Communication Studies

Communication Studies

      Communication Studies offers students the opportunity to develop their theoretical understanding and abilities within four central areas of human expression: public address, interpersonal communications, media studies, and linguistics.

      Minor in Communication Studies (18 credit hours)

      • CO1013
      • CO1023
      • CO2723
      • CO3013 or CO3023
      • Choose two elective from this list: CO2013, CO2023, CO2113, CO3113, CO3213, CO3323, CO3413, CO3423, CO3823, CO3933, CO4493, CO4813

      Gain Skills That Promote Success in Any Career

      Studies show that employers consider strong written and oral communication skills among the most vital skills an employee can possess. The presence of these skills can even make the difference in whether an applicant gets hired.

      The Communication Studies major equips you with the communication skills required to become a leader in your community and country.  Students who graduate with a Communication Studies major from Crandall are also excellent communicators both orally and in writing.

      Special Program Highlights for a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

      • Choose to focus your Communications studies in one or more areas: Public Address, Interpersonal Communications, Media Studies or Linguistics.
      • Study about the impact and influence of new media technologies such as the Internet, virtual worlds and chat as well as longstanding media including radio, TV and written communication.
      • Learn how to make a positive impression and get your point across powerfully in speeches and other oral communication formats.
      • Gain confidence in your ability to articulate ideas clearly; build your critical thinking skills.
      • Undertake an internship in the communications field for credit, if you wish, gaining on-the-job experience that is so valued by employers.
      • Study both classical and modern expressions of communication and learn to understand what is at the core of good and poor communication.

      Meet Your Instructors

      • Study with professors who were trained by distinguished scholars from the United States, the nerve center for Communications and Rhetorical Studies.
      • Learn from professors who are published authors and respected authorities in the Communications field.
      • Participate in classes that are small enough that you receive individual attention from your professors and get to know them well.

      Professors

      Colleen DeLong, Ph.D.

      Part-time Lecturer of Communication Studies

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      Nathalie Martin, MÈS

      Part-time Lecturer of Linguistics

      Jon Ohlhauser, Ph.D.

      Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, Interim Director of ClayStone, & Part-time Lecturer of Communication Studies

      Career Outlook for Communications and Rhetorical Studies Majors

      A Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Rhetorical Studies will serve you well in a broad range of careers. It is a distinct advantage in such fields as broadcasting, education, law, ministry, politics and counseling.

      Individuals who know how to communicate well are a great asset to any organization. The Communications professors at Crandall are energized and excited about teaching the material, and the program helps prepare graduates for an unlimited number of career opportunities. ”
      – Amy Pike, BA Communication Studies, BBA
      President, Crandall Student Association 2009-2011

       

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      Courses and Requirements

      Oral Debate and Persuasion – Examine the forms and procedures of various styles of debating and persuasive speech.

      Conflict Management– Investigate the nature of conflict:  why it happens and how it can be managed.  Drawing on interpersonal-small group theories and skills, the course seeks to understand various types of mediation strategies and approaches to crisis management.

      Rhetorical Theory – Analyze the different forms of human communication and the theoretical considerations of rhetorical theory from classical communicators such as Aristotle and Cicero to present communicators.

      Technologies and Society – Explore the nature and influences of technology on the art of communication and its relationship to society.

      Effective Writing – Examines the technologies to produce good critical thought and focused, effective writing.

      The B.A. in Communication Studies is an interdisciplinary degree which offers students the opportunity to develop their theoretical understanding and abilities within four central areas of human expression: public address, interpersonal communications, media studies, and linguistics.  These skills will serve students well in any profession where communication is a distinct advantage such as broadcasting, education, law, ministry, politics, and counseling.

      Major – 39 credit hours in Communication Studies are required for the major including  1013, 1033, 3013, 3023, 3603, 3613, 3933 and at least two Communications courses at the 4000 level plus, the students must complete the requirements from one of the four options listed below. In addition, students majoring in Communication Studies must take the following cognate courses:  Mathematics 1203 and1233 and English 2013 or 2023.

      1. Public Address:  Students in this track take CO3813 and CO3823 plus any two other Communication Studies courses.
      2. Interpersonal Communications:  Students in this track take CO3413 and CO3423 plus any two other Communication Studies courses.
      3. Media Studies:  Students in this track take CO2723, CO3313, CO3433, CO3443.  A Where a Media Lab fee of $150.00 applies it will be noted with the course description.
      4. Linguistics:  Students in this track take 13 hours of credit courses offered at the Canada Institute of Linguistics, which is held on the campus of Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, in the summer, and they focus their Senior Seminar in this area.  Students are encouraged to take CO2013 and CO2023 as preparation for the courses offered by the Canada Institute of Linguistics.

      Honours – 54 credit hours in Communication Studies are required including 1013, 1033, 3013, 3023, 3603, 3613, 3933, 4996.  Nine further courses in Communication Studies are required including at least two at the 4000 level.  In choosing these nine courses, the requirements of one of the four tracks mentioned earlier must be satisfied.  (The stated cognates in the major section are also required.)  A CGPA of 3.00 for the degree is required.  No mark below C- can be credited toward the degree and no mark below B- can be credited toward the major.  Admission to Honours takes place during the second semester of the third year and consists of having the thesis application approved by the Research and Ethics Committee.

      Communication Studies 1013 – Introduction to Communication Studies I

      This general introduction to Communication Studies provides an overview of the historical roots, methodological grounding, and present state of the communication studies field with particular attention paid to its specialized vocabulary, important writers and works, and significant scholarly journals.

      Communication Studies 1023 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking

      This course provides an introduction to the communication skill of public speaking.  The course includes topics such as audience analysis, speech, and critical thinking.

      Communication Studies 1033 – Introduction to Communication Studies II

      This course is a continuation of Introduction to Communication Studies I.

      Communication Studies 2013* – Linguistics I

      This is general survey course of linguistic concepts and an introduction to the study of word and sentence structure, as well as grammatical and semantic relations.

      Communication Studies 2023* – Linguistics II

      This course focuses on articulatory phonetics and phonology.  It includes practice in the perception, production, and transcription of speech sounds.

      Communication Studies 2113 – Introduction to Acting

      Acting is a skill that needs to be learned, and the goal of this course is to teach the fundamentals of the acting process.  This includes exploring character objectives, situation, and physical/emotional nature.  It also includes some basic text analysis and comedic structure.  This course will include written assignments, in-class projects, and a final written examination.

      Prerequisite: An audition may be required.

      Communication Studies 2723 – Media and Society

      This course examines the social organization of the mass media in contemporary Canadian society, the creation and nature of media content, and audience impact.  Special emphasis is placed on advertising content as a mechanism of persuasion.

      Communication Studies 3013 – Rhetorical Theory

      This course will analyze the different forms of human communication and the theoretical considerations of rhetorical theory from classical communicators such as Aristotle and Cicero to present communicators.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033.

      Communication Studies 3023 – Contemporary Communication Theory

      This course will emphasize the use of social scientific theories and their relatedness to interpersonal and group communications.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033.

      Communication Studies 3113 – Advanced Acting

      This course offers a continuation and more in depth analysis of the acting process and of comedic structure. This course will include written assignments, in-class projects, and a final written examination.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 2113 or an audition.

      Communication Studies 3133* – Drama I

      This course is designed to provide both the history of drama as well as insight into practical production techniques.  (Generally it is taught as part of the Crandall-Oxford Study Programme.)

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies.

      Communication Studies 3143* – Drama II

      This course is a continuation of Communication Studies 3133.  (Generally it is taught as part of the Crandall-Oxford Study Programme.)

      Corequisite:  Communication Studies  3133.

      Communication Studies 3213* – Language Development

      This course examines the sequence of language development throughout the span of  humans’ lives.  Emphasis will be placed on major theoretical approaches to language development and on related areas such as cognition and literacy.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033.

      Communication Studies 3313 – Journalism

      This course examines the style of written communication used to report the news.  It will include a brief history of the ongoing tensions within the reporting of news.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033 and English 1013, 1023.

      Communication Studies 3413 – Interpersonal Communication

      This course focuses on the development of communication skills in the dyadic setting, including emphasis on essential preconditions, conflict management, interpersonal relationships, non-verbal behaviour, and creative support climates.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033.

      Communication Studies 3423 – Small Group Communication

      This course provides an introduction to the principles of the small group process as it relates to decision making, problem solving, and negotiating.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033.

      Communication Studies 3433* – Visual Communications

      This course introduces key issues and concepts in Visual Communications.  The language of the visual is arguably humanity’s earliest form of communicative language.  This course explores this form of communication through a rigorous examination of the fundamental building blocks, structure, and organization of the language of the visual through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and workshops.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies.

      Communication Studies 3443* – New Media Technologies and Society

      This course explores the nature and influences of technology on the art of communication and its relationship to society. It focuses on “new media technologies” such as the Internet, Virtual Worlds, Distributed Workplace, Chat, the Virtual Reality and their influence on how information is disseminated and received.  Media Lab fee required for this course.

      Prerequisites: Communication Studies 1013, 1033 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies.

      Communication Studies 3453* – Introduction to Graphic Communication

      This is a studio-based course designed to introduce the student to the intricate world of graphic communications.  Students will be introduced to history and theories of graphic design and typography focusing on how these may be used to communicate ideas and messages.  Specific topics of study will include fundamental design principles, colour theory, the role of  symbols and icons, and visual story telling.  The students will be tested through a series of design exercises and projects. Media Lab fee required for this course.

      Prerequisite:  Communication Studies 3433.

      Communication Studies 3463 – Audio and Video Communications

      This studio-based course explores the concepts and practice of audio and video media as communicative channels.  It examines how communication ideas are encoded and decoded and the process of writing and scripting communication content.  It provides hands-on experience in the use of digital tools in this process.  Media Lab fee required for this course.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies.

      Communication Studies 3493 – McLuhan & 21st Century Media

      The communication and media theories introduced by Marshal McLuhan have had tremendous influence in Canada and globally.  This course critically examines the substance of McLuhan’s theories and compares them against current communication and media realities in the 21st century.  It will also examine new and emerging ideas as well as their similarities and differences in relation to McLuhan’s ideas.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies.

      Communication Studies 3513, 3523 – Directed Studies in Communication Studies

      These courses are available for students when their interests and the professor’s expertise allow for a more in-depth tutorial approach.  Students must be highly capable and must have completed upper level prerequisite courses in the area of the directed study.

      Prerequisite: Permission of the Registrar.

      Communication Studies 3603* – Research Methods in the Social Sciences

      In this course, students will become acquainted with the methods and procedures used in identifying research problems, forming hypotheses, and gathering and analyzing data.  Emphasis will be placed on students’ abilities to interpret and critically analyze research reports that appear in professional journals and other publications.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033.

      Communication Studies 3613 – Methods of Communication Research

      This course presents the methods and procedures employed in Humanities research which are applied to the field of Communication Studies.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033.

      Communication Studies 3713 – Elements of Theatre Production

      This course has two primary goals; to understand a script and to produce a script.  With this in mind, students will be taught to investigate a theatrical text with a producer’s ‘eye’.  They will also develop a system of effective implementation for that text from casting, hiring, running rehearsals, to selling tickets for opening night.  Students should walk away with a solid understanding both philosophically and practically of how to stage a theatrical production.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033.

      Communication Studies 3773* – Communication Disorders

      This course surveys the field of human communication disorders.  It will commence with a brief examination of the basics of the field including the professions concerned with human communication disorders, definitions of the oral-verbal aspects of communication, and the anatomy and physiology of the human speech mechanism.  This will be followed by an introduction to various speech and language disorders.  Finally, the course will look specifically at communication differences and disorders of special populations.

      Prerequisites: Communication Studies 1013, 1033 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies.  Communication Studies 3213 is recommended.

      Communication Studies 3813 – Oral Interpretation

      The purpose of this course is to develop vocal technique and to learn how to analyze a text and its relation to voice.  Students will learn basic speaking mechanics, warm-up techniques, diction, rhythm, and melody.  This will be followed by basic text study including both classic and modern works.

      Prerequisites: Communication Studies 1023 or 2113 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies.

      Communication Studies 3823 – Oral Debate and Persuasion

      The course examines the forms and procedures of various styles of debating and persuasive speech.

      Prerequisites: Communication Studies 1013, 1023. Recommended: Communication Studies 3013.

      Communication Studies 3833* – Public Relations

      This course explores issues faced by organizations as they seek to communicate effectively with their publics (e.g. shareholders, employees, community groups, etc.).  Emphasis is placed upon the development of communication plans and crisis communication management.

      Prerequisites: Communication Studies 1013, 1033 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies.

      Communication Studies 3913 – Multicultural Communication

      This course examines issues relating to the development of, and interaction among, cultural communities with a major emphasis on the realities of contemporary Canadian society.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies or Sociology 1013, 1023.

      Communication Studies 3923 – Communication and Canadian Politics

      This course examines issues relating to the development of an interaction among elements of political communities with a major emphasis on the realities of contemporary Canadian society.  Topics such as the Constitution, Cabinet, federalism, nationalism, separatism, interest groups, conflict of interest, elections, and political parties are covered.  Communication within Canadian political culture, institutions, behaviour, and public policy is investigated.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies.

      Communication Studies 3933* –  Effective Writing

      This course explores the techniques necessary to produce good critical thought and focused, effective writing. Students will develop their skills by studying relevant theory, analyzing sample works, and writing original works of their own.

      Prerequisites:  Communication Studies 1013, 1033 or English 1013, 1023.

      Communication Studies 4313 – Family Communication

      Families serve as people’s first classrooms in communication.  Individuals develop their communication skills within the family context as they define their identities and negotiate their relationships.  This course explores the family as a communication system and focuses on patterns created between and among family members.  It will examine communication and conversational patterns from courtship to marriage as well as changing interaction over the family life cycle, including a look at family rituals and roles, power, and conflict.

      Prerequisites: Communication Studies 1013, 1033 plus six additional credit hours in Communication Studies.

      Communication Studies 4493* – Conflict Management

      This course investigates the nature of conflict:  why it happens and how it can be managed.  Drawing on interpersonal-small group theories and skills, the course seeks to understand various types of mediation strategies and approaches to crisis management.

      Prerequisites: Communication Studies 3413 or 3423.

      Communication Studies 4513, 4523 – Advanced Directed Studies in Communication Studies

      These courses are available for students when the their interests and the professor’s expertise allow for a more in-depth tutorial or project approach.  Students must be highly capable and must have completed upper level prerequisite courses in the area of the directed study.

      Prerequisite: Permission of the Registrar.

      Communication Studies 4813 – Advanced Public Speaking

      This course is designed as a capstone course for students interested in continuing the development of their awareness and practice or oral communication.  This course introduces students to the theories undergirding oral communication and pays particular attention to the explicit application of communication theory in attempts to communicate in  public forums.  A significant portion of the course will also challenge students to face contemporary issues in communication ethics.

      Prerequisites: Communication Studies 1013, 1033 and 1023.  Recommended:  Communication Studies 3813, 3823.

      Communication Studies 4853 – Internship

      This internship course is designed to provide Communication Studies majors with an opportunity to apply the theories and skills learned as communication majors in a professional environment.  Working closely with an on-site supervisor and a Communication Studies faculty member, students will do a minimum of nine hours of work per week and submit a final essay that connects the student’s knowledge of Communication Studies to their practical experience.

      Prerequisites: Communication Studies 3013, 3023, or courses directly related to the internship.  Enrollment is limited to senior students primarily.

      Communication Studies 4996 – Thesis

      Certain exceptional students, upon request prior to the completion of their third year, may be granted permission to write a thesis as an element of their Honours degree requirements.