COMM 120C/ENGL 120C                 Communication

Focuses on the application of communication principles and theories, enabling students to develop public speaking, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and group communication skills. Through an in-depth look at self concept, and verbal and nonverbal language and listening skills, students gain an increased awareness of the way they perceive themselves and others as well as the cultural and ethical implications of behavior. Coursework includes speeches, exercises, and writing assignments. (Students who have received credit for ENGL 120 cannot also receive credit for COMM 120.)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

COMM 120MC/ENGL 120MC                 Communication: Mindful

Focuses on the application of communication principles and theories. Students develop public speaking, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and group communication skills. Through an in-depth look at self concept, and verbal and nonverbal language and listening skills, students gain an increased awareness of the way they perceive themselves and others as well as the cultural and ethical implications of behavior. Coursework includes speeches, exercises and writing assignments. Sections identified as MC (Communicating Mindfully) feature the study of mindfulness and incorporate mindfulness meditation as an instructional method while exploring aspects of contemplative neuroscience and emotional intelligence as they relate to effective communication. (Students who have received credit for ENGL 120MC cannot also receive credit for COMM 120MC.)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

COMM 125C/ENGL 125C                 Communication and the Literature of Science and Technology

Built around the theme of science and technology, this course focuses on improving communication skills. Areas of study include critical reading, critical thinking, public speaking, interpersonal communication, and writing. Topics vary and could include any of the following: physical and technical sciences, natural and health sciences, or social sciences. (Students who have received credit for ENGL 125 cannot also receive credit for COMM 125.)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

COMM 135C                 Introduction to Media Studies

Focuses on the nature, development, and effects of various media in relation to culture and society. Students gain an understanding of print and electronic media, public relations, advertising, media policy and law, global communications, and media ethics. Coursework includes presentations, exercises, and writing assignments. This course does not satisfy NHTI’s Humanities or English Literature requirements. (Successful completion of ENGL 101C strongly recommended.) (Students who have received credit for ENGL 135 cannot also receive credit for COMM 135.)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

COMM 201C             Interpersonal Communication

Focuses on the application of interpersonal communication principles and theories. Students will develop skills in perceiving self and others, nonverbal communication, emotions, relationships, and managing conflict. Students will also demonstrate an increased awareness of the cultural and ethical implications of interpersonal behavior. Coursework includes a variety of exercises and writing assignments, as well as a case study presentation. (Prerequisite: ENGL 120C)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

COMM 202C             Intercultural Communication

Focuses on the application of intercultural communication principles and theories. Students will develop skills in understanding the importance and challenges of intercultural communication, the components of human communication and competence, family roles in other cultures, religion and values in other cultures, cultural history, values and identity in other cultures, verbal and nonverbal messages in other cultures, and managing intercultural differences. Coursework includes a variety of exercises and writing assignments, as well as research papers. (Prerequisite: ENGL 120C)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

COMM 203C             Advanced Public Speaking

Focuses on the application of public speaking principles and theories. Students will develop skills in the essential elements of public speaking, managing apprehension, the 10-step process for preparing and presenting a speech, listening guidelines, and criticism of speeches. Students will also demonstrate an increased awareness of the cultural and ethical implications of public speaking. Coursework includes a variety of writing assignments, presentations, and speeches. (Prerequisite: ENGL 120C)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

COMM 204C             Communications Capstone

Consists of students developing a multi-media case study to integrate and apply learning from their communications courses in a comprehensive manner. Students will evaluate and apply their personal, professional, and ethical growth and critical thinking skills in the study of communication by analyzing a public relations crisis in an organization. They will formulate conclusions, recommendations, ethical implications, and applications for future scenarios for the crisis in the organization. (Prerequisites: completion of all courses in the Communications degree or enrollment in the capstone during the final semester)

Lecture Hours: 1    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 1

COMM 227C         Professional Communication

Focuses on the specific tools for communicating in complex, professional environments. Students develop digital, social, and visual media skills; learn interpersonal, cultural, team, leadership, and ethical skills; learn a three-step process for composing business correspondence, letters, articles, e-mails, instant messages, blogs, tweets, and webpages; develop skills in researching, planning, and writing reports and proposals; write employment messages, letters, and resumes; develop and deliver oral presentations, a group presentation with a PowerPoint, and an impromptu speech; and develop questionnaires and conduct interviews.  This course does not satisfy NHTI’s Humanities or English Literature requirements. (Successful completion of ENGL 101 strongly recommended.) (Students who have received credit for ENGL227C cannot also receive credit for COMM227C.)

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

COMM 294MC/ENGL 294MC                 Communicating Mindfully Capstone

Reviews and builds upon key elements of mindful communication students have been studying throughout their degree program. Students practice applying mindful communication skills in the workplace and reflect on those experiences to improve interactions with colleagues, customers, clients, and others. In addition, students work in small groups in which each partner has a different major than the other (when possible). Through online discussion posts, students practice mindful communication techniques practice attending to others, confirming understanding, and providing feedback that is respectful, insightful, and useful. Students are encouraged and given the opportunity to engage in regular contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation. (Students who have received credit for ENGL294C cannot also receive credit for COMM294C.) (Prerequisites: ENGL 101MC, ENGL 102MC, and ENGL 120MC, or permission of the Department Chair of English; corequisite for IT majors only: IST 294C.) 

Lecture Hours: 1    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 1

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