Course Topics

COMS 130 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
A course dealing with the basic concepts of person-to-person communication, such as the relationship between verbal and nonverbal language, the intent and result of message sharing, the variables in communicative efforts.

COMS 185 Supportive Communication
This course examines social support and supportive communication: interactions and messages designed to provide comfort, often in response to stressful life events. How do we as humans seek and provide support with friends, family, and coworkers? How do we comfort others through stressful life-transitions such as break-ups, or challenges in school and work? How does supportive communication affect our health or relationships? We will explore these questions by reading scholarship on social support examining what constitutes more or less supportive communication. We will analyze and identify features of supportive communication through reflections of our own lives and analysis of textual or media examples along with class discussion and student presentations.

COMS 330 Family Communication
In this course, students will examine the role of communication in families, how families shape us as individuals, and how the context of family functions in larger society. Through reading scholarship on family communication, discussion, projects and presentations, we will address questions such as how definitions of family have changed overtime, how individuals define self in relation to family members, how challenges in families are managed, how differences in family forms influence family function, and how communication patterns affect how we interact with and understand each other. Ultimately, this course investigates individual human behavior and human interactions within the societal context of the family. 

COMS 362 Communication Theories
This course will examine human communication in interpersonal, small group, and organizational structures at a higher theoretical level. Students will analyze and synthesize various conceptual, descriptive and explanatory theoretical orientations that have been introduced in previous communication courses.