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Course Descriptions and Classifications

Communication courses are classified into three categories: Foundational, Advanced Theory, and Professional.

Foundation Courses

 

These classes introduce students of Communication to the basic principles of the major areas of the discipline. These courses provide students with an understanding of the communication process in interpersonal, organizational, and media-related situations.

  • COM 101 Principles of Communication
  • COM 125 Introduction to the Internet
  • COM 202 Intercultural Communication
  • COM 205 Research Methods
  • COM 217 Communication in Organizations
  • COM 231 Principles of Persuasion
  • COM 225 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 240 Survey of Mass Communication

 

Advanced Theory Courses

This group of courses expand students' awareness of the complexity of the communication process as the courses closely examine concepts which determine the way in which communication influences all aspects of personal and professional interactions. Many of these courses focus on the transference of ideas, or in more scientific terms, the flow of information, within both small group settings and large organizations. These courses are of particular relevance to students who wish to pursue graduate studies.

  • COM 242 Effects of Mass Communication
  • COM 249 Mass Communication Theories
  • COM 337 Communication Theory
  • COM 410 Communication in Asia/Pacific Rim
  • COM 437 Advanced Organizational Communication
  • COM 438 Nonverbal Communication 
  • COM 460 – World Media Systems 
  • COM 497 – Capstone in Communication 

Special Topics:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary Media Issues
  • Interpersonal Communication Theory
  • Issues in Global Communications

Communication Skills Courses enhance those written and oral communication skills essential for success in a competitive business environment.

  • COM 223 Principles & Techniques of Interviewing
  • COM 231 Principles of Persuasion
  • COM 300 Written Communication
  • COM 317 Business and Professional Communication
  • COM 326 Public Speaking
  • COM 398 Journalism
  • COM 449 Promotional Writing
  • COM 499 Independent Study (Research with faculty)

Special Topics:

  • Virtual Communication Ethics 
  • Other courses focusing on Computer/Research Skills

Professional Courses

This set are those courses which introduce students of Communication to the basic principles of the major areas of the discipline. These courses provide students with an understanding of the communication process in interpersonal, organizational, and media-related situations.

Advanced Professional Courses allow students to refine skills for specific professional careers.

  • COM 380 Health Communication 
  • COM 437 Communication in Organizations 
  • COM 450 Political Communication 
  • COM 453 Advanced Public Relations
  • COM 489 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 494 Internship in Communication

Special Topics:

  • Organizational Communication
  • Sexual Communication

Course Descriptions

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