Teaching

Communication in Relationships (04:192:201)
This major requirement course covers the patterns of human interaction, the types and stages of relationships, verbal and nonverbal exchanges, and the exploration of communication as it participates in the development, maintenance, and dissolution of personal relationships. We also examine the ways in which interpersonal communication contributes to managing conflict, influencing others, and providing social support.


Mediated Communication Theory (04:192:354)
This upper-level course focuses on the examination of theory and research on the nature and effects of mediated communication processes, and the social, cultural, economic, and political impact of communication technology.


Group Communication (04:192:356)
This upper-level course covers the principles of group communication, types of groups, group structure, leadership, and membership roles. Students acquire critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills and develop techniques for working with groups.


Persuasive Communication (04:192:359)
This upper-level course covers the principles and techniques in persuasive communication including credibility, audience analysis, assessment of effects, media selection, resistance to persuasion, and attitude change. Students are able to identify the foundations of persuasive communication behavior, understand theories used to explain persuasive behavior, and think constructively about one’s own communicative actions and the consequent effects messages send to others both directly and indirectly.


Public Speaking (04:192:380)
This core curriculum course is designed to develop student’s competency in oral communication, an understanding and appreciation of the dynamic nature of the communication process, and the theoretical and practical requirements of different types of public presentations. The course includes instruction in speech-related topics including basic research, message composition, speech preparation, audience analysis, vocal delivery, listening, non-verbal communication, speech criticism, and the processes of communication. The course also prepares students for participation in a variety of contemporary settings of cultural and social significance.

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