COMMUNICATION STUDIES

The mission of the Communication Studies program is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to observe, interpret and evaluate communication behaviors and processes.  Students in Communication Studies will continuously develop their abilities to communicate effectively in the context of oral, written and interpersonal communication.

This course of study works towards Morehouse College’s mission of producing leaders.  Quality leadership skills in any context are dependent upon mastering effective communication strategies. Communication is primarily a social process that is used in personal, academic, and professional spheres, and studying communication increases the ability to be effective in those contexts.  Therefore, the Communication Studies program prepares students for positions in business, law, education, government, sociology, medicine, the arts, and performance. Those who major or minor in Communication Studies can expect to hone skills in presentations, public speaking, critical thinking, argumentation, document preparation, and academic and professional writing.  Students in this program will have a solid foundation for graduate and professional schools.

MAJOR IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES

The major in Communication Studies is a 36-credit program that emphasizes communication theory, communication ethics, and culture in communication. Students who major in Communication Studies must complete 18 credits of core courses and 18 credits of upper level elective courses in the COM scheme.  Students who intend to pursue graduate education are strongly encouraged to complete HSOC 302 Social Research Methods.

36 credit hours with C or above

Required Core Courses(18 Credits)
HCOM 253 Public Speaking
HCOM 353 Interpersonal Communication
HCOM 360 Interracial Communication
HCOM 370 Communication Theory
HCOM 455 Persuasion
HCOM 460 African American Rhetoric

 

Choose 6 of the following Elective Courses (18 credits)
HCOM 351 Professional Communication
HCOM 352 Communication in Small Groups and Teams
HCOM 354 Intercultural Communication
HCOM 355 Argumentation & Debate
HCOM 356 Debate Practicum
HCOM 357 Legal Argumentation
HCOM 375 Communication and Social Justice
HCOM 450 Organizational Communication
HCOM 456 Courtroom Communication
HCOM 457 Mass Media Law
HCOM 458 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
HCOM 487 Special Topics in Communication
HCOM 490 Directed Study
HCOM 492 Communication Internship
HSOC 302 Research Methods

 

MINOR IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES

The minor in Communication Studies is an 18-credit hour program designed to increase the overall communication effectiveness of students.  The minor emphasizes theoretical foundations and promotes the ethical practice of human communication. 

The minor in Communication Studies is open to all Morehouse College students, regardless of major, who meet the following prerequisites: 

C or above in ENG 101/102 OR ENG 103

Students who minor in Communication Studies must complete the following:

Required Core Courses (9 Credits)
HCOM 253 or
HCOM 351
Public Speaking or
Professional Communication
HCOM 353 Interpersonal Communication
HCOM 370 Communication Theory

 

Choose 3 of the following Elective Courses (9 credits)
HCOM 352 Communication in Small Groups and Teams
HCOM 354 Intercultural Communication
HCOM 355 Argumentation & Debate
HCOM 356 Debate Practicum
HCOM 357 Legal Argumentation
HCOM 360 Interracial Communication
HCOM 375 Communication and Social Justice
HCOM 450 Organizational Communication
HCOM 455 Persuasion
HCOM 456 Courtroom Communication
HCOM 457 Mass Media Law
HCOM 458 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
HCOM 460 African American Rhetoric
HCOM 487 Special Topics in Communication
HCOM 490 Directed Study

 

COMMUNICATION STUDIES (COM)

253. Public Speaking3 hours
This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion. Emphasis is on research, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of informative, persuasive, and special occasion public speaking.
351. Professional Communication3 hours
Prepares students in all disciplines to communicate orally for professional survival and success in all settings. In this course, students learn to plan and organize, to write clearly and to develop polished final projects. Students prepare resumes, conduct mock interviews, and make professional presentations.
352. Communication in Small Groups and Teams3 hours
Designed to provide students the understanding and skills needed to communicate in any group, whether social, religious, diplomatic, or corporate. This course examines the impact that different structures and communication processes have on group and team collaboration effectiveness, as well as the central role competent communication plays in effective group and team facilitation. It investigates structural and process issues of team building, interpersonal and group communication, and effective problem solving and decision-making skills in collaborative environments.
353. Interpersonal Communication3 hours
Focuses on the theory and practice of communication between two people within specific relationships and contexts. The course includes analysis, synthesis, and testing of theories relevant to various contexts and issues of interpersonal communication. Students will learn the effects and implications of communication by investigating self, perception, conflict, friendships, workplace communication, nonverbal communication and relationship development, maintenance, and repair. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and HENG 102, or HENG 103
354. Intercultural Communication3 hours
Study of the basic sociocultural elements which affect communication, the obstacles which interfere with intercultural communication, and the skills needed to overcome these obstacles. Through analysis of various intercultural theories, students will become aware of cultural influences on communication in both international and domestic cultures and become more culturally competent.
355. Argumentation and Debate.3 hours
Study of argumentation theory, including logic, case construction, refutation, speaker credibility, and ethics. Students apply principles of argumentation in debates on public policies and legal issues. Complements the pre-law program and prepares students who compete on the Debate Team. Prerequisites: COM 253
355. Argumentation and Debate.3 hours
Study of argumentation theory, including logic, case construction, refutation, speaker credibility, and ethics. Students apply principles of argumentation in debates on public policies and legal issues. Complements the pre-law program and prepares students who compete on the Debate Team. Prerequisites: COM 253
356. Debate Practicum.3 hours
The Debate Practicum course prepares students to compete in public speaking, debate, and/or dramatic interpretive events as part of the Debate Team. Emphasis will be given to discussion of current issues. Students who are active in debate learn important communication skills that will serve them throughout their professional lives. Travel to at least one competitive event will be required. Prerequisites: COM 253, COM 355
357. Legal Argumentation.3 hours
This course is designed to train students in the tenets of legal research and writing. Students will learn legal research techniques, brief legal cases, and write legal arguments. Students will learn to use legal finding tools such as Westlaw and Lexis and other online legal research sources and apply those skills by preparing legal documents such as memoranda, pleadings, and contracts. This course will emphasize the significant impact of legal research and writing on the profession of lawyers, law clerks and others in the legal field. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 102, or ENG 103
360. Interracial Communication3 hours
This advanced communication course involves a critical look at interracial communication. It includes analysis and synthesis of theories relevant to the various contexts and issues of interracial communication – including the history of race in the United States and elsewhere, challenges faced by racially oppressed groups, and racialized images in the media. Students will investigate interracial communication in areas such as identity, perception, conflict, friendships, and organizations. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102, or ENG 103; Junior or Senior classification
370. Communication Theory3 hours
This communication course involves a critical look at the fundamental theories of communication. It includes analysis and synthesis of theories relevant to various contexts and human communication behaviors. Students will study theories in mass communication, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102, or ENG 103
355. Argumentation and Debate.3 hours
Study of argumentation theory, including logic, case construction, refutation, speaker credibility, and ethics. Students apply principles of argumentation in debates on public policies and legal issues. Complements the pre-law program and prepares students who compete on the Debate Team. Prerequisites: COM 253
375. Communication and Social Justice3 hours
This course is designed to (i) give students an understanding of the Critical Theories around Social Justice (and the importance of those narratives) and (ii) provide students a critical lens to examine the intersection of race, class, gender and national identity and the impact of power (and White Supremacy) on those identities. ENG 101 and ENG 102, or ENG 103
380. Nonverbal Communication3 hours
Explores nonverbal communication in theory and practice, with emphasis on the types of nonverbal behaviors that communicate meaning and the functions those behaviors serve within various contexts including self, conflict, friendships, family, and the workplace, etc. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102, or ENG 103; Junior or Senior classification
450. Organizational Communication3 hours
Analysis of organizational communication theories, models, and processes with emphasis on the application of strategic problem-solving skills and communication tools used to interpret the messages that organizations craft. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102, or ENG 103; COM 370 Communication Theory; Junior or Senior classification
455. Persuasion 3 hours
Examines persuasion as a means of influence in interpersonal communication, public speaking, public relations, advertising, politics, and other contexts. It includes analysis of nonfiction work, advertising, editorials, social media, law briefs, political speeches, cartoons, and body language. Prerequisite: ENG 101 and 102. Best suited for juniors, seniors, and pre-law students.
456. Courtroom Communication3 hours
This course is designed to give students an in depth understanding of courtroom communication. Specifically, students will learn the elements of trial advocacy, trial procedure and evidentiary rules. This course will enhance students’ knowledge of the legal adversarial system through a simulated courtroom trial, giving students the opportunity to engage in critical thinking, strategize and present arguments, and develop public speaking skills. Prerequisites: COM 253
457. Mass Media Law3 hours
This course is designed to (i) give students an understanding of pertinent constitutional, statutory, common, and regulatory laws as they relate to mass media, and (ii) provide students with an understanding of how existing laws control the operation of mass media. Students will learn how communication laws impact journalistic privilege, privacy, internet use, copyright, advertising, and other issues. Students will be encouraged to express their views about these laws and their impact on communication within our society. Students will also be encouraged to think about theoretical perspectives on the race and the law and their application to modern media topics.
458. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution3 hours
This course lays the theoretical and practical groundwork for interest-based dispute resolution and positional bargaining. Topics include the definition of the negotiation process, different types of negotiation, and negotiation strategies. Students will have an opportunity to practice and compare different negation techniques.
460. African American Rhetoric3 hours
A study of the history of oratory and public address by African Americans. The course will use the practical tools of rhetorical criticism to examine, analyze and understand the various types of texts and discourse used throughout African American history. This course will examine a representative sample of speeches and texts in religious, political, and ceremonial arenas, utilizing both historical and contemporary perspectives. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102, or ENG 103; Junior or Senior classification, or instructor permission.
487. Special Topics in Communication3 hours
Special topics specific to the discipline of Communication. Varied content will address contemporary issues including urban communication, gender and communication, and leadership and communication. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102, or ENG 103; Junior or Senior classification, or instructor permission
490. Directed Study3 hours
This course is designed to provide supervised opportunities for students to pursue projects of special interest within the discipline and/or to extend knowledge of particular areas through independent study. Students are allowed to propose and submit projects of their own design to appropriate faculty and the department head for approval. May be taken for credit only once. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior classification; Permission of program director.
492. Communication Internship3 hours
This course is designed to allow students to apply the information they have learned in their communication courses. The course will involve a combination of time spent on-site at the internship setting and time spent reflecting and writing about the application of communication knowledge during the internship experience. It will consist of work performance, supervised community contact, interaction, placement, observation, and reporting. Approval of program director and supervision by an on-site monitor and a designated faculty member are required. Prerequisite: Permission of program director.