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  1. 1. Communication College of Arts and Humanities our discipline, as well as its major theoretical Career Opportunities frameworks and research methodologies. In the new millennium, a degree in com- Department Both the major and minor are grounded in munication opens a great number of career of Communication the fundamental communication contexts doors. Increasingly, we see a wide variety Katherine L. Adams, Chair including public, interpersonal, group, of job descriptions across professional dis- organizational, instructional, and intercul- ciplines which list competence in communica- Speech Arts Building, Room 15 tural communication. Additionally applied tion as the highest priority. An essential goal 559.278.2826 contexts in business communication, ger- for us is to help you develop as a competent FAX: 559.278.4113 ontology communication, technology, and communicator. leadership are available. Students investigate In addition, we try to provide an educational problems in diverse cultural settings, which make the San Joaquin Valley — with its base for our majors and minors for specific B.A. in Communication careers requiring competencies in oral and tremendous ethnic diversity — an ideal M.A. in Communication location for study. written communication and in interpersonal and managerial situations. Minor in Communication The Communication Skills for Professionals Certificate program recognizes development Communication graduates are employed Single Subject Teaching as public relations consultants, personnel in such areas as presentational speaking, Credential in Speech/English problem solving and decision making, lead- managers, political campaign directors, Communication Skills for ership, and interpersonal communication. management analysts, teachers, counselors, Professionals Certificate lawyers, ministers, human resource special- Our program offers a variety of exciting ists, and marketing representatives. We offer activities to enrich your educational experi- students a discipline widely suited to today’s ence. We have an active student organization uncertain job market. National placement The Department — the Professional Communication Asso- studies reveal that communication majors Our aim is to prepare you to compete in, ciation — and a national communication are finding jobs with reasonably high job understand, and provide global leadership conference each spring that brings scholars satisfaction and above average pay rates, in a communication-oriented society. We and students from around the country. and that their rate of promotion is signifi- offer a balance of humanistic and scientific We offer you personalized advising. Our cantly faster. instruction in communication skills people major builds on a sound core of foundation The pursuit of a career is of great concern need to function effectively in teaching, busi- courses and is completed by courses selected to students today, but it is important to ness, law, the communication professions, to meet your needs and career objectives. recognize that the quality of your education public service and administration, public Our major requirements are flexible and will determine your success in life as well service, politics, and management. easily integrated into a host of minors. as how to make a living. More than half of Our program requires a comprehensive We think your choice of an adviser is an college graduates do not enter fields directly understanding of the breadth and depth of important decision, and we encourage our tied to their majors. students to pick their own adviser. As you begin making decisions about your life and what you want to do with it, re- member that we will be happy for you to join us in the most exciting and fundamental discipline of all — the study of human communication. Youngsters Faculty demonstrate their Katherine L. Adams, Chair communication Kevin Ayotte Shane Moreman skills at the Diane M. Blair Marnel N. Niles annual Peach John A. Cagle Robert G. Powell Connie J. Conlee Devendra Sharma Blossom Oral Craig Fowler Sally Tannenbaum Interpretation Douglas Fraleigh W. Richard Ullmann Festival. Scott D. Moore 162 2009-2010 California State University, Fresno General Catalog
  2. 2. Communication Bachelor of Arts 4. No more than 6 units of COMM 179 Communication Skills for Degree Requirements (Internship) may be applied toward Professionals Certificate completion of the communication ma- Proficiency in communication skills is es- Communication Major jor. sential in virtually any professional career. The communication major is designed to 5. Students in the major are allowed only The Communication Program offers a Arts and Humanities provide broad-based competencies in oral 3 units of COMM 190 and no more structured sequence of courses leading to and written communication, critical analysis a certificate of special study recognizing than 6 units toward the baccalaureate of human discourse, and social scientific the focused development of professional degree. and humanistic research methods. The communication skills in such areas as pre- major also emphasizes how this theoretical 6. No General Education Multicultural/ International course offered by the sentational speaking, problem solving and knowledge is applied in specific contexts decision making, leadership, and interper- ranging from personal relationships to busi- Communication Department may be used to satisfy the General Education sonal communication. Upon completion of ness management to public advocacy. the certificate requirements, the department requirements for majors in the depart- Units will award a certificate. ment. Major requirements .......................... 42 Certificate Prerequisites: upper-division Fundamental communication Teaching Credential standing and completion of the General processes and skills ..................(6) Students requesting a Single Subject Teach- Education basic speech requirement. Select two from COMM 3, ing Credential with the English-Speech Certificate Requirements. Check with 4, 5, 7, 8 emphasis should consult with the credential department prior to beginning certificate Core competencies ..................(12) adviser in the Communication Depart- requirements regarding program status. COMM 100, 140, 142, ment. Students pursuing this option will Units 166 be required to select the English-Credential Communication Theory: Personal and professional for their Bachelor of Arts and should refer COMM 100 ....................................... 3 communication .....................(18) to the English Department section of the Professional Writing Skills: Select a minimum of two catalog concerning the state-approved BA 105W, ENGL 164, courses in each area subject matter preparation program for the MCJ 10 ............................................ 3-4 Personal and relational set- English-Speech emphasis. Business and Professional Speaking: tings: COMM 108, 120, COMM 170 ....................................... 3 150, 161, 162, 164 Communication Minor Communication Training and Advocacy in public settings: Increasingly, oral and written communica- Development: COMM 176 ................ 3 COMM 15/115, 103, tion, problem solving and decision making, Elect 6 units from COMM 103, 108, 105, 148, 149, 163, 170 leadership, and conflict resolution skills are 162, 167, 168, 169 .............................. 6 Organizational and profes- being recognized as vital skills for profes- Total .............................................. 18-19 sional settings: COMM sionals in all fields of work. The Commu- 165, 167, 168, 176, 179 nication Minor is designed to develop these The new Communication Skills for Profes- Electives in major ......................(6) competencies in order to help students better sionals Certificate Program is designed to Select a minimum of two meet their particular career goals. While a enable students to achieve recognition of upper-division courses specific minor is recommended, you may development in such areas as presentational from settings above and/or wish to consult with your department ad- speaking, problem solving and decision COMM 114, 115, 116, viser about designing a minor to suit your making, leadership, and interpersonal 160, 169, 171, 188T, special objectives. communication. 189, 190 Units General Education requirements...... 51 Graduate Program Electives and remaining Core requirements............................. 15 The Master of Arts program in Commu- degree requirements ................ 27-33* COMM 5, 7, 8, 100, 140 nication is designed to be a comprehensive Total ................................................. 120 Electives ............................................... 6 program reflecting the history and breadth of Approved upper-division the communication discipline. Four objec- * See Advising Note 1. communication courses tives serve as measures for competent M.A. Total ................................................... 21 graduates of the program. First, all graduates Advising Notes 1. This total indicates that 6 units of will have a comprehensive understanding Note: The Communication Minor also of the historical and philosophical assump- COMM 3, 5, 7 and/or 8 also may be requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division applied to fulfill General Education tions of the communication discipline, as units in residence. well as the various theoretical perspectives Foundation A1 and A3 requirements. underlying scholarship in the discipline. 2. No more than 3 units from COMM 15 Second, all graduates will recognize and and 115 can count toward fulfillment of be able to use appropriate communication the communication major. strategies in formal, informal, professional, 3. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the and personal contexts. Third, all graduates communication major with the exception will understand quantitative and qualitative of COMM 179 (Internship). 2009-2010 California State University, Fresno General Catalog 163
  3. 3. Communication methods of research in communication. Department highly recommends selecting COMM 5. Argumentation (3) Fourth, all graduates will understand various 12 units from among the following core Logical analysis, evidence, reasoning, and requirements: COMM 205, 215, 242M, 243, communication perspectives and will have 244, 214, 263, 264M, 265, and 266. proof used in arriving at rational decisions a clear understanding of their own personal ** For those individuals pursuing professional as demonstrated through presentation of perspective and ideologies. careers such as business and industry, public public speeches and debates. G.E. Founda- service, law, and government, the Commu- tion A3. FS Master of Arts nication Department highly recommends selecting 12 units from among the following COMM 7. Persuasion (3) Degree Requirements core requirements: COMM 214, 215, 263, Analysis and practice of the use of persuasion The graduate program in communication 264M, 265, 266, 268, and 276. as a social tool for resolving controversy and is designed to extend the competencies of forming opinions from the perspectives of students in the study of human commu- Advising Notes both the persuader and the persuaded. G.E. nication. Graduate teaching assistantships 1. At least 21 units in the student’s program Foundation A1. FS provide students with opportunities for of study must be in 200-level (seminar) financial assistance and additional educa- courses. COMM 8. Group Discussion (3) tional experiences. Communication in group thinking and 2. One methods seminar (COMM 242M or problem solving through preparation and The graduate program in communication 264M) is required in every program. presentation of panels and symposia on assumes undergraduate preparation equiva- 3. In order to fulfill the university’s Gradu- public issues. G.E. Foundation A1. FS lent to a California State University, Fresno ate Writing Skills Requirement, stu- major or minor in communication. The dents are asked to submit an academic COMM 10T. Topics in Communication Communication Department offers a 30 writing sample for evaluation prior to (1-3; max total 9) unit Master of Arts degree with coursework advancement to candidacy. Consult the Contemporary problems and issues in in three areas of human communication: department’s Graduate Handbook or communication; sections include such rhetoric and public address, communica- graduate coordinator for further details topics as freedom of speech, parliamentary tion, and applied communication. Course- on the policy. procedure, special communication skills, work in these areas provides preparation for 4. At least 3 units of electives must be an rhetoric of protest and response, and com- a variety of career opportunities including upper-division or seminar course in a munication processes. teaching and doctoral work in communica- department other than communication. COMM 15. Forensics Laboratory tion and rhetoric,* business and industry, Any other elective requirements can be (1-2; max total 4) public service, law, and government.** met by any approved communication Experience in the presentation of debates, seminar, upper-division communication oral interpretation programs, persuasive Program Requirements course, or appropriate course outside and expository speaking. Intramural and Admission Requirements for Classified the department. Elective requirements intercollegiate competition in forensics. Standing. See Admission to Graduate Degree are approved by the graduate student’s Programs with Graduate Standing in the Divi- COMM 100. Theories of graduate committee and the graduate Human Communication (3) sion of Graduate Studies of this catalog. coordinator. Survey of major theories of human commu- Units nication, philosophical issues, and applica- COMM 241 and 262 ........................... 6 COURSES tions; theories include interpersonal, group, COMM 205, 214, 215, 242M, Communication (COMM) organizational, intercultural, linguistic, and 243, 244, 262, 263, 264M, 265, COMM 3. Fundamentals of persuasion. FS 266, 268, 276 or 290........................ 12 Public Communication (3) COMM 103. Advanced Electives ............................................ 3-9 Theories of human communication and Public Speaking (3) Culminating experiences .................. 3-6 their function in contemporary public Advanced principles of expository and Select one of the following: settings; experiences designed to enhance persuasive speaking; development of skills A. Comprehensive Examination fundamental communication skills — re- through analysis, preparation, organization, (take at least 3 units of search, organization, reasoning, listening, and delivery of various types of speech. S approved communication and problem solving — through a series even electives) of oral presentations. G.E. Foundation B. COMM 298: Graduate A1. FS COMM 105. Argumentation Project (3-6 units; additional Theory (3) approved communication COMM 4. Introduction to Analysis of the theories and techniques electives if needed) Interpersonal Communication (3) of argumentation, including models of C. COMM 299: Thesis (3-6 Introduction to various theories of inter- argument, relationships between persua- units; additional approved personal communication; participation in sion and argumentation, and the effects of communication electives if experiences designed to enhance compe- argumentative discourse. F needed) tence in interpersonal relationships. FS Minimum total ................................... 30 * For those individuals pursuing careers in teaching and doctoral work, the Communication 164 2009-2010 California State University, Fresno General Catalog
  4. 4. Communication COMM 108. Communication COMM 148. American Public Address (3) COMM 163. Social Influence and the Small Group (3) An examination of significant American and Attitude Change (3) Analysis of group communication theories speakers and speeches set in an environment Seminar on the nature and effects of social and their application to small group behavior of social and political history. The course influence, with special emphasis on attitude in specific variables such as leadership, is designed to acquaint students with the formation and change, conformity, behavior, Arts and Humanities power, conflict-resolution, conformity, co- role of public address within the forces of “brain washing,” prejudice, and propaganda hesiveness, and related group processes. S American history. S as functions of communication. FS COMM 114. Communication COMM 149. Freedom of Speech (3) COMM 164. Intercultural and Learning (3) Examines the tradition of freedom of speech Communication (3) (Same as CI 158.) The nature of commu- and expression in the American democracy. Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth nication and its relationship to learning Focuses upon the First Amendment to the Area D. Analysis of cultural variables and and instruction; management of oral com- Constitution and major case laws which factors in the communication process and munication strategies in the educational impact contemporary standards for public strategies for the resolution of intercultural setting. FS discourse, politics, broadcast, and journal- problems; consideration of implications for COMM 115. Advanced Forensics ism. F education and programs necessarily involv- Laboratory (1-2; max total 6) COMM 150. Communication ing intercultural communication. G.E. Experience in the presentation of debates, and Aging (3) Multicultural/International MI. FS oral interpretation programs, persuasive (Same as GERON 150.) Focusing on the COMM 165. Computer Applications and expository speaking. Intramural and communication aspects of the aging process, in Communication (3) intercollegiate competition in forensics. organized around the major communication Survey of information technologies and COMM 116. Communication components of intrapersonal, interpersonal, computer applications in human com- and Humor (3) and mass communication with addition of munication professions, including word Develop your sense of humor and learn to such topics as attitudes, stereotypes, non- processing, spreadsheets, graphics, presenta- incorporate humor into your world by ex- verbal, and the communication aspects of tion visuals, e-mail, and Internet. Advanced amining humor theories, social and personal health care. F techniques for creating Web pages, reports, functions of humor. Focuses on (1) stand-up COMM 160. Meaning, Language, training, presentations, brochures, and comedy, writing, and presentation, or (2) and Communication (3) newsletters. FS application of techniques for management, A review and analysis of the various ap- COMM 166. Communication sales, marketing, teaching, and health related proaches to the study of human symbolic Research Methods (3) fields. S odd behavior, with focus on such theories as: Application of behavioral research prin- COMM 120. Gender Communication (3) General Semantics, Psycholinguistics, ciples to problems in quantification, design, Exploration of gender variables that affect Sociolinguistics, Epistemology, and other and analysis of data in communication human communication behaviors, focus- philosophical and scientific enquiries into research. FS ing on behaviors that have some mythical the nature of language and meaning. F COMM 167. Leadership in or factual bases in sex similarities and dif- COMM 161. Family Communication (3) Groups and Organizations (3) ferences. F Examines communication theories and Theory and practice of selected leadership COMM 140. Rhetorical Theory (3) empirical findings related to interaction in variables in groups and organizations; func- An examination and analysis of significant relationships, such as parent-child, sibling, tions of leadership in formal and informal theories and theorists of rhetoric from the romantic, and grandparent-grandchild. structures, understanding and analysis of classical to the modern period. Emphasis on Coverage also includes blended and non-tra- role-playing techniques. F odd preparation of research papers reflecting rhe- ditional family forms. Investigates positive COMM 168. Communication torical principles of communication. FS and sub-optimal processes, including con- in Organizations (3) flict, relational dissolution, and abuse. S Examination of organizational communica- COMM 142. Communication Criticism (3) COMM 162. Interpersonal tion from a multiple discipline perspective. An examination of historical and contempo- Communication (3) Through the study of theory and experiential rary communication events using principles An examination, analysis, and application learning in simulations, students develop skills of critical evaluation from rhetorical, artistic, of communication theories and variables necessary for planning, staffing, developing, and media perspectives. Written papers and involved in interpersonal contexts such decision-making, and problem-solving in presentations of analyses utilizing critical acquaintanceships, courtships, friendships, organizations. FS principles from these perspectives. FS and families. Attention is given to commu- nicative practices involved in the effective management of interpersonal relationships over time. FS 2009-2010 California State University, Fresno General Catalog 165
  5. 5. Communication COMM 169. Communication COMM 188T. Topics in COMM 242M. Seminar in and Conflict (3) Communication (1-3; max total 9) Contemporary Criticism (3) Examination of the role of communication Selected topics in communication. FS Prerequisite: COMM 142, equivalent, or in conflict in interpersonal, small groups, or- COMM 189. Projects in permission of instructor. The role of rhetori- ganizational, and societal settings. Through Communication (1-3; max total 6) cal criticism in contemporary society. experiential learning, case study analyses, Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Proj- COMM 243. Seminar in the History and practice of intervention skills, students ects in communication. (4 hours activity) of American Public Address (3) address conflict styles, strategies, tactics, Prerequisite: COMM 142, 148, equivalent, third-party intervention, and mediation COMM 190. Independent Study (1-3; max total 6) or permission of instructor. A detailed study techniques. S of selected men and women who have See Academic Placement — Independent COMM 170. Business and Study. Approved for RP grading. influenced political, religious, and social Professional Speaking (3) problems in American history. Development of communication skills neces- GRADUATE COURSES COMM 244. Seminar in sary for success in business, government, and (See Catalog Numbering System.) Contemporary Public Address (3) the professions. Includes theory and practice Prerequisite: COMM 142, 148, equivalent, of interviewing, job instruction training, work Communication (COMM) or permission of instructor. The study of group leadership, and proposal presentations. COMM 205. Seminar in contemporary figures in public address Class activities are adapted to students’ career Argumentation (3) who have influenced political, religious, goals. S Prerequisite: COMM 105, 140, or permis- economic, and social problems in the 20th COMM 171. Communication sion of instructor. Examination of tradi- century. and Planning Change in the tional and contemporary argumentation theory and research. Analysis of argument COMM 262. Seminar in Communication Social System (3) Theory and Research (3) Provides students with an understanding fields, theories of argument, argument as epistemic, argument and persuasion, argu- Prerequisite: COMM 100, equivalent, or of the communication processes involved permission of instructor. An examination in the evolution of social systems. Students ment and critical thinking. and evaluation of mathematical, philo- will examine a full range of social settings COMM 214. Seminar in sophical, sociological, psychological, and (small groups, organizations, cultures, etc.) Instructional Communication (3) rhetorical theories of human communica- from a variety of theoretical and analytical An examination of the relationships of tion. Emphasis upon the assumptions and perspectives. F even learning theories to communication study implications of various theories, models, COMM 176. Communication and research. Research in instructional and constructs. Consulting and Training (3) communication, teaching strategies in com- munication education, and techniques for COMM 263. Seminar in Development of skills necessary for effec- Group Communication (3) tive communication consulting in business, applying these concepts in educational and training settings. Prerequisite: COMM 108, equivalent, or government, and the professions. Includes permission of instructor. A critical examina- theory and practice of needs assessments, COMM 215. Seminar in tion of the scientific research and theories planning and conducting training activities, Communication Arts (3; max total 9) in group communication including research and evaluation of educational activities; Research and individually directed work variables and methodologies. Implications topics relating to adult education and cli- within one area of specialization. Approved of research findings for contemporary com- ent-consultant relationships. S for RP grading. munication problems. COMM 179. Internship COMM 241. Seminar in (1-6; max total 12) Rhetorical Theory (3) Prerequisites: major in communication, at Prerequisite: COMM 140, equivalent, or least 75 units completed and permission of permission of instructor. A seminar which instructor. Supervised work experience in deals with the development of specific government, business, social agencies, or principles by selected theorists. nonprofit organizations. CR/NC grading only. FS 166 2009-2010 California State University, Fresno General Catalog
  6. 6. Communication COMM 264M. Seminar in COMM 268. Seminar in COMM 299. Thesis (2-6; max total 6) Strategies and Applications Organizational Communication (3) Prerequisite: appropriate methodological of Communication Research (3) Prerequisite: COMM 168, equivalent, tools (COMM 242M or 264M), equivalent, Prerequisite: COMM 106, 166, equivalent, or permission of instructor. Theory and or permission of student’s committee. See or permission of instructor. Application of application of organizational communica- Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, Arts and Humanities quantitative and qualitative methodologies tion, including interpersonal and group completion, and submission of an acceptable to a variety of problems studied in human communication in planning, staffing, de- thesis for the master’s degree. Approved for communication. Discussion of design, in- velopment and decision making in complex RP grading. strumentation, and analysis of quantitative organizations; organizational systems and Note: Students must have earned at least a and qualitative data. environments; recognizing, diagnosing, and C in all courses considered as meeting the COMM 265. Seminar in solving organizational problems. prerequisite requirements. Interpersonal Communication (3) COMM 276. Seminar in Prerequisite: COMM 162, equivalent, or Communication Training and IN-SERVICE COURSE permission of instructor. An examination Development (3) (See Catalog Numbering System.) of current quantitative and qualitative Prerequisite: COMM 176, equivalent, or Communication (COMM) theory and research in interpersonal com- permission of instructor. In-depth view munication. Implications and applications and application of approaches to training COMM 303. Topics in Communication to various kinds of human relationships and in communication skills in organizations (1-3; max total 12; repeatable with various aspects of those relationships, e.g., including needs assessment for training, different topics) stages, relational communication, attrac- workshop and seminar development, and Prerequisite: permission of instructor. tion, conflict, self-disclosing. evaluation of interventions. Application of the theories in communi- cation. COMM 266. Seminar in COMM 290. Independent Study Intercultural Communication (3) (1-3; max total 6) Prerequisite: COMM 164, equivalent, or See Academic Placement — Independent permission of instructor. An examination Study. Approved for RP grading. of current quantitative and qualitative COMM 298. Project (2-6; max total 6) theory and research in intercultural com- Prerequisite: prior advancement to can- munication. Implications and applications didacy, appropriate methodological tools to various kinds of human relationships (COMM 242M or 264M), equivalent, and various aspects of those relationships, or permission of student’s committee. See e.g., interpersonal, organizational, national, Criteria for Thesis and Project. Preparation, international, communication competence, design, conduct, and evaluation of project and acculturation. applying rhetorical and communication theories; e.g., communication campaign for public agency, communication audit of corporate organization, extensive consulting or training activities, etc. Requires scholarly report similar in format to thesis and final oral defense. Approved for RP grading. 2009-2010 California State University, Fresno General Catalog 167