Fall 2018 Course Descriptions for
Communication Studies

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 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 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 Comm
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 315 Difficult Dialogues in Health
Students will explore health communication topics such as breaking bad news, responding to uncertainty, providing social support, and coping with caregiver burnout. The class will partner with New Hope for Kids, a local organization devoted to helping children and families cope with loss. Students will participate in grief counseling training and observe group sessions with young children. Drawing from interviews and focus groups with current clients, student will develop the organization’s new grief curriculum for young adults.

COM 318 Contemporary Public Relations
The course explores the study of public relations principles applied to organizations. This course examines the ways in which public relations theories and principles are applied to specific business situations.

COM 325 Communication Campaigns
Introduces the planning, organizing, implementation, and evaluation of various educational, health, political, religious, and commercial campaigns. Communication campaigns are focused, large-scale efforts to exert social influence.

COM 345 Leadership, Film, and Communication
The course initiates a thoughtful consideration of the nature of leadership as depicted in film.  Through seeking understanding in dialogue with fellow learners, students are encouraged toward greater discernment of the person, the collective, and the context with regard to the dynamic systems involved in leadership.  Film provides unique insights to investigate character and motive, as well as culture, allowing us to access meaning and significance through theoretical, analytic and dialogic inquiry.

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 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.