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Communication Studies (COMM)
Core Communication
  • COMM-C 104 Voice and Diction (3 cr.) Directed primarily toward the improvement of normal speech patterns, with emphasis on normal production, resonation, and articulation. 
  • COMM-C 108 Listening (3 cr.) This course will provide a theory-based understanding of the process of listening, introduce the unique characteristics/challenges of listening within a variety of contexts (i.e., organizational listening, listening in health care, relational listening), and increase proficiency as a listener. 
  • COMM-C 180 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.) The study of human dyadic interaction.  Perception processes, verbal/nonverbal communication, models of communication, conflict, and interpersonal communication in relationships.  Applications of interpersonal communication theory/research to communication competence. 
  • COMM-C 223 Business and Professional Communication (3 cr.) P: R110 or equivalent. Introductory survey of organizational communication processes; preparation and presentation of interviews, speeches, and oral reports appropriate to business and professional organizations; group discussion and decision-making. This is an intermediate skills course with survey characteristics. 
  • COMM-C 228 Discussion and Group Methods (3 cr.) This class focuses on developing competencies in collaborating and communicating in groups. Emphasis is placed on group formation, building cohesiveness, developing a supportive climate within a group, decision-making and problem-solving, leadership, and conflict management  within groups.
  • COMM-C 282 Experienceing Intergroup Dialogue (3 cr.) Effective communication among people of different genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, and other social identities is critical. In today's global and highly - connected world, we must be able to understand and interact with those different from ourselves. Using the principles of Intergroup Dialogue, students will learn to build trust, understand differences in their own and others' social identities, engage in meaningful discussion of difficult topics, and build alliances across differences to ultimately affect positive change in our society.
  • COMM-C 299 Communicating Queer Identity (3 cr.) Discuss queer sexual identity formation, implications and controversies surrounding the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ and contextual factors such as age, gender, race, and ethnicity. Communicative-behavioral lives of sexual orientation and gender minorities come into focus by employing a critical perspective to explore self-concept, coming out, heteronormativity, socio-cultural norms, privacy disclosure, and identity management.
  • COMM-C 316 Human Communication and the Internet (3 cr.) P: R110, C180 or equivalent. Explores the role of digital technology in public and private human communication. The focus is on how human communication is impacted by digital technologies in a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, group, health, intercultural, and organizational communication. Emphasis is placed on effectively integrating technology into human interaction.
  • COMM-C 322 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.) P: C180 or permission of instructor. Covers core components of the study of interpersonal communication: perception, systems, exchange theoretical approaches; methods of research in interpersonal communication; content (topic) areas such as intimate relationships and friendships. Includes applications of interpersonal communication theory/research. 
  • COMM-C 325 Interviewing Principles and Practices (3 cr.) P: COMM-R 110 or equivalent. Emphasizes verbal and nonverbal communication in pre-interview back-ground research preparation, interview schedule design, question construction, and post-interview self-analysis in several interviewing contexts. Course includes significant assignments designed to help the student enhance oral performance competencies. 
  • COMM-C 328 Advanced Topics in Small Group Communication (3 cr.) P: COMM-C 228 or permission of instructor. Theories of small group communication processes. Explores group communication across cultures, groups in organizations, group decision making, conflict management in groups, and assessing competence in group communication. 
  • COMM-C 345 Restorative Communication (3 cr.) P: COMM C180 The course focuses on healing communication -- healing individuals and relationships. Specific topics include healing communication basics, family, couple, group (e.g. support groups) and community healing (restorative justice; peace building). There is a strong focus on research theory and practice. Some assignments involve community participation. 
  • COMM-C 375 Nonverbal Communication (1-3 cr.) Course examines the influences of nonverbal communication cues: interpersonal dynamics, media, environmental dimensions, and rhetorical strategies. Cross-cultural and gender differences in nonverbal codes will also be explored. 
  • COMM-C 380 Organizational Communication (3 cr.) The application of communication theory and research to the study of communication in various types of organizations. Explores reciprocal influence between communication and organizational structures and between communication and managerial styles. Discusses communication designs, superior/ subordinate communication, conflict, information management, networks; communication vis-a-vis employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity; and communication effectiveness in organizations. 
  • COMM-C 382 Dialogue Facilitator Training (3 cr.) P: COMM C290 or permission of the instructor; This course is designed to provide students with both a theoretical and practical foundation in the knowledge, understanding, and skills to effectively facilitate intergroup dialogues. Students will be trained to facilitate intergroup dialogues in a number of campus and community settings. 
  • COMM-C 383 Women and Leadership Communication (3 cr.) Women, although still behind in the number of leadership positions held as compared to men, do become leaders. One of the central questions of this course is whether or not the many theories of leadership that were developed based on a patriarchal model offer real insight into the leadership of women. In this advanced seminar, students will examine and apply several seminal and contemporary theories of  leadership to current female leaders' communication behavior. Along with an examination of current research about female leadership, students will assess the degree to which leadership theories apply and the potential for developing new, more inclusive and accurate theories of leadership.
  • COMM-C 392 Health Communication (3 cr.) P: 3 credit hours of communication or consent of instructor. Survey of theory and research in Health Communication. Focuses on interpersonal communication between patients and providers, mass communication of health-related messages, and communication within health care organizations. 
  • COMM-C 393 Family Communication (3 cr.) P: COMM-C 180 or permission of instructor. Theory/research on the role of communication in creating and maintaining marriages and families. Topics include communication and family life cycles, different family forms, family race/ethnicity, power, and conflict. Covers applications of family communication theory/research, but this is not a skills course. 
  • COMM-C 394 Communication and Conflict (3 cr.) Analyzes conflict as a form of interaction. Examines approaches/perspectives to the study of conflict, the nature of power, face saving, and contentious behaviors. Specific contexts include relational, marital, group, and organizational. Special attention to bargaining and mediation. 
  • COMM-C 395 Gender and Communication (3 cr.) This course examines how gender is created, maintained, repaired, and transformed through communication in relational, cultural, social and historical contexts. It explores topics such as gender and verbal/nonverbal communication; gender differences in communication in public and private settings; gender and communication in families, schools, organizations, and the media.
  • COMM-C 400 Health Provider-Consumer Communication (3 cr.) This course is designed to provide an in depth focus on the communication skills and practices related to the interpersonal dialogue between health care providers and patients, with a special  concern for its impact on health outcomes.
  • COMM-C 401 Speech Communication of Technical Information (3 cr.) P: COMM-R 110 or equivalent. Organization and presentation of information of a practical, technical nature. Emphasis is placed on the study, preparation, and use of audiovisual materials. For nonmajors only. 
  • COMM-C 402 Interview and Discussion for Business and Professions (3 cr.) For nonmajors only. Principles of communication as related to the information-gathering interview, the employment interview, and problem-solving discussion; practice in using these principles. 
  • COMM-C 481 Current Issues in Organizational Communication (3 cr.) P: COMM-C 380 or permission of instructor. In-depth exploration of topics and issues at the forefront of research and theory in organizational communication. Topics may include gender issues in organizational communication, sexual harassment, crisis management, organizational culture. Seminar format with research papers and class discussion/presentations. 
  • COMM-C 482 Intercultural Communication (3 cr.) P: COMM-C 180 or permission of instructor. Explores the relationships between communication and culture, with special emphasis on cultural differences in communication in a variety of contexts (i.e., health, education, business).  Focuses on developing intercultural communication competencies.