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Communication Studies Courses (CST)

GE Core denotes General Education Core credit;
GE Marker
denotes General Education Marker credit;
CAR denotes College Additional Requirement credit.

Courses for Undergraduates

105 Introduction to Communication Studies (3:3)

GE Core: GRD

Introduction to the principles and skills for effective communication in the contexts of public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group/team communication. Videotaping used to enhance personal growth.

200 Communication and Community (3:3:1)

Exploration of role and impact of communication in diverse communities. Ethical and social responsibilities of civic action are examined in the context of community problem solving. Includes service learning experience in a supervised setting.

207 Relational Communication (3:3)

Contemporary theory and practice of relational communication, with emphasis on increasing awareness of strategic and ethical uses of communication to build relationships.

210 Communicating Ethically (3:3)

Provides students with an opportunity to think critically about ethical and moral dimensions of current practices in interpersonal, institutional, and public communication.

300 Communication Theory (3:3)

Pr. CST 105 and junior standing

Critical analysis and evaluation of scientific, rhetorical, and critical theories of communication. Emphasis on how theory assists us to understand, predict, and transform society.

305 Persuasion in Western Culture (3:3)

Pr. CST 105 and junior standing

The history of rhetoric (persuasion) and its evolution in Western culture, from ancient Greece to our current age. Application of rhetorical theory/criticism to various historical and contemporary communicative events.

308 Organizational Communication (3:3)

Examines contemporary organizational communication theory and practices as they enable organizations to function, change, learn, and create/recreate identities.

311 Deliberation and Decision Making (3:3)

Course content explores the theory and practice of collaborative argumentation. This includes analysis and deliberation over contemporary issues and training in reasoned, persuasive oral and written communications. (Fall)

315 Persuasion and Social Influence (3:3)

Theories and practices of persuasion in critically evaluating and creating/composing persuasive messages. Role of ethics in relational, group, and mass mediated persuasive communication.

333 Special Problems (1–3)

Pr. permission of faculty supervisor

May be repeated for credit.

Guided individual study in an area of special interest to the student.

337 Intercultural Communication (3:3)

Drawing from multiple theoretical perspectives, this course explores theories, research, and issues important to the understanding of communication between people from different racial, ethnic, national, and other cultural backgrounds. (Fall)

341 Communication and Workplace Relationships (3:3)

Advanced communication skills applied to the workplace. Emphasis on both oral and written communication in interviewing, making presentations, and creating ethically grounded professional communication.

342 Communication and Public Relations (3:3)

Prepares students for effective and ethical public communication on behalf of profit and not-for-profit organizations. Students create a research-based, values-driven, standing PR plan designed to meet organizational communication objectives.

344 Conflict Communication (3:3)

Course explores how communication is central to expressing opposing voices and managing conflicted relationships, change, diversity/difference, and identities.

350 Small Group and Team Communication (3:3)

Theory and practice of small group/team communication, emphasizing student participation. Develops skills for leadership in small group/teams. Develops framework for analysis of effective small groups/teams.

390 Studies in Communication Across the Curriculum (3:3)

Pr. CST 105 or 341 (may be taken as a corequisite); 3.0 GPA in the student’s major; written permission from the Speaking Across the Curriculum Center Director

Explores principles of Communication Across the Curriculum, applying them to interpersonal communication, listening, group communication, public speaking, and pedagogy to prepare Communication Consultants in UNCG’s Speaking Intensive program.

399 Communication Research Methods (3:3)

Pr. CST 200, 207, 210, 300, 305

Theoretical examination and practical application of the philosophical, ideological, and processual bases for selecting, using, and evaluating methods of conducting and reporting communication research.

412 Communication Internship (3–6)

Pr. will vary; junior or senior status, and permission of instructor

Open to majors only.

May be repeated for maximum of 6 s.h. credit.

Field learning experience using communication theory, research, and strategies in agencies and organizations within the larger community. (Fall & Spring)

415 Family Communication (3:3)

Exploration of family communication, including symbols, meanings, rules, traditions, stories, secrets, roles, artifacts, and theoretical frameworks. Practical application exercises and research related to family communication practices and patterns. (Fall)

440 Reclaiming Democracy: Dialogue, Decision-Making, Community Action (3:3)

This course asks: How do we reclaim our democracy as a humane, inclusive process responsible to the needs of all community members and what does this require of us? (Alt Fall)

460 Special Topics in Communication Research (3:3)

Pr. permission of instructor

May be repeated for credit an unlimited number of times when topics vary.

Seminar in applying communication theory and research to current topics.

493 Honors Work (3–6)

Pr. permission of instructor; 3.30 GPA in the major, 12 s.h. in the major

May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.


499 Senior Project Seminar (3:3)

Pr. senior status and permission of instructor

“Capstone experience” for majors. Course explores the themes of strategies, ethics, relationships, and communities, in their academic experience.

Courses for Advanced Undergraduates & Graduate Students

502 The Semiotics of Everyday Life (3:3)

Pr. graduate status or permission of instructor

Language, meaning, and sign systems as communication process. Emphasis on projects to apply theoretical concepts from general semantics and semiotics to promote understanding of how humans symbolically construct reality.

506 Speaking Out for Community Change (3:3)

Pr. CST 305 recommended for undergraduates

Exploration of theory and practice in community advocacy. Focus on public deliberation, moral conflict, and community dialogue in value-laden topics and controversies. (Fall or Spring)

540 Social Entrepreneurship: Justice and a Green Environment (3:3)

Pr. upper division undergraduate or graduate student status

Interdisciplinary course in social entrepreneurship. Exploration of models for designing and implementing entrepreneurial projects that respond to social, economic, environmental, and justice issues. Introduction to direct action and evaluation. (Same as BUS 540, ENT 540, SWK 540, WGS 540)

555 Relational Communication and the Hollywood Feature Film (3:2:3)

Pr. undergraduates: CST 207, 300 or 305, and upper division standing

Analysis and applicaton of images, discourses, and practices concerning human communication and relationships as they are represented in the powerful cultural medium of film. (Alt Years)

562 Organizational Change: Diversity and Identity (3:3)

Pr. graduate status or permission of instructor

Contemporary theory and practices of communication applied to changing organizations. Emphasis on the role of diversity and issues of identity driving change.

599 Communication Pedagogy (3:3)

Pr. graduate status or permission of instructor

Seminar focusing on the effect of communication upon learning. For graduate teaching assistants in any discipline, graduates or undergraduates interested in teaching or training. Emphasis on pedagogical principles and instructional materials.

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin
for additional graduate-level courses.