Communication Studies (COMS)
1300. [SPCH 1311] Introduction to Communication Studies (3). A broad-based introduction to the field of communication studies, covering the major content areas in the discipline. Required for the minor.
1301. [SPCH 1318] Interpersonal Communication (3). A study of the human communication process in one-to-one encounters. Required for all majors. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.Back to Top
2300. [SPCH 1315] Public Speaking (3). Equips students with the skills necessary for successful public speaking. Students will learn to prepare and deliver effective presentations, adapt to various audiences, and adjust to different speaking contexts. Emphasizes the application of public speaking theory. Fulfills core Communication (Oral) requirement. Required for all majors and minors.
2311. Rhetoric in Western Thought (3). Explores theories of rhetoric ranging from ancient Greece to present day. Students examine different conceptions of how rhetoric negotiates public character, social truths, and power. Required for all majors. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.
2318. Persuasion and Social Movements (3). Studies the role of persuasion in social movements, both historical and contemporary. Analyzes the various persuasive strategies employed as social movements evolve. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture requirement.
2331. Nonverbal Communication (3). Studies the origin, function, and control of nonverbal, symbolic elements inherent in communication. Fulfills core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.
2350. Introduction to Communication Disorders (3). Explores the range and types of communication disorders and examines the impact of these disorders on an individual’s psychological, social, emotional, cultural, and educational status.
2358. Business and Professional Communication (3). 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. Fulfills core Communication (Oral) requirement. Back to Top
3102. Forensic Activities (1). Offers students the opportunity to receive credit for extensive participation in forensic activities. May be repeated up to 4 semester hours; 2 semester hours may be applied toward communication studies major.
3301. Communication Theory (3). Analysis and critique of communication theories in social-scientific, empiricist, interpretive, and humanistic research traditions. Required for all communication studies majors and minors. (Writing Intensive)
3302. Communication Research (3). Critique and application of research methods in communication studies research projects. Required for all communication studies majors and minors. (Writing Intensive)
3313. Persuasion (3). Analyzes representative theories and models of persuasive processes and their implications for communication behavior. Includes theories of public, interpersonal, and mass communication.
3314. Argumentation and Debate (3). Surveys the evolution of argumentation with emphasis on modern viewpoints and application of theory to selected controversies.
3315. Political Campaign Communication (3). Studies the strategies of communication and persuasion in American political campaigns, focusing on campaigns currently in progress.
3332. Intercultural Communication (3). Explores communication and culture within global, national, and local contexts. Examines cultural group values, practices, and communicative behaviors from diverse perspectives. Applies topics such as cultural barriers, cultural similarities/differences, prejudice, and privilege to everyday communicative encounters.
3333. Communication in Relationships (3). Prerequisite: COMS 1301 or consent of instructor. Surveys research concerning the role of communication in the development, maintenance, and decay of interpersonal relationships.
3334. Gender and Communication (3). Examines gender in contemporary society, giving attention to gender roles, masculine and feminine communication styles, social institutions that shape gender, and everyday applications of gender in the lives of people. (WS 3312)
3351. Communication in Instruction and Training (3). Applies instructional communication theory to the processes of instruction, training, and performance in varied learning contexts. Students gain experience in assessing needs; developing objectives, a training plan, and presentational materials; delivering a training presentation; and reporting training outcomes.
3353. Small Group Communication (3). Addresses group process and interaction; specifically, how to make groups functional while focusing on such factors as leadership, diversity, conflicts, and other appropriate contemporary topics.
3355. Communication in Organizations (3). Surveys theories, research, and applications of communication in all forms of organizations with emphasis on leadership, diversity, culture, technology applications, and other communication issues facing traditional and modern organizations.
3356. Leadership and Communication (3). A broad-based theoretical approach to the study of leadership and communication. Application to a variety of settings will also be discussed.
3359. Interviewing: Process and Procedures (3). 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.
3365. Communication in Healthcare (3). Introductory survey of the influence of communication in health and healthcare delivery.Back to Top
4000. Independent Research in Communication Studies (V1-3). Prerequisites: 18 hours of COMS courses and consent of instructor. Individual research in COMS area of student’s choice under faculty member guidance. May be repeated once for credit up to 6 hours.
4304. Internship in Communication Studies (3). Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Student internship, under supervision of faculty coordinator, in a selected area of applied communication.
4310. Special Topics in Rhetoric (3). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Consideration of selected topics in rhetoric. May be repeated for credit.
4314. Directing Speech and Debate Activities (3). Methods and principles involved in directing extracurricular speech activities such as debate, oral, interpretation, and public speaking.
4330. Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication (3).Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. In-depth analysis of selected areas and topics in interpersonal communication such as intimate relationships and family as well as the intersections of interpersonal and intercultural communication. May be repeated for credit.
4350. Special Topics in Corporate-Organizational Communication (3). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Consideration of selected topics in corporate-organizational communication. May be repeated for credit.Back to Top
5111. Communication Instruction in Higher Education I (1). First of two courses required of all communication studies teaching assistants. Provides individual development in philosophies and practices unique to teaching basic oral communication courses.
5112. Communication Instruction in Higher Education II (1). Second of two courses required of all communication studies teaching assistants. Provides individual development in philosophies and practices unique to teaching basic oral communication courses.
5300. Communication Theory (3). Provides a comprehensive overview and history of contemporary communication theories and research. Students will read, comprehend, and critique original scholarly research beginning with general semantics theory and culminating with the most recently published reviews of theoretical work in communication studies.
5301. Qualitative Research Methods (3). Introduces students to ethical and practical applications of qualitative research methodologies. Through hands-on experience, students will conduct a research project related to their area of interest, analyze data, and write a final essay.
5302. Intercultural Communication (3). Examines scholarly studies of the relationship between culture and communication in global, national, and local contexts. Explores cultural group values, practices, and communicative behaviors from diverse theoretical and philosophical perspectives.
5303. Communication in Small Groups (3). A study of factors affecting interpersonal communication in small group settings. Course content includes consideration of both theoretical and applied orientations to the study of small group communication.
5304. Communication in Organizations (3). Examines theoretical perspectives, contemporary, and traditional research and practical models and related issues affecting human communication in workplace settings and other organized structures (e.g., nonprofit, government).
5305. Quantitative Research Methods (3). The study of quantitative research methods in communication research, emphasizing research designs, quantitative treatments, and analysis. Course requirements will include data entry, statistical analysis, and a research prospectus.
5306. Theories of Rhetoric (3). An in-depth study of rhetorical theories which have had significant impact on the research, teaching, and practice of communication behavior. Students must write a lengthy research paper in order to successfully complete this course.
5307. Historical Critical Research Methods (3). Survey of contemporary methods of rhetorical criticism and their application in analyzing a wide variety of message types. Students must write multiple essays exemplifying rhetorical criticism in order to successfully complete this course.
5309. Conflict Management and Problem Solving (3). In-depth study of, and research into conflict resolution through mediation and negotiation.
5313. Theories of Persuasion (3). Analysis of representative theories and models of persuasive processes and their implications for communication behavior. Theories of public, interpersonal, and mass communication are included.
5314. Communication Issues in Health and Healthcare (3). An exploration of the nature and roles of discourse processes in healthcare interactions, including interpersonal, organizational, public, and intercultural communication contexts.
5315. Nonverbal Communication (3). Examines communicative functions of nonverbal message behavior. Considers a variety of behavioral domains and interaction contexts from both theoretical and practical perspectives.
5318. Interpersonal Communication (3). Communication theory and research on historical and contemporary topics in interpersonal communication contexts.Back to Top
6000. Master’s Thesis (V1-6).
6302. Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (3). A research course focusing on specific topics in interpersonal communication. Topics vary with students’ needs. May be repeated for credit.
6303. Seminar in Organizational Communication (3). A research course focusing on specific topics in organizational communication. Topics vary with students’ needs. May be repeated for credit.
6304. Seminar in Rhetorical Theory (3). A research course focusing on specific topics in rhetorical theory. Topics vary with students’ needs. May be repeated for credit.
6307. Seminar in Instructional Communication (3). A research course focusing on specific topics in instructional communication. Topics vary with students’ needs. May be repeated for credit.
6308. Seminar in Cultural and Intercultural Communication (3). In-depth analysis of selected areas and topics in intercultural and/or critical cultural human communication. Course topics may explore international and U.S. co-cultural communication research.Back to Top
7000. Research (V1-12).Back to Top