Speech & Communication Course Descriptions

COMM100 Introduction to Communication
Surveys the areas of communication with emphasis on intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and mass communication. Explores how factors such as culture, learning, ability, and socioeconomic background can impact communication. F, W, Sp; CL
4 Credits

COMM105 Listening & Critical Thinking
Introduces the concepts and skills involved in listening and critical thinking in a variety of contexts, including work situations, personal and family relationships, and education. Elements covered will include the ethical responsibilities of listening and the processes of hearing, understanding, remembering, interpreting, evaluating, and responding. Skills used to build and manage relationships will include using critical thinking to analyze specific situations; using persuasion theories to create or critique messages; identifying how values, beliefs, and cultural differences impact the listening and responding process; and encouraging the use of empathy to enhance listening in diverse contexts. Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

COMM111 Fund of Public Speaking
An introduction to preparing and delivering public speeches with an emphasis on informative speaking. Develops understanding and practical application of communication skills and includes techniques in controlling speech anxiety, structuring and organizing information to present to a variety of audiences, and improving physical and vocal delivery skills. Recommended: Placement into WR121; or WR115 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

COMM112 Persuasive Speaking
Prepares students to research, organize, and deliver persuasive speeches. Focuses on the ethics of persuasion and shaping speeches for particular audiences. Covers analysis of persuasive speeches, media messages, and other forms of persuasion in different arenas, including politics, advertising, and business. Prerequisite: Placement into WR115; or WR090 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. F, W, Sp
4 Credits

COMM115 Intercultural Communication
Explores the impact of culture on communication. Investigates how elements like language, nonverbal communication, values, beliefs, worldview, and identity impact communication between different cultures and co-cultures. Explores how culturally-based assumptions influence perceptions, behaviors, and communication. Recommended: Placement into WR121; or WR115 with a grade of C or better. F, W, Sp, Su; CL
4 Credits

COMM130 Bus & Prof Speaking
Focuses on communication in the workplace with an emphasis on the importance of both listening and speaking to help develop the skills necessary for communication in interpersonal, small group, and public business interactions with diverse audiences. Offered as needed
4 Credits

COMM198A Independent Study
Use of the college learning contract provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Offered as needed
1 Credits

COMM198B Independent Study
Use of the college learning contract provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Offered as needed
2 Credits

COMM198C Independent Study
Use of the college learning contract provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Offered as needed
3 Credits

COMM198D Independent Study
Use of the college learning contract provides student and instructor with vehicle to allow independent study in an area of student interest. Offered as needed
4 Credits

COMM212 Media, Communication & Society
Analyzes the social and cultural impact of mass media, including broadcast, print, film, and cyberspace. Offered as needed
3 Credits

COMM218 Interpersonal Communication
Introduces communication in person-to person interactions, emphasizing theoretical principles and their practical application. Concentrates on development of communication skills in interpersonal contexts. Recommended: Placement into WR121; or WR115 with a grade of C or better. F, W, Sp, Su
4 Credits

COMM219 Team Communication/Leadership
Emphasizes communication skills used for participation in team settings. Covers the characteristics of small groups, developmental stages of groups, diversity in groups, leadership, and conflict management skills. Applies the skills of decision-making, planning and conducting meetings, making presentations in groups, using technology, and participation in virtual groups. Recommended: Placement into WR121; or WR115 with a grade of C or better. F, Sp; CL
4 Credits

COMM227 Nonverbal Communication
Examines nonverbal behaviors of the self and others to become more effective communicators. Presents nonverbal theories including influential factors such as voice, body movement, eye behavior, touch, space, time, and smell, as well as the impact of physical and social environments. Investigates the implications of nonverbal skills in a variety of settings, including relationships, family, school, and workplace. Explores the influence of cultural differences on nonverbal behavior. Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

COMM237 Communication and Gender
Examines the role of gender in communication and identifies personal and public factors involved in communication between men and women. Includes current theories of gender development; the historical bases and evolution of women’s and men’s movements; gender-differentiated language and conversation styles; strategies for improving gendered communication; gender stereotypes; the influence of media on gendered roles; and the issues of perception, power, and privilege in relation to gender. Recommended: Placement into WR121; or WR115 with a grade of C or better. Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

COMM260 Conflict & Communication
Emphasizes understanding and appreciation of the role communication plays in conflict settings. Covers investigation and application of current research in conflict theory including issues that stretch from the interpersonal to the global (e.g. peace, nonviolent communication, restorative justice). Provides practice in the appropriateness and application of the major types of conflict management in different settings such as academic, business, media, global, intercultural, and interpersonal contexts. Offered as needed; CL
4 Credits

COMM285 Computer Mediated Comm
Explores the impact of the computer on human-to-human communication. Investigates the areas of intrapersonal and interpersonal communication, including e-mail, texting, instant messaging, chat, and other interaction through computer mediated channels. Emphasizes increasing skills to more effectively communicate via the Internet/cellular technology in social, professional, and educational settings. Recommended: SSP125 with a grade of C or better. F, W, Sp, Su
3 Credits