Communication Courses

COM 1023           
Oral Interpretation        

Theory and practice of oral interpretation of prose, poetry, and dramatic literature. Literacy criticism and analysis provide a basis for critiquing. The course culminates in a program of oral interpretation performance.

COM 1111-2      
Debate Practicum           

Students enrolled will compete in individual events and various forms of debate on the Henderson Forensics Team. May be repeated. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied toward a degree. Enrollment for more than one hour credit requires the consent of the instructor.

COM 2013 (SPCH1003)  
Oral Communication    

 A course designed to guide the student in examining and understanding the communication process. Experience is provided in improvements of interpersonal communication, group discussion, and public communication.

COM 2153          
Argumentation & Debate           

Explores the process of forming reasons, drawing conclusions, and formally applying them to a case in discussion. Students will apply critical thinking skills to write debate cases and present them in persuasive speaking, Lincoln-Douglas, and cross examination team formats. Students will develop skill in the use of logic, reasoning, evidence, rebuttal, cross examination, and the creation of written and oral discourse that uses coherent statements leading from premise to conclusion.

COM 2503          
Nonverbal Communication        

An examination of the nature and function of how nonverbal message systems merge and contribute to human communication. A study of the full range of kinesis, proxemics, chronemics, and paralanguage as they relate to verbal messages.

COM 2513          
Leadership and Group Communication

Integration of theory and practice of teamwork, group problem-solving and decision-making, active listening and group leadership.

COM 2603          
Voice and Diction           

A study of the processes of vocal production and recognition of the controllable elements in speech. Drill work for improvement of pronunciation and articulation control.

COM 3043          
Directing Speech Communication Activities      

A comprehensive course covering activities of the high school classroom, debate, oral interpretation, readers theatre, radio, TV, and film. Lesson plans will be developed and shared for the purpose of actual utility in the classroom. Coaching speech and theatre events for competition will be addressed.

COM 3111-2      
Debate Practicum           

(See COM 1111-2.)

COM 3233          
Language Development              

Study of the normal acquisition of speech and language across the lifespan.

COM 3243          
Readers Theatre             

Theory and practice of the principles and techniques of oral interpretation and staging of literature. Emphasis on analysis and criticism of literature and program building.

COM 3273          
Organizational Communication

Traditional and modern concepts of communication behavior in organizations. Process of communication and interaction in today's organizational climates. Small group decision-making, directions in leadership, human resources development, and motivation. Implementing organizational communication change.

COM 3373          
(WI) Communication Research Methods             

An introduction to qualitative and quantitative research, including historical, descriptive, and experimental methods. Media research as the basis for specific strategies and tactics.

COM 3413          
Female/Male Communication 

A study of the variable of gender as it influences verbal and nonverbal interaction between men and women. Why the verbal and nonverbal codes are different and how they may be modified to produce good communication.

COM 3413          
Female/Male Communication 

A study of the variable of gender as it influences verbal and nonverbal interaction between men and women. Why the verbal and nonverbal codes are different and how they may be modified to produce good communication.

COM 3423          
(WI) Movie Appreciation and Enjoyment            

The origin and development of film from the late 19th century to the present. Emphasis on the film as a distinctive art form. This course is a designated writing course for the theatre program.

COM 3533          
Interpersonal Communication 

Includes assertiveness and shyness, transactional analysis, body communication, listening, and conflict resolution.

COM 3813          
Business and Professional Communication        

A communication course to prepare individuals in business, industry and the professions for the diverse and rapidly changing workplace of the 21st Century. Teams will plan and execute communication tasks utilizing desktop publishing, Web publishing and multimedia presentations. Students will work individually on honing job seeking and securing skills for career research, resume writing and interviewing.

COM 4003          
Special Topics in Communication            

Issues in contemporary communication will be studied as appropriate in a given semester. Freedom of speech, courtroom communication, mass media influences in communication, presidential elections, and other campaigns are examples of topics that might be addressed. May be repeated.

COM 4093, 5093               

Theoretical bases of persuasion and argumentation. Particular emphasis on principles of logical reasoning and evidence use. Students will gain experience as producers and critical consumers of persuasive messages.

COM 4101-3      
Independent Research

COM 4133, 5133               
Rhetorical Theory           

Investigation of the major theories of rhetoric and the evolution of rhetorical thought. Emphasis on the role of rhetoric in shaping human experience and creating individual reality.

COM 4141 3       
Independent Study       

Open to advanced undergraduates. Students must have chair's approval to register. May be repeated.

COM 4161          
(WI) Senior Research    

Preparation of a prospectus for an original research project to be conducted under the direction of student's departmental advisor. The project can include creative, non-traditional components, but must consist primarily of a written component.

COM 4313          
(WI) Communication Criticism 

Students will develop and apply analytical methodology to the speeches of significant American speakers.

COM 4331-3      
Internship in Communication   

Prearranged and supervised work in public relations, communication consulting and training, persuasion campaigns, etc. May be repeated.

COM 4403, 5403               
Seminar in Communication       

Shared papers on topics relative to specific student interests; semantics, linguistics, cultural barriers to communication, etc. May be repeated.

COM 4522          
(WI) Senior Seminar     

Research project under the direction of student's departmental advisor. Students will present a paper before faculty and other majors. Prerequisite: COM 4161.

COM 4922          
Special Methods: Communication          

Special methods in the teaching of communication and theatre.