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Communication and Media Studies 130

COMS 130: Introduction to Communication

Credit Hours: (3)

An introduction to the field of communication including a survey of communication history, systems, technology, and roles in society.  Provides students with a foundation in the history, systems, technology, and roles in society.  Provides students with a foundation in the history and practices of a wide range of communication areas.  This is a core course required of all students majoring in the School of Communication.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

The course will deal with the broad range of communication topics, which might include any of the following:

The Field of Communication

• History
• Early Communication and Rhetoric
• Orality and Literacy
• Narrative
• Performance
• Perceiving and Understanding

Types of Communication

• Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
• Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Small Group, and Large Group Communication
• Mass Media and Communication
• Media Literacy
• Printing
• Image
• Photography
• Film
• Telegraph
• Radio
• Television
• Internet

Communication Technologies and Convergence

Fields of Communication

• Advertising
• Public Relations
• Journalism
• Organizational Communication

Communication Topics

• Public Communication
• Communication & Public Speaking
• Language & Communication
• Intercultural Communication
• Influence and Conflict
• Communication Research
• Gender Communication
• Communication Law and Ethics
• Politics and Communication
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course is designed primarily as a lecture/discussion course.  Other instructional strategies may include, but not be limited to, student presentations, case studies, analytical papers, and guest speakers.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students should be able to...

    -Describe the history of the discipline of communication;
    -Describe the history and importance of various subfields in communication;
    -Identify and explain current issues and trends in the discipline;
    -Discuss and critically analyze a variety of forms of communication so that they can become more knowledgeable and critical communicators;
    -Be informed about and familiar with the various areas of study in the school of communication;
    -Set the groundwork for future success in the School of Communication

Assessment Measures

Appropriate assessment strategies may include examinations, papers, presentations, and graded activities.

Other Course Information

Review and Approval
October, 2007