Academic Catalog

Communication Studies (CMST)

CMST 101  Speech Fundamentals (GI)  (3 credits)  

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.

CMST 105  Interpersonal Communication (GI) (D)  (3 credits)  

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.

CMST 106  Business & Professional Speech  (3 credits)  

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.

CMST 200  Communication Theory  (3 credits)  

This is an introductory course addressing the major theories related to various branches of Communication Studies that includes interpersonal, group, organizational, rhetorical, mass, gender, and intercultural communication.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 or (CMST 101 or CMST 105 or CMST 106)

CMST 210  Group Communication and Leadership (GH)  (3 credits)  

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.

Prerequisite(s): (ENG 012) or (ENG 018) or (ENG 060) or ENG 101

CMST 230  Nonverbal Communication  (3 credits)  

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.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 and (CMST 101 or CMST 105 or CMST 106)