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The following Communication Studies courses are offered:

COMM 301     Introduction to Public Speaking    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of “C” or better;  or placement through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A1; IGETC Area 1C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course prepares students to speak in a variety of rhetorical situations: academic, professional, social, and political. Students will demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal delivery, ethical research methodology, analytical thinking and listening skills, organization and outlining skills, and appropriate presentation skills. In order to effectively assess oral communication competency, each student will complete a minimum of 22 minutes of evaluated speaking time.  Emphasis is on researching, preparing, organizing, writing and presenting a variety of speeches for different audiences. Video recording equipment may be used as an aid to the student’s self-analysis and improvement.  Access to a computer with online capabilities may be required and is available on campus. (C-ID COMM 110) 

COMM 305     Oral Interpretation    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: COMM 301 or ENGWR 300
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course introduces students to the field of performance studies through the oral interpretation of various literary genres, including Western and Non-Western literature. The focus is on audience analysis, selection and thematic analysis of literature, script writing, discussion and application of vocal and physiological delivery techniques, program performance, and post-performance evaluation. Theoretical issues and historical developments are examined and applied to the current performance trends in solo, duo and interpreters’ theatre. (C-ID COMM 170)

COMM 311     Argumentation and Debate    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 300 with a grade of “C” or better;  or placement through the assessment process.
Advisory: COMM 301
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A1; CSU Area A3; IGETC Area 1C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course covers both the theory and practice of argumentation and debate. Students will learn to effectively develop and respond to reasoned written and oral arguments, to critically evaluate various types of evidence, to identify fallacies in reasoning and language, and to advocate within the structures of formal debate and public advocacy.  Students will develop critical thinking and communication skills necessary to advance a cogent, cohesive argument in support of a proposition, as well as defend and refute arguments. (C-ID COMM 120)
    
COMM 315     Persuasion    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 300 with a grade of “C” or better
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3; IGETC Area 1B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course presents fundamental theories and techniques of persuasion as they occur in various communication contexts, including commercial, interpersonal, public, and mass media. Students develop critical thinking skills by engaging in oral and written analysis, evaluation, and composition of persuasive messages and by examining the personal, political, cultural, and social impacts of persuasion. Students explore ethical considerations of persuasive communication; learn about types of reasoning; and identify fallacious arguments as they occur in persuasion. Students will write a minimum of 6,000 written words in a variety of essay formats. 

COMM 321     Interpersonal Communication    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 51 with a grade of “C” or better;  or placement through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area E1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
Students in this course will explore and apply communication concepts associated with developing and maintaining satisfying interpersonal relationships.  Through a variety of class activities, students experiment with various approaches to successful communication in interpersonal contexts, including conflict management and active listening. Additionally, students will improve communication competency through a heightened awareness of the complexity of interpersonal communication and the development of skills as both senders and receivers of shared messages. (C-ID COMM 130) 

COMM 325     Intercultural Communication    3 Units
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D7; IGETC Area 4G
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course introduces students to the challenges and promises of intercultural communications in the United States.  Variations and commonalities in communication patterns across cultures are examined as well as processes and outcomes among persons of different group-based experiential backgrounds.  Practical application of factors which influence communication among individuals of different cultures is emphasized. (C-ID COMM 150) 

COMM 331     Group Discussion    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 or eilibility for ENGWR 300.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A1; IGETC Area 1C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
Group communication is pervasive in all academic, professional, and social environments.  This course is designed to increase students’ understanding of group communication and to prepare students to function more effectively in various types of groups. Students will learn about the dynamics of group roles, the multiple functions of groups, leadership styles, conflict management, problem-solving, and decision-making.  Individual and group presentations are required. Videorecording equipment may be used as an aid to the student’s self-analysis and improvement. Access to a computer with online capabilities may be required and computer access is available on campus. (C-ID COMM 140)

COMM 341     Organizational Communication    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of “C” or better; eligibility for ENGWR 300
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D7
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course is designed to allow students to examine both theoretical and pragmatic essentials of effective organizational messages from preparation and presentation to effective observation and analysis.  Students will explore the dynamics of organizational communications in various situations including focus groups, quality control groups, ad hoc committees, conflict negotiation teams and problem solving/decision making groups.  The roles of internal and external messages on the communication process and organizational effectiveness will be examined and analyzed. 

COMM 351     Mass Media and Society    3 Units
Same As: CMED 300 and JOUR 310
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D0; CSU Area D7; IGETC Area 4J
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
The class will offer a survey of the mass media: history, philosophy, structure and trends, as well as theories, which help to explain effects and the importance of media as a social institution. The course will explore economics, technology, law, ethics, and social issues, including cultural and ethnic diversity. This course is the same as JOUR 310 and CMED 300; only one of these courses may be taken for credit. 

COMM 361     The Communication Experience    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of “C” or better; eligibility for ENGWR 300.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A1; IGETC Area 1C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and skills necessary for effective interpersonal, small group and public communication. Course content includes an emphasis on both communication theory and practice by providing students with the opportunity to develop communication competency through a variety of presentation formats. Special emphasis is placed on practical experiences within groups, facilitation of interpersonal relationships, as well as message design and delivery for multiple purposes and to diverse audiences. In order to effectively assess oral communication competency, each student will complete a minimum of 22 minutes of evaluated speaking time. Videotaping may be required for this course. Access to a computer with online capabilities may be required and is available on campus. 

COMM 363     Introduction to Communication Theory    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area D7; IGETC Area 4G
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course will introduce the student to the symbolic process of human communication through the study of basic communication models, fundamental theory, and relevant research findings.  Emphasis will be placed on achieving an understanding of the communication process, and the process through which researchers in the field of Human Communication Studies add to their existing body of knowledge. (C-ID COMM 180) 

COMM 373     Forensics Laboratory    2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours:  108 hours LAB 
Through individualized instruction and participation in public speaking events, academic debate, literature interpretation, public campaigns, and/or training presentations, students will develop listening skills, organization skills, and the ability to recognize matters of political, social, and economic importance.  This course helps students develop their skills as critical thinkers and competent speakers.  This is a laboratory course giving practice in preparing for and participating in the Student Speaker’s Bureau and/or Intercollegiate Forensics competition.  Areas of interest may include debate, persuasive speaking, oral interpretation of literature, impromptu speaking, expository speaking, readers’ theater, training presentations and campaign development. Field trips to tournaments or other speaking events may be required. The course may be taken four times for a maximum of eight units. (C-ID COMM 360B)
  
COMM 494     Topics in Communication Studies    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC  
A survey of contemporary communication topics that allows students to choose a particular option from several.  Possible options may include, but are not limited to: extemporaneous speaking, intercultural communication in the workplace, communication in the classroom, conflict, principles of visual communication, readers’ theatre, parliamentary procedure and decision making techniques.  Students may receive one unit of credit in each topic area.   Consult class schedule for specific topics offered. 

COMM 495     Independent Studies in Communication Studies    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

COMM 499     Experimental Offering in Communication    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

Updated 6/11/14

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