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Courses offered through the Department of Communication:
Introduction to Communication
A general introduction to the academic community of communication, its journals, concepts, history, and traditions, relationships to other disciplines, research methodologies, and careers for graduates.
Emphasis on the preparation and delivery of various forms of speeches with an introduction to the ethics of communication. Training in the methods of obtaining and organizing material, outlining, and principles of delivery. Primary focus on the structure of individual and group oral performances.
Argumentation and Debate
An introduction to the form and practice of argumentative discourse, including organizing, supporting, presenting, and refuting arguments in a variety of formats. Debate procedures, rules, and methods will be examined—with an emphasis on competitive intercollegiate Parliamentary Debate and persuasive speaking. Practical application of this study through participation in debates and other speaking experiences. Prerequisite: COM 102.
Survey of Communication Theory
Communication theory, concepts, principles, and practices. Overview of macro and micro views of communication. Emphasis on rhetorical, mediated, organizational, relational, and health communication. Prerequisite: COM 100, COM 250.
Examination of human communication from methodological and epistemological perspectives. Prerequisite: COM 100.
Ethical Issues in Communication
Classical and modern ethical concepts in communication. Consideration of relational, political, organizational, medical, global, and mass forms of communication. Prerequisite: COM 220.
Major variables and theories in the persuasion process: persuasive sources, messages, receiver variables, propaganda, brainwashing, cognitive, behavioral, and social theories of persuasion. Prerequisite: COM 220.
Advanced Argumentation and Debate
An in-depth study of the advanced theory and practice of argumentation and debate, with an emphasis on competitive intercollegiate Parliamentary Debate and persuasive speaking. Practical application of this study through participation in debates and other speaking experiences. Prerequisite: COM 102, 209
Continued application of debate and communication concepts and skills through intercollegiate forensics competition in debate, platform speeches, limited-preparation speeches, and literary interpretations. Credit/No Credit. May be repeated for up to eight units. Open to all majors. Prerequisite: COM 102. Concurrent enrollment allowed.
Communication in Professional Settings
Communication principles in professional contexts including interviewing and delivering technical and non-technical oral presentations. Skill in team project work. Development and presentation of communication training seminars. Prerequisites: COM 100, 102, 220.
Theory and application of effective communication principles in both intimate and non-intimate relational contexts. Theoretical and empirical evidence on communication strategies and behaviors in relationship initiation, development, and termination. An investigation of relationship behaviors to relationship goals. Prerequisites: COM 220, 250.
Organizational Communication and Leadership
The organization as a communication system; role of the leader in organizations. History of organizing through the ages including bureaucracies, post modern and post colonial approaches. Focus on strategies and solutions to problems in organizational systems and structures. Prerequisites: COM 220, 250, 325.
Theories of classical and contemporary rhetoric are presented and applied to understand public discourse. The influence of communication and ideology on perception, action, and social change are considered. Prerequisites: COM 209, 220, 250.
Contemporary Issues in Communication
Current communication issues will be addressed on a rotating basis, including Global Communication, Medical Interaction, Visual Communication, Political Communication, Film and Society, Intercultural Communication, Critical and Cultural Studies, etc. Prerequisites: COM 220, 250.
Ethnography of Communication
Naturally occurring interactions drawn from a variety of communication settings. Primary methods of gathering data include: participant observation, interviewing, document and artifact analysis, and other forms of communication. Prerequisites: COM 209, 220, 250.
Directed Research on a topic not covered in organized classes. May be repeated, but the total number of credit hours in directed research may not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total number of credit hours required for graduation. Requires permission of Department Chair, academic advisor, and supervising professor. Fee.
Directed research on a topic not covered in organized classes. May be repeated, but the total number of credit hours in directed research may not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total number of credit hours required for graduation. Requires permission of Department Chair, academic advisor, and supervising professor. Fee.
Application of communication theory, methods, and praxis to independent investigation. Work with a professor to complete a qualitative, rhetorical, or quantitative study on communication. (CAPSTONE). Prerequisites: COM 209, 250, 430; senior standing.
Direct work experience in an area related to the students major concentration and career interest. Students work at approved agencies off-campus under the combined supervision of agency personnel and instructors. Maximum credit three units. Prerequisites: COM 220, nine upper division units in communication, senior standing. Internship contract must be completed prior to registration.
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