Clackamas Community College

Communication Studies (COMM)

COMM-100  Basic Speech Communication  
3 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring  

Explores interpersonal and small group dynamics and communication skills in day-to-day formal and informal situations. Examines positive self-concept, listening skills, verbal and non-verbal modes of communication, and clarity of expression. Designed for non-transfer students.

COMM-111  Public Speaking  
4 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer  

Practice in organization, research and delivery of a variety of speeches.

Prerequisites: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
COMM-112  Persuasive Speaking  
4 credits, Not Offered Every Year  

Study and practice of persuasive speaking, audience analysis, reasoning, and the basic theories of persuasion.

Prerequisites: COMM-111 or Student Petition  
COMM-126  Introduction to Gender Communication  
4 credits, Fall/Winter  

Examines masculine and feminine communication patterns, including their differences and similarities. Discusses gender identity formation, roles, social influences, and current issues in various personal and professional settings.

Recommended Prerequisites: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
COMM-140  Introduction to Intercultural Communication  
4 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

Intercultural Communication is a course dedicated to exploring the impact cultural differences have on the communication process. Students explore their own cultural behaviors and possible ways to deal with difficult situations when cultural differences cause a problem(s). Emphasis is given to the influence of culture on the interpretation of the communication act and to the communication skills that enhance cross-cultural communication.

Required: Non-native English speakers must have a Student Performance Level of 8 as measured by the BEST Plus.
There is not a requirement for native speakers
Recommended Prerequisites: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121
COMM-212  Mass Media & Society  
4 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring  

This course takes students through a critical study of the production and consumption of mass media, including television, radio, books, film, news, advertising and the internet. Students also examine the economic and social organization of mass media, the growth of new media technologies, and the relationship between media and the public.

Recommended Prerequisites: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
COMM-218  Interpersonal Communication  
4 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer  

Analyzes the complexities of the interpersonal communication process in personal and professional settings. Subjects include self-concept, cultural identity, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening, conflict styles, and effective communication strategies.

Recommended Prerequisites: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
COMM-219  Small Group Discussion  
4 credits, Not Offered Every Year  

Theories and practices of small group communication through group discussions, readings and written exercises. Emphasis on effective group communication, leadership skills, and problem-solving in small groups.

Recommended Prerequisites: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
COMM-227  Nonverbal Communication  
4 credits, Winter  

Explores theories and types of nonverbal behavior in relation to the creative process of human communication. Examines the influence, interpretation, and/or management of such qualities as appearance, body movement, facial expression, voice, use of space, touch, and time. Considers how physical environments, social roles, gender, and inter/intra-cultural beliefs and values have an effect on relationships among individuals and groups. Applies theoretical interpretations to nonverbal communication found in various forms of human expression.

Recommended Prerequisites: Placement in WR-121  
COMM-280  Speech/CWE  
2-6 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer  

Cooperative work experience. Provides students with on-the-job experience in the field of communications. Variable Credit: 2-6 credits. Required: Student Petition.

Corequisites: CWE-281