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COMS 132 Public Address
A study of the principles of speech composition, organization, and delivery; emphasis on the role of public address in a democratic society. Each student gives a series of speeches.

COMS 252 Business Communication
This course introduces the fundamentals of communication in a business environment. Topics include audience analysis, organization, drafting, revising, presentation, and visual aids. Students will analyze and write essential types of business documents such as memoranda, letters, and emails. Students also report research findings in oral presentations. Offered alternate years.

COMS 342 Feminist Rhetorical Theories
This course is a study of feminist rhetorical theories and expression. The class reads texts by feminist rhetorical theorists and rhetors. Special emphasis is placed on the intersection between social, cultural, and economic contexts, political influences, and rhetorical strategies of women rhetors challenging Western patriarchy.

COMS 353 Argumentation
The course takes a rhetorical perspective on argument. Basic principles of argumentation are explored: problem solving through evidence, reasoning, and persuasion. Analysis and criticism of various types of contemporary speech making based on principles, models, and theories of argumentation. Offered alternate years.

COMS 350 Intercultural Communication
Communication theory and research are used to examine the processes involved in communicating with those who are not members of one's particular cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, gender, ability, and socioeconomic group. Discussion, group activities, and papers will focus on the issues of awareness and competence in increasing one's communicative effectiveness.

COMS 357 Research Methods
Students are introduced to communication and rhetorical methods including design of experimental, survey, textual, rhetorical, and ethnographic research.