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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.

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

Special Topics:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary Media Issues
  • Cultural Indicators
  • Diffusion of Information Systems
  • Interpersonal Communication Theory
  • Introduction to Media Literacy
  • Issues in Global Communications
  • Non-Verbal Communication

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

Special Topics:

  • Communication, Computers and Work
  • Virtual Communication
  • 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 451 Communication and Marketing
  • COM 453 Advanced Public Relations
  • COM 486 Principles of Communication
  • COM 488 Communication in Organizations
  • COM 489 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 494 Internship in Communication

Special Topics:

  • Organizational Communication
  • Political Communication

Course Descriptions

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