The courses listed below are based on the 2017 - 2018 bulletin. For the most recent information and additional details, please visit our bulletin web page.
COM 100 Communication 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
COM 101 Introduction to Communication 3(3-0)
General education approach to theory and process of human communication
with practicum opportunities.
COM 103 Oral Communication in the Online Environment 3(3-0)
General education approach to theory and process of human communication,
especially communication tailored for electronic media. This course may
be offered in an online or hybrid format.
COM 195 Intercultural Communication 3(3-0)
Content focuses on how values, attitudes and beliefs influence communication
among people from different cultural backgrounds. This course may
be offered in an online or hybrid format.
COM 225 Introduction 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. This course may be offered in
an online format.
COM 251 Foundations 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.
COM 255 Special Topics in Communication 1-6(Spec)
Varied topics of current interest; course is repeatable for up to 6 hours
when content previously studied is not duplicated.
COM 264 Organizational Communication 3(3-0)
Current communication theories and practices in the modern formal organization.
Especially recommended for students on preprofessional curricula.
COM 267 Introduction 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.
COM 269 Practicum 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.
COM 277 Video Games and Human Communication 3(3-0)
Video Games and Communication is an introduction to key issues related
to contemporary digital game studies. May be offered as Writing Intensive.
COM 301WI Survey 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. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: a grade of C (2.0) or better in COM
COM 352 Communication 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.
COM 353 Small Group Communication 3(3-0)
Theories and application of the methods surrounding small-group interaction
COM 357 Public Speaking 3(3-0)
Theories and techniques for creating public speeches. Designed for students
who seek to improve public-speaking skills.
COM 361 Interpersonal Communication 3(3-0)
Assists the student in understanding the interpersonal communication
process and in analyzing barriers to its effectiveness.
320 Course Descriptions
COM 362 Gender 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 WGS 362. Credit may not be earned in more than one
of these courses.
COM 363 Principles 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.
COM 365 Persuasion 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.
COM 367 Nonverbal Communication 3(3-0)
Examines the non-language dimensions of communication in several
social settings: dyadic, small group, crosscultural, and subcultural.
COM 369 Health Communication 3(3-0)
This course will assist students in increasing their understanding of communication
skills applied to the health professions and healthcare settings.
COM 401 Capstone in Communication 3(3-0)
Designed to help students integrate their communication knowledge and
demonstrate higher-order thinking, decision-making, and interaction skills
by applying them to professional and real-world situations. Students must
achieve a C or better to count COM 401 toward the COM major and satisfy
requirements for graduation. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with a grade of
C or better; COM 353, 357, 361; 9 additional hours toward the COM major;
COM 461 Communication 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. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.
Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with C (2.0) or better; or LDR 200 and junior
COM 464 Communication 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
COM 468 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 3(3-0)
Survey of interpersonal communication theories. Focuses on current issues
and concepts in the area of interpersonal relationships. May be offered as
Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301, with a grade of C (2.0) or better;
COM 490 Independent Study 1-4(Spec)
Student-initiated study guided by faculty member. Prerequisites: overall B
average; signed Independent Study Form with faculty member.
COM 492 Speech 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: Tier Two - Admission of
Candidacy to Teacher Education. Must be taken the spring semester prior to
student teaching at the secondary level in Speech.
COM 493 Field 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. Co-requisite: COM 492.
COM 495 Communication 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: Interview and contract with instructor.
COM 511 Crisis Communication 3(3-0)
Current communication theories and practices in organizational crisis
management and external crisis communication. Emphasis on public relations
and communication. This course may be offered in an online format.
Prerequisites: COM 251, 301, with a grade of C (2.0) or better and completion
of 56 credit hours; or JRN 350, 369 with a grade of C (2.0) or better and
completion of 56 hours; or graduate standing.
523 Dark 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.
COM 525 Virtual Team Communication 3(3-0)
Examines communication issues and best practices for successful virtual
teams. Includes processes for developing and maintaining virtual team
identity/roles, leadership, performance, project planning/organization, and
evaluation. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisites:
COM 225; COM 251, 301 with a C or better; or graduate standing.
COM 527 Political 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.
COM 555 Special Topics in Communication 3-9(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, 301.
COM 558 Historical 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.
COM 560 Communication and Social/Organizational Change 3(3-0)
Research and methods of communicating changes into existing social systems. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite:
COM 251, 301, with grades of C or better; or IPR major with junior standing;
or graduate standing.
COM 561 Communication 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 fam- ily, group, and organizations. Prerequisite: COM 251, 301 with grades of C or
better; or IPR major with junior standing; or graduate standing.
COM 562 Family 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 com- munication context is emphasized. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 with grades
of C or better.
COM 563 Health Communication Campaigns 3(3-0)
Research and methods of communicating health messages for education
and disease prevention. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid
format. Prerequisites: COM 251, 301 each with a grade of C or better; or
COM 565 Communication Training in Organizations 3(3-0)
This course examines the role of training in improving communication in
organizations. The course discusses the design, development, implementa- tion, and evaluation of organizational communication training. Prerequisites:
COM 251, 301 with grades of C or better; COM 264.
COM 569 Communication in the Classroom 3(3-0)
Integrates research from several fields describing communication patterns
between students and teacher-to-student within school settings. Designed
for students interested in teaching or administration. Prerequisite: comple- tion of 56 hours of undergraduate credit.
COM 594 Directing 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.
For graduate level course descriptions above 600, consult the current College
of Graduate Studies Bulletin.
COM 600 Introduction to Research and Graduate Study in
COM 601 Research Design in Communication 3(3-0)
COM 602 Qualitative Research Methods 3(3-0)
COM 603 Professional Seminar in Communication 1-3(Spec)
COM 619 Continuing Registration for Final Research Project 1(1-0)
COM 660 Special Topics: Graduate Seminar 3-9(Spec)
COM 661 Contemporary Communication Theory 3(3-0)
COM 662 Seminar in Persuasion 3(3-0)
COM 664 Seminar in Organizational Communication 3(3-0)
COM 665 Seminar in Communication and Negotiation in Employee
COM 667 Seminar in Intercultural Communication 3(3-0)
COM 668 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication 3(3-0)
COM 750 Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism 3(3-0)
COM 764 Communication Internship 1-6(Spec)
COM 790 Advanced Independent Study 1-4(Spec)
COM 795 Seminar: Teaching
Disclaimer: The information above was taken from the CMU bulletin for the 2017 - 2018 academic year. Each university bulletin covers a 12-month period, July 1 through June 30. Courses, majors, minors, programs, and degrees in this Bulletin are subject to change without notice and may not be available in future bulletins. Every effort has been made to include accurate information in the website. However, the contents of this website are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between students and CMU. The university reserves the right to change at any time and without prior notice any provision or requirement, included, but not limited to, policies, procedures, changes, academic programs, and calendar.