Communication Course Descriptions

Communication Courses:

CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication

The study of human communication with emphasis on how we communicate, the factors that influence the success of our communication interactions, and the areas in which communication takes place.


CMTC 101: Public Speaking

The development of skills common to all forms of oral communication with emphasis on public speaking. Students will study organization, delivery, sources of materials, and language use.


CMTC 200: Theories of Communication, Media, and Theatre (WIP)

This course is a writing intensive experience designed to introduce students to the functions and applications of various theories in communication, media, and theatre. Students will gain an understanding of the foundations of these disciplines; recognize the broad categories of theoretical perspectives, such as humanistic, social scientific, and critical; and evaluate the contributions of various theories in interpersonal, rhetorical, organizational, media, dramatic, and intercultural contexts. This course includes formal (graded) and informal writing exercises of varying length and complexity, including but not limited to: free-writing, reading responses, and article critiques, as well as more advanced analysis and application papers. Prereq.: ENG 101 minimum grade of C


CMTC 201: Introduction to Semantics

The study of words and symbols and the way people respond to them. A pragmatic examination of the way in which language, thought, and behavior interrelate.


CMTC 202: Voice and Diction

Emphasis on improving voice quality, volume, projection, rate, articulation, and pronunciation.


CMTC 210: Advanced Public Speaking

Concentrated study of public speaking and research for public speech, with attention to speech criticism and providing experience in various types of public speaking. Students will videotape selected talks for critique.


CMTC 211: Argument Theory and Practice

Study of the structure of argument, facilities of reasoning, and evidence. Practice in argumentation in small group, interpersonal, and public settings. Prereq.: CMTC 101 or CMTC 215


CMTC 213: Interpersonal Communication

Study of how humans interact through the use of verbal and nonverbal symbols. Through participation and involvement, students explore communication as a process and examine messages, meanings, feedback, nonverbal elements, listening, barriers, and breakdowns as they affect communication.


CMTC 214: Business and Professional Communication

Development of oral communication skills necessary for students entering organizations and businesses. Small group problem-solving and information-sharing discussion techniques, listening, superior-subordinate communication, interview skills, informative briefing skills, and persuasive proposal skills.


CMTC 215: Small Group Communication

In-depth study of discussion as a tool of group problem solving. Extensive participation in small-group experience.


CMTC 301: Nonverbal Communication

Experiencing, analyzing, and evaluating non-verbal messages in experimental communication situations.


CMTC 306: Studies in Communication (Title Varies)

Group study of a selected topic in the field of communication under the guidance of a staff member who specializes in the topic. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific topics.


CMTC 308: Independent Study in Communication

Individual investigation into a topic of the student’s choice. This course requires approval of the instructor, Department Chair, and the Dean.


CMTC 310: Persuasion

Contemporary theories and practices of persuasion, practice in preparing and judging persuasive messages. Analysis and evaluation of persuasive messages in society from the used car lot to the presidential campaign.


CMTC 313: Communication, Gender, and Identity

Investigation of the effects of gender rolls on communication behaviors, such as naming behavior, language acquisition, professional orientation, conflict management, self-image, dress, and social roles.


CMTC 314: Organizational Communication

Evaluation of organizational communication climate and information flow-network analysis. Implementation of field research methodology to assess the communication practices of an organization.


CMTC 315: Leadership Communication

Theory and practice of the social-emotional and task-related aspects of small group leadership. Reading of standard works from the field of group dynamics. Prereq.: CMTC 215 or consent of instructor


CMTC 316: Family Communication

Study of the family as a system with an examination of the role played by communication; the function of family roles, rules and power, and how they operate to increase or decrease communication effectiveness in this system.


CMTC 317: Intercultural Communication

An introduction to different philosophies for understanding intercultural communication. This course will examine intercultural communication theories and concepts. Students will look at their own culture and that of several different countries around the world. They will analyze environmental, religious, philosophical, social and political structures, and how these reflect and/or affect both verbal and nonverbal communication.


CMTC 318: Communication and Consulting

Examination of requirements, procedures, communication topic areas and levels of expertise needed for communication consulting with businesses, professional associations and governmental agencies. Prereq.: CMTC 214 or consent of instructor


CMTC 319: Communication and Conflict

Examination of the communication involved in managing interpersonal and organizational conflict, with attention to the theories and research related to conflict management.


CMTC 322: Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

Rhetorical theories from the modern era with attention to principal figures and critical methods. Prereq.: Junior standing or consent of instructor


CMTC 324: Rhetoric of Protest and Reform

Study of the speakers who through public communication had an impact on the course of American history from the colonial period to the present, such as Jonathan Edwards, Patrick Henry, Wendell Phillips, Robert Ingersoll, Angelina Grimke, William Lloyd Harrison, Carry Nation, Eugene V. Debs, Harry Truman, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Prereq.: Junior standing or consent of instructor


CMTC 328: Rhetoric - Selected Studies

In-depth study of a particular rhetorical figure, tradition, or period. Emphasis placed on the impact of rhetorical communication in a specific social, cultural, or historical context. Prereq.: Junior standing or consent of instructor


CMTC 329: Health Communication

This course is designed to provide an introduction to communication processes in various health care contexts. The course will integrate interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mass communication theory and research into a survey of areas such as communication between patients and caregivers, the role of culture in health practices, images of health in the mass media, and new directions in health communication technologies.


CMTC 330: Communication Research Methods

An introduction to the principles and methods of social scientific research as they relate to the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of communication behaviors. This course is intended to cultivate skills necessary for interpreting and critically evaluating research results and for designing research projects. Topics include forming research questions and hypotheses, reviewing and critiquing literature, applying quantitative and qualitative research techniques, coding and analyzing observations, and writing research reports. Prereq.: A minimum of nine 300-level credit hours in CMT or related social science discipline


CMTC 383: Professional Internship 1

Professional activities in a selected field of communication, media, or theatre performed and supervised at public or private facilities, corporate communication sites, businesses, agencies, theaters, etc. Requires application process.


CMTC 384: Professional Internship 2

Professional activities in a selected field of communication, media, or theatre performed and supervised at public or private facilities, corporate communication sites, businesses, agencies, theaters, etc. Requires application process.


CMTC 385: Professional Internship 3

Professional activities in a selected field of communication, media, or theatre performed and supervised at public or private facilities, corporate communication sites, businesses, agencies, theaters, etc. Requires application process.


CMTC 386: Professional Experience Seminar

This course will provide students with an opportunity to work in a professional communication, media, or theatre position while examining the experience with a faculty member and their peers. For many students, a professional placement is a new, unfamiliar experience with a set of demands that are distinct from the academic world. This course will allow students to earn credit for an internship in their desired field, while enhancing their professionalism through discussion and reflection. Consent of the instructor is required.


CMTC 400: Special Topics in Communication (Rotating Topics)

Topics include Communication and Difference among others.


CMTC 401: Introduction to Graduate Study

Problems, methods, and resources involved in graduate study and research in all areas of communication, media, and theatre.


CMTC 402: Seminar in Research Methods

An introduction to the principles and methods of Communication, Media, and Theatre research. This course is intended to cultivate skills necessary for interpreting and critically evaluating research results and for designing research, critiquing literature, applying quantitative and qualitative research techniques, coding and analyzing observations, and writing research reports.


CMTC 404: Communication Theory

An analysis of communication theories, including the nature of theories, message design, and reception. Course covers a broad range of theories in the communication discipline, including both humanistic and social-scientific approaches. Nonetheless, particular theories analyzed each semester will vary depending on the instructor.


CMTC 414: Organizational Communication Theory

This course will provide an advanced look at the major elements of organizational theory that apply to organizational communication. This field, in a modern sense, began in the 1950s and since then has grown to be one of the biggest forces in communication today. We will examine the theories that direct the reality of organizations and how much of that reality is managed for the purposes of controlling individuals, whether overtly or symbolically.


CMTC 434: Independent Study in Communication

Individual investigation into selected topics in the theory and practice of communication. This course requires approval of the instructor, Department Chair, and the appropriate College Dean(s).


CMTC 499: Thesis Seminar

Guidance of student work toward the completion of a thesis to fulfill the requirements of the Master of Arts degree in Communication, Media, and Theatre. This course requires approval of the instructor, Department Chair, and the appropriate College Dean(s).