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Courses

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G020 - 3 Units
Intermediate Pronunciation Skills for Non-Native Speakers of English

A basic skills course for non-native speakers of intermediate American English whose level of pronunciation skills may prohibit them from participating in and benefiting from classroom instruction. Emphasis on appropriate articulation and intonation of American English sound patterns used in communicating and clarifying oral messages in the classroom, at work, and in personal situations. Students will spend time listening to pronunciation lessons in the Foreign Language Lab and receiving feedback about specific sounds at the Intercultural Center. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G055 - 3 Units
Speaking and Listening, Intermediate Conversation & Classroom Communication

This course focuses on conversation and classroom communication skills for intermediate and advanced second language students. Students will practice American communication skills in conversations and classroom interactions, such as asking questions, giving information, clarifying misunderstandings, and conversation and presentation skills. Designed for intermediate and advanced ESL students. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G090 - 3 Units
Speaking and Listening, ESL Advanced

This course focuses on more advanced American communication skills valuable for interpersonal and academic success, such as interpersonal, intercultural and group discussion skills, classroom interactions, presentations, job interviewing, etc. Designed for non-native speakers of English who have completed Communication Studies G020 or G050and who want to improve their communication skills prior to enrolling in transfer level communication courses. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G100 - 3 Units
Interpersonal Communication

This course is a survey of the process, analysis and theory of one-to-one oral communication. Content areas include self-concept, perception, cultural influences, listening, verbal messages, nonverbal messages, conversation, relational development and conflict management. Students will learn theories that explain human communication behavior and in addition will be required to practice effective interpersonal communication skills in various contexts. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G108 - 3 Units
Introduction to Communication

This introductory communication course focuses on interpersonal, task-oriented, public speaking and critical thinking communication competencies in a variety of contexts. Students will study human communication principles and theories and their relationship to competencies in interpersonal, small group, intercultural, persuasive, and public speaking communication. Emphasis is on communicating in two-person, small group and public settings. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G110 - 3 Units
Public Speaking

This course focuses on understanding and applying the fundamental principles of public speaking. These speech skills include identifying the purpose, selecting the topic, conducting research, organizing content and outlining the speech, choosing appropriate language, using effective visual aids, adapting to the audience and occasion, and delivering the speech in a manner that is both verbally and nonverbally effective, while also learning to evaluate the speeches of others. Students will learn to present information clearly, reasonably, and persuasively by giving individual speeches and participating in group presentations. Recommended for Speech Communication, Business and Education majors. UC Credit Limitations: Speech G110 and G110H combined--maximum credit, one course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G110 HONORS - 3 Units
Public Speaking Honors

This course sharpens the focus on understanding and applying principles of informative, persuasive and group presentations. These speech skills include identifying the purpose, selecting the topic, conducting research, organizing content and outlining the speech, choosing appropriate language, using effective visual aids, adapting to the audience and occasion, and delivering the speech in a verbally pleasing manner, as well as evaluating the speeches of others. Giving individual speeches and participating in group presentations, students seek to excel in presenting information clearly, reasonably, and persuasively. Readings and assignments for this class are more rigorous than in the standard course. Recommended for Communication Studies, Business and Education majors. UC credit limitations. See counselor. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G112 - 3 Units
Small Group Dynamics

This course is recommended for all Communication Studies majors. Emphasis is on the basic principles and skills of discussion in groups. Helpful to those who may have classes or situations requiring group projects or group decision-making. Study and practice in informative, problem-solving and study groups, as well as the effects of group dynamics and communication variables on discussion groups. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G190 - 3 Units
Prejudice, Discrimination and Inclusion: Communication Issues in Group Relations

This course is a survey of the theories, natures, dynamics, and problems of prejudice and discrimination as revealed through personal, interpersonal and mediated communication. Students will analyze how various forms of communication create, reveal or minimize prejudice and discrimination. Emphasis is on attitudes, communication patterns, and consequences of prejudice and discrimination in the interrelationships of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, physical ability, and sexual orientation. Models and concepts for positive change will be explored. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G220 - 3 Units
Essentials of Argumentation

This is a course presenting the principles of argumentation: reasoning, critical thinking, and the analytical skills necessary to construct arguments and refutations. Recommended for Communication Studies, Business and Education majors. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G225 - 3 Units
Negotiation and Mediation

(Same as: Peace Studies G225)
Advisories: Communication Studies G100
This course presents theories and skills to address and settle conflict situations by utilizing the negotiation and mediation processes. The student will learn how to assess conflict situations and determine the appropriateness of negotiation and mediation. Students will learn theories and skills through lecture, role playing, dialogue and in-class simulations. Students will also examine different contexts for negotiation and mediation including family, school, community and business situations. Videos and student presentations of negotiation and conflict resolution topics complement the lectures, simulations and role playing. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G255 - 3 Units
Intercultural Communication

(Formerly known as: Communication Studies G175)
Advisories: Comm G100 or Comm G108
This course analyzes the study of communication from an intergroup, culture-general perspective. General theories of communication (e.g., uncertainty/anxiety reduction, relationship development, nonverbal expectancy violations, ingroup-outgroup stereotyping) are integrated with theories of cultural difference (e.g. individualism-collectivism, cultural variability, low-high context communication, cultural value orientations, dimensions of culture, Confucian cultural patterns) to explain, predict and improve communication behavior. Communication is examined in both cross-cultural and intercultural settings, with the goal of increasing intercultural effectiveness and minimizing prejudice and discrimination. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

COMMUNICATION STUDIES G260 - 3 Units
Organizational Communication

This course focuses on understanding and applying the fundamental principles of communication in organizations. These elements include organizational communication models, the role of ethics and diversity, basic communication skills, interviewing skills, communicating in groups and teams, conflict management, leadership, and presentation skills. Students will learn to analyze, adapt, and improve their communication strategies in organizational settings by applying and practicing the knowledge and skills acquired in this course. Recommended for Communication Studies, Business and Education majors. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.