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Communication



CMC 101
Principles of Speech [Lecture] (2.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course offers an introduction to speech communication emphasizing practical application of rhetorical principles. Students gain experience in preparing and presenting formal speeches and develop skills of effective listening and critical analysis. This course is a prerequisite for all communication courses unless permission is granted by the instructor.

CMC 101H
Honors Principles of Speech [Honors Option] (2.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is an honors version of CMC 101. Students are encouraged to exercise the many facets of any communication in comparison and contrast with written communication.

CMC 201
Introduction to Communication Arts [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides the theoretical foundation for the formal study of communication. Students examine theories representing major emphases in the field of communication and rhetorical studies. Prerequisites: CMC 101 and CMP 101. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.

CMC 202
Introduction to Mass Communication [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is an examination and analysis of the major types of mass communication and the forces that influence them. Consideration is given to significant issues related to such media as newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and motion pictures. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 205
Interpersonal & Nonverbal Communication [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course deals with the dynamics of interaction between speaker and listener. It examines aspects of individual perception, listening, and feedback as they affect interpersonal communication. Special attention is paid to analyzing nonverbal communication. (Offered on demand)

CMC 206
Cross-Cultural Communication [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course examines connections between language and culture and promotes attitudes and skills which foster intercultural communication. Attention is given to issues surrounding bilingualism, cross-cultural interaction, and interactional communication.

CMC 207
Argumentation and Debate [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course focuses on the preparation and defense of logical arguments. Students develop techniques of research, argumentation, and refutation. Emphasis is on the dialogic search for knowledge. Prerequisite: CMC 101. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 275
Introduction to Digital Video [Studio Art Course] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
See ART 275 for description.

CMC 280
Basic Video and Audio Production [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is a combination of theory and workshop in the areas of planning, writing, producing, and evaluating video communication. The student develops skills in operating video equipment in addition to building a theoretical base for video communication. Basic audio theory and recording techniques related to video production are examined. (Offered on demand)

CMC 301
Language, Linguistics, & Human Identity [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course focuses on the scientific study of language, principles of linguistic analysis, and the development of the English language. Emphasis is placed on the role of language in individual and social identities. Prerequisites: CMC 101, CMP 101 and 102. Open only to juniors and seniors. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 302
Principles of Persuasion and Criticism [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides an introduction to theories of persuasion and rhetorical analysis. It is designed to develop critical thinking skills needed for analyzing and generating persuasive discourse. Prerequisites: CMC 101, CMP 101 and 102. Open only to juniors and seniors. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 303
Communication & Gender [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course examines the relationship between gender and communication in light of historic movements and current research. Students explore aspects of communication, gender, and culture within a variety of contexts: e.g., education, family, governance, leadership, media, personal relationships, and workplace dynamics. Also listed as WST 303. Prerequisites: CMC 101, CMP 101 and 102. Open only to juniors and seniors. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 304
Foundations of Public Relations [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is an introduction to the field of public relations, including an examination of the history of the field and its current functions in a variety of organizations and contexts, the study of relevant theories and principles of public relations, and the practice of appropriate skills and attitudes. Prerequisites: CMC 101, CMP 101 and 102. Open only to juniors and seniors or by permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 306
Communication in the Classroom [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course places theoretical and practical aspects of classroom communication in a philosophical context. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own educational experiences as they consider the role of communication in teaching and learning. Prerequisites: CMC 101, CMP 101 and 102. Open only to juniors and seniors.

CMC 307
The Communication Scholar: Writing & Research Methods [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides an overview of the theories, methodologies, and mechanisms for designing, conducting, interpreting, and evaluating communication research. The course is designed to help students be better consumers and producers of research in the discipline. Prerequisite: CMC 201 or permission of the instructor. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 310
Oral Interpretation, Diction, & Delivery [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course focuses on the literary study, rhetorical analysis, and oral delivery of the printed word. Attention is given both to the interpretation of literature (poetry, prose, drama, etc.) and to the production and delivery of non-fiction prose. Public performance is required. Prerequisites: CMC 101 and CMP 101. Open only to juniors and seniors or with permission of the instructor.

CMC 312
Communication Technologies & the Future [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course focuses on telecommunication developments in relation to personal and societal responsibilities. Students examine emerging technologies in view of such issues as censorship, information access, and right to privacy. Prerequisites: CMC 101, CMP 101 and 102. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 321
Journalism [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
(See CMP 321 for description)

CMC 330
Communication Law and Policy [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course examines the history of modern communication regulations, the role of the Federal Communications Commission, and the development and implementation of contemporary law and policy. Attention is also given to the interplay of legal, political, economic, and technological forces. Prerequisites: CMC 101, CMP 101 and 102. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 333
History of American Public Address [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course provides historical analysis of rhetorical discourse from American social, religious, and political life. Influential texts (speeches, political documents, sermons, and rhetorical literature) and significant rhetors (both individuals and communities) are explored to illumine characteristics and strategies of persuasive discourse. Also listed as HST 333. Prerequisites: CMC 101, CMP 101 and 102. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 351
Analysis and Criticism in Contemporary Culture [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course focuses on popular culture as evidenced in art, film, music, television, theater, etc. Using theories of rhetorical criticism, students examine, interpret and evaluate cultural texts and generate critical reviews. Prerequisites: CMC 101, CMP 101 and 102. Open only to juniors and seniors. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 375
Digital Video II - Documentary [Studio Art Course] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
See ART 375 for description.

CMC 401
Decision-Making & Ethics in Communication [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course examines principles of decision-making and the relationship between communication and decision-making. Attention is given to ethical issues which arise in the field of communication. Emphasis is placed on individual responsibility for sound judgment and effective communication. Prerequisites: CMC 101 and 201, CMP 101 and 102. Open only to juniors and seniors. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 403
Advanced Broadcast Production [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course focuses on production techniques used in broadcast, training, and organizational context. Students gain experience in program development, scripting, and execution. Prerequisites: CMC 101, 201, and 280; CMP 101 and 102. (Offered on demand)

CMC 405
Organizational Communication and Leadership [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course explores the role of communication in organizational behavior and leadership in an age of globalization. Students examine organizational models and leadership styles in light of relevant communication theories and case studies. Prerequisites: CMC 101 and 201; CMP 101 and 102. Open to juniors and seniors only. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 409
Classical & Modern Rhetoric [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course examines the history of rhetoric. Contemporary rhetorical theories are examined in light of Greek and Roman perspectives. Rhetoric itself is investigated as an academic discipline. Prerequisites: CMC 101 and 201; CMP 101 and 102. Open to juniors and seniors only. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 410
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Criticism [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Example: Kenneth Burke's Rhetoric, Criticism, and Influence. This course examines the writing and influence of literary and social critic Kenneth Burke. Students are introduced to Burke's major contributions to rhetorical theory, literary criticism, and sociology, as well as to the "person" behind the scholarship. Prerequisites: CMC 101 and 201; CMP 101 and 102. Open to juniors and seniors only. (Offered alternate years)

CMC 450
Internship [Practicum] (1.0-4.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The internship provides supervised practical experience related to the student's professional interest. It offers upper-level communication students an opportunity for observation, analysis, and contribution in an appropriate business, organization, or office. The internship is designed in consultation with the Director of the Communication Program and is to be taken spring semester, accompanying Seminar. Open only to juniors and seniors.

CMC 451
Seminar [Lecture] (1.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The senior seminar provides an opportunity for examining relationships among the study of communication, the student’s area of concentration, and the professional internship. Special attention is given to the identification and practical pursuit of professional goals. Seminar is offered spring semester, accompanying internship.

CMC 495
Independent Study in Communication [Independent Study] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the Academic Dean, and the Registrar.


NOTE:

The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.