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CMST 1100 -- Introduction to Mass Communication,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Cross-listed as JOUR 1100)

(Meets MnTC Goal 2 and 9)

Survey of the history, structure, functions, and responsibilities of newspapers, radio, television; critical consideration of the mass media's role in society; discussion of press and broadcast technology.


CMST 1110 -- Introduction to Communication,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 1 and 2)

This course is designed to help students become more effective communicators in a variety of contexts. It introduces students to fundamental elements and models of communication, basic communication theory, interpersonal communication, small group communication and public speaking. Students will perform at least one speech, participate actively as a member of an audience, study relational communication, and help make a small group presentation.


CMST 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


CMST 2210 -- Intercultural Communication,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 7 and 8)

The course explores intercultural communication within the individual, interpersonal, organizational and societal context. Topics covered include: cultural identity, verbal and non-verbal behavior, perception, dominant versus non-dominant cultural values and beliefs, present and historical cultural contexts and other factors that facilitate or inhibit effective intercultural communication.


CMST 2215 -- Public Speaking,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 1 and 2)

Designed to help the student become a more effective communicator in public speaking situations. Emphasis will be placed on the development of advanced research, organization, adaption and delivery skills, listening and nonverbal communication. Students will practice several different forms of public address experiences.


CMST 2220 -- Interpersonal Communication,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 1 and 7)

A study of interpersonal communication each of us participates in every day. Designed to help students recognize and understand their communication habits, as well as those of others, in an effort to learn more effective communication skills for improving their interpersonal relationships. Primary areas of study include communication theory, language, perception, self-concept, self-disclosure, emotions, the impact of culture on communication, listening, communication climate, conflict, and nonverbal communication. An individual speech presentation is also required.


CMST 2251 -- Small Group Communication,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 1 and 2)

Communication within the small task-oriented group is studied as it relates to cohesiveness, leadership, role structures, communication networks, decision-making, and analysis of questions of fact, value, and policy. The course is designed to help the student become a more effective communicator, both as a leader and as a participant in small group communication.


CMST 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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