Communication Studies (CMST)


CMST 195. INTERNSHIP. 1-5 Credits.

CMST 196. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-15 Credits.

CMST 199. DIRECTED STUDY. 1 Credit.

CMST 200. INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION. 4 Credits.

Notes: CMST 200 cannot be taken for credit towards the Communication Studies Majors.
Analyzes verbal interaction, barriers to communication, effective listening and the application of fundamental principles to one-to-one, small group and one-to-many experiences.

CMST 201. PUBLIC SPEAKING. 5 Credits.

This course is the study of the basic principles of public communication. This is a course in design, delivery, organization, and presentation of speeches for public groups with an emphasis on informative and persuasive speeches, message delivery, and presentation of visual aids.

CMST 207. COMMUNICATION, COMMUNITY AND CITIZENSHIP. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: GECR for humanities and fine arts, list 3, philosophy and reasoning.
This course is designed to develop critical thinking skills as exhibited in reasoning and argumentation, with a further goal of examining how the power of an individual's voice can affect society. The course begins with a study of the rhetorical tradition of reasoning and argumentation, including elements of ethics. As the course progresses students will analyze, from historical to modern times, examples of individuals using their voice and the resulting impact upon society. The course will culminate with students creating a reasoned, ethical argument as a final project.

CMST 208. MASS MEDIA AND THE INFORMATION SOCIETY. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: GECR for social sciences, list 2, anthropology, geography, psychology and sociology).
This course introduces students to the range of historical, cultural, economic and social issues affected by the development and continued evolution of mass media. Books, magazines, sound and video recording, the development of electronic media and of the internet provide the context for examinations of media uses and effects, media policy and law and social effects of media.

CMST 210. INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

This course is an exploration of the human communication process. It includes the perceptual and attribution processes surrounding messages, the construction of verbal and nonverbal messages, the functions of messages in interaction, and the role of interpersonal communication processes on a variety of interpersonal relationship types.

CMST 250. SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

This course focuses upon theories, concepts, and skills to improve small group communication with application to various task-oriented groups. This course emphasizes problem-solving communication and participant-leadership skills.

CMST 296. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-15 Credits.

CMST 299. DIRECTED STUDY. 3-10 Credits.

CMST 301. POLITICAL COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

How Americans use oral and televisual communication to confront and change their environment. Emphasis on American speakers in American political contexts. Topics vary.

CMST 305. MESSAGE DELIVERY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: junior standing.
Analysis and application of message delivery techniques, focusing on voice and articulation, modes of delivery and style, communication apprehension, situational factors and visual support.

CMST 309. COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION. 5 Credits.

An introduction to the history and development of communication theory. This is the first course in the communication major as well as the first course in communication theory. Topics include theory development, observation techniques, a survey of theories, and ethical questions.

CMST 312. NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION. 1-5 Credits.

This course is a variable credit course and will be offered from one to five credits. Topics that may be covered include the other-than-words side of human interaction within different cultures, genders, relationships, and situations. There will be an emphasis on the basic theories of nonverbal communication and the interaction between nonverbal and verbal communication.

CMST 314. GENDER AND COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: WMST 314.
Pre-requisites: sophomore standing.
Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
This course examines current research on the interactions among language, gender and communication in contemporary social and cultural contexts.

CMST 326. DEBATE. 1-3 Credits.

Notes: this course may be repeated for a total of 6 credits applied toward the CMST major or minor.
The in-class portion of this course teaches how to create, analyze and critique ideas and how to build or defend a reasoned argument. The out-of-class competition portion of this course includes individual events, such as informative and persuasive speaking and oral interpretation.

CMST 330. INTEGRATED METHODS FOR COMMUNICATION RESEARCH. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: declared Major in CMST or PR, Interdisciplinary Studies with a CMST emphasis.
An introduction to the core group of scientific methods and analytic techniques used in communication research.

CMST 331. INTERVIEWING. 5 Credits.

This course is an introduction to the principles of interviewing theory and practice. It is considered to be the first course in the BS in Organizational Communication major. The communication components of interviewing are examined from both the interviewer's and the interviewee's perspective. Topics include the process of planning, managing, and analyzing the interview. Then, a variety of topical interviews such as selection, performance review, counseling, discipline, termination, focus groups, research, information gathering, information giving, media, sales, and client intake are examined through this process in an organizational and communication context.

CMST 335. CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT. 1-5 Credits.

Notes: may be repeated up to 6 credits.
Focuses on the analytical and critical investigation of the communication process in the conference setting as a means of enhancing communication effectiveness. Provides hands-on experience in selecting a conference theme, designing a public conference, recruiting resource people, advertising the conference, registering participants, and conducting the conference.

CMST 340. INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
Study of the basic principles of face-to-face interaction in intercultural and cross-ethnic situations. Topics include perception, stereotypes, prejudice, world views, ethnocentrism, racism, the attribution process and uncertainty reduction.

CMST 351. COMMUNICATIVE REASONING. 5 Credits.

Logical development and support of arguments, analysis of evidence, briefing of arguments, and practice in debate. In addition, this course is designed to prepare students to use practical reasoning applied to persuasive communication situations, to give students a general background on the basic principles of argumentation, and to engage critical and analytical thinking skills in order to identify, understand, and resolve communication problems.

CMST 395. FIELD WORK. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Directed student participation in the communication processes or problems of an industry, a political campaign, or a non-profit organization.

CMST 396. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-15 Credits.

CMST 397. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Training programs or workshops emphasizing practical knowledge and skills. Topics vary.

CMST 398. SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

CMST 399. SPECIAL STUDIES. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Subjects reflect recent developments in the field of human communication.

CMST 400. MESSAGE DESIGN. 5 Credits.

An investigation of message construction for large, public audiences. Stress on invention, organization, and style. Includes speech writing and written message design.

CMST 410. LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL INTERACTION. 5 Credits.

A study of language and communication from two aspects: form and strategy. The formal study entails the examination of patterns, rules and structures of language, conversation, and discourse. The strategy study focuses on the use of language and communication for accomplishing identity goals, relational goals, and instrumental goals.

CMST 411. NEGOTIATION SKILLS AND STRATEGIES. 5 Credits.

The basic premise of this course is that one needs strong negotiation and analytical skills for effective communication. Hence, the goal of this course is to help the student to understand the theory of negotiation and to master its main strategies. The course will allow the student to develop negotiation skills experientially and to appreciate the nature and role of effective negotiation. The course is relevant to any student pursuing a career in a social science field since, as a working professional, the student will face many conflict problems that can be best resolved through effective negotiation.

CMST 413. COMMUNICATION AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS. 5 Credits.

An advanced examination of the verbal and nonverbal communication processes in the development, maintenance, breakdown, and repair of personal relationships, including romantic, friendship, and family relationships.

CMST 416. GENDER AND MEDIA. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: WMST 416.
Pre-requisites: junior standing.
This course examines some of the relationships between media in the U.S. and social constructions of gender and sexuality.

CMST 418. TOPICS IN SEMIOTICS. 5 Credits.

The basic premise of this course is that communication is a process whereby meanings are generated and interpreted through signs. Hence, the overall goal of the course is to show how the process of generation and interpretation of meaning can be studied from the perspective of semiotics, ie., the discipline that studies signs and their meanings. The course provides a general introduction to the nature, role, and kinds of signs in communication. The subject matter of semiotics, or sign theory, is illustrated in such areas as language, myth, media, etc.

CMST 419. SEX, SEXUALITY AND COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: WMST 419.
Pre-requisites: one WMST course or CMST course.
This seminar examines the construction of sexuality and sexual identity through communication, with a focus on the relationship between public policy and private sexuality.

CMST 420. HEALTH COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

This course surveys theory, research and practice in health communication and health literacy. Topics include clinician-patient interaction, family communication, group and organizational communication, mass media and web-based campaigns.

CMST 430. COMMUNICATION IN ORGANIZATIONS. 5 Credits.

The study of communication systems, channels, networks, and barriers; the role of communication in organizational assessment and change; the relationship between communication practices and organizational effectiveness, corporate image, and credibility.

CMST 431. COMMUNICATION LAW AND ETHICS. 5 Credits.

This course examines the legal limitations on human communication, as well as the rights and responsibilities of professional communicators.

CMST 432. MEDIA SYSTEMS AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY. 5 Credits.

This course is designed to allow students to explore mass media systems and technology and their interaction with and upon society. Students will learn the historical perspective of media systems and technology along with issues of media convergence upon our lives, specifically upon our communication.

CMST 438. TOPICS INLEADERSHIP AND STRATGIC COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

This course is a variable topic course focusing on leadership and/or strategic communication. Areas which might be covered include skills training, readings in the knowledge and techniques of leadership, and the effective use of strategic communication. This course is designed to be both a theory and application course.

CMST 440. GLOBAL COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: international studies university graduation requirement.
The course provides a critical overview of the field of global communications and examines its main theoretical concepts and practical cases. The course introduces the students to the psychological, social, political and economic dimensions of global communications and their relationship with cultural and technological processes. The course will help the students to become more critical consumers of global news. The course includes such topics as freedom of expression, globalization, propaganda, gate-keeping, technology diffusion, cultural imperialism, media and diasporas, the global digital divide and global surveillance.

CMST 450. RHETORICAL THEORY AND CRITICISM. 5 Credits.

This course will survey contemporary theories of rhetorical communication and analyze areas of methodological controversy. We will discuss topics such as communication's role in defining humanity, power and communication, marginal groups and public discourse, gender/sex and rhetoric, evidence and public policy argument, and the impact of emerging communication technologies on methodological applications. We will operate from the assumption that language reflects, selects, and deflects reality in its construction of how we perceive the world.

CMST 451. ARGUMENTATION AND PERSUASION. 5 Credits.

This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of theoretical perspectives and views of argumentation and persuasion, with a particular focus on both logical development and support of arguments and effective persuasion in today's world. Students examine current texts and images to see how to create powerful persuasive messages. Students create and critique arguments and persuasive messages necessary for effective performance as a producer and consumer of persuasive communication.

CMST 452. CULTURAL STUDIES. 5 Credits.

This course is designed as an introduction to theoretical, historical developments, and current issues of cultural studies as an interdisciplinary subject. In this course key topics in culture and communication will be discussed, such as language, representation, subjectivity, power, ideology, identity, modernity and post-modernity, and globalization.

CMST 458. TOPICS IN IMAGE, MESSAGES AND MEANING. 5 Credits.

This course allows students to learn effective visual and written communication in the creation of meaning. Students will be offered the opportunity to gain knowledge and build on this information by evaluating others' efforts at message design, and then by creating their own effective image and/or message to convey meaning.

CMST 475. ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE AND PRIVACY. 5 Credits.

The course examines the social implications of a world in which everyday life is increasingly subject to electronic surveillance. The course begins with a survey of the theoretical and policy approaches to understanding the growth of electronic surveillance and its consequences. As the course progresses, students will conduct in-depth analyses of various modes of surveillance. The course concludes with a critical assessment of regulatory approaches to surveillance.

CMST 480. PRE-INTERNSHIP WORKSHOP. 2 Credits.

Must be taken at least one quarter before internship. May be taken as early as the first quarter of the junior year.

CMST 481. INTERNSHIP WORKSHOP. 2 Credits.

Must be taken at the same time as the internship, CMST 495.

CMST 490. SENIOR CAPSTONE. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: senior capstone university graduation requirement.
Senior Capstone is a required course for all students graduating with degrees in Communication Studies. Communication topics integrated into course content will include audiences, codes, interaction, power and influence, strategy, ethics, messages and contexts. In a seminar format and focused on contemporary issues relating to communication, the course will focus on the professional development of communication studies students. Students will also prepare and defend a portfolio.

CMST 495. INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM. 3-15 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CMST 480; must be taken concurrently with CMST 481; permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Directly supervised student practicum in the internal and/or external communication processes of a business or professional organization.

CMST 496. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

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CMST 497. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Training programs or workshops designed to give you practical knowledge and skills in specific areas of communication.

CMST 498. SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Notes: may be repeated for credit.
Major speech communication issues in the areas of public address, group communication, rhetorical theory, speech education, speech criticism, argumentation, persuasion or intercultural communication.

CMST 499. SPECIAL STUDIES. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: junior standing, permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Individual study projects in a selected area of human communication.

CMST 501. ADVANCED COMMUNICATION THEORY. 5 Credits.

This advanced course emphasizes the role of theory in the process of communication inquiry. The course covers a variety of communication theories, reflecting the diverse aspects of the field. In the course communication is analyzed from several theoretical standpoints: as message transfer, as practical art, as mediation by signs, as sharing of experiences, as socio-cultural order, and as arrangement of power. The course shows how advanced theory can be used in the analysis of traditional and emerging communication contexts.

CMST 502. CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: CMST 501.
A survey of the progress of research in communication theory and the exploration of the directions the research will take in the 21st century.

CMST 504. COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS. 4 Credits.

The course consolidates and extends existing knowledge of media and mass communications as institutions and sets of practices. The interlinkage of media forms, institutional constraints, ideologies, law and economics are explored as these affect the construction and interpretation of specific media messages.

CMST 520. COMMUNICATION INQUIRY. 5 Credits.

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the history and philosophy of science. This course is the first in a three part sequence on research methods. This course provides the theortical basis of research methodology.

CMST 521. RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS I. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: completion of a statistics course (undergraduate or graduate level) and CMST 520.
This course is designed to present experimental and survey methodologies, with a special emphasis upon knowing when to choose which method, how to apply the method and how to interpret the results. Computer statistical analyses are a requirement of this course. Information on how to write quantitative research reports will also be presented and students will be expected to write a quantitative research report.

CMST 522. RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS II. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: completion of a statistics course (undergraduate or graduate level) and CMST 520.
This course is designed to present a minimum of three qualitative methods, with a special focus upon acquiring the ability to apply and understand the results from these methods. Computer programs and basic statistical analysis may be a requirement of this course. Information on how to write qualitative research reports will also be presented and students will be expected to write a qualitative research report.

CMST 530. COMMUNICATION IN ORGANIZATIONS. 5 Credits.

The focus is on communication systems, channels, networks, and barriers. Also included is a consideration of the role of communication in organizational change, auditing organizational communications, the relationship between communication and organizational effectiveness, and communication training programs.

CMST 539. SPECIAL TOPICS. 1-5 Credits.

CMST 550. PROBLEMS IN COMTEMPORARY PUBLIC COMMUNICATION. 5 Credits.

Problems inherent in adjusting ideas to people in the United States primarily during the last 15 years. Discussion of rhetorical strategy and tactics included in public apologia, demagoguery, conflict, public argument, and persuasion.

CMST 568. INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: graduate standing or permission of the instructor.
The course is designed to introduce new students to the expectations of our graduate program. Students will learn to write a review of the literature, meet faculty members and learn of the various interdisciplinary concepts of study available in the program.

CMST 569. THESIS PREPARATION. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: 10 credit hours of graduate coursework.
The class is designed as a workshop to help MSC students develop a proposal for their master’s thesis or research project. Students in other programs may find it useful as well.

CMST 570. COMMUNICATION AND CULTURAL STUDIES. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: admission to a graduate program or the instructor’s permission.
This course examines the post-structuralist and interdisciplinary roots of cultural studies and explores the theoretical and methodological problems and issues central to cultural studies scholarship, including the construct of subcultures and the relationship of power to the cultural formations of identity and difference, institutions, ideologies, artifacts, consumption and production. Skills and methods: social change advocacy, critical analysis, writing, presentation, and the synthesis, conceptualization, and evaluation of how we theorize about, interpret, and critique cultural artifacts and practices.

CMST 578. SEMINAR IN CONSULTING PROCESSES. 2 Credits.

This course is designed to present the types of professional consulting and general approaches to consulting methodology. It outlines the basic knowledge, skills, and resources that are tools for consulting; introduces the nature and role of change; and helps students to evaluate their own consulting skills and to design a program to improve them.

CMST 596. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

CMST 597. WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

Notes: only one workshop course for up to 3 credits may be used to fulfill graduate degree requirements.

CMST 598. SEMINAR. 1-5 Credits.

CMST 599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 1-5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Individual study projects in a selected area of human communication.

CMST 600. THESIS. 1-6 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Independent research study under the direction of a graduate advisory committee.

CMST 601. GRADUATE RESEARCH IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES. 1-6 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

CMST 602. EXAM PREPARATION. 1-2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: submission and approval of candidacy form; permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Directed course of reading and study under the direction of a faculty member serving on the student’s comprehensive examination committee (Option B).