Communication

Through experience in a variety of speaking situations, students gain self-confidence in the organization of thought and self-expression. Fall, Spring.

A survey of the basic principles and theories of communication applied to the following contexts: interpersonal, group, organizational, public, mass media, and online communication. Prerequisite: Not open to juniors and seniors except by permission. Fall, Spring.

Examines ethical values and arguments as they apply to interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, and intercultural contexts. Students develop methods of ethical analysis through discussion, lecture, experiential activities, observation, case studies, and research papers. Prerequisites: COMM 175 or permission of instructor. Fall.

An introductory course in sports broadcasting. Students will learn the fundamentals of directing, producing, and on-air performance for both a weekly sports magazine program and sports programs covering live sports events, including, but not limited to, KSC soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Occasionally.

The relationship of children and their development to their use of the mass media, including television, radio, magazines, and the Internet. This course is a reading and writing course. May be used to fulfill the IHJRN 267 requirement for the journalism major and the elective requirement for the communication major. Prerequisite: IHJRN 101. Occasionally.

The study and application of the principles of interpersonal communication: communication ethics, family relationships, problem-solving, nonverbal communication, and small-group communication. Occasionally.

Group dynamics, interaction, problem solving, and leadership. Case study, analysis, and research are required. Occasionally.

An exploration of areas not covered by the regular curriculum. Content depends on available faculty. May be repeated for credit.

Introductory work-learning experience related to career interests for which compensation may be received. Positions arranged by students with sponsorship, approval, and evaluation by full-time faculty. Elective credit only (normally 80 hours for 2 credits). Prerequisites: 24 total credits earned, 2.0 cumulative GPA, and permission of instructor. Graded Pass/Fail.

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Advanced study of the theory and practice of public speaking, with a focus on the crafting of persuasive messages. Prerequisites: IHCOMM 171 and junior standing or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

This course applies interpersonal and intercultural theories to the understanding of intercultural communication and the fostering of intercultural communication competence. Prerequisite: COMM 175 or COMM 275. Occasionally.

A study of effective principles and techniques of writing and speaking in organizational settings. Through research, writing, and oral presentations students will learn techniques for successful communication with internal and external audiences. Topics include business research for report generation, correspondence, resume preparation, employment application, and performance interviews. Prerequisites: IHCOMM 171 and COMM 175. Occasionally.

A survey of the major theories and methodologies of communication and rhetoric and their application to the analysis and appraisal of discourse. Prerequisite: IHPHIL 100 and COMM 175. Fall, Spring.

Contemporary approaches to persuasion theory and an examination of past and current persuasive efforts. Research, writing, and speaking required. Prerequisites: Two courses in communication. Fall, Spring.

COMM379 Internship

2-8 credits

A supervised, contracted experience applying communication theory and skills in a professional setting. Internships are arranged by the student with approval from the communication faculty. On-site and faculty supervision are required. Prerequisites: 12 credits in communication and permission of instructor.

This methods course is designed to increase students' awareness of interpersonal and cultural processes that govern development, maintenance, and deterioration of close relationships, and teach them methods ranging from ethnography, interviews and surveys to experimental research in investigating the role of communication in these processes. Prerequisite: IHCOMM 171 and COMM 175 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

Traditional, dramatistic, fantasy theme, narrative, and cultural approaches to rhetorical criticism are examined. Research, writing, and speaking are required. Prerequisite: IHCOMM 171 and COMM 175 or permission of instructor. Annually.

Classical, medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, 19th-century, modern, and postmodern approaches to rhetorical theory are examined. Research, writing, and speaking are required. Prerequisites: COMM 175, COMM 376, or permission of instructor. Fall, alternate years.

An individual research or application project for communication majors. Students will design and implement a project that will complete their study of communication. Prerequisites: COMM 376 and permission of instructor for Communication Studies Option students; PHIL 350 or PHIL 360 and permission of instructor for Philosophy Option students. Fall, Spring.

An exploration of areas not covered by the regular curriculum. Content depends on available faculty. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: COMM 175 and at least 44 credits, or permission of instructor.

An intensive study of a particular communication theme or topic. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: COMM 175 and at least 44 credits, or permission of instructor. Occasionally.

An intensive study of an issue, a problem, or a topic related to communication. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of instructor.