Communication Studies Course Descriptions

100-Level Courses

101 - Speaking Confidently—1 S.H.
This one-credit course is designed to prepare students with high communication apprehension (CA) for speaking-intensive classes. It provides an overview of what CA is, and the contexts in which it occurs, and the short- and long-term effects it can have on speakers. Students will identify dimensions that trigger their own CA, and learn techniques to reduce anxiety about public speaking situations. Prerequisites: Students must have no previous enrollment in CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST - Introduction to Speech Communication; be concurrently enrolled in CMST 191 or CMST 192; or have instructor's permission. P/NC only. Offered on demand.

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.

192 - Introduction to Speech Communication—3 S.H.
This course introduces students to the concepts, models, and theories of human communication and their application to interpersonal, small groups and public speaking situations. Meets GOAL 1. Grade only. Offered each semester.

195 - Nonverbal Communication—3 S.H.
Explores how nonverbal messages create meaning in a variety of interpersonal, group and public contexts. Examines how appearance, touch, space, environment, time and objects communication social and cultural identity. Meets GOAL 5. Offered yearly.

200-Level Courses

266 - Professional Communication Skills—3 S.H.
Explore and apply theories necessary for appropriate and effective communication in diverse professional and organizational settings. The course emphasizes group collaboration, and oral communication skills, including presentational speaking and the use of presentational technology. The course prepares students to interview for and work in organizational settings, internships and consulting. Prerequisites: CMST - 191 Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 - Introduction to Speech Communication. Offered yearly.

281 - Intercultural Communication—3 S.H.
Identify and apply intercultural communication theories to intercultural situations and to communicate between co-cultures in and outside of the U.S. This course prepares students to communicate with people from other cultures in their interpersonal, group and organizational settings. Meets GOAL 8. Offered each semester.

282 - Introduction to Communication Studies—3 S.H.
This course provides an overview of theories, as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods in Communication Studies. Students will use communication theory to analyze, explain, critique, and problem solve interpersonal, group, cultural and organizational issues related to communication. Meets GOAL 5. Offered each semester.

283 - Introduction to Rhetorical Studies—3 S.H.
This course provides an introduction to the study of rhetoric and rhetorical criticism. The primary focus of the course is on the manner in which people use public communication to influence the behavior of others. Meets GOAL 6. Prerequisites: CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 - Introduction to Speech Communication or sophomore standing. Offered each semester.

289 - Gender and Communication—3 S.H.
This course uses a cultural and theoretical approach to study gender identity and gendered communication styles. It explores the influence and media portrayal of gender in a variety of contexts including friendships, romantic relationships, families, healthcare and educational settings and organizations. Topics may include the similarities and differences in interactions, language choice, nonverbal behavior, metaphors, and the interpretation of reality. Meets Goal 6. Offered yearly.

290 - Disability Communication and Culture—3 S.H.
This course provides an overview of communication-based research examining disability in interpersonal, organization, health care, educational and media contexts. The cultural perspectives of people with disabilities are explored in this class. Meets GOAL 7. Offered every third semester.

291 - Topics in Multicultural Communication—3 S.H.
Familiarizes students with the communication skills necessary to succeed in managing cultural differences and diversity among cultural groups in the United States. Topics have included communication ethics and diversity. African American rhetoric and gay rhetoric. This course may be repeated with different topics. Meets GOAL 7. Offered yearly.

292 - Multicultural U.S. Rhetoric—3 S.H.
An analysis of the rhetoric of co-cultural group(s) in the United States from a rhetorical/cultural perspective. Each course will focus on a specific culture or a cross-cultural topic. Meets GOAL 6 and GOAL 7. Offered yearly. May be repeated for credit with different course topics.

296 - Fundamentals of Interviewing—3 S.H.
Learn and apply the effective communication skills and strategies used by interviewers and interviewees in employment, performance, appraisal, patient, survey and journalistic interview settings. This course is tailored to meet the processional needs of students who are in or will be entering the workplace. Offered yearly.

300-Level Courses

321 - Conflict and Communication—3 S.H.
Use conflict principles and theories to analyze, manage, negotiate, meditate and resolve conflicts in interpersonal, group, intercultural and organizational settings. Meets GOAL 5. Offered yearly.

357 - Communication in Social Media—3 S.H.
This course examines theories and practices of social media in communication contexts, such as relational, public, group and organizational. It provides an overview of different analytical and theoretical approaches to the study of social media that scholars have taken in the past, as well as surveying recent trends in social media development that will significantly affect communication in the future. Prerequisite: CMST 282 - Introduction to Communication Studies or instructor's permission. Offered yearly.

366 - Organizational Communication—3 S.H.
Identify complex and communication practices that exist within organizations. The role of internal and external messages in the creation of organizational culture and climate is emphasized in this course. Topics may include motivation, leadership, decision-making and more. Prerequisites: CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 0 Introduction to Speech Communication. Offered yearly.

369 - Leadership and Communication—3 S.H.
This course address theoretical models and applied principles of leadership across contexts, with an emphasis on communication skills and strategies for effectively executing leadership functions, managing emergent challenges and expanding leadership capacity. Attention is paid to rhetorical dynamics. Cultural differences in leadership style preferences are examined. This course is valuable for students who presently occupy a leadership role and/or envision themselves doing so in the future. Prerequisites: CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 - Introduction to Speech Communication. Junior or senior status recommended. Offered yearly.

371 - Small Group Communications—3 S.H.
Study decision-making practices, role emergence, and interactions patterns in task groups to acquire skills and gain practical and theoretical perspectives on small group dynamics. This course is valuable for students who participate in decision-making groups. Prerequisites: Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 - Introduction to Speech Communication, junior status or instructor's permission. Offered yearly.

375 - Argumentation and Advocacy—3 S.H.
Study argumentative strategies employed in the process of decision making. Participants in the class use research, discussion and practice sessions in argumentative speaking and writing to develop their critical thinking skills. Prerequisites: CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 - Introduction to Speech Communication. Offered yearly.

380 - Communication Research Methods—3 S.H.
This course surveys the various qualitative and quantitative approaches used in communication research. Students taking this course will learn how to use and apply communication research methods in a variety of interpersonal, group, and organization contexts, and will be well prepared to do work in fields requiring research methods such as advertising, marketing, public relations and consulting. Prerequisites courses: ECON 222 - Statistics for Business and Economics, PSY 231 - Statistics, STAT 110 - Fundamentals of Statistics, STAT 210 - Statistics, or instructor's permission. Offered yearly.

381 - Advanced Intercultural and International Communication—3 S.H.
This course provides an in-depth study of intercultural communication theories. Students will investigate cultural processes influencing intercultural  communication with a focus on U.S. co-cultures, and improving intercultural communication competency. Meets GOAL 7. Prerequisites: CMST 281 - Intercultural Communication or instructor's permission. Grade only. Offered yearly.

385 - Health Communications—3 S.H.
This course provides an up-to-date overview of the health care industry, spotlighting communication issues and theories in patient care, health care organizations, public relations, human resources, health education, and the media. It includes coverage of diverse cultures and ethical considerations. Prerequisite: CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 - Introduction to Speech Communication. Junior or senior status recommended. Offered yearly.

387 - Interpersonal Communication—3 S.H.
This course provides an advanced understanding of interpersonal communication theories, processes, functions and contexts. Attention will be given to the initiation, development, maintenance, repair, networking in, and disengagement from a variety of interpersonal relationships such as families, friendships, romantic partners, and workplace relationships. This course is valuable to professionals in fields such as communication consulting, counseling, social work and health care. Prerequisites: CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking, CMST 192 - Introduction to Speech Communication. Offered yearly.

389 - Persuasive and Advocacy—3 S.H.
Study theories of persuasion and social influence. Useful to students pursuing careers in advertising, sales, advocacy organizations, and nonprofits. Prerequisites: CMST 191- Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 - Introduction to Speech Communication. Offered yearly.

399 - Internship—1-12 S.H.
Students will study and participate in a supervised work experience designed by the CMST internship director, student, and site supervisor. Prerequisites: Departmental approval and minimum major/minor GPA of 2.50. CMST majors and minors only. P/NC only; variable credit. Offered all semesters and summer sessions.

400-Level Courses

451 - Topics in Communication Studies—3 S.H.
This course provides an in-depth study of contemporary issues, research or trends in communication studies. Topics vary and have included agriculture, health, family and computer-meditated communication. Prerequisites: CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 - Introduction to Speech Communication and CMST 282 - Introduction to Communication Studies or instructor's permission for non-majors. Offered every other year. May be repeated with different topics.

452 - Topics in Public Communication—3 S.H.
This course provides an in-depth study of topics of concern in public communication. Topics vary and have included political communication and the rhetoric of influential women. Prerequisites: CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking or CMST 192 - Introduction to Speech Communication and CMST 283 - Introduction to Rhetorical Studies or instructor's permission for non-majors. Offered every other year. May be repeated with different topics.

485 - Senior Seminar in Communication Theory—3 S.H.
Students will study and conduct research on topics in communication studies, public communication, and/or rhetorical discourse. Prerequisites: CMST 380 - Communication Research Methods, ENG 111 - College Reading and Writing, an additional 300-level theory course, and instructor's permission. Offered yearly.

493 – Teaching and Coaching Oral Communication – 3 S.H.
Prospective teachers work with national and state standards for the teaching of communication arts. Lesson plans in the areas of public speaking, interpersonal communication, listening, and media literacy are written taught, and assessed by peers and self. Discussions about coaching extracurricular activities in the communication arts are focused at the level of the beginning or assistant, coach. Prerequisites: CMST 191 Introduction to Public Speaking, CMST 282 - Introduction to Communication Studies, and EFRT 312 - Instructional Planning and Assessment. Secondary. 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.