CURRICULUM
Courses in Communication Studies satisfy general education requirements for the associate degree and State university baccalaureate. Prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and advanced degrees in communication, as well as refining essential communication skills needed in virtually every human interactional endeavor.
 
Communication is an event which is at once social, economic, political, cultural, and technological. In this way the course offerings in the department are designed to inquire into a variety of communication contexts, processes, skills, and effects reflecting the diversity of the field.

105 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Prerequisite: None
 
A basic study of the dynamics and
principles of oral communication
with attention to clear and orderly
presentation. Application thereof in
presentation of the basic message
unit, expository, convincing and
activating speeches and group
discussion. CSU:UC
 
105H FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING - HONORS
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Examines the principles and practices of public speaking. Emphasis is on speech organization and development, research, audience analysis, presentation skills, listening, and the use of language and ethics for the development of informative and persuasive speeches. Speech analysis and rhetorical criticism skills will differentiate COMS-105H from COMS-105. 
 
110 COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Introduces students to the fundamental elements of communication in relation to leadership theories, ethics, styles, and perspectives, including the development of a personal philosophy of leadership that includes an understanding of self, others, and community. Prepares students for leadership roles in college and community
 
 150 ORAL INTERPRETATION
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Prerequisite: Eligibility for English 090; recommended prerequisite 
or concurrently with Child Development 156 for Child Development 
Certificate student.
Introduction to and practice in the art of reading aloud for effective 
use of voice and movement according to the style, mood, meaning 
and emotion of appropriate literature. Students may select adult 
literature (option A) or children's literature (option B). Partially 
satisfies CSU General Education requirement.
 
190 FORENSICS
2 - 4 units
1 hour lecture weekly. Lab hours to be arranged. May be taken 4 
times for credit.
Preparation for competitive speech team. Studies in argumentation 
and debate, informative and persuasive speaking, and extemporaneous 
and impromptu speaking. Involves research and one-on-one training. 
Requires participation in interscholastic competition or community 
speakers bureau.
 
 223 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
This course provides an opportunity to explore the process of groups 
and decision making through the practical application of theoretical 
concepts to a variety of group activities and public group discussion. 
Theories of group decision making and leadership will be explored.
 235 INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNICATION
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Analyzes intergenerational interaction and communication patterns throughout the lifespan, including the examination of theories, attitudes, stereotypes, myths, and cultural differences.
 
 246 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Examines theories and topics within interpersonal communication, such as verbal and nonverbal communication, perception, self-concept, communication climate, relationship satisfaction, conflict, and self-disclosure within different communication contexts.
 
 250 PROCESS OF COMMUNICATION
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Examines the range of theoretical approaches to the field of communication studies which provide an overview of communication contexts such as interpersonal, small group, gender, intercultural, mass media, and organizational communication.
 
 250 PROCESS OF COMMUNICATION - HONORS
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Examines the range of theoretical approaches to the field of communication studies which provide an overview of communication contexts such as interpersonal, small group, gender, intercultural, mass media, and organizational communication. Additional reading, writing, critical thinking and research techniques are required in the honors section.

 
 256 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Examines intercultural communication, including cultural patterns, verbal and nonverbal communication codes and their practical application in todays diverse society.

 
 260 COMMUNICATION AND GENDER
3 units
3 hours lecture weekly
Compares and contrasts the communication styles of males and females in a variety of settings and suggests ways to develop communication competence in gendered societies, including the areas of family, friendship, courtship and marriage, education, media, and business.