Introduction to the history, theory and practice of human communication. Development of effective communication skills for use in a variety of contexts, including, but not limited to: intrapersonal, interpersonal, intercultural, small group, relationships, workplace/organizational settings and new technology.
The Communication Studies Department (CMST) is committed to serving future Communication Studies majors as well as meeting current cross-disciplinary general education requirements. The complement of courses take a theory-grounded, skills-based approach to developing multiple communication competencies: speaking, listening, writing, relationship building (including conflict resolution), and new/digital media management.
Program Learning Outcomes
Principles, processes and practices of interpersonal communication to appropriately and effectively communicate in given situations. Focus is on perception of self and others, including diversity, verbal and non-verbal cues, and strategies for understanding and improving interpersonal relationship dynamics.
Preparation and delivery of speeches to a public audience. Focus is on the improvement of one's communication skills through topic choice, research, organization and outlining of content; use of voice, body and self-confidence. Other areas covered are audience listening skills and speaker evaluations.
Introduces students to digital communications, with an emphasis on the social impact of new media. Students explore emerging technologies and study their application in a variety of environments. Empowers students to critically analyze and create basic digital projects, while learning how to be responsible digital citizens.
Fundamentals of Journalism. Course covers the principles, ethics, role and responsibility of journalists and news outlets; history, law, and economics of the industry. Students are also introduced to the challenges of newsgathering, writing, and publishing to audiences in an ever-evolving landscape of multi-media, digital and social platforms.