Course Descriptions

COM 181, COM 205, COM 252, COM 281, and COM 287 meet the oral communication requirement.

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 205 - Business and Professional Communication
    • 3 Hours
    • Provides opportunity to examine and develop oral communication strategies appropriate to business and professional environments. Includes oral presentations, interpersonal communication strategies, intercultural communication, interviewing, communicating in teams, leadership communication and conflict resolution skills.
    • (Does not substitute for COM 181 for Business Transfer students.)
    • 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