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Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

CMST 1 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

Theory and techniques of public speaking. Discovery, development, and criticism of ideas in public discourse through research, reasoning, organization, composition, presentation, and evaluation of various types of speeches including informative and persuasive speeches; includes developing the faculties of critical listening and problem solving. Strongly recommended: ENG 1A.

CMST 2 ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE

Critical analysis, appreciation, and application of theories and techniques used to perform various forms of literature, including poetry, prose, and drama. Students will learn to evaluate, analyze, edit, and creatively perform selections of literature for an audience.

CMST 3 GROUP COMMUNICATION

Principles of communication in a variety of group contexts. Theory, application, and evaluation of group communication processes, including norms, roles, problem solving, conflict management, decision making, and leadership. Includes participation in simulation exercises and group activities.

CMST 4 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Introduction to the breadth of the communication discipline with a focus on the foundations of interpersonal communication, small group communication, and public speaking. Examination and practice of basic human communication principles and theories to develop critical thinking and communication competencies in a variety of contexts. Strongly Recommended: ENG 1A. 3 hours lecture.

CMST 5 READERS THEATER

Introduction to the various principles and techniques used in readers theater, a style of theater that combines oral interpretation and conventional theater to make literature come alive for the audience. Using prose, poetry, and drama literature, students will create, compile, analyze, stage, and perform one or more readers theater productions.

CMST 10 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

Exploration, discussion, and evaluation of the principles of the verbal and non-verbal communication process in relationships. Study of theory and research findings and their application to communication in interpersonal relationships in personal and professional contexts. Strongly recommended: ENG 1A.

CMST 11 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Introduction to intercultural communication in domestic and/or global contexts. Influence of cultures, languages, and social patterns on how members of groups relate among themselves and with members of different ethnic and cultural groups. Theory, knowledge, appreciation, practical application and comparison of effective communication among diverse groups of people from different domestic and international cultures. Strongly Recommended: ENG 1A.

CMST 46 ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE

Methods of critical inquiry and advocacy of contemporary moral, political, economic, and philosophical issues in a diverse multicultural society. Identifying fallacies in reasoning and language, testing evidence and evidence sources, advancing a reasoned position, and defending and refuting arguments. Analysis, presentation, and evaluation of oral and written arguments. Strongly recommended: ENG 1A.

CMST 48 ACTIVITIES IN FORENSICS

Competition in the areas of public speaking and oral interpretation. Preparation, including research and writing; practice; and participation and performance in intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments.

Communication Studies Faculty

Janet Brehe Johnson
Office 4231
925.424.1145
jbrehe@laspositascollege.edu

Jim Dobson
Office 4228
925.424.1189
jdobson@laspositascollege.edu

Tim Heisler
Office 4230
925.424.1147
theisler@laspositascollege.edu