COMS Communication Studies

COMS   1711   Communication Studies Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.

COMS   2330   Introduction to Communication Research

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the professional literature in communication and examines the major paradigms used in communication research. The students will gain practical experience using formal research styles.

COMS   2711   Communication Studies Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.

COMS   3030   Selected Topics in Communication Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of communication studies. Departmental approval required.

COMS   3330   Health Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Applies various communication theories to the health care community. The impact of health communication in different contextual levels, i.e., interpersonal, group, organizational, mass and cultural will be examined.

COMS   3331   Argumentation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the function and structure of argumentation by focusing on the critical analysis of argument around important issues in public policy, science, law, religion and politics.

COMS   3332   Small Group Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the increasing importance of communication in small group situations. Communication in group roles, relationships, leadership, conflict, group discussion and reflective decision making, will be highlighted.

Prerequisite(s): COMM   1100 or COMM   1110.

COMS   3334   Communicating in the Workplace

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Considers the theoretical and practical challenges existing in a variety of workplace communication scenarios ranging from interviews and group interaction and structure through oral presentations supplemented by a variety of modern media.

COMS   3335   Interpersonal Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Considers current interpersonal research emphasizing practical analysis for how we communicate and form interpersonal relationships.

Prerequisite(s): COMM   1100.

COMS   3336   Introduction to Performance Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the performance process in relation to the cultural values communicated in social and artistic forms. An introduction to folklore, storytelling, and solo performance.

COMS   3337   Persuasion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Considers the ethics, philosophies, theories, and techniques of persuasion from the points of view of both senders and receivers of persuasive messages.

Prerequisite(s): COMM   1110.

COMS   3338   Rhetorical Criticism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the major perspectives and approaches used in the practice of rhetorical criticism through the analysis of various rhetorical forms, including public speeches, drama and entertainment, tradition and ideology.

COMS   3339   Intercultural Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will focus on the different contexts in which culture influences the communication process. Aspects of communication such as language, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, and organizations will be examined across different cultures. Students will strive to understand the impact of culture on perception, social identity, values, and structures of power. Intercultural, cross-cultural, and multicultural contexts for communication will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "D" in COMM   1100 or COMM   1110.

COMS   3430   Communication and Leadership

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course covers the theories and practices associated with leadership in groups and organizations. Focuses on interactive aspects of leading and following, and developing leadership skills from a communication perspective. Topics will include perspectives of a leader's communication interactions with regard to: change, culture, decision making, diversity, ethics, followership, groups and teams, influence, organizations, and styles.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   1100.

COMS   3711   Communication Studies Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.

COMS   4330   Rhetoric of International Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the discourse of international relations from a rhetorical perspective. Emphasizes the analysis and criticism of persuasive messages used in international relations from Aristotelian, Neo-Aristotelian, dramastic and narrative rhetorical theoretical bases.

Cross Listing(s): INTS   4330.

COMS   4332   Political Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Emphasizes the role and the function of communication in the political setting. Examines theories of political communication and their application to political campaigns, debates, and speech writing.

COMS   4333   General Semantics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Studies the relationship between symbols and meaning in the tradition established by Alfred Korzybski. Focuses on signs and symbols and their implications on nonverbal and oral communication.

Cross Listing(s): LING   4333.

COMS   4336   Performance, Culture, Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Presents performance techniques relevant to scripting and staging of presentational ensemble and solo performance. Emphasizes performance as a communicative act in social and cultural contexts. Introduces personal narrative construction and oral history interviewing as primary research methods.

COMS   4337   Rhetoric of Social Movements

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the rhetorical significance of selected social movements including labor reform, civil rights, and environment protection, emphasizing the analysis of persuasive social movement discourse.

Cross Listing(s): AAST   4337.

COMS   4338   Organizational Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explains the role and effects of communication in everyday organizational life. Includes interpersonal communication in the workplace, leadership, organizational communication and climate, motivation and flow of information in organizations.

COMS   4339   Philosophy of Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the contributions of philosophical debate from logical positivism through hermeneutics to the discipline of human communication studies.

COMS   4711   Communication Studies Practicum

1 Credit Hour.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Practical experience in speaking and performance events. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward the degree.

COMS   4791   Communication Studies Internship

3-6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides practical experience in a professional setting appropriate for a student trained in communication studies. Will be under the supervision of a skilled practitioner in the particular area of communication. May be taken only by Communication Studies majors. A maximum of three hours may be applied to the major. To intern, students must have a mimumum 2.5 overall GPA

Prerequisite(s): COMM   1110, junior or senior standing, and departmental approval.

COMS   4831   Directed Study in Communication Studies

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Offers students opportunities to design and conduct directed research and/or projects in specialized communication studies areas. Must be approved in advance by instructor and department chair. This course may not be used to replace an existing course in the catalog.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval required.

COMS   5030G   Selected Topics in Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Subject announced when course offered. Topics vary, such as environmental impacts on communication, transactional analysis theory, non-verbal communication. Graduate students will have additional readings and research expectations, including, when appropriate, a research presentation.

Cross Listing(s): COMS 5030.

COMS   5330   Communication Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to major approaches in the development of communication theory with emphasis on various communication contexts, e.g.; interpersonal, group, organization, mass media, intercultural.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMS   2330 or PRCA   4330.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   5330G.

COMS   5330G   Communication Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to major approaches in the development of communication theory with emphasis on various communication contexts, e.g.; interpersonal, group, organization, mass media, intercultural. Graduate students will have additional readings and research expectations, including, when appropriate, a research presentation.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   5330.

COMS   5331   Communication and Conflict

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the theory and practice of conflict management in personal and professional relationships.

COMS   5331G   Communication and Conflict

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the theory and practice of conflict management in personal and professional relationships. Graduate students will have additional readings and research expectations, including, when appropriate, a research presentation.

COMS   5332   Nonverbal Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the theories, processes and effects of communication in nonverbal codes. Topics may include kinesics, proxemics and paralanguage. Critical analysis and contemporary research emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   1100 or COMM   1110.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   5332G.

COMS   5332G   Nonverbal Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the theories, processes and effects of communication in nonverbal codes. Topics may include kinesics, proxemics and paralanguage. Critical analysis and contemporary research emphasized. Graduate students will have additional readings and research expectations, including, when appropriate, a research presentation.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   5332.

COMS   5333   Communication and Gender

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the literature of gender and communication. Considers how men's and women's self-perceptions and resulting communication patterns evolve as a function of cultural influences.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   5333G.

COMS   5333G   Communication and Gender

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduces students to the literature of gender and communication. Considers how men's and women's self-perceptions and resulting communication patterns evolve as a function of cultural influences. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   5333.

COMS   5334   Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Communication theory, research, and applications of various forms of interpersonal communication in the workplace. Topics may include superior-subordinate communication, interviewing, and presentations.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   1100 or COMM   1110.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   5334G.

COMS   5334G   Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Communication theory, research, and applications of various forms of interpersonal communication in the workplace. Topics may include superior-subordinate communication, interviewing, and presentations. Graduate students will have additional readings and research expectations, including, when appropriate, a research presentation.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   5334.

COMS   5335   Family Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examination of various communication theories within the unique contexts of family dynamics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in COMM   1100.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   5335G.

COMS   5335G   Family Communication

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examination of various communication theories within the unique contexts of family dynamics. Graduate students will have additional readings and research expectations, including, when appropriate, a research presentation.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   5335.

COMS   5530G   Rhetoric

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Rhetoric from Aristotle to the present, with emphasis on rhetorical analysis of texts and other forms of discourse. Graduate students will have additional readings and research expectations, including, when appropriate, a research presentation.

Cross Listing(s): WRIT   5530G.

COMS   7200   Organizational Communication in Diverse Contexts

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Theories and principles of professional discourse applied toward working effectively in ethnically diverse organizations and in international contexts.

COMS   7300   Professional Communication Presentation Skills

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Development and enhancement of public presentation skills using communication theory as a foundation. Emphasis on speech writing, speech preparation, skill development, audience engagement, critical analysis of public address, and differences between face-to-face and electronically-mediated communication environments.

COMS   7400   Communication Training and Development

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Prepares students for managing communication training programs in a variety of settings. Public speaking training and development will be a central focus.