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COMM-101

Intro to Speech Communication

Credit(s): 3

This course introduces students to what communication is and how it affects human interaction. Emphasis is on public speaking with attention to audience analysis, organizational, and delivery skills. The controlled and supportive classroom environment is an ideal setting for students to practice and perfect those communication skills of effective speaking and critical listening valued in all professions, the community, and personal relations. It is, however, a complex discipline of reading, writing, research, and performance; therefore, course success relies strongly on college level reading and writing abilities. This course is a requirement for both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: ENGL 101
Prerequisites: Entry is based on an appropriate score on the placement test, either COMPASS E-Write > 5, COMPASS Writing > 67, ACT > 7, SAT Verbal > 440 or a grade of C- or above in ENGL-099A and ENGL-099B.

COMM-103

Oral Interpretation

Credit(s): 3

Making literature come alive through effective reading and interpreting is the goal of this course. Students will learn to select, analyze, and perform literary pieces including stories, plays, poems, and famous orations. COMM 103 is a useful elective for elementary education, performing arts, literature, and communication majors, as well as for parents. Lecture: 3 hours per week

COMM-111

Interview Techniques

Credit(s): 2

This course provides practical experience in the development of interviewing techniques for a variety of settings and career applications. The process is analyzed and practiced, including setting up, conducting, and assessing the interview. Students learn to design and carry out effective interviews through study and practice of the practical "do's and don'ts" for several types of interviews. Skills gained are helpful to those pursuing careers in journalism, communications, law enforcement, psychology, oral history, and counseling. Use of an audio tape recorder is suggested. Lecture: 3 hours per week for 14 weeks

COMM-209

Argumentation

Credit(s): 3

This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of argumentation as a form of communication. Analysis, reasoning, evidence, and refutation skills are stressed. It provides skills in reasoned argumentation and is useful for pre law, business, and careers where logical analysis and structured reasoning is stressed. Lecture: 3 hours per week

COMM-212

Nonverbal Communication

Credit(s): 3

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts in the study of body language, symbols, and various means of communicating without using spoken language. The study of nonverbal communication will help students better understand how people communicate in relationships at work and at home, and may create an awareness of the students' own nonverbal communication style. Lecture: 3 hours per week

COMM-220

Intro to Intercultural Communication

Credit(s): 3

This course is concerned with cultural differences and their effects on communication. The course attempts to help students become more sensitive to the needs of people from other cultures with whom we interact. With more and more diversity in our country, and to create and maintain positive relationships with minimal hostility and friction, an understanding of how to communicate across cultures will prove to be a considerable asset. Communication competence with people of other cultures calls for a repertoire of communication skills rarely taught in any other college course. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Take COMM-101; Minimum grade C-.

COMM-233

Interpersonal Communication

Credit(s): 3

This course is an introduction to the skills and concepts that impact how people deal on a one to one level within interpersonal relationships. Emphasis is on self examination and understanding how "I communicate with others" and how that can be improved. This is an excellent course for developing skills necessary for everyday life and living where relationships must be developed and maintained. Lecture: 3 hours per week

COMM-236

Small Group Communication

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to present the fundamentals of small group communication in such a way that the student actually experiences the small group process and evaluates his/her own and other's behaviors for success. The course will combine theory and practical application. Lecture: 3 hours per week

COMM-252

Introduction to Public Relations

Credit(s): 3

This course examines issues, tasks, and responsibilities of public relations practitioners in a variety of professional settings. Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics. This course will cover the theories and foundations of public relations and provide an overview of the principles, strategies, and practices of the profession. Legal and ethical issues facing public relations professionals will also be addressed. Multiple writing assignments address basic requirements of public relations professionals. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Prerequisites: Complete COMJ-121 COMJ-140 and ENGL-101 with a minimum grade of C-.