Communication Studies

Faculty

Chair: Joy Qualls, Ph.D.
Professor: Muehlhoff
Associate Professor: Brandon, Molloy
Assistant Professors: Bortot, Calley, Moe
Instructor: Elliott

Courses

Communication Studies (COMM)

COMM 100 - Introduction to Public Communication Credits 3

Development of communication skills in public speaking. The course will include presentational skills, attention to multicultural communication encounters, audience analysis, speech opportunities, research, organization and critical thinking. Notes: May count as a lower division COMM major elective only for Torrey Honors program students. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 170 - Small Group Communication Credits 3

This course focuses on the individual's communication in a group setting: leadership in groups; group communication norms and processes with emphasis on problem solving and conflict management techniques. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 181 - Introduction to Argumentation and Debate Credits 3

Effective oral communication: invention, analysis, evidence, methods of attack and defense and arrangement of ideas. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Communication credit. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 200 - The Rhetorical Act Credits 3

This course develops student understanding of rhetoric as the foundation to all effective communication. Based on a communication model that recognizes the rhetorical situation as a determining factor in all communication decisions, the course provides students with instruction on gathering, organizing, and presenting information appropriate for the audience, context, and purpose of the communication event. Students will understand their role as both communicator/audience and will be asked to deliver/critique oral and written products to demonstrate their development of rhetorical skills. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum credit. Students should take this course in the second semester of their Freshman or the first semester of their Sophomore year at Biola. Ideally, a student would have had a COMM 100 (public speaking) or other fundamentals of communication course as part of their high school curriculum. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 254 - Communication Theories Credits 3

Descriptions and applications of communication theories such as symbolic interaction, relational theories, narrative paradigm and selected group operational theories. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 270 - Interpersonal Communication Credits 3

This course focuses on developing communication skills in the dyadic setting including emphasis on essential preconditions, conflict management, interpersonal relationships, nonverbal behavior and creative supportive climates. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 280 - Oral Interpretation Credits 3

Learning to read types of literature aloud in a manner that enhances and enriches the audience's understanding and appreciation of that literature. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Communication credit. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 282 - Intercollegiate Forensics Credits 2

Practical speech experience in debate and individual speaking events. Notes: May be taken twice for credit for a total of 4 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 320 - Advanced Public Communication Credits 3

Additional experience in improving public speaking skills in power point presentations, critiquing of speeches, and groups presentations. Speeches include: Semiotics Analysis; Apologetics Speech; Tribute Speech; and Group Presentation. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: COMM 100.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 368 - Methods of Communication Research Credits 3

Methodology for communication research, with attention to quantitative and qualitative research. Includes sampling, questionnaire design, introduction to statistics, ethnography, and other qualitative methodologies. Students conduct survey research projects. Learning to read and evaluate research components is an expected learning outcome. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 382 - Intercollegiate Forensics Credits 2

Practical speech experience in debate and individual speaking events. Notes: May be taken twice for credit for a total of 4 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 385 - Persuasive Communication Credits 3

Techniques of persuasive speaking and communication persuasion theories. Experience in the preparation and delivery of speeches. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: COMM 100.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 386 - Forms of Public Communication Credits 3

Application, practice and analysis of selected communication forms from a rhetorical perspective. Sections offered in political, social issues and nonverbal communication. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different course content. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 387 - Organizational Communication Credits 3

The dynamics of organizational communication centering in systems, structures and patterns of work/workplace communication; the role of communication in organizational development. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 432 - Rhetorical Theories Credits 3

Major theories of rhetorical and public address from classical to contemporary periods. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: COMM 254.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 440 - Communication Internship Credits 1-3

For students prepared to gain practical experience. Usually off campus in a work situation. Notes: Contact Communication Studies Office to pick up contract and receive instructions. May be taken for a total of 6 credits. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Junior Class, or Senior Class; and Undergraduate Level.

COMM 445 - Teaching Assistant Credits 1-3

Grade assignments and/or exams, learning how to use rubrics and to apply communication pedagogy in comments and marks. Proctor exams and assist with teaching, research, and administrative duties as needed. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Junior Class, or Senior Class; and Undergraduate Level.

COMM 450 - Communication Practicum Credits 1-3

Directed practical experience in the various fields of communication. Notes: Special approval required; contact the Communication Studies Office for details. May be taken for a total of six credits. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 465 - Rhetorical Criticism Credits 3

Evaluation and assessment of communication sources and artifacts. Application of critical methodologies (e.g., pentadic, narrative, feminist, metaphoric, generic) to generate scholarly commentary. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: COMM 254.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $100

COMM 469 - Rhetoric of Media Studies Credits 3

Rhetorical criticism and evaluation of communicative messages in film, television, theatre, popular music, the popular press/books, and Internet. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Junior Class, or Senior Class; and Undergraduate Level.

COMM 470 - Communication Seminar Credits 1-3

Various aspects and problems in the fields of communication. Notes: May be taken multiple times with different course content. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 472 - Intercultural Communication Credits 3

Relationship between communication and culture with emphasis on factors affecting the quality and processes of interpersonal communication between persons of different cultures or subcultures. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 473 - Communication and Diversity Credits 3

Study and analysis of intercultural communication and identity within the context of the United States. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fee: $50.

COMM 474 - Advanced Studies in Communication Behavior Credits 3

Selected communication topics varied by semester. Sections offered include: gender studies, relational studies, family communication, leadership communication, and engaging worldviews. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit with different course content. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 480 - Directed Research Credits 1-3

Individual research in areas of communication determined in consultation with the instructor. Notes: An Add/Drop Slip and Arranged Course Form must be obtained at the Communication Studies Office. May be taken for a total of three credits. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.