Course Descriptions

Communication Arts & Sciences

200 (GI). LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND COMMUNICATION (3). Introduction to language, language development, cultural literacy, culture, and intercultural communication. 

201 (GH). RHETORICAL THEORY (3) History and theory of public advocacy and civic discourse. 

202 (GS). COMMUNICATION THEORY (3) Survey of human communication studies in relational, interpersonal, group, organizational, intercultural, health, technology and mass communication systems. 

203 (GS). INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (3) Explore aspects of competent communication and learn the skills necessary to manage friend, romantic, family, and professional relationships.

204 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS (3) An overview of the skills necessary to evaluate numeric and text-based communication research. There is an applied emphasis on increasing student skills as a critical consumer of commonly reported data such as opinion polls and employee assessments.

214 (W) SPEECH WRITING (3) Writing speeches for delivery in political, professional, and ceremonial settings; emphasis on composition and language for oral presentation.

222 (GS;US;IL) (CIVCM 211, YFE 211) FOUNDATIONS: CIVIC AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (3) Conceptual foundations of public scholarship and orientation to contemporary themes and issues in civic and community engagement. 

250 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION (3) Skill development in the areas of group discussion, leadership, and teamwork.

252 BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION (3) Interviewing, briefing, conferring, and decision making; analyzing and evaluating formal and informal patterns of communication in organizations.

253 HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3) To introduce students to principles of health message design and the general theories and models used to guide these efforts.

271 (GI).  INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (3) Introduction to culture and intercultural communication. Focus on topics such as language, identity, prejudice, and intergroup relations on a domestic and international level.

280 (W) STORYTELLING AND SPEAKING (3) Principles of oral performance from storytelling to the printed page; includes oral performance of stories, speeches, prose, drama, and poetry.

283  COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (3) Explores communication technology and information management. Intended for students in the Liberal Arts.

297 CAREERS IN COMMUNICATION (1) An introduction to a variety of careers in the field of communication arts and sciences, as well as information about preparing to enter internships, graduate school, or the job market.

298 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.

302 SOCIAL INFLUENCE (PERSUASION) (3) Explores how humans influence others through communication. 

311 METHODS OF RHETORICAL CRITICISM (3) Principles for the analysis and evaluation of public discourse.

340 COMMUNICATION AND CIVILTY (3) Communication behaviors contributing to civil and uncivil discourse; their implications in business, public life, across cultures and in interpersonal relationships. 

352  ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (3) This course examines the function and structure of communication in both formal and informal situations.

375 RHETORIC AND PUBLIC CONTROVERSY (3) Survey of important events in the history of public address, including speeches, debates, and persuasive campaigns and movements.

383 CULTURE & TECHNOLOGY (3) This course will examine the area of cyber culture as it relates to communication studies.

398 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.

398A PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING (3) This course is designed as an introduction to public relations as conducted in business, industry, public institutions and by political figures today. Students will examine functions of public relations and its place within organizations and society.

404 CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND NEGOTIATION (3) Theories and strategies important for conceptualizing, developing, and managing conflict negotiation, mediation, and third-party intervention. Recommended preparation course: CAS 202. 

405 FAMILY AND COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH (3) Explores the nature and functions of communication in family life; emphasis on meaning, patterns, and styles of family communication. Prerequisite: CAS 101, CAS 202

415  RHETORIC OF FILM AND TELEVISION (3) Rhetorical analysis of the artistic forms and cultural structures of film and television; intensive study of selected examples. Prerequisite: CAS 201

420 RHETORICAL THEORY (3) Ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and contemporary theories of rhetoric. Prerequisite: CAS 201

422 (US) (AF AM 422) CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNICATION (3) A focused study on the continuities between African and African American culture and communication. Prerequisite: CAS 100

426W COMMUNICATION ETHICS (3) Ethical issues in public and private communication; role of communication in expressing and realizing individual and social values. Prerequisite: CAS 100

450W GROUP COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH (3) Selected theories of problem solving through group discussion emphasizing participation and leadership.

455 (GI) (WMNST). GENDER ROLES IN COMMUNICATION (3) Explores the literature on gender research in the discipline of human communication. Recommended preparation course: CAS 202.

470 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION (3) Examining ways nonverbal messages, such as gestures, posture, vocal intonation, and facial expressions, affect us on a daily basis. Prerequisite: 6 credits in Communication Arts and Sciences  

471 (GI).  INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH (3) Explores intercultural and cross-cultural communication research theory and practice as applied within and across national boundaries. Prerequisite: CAS 271.

475  STUDIES IN PUBLIC ADDRESS (3) History and criticism of public discourse. Intensive analysis of selected public addresses and social movements. Prerequisite: CAS 201.

478  CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POLITICAL RHETORIC (3) Analysis of the role of public discourse in contemporary campaigns, social movements, and political and social controversies. Prerequisite: CAS 201.

495  COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES INTERNSHIP (1-6) Directed and supervised practicum in organizational communication. Prerequisite: approval of the department.

497, 498  SPECIAL TOPICS (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest, such as Rhetoric of American Horror Films, Public Relations and Marketing, Freedom of Expression, Communication, Training, & Development, and LBGTQ Communication and Identity.