Communication Studies B.S.C. Featured Courses

Action Research in Communication

This is a course that will introduce the student to Action Research, with application to communication questions in a variety of settings.

Advanced Research Methods in Communication

Advanced Research Methods in Communication is designed to provide students with continued instruction in research methods beyond the introductory quantitative course. Special attention is paid to (a) measurement problems, (b) complex research designs, and (c) statistical analysis of data.

Argumentation and Critical Thinking

Argumentation theory and practice are discussed. Rhetorical and philosophical foundations of argumentation and their application in various settings including academic debate are also covered

Business Communication

Study and practice in the major forms of spoken and written communication in the context of businesses and other professional organizational settings.

Capstone for Communication Studies

Capstone course designed for communication studies majors. Provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge of communication theory and research skills through development of capstone project.

Capstone for Engaged Communication Studies

Capstone course designed for communication studies majors. Provides students opportunities to apply knowledge of communication theory and associated research skills through their personal engagement in community or organizational service and action research.

Communication Studies Internship

Prescribed study and supervised work with practitioners in organizations.

Communication Studies Internship

Prescribed study and supervised work with practitioners in organizations.

Communication Theory

Survey of basic communication theories and models. Study of processes, functions, levels, and general principles of human communication.

Critical Research in Communication

This is a course in rhetorical criticism. Students will gain an understanding of rhetorical theory as it is applied to the analysis and evaluation of significant public communication events.

Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics

An examination of the concept of freedom of expression, its philosophical roots, its application of contemporary issues in communication, and of the basics of moral philosophy (ethics) and moral reasoning.

Health Communication

This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to human communication in a health-care context. Emphasis will be on issues of social support, patient-health professional/caregiver interaction, organizational culture, planning health promotion campaigns, and cultural conceptions of health and illness.

Intercollegiate Debate Theory and Practice

A course designed to teach students how to compete successfully in intercollegiate debate,and to reinforce training through practice and competition.

Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives

Effects of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and attributions on meaning assignment Diffusion of cultural innovations, prejudice, discrimination, and equality are discussed. Emphasis is placed on intercultural interactions within the United States.

Intercultural Communication: Domestic Perspectives

Effects of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and attributions on meaning assignment. Diffusion of cultural innovations, prejudice, discrimination, and equality are discussed. Emphasis is placed on intercultural interactions within the United States.

Intercultural Communications: International Perspective

Effects of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and attributions on meaning assignment. Effects of language on the structure of thought. Ethics and process of the diffusion of cultural innovations are analyzed.

Interpersonal Communication

Overview of current theories of interpersonal communication. Consideration is given to impression formation, relationship between self-concept and others, fu nction of language in social interaction, and development and maintenance of relationships.

Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Introduction to communication among people from diverse cultures. Application of communication theory to intercultural sensitivity and cultural diversity is emphasized.

Nonverbal Communication

Theory and application of selected areas of research in nonverbal communication is addressed. Discussion of environment, space, body movement, posture, eye contact, facial expression, vocal cues, and physical appearance is included.

Organizational Communication

Introduction to organizational communication theory. Consideration of structure, function, and effects of communication in organizations are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on principles needed for decision making and effective management of organizational communication processes.

Persuasion

A review of theory, research, and practice of the intentional use of symbols to influence attitudes, beliefs, and actions.

Political Communication

A review of the history, strategies, theories and trends in political campaign communication in the United States.

Practicum in Communication Studies

Structured participation in programmatic research and applied practice in the community.

Projects and Directed Research

Individual study. No more than three credits may be counted toward a Communication major or minor.

Public Speaking

Introduction to effective audience communication including theory and extensive practice in oral presentations.

Qualitative Research Methods

Course is designed to introduce students to a sample of qualitative research methods used in communication.

Quantitative Communication Research Methods and Analyses

Introduction to communication research methods. Application of quantitative measurement techniques and statistical analyses will be discussed as well as the use of microcomputer statistical programs.

Small Group Communication

Techniques of discussion applied to goal-oriented, small group situations. Consideration is given to research methods, leadership, and conflict resolution. Theory is applied to active classroom participation.

The Executive Communicator

Audience analysis, speech writing, delivery in professional presentations, theo ry, and history of great speeches are covered. Detailed critiques of student s peaking styles and performances are also included.

Undergraduate Special Topics in Communication Studies

Course subject matter varies according to announced special topic. See class schedule for details.

Visual Design

This course is an introduction to the principles of design, typography, color theory, usability and interactivity as they apply to the layout and design of content for print and digital media.

Writing for Communication Studies

Principles of writing, reviewing literature, and synthesizing research for communication studies and the social sciences.