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January 2019


How does communication work? Why does communication work thatway? Scholars in communication studies begin to answer these questions through the applicationof communication theory. This course serves as an introduction to a broad range ofcommunication theories related to interpersonal, group and public, intercultural, media, gender,and organizational communication. This core course is required for communication majorsbecause it serves as a building block for upper level communication courses that depend upon aworking knowledge of communication theories and processes. This course serves as part of youroverall training as a communication scholar/professional in regards to critical thinking, analyticthinking, critical reading, and listening skills. In this course we will focus our attention on theanalysis and evaluation of scientific, rhetorical, interpretive, and critical theories ofcommunication. Particular emphasis will be placed on how theory helps us understand, predict,and transform communication processes.