COM Course List

​The courses listed below are based on the 2013 - 2014 bulletin.  Please visit our bulletin web page​ for most recent list of dance courses.  


COM 100Communication and Society  1(1-0)
This course introduces students to a variety of communication concepts and career possibilities in addition to the role communication plays in contemporary society.
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COM 101Introduction to Communication  3(3-0)
General education approach to theory and process of human communication with practicum opportunities. Does not count toward a major or minor in Communication and Dramatic Arts.
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COM 195Intercultural Communication  3(3-0)
Content focuses on how values, attitudes and beliefs influence communication among people from different cultural backgrounds. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.
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COM 225Introduction to Communication in Virtual Environments  3(3-0)
This course addresses the implications of communicating in virtual worlds. Concepts to be addressed include: identity construction, online relationships, collaborative work environments, and ethics.
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COM 251Foundations of Communication Theory  3(3-0)
Basic theories pertaining to spoken symbolic interaction, focusing mainly on the psychological and sociological aspects of interpersonal communication and public address.
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COM 255Special Topics in Communication  1-6(Spec)
Varied topics of current interest; listed in Course Search and Registration.
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COM 264Organizational Communication  3(3-0)
Current communication theories and practices in the modern formal organization. Especially recommended for students on preprofessional curricula.
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COM 267Introduction to Debate  3(3-0)
Prepares students without experience to gain understanding of theory and practice of debate. Recommended for prelaw, prebusiness, urban government students, and teachers.
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COM 269Practicum in Debate/Forensics  2-8(Spec)
Opportunities for intensive research on topics in debate and various forms of forensics for students in the University forensics program. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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COM 301Survey of Research in Communication  3(3-0)
An introduction to the research and its methodologies in speech communication. Students will read and write about primary research in the discipline. Prerequisite: a grade of C (2.0) or better in COM 251.
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COM 352Communication and Social Influence  3(3-0)
This course explores how language and public speeches shape decisions, create political support, define presidential leadership, repair public images, and celebrate community values.
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COM 353Small Group Communication  3(3-0)
Theories and application of the methods surrounding small-group interaction processes.
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COM 357Public Speaking  3(3-0)
Theories and techniques for creating public speeches. Designed for students who seek to improve public-speaking skills.
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COM 361Interpersonal Communication  3(3-0)
Assists the student in understanding the interpersonal communication process and in analyzing barriers to its effectiveness.
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COM 362/WST 362Gender Communication  3(3-0)
Focuses on the role of communication in the creation and perpetuation of gender stereotypes. Emphasis on personal growth and awareness in a variety of contexts. Identical to WST 362. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses.
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COM 363Principles and Types of Interviewing  3(3-0)
Study of establishing and achieving communication goals in a variety of formalized interviewing contexts. Emphasis given to question development and interviewing skills.
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COM 365Persuasion and Social Influence  3(3-0)
Application of theories and principles underlying attitude change. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.
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COM 367Nonverbal Communication  3(3-0)
Examines the non-language dimensions of communication in several social settings: dyadic, small group, crosscultural, and subcultural.
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COM 369Health Communication  3(3-0)
This course will assist students in increasing their understanding of and the skills of communication as applied to the health professions.
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COM 401Capstone in Communication  3(3-0)
Designed to help students integrate their communication knowledge and develop higher order thinking and interaction skills by applying them to professional and real-world situations. Prerequisites: COM 251, COM 301 with a grade of C or better; COM 353, COM 357, and COM 361; plus 9 more hours toward the COM major; senior status.
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COM 461Communication in Leadership  3(3-0)
Theory and practice in leadership skills with special emphasis on oral communication. Examines leadership in both voluntary and non-voluntary organizations. Prerequisites: Grades of C (2.0) or better in COM 251, COM 301; or LDR 200 and junior standing. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.
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COM 464Communication Internship  1-6(Spec)
Designed to apply a variety of classroom concepts and skills within a supervised organizational setting. Prerequisite: prior written approval of COM internship coordinator. Limited to junior and senior COM majors and minors.
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COM 468Advanced Interpersonal Communication  3(3-0)
Survey of interpersonal communication theories. Focuses on current issues and concepts in the area of interpersonal relationships. Prerequisites: COM 251, COM 301, with a grade of C (2.0) or better; COM 361.
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COM 490Independent Study Each  1-4(Spec)
Student-initiated study guided by faculty member or faculty committee. Undergraduate prerequisites: an overall B average; permission of advisor and instructor (and completion of form).
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COM 492Speech Methods in Secondary School  4(4-0)
Philosophy, principles, and methods. Curricular and co-curricular responsibilities of secondary teachers (grades 7-12). Students also will work as a teaching assistant in COM 101. Prerequisites: Student must be accepted into the Teacher Education program. Must be taken the spring semester prior to student teaching at the secondary level in Speech.
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COM 493Field Experience in Speech Education  1(Spec)
Individual one-week assignment in a public school of on-site observation and participation under the supervision of the department and a secondary speech communication teacher. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; EDU 107. Corequisite: COM 492.
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COM 495Communication Facilitation  2-6(Spec)
Guided experience as a teaching assistant in a communication class. Students will have the opportunity to develop interpersonal, small group, public speaking, and supervisory communication skills in an applied setting. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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COM 523Dark Side of Communication  3(3-0)
This course examines negative communication behaviors such as expression of jealousy, gossip and rumor, embarrassment, criticism, deception, coercion, and obsession. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with grades of C or better; COM 361.
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COM 527Political Communication  3(3-0)
This course considers the influence of political communication in American society. The course addresses the connections between political discourse, the American people, and the media. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with a grade of C or better; junior standing.
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COM 555Special Topics in Communication  1-9(Spec)
Current topics of each semester listed in Course Search and Registration. 3 hours each; maximum credit 9 hours. Prerequisites: grades of C (2.0) or better in COM 251, COM 301.
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COM 558Historical Backgrounds of Communication Theory  3(3-0)
Theories of rhetoric and communication from the classical, medieval, and Renaissance periods studied in a comprehensive historical philosophical survey. Prerequisite: COM 251, 301 with grades of C or better.
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COM 560Communication and Social/Organizational Change  3(3-0)
Research and methods of communicating changes into existing social systems. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. Prerequisites: grades of C (2.0) or better in COM 251, COM 301.
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COM 561Communication in Conflict Management  3(3-0)
Theory, research, and practical application of managing conflicts through communication. Focuses on conflict between people in the contexts of family, group, and organizations. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with grades of C or better.
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COM 562Family Communication  3(3-0)
The study of verbal and nonverbal communication processes, patterns, and problems in the family. The uniqueness of the family system as a communication context is emphasized. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with grades of C or better.
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COM 565Communication Training in Organizations  3(3-0)
This course examines the role of training in improving communication in organizations. The course discusses the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational communication training. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with grades of C or better; COM 264.
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COM 569Communication in the Classroom  3(3-0)
Integrated research from several fields describing communication patterns among students and teacher-to-student within school settings. Designed for students interested in teaching or administration. Prerequisites: completion of 56 hours of undergraduate credit.
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COM 591Oral Communication with Children  3(3-0)
Study and practice of adult/child communication patterns. Course will include State objectives for speaking/listening. Designed for teachers and people working with children.
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COM 594Directing Speech Activities  3(3-0)
Designed to provide the student or the professional teacher with the skills needed to coach and administer forensic activities on the high school level. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with grades of C or better.
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