COM 1024 Voice and Interpretation
A study of the cognitive, vocal, and non-verbal skills necessary to present effective oral
interpretations of literature. Exercises in the use of the voice and body. Applied practice in
interpreting prose, poetry, and drama. Standard or CR/NC grading.
COM 1034 Public Speaking
A study of the selection, organization, preparation, and presentation of public address. Develops
research skills, as well as skills in verbal and non-verbal communication of messages. Standard
or CR/NC grading.
COM 1064 Argumentation and Debate
The study of the structure and presentation of arguments, focusing on the utilization of
argumentation techniques in debate settings. Research, evaluation, and utilization of evidence in
support of claims. Development of cases. Reasoning, refutation, and debate strategies. Critical
analysis of the arguments of others.
COM 1071 Speech Practicum
Instruction and practice in competitive forensics. Students will compete in debate and/or
individual events (possible categories include interpretation, limited preparation, and public
speaking events). Students must take part in at least one tournament for credit. May be repeated
COM 2024 Non-Verbal Communication
The study of the way we communicate without and beyond words. The various types of non-
verbal behavior, including body language, gestures, paralanguage, and space utilization, will be
examined in order to increase understanding of intracultural and cross-cultural communication.
COM 2034 Organizational Communication
The study of the ways in which communication affects organizations. Analysis of organizational
theory. Focus on concepts of group work, leadership, motivation, formal and informal systems,
external and internal audiences, organizational technologies, and interpersonal communication in
organizations. Practical application through analysis of a particular organization. IV W
COM 2044 Gender and Communication
The study of the role communication plays in genderization and the role gender plays in
communication. Focus on relational interaction in interpersonal and organization contexts, on
mass media messages, and on issues of socialization and power. IV W
COM 2054 Cross-Cultural Communication
The study of the ways people in different cultures communicate differently and the ways in which
communication across these boundaries can be enhanced. Analysis of both verbal and non-verbal
communication styles, with an interest in interpersonal, organizational, and governmental
interactions. IV W
COM 2064 Persuasion
The study of persuasion, with an emphasis on the receiver’s role. Focus on critical analysis of
persuasive messages. Develop understanding of persuasion theory as it relates to individuals,
groups, and movements. Particular attention to the persuasive tools of social proof, reciprocity,
authority, scarcity, liking, and commitment and consistency. IV W
COM 2114 Introduction to Language
A relatively non-technical introduction to the nature of human language as seen by modern
linguists. Material is drawn primarily, but not exclusively, from the English language. Topics
include the relationship between sound and meaning, the nature of linguistic rules, and of
language change, language learning, and the role of dialect. Open to students at any level.
Recommended for majors in elementary education and required of all students seeking secondary
certification in English. Standard or CR/NC grading. Also listed as English 2114.
COM 2294 Special Topics in Communication
Introduction to selected topics in communication focusing on concepts and methods used by
communication scholars. Potential topics include listening, communication and gender, cross-
cultural communication, and rhetorical theory. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic is
COM 4204 Internship in Communication
A program offering the student supervised placement in organizations providing or requiring
communication services. Students might work in human resources, broadcasting, research, or
other communication-related areas. Provides an opportunity to work in a professional area of the
field and apply concepts learned in other communication and communication-related courses.
CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: COM 2034 or 2064 or SOC 2094 and permission of instructor.