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Communication Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Communication Studies - COMM Courses

LOWER DIVISION

110. Interpersonal Communication (3)

Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in COMM 110 Workshop.
Lecture: Basic characteristics of processes underlying the formation, maintenance and termination of interpersonal relationships; theoretical and practical implications of these characteristics in various forms of interpersonal communication.
Workshop: Planned exercises and activities to develop interpersonal communications skills.
(Lecture 2 hours, Workshop 2 hours). Not open for credit to students with credit in COMM 210.

130. Essentials of Public Speaking (3)

Composition and delivery of speeches to inform and persuade. Logical organization is stressed.

131. Essentials of Argumentation (3)

Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in 131 workshop.
Lecture: Theory of argumentation; examination of forms and sources of evidence, inductive and deductive arguments, construction of case briefs, and refutation.
Workshop: Develops critical thinking abilities with planned exercises and speeches including construction and presentation of arguments, cases, and refutation.

132. Small Group Discussion (3)

Basic principles and techniques of discussion. Relationship of discussion to democratic processes and contemporary society including a study and practice of critical thinking and problem-solving techniques in various group discussion settings.

171. Voice and Applied Speaking (3)

Application of speaking clarity and proficiency, voice quality and pacing, and related communication modification objectives. Speaking process is applied to realize personal, social, and professional verbal communication skills.
Not open for credit to students with credit in COMM 271.

200. Gateway to Communication Studies (3)

Introduction to the academic discipline of communication studies with emphasis on multiple epistemological, theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry and pursuit of knowledge about human communication.
Letter grade only (A-F).

220. Elements of Organizational Communication (3)

Role of communication in achieving organizational goals; theory and practice of communication in private and public organizations; techniques to enhance understanding in organizations.

236. Forensic Activity (1-3)

Participation in intercollegiate forensic activities. Any student who expects to participate in such activities during the semester should enroll. Specific assignments will be determined in consultation with the staff.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (2-6 hrs. activity)

UPPER DIVISION

300. Survey of Rhetorical Theory (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
A history of major rhetorical theories from the ancient Greeks to the Twentieth century. Theorists include Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Augustine, Machiavelli, Locke, Marx, Freud, the existentialists, and others.

301. Communication Criticism (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 300.
The analysis and criticism of public communication events including speeches, editorials, advertisements, and mass media from a variety of rhetorical perspectives.

306. Communication Theory (3)

Conceptual perspectives and studies of coding, meaning, thinking, information, and persuasion within interpersonal, group and organizational contexts; theoretical contributions from other disciplines.

307. Measurement in Communication Research (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 306 and completion of University GE requirement in mathematics.
Application of the scientific method to the study of speech communication; examination of the role empirical methodologies play in communication research; fundamental statistical processes.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Not open for credit to students with credit in COMM 305)

309. Language and Behavior (3)

Symbolic basis of human communicative behavior; relationship between language and behavior; investigation and analysis of discourse and behavioral effects.

330. Intercultural Communication (3)

Study of the realtionship between culture and communication with emphasis given to social, psychological, linguistic and nonverbal variables; problems in the practice of intercultural communication.

331. Argumentation and Debate (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Techniques of argumentation and their application to debate; logic, reasoning and fallacies of reasoning; experience in various forms of formal argument and debate; techniques of debate program administration.

333. Interpretive Communication of Literature (3)

Derivation of meaning in various literary forms and its communicative interpretation to specific audiences.

334. Business and Professional Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 130 or consent of instructor.
Skills and technologies related to the assessment, strategic planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of effective communication in the business and professional setting.

335. Persuasive Speaking (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Skills necessary for advanced public speaking in various venues including legislative, legal, and ceremonial public address; explores various theories of motivation including speaker credibility, emotional appeals, of evidence and argument, style in language, delivery and audience analysis skills.

336. Forensic Activity (1-3)

Participation in intercollegiate forensic activities. Any student who expects to participate in such activities during the semester should enroll. Student’s specific assignments will be determined in consultation with the staff.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. (2-6 hrs. activity)

337. Professional Event Planning (3)

Organization and direction of professional, business and political conferences or conventions; program simulation; leadership of and participation in decision making and parliamentary sessions.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

338. Ensemble Interpretive Reading (3)

Programming and presentation of prose, poetry and drama by an ensemble of readers. Emphasis is placed on experimental presentations and on the development of analytical insight into literary forms.

344. Theory and Techniques of Interviewing (3)

Theory and techniques of oral communication in the process of interviewing. Practical application in employment, information gathering, and persuasive interviews.

352. Story Telling (3)

Cultural heritage in story telling; analysis of story types for oral presentation; techniques of preparation, presentation and listening.

355. Communication in the Classroom (3)

Designed for prospective teachers; communication theories, and skills applicable to the teaching of speech communication; focus on communication strategies that contribute to greater student learning; develop an instructional package for teaching speech communication.

358. Speech Arts for Children (3)

Use of creative dramatics, improvisations, puppetry, choral speech, radio, television and group discussion for the purpose of developing fluency, responsiveness and imagination in children. Integration of speech arts activities with curricular subjects will be stressed. Opportunity to apply the theories in actual situations.

400. Nonverbal Communication (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 110 Lecture.
Basic characteristics of the nonverbal elements of human communication in the oral communication setting.

410. Advanced Concepts in Interpersonal Communication (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 110.
Systems and symbolic interaction approaches to interpersonal communication; consideration of interpersonal needs, self disclosure, understanding, interpersonal perception, interpersonal attraction, and social conflict; rule and performance-centered theories of interpersonal communication.

411. Communication in Conflict Resolution (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, completion of one or more Explorations courses, and upper division standing.
Analytical investigation of the nature and dynamics of interpersonal conflict; approaches to the study and understanding of conflict management as examined from intrapersonal, interpersonal, intragroup, organizational, and international perspectives.

412. Gender and Communication (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, completion of one or more Explorations courses and upper-division status.
Survey of theories and research literature to increase students’ understanding of and familiarity with major issues regarding communication between men and women in various contexts.

414. Communication in Families (3)

Role of communication in families; theoretical perspective of family interaction, current family issues, intercultural aspects of family interaction, effects of changing career/family roles, and intergenerational interaction.
Letter grade only (A-F).

415. Rhetoric of Social Movements and Protest (3)

Examines goals, strategies, and effects of groups that form to advocate social, political, and/or moral change. Focuses on how (agitator) groups communicate messages, and how institutions of power (establishment) respond in order to control or resist change.

420. Advanced Concepts in Organizational Communication (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 220.
Philosophy, methods and designs for studying the communication systems of complex organizations; organizational communication-needs assessment, methods for developing and improving communication in organizations are examined.

421. Communication in Bargaining and Negotiation (3)

Role of communication in the decision-making process of negotiation and bargaining; emphasis on the functions of communication in resolving disputes through bargaining. Successful completion of COMM 411 is highly recommended.

422. Media Effects (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and completion of Foundation Level GE courses.
Introduces students to the study of the effects of mass communication by examining some of the classic studies in the field of communication as well as exploring contemporary cultural, social, political and psychological effects of the mass media.

430. Advanced Concepts in Intercultural Communication (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 330 or consent of instructor.
Continued study of communication processes involved in interaction between people from different cultural groups; exploration of culturally variable means of thinking and behaving, and study of social psychological processes affecting all forms of intergroup interaction.
Letter grade only (A-F).

432. Communication Leadership (3)

Development of leadership skills in problem-solving communication environments; leadership theories, strategies and techniques of problem-solving and decision making.

433. Trends in Interpretive Communication (3)

Trends and issues in the theoretical and historical development of oral interpretation as applied to current times.

434. Advanced Oral Presentation Skills (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of General Education foundation courses; one or more General Education Exploration courses; and upper-division standing.
Development of advanced skills in oral presentations, including audience analysis, presentation technologies, and multi-media applications. Special consideration paid to research and critical analysis of written and oral presentation content and delivery.
Letter grade only (A-F).

436. American Public Address (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 300 and 301.
Comparison and contrast of famous American speakers and their techniques, effects and environments from the colonial period to present.

437. International Public Address (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 300 and COMM 301.
Comparison and contrast of famous International speakers and their techniques, effects, and environments from Demosthenes and Churchill to Hitler and Ghandi.
Letter grade only (A-F).

439. Communication and Popular Culture (3)

Examines the relationship between communication and popular culture in the public sphere. The course aims at improving students’ abilities to respond critically to everyday mass social messages.
Letter grade only (A-F).

441I. Issues in Freedom of Communication (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and completion of Foundation Level GE Courses, and at least two Exploration Courses. Recommended COMM 331 or COMM 335.
The evolution and impact of First Amendment rights on American society and its political system; Emphasis on the evolution of the First Amendment, significant Supreme Court cases, the First Amendment and electronic media, and the application of case laws that deal with religion, speech, press, and assembly. Recommended for pre-law students.

442I. Campaign Persuasion (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, upper division standing, and at least two Exploration Level Courses. It is recommended that one be COMM 331 or COMM 335.
Examination of persuasive communicative strategies in political campaigns inclusive of campaign speeches, commercials, news media coverage, image-building, audience analysis through polling, and fund raising.

444. Communicating Civility (3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and completion of Foundation Level GE courses.
Examine codes of “civilized” communication behavior historically and analytically. Identify what it means to be an ethical and civilized communicator in today’s society, and appreciate professional and personal protocols for everyday use.
Letter grade only (A-F).

449. Studies in Oral Persuasion and Attitude Change (3)

Attitude formation and change through oral communication; factors in persuasion; problems determining the effects of persuasive messages; source credibility, message variables; and personality factors in the process of persuasion.

450. Communication Training in Organizations (3)

Nature and role of communication training in a variety of social, educational, and business organizations; the goals, structure, and impact of communication effectiveness programs are examined; audiovisual aids and communication training techniques emphasized.

452. Communication in the Multinational Organization (3)

Communication patterns in multinational and multicultural organizational settings; the nature and impact of different organizational structures, value systems, and cultural norms in relation to productivity, employee and organizational obligations and expectations.

490. Special Topics in Communication Studies (3)

Topics of current interest selected for intensive study in Communication.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

  • A. Hip Hop Criticism

492A-B. Internship (3-3)

Prerequisite: “Permit” required to enroll with consent of instructor; open only to senior majors.
At least 120 hours with cooperating organizations on-or off-campus. Work directed and evaluated by instructor in consultation with supervisor of the participating organizations. Assignments will be varied.
Credit/No Credit grading only. COMM 492A is for unpaid Internship. COMM 492B is for paid internship.

495. Service Learning Internship (3)

Prerequisites: Communication Studies Major with Senior Standing; minimum 3.0 GPA for all college coursework taken; COMM 130 or 335 or their equivalents; COMM 352 or 355 or 358, or the consent of instructor.
Application of academic knowledge of communication skills in the community; public speaking, listening, interpersonal communication, group communication, multicultural communication, and/or interviewing skills training (1) to students in K-12 schools or (2) to persons in the public sector.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

499. Special Studies (1-6)

Prerequisites: “Permit” required to enroll. Open to upper division students or graduate standing and consent of instructor. Approved “Agreement for Independent Study” must be on file with the Department prior to enrolling in this course.
Individualized laboratory or library research selected in consultation with instructor. Written report of the research is required. Not acceptable for graduate credit toward the master’s degree.

GRADUATE LEVEL

531. Administering the Forensic Program (3)

Prerequisite: “Permit” required to enroll with consent of instructor.
Principles of constructing and administering a forensic program, including recruiting, squad direction, budgeting, tournament policies, and current literature on forensics direction.
Letter grade only (A-F).

541. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism I (3)

Introduction to research in rhetorical studies. Examination of major figures and schools of thought on rhetorical theory and criticism from the Pre-Socratics through the contemporary modern British era.

546. Communication Theory and Research I (3)

Examination of theories and research in social cognition, interpersonal, small group, organizational, intercultural, mass, instructional, language and behavior, and nonverbal communication. Critical analysis of empirically-based articles in the field. Social-scientific research proposal required.
Letter grade only (A-F).

590. Special Topics in Communication Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Investigation of topics of current interest and concern to students in communication and allied areas.
Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics, but no more than 3 units may count toward the master’s degree in Communication Studies.

590A. Theory and Criticism of Presidential Rhetoric (3)

This course examines presidential communication theory and criticism. Topics under consideration include the changing office of the US presidency as well as the evolving role of the first lady. Rhetorical artifacts for analysis span the history of the US presidency.

600. Seminar in Nonverbal Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 546 or consent of instructor.
Review and analysis of theoretical writings and critical studies in nonverbal communication; the relationship of nonverbal behavior to oral communication.
Letter grade only (A-F).

610. Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 546 or consent of instructor.
Current theories and research in interpersonal communication.
Letter grade only (A-F).

611. Seminar in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 411 or 421 and 546 or consent of instructor.
Investigation, analysis, and criticism of the nature, development, and dynamics of conflict and the role of negotiation in interpersonal, group, organizational, and international and intercultural communication; study and understanding of conflict management.
Letter grade only (A-F).

614. Gender and Family Research (3)

Major theoretical perspectives on the role of communication in family and gender issues; epistemological, conceptual, and methodological issues in researching family and gender communication.
Letter grade only (A-F).

620. Seminar in Organizational Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 546 or consent of instructor.
Theories and models of communication in large organizations; design and management of organizational communication systems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

625. The Dark Side of Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 546 or consent of instructor.
Examines communication interactions that are difficult, distressing, and disruptive in personal and/or professional relationships in order to gain insight into better ways of managing these interactions and to examine the theoretical bases of what is viewed as “normal” forms of relating.
Letter grade only (A-F).

630. Seminar Intercultural Communication (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 541 and 546 or consent of instructor.
Analysis of cultural influences on interpersonal communication; emphasis given to cultural values, perception, social organization, language and nonverbal codes; development of strategies of effective intercultural communication in international and domestic settings.

632. Seminar in Small Group Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 546 or consent of instructor.
Research in small group discussions.
Letter grade only (A-F).

633. Seminar in Interpretive Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 541 or consent of instructor.
Theories of communicative interpretation of literature, with emphasis on the theory and evaluation of oral presentation of literature as art form and pedagogical instrument.
Letter grade only (A-F).

634. Performance and Ethnography (3)

Students use ethnographic methods to explore the relationship between culture and performance. Students choose a community, conduct fieldwork and collect/ferform stories in order to better understand a particular population.
Letter grade only (A-F).

635. Seminar in Communication Criticism (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 541 or consent of instructor.
Critical theories of rhetoric and major systems of communication criticism; development of criteria and approaches for the evaluation of select communication acts and contexts.
Letter grade only (A-F).

636. Seminar in American Public Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 541 or consent of instructor.
Studies of American rhetorical events and their social, political and intellectual settings; application of rhetorical theory in the analysis of these events.
Letter grade only (A-F).

637. Seminar in International Public Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 541 or consent of instructor.
Studies of international rhetorical events and their social, political, and intellectual settings; application of rhetorical theory in the analysis of these public communication events.
Letter grade only (A-F).

638. Seminar in Greek and Roman Public Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 541 or consent of instructor.
Studies of Greek and Roman rhetorical events and their social, political and intellectual settings; application of rhetorical theory in the analysis of these events.
Letter grade only (A-F).

639. Seminar in Communication and Popular Culture (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 541 or consent of instructor.
Survey of literature on rhetoric, critical studies, and popular culture to provide a basis for investigating communication in popular culture.
Letter grade only (A-F).

640. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism II (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 541.
Examination of major figures and themes in rhetorical theory and criticism in the contemporary era.

646. Communication Theory and Research II (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 307 (or equivalent) and 546.
Empirical research methodologies applied to communication research; theory and design of scientific research; analysis of findings; computer applications; research report required.

648. Seminar in Language and Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 546 or consent of instructor.
Contemporary theories and models in linguistic, psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic research; communication discourse and speech acts analysis.
Letter grade only (A-F).

649. Seminar in Persuasion and Attitude Change (3)

Prerequisite: COMM 546 or consent of instructor.
Contemporary theories and models of persuasion; structure and relationships of beliefs, values and attitudes; methods of assessing persuasive effects; analysis of research literature.
Letter grade only (A-F).

650. Seminar in Instructional Communication (3)

Prerequisites: COMM 541 and 546 or consent of instructor.
Designed for teachers/trainers, the course will identify communication variables and strategies which contribute to greater student/client learning as well as greater satisfaction with the learning process. Students will develop an instructional/training package.
Letter grade only (A-F).

697. Directed Research (1-6)

Prerequisites: COMM 541 and 546; authorization of the department Graduate Advisor, Agreement for Independent Study Course form, consent of instructor.
Directed research leading to the definition and discussion of a selected problem or issue in communication and the presentation of research results in a formal paper submitted to the department.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (2-4)

Prerequisites: COMM 541, 546, 640 and 646, authorization of the department Graduate Advisor, Agreement for Independent Study Course form, consent of instructor.
Preparation, completion and submission of an acceptable thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master’s degree.
Credit/No Credit grading only.