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COMM 253G. Public Speaking - 3 cr.
Principles of effective public speaking, with emphasis on preparing and delivering well-organized, logical, and persuasive arguments adapted to different audiences.
COMM 265G. Principles of Human Communication - 3 cr.
Study and practice of interpersonal, small group, and presentational skills essential to effective social, business, and professional interaction.
COMM 285. Survey of Communication Theory - 3 cr.
Exploration of concepts and methods of study in oral communication. Primarily for majors.
COMM 290. Independent Study - 1-3 cr.
Individualized, self-paced projects for students with a special interest in communication topics. Prerequisites: COMM 265G and sophomore standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
COMM 291. Special Topics - 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects and credits to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
COMM 305. Communication Research Methods - 3 cr.
Introductory course in communication research. Emphasis on how to be an effective consumer of research.
COMM 351. Persuasion Theory and Practice - 3 cr.
Training in understanding and applying the principles and techniques of argumentation and persuasion.
COMM 353. Advanced Public Speaking - 3 cr.
This is an advanced course in the composition and delivery of speeches. It extends the concepts taught in COMM 253G. Prerequisite: COMM 253G or COMM 265G, or consent of instructor.
COMM 370. Organizational Communication - 3 cr.
Communication strategies and patterns of private and governmental organizations, including research on the communication process.
COMM 376. Communication and Culture - 3 cr.
Cultural and intercultural communication theory and behavior, with a concentration on the development of specific communication skills which should facilitate effective intercultural communication.
COMM 377. Conflict Management - 3 cr.
Communication strategies to manage and negotiate conflict in intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and organizational settings.
COMM 384. Interpersonal Communication - 3 cr.
Theories of interpersonal communication and relational communication including study of relevant models, contexts and constructs.
COMM 425. Small Group Communication - 3 cr.
Principles and methods of modern group discussion with emphasis on the role of the group in problem solving.
COMM 440. Political Communication - 3 cr.
Presidential and congressional campaigns, political persuasion techniques, political advertising, power in language, and media aspects of political information. Ideology, resistance to political manipulation, and dependence of democracies on communication.
COMM 445. Communication, Ethnicity, and Prejudice - 3 cr.
Examines the political aspects of communication about ethnicity and between ethnic groups. Topics include how people think about race categories, ethnicity, and prejudice; how communication is affected by prejudice, and how communication can be improved by dealing with stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
COMM 450. Technologies of Human Communication - 3 cr.
Development and evolution of human communication technologies from prehistory through the future of computer-mediated communication networks. Examines behavioral, cognitive, social, cultural, and political issues of new communication technologies and their use and management. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.
COMM 455. Fundamentals of Communication and National Security - 3 cr.
This course addresses communication perspectives informing national security, strategic intelligence, and the intelligence process. Students will examine U.S. national security history, policy, the development of the Intelligence Community, and intelligence as processes of communication. This course serves as an introduction to national security studies.
COMM 456. Communication and the Intelligence Cycle - 3 cr.
The course addresses communication requirements and the technical, cognitive, and cultural complexity of the collaborative research environment. Students participate in novel, team-based problem scenarios that provide the foundation for acquiring advanced cognitive analytic methods and strategies. Students will engage in interdisciplinary information science processes and will develop and present analytic products responding to national security requirements.
COMM 457. Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy - 3 cr.
This course covers history, theory, and research related to the use of communication to change attitudes in favor of U.S. national security interests. Students will examine the use of strategic communication and influence in diplomacy, intelligence, and military communities in terms of specific strategies, effects, and issues. Students will learn to distinguish public diplomacy, information operations, public affairs, and other forms of political communication that are used by the U.S. government to persuade target populations about American interests and goals. Topics include soft power, intelligence-based negotiation processes, and research methods used to identify influence techniques or groups that threaten U.S. national security.
COMM 458. Intercultural Communication and National Security - 3 cr.
This course provides a concentration on cultural factors in international affairs and conflicts, how culture affects perceptions of national interests, and the relationship of U.S. national security to understand the general and political cultures of other nations. Students will integrate cultural and intercultural communication theory and behavior, with an emphasis on the development of specific communication skills to facilitate developing cultural knowledge in government and political contexts. Students will learn how to study the cultural factors that affect international conflicts and how strategic communication should address such cultural factors.
COMM 460. Deception and Communication - 3 cr.
Deceptive communication including nonverbal indicators of lies, types of lies, and influence of relationships on lying behavior and interpretation.
COMM 462. Family Communication - 3 cr.
A communication perspective on traditional and nontraditional family configurations, roles, interaction patterns, and conflict. Includes an examination of media depictions of families and family interaction, as well as current social and political issues related to the family. Same as W S 462 and FCS 462.
COMM 463. Communication and Gender - 3 cr.
Study of communication, gender and culture, including theoretical approaches to gender development, the implications of gender identity, gendered patterns of verbal and nonverbal communication, and the rhetorical dimensions of gender. Discussion of gendered communication in the workplace, as well as the influence of media on gender. Same as W S 463.
COMM 465. Nonverbal Communication - 3 cr.
Study of and experimentation with nonverbal aspects of human communication as vital components of the total communication process.
COMM 470. Leadership Communication - 3 cr.
Examination of traditional theories and concepts of leader-follower dynamics; presentation of cognitive, systems, and symbolic interpretative views of leadership with an emphasis on persuasion and motivation in leader-follower interactions.
COMM 475. International Communication - 3 cr.
Exploration of the forms and channels of communication substantially influenced by international cultural and political factors. Covers: global communication technology; news, information and entertainment flows; international diplomacy and negotiation, communication in war and peace.
COMM 477. Environmental Communication - 3 cr.
Examines the link between communication and environment within the context of communication scholarship. Topics include sense of place, cultural approaches to interacting with environment as well as exploring current themes surrounding environment.
COMM 480. Health Communication - 3 cr.
Examination of central issues in communication theory and practice as applied to health care. Includes communication in health care organizations, media dissemination of health information, role of communication in disease prevention and health promotion, and symbolic meaning of illness within cultures.
COMM 483. Communication in Friendships and Romantic Relationships - 3 cr.
Examines communication in adult friendships and romantic relationships that do not have legal commitments. Includes trends in friendships, benefits and problems within cross and same-sex friendships and romances, gender differences in communication within adult friendships and romances and the communication of friendship and romance on the Internet. Prerequisite: COMM majors or consent of instructor.
COMM 484. Verbal Communication - 3 cr.
Examination of rules governing conversational structures such as speech acts, action sequences, topics and topic shifts. Also covers humor in conversation and conversational control.
COMM 485. International Teaching Assistant Development - 3 cr.
International teaching assistants will receive instruction in communicative skills to enable them to meet their responsibilities at NMSU. Course includes lectures, seminars, video-taped presentations, and tutorial sessions emphasizing pedagogic and presentation skills and styles. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
COMM 490. Independent Study - 1-3 cr.
Individualized, self-paced projects for advanced students. Prerequisites: COMM 265G and junior standing with consent of participating instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
COMM 491. Selected Topics - 1-6 cr.
Individual and/or group study of selected topics. To be identified by subtitle. Prerequisite: prior arrangement with faculty supervisor(s). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
COMM 495. Communication Internship - 3 cr.
Internship opportunity to apply what has been learned to a real-world situation. Prerequisite: junior standing and 3.0 GPA in major. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Restricted to majors.