Communications (COM)

COM 101. Oral Communication I. 3 Credit Hours.

This is the basic course in speech communication. It offers students an opportunity to explore effective one-to-one, small group, and large group oral communication processes. Emphasis is placed on a theoretical/conceptual approach as well as skill development and application or oral communication concepts to various communication settings and relationships.
Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.

COM 104. Persuasion. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the principles of persuasion as they apply to a wide variety of communication formats and situations. Students are given the opportunity to analyze and create persuasive messages that pertain to work, relationships, the mass media, and the arts. The course focuses on the skills necessary to become a more effective sender and receiver of persuasive communication.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

COM 105. Interview Process. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will provide students with an understanding of the interview process, the principles involved, types of interview questions and their uses, and interview structures.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

COM 107. Public Speaking. 3 Credit Hours.

This course studies the role of public speaking in communication through the theory and practice of researching, organizing, and delivering of public presentations. Audience analysis, critical listening, and the ethical dimensions of communication are also emphasized. Skills are developed through practicing speech fundamentals and analyzing contemporary and classical presentations.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.

COM 110. Organizational Communication in a Global Age. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the communication systems and behaviors within organizations functioning in a global society. Students develop systematic improvement of communication skills as employer and/or employee necessary for success in national and transnational organizations. Additionally, students gain a more in-depth understanding of the way communication functions in organizations including variations in management styles, intercultural communication competence, and effective business presentations and writing. The course also includes opportunities to practice using and evaluating effective communication skills in diverse organizational contexts.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

COM 111. Voice and Articulation. 3 Credit Hours.

Principles and practice of improving voice, articulation, pronunciation, foreign and regional dialects. Primary emphasis on individual speech improvement. Frequent use of audio-video tape for self evaluation.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

COM 114. Oral Interpretation of Literature. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on the analysis and effective oral communication of literature. Course goals include increasing appreciation and understanding of literature through performance and the development of an expressive and responsive communication style.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

COM 117. Health Communication. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on patient-provider interactions and health literacy through communication theory and techniques for developing communication competency. Students are given the opportunity to examine and discuss content pertaining to health interactions with healthcare professionals, patients, other providers, corporate entities such as insurance companies, and those of varies cultural backgrounds. Skills are developed through a variety of assignments such as discussion, role play, presentations, and other practical applications.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

COM 120. Gender Communication. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is aimed at increasing students' understanding of how men and women communicate across a variety of settings and relationships. Students explore ways to improve communication behaviors and strategies in various contexts. Topics include biological, sociological, and cultural factors influencing gender identity; nonverbal and verbal communication styles; and images of men and women in society and the media.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

COM 200. Communication Between Cultures. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces the topic of Intercultural Communication, including the communication process, perception, verbal/nonverbal symbols, beliefs, values, world view, norms, identity, and social institutions. Barriers such as stereotyping, language, and culture shock are examined as well as case studies, cultural research, relationships, and communication skills.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

COM 201. Interpersonal Communication. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will take a theoretical case study examination of interpersonal communication. Relational issues as they pertain to communication will be examined in depth. These issues will include conflict, stages of relationships, power, assertiveness, message analysis, and self-awareness.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.