Please consult this year's catalog for a detailed description of all courses.  The following information is intended as general reference.

COMM 184  Communication, Culture and Society  This course examines the philosophical, economic, and technological forces that shape communication innovations and practices. Subjects covered include the news industry, advertising, and propaganda.

COMM 234  Nonverbal Communication  This course examines the role of nonverbal communication in various social contexts. Current research, discussion and exercises are used to understand the importance of nonverbal cues for human interaction.

COMM 244  Interpersonal and Small Group Communication  This course focuses on the centrality of communication for interpersonal relationships and group dynamics. Topics studied include family communication, communication in friendships, perception and identity. 

COMM 254  Popular Culture  This course examines various aspects of popular culture, including advertisements, clothing, and relevant texts from the media. It explores the development of cultural studies and engages students in the analysis of popular culture.

COMM 264  History of Rhetoric  This course covers the history and development of rhetoric, considering the systematization of the persuasive argument from the classical era to the present.

COMM 280  Communication Theory  This course provides a theoretical foundation for the study of communication in society. It includes a review of major theories and new conceptual developments within the communication field.

Upper Division

COMM 321  Advanced Public Speaking  This course presents conceptual elements and practical exercises focused on various forms of public address. The students are required to present several speeches.

COMM 331  Argumentation and Debate  This course offers an examination of the fundamentals of advocacy, including argumentation theory, techniques of persuasion, refutation, and cross-examination.

COMM 364  Persuasion  This courses focuses on the various applications of persuasion in everyday life, including an analysis of different kinds of persuasive texts. It trains students to understand effective persuasive techniques.

COMM 374  Society, Cyberspace and the Law  This course examines the social and political ramifications of regulations and laws on all forms of communication, from traditional discourse to social media.

COMM 380  Communication Research Methods  This course covers a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies used to advance research and inquiry within the communication field. Particular methods include surveys, experiments, interviews, and text analysis.

COMM 381  Ethnography  This course focuses on ethnography as a research methodology that offers a qualitative interpretation to understand human communication.  Students will employ various ethnographic methods, including participant observations, field studies, and interviews. 

COMM 384  Media, Technology and Society  This course examines the relationship between technology and society. It conceptualizes technology not simply as straightforward innovation, but as involving a complex set of practices, norms and values. 

COMM 401  Communication and Leadership  This course offers a study of leadership in relationship to communication practices. It includes an examination of leadership styles and theories. Emphasis is placed on ways leaders use power, manage diversity, and motivate followers. 

COMM 418  Intercultural and International Communication  This course focuses on the role that communication plays in intercultural and international encounters, considering the historical, political and social elements that shape them.

COMM 464  Rhetorical Criticism  This course offers an introduction to the methods and theories of rhetorical criticism. Classical and contemporary approaches are applied to the analysis of various texts and artifacts.

COMM 475  Organizational Communication  This course focuses on communication in organizations, considering aspects such as organizational culture and structure, and focusing on effective communication strategies.

COMM 480  Themes in Communication Studies  This course provides an in-depth coverage of a particular topic within the communication field. 

COMM 482  Directed Study  This involves a special topic and a series of directed readings. It requires completion of an Individualized Study form and departmental permission.

COMM 484  Senior Seminar  In this capstone course, students prepare and present a project that demonstrates their proficiency as creative, knowledgeable, and effective communicators. 

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Dr. Patricia Terry
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Dr. Tony Osborne
Department Chair
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