Communication

Communication Course Descriptions

COMM 101 Communication Practicum
Credit Hours:
1

Provide laboratory or workshop experiences in speech communication, telecommunications, or interpretation. Registration is with the department chair at final registration. Restrictions: maximum of two COMM practica hours per year; maximum of four COMM practica hours toward major or minor.

COMM 120 Introduction to Communication
Credit Hours:
3

Examines concepts and the various disciplines found in communication with emphasis on the centrality of the discipline across a wide variety of contexts and its relevance to society. This course is offered as an exploratory course for first-year students or students in their first year at Muskingum.

COMM 200 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Credit Hours:
3

Develops knowledge of the basic principles, types, and theories of communication. It also provides practice in selecting and evaluating speech materials, organizing and phrasing ideas, controlling voice and body, and in critical thinking and listening. Special attention is paid to those students who may have issues with speech apprehension.

COMM 201 Communication Practicum
Credit Hours:
1

Provide laboratory or workshop experiences in speech communication, telecommunications, or interpretation. Registration is with the department chair at final registration. Restrictions: maximum of two COMM practica hours per year; maximum of four COMM practica hours toward major or minor.

COMM 205 Extemporaneous Speaking
Credit Hours:
3

Emphasizes the basic principles of this form of speech. The student furthers work in basic public speaking skills while learning to assemble materials efficiently and logically within a limited time period for class presentations.

COMM 206 Voice and Diction
Credit Hours:
3

Involves intensive drill, on a phonetic basis, in articulating the sounds which make up the English language, with attention to the production of good vocal quality and expression. A study of the history of English sounds gives the student the necessary background to understand how spoken English evolved and to develop skills in use of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

COMM 207 Introduction to Speech Pathology
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces and emphasizes the basic principles of speech language pathologies and audiology. Students learn the causes and origins of speech, language, and audiology processes in human communication. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

COMM 225 Communication Theory
Credit Hours:
3

Examines major theories of communication studies in terms of requirements for theory, theory development and associated research and application.

COMM 260 Oral Interpretation of Literature
Credit Hours:
3

Deals with the oral re-creation of literature for a specific audience, placing the interpreter as intermediary between the author’s intent and the needs of the listener. The interpreter may choose to work with prose, poetry, non-fiction prose or drama.

COMM 301 Communication Practicum
Credit Hours:
1

Provide laboratory or workshop experiences in speech communication, telecommunications, or interpretation. Registration is with the department chair at final registration. Restrictions: maximum of two COMM practica hours per year; maximum of four COMM practica hours toward major or minor.

COMM 315 Argumentation
Credit Hours:
3

Explores the reasoning process in both theory and practice. Students develop both sides of an argument in classroom debates. A written brief is prepared on a contemporary question which has been researched and debated in class. Prerequisite: COMM 200.

COMM 316 Intercollegiate Forensics
Credit Hours:
2

Teaches various aspects of speech competition. Students learn how to compete in public address, oral interpretation, limited preparation events, and debate. Restrictions: may be repeated with a maximum of 6 hours counted toward the major, ten toward graduation requirements. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

COMM 320 Introduction to Popular Culture
Credit Hours:
3

Teaches students about the history, evolution, current trends and practices in United States popular culture. The course emphasizes readings and research that deal with the definition of popular culture, genres of popular culture, history of the discipline of popular culture, as well as the topics of race, gender, body images, celebrities, sports, rituals, formulas, stereotypes, and the myths and beliefs associated with popular culture in the United States.

COMM 335 Small Group Communication
Credit Hours:
3

Examines the principles and forms of small group interaction with emphasis on problem solving and cooperative and reflective thinking.

COMM 340 Gender Communication
Credit Hours:
3

Focuses on gender issues in the field of communication. Specific areas that are studied include the history of men’s and women’s movements, gender-related theories, and gender differences in various areas, such as nonverbal communication, verbal communication, interpersonal communication, music videos, advertising, film and television.

COMM 345 Interviewing
Credit Hours:
3

Provides instruction and practice in the forms of communication most often utilized in the business and professional world. Emphasis is divided between eliciting and providing information in settings most common to the business and professional world.

COMM 355 Organizational Communication
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces theoretical and practical approaches to communication within an organization. The course emphasizes the history of communicating in business settings and possible choices for approaches to communicating with others in professional venues.

COMM 360 Research Methods
Credit Hours:
3

Develops the research skills necessary to complete the senior communication research project. Open to communication majors and minors in the spring of their first or second year. Prerequisite: COMM 225 or theatre major.

COMM 395 Special Topics in Communication
Credit Hours:
3-6

Provides the opportunity to study selected areas, such as popular culture and storytelling and communication technologies. Maybe repeated once for credit as content changes.

COMM 401 Communication Practicum
Credit Hours:
1

Provide laboratory or workshop experiences in speech communication, telecommunications, or interpretation. Registration is with the department chair at final registration. Restrictions: maximum of two COMM practica hours per year; maximum of four COMM practica hours toward major or minor.

COMM 446 Interpersonal Communication
Credit Hours:
3

Explores the processes of daily interaction dealing with all aspects of strength and weakness in communication situations. Emphasis is on significant relationships with groups, individuals, and self. Students learn to recognize themselves in interpersonal conflict situations and to cope with those problems through class interaction.

COMM 495 Seminar
Credit Hours:
3

Exposes students to an intensive study in a selected area of emphasis. The first four weeks are devoted to the development of a project prospectus. The remainder of the semester is given to independent study under the guidance of an appropriate instructor. Prerequisite: COMM 360.

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