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Communications (COMM)
Department of English

COMM 1113   Introduction To Speech Communication
A study of basic oral communication principles, including verbal and nonverbal language, listening, group dynamics, and public speaking. Emphasis is upon application of these principles in the sending and receiving of different types of oral discourse. Class 3.

COMM 2113   Computer Mediated Communication
Experience in and analysis of both synchronous and asynchronous communication including e-mail, messaging, conferencing, bulletin boards, and other electronic discourse formats. Includes analysis of how time and virtual space affect language, identity, and community in computer mediated communication. Class 3. Prerequisite: COMM 1113. (Spring and Distance Learning, Even years)

COMM 2573   Interpersonal Communications
A course designed to develop and improve one-on-one communication skills. Emphasis is on communication theory and on the processes that foster good interpersonal relationships. Class 3. Prerequisite: COMM 1113. (Summer and Distance Learning)

COMM 3013   Mass Communication Concepts
This study explores the development, application, and interactions of mass media (print, visual, and electronic) and their influences on society. Emphasis is given to recognizing the cultural formation aspects of mass media and to becoming ethical producers and critical consumers of media by evaluating messages in the light of Biblical instruction. Class 3. Prerequisite: COMM 1113. (Spring, Odd years)

COMM 4303   Nonverbal Communication
A thorough exploration of the role of nonverbal communication as part of the human message system. Topics include movement, body language, and gestures; clothing and personal artifacts; facial expression and eye behavior; use of time, space, and territory; touching behavior; paralanguage, and voice characteristics. Cross-cultural and gender differences in nonverbal communication are also explored. Involves participation in nonverbal simulations and exercises. Class 3. Prerequisites: COMM 1113 and COMM 2573. (Fall, Odd years)

COMM 4943-4993   Special Topics
Seminar and special courses which are not offered in the regular communications curriculum. This course may be taken more than one time when the topics are different. Class 3. Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair.