Communication

COM 1101: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (5)

Offerings

In this fundamental course in communication between people, class sessions incorporate lectures with discussion and examples from popular culture and media. The focus of this course is on direct application of basic communication concepts essential to our daily lives. Topics include perception, gender, and culture and their effects on ourselves and others; self-expression and disclosure; friendship, family, and dating; verbal and nonverbal cues and their meanings; listening; and conflict management.

Attributes: WK Humanities

COM 1321: Public Speaking (5)

Offerings

Analyzes platform speaking; includes analysis, preparation and presentation of formal speeches. Includes rhetorical criticism of significant models. Recommended for students planning to major in communication; open to other students as well.

Attributes: WK Humanities

COM 1930: Forensics Practicum (1-2)

Offerings

Provides experience in co-curricular speech activities. Meets weekly by arrangement; individual coaching conferences. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits.

Restrictions: Junior, Senior students are excluded.

COM 1931: Communication Practicum (1-2)

Offerings

Provides field experience in communication activities with faculty guidance in selection, preparation and review; application to campus ministry teams, speakers' bureau, and other contexts. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits.

Restrictions: Junior, Senior students are excluded.

COM 2227: Small Group Discussion and Leadership (5)

Offerings

Develops awareness of and experience in the processes of small, co-acting group activity; examines and applies theories of structure, climate, roles, norms, and leadership in planning and managing member participation. Explores group effort in fact-finding, problem-solving, and decision making.

COM 2323: Argumentation: Art of Inference (5)

Offerings

Examines ambiguity, analysis, evidence, observation and inference; applies principles of reasoning to significant issues through extensive practice in public discourse, questioning, response to questions, refutation, and negotiation.

COM 3001: Theories of Communication (5)

Offerings

Examines theories of human communication and introduces a range of research methodologies used in investigating and creating those theories. Prerequisite for COM 4142 and 4899.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course

COM 3160: Conflict Management (5)

Offerings

Introduces students to the work of managing conflict well in a variety of contexts (personal relationships, business settings, disputes between friends, etc.). Explores both the theory and practice of conflict management; trains students in methods of conflict resolution and examines the related skills of negotiation and mediation.

Attributes: Upper-Division

COM 3628: Foundations of Western Rhetoric (5)

Offerings

Examines theories of communication and persuasion from ancient times to the fifth century A.D. Intensively studies selected Greek and Roman rhetorical treatises.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course

COM 3629: Modern Rhetorical Theory (5)

Offerings

Examines theories of communication and persuasion from the 15th century to the present, with special emphasis on European and American rhetorical theorists.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course

COM 3700: Health Communication (3)

Offerings

Prerequisite: COM 1101. Health Communication is a field within Communication Studies that seeks to investigate the manner in which individuals, campaigns, and healthcare providers deliver and receive messages regarding health related phenomena within a variety of contexts. These contexts can include but are not limited to, the family, healthcare settings, the media, and the self. This course provides an overview of current scholarship focused on health communication with the goal of developing students’ understanding of theories, issues, and methodologies that cover the field. In addition, this course will explore and examine the sociohistorical, interpersonal, narrative, and translational aspects of health in order for students to become more mindful, educated, and effective health communicators.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Communication, Communication-INT, Nursing, Nursing-INT Majors only. Freshman students are excluded. Prerequisites: COM 1101: D or better

COM 3701: Applied Health Communication (2)

Offerings

This course allows students to practice health communication research by participating in a service-learning project. Thus, the project serves to highlight the overarching objective of this course: for students to learn to develop a commitment to social justice.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Junior, Senior, Sophomore students only.

COM 3780: Introduction to Film (5)

Offerings

The goal of this course is to develop students' abilities to view films critically and to deepen their understanding of the film experience. The course first teaches analysis of narrative strategies, shot properties, mise-en-scene, editing, acting, and the use of sound in film, particularly classical Hollywood cinema. The course then focuses on the study of different genres of films and how cinematic elements create meaning.

Attributes: Upper-Division, WK Arts, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Freshman students are excluded.

COM 3781: A World on Film (5)

Offerings

This course explores a range of international films. We will take a comparative, case-study approach to show how movies variously represent the vision and values of filmmakers around the world. Thus, this course is a grand survey of movies that aims through viewing, discussing, reading, and writing about foreign films to teach critical thinking about and appreciation of film art and international filmmaking.

Equivalents: FLM 3781 Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course

COM 3930: Forensics Practicum (1-2)

Offerings

Provides experience in co-curricular speech activities. Meets weekly by arrangement; Individual coaching conferences. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.

COM 3931: Communication Practicum (1-2)

Offerings

Provides field experience in communication activities with faculty guidance in selection, preparation and review; application to campus ministry teams, speakers' bureau, and other contexts. May be repeated for credit up to 12 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.

COM 4180: Cultural Communication (5)

Offerings

This course explores how to productively and sensitively interact with people from cultures that differ from our own. We explore the dimensions across which cultures vary through a variety of in-class activities, lectures, films, and stories. Students will gain an understanding of cultural differences around the world and will gain some skills to communicate competently in a variety of cultural settings.

Attributes: Upper-Division

COM 4265: Organizational Communication (5)

Offerings

Examines how communication functions within organizations and explores use of communication to improve employee relationships and organizational effectiveness.

Attributes: Upper-Division

COM 4323: Performing Literature (5)

Offerings

Analyzes literary works for the purpose of presenting them in oral performance; provides opportunities for guided practical experience in storytelling, lyric poetry, and dramatic reading.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman students are excluded.

COM 4601: Communication Seminar: Advanced Public Speaking (5)

Offerings

Prerequisite: COM 1321, or permission of instructor. Advances application of speech principles to prepare public address for various contexts; provides individualized instruction in research, organization, composition, style, and presentation.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Communication Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only. Prerequisites: COM 1321: D or better

COM 4602: Communication Seminar: Advanced Interpersonal Communication (5)

Offerings

Prerequisites: COM 1101 and 3001 or permission of instructor. Focuses on selected communication theories, research and application pertaining to romantic, friendship and family relationships.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Communication Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

COM 4603: Communication Seminar: Persuasive Campaigns (5)

Offerings

Evaluates the role of persuasion in society; the role of symbolic persuasion; production and reception of persuasive messages; the persuasive event and the persuasive campaign; ethical questions in social influence.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Communication Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

COM 4604: Communication Seminar: Writing Film Criticism (5)

Offerings

This course develops students' abilities to think, write, and express ideas effectively and creatively through the study and practice of film criticism. Film criticism at best is an activity that engages the critic, aesthetically, psychologically, morally, emotionally, and politically. Our study of aesthetic and critical practices will provide valuable tools in our larger exploration of the relationship between knowledge, values, artistic expression, and vocation choices. We will examine reviews by leading U.S. film critics whose work has appeared in wide-circulation periodicals over the past 75 years, as well as associated films.

Equivalents: FLM 4899 Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Communication Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

COM 4605: Communication Seminar: Gender Communication (5)

Offerings

Focuses on interactive relationships between gender and communication in contemporary American society. Students explore multiple ways communication in families, schools, media, and society in general create and perpetuate gender. They also examine how people enact socially-created gender differences in public and private settings and how this affects success, satisfaction, and self-esteem. Finally, students consider not only what is in terms of gender roles, but what also might be and how they, as change agents, may act to improve their individual and collective lives.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Communication Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

COM 4606: Communication Seminar: Special Topics (5)

Offerings

Explores special topics, with emphasis on theories and research not normally examined in the regular curriculum. Offered occasionally.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Communication Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

COM 4607: Communication Seminar: Rhetoric of Dissent (5)

Offerings

Considers discourse in its rhetorical, historical, political, social, and religious contexts and pays particular attention to women and minority voices.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Communication, Soc Justice/Cultural Studies Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.

COM 4899: Communication Ethics (Capstone) (5)

Offerings

Prerequisite: COM 3001. This senior level capstone course uses case studies to explore ethical foundations of communication practices and test methods of moral reasoning.

Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Communication Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only. Prerequisites: COM 3001: D or better

COM 4900: Independent Study (1-5)

Offerings

Individual research and conferences in area of specialization. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.

COM 4930: Instructional Practicum (1-5)

Offerings

Provides selected students with experience as undergraduate teaching assistants in lower-division courses. May be repeated for credit 2 times.

Attributes: Upper-Division Restrictions: Communication Majors only.

COM 4940: Coop Education: Internship in Communication (1-5)

Offerings

Prerequisites: 15 credits of B work in communication; an approved internship plan; and COM 3001. Provides supervised application of interpersonal and public communication skills in the marketplace. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division

COM 4950: Advanced Topics in Communication (1-5)

Offerings

Explores selected topics in communication, with emphasis on theories and research not normally examined in regular curriculum. Offered occasionally with specific topics identified in the Online Time Schedule. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.

Attributes: Upper-Division