This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the communication skills needed to succeed both academically and socially. Course content includes communication theory, perception, verbal and non-verbal communication, effective listening, assertiveness, awareness of the self as communicator, interpersonal problem-solving, and relational communication. Emphasis is placed on class discussion as a tool for learning and practicing the skills presented in class.

COM 225 Teamwork and Small Group Communication (3 credits)

This course is an in-depth study of the nature and process of teamwork and small group communication. Students will study the theory of small group process, the nature of small groups and group dynamics. The course will analyze small group/teamwork issues such as decision-making, problem-solving, creativity, computer mediated group communication, diversity and conflict management. Students will make small group/team presentations, as well as engage in small group/teamwork evaluation. Prerequisite: COM 100, 210, or 220, or permission of instructor.

COM 227 Writing for Emerging Technologies (3 credits)

Fast-paced and widespread developments in technology have changed the way people distribute, access, and understand information. With the Internet serving both as a medium for text and images, and a delivery system for other kinds of digital content, competitive employees in the marketplace must be able to provide clear and effective pieces of web-based communication and other kinds of documents. This course will discuss the issues surrounding the new technology. Topics covered in the course include First Amendment law and the Internet, "repurposing" stories across platforms, and clear writing techniques. Prerequisite: ENG 103.

COM 233 Introduction to Public Relations (3 credits)

This course is a survey of the foundational elements of public relations. The class discussions will draw on communication theory to introduce students to the core principles of public relations. Topics covered will include the history and future of public relations, audience analysis and the development of communication strategies for a range of different publics, campaign planning, various types of public relations agencies and their communication styles, social media, social responsibility, and ethics.

COM 240 Persuasion in Everyday Life (3 credits)

This course is an investigation of the various communication theories of persuasion as applied to the devising of persuasive messages, the presentation of persuasive messages, and the critical analysis of persuasive messages in a variety of contexts. Class activities, discussions, readings, and assignments are designed to develop communication skills necessary for effectiveness as producers and consumers of persuasive communication.

COM 245 Communication @ Work (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of communication in the workplace. The focus of the course is on analyzing and improving interpersonal communication in a professional context. Topics covered include: meeting management, interview techniques, participation in team and group communication, preparation of professional presentations, managerial communication, diversity in the workplace, and listening skills. This course emphasizes the development of practical and critical skills.

COM 251 News Writing (3 credits)

An introductory course in the basics of news reporting and writing, focusing on gathering information, story and sentence structure, accuracy, Associated Press style, and meeting deadlines. Students will write a variety of publication-ready news stories, including college-related events and student public interest stories. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 251 and COM 251. Prerequisite: ENG 103.

COM 252 Feature Writing and Literary Journalism (3 credits)

Students will analyze and evaluate feature stories and writing in the genre of literary journalism. Drawing on techniques from the New Journalism, current models of literary journalism, and sound reporting practices, students will write a variety of publication-ready features, including profiles, critiques, and human interest stories. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 252 and COM 252. Prerequisite: ENG 103.

COM 253 Student Publication Editing (2 credits)

This course provides academic credit to students who serve in editorial roles for student-run college media. Tasks can include assignment and placement of stories, feedback to student reporters, and copyediting, proofreading, and editing of final stories. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 253 and COM 253. Prerequisite: ENG/COM 123 or permission of instructor.

COM 272 Communication and Conflict Management (3 credits)

This course explores the nature of conflict interaction from a communication perspective. The course will examine attitudes, conditions, and perceptions that influence communication interaction and conflict. Students will be introduced to communication tools and techniques for effectively managing conflict in interpersonal relationships, groups, the workplace and organizations. Prerequisite: COM 100, 210, 220, or permission of instructor.

COM 282 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

This course seeks to improve Intercultural Communication Competence through learning about communication patterns between those with different cultural backgrounds. Topics covered include: verbal and nonverbal differences in cultural expression, intercultural relationships, barriers to effective intercultural communication, methods for overcoming these barriers, stereotyping, intercultural relationships and conflict resolution. Students will learn the distinctive cultural features of one non-Western civilization and will learn to integrate theory with practice and real-life examples.

COM 284 Communication and Gender (3 credits)

This course seeks to acquaint students with the unique ways men and women tend to communicate. The focus of this discussion-oriented class is on how gender influences verbal and nonverbal communication, identity formation, listening, speaking, and interpersonal relationships. Additional topics covered will include communication and gender in the workplace and the classroom, as well as the influence of the media on gendered communication.

COM 285 Communication Ethics: Truth and Deception (3 credits)

This course analyzes the principles and practices of ethical communication, truth and deception as speech acts, and theories and techniques of verbal and nonverbal deception detection as applied to a variety of interpersonal, public, and professional contexts. We all face ethical dilemmas related to communication situations in our educational, personal, and professional lives on a daily basis. This course seeks to explore the complexity of those situations and to help develop critical thinking and analytical skills through a communication perspective. Prerequisite: C or better in any Communication course.

COM 290 Communication Seminar (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to the power of communication in a variety of applications and contexts. The course introduces students to a range of communication theories, and provides opportunities to apply those theories to communication phenomena. Possible contextual focuses for the course could include: the rhetoric of social movements, strategic communication through song, the rhetoric of religion, family communication, or other emerging topics within the field. Class activities, discussions, readings, and assignments are designed to develop a better understanding of communication theories and skills through critical analysis of communication phenomena. Prerequisites: Any 100-level Communication course AND any 200-level Communication course, OR permission of instructor.