Communication Studies (CMST)
Students develop skills in this performance-based course of public communication concepts and techniques, including audience analysis, topic selection and research, organization of speech materials, delivery skills, and critical evaluation of speeches.
This course explores the basic elements and theories of interpersonal communication and provides students with the foundation for effective dyadic communication skills to establish and maintain personal and professional relationships. Culture and its influence on communication are highlighted throughout the course. Students are provided opportunities to refine their interpersonal communication skills through role-plays and other activities.
This course is designed to teach skills necessary for effective oral presentations in business and professional settings. Students present a variety of presentational forms including those for meetings, informative and persuasive speeches, and technical presentations. All activities are designed to provide maximum opportunity for practical application of skills learned.
This course examines issues of physical and virtual teamwork. The course challenges students' understanding of their leadership competence and conflict resolution skills. Students explore the relationships among members, the processes they use, and the purposes for which they are together.
Students will examine the theory and research in nonverbal communication to help develop nonverbal skills. Areas of study include body, facial, and eye messages, artifactual and space messages, touch communication, paralanguage and silence, and time messages.