Communication Studies

Communication Studies, COMM = 0119

1010 (SPCH 1311). Introduction to Communication. 3 hours. (1;0;2) A survey of the basic principles of human communication, with opportunities to apply these principles in different contexts. Satisfies the Communication requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

1440. Honors Classical Argument. 3 hours. Uses of argument in rational decision making based on classical theories of reason. Elements of argument, classical foundations of argument and contemporary application of argument principles. Prerequisite(s): acceptance to University Honors Program. Satisfies the Communication requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2020 (SPCH 1318). Interpersonal Communication. 3 hours. An introduction to interpersonal communication research results and theories with application in two-person and small group relationships in a variety of human communication contexts. Satisfies the Communication requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2025. Communication in Conflict Management. 3 hours. Examination of the role of communication in the effective management of conflict and introduction to basic mediation topics such as gender, intercultural and nonverbal communication. Study of conflict in various common contexts: intrapersonal, interpersonal, group and organizational.

2040 (SPCH 1315). Public Speaking. 3 hours. (1;0;2) Introduction to principles of and practice in preparing public speaking speeches. Stresses the role of public speaking in democratic decision making. Satisfies the Communication requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2060 (SPCH 2341). Performance of Literature. 3 hours. (1;0;2) Performance as a method of textual study. An introduction to the theory and practice of analyzing, rehearsing and performing non-dramatic texts. Recommended for elementary education majors. Satisfies the Communication requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2900. Special Problems. 1-3 hours.

3010. Communication Perspectives. 1 hour. Skills and background information necessary to review communication research and write scholarly papers in an appropriate format. Offered every long semester, this course is a requirement for COMM majors and must be taken prior to or concurrently with a student's first enrollment in upper-division courses.

3120. Nonverbal Communication. 3 hours. Applications of research and theory in understanding the impact of nonverbal communication in a variety of human contexts.

3140. Advanced Public Speaking. 3 hours. Detailed study and application of speech communication theories in a variety of public speaking contexts. Includes standards for evaluation of public speaking. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1010 or COMM 2040.

3220. Health Communication. 3 hours. Communication in medical settings; origins, nature and impact of communication practices and beliefs in the health-care delivery system; role of interaction on human well-being.

3260. Storytelling. 3 hours. Investigation of folk literature, original sources and literary genres employed in the art of storytelling. Training in the acquisition of techniques and skills employed by the storyteller. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2060.

3340. Methods of Rhetorical Criticism. 3 hours. A survey of significant methodologies available to rhetorical critics. Emphasis on the critical abilities necessary to describe, explain, analyze, and evaluate symbolic influence in the public sphere.

3440. Public Address Studies. 3 hours. Major theories of public address and the critical assessment of selected persuasive addresses in the public arena.

3520. Advanced Interpersonal Communication. 3 hours. Advanced study of interpersonal communication research, focusing on theory and application in a variety of contexts. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2020 or consent of the department.

3720. Small Group Communication. 3 hours. (2;0;1) Theory, research and laboratory experience in small group communication; problems in group discussion; decision-making techniques.

3740. Persuasion. 3 hours. Theories of communication applied to the study of social influence. Includes study of propaganda, communication ethics and attitude formation. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1010.

3760. Performance Studies. 3 hours. Advanced topics in individual performance as a method of textual study as well as theory and practice in individual performance as an aesthetic event and as a rhetorical and social act. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2060.

3840. Argumentation and Debate. 3 hours. (2;0;1) Theory, research and practice in developing and presenting arguments on public policy issues; reasoning, strategy and oral advocacy. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1010 or consent of department.

3860. Group Performance. 3 hours. Theory and practice in analyzing texts, adapting and compiling scripts, and directing and rehearsing productions. Group performance is studied from three perspectives: as a method of textual study, as an aesthetic event, and as a social and rhetorical act. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2060.

3920. Organizational Communication. 3 hours. Principles of communication applied in the organizational environment. Focus upon diagnosis, analysis, and resolution methods related to communication-based problems with organizations.

4020. Communication Theory. 3 hours. Process of theory construction with particular emphasis on human communication, elements and types of theories, theoretical logics, metatheoretical perspectives toward communication, and specific content theories of communication.

4021. Communication Research Methods. 3 hours. Experimental and quantitative techniques usable in research in communication.

4040. Rhetorical Theory. 3 hours. A study of rhetorical traditions that provide useful insights into how individuals engage in rhetorical transactions.

4060. Performance Theory. 3 hours. Examination and comparison of text-centered, performer-centered and audience-centered theories of performance; functions of performance; and methods for evaluating performance. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2060.

4140. Rhetoric and Language. 3 hours. Major approaches to the human creation and transmission of meaning through language. Examines the levels at which and the manner in which spoken language may be persuasive. May include persuasive discourse, language as symbolic action and semiotics.

4220. Gender and Communication. 3 hours. Examination of differences in communication behavior of males and females with particular reference to biological sex and psychological gender. Explores male and female communication in a variety of different contexts. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1010 or 2020, or consent of department.

4240. Rhetoric and Culture. 3 hours. Consequences of discourse on culture. May include communication throughout the life cycle, rhetorical creation and maintenance of social movements, international and intercultural rhetoric, feminist rhetorical criticism, ideological criticism, the rhetorical aspects of popular culture and the grounds for the criticism of culture from a rhetorical perspective.

4260. Performance and Culture. 3 hours. Examination of the role of performance in cultures. Research and analysis of texts and performance practices among various ethnic and cultural groups. Satisfies the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

4340. Rhetoric and Politics. 3 hours. Rhetoric of political campaigns, presidential rhetoric, legal communication, and the rhetorical creation, maintenance, use and legitimization of symbolic power. Prerequisite(s): COMM 3340.

4360. Rhetoric of Performance. 3 hours. Contemporary performance as a critical and persuasive tool within social contexts. Research and analysis of performance texts and contexts designed to criticize social or cultural practices. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2060.

4420. Communication and Relational Development. 3 hours. The role of communication processes in initiating, developing, defining, maintaining and dissolving various forms of human relationships. Examines the nature of communication in a variety of relational contexts. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1010 or 2020 or consent of department.

4440. Issues in Freedom of Speech. 3 hours. Theories, doctrines, statutes and cases related to the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.

4800. Communication Internship. 1-3 hours. (0;0;1-3) Supervised work in a job directly related to the student's major, professional field of study or career objective. Prerequisite(s): communication studies major; junior or senior classification; minimum GPA of 3.0 on courses taken at UNT; completion of department core plus at least 6 upper-level hours in communication studies at UNT; student must meet employer's requirements and have consent of department internship supervisor. May be repeated, but a maximum of 3 semesters credit hours of internship credit may be applied to the major in communication studies. Pass/no pass only.

4829. Topics in Communication Processes. 3 hours. Rotating topics in interpersonal communication, organizational communication, or communication research methods. Prerequisite(s): 6 hours in communication processes, or consent of department. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

4849. Topics in Rhetorical Studies. 3 hours. Rotating topics may include Greek rhetoric; Roman rhetoric; medieval rhetoric; values and rhetoric in Weaver, Perelman and Habermas; narrative criticism; Kenneth Burke. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

4869. Topics in Performance Studies. 3 hours. Rotating topics may include: performance of particular genres, including poetry narrative, drama or non-literary texts; performance methods, including thematic approaches to performance or historical styles of performance; or theoretical issues in performance, including narrative theory, intertextuality or New Historicism. Prerequisite(s): COMM 2060 or consent of department. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

4900-4910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Prerequisite(s): problem must be approved by department chair.

4950. Senior Honors Thesis. 3 hours. Available to COMM majors having completed at least 90 semester hours with an overall GPA of 3.50 or better. Prerequisite(s): COMM 4020 and 4021, or 3340 and 4040, or 4060.

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