Academics

Course Descriptions

Communication Studies (CMST)


CMST 100  Fundamentals of Oral Communication  (5)
Develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills related to communication in business and organizational settings. Includes job search skills, cover letters, resume writing, and interviewing. Oral activities include interpersonal exercises, group discussions, and giving directions. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100; or completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 109; or instructor's permission.
CMST 177  Communication Studies Work Experience 1  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.

CMST 178  Communication Studies Work Experience 2  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.
CMST 179  Communication Studies Work Experience 3  (1-12)
Allows students to work full- or part-time in jobs directly related to their programs and interests. Students may receive a salary or volunteer. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in COOP 171 and instructor's permission.

CMST 194  Special Studies-Communication Studies  (1-5)
Includes special communication projects that are not part of the regular curriculum. Content varies from course to course, but could include public relations, advertising, organizational design, research grants, and professional publications.
CMST 212  Persuasion and Propaganda  (5)
An exploration of the art and science of persuasion and propaganda campaigns through the analysis of a series of historical case studies and social movements. Explores how the historical, political, and cultural factors in a situation influence the strategies and tactics that might be employed in a situation. Relates rhetorical choices to ethical considerations and to the long-term impact on a community. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

CMST 215  Critical Analysis of Media  (5)
Examines basic theories of media analysis and effects. Covers stereotypes, persuasive messages, and violent and sexual imagery. Applies media theories to a variety of media including movies, television, radio, and print. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
CMST 217  Communication for Business and Professions  (5)
A course in professional communication that includes an overview of communication theory and skill development in organizational settings. Emphasizes interpersonal skill development for the workplace, meeting facilitation and working in teams, interviewing and enhancing professionalism in the digital age. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission.

CMST 221  Public Speaking Module  (1-2)
Taken in conjunction with courses that require oral presentations. Helps increase confidence and skill when delivering an oral presentation by providing opportunities for individual coaching. Students taking CMST 100, CMST& 220, or CMST& 230 concurrently will be able to practice speeches assigned in their classes, however, this class is available to any student wishing to improve presentational skills. Student coaching sessions will be recorded, and students will have access to their own speeches for the purpose of analysis. PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in CMST 100, CMST& 220, or CMST& 230; or instructor permission for other courses requiring oral presentations.
CMST 222  Coaching and Mentoring Public Speakers  (5)
Offers students who have taken a beginning public speaking course. An opportunity to enhance the public speaking skills learned in their previous course by presenting at least two speeches. Students also learn skills that will enable them to coach other students wishing to improve their presentations. Course also entails a review of the principles of effective public speaking, observing coaching sessions in the Green River Public Speaking Center, and actively coaching other students in the Public Speaking Center. Course is useful for future teachers, as well as any student whose future careers or community involvement will require delivering presentations. PREREQUISITE: CMST 220 with a grade of 3.2 or higher; and instructor's permission.

CMST 238  Intercultural Communication  (5)
Looks at communication across cultures on the interpersonal and intergroup levels. Investigates the components of culture that work to affect the communication of members in and across cultures. Examines different aspects of the communication process as they relate to intercultural communication, including perception, language, nonverbal communication, etc. Considers the overview of prevalent theories and practical applications. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
CMST 245  Argumentation  (5)
Introduces and explores the basic theories and practices of argumentation. Discusses the different types of arguments and the tools (theoretical and practical) needed to analyze, understand, and construct arguments. Through in-class projects, students develop the skills necessary to test and apply the theoretical and practical aspects of argumentation. Focuses on the oral presentation of arguments. Uses written work to support and provide context for the oral argumentation practiced in class. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

CMST 265  Introduction to Popular Culture  (5)
Why is the iPod so popular? Who really watches reality TV? What makes it possible for celebrities to become activists and politicians? What determines what music will be popular? These are the types of questions popular culture theory explores. Introduces the theories and practices of popular culture. Also introduces some of the most important critiques of culture since the 1930s. Covers the different theories and critiques to help the students understand popular culture, the consumption of popular culture and/or the effects of popular culture in different contexts (e.g., music, film, books, magazines, advertising, comics, television, etc.) PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine art/English requirement for AA degree.
CMST 266  Film and Television as Popular Culture  (1-5)
Studies the dramatic and cinematic aesthetics of modern film and episodic television. Focuses on the examination of popular film and TV dramas and sitcoms for greater understanding of the power and scope of popular culture. Considers the role of pop culture in both society and self-awareness. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

CMST 299  Independent Study–Communication Studies  (1-5)
Encourages a student to study independently in a communication field of their choice. Each student meets on a tutorial basis with the instructor. PREREQUISITE: Two courses from the following: CMST 212, 215, &220, &230, 238, 245; a topic that a member of the department is qualified and willing to direct and evaluate, and permission from the division chair and instructor.
CMST 338  Diversity in the Workplace  (5)
Explores and analyzes the issues, challenges and opportunities related to changing demographics and increasing diversity in the workplace. Through intercultural communication theories, concepts, and principles, the course examines ways in which challenges of effective communication in a diverse workplace can be identified and work to develop tools and skills to improve communication competency in these situations. PREREQUISITE: Admission to a bachelor's program; ENGL& 101; and instructor's permission.

CMST& 102  Introduction to Mass Media  (5)
Examines the eight forms of mass media (movies, television, the web, radio, sound recordings, magazines, newspapers and books) and related issues such as advertising, media effects, journalism and media law. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
CMST& 210  Interpersonal Communication  (5)
For students who wish to gain greater insight into communication that occurs in more personal relationships in order to better understand and control their own communication behavior, and thus more effectively manage their interpersonal relationships. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100; or completion of ENGL 109; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine Arts/English requirement for AA degree.

CMST& 220  Public Speaking  (5)
A course in public speaking that helps students develop confidence and competence in addressing diverse audiences in community and professional settings. Students compose and deliver speeches, as well as evaluate others' presentations. Emphasizes choice and organization of material, sound reasoning, audience analysis, and delivery. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100; or completion of ENGL 109; or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
CMST& 230  Small Group Communication  (5)
Includes analysis of leadership and discussion in small group contexts with a goal of developing communication behaviors that promote a more effective, efficient, and satisfying interaction in groups and leadership contexts. Addresses the functional problems of leadership, organization in groups, developing involvement strategies within groups, problem solving, consensus building, and conflict management. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.