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Psychology & Communications Studies

Temporary Physical Address:
McClure Hall 403B
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710
E-MAIL: seanm@uidaho.edu


Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Communication Studies Courses

Comm 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2 cr).    
May be used as core credit in J-3-a. Skills and techniques of effective speaking.

Comm 111 Introduction to Communication Studies (3 cr).
Introduction to historical and intellectual development of the primary subfields within communication; perspectives on interrelationships among the subfields of interpersonal, small group, visual, organizational, and mass communication; exploration of institutional character and cultural implications of each subfield; build competence as critical consumers of communication content.

Comm 200 Seminar (cr arr).

Comm 203 Workshop (cr arr).

Comm 204 Special Topics (cr arr).

Comm 233 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr).
Communication concepts and skills applied to relationship management; communication process, listening, self-disclosure, perception, conflict.

Comm 235 Organizational Communication
(3 cr).
Philosophy, methods, and designs for studying communication system of a complex organization.

Comm 299 Directed Study (cr arr).

 Comm 332 Communication and the Small Group (3 cr).
Problem-solving methods; performing as a group leader or as a group member; small group behavior.

Comm 335 Intercultural Communication
(3 cr).
Survey of current theories and research on intercultural communication; development of critical thinking skills in regard to intercultural interaction and communication styles.

Comm 347 Persuasion
(3 cr). Prereq: Comm 101
Theory and practice of effective persuasive techniques.

Comm 400 Seminar (cr arr).

Comm 403 Workshop (cr arr).

Comm 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr). Prereq: perm.

Comm 410 Conflict Management (3 cr). 
Principles of effective conflict management in various settings; emphasis on styles of conflict, power, goals, strategies and intervention techniques.

Comm 421 Nonverbal Communication (3 cr). Prereq: Comm 111.
Current theories, research and applied principles of nonverbal communication; in-depth examination of human social and biological development of nonverbal codes, and the role of nonverbal expression in intercultural, interspecies, mediated and organizational contexts.

Comm 431 Applied Business and Professional Communication (3 cr).  Comm 101 and 235.
Presentations designed to assist students in professional fields in making presentations to professional and lay audiences.

Comm 432 Gender and Communication
(3 cr). Prereq: Comm 233 or perm. (Alt/yrs)
The nature of interpersonal communication and gender; identification, interpretation, and analyses of theories that offer explanations of gender and culture in interpersonal interactions.

Comm 433 Organizational Communication Theory and Research
(3 cr). Prereq: Comm 235
Overview of current theory and research in organizational communication; interpretive and critical perspectives on organizational culture, organizational change, organization and environment relationships, management systems and power relationships.

Comm 455 Communication Research Methods (3 cr) (Comm 450 and 451).
Aims and methods of quantitative and qualitative communication research.

Comm 456 Nonprofit Fundraising (3 cr).
Same as JAMM 456. Explores theory and practice of fundraising for nonprofit groups. Surveys public campaigns and communication strategies, fundraising methods, ethics of fundraising, and fundraising leadership/management. Students will develop methods of evaluation for fundraising, and do so by case studies and preparation for fundraising campaigns.

Comm 491 Communication and Aging (3 cr).
A communication perspective is adopted to examine the aging process and the ability of individuals to successfully adapt to aging; issues addressed are theory, research and factors associated with communication and aging.

Comm 492 Dark Side of Communication (3 cr).
Interdisciplinary study of how individuals cope with difficult, problematic, distressing, and disruptive social interaction.  Topics included are the "hidden and forbidden" aspects of personal relationships that are often neglected by social scientists.

Comm 494 (s) Research Experience
(cr arr).
Supervised experience in conducting communication studies research. Available topics vary depending on current faculty research interests.

Comm 497 (s) Practicum in Instruction (cr arr).

Comm 498 (s) Internship (1-3 cr, max arr). Prereq: perm of School of Communication Director. Supervised experience in professional communication. Graded P/F.

Comm 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr).