Courses

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 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 354 Persuasion and Social Influence

This course looks at the cognitive, social, and rhetorical dimensions of social change considering how persuasive messages affect the thoughts and behaviors of individuals. To understand these elements, students will study social movements and political campaigns in a variety of contexts.

COMS 357: Research Methods

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

COMS 463 Public Relations and Corporate Communication

This course examines concepts of public relations and corporate communication within and outside of an organization. Students will study cases, write communication strategies, press releases, inter-departmental communication, and study corporate responsibility and conduct.