2010-11 Course Descriptions

COMS - Communication   
Department of Communication (CAS)   
 

COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. Fundamental principles in interpersonal communication, small group communication, and public speaking. May be used to satisfy Speech University Core requirements.   

COMS 112 Fundamentals of Human Communication/Religious Emphasis (3-0-3), fall. Fundamental principles and skills in interpersonal communication, small group communication, and public speaking. Satisfies University Requirements for Bible, missions, and ministry majors.   

COMS 136 Debate Workshop (1-3-1), fall, spring. Students will study the current national debate questions and will prepare for intramural and intercollegiate debating. Requires three hours per week and may be repeated for six semester hours maximum credit.   

COMS 222 Debate: Theory and Practice (3-0-3), fall. A study of argument and refutation as applied to the debate situation. Emphasis is upon research, analysis, brief drawing, and actual debating.    

COMS 236 General Communication Theory (3-0-3), spring. Introduces results of communication research dealing with intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, small group, and intercultural communication as well as source, message, and receiver variables.   

COMS 286 Speech Activities in Elementary School (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. The nature, function, and scope of the speech program in the elementary school, stressing creative dramatics. Required for elementary school teachers; substitutes for COMS 111 in University Requirements.   

COMS 331 Small Group Communication (3-0-3), fall, summer. Training in the principles and practices of small group communication including practice with learning situations and problem-solving situations.   

COMS 341 Interpersonal Communication (3-0-3), spring, summer. Skills and theory of interpersonal relationships, including marriage, family, and work. Deals with communication variables that influence dyads.   

COMS 343 Business and Professional Communication (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. A course designed to apply communication theory to the solving of business or professional interpersonal problems. Stresses systems theory adapted to organizational structure, interviewing and conference techniques, as well as public speaking in professional settings. Prerequisite: COMS 111.   

COMS 345 Intercultural Communication (3-0-3), fall, summer. Stresses understanding of contrasting cultures and ways of communicating with individuals and groups from around the world as well as subcultures within the United States.   

COMS 375 Persuasion (3-0-3), fall. Includes theories and principles of communication useful in a number of contexts where individual or group change is important.   

COMS 376 Family Communication (3-0-3), fall, spring. An in-depth analysis of communication theory and research related to the family.   

COMS 383 Communication in Multi-National Organizations (3-0-3), spring. Designed to introduce students to intercultural communication theories applied to information needs and human resource management in multinational organizations.   

COMS 384 Interview Communication (3-0-3), spring. Theory and practice of communication strategies in the interview process. Class experiences include formal (employment, appraisal) and informal (informing, persuading) interview activities.   

COMS 407  Communication in Society (3-0-3), fall. The course is designed to equip students with the principles of decision-making, communication assessment, and communication strategies applicable to solving problems in human information systems. A writing-intensive course.   

COMS 408 Crisis Communication (3-0-3), spring, even years. Examines the theory and practice of communication strategies in corporate and legal advocacy processes from both social science and rhetorical perspectives. Legal advocacy emphasizes attorney courtroom communication and juror decision making, while corporate advocacy emphasizes crisis communication and reputational management in organizations.    

COMS 415 Political Communication (3-0-3), fall, even years. Develops knowledge of theory, practice, analysis and research that will help students become better consumers of political messages as well as prepare students who intend to work in politics. Graduate students will design and conduct research on the current campaign and analyze the results. Focus is on rhetorical construction rather than the political process. Prerequisite: advanced standing.   

COMS 421 Leadership and Communication (3-0-3), fall, spring. The study of leadership emerging from communication skills, personal traits, group and historical situations. Special focus on small group and organizational leadership.   

COMS 430 Conflict Management (3-0-3), fall. Develops conflict management knowledge and skill competencies through an interaction of theory, practice, and analysis. Among the instructional methods to be used are lectures, case studies, small groups, and conflict instruments.   

COMS 436 Nonverbal Communication (3-0-3), spring. Theory and practice of nonverbal communication in relation to behaviors in numerous contexts and human interactions.   

COMS 450 Gender Communication (3-0-3), spring. Explores the role of gender in communication processes. Communication differences between men and women in contexts of family, school, and work organizations; the influence of media in gender stereotypes. Graduate students will design and conduct research to examine various questions/hypotheses. Prerequisite: advanced standing.   

COMS 483 Advanced Public Speaking (3-0-3), fall, spring. In-depth practice and principles of various public speaking situations. Prerequisite: COMS 111.   

COMS 485 Organizational Communication (3-0-3), fall, spring. The theory and function of communication within business, government, hospitals, schools, industrial firms, and other organizations, with emphasis on concepts and principles for effective information management. Prerequisite: advanced standing.   

COMS 486 Training and Development (3-0-3), spring. The theory and skills involved in doing human resource training in organizations. Provides knowledge, skills, and experience in developing, presenting, and evaluating training programs.   

COMS 491 Rhetorical Theory (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Speakers and speeches of the ancient world, with historical background. Emphasis on rhetorical theories developed in Greek and Roman public address, as well as recent approaches to rhetorical situations. Will substitute for ENGL 329. A writing-intensive course.   

COMS 499 Communication Internship (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. Guided internship with seminar designed to place students in evaluative field experiences to utilize and test communication theory and practice. Prerequisite: senior status and consent of instructor.   

COMS 508 Crisis Communication (3-0-3), spring, even years. Examines the theory and practice of communication strategies in corporate and legal advocacy processes from both social science and rhetorical perspectives. Legal advocacy emphasizes attorney courtroom communication and juror decision making, while corporate advocacy emphasizes crisis communication and reputational management in organizations.   

COMS 515 Political Communication (3-0-3), fall, even years. Develops knowledge of theory, practice, analysis and research that will help students become better consumers of political messages as well as prepare students who intend to work in politics. Graduate students will design and conduct research on the current campaign and analyze the results. Focus is on rhetorical construction rather than the political process. Prerequisite: advanced standing.   

COMS 521 Leadership and Communication (3-0-3), fall, spring. The study of leadership emerging from communication skills, personal traits, group and historical situations. Special focus on small group and organizational leadership.   

COMS 536 Nonverbal Communication (3-0-3), spring. Theory and practice of nonverbal communication in relation to behaviors in numerous contexts and human interactions.   

COMS 543 Business and Professional Communication (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. A course designed to apply communication theory to the solving of business or professional interpersonal problems. Stresses systems theory adapted to organizational structure, interviewing and conference techniques, as well as public speaking in professional settings.   

COMS 545 Intercultural Communication (3-0-3), fall, summer. Stresses understanding of contrasting cultures and ways of communicating with individuals and groups from around the world as well as subcultures within the United States.   

COMS 550 Gender Communication (3-0-3), spring. Explores the role of gender in communication processes. Communication differences between men and women in contexts of family, school, and work organizations; the influence of media in gender stereotypes. Graduate students will design and conduct research to examine various questions/hypotheses.    

COMS 575 Persuasion (3-0-3), fall. Includes theories and principles of communication useful in a number of contexts where individual or group change is important.   

COMS 576 Family Communication (3-0-3), fall, spring. An in-depth analysis of communication theory and research related to the family.   

COMS 583 Communication in Multi-National Organizations (3-0-3), spring. Designed to introduce students to intercultural communication theories applied to information needs and human resource management in multinational organizations.   

COMS 585 Organizational Communication (3-0-3), fall, spring. The theory and function of communication within business, government, hospitals, schools, industrial firms, and other organizations, with emphasis on concepts and principles for effective information management. Prerequisite: advanced standing.   

COMS 586 Training and Development (3-0-3), spring. The theory and skills involved in doing human resource training in organizations. Provides knowledge, skills, and experience in developing, presenting, and evaluating training programs.   

COMS 591 Rhetorical Theory (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Speakers and speeches of the ancient world, with historical background. Emphasis on rhetorical theories developed in Greek and Roman public address, as well as recent approaches to rhetorical situations. Will substitute for ENGL 529. A writing intensive course.   

COMS 620 Communication Research Methods (3-0-3), fall. Emphasis on the scientific method, survey research, laboratory research, sampling procedures, questionnaire construction, and interviewing techniques. Same as COMP 620 and JMC 620.   

COMS 636 Seminar in Communication Theory (3-0-3), fall. Major concepts of theory and research in the areas of verbal and nonverbal interaction, meaning, information, persuasion, interpersonal, group and organizational communication.   

COMS 641 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Explores theory and variables from the body of scientific literature dealing with interpersonal communication.   

COMS 642 Seminar in Communication (3-0-3). Various problems and concepts in communication. May be repeated with different content for a total of nine hours. May be repeated.   

COMS 675 Seminar in Persuasion and Social Change (3-0-3), fall. Processes, theories and strategies by which group, organizational and cultural persuasion occurs by emphasizing diffusion of innovation strategies.   

COMS 683 Cultural Case Studies (3-0-3), summer. Analysis of several intercultural encounters between U.S. citizens and foreigners in the latter's cultural setting. Application of principles of cross-cultural involvement.   

COMS 685 Seminar in Organizational Communication (3-0-3), spring, even years. Current research that seeks to explain, interpret and analyze communication within public and private organizations.   

COMS 686 Communication Consulting and Assessment (3-0-3), spring, odd years. Methods used in assessing communication behavior in organizations, preparing intervention techniques, and evaluating communication effectiveness.   

COMS 687 Principles of Rhetorical Criticism (3-0-3), fall. Methodology course covering the different rhetorical theories used for criticism of either single rhetorical events or campaigns combining several symbolic events.   

COMS 698 Research Project Thesis Equivalent (0-0-6).* To be presented with departmental approval, in lieu of the traditional thesis.   

COMS 699 Master's Thesis (0-0-6).* May be repeated.

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