Communication Studies Minor

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Required Courses:

COMM 180: First Semester Seminar (1)

Designed to introduce the beginning communication student to some basic principles and thought in the field of communication. Offered in a seminar style, each week we will meet to cover key concepts of communication, such as the communication model, areas of communication, and preparing for a career in communication. This introductory course is designed for new communication students, but anyone wanting an overall understanding of communication and its principles will benefit as well.

COMM 222: Interpersonal Communication (3)

The study of concepts, problems, and responsibilities in communication between two or more persons, focusing on conversation with consideration of many variables and contexts. [Cross-listed: CORE 254]

COMM 228: Organizational Communication (3)

The analysis of formal and informal communication in such organizations as corporations and institutions. Included will be considerations of communication problems related to grapevine, rumor, channels, perception, power, status, roles, structures, etc.

COMM 240: Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

An introduction to the concept of mass communication and its application to electronic and written media. The course will survey the historical development of the technology, effects, and theory of the media through major issues.

COMM 270: Cross-Cultural Communication (3)

This course explores a variety of cross-cultural and intercultural communication experiences. Students will explore the concept of culture and examine the relationship of culture and communication to build a framework for studying cross-cultural communication patterns from a variety of representative cultures (including North American culture). Special emphasis will be given to the influence of worldview, ethnic identity, and socialization on the process of communication. Overall, this course is designed to help you appreciate and understand different forms of communication and begin to develop a Christian perspective for the differences and relationships between cultures. [Cross-listed: CORE 270]

COMM 301: Advanced Non-fiction Writing (3)

This course will introduce students to types of non-fiction writing sought by online and print publications. It will seek to improve students’ narrative writing skills, especially an engaging voice. Major assignments include the profile, the review, and the personal essay. Students will also read and react to various types of non-fiction writing, both essays and longer works. Significant class time is spent in workshop format, with students reading and discussing their own work. Satisfies Core Program writing-intensive requirement. English 220 recommended. [Cross-listed: English 301]

Must Choose 1:

COMM 220: Small Group Communication (3)

A study of the theory and practice of group problem-solving in cooperative face-to-face discussion; the development of awareness and understanding of group dynamics, and the presentation of panel, symposium, and dialogue.

COMM 322: Family Communication (3)

The focus of this course is to analyze and understand communication in long-term interpersonal relationships in the family. Problems specific to family communication will receive attention. The course aims at improving communication by stressing application of communication principles to family interaction. Prerequisite: Communication 222; or permission of instructor.