Communication Studies Minor

Introduction to Communication Studies –

A survey of the nature and processes of communication. Begins with basic concepts of communication, including language, nonverbal processes, perception, listening, and adaptation to audiences; then examines communication in specific contexts, including intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, and mass communication.


Principals of Oral Communication –

Examination and implementation of both classical and contemporary principles of effective oral communication. Individual presentations informed by readings, discussions, lectures, and examinations of key speeches.


Voices of Democracy –

Explores some of the most famous (and infamous) speeches and debates in U.S. history.   Beyond learning about great speeches in history, students will reflect on how, in a free society, speech functions as a mechanism for defining our identity, reconciling our political and cultural differences, and affecting political and social change.  Appropriate for students from all years and majors.


Interpersonal Communication – 

A theoretical, practical, and experiential study of the selective, systemic, and individual transactions that allow people to reflect and build personal knowledge of one another and create shared meaning. Readings, discussions, and exercises focus on connecting concepts and models to everyday interactions. Included are issues of diversity, personal identity, human perceptions, language use, mindful listening, conflict management, and nonverbal communication.


Rhetorical Criticism – 

A survey of methods in rhetorical analysis of oral, written, and visual discourses. Covers neo-classical criticism, Burkean dramatism, narrative, metaphoric, genre, and social movement criticism, and various ideological and post-structural methods, including feminist criticism and postmodern criticism.


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