Course Descriptions

COMMUNICATION COURSES:

  • CMS 142 - Communications Practicum
    • 1-4 Hours
    • Student works a minimum of two hours each week with the college newspaper.
    • Course may be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours.
  • COM 101 - Introduction to Communication
    • 3 Hours
    • An introduction to the process of communication as a critical element in human interaction and in society. 
    • Designed to enhance effective communication and informed use of the mass media.
    • Components: Lecture
    • Attributes: Social Interaction
  • COM 181 - Basic Public Speaking
    • 3 Hours
    • A course designed to give the student platform experience in the fundamentals of effective speaking.
    • Components: Lecture
    • Attributes: Oral Communication
  • COM 249 - Mass Media and Mass Culture
    • 3 Hours
    • An interplay between the technology and the content of the mass communications media and culture.
    • Components: Lecture
    • Attributes: Social Interaction
  • COM 252 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
    • 3 Hours
    • Examines basic verbal and nonverbal elements affecting communication between individuals in family, peer group, and work contexts.
    • Course requires participation in activities to develop interpersonal skills.
    • Topics include strategy development, relationship and conversation management, effective listening, conflict management, defensive communication, communication anxiety, cultural/ sex differences in communication style.
    • Components: Lecture
    • Attributes: Oral Communication
  • COM 254 - Introduction to Intercultural Communication
    • 3 Hours 
    • An introduction to the topics of intercultural communication with an emphasis on the relationships between culture and communication, social/psychological variables, verbal/nonverbal language systems, intercultural communication perceptions, and conflict resolution. 
    • Contemporary issues in cross-cultural interaction, media.
    • Components: Lecture
    • Attributes: Social Interaction
  • COM 281 - Communication in Small Group
    • 3 Hours
    • A study of communication processes in small group situations.
    • Topics include conflict, leadership, and decision making.
    • Students will participate in group discussion and develop skills in analyzing group performance.
    • Components: Lecture
    • Attributes: Oral Communication
  • COM 287 - Persuasive Speaking
    • 3 Hours
    • A study of the processes involved in attitude change, with emphasis on the preparation and delivery of persuasive messages.
    • Components: Lecture
  • COM 288 - Oral Interpretation
    • 3 Hours
    • An analysis of prose and poetry for oral interpretation.
    • Helpful to those who plan to teach literature.
    • Components: Lecture
  • COM 299 - Special Topics in Communication
    • 3 Hours
    • A sophomore level study of a selected topic in communication.
    • Prerequisites: COM 181 or COM 252 or consent of instructor.
    • Components: Lecture
  • JAT 241 - Communications Practicum
    • 1-4 Hours
    • Supervised laboratory work in the media of mass communication, with meetings for evaluation of work, study of techniques, analyses of problems, and reports.
    • May be repeated to a maximum of four credits.
    • Components: Laboratory

JOURNALISM COURSES

  • JOU 101 - Introduction to Journalism
    • 3 Hours
    • The course surveys the history and social theories of journalism and introduces students to contemporary journalistic practice.
    • Area covered include print, electronic and on-line news media, press freedom and controls, media ethics, global communications, advertising, public relations, and telecommunications.
    • Components: Lecture
  • JOU 204 - Writing for the Mass Media
    • 3 Hours
    • An introduction to the concepts and techniques of media writing.
    • This course offers hands-on instruction in information gathering, organization, and writing for print, broadcast and on-line media.
    • Components: Laboratory, Lecture