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DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Courses

FRESHMAN LEVEL COURSES

COMX 111A  Introduction to Public Speaking 3 cr.  Offered every term.  Preparation, presentation, and criticism of speeches.  Emphasis of the development of public speaking techniques through constructive criticism. 

COMX 115S Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3 cr. Offered yearly. An overview of the process of human communication with special emphasis on analyzing communication patterns and improving interpersonal communication skills. Credit not allowed for both COMM 110S and COM 150S.

COMX 191S Global Leadership Initiative Freshman Seminar 3 cr.  Offered in the fall for students enrolled in the Global Leadership Initiative.

SOPHOMORE LEVEL COURSES

COMX 202S Nonverbal Communication 3 cr. Offered yearly. Nonverbal code systems and how they function in human communication including gestures, facial expressions, personal space, and others.

COMX 204X  International and Development Communication 3 cr.  Offered yearly.  International communication is concerned with information exchange across national borders while development communication focuses on the historical, current, and prospective role of communication technologies in social change, improving living conditions, and enhancing life prospects--mainly in developing countries.

COMX 210 Communication in Small Groups 3 cr.  Offered yearly.  Theory and research related to communication roles, collaboration, cohesion, leadership, and decision-making.  Experiences provided in task oriented groups and field analysis of group communication processes.

COMX 220S Introduction to Organizational Communication 3 cr. Offered yearly. Theory and research on communication in organizations. Focus on topics such as productivity, power, culture, socialization, technology and globalization covering a wide range of organizations including corporations, government, educational institutions, non-profit agencies and media organizations.

COMX 222 Professional Communication 3 cr.  Offered intermittently.  Exploration of communication skills needed in business and professional contexts.  Focus on developing a working knowledge of theory and skills for interpersonal communication, group communication, and business writing.  Concepts include communication processes, diversity in the workplace, nonverbal communication, technical communication, communication with customers, and employment communication.

COMX 240H Introduction to Rhetorical Theory 3 cr.  Offered yearly.  Prerequisite, COMX 111A.  An overview of rhetorical theory including an exploration of classical rhetoric, British and Continental rhetorical theory, and contemporary theories of language and persuasion.

COMX 241 Persuasive Communication 3 cr.  Offered yearly.  The use of communication in attitude and behavior change as experiences in personal, organizational, and public contexts.

COMX 242 Argumentation 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., sophomore standing. Development of argumentation skills and critical judgment in decision-making and debate. Includes criticism, construction, presentation, and refutation of spoken and written arguments.

COMX 291 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

JUNIOR LEVEL COURSES

COMX 311 Family Communication 3 cr. Offered yearly. Prerequisite, COMM 115S. An examination of communication in husband-wife, parent-child, and extended family relationships. Topics include intimacy, power, decision-making, problem solving, identity formation, and interpersonal perception.

COMX 312 Forensics/Honors 1-3 cr. (R-12)  Offered every term.  Prerequisite, COMX 111A, COMX 242, or equivalent.  Preparation and participation in competitive speech and debate, including Lincoln/Douglas and Parliamentary debate.  The team travels to regional competitions and hosts on-campus and intramural debates and speaking events.  Up to 6 credits may apply toward a major or minor in communication studies.

COMX 343 Persuasive Speaking and Criticism 3 cr. Offered yearly. Prereq., COMM 111A. The persuasive process through the criticism and creation of speeches and other rhetorical artifacts emphasizing the role persuasion plays in creating and shaping our culture.

COMX 347 Rhetoric, Nature and Environmentalism 3 cr. Offered every other year. Same as ENST 377 (EVST 377). Survey of rhetorical texts that shape public understanding of nature and environmental issues. Analysis of a range of historical and contemporary environmental texts using theoretical concepts from the rhetorical tradition.

COMX 349 Communication, Consumption and Climate 3 cr. Offered every other year. Same as NRSM 379 (EVST 379) and CCS 379. Analyzes consumption as a communication practice, investigates discourses that promote consumption, and illuminates environmental impacts on consumption.

COMX 351 Principles of Public Relations 3 cr.  Offered yearly.  The many uses of communication in the endeavor of public relations.  Communication theories and models including interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and mass communication are applied to explore the internal and external communication behavior associated with public relations.

COMX 352 Public Relations Portfolio 3 cr.  Offered yearly.  Writing documents such as press relases, fact sheets, brochures and speeches to create relationships between organizations and their publics.

COMX 380 Gender and Communication 3 cr.  Offered yearly.  Same as WGS 380.  The meaning of gender in our culture.  Examines how gender is displayed and perpetuated through social institutions such as the media and through our private and public verbal and nonverbal interactions.

COMX 391 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

COMX 398 Internship Variable cr. (R-6) Offered autumn and spring.  Prerequisite, consent of instructor.  Extended classroom experience that provides practical application of classroom learning during placements off campus.  Prior approval must be obtained from the faculty supervisor and the Internship Services office. A maximum of 6 credits of Internship (398, 498) may count toward graduation.  Offered C/NCR only.

SENIOR LEVEL COURSES

COMX 412 Communication and Conflict 3 cr.  Offered autumn and spring.  Conceptual and practical discussions of communication and conflict in interpersonal relationships, organizational settings and overall cultural milieu.  Topics include culture, power, styles, negotiation and bargaining, mediation, dissent, dispute systems, and crisis communication.  Credit is not allowed for both COMM 413 and COMM 412.

COMX 413 Communication and Conflict-Writing 3 cr.  Offered yearly. Conceptual and practical discussions of communication and conflict in interpersonal relationships, organizational settings and overall cultural milieu.  Fulfills Upper-Division Writing requirement for Communication Studies majors.  Credit is not allowed for both COMX 413 and COMX 412.

COMX 414 Communication in Personal Relationships 3cr.  Offered yearly.  Prerequisite, COMX 115S.  An examination of the functions, types, and historical context of close personal relationships with an in-depth study of the role of communication in friendships and romantic relationships.

COMX 415 Intercultural Communication 3cr. Offered autumn and spring. Communication principles and processes in cross-cultural environments. Non-Western cultures are emphasized by contrasting them to Western communication norms.

COMX 421 Communication in Nonprofit Organization 3 cr. Offered yearly.  Prerequisite, COMX 220S.  Focuses on issues in nonprofit organizational communication at macro and micro levels.  Topics include: organizational identity, change processes, public relations, fund-raising, advocacy, socialization, stress and burnout, board management and professionalization.

COMX 422 Communication and Technology in Organizations 3 cr. Offered every other year. Prerequisite, COMX 220S. This course takes a critical look at the influence of communication technologies on organizational communication. Students will examine how the world of work is changing due to new technologies and explore the social and ethical implications of technical innovation, adoption and use.

COMX 423 Practical Issues in Organizational Communication/Training and Development 3 cr. Offered every year. Prerequisite, COMX 220S. Emphasis on the theoretical and practical issues involved in communication training and consultation. Overview of theoretical models followed by the "nuts and bolts" of communication training, development, and assessment. Students will carry out a training or consultation project (e.g., planning, execution, and evaluation) to sharpen the issues explored.

COMX 424 Risk, Crisis and Communication 3 cr.  Offered every other year. This course explores the communicative dynamics that both prevent and cause organizational crisis. Through case studies, the class examines how people plan, communicate and make good decisions in high-risk situations, as well as how to manage crisis public relations effectively.

COMX 425 Communication in Health Organizations 3 cr.  Offered every other year.  This course explores the key issues at the intersection of health communication and organizational communication by considering communication processes that occur in a number of distinct contexts of health organizations.  Through case studies and health campaigns students explore contemporary concerns and theory in the area of health communication.

COMX 445 Rhetorical Criticism and Theory 3 cr.  Offered yearly.  Introduction to study of rhetorical criticism and theory.  Current theoretical and methodological issues and approaches including traditional criticism, experiential criticism, dramatism, narrative criticism, feminist criticism, postmodern criticism.

COMX 447 The Rhetorical Construction of "Woman" 3cr.  Offered every other year. Same as WGS 481.  Explores the rhetoric surrounding contemporary women's social "activism" in the U.S. Topics include women's rights, women's liberation, consciousness raising as a rhetorical form, reproductive rights, sexuality, and intersections between gender, race, and class.

COMX 449 The Rhetoric of U.S. Women's Activism, 1960-1982 3 cr.  Offered every other year.  Same as WGS 481.  Explores the rhetoric surrounding contemporary women's social "activism" in the U.S. Topics include women's rights, women's liberation, consciousness raising as a rhetorical form, reproductive rights, sexuality, and intersections between gender, race, and class.

COMX 460 Communication Research Methods 3 cr.  Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., a course in statistics. Introduction to the major types of communication research and the foundations of quantitative research methods.

COMX 461 Research Seminar 1-3 cr.  (R-9)  Offered autumn and spring. coreq., COMM 460 and consent of instructor.  Application of quantitative and qualitative research methods to specialized contexts.  Emphasis on direct student involvement in research activities.

COMX 485 Communication and Health 3 cr.  Offered yearly.  Theory and research on the health correlates of human interaction.

COMX 491 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9)  Offered intermittently.  Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

COMX 492 Independent Study Variable cr. (R-9) Offered every term. Prerequisite, consent of instructor.  Offered C/NCR only.

COMX 412 Communication and Conflict 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Conceptual and practical discussions of communication and conflict in interpersonal relationships, organizational settings and overall cultural milieu. Topics include culture, power, styles, negotiation and bargaining, mediation, dissent, dispute systems, and crisis communication. Credit is not allowed for both COMM 413 and COMM 412.

COMX 414 Communication in Personal Relationships 3 cr. Offered yearly. Prereq., COMM 110S. An examination of the functions, types, and historical context of close personal relationships with an in-depth study of the role of communication in friendships and romantic relationships.

COMX 421 Communication in Nonprofit Organization 3 cr. Offered yearly. Prereq., COMM 230S. Focuses on issues in nonprofit organizational communication at macro and micro levels. Topics include: organizational identity, change processes, public relations, fund-raising, advocacy, socialization, stress and burnout, board management and professionalization.

COMX 422 Communication and Technology in Organizations 3 cr. Offered every other year. Prereq., COMM 230S. This course takes a critical look at the influence of communication technologies on organizational communication. Students will examine how the world of work is changing due to new technologies and explore the social and ethical implications of technical innovation, adoption and use.

COMX 423 Practical Issues in Organizational Communication/Training and Development 3 cr. Offered every year. Prereq., COMM 230S. Emphasis on the theoretical and practical issues involved in communication training and consultation. Overview of theoretical models followed by the "nuts and bolts" of communication training, development, and assessment. Students will carry out a training or consultation project (e.g., planning, execution, and evaluation) to sharpen the issues explored.

COMX 424 Risk, Crisis and Communication 3 cr. Offered every other year. This course explores the communicative dynamics that both prevent and cause organizational crisis. Through case studies, the class examines how people plan, communicate and make good decisions in high-risk situations, as well as how to manage crisis public relations effectively.

COMX 425 Communication in Health Organizations 3 cr. Offered every other year. This course explores the key issues at the intersection of health communication and organizational communication by considering communication processes that occur in a number of distinct contexts of health organizations.  Through case studies and health campaigns students explore contemporary concerns and theory in the area of health communication.

COMX 445 Rhetorical Criticism and Theory 3 cr. Offered yearly. Introduction to study of rhetorical criticism and theory. Current theoretical and methodological issues and approaches including traditional criticism, experiential criticism, dramatism, narrative criticism, feminist criticism, postmodern criticism.

COMX 447 The Rhetorical Construction of "Woman" 3 cr. Offered every other year. Same as WGS 480. Topics include the early women's rights conventions, debates over marriage and divorce, social feminism, woman suffrage in Montana, and intersections between gender and race.

COMX 449 The Rhetoric of U.S. Women's Activism, 1960-1982 3 cr. Offered every other year. Same as WGS 481.  Explores the rhetoric surrounding contemporary women's social "activism" in the U.S. Topics include women's rights, women's liberation, consciousness raising as a rhetorical form, reproductive rights, sexuality, and intersections between gender, race, and class.

COMX 460 Communication Research Methods 3 cr. Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., a course in statistics. Introduction to the major types of communication research and the foundations of quantitative research methods.

COMX 461 Research Seminar 1-3 cr. (R-9) Offered autumn and spring. coreq., COMM 460 and consent of instr. Application of quantitative and qualitative research methods to specialized contexts. Emphasis on direct student involvement in research activities.

COMX 485 Communication and Health 3 cr. Offered yearly. Theory and research on the health correlates of human interaction.

COMX 491 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

COMX 492 Independent Study Variable cr. (R-9) Offered every term. Prereq., consent of instr.  Offered C/NCR only.

COMX 510 Seminar in Personal Relationships 3 cr. (R-6) Offered yearly. Prereq., consent of instr. Examines theory and research on the process and functions of communication in personal relationship contexts. Interdisciplinary readings illuminates the dynamics of communication in the development, maintenance, and deterioration of romantic relationships, friendships, and family relationships. Discussion and assignments center around theoretical, methodological, and practical issues in research on communicative activities and events in personal relationships.

COMX 511 Survey of Interpersonal Communication 3 cr. Offered every other year. Prereq., graduate standing in communication studies or consent of instr. Survey of theories and research in interpersonal communication including definitions of interpersonal communication, its place in the field of communication, and methodological issues. Overall emphasis on foundational readings and recent research developments.

COMX 512 Seminar in Interpersonal Conflict 3 cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.

COMX 514 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3 cr. Offered yearly. Same as LAW 614. A study of the varieties of dispute resolution vehicles outside the court process. Focus on a 40-hour component of practical skills training for the mediation practitioner. Topics include the mediation model, interest-based negotiation and effective communication.

COMX 515 Environmental Negotiation & Mediation 3 cr. Same as NRSM 515 and ENST 515. This course prepares students to effectively engage in multiparty negotiation on natural resource and environmental issues. It is grounded in theory and provides an opportunity to develop practical skills in both negotiation and facilitation/mediation. Guest speakers, case studies, and simulations allow students to develop, test, and refine best practices. The course is face-paced, highly interactive, and serves as the second of three required courses in the Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program.

COMX 520 Seminar in Organizational Communication 3 cr. Offered every other year. (R-6) Prereq., consent of instr.  Introduction to theories and research in organizational communication.  Topics include culture, networks, structure, technology, identity, power, resistance, gender, and globalization.  Overall emphasis on foundational readings and recent research developments.

COMX 540 Seminar in Instructional Communication 3 cr. Offered every other year. Prereq., consent of instr. Instruction in the theories, concepts, principles, and skills employed university level classroom communication and instruction.

COMX 541 Teaching the Basic Course 2 cr. (R-8) Offered autumn and spring. Prereq., consent of instr. Offered C/NCR only.

COMX 555 Seminar in Rhetorical Criticism and Theory 3 cr. Offered annually. Introduction to contemporary issues in rhetorical criticism and theory.  Methods reviewed include classical criticism, dramatism, close textual analysis, ideographic criticism, narrative criticism, feminist criticism, and postmodern criticism.

COMX 561 Qualitative Research Methods 3 cr. Offered every year. An emphasis on the philosophy and practice of qualitative inquiry, the development and use of descriptive frameworks, and gathering and testing qualitative data to develop human communication theory.

COMX 572 Family Law Mediation 2 cr. Offered autumn. Same as LAW 672. Interdisciplinary course on advanced mediation skills with a focus on family mediation including divorce and other types of family problems. Psychological issues for both children and parents, power balancing, gender issues and interest-based negotiation model.

COMX 575 Seminar in Rhetoric and Environmental Controversy 3 cr. Offered every other year. Same as ENST 575 (EVST 575). The study of how advocates use symbols to influence meaning and action in environmental controversies. Rhetorical theory is used to identify, analyze, and evaluate persuasive strategies and tactics.

COMX 585 Communication Across the Sciences 3 cr. Offered yearly. Focus on communication practices that facilitate interdisciplinary interactions across the sciences and result in more competent communication. Offered only to graduate student trainees enrolled in the M-EID program.

COMX 593 Professional Paper Variable cr. (R-6) Offered every term. Prereq., consent of instr.

COMX 594 Topical Seminar Variable cr. (R-6) Offered intermittently. Prereq., consent of instr.

COMX 595 Special Topics Variable cr. (R-9) Offered intermittently. Experimental offerings of visiting professors, experimental offerings of new courses, or one-time offerings of current topics.

COMX 596 Independent Study Variable cr. (R-9) Offered every term. Prereq., consent of instr.

COMX 599 Thesis Variable cr. (R-9) Offered every term. Prereq., consent of instr.

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