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A female student lies on the grass while studyingThe Department of Communication offers diverse course options to fulfill General Education Requirement (GER) as well as upper division electives and an undergraduate minor. Most GER and some upper division courses are offered fully online. Check the current listing in UAOnline or contact us for available online sections.

Course descriptions by semester are listed below. Click on a course title to view the description.

Fall 2019 Course Offerings 

  • COMM A120 - Introduction to Human Communication
    Introduces basic perspectives, methods, and theories about human communication in personal and professional contexts. Addresses topics including conflict, gender, interpersonal relationships, listening, organizational communication, persuasion, rhetoric and small group dynamics.

    Prerequisites: None
  • COMM A310 - Democracy, Deliberation, and Communication
    Explores and analyzes the tools of participatory democracy. Examines the rules, norms and procedures necessary to the facilitation of dialogue and deliberation groups in a variety of contexts. Provides students with the opportunity to research a contentious public issue, understand and respect perspectives that differ from their own, and facilitate productive conversation across differences.

    Prerequisites: Undergraduate - UAA level COMM A111 Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate - UAA level COMM A235 Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate - UAA level COMM A237 Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate - UAA level COMM A241 Minimum Grade of C
  • COMM A345 - Communication and Gender
    Provides a historical, theoretical, and contemporary view of how communication, culture, and gender interact and create meaning in interpersonal, professional and political settings.

    Prerequisites: Undergraduate - UAA level COMM A111 Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate - UAA level COMM A120 Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate - UAA level COMM A235 Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate - UAA level COMM A237 Minimum Grade of C or Undergraduate - UAA level COMM A241 Minimum Grade of C

 
Spring 2020 Course Offerings

  • COMM A350 - Communication in the Workplace
    Explores communication processes in working relationships. Examines and analyzes the role of communication in structural issues such as workplace culture, climate and group collaboration; and interpersonal issues, including communication styles, conflict, gossip, workplace risks and informal communication.
  • COMM A360 - Competitive Debating
    Explores the theory and practice of competitive academic debating. Considers competitive debating from the perspective of debater, adjudicator and competition organizer.

    View more information about this course in the Course Catalog.
  • COMM A390 - Selected Topics: Destruction and Dysfunction in Communication
    Destruction and Dysfunction in Communication examines the difficult issues that we sometimes face in communication: distortions, dishonesty, and disconfirmation in interpersonal communication. It focuses on relational transgressions, such as deception and betrayals, purposefully hurtful messages, communication incompetence, and the unethical use of power and persuasion in interpersonal relationships.

    View more information about this course in the Course Catalog.
  • COMM A390 - Selected Topics: Communication and Social Media
    This course explores the social media landscape: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more! Over the semester we will reflect on how social media interfaces with our lives and influences our relationships, critical thinking abilities, and knowledge of current events. Concepts like identity management, self-disclosure, persuasion, and conflict management will all be explored to develop a deeper understanding of the communication behaviors and techniques used in effective (and not so effective!) social media based interactions.

 
Courses Offered Every Semester

  • COMM A111 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    Introduction to oral communication focusing on interpersonal, small group and public speaking processes. Students develop oral communication skills for improving feedback, active listening, language usage, nonverbal behavior, audience analysis, and techniques for speech preparation, delivery and alleviating speaking anxiety.

    View more information about this course in the Course Catalog.
  • COMM A235 - Small Group Communication
    Practical application of the theories of interaction, information sharing, decision making, team building and problem solving to small group situations. Principles of conflict, leadership, group roles, self-evaluation, evidence and reasoning are explored through group observation, practice and analysis. Students develop oral communication skills by engaging in a variety of individual and group presentations.

    View more information about this course in the Course Catalog.
  • COMM A237 - Interpersonal Communication
    Understanding and building interpersonal communication skills. Students use experiential and oral performance approaches to explore nonverbal and verbal channels, emotions, empathetic listening, perception, self-disclosure, and conflict in significant personal and professional relationships.

    View more information about this course in the Course Catalog.
  • COMM A241 - Public Speaking
    Speaking skills for individual presentations. Preparation, delivery and analysis of speeches in various platform speaking situations. Includes verbal and nonverbal skills, critical thinking in selecting and organizing materials, audience analysis, informative and persuasive presentations.

    View more information about this course in the Course Catalog.


Other Communication Courses (will be offered in the future)

  • COMM A236 - Interviewing
    Introduces and examines theories, practices and individual responsibilities in information gathering, employment and persuasive interviews.

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  • COMM A305 - Intercultural Communication
    Examines the processes of interpersonal communication when the effects of cultural differences create dissimilar interpretations and expectations for interpersonal interaction. Explores theories and experiences of communication in intercultural relationships.

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  • COMM A320 - Argumentation and Debate
    Introduces students to debating as a practical application of argumentation theory. Reviews argumentation theory that serves as the foundation for skill development in inventing, researching, phrasing and articulating arguments in the context of academic debating. Develops students' ability to prepare for, participate in and appraise academic debates.

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  • COMM A330 - Collaboration and Group Decision-Making
    Explores, analyzes and applies group decision making theories and processes. Focuses on understanding the role communication plays in affecting and enhancing a group’s ability to engage in effective decision-making strategies. Examines both descriptive and prescriptive approaches to group decision making and includes practical application of group decision making theories.
  • COMM A340 - Nonverbal Communication
    Examines and analyzes both theoretical and research literature pertinent to nonverbal communication behavior, including kinetics, touch, voice, appearance and territoriality; as well as the social functions of nonverbal communication, including impression formation and management, regulation of interaction, and social influence and power.

    View more information about this course in the Course Catalog.
  • COMM A341 - Advanced Public Speaking
    Explores the theory and practice of public speaking. Builds on theories and skills relevant to informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches. Examines and analyzes the qualities of and prepares students to deliver well-organized, highly developed presentations in a polished, professional manner appropriate to the audience and occasion.

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  • COMM A346 - Oral Interpretation of Literature
    Explores the theory and practice of the art of oral interpretation in order to stimulate an understanding of and responsiveness to prose, poetry and drama, and to develop the ability to convey to others, through oral reading, an appreciation of literature.

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  • COMM A370 - Relational Communication
    Examines and analyzes communication processes in intimate personal relationships. Examines the role of communication in relationship processes and practices including relationship engagement, maintenance and disengagement.

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  • COMM A380 - Theories of Human Communication
    Explores and analyzes major communication theories, principles and research paradigms in interpersonal, group, organizational and public contexts.

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  • COMM A390 - Selected Topics: Conflict, Negotiation and Meditation
    Course information will be added soon.
  • COMM A390 - Selected Topics: Communication and Health
    Course information will be added soon.
  • COMM A390 - Selected Topics: Communication, Health and Media
    Course information will be added soon.
  • COMM A390 - Selected Topics: Travel and Tourism
    Course information will be added soon.
  • COMM A410 - Communication in Education
    Explores theories, research, symbolic activity and communication behavior at play in a range of teaching, training and learning environments. Considers the nature of personal, public, political and cultural discourse surrounding educational processes, issues and debates.

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  • COMM A412 - Persuasion
    Explores history, modern theory, and practical application of persuasion theory. Reviews current literature and examines and analyzes persuasion in interpersonal, organizational, political and public contexts.

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  • COMM A420 - Family Communication
    Explores interpersonal communication processes in the family. Examines the role of communication in family systems, roles and decision-making; and analyzes the role of communication in power, conflict and family stresses.

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  • COMM A450 - Communication & Leadership
    Examines the study of leadership with an emphasis on the communication dimensions of the theories, processes and practices of leadership. Analyzes and evaluates leadership strategies and tactics; as well as the interaction of communication and leadership.