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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

COMMUNICATION STUDIES (CMST)

CMST 1000. Introduction to Communication Studies. This course, required of all Communication Studies majors, introduces students to the study of human communication within a variety of contexts. The course will provide a survey of topics, theory, research, and contexts of communicative practice from both a social scientific and humanistic perspective.  (3, Fa)

CMST 1000.  Introduction to Communication Studies. This course, required of all Communication Studies majors, introduces students to the study of human communication within a variety of contexts. The course will provide a survey of topics, theory, research, and contexts of communicative practice from both a social scientific and humanistic perspective.  (3, Fa)

CMST 1010. Fundamentals of Public Speaking. A performance-oriented course that requires students to present several speeches. Major emphasis is placed on preparation, organization, delivery, and the development of confidence and poise. (3, FaSpSu)

CMST 1011H. Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Honors). This is a performance-oriented honors course that requires students to present several speeches. Major emphases are placed on preparation, organization, delivery, and the development of confidence and poise. Students will also participate in a service learning project within the New Orleans community. Prerequisite: ACT of 24 OR SAT of 1090 AND high school GPA of 3.0. (3, FaSp, SL)

CMST 1400. Interpersonal Communication. Designed to increase students’ understanding and implementation of effective interpersonal communication behavior and skills. Students will participate in activities designed to develop interpersonal communications skills and assess their communication competence using various assessment tools. (3, FaSp)

CMST 1500. Intercultural Communication. Familiarizes students with basic concepts, approaches, processes, and contexts which form the foundation for critical discussion of cross-cultural interaction. (3, FaSp, EXP)

CMST 2010. Performance of Literature. The study of literature through performance. Reading, analysis, and performance of literary texts. General introduction to performance studies. Prerequisite: None (3, EXP)

CMST 2080. Health Communication. This course introduces students to a wide variety of communication skills necessary in the health care professions, including patient-caregiver communication, communication within health-care organizations, and crafting and presenting health campaigns. Students are required to implement these health communication strategies and models through in-class workshops and the design and presentation of a public health campaign. Prerequisite: None (3, FaSp)

CMST 2180. Introduction to Cultures and Rhetorics. The course serves as an introduction to the philosophical, social and cultural foundations of rhetorical theory and practice through an analysis of different cultures and cultural artifacts.   The course includes a general introduction to rhetoric, its disciplinary history, and approaches to criticism.  Prerequisite: None (3, EXP)

CMST 3010. Introduction to Communication Theory. This course explores the practical, engaging, and relevant ways in which human communication theory operates in our everyday lives. It exposes students to both the contemporary humanistic and social scientific theories in the discipline of communication studies. Prerequisites: CMST 1000, 1010 or 1011H, 1400 or 1500 or 2080, 2010, 2180 OR instructor permission (3)

CMST 3020. Introduction to Communication Studies Research. This course provides an introduction to the qualitative, quantitative, and critical approaches to research in the field of communication studies. Basic procedures for communication studies research and writing about research will be covered. Prerequisite: CMST 3010 OR instructor permission (3)

CMST 3030. Race, Culture and Communication. This course is an introduction to the study of rhetorical theories and practices across cultures. The primary purpose of this course is to study how the interconnections of race and culture shape communication as well as influence contemporary social issues. Prerequisite: CMST 1000, 1010 or 1011H, 1400 or 1500 or 2080, 2010, 2180 OR instructor permission (3)

CMST 3040. Small Group Communication. A study of problem solving through group discussion; major emphasis on group dynamics, problem solving and discussion techniques. Students will gain practical experience by participating in several formal discussions. Prerequisite: CMST 1000, 1010 or 1011H, 1400 or 1500 or 2080, 2010, 2180 OR MSCM major and junior level status (3)

CMST 3050.  Family Communication. This course is designed to introduce students to the role of communication in developing, maintaining, enhancing or disturbing family dynamics. Students will develop an appreciation for different family types in the context of a wide range of cultures and co-cultures and explore the complexities of family interactions through theoretical frameworks. Prerequisite: CMST 1000, 1010 or 1011H, 1400 or 1500 or 2080, 2010, 2180 OR instructor permission (3)

CMST 3060.  Introduction to Performance Studies. This course studies the rhetorical and aesthetic elements of solo and group performance, including performances of literature, cultural performances, and experimental performances. Theory and practice are emphasized, as students broaden their understanding of performance as both object of study and method of representation. Students will develop performances through adapting or creating texts and working with various staging aesthetics. Prerequisite: CMST 1000, 1010 or 1011H, 1400 or 1500 or 2080, 2010, 2180 OR instructor permission (3)

CMST 3070. Persuasion. This course provides a comprehensive overview of classical and contemporary persuasive theories. We will further our exploration into the art of persuasion through the critical application of theoretical persuasive knowledge to a host of interesting artifacts. Students will develop a new vocabulary related to persuasive knowledge, and will learn how to improve their personal persuasive strategies in the public and private spheres. Prerequisite: CMST 1000, 1010 or 1011H, 1400 or 1500 or 2080, 2010, 2180 OR instructor permission (3)

CMST 3075. Special Topics in Communication Studies. A seminar-type course that will focus on a specific issue or area within the field of Communication Studies. Before enrolling, students should consult the instructor regarding the topic and course requirements. Prerequisite: CMST 1000, 1010 or 1011H, 1400 or 1500 or 2080, 2010, 2180 OR instructor permission. Students may enroll in CMST 3075 a maximum of two times. (3)

CMST 3080.  Gender and Communication. This course examines how gender is socially constructed and communicated. Focusing on various contexts such as work, education, the family, religion and the media, students will develop a critical gender/sex lens through which to understand communication with respect to gender diversity and socialization. Prerequisite: CMST 1000, 1010 or 1011H, 1400 or 1500 or 2080, 2010, 2180 OR instructor permission (3)

CMST 3133 (PSCI 3133). Mock Trial and Debate. An introduction to the techniques of argumentation and debate applied to trial courts and the judicial process. Prerequisite: CMST 1010. (3)

CMST 4010.  Advanced Intercultural and Interethnic Communication. This course is designed to facilitate investigation and critique of key content areas of intercultural and interethnic communication. Students will gain an understanding of research/theory content and of methodologies pertinent both to the workplace and to academia. The course will cover international aspects of communication (communication differences, culture shock, etc.) and intolerance based on perceived group/culture differences. In addition to its general focus of intercultural communication, it will also look specifically at American culture and co-cultures, as well as a focus on ethnic identity and solutions to prejudice. Prerequisite: CMST 3010 and 3020 OR instructor permission. (3)

CMST 4020.  Relational Communication. This course is designed as an upper-level human communication course that advances student understanding of the role of communication in the development, maintenance, and termination of close relationships. An important goal of the course is for students to gain insights into their own experiences in close relationships by applying research/theory content and methodologies to their relational experience. Prerequisite: CMST 3010 and 3020 OR instructor permission. (3)

CMST 4030.  Performance of Everyday Life. This course explores how communication in everyday life may be understood using performance as a metaphor and method of study. We will discuss culture as a continuous performance, from the “ordinary” speech of an individual to the elaborate rituals/practices of groups and organizations by examining how everyday performances construct and maintain culture. Prerequisite: CMST 3010 and 3020 OR instructor permission. (3)

CMST 4040.  Methods of Group Performance. This course explores the adaptation and staging of nondramatic literature and other materials for group performance. We will study and apply: the compositional staging practices of visual aesthetics and acoustic principles, the theories and techniques of adapting and staging different kinds of texts, and the experimental and cultural applications of group performance practices. Prerequisite: CMST 3010 and 3020 OR instructor permission. (3)

CMST 4050.  Rhetoric of Race, Class and Gender. This course explores how race, class, and gender intersect in discourse to either create/maintain dominant power structures or to transcend them.  Students will examine both historical and contemporary articulations of power. Prerequisite: CMST 3010 and 3020 OR instructor permission. (3)

CMST 4060.  African American Rhetoric and Culture. This course will survey the rhetoric of African American men and women from the 1800s until now as a way of discovering how the African American race has strategically used rhetoric to make their voices heard. Students will learn some of the nuances that characterize African American rhetoric. Prerequisite: CMST 3010 and 3020 OR instructor permission. (3)

CMST 4075.  Seminar in Communication Studies. Using diverse methodological perspectives as well as historical and contemporary scholarship, this seminar-type course will provide an in-depth study of an area of inquiry within the field of Communication Studies. Prerequisite: CMST 3010 and 3020 OR instructor permission. (3)

CMST 4131, 4132, 4133. Independent Study. An opportunity for in-depth study or research in Communication Studies. The topic or area of study will be initiated by the student and approved by the supervising faculty member. Prerequisite: Senior level status and/or permission of instructor. (1,2,3)

CMST 4900.  Communication Studies Capstone. In this course, students will engage in an in-depth study of a contemporary issue in Communication Studies by integrating and applying the theories, knowledge and skills they have acquired through their previous coursework to a project that serves as an instrument of evaluation, satisfying the Senior Comprehensive Examination requirement. Prerequisite: CMST 3010, 3020 and senior status (3)