The Department of Communication seeks to provide students with a broad-based understanding of the processes of human communication and the importance of these communication processes in our society while serving and encouraging those students with professional aspirations to become ethical, articulate, creative, and innovative leaders in the field of communication.
Students major in communication as preparation for careers in business, law, teaching, and ministry, among others. Communication is the only way to exercise leadership, and oral communication is our main method for communicating with one another. Thus, the communication major proves useful to students with a wide array of career aspirations.
The communication specialist major combines courses in communication and film and digital media. This program of study blends a leadership/management/organizational communication focus with the development of expertise in digital media production. Like the communication major, it is appropriate for students with a wide array of career aspirations but is most appropriate for those intending to take advantage of communication expertise in a corporate career track.
Communication also offers students the opportunity to pursue a range of theoretical and practical courses in corporate communication, rhetoric and public discourse, and conflict management.
Various communication activities offer laboratory settings in which a student’s work is aided, directed, and evaluated by faculty specialists in a particular area of communication. These activities include:
- The Glenn R. Capp Debate Forum, one of the nation’s distinguished debate programs, offers students experiences in intramural and intercollegiate debate and forensic events. The Capp Forum also sponsors argumentation seminars, public discussion forums, a summer debate institute for high school students, and a workshop for high school teachers.
- Internship programs in communication provide students with real-world experience in their chosen field.
- Students have the opportunity to study and work with professional international consultants in the Baylor in England-Kensington summer program.
The preparation of public speeches, focusing on adapting messages to audiences. Credit may not be earned for this course if credit is earned in CSS 1302.
Preparation and delivery of the types of presentations employed in organizational and corporate settings. Credit may not be earned for this course if credit is earned in CSS 1301.
A study of reflective thinking and intentional reasoning as applied to college discussion and debate. Application made to current topics.
Foundational areas and research methods for the study of communication, including rhetoric and organizational, interpersonal, and nonverbal communication.
Interest in University forensic activities. Practice in forensic contests pointing toward the University program. Course extends throughout the year, meeting on Tuesday evenings each week.
Continuation of CSS 2264.
Must be qualified to assist inexperienced students in their preparation. Course extends throughout the school year, meeting on Tuesday evenings each week.
Continuation of CSS 3247.
Rhetorical theory and criticism, including the history of the field of rhetoric, the theories that guide rhetorical inquiry, and how to compose a rhetorical analysis.
Group interaction in decision-making and problem-solving situations associated with leadership, role development, and conflict management.
Preparation and presentation of extemporaneous and written public speeches.
Application of communication theory to interview situations with emphasis on developing and using effective strategies.
An introduction to the special communication needs and skills of lawyers, clients, and judicial personnel. Students will improve their ability to apply communication principles to professional settings.
Survey of the theories of human communication.
Overview of the communication process with emphasis on the theory and practice of communication in dyadic relationships. The course is designed to allow students to: (1) increase their understanding of the process of interpersonal communication, (2) increase their knowledge of the factors involved with interpersonal communication, and (3) to increase their skills and strategies for managing problems of interpersonal communication.
Nonverbal codes in human interaction in various communication situations.
The theory and research of cross-cultural communication, exploring similarities and differences in communication across cultures.
A consideration of theoretical and practical aspects of persuasive communication, centering on a discussion of various findings by experimental researchers about the nature of the audiences and messages involved in the persuasive process.
An introduction to the principles of rhetorical criticism, with emphasis on evaluation of contemporary speeches, films, music, television, and the Internet.
General theories and methods used to analyze visual communication. Considers several divergent schools of thought on the study of visual communication, including aesthetics, representation, semiotics, psychoanalysis, narrative, cultural studies, media studies, and rhetorical studies.
Communication within the organization and its relationship to organizational structure, roles, leadership, and management orientations.
Theory and practice of performing and supervising training activities in an organizational setting. Emphasis on the design, execution, and evaluation of communication training and development programs and strategies.
The intersection between leadership and communication, emphasizing the theory, research, and practice of leadership communication.
Examines advanced and complex types of small-group interaction, leadership, and collaboration. Taught in London.
Survey of communication dynamics and issues in nonprofit organizations. Emphasis on assessing and developing best practices in external and internal communication. Course topics include: stakeholder messaging, interorganizational collaboration, member relationships, and role development.
Application of survey and probing interview techniques with emphasis on career development.
Learn about communication and politics while abroad and examine the theory and practice of political communication in the United States and Western Europe.
See PSC 4310 for course information.
The role of communication in managing conflict in interpersonal, group, organization, and community contexts.
Examines advanced and complex types of communication contexts involving relational and group facilitation strategies, systemic interviewing practices, and the development of a basic understanding of systemic inquiry as a communication management strategy. Taught in London.
Survey of communication issues related to theory and research regarding relationships within the modern family system.
Design and implement a communication assessment of for-profit or non-profit organizations.
Health communication theory and practice, including patient-provider communication, healthcare organizational communication, and health information technology.
Advanced survey of theory and research regarding communication and personal relationships.
Examines pervasive health narratives, including best practices for the communication surrounding illness both from those living with the illness and those in support roles.
The ways in which communication is facilitated by new technologies with an emphasis on various theories related to computer-mediated communication and new communication technology.
Examination of the influence of culture on communicative aspects of individuals’ health.
Seminar topics vary each semester. May be repeated once with change in topic.
Analyzes the historical fight for women’s rights and contemporary arguments about gender-based rights through the tools of rhetorical criticism.
Significant public speeches in contemporary society, with emphasis on applying principles and methods of rhetorical criticism.
Influence of contemporary organizations on public attitudes and public policy through analysis of communication campaigns during both favorable and unfavorable conditions.
An analytical approach to the discourse generated by United States foreign policy in the post-World War II era. Topics covered include the nature of public opinion and foreign policy, rhetorical and political constraints on foreign policy discourse, and in-depth analysis of the arguments for and against the conflict in Vietnam.
Rhetorical strategies of African Americans, focusing on the historically important documents of oratory, argumentation, homiletic, and narrative.
Work at appropriate employment site for academic credit to accommodate career needs of communication students. Internships must be approved by the department director of internships. May be repeated for a total of six hours.
Exploration of ideas about communication, rhetoric, and race. Emphasis on rhetorical criticism as a methodological approach to public discourse and analysis of race as understood in contemporary American culture.
Selected theories of persuasion in Western culture from the Greco-Roman period to the present. Topics covered include the relationship of rhetoric and poetic, arguments for a behavioristic approach to rhetoric, and contemporary claims concerning rhetoric as a way of knowing.
Theories and methodologies pertaining to visual rhetoric.
Origin and development of rhetoric in American social movements, with emphasis on the characteristics of various types of communication situations and the discovery, analysis, and evaluation of common persuasive strategies.
Analysis of major speeches, pamphlets, and essays in England and America on politics and political change from the early seventeenth century through the American Revolution. Topics addressed include the birth of the public sphere, church and state relations, and natural rights.
Intended primarily for directors of speech activities in high schools and colleges. May be repeated once for credit.
A conference course designed to give individual students opportunities for additional work in their area of concentration in the Department of Communication. One to three hours may be earned in a semester. May be repeated once with change in content for a total of 6 hours.