Course descriptions

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101. Introduction to Communication Studies. 3 hrs. An introduction to the discipline of communication studies through a survey of sub-fields including interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, and public communication.

111. Oral Communication. 3 hrs. Communication principles and practice in the preparation and delivery of public speeches (CC- SPT 1113)

201. Rhetoric and Public Life. 3 hrs. This course is designed to explore the art of persuasion (rhetoric) through public discourse.

300L. Oral Language Laboratory. 1 hr. An oral language laboratory

303. Argumentation and Debate. 3 hrs. Theory and practice in inquiry and advocacy involving analysis, reasoning, organization and presentation of oral arguments for decision making

305. Interpersonal Communication. 3 hrs. A course designed to improve students’ competence in and understanding of interpersonal relationships

310. Research Methods in Speech Communication. 3 hrs. This course introduces the learner to social science research methods. Students will learn methodological concepts, design and statistics.

311. Persuasion. 3 hrs. Study of classical and contemporary theories and strategies of persuasion with applications to public address, advertising and public relations

312. Interviewing Principles and Applications. 3 hrs. Study and application of interview strategies and techniques

315. Advanced Public Speaking. 3 hrs. Advanced theory and practice of oral communication presentations

320. Business and Professional Speaking. 3 hrs. A course that develops student skills in a broad group of special communication settings pertinent to the world of work, e.g., running meetings, making technical reports and group problem solving

330. Small Group Communication. 3 hrs. Provides students with the basic skills and principles of communication pertinent to the small problem-solving group

340. Intercultural Communication. 3 hrs. This course enhances student understanding of communication between people with different cultural backgrounds.

350. Nonverbal Communication. 3 hrs. An examination of nonverbal communication and its role as context for speech communication

403. Political Communication. 3 hrs. A comprehensive study of the role of communication in political campaigns and in the general political process

405. Relational Communication. 3 hrs. Reviews the development of interpersonal processes that effect relationships in social, intimate, work and family contexts

410. Organizational Communication I: Theory and Process. 3 hrs. A survey of approaches to the study of organizational communication and aspects of the communication process within organizations

411. Managing the Forensics Program. 3 hrs. How to initiate, design, manage and coach a competitive forensics program

412. Advanced Persuasion. 3 hrs. Extension of the introductory course in persuasion. Students will study theories, concepts and issues in persuasion from classical to current times

415. Rhetorical Criticism. 3 hrs. Discusses the variety of strategies critics use to analyze and interpret public communication; contemporary speeches are examined

420. Organizational Communication II: Assessment and Training. 3 hrs. A survey of methods for determining the quality and kind of communication within organizations and training methods for improving organizational communication

425. Communication and Conflict Resolution. 3 hrs. Explores communication effects on conflict, including types and causes of conflict, individual conflict styles and various negotiation strategies

430. Communication and Small Group Decision-Making. 3 hrs. Examines theory, research and practice concerning the role and importance of communication in task-oriented groups; emphasis on decision-making

435. Speech Communication in Legal Contexts. 3 hrs. Theoretical implications, research findings and persuasive strategies used in various legal contexts are studied

440. Health Communication. 3 hrs. Examines health communication theory and practices with attention given doctor- patient interactions in interpersonal, small group, interviewing and organizational contexts

445. Crisis Communication. 3 hrs. This course explores communication strategies for managing a crisis effectively before, during, and after an event.

450. Seminar in Speech Communication. 3 hrs. An examination of various theories of speech communication and various settings for their application; may be repeated for up to six hours credit

455. Freedom and Responsibility of Speech. 3 hrs. Examines the theory of free speech as it applies to various modes of expression

459. Methods in Speech Communication. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education, CIS 313. A general orientation to the teaching of speech communication, followed by individualized unit work in the special fields of speech communication

459L. Methods in Speech Communication Lab. 1 hr. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education, CIS 313. Pre-student teaching field experience

460. Public Advocacy and Advanced Argumentation. 3 hrs. Examination of advanced theories, issues and concepts in public advocacy and argumentation

475. Gender Issues in Speech Communication. 3 hrs. Examination of gender issues as applied to interpersonal, professional, organizational, persuasive and political communication

+488. Student Teaching in Speech Communication I. 7 hrs. Field experience teaching Speech Communication

+489. Student Teaching in Speech Communication II. 7 hrs. Field experience teaching Speech Communication

490. Theories of Speech Communication. 3 hrs. A survey of theoretical perspectives on speech communication, e.g., psychological, rhetorical, linguistic and human relations

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Directed research in a topic of interest to the student (Students undertaking a Seniors Honor Project will enroll in CMS H492.)

493. Supplemental Capstone Activities. 1 hr. Prerequisite: senior standing. Variable content. Speaking and writing assignments designed to enhance students understanding and performance of communication.

499. British Studies in Communication. 3-6 hrs. Various topics. Communication research and practice in Great Britain; taught only in Great Britain under auspices of the Institute of Anglo-American Studies


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)