Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Emphasis Area – Communications Course Descriptions

COM140 Introduction to Mass Media

3 credits – This course presents elements of the mass communication process with emphasis on the forms, functions, regulations, and social impact of the various media. This course helps students understand how media influence their lives.

Lecture Hours: 48

COM148 Diversity and the Media

3 credits – This course presents a historical perspective and a current analysis of various minority groups and how media depict these groups. This course helps students understand why and how stereotypical media portrayals have been produced and how the under-representation of diversified images affects their knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors toward others and contributes to multicultural illiteracy.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC120 Intercultural Communications

3 credits – This course explores basic principles and theories of intercultural communication with opportunities to gain communication competence through immersion experiences and cross-cultural interactions.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC122 Interpersonal Communication

3 credits – This course explores concepts, contexts, and processes of person-to-person communication in relationships. Emphasis is placed on understanding how social worlds are created through conversation.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC132 Group Communication

3 credits – This course examines the principles of small group communication processes with opportunities for students to apply theory in various structured discussion situations.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

SPC140 Oral Interpretation

3 credits – This course will explore literature through performance using creative individual and group explorations. Students will learn to select, analyze, rehearse, and perform literature of various types using vocal and physical techniques.

Lecture Hours: 48

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Deb Hacker
Black Hawk Hall 222
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Faculty Mentor

Susan Cusmano
Library 208
319-296-2329 ext.1702
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Lisa Ciesielski
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1727
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Dean of Communications, Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts

Catharine Freeman
Black Hawk Hall 224
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