2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

COM-3230 Organizational Communication–Sp 3 hours The study using communication for organizational structure. The course focuses on major organizational theories, topics, and their communicative implications. The role of communication during conflict management, negotiation, crisis management, and small group process in the organizational context. (Fee: $10) COM-3240 Interpersonal Communication–Sp 2 hours Centers on the nature and function of interpersonal communication as it operates within casual encounters, families, organizations, and institutions. Implications for personal, social, and professional growth will be considered. COM-3250 Interviewing–Fa, Sp 3 hours Focuses on the study of fundamental interviewing principles. Instruction and training are offered across a variety of interviewing situations, including informational, employment, and persuasive interviews. COM-3260 Organizational Negotiation–Fa 3 hours Focus on communication and the negotiation process in the organizational context, coverage of negotiation theories, elements of the negotiation process, and negotiation formats (e.g., salary negotiations, budget negotiations, collective bargaining, etc.). COM-3330 Organizational Training–Fa 2 hours Focuses on trainer skills essential for training the adult employee in an organizational setting. Techniques and learning resources are presented to aid the trainer in assessing training needs. Prerequisite: COM-3230 Organizational Communication or permission of instructor. COM-3350 Event Planning–Sp 3 hours This course introduces students to event planning processes and techniques. Emphasis is on creating, organizing, planning, processing, marketing, implementing, and evaluating a wide variety of events. Focus includes information and resources applicable to community, professional, private, nonprofit and forprofit events. COM-3450 Forensics/Individual Events–Fa, Sp 1 hour Students receive individual coaching for participation in intercollegiate speech competition. Areas of competition include oral interpretation, public speaking, and limited preparation events. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. COM-3451 Debate Practicum–Fa, Sp 1 hour Students receive individual coaching for participation in intercollegiate debate competition. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit/no credit; repeatable up to six times. COM-3500 Storytelling–Sp 3 hours The history, development, and usage of storytelling is presented in a format where the student participates in developing skills as a teller. Students are assisted in developing their own style and method for presenting stories. Open to all majors. COM-3550 Advocacy Communication–Fa 3 hours This course studies advocacy as it relates to social and political change. Advocacy communication requires unique practices that rely on public speaking skills and analysis of advocacy discourse. Students will think critically about current social, political, and ethical issues and will develop persuasive and strategy skills as they practice how to mobilize the public, influence public opinion, and negotiate policy decisions. These skills are useful to those anticipating careers in politics, consulting, speechwriting, law, sales, nonprofits, and religion. COM-3650 2 hours Clinical Methods in Teaching Speech–Fa, Sp Students seeking certification for teaching speech will gain classroom experience. One credit hour equals 20 classroom hours. Department staff members will supervise all assignments. Credit/no credit. COM-3710 Narrative and Cultural Literacy–Sp 3 hours An examination of early New Testament and American cultural narratives helps students examine current communication practices using biblical, critical, and theological perspectives. COM-3810 Speechwriting for the Professional–Sp 3 hours This course focuses on the skills necessary to research for and effectively write a variety of public messages. Students will practice using the skills necessary for effective communication in organizational, political, and nonprofit contexts. Theory that enriches the understanding of speech writing will be presented and applied. Prerequisite: COM-3100 Advanced Public Speaking. COM-3840 Media Analysis–Fa 3 hours Overviews the study and application of theories that analyze and critique news, and film media. Theories of media criticism will be presented, along with a Christian view. Students will produce critiques of media using the theories presented and integrating a Christian worldview into their analysis. COM-3901 Rhetoric of Abortion Ethics–Su 3 hours This course helps the student to enter the serious intellectual discussion about the foundation for human rights and the value of life. Course material will review the basic pro-life case and examine the underlying worldview assumptions that both academic and lay people bring to debates over abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and cloning. The course will also discuss why the Christian worldview in particular does a better job accounting for intrinsically valuable human beings, fundamental human rights, and objective moral rules. (even year) COM-3902 Public Advocacy in Bioethics–Su 3 hours This course provides students with a thorough understanding and mastery of the often difficult public conversation concerning life and abortion. Through a rigorous workshop environment, the student will learn to quickly evaluate a question or subject, research it sufficiently, and then prepare and deliver a speech or remarks on the matter at hand. Course material will establish best practices for public discourse from a Christian perspective and provide the student with a thorough knowledge of reasoning, persuasion and fallacies. The course will also prepare students to network into their communities by identifying and preparing target audiences for engagement and by training others to become successful advocates as well. (even years) COM-4060 Organizational Leadership–Fa, Sp 3 hours Leadership as a societal role is addressed through analysis of theory and observation of practitioners. A chronology of methodological approaches to the study of leadership is presented. Students observe and evaluate leaders in a variety of disciplines. COM-4110 History of Public Address–Fa 3 hours Classical rhetorical systems and theories are studied from the perspective of the rhetorical critic. The development of rhetoric is traced from the Greek period to the present. Analysis is made of the part rhetoric has played in the development of philosophies and nations. COM-4120 Contemporary Rhetoric–Sp 3 hours A survey of rhetorical theory that has developed since WWII. Selected representative, contemporary rhetorical theories will be studied and applied to U.S. political communication. Seeks to integrate the study of political messages and the current political culture. Prerequisite: COM-4110 History of Public Address or permission of instructor. COM-4610 Communication Ethics–Sp 2 hours Seminar focuses on how to reason biblically about ethical issues. Surveys contemporary Christian ethicists; examines issues of concern to the Christian community; suggests communication dynamics that build Christian social ethics. COM-4640 Special Topics–Fa, Sp 2–3 hours Topics of important interest are examined on an as-needed basis. 2023–24 Undergraduate Academic Catalog Page 237 Course Descriptions COM-3230 – COM-4640