Communication Studies Courses

These listings are sourced from Curricunet, and some courses may not be offered every semester. For additional information, contact the academic department, speak with counseling or refer to the current Class Schedule and College Catalog.

COMM 1 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication    ( 3.00 Units )
Fundamentals of speech communication; emphasis on developing, stating, organizing, and researching ideas, and presenting to an audience; includes developing the faculties of critical listening and problem-solving.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Recognize, define, and apply the principles of practical communication and communication theory
  2. Adopt an ethical perspective when presenting original ideas and/or incorporating the ideas of others
  3. Listen to, evaluate, and respond appropriately to the ideas of others
  4. Understand the variety of value systems people use in communication

COMM 10 - Interpersonal Communication    ( 3.00 Units )
Exploration, discussion, and evaluation of the components of verbal and non-verbal communication processes.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Analyze, select, and demonstrate relational management in dyadic communication
  2. Listen to, evaluate, and respond appropriately to the ideas of others
  3. Recognize, define, and apply the principles of practical communication and interpersonal communication theory
  4. Understand the variety of value systems people use in interpersonal communication

COMM 11 - Intercultural Communication    ( 3.00 Units )
Intercultural communication with a focus on the analysis and comparisons of message perception and transmission in interactions between people from different cultures. Particular attention to values and meanings reflected in American culture, specifically the crisscrossing dynamics of race, ethnicity, gender, religion and class. Emphasis on practical application of skills for effective communication between people of different domestic and international cultures.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Students should be able to identify and explain the basic creation of culture(s).  This should include the recognition of how patterns of behavior, values, and beliefs are shared/transmitted via verbal and non-verbal communication.  
  2. Analyze diverse communication systems and perspectives employed when communicating within & across cultures.
  3. Listen to, evaluate, and respond appropriately to ideas of others
  4. Recognize, define, and apply the principles of practical communication and intercultural communication theory

COMM 12 - Gender, Sexual Identity, and Communication    ( 3.00 Units )
Processes and theories of gender and communication; emergence of sexual identity and orientation in society; the power of language and stereotypes in private discourse and public dialogue; the impact of historical, social, ethical, cultural, and psychological factors on gendered communication in multiple contexts.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Articulate knowledge of the core concepts, central figures, and different theoretical frameworks of feminist thought and gender studies.
  2. Critically examine social, ethical, and/or political gender issues from multiple perspectives.
  3. Explain a variety of practical communication skills appropriate for successful cross-gendered/cross-sexed communication to maintain healthy relationships.

COMM 2 - Oral Interpretation of Literature    ( 3.00 Units )
Development of skills in reading quality literature aloud; practice in writing scholarly criticism of the literature presented orally.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Research, analyze, and synthesize traditional and nontraditional texts for performance and production.
  2. Listen to, evaluate, and respond appropriately to the ideas and performances of others.
  3. Recognize, define, and apply the principles of aesthetic communication and performance theory.

COMM 20 - Persuasion and Communication    ( 3.00 Units )
Investigation and development of persuasive techniques, strategies, and theories throughout ancient and modern times. Topics will include rhetoric, propaganda, and formal/informal argumentation.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Construct logical and ethical arguments using persuasive and rhetorical techniques with consideration of culture and context
  2. Listen to, evaluate, and respond appropriately to the arguments of others.
  3. Recognize and discriminate between elements of persuasion and propaganda used in modern society
  4. Recognize, define, and apply the principles of practical communication and persuasion and rhetorical theory

COMM 3 - Group Communication    ( 3.00 Units )
Communication in small group situations. Role of communication in various group processes, including norms, roles, leadership and decision-making, with application to modern concepts of organizational communication. Includes participation in simulation exercises and group activities.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Practice collaborative problems sloving and group decision making skills
  2. Recognize, define and apply the principles of practical communication and group communication theory
  3. Understand the variety of value systems people use in group communication
  4. Listen to, evaluate, and respond appropriately to the ideas of others

COMM 46 - Argumentation and Debate    ( 3.00 Units )
Analysis of contemporary questions through written and spoken discourse. Analysis, criticism, and synthesis of contemporary moral, political, economic and philosophical issues of a diverse, multicultural society, using traditional and modern models of argumentation.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Adopt an ethical perspective when advocating for self and others
  2. Listen to, evaluate, and respond to the arguements of others
  3. Recognize, define, and apply the principles of argumentation and advocacy
  4. Understand the variety of value systems people use in adocacy
  5. Formulate a position and express and defend arguments

COMM 48 - Activities in Forensics    ( 1.00 - 4.00 Units )
Intercollegiate competition in the areas of public address, evidence-based and limited preparation debate, and oral interpretation of literature. Preparation of events includes research, writing, practice, and performance. Other activities may include performance in workshops, festivals, concert reading and the community.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Analyze, appraise, and synthesize literature and/or research materials for performance and production
  2. Listen to, evaluate, and critique the performances of others.
  3. Recognize, define, and apply the principles of practical communication and competitive/forensics communication theory.

COMM 4902 - Communication Tutor Training    ( 2.00 - 3.00 Units )
Tutor training for the communication Laboratory. Through lecture and hands-on tutoring experience students will demonstrate lab procedure, tutor strategies, and knowledge of public speaking concepts. Required: Successful completion of COMM course and instructor recommendation. 1 hour lecture, 3-6 hours laboratory. [Typical contact hours: lecture 17.5, laboratory 52.5-105]

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

COMM 50 - Introduction to Communication Studies    ( 3.00 Units )
A survey of the discipline of Communication Studies with emphasis on multiple epistemological, theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the systematic inquiry ...3 hours.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Recognize, define, and apply the principles of communication theory.
  2. Listen to, evaluate, and respond appropriately to the ideas of others.
  3. Adopt an ethical perspective when presenting original ideas and/or incorporating the ideas of others
  4. Understand the variety of value systems people use in communication

COMM 6 - Introduction to Performance Studies    ( 3.00 Units )
Exploration of historically influential activist performances and contemporary performance art/installation pieces. Development of an understanding of basic interdisciplinary performance theories from everyday life, ritual, and on-stage. Emphasis on creating and observing performances as tools for social critique.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Appraise, analyze, and synthesize traditional and nontraditional texts for performance and production.
  2. Listen to, evaluate, and respond appropriately to the ideas and performances of others.
  3. Recognize, define, and apply the principles of aesthetic communication and performance theory.

COMM 70A - Introduction to Communication Tutor Training    ( 2.00 Units )
An introduction to tutor training for the Communication Laboratory. Through lecture and hands-on tutoring experience students will demonstrate lab procedure, tutor strategies, and knowledge of basic components of public speaking.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Listen to, evaluate and respond appropriately to the ideas of others.
  2. Recognize, define and apply the principles of practical communication and communication theory.

COMM 70B - Experienced Communication Tutor Training    ( 2.00 - 3.00 Units )
Tutor training for the Communication Laboratory. Through lecture and hands-on tutoring, experienced tutors with at least one semester of lab experience will demonstrate lab procedure, tutor stategies, thorough knowledge of basic components of public speaking, and ability to role-model these skills for new tutors.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Listen to, evaluate and respond appropriately to the ideas of others.
  2. Recognize, define and apply the principles of practical communication and communication theory.
  3. Communicate and collaborate with peers, students, instructors, and classified professionals successfully in order to provide a welcoming and productive experience for students who visit the Communication Lab.