Communication 111 3 units (crs.)
Fundamentals of Speech Communication (GE)
Introduction to theory and practice of communicating in interpersonal and public speaking settings.
Communication 112 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Fundamentals of Speech Communication (GE)
Individual Speech Communication skills through the study of theory and experience in a variety of speeches. Open primarily to university honor scholars. If space permits, students who demonstrate above average oral communication ability and/or potential via a written test and oral performance will be allowed to enroll. Assignments in the course will be more challenging than those in Communication 111, with expectations of higher performance levels. Not open to students who have taken Communication 111. Prerequisites: Enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors program with prior or concurrent enrollment in INTRDSCP 175. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title.
Communication 118 3 units (crs.)
Communication in Contemporary Society
This course is a general introduction to communication studies as represented in the UW Oshkosh Department of Communication. Topics include the Communication Tradition, Methods of Discovery, Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication and Mass Media, and Communication and Theatre. The course is designed to make connections between the variety of programs and emphases available in the Department. Students will engage the major journals and be able to identify the key issues facing the field.
Communication 214 3 units (crs.)
Interpersonal Speech Communication
Examination of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussions, observations, and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face-to-face communication situations. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor.
Communication 215 3 units (crs.)
Small Group Communication
Theory, practice, and instructional methods of face-to-face communication in small groups; emphasizing field, role, conflict resolution, and problem-solving through group communication. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor.
Communication 220 3 units (crs.)
Examination of factors that influence successful attainment of interview objectives, which maximize information quality, and which enhance participant satisfaction. Theory and strategies appropriate to information-gathering, information-giving, personnel selection, performance appraisal, discipline, complaint and persuasive interviews will be discussed. Students will analyze professional interviews, participate in class exercises and role-playing to develop their interviewing skills. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor.
Communication 236 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Communication Theory
A critical examination of various theories of Communication and their philosophical, theoretical, and methodological similarities and differences. Includes examination of theory components and theory building and evaluation. Prerequisite: Communication 111.
Communication 265 3 units (crs.)
A study of the principles and vocal techniques of oral interpretation, and their application to the various forms of literature. Prerequisite: Communication 111.
Communication 267 3 units (crs.)
Analysis of the act of listening: process, types, barriers to, and the improvement of listening skills. Frequent skill building exercises and the testing of listening for comprehension and retention. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor.
Communication 268 3 units (crs.)
Gender, Communication and Relationships (SS)
Focuses on the relationship between gender and communication within the context of interpersonal relationships. Topics covered include hetero/homoaffective relationships, friendships, and professional relationships. Cross-listed: Communication 268/Women's Studies 268. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Communication students are recommended to have taken Communication 111 or consent of instructor.
Communication 275 3 units (crs.)
Argumentation and Debate
The fundamentals of argumentation: forms of reasoning, sources of evidence, testing of evidence, brief making, general theory, and case work. Opportunity for analysis of and debate on current problems. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor. Speech Education majors/minors and those wanting to travel with the debate team should not enroll in Communication 275. This course does not meet the Speech Education major/minor requirements.
Communication 277 3 units (crs.)
Intercollegiate Academic Debate
The fundamentals of argumentation: forms of reasoning, sources of evidence, testing of evidence, brief making, general theory, and case work. Opportunity for analysis of and debate on current problems. Prerequisite: Communication 111 and students enrolled in Communication 277 are required to co-enroll in Communication 411.
Communication 280 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Organizational Communication
The course deals with the basic content of organizational communication: theory of communication, small groups, interpersonal communication, conflict, and other communication variables. Attempts to draw the link between the theoretical perspective and the pragmatic application of the topic. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor.
Communication 303 3 units (crs.)
Advanced Public Speaking
In this course, students will further develop their character and competency through self-reflection, audience analysis, oral rehearsal, and listening to constructive feedback to progress in their journeys toward becoming remarkable people who lead and influence with their public spoken words. Students engage in community-based learning in this course, speaking to an actual audience on an issue for which they have passion and expertise.
Communication 304 3 units (crs.)
Business and Professional Speaking
An examination of the unique communication problems and practices in business and industry. Through investigation, case study and practical exercises students should understand and be able to participate effectively in a variety of communication experiences faced by managers in business and the professions. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor.
Communication 316 3 units (crs.)
Gender, Discourse and Power (HU)
This course explores gender issues through the framework of public discourse and power dynamics. This course analyzes the vocabularies through which we publicly understand contemporary issues, examines the interests served by such language discourses, and invites discussion regarding alternative language choices. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and Communication 236, or Wom Stds 201, or consent of instructor.
Communication 318 3 units (crs.)
Intercultural Communication (ES)
In this exploration of human interaction and diversity, narrative and dialogue are highly valued. Students investigate their own cultural identities through story, as they work to develop critical intercultural communication competencies so that they may contribute constructively as ethical, global citizens.
Communication 319 3 units (crs.)
Study of both classical and contemporary persuasion theories and practices. Assignments involve practical application of the theoretical foundation by analyzing different persuasive messages found in the media and public speeches. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor.
Communication 325 3 units (crs.)
An examination of nonverbal communication, the process of one person stimulating meaning in the mind of another person (or persons) by means of nonverbal codes. Both the functions and specific categories of nonverbal behavior will be examined along with their communicative impact in a variety of situations. Theoretical and practical aspects of nonverbal communication are also explored. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor.
Communication 326 3 units (crs.)
Communication and Conflict
An exploration of research and praxis regarding human conflict as a process of social interaction. Communication theories and contracts for interpersonal conflicts, mediation and social justice advocacy are examined. A service learning project is required. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor.
Communication 337 3 units (crs.)
Conflict and Communication
This course provides advanced interpersonal communication study for students who chose to 1) pursue increased self-awareness regarding communication patterns in conflict, 2) analyze the complexities of conflict situations, and 3) further develop specific skills to enhance communication competence in conflict. The ultimate aim of the course is to provide learning opportunities that could enable and equip a motivated, committed student to become a conflict management model and resource. Highly successful students in this course will be able to list "conflict management" and "mediation" on the skill list of their resumes.
Communication 338 3 units (crs.)
Freedom of Speech in the United States
In the United States, freedom of speech is restricted in a variety of ways. Historically and today, government places legal restrictions on communicators, the content of communication, and the medium of communication. When such restrictions have been challenged in the courts, judges have generally been guided by a very narrow model of communication. This course examines the legal history and contemporary status of the First Amendment from a modern Communication theory perspective. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236.
Communication 368 3 units (crs.)
Research Methods in Communication
This course seeks to provide the skills necessary to evaluate communication research results critically and design communication research projects. This class will combine theoretical understanding and practical research application including both quantitative and qualitative communication research. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the assumptions of each method and understanding when each is appropriate. Prerequisites: Communication 118 and Communication 236 or consent of instructor.
Communication 411 2 units (crs.)
Participation in university-sponsored intercollegiate off-campus debate and forensics. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor. (0+3)
Communication 413 3 units (crs.)
Communication in Nonprofit Organizations
This course is designed to provide you with an overview of issues and topics in nonprofit organizational communication. Topics include internal communication issues such as socialization, stress and burnout, and volunteer and board management as well as external communication issues including public relations, fundraising, and advocacy. Prerequisites: Communication 368 and Communication 280 or consent of instructor.
Communication 414 3 units (crs.)
Training and Development
This course explores the training process and role of employee development in organizations by focusing on adult learning, needs assessment, training process components, training competencies, and learning assessment. Working with an organizational partner, the class will develop, deliver, and evaluate a training package focused on a communication-oriented challenge. Prerequisites: Communication 368 and Communication 280 or consent of instructor.
Communication 415 3 units (crs.)
In this course, we will study organizational communication using a rhetorical approach. We will begin with an investigation of the communication processes through which formal organizations influence popular attitudes and individual identities. We will also study how people in particular organization use language to "do" things. Students will learn to critique examples of organizational rhetoric and develop communication materials to address challenges and crises in organizational communication. Prerequisites: Communication 368 and Communication 280 or consent of instructor.
Communication 422 3 units (crs.)
History of American Public Address
An analysis of influential speeches delivered between 1640 and modern times. Emphasis is placed on discovering the relationship between the speeches and the historical/rhetorical situations in which they were delivered. At the end of the term, students compose and deliver their own State of the American Union' speech. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor.
Communication 427 3 units (crs.)
Ancient and contemporary approaches to rhetorical criticism with emphasis on the description, analysis and evaluation of public messages. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor. 427/627
Communication 428 3 units (crs.)
The Rhetoric of Rock Music
The course examines the history and rhetorical features of rock music. Rhetoric is concerned with how communicators adapt messages to audiences in a cultural context. When dealing with rock music, who is/are the communicator(s)? What is/are the audience(s)? Is the music a product of a cultural context or does it create that context? Prerequisites: Communication 118 and Communication 236 or consent of instructor.
Communication 436 1-3 units (crs.)
Seminar in Speech Communication
Special studies in speech communication theory and public address. The topic to be determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor. (1+3)
Communication 439 1 unit (cr.)
Speech Communication Senior Seminar
This course is designed as the "Capstone Experience" to the Speech Communication program. Senior-level Speech Communication students will engage in both retrospective and prospective activities as their culminating holistic assessment opportunity. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a Communication Major/Speech Communication Emphasis student.
Communication 441 3 units (crs.)
Teaching of Speech Communication in Secondary Schools
The goals, materials, and methods of teaching speech communication to high school students Admission I. (Spring-even years)
Communication 442 3 units (crs.)
Advanced Communication Theory
This course examines communication as a vital constitutive force in the social construction of reality. The central focus is upon ways in which reality and the human condition are socially constructed through various interpretive, communication processes, with particular attention to assumptions about the role of communication in interpersonal relations and social change. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor.
Communication 444 3 units (crs.)
Direction of High School Speech Activities
The study of debate, forensics as co-curricular activities with emphasis on directing various programs on the high school level. (Fall-odd years)
Communication 446 1-3 units (crs.)
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. As outlined in this section, Communication 446 is designed to provide structured research (scholarly or creative) "well beyond that required in established courses." It may not be used as a substitute for an existing course, not may it be used by a company or organization seeking free labor or free access to Dept. equipment and facilities.
Communication 447 3 units (crs.)
Speech in the Elementary Classroom
This course examines speech communication education for the elementary classroom teacher, providing both theoretical foundations and pedagogical strategies. Required course for Elementary Education Language Arts Minor. Prerequisite: Communication 111.
Communication 450 3 units (crs.)
Rhetoric of the US Women's Movement 1776-1920 (SS)
This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the women's rights movement, spanning from 1776 to 1920. Students will analyze the main arguments, appeals, and ideas of the women's rights movement. Specifically, students will critically analyze the connections and distinctions among texts, examine the points of contention within the women's movement, and explore the ideological assumptions that underlie the major arguments, appeals and ideas. Cross-listed: Communication 450/Women's Studies 450. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Communication 118, Communication 236, or Women's Studies 201 or consent of instructor.
Communication 451 3 units (crs.)
Rhetoric of the U.S. Women's Movement 1920-Present (SS)
This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the women's movement in the United States from 1920 to the present. Students will analyze the main arguments, appeals, and ideas of the women's movement. Specifically, students will critically analyze the connections and distinctions among texts, examine the points of contention within the women's movement, and explore the ideological assumptions that underlie the major arguments, appeals, and ideas. Cross-listed: Communication 451/Women's Studies 451. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Communication 118, Communication 236, or Women's Studies 201, or consent of instructor.
Communication 455 3 units (crs.)
This course is an exploration into the ways we define the environment and how language use influences our interactions with the environment. Cross-listed with Communication 455/Environmental Studies 455. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or Instructor Permission.
Communication 474 1-6 units (crs.)
Honors: Honors Thesis
Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g. a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be ' Honors Thesis.' Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of 6 units (crs.). Prerequisite: University Honors status and junior standing.
Communication 499 3 units (crs.)
The Rhetoric of the Vietnam War
Examines the rhetoric and history of the Vietnam conflict from World War II to the present. Political rhetoric, the rhetoric of the anti-war movement, Watergate, Vietnam revisionism and the draft are explored. Students analyze film both as propaganda and as one of society's methods for coping with the national trauma caused by America's involvement in Vietnam. Prerequisites: Communication 118, Communication 236