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College of Communication & Creative Arts - Communication Studies

Rowan University

Course Offerings

CMS 04.200 Introduction to Communication Studies
This course introduces students to the field of Communication Studies by examining the various disciplines within the field. Such disciplines include interpersonal communication, communication ethics, health communication, family communication, organizational communication, intercultural communication, and others. The course also looks at the similarities and differences among the disciplines. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.205 Public Speaking
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112/ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201)
This course trains students in the fundamentals of public speaking, including the theories and practice of speech preparation and speech delivery. The goal is enable the student to participate effectively in oral communication, as a student, professionally, and as a citizen 3 s.h.

CMS 04.210 Mass Media and Their Influences
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112/ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201 or permission of instructor)
This course studies the impact on our daily lives of television, radio, films, magazines, and newspapers. Students examine how the media influence politics, purchases, entertainment, and how they affect the culture in shaping beliefs and attitudes. It discusses how each of the media operates and what each accomplishes. This course examines the gap between real life and "mediated" reality. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.211 Mass Media and Their Influences - WI
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112/ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201 or permission of instructor)
This is a writing intensive course that studies the impact on our daily lives of television, radio, films, magazines, and newspapers. Students examine how the media influence politics, purchases, entertainment, and how they affect the culture in shaping beliefs and attitudes. It discusses how each of the media operates and what each accomplishes. This course examines the gap between real life and "mediated" reality. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.215 Fiction and Film
(Prerequisite: 30 s.h.)
This course provides comparative study of film and literature. Students learn the critical vocabulary of literature and film, and enhance their understanding of both art forms. The course covers American and foreign works. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.220 Interpersonal Communication
Students will explore the basic theories and concepts of interpersonal communication research. Some areas to be covered include perception & social cognition, the relationship of culture to interpersonal communication, self-perception and communication, interpersonal systems, sex/gender and interpersonal communication, and interpersonal communication contexts (i.e. family, friendship, romance). 3 s.h.

CMS 04.225 Semantics
(Prerequisite: 30 s.h.)
This course makes students aware of the relationship between language and human behavior and of the use and abuse of verbal and non-verbal language. It emphasizes meaning, the classification and abstraction processes and the application of semantic principles to the language of literature, politics, advertising, and prejudice. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.226 Semantics-WI
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112/ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201 and 30 s.h.)
This course makes students aware of the relationship between language and human behavior and of the use and abuse of verbal and non-verbal language. It emphasizes meaning, the classification and abstraction processes and the application of semantic principles to the language of literature, politics, advertising, and prejudice. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.240 Small Group Communication
This course focuses on the principles and theories of communication as they relate to the small group process. It deals with the barriers to effective group discussion and leadership with corresponding remedial measures, as well as an application of small group research as it pertains to hypothetical and actual small group situations. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.241 Small Group Communication-WI
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112/ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201)
This is a writing intensive course that focuses on the principles and theories of communication as they relate to the small group process. It deals with the barriers to effective group discussion and leadership with corresponding remedial measures, as well as an application of small group research as it pertains to hypothetical and actual small group situations. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.250 Communication Theory
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112 /ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201 or permission of instructor)
This sophomore-level course acquaints students with current theories and perspectives as they apply to a variety of communication environments. Drawing upon a wealth of timely research, students study theories relating to interpersonal, small group, organizational, public, andss communication. The course presents theories in model-form and through readings, as well as extensive class discussion. 3 s.h.

CMS 04255   Nonverbal Communication                                                                      This course will introduce students to the theories and applications of nonverbal communication across different contexts, such as interpersonal, health, mass media, work, and intercultural. The topics studied will include messages of and about the human body; approach-avoidance signals of space, gaze, and touch; facial expressions; and the overlapping channels of voice and gesture.

CMS 04.260 Organizational Communication Theory and Research
(Prerequisite COMP 01.112 /ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201)
This course introduces students to the basics of organizational communication. The class focuses on how scholars and researchers study and understand the communication patterns and relationships of organizational participants. Students are asked to consider a variety of perspectives and theories of organizational communication, while comparing them to each other and to their own experiences as organizational actors. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.270 Persuasion and Social Influence
This course surveys theories and theorists dealing with the area of persuasion, beginning with the Classical Age and extending through present day empirical research. It emphasizes applying the theories to practical situations and goals. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.290 Rhetorical Theory
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112 /ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201)
This course introduces students to the concept of rhetoric and how it has been theorized from antiquity to the present. The course provides students with a systematic history of rhetorical study and spotlights significant theorists such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Whately, Burke, and Derrida. Students will explore how both ancient and contemporary theories of rhetoric apply to contemporary society. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.300 Ethical Issues in Human Communication
(Prerequisite: 58 s.h.)
This course addresses numerous ethical conundrums in our communicative activities. Specific ethical systems provide the groundwork for application to interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, political, and rhetorical communication contexts. Case studies and class discussions are used to encourage students to develop their own ethical frameworks for communication contexts. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.305 Advanced Public Speaking
(Prerequisite: CMS 06.202/CMS 04.205 or permission of instructor)
Students analyze the special problems of advanced speech composition and delivery through discussion and platform appearance. In addition to strengthening students' command of the fundamentals of public speaking, this course gives attention to rhetorical style and specialized types of speaking situations. This course may not be offered annually. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.310 Images of Gender in Popular Culture
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112 /ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201)
This course examines the concept of gender as it is rhetorically constructed in contemporary popular culture. Students analyze how various cultural texts (such as advertisements, popular songs, television shows, or video games) communicate what it means to be masculine and feminine in U.S. culture. The course examines how these rhetorical images have changed historically and how depictions of race, class, and sexual identity also contribute to our understandings of gender in popular culture. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.315 Participatory Media                                                                      (Prerequisite: COMP 01.112 / ENGL 01.112 / ENGR 01.201)                                               This course examines the social, economic and political implications of the use of participatory media, which enable audience participation in the production of mediated messages. Students taking this course will study network theory, the historical roots of the participatory culture, collective action and social networking, convergence, and the changing modes of media production. Students will also study legal and social justice issues related to these evolving trends in media use.

CMS 04.320 Communicating Gender
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112 /ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201)
Communicating Gender will consider the theory, research, and experience of the intersection between gender and communication. Focus will be given to the ways in which gender, as a concept and set of expectations, is created through communication. Students will also consider their own individual experiences as gendered communicators while studying the varying perspectives of communication studies scholars with regard to this phenomenon. 3 s.h

CMS 04.325 Linguistics
Students study the nature of human language by examining four major components: phonology, semantics, syntax, morphology. Linguistics principally emphasizes linguistic universals, characteristics which all human languages share. Students also discuss dialect formation, first-language acquisition in children, animal communication systems, and compare modern linguistic theories. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.330 International Media Communication
This course examines systems of communication from a global perspective, analyzing the historical, cultural, and philosophical influences that have shaped those systems. The course enables students to analyze the systemic effects of globalization, new technologies, regulation, efforts of various groups to control development of communication structures, inequities in communication infrastructure, so-called cultural imperialism, and the linkage between international media and diplomacy, economics, and politics. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.335 Introduction to Survey Research
(Prerequisite: 60 s.h.)
This course provides students with an understanding of research in general and survey research in particular. Theory is applied through emphasis on survey design, sampling, interviewing, tabulating, and analysis of data. Students learn the "whys" and "hows" of public opinion polling by doing an actual survey. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.340 Family Communication
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112 /ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201)
This course focuses on how scholars and researchers study and understand the communication patterns and relationships in families. Family types, roles, and ongoing communication processes are discussed. Students are asked to consider a variety of perspectives and theories of family communication while comparing them to each other and to their own experiences as family members. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.345 Argumentation and Debate
(Prerequisite: CMS 06.202/CMS 04.205 or permission of instructor)
This course focuses on the principles and techniques of argumentative speaking and formal debating. Students study types and tests of evidence and reasoning and develop skills in logical persuasion, cross examination, intensive research, case preparation, and critical listening. This course may not be offered annually. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.350 Communication Studies Research Methods
(Prerequisite: CMS 01.220/CMS 04.200 and CMS 01.300/CMS 04.250)
This course introduces the student to quantitative and qualitative research methods used in communication studies. Students will learn about research procedures, identification and definition of variables, sampling methods, and basic statistical methods such as discourse analysis, parametric and non-parametric tests, and descriptive techniques. Students will become familiar with current communication studies research and will design and complete a research project. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.355-6-7 Communication Studies Internship I, II, III
(Prerequisites: Majors, 75 s.h., Permission of Instructor)
Under professional supervision in the field, students practice theories and skills learned in the classroom. No part is prerequisite for another; order is not a factor in selecting this course. 3, 3, and 6 s.h., respectively

CMS 04.360 Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Communication will consider the theory, research, and experience of intercultural communication. The nature of culture and its relationship to communication will be discussed. Students will be asked to consider their own experiences as intercultural communicators while studying the vary perspectives of communication studies scholars with regards to this phenomenon. (3 s.h.)

CMS 04.365 Research Practicum in Communication Studies
(Prerequisites: Completion of 75 credit hours, approval of Communication Studies Department advisor.)
Research Practicum in Communication Studies allows students to apply the theories and methodology learned in Communication Studies courses to a research partnership with a member of the department faculty. Students earn 1 credit for every 40 hours of work, with most practica implemented for 3 credit hours. Students keep a detailed log of working hours, prepare a portfolio representative of their practicum experience, write an analytical critique of the practicum, and are evaluated by their faculty partner as well as the practicum supervisor. In order to receive approval for this course, students must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Variable credits 1-3s.h.

CMS 04.370 Political Communication
(Prerequisites: COMP 01.112 /ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201 and POSC 07.100/ POSC 07.110/ POSC 07.200)
Political Communication investigates the many and varied understandings of how the political functions symbolically in contemporary society. Most broadly, the course further develops students appreciation for the inherently political relationship between language and meaning. More specifically, it focuses on the intersections between public, political discourse, representations and manifestations of the tensions between liberalism and democracy, the performance of citizenship, and civic responsibility. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.375 Special Topics in Communication
This course provides students with an opportunity to thoroughly investigate specific areas critical to the field of communication. Course topics change as new trends develop and as student interest necessitates scheduling. Topics are selected on the basis of timeliness and the availability of expert staff. General topics are announced as the course is scheduled. This course is not offered annually. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.380 Health Communication
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112 /ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201)
This course addresses the topic of health as it is enacted and defined in communication. Specific topics discussed are doctor-patient interaction, social and cultural issues of health, mass media representations of health and healthy behaviors, along with communication within health organizations. 3 s.h.

CMS 04385 Constructing Health
Constructing Health will address the various communicative means by which the
concept and structure of "health" is socially defined. Students taking this course
will study the constructs of health, medicine, the body, and normalcy as enacted
in rhetorical, mediated, organizational and interpersonal communication
exemplars. The relationship between power and these constructions is also
interrogated.

CMS 04.390 Rhetorical Criticism
(Prerequisite: COMP 01.112 /ENGL 01.112/ENGR 01.201)
This course surveys ancient to modern theories of speech criticism in order to develop defensible criteria for evaluating speeches, social movements, and "non-oratorical" events. Students study and evaluate past and present public speeches by applying various rhetorical standards. 3 s.h.

CMS 04.405 Independent Study
(Prerequisite: Department permission)
This course provides students with an opportunity to work independently on specialized communication topics under the guidance of a faculty member. Generally, this course can not be substituted for any course offered by a department in the College of Communication & Creative Arts. In addition to departmental permission, approval by the dean is also required. 1, 2, or 3 s.h.

CMS 04.450 Seminar in Communication Studies--WI
(Prerequisite: CMS 06.330/CMS 04.350 and Senior standing in the Communication Studies major or permission of instructor)
This writing intensive course provides a seminar experience in areas of communication that are not part of the regular course offerings. Examples of potential topics include Friendship, Rhetoric of Music, Romantic Relationships, and Presidential Campaigns. 3 s.h.