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Recommended Outside Electives for HR Majors
(Updated spring 2008)


ANTHRO  123 - American Ethnography (ES)
An analytical and descriptive survey of selected cultures representative of major American ethnic groups.

ANTHRO  232 - Cultural Anthropology (NW)
Focusing on the concept of 'culture', the course discusses the aims, methods, and achievements of anthropological research and presents a general model for comprehending human society.

ANTHRO  340 - Culture and Personality
A review of cultural personality literature with special attention given to personality development within contemporary American subculture units.

BUS 411 – Project Management
This course develops student knowledge and skills in project management as defined by the Project Management Institutes (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). In addition to discussion of project management principles, the course also provides the students with an environment in which they apply these project management skills. Prerequisite: Accepted in COBA and completed four of six Business Essentials courses.

COMM  214 - 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.

COMM  215 - 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.

COM 220 - Interviewing
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.

COMM 267 - Effective Listening
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.

COMM  268 - Gender, Communication and Relationships
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.

COMM  304 - 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.
COMM  319 - Persuasion
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. 

COMM 325 – Nonverbal Communication
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.

COMM 326 – 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. 

COMM 443 - 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.
ECON  307 - Discrimination, Gender, and the Economy (ES)
Analysis of the experiences of women and ethnic minorities in the economy, extending the traditional interpretations of economic issues to the unique experiences of these groups. Economic tools will be developed, and then applied to such topics as Comparable Worth, Wage Determination, Occupational Choice and Segregation, Poverty, and the Criminal Justice System. Cross-listed: Economics 307/Women's Studies 307. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Economics 106, 204 or 209.
ECON  321 - Labor Economics
Analysis of the economy's labor resource. Major topics include labor markets, workforce programs, economic security arrangements, the labor movement, and collective bargaining. Prerequisite: Economics 204 or 209 and Economics 206 or 208, with an average grade of C or better. 321/521

ECON  368 - Health Care Economics
A study of the economic structure of the health care industry and health care problems in the United States. Emphasis on the delivery and pricing of health care as well as alternative public policies dealing with cost and distribution problems. Prerequisite: Economics 204 or 209 and Economics 206 or 208, with an average grade of C or better.  368/568
POLI_SCI  105 - American Government and Politics (SS)
Organization, principles and actual working of the American National Government in all its branches.
POLI_SCI  304 - Race and Ethnicity in United States Politics (ES)
How issues of race and ethnicity have been defined and by whom, and their impact on communities of color; the strategies used by minority groups to become equal participants in the political system; how economic and social conditions might affect political opportunities for minority groups. This course will examine these topics in a historical perspective, with an eye to the interplay between national, state, and local political outcomes.
PSYCH  363 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
A survey of the facts, principles, and theories of industrial and organization pyschology. Topics include employee selection and evaluation, training, leadership, and work-related attitudes. Prerequisite: Psychology 101, 104, or 110.

 SOC  337 - Work, Industry, and Occupation
Social organization of work including history and variety of work experiences, relationship to other social institutions, impact of technology and megacorporations, discrimination, unemployment, future of work. 337/537 (Fall-even years)
SOC  361 - Complex Organizations
Theoretical and empirical analysis of the social structures and processes underlying the interrelationships among humans and formal complex organizations which proliferate in modern, industrial societies. Prerequisite: Sociology 101.(Fall-odd years)


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