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.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3030S.

COMS   3030S   Selected Topics in Communication Studies

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

Offers varied courses in specialized areas of the field of speech Communication. Departmental approval required.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3030.

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   3333   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): WGST   3333.

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.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3334S.

COMS   3334S   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.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3334.

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): A minimum grade of "D" in 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): A minimum grade of "D" in COMM   1110.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3337S.

COMS   3337S   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): A minimum grade of "D" in COMM   1110.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3337.

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 Communications

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.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3339S.

COMS   3339S   Intercultural Communications

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.

Cross Listing(s): COMS   3339.

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   4330S   Rhetoric of Intl 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): COMS   4330,INTS   4330.

COMS   4331   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   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   4334   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.

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

1-3 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.

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.