Communication Studies Course Offerings

Course Offerings:  Schedule

  • COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking – Offered Fall, Winter, and Summer Semesters
  • COM 135 - Interpersonal Communication – Offered Fall, Winter, and Summer Semesters
  • COM 235 - Gender and Communication – Offered Fall and Winter Semesters
  • COM 236 - Intercultural Communication – Offered Fall and Winter Semesters
  • COM 250 - Organizational Communication – Offered Winter Semesters
  • JR 266/COM 266 - Fundamentals of Public Relations – Offered Winter Semesters, even-numbered years only
  • JR 254/COM 254 - Mass Media - Offered Winter Semesters, odd-numbered years only

 

COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

In this course students research, develop, organize, and deliver informative, persuasive, and special occasion presentations. Students create and use key-word outlines to present speeches using an extemporaneous style delivery. To enhance speeches, students prepare and use a variety of presentational aids. Students listen to and evaluate their own and peers speeches.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

COM 135 - Interpersonal Communication

This course focuses on the study and application of interpersonal communication concepts and techniques in all types of interpersonal relationships (family, friends, romantic, and workplace). Students learn and practice skills to improve their self-concept, self-disclosure, perception, verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, empathy, conflict management, and understanding of diverse perspectives.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

COM 235 - Gender and Communication

This course emphasizes an awareness of, sensitivity to, and competence in communication between men and women. Theories focus on family, friendship, romantic, educational and workplace relationships. The impact of the media, power and violence on gendered relationships is covered. This course requires active participation, readings, testing, research, writing journals and papers, and presentations.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

COM 236 - Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication examines the impact of effective communication among diverse cultures. Among the topics covered are the process of creating cultural identity and perspectives, ethnocentrism, the impact of values and beliefs, and verbal and nonverbal communication. Recommended Skills: Students should possess the reading and writing ability to handle and understand college-level material, content, and assignments.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

COM 240 - Family Communication

This course is a focused study of family communication. Emphasis is placed on the study of the family as a social system. Of key concern is family structure, function, dynamics, power and interaction patterns as evidenced through the communication of family members. This course requires active participation, readings, testing, research, writing papers, and presentations.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

COM 250 - Organizational Communication

The course provides an examination of the impact of effective internal and external communication in workplace environments. The communication process will be examined through readings, lecture, case studies, group interaction, and organizational analysis. Leadership styles, problem-solving strategies and approaches to teamwork will also be addressed, as well as the impact of globalization, diversity, and technology in the workplace. Recommended Skills: A competence in reading college-level material, ability to write and speak at a level appropriate for college-level assignments.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

COM 254 - Mass Media

This course is designed to enhance the understanding of the role played by mass media in society. Throughout the course the history and development of both print and broadcast media as well as computer-driven media is covered through readings, class discussion, videos, and possibly guest speakers from the media. The focus also includes an examination of the role and function of the news media, advertising and public relations, and the ethical implications of both entertainment and journalism. This course was formerly offered as JR 254.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

COM 266 - Fundamentals of Public Relations

Fundamentals of Public Relations (PR) offers an examination of the role of public relations in society, business, and government. The course provides a historical perspective on the development of the PR practice, examines career options in the field, and explores the planning and implementation of public relations campaigns through readings, lectures, group discussions, case studies, hands-on exercises, and presentations. This course was formerly offered as JR 266.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)