Communication Studies

Associate in Arts Degree: Communication Studies

An Associate of Arts degree in Communication Studies seeks to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the complex and diverse nature of the communication process and a sharpened understanding of contexts within which humans use signs and symbols to create meaning. The degree focuses on the way[s] language and other symbolic systems are used interpersonally, within small group settings and in mass mediated formats. Courses will allow students to achieve three separate aims depending upon their academic goals. First students will be well prepared to transfer to a four-year institution with a broad range of communication coursework completed. Second, students will be prepared for entry into a variety of careers—all of which require effective communication skills for working with diverse sets of people in an increasingly complex technological workplace. Careers including business, public relations, human resources, law [after law school], advertising arts, teaching, social & human services and entertainment industries are all suited for graduates of a Communication Studies degree. Finally, students who are interested in the field of Communication Studies but do not wish to complete a Baccalaureate degree in the discipline may pursue a terminal two-year course of study. Such study will prepare them to understand diverse communication messages and practice excellent communication skills in a variety of settings.

Student Learning Outcome:

Students will be able to: Develop and deliver informative and persuasive presentations using clear written and oral communication skills.
Analyze theoretical concepts of communication and assess how each concept is utilized within various communication contexts.

Program Requirements:

Units Required: 20 – 22
 

  Units
Three units from the following:  
     
COMS-105 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3.0
COMS-105H Fundamentals of Public Speaking - Honors 3.0
COMS-223 Small Group Communication 3.0
     
Plus two to four units from the following:  
     
COMS-150 Oral Interpretation 3.0
COMS-190 Forensics 2.0 - 4.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
COMS-225 Strategies of Argumentation 3.0
COMS-227 Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism 3.0
     
Plus three units from the following:  
     
COMS-250 Process of Communication 3.0
     
Plus nine units from the following:  
     
COMS-235 Intergenerational Communication 3.0
COMS-246 Interpersonal Communication 3.0
COMS-256 Intercultural Communication 3.0
COMS-260 Communication and Gender 3.0
COMS-110 Communication and Leadership 3.0


COMS 105 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines the principles and practices of public speaking, especially 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.


COMS 105H FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING - HONORS
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
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.


COMS 110 COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
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 settings.


COMS 150 ORAL INTERPRETATION
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Teaches theoretical approaches to interpret literature and prepares students to apply these in the performance of that literature.


COMS 190 FORENSICS
Units: 2.00-4.00
CSU 18.00 hours lecture, 54.00-162.00 hours lab
May be taken four 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.


COMS 223 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Explores theories of group decision making and leadership, including critical thinking, problem solving, and strategies for successful group interaction.


COMS 225 STRATEGIES OF ARGUMENTATION
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Introduces the strategies used for rhetorical argument, including finding issues, using evidence, and detailing fallacies in rhetorical communications.


COMS 227 INTRODUCTION TO RHETORICAL CRITICISM
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Prerequisite: ENGL-101 or ENGL-101H

Introduces critical methodologies of rhetoric and principles of rhetorical theory as a means to analyze and evaluate public discourse, including critical reasoning, advocacy, analysis, writing, and discussion.


COMS 235 INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNICATION
Units: 3.00
CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Analyzes intergenerational interaction and communication patterns throughout the lifespan, including the examination of theories, attitudes, stereotypes, myths, and cultural differences.


COMS 246 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
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.


COMS 250 PROCESS OF COMMUNICATION
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
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.


COMS 256 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
Examines intercultural communication, including cultural patterns, verbal and nonverbal communication codes and their practical application in todays diverse society.


COMS 260 COMMUNICATION AND GENDER
Units: 3.00
UC:CSU 54.00 hours lecture
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.


Planned Course Offerings 2011-2013

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