English and Communication Studies

School

School of Humanities and Social Science

School Dean

Christopher J. Frost, Ph.D.

Department

English & Communication Studies

Department Chair

Camille Langston, Ph.D.

English - Communication Arts Major

Designed to meet the growing need for communication professionals skilled in a variety of writing styles, the English-Communication Arts major (EA) is a unique interdisciplinary degree plan which has been the choice for many successful alumni. The program offers students the opportunity to hone their critical thinking and writing abilities, integrating these with media-production skills, in preparation for rewarding careers and enriched lives in a rapidly changing world. Because the degree is rooted in the Humanities, students explore various areas in literature and theory to develop their metaphorical thinking and creative abilities.

The EA degree examines how the power of both language and image are used to promote the common good, as students wrestle with how their own communication practices enhance, not only their personal and professional pursuits, but also their engagement in the civic realm. Recent research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the National Commission on Writing indicates that communication skills, particularly written ones, are the skills employers most value in college graduates. Aware of this demand, EA majors graduate having trained in several writing styles in areas such as the following: journalism, public relations, technical writing, publication writing, and corporate communications. In their junior or senior year, students have the opportunity to apply their growing knowledge in a professionally based internship. Recent students have interned in the White House, Bromley Communications, the San Antonio Express-News, the Dallas Cowboys, the San Antonio Spurs, WOAI-TV, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the San Antonio Youth Organization, as well as many others.

English Major

English majors at St. Mary's University explore the power of language through a wide range of critical methods and a diversity of texts, from Beowulf and Hamlet to Leaves of Grass and The House on Mango Street.

Through courses in international, American, and British literature, students learn about themselves, social issues and cultural concerns, as well as language's potential to transform society. The Department of English has incorporated multiethnic and international writers in literature courses to help English students better understand the globalized society in which they live.

The English major offers a comprehensive degree that integrates research processes, rhetoric, composition, and even professional writing. The study of English includes courses in the history of the language, linguistics, usage, and grammar.

The English program provides a well-rounded education in literature, in analytical and creative thinking, and in written and oral communication. Through exploring literature, the faculty aims to broaden the scope of student knowledge in world culture, religion, philosophy, economics, history, and ethics.

Communication Studies Major

This degree provides curriculum grounded in the theory and application of communication, including organizational, rhetorical, interpersonal, and mediated approaches. The program prepares students for careers and post-graduate studies that require a complex understanding of communication within a variety of contexts.

English

English-Communication Arts

Communication Studies

English

EN 0301. Intermediate Rhetoric & Composition. 3 Semester Hours.

An introductory writing and composition course intended for international undergraduate students whose first language is not English and who do not meet TOEFL/IELTS score requirements for EN 1313 (Rhetoric and Composition for International Students). Emphasis on understanding the structure of a paragraph, function of the topic sentence, supporting details, transitional expressions, and academic grammar usage. Students must pass the course with a grade of C or better in order to progress to EN 1313. This is a non-credit course.

EN 1311. Rhetoric and Composition. 3 Semester Hours.

Emphasis on the composing process, including development and control of authorial voice through pre-writing, shaping, and editing of product. Emphasis on revision for clarification, organization, and refinement of product for audience. Required of all students, regardless of major, and should be taken in the first semester. Must pass with a "C" grade or better.

EN 1312. Rhetoric and Composition II. 3 Semester Hours.

This number is used only to record transfer credit for those students who have taken two semesters of English elsewhere. Elective transfer credit only.

EN 1313. Rhetoric and Composition for International Students. 3 Semester Hours.

Freshman composition course enriched for non-native speakers of English. Instruction in the composing process by studying theory, analyzing model compositions by famous writers, and writing one formal composition a week, in addition to in-class writing exercises. Covers the creating, shaping, and completing stage of writing. A personal tutor is assigned to aid students with specific writing needs.

EN 2323. Survey of International Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

Critical readings of representative works in translation of fiction, essay, poetry, and drama. Critical writing and research based on readings. Prerequisite: EN 1311 or EN 1313.

EN 2352. Survey of British Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

This course will feature selections from the whole range of British Literature, from Beowulf to the present. Critical writing and research based on the readings. Prerequisite: EN 1311 or EN 1313.

EN 2357. American Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

Critical readings from the beginnings to the twenty-first century. Critical writing and research based on the readings. Prerequisite: EN 1311 or EN 1313.

EN 2399. Special Topics in English. 3 Semester Hours.

Special Topics in English (Elective transfer credit only).

EN 3300. Advanced Composition. 3 Semester Hours.

Exercises in the expository essay: the review, critical essay, essay of definition, essay of persuasion, position paper, etc. Focus on writing across majors. Prerequisites: EN 1311 or EN 1313, plus SMC 2304 and, if it is a school-specific requirement, 3 hours of EN 2323, EN 2352, or EN 2357.

EN 3301. Advanced Research Writing Practice. 3 Semester Hours.

Students practice academic writing and research skills. The objectives are to critically analyze scholarly sources and effectively integrate source material into a complex argument. Assignments include prewriting exercises, a critique, a critical annotated bibliography, a literature review, and a statement of proposed research. Writing intensive course.

EN 3302. Advanced Research Writing for Publication. 3 Semester Hours.

Students practice academic writing and research skills. The objectives are to critically analyze scholarly sources and effectively integrate source material into a complex argument. Assignments include prewriting exercises, a critique, a critical annotated bibliography, a literature review, and a statement of proposed research. Ultimately, students will produce and edit a finished essay to submit to a print or web publication identified by the student. Writing intensive course.

EN 3310. Introduction to the Creative Process. 3 Semester Hours.

This course offers strategies for developing verbal expression and for evaluating our own and others’ literary efforts. Students produce short stories and poetry.

EN 3311. Poetry Writing Workshop. 3 Semester Hours.

Through analysis of a wide range of poetry and study of the creative process, students increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art form as they develop their skills as poets. Performance required.

EN 3312. Fiction Writing Workshop. 3 Semester Hours.

Students write fiction, experimenting with a variety of structures and forms, as exemplified in the works of American, British, and International authors.

EN 3313. Linguistics: Grammar as Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

Examination of grammatical structures in written communication. Required for all EN-ED majors. Recommended for all EN and EA Majors and Minors.

EN 3315. Children’s Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

This course includes a critical reading survey of selections of children's literature, identification and perception of literary conventions, types and genres of literature, and an appreciation of the role of children's literature in the transmission of cultural heritage. Models of extension reading activities will be demonstrated and used in school settings. Field experience required.

EN 3321. Persuasive Writing. 3 Semester Hours.

By examining both classical and more recent approaches to persuasive prose, students will learn to write effective claims and convincing arguments. This course is research and writing intensive.

EN 3341. Teaching of Composition. 3 Semester Hours.

Focuses on rhetoric as both theory and practice, studying the history of rhetorical theory from Aristotle to the present, researching recent composing processes and methods for facilitating and developing student writing in today's culturally diverse classroom. Required for all EN-ED majors.

EN 3345. Creative Non Fiction. 3 Semester Hours.

Creative Nonfiction is the literary writing that regularly appears in small magazines, reviews, and journals; in trade magazines like The New Yorker; and in book-length essay and memoir collections. Writers often braid narrative with fictional and poetic techniques and combine portraiture and self-reflection with reportage and critical analysis. They will write about themselves and the real world with grace, power, and personal commitment. Using a variety of categories such as essay, literary journalism, and memoir, writers will use memory, observation, reflection, research, and storytelling to create writing that is richly narrative. Through writing creative nonfiction, writers will be encouraged to delve, inquire, question, explore, probe, meditate, and analyze. Writing intensive.

EN 3350. Introduction to the Critical Study of Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

In this course, students engage an historical approach to literary analysis, an exploration of literary terms and their application, and an investigation of a variety of analytical approaches to literature including theories of formalism, poststructuralism, and eco criticism. Required for all English Majors and Minors, and should be taken as early in the program as possible. Recommended for all EA Majors and Minors.

EN 3351. The History of the English Language. 3 Semester Hours.

In this course, students engage English as a language continually constructed through a dialectic of culture and mind. Situating English within the family of languages, students explore how social, political, economic, and military forces, especially the invasion of England in 1066, have shaped the language that is spoken today.

EN 3352. How English Works. 3 Semester Hours.

In this course, students focus on the syntax of an English sentence. They explore the syntactic foundations of the English language by identifying and learning to intentionally manipulate grammatical structures and their various functions. In doing so, students emerge as stronger writers and editors who can successfully develop within and adapt to a variety of communication environments, ranging from academic prose to poetry, fiction, journalism, and social media.

EN 3361. Poetry Analysis. 3 Semester Hours.

Study of diction, imagery, tone, and theme in poetry. Analysis of types, versification, and the critical language used in the study of poetry.

EN 3362. Fiction Analysis. 3 Semester Hours.

Intensive study of the structures of fiction: narrative voice, characterization, setting, symbol, tone, and theme. Includes a study of novels and short stories by writers such as Henry James, Edith Wharton, Toni Bambara, Jorge LuÍs Borges, Albert Camus, Nadine Gordimer, Doris Lessing, Yukio Mishima.

EN 3363. Drama Analysis. 3 Semester Hours.

Study of drama from many countries. Discussion about dramatic structure, character, plot, setting, dialogue, and theme.

EN 3371. Contemporary Literary Criticism. 3 Semester Hours.

Application of critical approaches, including reader-response, psychoanalytical, mythic, socio-historical, and feminist approaches to works of literature.

EN 3372. Rhetorical Criticism. 3 Semester Hours.

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and tools of describing, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating a variety of texts. Grounded in rhetorical theory, this course will help students learn about the nature, function and effects of communications and develop the skills necessary to produce written, scholarly, analytical critiques.

EN 3381. Modern Short Story. 3 Semester Hours.

Cross-cultural reading of the modern short story; historical development of the genre; theory and practice of short story criticism.

EN 3386. Masterpieces of Drama. 3 Semester Hours.

Study of the greatest plays of the Western world. Emphasis on the genre, and the dramatization of issues and values in cultural contexts. Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Jonson, Moliere, Wycherley, Racine, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, and modern dramatists.

EN 3391. Author and Work. 3 Semester Hours.

Focus on the body of work by one or two major authors, such as Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, Lessing and Atwood, Joyce and O’Brien, Ernest Hemingway. Emphasis on specific genres developed by writers. Students may also take EN3391/3392.

EN 3392. Author and Work. 3 Semester Hours.

Focus on the body of work by one or two major authors, such as Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, Lessing and Atwood, Joyce and O’Brien, Ernest Hemingway. Emphasis on specific genres developed by writers. Students may also take EN3391/3392.

EN 3395. Bible as Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

This course examines the historical process which culminated in the canonical books of the Bible and study the different genres which constitute those books. The course will also cover the process through which the basic English translations, the King James and Douay-Rheims versions, were made, and trace the influence of biblical allusion and style in the works of several major writers.

EN 4310. American Romanticism: Origins and Development. 3 Semester Hours.

Students study how a distinctly American literature developed through the themes of individuality, nature, the rejection of materialism, and social reform. The course includes the writings of authors such as Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, Dickinson, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Stowe, Melville, Douglass, and Jacobs. This is a writing- and research-intensive course.

EN 4312. American Realism and Naturalism. 3 Semester Hours.

The course will probe how the novel as genre in the Age of Realism and Naturalism (Civil War to First World War) expresses the class, racial, and gender tensions of the times. Typical authors read include Twain, James, Howells, Wharton, Jewett, Dreiser.

EN 4321. Southern Experience in Fiction. 3 Semester Hours.

A consideration of the rise of U.S. Southern fiction, examining the historical, cultural, and philosophical forces which gave rise to this literature through the study of the South's fiction and criticism. Authors include Cable, Chopin, Faulkner, O'Connor, Warren, Welty, Gordon, Petry, Wright, Gaines, and Porter.

EN 4331. American Literature Since 1950. 3 Semester Hours.

This course embraces the rise of post-WWII feminine and minority voices. It coincides with America's reluctant assumption of the role of world power and adds significantly to an understanding of ourselves as a diverse people with a distinct culture within the world community. Intensive research and writing are required. (formerly EN 4353).

EN 4351. Medieval English Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

In this course, students explore cultural meaning and literary excellence in a world lit only by fire. The medieval worldview is examined as made manifest in classic works such as in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur.

EN 4361. Renaissance Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

Critical study of selected readings in British prose, poetry, and drama from 1500 to 1600. (formerly EN 3353).

EN 4365. Shakespeare Studies I. 3 Semester Hours.

Taming of the Shrew, Richard II, Henry IV, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Troilus and Cressida, Othello, Lear, Tempest. (formerly EN 4372).

EN 4366. Shakespeare Studies II. 3 Semester Hours.

Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra. (EN 4365 not a prerequisite) (formerly EN 4373).

EN 4375. The Beginnings of the British Novel. 3 Semester Hours.

Correlation of story, narrative voice, and cultural movement from Daniel Defoe to Maria Edgeworth. Interaction between theme and narrative voice with the economic and political events of the 18th Century. Evolution of narrative voice to ideological stance and literary self-consciousness. (formerly EN 3325).

EN 4381. Nineteenth Century British Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

This course will cover the poetry and prose of the Romantic and Victorian periods. The course will consider the influence of historical, social, political, and philosophical thought on the literature and the effect of ideas developed during this time on contemporary thinking. (formerly EN 3358 or EN 3360).

EN 4385. Nineteenth Century British Novel. 3 Semester Hours.

This course studies the different forms of the novel in the Nineteenth Century and the social and cultural reasons for their emergence. Authors whose works may be included are: Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austin, Charles Dickens, Conan Doyle, and Mary Shelley. (formerly EN 3326).

EN 4398. Modernism. 3 Semester Hours.

The study of Modernism as a concept from its beginnings as a major aesthetic and philosophical revolt to its evolution as it is reflected in literary works.

EN 5325. Classical Literature of the Western World. 3 Semester Hours.

Designed to familiarize the student with the classic works of the Western World from Dante to Moliere, to more recent authors such as Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Works selected represent the various literary movements of the Western World. (formerly EN 3342).

EN 5326. Multicultural American Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

A consideration of significant poetry and fiction by authors from Afro-American, Mexican-American, Asian-American, Native American Indian. It examines the historical, cultural, and philosophical aspects of these groups through a study of their literature and criticism. It includes works by writers such as the following: Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, Ernest Gaines, Rudolfo Anaya, Roberta Fernandez, Leslie Silko, N. Scott Momaday.

EN 5327. Mexican American Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

Students examine readings that emphasize the major genres and cultural perspectives in Mexican-American Literature. Students engage in critical reading, critical writing, and critical analysis of these works written in English.

EN 5328. Mexican and Other Latin American Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

20th Century Latin American Literature focusing mainly on Mexican literature from the revolution to the present (Fuentes/Paz). It also incorporates Nobel and award-winning authors of other Latin American cultures (Neruda, Bombal, Valenzuela).

EN 5330. Women Authors. 3 Semester Hours.

This course focuses on the cross-cultural reading of women authors’ texts and the study of the development of a woman's tradition in literature, with an emphasis on the themes, genres, and writing styles created by female authors. Intensive research and writing are required. (formerly EN 4342).

EN 5333. U. S. Latino Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

The course explores the contemporary Hispanic-American authors of Mexican-American background particularly, and also of Cuban-American and Puerto Rican-American backgrounds. A variety of literature including novels, short stories, and poetry will be read and analyzed. Through the works, issues of culture, ethnicity, assimilation, and heritage will be discussed.

EN 5335. Catholic Authors. 3 Semester Hours.

The focus of this course is on the cultural, philosophical, historical, and religious vision of a selection of major catholic authors from early writers such as Dante and Sor Juana Ines. to writers of the present time, such as Shusaku Endo, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy.

EN 5340. Literature of Peace and War. 3 Semester Hours.

A consideration of selected International Literature, from ancient Greece to the present, which expresses the concepts of peace and war, violence and non- violence. Emphasis is given to the philosophical and psychological concepts of conflict resolution - personal, historical, and cultural - as they are expressed in literature. It includes poetry, fiction, and film from ancient Greece, Germany, England, Japan, the United States, and other nations. (formerly EN 4393).

EN 5348. Topics in International Literature. 3 Semester Hours.

With International Literature as its focus, this course may develop a cross- cultural theme common to various nations, such as: the world's struggle, marriage and the family, religion and politics, philosophy, and culture. Or the course may concentrate on one nation or region to study its culture, history, philosophy, and religion as portrayed through its literature.

EN 5360. Special Studies. 3 Semester Hours.

Innovative approaches to selected topics in literature: literary genre, history, and criticism. Stress on relationship of literature to other disciplines. It also may include courses within other of the department’s designated areas. Students may take a second version of this course listed as EN5360/5361.

EN 5361. Special Studies. 3 Semester Hours.

Innovative approaches to selected topics in literature: literary genre, history, and criticism. Stress on relationship of literature to other disciplines. It also may include courses within other of the department’s designated areas. Students may take a second version of this course listed as EN5360/5361.

EN 5390. Internship in English. 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. A second Internship (EN 5391) may be taken as an elective to further develop skills acquired in the first internship or to acquire different skills.

EN 5391. Internship in English. 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. A second Internship (EN 5391) may be taken as an elective to further develop skills acquired in the first internship or to acquire different skills.

EN 5394. Research in English and Cultural Studies. 3 Semester Hours.

This course introduces students to advanced qualitative research methods applicable to English, Cultural Studies, and related or interdisciplinary fields. The sheer volume and fluidity of information as well as the constantly changing portals for accessing information requires different ways of thinking about, doing, and teaching research. The course helps students re-think writing, presentation, and publication in light of changing expectations.

EN 5395. Senior English Capstone. 3 Semester Hours.

Required of English majors and those with a concentration in English. The seminar focuses on developing the student's understandings and skills acquired through the study of Language, Literature, and Writing. The course is normally given only in the fall semester, so it should be taken in the fall of the senior year.

English-Communication Arts

EA 3321. Media Writing and Reporting I. 3 Semester Hours.

General introduction to reporting, interviewing, and writing for the media, from print news publications to the convergent settings of journalism. Required of all EA majors and should be taken as early in the program as possible. Writing intensive course.

EA 3322. Media Writing and Reporting II. 3 Semester Hours.

Writing, reporting, interviewing, and editing for students of news, public affairs, and public relations through convergent media. Includes computer-assisted reporting, and articulating issues for public debate. Prerequisite: EA 3321. Writing intensive course.

EA 3331. Free-Lance Writing. 3 Semester Hours.

Focus on three areas: (1) developing writing skills required in business, (2) writing non-fiction articles for commercial publication, (3) preparing manuscripts for publication.

EA 3341. Publication Writing. 3 Semester Hours.

Development of skills and procedures required in preparing materials for publication. Includes feature writing, proof-reading, and layout.

EA 3342. Technical Writing. 3 Semester Hours.

Advanced writing in technical, scientific, and business fields. Designed to provide students with broad experience in technical report-writing formats, such as abstracts, proposals, operation manuals, progress reports, and other correspondence.

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

Approaches to selected topics in communication field, such as mass media, media ethics and communication law, business and speech communication. Specific topic announced in course schedule. May be repeated one time under different topics.

EA 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.

EA 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.

EA 3360. Media Production I. 3 Semester Hours.

Production course which introduces students to using digital technology to create online multimedia content. Development of basic skills in recording, editing, and producing audio and visual materials with hands-on experience of each. Students will establish and maintain a website, publishing their own multimedia projects online. Lab Fee: $50.00.

EA 4300. Capstone in Visual Communication Design. 3 Semester Hours.

Students develop a capstone portfolio and design philosophy that includes their career objectives, creative interests, and perceived strengths and weaknesses. Assignments, based on student needs, are designed to enhance this work to be completed during the semester. Students present their portfolios in an oral and visual presentation, utilizing digital and physical media, and are evaluated based on their relative acceptability for professional publication. Prerequisites: AR 1312, AR 3392, EA 3360, EA 4362.

EA 4321. American Cinema-Drama. 3 Semester Hours.

An in-depth study of American films, with emphasis on the characteristics of cinema-drama (as opposed to stage-drama). Short papers will be required throughout the course, as well as a final, longer paper.

EA 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 EA majors, this course should be taken in the first semester senior year and after the completion of an internship.

EA 4360. Media Production II. 3 Semester Hours.

Production course that focuses on select topics such as audio production, design, video, web, and photography. Prerequisite: EA 3360. Lab fee: $50.

EA 4362. Graphic Design. 3 Semester Hours.

Lab-based production course which emphasizes the visual aspects of communication by focusing on the creative process of using art and technology through computer-assisted page design and layout. Equal devotion is given to the theories of information design and visual journalism as well as the basic techniques used in page design and layout. Students produce a series of computer-generated print media and, upon completion, a portfolio showcasing their best work. Prerequisites: EA 3360 (required) and EA 3321 (recommended). Lab fee:$50.

EA 4363. Video Production. 3 Semester Hours.

Production course focused on using digital video technology and visual communication theory. Development of basic and intermediate skills in pre-production, production, and post-production for a variety of formats including documentary, advertising, and narrative storytelling. Prerequisite: EA 3360. Lab fee: $50.

EA 4364. Photojournalism. 3 Semester Hours.

Lab-based production course that covers the basic principles of photography as they apply to visual communication and photojournalism. Combines practical training in composition, lighting, image processing, management, and delivery, with critical analysis of theoretical, historical, and ethical implications. Prerequisites: EA 3360 (required) and EA 3321 (recommended). Lab Fee: $50.00.

EA 4365. General Topics in Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

Approaches to selected topics in the communication field.

EA 4366. Web Design. 3 Semester Hours.

Production course focusing on web design. Students learn about the basic principles of layout and design theory as they pertain to web page creation. The course includes an introduction to mark-up languages, image manipulation techniques, and the use of web authoring applications. Lab fee: $50.

EA 4367. Public Relations. 3 Semester Hours.

Principles and concepts that guide the practice of public relations for both profit and non-profit organizations. Includes an overview of the historical development of public relations.

EA 4368. Issues in International Communication. 3 Semester Hours.

A study of global communication in an interdependent, multicultural society. Topics include comparative media, information flow, and cultural imperialism.

EA 4369. Media Law and Ethics. 3 Semester Hours.

A study of the conflict between press freedom and citizens' rights, and attempts to reconcile the two. Topics include libel, copyright, privacy, and a discussion of relevant ethical imperatives.

EA 5390. Internship in English/ Communication Arts. 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 (EA 5391) may be taken as an elective to further develop skills acquired in the first internship or to acquire different skills.

EA 5391. Internship in English/ Communication Arts. 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.

Communication Studies

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).

Dennis Bautista, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Diane Bertrand, M.A.
Visiting Lecturer

Margaret Cantu-Sanchez, Ph.D.
Instructor

Alan Cirlin, Ph.D.
Professor

Francesca Coley, Ph.D.
Visiting Lecturer

Bonita Dattner-Garza, Ph.D.
Visiting Lecturer

Gwendolyn Diaz Ridgeway, Ph.D.
Professor

Katherine Hampsten, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Mary Lynne Hill, Ph.D.
Professor

William Israel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Amanda Kennedy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Alice Kersnowski, Ph.D.
Professor

Camille Langston, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Kathleen Maloney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Refugio Romo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Melissa Scully, M.A.
Visiting Lecturer