Courses in Communication Studies

Communication and Culture

CMCL-C 205 Intro. to Communication & Culture (3 cr)

Critically examines communication as a culture practice as it affects the beliefs, attitudes, values, and behaviors of individuals, groups, and publics.
Offered fall and spring semesters.

CMCL-C 223 Business & Prof. Communication (3 cr)

Examines organizational communication, with emphasis on skills acquisition. Developed skills include interviewing, group discussion, parliamentary procedure, and public speaking.

CMCL-C 225 Discussion & Decision Making (3 cr)

Leadership, participation, and decision making in group settings, including committee, conference, public discussion, and social dimensions of group process.

CMCL-C 304 Communication & Social Conflict (3 cr)

Examination of sources and functions of symbolic influence in contemporary society. Emphasis upon developing rhetorical skills for critiquing social conflict.

CMCL-C 307 Health Communication (3 cr)

Health communication is a growing specialty in the field of communication. It is the area of study concerned with human communication in health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment process; specifically, the way we seek, process, and disseminate health information. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction of the major issues, topics, and compelling areas of study in health communication research. Issues related to medical interaction, social and cultural issues, interpersonal relationships, and the media will be covered. The study of these areas helps us to understand the way that individuals construct, exchange, and evaluate health messages in a variety of healthcare contexts.

CMCL-C 309 Deception, Jealousy, & Secrets (3 cr)

This course is designed to familiarize students with theory and research that focuses on the darker side of human communication. In particular, this class explores those dysfunctional, distorted, distressing, and destructive elements of communication in both interpersonal and mass media contexts. Additionally, this course provides an orientation for understanding the dark side as inseparable from the brighter side in understanding human communication.

CMCL-C 315 Advertising and Consumer Culture (3 cr)

Critical examination of advertising’s role in modern societies. Focuses on marketing and consumption as central activities in shaping personal identity and social relations.

CMCL-C 325 Interviewing Principles and Practices (3 cr)

Study and practice of methods used in business and industrial interviews, emphasizing the logical and psychological bases for the exchange of information and attitudes.

CMCL-C 328 Digital Responsibilities and Rights (3 cr)

This course considers responsible media use, consumption, and production by amateur users in media and information-rich situations of everyday life.

CMCL-C 334 Current Topics in Communication (3 cr)

Analysis of selected problems in communication and culture. Topics vary each semester.
Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.

CMCL-C 337 New Media (3 cr)

Develops frameworks for understanding new media technologies in social contexts. Compares computing, networked digital media, and social media to prior eras of technological change, focusing on interactions among technological, industrial, regulatory, social, and cultural forces. May be repeated with different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

CMCL-C 380 Nonverbal Communication (3 cr)

Provides a conceptual and theoretical foundation for understanding how nonverbal communication influences perceptions of others and the ways in which nonverbal communication reflects emotions, status, sex roles, etc. The course explores how nonverbal communication facilitates retention, comprehension, and persuasiveness of verbal information, including the ability to detect deceptive communication.

CMCL-C 405 Communication Theories (3 cr)

Survey of contemporary theories of human communication with emphasis on the nature of theory construction; contributions of allied disciplines to communication theory.
This course also listed as SPCH-S 405.

  • Prerequisite: C205

CMCL-C 407 Rhetoric and History (3 cr)

Provides a conceptual and theoretical foundation for understanding theories of rhetoric and the place of rhetorical praxis in response to intellectual and political movements such as Hellenism, Roman imperialism, the Renaissance, the reformation, the enlightenment, and post modernism.

CMCL-C 424 Communication Research Methods (3 cr)

Focuses on the objective appraisal of behavioral data in the study of speech communication. Introduces the theoretical foundation of empirical social science and offers guidelines for conducting descriptive and experimental studies.

  • Prerequisite: C205, C405

CMCL-C 427 Cross-Cultural Communication (3 cr)

A survey study of national, cultural, and cross-cultural persuasion in theory and practice.

CMCL-C 440 Organizational Communication (3 cr)

Examination of internal and external communication in business and other professional organizations, with emphasis on theory, techniques, practices, goals, and the social environment in which such communication exists.

CMCL-C 450 Gender and Communication (3 cr)

Examines the extent to which biological sex and gender role orientation and stereotypes influence the process of communication. Focuses on gender differences in decoding and encoding verbal and nonverbal behavior, development of sex roles, cultural assumptions, and stereotypes regarding gender differences in communication. Analyzes how the media present, influence, and reinforce gender stereotypes.

CMCL-C 490 Capstone in Communication and Culture (3-6 cr)

Original research project, culmination in honors thesis to be written under direction of faculty member.
Offered spring semesters.

  • Prerequisite: Senior standing, CMCL-C405, CMCL C424

Speech & Public Speaking

SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking (3 cr)

Theory and practice of public speaking: training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content, analysis of components of effective delivery and language.
Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters. Offered on campus and online. See this document for more information about the online format and related requirements: Requirements for SPCH S121 online.

SPCH-S 122 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)

Introduction to core communication concepts and processes of face-to-face interaction from the perspective of communication competence. Analyzes variability in the design, production, exchange, and interpretation of messages in relational, family, professional, and cultural contexts.

SPCH-S 303 Propaganda and Persuasion (3 cr)

A study of the history, practice, and effects of propaganda. Particular attention is given to differences between strategies explored in propaganda and those employed in more ethical forms of persuasion.  The emphasis of the course is on the use of propaganda in contemporary society.

SPCH-S 323 Speech Composition (3 cr)

Advanced speech writing; theories of style in written and spoken language; logical proofs; and emotional and ethical appeals. Practice in composition and delivery.
Offered periodically.

  • Prerequisites: S121 or C130

SPCH-S 333 Public Relations (3 cr)

Practice and profession of writing for public relations within the context of campaigns or ongoing dissemination. Persuasion theory and psychology of persuasion.

SPCH-S 490 Professional Practicum or Internship (3 cr)

This course creates an opportunity for students to receive academic credit for a part-time or full-time internship experience. Such experience allows students to apply the knowledge gained through course work in communication studies to the work world, thereby developing additional knowledge and skills and exposing them to professional career opportunities.


JOUR-J 110 Foundations of Journalism and Mass Comm (3 cr)

Survey of the institutions of journalism and mass communication, their philosophical foundations, history, processes, economic realities, and effects.
Offered occasionally.

JOUR-J 210 Visual Communication (3 cr.)

Theories of visual communications including human perception, psychology of color, and principles of design. Application of those theories to photography, video, and computer graphic design in news communication.
Offered spring semester, even years.

JOUR-J 219 Introduction to Public Relations (3 cr)

Provides an overview of public relations and introduces theory and practice of the field. Topics include the relationship between public relations and marketing, the history and development of public relations, measurement and assessment methods, ethics, and law.
Offered fall semester, even years.

JOUR-J 290 Internship in Journalism (3 cr)

You will produce campus student newspaper. May be repeated once for credit.
Offered as needed.


TEL-T 283 Introduction to Production Techniques and Practices (3 cr)

Introductory hands-on production course which concentrates on the planning and production of video and related media. Specific units include TV studio, field shooting/linear tape editing, and digital video non-linear video editing. Content consists of applied activities within a conceptual framework. Class partnership with WCTV.
Offered every semester.

TEL-T 498 Projects in Telecommunications (3-6 cr)

This course is an upper-division independent study. Students must receive approval from advisor and a project director.
Offered every semester.

  • Prerequisite: TEL-T 283

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