Communication (COMM)

COMM S110 Basic Speaking

1 credit (1+0)
Develop comfort and skills in communicating with others. Work individually with instructor and in small groups to determine extent of reticence; learn anxiety relieving techniques, and design and implement behavior change strategies. Recommended for those who need to overcome speaking apprehension before moving on to the GER speech communication requirement. This course does not satisfy that GER requirement.Pass/Fail grades.

COMM S111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Introduction to the field of oral communication focusing on interpersonal, small group and public speaking processes. Covers skills for improving feedback, active listening, language usage, nonverbal behavior, audience analysis, and techniques for speech preparation, delivery and alleviating speaking anxiety.
Prerequisite: ENGL S110 or ENGL S111 (or concurrent enrollment in either), or instructor permission.

COMM S218 Studies in Human Communication:

1-3 credits (1-3 +0)
Analysis and application of selected topics from the field of communication. Topics may include but are not limited to: Nonverbal communication, relational communication, discourse, power and ideology, listening, or persuasion. The specific topic is announced in the semester course schedule. May be repeated for credit when content varies.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better) or instructor permission.

COMM S235 Small Group Communication and Team Building

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Practical application of the theories of interaction, information sharing, decision making, team building, and problem solving processes to small group situations. Principles of conflict, leadership, group roles, self-evaluation, evidence, and reasoning are explored through group observation, practice and analysis.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better) or instructor permission.

COMM S237 Interpersonal Communication

3 credits (3+0)
GER. 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 relationships. Must complete with grade of C or better to fulfill speech communication GER.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better) or instructor permission.

COMM S241 Public Speaking

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Preparation, delivery and analysis of speeches in various platform speaking situations. Theories and practices of delivery, managing stage fright, organization, critical listening, audience analysis, and persuasion are explored.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 or equivalent.

COMM S250 Introduction to Human Communication Studies

3 credits (3+0)
Explores the historical overview of the discipline and surveys relevant research and theory as it relates to various communication contexts.
Prerequisite: A lower division COMM course and ENGL S111 (C or better), or instructor permission.

COMM S320 Argumentation and Debate

3 credits (3 +0)
Introduction to argumentation theory and debate. Critical analysis and principles of logic, reasoning and discursive evidence in the construction of argument in a variety of contexts. Develops understanding of the nature of argument and its key elements; explores standards and ethics used to evaluate argument; and charts variation of standards across contexts. Strategies in creation and performance, including opportunities for performance and competition.
Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL S211 and one of: COMM S111, COMM S235, COMM S237, or COMM S241; or instructor permission.

COMM S330 Intercultural Communication

3 credits (3+0)
Understanding the communication process that occurs when people of different cultures interact. Topics include perception, stereotyping, language and non-verbal concepts of kinesics, time and space. Special emphasis on analyzing the communication differences that make a difference with Alaska cultures. This course meets the state requirement for certification in multicultural education.
Prerequisite: Lower division communication course and ENGL S111 or equivalent; or instructor permission.

COMM S335 Organizational Communications

3 credits (3+0)
A practical career-oriented course designed to help students cultivate a repertoire of speaking and listening skills as they prepare for the world of business and the professions. This research based class provides practice opportunities to lead meetings, train peers, and do job interview, performance appraisal, and information gathering. Students will work on a team problem-solving project and practice resolving conflict. Analysis of work settings to understand strategic organizational communication, structure and culture.
Prerequisite: A lower division communication course and ENGL S111 (C or better), or instructor permission.

COMM S340 Media Studies

3 credits (3+0)
Examines major theoretical frameworks for analyzing traditional and digital media, and techniques for applying those theories to specific media products and genres. Using various theoretical lenses, students will examine a wide variety of media, including advertising, film, television, news, and the Internet. Students will also investigate economic and political aspects of the media and will explore the ways that race, gender, and class are presented in media products.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or better) or instructor permission.

COMM S346 From Page to Stage: Oral Interpretation

3 credits (3+0)
Drawing upon literature, this course examines the fundamentals of text selection, analysis, and evaluation, bringing literature to life for the enjoyment of others. Through class discussions and performances, students will develop an intellectual and emotional responsiveness to poetry, prose, and drama and learn a variety of vocal and physical expressive skills for effective oral interpretation. Exposure to different venues and opportunities for public performance and forensic competition included.
Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL S211 and one of: COMM S111, COMM S235, COMM S237, or COMM S241; or instructor permission.

COMM S380 Communication Theory

3 credits (3+0)
A review of the research, theoretical assumptions, and modes of the oral communication process. Designed to provide a basic understanding of the basics of oral communication as patterned human behavior. Focus will be on application and critical analysis of theoretical models.
Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL S211 and one of: COMM S111, COMM S235, COMM S237, or COMM S241; or instructor permission.

COMM S418 Advanced Studies in Human Communication:

1-3 credits (1-3 +0)
Advanced analysis and application of selected topics from the field of communication. Topics may include but are not limited to: Nonverbal communication, relational communication, discourse, power and ideology, listening, or persuasion. The specific topic is announced in the semester schedule. May be repeated for credit when content varies.
Prerequisite: A lower division COMM course, and ENGL S311 (may be concurrent), or instructor permission.

COMM S451 Gendered Interpersonal Communication

3 credits (3+0)
Using a life development approach and emphasizing cultural construction of gender, this course will review sex differences and stereotypes that impact communication. Focuses on communication about women and men, as well as communication between men and women. Class lectures, discussions, individual presentations, and group work will examine current research on gender differences and how these influence communication in personal, professional, education, and media contexts.
Prerequisite: A lower division COMM course, and ENGL S311 (may be concurrent), or instructor permission.

COMM S452 Family Communication

3 credits (3+0)
Provides students with a general theoretical overview of family communication dynamics with application of communication skills aimed at describing, evaluating, and improving family communication. Issues related to family systems and communication include definition of family, impact of social systems on family, systems theory, rules, roles and family topologies, and family culture, ritual and narratives.
Prerequisite: A lower division COMM course, and ENGL S311 (may be concurrent), or instructor permission.

COMM S460 Rhetorical Criticism

3 credits (3+0)
Examines contemporary methods of rhetorical criticism as applied to the invention, circulation, and regulation of various public discourses. Emphasis on those analytical skills relevant to the effective critique and consumption of the rhetoric of public policy and social problems.
Prerequisite: A lower division COMM course, and ENGL S311 (may be concurrent), or instructor permission.

COMM S475 Communication in Education and Training

3 credits (3+0)
Provides teachers and trainers with the theories and concepts needed to understand the nature of human communication process as it occurs within their educational settings. Learners research and develop instructional units in communication and appraise their own communication competency. Opportunities for improved performance in dyadic relationships, small group discussion and facilitation, and public presentations provided.
Prerequisite: A lower division COMM course, and ENGL S311 (may be concurrent), or instructor permission.