COMM101 Introduction to Communication (3 semester hours)

This course is an introduction to communication studies, the broad areas of communication (interpersonal, oral, electronic, mass media, etc.), and artifacts. This course will familiarize students with the scope, basic terminology, and major career fields in Communication areas. Course topics include: communication, interpersonal communication, communication in groups and organizations, mass communication, media, digital communications, advertising, public relations, promotion management, digital communications and media, fund-raising management, writing, and teaching.

COMM110 Information & Digital Literacy (2 semester hours)

Information and Digital Literacy is designed to provide students with sustainable and usable skills essential to success in both academic and professional settings. Students will learn best practices to locate and evaluate sources, and effectively communicate using digital literacy to become proficient 21st century learners.

COMM200 Public Speaking (3 semester hours)

Public Speaking will introduce students to the field of communication studies, giving them a basic foundation in the issues relevant to communicating effectively in today’s global, technological, and diverse world: history and theories of communication, ethics, the audience, developing and delivering a speech, and types of speeches and specialized speech situations, including the job interview. This course utilizes Thinkwell Public Speaking online materials, which includes video selections of historic speeches for study as well as examples of student speakers. Students enrolling in this course must be able to capture video (required) for their speeches. Video files are created and stored within the classroom for the students’ security.

COMM210 Communication and Gender (3 semester hours)

This course examines the similarities and differences in male and female communication styles and patterns. The content emphasizes implications of gender as a social construct influencing perceptions, values, stereotyping, language use, nonverbal communication, and power conflict in human relationships.

COMM211 Social Media and Society (3 semester hours)

This course explores the practical and theoretical social impacts of computer-mediated communication (CMC) systems, including many different types of technologies, such as social networking sites, email, forums, chat, and online games. Students will engage in the analysis of CMC practices, the social processes and structures that emerge when people use these applications, and the problems and barriers that emerge from use.

COMM220 Small Group Communication (3 semester hours)

This course will examine the theoretical and practical issues that affect communication between members of work teams, discussion groups, and decision-making bodies. Students will work as members of student teams to analyze both the theoretical and practical implications of the issues that surround effective communication and miscommunication is a small group setting.

COMM240 Intercultural Communication (3 semester hours)

This course develops interpersonal, group, and presentational communication skills that are applicable in personal and professional cross-cultural relationships, and focuses on differences in values, message systems, and communication rules across cultural boundaries and in multicultural settings.

COMM250 Mass Communication (3 semester hours)

This course is an introduction to major mass communication theories as a context to examine major issues surrounding mass media in American society. Students will trace the history and development of the major media, both nationally and internationally, and examine the connection to, and interdependence of, each medium to other media. Emphasis will be placed on the current status of each medium and its influence on society and vice versa.

COMM255 Digital Tools and Media in Communication (3 semester hours)

Digital Tools and Media in Communication is a basic course in digital tools and media in communication, which enables our students to situate their communication studies within the modern technical world. The course gives students exposure to modern technology through the communication lens and provides students with opportunities to explore and evaluate digital tools and media for communication purposes. Throughout the course, students will progress in standards published in 2015 by the National Communication Association as those Communication majors should know, understand, and be able to demonstrate as part of the Communication degree program. This course introduces principles of composition and design, presentation, and evaluation across varied modes of communication using modern tools, apps, cloud services, programs, and social media.Course topics include mass media communication strategies, music tools, podcasts, video conferencing, blogging, mobile messaging, social networking, internet broadcasting, live streaming, and new and emerging technologies, evaluation, and application. Prerequisite: COMM250.

COMM280 Ethics in Communication (3 semester hours)

This course is a study of the ethical considerations in communication. It will examine the main ethical issues in interpersonal and mediated communication, including such topics as objectivity, freedom of expression, representations of sex, violence and other human behavior, privacy, confidentiality and obligations to the public.

COMM285 Interpersonal Communications (3 semester hours)

This course is designed to focus on communication within the workplace, personal activities, and family life in order to establish and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. This course serves as an introduction to major theories and empirical research regarding the role of interpersonal communication as it relates to personal, contextual, and cultural variables in the development of various types of relationships.

COMM300 Communication Research Skills (3 semester hours)

This course will introduce the research methods of communication processes and issues, which include scientific, interpretive, critical, and rhetorical research methods. During the course, students will evaluate existing communication studies and use both quantitative and qualitative approaches in order to understand research methods in the broad field of communication studies, answer questions, and solve problems. Prerequisite: COMM304.

COMM304 Communication Theory (3 semester hours)

This course is an exploration of major communication theories and their practical application to social events and issues. This course will provide theoretical background in the field to students using case studies, films, and scenarios and opportunities to analyze and apply theories. Course topics include: seven traditions in the field of communication theory, interpersonal communication theories, interpersonal messages, relationship development, relationship maintenance, influence, group communication, organizational communication, public rhetoric, media and culture, media effects, intercultural communication, gender and communication, and integration. Prerequisite: COMM101.

COMM350 Journalism (3 semester hours)

This course will introduce students to core journalism skills and the historical, social and political context of journalistic practice. The course provides instruction in on-line journalism, news writing, story structure, interviewing techniques and a working understanding of the code of ethics and legal issues which impact journalistic practice. (Prerequisite: ENGL101 or ENGL102 or ENGL110).

COMM400 Persuasive Communication (3 semester hours)

In this course, students will learn about the history and development of persuasion, the relationship of audience diversity to the impact of persuasive messages, principles of argumentation and evidence, and applications to real-world situations and messages. Throughout the course, students will make connections with political, mass media, marketing, public relations, organizational, advertising, and internet-based messages by applying theories and concepts of persuasion. Prerequisite: COMM304.

COMM401 Conflict and Communication (0 semester hours)

This course introduces students to concepts in the study of human conflict. During the course, students will explore communication in conflict or crisis and emergency situations where ethics, risk, and uncertainty may exist, as well as where communication must be effectively managed. Through case studies and applied exercises, students will apply theory to practical situations to evaluate communication efforts and prepare a crisis communication plan, focusing on causes and dynamics of interpersonal conflict and strategies people use to manage conflicts. Prerequisites: COMM304 and COMM285.