COMS 251. Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3)

This course offers a relational view of communication and explores how relationships are created, negotiated, maintained, and terminated between two people. Students will work on improving communication skills and exploring the dynamics of interpersonal communication such as intimacy, communication climates and interpersonal conflict. Interpersonal communication includes-but is not limited to-communicating with friends, family, co-workers, fellow …

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COMS 309. Advanced Public Speaking (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 151/L or 225L. Application of the principles of audience analysis to the preparation, presentation and evaluation of persuasive messages. (Available for General Education, Oral Communication.) (IC)

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COMS 323. Group Communication (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Principles and methods of small group communication. Development of individual and group skills through application of theory to practice. Emphasis is on intra-group behavior. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning.) (IC)

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COMS 356. Intercultural Communication (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Cultural factors in interpersonal communication, such as perception, roles, language codes and nonverbal communication. Students will apply and evaluate theories of intercultural communication. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.) (IC)

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COMS 360. Communication and the Sexes (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. An examination of the communication styles of males and females in a variety of settings. Emphasis is given to gender-related communication behavior and its implications for the ability to maintain effective personal and professional relationships. Strategies for fostering communication competence will be discussed. (Available for General Education, …

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Minge, Jeanine M.

(2007) Associate Professor of Communication Studies. B.A. 2001, James Madison University; M.A. 2004, San Diego State University.

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COMS 321. Rhetorical Discourse (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Study of the language and principles of human communication through the production, analysis and evaluation of rhetorical messages. Satisfies the teacher credential program requirement for competence in writing.

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COMS 104/L. Literature in Performance and Lab (2/1)

Introduction to principles, techniques and practices in solo performance of poetry, fiction and drama. 15 hours of communication experience outside of class are required. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)

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Krivonos, Paul D.

(1975) Professor emeritus of Communication Studies. A.B. 1967, M.A. 1969, University of California, Davis; Ph.D. 1975, Purdue University.

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COMS 151/L. Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: EPT score of 151 or better. Corequisite: COMS 151L. Introduction to the study of the human communication process, with an emphasis on effective public communication. Includes intensive practice in public speaking, reasoning and critical listening. 15 hours of communication experience outside the class are required. (Cross-listed with AFRS 151 and CHS 151.) (Available for General …

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Communication Studies

All lower division GE completed as part of the AA-T in Communication Studies.   Transfer Year 1: First Semester Course Units COMS 301 3 COMS 321 3 COMS 327 3 COMS 356 3 Upper Division GE* 3 Total 15   Transfer Year 1: Second Semester Course Units COMS 351 3 Communication Methods, one course from: …

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Communication Studies

All lower division GE completed as part of the AA-T in Communication Studies.   Transfer Year 1: First Semester Course Units COMS 301 3 COMS 321 3 COMS 327 3 COMS 356 3 Upper Division GE * 3 Total 15   Transfer Year 1: Second Semester Course Units COMS 351 3 Communication Methods, one course …

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Communication Studies

YEAR 1: 1st Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Written Communication GE Basic Skills: Mathematics GE Arts and Humanities (COMS 104/L Recommended) Elective 3 3 3 6 Total 15 YEAR 1: 2nd Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Oral Communication (COMS 151/L Recommended) GE Social Sciences Title 5 Requirement GE Natural Science (with lab requirement) …

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Communication Studies

YEAR 1: 1st Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Written Communication GE Basic Skills: Mathematics GE Arts and Humanities (COMS 104/L Recommended) Elective 3 3 3 6 Total 15 YEAR 1: 2nd Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Oral Communication (COMS 151/L Recommended) GE Social Sciences Title 5 Requirement GE Natural Science (with lab requirement) …

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Communication Studies

YEAR 1: 1st Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Written Communication GE Basic Skills: Mathematics GE Arts and Humanities Elective 3 3 3 6 Total 15 YEAR 1: 2nd Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Oral Communication (COMS 151/L Recommended) GE Social Sciences Title 5 Requirement GE Natural Science (with lab requirement) Elective 3 3 …

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Communication Studies

YEAR 1: 1st Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Written Communication GE Basic Skills: Mathematics GE Arts and Humanities Elective 3 3 3 6 Total 15 YEAR 1: 2nd Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Oral Communication (COMS 151/L Recommended) GE Social Sciences Title 5 Requirement GE Natural Science (with lab requirement) Elective 3 3 …

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COMMUNICATION STUDIES

YEAR 1: 1st Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Written Communication GE Basic Skills: Mathematics GE Arts and Humanities Elective 3 3 3 6 Total 15 YEAR 1: 2nd Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Oral Communication (COMS 151/L Recommended) GE Social Sciences Title 5 Requirement GE Natural Science (with lab requirement) Elective 3 3 …

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COMMUNICATION STUDIES

YEAR 1: 1st Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Written Communication GE Basic Skills: Mathematics GE Arts and Humanities Elective 3 3 3 6 Total 15 YEAR 1: 2nd Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Oral Communication (COMS 151/L Recommended) GE Social Sciences Title 5 Requirement GE Natural Science (with lab requirement) Elective 3 3 …

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Communication Studies

YEAR 1: 1st Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Written Communication 3 GE Basic Skills: Mathematics 3 GE Lifelong Learning (COMS 150 Recommended) 3 Elective 6 Total 15 YEAR 1: 2nd Semester Course Units GE Basic Subjects: Oral Communication (COMS 151/L Recommended) 3 GE Social Sciences 3 Title 5 Requirement 3 GE Natural Science (with …

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COMS 494/L. Internship in Communication Studies and Lab (1/2)

Prerequisites: Communication Studies Major; approval through application and instructor consent; COMS 323 or COMS 351 or COMS 452 or COMS 453. Upon approval by the instructor, a student may earn up to 3 units credit per semester and up to 6 units total for practical experience dealing with communication problems and concerns in public or …

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COMS 464. Digital Rhetorics (3)

Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing. This course explores popular rhetorics of communication in the Digital Age, and offers an examination of the influence of modern digital technologies and environments on persuasion and communication. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 451. Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 351. This course examines the process of interpersonal communication as a focus of research and theory. Attention will be given to relationship messages, stages of interpersonal relationships, relationship rituals, intimate dialogue, the dialogue of distance, maintaining relationships through dialogue, and developing effective communication in relationships. The course takes a “social constructionist” approach to …

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Communication Studies

University standards for admission to graduate study will normally be a determining factor in granting a student Classified status in the program. Department admission requirements are higher than University criteria. Students with limited background in Communication Studies may be admitted on a Conditionally Classified basis until preparatory undergraduate coursework (to be determined in consultation with …

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Communication Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies consists of 45 units.

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Communication Studies

The Minor in Communication Studies consists of 24 units.

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Brownlee, Don R.

(1982) Professor of Communication Studies. B.A. 1973, Texas Christian University; M.A. 1974, North Texas State University; Ph.D.1982, University of Texas.

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Carillo Rowe, Aimee M.

(2012) Associate Professor of Communication Studies. B.A. 1992, M.A. 2003, Pepperdine University; Ph.D. 2000, University of Washington.

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Camara, Sakile’ K.

(2006) Associate Professor of Communication Studies. B.A. 1990, Arkansas State University; M.A. 1992, Arkansas State University; Ph.D. 2001, The Ohio State University.

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Berry, Elizabeth B.

(1973) Professor emerita of Communication Studies. B.S. 1960, Northwestern University; M.A. 1963, California State University, Los Angeles; Ph.D. 1969, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Cameron, Donald

(1960) Professor emeritus of Communication Studies. B.A. 1953, M.A. 1957, University of Montana; Ph.D. 1960, Northwestern University.

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Harris, Alan C.

(1978) Professor emeritus of Communication Studies. B.A. 1962, Columbia College; M.A. 1972, Ph.D. 1981, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Hasenauer, James E.

(1983) Professor emeritus of Communication Studies. B.A. 1971, Iona College, New York; Ph.D. 1976, University of Southern California.

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Logan, Christie A.

(1979) Professor emerita of Communication Studies. B.A. 1971, University of North Dakota; M.A. 1973, Purdue University; Ph.D. 1977, University of Southern California.

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Nakagawa, Gordon

(1983) Professor emeritus, Communication Studies. BSC. 1973, M.A. 1976, The Ohio University; Ph.D. 1987, Southern Illinois University.

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Salper, Donald R.

(1964) Professor emeritus of Communication Studies. B.A. 1951, University of Minnesota; M.A. 1952, Northwestern University; Ph.D. 1964, University of Minnesota.

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Wurthman, Leonard B. JR.

(1965) Professor of Communication Studies. B.S. 1957, University of California, Los Angeles; M.A. 1959, Louisiana State University; Ph.D. 1968, University of Missouri.

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Attias, Bernardo A.

(1994) Professor of Communication Studies. B.S. 1988, Northwestern University; Ph.D. 1997, University of Iowa.

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Giotta, Gina N.

(2011) Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. B.A. 2002, University of California, Berkeley; M.A. 2006, Ph.D. 2011, University of Iowa.

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Holman Jones, Stacy L.

(2011) Professor of Communication Studies. B.A. 1988, Iowa State University; M.A. California State University, Sacramento; Ph.D. 2001, University of Texas.

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Kephart III, John M.

(2007) Associate Professor in Communication Studies. B.A. 2002, M.A. 2005, University of Southern California.

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Litke, Rebecca

(1990) Professor of Communication Studies. B.A. 1985, M.A. 1987, California State University, Northridge; Ph.D. 1990, University of Southern California.

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Marston, Peter J.

(1986) Professor of Communication Studies. B.A. 1980, Occidental College; Ph.D. 1987, University of Southern California.

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Sorrells, Kathryn

(1999) Professor of Communication Studies. B.A. 1978, Carleton College; M.A. 1992, Antioch University; Ph.D. 1999, University of New Mexico.

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COMS 150. Introduction to Communication Studies (3)

An introduction to Communication Studies with an emphasis on the history of the field and the various theories, contexts and perspectives that inform the study of human communication. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning.)

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COMS 195. Forensics (1-1-1-1)

Supervised activity in competitive intercollegiate forensics.

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COMS 198. Speaker’s Bureau (1-1-1-1)

Supervised activity in the various forms of speech communication. Observation and experience in speaking to community and college groups.

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COMS 199. Performance Ensemble (1)

Supervised activity in group performance of literature. Participation in theatre programs before campus audiences. Course is repeatable for a maximum of three completions of credit.

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COMS 225/L. Argumentation and Lab (2/1)

Prerequisite: EPT score of 151 or better. Corequisite: 225L. Studies of the strategies used for rhetorical argument. Emphasis is given to ways of finding issues, using evidence and detecting fallacies in rhetorical communications. Practice is given in the formulation and critical analysis of argument in rhetorical communications. 15 hours of communication experience outside of class …

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COMS 301. Performance, Language and Cultural Studies (3)

Study of the complex relationships among culture, language and performance in communication. Examination of theory, behavior, practice and criticism from aesthetic and sociocultural perspectives, with emphasis on contemporary research in language, culture and performance studies.

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COMS 303. Narrative in Performance (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 301. Theory and practice in performing narrative fiction and nonfiction. Analysis of the role of narrative in the communicative life of the individual and society. Solo and group performances.

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COMS 304. Poetry in Performance (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 301. Theory and practice in performing poetry. Analysis of the role of poetry and poetic language in the communicative life of the individual and society. Solo and group performances.

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COMS 305. Children’s Literature in Performance (3)

Principles, techniques and practice in performing children’s literature, including choral reading and storytelling. Not allowed for credit in the Communication Studies major.

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COMS 320. Communicative Functions of Language (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 351. Study of the form and structure of the language of persuasive discourse, including semantics, syntax, usage, lexicography and style.

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COMS 325. Legal Argumentation (3)

Study of courtroom argument, with emphasis on issues, evidence, forms of argument and language in lawyers’ pleadings and judicial opinions.

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COMS 327. Rhetorical Theory (3)

Theories of rhetoric from classical Greece and Rome to the present. Critical methodologies inherent in rhetorical theories of each period are applied to typical examples of public discourse of that period.

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COMS 350. Nonverbal Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 351. Discussion and examination of nonverbal communication and its effects upon the individual’s attitudes and verbal communication.

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COMS 351. Communication Theory (3)

Survey of multiple theoretical perspectives on the study of human communication. Examination of the relationships among communication theory and other areas of study within the field of communication studies.

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COMS 400ABC. Directing Oral Performance (1-3)

Prerequisites: Available only to Upper Division students who have completed a minimum of two units of any of the following: COMS 195, 198 or 199; Consent of instructor. Faculty-supervised students direct other students’ oral performances. May be taken for a maximum of 6 units.

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COMS 401. Performance and Social Change (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 301. Examination and application of contemporary theories of performance as a means of change in individual and communal life. Students employ performance methodologies to examine complexities of various communication contexts and situations and enact various strategies for working through these complexities. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 404. Theories of Interpretation (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 301. Examination of psychological, social, cultural, literary and hermeneutic theories of interpretation, with an emphasis on the interaction of text, context and audience. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 410. Community-Based Performance. (3)

This course examines a central premise in communication and performance studies that performance is integral to individual, communal and cultural processes, practices and institutions. Students will develop performances in collaboration with particular communities that express that community’s identity, experiences, issues and goals. We will employ theories and methods of performance that foster cultivating and sustaining …

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COMS 420. Language and Symbolic Processes (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Study of the structural, psychological and semantic facets of language and their implications for the study of rhetorical communication. Regular written assignments will be required. Available for graduate credit. (Available for Section C of the Multicultural Requirement for Credential Candidates.)

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COMS 425. Theories of Argument and Deliberation (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 327. Exploration of theories of argument and their application to decision making. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 428. Freedom of Speech (3)

Exploration of freedom of speech in American society. Emphasis given to a communication studies approach to issues in freedom of speech. Focus on contemporary problems of free speech in the U.S., including sedition, obscenity, advocacy of illegal action, libel, words of provocation, copyright, academic freedom and national security. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 430. Rhetorical Criticism (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of Lower Division writing requirement. Instruction in the methods and applications of rhetorical criticism, focusing upon the analysis and evaluation of rhetorical discourse. Regular written assignments are required. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 431. Persuasion (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 351. Logical and psychological principles used by writers and speakers to effect social control. Analysis and evaluation of recent research in attitude modification. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 435. Rhetoric of Women (3)

Prerequisites: COMS 327; Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Analysis and evaluation of the rhetoric of women involved in political, social and economic reforms. Regular written assignments are required. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 437. Communication for Youth Institute (3-3)

Prerequisites: COMS 151/L; Prior approval of the CYI Program Coordinator. Instruction is provided in communication education. Faculty-supervised students will teach communication skills to area youth in a community service-learning program. Students work closely with the instructor in course preparation, delivery of course content, oral and written assignment evaluation, and curricular assessment. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 440. Performance and Cultural Studies Criticism (3)

Recommended Preparatory: COMS 301. This course is an introduction to the critical methods in performance studies and cultural studies. It provides instruction on critical interpretation and analysis, as well as specific methods used in performance studies and cultural studies. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 442. Rhetoric of Peace and Conflict (3)

Prerequisites: COMS 327; Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Exploration of the rhetorical implications of conflict and struggle as performed in subcultural, national and international contexts. Regular written assignments are required. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 443. Rhetoric of Business (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Critical analysis of the rhetoric used in executive speaking, advertising and labor negotiations. Regular written assignments are required. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 444. Political Rhetoric (3)

Prerequisites: COMS 327; Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Study of rhetoric of recent U.S. political campaigns, both local and national, including persuasive techniques, ethical considerations and effectiveness. Practice in planning and developing rhetorical messages for political campaigns. Regular written assignments are required. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 445. Communication and Popular Cultures (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 301. A survey of theories of contemporary popular cultural forms as human communicative behavior. Students will learn to utilize theories of rhetoric, performance and critical/cultural studies to analyze popular cultural artifacts as symbolic forms. Regular written assignments are required. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 446. Rhetoric of Crime and Punishment (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Study of rhetoric of crime, criminal procedure, punishment and justice in different societies and cultures. Regular written assignments are required. Available for graduate credit.

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COMS 448. Rhetoric of Extraordinary Claim (3)

Prerequisites: COMS 327; Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Examination of rhetorical strategies used to advance extraordinary claims and of rhetorical methods of analysis that may be used to identify irrational appeals. Specific consideration of rhetorical discourse dealing with the paranormal, pseudoscience, cryptozoology and conspiracy theories. Regular written assignments are required. Available for graduate …

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COMS 450. Communication Research Methodology (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Examination of the strategy and methodology of contemporary research in communication. Emphasis is on scientific process, the derivation and verification of hypotheses in communication and persuasion, and basic communication research design. Regular written assignments are required.

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COMS 452. Communication Training and Development (3)

Recommended Preparatory: COMS 351, 450. This course is an examination and analysis of the processes and challenges of communication training and development. Through discussion and fieldwork, students explore applications of communication theory and learn how to conduct organizational culture audits and communication competency assessments through observations, evaluations, analyses, interviews, focus groups and surveys of employees …

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COMS 453. Organizational Communication (3)

Prerequisite: COMS 351. Application of the principles of human communication in the formal organizational setting, including communication channels, networks, climate and relationships.

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COMS 454. Communication and Technology (3)

Study of the impact of new communication technologies on communication and culture. Information technologies are examined from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

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COMS 495. Internship in Organizational Communication (3-3)

Prerequisite: COMS 453. Upon prior approval by the Program Coordinator, a student may earn up to 3 units credit per semester and up to 6 units total for practical experience in public or private formal organizations in dealing with communication problems and concerns. Academic Internship course. (Credit/No Credit only)

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COMS 496A-Z. Experimental Topics Courses in Communication Studies (3)

Experimental courses in Communication Studies with course content to be determined.

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COMS 497. Supervised Projects in Communication Studies (1-1-1-1)

Introduction to rhetorical research and writing through supervised projects and field study. Academic Internship course.

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COMS 600. Core Seminar in Communication (3)

Introduction to graduate study in communication theory, rhetorical theory, performance, language and cultural studies.

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COMS 601. Core Seminar in Communication Research Methods (3)

This course is an introduction to the epistemological assumptions, design and methods of analysis in communication research. It provides a broad overview of humanistic, social scientific, rhetorical and critical approaches to studying communication.

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COMS 603. Seminar in Performance Studies (3)

Study of performance as communication. Examination of theory, practice and criticism from aesthetic and sociocultural perspectives, with emphasis on contemporary research in performance, language and cultural studies.

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COMS 604. Seminar in Textual Studies (3)

Study of performance implications of varying critical approaches to text.

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COMS 610. Current Research in Performance Studies (3-3)

Corequisite: COMS 600. Advanced study of new and current developments in performance studies. May be repeated once for credit.

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COMS 620. Seminar in Communication and Language (3)

Study of contemporary theories of language and linguistics as applied to principles of communication. Emphasis on language and social interaction, linguistic pragmatics and systems of symbolic representation.

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COMS 631. Studies in Classical Rhetoric (3)

Advanced study in rhetorical theory, from ancient Greece through the Renaissance.

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COMS 632. Studies in Contemporary Rhetoric (3)

Advanced study in contemporary rhetorical theory.

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COMS 633. Studies in Postmodern Rhetoric (3)

Advanced study in postmodern rhetorical theory.

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COMS 634. Applied Rhetorical Studies (3)

Advanced study of the application of rhetorical theories to situated discourse. Topics include rhetorical criticism, argumentation analysis and/or the application of critical and social theory.

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COMS 635. Feminist Perspectives on Communication (3)

Study of contemporary feminist theories applied to communication research.

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COMS 640. Current Research in Rhetorical Studies (3-3)

Corequisite: COMS 600. Advanced study of new and current developments in Rhetorical Studies. May be repeated once for credit.

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COMS 650. Seminar in Communication Theory (3)

Study of historical and contemporary trends in theory and research on communication and communication processes.

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COMS 651. Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (3)

Study of advanced principles of communication as applied to interpersonal communication theory. Special emphasis on research in the area of interpersonal communication.

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COMS 652. Seminar in Group Communication (3)

Study of advanced principles of communication as applied to small-group communication theory and research.

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COMS 653. Seminar in Organizational Communication Research (3)

Study of advanced principles of communication as applied to the organizational setting, with special emphasis on research in organizational communication.

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COMS 654. Seminar in Communication and Technology (3)

Advanced study of the principles of communication technology, with emphasis on theory and research.

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COMS 656. Seminar in Intercultural Communication (3)

Study of advanced principles of communication as applied to intercultural communication. Special emphasis on research in the area of intercultural communication. (IC)

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COMS 660. Current Research in Communication Theory (3-3)

Corequisite: COMS 600. Advanced study of new and current developments in communication theory. May be repeated once for credit.

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COMS 680. Communication Education (3)

Prerequisite: Available to graduate and Upper Division undergraduate students. Exploration of the communication dimensions of adult education and critical pedagogy. Application of theory in a wide range of instructional settings, including teaching college and university classrooms, training in non-profit and for-profit business environments and facilitating educational programs for community organizations.

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COMS 696. Directed Graduate Research (3)

Application of knowledge to a project in a practical setting or in preparation for the completion of a thesis.

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COMS 697. Directed Comprehensive Studies (1-3)

Enrollment is required in the semester in which the comprehensive examination is taken.

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COMS 698. Thesis or Graduate Project (6)

Prerequisites: COMS 601; Classified graduate status; Consent of Graduate Coordinator. Open by special permission to students electing to do a thesis or graduate project in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts Degree.

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Fieweger, Margaret

(1990) Professor emerita of Communication Studies. B.A. 1961, Clarke College; M.A. 1971, Ph.D. 1975, Northwestern University.

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