Freshman-sophomore level; juniors and seniors by permission only.
Theory and practice in communication, including discussions and practical experiences in communication process, language, self-concept, perception, interviewing, group communication, audience analysis, public speaking, feedback, and listening.
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
Theory and practice of varying human communication forms. Includes discussions and practical experiences in communication process, language, self-concept, perception, interviewing, group communication, audience analysis, public speaking, feedback, and listening. Students conduct evaluative critiques, engage in mock interviews and maintain process journals.
Communication, Collaboration, and Community: Introduction LINK
Introduction to the field of communication studies. Processes and theories of human communication in interpersonal and/or family, organizational, and rhetorical contexts. Connects principles of communication studies to collaboration processes and community problems. Career opportunities.
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
Detailed practice in composition and delivery of speeches leading to effective extemporaneous speaking. Critical analysis of contemporary speeches on vital public issues will culminate in a major research paper.
Practice and theory of communication to participate in and lead small group discussion and problem solving.
Intercultural Communication LINKCrosslisted as ETHN 211
Exploration of culture as a dimension of all communicative activity. Communication between cultural groups in a variety of contexts, e.g. interpersonal relationships, groups, organizations, politics, and international relations.
Introduction to communication and popular culture, e.g. television, music, film, popular literature, "self help" literature, etc., using rhetorical and critical methods of analysis to understand the communicative dimension of these cultural forms to explore the complex relationship of language, visual images, mediated communication, and cultural values.
An introduction to a variety of communication skills to help achieve maximum effectiveness on the job: verbal and listening skills, oral presentation techniques, small group problem solving/leadership, interviewing, and organizational communication.
Primary focus: studying and applying the principles and strategies of interviewing to practical situations; defining and discussing the applications of interviewing theory as it applies to interviewers and interviewees; and participation in interviews utilizing the strategies and techniques discussed in class including employment, counseling, informational, appraisal, complaint, reprimand, and/or persuasive.
Polls, Politics and Public Opinion LINKCrosslisted as POLS 334
Attitudes and behavior of citizens with respect to politics, how these attitudes and behaviors are shaped, how they are measured, and what influence they have on government.
Overview of communication research and practice in various care contexts: client/provider interactions, provider/provider communication, communication in health care organizations, mediated messages in the marketing and promotion of health information, consumer advocacy, politics of health care.
Introduction to the theories and concepts of intergroup communication, personal and social identity, and social categorization. Communicative processes associated with defining self and others including social comparison, prejudice and discrimination, and social conflict.
Introduction to theories and concepts of intergenerational communication, perceptions of aging, and attitudes about age groups. Focus on cultural variations, media and technology, personal relationships, health and health care.
An upper-division course in the theories and perspectives of persuasion, including an examination of the dimensions, scope, and role of persuasion in our society. Critical analysis of persuasive messages, becoming familiar with persuasive research, and applying to practical situations.
Cultural Encounters on the Great Plains LINKCrosslisted as GPSP 378
Introduction to theory and research in gender and communication and a survey of research on similarities and differences between male and female verbal and nonverbal communication. Emphasis on examining the relationships among gender, language, social reality, and cultural values.
Travel outside the United States is required. Passport to travel is required; educational visa may be required. Arrangements for payment and program costs (tuition, transportation, room and board, etc.) will vary depending on the program.
Study abroad at site(s) outside the United States with topics to vary depending on the country(ies) visited and specific area of study. Assignments link experiential learning to communication processes and theories. Students will earn 1 credit hour per every 45 hours of attendance commitments and/or assigned work.
For students interested in teaching debate and speech activities at the secondary or collegiate level.
Emphasis placed on the relationship between theory in speech communication and practice in the debate and speech contest situation.
Instructional Communication LINKCrosslisted as TEAC 429/829
Junior/senior standing; College of Education and Human Sciences major; COMM 200, 201; or permission.
Advanced introductory course in instructional communication, focusing on understanding variables associated with the communication process in instructional settings and managing instructional communication more effectively. Provides an experimental and a cognitive understanding of the role of communication in the instructional process.
Political Communication LINKCrosslisted as POLS 430/830
12 hrs communication studies, or permission.
Role of communication in the political process, with emphasis on communication strategies in political campaigns. Includes communication variables important in the political process, an application of communication theory and principles to political rhetoric, and analysis and criticism of selected political communication events.
Communication processes and issues that arise in global organizations and in an era marked by globalization. Relationships among culture, communication, and ways of organizing in a variety of organizations.
Junior standing and 12 to 15 hrs communication studies courses.
Prerequisites waived for instructor assistants for COMM PSI courses.
Structured professional experience in the field of communication studies outside of the traditional academic setting. Communication problems are confronted not as abstractions, but as specific occurrences with which the student must cope.
Max credits per semester:
Communication, Collaboration, and Community: Capstone LINK