Communication Arts Courses

CA 101 - Public Speaking

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introduction to the theories, principles, and methods of oral communication with emphasis on the skills necessary for preparing and presenting demonstration, informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches.

CA 108 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides theoretical frameworks and strategies used within interpersonal communication to analyze various communication situations. Students learn effective ways both to provide and receive information in ways that promote healthy relationships. Topic areas include language choices, gender, culture, conflict, friendships, family and marriage, nonverbals, and persuasion.

CA 206 - Interviewing Techniques

(Credits: 3.00)

A practical course in which students learn to approach all types of interviewing situations as well as design and assess interview questions and structures. Included are interviews for recruiting, employment, performance, research, journalism, and persuasion.

CA 207 - Interpersonal and Group Communication for Early Childhood Educators

(Credits: 3.00)

Students gain an overview of the various areas encompassed by interpersonal and group communication, especially in the context of early childhood education. This course provides a theoretical framework to analyze various communication situations. Problems in interpersonal and group communication are examined to determine effective methods of resolution. Topic areas include language choices, gender, culture, perception checking, friendships, family and marriage, nonverbal communication, persuasion, conflict, teambuilding and leadership. Corequisite: ECUE 211, MT 104.

CA 209 - Online Newswriting: WolfPrint Online

(Credits: 3.00)

An introduction to the fundamentals of online journalism in which students learn to uncover stories, identify and interview sources, gather information, write leads and edit for style and grammar. Students will write stories for the campus online newspaper and in-class case studies that meet professional standards in areas such as crime/court reporting, news conferences, and disasters. Students will also identify appropriate online support tools to enhance their stories, including photos, videos and external links. Ethical dimensions of online journalism will also be explored.

CA 210 - Team Communication

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an overview of the characteristics and techniques of effective group interaction and leadership. Topics include stages of group development, emerging roles, status/power, conflict, hosting effective meetings, and problem-solving techniques. Students work in groups on a shared task.

CA 211 - Oral Communication for Early Childhood Education

(Credits: 3.00)

Students will learn to present informative and persuasive speeches while gaining knowledge about the relationships between audiences and speakers, methods of organization, and methods of argumentation. The end product, the speech, will come from much preparation. Research, organization, application of theories, and practice must occur before the actual performance of the speech. The course emphasizes preparation for the Early Childhood classroom and community interaction related to Early Childhood programs. Corequisite: ECUE 411, HS 126.

CA 221 - Audio Storytelling

(Credits: 3.00)

This course emphasizes the use of sound and broadcast style writing to tell powerful stories, convey information, and evoke emotion. Students learn to write, edit and produce various styles of stories, including features, news stories, and public service announcements. Constitutional and ethical issues are discussed. This course involves practival application through the reporting and technical production of audio stories. This course requires students to work on stories outside of class time and to meet strict deadlines. Students learn to use state-of-the-art audio equipment and MAC-based editing software.

CA 228 - Introduction to Public Relations

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introduction to the field of public relations and a study of how PR works with stakeholders inside and outside of the organization. Students study the specialty subfields, history, legal and ethical issues of PR. Students also learn to write basic PR documents.

CA 240 - In-Country Cultural Training

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

This is an introduction to cultural differences between the United States and the particular foreign country being studied. The course includes in-depth, on-site (when possible) study of the values and customs of the foreign country. Intercultural communication techniques are taught to enhance intercultural exchanges. This is appropriate for anyone who will be interacting with people from another culture, and is particularly applicable to International Business students.

CA 243 - Gender and Communication

(Credits: 3.00)

This course explores the similarities and differences between masculine and feminine communication styles and how these affect communication in a variety of interpersonal contexts including friendships, romantic relationships and the workplace. Students gain an understanding of the role gender plays in their communication and interpersonal relationships and an ability to use this knowledge to increase their communication competence.

CA 244 - Family Communication

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an examination of the theories and principles of the dynamics of communication within a variety of family contexts. Topics such as courtship, marital reality, change and growth, and rules and roles are explored.

CA 245 - Nonverbal Communication

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introduction to the theories, concepts and research that attempts to explain the various functions of nonverbal communication as well as the powerful role it performs in the interpersonal communication process. Students learn how to assess their own nonverbals and utilize nonverbals to build communication competence.

CA 246 - Leadership and Communication

(Credits: 3.00)

The leaders of tomorrow need diverse organizational and interpersonal skills to motivate and empower those who follow them. This course introduces theory and strategies to effectively lead others, including setting priorities, creating effective teams, leading in crisis, and developing people. Students also will examine what kind of leader they are and can be in their communities and workplaces.

CA 247 - Conflict Management

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an introduction to the theories and concepts used to analyze interpersonal conflict situations that occur within friendships, the family, the workplace, and the community. Students gain an understanding of the functions and potential benefits of conflict in interpersonal situations, as well as their own conflict management style. Students develop a repertoire of style, strategy, and tactic options for conflict situations.

CA 252 - Persuasive Communication

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course we will use twelve persuasive strategies as a framework for examining persuasive messages in media, politics, on-line, advertising, in public speaking/presentations, and in relationships. Students will understand the key elements of persuasion, analyze persuasive messages, and learn to use persuasive techniques in writing and public speaking. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate.

CA 260 - Applied Communication Research

(Credits: 3.00)

Students explore a variety of research methodologies and apply and practice research procedures to become more critical consumers of research. Understanding research methods helps students gain knowledge of the communication discipline and will open professional paths by exposure to inquiry, investigation, analysis, data collection, and data interpretation.

CA 270 - Social Media and Society

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introductory course to uncover how society uses social media to communicate with each other. The course begins with an examination of communication theory about social media and the tools of social media, and then moves to a focus on how society sees social media, what research demonstrates about the communication nature of social media, and what makes for effective and ethical social media usage. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

CA 301 - Advanced Public Speaking

(Credits: 3.00)

Students gain a higher level of expertise in public speaking than in the CA 101 course by developing advanced skills of persuasion, narrative, language usage, and an ability to handle difficult speaking situations. Advanced speaking skills are taught through extensive speaking and criticism. Prerequisite: CA 101, sophomore standing.

CA 310 - Argumentation and Debate

(Credits: 3.00)

Students explore a variety of approaches to argumentation in several contexts, including science, religion, business, government, and politics. Students have the opportunity to apply and practice reasoned decision making both orally and in writing. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing, CA 101.

CA 317 - Mass Media and Society

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an introduction to mass media, including print, electronic and film. Students study the media as business, and how students shape and are shaped by economics and technology. Students explore how the mass media affects people on an individual, societal, and cultural level and discuss myriad ethical issues surrounding the media today.

CA 318 - Video Storytelling

(Credits: 3.00)

Students will learn the various ways to tell video news and feature stories for television and web formats. Emphasis is placed on the visual (video) as well as the written message. Ethical and legal news issues are discussed and applied to student writing. Students will learn the basics of how to conceptualize, produce, shoot, write, and edit their stories, using state-of-the-art digital cameras and MAC-based video editing software. This course involves hands-on application that requires strong organizational and planning skills in order to meet strict deadlines. Prerequisite: CA 221 or instructor consent.

CA 328 - Public Relations Strategies

(Credits: 3.00)

This course includes practical application of public relations principles and techniques employed in the design and planning of public relations campaigns and case analyses. The course explores fundamental campaign elements including audience analysis and adaptation, persuasion, group problem solving, research, written and oral skills, and ethical and legal applications of public relations campaigns. Prerequisite: CA 228.

CA 331 - Intercultural Communication

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on dynamics of communication that occur when people from different cultures interact with one another. The course provides an introduction to the primary sensitizing concepts in the field of intercultural communication. The course integrates a variety of learning methods, including lecture, discussion, small group work, simulations and videos. Overall, the goal of this course is to help you increase your understanding of how cultural variations influence the communication process. We will explore how the context of intercultural communication may produce communication anxiety, uncertainty and misunderstandings, as well as what types of knowledge, attitudes and behaviors can increase communication competence (appropriateness and effectiveness). This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

CA 340 - Professional Communication

(Credits: 3.00)

Students study the role written and oral communication plays in today's organizations in both theoretical and practical contexts. The class explores diversity, culture, and relationships in the workplace. Students will discuss and role-play difficult situations at work. Students will chose a finial project that will showcase one of the following: 1) their written skills, 2) their oral presentation skills, or 3) both their written and oral presentation skills. The final presentation should be something the student could utilize in their career field.

CA 347 - Mediation

(Credits: 3.00)

Conflict and communication are pervasive in human social life. This course examines mediation techniques as means of resolving conflicts in various settings. Mediation is the intervention of a third party to assist those in a conflict in determining their own resolution. Basic mediation introduces the theory of mediation, a balanced model of mediation, and introductory mediator skills. Students will learn other, more specialized models of mediation, restorative justice techniques, and advanced mediator skills. This course may be used toward an advanced core certificate. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or department consent.

CA 350 - Training and Development

(Credits: 3.00)

This is a hands-on course in which students will learn and demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to design, implement, and evaluate training programs for diverse groups. Emphasis is on adult learning theory and active training design. By designing an actual training program, students will learn to conduct needs assessments, craft and facilitate meaningful learning experiences, and measure impact. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

CA 360 - Fundraising and Grantwriting

(Credits: 3.00)

Nonprofits face stiff competition in capturing limited funding from both public and private sectors. This class explores key fundraising theory and strategies, including major gifts, annual campaigns, and special events. Students also learn how to write grant applications that lead to funding with emphasis on identifying meaningful outcomes, conducting needs analyses, describing program delivery, and evaluating program impact. Prerequisite: CA 252.

CA 370 - Organizational Social Media

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines how organizations use social media to communicate with their various publics. The class discusses the communication practices of organizations in order to reach both internal and external audiences. It examines methods of building a social media presence, focusing especially on the communication of nonprofit organizations.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

CA 401 - Senior Seminar: Communication

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is the culmination of the student's undergraduate study in communication. Under faculty guidance, the student explores a subfield of communication in great depth. Students design and complete a major project which is presented in a public forum. Prerequisite: CA 406 and junior standing.

CA 403 - Internship: Off-Campus

(Credits: 1.00 - 3.00)

Internship off campus

CA 406 - Communication Theory

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an examination of the sources of communication theory and its application in today's society. Students explore communication from a number of perspectives and use these perspectives and theories to describe, predict, analyze and evaluate human behavior. Prerequisite: CA 108, CA 210, and CA 252.