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Dr Shavonne Shorter was featured on the “Get to know your campus” video series. You can watch it here.

 


 

Congrats to Facia Sirleaf for receiving the Outstanding Student in Communication Studies Award - 2018!

Congratulations to graduate Tamika Austin - for winning an award from the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) Read more.

Congratulations to Amanda Weaver and her debate partner Tanisha Webster (Business Administration) for winning the 4th Annual Frederick Douglass Debate Society Tournament on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at West Chester University. We are very proud of you!

 

Congrats to The National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC)! NCASC was selected as the 2018 Bloomsburg University Student Organization of the Year for their outstanding work in the areas of leadership, programming, and service.


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Featured
Student

Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

Featured Student

Gabrielle Narr
I am currently a Junior at Bloomsburg University in the Communication Studies major with a concentration in Organizational Communication. I also have a minor in Human Resources. The decision to choose this major and minor was the best decision I could have made as an incoming freshman. The classes I have taken in my major and minor have set me up to be successful in any career I choose. I am now an ethical thinker, organized, have great interpersonal skills, work well in diverse groups, and thrive as a public speaker. Not only have I gained these great skills, but being a Communication Studies major has given me the courage to get involved, which led to me joining my national sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Throughout my time in Phi Sigma Sigma I have held three leadership positions which are, scholarship chair, sisterhood development chair, and fundraising chair. I loved fundraising when I did it and it gave me the inspiration to want to pursue a career in Event Planning. Through my connections in Phi Sigma Sigma I received the opportunity to intern over the winter of 2017 at an event planning company called Philly2Night. During my internship I was involved in the process of planning and implementing events. I also worked closely with the events production manager. My favorite event that we planned was our New Years Eve Gala at the Seaport Museum. During my time as an intern at Philly2Night I gained real life experience, personal growth, field experience, and professional skill building. Throughout my time in the Communication Studies Department there have been two professors that have really stood out and helped me strive to be my best. Dr. Shavonne Shorter and Dr. Mary King have really been a great inspiration to me. They both encouraged me to be ambitious and do something that I never thought I would be able to do— achieve a 4.0 in the Spring 2017 semester. I also served as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Mary King's Introduction to Communication Studies course. This provided an opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills. I am very grateful for my professors and classmates that have helped me become the best version of myself. Communication Studies has prepared me for life after graduation, even if I'm not ready to graduate.

Communication Studies Course Descriptions

Effective Fall 2010

Commstud.102 Introduction to Communication Studies (3) - This large lecture survey course introduces students to the field of communication studies by examining applied research findings across major contexts. Students will learn about seminal and important works in each context. Completion of the course will yield a broad overview of communication studies and a basic understanding of prototypical studies across the discipline. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: None.

Commstud.103 Public Speaking (3) - Introduces students to the verbal, nonverbal, and organizational skills necessary for giving effective public presentations. Students will learn the theory and principles of effective public speaking and practice these principles by performing and analyzing speeches. Students will complete at least three major speaking assignments. This course satisfies one additional course requirement from the approved list of communication courses for general education requirements/This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week.

Commstud.104 Interpersonal Communication (3) - Introduces students to the process of interpersonal communication. Students will explore the role of conversations and relationships to enhance their participation in daily interactions and their critical awareness of the process. This course satisfies one additional course requirement from the approved list of communication courses for general education requirements/This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week.

Commstud.106 Small Group Communication (3) - This course examines communication principles and practices of successfully leading and participating in small groups. This course satisfies one additional course requirement from the approved list of communication courses for general education requirements/This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week.

Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence (3) - Provides students with an historical overview of an intellectual tradition whose theories enhance understanding of how to induce cooperation among others, shape social values, and sway decision making. Armed with this knowledge, students will be better prepared to advocate and lead in public affairs. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of Commstud.103 Public Speaking or Commstud.104 Interpersonal Communication or by permission of instructor.

Commstud.207 Communication Research Methods (3) - Introduces students to the empirical research process in the field of communication studies. Students will learn the basics of empirical research including the planning of studies, quantitative designs, qualitative designs, nonparametric/parametric data analysis, interpretation of results, and scientific measurement of variables. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.103 Public Speaking or Commstud.104 Interpersonal Communication or by permission of instructor.

Commstud.209 Examining Communication (3) - Introduces students to the art of communication analysis and to a variety of critical approaches which help students negotiate their way through a world of messages that compete for attention, influence beliefs and decisions, affect social change, and craft cultural identities. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Completion of either Commstud.103 Public Speaking or Commstud.104 Interpersonal Communication or by permission of instructor. Three hours lecture per week.

Commstud.215 Communication Theory (3) - Surveys theories of communication studies, both general theories and those specific to particular contexts such as intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, intercultural, and public communication. A wide range of readings reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of contemporary communication studies. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Communication Studies majors/minors only and completion of either Commstud.103 Public Speaking or Commstud.104 Interpersonal Communication or by permission of instructor.

Commstud.220 Intercultural Communication (3) - Explores communication in cultural contexts. Students will be exposed to general principles for communication across cultures, both international and domestic, with the goal of becoming competent communicators. In addition to dealing with "international" contacts such as exchange programs and orientation to travel abroad, and or study abroad, the course will explore "co-cultural" variations--that is, similarities and differences of individuals within the United States, and cultural differences and similarities transnationally in race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and condition of disability. Three hours lecture per week. This course is approved as a Diversity General Education Course/This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements.

Commstud.306 Computer Applications for Professional Communicators (3) - Familiarizes students with a variety of computer programs used in the field of communication. Students will learn the theory and procedures of desktop publishing, multimedia presentations, and website design. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Communication Studies majors/minors only and completion of Commstud.103 Public Speaking, or permission of instructor.

Commstud.307 Communication for Business Professionals (3) - Studies business and professional communication, selling skills and methods, leading and participating in groups, and interviewing. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Communication Studies majors/minors only and have completed Commstud.104 Interpersonal Communication, or by permission of instructor.

Commstud.309 Gender Issues in Communication (3) - Presents a broad range of theories concerning the nature of differences in communication behavior between the sexes and the presumed origins of such differences. It also examines communication theories about relationships between the sexes in families and other intimate associations, in business roles, and in society at large. The primary focus is on contemporary U.S. society, but some historical and cross-cultural contrasts will also be explored. This course is approved as a Diversity General Education Course/This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Communication Studies majors/minors only and have completed Commstud.104 Interpersonal Communication, or by permission of instructor.

Commstud.310 Organizational Communication Theory (3) - Explores theoretical and practical aspects of how communication patterns develop in organizations, and what effect these patterns have on various organizational processes and outcomes. Students will examine specific communication issues relevant in all types of organizations as well as discussing contemporary issues which modern organizations must face. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Communication Studies majors/minors only and have completed Commstud.104 Interpersonal Communication, or by permission of instructor.

Commstud.313 Conflict Management and Resolution (3) - Analyzes the role of communication in the generation, process, and management of destructive and constructive conflict on interpersonal, small group, organizational, and societal levels. Three hours lecture per week. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Prerequisites: Communication Studies majors/minors only and completion of Commstud.104 Interpersonal Communication, or by permission of instructor.

Commstud.315 Persuasion (3) - Examines the way people use symbols to influence other people. It provides practice in crafting, presenting and evaluating persuasive messages. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Communication Studies majors/minors only and completion of Commstud.103 Public Speaking, or by permission of instructor.

Commstud.321 Argument and Analysis (3) - Focuses on the techniques of reason-giving in communicative situations, analyzing controversial issues, the validity of claims and evidence, the detection of fallacies, and the ability to effectively communicate a point of view and refute the contentions of others. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Communication Studies majors/minors only and completion of Commstud.103 Public Speaking, or by permission of instructor.

Commstud.324 Health Communication (3) - Examines the social construction of illness identity, health issues, and health practices. By analyzing the historicity of Western medicine, doctor-patient dialogue, multicultural health communities, the politics of medicine, and illness narratives, students will better understand how health and illness are symbolically and culturally constructed and how to more effectively communicate interpersonally with, and possibly as, health care professionals. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Prerequisites: Communication Studies majors/minors only and completion of Commstud.104 Interpersonal Communication, or by permission of instructor. Three hours lecture per week.

Commstud.407 Interviewing (3) - Allows students to explore the interview as a specific communication event, with its own rules, procedures and strategies. It acquaints students with a variety of interview contexts, such as selection, performance appraisal, informational, helping, sales, and health care, by blending current theory and research with practical skills and applications. In this applied course students will prepare and conduct interviews, and receive feedback on their oral and written performances. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.412 Statecraft and Diplomacy (3) - Statecraft and Diplomacy invites students to explore the forms and practices of strategic communication and their influence on contemporary global society. Course participants will learn to plan, develop, and manage effective strategic communication plans for corporations, NGOs, or government agencies. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Prerequisites: Commstud.103 and/or Commstud.104, two courses from Commstud.215, Commstud.220, Commstud.207 or Commstud.209, and one from Commstud.207 or Commstud.209 all prerequisites require a grade of a C- or better. Three hours lecture per week.

Commstud.413 Community Leadership (3) - Identifies the communication skills that leaders need to help influence the information environment and the collective action of community members. We will adopt a rhetorical perspective in examining leadership within the contexts of political communication and social movement rhetoric. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud. 207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.417 Media and Visual Culture (3) - Develops students' skills for evaluating communication in a variety of mediated contexts by learning theoretical concepts from media, visual, and cultural studies and applying them to real-world examples. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.418 Issue and Image Campaigns (3) - Encompasses the role of campaigns in shaping social, cultural, and political agendas; theoretical foundations of persuasive campaigns; and effective strategies for creating, maintaining, and restoring image as a fitting response to emergent issues. Students participate in the planning of an actual issue and image campaign proposal to gain experience as persuasive strategists. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.419 Family Communication (3) - Focuses on the interaction patterns and communication dynamics that define families and shape family functioning. Students will learn about the theories and methods used in and applications of contemporary family research. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.420 Nonverbal Communication (3) - Provides an overview of the forms and functions of nonverbal communication including: distinctions between nonverbal and verbal communication, codes of nonverbal communication, the communication of emotions, sex and nonverbal communication, nonverbal immediacy, nonverbal communication in power and persuasion, and the role of nonverbal communication in deception. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.Three hours lecture per week.

Commstud.423 Communication Training in Organizations (3) - Focuses on advanced presentation skills for students exploring career opportunities as communication trainers or as professionals engaged in, or facilitating, adult learning. This class provides an overview of the training process including topics such as: needs assessment and task analysis, theories of adult learning, curriculum and content development, persuasion and personal selling, preparation/presentation of workshop sessions, and the evaluation of outcomes. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.424 Corporate Communication (3) - Focuses on advanced communication skills for students exploring career opportunities as a publicist or corporate writer in an organization, or an independent communication consultant. As an overview of the corporate communication process, it includes information about organizational planning, audience analysis, professional guidelines and writing standards, evaluating and solving corporate communication problems, critical analyses of corporate communication cases, designing strategic corporate crisis communication programs, qualitative and quantitative research, design and layout of publications, and use of computers in publication and presentation. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.425 Relational Communication (3) - Provides an in-depth analysis of theory and research relevant to close personal relationships. Students will explore contemporary research on issues germane to developing and escalating relationships, maintaining fair and satisfying relationships, and coping with relationship challenges. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.426 Leadership and Team Building (3) - Provides an intensive survey of theory and research pertaining to working in small task groups. The course includes a focus on practical knowledge required to become a productive participant and leader in small group contexts. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.427 Strategic Communication (3) - Invites students to explore the forms and practices of strategic communication and their influence on contemporary global society. Course participants will learn to plan, develop, and manage effective strategic communication plans for corporations, NGOs, or government agencies. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and 209.

Commstud.470 Independent Study (1-3) - Provides for individual work and study in one of the areas of rhetoric and communication. Student finds a faculty sponsor, prepares a written proposal that requires departmental recommendation and the dean's approval, arranged through the chairperson. See section on Independent Study.

Commstud.492 Special Topics in Organizational Communication (3) - Explores a particular area of emphasis in the Organizational Communication area of Communication Studies. The area specified will be determined by the professor of record. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.493 Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication (3) - Explores a particular area of emphasis in the Interpersonal Communication track of Communication Studies. The area specified will be determined by the professor. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.494 Advanced Studies in Communication: Diversity Focus (3) - Investigates significant aspects of communications studies. Topics are approved as diversity courses. Consult the schedule booklet or the listed instructor for further information. This course is approved as a Diversity General Education Course/This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Commstud.103 or Commstud.104; at least one of Commstud.205, Commstud.210, Commstud.215 or permission of the instructor.

Commstud.495 Special Topics in Leadership and Public Advocacy (3) - Explores special topics in the Leadership and Public Advocacy track. Topics vary by semester. Examples include: Persuasion and American Cinema, Rhetoric and Identity Politics, and Political Communication. This course counts as a Group A, Humanities and The Arts General Education Requirements. Three hours lecture per week Prerequisites: Completion of either Commstud.205 Understanding Social Influence or Commstud.215 Communication Theory, and completion of all core courses (Commstud.103, Commstud.104, Commstud.207, Commstud.209, Commstud.220), or by permission of instructor. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in Commstud.207 and Commstud.209.

Commstud.497 Internship in Communication (3-9) - Integrates classroom experience with practical work experience in industrial, business or government work settings. Students must establish academic integrity of their proposed experience and its relevance to coursework in the major. Contact departmental internship coordinator to obtain detailed information and forms.