Courses in Communications

Specific Course Descriptions by Semester

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COMM 2312 Principles of Oral Communication (3 semester hours) Survey of theories, concepts, and skills as they relate to human interaction. Study of intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, public, and mediated and technology-based communication. Practice in the preparation and delivery of oral presentations. (3-0) R

COMM 2313 Public Speaking (3 semester hours) Designed to introduce students to the principles of public speaking. Emphasizes preparation (including audience analysis, research, outlining, and practice) and performance. Course will focus on performance-based formal speeches, presentations, selected readings, examinations and classroom exercises. (3-0) T

COMM 2V71 Independent Study in Communications (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-3]-0) R

COMM 3301 Public and Professional Speaking for Business (3 semester hours) Explores public communication strategies in professional contexts. Students lean business-related interpersonal and interviewing skills, how to conduct meetings and work in teams, and practice business-related presentations. Prerequisite: RHET 1302. (3-0) T

COMM 3311 Interpersonal Communication (3 semester hours) Surveys theories, concepts, and skills to establish and maintain healthy relationships and examines communication that characterizes unhealthy relationships. Students learn skills necessary for competent interpersonal communication. Prerequisite: RHET 1302. (3-0) T

COMM 3338 Debate (3 semester hours) By instructor approval only, this course is open to members of the UTD competitive debate team. Working as a squad, students will participate in practice debates as well as weekend competitions against other colleges and universities across the country. May be repeated for credit (12 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (3-0) S

COMM 3342 Topics in Communication (3 semester hours) Focuses on major issues in communication, such as global communication, communication within organizations, and social and cultural implications of mediated and technology-based communication. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. (3-0) R

COMM 4313 Advanced Public Speaking (3 semester hours) Course is for students who have mastered basic public speaking skills. It will explore and fine-tune a wider range of styles and skills. The course will be performance-centered and will include presentations, selected readings, examinations and classroom exercises on a more advanced level. Prerequisite: COMM 2312, COMM 2313 or permission of instructor. (3-0) R

COMM 4314 Persuasion (3 semester hours) The course will emphasize the critical evaluation of persuasive messages and the design of persuasive appeals. By merging theory and practice, students will focus on an understanding of persuasive techniques as a mean for influencing attitudes, beliefs, opinions, and actions in a variety of contexts, including business, politics, interpersonal interactions, and via media and technology-based communication. Prerequisites: RHET 1302 . (3-0) R

COMM 4340 Small Group Communication (3 semester hours) Group processes and dynamics applied to public discussion and small group communication. Study of the development of group leadership abilities, problem-solving techniques and conflict management, discussion methods, and the importance of small groups in the modern professional environment. Prerequisite: RHET 1302 and upper-division standing. (3-0) R

COMM 4350 Intercultural Communication (3 semester hours) Examines how culture is studied and how culture affects self-concept, reasoning and patterns of thought, verbal and nonverbal communication, and communication style. Additional topics include intercultural conflict, ethnocentrism and prejudice, intercultural accommodation and adjustment, and intercultural business protocol. Prerequisite: RHET 1302 and upper-division standing. (3-0) R

COMM 4V71 Independent Study in Communication (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Consent of instructor required. ([1-3]-0) R