Communication Studies

Division: Language Arts

Division Dean

Eldon Young

Faculty

Michael Brydges
Joshua House
Liana Koeppel
John Lambros

Counselors

Dr. Therese Mosqueda-Ponce
Daniel Pelletier

Communication Studies Transfer Program

Students should consult a counselor or www.assist.org for lower division major requirements for most California public universities. (See the Standard Definitions section of the catalog for a description of ASSIST.) Students transferring to an independent college/university should consult the catalog of the individual school and a counselor for lower division major requirements.

COMM 049 C  Oral Communication for Advanced Non-Native Speakers 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course teaches the non-native speaker (NNS) of English effective communication techniques in everyday situations. Emphasis is placed on developing speaking skills such as pronunciation, articulation, organization and delivery. This course is especially helpful for students who have completed Advanced courses in English as a Second Language. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

COMM 050 C Effective Communication 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. The course is designed to teach students effective communication techniques in everyday situations. Emphasis is placed on developing communication skills in a variety of settings including interviewing, resume building, public speaking and working in small groups. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (AA GE)

COMM 098 C Communication Seminar 5-12 Units

Term hours: 0-216 lecture and 0-432 laboratory depending on units attempted. This seminar course is for able students who wish to extend their knowledge of literature, language, and culture through small groups discussion. Fee may be required - Payable at Registration. Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade option.

COMM 100 C Human Communication 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is an introduction to the fundamentals and principles which underlie effective speech communication. Practical experience, emphasizing content, organization and delivery, will be required in at least three speaking situations, specifically including persuasive and informative speaking. Duplicate credit not granted for COMM 100HC. (UC Credit Limitation/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC/C-ID: COMM 110)

COMM 100HC Honors Human Communication 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This Honors-enhanced course will introduce students to fundamentals and advanced principles which underlie effective speech communication and will offer an overview of the disciplinary field of speech communication. Enhanced practical applications, emphasizing content, organization, and delivery will be required in at least four speaking situations, specifically including persuasive and informative speaking. Principles of rhetorical criticism will also be studied. Duplicate credit not granted for COMM 100 C. (UC Credit Limitation/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC/C-ID: COMM 110)

COMM 105 C Interpersonal Communication 3 Units

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100 C

The purpose of this course is to improve the students' understanding and the ability to deal effectively with people. Major theories in the field of interpersonal communication will be studied so the student can develop a basic understanding of those theories and also acquire skills for self-improvement. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, simulation experiments, and small group activities. No formal speeches required. (UC/CSU, CSU GE/C-ID: COMM 130)

COMM 120 C Intercultural Communication 3 Units

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100 C

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course focuses on the cultural and social variables, communication theories and practices, and communicative styles that affect the communication process between members of different cultures. It includes an assessment of both the communication problems that occur between members of different cultures and on methods and techniques of adapting communication in an effort to overcome such difficulties. (UC/CSU, CSU GE, AA GE, IGETC, CUL DIV/C-ID: COMM 150)

COMM 124 C Small Group Communication 3 Units

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100 C

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is an introduction to theoretical and applied concepts in small group communication through participation and observation, analysis, and evaluation of group processes. Elements of small group behavior to be studied include leadership, roles, norms, networks, conflict and cohesion needs, and decision making. (UC/CSU/C-ID: COMM 140)

COMM 135 C Argument and Critical Thinking 3 Units

Advisory: ENGL 060 C

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is a study of argumentation - logic, reasoning, analysis of issues, audience analysis, evidence, refutation, case construction - and its relationship to advocacy. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills. (UC/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE/C-ID: COMM 120)

COMM 138 C Forensics 1-2 Units

Open Entry/Open Exit. Term hours: 36 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course is designed to prepare students to participate in intercollegiate speech competition. Practical experience, emphasizing content, organization and delivery will be offered in debate, persuasive speaking, informative speaking, extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and oral interpretation. Course may be taken two times for credit. (CSU, CSU GE/C-ID: COMM 160 B)

COMM 220 C The Rhetoric of the City 3 Units

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100 C.

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course will examine the communicative meanings found in the culture, environment, history and social structure for a specific city. Students will be exposed to an interdisciplinary focus on a specific city and will examine the communicative interrelationship between the city and its populace. Duplicate credit not granted for COMM 220HC. (CSU, AA GE, CSU GE)

COMM 220HC Honors Rhetoric of the City 3 Units

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100 C.

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is a college level course enhanced for Honors students. This course will be conducted as a seminar. This course will examine the communicative meanings found in the culture, environment, history and social structure of a specific city. Students will be exposed to an interdisciplinary focus on a specific city and will examine the communicative interrelationships between the city and its populace. Duplicate credit will not be granted for COMM 220 C. (CSU, AA GE, CSU GE)

COMM 238 C Forensics 1-2 Units

Open Entry/Open Exit. Term hours: 36 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course is designed to prepare students to participate in intercollegiate speech competition. Practical experience, emphasizing content, organization and delivery will be offered in debate, persuasive speaking, informative speaking, extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and oral interpretation. Course may be taken two times for credit. May be taken for credit 2 times. (CSU, CSU GE/C-ID: COMM 160 B)

COMM 298 C Communication Studies Seminar 0.5-12 Units

Prerequisite(s): May be required.

Corequisite(s): May be required.

Advisory: May be required.

Term hours: 0-216 lecture and 0-432 laboratory depending on units attempted. This seminar course is for able students who wish to extend their knowledge of literature, language, and culture through small group discussion. Fee may be required - Payable at Registration. Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade Option. (UC Credit Limitation/CSU)

COMM 299 C  Communication Independent Study 0.5-2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Approved Independent Study Learning Contract.

Term hours: 9-36 conference depending on units attempted. This course is for able students who wish to increase their knowledge of speech/communication language through individual study or research. May be taken for credit 3 times. (UC Credit Limitation/CSU)

COMM 340 C  Communication for Health Services (formerly Communication for Mortuary Science) 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 C or ENGL 100HC, with a grade of C or better.

Advisory: COMM 100 C or COMM 100HC. Term hours: 54 lecture. This course provides an integrative overview of communication for students in Mortuary Science. This course is designed to introduce students to advanced theories and principles of communication and to provide practical applications of those concepts. The course focuses on an in-depth utilization of those concepts in various communication settings.

The courses taught by this department contribute to ISLO I - Associate Degree and/or CSU/IGETC Transfer Curriculum Competencies, including the following PSLOs:  IA1-Humanities and the Arts, IA3-Social Sciences, IB1-Reading, IB2-Writing, IB3-Communicating, IB4-Presenting, IC1-Analysis, IC2-Computation, IC3-Research, IC4-Problem-solving, IC5-Technology, ID1-Personal Responsibility, and ID2-Global Citizenship.