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1025 Introduction to Communication Studies (3) Miller
  Introduction to historical and intellectual development of the field. Students survey the origins of contemporary theory; learn about fundamental concepts, models, investigative tools, and contexts of communication; and explore a variety of professional opportunities awaiting communication graduates.
1040 Public Communication (3) Staff
  Study and practice of the basic techniques of public speaking used to inform, to entertain, and to persuade audiences. Emphasis on the speech-building process: audience analysis, research, development, composition, organization, style, delivery, and criticism.
1041 Interpersonal Communication (3) Staff
  Study and practice of verbal and nonverbal communication in ritual, information and perspective sharing, problem solving, and relationship formation, maintenance, and dissolution. Designed to raise awareness of the complexity and power of the communication process in daily life and to help students develop interpersonal skills cognitively, affectively, and behaviorally.
1042 Business and Professional Speaking (3) Staff
  Study of the communication process in business and professional organizations; practice in interviewing, small group communication, and public presentations. For non-majors and non-minors only.
2100 Communication Theory (3) Clapp
  Inquiry into the nature and function of communication theory as a framework for the study of communicative behavior. Emphasis is placed on analysis of paradigmatic approaches in rhetorical, interpersonal, and mass communication theories and models, and on examination of contemporary research literature in communication. Prerequisite: Comm 1025.
2120 Small Group Communication (3) Warren and Staff
  The study and practice of communication in small groups, focusing on problem solving, norms, roles, and leadership. Prerequisite: Comm 1025 or permission of the instructor.
2140 Nonverbal Behavior (3) Wood
  Introduction to predominant theories, principles, and problems in the study of nonverbal behavior; application of research results to everyday life. Topics include facial expression, eye behavior, physical appearance, body movement and gestures, tactile messages, vocal characteristics, use of time, spatial dynamics, gender and life-stage differences.
3110 Research Methods (3) Clapp
  Processes of inquiry within interpersonal and public communication. Students are introduced to concepts of framing research questions, conducting literature reviews, developing a research design, using qualitative and quantitative research tools, and interpreting results of research in communication. Prerequisite: Comm 2100.
3170 Organizational Communication (3) Staff
  Exploration of the philosophy, process, problems, and potential of human communication within organizational contexts. May involve experiential workshops and fieldwork. Prerequisite: Comm 1041 or 2120 or permission of instructor.
3171 Professional Communication (3) Clapp
  Principles and theories of communication applied to situations encountered in organizational and professional environments. Development of knowledge and abilities for workplace tasks, such as interviewing, facilitating meetings, providing performance appraisals, designing and delivering instructional materials and other professional presentations.
3172 Health Communication (3) Staff
  Exploration of the nature, functions, and impact of relational communication in the context of health care. Both formal (health care organizations) and informal (family communication) systems may be studied. Topics can include provider–patient interaction, media and health, confirmatory communication. Prerequisite: Comm 1041 or 2100 or permission of instructor.
3173 Communication in a Mediated World (3) Staff
  An exploration of human-to-human communication mediated by computer technology. Traditional communication theories are applied and adapted to the computer-mediated realm; newer theories of computer-mediated communication are addressed.
3174 Intercultural Communication (3) Miller
  Exploration of the process, trends, rewards, and difficulties of human communication in intercultural contexts, with an eye toward establishing guidelines for mitigating miscommunication across cultures. May involve fieldwork. Prerequisite: Comm 1041 or permission of instructor.
3176 Issues and Image Management (3) Staff
  The issues and image management function in corporate, professional, and nonprofit organizations. Assignments may include in-class collaboration on case studies of communication campaigns and crisis communication strategies, interviews with professionals in the practice of communication management, and a communication audit of strategies and messages of a selected organization.
3180 Communication Criticism (3) Miller
  Evaluation of communication paradigms along critical dimensions of analysis. Prerequisite: Comm 1040 or 4150 or permission of instructor.
3190 Selected Topics (3) Warren and Staff
  Topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
4150 Persuasion (3) Warren
  In-depth study of the principles and techniques of persuasion from both production and consumption perspectives, in both personal and mediated contexts. Emphasis on the common-premise model, with consideration of such topic areas as pathos/ethos/logos, attitude and behavior change, effectiveness, ethics, and subconscious influence. Prerequisite: Comm 1025.
4196 Independent Study (1 to 3) Warren and Staff
  Independent research and special projects. Open to seniors or exceptionally well-prepared juniors majoring in communication. Before students are permitted to register, they must submit a written proposal of the plan of study and obtain approval of the faculty member who will direct the study and of the program chair.
4197 Internship (3) Warren
  For communication majors and minors. Student-secured internships in public or private communication-related organizations in the metropolitan area. Students spend at least 15 hours per week doing communication-related work. Meetings, reports, and/or analysis paper are required. Admission requires prior program approval. Graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.
4199 Senior Seminar (3) Warren, Miller
  Capstone course limited to communication majors. Selected reading and discussion. Each student works on an individually designed research project throughout the term, the results of which will be presented in a major paper. Prerequisite: Comm 2100 and 3110.

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