communication studies COURSES

COMS 1301 Speech Communication - Survey of basic processes, theories, and skills focused on developing competence in various levels of human interaction. Emphasis on research, organization, presentation, and evaluation of oral messages and presentations. May be taken to meet the general education communication studies requirement

COMS 1302 Interpretation and Performance of Literature - Theories and skills related to
the selection, analysis, adaptation, rehearsal, performance, and evaluation of readings from a variety of literary genres. Recommended for students interested in performance as well as for students interested in mass communications, acting, teaching, or the ministry.

COMS 1303 Professional Communication - Survey of theories, skills, and practices needed for communicating effectively in professional and citizenship roles in organizational contexts. Emphasis on basic communication theories and skills needed for productive interpersonal relationships; effective participation in groups, teams, and committees, and for making and evaluating formal and informal presentations in professional and social contexts. May be taken to meet the general education communication studies requirement. Meets TEA standards for the communication studies requirement and for concurrent enrollment.

COMS 2101 University Readers - Students may earn 1 credit per semester up to 3 units by participating in performing in interpretation activities and productions. Activities may include individual or group performances for the University, local or area schools, churches, or other organizations, as well as participation in interpretation festivals and competitions. Students may also judge area K-12 competitions in oral interpretation. Prerequisite: Current enrollment in communication studies program or with consent of instructor.

COMS 2102 Forensics - Students may earn 1 credit per semester up to a total of 3 credits for participation in forensic activities. Activities may include speaking in public or competitive situations, debating in public or competitive situations, or judging K-12 communication studies competitions. Prerequisite: Current enrollment in communication studies program or with consent of instructor.

COMS 2302 Communication in the Classroom - Survey of communication theories and skills applied in the educational context. Emphasis on knowledge and skills needed for interaction between teachers and students and facilitation of learning in a variety of modes and situations. Should be taken on the sophomore, junior, or senior level to meet the general education communication studies requirement by students pursuing teacher certification. Prerequisite: 1 course in education.

COMS 2303. Public Speaking - theories and related skills for planning, organizing, rehearsing, presenting and evaluating a variety of speeches. Survey of rhetorical traditions, principles, and strategies in informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speeches. May be taken to meet the general education communication requirement.

COMS 3301 Communication in Small Groups - Theories and related skills in group dynamics, interpersonal and intergroup communication, team building, problem solving, decision making, conflict management  and leadership roles.  Emphasis on practical situations related to communication in public and professional contexts.  Recommended for prospective teachers, business leaders, religious leaders and civic leaders.  Prerequisite: COMS 1301, 1303, or 2302.

COMS 3302 Advanced Interpretation - Interpretation and performance of a variety of literary genre.  Emphasis on traditional and experimental approaches to selecting, adapting, interpreting and performing in groups and as individuals in a variety of situations for a variety of audience.  Study features a variety of approaches to interpreters' theatre and one-person shows or performances.  Prerequisite: COMS 1301, 1303 or 2302, 1302, or with consent of instructor.

COMS 3306 Argumentation and Debate - Theories and related skills for presenting and evaluating formal persuasive arguments and debates, includes a variety of formats for both argument and debate.  Emphasizes is on research and analysis of controversial issues, reasoning, use of evidence and appeals, use of effective speaking strategies, and evaluation of persuasive arguments.  Recommended for students interested in public issues, student interested in law or law enforcement and those wishing to develop skills in public debate.  Prerequisite: COMS 1301, or 1303; and 2303, or with consent of instructor.

COMS 3310 Interpersonal Communication - Communication theories and skills needed for success in personal relationships.  Emphasis on verbal, nonverbal, and listening skills needed for building and maintaining productive relationships in intimate and social situations such as in friendships and family relationships.  Prerequisite: COMS 1301, 1303, or 2302; and 3301 or with consent of instructor.

COMS 4301. Persuasion - theories, skills, and strategies for presenting, analyzing, and evaluating persuasive messages. Emphasis on strategies used and effects and influences of a variety of persuasive media including the impact of modern technologies on issues, attitudes, beliefs and values. Prerequisite: COMS 1301 or 1303; 2303; and 3306, or with consent of instructor.

COMS 4320 Advanced Study in Communication - Individualized study in specialized topics for advanced students in communication. Course includes formulating a proposal, conducting research, designing and organizing a written and oral project.  Projects may focus on such areas as conflict management, crisis communication, health communication, aspects of diversity , and rhetorical analysis.  Prerequisites: 15 hours of communication including at least 6 hours in upper-level courses or with consent of instructor.

COMS 4330 Communication Principles and Practice - Advanced theories and skills related to specific areas of study in the field of speech communication.  Includes practical application of communication concepts and skills resulting in the design, development, and written and oral presentation of a variety of communication projects for a variety of purposes for a variety of audiences.  Students should have completed all other course requirements for a major or minor in communication or should have completed requirements for teacher certification in communication.