COMMUNICATION STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

100-Level Courses


191 – Introduction to Public Speaking—3 S.H.
Includes selection and organization of materials, delivery of common types of speeches, listening skills, and analysis and evaluation of presentations. Offered every semester. Grade only.

195 - Nonverbal Communication—3 S.H.
An examination of how nonverbal messages communicate a variety of interpersonal and social contexts. This University Studies / Social Science course will examine both scholarly and popular interpretations of nonverbal research.

200-Level Courses

266 - Professional Communication Skills—3 S.H.
Exploration of the theory and skills necessary for effective communication in professional situations. Emphasis on interviewing, group meetings and oral communication including presentational speaking and use of presentational technology. Prerequisite: CMST 191. Offered yearly.

281 - Intercultural Communication—3 S.H.
Investigates cultural processes influencing communication. Principles of communication theory and practice applied to intercultural communication situations including co-cultures within the U.S. as well as other cultures of the world. Offered every semester.

282 - Introduction to Communication Studies—3 S.H.
Provides an overview of the basic communication theories applicable to a number of communication contexts (including small groups, interpersonal, organizational). This course moves beyond CMST 191 by emphasizing theories instead of skills. Offered every semester.

283 - Introduction to Rhetorical Studies—3 S.H.
Provides an introduction to the study of rhetoric and public address. The primary focus is on the manner in which people use communication to influence the behavior of others. It includes a broad survey of rhetorical theorists from Plato to the post modernists. Prerequisite: CMST 191 or sophomore standing. Offered every semester.

287 - Conflict and Communication—3 S.H.
This course examines the impact of communication behaviors on conflict escalation and resolution. Principles of negotiation and conflict management are examined within the context of interpersonal, inter-cultural and international relationships. Offered yearly.

289 - Gender and Communication—3 S.H.
A cultural approach to the study of males’ and females’ communication styles including language choice, creation of meaning, interpretation of reality, interaction patterns, nonverbal messages and metaphors. Explores the similarities and differences between the male and the female communication culture in a variety of interpersonal and situational contexts including families, organizations, peer groups, friendships and romantic relationships. Offered yearly.

290 – Disability Communication and Culture—3 S.H.
Provides a comprehensive review of communication-based research examining disability in the contexts of interpersonal, organizational, and media with an emphasis in cultural communication differences. Offered alternate years.

291 – Topics in Multicultural Communication—3 S.H.
A study of the communication and culture of groups from outside of the United States or of co-cultural groups within the United States. Each class will have a specific cultural focus. May be repeated with different topics. Offered 2 out of 3 semesters.

296 - Fundamentals of Interviewing—3 S.H.
The interview as a specialized form of communication. Emphasis on skills and strategies of interviewer and interviewee in a variety of situations (survey, journalistic, helping, employment, etc.). Course tailored to meet specific needs of students. Prerequisite: CMST 191. Offered yearly.

300-Level Courses

366 - Organizational Communication—3 S.H.
Facilitates understanding and promotes better communication in organizations. Emphasizes role of internal and external messages in the process of organizing, climate formation, culture and action. Prerequisites: CMST 191 and 282 or instructor’s permission for non-majors. Offered every semester.

371 - Discussion and Small Group Dynamics—3 S.H.
The study of interaction patterns and networks to gain practical and theoretical perspectives upon small-group theory. Prerequisites: CMST 191 and CMST 282 or instructor’s permission for non-majors. Offered every semester.

375 - Argumentation and Advocacy—3 S.H.
The study of "reason-giving" as a process for decision-making and the creation of social knowledge. Participants in the class use research, discussion and practice in argumentative speaking and writing to develop critical thinking skills. Prerequisites: CMST 191 and CMST 282 or CMST 283 or instructor’s permission for non-majors. Offered yearly.

380 - Communication Research Methods—3 S.H.
This course surveys the various qualitative and quantitative approaches used in communication research, providing a foundation for application in a research project of students’ choosing. Prerequisites: One 300-level theory course. (See list of theory courses under major.) Offered every semester.

381 - Advanced Intercultural and International Communication—3 S.H.
Continuation of CMST 281, but emphasizes how to handle communication breakdowns that occur because of different cultural norms, customs, attitudes and values. Valuable to those who plan to study, travel or work abroad. Prerequisite: CMST 281 or instructor’s permission. Offered every third semester.

387 - Interpersonal Communication—3 S.H.
Designed to promote effective interpersonal communication through the study of theories like self-perception, relationship development, and relationship deterioration. Topics may include conflict management, gender issues in communication, individual communication styles and maintaining relationships. Prerequisites: CMST 191, CMST 282 or instructor’s permission for non-majors. Offered every semester.

389 - Persuasive Communication—3 S.H.
Introduces students to the theories of persuasion and social influence. Source, message, receiver and environmental factors are studied, and their effects upon the persuasive process analyzed. Prerequisites: CMST 191, CMST 282 and CMST 283 or instructor’s permission for non-majors. Offered every semester.

399 - Internship—1-12 S.H.
Supervised work experience designed by advisor, student and employer. Prerequisite: instructor’s consent and a minimum major GPA of 2.50. CMST majors only. P/NC only. Offered on demand.

400-Level Courses

451 - Topics in Communication Studies—3 S.H.
An in-depth specific course. Topics vary. Prerequisite: CMST 191 and 282 or instructor’s permission for non-majors. May be repeated with different topics. Offered yearly.

452 - Topics in Public Communication—3 S.H.
An in-depth study of topics of concern in rhetoric and public address. Topics vary. Prerequisite: CMST 191 and 283 or instructor’s permission for non-majors. May be repeated with different topics. Offered yearly.

485 - Senior Seminar in Communication Theory—3 S.H.
In-depth study and research on individually selected topics. Prerequisite: CMST 380, ENG 111, an additional 300-level theory course (see list of theory courses under major), and instructor’s permission. Offered every semester.

493 – Teaching and Coaching Oral Communication – 3 S.H.
Assists prospective teachers in exploring techniques common to classroom instruction in oral communication. Emphasis on enhancing students’ skills and knowledge, and assessing students’ work. Involvement in coaching co-curricular speech, including organization and management of festivals and tournaments. Prerequisites: CMST 191, CMST 282, and EDUC 312. Offered yearly.

499 - Independent Studies in CMST—1-6 S.H.
Offers advanced students an opportunity to study independently in an area of special interest to them. May be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours. A maximum of 3 hours may be applied toward electives in the major or minor. Prerequisite: instructor’s permission. Offered on demand. Grade only.

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