2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Communication Studies (COM)

COM 111   Public Speaking   3 Units

This course will examine the principles and practice of effective oral communication and the analysis of the speaking-listening process with an emphasis on informative and persuasive speaking experiences.

COM 211   Introduction to Argumentation and Debate   3 Units

As a performance-based course, students will learn argument design, use of reason and evidence, and practice in a competitive academic debate setting with a focus on critical thinking, research skills, and the oral expression of arguments with rhetorical and presentational power.

COM 216   Interpersonal Communication   3 Units

This course will analyze person-to-person communicative behavior in contexts ranging from informal to organizational looking at topics such as attraction, trust, language, and nonverbal behavior.

COM 222   Theory and Practice of Journalism   3 Units

This course will introduce the basics of journalism writing, style, theory, investigation, ethics, and interviewing including news, features, sports, review, and opinion styles. At least six (6) written articles will be submitted to The Concordia Courier.

COM 231   Newspaper I   1 Unit

This course will introduce the practice of journalism with an emphasis on one or more combinations of news writing, opinion writing, layout, and production of The Concordia Courier.

COM 232   Newspaper II   1 Unit

This course will introduce the practice of journalism with an emphasis on one or more combinations of news writing, opinion writing, layout, and production of The Concordia Courier. Prerequisite: COM 222 or COM 231.

COM 280   Theories of Human Communication   3 Units

As a systematic exploration of the theories scholars use to explain human communication, this course will deal with rhetoric, persuasion, interpersonal, intercultural, small group, media, organizational, and gender communications.

COM 311   Advanced Public Speaking   3 Units

This course is an advanced study of speech communication with an emphasis on professional speaking techniques, humor, and the use of stories. Oral assignments will include serious and humorous personal stories that make a point; persuasive and special occasion speeches; and a final professional presentation. Speeches will be viewed and analyzed. Prerequisite: COM 111 or COM 211 or consent of instructor.

COM 313   Health Communication   3 Units

In this course, we will explore the dynamics of health communication theories, research, and practice to understand health problems, both globally and locally, and how we experience, manage, and communicate about and within health contexts (e.g., illness, stress, death, etc.). This course explores the various ways that individuals organizations, and societies define illness and wellness and how individuals can use health information to bring about positive changes in their relationships, communities, and society at large.

COM 321   Digital Media Communication   3 Units

This course will focus on the personalities, inventions, developments, terminologies, and issues closely associated with seven (7) mass media industries with a special emphasis on internship preparation and media job opportunities. Article reports using business magazines, newspapers, and trade journals read by media professionals will be required.

COM 324   Intercultural Communication   3 Units

Social and cultural variables in speech communication processes and strategies for resolving communication problems in intercultural settings with an emphasis on variables such as perception, roles, language codes, and nonverbal communication will be examined in this course.

COM 328   Small Group Communication   3 Units

Group process theories relevant to communicative behavior in the small group setting will be examined in this course along with the analysis of group member behavior, interaction patterns, and problem-solving techniques in various group discussion settings.

COM 331   Newspaper III   1 Unit

As an advanced experience in the practice of journalism this course will emphasize any one or a combination of news writing, editing, and page layout as well as production of The Concordia Courier. Prerequisites: (COM 222 or COM 231) and COM 232.

COM 332   Newspaper IV   1 Unit

As an advanced experience in the practice of journalism this course will emphasize any one or a combination of news writing, editing, and page layout as well as production of The Concordia Courier. Prerequisites: (COM 222 or COM 231) and COM 232.

COM 335   Nonverbal Communication   3 Units

This course will examine the theory and research on nonverbal aspects of communication with an emphasis on developing effective communication skills related to physical appearance, dress, body movement, face and eye communication, vocal cues, and the use of environment and space.

COM 340   Rhetorical and Persuasive Theories   3 Units

Primarily from a social scientific approach, this course will examine the basic theories and techniques of influence, providing students with an awareness of the nature, function, and scope of attitude change as well as the concepts of attitudes, credibility, resistance to persuasion, ethics, and modern advertising practices.

COM 344   Theory and Practice of Interviewing   3 Units

This course will examine the theory and techniques of oral communication in the process of interviewing with the practical application to employment, information gathering (as in journalism and investigations), and persuasive interviews (as in selling and legal argument).

COM 371   Introduction to Social Media   3 Units

This course will explore the fundamentals of and introduce social media and other emerging technologies and tools, current trends and future directions, benefits, values, and risks. Case studies will be reviewed to assess how social media impacts and influences fields such as communication and marketing and how it informs future trends and developments. Prerequisites: (WRT 102 or WRT 201) and (COM 280 or MKT 341).

COM 390   Practicum: Communication   0.5-4 Units

A practical, hands-on experience outside the classroom directly related to the student's major, minor or professional program that is a beneficial complement to the student's academic experience.

COM 391   Practicum: Newspaper   1 Unit

This is a practical, hands-on experience outside the classroom directly related to the student's major, minor, or professional program that is a beneficial complement to the student's academic experience.

COM 392   Practicum: Campus Radio   0.5-1 Units

This is a practical, hands-on experience outside the classroom directly related to the student's major, minor, or professional program that is a beneficial complement to the student's academic experience.

COM 393   Practicum: Yearbook   0.5-1 Units

This is a practical, hands-on experience outside the classroom directly related to the student's major, minor, or professional program that is a beneficial complement to the student's academic experience.

COM 394   Practicum: Forensics   0.5-4 Units

This is a practical, hands-on experience outside the classroom directly related to the student's major, minor, or professional program that is a beneficial complement to the student's academic experience.

COM 400   Communication Capstone   2 Units

As the capstone course for Communication Studies major, this course serves as the culminating experience in the major. In conjunction with, and under the direction of the student's mentor professor, each student will develop and complete a culminating research project, comprised of a written paper and an oral presentation. Prerequisites: (COM 485 or COM 488) and senior standing.

COM 412   Media and Script Writing   3 Units

This course will examine script writing for radio, television and film with projects including announcements, commercials, news, features, documentaries, comedy, and game and music shows.

COM 422   Studies in Public Relations   3 Units

Public relations (PR) as a communication discipline will be examined in this course with an emphasis on developing and implementing campaigns including presentations by PR professionals and in-class projects/exercises on topics such as public relations in nonprofit organizations, corporate and social responsibility, media relations, technology, and ethical issues.

COM 431   Newspaper V   1 Unit

This course represents the highest level of journalistic expertise and is reserved for members of The Concordia Courier editorial staff. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

COM 432   Newspaper VI   1 Unit

This course represents the highest level of journalistic expertise and is reserved for members of The Concordia Courier editorial staff. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

COM 451   Organizational Communication   3 Units

The role of communication in achieving organizational goals; the theory and practice of communication in private and public organizations; and techniques to enhance understanding in organizations will be examined in this course.

COM 471   Advanced Strategies in Social Media   3 Units

This course will utilize the practical tools and strategies required to successfully leverage social networks to develop and understand core concepts that can be applied to various applications. This course will utilize the practical tools and strategies required to successfully leverage social networks to develop and understand core concepts that can be applied to various applications and give you the necessary tools to manage a social media account as a business representative. In this course you will gain experience creating a social media marketing strategy, such as curating actual content, creating a social media training plan, advertisements, and a crisis and metrics plan. Prerequisite: COM 371 or consent of the instructor.

COM 485   Rhetorical Criticism   3 Units

The history, nature, purpose, and methods of rhetorical criticism. Eight (8) critical approaches to the analysis of human communication events will be studied. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

COM 488   Communication Research Methods   3 Units

As an introduction to the research process, this course will examine how research is planned and designed; introduce the process of data collection and analysis; explore the methodology for communication research (including sampling, questionnaire design, and introduction to statistics); and provide experiences in conducting original research. Prerequisite: COM 280.

COM 490   Internship: Communication   1-8 Units

This course is an intense, practical, full- or part-time experience outside the classroom that is an integral part of a professional program, contributing significantly to the student's preparation for entrance into a profession. Approximately forty (40) contact hours are required for each unit of credit. Each department may limit the maximum number of internship credits.

COM 499   Special Topics: Rhetoric and Public Address   3 Units

This course is designed for students seeking in-depth theoretical and critical exploration related to current issues or special fields of study. Offerings are faculty designed courses in ares of faculty expertise (such as "Rhetoric of Social Movements", "Rhetoric and Public Memory", etc.).