Department of Communication Studies

Professor Robert A. Stewart, Chairperson.

Associate Professors Bliese, Morris, Olaniran, Roach, and Williams; Assistant Professors Bruder, Jensen, and D. McGee; Visiting Assistant Professor B. McGee; Lecturer Neal.

This department supervises the following degree programs: COMMUNICATION STUDIES, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts.

Study in communication at Texas Tech is designed to provide education for professionals in business, industry, social service, and education. To accomplish this goal, plans are offered that allow for the study of communication skills and theories and their applications to problems in work and social settings. The department recognizes that each individual student has unique educational objectives and professional goals. Therefore, a flexible and individualized plan of undergraduate study is developed to be compatible with the student's aims. The department sponsors cocurricular and extracurricular activity in forensics and maintains a local chapter of Delta Sigma Rho­Tau Kappa Alpha (national forensic honorary). The department also sponsors an undergraduate interest group for communication studies, Sigma Theta Kappa. The department offers an undergraduate internship in communication studies. The internship, normally completed in the student's last spring semester, provides an opportunity for practice in applied settings.

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better to be admitted to the major in Communication Studies. Entering freshmen and transfer students are admitted on a provisional basis. Continued enrollment requires a 2.00 GPA or better in the first 15 hours taken at Texas Tech University.

Students seeking an undergraduate degree in communication studies will complete a course of study which consists of 36 hours of communication studies with at least 18 hours in advanced courses. A total of 12 hours toward the major must be completed in residence at Texas Tech. A minor consists of 18 hours of communication studies with at least 9 hours in advanced courses. For both the major and minor, students must complete COMS 1301,1302, and 2300. These three courses should be taken before enrolling in upper division COMS courses. Remaining courses may be selected from other departmental offerings.

Teacher Certification. Students desiring secondary certification in communication studies must complete the following: COMS 1302, 2300, 3301, 3314, THA 2305, MCOM 1300, and 9 hours of electives, all of which must be at the upper division level. Students may choose to use communication studies as a specialization for the elementary certificate. These students must take COMS 1302, 2300, 3300, 3301, 3306, and THA 2305.

Courses in Communication Studies. (COMS)

1301. Interpersonal Communication (3:3:0). A study of the human communication process in one-to-one encounters. Arts and Sciences students may substitute this course for second semester sophomore English. [SPCH 1318]

1302. Introduction to Communication Studies (3:3:0). A broad-based introduction to the field of Communication Studies, covering the major content areas in the discipline. Required for all majors and minors. May be applied toward social-behavioral sciences requirement for the B.A. degree. [SPCH 1311]

2300. Public Speaking (3:3:0). A course in the theory, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of public speeches. May be applied toward oral communication requirement for the B.A. degree. [SPCH 1315]

3101. Parliamentary Procedures (1:1:0). Principles and procedures governing deliberative groups with practice in their usage.

3102. Forensic Activities (1:0:3). Opportunity is offered the student who wishes to participate extensively in forensic activities to secure credit for this laboratory work. May be repeated up to 4 semester hours; 2 semester hours may be applied toward Communication Studies major. [SPCH 1144]

3105. Listening (1:1:0). A study of the basic factors in effective aural comprehension in various situations, such as lectures and interpersonal relationships.

3300. Nonverbal Communication (3:3:0). The study of the origin, function, and control of nonverbal, symbolic elements inherent in Communication Studies. May be applied toward social-behavioral sciences requirement for the B.A. degree.

3301. Communication in Instruction and Training (3:3:0). Instructional communication theory applied to the processes of instruction, training, and performance in varied learning contexts. Attention to delivery skills.

3303. Small Group Communication (3:3:0). An introduction to group process and interaction, the concepts of leadership, and effective participation. May be applied toward the social-behavioral sciences requirement for B.A. degree. (Writing Intensive) [SPCH 2333]

3305. Communication in Organizations (3:3:0). Prerequisite: COMS 1302 or consent of instructor. A survey of research on communication in organizations with emphasis on relevant verbal and nonverbal factors; applications to basic communication skills and rudimentary research. May be applied toward the social-behavioral sciences requirement for B.A. degree.

3306. Intercultural Communication (3:3:0). Prerequisite: COMS 1302 or consent of instructor. A study of the role of cultural differences in human communication; theoretical and experiential approaches toward gaining competence in communicating across cultural barriers. May be applied toward social-behavioral sciences requirement for B.A. degree. (Writing Intensive)

3308. Business and Professional Communication (3:3:0). Basic principles of speech applied to the communication needs of the professional person. Practice in the construction and delivery of the various types of speeches and participation in interviews and group discussions. May be applied toward oral communication requirement for B.A. degree. [SPCH 1321]

3309. Interviewing: Process and Procedures (3:3:0). Prerequisite: COMS 1301 or consent of instructor. Principles drawn from contemporary interpersonal communication theory are specifically applied to informational, employment, and persuasive interview situations. Practical application of theoretical concepts is encouraged through in-class role-playing interviews and through analysis of actual interviewing techniques.

3310. Theories of Interpersonal Communication (3:3:0). Prerequisite: COMS 1301 or consent of instructor. A broad-based theoretical approach to the study of interpersonal communication. Applications to a variety of interpersonal communication settings are also
discussed. May be applied toward social-behavioral sciences requirement for B.A. degree.

3311. Rhetoric in Western Thought (3:3:0). Prerequisite: COMS 1302 or consent of instructor. Explores theories of rhetoric ranging from ancient Greece to modern times. Students examine different conceptions of how rhetoric negotiates public character, social truths, and power. May be applied toward humanities credit for B.A. degree. (Writing Intensive)

3312. Gender and Communication (3:3:0). A study of the similarities and differences of important communication variables for males and females, with practical communication applications. May be applied toward social-behavioral sciences requirement for B.A. degree. (Writing Intensive) (W S 3312)

3313. Persuasion (3:3:0). A study of the psychological and rhetorical principles of motivation, suggestion, and other aspects of audience psychology as used in business, mass media, and public affairs. May be applied toward social-behavioral sciences requirement for B.A. degree.

3314. Argumentation and Debate (3:3:0). Prerequisite: COMS 2300 or consent of instructor. Evolution of argumentation with emphasis on modern viewpoints, application of theory to selected controversies. [SPCH 2335]

3315. Political Campaign Communication (3:3:0). A study of the strategies of communication and persuasion in American political campaigns, focusing on the campaign currently in progress.

3316. Leadership and Communication (3:3:0). A broad-based theoretical approach to the study of leadership and communication. Application to a variety of settings will also be discussed. May be applied toward social-behavioral sciences requirement for B.A.

3317. Advanced Public Speaking (3:3:0). Prerequisite: COMS 2300, 3308, or equivalent. A performance-oriented course for students whose career goals will require them to develop public speaking skills beyond the basic level.

3318. Persuasion and Social Movements (3:3:0). Study of the role of persuasion in social movements, both historical and contemporary. Analysis of the various persuasive strategies employed as social movements evolve.

3320. Language and Social Interaction (3:3:0). An exploration of how people use language during social interaction in a variety of situations including ordinary conversations, routine service encounters, interviews, healthcare, and therapy.

3325. Communication in Health Care (3:3:0). Introductory survey of the influence of communication in health and health care delivery.

3330. Rhetoric and American Issues (3:3:0). A study of principal American speakers and speeches associated with selected political, social, and religious issues.

4301. Independent Research in Communication Studies (3:3:0). Prerequisite: 18 hours of COMS courses. Individual research under guidance of a member of the faculty, of a specific problem of student's choice in one of the areas of Communication Studies. Students required, in advance of registration, to consult with the instructor and secure his or her approval of the specific project to be pursued. May be repeated once for credit.

4304. Internship in Communication Studies (3:1:4). Prerequisite: 24 hours of COMS courses or consent of instructor. Student internship, under supervision of faculty coordinator, in a selected area of applied communication.

4305. Communication Competence (3:3:0). Prerequisite: 18 hours of Communication Studies. Surveys theory and research in communication competence. Evaluates definitions, indicators, and assessment procedures for determining competence in a variety of communication contexts.

4309. Special Topics in Rhetoric (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing. Consideration of selected topics in rhetoric. May be repeated for credit.


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