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Communication & Theatre Arts (CM, TH)

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The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts offers a diversity of educational experiences in language, communication, media, and the performing arts. Our learning outcomes are to think clearly and creatively, write and speak persuasively, read with intelligence and imagination, and gain insight into audiences. Such skills and knowledge enable students to pursue a wide variety of exciting career paths and graduate study.

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CM 101 First Year Seminar

CM 130 Introduction to Human Communication
CM 132 Message Analysis
CM 133 Mass Media and Society


CM-101   First Year Seminar (Fall; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; H) This one credit course is an introduction to the department and its offerings in terms of areas of study, practicum, internships, and programs abroad. Opportunities with our communication club and honor society are also explored. Together we explore areas of research, teaching, and the professional & graduate school opportunities that you need to know, as you choose your POE, plan your course of study and plan for your. Overall, we hope to inspire you to find the joy and challenge we as a department experience in the study of communication. This course is for freshmen and sophomores who have already declared Communication as their POE or who are genuinely considering Communication as a POE or secondary emphasis.

CM-130   Introduction to Human Communication (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; S) Surveys the fundamental tenets of human communication through application. This course is concerned with how and why we speak, listen, respond, and strategize through the uses of verbal and nonverbal symbol systems.

CM-132   Message Analysis (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H,CS) The study of rhetoric investigates the art of persuasion. The course introduces the basic rhetorical concepts and language we need to make sense of the sea of messages we swim in. The courseaims to sharpen your ability to reason, reflect, send, perceive and discern messages in a variety of contexts. Upon completion of this course students understand several humanistic perspectives toward communication and are able to apply the basic tools of rhetorical analysis. Students have an increased awareness of the ways in which our symbolic behaviors shape our social lives.

CM-133   Mass Media and Society (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H,CS) An examination of the convergence of mass media (print, radio, television, sound, film, and internet) which serve our most common public interests. The focus is on the four primary functions to inform, to entertain, to persuade, and to transmit culture. Students have a better understanding of the tension betwen media as business and social responsibility to its citizens.

CM-199   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows departments to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary by topic.

CM-200   Art of Public Speaking (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; CS,H) Seeks to develop and improve fundamental principles and methods of selecting, organizing, developing, and communicating a line of reasoning and evidence for constructive influence in speaking situations. Students make three formal presentations, analyze messages, and improve their listening skills. Prerequisites: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing.

CM-220   Group Communication (Either Semester; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,CS) This course is designed to improve communication with others in small group task and problem-solving situations. Working with a community partner students propose, plan and carry out a service project. We explore ways of developing communication strategies for group decision making, for leadership, and for managing interpersonal conflict, as well as presentations skills. This course will take a balanced approach to understanding and using communication theories, as well as offering practical experience using skills for working in small groups. By the end of the semester students understand the group experience in terms of shared leadership of working cooperatively with diverse group members; and the necessity for ethical choices. Prerequisite: CM130.

CM-230   Interpersonal Communication (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H,CS) Introduces students to the various theories and styles of one-on-one communication. It emphasizes the transactional approach in the study of the communication process as it occurs in interpersonal relationships. It explores interaction as a way by which we come to know ourselves and each other.

CM-289   Communication Practicum (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00-2.00 Credits; F,H) A Practicum in Communication encourages students to: (1) develop skills in analyzing and delivering public presentations; (2) assess, interpret and analyze demographic data among diverse audiences; (3) understand speech communication in a variety of contexts; (4) appreciate public address from historic perspective; and (5) participate actively in the communication field.

CM-290   The Metaverse (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H,CW,CS) This introductory course focuses on how information technologies shape the way we think and organize ourselves. In studying the technology of the book, social media and the metaverse, students explore change and technology as central to the decision making of leaders. Prerequisites: CM132 or IT110 or IT111. Cross listed as IT290.

CM-299   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows departments to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary by topic.

CM-300   Professional Presentations (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; CS,H) Designed for students to improve and polish their speaking skills for effective presentations in professional settings. It is a performance course with emphasis placed on structure, audience adaptation, style of presentation (oral report and manuscript reading), with the use of PowerPoint and/or Smart Board. Videotaping is used to help speakers understand the relationship between their speaking behaviors and responses of listeners. Prerequisites: CM200.

CM-320   Qualitative Research Methods (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; S) Introduces students to the practice of qualitative research methods--including participant observation microanalysis, interviewing and content analysis-- in communication and the social sciences. Specific methods will vary by semester. Prerequisites: CM130 or CM230 or CM220 or CM405.

CM-330   Media Analysis (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H,CW,CS) Designed to explore analytical approaches applied to a variety of media, including advertising, television sitcoms, new shows, propaganda, film, music and architecture, in order to ascertain the persuasive messages inherent ineach artifact. By examining the rhetorical choices revealed by each method of criticism, we can better understand the structure of message design, the medium and in larger sense the cultural values that shape both. Prerequisites: CM132 or CM133.

CM-340   Intercultural Communication (Either Semester; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H,I) This course examines symbolic patterns of communication as they relate to issues of diversity. Interactive skills needed to open channels of communication between and among people of diverse backgrounds are analyzed and developed. A multi-cultural approach to the study of human communication serves as a basis for exploring issues of diversity that include but are not limited to race, gender, class, ability, orientation, religion and ethnicity.

CM-365   Organizational Communication (Either Semester; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,S,CW) Examines the strategic uses of communication by individuals in organizations and by organizations as a whole in the pursuit of organizational goals. Provides students with a theoretical vocabulary to analyze communication in organizational settings in order to understand processes such as social networks, leadership, and power. Focuses on personal and organizational ethics in workplace communication. Prerequisites: CM130 and CM230 and CM220.

CM-399   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits)

CM-400   Communication Philosophy (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,CS) Topics in communication philosophy examine the relationship between thoughts, words, and actions. The study of rhetoric will be the basis for each course as it applies to contexts such as specific social movements, health care, public discourse, diversity, conflicts and debates, political campaigns, and family dynamics. Prerequisites: CM130 and CM230.

CM-400A   Health Communication (Spring; Odd Years; 3.00 Credits; H) Explores how communication functions to promote health, the important role of information in health care, the development of communication campaigns to promote health awareness, alternative and multicultural approaches to health care, the promotion of ethical health communication, and the use of new health communication technologies. Prerequisites: CM130 and CM230.

CM-400B   Storytelling (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,CS) This performance course gives students the opportunity to examine the oral traditions of the language through the art of reading, writing, listening to, watching and telling stories. Stories are at the heart of the human experience. They form the foundation for many academic disciplines. Stories help us to understand our own beliefs, values traditions and civilities. This course aims to strengthen our appreciation and understanding of storytelling, old and new.

CM-400C   Advanced Interpersonal Communication (Fall; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,CS) This course develops the theories and applications of interpersonal communication by focusing on various perspectives of communication with creativity; conflict in interpersonal relationships; listening; and language appreciation. Students are expected to analyze and discuss specific conversational patterns that are both experienced and observed. How these patterns form and transform the conversational dynamic of an interpersonal relationship is explored. Prerequisites: CM130 and CM230.

CM-400D   Rhetoric of Coming Out (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H) This course aims to explore diverse uses of rhetoric applicable to the coming out process. Cultural, social, political, physical, institutional, and financial constructs of the closet are studied in an effort to understand and appreciate the coming out process. Rhetorical constraints, functions, and strategies involved in the construction and deconstruction of the closet, both perceived and real, and of coming out the closet are illuminated. While various perspectives of rhetoric are covered, a classical perspective is most closely examined and applied.

CM-400E   Listening (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,CS) This course invites the students into an exploration of transactional communication by focusing on message reception. How isa message received? What interrupts reception? How can we determine if and when a message has been transmitted? How are messages interpreted? Specifically, we will study diverse perspectives of the listening process. This includes the study of (1) the pragmatics of listening; (2) the epistemology of listening; (3) the aesthetics of listening; and (4) the ontology of listening. Listening is viewed primarily as an expression and extension of creativity. We also examine and develop the relationship between listening and leadership. Prerequisites: CM130 and CM230.

CM-401   Senior Seminar (Fall; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; H) Senior Seminar in Communication is an opportunity to refine your understanding of your communication POE and experiences and their application to the professional world of business or graduate school. Students will reflect on their communication expertise, prepare resumes and interwiewing techniques, network with alums in communication, and communicate their expertise. This course intends to make explicit the strong knowledge base acquired and to explore the opportunities available in the field of communication. Prerequisites: Senior standing.

CM-405   Communication Studies (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,CS) These courses examine the theories, skills, and research methods involved in the exploration of communication from a social scientific perspective relevant to specific contexts. The context determines the course content and pedagogical approach. Courses included but are not limited to Family Communication, Community Identity and the Workplace, Public Relations, Gender Communication, and so forth. Prerequisites: CM130 and CM230.

CM-405A   Women, Work & Identity (Fall; Variable; 3.00 Credits; S) Women. Work. Identity. These three words are related in a complex web that many of us struggle to untangle for our entire working lives. In this course, we identify and name the components of the relationships among these words--all in the context of the unique perspective that the communication discipline offers. Prerequisites: CM130 or CM230 or CM220 or CM365 or permission of the instructor.

CM-405B   Nonverbal Communication (Fall; Variable; 3.00 Credits; S) " I know you are lying to me! " " You talk with your hands a lot. " If you have ever said or thought one of these things, then theories of nonverbal communication may interest you. Students in this course learn about the use of space, body language, and vocal (but not verbal) communication. A major course project requires students to analyze videotapes of people communicating in natural situations. Prerequisites: CM130 or CM230 or CM220 or CM365 or permission of the instructor.

CM-420   Media Studies (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,CS) Courses examine mediated persuasion both in its theory and criticism. They focus on theories of rhetoric that have influenced our modern understanding of media and communication technologies. Areas of application such as public address, communication technologies, digital media, politics, and mass media form the emphasis. Depending on the emphasis the subtitle changes after the title Media Studies. Prerequisites: CM132 or CM133.

CM-420A   Rhetoric of Film (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,CW) In this course we explore one visual medium: film. Film is understood as symbolic form, which is meant for an audience. A rhetorical perspective insists on the presence of an audience which is not necessarily of interest in all types of film study but will be crucial in our discussions. We relate theories, methods of production, and criticism to our work but it is not limited to them. This course is an opportunity for students to explore what films mean and why they are such an important cultural phenomenoan. Prerequisites: CM132 or CM133.

CM-420B   Media Violence (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,CW) This media studies course introduces students to basic issues and research surrounding media violence. We take a hard look at media violence and its scholarly research in order to understand the intricacies of both our fascination and repulsion for all of the medias manifestations of violence. Cross-listed in Communication and Peace and Conflicts Studies, this course asks students to critically analyze media violence while integrating current media research into our understanding of violence as a presence in our lives and what we can or should do about it. Prerequisites: CM132 or CM133.

CM-420C   Digital Media Studies (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H) We know we can connect with a friend studying abroad on a 24/7 basis and when we do research on the WWW, the materials, location, time and distance are irrelevant. This course lets us extend our vision to a serious study of how global business, politics and social relations are changing by these various processes of instant connection and perpetual contact. Digital Media are at the heart of this revolution in communication. Necessarily we want to pay attention to the digital divide and the continuities of our lives as these communication changes occur. In looking at the big picture, the scope of these changes is necessarily global, challenging, complex and fast. Hang on to your seats!! Prerequisites: CM132 or CM133.

CM-420D   Truth and Lying (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H) This media studies course introduces students to the theories of rhetoric to understand the question, who can we trust? We pay special attention to the classical period of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of the 20th century. Rhetoric has been transformed through media. Despite these transformations, rhetoric has always been considered of first importance for the ethical practical conduct of our everyday lives. How we present or live our beliefs, attitudes, and commitments is indeed the concern of when we lie and who we can trust in our personal and public lives. Prerequisites: CM132 or CM133.

CM-420E   Digital Storytelling (Variable; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,F) Digital stories derive their power in weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, and thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. This course offers students the opportunity to experiment with narratives and their visualization using digital media technologies as a vehicle to tell stories creatively with a clear point of view and audience awareness. Prerequisites: CM133 or 1 of the following courses, CM290 or IT110 or AR404.

CM-490   Communication Internship (Variable; Variable; 2.00-9.00 Credits; H) Communication students may apply their acquired skills and knowledge to on-the-job internships for a semester during their junior or senior year for a total of 9 credit hours. Television stations, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, public relations, advertising agencies and human relations in health organizations are all possible placements. You not only work as full-time members of a business team, but also evaluate and document your growth in a work journal and prepare a portfolio of presentations or publications. Corequisite: CM495. Prerequisite: Communication core and Jr. or Sr. standing.

CM-495   Communication Internship Research (Variable; Variable; 2.00-6.00 Credits; H) In addition to the on-the-job experience provided by the internship, students are required to pursue research related to their placement. An in-depth research paper or presentation is completed during the semester. Corequisite: CM490. Prerequisite: Communication core.

CM-497   Honors Seminar (Variable; Variable; 3.00-6.00 Credits; H,CS) Designed to serve as a capstone course for students who emphasize Communication in their POE. The students will be expected to examine communication theories and research methods relevant to a topic, theme, issue, or problem that has served as an area of special interest throughout the previous two years of study. Students must have Senior standing, have a POE in Communication and meet the 3.40 GPA requirements.

CM-498   Honors Research (Spring; Yearly; 3.00-6.00 Credits; H,CS) Designed to serve as a capstone course for students who emphasize Communication in their POE. The students will be expected to examine communication theories and research methods relevant to a topic, theme, issue, or problem that has served as an area of special interest throughout the previous two years of study. Students must have Senior standing, have a POE in Communication and meet the 3.40 GPA requirements.

CM-499   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Provides access to topics not included in regular department offerings. Prerequisites: Vary by course.

CM-TUT   Communication Teaching Assistant (Variable; Variable; 1.00-3.00 Credits)

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