Communication Studies

...and Journalism (#244-#299)

SPCMU - Speech Communication* has been renamed CMST - Communication Studies as part of Common Course Numbering.

Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule.

 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES & 101
Introduction to Communication (5)

Students learn verbal, nonverbal and listening skills essential to effective living and become competent communicators by applying interpersonal, small group, public speaking, and cross-cultural communication theories to a variety of contexts including the workplace, communities, and families. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESL 100/ENGL 100 or higher. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES & 102
Introduction to Mass Media (5)

Explore the history, technologies and processes of mass communication systems including newspapers, magazines, books, radio, sound recordings, television, film and Internet. Recognize the cultural impacts, theories, related ethics and laws of mass communications. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or better, or minimum scores of 80 for writing and 80 reading on the COMPASS test. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES & 102W
Introduction to Mass Media (5)

Explore the history, technologies and processes of mass communication systems including newspapers, magazines, books, radio, sound recordings, television, film and Internet. Recognize the cultural impacts, theories, related ethics and laws of mass communications. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or better, or minimum scores of 80 for writing and 80 reading on the COMPASS test. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 140
The Art of Storytelling (5)

Storytelling, one of our oldest art forms, varies in forms from entertainment to information transfer, healing, and community building. Discover the excitement and empowerment of performing stories from the personal to folktales of a variety of cultures. Plan, organize and perform in a live storytelling program. Previously SPCMU 140. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 203
Communication for Social Change (5)

Engage in reflection, discussion and thought-provoking activities to experience a wide range of cultural perspectives, to think critically, and to build empathy. Explore the ways that power and privilege shape perceptions of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, etc. Learn communication skills to effect social change. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 100 required or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES & 210
Interpersonal Communication (5)

This course is designed to enhance your awareness, knowledge and skills in interpersonal communication in order to assist you in making more thoughtful, ethical choices in life. The focus is on experiences with friends, family, peers, coworkers and significant others. Previously SPCMU 105. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESL 100/ENGL 100 or higher. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES & 220
Public Speaking (5)

Build confidence when speaking with others. Learn to influence others by critically listening to and crafting organized informative and persuasive speeches. Conduct responsible research on topics appropriate for your audience. Use sound reasoning and strong delivery to achieve effective presentation skills. Previously SPCMU 220. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESL 100/ENGL 100 or higher. Optional P/NC grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES & 230
Small Group Communication (5)

Study and practice of the uses of discussion in everyday problem-solving situations. Opportunities both to lead and to participate in valuative and exploratory group discussions. Previously SPCMU 290. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 244
News Writing (3)

Explore journalism, with a focus on reporting, news gathering and writing. The course covers links to public relations, advertising and digital journalism as well as ethical and legal concerns. Newspaper production is introduced. The class may be taken again for credit. Previously CMU 211. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 244W
News Writing (3)

Explore journalism, with a focus on reporting, news gathering and writing. The course covers links to public relations, advertising and digital journalism as well as ethical and legal concerns. Newspaper production is introduced. The class may be taken again for credit. Previously CMU 211W. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 245
Student Newspaper (3)

Experience hands-on learning in one or more aspects of the college newspaper, including reporting, writing, editing, photography, production or advertising. May be repeated for credit. Previously CMU 212. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 245W
Student Newspaper (3)

Experience hands-on learning in one or more aspects of the college newspaper, including reporting, writing, editing, photography, production or advertising. May be repeated for credit. Previously CMU 212W. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 247
Journalistic Writing (4)

Learn journalistic principles and practices. Write news articles, features, opinions and arts reviews. Explore ethical questions, legal concerns, and journalism's links to public relations. Photojournalism, design, and online journalism are introduced. Previously CMU 221. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 247W
Journalistic Writing (4)

Learn journalistic principles and practices. Write news articles, features, opinions and arts reviews. Explore ethical questions, legal concerns, and journalism's links to public relations. Photojournalism, design, and online journalism are introduced. Previously CMU 221W. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 249
Copy Editing (3)

Learn techniques of editing and rewriting news copy and gain experience in headline/caption writing and page design. Previously CMU 225. Prerequisite: CMST 244 or 247 or permission of instructor. Student option grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 285
Critical Intercultural Communication (5)

Explore the complexities of intercultural communication in both U.S. and global contexts through an experiential, skill-building framework. Analyze how we are shaped by culture and positions of power and privilege. Develop and apply intercultural skills to affect social change. Note: CMST 285 and CMST 203 have different content. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESL 100, ENGL 100 or placement into ENGL& 101. Mandatory decimal grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 291
Special Topics in Communication Studies (1)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in communications.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 292
Special Topics in Communications (2)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in communications.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 293
Special Topics in Communications (3)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in communications.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 294
Special Topics in Communications (4)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in communications.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 295
Special Topics in Communication Studies (5)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in communications.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 297
Individual Project in Communication Studies (1)

Individual project in a specific area of communications. By arrangement with instructor. Previously CMU 297. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 298
Individual Project in Communication Studies (2)

Individual project in a specific area of communications. By arrangement with instructor. Previously CMU 298. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES 299
Individual Project in Communication Studies (3)

Individual project in a specific area of communications. By arrangement with instructor. Previously CMU 299. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.