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Communication Course Descriptions

BUS 315 Leadership & Communication

3 Hours

Students will study principles and examples of leadership, with special emphasis on servant leadership and developing the communication skills essential to effective leadership.

COM 205 Communication, Media, & Society

3 Hours

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to important concepts and principles of communication in modern society. Material will cover the basics of communication theory; the history, structure, dynamics, and functions of contemporary mass media; and the ethical implications of communication. This course will prepare students for courses in all four of the Visual and Digital Communication areas of emphasis.

COM 210 Interpersonal Communication

3 Hours

Students study the theories of one-on-one communication and develop practical skills. Areas of study include perception, individual identity, relationship dynamics, family dyamics and diversity. The goal of the course is to make students better communicators in a setting that does not focus on public speaking.

COM 230 Communiaction Theory & Criticism

3 Hours

The process of communication involves the presentation and interpretation of ideas. This course presents the theories of how communication has evolved, beginning with Aristotle and continuing through Burke. The course incorporates the analysis and criticism of persuasive speaking by applying relevant theories.

COM 320 Multicultural Communication

3 Hours

Students will examine how communication is a major factor in bridging cultural differences. The operating premise is that communication both shapes and is shaped by culture. Students will examine the roles of nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic status, age, language, etc. in cross-cultural interaction. This class will challenge students to think about their own cultural assumptions.

COM 365 Interviewing

3 Hours

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of interviewing. Students research and develop interview instruments, conduct interviews, and examine the ethics of interviewing. Assignments include information, employment and persuasive interviews.

COM 370 Advanced Persuasive Speaking

3 Hours

Students will investigate the role of persuasion in society, study the theories of argumentation, and prepare and deliver speeches to persuade, including indictment and proposition speeches and policy debates. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

COM 470 Seminar in Communication

3 Hours

This course is an advanced seminar and capstone course for Communication majors. Students select a problem with contemporary communication culture, with the aid of the instructor, and draw upon their knowledge and research to develop a solution to the problem. The approach should reflect the beliefs, attitudes, and values of the discipline. An oral and visual presentation of the problem and solution should reflect a degree of skill and competency as an effective communicator. Pre-requisite: Consent of instructor

DMD 101 Introduction to Design

3 Hours

This foundation course combines studio work with classroom instruction. Using the elements and principles of design, students work in various black-and-white and color media while developing drawing skills. Along with learning and applying professional presentation skills and craftsmanship, the development of ideas and problem-solving skills are the focus of this course. This is a studio course requiring extended hours. General Education: Effective Expression – Artistic Appreciation

ENG 215 Business and Technical Writing

3 Hours

Introduces students to professional expectations for written communication in the workplace and on the web. Students will develop an understanding of purpose and audience while writing and revising a variety of goal-oriented projects. In preparation for a research project, students will develop a variety of texts, including memos, letters, analytical reports, presentation and proposals. Prerequisite ENG111

SOC 312 Methods of Social Research

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to theresearch process as applied to social andpsychological subjects. Students will studyproblem formulation, research design,instrument design, project administration,data analysis and interpretation, reportwriting and issues in research. A researchproject is required. Students interested inobtaining a social work license in SouthDakota or graduate study in sociology needthis course.

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