Communication Studies

Com 101: Fundamentals of Speech 

The basic principles of public speaking with special emphasis on platform techniques and a study of the different types of speech. Not applicable toward a major or minor.

Com 201: Public Speaking 

Organization, preparation and delivery of speeches for different occasions with emphasis on construction and audience adaptation.

Prerequisite: Com 101.

Com 202: Principles of Communication 

An inquiry into the process, theory and philosophy of contemporary verbal and nonverbal communication.

Prerequisite: Com 101.

Com 205: Classroom Communication 

Development of the special speech skills appropriate for the classroom teacher. Not applicable toward a major.

Prerequisite: Com 101.

Com 207: Introduction to Leadership 

The purpose of this interdisciplinary course is to introduce students to the field of leadership from a biblical worldview. Students will gain a broad understanding of the history and origins of leadership, theoretical approaches to leadership, and the essence of contemporary leadership. As students master the fundamentals of the concepts, they will be encouraged to test their ability to apply these concepts to their own life experiences. Students will be required to participate in leading a service oriented project during the course of the semester.

Com 302: Interpersonal Communication

Application of communication principles, theories and research to an examination of the process of interpersonal communication, and the improvement of communication skills relevant to interpersonal settings.

Com 303: Organizational Communication 

Theory and research in organizational communication; an understanding of how organizational meaning is created and sustained. Strategies for assessing and improving organizational and individual communication effectiveness. Lecture and discussion class.

Com 304: Theories & Research in Communication 

Comparison of various approaches to the study of communication with particular emphasis on a Christian perspective.

Com 322: Teaching Speech & Drama 

Materials, methods, procedures and related topics in the teaching of speech in the secondary school. N ot applicable toward a major.

Prerequisite: Com 101.

Com 393: Organizational Communication Discussion 

Corequisite: Com 303.

Com 401: Communication Internship 

A supervised experience in applying communication principles in an organizational setting. Not applicable toward a minor.

Com 405: Persuasion 

Theories of persuasion, platform practice and criticism of model persuasive speeches.

Prerequisite: Com 201.

Com 407: Argumentation & Debate 

Principles and techniques of argumentation applied to academic debate. Emphasis on the ability to construct and defend a logical argument with the use of credible evidence, and the ability to analyze and refute the arguments of others.

Prerequisite: Com 101.

Com 410: Oral Communication for the Professions 

Application of oral communication skills and principles to business and professional speaking situations. Conferences, interviews, interpersonal communication and presentational speaking. Not applicable toward a major.

Prerequisite: Com 101.

Com 423: Special Topics-Leading Groups 

The purpose of this course is to explore effective practices for leading various groups: standing groups, project groups, teams, etc. Through a blend of theory, case studies and practice, students will understand the challenges of leading groups and develop strategies for effective leadership. Students will be required to identify a situation in which they will lead a group during the course of the semester.

Com 505: Communication Training & Development 

Introduction to the process through which companies and other organizations improve performance and communication. Emphasis on training skills in the field of communication as well as consulting in the organizational setting.

Prerequisite: Com 303.

Com 507: Conflict Management 

Integration of theory on conflict management with practical approaches to conflict training. An emphasis on a biblical perspective of conflict.


Com 520: Intercultural Communication 

The theory and practical applications of communicating between cultures. Special emphasis is given to biblical principles of communication, and to the organizational and business applications of intercultural communication.

Com 521: Nonverbal Communication 

Analysis of the various codes of nonverbal behavior and their functions in interpersonal, workplace and mediated encounters. Special emphasis is given to scriptural principles of nonverbal communication.

Com 524: Special Topics in Communication 

Topics may include nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication in multinational corporations, organizations as culture, and readings in organizational communication.

Com 525: Special Topics-Leading Change  The purpose of this course is to provide students with the leadership skills necessary to effectively lead individuals, groups and organizations during times of significant change. Attention will be given to a variety of approaches to leading change which will be analyzed from a biblical perspective. Students will develop skills to lead change in business, community and ministry settings.

Com 526: Special Topics in Communication  

Topics may include nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication in multinational corporations, organizations as cultures, and readings in organizational communication.

Com 600: Introduction to Graduate Studies  

Introduction to methodologies and resources for research in communication arts and science at the graduate level.

Com 602: Quantitative Research Methods in Communication  

Principles and practices of quantitative research methodologies, with an emphasis on statistical applications for use in communication research projects at the graduate level.

Com 603: Advanced Organizational Communication  

Survey of advanced research and theory relevant to the study of organizational communication. Rigorous examination of the role that communication plays in shaping and reshaping the process of organizing within and between organizations.

Com 604: Qualitative Research Methods in Communication  

Study of theoretical issues underlying the study of qualitative research as a methodology, as well as the characteristics of various approaches to designing and conducting qualitative research projects.

Com 605: Applied Communication Research I  

Preparation of the graduate communication final project or thesis.

Com 606: Applied Communication Research II  

Preparation of the graduate communication final project or thesis.

Prerequisite: Com 605.

Com 607: Leadership & Communication 

Relationships between communication and leadership including a consideration of relevant theories, concepts, tools and skills. Leadership and communication are examined in relation to organizational culture, change, diversity, technology and decision-making.

Com 622: Assessment Methods in Communication  

Introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods used in academics and business settings.

Com 665: Management Effectiveness & Communication  

Analysis of interrelationship among individuals, groups and the organization. Examination of the following concepts: leadership, motivation, communication, group dynamics, decision-making and interpersonal relations. Inclusion of case studies and other projects.

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