Communication Speech

COMS 201 - Studies in Human/Communication
Hours: 3
A study of human communication and language process, speaking and listening and semantics and meaning. The course explores how humans are able to reach meaning and understanding through communication.

COMS 301 - Computer Mediated Communication
Hours: 3
Students will learn about the digital networked era, which is based on consuming ever-increasing content. This information can influence who we are and the relationships we have with others. We will examine fundamental aspects of interpersonal communication and consider how different types of computer-mediated communications (CMC) technologies such as e-mail, instant messaging, video conferencing, twitter and social network sites affect communication processes. Students will engage the web as critical writers and readers in order to move past being simply consumers and empower them in this digital networked era.

COMS 312 - Persuasion
Hours: 3
Speeches and techniques are of a persuasive nature. The course includes a critical analysis of the principles and methods influencing belief and action.

COMS 316 - Gender Communication
Hours: 3
Sex differences and similarities in communication will be explored. Different theoretical perspectives will be covered from which to study social behavior of the two sexes. Both verbal communication and nonverbal communication will be addressed across contexts

COMS 317 - Interpersonal Communication
Hours: 3
A study of environmental conditions that affect interpersonal interactions. Attention is given to verbal and non-verbal interactions, interpersonal behavior, communication models and networks, and social influences.

COMS 318 - GLB/Small Group Communication
Hours: 3
Theory and practice of communicating in small groups. Common barriers to communication will be examined.

COMS 319 - Leadership & Conflict Management
Hours: 3
An analysis within a framework of Communication Studies of the nature of leadership and conflict and the methods to resolve conflict with an emphasis on collaborative problem solving and mediation. Applying leadership and conflict management concepts, principles, strategies and techniques to your personal life. Prerequisites: COMS 201 with a minimum grade of C.

COMS 321 - Communication in the Classroom
Hours: 3
This course is a survey of communication processes, theories, and skills applied in the educational context. Emphasis is placed upon knowledge and skills needed for interaction between teachers and students, and facilitation of learning in a variety of modes and situations. This course aims at having a complete understanding through philosophical and applied research approaches. Quality presentation-making is one of the most prevalent and important job tasks for teachers today. In light of this, presentation assignments in this course stress basic skills of idea generation, message development, and message delivery. Practice is provided in skills and principles associated with presentations, discussions, and collaborative activities.

COMS 389 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies.

COMS 392 - Nonverbal Communication
Hours: 3
Nonverbal Communication will explore different aspects of nonverbal communication. The class is structured to first build an understanding of nonverbal communication from an academic standpoint. A theoretical perspective will be understood. Then, the areas of visual and auditory codes (kinesics, physical appearance, and vocalics); contact codes (haptics and proxemics); place and time codes (environment, artifacts, and chronemics); relationship between verbal and NV communication; emotion and NV behavior; NV coding and decoding of deception will be addressed. A major portion of the course will apply nonverbal communication to students’ lives. An understanding of interpreting different nonverbal messages will be covered.

COMS 397 - Special Topics
Hours: 3
Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

COMS 401 - Conflict Management
Hours: 3
An analysis of the nature of conflict and the methods to resolve conflict through communication with an emphasis on collaborative problem solving and mediation. Applying conflict management concepts, principles, and techniques to personal life.

COMS 406 - Nonverbal Communication
Hours: 3
Nonverbal Communication will explore different aspects of nonverbal communication. The class is structured to first build an understanding of nonverbal communication from an academic standpoint. A theoretical perspective will be understood, then the areas of visual and auditory codes (kinesics, physical appearance, and vocalics); contact codes (haptics and proxemics); place and time codes (environment, artifacts, and chronemics). Relationship between verbal and NV communication; emotion and NV behavior; NV coding and decoding of deception will be addressed. A major portion of the course to follow will apply nonverbal communication to students’ lives. An understanding of interpreting different nonverbal messages will be covered.

COMS 407 - Communication Research Methods & Theory
Hours: 3
This course is a survey of basic human communication research methods focused on developing competencies at various levels. The primary goal is for students to better understand and apply how research is conducted in communication studies. Emphasis is placed in three primary areas of human communication research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Critical Studies. The understanding and application of theory used in research will also be covered. Students will write papers that can lead up to research studies.

COMS 408 - GLB/Intercultural Communication
Hours: 3
Overview of the study of cross-cultural communication. Includes a survey of nonwestern culture, communication concepts, intercultural communication problems and approaches to their resolution. Introduces students to the differences in meaning between co-cultures.

COMS 412 - Theory of Communication
Hours: 3
A survey of communication from Aristotle to modern times.

COMS 414 - Political Communication
Hours: 3
Communication by individuals, groups, and the mass media as major political influences on public policy decisions.

COMS 418 - Communication & Social Change
Hours: 3
The study of the role of communication and mass media in social change. Emphasis is given to the mass media as a prime component for change, although community action and interpersonal approaches are included. Students investigate methods employed by opinion leaders and change agents to accomplish specific goals. Variables addressed include how media defines and disseminates information about issues, how advertising promotes or rejects issues, how lifestyles are portrayed with respect to issues, and how mass media ownership and regulatory policies affect the communication act.

COMS 422 - Organizational Communication
Hours: 3
The focus of this class will be on the traditions/approaches, theories, and research findings concerning conceptions of organizations, various traditions in the study of organizations, metaphors for organizational communication, culture and climate within organizations, group processes, leadership, socialization/assimilation/membership, negotiation, power, motivation/performance, organizational innovation and change, team based structures and alternative forms of organizing, and strategic organizational communication.

COMS 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisites: Consent of department head or speech communication head.

COMS 490 - H Honors Thesis
Hours: 3
Honors Thesis.

COMS 491 - H Ind Honors Readings
Hours: 3
Honors Readings.

COMS 1315 - Fund of Public Speaking
Hours: 3
(SPCH 1315) SPC 111 - Fundamentals of Speech. Three semester hours. Basic course in organizing and developing effective oral communication. Particular stress is placed on voice and diction, and general public speaking.

COMS 1321 - Business/Prof Speaking
Hours: 3
Designed to aid the prospective business or professional person in preparing various types of speaking assignments such as he/she might encounter in his/her career. It is planned for agriculture and business majors, and for other students seeking one course in public speaking. Emphasis is upon structure and techniques of presentation.