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COMM - Communication

COMM 1105. Interpersonal Communication (3-0-3) A study of the fundamental concepts of person-to-person communication including opportunities to practice skills such as supportive behaviors, active listening, and assertiveness.

COMM 1110. Public Speaking (3-0-3) An introduction to the basic principles of public speaking. Students will deliver a variety of speeches using library research services. Computer laboratory assignments require students to conduct online research, generate word processing documentation and graphic support for their presentations. Satisfies the core curriculum requirement in area B.

COMM 1136. Group Communication (3-0-3) Prerequisite: COMM 1105. Study of the theories of group dynamics, with experiential training in methods and procedures of group problem solving.

COMM 1137. Mass Media and Society (3-0-3) Examines the impact upon the individual of various technological, cultural, moral, religious, educational, political, legal, and economic issues raised by electronic and print media.

COMM 3116. Business and Professional Speaking (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theoretical and applied study of communication appropriate to business and with superiors, coworkers, and others; basic principals of interviewing and performance appraisal; principle influences in group dynamics with an organization and development of informative and persuasive skills for public presentation in business and professional settings.

COMM 3125. Mass Communication (3-0-3) A survey of the history, current theories, practices and technologies of mass communication.

COMM 3135. Persuasion (3-0-3) Prerequisite: COMM 1110.An introductory study of selected theories of persuasion. Students will examine, analyze, and apply persuasive techniques used in today’s culture.

COMM 3136. Non-Verbal Communication (3-0-3) Prerequisite: COMM 1110. A study of body language, paralinguistics, proxemics and the sociological and psychological elements which combine to give meaning and purpose to non-verbal communication.

COMM 3137. Couples Communication (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Dynamics of couples communication are explored, including phases of relationships, tasks and skills involved in relationship building and ways to sustain healthy, long-term relationships.

COMM 3138. Contemporary Issues in Personal Relationships (3-0-3) Survey of current trends in communication research regarding personal relationships. Topic areas will include health, sexuality, aging, economic influences, technology, religion & spirituality, and culture and ethnicity in terms of their impact on communication in personal relationships.

COMM 3139. Interpersonal Conflict Resolution (3-0-3) Introduces positive conflict management processes coupled with communication skills and principled negotiation. Discussion of readings, special assignments, basic theoretical foundations of interpersonal conflict, and the practical application of such theories in everyday interaction.

COMM 3141. Public Relations 1 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. The theory, function and practice of effective explanation and presentation of the nature and activities of the organization, both in terms of its daily operation and in view of its overall objectives.

COMM 3145. Family Communication (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Analysis of the communication processes within the family as well as the extent to which they affect and are affected by larger social systems.

COMM 3146. Political Communication (3-0-3) Introduction to theory and practices of political communication, including the conduct of campaigns and providing public services. In addition, the student will participate in a political or voter registration campaign, or work in an elected official’s office.

COMM 3147. Intercultural Communication (3-0-3) Prerequisite: COMM 1110. A study of communication barriers between persons from different cultures, and a review of methods used in resolving these communication problems.

COMM 3242. Public Relations 2 (2-2-3) Prerequisite: COMM 3141. Practical application of effective public relations techniques based on a comprehensive P.R. campaign. May include, but is not limited to, letters to the editor, personality profile, news releases, broadcast version and speech writing.

COMM 4000. Communication Exit Assessment (0-0-0) Prerequisite: Senior standing. The student will prepare a portfolio representing his/her work from at least ten communication or related courses. The portfolio may contain audio and visual materials as well as text. After the portfolio is satisfactorily organized, the student will have an interview with a faculty panel. Satisfactory completion of this course is required for graduation. (S/U grading.)

COMM 4155. Communication Research (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. A study and application of research methods used in speech communication.

COMM 4156. Communication Theories (3-0-3) Prerequisite: Junior standing. A study of the development of speech and theories of communication.

COMM 4555. Selected Topics in Communication (1-3 hours) The purpose of this course is to address communication issues not addressed elsewhere in the curriculum.

COMM 4698. Internship (1-3 hours) Prerequisite: Senior standing. Application of communication skills in the work place. (S/U grading.)

COMM 4899. Independent Study (1-3 hours) Prerequisite: Senior standing. Work in special projects designed to meet specific needs of individual students.

COMM 5145. Organizational Communication (3-0-3) Approaches and processes used to analyze organizations. Topics include classical approaches, human relations approaches, human resources approaches, systems approaches, cultural approaches and post modern approaches. In addition, socialization processes, performance management processes, conflict management process and diversity management processes are covered.

COMM 5146. Communication Training and Development (3-0-3) Assessment of needs, program design and delivery and evaluation of communication training will be covered.

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