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COMM 106: THE LISTENING LEARNER

1 hr. (TC)

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This course introduces the student to the ideals and skills involved in effective listening, as well as to provide the student with an appreciation of the nature and uses of effective listening in college and public life. The student will be expected to acquire and utilize the knowledge and skills necessary for effective listening as a learner and as a member of society.

COMM 107: COMMUNICATION APPREHENSION

1 hr. (TC)

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This course introduces the student to the nature and purpose of communication apprehension and the extent of its presence in daily interactions, as well as provide the student with knowledge and an appreciation of the ideas and skills involved in overcoming communication apprehension. The student will be expected to acquire and utilize the knowledge and skills necessary for effective communication on all levels of social interaction.

COMM 108: VOICE AND DIALECT

1 hr. (TC)

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This course introduces the student to the ideals and skills involved in communication effectiveness needed between diverse cultures, including the college environment. The student will be expected to acquire and utilize the knowledge and skills necessary for effective communication on all levels of social interaction.

COMM 110: COMMUNICATION: PROCESS AND PRACTICE

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course provides the foundations for theoretical understanding about interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, group communication, nonverbal communication, verbal communication, intrapersonal communication, and rhetorical strategies. The course also provides practical application in public speaking and group membership. [IAI: C2 900]

COMM 113: BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course is intended to help students by providing them with a variety of practical communication experiences. Such experiences would include: informal conversations, role-playing dialogues, problem-solving discussions, panel presentations, and individual presentations of information and ideas of concern to business and industry.

COMM 115: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC RELATIONS

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course provides an overview of the practices, theories, ethics, issues and problems facing public relations, and it allows the student to develop an appreciation for and an understanding of the Public Relations(PR) field.

COMM 116: ORAL INTERPRETATION

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course is an analysis of the literary forms of prose, poetry and drama for the purpose of orally recreating the author's intellectual and emotional intentions and of communicating those insights to an audience through controlled use of voice and body. Emphasis is placed on selection and preparation of materials as well as presentation. This course is acceptable as humanities credit.

COMM 118: COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM I

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course offers the student practical experience in a wide variety of communication activities which may include forensics competition, tournament work and various communication workshops.

COMM 119: COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM II

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course offers the student practical experience in a wide variety of communication activities which may include forensics competition, tournament work and various communication workshops.

COMM 120: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course explores the non-presentational side of communication. It is designed to help a student improve the skills necessary for more effective and more efficient day-to-day communication. This course is recommended for any student who wishes to sharpen person-to-person communication skills and for students majoring in communication.

COMM 155: COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP I

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is designed to provide the student with an on-site educational work experience. The student will work an arranged number of hours per week at an appropriate location under the supervision of a communication professional. The student will work at least five hours per week per credit hour received or equivalent plus weekly meetings with a college supervising professor.

COMM 203: COMMUNICATION: GROUP DYNAMICS

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMM 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course introduces the student to the principles and skills of effective group communication. The course will give the student practical experience in working within the group framework and executing group presentations. The student is expected to acquire and demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills necessary for effective group communication.

COMM 204: INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: A score of "81" on the COMPASS test, or department approval.

This course is designed to be a survey of communication with emphasis on the communicative variables of culture. It covers intercultural communicative theory, nonverbal communication, verbal communication and group communication. This course is recommended for any student who wishes to learn the dynamics of intercultural communication and for students majoring in communication.

COMM 212: PUBLIC SPEAKING

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval

This course is designed to provide the student with additional training and experience in the preparation and execution of various types of public address. In addition, the course seeks to provide the student with knowledge of and an appreciation of rhetorical analysis and criticism. The diversity of the course curriculum makes the course highly useful to students of all majors. [IAI: C2 900]

COMM 218: COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM III

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course offers the student practical experience in a wide variety of communication activities which may include forensics competition, tournament work and various communication workshops.

COMM 219: COMMUNICATION PRACTICUM IV

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course offers the student practical experience in a wide variety of communication activities which may include forensics competition, tournament work and various communication workshops.

COMM 222: READERS THEATRE

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course concentrates on the study of various styles and techniques of Oral Interpretation in Readers' Theatre. The presentation produced by the class will be toured through the area schools, civic organizations, and presented at ICC. Areas of concern are on vocal development, interpretive approach to literature and imaginative presentation. Three lecture hours per week and additional rehearsals and productions as scheduled.

COMM 245: INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION THEORY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMM 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is designed to introduce basic concepts, areas of inquiry and current theories in the discipline of speech communication.

COMM 248: SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMM 115 with a grade of "C' or better or department approval

This course is a special topics course that will be adjusted on an on-going basis in order to address current events and issues affecting public relations. The primary goal of the course is to allow for examination of various topics addressed by public relations practitioners including crisis communication, event planning, political campaign analysis, as well as addressing how scandals affect both corporate and individual image using examples taken directly from today's headlines. This course may be repeated up to three times as long as the topic and content are different. The student shall not exceed more than a total of six (6) hours of COMM 248. This course is repeatable up to a maximum of three semester hours of credit.

COMM 255: COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP II

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is designed to provide the student with an on-site educational work experience. The student will work an arranged number of hours per week at an appropriate location under the supervision of a communication professional. The student will work at least five hours per week per credit hour received or equivalent plus weekly meetings with a college supervising professor.