Introduction to theory, methodology, analysis and criticism. Skills learned in this course are the beginning foundation of those required to complete the capstone course and the major senior project. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; completion of at least one COMM course and a C average in all Communication Studies courses.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Sophomore standing; completion of at least one COMM course, and a C average in Communication Studies courses.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
By Griffin, Em (Wadsworth) Recommended
Theories of Human Communication
By Littlejohn, Stephen W. & Karen A. Foss (Humanities and Social Sciences) Recommended
Introducing Communication Theory: Analysis and Application
By West, Richard and Lynn H. Turner (McGraw Hill) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Identify different perspectives on communication theory.
Demonstrate intermediate level organizational and analytical skills when discussing and conducting communication research.
Demonstrate critical writing skills which support an understanding of basic critical and theoretical concerns in the discipline.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
All students in this class MUST complete the following assessment devices: a departmental comprehensive subject test, a major research project (10-15 pages) and a formal presentation of that research (10-15 mins.). These devices will be used by the department to measure the effectiveness of the program.
The nature of inquiry and theory.
Topics in communication theory.
Contextual issues in communication.
Writing in a scholarly manner.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.