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Communication Studies

Courses - COMM 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)