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CMST Undergraduate Course Descriptions

CMST 210 Public Speaking

[3] Preparation an delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Topics include research, organization, adapting to an audience, topic selection, reasoning, and evaluating the discourse of others. Satisfies General Education Requirement: [OC]

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CMST 217 Hon: Public Speaking

[3] Basic theory and principles of informative and persuasive public speaking.
Satisfies General Education Requirement: (OC)

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CMST 240 Business/Professional Communication

[3] Basic principles of communication within organizations. Topics and activities may include organizational/communication theory, group problem solving, case studies, interviewing, and formal presentations.
Satisfies General Education Requirement: (OC)

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CMST 312 Survey/Interpersonal Communication

[3] Overview of how people interact in a variety of contexts.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201 or 207.
Registration Restriction(s): Restricted to Communication Studies majors/minors or consent of instructor

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CMST 342 Survey/Organizational Communication

[3] Overview of how people in for-profit and non-profit contexts interact both internally and externally.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201 or 207.
Registration Restriction(s): Restricted to Communication Studies majors/minors or consent of instructor

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CMST 352 Communication Theory

[3] Analysis and critique of fundamental theories with particular reference to interpersonal and organizational communication.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 201 or 207.
Registration Restriction(s): Communication Studies majors only.

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CMST 354 Research Methods/Comm Lab

[1]This lab focuses on the practice and application of common research methods in the field of Communication. Students will conduct quantitative and qualitative communication research, use communication laboratory resources, analyze data, and complete collaborative group projects.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 210 or 240 or 250, 352; English 102; and Psychology 110.
(RE) Corequisite(s): 356 and 360.
Comment(s): Only offered in fall and spring semesters.
Registration Restriction(s): Communication studies majors.

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CMST 356 Research Methods/ Communication Studies

[3] Survey of contemporary methods used for research in communication studies. Emphasis on interpreting and evaluating communication research reports.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 352.
(RE) Co-requisite(s): Mathematics 115 or Statistics 201
Registration Restriction(s): Communication Studies majors only.

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CMST 360 Professional Skills/Comm Lab

[2] This lab covers professional and general skills (e.g., writing a resume, interviewing) for success in the field of Communication.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 210 or 240 or 250; English 102; and Psychology 110.
(RE) Corequisite(s): 354 and 356.
Comment(s): Only offered in fall and spring semesters.
Registration Restriction(s): Communication studies majors.


 2.000 Lab hours

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CMST 400 Topics/Communication Studies

[3] Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 312 or 342.
Comment(s): Topics, scope of subject matter, and prerequisites to be determined by department.
Registration Restriction(s): Major/Minor in Communication Studies only

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CMST 410 Family Communication

[3] Dynamics of interactions within family systems, marriage, and parent-child relationships. Study of verbal and nonverbal communication processes, patterns, and problems.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 312
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Registration Restriction(s): Restricted to Communication Studies majors/minors or consent of instructor

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CMST 412 Close Relationships

[3] Theory and research examining interactions in friendships, romantic relationships, and/or families.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 312.
Registration Restriction(s): Restricted to Communication Studies majors/minors or consent of instructor

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CMST 414 Persuasion

[3]  Methods that contribute to effective and ineffective persuasion. Topics include credibility, message construction, and receiver variables.

(RE) Prerequisite(s): 312.
Registration Restriction(s): Restricted to Communication Studies majors/minors or consent of instructor 

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CMST 416 Interpersonal Health Communication

[3] Interpersonal communication in health care settings. Topics include provider-client interactions, social support groups, stigma and disease, and contemporary models explaining the use of health-related information.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 312.
Registration Restriction(s): Restricted to Communication Studies majors/minors or consent of instructor.

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CMST 419 Interpersonal Conflict

[3] Communication as a significant factor in the development, management, and resolution of conflict at the interpersonal, small group, organizational, or societal levels.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 312.
Registration Restriction(s): Restricted to Communication Studies majors/minors or consent of instructor.

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CMST 444 Group Communication

[3] Small group decision-making. Evidence, argumentation, leadership, roles, and norms as they affect critical thinking in groups.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 342.
Registration Restriction(s): Restricted to Communication Studies majors/minors or consent of instructor.

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CMST 446 Leadership

[3] Examines theory and practice of leadership trends; focuses on interactive aspects of leading and following.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 342.
Registration Restriction(s): Restricted to Communication Studies majors/minors or consent of instructor.

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CMST 449 Political Persuasion

[3] Study of the communication processes utilized by political candidates, office holders, and social movement organizers.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 342.
Registration Restriction(s): Restricted to Communication Studies majors/minors or consent of instructor.

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CMST 487 Honors Seminar

[3] In-depth survey of communication research topics. Topics rotate among health, interpersonal, and organizational/team communication.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 312 or 342.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): To be determined based upon topic.
Registration Restriction(s): Communication Studies major–honors concentration only.

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CMST 491 Foreign Study

[1-6] Participation in school-sponsored study-abroad program. Application forms and proposal deadlines available in school office.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Credit Restriction: Maximum of 3 hours may be applied to the major.
Comment(s): 2.75 GPA required; minimum student level ― junior.

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CMST 492 Internship

[1-6] Supervised career-related experiences using communication studies theories and techniques in government and for-profit or non-profit organizations, culminating in a written and oral report.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Credit Restriction: Does not count toward major requirements.

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CMST 493 Independent Study

[1-6] Selected readings/research in an area of communication studies to be determined by the student in consultation with supervising faculty member and, ordinarily, in an area of study not covered by school curriculum. Application forms and proposal deadlines available in school office.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.
Credit Restriction: Maximum of 3 hours may be applied to the major.
Comment(s): 3.0 GPA required; minimum student level ― junior.

Undergraduate

CMST 499 Proseminar in Communication Studies

[3] Major theoretical perspectives in communication studies, their interrelationships and applications. Consideration of the significance and ethical implications of communication studies in modern society.
(RE) Prerequisite(s): 356.
Recommended Background: 12 or more hours of 300-level or 400-level Communication Studies courses.
Registration Restriction(s): Communication Studies majors only.

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