Communication Studies
Spring 2018

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. (Formerly COM 110.)

COM 215D Topic: Political Communication
In this course, we will analyze the ways we process political information, form attitudes, and develop civic engagement habits and behaviors. Moreover, we will explore the influence of communication on our perceptions of the political world and responses to campaign communication as well as the role of communication in the democratic process.

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. (Formerly COM 305.)

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. (Formerly COM 306.)

COM 295 Research Methods in Communication
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 295 Research Methods in Communication
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 312 Persuasion Theory
Explores influencing human behavior in socially acceptable ways. Looks into persuasion strategies from attitude change to audience analysis.

COM 324 Self Leadership
This course explores the many ways that self-leadership skills may be enhanced through effective communication principles, strategies and techniques. Topics to be discussed include rebuilding personal infrastructures, establishing high standards and wide boundaries, eliminating tolerations in life, competing with the past, developing reserves, making the present perfect, becoming a problem-free zone, and much more. Offered on a credit/no credit basis only.

COM 330 Health Communication
Introduces theory and research on communication in health and illness contexts, focusing on how messages from interpersonal, organizational, and media sources affect health belief and behavior.

COM 340 Health Policy and Advocacy
This course introduces concepts and strategies for policy changes to improve health based on current health issues.  Course will include situational analysis, communication strategies, and messaging to advocate for policies affecting health.

COM 400 Advanced Project in Communication Studies
This course will give students an opportunity to develop advanced research skills necessary to design, execute, write, and present communication research in a particular area of interest identified by individual students. Prerequisite: COM 295 or 395 or instructor concent.

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.