Communication Studies (CM)

CM 1311. Voice and Diction. 3 Semester Hours.

This course deals with the training of the speaking voice as it is explored through breath control and execution, integration of facial and body posture, and the synergism of consonant and vowel action into a resonating voice. In mastering the basic applications in this course, one may engage in vital vocal communication and expression of one's personal culture. (Formerly SE1311).

CM 1341. Fundamentals of Oral Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

Introduction to basic skills of oral communication. Includes training in interpersonal communication, basic public speaking, group discussion and problem solving, parliamentary procedure, interviewing, and organizational communication. Fulfills the Core requirement for Speech and is a recommended foundation for many of the advanced communication skills courses. (Formerly SE1341).

CM 1351. Introduction to Communication Studies. 3 Semester Hours.

Survey of the major theories and concepts within communication studies. Introduces sub-fields such as interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, organizational communication, rhetoric, and mass media. (Formerly SE1351).

CM 2321. Advanced Public Speaking. 3 Semester Hours.

An advanced introduction to the art of public presentation. This course places a heavy emphasis on performance skill development. (Formerly SE2321) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1341.

CM 2333. Business and Professional Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

A practical investigation of the principles of speech communication in the business and professional environment. Includes training in interpersonal communication, public speaking, group and organizational communication, creativity and problem solving, parliamentary procedure and interviewing. Special emphasis on leadership skills. Includes classroom exercises. (Formerly SE2333) Recommended prerequisite: SE/CM 1341.

CM 3161. Forensics Participation. 3 Semester Hours.

Practicum in forensics competition. This one-credit course may be repeated for up to 3 hours credit. Requires consent of Director of Forensics. (Formerly SE3161).

CM 3311. Interviewing. 3 Semester Hours.

A comprehensive introduction to the principles, strategies, and practical techniques of interviewing from a communication perspective. The process of interviewing will be examined from the perspectives of both interviewer and subject and within a variety of contexts. The course will include a number of exercises to develop interviewing and interviewer skills. (Formerly SE3311) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1341 and CM/SE 1351.

CM 3321. Interpersonal Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

A theoretical and pragmatic introduction to the dynamics of human interaction. This course will survey both basic and advanced theories, concepts, terminology, and subject areas of interpersonal communication. The course will also focus pragmatically on the performance skills necessary to apply these materials effectively. (Formerly SE3321) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1351.

CM 3325. Managing People & Organization. 3 Semester Hours.

An examination of modern approaches to management at both the micro and macro levels. The micro level of analysis emphasizes such topics as perception, motivation, and attitudes. The macro level of analysis emphasizes such topics as organizational design and structure, organizational culture, and decision-making. The dynamic interaction of these two levels includes topics such as leadership, groups, and job stress. Also to be emphasized are contemporary issues such as diversity, ethics, and globalization will also be emphasized. (Formerly SE3325).

CM 3331. Oral Interpretation. 3 Semester Hours.

Study and analysis of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature for the purpose of developing the ability to coordinate voice and thought in both informal and formal interpretative reading. (Formerly SE3331) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1341.

CM 3333. Corporate Communications. 3 Semester Hours.

Explores the coordination of internal and external communications within organizations. Includes topics such as the uses of social media, media relations, leadership and change communication, corporate social responsibility, and stakeholder management. (Formerly SE3333).

CM 3341. Group Communication and Conference Methods. 3 Semester Hours.

A comprehensive introduction to the principles, strategies, and practical techniques of conference methods and group communication. The course includes a theoretical and pragmatic examination of group processes within a variety of business and professional contexts. Special emphasis on leadership, conflict resolution, problem solving, and group-oriented communication skills. (Formerly SE3341) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1341 and CM/SE 1351.

CM 3351. Topics in Communication Theory. 3 Semester Hours.

Survey and study of selected topics in the communication field, such as business and professional communication, nonverbal communication, gender communication, family communication, mass media, communication law, and media ethics. (Formerly SE3351) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1351.

CM 3352. Survey of Communication Theory. 3 Semester Hours.

Foundational concepts, processes, and contexts of communication, including a discussion of human communication at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and mass-communication levels. (Formerly SE3352).

CM 3353. Survey of Mass Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

An overview of the history, development, and impact of media communications on society. Examination of print, motion, sound, and digital media, along with their use in news, entertainment, public relations, and advertising industries. (Formerly SE3353).

CM 3361. Gender Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

This course focuses on the interactive relationship between gender and communication in society. Course content includes theories of gender communication, language, psychological development and culture. To be explored are the role of gender in creating, organizing, and sustaining social and communicative practices. The course will critically consider the functions and influences of gender communication at the personal, interpersonal, mass media, and coss-cultural levels. Students will learn to apply theory and research to their life experiences. (Formerly SE3361) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1351.

CM 3365. Health Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

The course will explore the theory and practice of communication in health care settings. It will draw upon relevant literature from anthropology, sociology, speech communication, linguistics, medicine, nursing, and related fields. The course will explore the interrelationships among culture, society, and experiences of health and illness. A wide range of current health care issues will be studied. Through this course, students will become better consumers of health care and may better prepare themselves for future roles in the health care profession. (Formerly SE3365) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1351.

CM 3391. Argumentation and Debate. 3 Semester Hours.

A study of the fundamental principles of argumentation and debate. Special emphasis on the elements of analysis, research, organization, preparation, and delivery. Highly recommended for students interested in a career in business, law, or politics. (Formerly SE3391) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1341.

CM 4191. Special Studies Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

CM 4321. Intercultural Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

Introduction to the foundations of intercultural communication theory. Special emphasis on the history, problems, and pragmatics of cross cultural theory and research. (Formerly SE4321) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1351.

CM 4341. Organizational Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

The study of communication practices and processes within organizations. The theory and practice of employee interactions are explored in a variety of contexts such as the work unit, supervisory relationships, group meetings, inter-group relations, corporate-wide communications, and external public relations. Effective communication strategies are introduced and discussed. (Formerly SE4341) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1351.

CM 4350. Career Seminar. 3 Semester Hours.

Focus on three areas of career development: (1) life-planning, an exploration of talents, skills, education, and career interests; (2) intensive careers research, study and practice of procedures used in career search, including (3) résumés, interviews, letters of application. Course is writing intensive with strong emphasis on oral communication skills. Required of all CM majors, this course should be taken in the first semester senior year. (Formerly SE4350).

CM 4351. Persuasion and Advocacy. 3 Semester Hours.

This course is designed to be a pragmatic introduction to the theory and practice of persuasion across a variety of professional contexts. The course goals are for students to become more critical consumers of persuasive appeals and to also become more powerful and effective public advocates. This course is highly recommended for business and professional and pre-law students. (Formerly SE4351) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1351.

CM 4365. Special Topics in Speech Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

Innovative approach to selected topics in speech communication. Stress on the relationship of human communication theory to other fields of interest. Specific course description indicated each time the course is offered. (Formerly SE4365) Recommended prerequisite: CM/SE 1351.

CM 4391. Special Studies in Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

Independent study or seminar. Consent of the program coordinator required. May be repeated for up to six hours of credit. (Formerly SE4391).

CM 4394. Communication Research Methods. 3 Semester Hours.

This course introduces students to basic theories and principles of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students will gain experience in interpreting, analyzing, and designing empirical research. This course will cover methods commonly used in communication research, such as focus groups, content analysis, experiments, and surveys. (Formerly SE4394).

CM 4395. Career Seminar. 3 Semester Hours.

This course focuses on three areas of career development: (1) life-planning, an exploration of talents, skills, education, and career interests: (2) intensive careers research, study and practice of procedures used in career search: including (3) resumes, interviews, and letters of application. The course is writing intensive and has a strong emphasis on oral-communication skills. Required of all SE majors,this course should be taken in the first semester of the senior year. (Formerly SE4395).

CM 4691. Special Studies in Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

Independent study or seminar. Consent of the program coordinator required. May be repeated for up to six hours of credit. (Formerly SE4691).

CM 5390. Internship in Communication Studies. 3 Semester Hours.

This course reinforces academic work by providing students with a range of opportunities for pre-professional workplace experience. Open to juniors and seniors only. Internships must follow general University guidelines and be approved by the Internship Coordinator. Required of all majors. A second Internship (CM5391) may be taken as an elective to further develop skills acquired in the first internship or to acquire different skills. (Formerly SE5390).

CM 5391. Internship in Communication Studies. 3 Semester Hours.

This second Internship may be taken as an Elective to further develop skills acquired in the first Internship or to acquire different skills. (Formerly SE5391).