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Communication Studies Courses
 


CMST 100 Communication Practicum (.5 to 1 cr.)
Entry level work experience in applying communication theory. Opportunities announced in Undergraduate Schedule Booklet every semester. Repeatable to 4 credits; may not be applied to fulfillment of major requirements. Variable. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CMST 102/112 Introduction to Human Communication (3 cr.)
Fundamental theory and practice of human communication in dyadic, small group, and public situations. Not open to students who have credit for former CMAT 102. Every semester

CMST 112 Honors: Introduction to Human Communication (3 cr.)
Fundamental theory and practice of human communication in dyadic, small group, and public situations. Student-led discussions, activities. Not open to students who have credit for former CMAT 112, Variable. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program or written permission of instructor.

CMST 122 Introduction to Public Speaking (3 cr.)
Introduction to, and guided application of, basic principles which underlie effective public speaking and listening in informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speeches. Spring.

CMST 132 Introduction to Interpersonal & Small Group Communication (3 cr.)
Development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and relational skills in one-on one and small group settings. Fall, even numbered years.

CMST 215 Small Group Communication (3 cr.)
Principles and practice of communication in small, task-oriented groups. Interaction of task and social dimensions. Problem-solving groups and decision-making principles and methods. Spring.

CMST 225 Interviewing (3 cr.)
Communication in informational, appraisal, employment, persuasive and research interviews. Focuses on selecting and structuring questions to achieve specific objectives and on strategies of collecting, analyzing, and reporting qualitative data for research. Fall. Prerequisite: CMST 102/112.

CMST 300 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
Study of the face-to-face dyad as the fundamental human communication relationship. Implications for other communication modes and settings. Not open to students who have credit for former CMAT 300. Fall. Prerequisite: CMST 102/112 or CMST 132 or permission of instructor.

CMST 302 Argumentation and Advocacy (3 cr.)
Analysis, construction, and communication of logical arguments in a variety of decision-making contexts. Spring. Prerequisite: CMST 102/112 or CMST 122 or permission of instructor.

CMST 312 Language Behavior & Communication (3 cr.)
Processes of human language that enhance or limit thought and expression; development of language and symbolizing; relationship of thought to language; effects of language behavior. Spring. Prerequisite: CMST 102/112 or permission of instructor.

CMST 322 Presentational Communication (3 cr.)
Theory and practice of orally presenting ideas to reach audience-centered goals. Use of technology in activities common to communication-related careers. Not open to students who have credit for former CMAT 322. Spring. Prerequisites: CMST 102/112 or CMST 122, or permission of instructor.(3 cr.)

CMST 335 Organizational Communication (3 cr.)
Theory, practices and analysis of communication in the context of complex organizations. Agendas, briefings, meetings, conferences, presentations. Assessment and intervention techniques. Fall. Prerequisite: CMST 102/112 or permission of instructor.

CMST 345 Conflict Management (3 cr.)
Examines the normal, inevitable nature of conflicts with strategies for managing and resolving conflicts in interpersonal, community, organizational, and global contexts. Variable. Prerequisite: CMST 102 or permission of instructor.

CMST 350 Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)
Explores concepts, theories, and communication skills relevant to understanding and managing cross-cultural conflicts in interpersonal, organizational, regional, and global contexts. Analyzes and develops skills needed to open channels of communication between and among people of diverse backgrounds as students gain an experiential understanding of the interconnections between communication and culture. Fall, odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: CMST 102 or permission of instructor.

CMST 355 Political Communication (3 cr.)
This course will provide an overview of the role of communication in contemporary political life. Topics include political communication theories, political campaign communication, media and political communication, propaganda and the role of political communication in promoting a deliberative democracy. Variable. Prerequisite: CMST 102 or permission of instructor.

CMST 422 Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism (3 cr.)
Criteria and methods of analysis of significant public discourse. Application to traditional and contemporary modes of public communication. Not open to students who have credit for former CMAT 422. Fall, even-numbered years. Prerequisite: CMST 102/112 or permission of instructor.

CMST 451 Seminar in Communication Theory (3 cr.)
Examination of classical and contemporary concepts and methods by which the human communication process is explained. Application to realistic settings. Not open to students who have credit for former CMAT 451. Fall. Prerequisite: CMST 102/112 or permission of instructor.

CMST 485 Issues & Responsibilities of Communication (3 cr.)
Study of how free speech functions in relation to communication in the United States and the ethical responsibilities of communicators in interpersonal, public, artistic, and professional situations. Fall. Prerequisite: CMST 102/112 or permission of instructor.

CMST 490 Special Topics in Communication Studies (3 cr.)
Study, research or applied experience related to an announced selected topic. Variable. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

CMST 492 Internship Project (3 cr.)
Academic component of internship experience, in conjunction with CMST 495. Graded A through F. Summer. Prerequisite: CMST 102, CMST 335, CMST 451, and one additional three-credit CMST course plus have permission of instructor. Corequisite: CMST 495. Capstone.

CMST 494 Communication Studies Practicum (3 cr.)
Supervised field experience for Communication Studies majors. Participation in the communication operations of a commercial, governmental, or educational organization. Repeatable but only 3 credits may be applied for the completion of the major. Every semester. Prerequisite: CMST 102, CMST 335, CMST 451, and one additional three-credit CMST course plus have permission of instructor. Capstone.

CMST 495 Internship Project (6 or 12 cr.)
Experiential component of internship: guided work experience directly related to student's academic program. Full-time interns register for 12 credits in 495, 3 credits in 492, and may not enroll in any other courses. Part-time interns must register for 6 credits in 495 and 3 credits in 492. Graded P/F. Summer. Prerequisites: Junior/Senior status, not on probation; declared major in communication studies, minimum 12 cr. in communication studies, and 2.5 GPA in major; Internship Agreement Form approved by department internship director before registering.

CMST 499 Directed Study (3 cr.)
Intensive study through faculty-directed projects or papers. Hours arranged. Variable. Prerequisite: permission of Department Chair.