Stetson University

College of Arts and Sciences

Courses

Major

  • COMM 201 - Public Speaking (1 unit)
  • Lower Division Courses (2 units from the following):
    • COMM 210E - Ethics in Communication
    • COMM 221S - Interpersonal Communication
    • COMM 228D - Intercultural Communication
    • COMM 231 - Critical Studies in Mass Communication
    • COMM 290 - Special Topics
  • COMM 301 - Qualitative Theory and Methodology (1 unit)
  • COMM 301 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (1 unit)
  • Upper Division Courses - Theory (1 unit from the following):
    • COMM 311 - Classical Rhetoric
    • COMM 314B - Rhetoric, Culture, and Identity
    • COMM 321D - Gender in Communication
    • COMM 390 - Special Topics (Theory)
    • COMM 411 - Philosophy of Communication
  • Upper Division Courses - Applied (1 unit from the following):
    • COMM 316 - Argumentation
    • COMM 325 - Organizational Communication
    • COMM 327W - Health Communication
    • COMM 333 - Communication and Technology
    • COMM 391 - Special Topics (Applied)
    • COMM 444 - History and Criticism of American Public Address
  • Upper Division elective (must be at the 300 or 400-level) (1 unit)
  • COMM 397 - Internship (1 unit)
  • COMM 498 - Senior Seminar (1 unit)
  • COMM 499 - Senior Thesis (1 unit)

Total Units Required for the Major: 11

Minor

  • COMM 201 - Public Speaking (1 unit)
  • Lower Division Course (1 unit from the following):
    • COMM 210E - Ethics in Communication
    • COMM 221S - Interpersonal Communication
    • COMM 228D - Intercultural Communication
    • COMM 231 - Critical Studies in Mass Communication
    • COMM 290 - Special Topics
  • Theory and Methodology (1 unit from the following):
    • COMM 301 - Qualitative Theory and Methodology
    • COMM 302 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Upper Division Courses - Theory (1 unit from the following):
    • COMM 311 - Classical Rhetoric
    • COMM 314B - Rhetoric, Culture, and Identity
    • COMM 321D - Gender in Communication
    • COMM 390 - Special Topics (Theory)
    • COMM 411 - Philosophy of Communication
  • Upper Division Courses - Applied (1 unit from the following):
    • COMM 316 - Argumentation
    • COMM 325 - Organizational Communication
    • COMM 327W - Health Communication
    • COMM 333 - Communication and Technology
    • COMM 391 - Special Topics (Applied)
    • COMM 444 - History and Criticism of American Public Address

Total Units Required for the Minor: 5

Course Descriptions

FSEM 100 - Communication and Culture

This course explores the relationship between communication and various areas of human culture such as communication and religion, communication and morality, communication and technology, communication and philosophical belief, and communication and political life.

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

Study of the principles of public address to include the preparation and delivery of various types of speeches.

COMM 210E - Communication and Media Ethics

An introductory exploration into the concepts of communicative choice and responsibility as they relate to specific problems and questions in communication situations.

COMM 221S - Interpersonal Communication

A study of the principles and application of verbal and nonverbal communication between people, and the effect of this communication on relationships and experience.

COMM 228SD - Intercultural Communication

A study of the issues which influence communication, including verbal and nonverbal interaction, analysis and understanding of context, problems of diversity, and ethical concerns.

COMM 231 - Critical Studies in Mass Media

A critical survey of the various aspects of the mass media focusing on television, films and advertisement.

COMM 285, 286 - Independent Study

COMM 290 - Special Topics

Intensive study of selected topics related to the Communication field.

COMM 301 - Qualitative Theory and Methodology

An exploration of a variety of qualitative research approaches in communication studies, with emphasis on epistemology (ways of knowing), methodology (ways of examining), and representation (ways of writing and reporting).

COMM 302 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

A study of modern theories of rhetoric and how these theories affect the practice of criticism. The course will allow students to ground themselves in theory, to begin to construct theoretical models, and then move to analyzing and critiquing public discourse.

COMM 311 - Classical Rhetoric

A study of ancient theories of rhetoric, providing an understanding and appreciation of rhetorical traditions, as well as a grounding for developing a modern theory of rhetoric and rhetorical criticism.

COMM 314B - Rhetoric, Culture, and Identity

Rhetorical concepts will be applied to gaining a critical understanding of the role of language and symbols in the formation of cultures and identities. The course may be taught with varied emphases such as the role of rhetoric in the formation of regional, national, ethnic, gendered, visual, or online cultures and identities.

COMM 316 - Argumentation

A study of the theory and practices of practical argumentation in the personal, technical, and public spheres.

COMM 321D - Gender in Communication

A study of the relationship between gender and communication theory and practice.

COMM 325 - Organizational Communication

A study of the theory and practice of internal and external organizational communication.

COMM 327W - Health Communication

A study of communication roles in health, including the relationship between health communication and health and well-being.

COMM 333 - Communication and Technology

This course examines the relationship between technology and human communication with the goal of understanding how technology changes not only how we communicate, but how we understand concepts such as human nature, community, relationships, value, and the future.

COMM 338J/JS - Rhetoric of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa (Junior Seminar)

A rhetorical study of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa in the mid to late twentieth century. Students will investigate critically how issues of humanity, equality, and social justice were framed rhetorically in their historical and cultural context by anti-apartheid activists as well as those who sought to maintain apartheid. Students will also analyze retrospective media depictions of the movement.

COMM 339J/JS - Rhetoric of War Films (Junior Seminar)

A rhetorical study of pro and anti war films to include examination of the social impact of artistic discourse. Students will critically investigate and analyze the theory and practice of film and rhetoric.

COMM 385, 386 - Independent Study

COMM 390 - Special Topics (Theory)

Intensive study of selected topics related to the Communication field.

COMM 391 - Special Topics (Applied)

Intensive study of selected topics related to the Communication field.

COMM 397 - Internship

The student is provided with the opportunity to seek an internship in an area related to Communication studies to include mass communication. A student will be accepted into the course by permission only and must have at least junior standing and completed two units within the Communications Studies major. Students will be required to present a journal and a paper, as well as a letter of evaluation from the supervisor of the project.

COMM 411 - Philosophy of Communication

A study of the philosophical underpinnings of rhetoric and communication, leading to the construction of communication theory. Designed for the student who has had previous experience in the study of communication.

COMM 444 History and Criticism of American Public Address

A study of prominent discourse in American political, social, and intellectual life as examined in historical, analytical, and critical contexts.

COMM 498 - Senior Seminar

COMM 499 - Senior Thesis

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