Fall 2017 Course Descriptions for Communication

COM 100 Introduction to Communication Studies
This course provides an overview of the history, practices, and key areas of research that inform the discipline of communication studies.  Students will be introduced to the applied concentrations within the major and will develop an understanding of various research methods and theories relevant to the discipline.

COM 130 Event Planning and Communication
Provides a comprehensive overview of elements and factors involved in the planning, production, and assessment of special events as well as the communication factors that dominate each phase of the process. Through a review of the literature, interaction with guest presenters, interviews with professionals including site visits, and a class produced half-day conference; students will learn both the components of a successful event and the required communication skills. Prerequisite: COM 100.

COM 210 Public Speaking
This course explains research, organization, writing, delivery, and critical analysis of oral presentations with attention to individual needs.

COM 220 Interpersonal Communication
This course explores communication strategies to interact more effectively in everyday, one-on-one relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

COM 230 Listening
The study of the art of listening and its importance in our personal and professional lives. Students learn to analyze, assess, and improve their own listening abilities.

COM 240 Intercultural Communication
Examines concepts/constructs, theories, and empirical research pertinent to communication within and between cultures, with primary foci on contexts and relationships.

COM 295 Communication Research
Introduces the fundamentals of communication research. Topics include the scientific method, quantitative and qualitative approaches, research ethics, hypothesis testing, measurement issues, survey design, data analysis, and more.

COM 302 New Media and Public Relations
This course will explore current communication practices, including blogs, wikis, and social media (i.e. Facebook, and Twitter) to deconstruct the communication and business impact of these techniques and the impact on Public Relations.

COM 303 Communication Ethics
This course challenges students preparing for professional and business careers to make moral choices and develop questions when confronted by ethical dilemmas in real-life case studies.

COM 319 Leadership and Effective Communication
The course is the study of leadership, leadership styles, and leadership effectiveness in organizations. Students explore the connection between leadership and organizational communication.

COM 336 Communication Across the Lifespan
This course adopts a communication perspective of development over the lifespan. We examine what it means to age, the impact of aging on relationships and organizations, and communication patterns in contexts impacting and involving older adults.

COM 351 Writing for Public Relations
Teaches students the basic principles of writing public relations materials for a diverse audience using diverse media. Students will practice gathering, organizing, and checking information to write a variety of PR documents.

COM 421 Organizational Communication
The analysis of the role and importance of communication in organizations with special emphasis on corporations, not-for-profit institutions, government agencies, and other structures in which people work. The focus of the course is rooted in theories of organizational communication with applications to contemporary situations. Students must have access to a computer with Internet capabilities, and be familiar with using the Web for searching and sending e-mail with attachments.

COM 480 Senior Seminar in Communication
This capstone course, taken in the senior year by students majoring in Organizational Communication or Communication Studies, provides an end-of-the-program opportunity for the advanced study of communication in multiple everyday contexts. Prerequisite: Senior status and major in Communication Studies.