Communication Studies


Catalog descriptions for undergraduate courses in Communication Studies concentration:

COMM 2150 Voice and Diction. Three credits. Development of self-confidence, more articulate speech, and effective voice quality through knowledge of the vocal mechanism; classroom drills and individualized instruction.

COMM 2170 Oral Reader as Communicator. Three credits. Prerequisite: COMM 2150. Speech skills of the oral reader developed through reading aloud and sharing meaning from the printed page.

COMM 2200 Fundamentals of Communication. Three credits. Principles and processes underlying human communication. Communication models; communication purposes and breakdowns; variables related to interpersonal, small group, intercultural, and public communication. Emphasis on public oral communication including research, critical thinking, organization, presentation, and listening.

COMM 2240 Communication in the Interview. One credit. Effective communication techniques appropriate for the employment and appraisal interviews.

COMM 2300 Interpersonal Communication. Three credits. Overview of fundamental principles and theories of interpersonal communication. Foundation preparation for studying other forms of human communication. Classroom exercises.

COMM 3020 American Religious Communication. Three credits. A rhetorical study of the religious communication in America from colonial times to the present.

COMM 3200 Parliamentary Procedure. One credit. Principles of parliamentary procedure and their effective application through classroom exercises.

COMM 3210 Argumentation. Three credits. Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of advocacy speaking with emphasis on organization, refutation, reasoning, and rebuttal. In-class debating on questions of fact value and policy.

COMM 3220 Small Group Communication. Three credits. Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or 2300 or permission of instructor. Theories of group dynamics and practical application. Study and practices of leadership in groups as decision-making organizations

COMM 3225 Gender Communication. Three credits. Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or 2300 or permission of instructor. Highly participatory class in which critical thinking of values, issues, decision-making paradigms, and traditions in the field of gender communication is expected. Emphasis on individual practical application in personal and professional environments.

COMM 3230 Advanced Public Speaking. Three credits. Prerequisite: COMM 2200 or permission of instructor. Application of principles of public speaking through the analysis and criticism of speech structure and delivery of classroom speeches.

COMM 3300 Communication Theory. Three credits. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Scope and purpose of communication, unique aspects of human symbolic behavior, factors involved in the communication process and the role of language in human behavior. Emphasis on interpersonal communication.

COMM 3325 Great American Speakers. Three credits. A rhetorical study of the great American speakers form colonial times to the present. Successful students will gain an understanding of the principles of rhetorical criticism and apply these principles to selected speakers. Students will also gain an appreciation of the impact of public communication upon our society.

COMM 3620, 3630, 4620, 4630 Applied Communication. One credit each. Prerequisite: Recommendation by a departmental faculty member. Laboratory courses in which the principles of effective communication and dramatic production are applied.

COMM 4000 Communication in the Educational Environment. Three credits. Designed to meet the needs of the classroom teacher. Successful communication strategies applicable to the classroom environment.

COMM 4040 Debate Across the Curriculum: Practicum. Three credits. Prerequisites: COMM 3210 and permission of department. Advanced techniques and methods for using argumentation and debate in teaching core curriculum in upper elementary and secondary school classes and developing intra-scholastic debate and interscholastic debate activities. Practicum experiences provided.

COMM 4260 Readings in Communication Studies. Three credits. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and completion of 21 semester hours in speech communication courses. Intensive study of a specific area of speech communication; topic is chosen in instructor-student conference.

COMM 4280 Political Communication. Three credits. Selected outstanding contemporary speakers and their techniques of speech communication.

COMM 4320 Theories of Persuasive Communication. Three credits. Recent writings and research on theories of persuasion and on current practices of persuasion. Emphasis on ethical critical, cultural, and functional implications in contemporary persuasion theory and practice.

COMM 4560 Intercultural Communication. Three credits. (Same as AAS 4560.) The dynamics of the communication process as it functions in intercultural contexts; training for successful cross-cultural communication interactions.

COMM 4700 Senior Seminar in Communication Studies. Three credits. Intensive investigation of the major research methodologies in speech communication presentation of senior projects and a synthesis of the speech communication discipline.

COMM 4800 Topics in Communication Studies. One to three credits. Meets individual and group needs for advanced study in speech communication. Topic determined at the time of scheduling. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied toward a degree.

COMM 4900 Internship in Communication Studies. One to three credits. Practical experience in a professional work setting in a field requiring speech communication skills. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credit hours with no more than three credit hours earned in one semester. Internship listings are updated once a week at the MTSU Career and Employment Center.

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