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Communication

Communication - COMM

1001 - Parliamentary Procedure - 1 credit hour
This seminar examines 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. Note: 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 credit hours
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 relational contexts.

1503 - Mass Media & Society - 3 credit hours
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 Rotation: Fall.

2103 - Public Speaking - 3 credit hours
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 credit hour
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. Note: This class is a general elective, but it may be used in the Communication major under the area of General Electives.

2323 - Theater I - 3 credit hours
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 varied techniques. Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing.

2503 - Interpersonal Communication - 3 credit hours
An analysis of interpersonal effectiveness, verbal and nonverbal techniques, encoding and decoding communication messages, and interaction within relationships. Recommended: COMM 1003.

2901 - Communication Skills for Employment Interviewing - 1 credit hour
This seminar prepares 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. Note: This class is a general elective, but it may be used in the Communication major under the area of Program Electives.

2903 - Communicating Effectively - 3 credit hours
Applies fundamental communication concepts in personal and professional situations, utilizing Larence Appley's Communicating for Productivity to implement and test ideas in simulation environments.  Emphasis will be placed on enhancing listening, questioning and parapharsing skills.  Students will develop a written, measurable plan for setting attainable academic, personal, and profesional goals, determine when and at what standards those goas will be met, evaluate progress toward acquiring those goals, and devlop plans for additional improvement which will occur after completion of the course.  Course rotation: Spring.

2911 - Communication Practicum I - 1 credit hour
Provides practical opportunity for skills-application, experience, and experiential learning of communication concepts.  Co-requisite:  COMM 2901 and Junior/Senior Standing.

3103 - Advanced Public Speaking - 3 credit hours
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.

3113 - Public Relations Principles and Practices - 3 credit hours
In this basic course, students learn how information moves inside and outside organizations, and how this information can be used to contribute to organizational goals.  For students considering careers in public reations, this course willl provide initial communication planning and whriting skills.  For students interested in communication applications part of careers in other fields, this course will contribute to understanding of communication applications in modern organiztions.  Course rotation:  Spring.

3203 - Nonverbal Communication - 3 credit hours
An integral study relating to body language, facial expressions, vocal variations, proxemics, personal appearance, and artifacts. Recommended: COMM 1003.

3213 Intermediate Public Relations
This intermediate course helps students develop expanded skills in applying pubilc relations principles and practices to case studdies that reflect the realities of the profession today.  As student skills expand, there will be some work with real companies as clients.  Course rotation:  Fall.

3303 - Group Communication and Decision Making - 3 credit hours
Study of 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.

3323 - Theater II - 3 credit hours
Expansion of skills learned in Communication 2323 with focus on cast skills and performance.  Must be taken the fall following COMM 2323.  Enrollment by try-out only.  Prerequisite:  COMM 2323.  Course rotation:  Fall.

3403 - Family Communication - 3 credit hours
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 credit hours
A management approach to communication within business environments. Includes team approaches, problem-solving, and development of professionalism. Recommended:  COMM 1003.

3603 - Intercultural Communication - 3 credit hours
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 hour
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. Note: 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 credit hours
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 credit hours
An assessment of communication interaction as influenced by gender differences and similarities. Intensive study of gender in social and professional situations.  Recommended: COMM 1003.

3911 - Communication Practicum II - 1 credit hour
Provides practical opportunity for skills-application, experience, and experiential learning of communication concepts.  Co-requisite:  COMM 2901 and Junior/Senior Standing.

4103 - Conflict Resolution - 3 credit hours
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 hours
Development of communication strategies for dealing with crisis situations through prevention, readiness, and resolution of crisis situations. Recommended:  COMM 1003.

4113 - Advanced Public Relations - 3 credit hours
Assigned work groups will plan and execute public relations/communication strategies for area business organizations.  These plans will be expected to provide measurable gains against client objectives.  Students will be expected to demonstrated exceptional professionalism, as established in the course structure and content.  Course sequence: Spring.

4203 - Crisis Communication
Communication strategies for dealing with crisis situations through prevention, readiness, and resolution of crisis situations will be developed.  Recommended:  COMM 1003.  Course sequence: Fall odd years.

4323 - Theater III - 3 credit hours
Expansion of skills learned in COMM 3323 with emphasis on overall production implementaion.  Must be taken in the fall following COMM 3323.  Enrollment by try-out only.  Prerequisite:  COMM 3323:  Theater II. Course sequence: Fall

4403 - Communications Law - 3 credit hours
Students will complete 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 hours
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.

4613 - Creative Ministries - 3 credit hours
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 4613.

4713 - Leadership - 3 credit hours
Study of communication relative to values, leadership, and power in organizational contexts such as business, professional, social, educational, and political groups. Recommended:  COMM 1003.

4723 - Persuasion - 3 credit hours
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 communication.

4733 - Political Communication and Public Affairs - 3 credit hours
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.

4911 - Communication Practicum III - 1 credit hour
Provides practical opportunity for skills-application, experience, and experiential learning of communication concepts.  Co-requisite:  COMM 2901 and Junior/Senior Standing.

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