1001 - Parliamentary Procedure - 1
This seminar is designed to inform students of the basic
communication skills utilized in parliamentary procedure relative
to conducting effective club, organization, and church business
meetings. Students will be expected to learn
the importance of planning business meetings, evaluating the
importance of utilizing committees, and conducting meetings in an
orderly and respectable manner. Students will employ basic
principles of parliamentary procedure; recognize the unique purpose
of various motions and types of votes; and learn to maintain an
acceptable attitude and/or conduct during meetings. This class is a
general elective, but it may be used in the Communication major
under the area of "Program Electives."
1003 - Introduction to Communication - 3
The foundation course in the Communication major is designed to
introduce students to core concepts in the discipline of
Communication and to demonstrate applications in professional and
1303 - Introduction to Theater - 3
Survey of theater from the time of ancient Greece to the present.
Analysis of the components of the theater results in an increased
appreciation of theater. Provides understanding by practicing
1503 - Mass Media & Society - 3
Open to all students, this lecture and discussion course is
designed to introduce students to the study of the media of mass
communication. Newspapers, books, magazines, film, broadcast and
cable television, radio, advertising and the Internet are studied
in relation to their historical development and their
interrelationship with society. Also listed as JRNL 1503. Course
2103 - Public Speaking - 3 credit
A study of public speaking, focused primarily on the construction
of speeches. Includes introductions to audience analysis,
persuasion, and delivery techniques. An additional focus is on
developing appropriate listening behaviors. Strong emphasis on
attendance. Recommended: ENGL 1013.
2201 - Communication Presentations - 1
Meshes the world of PowerPoint and public speaking. Strategies for
creating basic PowerPoint presentations will be introduced.
Students will convey ideas using technologically enhanced
communication. This class is a general elective, but it may be used
in the Communication major under the area of General Electives.
2503 - Interpersonal Communication - 3
An analysis of interpersonal effectiveness, verbal and nonverbal
techniques, encoding and decoding communication messages, and
interaction within relationships. Recommended: COMM 1003.
2703 - Listening - 3 credit hours
A practical application of basic listening theories and
techniques, with emphasis on comprehension, analysis, synthesis and
evaluation of messages transmitted through oral communication. The
primary focus is on listening in face-to-face, interactive, and
public communication situations. Recommended: COMM 1003.
2901 - Communication Skills for
Employment Interviewing - 1 credit hour
This seminar is designed to prepare students for the transition
from "student to employee" through: self-assessment measures;
completion of job applications; resume and cover-letter writing;
and practicing employment skills and how to present and market
those skills to prospective employers in a professional manner.
Students experience learning through: lecture; evaluation of films;
development of a personal resume and cover letter; and
participation in mock employment interviews. This class is a
general elective, but it may be used in the Communication major
under the area of Program Electives.
3103 - Advanced Public Speaking - 3
An intensive application of the basic skills of public speaking.
Delivery is stressed as a critical component of speech-making.
Emphasis is given to critical thinking skills, analysis of research
findings, the impact of language on messages, and critiquing and
examining the delivery and speaking skills of current political and
entertainment figures. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in COMM
2103, Recommended: COMM 1003.
3203 - Nonverbal Communication - 3
An integral study relating to body language, facial expressions,
vocal variations, proxemics, personal appearance, and artifacts.
Recommended: COMM 1003.
3303 - Group Communication and Decision
Making - 3 credit hours
This course studies time interaction and communication in
small-group and team situations. Emphasis is placed on role
identity, listening, conflict, problem-solving and decision-making.
Recommended: COMM 1003.
3403 - Family Communication - 3 credit
An introduction to communication phenomena in the family setting.
Designed to help students understand how, through communication,
family relationships are developed, maintained, enhanced, or
disturbed. Students will learn verbal and nonverbal skills that
help promote healthy family communication.
3503 - Organizational Communication - 3
A management approach to communication within business
environments. Includes team approaches, problem-solving, and
development of professionalism. Recommended: COMM 1003.
3603 - Intercultural Communication - 3
This course serves as an overview of the study of communication
and culture, with an emphasis on the theory and practice of
cross-cultural and intercultural communication. Includes
comparative studies of communication practices in different
cultures and subcultures (cross-cultural), and descriptive
normative studies of communication between different cultures and
subcultures (intercultural). Recommended: COMM 1003.
3701 - Great Speeches - 1 credit
A study of historically significant speeches. Speech selections
and organizing themes vary from semester to semester. The course
consists of three one-credit hour modules that can be taken singly
(1 credit) or in any combination (2 or 3 credits). Individual
modules cannot be repeated for additional credit. No more than 3
credits can be used to fulfill requirements in the Communication
major. This class is a general elective, but it may be used in the
Communication major under the area of Program Electives.
3703 - Communication and Aging - 3
A study of communication as it pertains to human social
development, with an emphasis on the effects of aging, generational
differences and social stereotypes on interpersonal communication
effectiveness. Recommended: COMM 1003.
3713 - Gender and Communication - 3
An assessment of communication interaction as influenced by gender
differences and similarities. Intensive study of gender in social
and professional situations. Recommended: COMM 1003.
4103 - Conflict Resolution - 3 credit
An intensive study of the nature of conflict, its causes and
consequences, and communication strategies for managing and
resolving conflict. Recommended: COMM 1003.
4203 - Crisis Communication - 3 credit
Students will learn communication strategies for dealing with
crisis situations through prevention, readiness, and resolution of
crisis situations. Recommended: COMM 1003.
4403 - Communications Law - 3 credit
This course will lead students through a thorough study of the
constitutional and legislative foundations of communications and
media law. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and
relevant rulings by SCOTUS are examined in depth. The Sixth and
Fourteenth Amendments are addressed as they impact the First
Amendment. Also listed as JRNL 4403. Course Rotation: Spring.
4503 - Interviewing - 3 credit
A comprehensive study of interviewing techniques as applied in
diverse settings, including employment, performance appraisal,
health care, and human services. Students will demonstrate
understanding of relevant principles and techniques through
observation of and participation in a series of interviews in and
out of class. Recommended: COMM 1003.
4603 - Homiletics - 3 credit
A consideration of the essential qualifications of a preacher; the
need for preaching; proper preparation of sermon material,
including discovery and arrangement of ideas, and the effective
presentation and reception of the message. Also listed as RELI
4603. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in COMM 2103.
4613 - Creative Ministries - 3 credit
Exploration of the contemporary and traditional Christian message
through reading, interpreting, and performing sacred texts and
spiritual literature. Areas addressed include puppetry, religious
drama, mime, production, and presentation. Also listed as RELI
4713 - Leadership - 3 credit
Study of communication relative to values, leadership, and power
in organizational contexts such as business, professional, social,
educational, and political groups. Recommended: COMM
4723 - Persuasion - 3 credit
An advanced study of theories of human influence and motivation,
and their applications, with emphasis on commercial and political
advertising in mass communication and computer-mediated
4733 - Political Communication and
Public Affairs - 3 credit hours
This course consists of a study of communication issues related to
interest group politics, including how interest groups use mass
media to advance their public policy agendas. Citizen
disengagement, and the theory and practice of deliberative
democracy are also emphasized.
4903 - Professional Internship in
Communication - 3 credit hours
A student may elect to participate in a professional internship in
a communication or communication-related field. The internship must
involve a minimum of 120 clock hours per semester, for which at
least 80 percent of the time at work involves activities that
meaningfully contribute to the student's professional development
for a targeted career. The internship must be pre-approved and
supervised by a Communication Program faculty member, and comply
with the program's guidelines for professional internships.