Communication Studies

Faculty

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

Courses

Communication Studies (COMM)

COMM 100 - Introduction to Public CommunicationCredits 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. Note(s): Approved for General Education Communication credit. May count as a lower division COMM major elective only for Torrey Honors program students.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 109 - Production PracticumCredits 2

Beginning directed practical experience in dramatic production. Credit for performing in a play, set construction, costume construction, publicity, or other aspects of the theatrical process. Note(s): Special approval required. May be taken twice for a total of 4 credits.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 160 - Theatre AppreciationCredits 3

Appreciation of drama through an understanding of the components, terms, personnel, history, styles, and techniques of theatre.
Note(s): Approved for General Education Fine Arts credit. Attendance at selected plays is required.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: Lab $60.

COMM 162 - Voice and Speech for TheatreCredits 3

Intensive training in the correct use of voice and articulation for the actor. Special attention paid to developing skills for vocal and physical relaxation, projection, and anatomical uses of the voice.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $20.

COMM 164 - Introduction to ActingCredits 3

This course is designed for the beginning, pre-/non-theatre major, and is an examination of the theatre elements that relate directly to performing onstage, including rehearsal and performance techniques, stage movement, vocal techniques, stage terminology and script analysis.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 170 - Small Group CommunicationCredits 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. Note(s): Approved for General Education Communication credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 181 - Introduction to Argumentation and DebateCredits 3

Effective oral communication: invention, analysis, evidence, methods of attack and defense and arrangement of ideas. Note(s): Approved for General Education Communication credit.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 215 - Theatrical MakeupCredits 3

Makeup requirements for the stage. Individual skill development in character analysis. Application in pigment, plastic, hair, makeup, and selection and use of makeup equipment.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $40, for makeup kit.

COMM 216 - Topics in TheatreCredits 1-3

Selected topics vary, see class schedule for current offerings. Possible topics include: stage management, scene work, theatre history.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 232 - Costume Study and ConstructionCredits 3

Design fundamentals, including costume history, research, play analysis, fabric selection, construction basics and hypothetical design projects.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $25, for fabric purchases.

COMM 241 - Introduction to Technical TheatreCredits 3

Explorations in the basic elements and terminology that define theatre. Special attention given to such topics as: safety, props, two- and three-dimensional scenery and their materials, and scene painting.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 254 - Communication TheoriesCredits 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 264 - Beginning ActingCredits 3

This course offers a beginning study of the principles of contemporary acting techniques. Students will evaluate and demonstrate the acting theories of the Stanislavsky system of acting, as assessed by the 20th century American acting leaders, Uta Hagen and Stella Adler.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Speech/Drama (COSD), Theatre (COTH) or Dramatic Arts (CODA).

COMM 270 - Interpersonal CommunicationCredits 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 InterpretationCredits 3

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

COMM 282 - Intercollegiate ForensicsCredits 2

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

COMM 320 - Advanced Public CommunicationCredits 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 345 - Lighting and Sound for TheatreCredits 3

Study of lighting and sound variables in a stage production. Student projects include light and sound choices for a particular production.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 368 - Methods of Communication ResearchCredits 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 369 - Intermediate ActingCredits 3

This course features in-depth study and practice of acting skills with increased emphasis on the application of the principles and the theories of creative acting, as assessed by the 20th century American acting leaders, Lee Strasberg and Eric Morris.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: COMM 264.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 382 - Intercollegiate ForensicsCredits 2

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

COMM 385 - Persuasive CommunicationCredits 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 CommunicationCredits 3

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

COMM 387 - Organizational CommunicationCredits 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 391 - Directing TheatreCredits 3

Exploration of the art and craft of directing for the theatre. Topics covered: storytelling, instincts, staging, picturization, dramatic tension, style, meaning, examining, text, groundplans, auditioning, working with actors and other relevant issues facing the director.
Note(s): Attendance at selected plays is required.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Senior Class, or Junior Class; and Undergraduate Level.
Fees: $50.

COMM 405 - Dramatic TheoryCredits 3

Survey of prominent dramatic theories (e.g. Aristotle's Poetics, dramatic theory of story structure, contemporary theatre theory, etc.). Elements of dramaturgy will also be introduced.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 409 - Production Practicum IICredits 2

Advanced practical experience in dramatic process. Credit for performing in a play, set construction, costume construction, publicity, or other aspects of theatrical process. Note(s): Special approval required. May be taken twice for a total of 4 credits.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 419 - Dramatic Design and CriticismCredits 3

Scene design, including script analysis, formation of visual concepts, floor plan development and model building for the stage. Practical training in theatrical production written critiques/reviews.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 432 - Rhetorical TheoriesCredits 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 435 - Playwriting for PerformanceCredits 3

Creation of original material for solo or corporate dramatic performance. Workshop for the presentation of created original materials for stage.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 440 - Communication InternshipCredits 1-3

For students prepared to gain practical experience. Usually off campus in a work situation. Note(s): 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 Senior Class, or Junior Class; and Undergraduate Level.

COMM 450 - Communication PracticumCredits 1-3

Directed practical experience in the various fields of communication. Note(s): An Add/Drop Slip and Arranged Course Form must be obtained at the Communication Studies Office. May be taken for a total of six credits.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 463 - Advanced Acting WorkshopCredits 3

Further in-depth study of characterization, script analysis, and various styles of acting. Topics may vary.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: COMM 263; COMM 363 or 369 (concurrent registration permitted).
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 465 - Rhetorical CriticismCredits 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.
Fees: $50.

COMM 468 - Drama for Christian MinistryCredits 3

Introduction to the mechanics and creativity of drama in the church, as well as issues facing the Christian drama coordinator or director. Class members are involved in class performances. This course explores the potential and practical experiences for use of drama in church and parachurch settings, providing insights for participants and leaders in drama ministry.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 469 - Rhetoric of Media StudiesCredits 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 Senior Class, or Junior Class; and Undergraduate Level.

COMM 470 - Communication SeminarCredits 1-3

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

COMM 472 - Intercultural CommunicationCredits 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 DiversityCredits 3

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

COMM 474 - Advanced Studies in Communication BehaviorCredits 3

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

COMM 477 - London Theatre Study TourCredits 1-3

Theatre-based tour of London, England, exploring Shakespeare's birthplace, theatrical venues, and acting workshops. Note(s): Tour requires purchase of tour package to London, England and additional fees for Biola University credit. Project required for submission following return from London.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

COMM 480 - Directed ResearchCredits 1-3

Individual research in areas of communication determined in consultation with the instructor. Note(s): 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.